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Carolina Flores Manross

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Carolina posses over 24 years of expertise in business development consulting, marketing, sales and management.  Carolina is a bilingual multicultural consultant that has been successfully assisting business owners for over 12 years. Carolina provided services for one of the largest Hispanic markets in the country for many years in Orange County, California.  As a business consultant, Carolina has provided one on one consultations to over 300 clients and trained over 7,000 business owners in English and Spanish.  Carolina has been invited as a guest speaker at Women’s Business Forums, Business conventions and numerous Chambers of Commerce. Carolina understands the importance of a Holistic approach in consulting which includes personal development, providing resources, training and education for business owners as vital tools for business owners to succeed. Carolina’s commitment is to empower individuals to achieve their dreams and promote economic growth in their communities. Carolina is the creator of the Marketing Plan Express which facilitates the creation of a Basic Marketing Plan for small businesses.

Sam Gastro

Sam has started and operated several online companies based around internet marketing and e-commerce. Currently operates a thriving e-commerce business that keeps his techniques fresh and his tactics practical. He spends his time working with an amazing team to execute breakthrough e-commerce strategies and ideas that he enjoys sharing with others. He shares with other entrepreneurs and business owners his own strategies and techniques he leans from his own business to help you succeed as well.

Don Hobbs

A 50-year resident of Boulder and 6-year broker at Front Range Business, Don’s background includes founding and selling 3 businesses, through which he acquired diverse experience with event production, satellite communications and expense management while serving United Artists, Microsoft, Engie, Coors and others. Since this is Boulder, he loves cycling and other outdoor pursuits. He’s most proud of raising over $3 million for The Children’s Hospital and The Red Cross.

Chuck Hunker

Chuck Hunker grew up in the Chicago suburb of Barrington and attended Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A resident of Boulder since 1979, Hunker ran the Applause retail stores with locations in Boulder, Denver’s Cherry Creek and at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield with his wife, Jody. He developed the Split Method business; a web application in the divorce and estate planning sector. Hunker has served on the board of directors for The Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District and was the former chair of the Downtown Boulder Inc. board.

Debra Jason

A recipient of the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association’s (RMDMA) “Creative Person of the Year Award,” Debra Jason started The Write Direction in 1989.

Past President of the RMDMA, she is a seasoned direct response copywriter with more than 30 years of experience in the field of direct marketing. During that time she has personally written thousands upon thousands of words for hundreds of clients around the country (and some overseas).

Debra is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget™: How to attract a steady stream of happy clients, make more money and live your dream. She is also a contributing author with New York Times best-selling author Joel Comm, of So What Do You Do? Discovering the Genius Next Door with One Simple Question.

When other writers have researched books on direct response copywriting and freelance writing they’ve turned to Debra for her input. She has been quoted in such books as The Complete Guide to Writing Web-Based Advertising Copy to Get the Sale, Modern Media Writing, Copywriting Success, Second Lives: Becoming a Freelance Writer and Smart Business Solutions: Direct Marketing & Customer Management.

In 2012, after 10 years living in paradise on the island of Kaua`i, Hawaii, Debra returned to Boulder, CO where she first started her business. As a professional speaker, author, direct response copywriter and multi-faceted marketing mentor, she empowers you with the powerful business building tools you need to gain exposure and attract a steady stream of happy clients with fun and ease so that you too can live your dreams.

She believes everyone has a gift to share with the world and wants you to help you get your message out there in a big way—a way that resonates with your ideal clients.

In addition to being a featured guest on online programs she has delivered numerous live presentations and workshops on the value of building relationships and the art of engaging as they apply to attracting clients, generating leads and networking online and off.

Debra treasures time with family and friends, loves dancing, yoga, the serenity of the ocean, and memories of walking her beautiful (and famous) golden retriever, Ike, along the white sand beaches of the incredible north shore of Kaua’i.

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