CHANGING LIVES PODCAST

Dan Casetta - Changing Lives Selling Knives

001: Welcome to Changing Lives Selling Knives: Your Host’s 3 Favorite Lessons

WHAT THE PODCAST IS ALL ABOUT There’s a new generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders who are positively impacting the world through lessons they first learned from a unique sales job with Cutco Cutlery and Vector Marketing.   Vector recruits tens of thousands of people every year for the opportunity to sell Cutco, the vast majority of these being college students.  For those who stick with the company for at least a Summer, the experience can be truly transformational. The list of skills to be gained includes: Communication and influence Goal-setting and planning Time-management and self-discipline Overcoming adversity and mental…
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Jackie Stavros

268: Jackie Stavros – Flashback Friday

Dr. Jacqueline Stavros has a passion for working with others to create positive change. She is a professor of Business and IT at Lawrence Technological University, and is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic change. The foundation of her work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely-used approaches for positive change. Jackie has worked in over 30 countries using AI and SOAR to affect the lives of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations. She has written over 70 articles and 6 books, including her most recent work, “Conversations Worth Having.” Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and many leadership blogs. Jackie believes that our conversations create our moments and influence the world we live in. By learning the principles of “Conversations Worth Having,” we can all learn to lead positive change through our words.

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Chris Gehring

267: Chris Gehring – Life’s a 10

Chris Gehring is one of the most dynamic leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Responsible for over $26 million in Cutco sales, he is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. As leader of the Washington/Alaska Division and also the Pacific Islands Division, Chris helps everyone under his guidance to establish a greater vision for themselves, develop the confidence to act on that vision, and sustain the energy to follow through. Chris Gehring’s motto is “Life’s a 10!” and his concepts will inspire you to bring your best to live life to the fullest each day.

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Stacy Campbell

266: Flashback Friday – Stacy Campbell

Stacy Campbell is the Lone Star Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. A 29-year veteran with the company, Stacy is closing in on $100 million in career sales, and is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. In quiet fashion, Stacy has assembled and developed one of the preeminent organizations in the entire company over the past few years. His Division was #1 in the company in 2018, and has continued to excel since then. This modest champion has developed numerous other champions in business, and he sets a great example of well-rounded professional and personal success.

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Margaret Przybyla

265: Margaret Przybyla – Dedication To Your Dreams

Margaret Pryzbyla is one of the all-time top Cutco sales reps in the history of Vector Canada, with over $2.4 million in personal sales. Hers is a story of dedication to a dream, a dream that started with emigrating to Canada during challenging times in her home country of Poland. Her dream most notably included her desire to build a beautiful life for herself and her 2 daughters, and to be able to succeed as a self-made businesswoman selling Cutco. Margaret’s goals have never been to compete at the highest levels in the Cutco/Vector organization, but by advancing at her own pace and living life on her terms, she has had a powerful influence in the company and built a lasting legacy through her 2 daughters.

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Stephen Torres Flashback Friday

264: Stephen Torres – Flashback Friday

Stephen Torres has had an incredible path of success, achievement, and impact in his life. He spent 12+ years in the Cutco/Vector organization, where he became the first District Manager in company history to achieve $10 million in sales and be inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. After his years with Cutco, he advanced his formal education with a degree from UC-Berkeley and an MBA from Cornell. Along the way, he pursued several opportunities in the Technology industry in the Silicon Valley area. He was a part of SuccessFactors path to going public and being acquired by SAP, started 2 of his own companies which were also acquired, and served as the CEO for another company. Eventually, he was invited to serve as a part of the faculty at UC-Berkeley, where he has taught one of the most in-demand courses on Leadership and another course in one of the most exclusive academic programs in the world. Today, he also coaches and mentors start-up founders and entrepreneurs, offering key insights which date back to his learnings and direct experience as a leader with Cutco/Vector.

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Owen Trapp

263: Owen Trapp – Bring Your Best

Owen Trapp is the Legacy Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, headquartered in Bergen County, NJ. He’s a 10-year veteran with the company who has produced about $12 million in sales. Owen has created personal success by helping many others to create their own success. With a focus on enhancing both skillset and mindset, Owen brings out the best in himself and his team. He sets the example and helps people to push through their comfort zones to experience maximum growth.

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Curtis Jaques

262: Curtis Jaques – Flashback Friday

Curtis Jaques is one of the most influential leaders in the Cutco personal sales arena. Since 2006, Curtis has had a preposterous run of finishing 1st or 2nd in Cutco sales every year! He has consistently found the next level in his annual sales, from his first year over $100,000 back in 2005 to over ONE MILLION in personal sales in 2019!!! A five-time National Champion with over $8 million in career personal sales, Curtis has directly impacted more Cutco reps than any other sales leader in company history, through cross-training and sharing his insights with others. He lives in the Denver area with his wife, Thuy, and their young daughter.

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Ken Coleman

261: Ken Coleman – A Legacy Of Life-Changing Influence

Ken Coleman is one of the most iconic leaders in the Silicon Valley technology industry. First, he became one of the top Executives at Hewlett-Packard, ultimately responsible for world-wide staffing. Then, at Activision, he helped revolutionize the video game industry and brought a breakthrough product to the market, the game Pitfall. Most notably, Ken was a major player as Executive Vice-President in building Silicon Graphics Inc. from a $10 million company into a $3.5 billion market giant, where Ken was responsible for over 4000 employees in 37 countries. He has led or influenced multiple other companies over the past 20 years as he has primarily served as a mentor and advisor to many prominent Silicon Valley leaders. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, both professionally and personally. Through his skills in connecting with and leading others, Ken Coleman has built an everlasting legacy of life-changing influence in the world.

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Chris George

260: Chris George – Flashback Friday

Chris George is the Founder, President & CEO of CMG Financial, a privately held mortgage bank headquartered in California, and conducting business in all 50 states. CMG has over 2000 employees and on track to record a volume of over $35 billion in 2021. Chris is one of the most notable leaders in the mortgage industry, having served as the Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has also testified before Congress and met with key leaders on issues affecting the housing industry. Chris sold Cutco almost 40 years ago, and his original manager was current Cutco/Vector West CEO Bruce Goodman! Today, Chris lives on a 1000+ acre property overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area. He aspires to leave a legacy through his family, his business, and his charitable CMG Foundation.

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Kuvaal Patel

259: Kuvaal Patel – Create Your Own Reality

Kuvaal Patel is the West Los Angeles District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, and also serves as Assistant Division Manager in the Southland Division. He is a remarkable example of achievement, success, and impact at a young age. Despite significant learning differences, Kuvaal has been able to become one of the best students you’ll ever encounter, both academically and in his business life. He graduated from college in 3 years at age 20, and has quickly developed into one of the top achieving leaders in Vector. Through any challenge he’s faced, Kuvaal has learned that we can all create our own reality. He shares how in this inspiring conversation.

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Lauren Gibbs

258: Lauren Gibbs – Flashback Friday

Lauren Gibbs won an Olympic Silver Medal at the 2018 games in South Korea! This moment was the high-point experience of a journey that has taken Lauren from growing up in Los Angeles to star high-school athlete to Brown University volleyball player to Cutco rep and manager to the corporate world and eventually to becoming a 30 year-old rookie in the world of bobsled. Lauren’s amazing journey is a testament to her yearning for something more in her life, believing in herself, having the courage to chase her dream, and her commitment to doing whatever it takes to succeed. Hers is a story that will entertain, educate, and inspire you to chase the dreams in your life that might actually be more possible than you ever thought before.

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Shelby Wildgust Brandt

257: Shelby Wildgust Brandt – Developing A Cloak Of Confidence

Shelby Wildgust Brandt has spent her entire life on an entrepreneurial journey of discovery, learning about herself, others, business, and life. She learned about fearlessness, independence, confidence, and leadership as a child, even before selling Cutco. Perfectly suited for the opportunity to work with Cutco/Vector, she excelled as both a sales rep and Branch Manager. Since returning to Vector after a one-year hiatus in Corporate America, she has leveraged her talents and wisdom to assist in the development of many young leaders throughout the company. Her current role as Program Development Manager enables her to bring her best energy to impact others to develop their own cloak of confidence.

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Cathy Christen

256: Cathy Christen – Flashback Friday

Cathy Christen is the current Division Manager of Cutco/Vector’s Gulf Coast Division, headquartered in Houston, TX. She is a 9-time National Champion in Office or District sales, and a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She also runs multiple other businesses in several industries, and she mentors entrepreneurs across multiple markets to succeed in their business and life. Cathy is the best-selling author of “Life As A Masterpiece,” and is in-demand as a keynote speaker. A 19-year veteran in the Cutco/Vector business, Cathy is one of the company’s most dynamic and powerful leaders.

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Logan Franke

255: Logan Franke – The Winner Inside You

Logan Franke is the Motor City Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. A graduate of the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana, Logan has been on a fast track to success in his business and in life. He brings acumen, enthusiasm, and a drive to succeed as model traits for the people around him. Logan was a 2-time Branch Manager in college who advanced from District to Division Manager in less than 5 years. He just surpassed his $10 million milestone with Cutco/Vector.

