NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 22, 2020 / There's no question that 2020 has been a year full of surprises.
Now more than ever, with COVID-19 and with everything else that is going in the world, it can be hard to get motivated.
This year, VIP Media Group put together a list of what they consider to be some of the top 30 entrepreneurs to follow in 2020.
So who are they?
- Carlos Smith
Raised in Memphis, TN, Carlos Smith had his options laid out before he even stepped outside his door. Smith grew up in a three bedroom house with seventeen family members. "They shooting get down" was a common term used in his home. Growing up in one of the poorest and 2nd highest major crime cities in America provided Smith with structure in his life. Life lessons were engraved by him preparing for his daily survival. All these lessons gave him resilience and drive. Smith decided to use his poor financial situation as a means to escape the life he was living. He began focusing on how to be wealthy, spending hours researching. Since 2008, Smith began investing in his community with the knowledge of how to do things and run his own businesses. He now runs a six-figure business with a team of people who are dedicated to helping others achieve their financial goals. At Smith Financials LLC, Smith and his team mentor their clients to help them meet their goals. They educate them, and show them how powerful credit can be if used correctly. Most importantly, they help restore individuals' credit.
- Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone is the bestselling author of The 10X Rule and has been buying real estate for over 30 years. Over those three decades, he has bought over two billion dollars worth of real estate in eight states. Grant currently manages 7,068 units with his private equity firm Cardone Capital. He is such a good real estate investor because of his extreme discipline, specific formulas, and good instinct to know when to exit the property. Throughout his career, Grant has been giving small investors a chance to start small and go big.
- Tai Lopez
Tai Lopez is an investor, partner, and advisor to almost two-dozen multi-million-dollar businesses. Through his popular book club and podcasts The Tai Lopez Show, Tai shares advice on how to achieve health, wealth, love, and happiness with over 1.4 million people in 40 countries. The Tai Lopez Show gets around 800,000 downloads per month. In addition, Tai also owns the largest book shipping club in the world, Mentor Box, and was voted the Number 1 Social Media Influencer by Entrepreneur Magazine.
- Lance Bachmann
Lance Bachmann is a self-made serial entrepreneur and the CEO of one of the top digital agencies in the country, 1SEO Digital Agency. Today, with over 100 employees at 1SEO's many locations, Lance's company offers a full-suite of digital marketing and I.T. solutions, including: search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per click advertising (PPC), website design and development, content and social media marketing, and much more. Lance's success when it comes to digital marketing has earned his company a Google Premier Partnership and Facebook Marketing Partnership, something only awarded to the top 1% of digital marketers. Prior to his success with 1SEO, Lance climbed to the top of one of the top telecommunications companies in the world, AT&T, eventually becoming Vice President of the company.
- Aaron Tran
Aaron Tran, is a 24 year old serial E-Commerce entrepreneur who came from an immigrant family. His parents believed that in order to be successful in this world you must go to college and obtain a high allotted degree. After dropping out of college and having an empty feeling working his 9-5, Aaron knew he had to make a change. He looked to the world of E-Commerce, it was not an easy start for Aaron, at one point having nearly $5,000 in debt, he took action. Now he is making 8 figures annually and has already generated 4 million in the past two months. He started his business for the sole purpose of being his own boss and making his life, his own. Now he plans on building his brand into a multi-8 figure company and helping others along the way.
- Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin is an expert in recruitment and career coaching, with over 20 years of experience. Jeff advises top management at Fortune 100 and 500 companies. His job requires him to manage staffing for public figures and celebrities. In addition to that, he owns multiple recruitment agencies; Jeffrey Agency and University Recruiters, both of which were developed to manage the staffing needs of some of the most prestigious companies in America. With his type of experience, companies are always looking to him for the top candidates for their respective industries. Jeff uses social media as a tool for recruiting to attract candidates from all over the world. Jeff's unique strategy and strong passion for this industry has helped land him the success he has today, and in doing so he has helped an incredible amount of people land their dream job.
- David Soares
David Soares is the founder of Global Youth Trading, a financial consulting firm with a focus on the forex market. From the early age of 18, David has been passionate about Forex trading . After many years of being successful within the field, he created the company Global Youth Trading; the biggest forex consulting company in Portugal. Global Youth Trading's mission is to help individuals understand the market of trading and teach them how to do it successfully.
- Jason Davis Adams
Jason Davis Adams is one of our country's top real estate agents. After completing graduate school, Jason went on to work as an education advisor. With his interest in real estate becoming more apparent each day, Jason decided to dive in the world of real estate. He thought that with his background of working with people from all walks of life, may be a perfect match, and he was right. 7 years later as a real estate agent, he had made a mark in the industry. From starting out with nothing as an individual agent, to becoming a partner and founder of The Movement Group, LLC one of the top producing teams in Boston Massachusetts. While things have been different in the world of real estate due to Covid-19, like having his clients view properties via video call. The Movement Group, LLC has adapted to the current changes and is going great. Adams plans on expanding his company to create more referral business opportunities nationwide.
