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Interview with Glenn Sandler CPA

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Glenn Sandler, CPA, who has been in public accounting for over 30 years. Founded in 2013 by Mr. Sandler, G. I. Tax Service is America’s premier provider of year-round tax preparation and financial services including tax planning and small business formation assistance. G.I. Tax Service reaches out to military vets with turn-key franchise opportunities. G. I. Tax Service also believes in corporate responsibility and is active in a variety of local charities that help military families.

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

 

When I attended Florida International University, I wanted to get into the business field. I wanted to be a business owner one day, and I figured the best role in business is a CPA. My father has been a CPA since he was 18 years old. I’ve had the ability to follow his career path, and he always taught me that the best way to know a business is from the inside, and nobody knows business better than a CPA.

 

Can you share the most interesting story about what’s happened to you since you started your company?

 

I was at a charity event for Hopes for Heroes, and I was a dealer at the blackjack table. I was the only one there that wasn’t in a war. The eight people at my blackjack table were all veterans, and they all fought in foreign wars. While they were sitting together at the table, I realized their stress was released, and they felt comfortable. I got the impression they felt like they were in their own little world with others who know where they had been and what they had experienced. It’s truly a fraternity.

 

I was really affected by watching them. I thought to myself, ‘If I can start a company that creates this type of feeling and environment for veterans, then I can feel that I’ve made a difference in these heroes’ lives.’ That is one of the most memorable experiences I had with veterans. It was what set me on this path.

 

I want to make a difference. I believe that what you leave behind, or your legacy when you’re gone, is the way to make a difference with people. G.I. Tax Service wants to make a positive, substantial difference in people’s lives that have fought for this country.

 

What tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not burn out?

 

Have fun with it. You know the saying, ‘If you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I think any business that you approach in life has to be the same way. You have to enjoy it. We’re going to veteran franchisees or people that enjoy working and helping people because this is a company where you can really help people.

 

When you go to work, and you help people every single day, then you enjoy it. When you enjoy it, then it’s easy to be successful.            

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped you get where you are and can you share a story?

 

You know that’s an interesting statement. But I’ve done this thing on my own. I’m one of those people that don’t really ask for help. I figure if things need to get done I do them myself— I’ve been that way since I was 18 years old.

 

Some people have given me advice—a lot of people think that I shouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. But, I read books about successful people. I’ve read books by Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Michael Dell. And what they all have in common as people is that they don’t hear ‘no.’ They don’t listen to others saying ‘you can’t do this.’ If you’re going to be successful, then you have to have that kind of barrier because it’s difficult. There are a lot of hard decisions and a lot of people telling you ‘no.’ You have to have this vision to be able to move forward, and then you just do it on your own.

 

All leaders pay attention to what other successful leaders have done, but in the end, they make their own decisions.

 

If we look at what all successful people have in common, it’s having a vision—a clear, focused, forward-moving path. It is moving through obstacles, not hearing ‘no,’ not listening to ‘you can’t,’ and not being held in place by anything negative. It is the constant movement towards the goal.

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

 

I’m just a nice guy! I firmly believe the only thing you have when you leave this place is the way that you affect people. I practice this; from treating my employees to my customers well. Hopefully, G.I. Tax Service can make a huge difference in the way we treat those that have served in this country.

 

Do you have a favorite life lesson quote and can you share a story and how that is relevant in your life?

 

There are many, but the first one that comes to mind right now is ‘Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.’

 

Small decisions make big impacts. Everything grows slowly but surely. Methodically, get through it and then you’ll become successful.

What are five things you wish someone told you before you started your company and why?

 

Here’s a really interesting thing, when I started this company. I expressed that I’m going to be one of the largest tax companies—in the country, if not in the world; I mean that because we’re in America where we do American taxes.

 

However, since I had started this in 2011, I have yet to run into a roadblock. Every time I turn around, I’m waiting for something to stop me—to come to a crossroad, a scarecrow moment (reference from the Wizard of Oz where the scarecrow hits a crossroads). I have yet to hit a scarecrow moment where the outcome was bad.