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Michael Arrieta

254: Michael Arrieta – Flashback Friday

Michael Arrieta has had exponential success in his relatively short career. As a Cutco sales rep, he was the #1 new sales rep in the company during his first year. He became one of the top college-student sales reps in the history of the company before graduating from the University of Alabama. Michael’s first corporate experience was with Wyse, a company which was purchased by Dell, where he was able to leverage his experience, effort, and results to advance to Chief of Staff in a short period of time. He got onto the radar of legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Keith Krach, and eventually moved to a role as Keith’s Chief of Staff in the early days of DocuSign. Michael was truly one of the key players in DocuSign’s meteoric rise to market dominance, and he advanced as far as Global VP before departing from the company recently. He was even named to Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2016. Now, he has started his own holding company, Garden City, for the purpose of buying and transforming service businesses all across the Southeastern U.S., bringing them new culture, improved technology, and increasing opportunities and benefits for their working-class employees. Michael is also the co-Founder of New Story, a non-profit whose mission is to end global homelessness. This guy is an absolute superstar in business and in life.

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Matt Jarvis & Colton Horn

253: Matt Jarvis & Colton Horn – Alumni Start-Up Journeys

This episode features 2 prior guests on the podcast, Colton Horn and Matt Jarvis, with updated details on their entrepreneurial journeys. Colton was Cutco/Vector’s Silver Cup Branch Manager in 2019, and was featured in Episode #37. Now graduated from Northwestern University, Colton has co-Founded Breinfuel, which is a scientifically-derived beverage that helps top achievers create all-day focus. Matt was a Canadian Field Sales Manager who went on to a career in professional poker that was highlighted by his appearance at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. He founded CashLive to give people that Final Table experience in a simple and fun mobile game that can be played in about 15 minutes. Matt was the featured guest in Episode #132. Both of them have real-life challenges and great wins to share from the entrepreneur’s roller coaster, along with the compelling future vision for their companies.

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Evan Keller

252: Evan Keller – Flashback Friday

Evan Keller is one of the brightest stars in the Cutco/Vector Marketing universe. An 18-year veteran with the company, Evan was one of the company’s top student sales reps during his years at Marquette University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Finance and Marketing. As a New District Manager, Evan was #1 in the company his first year, and his office broke the all-time company record in 2014. He was promoted to South Coast Division Manager that year, and his Division has been among the top Divisions in the company every year under his guidance. Evan has been married to his wife, Annie, for 10 years, and they have 3 young children. Evan succeeds at everything he does, and is the ultimate role model for so many others in his circles of influence.

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Demian Scopp

251: Demian Scopp – Quit Being A Little B

Demian Scopp is one of the top managers in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization today. In 2020, he produced $1.9 million in his District and over $1 million in his office in San Marcos TX. His District Team is #2 in the Nation for 2021, and has top contenders in both the Branch and New DM competitions. Demian’s life and career have been marked by many challenges, but no matter what the obstacle, he has been able to rise above it. He has now been responsible for over $7 million in Cutco sales.

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Dr. Benjamin Hardy

250: Dr. Benjamin Hardy – Flashback Friday

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and the bestselling author of books such as “Willpower Doesn’t Work,” “Personality Isn’t Permanent,” and “Who Not How.” From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Hardy was the #1 writer IN THE WORLD on Medium, where his blogs have been viewed over 100 million times. He contributes regularly to Inc. and Psychology Today, and his current blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, and many others. This episode features ideas from Personality Isn’t Permanent, which unlocks the myths surrounding personality and gives people the tools to break free from self-limiting beliefs and write a new story for their lives. Dr. Hardy has a new book with Dan Sullivan coming Fall 2021 called “The Gap And The Gain.”

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Dan Casetta

249: Dan Casetta – How To Leverage CLSK In Your Business

What are the best CLSK episodes for Cutco reps? What episodes can managers listen, learn, and implement? What are the best episodes for people outside of the Cutco business? How can listeners leverage specific episodes to help develop themselves and their teams? The answers to these and other questions lie in this special episode of CLSK.

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Amber Vilhauer

248: Amber Vilhauer – Flashback Friday

Amber Vilhauer is an online digital marketing expert who supports business owners to establish a powerful, integrated online presence that gets results and empowers them to make a difference in their industry. After working in Cutco/Vector Marketing for several years, she started her own company called NGNG Enterprises (standing for No Guts No Glory) in 2007. Over the past 14 years, Amber has supported more than one thousand entrepreneurs on six continents to get results. She is the launch manager behind several #1 best-selling books including those for Mark Victor Hansen, Brendon Burchard, Lisa Nichols, Bill Walsh, and Les Brown.

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Jon Berghoff Zoom Era

247: Jon Berghoff – Creating Connection & Community In The Zoom Era

Jon Berghoff is the Founder & CEO of XChange, a premier organization for facilitating online and live events and teaching others how to do so. The XChange Approach has created exponential outcomes for thousands of leaders around the world. In this new era of virtual events, one of the most important qualities for anyone who leads groups is the ability to create connection and community through Zoom and other such platforms. Jon Berghoff is a world expert at this exact subject, and he shares his transformational strategies in this highly informative conversation.

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Brandon Brown

246: Brandon Brown – Flashback Friday

Brandon Brown has become legendary in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization by repeatedly finding ways to push through limitations and achieve the impossible. He was the first rep in company history to sell over $100K in a company “Push Period” sales contest, and also the first to break $1 million in residential Cutco sales in a year. Brandon understands the thought processes, preparation, and action steps to achieve at the highest levels in life. In this conversation, we use the example of a “Push Period” as a training ground for breaking through limitations and achieving success in any goal that you set.

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Rachel Richards

245: Rachel Richards – Real Estate Investing 101

Rachel Richards is back by popular demand for a 2nd episode today! In Episode #38, we discussed how Rachel leveraged her Cutco/Vector opportunity to graduate from college debt-free with a degree in Finance, then how she got into real estate investing and built enough passive income to “retire” from her formal employment by age 27. She also shared tips from her best-selling book, “Money Honey : A Simple 7-Step Guide to Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together.” In this episode, we follow-up by discussing specifically how Rachel went from 0 to 38 doors within a few short years and has built a passive income of over $15,000 per month, and we’ll hear insights from Rachel’s 2nd book, “Passive Income Aggressive Retirement.” Rachel is currently traveling around the United States with her husband and dog, while continuing to teach women and Gen Z-ers about money management.

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Joe Shupp

244: In Memory of Joe Shupp – Life’s Ultimate Test

There will come a time in all of our lives when we have to confront our own mortality. At this point, we’ll all be faced with considering the real meaning of our lives, and what’s truly most important to us. During his time as a pastor, Joe counseled others in this regard. In February 2019, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. One year later, we got together to discuss his life experiences and his perspective on battling this challenge. His experiences can provide important insights and valuable advice for anyone who someday confronts life’s ultimate test. Joe passed away on 6/19/2021 after continuing to inspire others for 2-1/2 years.

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Hiro Rodriguez

243: Hiro Rodriguez – Flashback Friday

Hiro Rodriguez has spent a lifetime building mentoring relationships, on both sides of the spectrum. He started as a Cutco rep in San Jose, then was largely developed in the South Coast Division organization while at school at University of San Diego, and for several years after his graduation. After a successful run at Salesforce, he joined the pre-IPO DocuSign “rocket ship.” There, Hiro became Chief of Staff to Chairman/CEO Keith Krach, one of the foremost business leaders in America, from whom he learned many incredible lessons about business and life. He followed to Keith to Washington DC where he served our country as the Chief Business Officer in the US State Department. Now, he has settled into a new role as the Chief Revenue Officer at Prefect, a fast-growing software company.

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Mike Lonzetta

242: Mike Lonzetta – Two Critical Coaching Concepts

Mike Lonzetta is a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep who has evolved into an inspirational coach and speaker. Mike’s coaching impact started in Vector’s Gulf Coast Division, and has expanded nationally, where he has impacted a large number successful reps and managers and become known as the “DOC” or District Office Coach. Mike has studied coaching concepts under such luminaries as Tony Robbins and Brendan Burchard, and he speaks from a depth of experience and wisdom. Back by popular demand for a second episode, Mike shares in this conversation the two most important coaching concepts that he works on regularly with his clients, and that are particularly relevant to anyone who wants to experience greater achievement, success, and fulfillment in business and in life.

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Dan Casetta - Mental Toughness

241: Dan Casetta – Mental Toughness

Everyone sets out on a path to achieve their definition of success, but often people get defeated mentally way too soon and lose confidence in their ability to achieve what they want. The reality is that everyone has problems or challenges, and we need to develop mental toughness in order to get past these normal hurdles on our path to success. Dan Casetta has achieved long-term, consistent success through a variety of challenging circumstances in life and business. He provides specific insights here on how to grow in mental toughness.

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Danny Lewis

240: Danny Lewis – Flashback Friday

Danny Lewis is the North Shore (IL-WI) Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. His career has been marked by challenges and difficulties that sharpened his skills and honed his mental attitude. During the unprecedented pandemic year of 2020, Danny made a committed decision to find and bring his A-game. His North Shore sales team thrived, finishing the year as the #1 team in the company in New Business sales. By hearing Danny’s story and lessons, we hope that you can find the inner strength and outer guidance to overcome your own challenges and make this your greatest season in business and in life.

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Sarah Young

239: Sarah Young – Meaningful Impact Through Sales

Sarah Young has always been driven to make a meaningful impact in her community and in the lives of others. After working with Cutco/Vector in Indiana for about 5 years, Sarah’s desire to build something great has led her to several mission-driven technology companies where she has leveraged her skill-set in sales to have maximum impact. Today, Sarah is the VP of Sales for 120 Water, where she works with government organizations and water utilities to protect public health through ensuring safe drinking water systems across the U.S.

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Nick Matlack

238: Nick Matlack – The Power Of Vision

Nick Matlack is the Great Plains Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, responsible for Oklahoma and NW Arkansas. Nick was a cornerstone in the perennial champion Rocky Mountain Division where he was able to build a powerful District Team while becoming a young father of two children. His life and career have been built through the power of vision, and he is now moving towards a grand vision for his current organization. Nick, his wife Timi, and their 2 children live near Oklahoma City. We hope this conversation inspires you to see your own possibilities in business and in life.