- Kristina Centnere
Kristina Centnere is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of 4 companies. From an early age, Kristina knew she was never meant to be an employee. For years, she had her own ideas and wanted to take charge. At age 20 without a degree, Kristina started a digital marketing company in the middle of the 2008 recession called SocialCow; a neuromarketing company that can be used in a variety of industries, like medical, legal and franchisees all over the world. In addition to helping businesses with their marketing, Kristina also coaches select business owners to help them break through plateaus in their businesses and their lives.
- Jeremy Anderson
Jeremy Anderson is a serial entrepreneur, author, and one of our country's top motivational speakers. For years Jeremy struggled to find his purpose in life. He struggled with repeated failure in school, a diagnosis with ADHD and drug and alcohol abuse. After his 3rd school for the 9th grade he got his act together thanks to a group of teachers who helped him get back on track. Soon he graduated from high school on time, and then went to college to pursue his bachelors and master degree. One day Jeremy and his wife Traci had the crazy idea to quit their 9-5 jobs so that Jeremy could pursue a career in public speaking. While the people around him thought they were crazy, they decided to do it anyway and share Jeremy's story all around the world. Today, Jeremy is the published author of 7 books and has been able to travel all over the world inspiring the next generation of students, and teachers. In addition to his motivational speaking and educational consulting firm, Jeremy owns a trucking company, and 2 nonprofit organizations, one here in the states, and one in South Africa. Jeremy even launched his newest company ‘Next Level Speakers Academy' where he trains and develops the next generation of speakers to share their stories, just like he does to make an impact in the world.
- Mike Ashabi
Mike Ashabi, CEO of True Life Ventures and the One Connection Network, has become the fastest-growing coaching business on the East Coast right now. With his two companies, Mike is making a massive impact on the world of Entrepreneurship by increasing business production for his clients by over 40% in some cases. The One Connection Network is putting business owners in touch with truly remarkable high-performing industry leaders around the country; "cherry-picked" by Mike himself. Mike has already been featured in a bunch of recent publications and nothing is stopping his momentum. Mike's newest expansion projects include True Life Financial, True Life Entertainment, True Life Media, and True Life Real Estate expecting to make a true impact in these various industries.
- Kyle Plummer
Kyle Plummer is an e-commerce and dropshipping mogul who took $0 and turned it into a 7 figure business in a year, all while working his 9-5 job. His biggest motivation behind his business was financial freedom. Prior to his success he always had a 9-5 job, it hit him that with his current career situation he would never be able to do the things he dreamed of doing, like buying a home, traveling the world and being able to afford nice things. With his success he has been able to help others do the same, even creating a YouTube channel offering free advice to help others get started with their dropshipping careers.
- Andrew Ragusa
Andrew Ragusa, owner of a real estate brokerage, created a fast-growing Private Equity Fund that allows investors to invest in real estate property flips for lump-sum returns. During Covid-19, his company is able to successfully pay out incredible returns to his investors since the demand for suburban housing has increased exponentially from the pandemic. As long as people are migrating away from densely populated areas, Andrew's properties are in high demand and his investors are reaping the rewards.
- Andrea Mora
Andrea Mora is a 22-year old digital marketing and branding expert born in Venezuela. She is based in Los Angeles, and has had the opportunity to work with iconic brands such as TikTok, Tencent, Adobe, and more. Her multicultural and young approach breathes new life into global brands that successfully target millennial and Gen Z audiences. During the pandemic, Andrea has been able to help businesses pivot to digital.
- Dylan Jackson
Dylan Jackson, is a serial entrepreneur who for over a decade has been building multiple companies. Jackson started his entrepreneurial career by traveling to major cities like New York and Las Vegas to attend trade shows to open wholesale accounts for Kollar Clothing. He later went on to work with, then later became a partner with Siempre Tequila learning all the ins and outs of a successful liquor company. Now with everything being mostly digital, Jackson created a digital agency to help clients start their entrepreneurial journey and to create solutions for already existing businesses. His more recent entrepreneurship is being a partner with Artivizt, and embroidery, and print on demand service for major clients like Shopify, Scotiabank and The Score. Each of his businesses have seen an increase in sales during this pandemic. At Artivizt, they have helped a significant number of companies that are unable to open their doors create promotion merchandise to sell to keep their business afloat.