 

This industry is a great industry to get into. There are not a lot of people in it. There’s not a lot of competition. I thought the most difficult thing was going to be developing a tax program, but there are ways around that. There are only a few companies that actually have proprietary tax programs. It’s recession proof as everybody who has a job, works or has money, can be a customer. I have yet to run into a roadblock that I have to turn around and say, ‘Man, I wish this would not have happened,’ but it just hasn’t. The only barriers into any business are finances and time. The only thing that would have been different is if someone had told me that it would take five years to franchise instead of one. However, it’s been time spent learning, honing the brand and model, and getting it ready as a franchise. So, really, the timing has been exactly what it needed to be.

 

Did you know that the inventor of Dyson had over 6,000 prototypes? Do you think if he knew that it would take 6,000 tries to get it right, it would have changed his path? No, because he would know that at a certain point, he would get to THE ONE.

 

I don’t think anything would have changed my mind from this direction. I think the country needs this. I think veterans need this. I think our employees need this. And I think our franchisees need this opportunity and America and Americans deserves this.

 

Our franchisees deserve, when they decide to put their life savings on the line, to make a career. It’s my job and my responsibility to make sure that I help them be successful. It took me years to learn how to do that.

 

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

 

Our whole company is about this idea. I firmly believe what I felt on casino night with Hope for Heroes triggered this idea which is to help the people that serve this country. We don’t get to have the freedoms that we have unless these guys and gals put their lives on the line. I mean, I’ve seen people with limbs blown off. I have talked to people that have PTSD to the point where they can’t sleep. I’ve spoken to the homeless guys that just don’t fit into society anymore. It’s our responsibility to make sure we help these people get through this kind of stuff. And if we can make a difference in their lives through our donations, awareness, a career opportunity, business ownership, the chance to make a difference in their lives and their family’s lives, then we have met our mission.

 

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Meet Anton Ortigas; ​one of 2019s top travel photography artist.

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Anton lives in the corporate world; he breathes the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. He seems like your average yuppie: finished his MBA, works a day job, dabbles in photography… if only they were that. Instead his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Ateneo GSB is put to good use daily in his many roles: first, as one of the youngest Country Managers of an international company, second, as an owner of an f&b franchisor, and third, as a globetrotting Instagram influencer.

Anton is behind Cotecna Elite Philippines Inc., a leading third-party audit, training, testing, inspection, and certification (ATTIC) global provider dedicated to developing and employing Filipinos in different provinces so they can provide local companies with world-class assurance services. With a bustling professional workforce of more than 300 employees in the Philippines, Anton has certainly carved himself a top spot in a niche industry, and yet despite his success, you can still see him in action, always in pursuit of bettering himself and others around him. This is why they recently launched their capacity-building initiative The Cotecna Institute, a training facility providing technical and vocational education to further professionalize the industry. It also provides leadership and skills enhancement seminars available to the youth in partnership with various government agencies.

His passion for empowering people goes beyond the confines of skyscrapers and traffic jams, and this is seen in We The People Coffee and Tea Company, a homegrown farm-to-palate coffee shop with three branches in Manila that serves handcrafted specialty coffee made from locally sourced and roasted beans. It also features curated products from students and budding entrepreneurs, as well as art pieces from illustrators, writers, and photographers from metro south, including his pieces from his internet-famous IG @antonorts, with over 90,000 followers and counting. There you can see his travels around the globe, captured in their wonder with Anton’s unique take on lines, shapes, and colors. When asked how he can manage to find time to take such beautiful photos in his busy life, he answers: “Social media provides an escape – a means to find inspiration and breathing spaces in other realities.” It’s no wonder that he takes such poignant and inspired images.

Here are some questions I asked him:

How did you make a name for yourself in your industry?