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Rachel Richards

237: Rachel Richards – Flashback Friday

Rachel Richards is an incredible example of financial success at a young age. As a Cutco/Vector sales rep, Rachel succeeded at a level high enough to pay her way through a private college, Centre College in Kentucky, and graduated debt-free with a degree in Finance. She worked as a Financial Advisor for a while, then moved over to working in the Real Estate industry, where she developed the skills to successfully invest in rental properties. By age 27, Rachel and her husband had accumulated 6 properties and 38 total units. Rachel is the author of two bestselling books, Money Honey, and Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement. Rachel also facilitates the Get Your Financial $hit Together course for Cutco TLA reps each fall. Her passive income from her rental properties, royalties, and online courses is now $15,000+ per month, more than enough to cover her personal expenses. This has enabled Rachel to “retire” from her formal work and pursue her passion of teaching others about financial independence. Rachel is currently traveling around the United States with her husband and dog, while continuing to teach women and Gen Zers about money management.

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Ryan Snow

236: Ryan Snow – Motivation & Achievement For Salespeople

Ryan Snow is the co-author of the Best-Selling Book, The Miracle Morning for Salespeople, with Hal Elrod. As an author, trainer, and coach, Ryan has coached and trained thousands of top salespeople across North America. Ryan has led multiple real estate brokerages and is responsible for leading sales teams to well over $1 Billion in real estate sales. Ryan’s career as a sales leader and recruiter started nearly twenty years ago running a nationally recognized, Top 10 branch office, for Vector Marketing and Cutco Cutlery. Ryan currently owns several businesses including a digital marketing company, a sales training organization, and is currently the CEO of Unconventional Acquisitions.

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Justin Ludwig

235: Justin Ludwig – Bringing The F.I.R.E.

ABOUT TODAY’S EPISODE | JUSTIN LUDWIG Justin Ludwig has had a wide range of experiences during his 15+ years with Cutco/Vector. He was a top performer as a sales rep and Branch Manager who naturally progressed into the District Manager position. He had the experience of being recruited away from the business for a short time before returning to become better than ever and advancing now to the role of Division Manager in Western New England. Justin’s core values are represented by the acronym FIRE. In this conversation, he shares these 4 concepts, and details how he brings these values…
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John Wasserman

234: John Wasserman – Flashback Friday

John Wasserman is the Division Manager of the PA/NJ Powerhouse Division, centered around the Philadelphia metro. During his illustrious 30-year career with the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization, John has become one of the highest-producing field managers of all time, with two National Championships and dozens of sales records. Even more importantly, he’s one of the company’s greatest developers of all time, having developed National Champions at every level of the business, and promoting at least five other Division Managers. An avid student of life and business, John has read hundreds of books on peak performance and leadership, and has written two outstanding books of his own. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Gitana, and their two children.

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Jamie Freedlund

233: Jamie Freedlund – Joy In The Journey

Jamie Freedlund is the co-founder of Mattea’s Joy, a non-profit committed to bringing Joy in the Journey to families with sick kids. As a self proclaimed “joy influencer”, she strives to inspire others to seek more joy in their lives despite the challenges and circumstances around them. Jamie is also the CFO for Turn-Key Environmental and Special Waste Disposal; family businesses she has had the pleasure of helping grow over the past 15 years. Her favorite sources of joy in her life include her family, baking cupcakes, and an outdoor run with a stellar podcast.

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Scottie Brown

232: Scottie Brown – You Can Be Anyone You Want To Be

Scottie Brown has an inspirational story that proves anyone can evolve into whomever they want to be. From a working-class kid who was picked on in school, Scottie has lifted himself up through his work ethic, willingness to learn, curating mentors, and finding the right opportunity. Scottie became a Cutco/Vector sales rep in 2009, and advanced to District Manager after graduating from West Virginia University in 2011. He now runs the Keystone Division in central and western Pennsylvania. Scottie has produced over $11 million in Cutco sales, and is on his way to his best year ever in 2021. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Morgan, and their young son, Jason.

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Jon Levy

231: Jon Levy – Flashback Friday

Today we are flashing back to episode #36 with Jon Levy, one of the most interesting people we’ve ever featured on this podcast. Jon Levy is a behavioral scientist and author who is best known for his work in influence, human connection, and decision-making. More than a decade ago, Jon founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience and community whose participants have now included more than 1600 leaders across all industries ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, and celebrities, to top executives and business leaders, and even royalty. Jon is the author of a new book, “You’re Invited”, in which he guides readers through the art and science of developing influence and gaining trust in order to create deep and meaningful connections and build community.

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Phil Hellmuth

230: Phil Hellmuth – What You Think Becomes Reality

Phil Hellmuth is best known as one of the world’s all-time great professional poker players. He has become a one-in-a-million achiever in this very challenging field, having won 15 World Series of Poker championships and tens of millions of dollars over the past three decades. Phil’s influence in the world now transcends poker. He’s a NYTimes best-selling author, an advisor to multiple companies, an active philanthropist, and an inspiration to millions around the world. Phil is a living example of positivity who believes that you are always in the right place at the right time, and that your success comes from your beliefs, habits, and actions.

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David Roy

229: David Roy – The Power Of Living Your Mission

David Roy is one of the most engaging and inspiring leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. David was a champion manager who was on his way up the advancement ladder in Vector before leaving to pursue another opportunity. But it wasn’t long before David was back in Vector, living his true mission in life. He possesses great enthusiasm and conviction that comes from a deep appreciation of his opportunity and a strong desire to show up energy rich for everyone around him. David is now back to being one of the top performers in the company, and he was recently promoted to Division Coordinator for the SEC (Louisiana) Division.

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Mike Dawid

228: Mike Dawid – Flashback Friday

Mike Dawid is better known to most people as “Cutco Mike.” He has established a loyal following of over 15,000 customers, and among that following, Mike’s name is synonymous with Cutco. He is on the forefront of innovating ways to promote and brand his business by providing a unique experience for his customers. Over the years, he has become one of the top all-time sales reps in the 70+ year history of Cutco. He lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 children.

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Sean O'Keefe

227: Sean O’Keefe – The Career Launch Method

Sean O’Keefe is the founder, partner, and chief impact officer for Career Launch, a social enterprise that partners with colleges and career programs to scale the skill-set for launching a holistic job or internship search. Sean is a former community college student who is now an award-winning professor at Santa Clara University. He’s the author of the newly-released book “Launch Your Career: How ANY Student Can Create Relationships With Professionals and Land the Jobs and Internships They Want.” He leveraged the concepts that he teaches to launch his own dream career.

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Darren Gardner

226: Darren Gardner – What Really Matters As A Vector DM

Darren Gardner has been a consistent top performer in the District Manager ranks at Cutco/Vector Marketing. He has won 2 Silver Cups, and is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He has had a chance to work directly with 3 very different Division Managers, who happen to be 3 of the most powerful leaders in the company, Trey Ketcham, Ben Jackson, and the legend, Larry Manley, and he’s taken the best from each of them and applied it to his own life and career. In addition to running the Jacksonville FL market, Darren was recently appointed to the role of Assistant Division Manager with Trey Ketcham. He truly loves what he does, and he’s living the opportunity to its fullest. If you’re a Vector manager, or if you lead a team of any sort, Darren’s insights can help you develop an understanding of what matters most.

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Charlene Li

225: Charlene Li – Flashback Friday

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she is the author of six books, including the NYT bestseller Open Leadership. Her latest book is The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With over 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, Charlene is an expert in digital transformation & strategy, customer experience, and the future of work. She has spoken at TED, the World Business Forum, SxSW, and even appeared on 60 Minutes. This episode is FULL of thought-provoking concepts and creative ideas. Enjoy this conversation with who Inc. calls “One Of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators.”

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Matt Drinkhahn

224: Matt Drinkhahn – Turning Challenges Into Advantages

Matt Drinkhahn is a successful business coach with a lengthy track record guiding high-performance individuals and teams. Matt’s leadership skills were forged through his experience as a Cutco/Vector Marketing District Manager and through two 3-year roles in corporate sales management. His positive mindset has been sharpened through various life challenges, as well as a 30-month attempt to make it in the difficult field of professional golf. Matt is an eternal optimist whose signature teaching is the concept of turning challenges into advantages. He lived out that practice after suffering through and recovering from a crippling spinal injury. “Coach Matt” has a lifetime of stories and lessons to share to provide value for others.

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Athena Lopez

223: Athena Lopez – A Journey Through Tragedy To Peace

Athena Lopez is the Albuquerque District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. When she started with the company in 2013, she had a 2-year old son. She balanced work, school, and family to advance to become a District Manager in 2015. She has now produced over $4 million in career sales, and is one of the Top 10 District offices in the company for 2021. But in the midst of her journey, she experienced a profound personal tragedy, which was followed by some of her darkest times. Her road back to where she is now is one of the most powerful and inspirational stories we have ever shared on this podcast.

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Kyle Lopes

222: Kyle Lopes – Flashback Friday

Kyle Lopes has achieved unprecedented success at multiple roles in the Cutco/Vector sales organization. He became the first college student to reach $1 million in personal sales and get inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. Later, after his graduation from Columbia University, Kyle became a Branch Manager with Vector and finished the Summer #1 in the company out of over 300 BMs, annihilating the previous record for 1st-time Branch Managers with over $600,000 in Summer sales. Now, as District Manager in the Marin/San Francisco market, Kyle’s team is currently #1 in the Nation among all District offices for 2021, and has already set FIVE monthly records in just 12 months operating. Kyle is a proven achiever in rapidly building organizational culture and scaling up a new business, and he continues to build on his legacy with Cutco/Vector.

