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Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion

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Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, the co-founder of The camp Transformation Center, a fitness franchising business and the CEO of One Percent Nutrition – a supplement and nutrition company.

 

Last year 2018 he made over 54 million in revenue. Being a car enthusiast, his car collection includes the 2017 Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the 2018 Dodge Demon, the 2018 Lamborghini Performonte just to name a few and he is looking into acquiring the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista very soon. This clout, glamor, and affluence was however not handed to Sam on a silver platter. He rose from the ashes to achieve the success he has today. This is the story of how a poor refugee child from the war-stricken country Iran, came to America, making millions and is living the ultimate American dream.

 

Coming To America

 

At the age of 11 in 1985, Sam Bakhtiar and his mother packed a sack bag with $500 to their name and left their home country Iran to come to the US as refugees. This was after having to endure living under the conditions of constantly fired missiles, air strikes and bombs from the age of 3. With only one piece of luggage, a measly 500 dollars in their name and no father, the mother-son duo came to the US in search of a better life. Settling in Pennsylvania Sam was safe and no longer feared for his life.

 

But the hardships were yet to come to an end by a long shot. Sam began working early in his pre-teen years earning as little as 200 dollars after putting in over 128 hours a month. He went from one odd job to another with the hope of saving up enough to buy his childhood dream car which was a Volkswagen GTI.

 

The Turning Point

 

Sam Bakhtiar’s passion for fitness did not start as a business venture. It all began in school when he wanted to join the basketball team but his scrawny physique did not make the cut. His mother, however, told him not to give up, suggested he join the local boys’ club, start training and try out again the next year. But it was at the gym where he gained an interest in bodybuilding.

 

 

At the age of 14, he decided he would become a champion bodybuilder. And this he did, winning first place in every weight class and earning 23 major bodybuilding titles today. In 2008, the US markets were hit by the recession and Sam Bakhtiar was hit hard. At the time, he was a personal trainer running his own gym having started it with a capital of 40,000 dollars, half of which was a loan from his mother.

 

The success and returns he had enjoyed since 2000 came to a shocking halt with his revenue dropping from 2.4 million dollars in 2007 to about 400,000 dollars in 2009. His house was on foreclosure, his ex-wife was then pregnant with their 1st child, and at that verge of brokenness, the idea of Camp Transformation Center was born with his business partners, Alejandra Font and Luis Font.

 

The Transformation

Currently, the Camp Transformation Center is a multi-million franchise with close to 110 branches all over the US. This was born from an investment of 11,000 dollars only and an idea to develop a fitness model that would be flexible and relevant in changing times. At Camp Transformation center, the focus is not only on physical fitness but mental fitness as well, with the goal being to assist every client to rise above.

 

Sam and his partners have watched their fitness concept take their business from their first small crappy location with limited equipment to having world-class fitness facilities. Sam Bakhtiar is also the CEO of One Percent Nutrition supplement company that is quickly gaining traction as the premier supplement company. He is developing his brand by ensuring only the best ingredients are used to manufacture the products, educating his consumers and working with ambassadors who believe in the company’s mission and vision.

Sam Bakhtiar says he is nowhere close to the top of his success. With the growth both the Fitness Franchise and Supplement Company are experiencing, he hopes to develop them into household names in the next few years. Until then, he will keep dedicating himself to transforming lives the best way he can. Lives just like yours.

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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Priyanshu Chouhan Young Digital Influencer all set to join B-town as Promotion Partner.

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The Indian movie industry is growing worldwide. It is creating more and more opportunities for young ones to join Bollywood as lots of work is there for talented people who are techno-friendly.Priyanshu Chouhan is a famous name from the IT world known as social media master. He is the founder of IT company called #piyanusquad, Priyanshu makes people remarkable with his online skills. Now he is all set to join B-town, don’t get surprised not an actor but as a promotion partner.Priyanshu Chouhan wants to be part of B-town if he gets the chance to promote movies. He is close to many Bollywood directors and producers. In the past, he has even given his technical to many producers for promotional work. Now Priyanshu wants to join full time to handle big projects in Bollywood movies. If he enters Bollywood, then it will be win-win for both B-town and him. Priyanshu Chouhan’s expertise will help more to B-town to stand against the western world in terms of marketing movies. He has different techniques in his mind which he will utilize in the movies. His technical help will boost movie promotion work in India and abroad. Hollywood promotional work and their technology inspire Priyanshu, he wants to bring the same thing in Indian movies. Priyanshu has the potential and talent to take our movie promotion work to new highs. Bollywood movies have always attracted him right from his childhood. He wanted to be part of B-town but never thought of acting; Priyanshu always wants to join B-town with his work, not for acting. His interest can take him long in Bollywood as he has that X-actor in him. He is young and smart techno person who can do wonders for B-town with marketing strategies.It is a good sign for Bollywood as young techno-friendly people are joining B-town. Bollywood needs people like Priyanshu Chouhan who can bring new vibe in the industry with their work.Here’s wishing Priyanshu Chouhan all the best for his new attempt. We hope he gets the same success which he acquired in the IT field.