- Richard Reyes
Richard Reyes is a successful financial advisor who helps millennials build multiple streams of income through E-Commerce, Forex, Real Estate, and other investment outlets. While COVID-19 has not been easy for anyone, Reyes has still been able to generate an impressive quarter million during this quarantine period. One thing that really motivated Reyes to start his own business, was his desire to help others. After consistently seeing people get scammed in the world of investments, he had enough, and knew he needed to do something to make a positive change. One thing that sets him and his business apart is that they put people first. In all of his ventures, the benefits of his clients and investors takes precedence. He believes the core to consistent growth during these competitive times is having a good code of ethics, and forward momentum. While Reyes has seen a lot of success with his business, he is not done yet, he is projecting his company will reach 1 million in sales this year while he studies for his Certified Financial Planner Certification.
- Jeremiah Campbell
Jeremiah Campbell , the Founder of Brickworks, LLC a constructions, masonry restoration and foundation repair company. Campbell has redefined his company as a human development industry, financed by masonry restoration. Campbell learned that putting the growth of his team first, is how his company will reach its greatest success. Campbell got his start early on, he was always in construction, he is a creator and builder by nature, and is fascinated by fixing and restoring old pieces and bringing them back to life. But, it wasn't until later on he learned how important mindset is while running a business, this helped him develop his company's core values; quality, customer service and professionalism. Due to his different approach and success of his business, Campbell and his wife have started a podcast, a one on one program designed for contractors called "Destined To Be", which he plans to grow this year.
- Carrick Felix
Carrick Felix, a retired NBA player, 3x Ted X Speaker, and Real Estate Investor. He is the creator of IMC, which is short for Inspire, Motivate, and Change. His program implements strategies used By Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, and other elite level experts. IMC is made up of different course packages to choose from to cater different needs like earning more money, making an impact, reigniting your relationship, and creating next level possibilities - all while living a healthier, wealthier, more passion drive and meaningful life. Whether you're a business owner, husband, wife, or even an athlete, Felix's company IMC can help give you the tools to reach your highest potential and transform your life.
- Syed Hashmi
Syed Hashmi, is a singer, producer and Bitcoin trader. Syed started out as a software engineer, but always knew that is not where his passion lies. So he started pursuing the things that interest him, music and making money. Syed is very passionate about being financially independent and with his talents and drive he is doing it. He has been able to make over 100 thousand dollars trading Bitcoin for a living. With Covid-19 putting a halt on our world, Hashmi has not faced anything major since trading is digital, but in terms of music it has been more difficult getting things done as many producers have lost their work. But by the end of this year, Syed wants to put a song out that reaches at least 1 million views on Spotify, and wants to complete his dream of being entirely financially independent.
- Anthony Morrison
Anthony Morrison, is a multi-millionaire internet marketer, author and speaker. After a financial hardship on his family Morrison took it upon himself to earn some extra income to help his family. He started off selling car parts online, he later looked into affiliate marketing and was really good at it. Making a quarter million each month, the people around him began to notice his success and wanted to learn how to do it too. So Anthony started to teach them, his brother even became a millionaire after adopting Anthonys' methods. This inspired him to write a book. He partnered up with infomercials to advertise his book, not long after he sold over a million copies. In addition to that he has done over 50 million dollar in online course sales.
- Alex Hormozi
Alex Hormozi, is a serial entrepreneur and businessman who owns 3 multi eight figure businesses which he developed in under 3 years by the age of 30. Gym Launch, one of his multiple businesses, did not start off as a successful gym. Many problems arose and this pushed Alex to change what he was doing to make Gym Launch a success, and it worked. In just three years that failing gym became 3,000+ successful gyms making over 24 million dollars a year and over 43 millionaire gym owners. His second business Prestige Labs, which started off as a supplement company quickly grew to multiple products lines, now even providing pre-packed meals to clients' door steps. Alex also is the CEO of SAAS business, which purpose is to help different businesses in all industries to become more automated. Alex has taken his success and has used it to help others, by donating over 1.3 million dollars to charity.
- Gabriel Beltran
Gabriel Beltran, is an entrepreneur and educator that focuses mainly on e-commerce and affiliate marketing. In just 4 years, Gabriel has generated over 22 million dollars in revenue. He and his wife were living paycheck to paycheck, with their first child on the way Gabriel needed to find a way to make more money to provide for this growing family. With his last $500 he invested that and turned it into $40,000 in revenue, he quit his job and today he's a multimillionaire. Now, Gabriel uses his experience and knowledge with the e-commerce world to teach his students how to be successful. To this day, his students have collectively generated over 40 million dollars in sales.