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Dan Casetta

221: Dan Casetta – The #1 Predictor of Success & Excellence

When we think about the factors that make people successful, the first things that come up are Education, Experience, Knowledge, IQ. But the reality is that none of these serve as an adequate predictor as to why one person succeeds and another doesn’t. Instead, it is our level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that is becoming viewed as the #1 predictor of professional success and personal excellence. As a society, we continue to focus most of our self-development energy in the pursuit of knowledge, experience, intelligence, and education. But it’s vital to simultaneously gain a better understanding of our own emotions, and of how what we do and say affects the emotions of others. EQ is about how smart with are with the human connection, in other words, how effectively we manage ourselves and our relationships. In the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” authors Travis Bradberry & Jean Graves offer specific strategies for developing EQ. This podcast shares ideas based on concepts from this and other books about EQ.

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Ben Kooper

220: An Interview With Cutco’s #1 Student Rep Featuring Ben Kooper With Kuvaal Patel & Sebastian Mysliwiec

Ben Kooper is currently the #1 college-student sales rep in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. In under 3 full years, Ben has already sold over $411,000 of Cutco, while attending UCLA full-time as an Aerospace Engineering major with a 3.5 GPA. His list of achievements begins with a 10K Fast Start, 20K Push his first Summer, and Assistant Manager leadership on one of the top teams in the Western Region. Ben was one of the first Cutco reps to fully adapt and master the virtual environment in 2020, and that Summer, he was the company’s #1 All-American with $133K in sales, while working a 35-hour per week internship in aerospace engineering! This Spring, he is wrapping up his 5th All-American and second time at #1, with over $82K in sales for the campaign. Ben’s goal is to break every college-student record ever set in the company, and beyond that, his dream is to work for SpaceX and help us get to Mars. An avid athlete, he will also be featured as a competitor on American Ninja Warrior on May 31st. Ben is an incredible example of all-around success!

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Jeff Gamboa

219: Jeff Gamboa – Flashback Friday

Jeff Gamboa is currently the Florida Caribbean Division Manager in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He’s a 24-year veteran with the company and member of the company’s Hall of Fame. He coined the term “VectorTrained” to represent the wide range of skills and competencies that people gain through selling Cutco, participating in Vector’s Leadership Academy program, and advancing into leadership positions with the company. For over 2 decades, Jeff Gamboa has been developing students into “5-star graduates,” and his strategies and programs are emulated by many other leaders throughout Vector today.

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Heather Zumarraga

218: Heather Zumarraga – A Guide To Gender Interactions In The Workplace

Heather Zumarraga is a business consultant, public speaker, author, and leader in the financial services industry. She received a degree in Finance & Investments from Baruch College, and her MBA from American University. She exceeded $1 billion in sales for SunAmerica Asset Management, and was ranked #1 in the company from 2014 to 2016, advancing to become a V.P. of the parent company, AIG. This was a male-dominated industry in which Heather thrived and learned a lot about male/female interactions in corporate culture. Heather now leads investment conferences for Wells Fargo, UBS, & Charles Schwab, and she has appeared on CNBC, Newsmax, & Fox News Business. Her work has been featured in multiple major publications including Forbes, and she is the author of a Harper Collins Leadership book called “The Man’s Guide To Corporate Culture.” She teaches men and women how to better interact and support each other in corporate settings.

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Anthony Hayes, Ben Lee, Kuvaal Patel, Kyle Lopes

217: Creating A Compelling Future with Anthony Hayes, Ben Lee, Kuvaal Patel & Kyle Lopes

This episode features 4 of the brightest young stars of Cutco/Vector’s Western Region. Newport Beach District Manager, Anthony Hayes, has become one the top developers of talent in the Region. West LA District Manager, Kuvaal Patel, was the Region’s #1 recruiter in 2020. Ventura County District Manager, Ben Lee, was the company’s National Champion New District Manager in 2020. And Kyle Lopes won the Branch Manager Silver Cup in 2020, and is currently the #1 manager in the company for 2021. All four of these dynamic young leaders are changing lives through the incredible influence they are providing to their organizations, the Western Region, and the entire company. These are 4 wonderful examples of the kinds of leaders being developed through the Cutco/Vector opportunity. In this conversation, we talk about how these young men are all creating a compelling future through the District Manager role.

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Kenny Coleman

216: Kenny Coleman – Flashback Friday

Kenny Coleman is one of the finest “connectors” you might ever have a chance to meet. His path in life started as one of the only African-American kids in a predominantly white enclave in Silicon Valley, where he had to learn to navigate certain challenges to connect with others. In high school and college, he became a football star and vocal leader on teams from Gunn High School to Utah State University. As a Cutco/Vector Marketing sales rep after college, Kenny set one of the most legendary sales records in the history of Cutco by selling over $36,000 in his “Fast Start” — his first 10 days with the company. Now, he’s the DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) Program Lead at Splunk, a leading tech company in Silicon Valley. Throughout his entire life, Kenny Coleman has understood how to bring people together. His ideas can help you establish more diverse connections throughout your workplace and your personal life.

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Mike Abramowitz

215: Mike Abramowitz – Expert Tips For Effective Virtual Events

In this new era of business, virtual events have become an integral part of operating. Mike Abramowitz is an expert at running energizing virtual events that create connection, promote shared purpose, and add significant value for attendees. Mike is the TOP District Manager in the entire Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He won THREE Silver Cups in 2020, including the #1 District Team with over $2.4 million in sales. He runs events at multiple levels with different attendees and different objectives, and has refined his techniques at such a high level that he has taught the entire company how to run dynamic and effective virtual events. He shares all of his expert tips in this special episode.

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Parker Greve

214: Parker Greve – Solving Problems and Improving Consistently

Parker Greve is the Tennessee Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. He started with the company in 2010, and ran 2 Branches while attending college at THE Ohio State University. After graduating, Parker quickly advanced from District to Division Manager, and has consistently improved himself and his business. From a young age, he was taught to be a problem-solver. By asking better questions — of himself and others — he is consistently able to find better answers to the challenges facing him in business and in life. Parker is experiencing a significant breakthrough in 2021, and his timely and thought-provoking insights can lead you to a breakthrough as well.

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Trey Ketcham

213: Trey Ketcham – Flashback Friday

Trey Ketcham is a dynasty builder. For Trey, building is a noble pursuit which begins with enrolling people in a vision, then involves giving his best effort to truly take care of the people in his organization. This is what recruiting is REALLY about. Trey is a 20-year veteran of the Cutco/Vector business, who worked closely with Vector legends Matt King and Larry Manley. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Trey moved to Atlanta where he quickly took over the leadership of the Greater Georgia Division. He has become the #1 recruiter in company history (1028 recruits in 2020!), and in this conversation, he shares his inner motivations and his strategies for success.

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Jennie Lock

212: Jennie Lok – UnLOK Your Potential

Jennie Lok is a successful real estate professional and investment coach. She bought her first home at age 23, and has since built a portfolio of 70 rentals across 4 states. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she got a sales position with Oracle. But her passion for real estate has led her to a career role with Keller-Williams, and her success with investment rentals has opened the door for her to coach others through Zen Coast University. Jennie’s aspiration is to help others to unLOK their potential for financial freedom and fulfillment in life.

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Andy Jeanty

211: Andy Jeanty – A Life In Service Of Humanity

Andy Jeanty has built a life in service of humanity. He’s a legendary Cutco Sales Professional, a generous philanthropist, and a kidney transplant survivor. Throughout his 20-year, Hall-of-Fame career with Cutco/Vector Marketing, Andy has notched achievements such as a record-setting 100K Push Period and the #1 all-time position in Vector East with over $4 million in career sales, and he has also mentored and inspired numerous others, including at least 6 Silver Cup winners. He’s the Vice-President of Angel Wings International, a non-profit whose mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive medical care to the underserved people of Haiti. When it became necessary for Andy to receive a life-saving kidney transplant, it’s no surprise that dozens of friends were willing to test to see if they could be a match. Andy’s purpose in life is to leave a permanent positive impact on people and the world, and to inspire others to do the same.

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Colton Horn

210: Colton Horn – Flashback Friday

In just over 2 years with Cutco/Vector Marketing, Colton Horn distinguished himself as an amazing leader and an inspiration to many. As a Branch Manager, he was responsible for every aspect of a Vector field sales office, from recruiting to training to development of the team to admin and financial controls. His team finished #1 out of about 300 Branch offices nationwide in the Summer of 2019. Now, as he prepares to graduate from Northwestern University, Colton and his father, Dr. Gerald Horn, have co-founded their own company, BRÈINFÚEL, which is seeking to create a new category in the beverage industry.

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Robert Gonzalez

209: Robert Gonzalez – Small Business Success & Profit

Robert Gonzalez has had the unique opportunity to learn about running a successful business from multiple angles. As a Branch Manager with Cutco/Vector, Robert went from low-performer his first Summer to National Champion his second Summer. After a successful run as a District Manager, he pursued an opportunity working in the start-up, Trumaker, where he gained a wide range of additional insights. He has also had a chance to see into the financial results of hundreds of Vector managers through his work with Rising Stock. Now, Robert is the co-Founder and COO of MyBooks.pro, where he teaches real estate professionals how to be more effective and more profitable in their businesses. Robert Gonzalez has an innate understanding of what it takes to succeed as a business owner.