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Freddie Achom on why effective listening is a key leadership skill

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Frederick Achom is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Rosemont Group Capital Partners, a private investment group with a portfolio including renewables, financial services, and digital tech.

What’s the most important skill for company founders, start-up owners, dynamic entrepreneurs? Passion? Communication? Business acumen? All of these are important, of course, but listening is the game-changer.

Research shows that just 10% of us listen properly. That is, a whopping 90% of us fail to listen effectively. Of course, we usually technically ‘listen’ but we find our minds wandering to other subjects.

Effective listening is vital for business leaders


In my career, across my businesses, investments and partnerships, I have always found listening to be the main driver of growth. Staying open, tuning in to other people and, above all, listening to our customers, helps drive business success. Most people assume they’re good listeners but taking the time to really master this deceptively difficult skill can pay dividends.

Bain&Company carried out a survey in 2016 on leadership traits. They asked 2,000 employees to rate 33 separate leadership skills and traits. Respondents selected ‘centredness’ as the number one characteristic they appreciate in a business leader. In this context, ‘centredness’ means the person demonstrating the ability to truly be present and give their full attention to the other person. It’s about making employees feel heard and valued.

Business leaders must make sure that every team member is listened to equally. That means the quiet ones who can be tentative about coming forward. It also means those who demonstrate different communication styles.

Don’t overestimate your listening ability


It’s all too easy to pay more attention to speaking our voice rather than listening to others. This is particularly the case with business founders, entrepreneurs and start-up owners. We tend to be extroverted personalities, with ‘Type A’ communication styles.

I admire anyone who can clearly communicate their thoughts to a room full of people, as and when they crop up. But I admire business leaders more when they really listen to other people. Listening allows an insight into new perspectives. It helps to understand what’s not being said and to find out what’s missing from the puzzle.

According to development advisor Melissa Daimler, there’s more than one listening style. In fact, she says there are three different listening levels: internal listening, focused listening and 360-degree listening. Internal listening is where we concentrate on our own thoughts rather than the person speaking. Focused listening is where we listen but don’t fully connect and so miss the subtext. The final level, 360-degree listening is where we listen to what the other person says and how they’re saying it.

How well do you listen to your employees?


And while we may assume that we’re always at the highest level of listening, cognitive bias says we probably aren’t. This is why it’s good to check in every now and again and see where you measure up to the four listening qualities, as defined by leadership consultants Joseph Folkman and Jack Zenger:

  1. Positivity – good leaders are able to give constructive, thoughtful feedback. If the other person thinks you’re listening properly, they are far more likely to take your feedback on board.
  2. Cooperation – bad listeners use the time when others are speaking to construct a combative correction or statement. This leads to a defensive, unproductive conversation. Feedback should flow in both directions more or less equally.
  3. Support – effective listeners boost the other person’s confidence during the conversation.
  4. Participation – great listeners ask questions and delve deeper into the subject.

How to become a better listener


If we’re busy, distracted or stressed, it’s all too easy to pay less attention than we should. During those times you realise you haven’t truly heard your colleague, team member or employee, use the following techniques to boost your listening effectiveness. Some sound obvious, but they’re simple to miss.

  • Make direct eye contact – this shows confidence and respect for the person speaking. Don’t let your gaze stray to your computer screen or phone and switch off notifications. The other person should have your total, undivided attention.
  • Ask open questions – if you ask questions that can only have a closed answer, you’re effectively stifling the conversation. This is likely to leave the other person frustrated and feeling unvalued.
  • Allow them to finish – don’t be tempted to speak over them and try not to even frame your response until they’ve stopped talking. Pauses are OK, don’t feel you have to immediately fill any thoughtful silence.
  • Try to hear what isn’t being said – around 80% of all human communication is nonverbal. If you pick something up from a facial expression, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Watch your speaking/listening ratio – if you’re not leading the conversation, watch how much you speak. As the business leader, you’re likely to automatically take control of the conversation. This isn’t ideal, when you need to listen to the other person.