By taking photos of unique things, creating moments through everyday life experiences

What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now? 

I was young when I started managing our family business. It was hard to improve our corporate culture in the beginning because more senior employees did not listen and were resistant to change.

How did you overcome these obstacles?

Lead by example and worked hard to get more clients. I implemented programs within the company that empowered our employees to make decisions and lead their teams independently. This infused in them a feeling of ownership and it leads to positive growth and unity amongst each other.

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Why forex traders need to know the name Tyler Espitia

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Tyler Espitia has created a great living trading Stocks & Forex. He has helped thousands of regular people working a 9-5 become highly profitable trading in the markets. Tyler is known for turning $5000 into over $250,000, trading & helping over 5000 people personally trade in only 2 years. The trader has helped hundreds of students quit their jobs, drop out of college, and change their lifestyle for the better. 

Throughout the years Tyler has become more of a “go-to” in his space. Many have begun to see great results when learning from Tyler. He has very affordable courses and alert rooms, in addition to that, he offers a FREE forex & stock Accelerator where he covers choosing your broker, what kind of trader you should be, what apps you need to get started, and more.

It wasn’t always easy for Tyler, he went from being homeless at the young age of 18. Going all out on his dreams of becoming a successful trader required some sacrifices to be made along the way. He dealt with a lot of loneliness when he first started trading and his entrepreneurial journey.

“I had to cut out anyone who wasn’t willing to grow, reach new levels, hit milestones in their life and who weren’t shooting for the same goals as me. The crazy thing was, it was pretty much my whole circle I had to cut off so it was pretty much just myself and my determination this whole process. Lots of people can’t stand being alone but it’s something you will have to endure as part of the journey.”

But by the age of 22 & mastering forex trading, he has been able to grow his Instagram account to over 48k followers, live a luxury lifestyle and has been able to buy himself a big house in a gated community along with a foreign car, all within a 4-year time span. 

To continue following his journey you can follow his Instagram account @tylertrades and Youtube channel here.

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Meet the forex trader disrupting the trading industry. This is Clint Fester.

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Clint Fester is a forex mentor & founder of FestX. An educational platform for learning how to trade in the forex market. Clint put together this platform himself after gaining extensive knowledge doing a local and two major international courses that completely changed his life.

Clint Fester was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He is 33 years young and is a full-time Forex Trader & Entrepreneur. He is the Husband of Simone Fester and a father to his 2 beautiful kids Kyro and Kourtney. He started his entrepreneurial journey in March of 2015. The start of 2018, having so much success in FX Trading, he started his mentorship 2-day course which started with just one student and rapidly grew only 2 months of operations. 6 months later Clint has a 100% success rate teaching all of his students.

He started trading back in Feb 2016, with all of his success and hard work in Forex Trading he launched his own company and brand FestX in June 2017. FestX soon became as successful as his trading career. He was able to bring in a student base with over 460 students in 12 different countries. As of January 2019, he achieved what many others could only dream of. He became a self-made millionaire.

It’s not easy making it in the trading field but unlike others, Fester hustled, stayed motivated and stayed consistent. Clint’s talent was recognized globally, as he would put out his analysis on pairs and called moves while trading days & sometimes even weeks before they happened! He then always followed up with a picture afterward to show everyone he IS result-driven. He now has a great following base of over 28k followers on Instagram.

Clint went from being known as a “normal” kid from a normal town to living an abnormal life because of his high-income skill, trading forex. 

It wasn’t always easy, when I spoke to Clint about his journey to becoming a millionaire, I asked “what are some obstacles you faced”, he remembers the struggle; “the money shortage, cash was running very low in the halfway mark of my career, this was getting tough”. On his journey to becoming a self-made millionaire, he had to make plenty of sacrifices, selling his Xbox, tv, PlayStation and even his car! “I just kept my cell phone and laptop as that was the 2 most important things I needed to make it”.

To learn more about Clint Fester and FestX follow him on Instagram here.

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