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Jason Heinritz

208: Jason Heinritz – A Decade To Overnight Success

Jason Heinritz is the Northwoods Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin. Following a period of ups and downs in his life and career, Jason had several transformational experiences leading him to enact a plan for his own growth and development. As this process took hold, Jason’s level of achievement and success began to elevate. Today, he’s a Hall of Fame achiever who is leading and building his own sales Division, while also growing his family. He powerfully influences his organization and community with success principles to thrive and impact others.

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Andrew Evans

207: Andrew Evans – Flashback Friday

At age 25, Andrew Evans is already a superstar in Cutco/Vector Marketing. He’s the record holder for Branch Managers, a National Champion New District Manager, and has already been promoted to run his own Division in Florida. Andrew understands the traits and qualities for young people to succeed in the evolving world of today, and he shares those insights through his role in Vector and through his podcast, ACE Weekly. If you have aspirations to change the world in the future, listen to the valuable insights of this great young leader!

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Jon Gordon

206: Jon Gordon – The Power Of Positive Leadership

Jon Gordon is one of the most prolific and best-known business and personal development authors in the world today. The author of 23 books, most notably “The Energy Bus”. Jon has inspired readers and audiences all around the world with his message about the power of positive energy and positive leadership. His principles have been put to the test by countless Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, college and professional sports teams, and non-profits. He has consulted with leaders who have transformed organizations, won national championships, and are currently changing lives all over the world.

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Dan Casetta

205: Dan Casetta – Living The 4 Agreements

Dan Casetta has read hundreds of books on personal growth and development. He has been quoted as saying “If there was ONE book I would suggest to begin the process of life change, it would be The Four Agreements.” This deceptively simple book shares powerful life wisdom that has been passed down through generations. Dan shares each of the 4 agreements, along with his personal interpretation of each one, and clear steps on how to live out these principles in daily life.

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Fischer Yan

204: Fischer Yan – Flashback Friday

Fischer Yan is on a rapid ascent up the ladder of professional success. She spent one Summer as a Cutco/Vector rep before heading off to school at Dartmouth College. While in college, Fischer started a local chapter of the non-profit She’s The First, supporting girls and women in their quests to achieve more in life. After graduating from Dartmouth, she took a position as a Marketing Manager at Uber. Following her time at Uber, Fischer worked at GGV Capital for 3+ years, where she built a global community and launched a podcast around cross-border entrepreneurship and technology. She has now launched her own startup advising firm focused on female and minority founders, called FISCH.ER FOUNDRY, where she uses her venture experience to grow mission-driven businesses.

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Leo Rumel

203: Leo Rumel – Building A High-Level Sales Organization

Leo Rumel is an industrious entrepreneur who was born in Brazil and raised in Canada. After college, he worked as a District Manager with Cutco/Vector Canada for a few years before a chance meeting led him into an opportunity with Sun Life Financial, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. Throughout his 15+ year career with Sun Life, Leo has honed his skills in recruiting & selection, training new advisors, coaching & development, and building a culture of high-performance. He currently leads the Downtown Toronto District for the company, and his team is in the Top 3 in the company for average production per advisor. Leo also recently completed his Executive MBA from the prestigious Ivey Business School. He lives just outside Toronto with his wife and 2 young daughters.

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Kristin Alli

202: Kristin Alli – Working From Core Values

Kristin Alli is the Eastern Queens District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. After graduating from NYU as the Salutatorian of her class, she explored corporate America for about a year before returning to Vector as a District Manager. In just her first year as a DM, and starting from scratch, her team produced over $1 million in new business sales, one of only 7 teams in the entire company to achieve this mark. In 2021, she just broke the all-time company record for the month of February, and she is poised to compete at the highest levels nationally for many years ahead. Kristin is a brilliant young leader who authentically leads from her core values.

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Mike Abramowitiz

201: Mike Abramowitz – Flashback Friday

Mike Abramowitz is without question the greatest District Manager in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization today. He won 2 Silver Cups in 2019 and 3 more in 2020, as the #1 DM office in New Business and Total Business, and the #1 District Team with over $2.4 million in sales. His successful career has been a testament to the power of ambition, willingness to work, and the ability to choose a positive response to all of life’s challenges. Mike is also an active philanthropist who has been honored with the company’s prestigious Marty Domitrovich Triple Crown of Service award for his important contributions to his Tampa Bay communities and others. A 16+ year veteran with the company, Mike is of course a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame.

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Christopher Lochhead

200: Christopher Lochhead – A Different Conversation – Special Episode #200

Christopher Lochhead is a dyslexic paperboy from Montreal, Canada, who failed out of school at 18, started a company, and went on to become a legendary 3-time Chief Marketing Officer in Silicon Valley. After selling his last company for $4.5 billion, Christopher “retired” to his home in Santa Cruz to pursue passions like surfing, martial arts, and spending time with his wife and their pet chickens. He continues to share his expertise in marketing and category creation through his “Lochhead on Marketing” podcast, and his chart-topping “Follow Your Different” podcast brings insightful guests and authentic dialogue to his audience. Christopher is an unapologetic promoter of start-ups, legendary marketing, category design, and life design.

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Chad Vordenberge

199: Chad Vordenberge – Applying The Lessons Of Life

Chad Vordenberge is the Kentucky-Ohio Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Cincinnati. In his nearly 15 years with the company, Chad has produced over $20 million in sales, qualifying him for the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. Throughout his life and career, Chad has been deliberate about honoring the lessons of the past. He’s meticulous in his efforts to learn, and he fosters an environment that encourages others to become independent learners themselves. Chad is thoughtful, introspective, creative, and innovative. He brings these, and so many more qualities to the people under his guidance.

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Isaac Tolpin

198: Isaac Tolpin – Flashback Friday

Isaac Tolpin is a high-performance culture expert. As a Division Manager in the Pacific Northwest with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, he built the most successful and highest-performing team in the 70-year history of the company, establishing all-time sales records that haven’t even been approached since. Isaac left the company to establish his own coaching and consulting business, and he continues to guide and inspire entrepreneurs and business leaders to this day. Isaac and his wife Angie now run Courageous Parenting, with the mission of equipping Christian parents with resources to impact their family legacies.

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Eric Salzwedel

197: Eric Salzwedel – Intentional Generosity

Eric Salzwedel is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services & Leadership. Throughout college he sold Cutco, was a 2x Branch Manager, and became a District Manager after graduating. Eric’s passion for giving to others dates back to his childhood days and played a major role in his time with Cutco/Vector, where he was honored with the prestigious Marty Domitrovich Triple Crown of Service Award. He stepped away from Vector to pursue his desire to work in the non-profit sector. His passion for helping others and giving back is evident from his charity events and volunteer work on a local, state, national, and international level. He is now the owner of Intentional Purpose Consulting, which works with companies, organizations, and individuals on their charitable giving and community outreach.

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Kevin Donahue

196: Kevin Donahue – Leadership Through Coaching

Kevin Donahue has coached and been coached by many great individuals throughout his life and career. He’s also an informed and shrewd sports fan with an innate understanding of what great coaches do. Throughout his Hall of Fame career with Vector Marketing & Cutco, Kevin has produced over $23 million in sales. The Los Angeles Division has grown every year under his guidance and his Pasadena Pilot Office has consistently ranked among the company’s top offices with over $2 million in sales annually. Kevin understands the difference between a coach and a boss, and he offers great insights into how to provide leadership through coaching.

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Paige Weber

195: Paige Weber – Flashback Friday

Paige Weber is the Somerset (NJ) District Manager with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. In just her first full year as a DM with the company, Paige shattered all standards for new managers, with over $1.5 million in sales. She was the Silver Cup Champion among First Full Year DMs, and she even finished an astonishing 2nd in the company among ALL District Managers. She’s at it again in 2021, with a company-leading total of over $277,000 through the first 8 weeks of the year.

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Ryan Casey

194: Ryan Casey – Expert Tips for Sales Management

Ryan Casey is an expert in sales and sales management. As a Hall of Fame Division Manager with Cutco/Vector, Ryan was known for his skills in developing successful individuals and teams. He’s now a franchisee and sales trainer for Orangetheory Fitness, where he operates 2 successful locations in the Seattle area. When the pandemic halted Ryan’s business throughout 2020, he pivoted to offering coaching in the skills of sales management for other franchisees and small business owners. Ryan understands the fundamentals of successful selling, and is adept at teaching others. His insights are full of value for anyone in sales or anyone who leads others.

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Tina-Marie Cooper-Minar

193: Tina-Marie Cooper-Minar – The Spirit Of A Winner In Life

Tina-Marie Cooper-Minar stands as one of the top-producing District Managers in Cutco/Vector history with over $16 million in career sales. Her early influences in the business include company legends such as Marty Domitrovich, Tim McCreadie, Chris Heigel, Jeff Bry and others. Tina-Marie has overcome numerous personal and professional challenges over the years, and she approaches it all with a tremendous spirit of optimism. Her combination of attitude, work ethic, and skill development has made her into a tremendous role model and major winner in business and in life.

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John Israel

192: John Israel – Flashback Friday

John Israel is the founder and Chief Gratitude officer of Mr. Thank You, a consulting firm focused on client and employee retention. His work has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, and Good Morning America. As a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep, John built a loyal customer base, and his learnings became the basis of his principles of “success through relationships.” In October 2016, John’s love of people led him to start a personal social experiment on human connection that became a world wide movement, a book and a TEDx talk: The Mr. Thank You Project. John is on a journey to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet. A proud Gonzaga Bulldog, John now lives in Plano TX with his wife and 3 children.