Effective listeners work better in teams, learn and absorb information faster and contribute to a workable culture. They also tend to interact with clients, customers and colleagues better. Leading by example as an effective, meaningful listener will encourage your workforce to do the same. Cultivate this skill within your organisation for more effective business growth.

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THE MANDALAY GROUP SHARES NEW UPDATES FOR #PAY TAMPA BAY

The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

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The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

The theme for 2020 event is “Banking, Blockchain and Beyond”. Event proceedings are being co-sponsored by BlockSpaces, a Tampa based blockchain technology innovation studio. This unique event will be staged at the new Embarc Collective innovation hub in downtown Tampa.

“We’re excited to enter into these new partnerships leading up to the event” said Bruce Burke, CEO of The Mandalay Group. “These high-profile supporters and contributors will help amplify our message and attract attention and investment to our thriving technology community.”

Andrew Morris, Founder & CEO of new consultancy The Fintech Agenda LLC, will be joining the #PAY Board of Advisors. An expert in the technologies and trends shaping the future of financial services, payments and commerce, Andrew serves on multiple boards and is an advisor to several fintech organizations, including the Technology Association of Georgia’s Fintech Society and the HOPE Global Forums.

“Having served for 5 years as Chief Content Officer for the Money20/20 conferences, and thus helping to build the leading fintech events globally, I have seen how powerful events can be to move industries and companies forward,” Andrew explains.

“The #PAY event brand is in the right space at the right time. I’m excited to play a role moving forward in helping #PAY produce world-class events exploring the innovation that will occur over the next decade in payments.”

#PAY also announced several presenters for the event, including keynote speaker Matteo Rizzi, an unconventional Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator and Author of the new book “Talents and Rebels, Dealing with Corporate Misfits”.

This book is an inspirational journey where – hopefully – misfits get a spot to be heard, and everyone gets an opportunity to understand a different innovation perspective. For three years in a row, Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the “40 most influential Fintech executives in Europe”.

Matteo will be joined by executives from Arival, the first fintech bank. Arival was founded in 2017 by a dynamic trifecta consisting of two seasoned fintech venture capitalists and one young fintech entrepreneur.

Regarded for the team’s prior investments in pioneer digital banks such as Simple, Moven, Fidor, & RocketBank – they decided it was time to take the bull by the horns & build their own. CEO, Vladislav Solodkiy, CFO, Igor Pesin and COO, Jeremy Berger will participate in the #PAY event. Arival now boasts a pre-money valuation of more than $14.8 million.

“We’re proud to have so many fintech leaders as headline speakers for #PAY,” said Rosa Shores, Co-Founder of BlockSpaces. “These innovators will explore the most transformative technologies and ideas reshaping the banking, fintech and payments industry. 

We look forward to shining a global spotlight on Tampa Bay as an emerging fintech hub and, once again, show the nation we are a “go-to” city for blockchain innovation.”

The Mandalay Group also announced a new community partnership with the Florida based non-profit, Synapse. #PAY will host a panel session focused on Fintech investment during the Synapse Summit being held February 11-12, 2020 at Amalie Arena. Leading VC’s, institutional investors and well-funded fintech firms will provide information and insight with key strategies for successful exits.

“Synapse is glad to partner with #PAY to ensure our audience of upwards of 6,000 attendees from all parts of Florida’s innovation ecosystem have the chance to learn about the growing fintech and payments industry,” said Lauren Prager, Synapse Vice President of Community Engagement.

The #PAY TAMPA BAY agenda offers keynote sessions from global leaders in the banking, fintech and paymentsindustry, with more than dozen sessions on topics ranging from opportunities in blockchain, to shifting consumer payment preferences, digital identity, innovative payment solutions and how these changes will reshape the banking, payments and commerce industry.

Reserve your spot today at: www.paytampabay.eventbrite.com

Industry innovators count on #PAY to connect them with key decision-makers at financial institutions, venture capitalists, and fintech startups as well as service providers, analysts and media.

Get your brand message in front of executive-level stakeholders and buyers. #PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

For more information visit: www.paysymposium.com/contact

About The Mandalay Group

The Mandalay Group is a consortium of professionals focused on accelerating the future in the banking, fintech and payments industry globally. TMG is well known for bringing together thought leaders, innovators and decision-makers from across the financial services industry to discuss the tsunami of transformation changing the face of finance.

Attendees benefit from access to the world’s foremost experts focused on emerging payments technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce, blockchain, cognitive platforms, digital identity and experiential customer engagement

Media Contact: The Mandalay Group: [email protected] (727) 612-5775

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