Where Young Entrepreneurs Turn Their Dreams Into Business.

Meet The Brightest Entrepreneurs From Today and Tomorrow…

Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.

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dan-weedin-headshotDan Weedin Toro Consulting, Inc

Dan Weedin is an experienced entrepreneur, author, and award-winning international speaker who has a passion for consulting, developing and guiding entrepreneurs and business professionals. He has helped drive growth, performance and resilience improvement with well over 300 small and mid-sized companies across the country along all types of industries. Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 2012, he was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame by the founder, Alan Weiss.Dan is an active Rotarian and community volunteer. Dan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Barb for over 30 years. He enjoys playing golf, listening to books, and being walked by his two faithful canine companions Captain Jack and Bella.

dan-weedin-headshotDan Weedin Toro Consulting, Inc

Dan Weedin is an experienced entrepreneur, author, and award-winning international speaker who has a passion for consulting, developing and guiding entrepreneurs and business professionals. He has helped drive growth, performance and resilience improvement with well over 300 small and mid-sized companies across the country along all types of industries.

Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame by the founder, Alan Weiss.

Dan is an active Rotarian and community volunteer. Dan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Barb for over 30 years. He enjoys playing golf, listening to books, and being walked by his two faithful canine companions Captain Jack and Bella.

brad-bergerJames Alberson Sandler Training

James Alberson is the Owner and Principal of Top Tier Training & Development, Inc, a Sandler Training Licensee, operating in the Seattle Metropolitan area.  A national sales expert and business speaker, James is strongly committed to guiding CEO’s, business owners, sales executives, and their teams to higher revenues, increased profit margins, and greater personal and professional growth.

He has consulted with hundreds of business owners and presidents and has trained hundreds of salespeople in various industries.  James helps company leaders develop sales strategy, implement consistent and repeatable front-end sales processes, get and keep the best-of-the-best sales staff, and impart lifelong skills necessary to be a successful sales leader and sales professional.

Previous to purchasing his Sandler Franchise in 2010, James spent nearly two decades in sales, sales management, training, and leadership with companies ranging in status from start-up to Fortune 500 in the medical sales arena. James graduated at the top of his class with a M.B.A. in Marketing from Purdue University and has a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue as well.  To learn more about James Alberson and Sandler Training visit www.toptier.sandler.com.  James lives in Renton, WA with his wife and three daughters.

brad-bergerJames Alberson Sandler Training

James Alberson is the Owner and Principal of Top Tier Training & Development, Inc, a Sandler Training Licensee, operating in the Seattle Metropolitan area.  A national sales expert and business speaker, James is strongly committed to guiding CEO’s, business owners, sales executives, and their teams to higher revenues, increased profit margins, and greater personal and professional growth.

He has consulted with hundreds of business owners and presidents and has trained hundreds of salespeople in various industries.  James helps company leaders develop sales strategy, implement consistent and repeatable front-end sales processes, get and keep the best-of-the-best sales staff, and impart lifelong skills necessary to be a successful sales leader and sales professional.

Previous to purchasing his Sandler Franchise in 2010, James spent nearly two decades in sales, sales management, training, and leadership with companies ranging in status from start-up to Fortune 500 in the medical sales arena. James graduated at the top of his class with a M.B.A. in Marketing from Purdue University and has a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue as well.  To learn more about James Alberson and Sandler Training visit www.toptier.sandler.com.  James lives in Renton, WA with his wife and three daughters.

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Michelle Bomberger  Equinox Business Law Group

As a small business founder and a fellow entrepreneur, Michelle understands the emotional and practical aspects of owning a business. This makes her an effective guide for business leaders in evaluating risk and opportunity in their decision making. Michelle has been honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40” in 2012, and Equinox Business Law Group was awarded the King County Executive’s Woman Small Business of the Year Award in 2013, along with being listed as one of the Puget Sound’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2020. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors for Bellevue LifeSpring and Youth Theatre Northwest, serving youth and families in the community. Michelle is also an active member of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound which provides a community for networking and learning for manufacturers.

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Michelle Bomberger  Equinox Business Law Group

As a small business founder and a fellow entrepreneur, Michelle understands the emotional and practical aspects of owning a business. This makes her an effective guide for business leaders in evaluating risk and opportunity in their decision making. Michelle has been honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40” in 2012, and Equinox Business Law Group was awarded the King County Executive’s Woman Small Business of the Year Award in 2013, along with being listed as one of the Puget Sound’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2020. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors for Bellevue LifeSpring and Youth Theatre Northwest, serving youth and families in the community. Michelle is also an active member of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound which provides a community for networking and learning for manufacturers.

Linda PopkyLinda Popky Leverage2Market Associates

Award-winning Silicon Valley-based marketing expert Linda Popky, founder and president of Leverage2Market Associates, helps organizations and individuals get heard above the noise by creating compelling content that matters. Her clients include startups, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large Fortune 500 enterprises.