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Tony Delmercado

191: Tony Delmercado – Core Strategies For Building A Great Team

Tony Delmercado and his business partner Erik Huberman, both Cutco/Vector alums, have built the fastest-growing digital marketing agency in the U.S., with over $23 million in direct revenues, and growing annually. For Tony, building a great organization has been about recruiting, training, and developing others, all skills he learned and directly practiced during his time at Vector. Starting from a single conference table, Tony has assembled a team of 165 employees across 25 states, and he leads this team remotely from his home in Boise, Idaho. What he offers is a blueprint for creating a successful organization from scratch in today’s marketplace.

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Trey Harris

190: Trey Harris – Multiplying Your Success By Developing Others

Trey Harris has been one of the most impactful leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He’s impactful not just because of his $35 million in career sales, but even more so through his development. Over his Hall of Fame career as a District and now Division Manager, Trey has developed no less than 72 new managers. He has great appreciation for his opportunity, is an excellent role model, and has mastered the tools and strategies to multiply his own success by developing others. What follows here is a clinic on succeeding in business and helping others to do the same.

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J. Brad Britton - Flashback Friday

189: J. Brad Britton – Flashback Friday

Brad Britton is the current Southland Division Manager of the Cutco/Vector organization, headquartered in Anaheim, CA. His career with the company dates back to 1988, when he started as a sales rep in Texas. His path led him to Oklahoma and then California, where he was a National Champion District Manager in Sacramento in 1993. He became one of the top-producing Division Managers in the company, and ultimately took on the role of Regional Executive in the Western Region from 1999 through 2005. Brad left the Cutco/Vector business for nine years at that point, returning in 2014 to lead the Southland Division and spread his influence throughout the entire company through programs like the Cutco Cares World Impact Initiative, which he started. A true legend in the company, Brad has been directly responsible for at least $275 million in Cutco sales, and has indirectly influenced hundreds of millions more in sales. The Southland Division won the “Elite 8” Division Silver Cup in 2020.

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Dushka Zapata

188: Dushka Zapata – Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About My Own Evolution

Dushka Zapata is one of the most popular and influential writers in the world. Her brilliant essays have been viewed over 178 million times on Quora and through her social media, and have been compiled into 11 amazing books. Dushka was born in Mexico and has lived in multiple countries, through which she has developed an appreciation for, and deep understanding of, other people. She has an incredible knack for taking complex subjects and perpetual life dilemmas and breaking them down into simple, easy-to-understand and grasp ideas and concepts. What she offers the world is truly life-changing.

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Tom Rastrelli

187: In Memory of Tom Rastrelli – A Wise Perspective on Life’s Challenges

Tom Rastrelli was one of the most impactful leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. A veteran of the Cutco business since 1992, he became the company’s first “Double Hall of Fame” achiever, having reached that milestone in both sales and in management. He was a company pioneer in areas such as the Fair & Show and Service Call programs, and he mentored many of the company current elite sales professionals. Tom’s life and career were marked by many twists and turns, and yet he always retained a refreshing and inspiring perspective on it all. Tom and his wife, Jill, celebrated 50 years of marriage in September of 2020. He passed away on 2/12/2021, and is survived by 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Jeremy "Brotha James" Reisig

186: Jeremy “Brotha James” Reisig – Flashback Friday

Jeremy Reisig is a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep who was #1 in the company in personal sales in 2002. He has pursued his passion for bringing inspirational music to the world as “Brotha James.” As a facilitator of group genius, he combines his skill for speaking and hosting events centered around personal development with the energy, fun, and positivity of his music. He is the Co-Founder of FamBundance, an organization where entrepreneurial families develop the tools, network, and experiences to carry family legacies forward.

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Quina Feldstein

185: Quina Feldstein – A Holistic Approach To Leadership

Quina Feldstein learned the basics of sales and leadership through her Cutco/Vector Marketing experience. She was a star District Manager with Vector for about 6 years in California and Colorado. Since that time, she has successfully carried her lessons over to multiple roles in different industries. Now, as VP of Revenue for a consulting firm, Quina works with organizations and CEOs to help increase their revenue by implementing a holistic approach to leadership, creating synergy between the operations and sales sides of their companies. Quina is an expert at building a team with an amazing culture of success, growth, and fun.

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Adam Sobieski

184: Adam Sobieski – An Inside Look At Cutco’s Closing Gift Program

Adam Sobieski is one of the Top 10 all-time sales professionals in the 70+ year history of Cutco. Through building the company’s Closing Gift Consultant (CGC) program, Adam was able to win 2 National Championship Silver Cups, and broke the company’s yearly sales record in 2014. Since that time, he has leveraged his influence by helping others grow this program throughout North America. Currently, he is Cutco/Vector’s North American CGC Trainer. He has also been able to parlay his success into a real estate portfolio with currently 31 rentals, and he and his wife just had their first child in October of 2020.

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Brandon Brown

183: Brandon Brown – Flashback Friday

Brandon Brown is on a short list of THE most talented and accomplished salespeople in the 70+ year history of the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He has won the Silver Cup (representing #1 in the Nation) three of the past five years, and has broken numerous company records during his rocket-like ascent to the top of the company’s sales charts. Beyond his own success, he has mentored numerous other reps to elevate their performance into the levels of elite status in the company. Brandon’s “superpower” is his ability to remain curious — about himself, about others, and about business and life. The quality questions that he poses, and his powerful insights can enable others to catapult themselves ahead in sales and in life.

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Parker Ashley

182: Parker Ashley – The Fast Track To Success In Sales

Parker Ashley is on a fast track to incredible success. By the age of 30, he has been able to generate mid 8-figure revenues as an individual contributor, build a high-performance sales team, quickly scale a business to massive growth, and reach the executive suite as VP of Darktrace, an industry-leading cyber-AI company with over a $1 billion valuation. Parker was named his company’s “salesperson of the year” in 2019. Now, he oversees revenue and operation efforts for the business, in addition to working directly along client company’s executives and security teams to help them strategically leverage AI within their organizations for enhanced cyber-security. Parker is life-long learner who continually strives to find ways to support and enable others.

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Mike Monroe

181: Mike Monroe – The Future Of The Vector Brand

Mike Monroe is the Digital Strategy Manager for Vector Marketing & Cutco. Starting in 2000, he had a 10-year field career with Vector where he ultimately headed up the Southern New England Division. Today, he contributes to the company’s social media programs, public relations, and research & development of digital innovations like Vector’s online recruiting platform (APEX) and virtual demo. Mike graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Boston College in 2003, as the valedictorian of his major. The most important part of his business education came from working with Vector Marketing, and he is passionate about building the company’s brand for the future.

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Adam Stock

180: Adam Stock – Flashback Friday

Adam Stock runs several businesses which touch many different aspects of personal finance. He’s the Founder and President of The Next Level Planning Group, one of the top revenue-producing wealth managers in the U.S. He’s also the Founder of Rising Stock, a profitability coaching program, and MyBooks.pro, a bookkeeping service. Adam worked in Cutco/Vector Marketing for about 6 years while in college and after graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and 5 kids. Through his guidance, Adam has been able to impact thousands of entrepreneurs and business people on their road to financial independence.

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Tiffany & Roger Van Alst

179: Tiffany & Roger Van Alst – Principles For Building A Great Business

Tiffany & Roger Van Alst were successful managers in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization in the 1990s, initially in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and ultimately helping to expand the business to Australia. In 2011, they bought a paver-stone and landscape business called Black Diamond. Using principles and skills gained primarily from their Vector experience, they have built their business from $3.2 million in revenue their first year to over $43.6 million in 2020. They have truly “Vectorized” their business, leveraging concepts such as strong sales training, lead generation, powerful recognition, ongoing development of their team, and creating a family culture. What they offer is a blueprint for building a successful business that every entrepreneur should understand. Roger & Tiffany work to live, having created an amazing lifestyle at home in San Jose, CA.

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Ben Lee

178: Ben Lee – A Passion For Excellence

Ben Lee is a young leader with a true passion for excellence. In high school, he was a captain on 2 California State Champion football teams. He started selling Cutco in 2019, and was #1 in sales among over 40,000 others recruited by the company that year. He advanced to the position of District Manager in 2020, and became the company’s #1 New District Manager out of over 100 dynamic competitors. Ben has the will to win and the ability to inspire others to join him in his mission. Now Cutco/Vector’s manager for Ventura County (CA), he’s one of the finest young leaders you might ever encounter.

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Wes Frank

177: Wes Frank – Flashback Friday

In April of 2020, Vector Marketing was in the midst of a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic had begun in earnest and sales results throughout the company were plummeting in comparison to the previous year. Wes Frank was on the forefront of the innovation that would turn things around, revolutionize the Cutco/Vector business, and lead to the greatest year in company history. Wes is the leader of the company’s Rising Sun Division, headquartered in Arizona. Now a 21-year veteran in the business, he has become well-known as one of the most innovative program developers in the company. His mindset and adaptability are ideal for navigating the uncertainty and change of today’s business climate. He offers concepts and strategies for making the most of the challenges and opportunities that are in front of us.

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Chris Sankey

176: Chris Sankey – A Conversation About Politics, Selling & The Future

Chris Sankey was hand-selected for this episode because of his sharp acumen, deep political knowledge, and fair-minded approach. Chris worked in Cutco/Vector from 2003 to 2010, playing a leading role in the Silver Cup office in 2005 and advancing as far as District Manager. He became a financial advisor in 2015 and currently manages the Tampa FL branch of Ameriprise, with over $2 billion in assets. Chris advocates for a greater level of centrist voice in American politics that has the potential to find more common ground between left and right.