- Mohsen Syed
There are few entrepreneurs as inspirational as Mohsen (Moe) Syed. Moe, who first started working at a local jewelry company for nearly a decade, understood from a young age the importance of hard work and having a passion. Years later, with the help of his family and business partner for motivating and believing in Mohsen, he decided to take a leap of faith and start his own business. Today, Moe's brand is seen all over The United States. In the near future, he plans on expanding his operations to Miami, Florida, and continue to provide top quality products to his clients.
- Tony Robinson
Tony Robinson, also known as Tony "The Closer" Robinson is a former NFL player and is now a sales expert, mentor and best selling author of The Closer's 21 Proven Secrets to Close More Wholesale Deals in 30 Days with NO Sales Experience. The Closer has closed thousands of deals and generated more than 10 million dollars in auto and real estate sales. With all of his success, experience and knowledge, The Closer wanted to start a program that helps aspiring or current real estate professionals grow their real estate business, that is when he founded the 100k Club Conference. The Closer has always had a passion for teaching others, last year , while still on probation, Tony continued to defy the odds and helped over 7,000 people close their first real estate wholesale deal.
- Tee The Barber
Tavion Maultsby (aka Tee The Barber) has been an inspiration for many, showing that working hard definitely pays off. Coming from a barber/hairstylist background, Tee has mastered his technique to the point where he is considered one of the most famous barbers in the West Coast. Tee currently works at The Barbers Inc Barbershop located in San Jose, California and is also the official barber for NCAA National Championship Game and the San Francisco 49ers.
- Ignacio Saenz
Ignacio Saenz Lancuba, is a successful retired pro rugby player who is now a serial entrepreneur. Lancuba never saw himself as the 9-5 guy. He always wanted to have the financial freedom to do what he wanted to do with no limitations and strive for the best in all that he does. After finishing an incredible career in professional rugby he wanted to venture off in the world of business. Lancuba has been exposed to business his entire life, as his family owns one. He took it upon himself to learn as much as he could from them so one day he could use those lessons and apply it to his own business. Ignacio currently owns and/or is the Founder Partner of Auto Spares Factory and Store, Finance company, Amazon E-commerce stores and does Real Estate Investment.
- Jimmy Bennett
Jimmy Bennett , is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker and aspiring author. After dropping out of high school, he became homeless at just 16 years old, this continued on and off for years. In 2014, he decided to turn things around and using his last paycheck he invested it into E-Commerce.Years later, Jimmy now owns a successful company with over 30 employees. In addition to his success with E-commerce, Jimmy also owns a financial services consultancy company alongside a trading team within the Forex market. Jimmy's main focus though is to equip people with financial education. A big part of his success is the mentorship he received. Jimmy credits a lot of his success to the mentors that helped him along the way. As a result, Jimmy dedicates a big portion of his life to help others achieve their own version of success.
- Chris Diaz
Chris Diaz is a serial entrepreneur who got his bachelor's degree in 2016 and then got experience working sales for the most luxurious car dealership in Miami, FL and in a banking position at J.P Morgan Chase. He then saw the opportunity in the digital marketing space so he decided to invest into courses, mentors, books, and materials that would teach him how to grow his social presence. Chris then started his own agency, pursued his passion, and is now fulfilling his life's purpose. Chris is a consultant, marketing expert, and CEO of Chris Diaz Agency. He is well known for his innate ability to revolutionize the way a brand is seen. He provides digital consulting for 6-7 figure entrepreneurs and elite businesses looking to grow their social presence and scale beyond their current standing. He also runs a 100M+ digital network filled with artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers, and more which he leverages to drive more traffic to his clients businesses.
- Brian Breach
Brian Breach is a creator, entertainer, entrepreneur, recent Ted Talk speaker and a social media influencer. His journey started off in the world of music where he spent a decade performing and opening for some of the biggest names in hip hop, as well as having his song air nationally as the intro to a TV show for 3 years. In the process of making music he was able to co-found GTPS independent label and a highly successful hip hop blog getthatpaperson.com. Brian then also created Sikey Clothing and co-founded GTPS printing. Eventually, he stepped away from music and made a name for himself in the world of viral videos and sketch comedy. Brian plans to continue making his mark on earth while empowering others through motivational and positive content. He has also recently started working to launch his own TV show called America's Gone Viral with his partner in the endeavor Christine Curran, the current host of Dining Divas. Launched earlier this year, this is the first ever viral competition show for content creators.
- Sheree Wright
Sheree Wright is a lawyer for IBF Law Group, who focuses on immigration law. During her law school career, she co-founded a non-profit organization called The Wright Way Foundation, which seeks to reduce poverty and homelessness while generating and providing educational resources necessary to support youths, families and educators in Jamaica. Sheree is also a volunteer member of the national civic engagement organization, Mi Familia Vota, which unites Latinos, immigrants and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, and voter registration and participation.
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