Named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence and to the Alan Weiss Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, Linda is Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting and past president of Women in Consulting.

She’s the author of Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters, and Top of Mind: 101 Insights to Transform Your Business. Linda also helps authors create more compelling self-published and commercially published books. A classically trained pianist, Linda recorded Night Songs, a CD of classical piano music. She and her family share their home in the San Francisco Bay Area with a small pack of Siberian Huskies.

Linda PopkyLinda Popky Leverage2Market Associates

Award-winning Silicon Valley-based marketing expert Linda Popky, founder and president of Leverage2Market Associates, helps organizations and individuals get heard above the noise by creating compelling content that matters. Her clients include startups, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large Fortune 500 enterprises.

Named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence and to the Alan Weiss Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, Linda is Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting and past president of Women in Consulting.

She’s the author of Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters, and Top of Mind: 101 Insights to Transform Your Business. Linda also helps authors create more compelling self-published and commercially published books. A classically trained pianist, Linda recorded Night Songs, a CD of classical piano music. She and her family share their home in the San Francisco Bay Area with a small pack of Siberian Huskies.

brad-bergerPhil Symchych Founder SME Wealth Builder Corp

Phil’s consulting firm helps entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their companies, access more capital, and build business wealth for shareholders. He is also the founder of Global Business Advisors Forums where advisors from around the world collaborate in an exclusive online community. Phil grew up in a family business when interest rates were 23% and business owners didn’t know where to turn for unbiased, professional advice. He started his first business in 1996 to help business owners prevent the challenges his family faced and to successfully achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Phil is a Certified Management Consultant, CPA, and MBA. He co-authored The Business Wealth Builders and currently published quarterly ebooks to help small/medium enterprise leaders. He lives in Regina, Canada with his wife Kerry and their canine chief morale officer, Lola.

brad-bergerPhil Symchych Founder SME Wealth Builder Corp

Phil’s consulting firm helps entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their companies, access more capital, and build business wealth for shareholders. He is also the founder of Global Business Advisors Forums where advisors from around the world collaborate in an exclusive online community. Phil grew up in a family business when interest rates were 23% and business owners didn’t know where to turn for unbiased, professional advice. He started his first business in 1996 to help business owners prevent the challenges his family faced and to successfully achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Phil is a Certified Management Consultant, CPA, and MBA. He co-authored The Business Wealth Builders and currently published quarterly ebooks to help small/medium enterprise leaders. He lives in Regina, Canada with his wife Kerry and their canine chief morale officer, Lola.

Founders

Lee R. Heisman/ Savant Comprehensive Technologies Lee R. Heisman is the owner and CEO of Savant Comprehensive Technologies, My School Pool and Ask a Privacy Officer. Prior to this, Lee was the founder and CEO of H and W Printing and Brainstorm Design Works, a full advertising agency and commercial printing firm located in Atlanta, GA. He has a Master Degree from Rutgers University and is on the Advisory Board of the KSU Entrepreneurial Center. Lee has sold 2 of his previously owned businesses over the years through mergers and acquisition. Before launching his Entrepreneurial Career, Lee was a Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for 3 years.

Lee R. Heisman/ Savant Comprehensive Technologies Lee R. Heisman is the owner and CEO of Savant Comprehensive Technologies, My School Pool and Ask a Privacy Officer. Prior to this, Lee was the founder and CEO of H and W Printing and Brainstorm Design Works, a full advertising agency and commercial printing firm located in Atlanta, GA. He has a Master Degree from Rutgers University and is on the Advisory Board of the KSU Entrepreneurial Center. Lee has sold 2 of his previously owned businesses over the years through mergers and acquisition. Before launching his Entrepreneurial Career, Lee was a Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for 3 years.

Ted Jenkin/ oXYGen Financial & Hyperchat Social Ted has been an entrepreneur, leader, and social media pioneer in the financial services industry. Ted founded Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, a financial services company servicing more than 2,500 clients and  servicing over 2.3 Billion dollars. Ted has been quoted in more than 75 publication and newspapers including being a featured columnist for the Wall Street Journal The Experts and appearing frequently on CNN’s Headline News Weekend Express. He runs one of the top 15 personal finance blogs in the country www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com, and is one of the top 10 social media financial advisors in the country according to Brightscope. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for more than 19 years and has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®). Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids. BrokerCheck link: http://brokercheck.finra.org/

Ted Jenkin/ oXYGen Financial & Hyperchat Social Ted has been an entrepreneur, leader, and social media pioneer in the financial services industry. Ted founded Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, a financial services company servicing more than 2,500 clients and  servicing over 2.3 Billion dollars. Ted has been quoted in more than 75 publication and newspapers including being a featured columnist for the Wall Street Journal The Experts and appearing frequently on CNN’s Headline News Weekend Express. He runs one of the top 15 personal finance blogs in the country www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com, and is one of the top 10 social media financial advisors in the country according to Brightscope. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for more than 19 years and has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®). Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids. BrokerCheck link: http://brokercheck.finra.org/