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David Vargas Roldan

175: David Vargas Roldan – The Resolve To Become A Champion

David Vargas Roldan is the Cutco/Vector manager for San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the last 4 years, the island has been ravaged with devastating hurricanes, powerful earthquakes, months without power, and crippling riots against the government. On several occasions, David has had to close his office for an extended period of time. During this same 4-year period, David has developed a powerhouse organization in Puerto Rico. His San Juan office won the Silver Cup in 2020 as the company’s #1 office in the Premier League competition, his District became one of the few in company history to produce over $2 million in sales for a year, and David was recently promoted to Assistant Division Manager for the Florida Caribbean Division. David is remarkable example of a leader with the resolve to become a champion.

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Michael Coscetta

174: Michael Coscetta – Flashback Friday

Michael Coscetta graduated from Harvard in 2003, and has already held powerful Executive positions in four different companies over his relatively short business career. Starting with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization where he began as a student, Michael advanced to the position of Division Manager, responsible for the entire NYC Metro and surrounding areas. He later worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Structured Web, then moved to San Francisco to join Square, where he advanced as far as becoming the Global Head of Sales, responsible for growing the sales and business development organization from 40 to 200+ people across 5 major countries, accounting for $1 billion in annual revenue.

Now, he’s back in NYC serving as the Chief Sales & Strategy Officer for Compass, a company which is striving to revolutionize the real estate sales industry throughout the US and the world. An extremely talented and highly intelligent leader, Michael is considered to be among the most successful and accomplished Cutco/Vector alumni.

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Robert B. McGuinness

173: Robert B. McGuinness – Honoring Your Soul Standard

Robert B. McGuinness is the CEO & Founder of Soul Venturer, a company that helps corporate professionals navigate a smooth transition from just a career into their calling. Robert shares a unique methodology that evolved from his own deeply personal journey to live out his own calling. Now, he helps others to navigate their own journey to find, then clarify, then walk their own path in life. Robert has been seen in many publications to talk about this process such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Disrupt, Thrive Global, ABC, NBC and FOX.

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Drew Frank

172: Drew Frank – The Art of Accountability

Drew Frank is the Rocky Mountain Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Denver CO. He is THE top field manager in the company, having run a championship Office in 10 of the past 14 years, and a championship Division in 6 of the past 7 years. His South Denver office holds the all-time company record with over $3.7 million in annual sales, and his Division just completed an epic comeback to finish #1 again in 2020. With over $77 million in total career sales, Drew is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He is a master at creating an environment of accountability in which people at all levels are more likely to achieve peak performance. Drew has become the most sought-after speaker at company events, and his influence has been felt in every corner of the organization.

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Deanna Scortino

171: Deanna Scortino – Flashback Friday

Deanna Scortino was the #1 sales rep in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization in 2020. She overcame tremendous challenge and uncertainty to finish the year with an astounding sales total of over $865,000. A 22-year veteran with the company, Deanna got really serious about selling Cutco after graduating from Chapman University in Southern California. Since that time, she has won 5 National Championship Silver Cups en route to becoming the #5 overall sales rep in Cutco history. Deanna’s signature trait is her authenticity. What you see is what you get : personable, funny, passionate, sometimes raw, and always unfiltered. Through being her authentic self, Deanna has been able to attract others to her. She has a healthy marriage, countless friends who admire her, and a base of loyal customers virtually unequaled in the history of Cutco.

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alex hayden

170: Alex Hayden – Foundations For Fulfillment In The New Year

A Grateful Husband, Father, Friend & Coach, Alex loves helping people create more freedom, joy, and fulfillment in their lives, relationships, and work through Appreciative Co-Creation™ a coaching process he developed through 20 years of study, self-work, and integration of the incredible coaching he has received.

In overcoming depression, addiction, tragedy, and obesity, Alex discovered his mission, to help free people from suffering, Unlock Their Awesome, and create a life they absolutely love. His passionate heart for people, authentic encouragement, and loving accountability are changing lives every day.

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Dane Espegard

169: Dane Espegard – The Dream Manager in Action

Dane Espegard is the North Star Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. In the challenging year of 2020, Dane’s office in Minneapolis was #1 in the company, and his Division was #3. The prolific success of Dane’s team can be traced in part to a process Dane follows in helping his people to define and live their dreams. Dane Espegard walks his talk as a top achiever and tremendous role model in business and in life. In this conversation, we discuss the ways in which Dane implements this process, and we dig into the mind and heart of one of Cutco’s most amazing leaders.

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168: Avery Rosin – Preparing For Success

Avery Rosin has spent much of his life preparing for the success he is experiencing today. A strong educational background, culminating in a degree from The University of Pennsylvania, has given Avery knowledge in a wide array of valuable subjects. He gained experience in selling through a Summer with Cutco, and he pinpointed his career path with first-hand experience in the venture capital industry through an internship in Israel. Avery’s strong work ethic, great skill at connecting with others, and ability to influence have all led him to a role today as Principal at Lead Edge Capital, a growth-stage technology investment firm. Not yet even 30 years old, Avery continues to travel down the path towards increasing success and fulfillment in his business and in his life.

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Bryan Hurlman

167: Bryan Hurlman Uncensored

Bryan Hurlman is one of the top performers and most influential leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. His Virginia Titan Division and Fairfax office are among the top teams in the company for 2020, and Bryan will undoubtedly be adding to his nine previous National Championships. Now responsible for over $36 million in Cutco sales, Bryan is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. He is known to be authentic, raw, energetic, charismatic, and inspiring. This conversation is uncensored, and you’ll have a chance to eavesdrop on Bryan as talks about being his best in 2020 and in the future.

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Erick Laine

166: A Tribute To Erick Laine

No one in the history of Cutco has changed more lives than Erick Laine. Erick was the leader of the team that purchased Cutco from ALCOA, and he oversaw the company’s transformation from a “little knife factory” in Olean NY to the largest cutlery company in North America. He helped create a global presence for Cutco in other countries, and simultaneously helped grow the Vector Marketing sales arm that has impacted hundreds of thousands of people.

Erick was born in 1933 in the Soviet Republic of Karelia, where his Finnish parents had found work. His family fled Stalin’s purges, eventually emigrating to Wisconsin. Erick graduated from the University of Wisconsin before starting his role with ALCOA, which eventually led him to Cutco and to Olean. Erick Laine passed away on December 1st, 2020, leaving behind an incalculable legacy.

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Justin Neefus

165- Justin Neefus – The Bridge Between Vision & Achievement

Justin Neefus is the Cavalier (OH) Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Having started with the company in 2000, Justin is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, now responsible for over $22 million in sales. Justin understands the profound connection between vision and achievement. The bridge between the two is discipline, a trait which Justin strengthened during his years playing football. Now, by combining the vision to see his possibilities with the discipline to do what it takes, Justin has been able to create consistent success in his business and in his life.

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164: Chris Ochs – Everything Is Cutco

Chris Ochs is an entrepreneur and senior sales executive with 2 decades of experience in leading a variety of organizations to achieve success across multiple industries. His expertise is in transforming company’s sales processes to create a lasting pattern of achievement. The foundation for Chris’ sales expertise came during his 12-year tenure with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, where he succeeded in both sales and management. He truly believes that “Everything Is Cutco,” meaning the skills and strategies to succeed selling Cutco are directly applicable to any sales business and even many facets of life. Chris is an Honors Program graduate of the University of Houston and UCLA’s top-ranked executive MBA program. Today, he’s the Vice-President and Head of Sales – Americas for Factoreal, a marketing automation software startup within Tech Mahindra, a $20 billion global technology company.

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Chelsea Rodriguez

163: Chelsea Rodriguez – Showing Up When It Matters Most

Chelsea Rodriguez is one of the top sales performers in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. She is completing her 12th year with the company, having started while going to college at the University of Alabama. Over the past 5 years, Chelsea has been a consistent top-performer, and with almost $4 million in career sales, is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. When the pandemic of 2020 struck, Chelsea showed up in the strongest way possible. She’s 5th in the company in sales for 2020, and she’s leading and inspiring legions of others to show up and become the best version of themselves. She lives in the Dallas TX area with her husband, Roger.

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Josh Goodman

162: Josh Goodman – The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster

Josh Goodman has experienced an incredible roller-coaster ride in his entrepreneurial journey. After several years with Cutco/Vector as a rep and manager, Josh embarked on a quest to find his ideal path in business. There were successes and failures, and eventually, a personal experience led him to found his own company, now known as PourMyBeer. His company solves a bottleneck that Josh personally experienced in the hospitality industry with an innovative self-pour technology that allows customers to pour their own drinks and pay by the ounce. After some initial bumps in the road in this business, Josh’s company has doubled in size several times in the last 5 years, as they have installed over 7000 self-pour taps in 270 locations throughout 23 countries. Josh has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Bloomberg, and recently took an investment from Coca-Cola European Partners to expand their presence with non-alcoholic beverages.

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Jaymison Jones

161: Jaymison Jones – Compounding Character

Jaymison Jones is the NorCal Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He’s a 17-year veteran with the company, and is responsible for over $30 million in sales. He’s truly one of the most exceptional leaders you could ever meet, and he balances his work with an amazing personal life. In his youth, Jaymison might not have been headed towards such a great place. But through several transformational experiences, he has truly evolved, in both his business and in his life. Through concepts like self-reflection, taking responsibility, vision-casting, and compounding character, Jaymison has become a tremendous role-model for many others, and his story is an inspiration for others to follow.

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Mike Vega

160: Mike Vega – Real-World Success Skills

Mike Vega has had real-world success across multiple different industries. Mike’s track record with Cutco/Vector led him into a highly successful run in medical equipment sales. His financial success in that industry led him into real estate investing, where his proven results eventually connected him with Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Education, enabling him to coach and mentor others in this field. In 2013, Mike co-founded Unfair Advantage Events to help established real estate investors build a coaching vertical of their own to share their success with others. He also leads the Tampa FL arm of Homestead Road, a prolific home-buying business.

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Buddy Boyd

159: Buddy Boyd – Grit, Growth, & Giving

Buddy Boyd is the Frontier Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He’s headquartered in Kansas City, with an organization encompassing all of Kansas, and parts of Missouri and Nebraska. Buddy is a 12-year veteran with the company, responsible for over $12 million in sales. He has managed the challenges of building a successful business while getting married and having 3 children currently 4 years old or younger. Having done this all before even reaching his 30th birthday, Buddy Boyd is a tremendous example for any young leader aspiring to live the life of their dreams.

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Kevin Clayson

158: Kevin Clayson – Special Thanksgiving Episode

Kevin Clayson is an entrepreneur, real estate professional, speaker, and author of the book “Flip The Gratitude Switch.” Kevin shares a simple formula for unlimited joy and fulfillment, which he and his family have lived in order to overcome adversity and transform their own lives. By learning how to flip the gratitude switch, we can completely change how we view our lives, learn to see possibility in every challenge, and develop the ability to secure our own personal happiness. Kevin shares his ideas with passion, conviction, and great enthusiasm, and leaves people feeling totally inspired about the future.

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Mark Bullard

157: Mark Bullard – A Legacy Of Significant Relationships

Mark Bullard is the Southern Rock Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Headquartered in Memphis TN, his Division encompasses parts of 5 Southern states. By making it a top priority to invest time and resources into his people, Mark has created a legacy of powerful relationships over his 21 years in the Vector business. He’s responsible for over $40 million in Cutco sales, and is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. Mark’s stories and lessons will inspire you to examine the ways in which you are prioritizing and building the relationships in your business and in your personal life.

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156: Hal Elrod – The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life

Hal Elrod is the author of the The Miracle Morning book series. Now an international best-seller with over 2.5 million copies sold, The Miracle Morning has transcended book sales to become a movement with followers worldwide. TMM spotlights the six daily practices that can literally transform your life, one day at a time. Hal Elrod is a living example of walking his talk, having leveraged these concepts to become a Cutco/Vector Hall of Famer, a world-renowned author and speaker, and even to beat a rare form of cancer that struck him in 2016. Filmmaker Nick Conedera has now created The Miracle Morning Movie, which premieres on 12/12/2020. Hal shares insights from the book and the movie in this inspiring conversation.

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Kattie Capone

155: Kattie Capone – Life Lessons From My Vector Experience

Kattie Capone is the Providence (RI) District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Through a series of ups and downs, and with the help of several key mentors in her life, Kattie’s experience with Vector has yielded some valuable life lessons. Some of these lessons came in unexpected places, while others were more common experiences that most people have to deal with in life. Through it all, Kattie has risen to become one of the top DMs in Vector, responsible for over $8 million in Cutco sales.

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Mark Lovas

154: Mark Lovas – Flip The Switch

Mark Lovas is truly one of the most legendary figures in Cutco/Vector Marketing history. As a Branch Manager in Tacoma WA, Mark was #1 in the Nation, winning his first Silver Cup. As a Division Manager, Mark’s team was #1 in the Nation an unprecedented 4 years in a row. His leadership in the Western Region set that organization on a path of 12 consecutive Silver Cups. After leaving Cutco/Vector, Mark went on to found and develop Trumaker, a custom clothing company & brand. Now pursuing new challenges and opportunities, Mark Lovas continues to be a student of life, a mentor to many, and dynamic source of inspiration for all.

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Jake Meiser

153: Jake Meiser – How To Think Like A Winner

Jake Meiser is the Buckeye (OH) Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Now 13 years into his career with the company, Jake is approaching $20 million in sales, which will qualify him for the company’s Hall of Fame. From his background playing competitive soccer and throughout his Vector career, Jake has been known as someone with a powerful internal drive to succeed, coupled with a strong work ethic. Through consistent effort and a winner’s mindset, Jake has been able to achieve great success, and has helped many others to do the same. He offers insights in this conversation on how to think like a winner.

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Dan Casetta Election

152: Dan Casetta – SPECIAL ELECTION EPISODE – This episode should get your vote!

Dan Casetta is the host of the Changing Lives Selling Knives podcast. A self-proclaimed political centrist, Dan feels that being human is more important than being a Democrat or Republican. At this time of great polarization in our society, Dan offers a prescription for healing the divide. He shares 3 key concepts to open minds and hearts with the objectives of having civil discourse, pursuing truth, and co-existing respectfully with others whose beliefs differ from our own.

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Jeremy Bell

151: Jeremy Bell – Family Man With A Business

Jeremy Bell is the Oregon Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. A 20-year veteran with the company, Jeremy has produced over $36 million in sales, and is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. As a District Manager, Jeremy became known as one of the company’s most prolific developers of top talent, as he leveraged his tremendous ability to attract and connect with great people. Throughout most of his career, he has had to balance work and family, and he’s a wonderful example of a “family man with a business.” He has a model family life AND he runs a successful sales Division. In this conversation, Jeremy shares his successes and challenges, and how he makes it all work.

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Geoff Woods

150: Geoff Woods – The ONE Thing

Geoff Woods is the Vice President of The ONE Thing and the host of The ONE Thing podcast which is in the top 5% of all podcasts in the world. After hearing the Jim Rohn quote that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” Geoff set out on a mission to surround himself with high level CEOs and successful entrepreneurs. Fast forward, Geoff went from employee to entrepreneur, launching a company with Gary Keller & Jay Papasan, the co-authors of the best selling book The ONE Thing. Geoff has been featured in Entrepreneur.com, and is on a mission to help people better invest their time and achieve extraordinary results.

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Helen Brown

149: Helen Brown – Setting Up A Great Future

Helen Brown is the Academic Outreach Manager for Vector Marketing / Cutco. Her career with the company dates back to 1991, and she was one of the company’s top sales performers in the 1990s, eventually moving into a role as a District Manager in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. When the company created the position of Campus Relations Manager in 2001, Helen was the first person selected to represent the Northeast Region. This role evolved into a National position which led into the role she plays today. Helen is highly influential inside Vector through her role, and also outside Vector through her involvement in organizations such as the National Association of Colleges & Employers, DECA, and Pi Sigma Epsilon. She has her finger on the pulse of what it takes for college students to set themselves up for future success.

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John Oberg

148: John Oberg – Strengthening Your Professional Relationships

John Oberg is a highly-skilled business leader focused on helping professionals build more meaningful relationships to achieve exceptional business results. For the past 12 years, John has been a mentor, advisor, consultant, and coach to hundreds of organizations across the spectrum of size and scope, even including the U.S Military. John brings a strong educational background (MBA, and currently pursuing his Doctorate) combined with many years of hands-on leadership experience to help organizations solve problems that impede management performance and revenue scalability. John’s insights can help you and your organization create meaningful growth through better professional relationships.

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Jeff Teresi

147: Jeff Teresi – A Spectrum of Insight

Jeff Teresi is the #15 all-time sales rep in the Cutco Cutlery / Vector Marketing sales organization, and also a published author and aspiring public speaker. But there’s a real twist to his story, in that Jeff battles with Asperger syndrome. Being on the Autism spectrum can be a monumental challenge for anyone in any role, and is magnified by Jeff’s choice of sales and public speaking as his vocation in life. But Jeff looks at this difficulty differently, and that has made all the difference. As you’ll hear in this conversation, Jeff communicates with well-chosen words that will speak to your heart. Get ready to be moved to see beyond your perceived weakness and instead be present to the beauty of your uniqueness.

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katie lance

146: Katie Lance – Crafting a Smart Social Media Strategy

Katie Lance is the Founder & CEO of Katie Lance Consulting, where she specializes in social media, tech trends, video marketing, and content strategy. After a successful 10-year run with Cutco/Vector, Katie got into a career in marketing, branding, and social media strategy, then started her own business in 2012. In striving to stay on top of the social media wave, Katie has developed her expertise and is teaching others about how to build their personal brand. Social Media is the greatest tool for building that brand, attracting business, and extending your influence. Katie Lance shares numerous actionable ideas to help you #GetSocialSmart.

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Greg Cothran

145: Greg Cothran – The Introvert Advantage

Greg Cothran has become one of the finest young leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He was a Champion District Manager in his first full year in that position, and he now runs the NJ/NY Division for the company, where he has developed several other champions in the business. On standard personality measures, Greg is a profound introvert, and many people assume that this personality type does not mesh well with high-level leadership. On the contrary, introverts have as much leadership potential as extraverts. By learning about oneself, finding and applying your strengths, and surrounding yourself with others who can complement what you offer, anyone can bring out the best of their own leadership ability. Greg Cothran is an understated, yet powerful leader who can help inspire anyone to uncover and leverage their own leadership ability.

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jon vroman

144: Jon Vroman – Becoming A Moment-Maker

Jon Vroman is an award-winning National speaker, and author of an amazing book, “The Front Row Factor.” He founded the Front Row Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps people with life-threatening illnesses experience the event of their dreams from the front row. His experiences in leading that organization have led him to develop a clear understanding of how to live a “Front Row Life” by making the most of our moments and helping others to do the same. More recently, Jon is the Founder of Front Row Dads, a group of entrepreneurial men from all over North America, who collaborate around the goal of being better fathers, husbands, and men of influence in their communities, and he’s working now on launching Front Row Moms. Jon is well-known as one of the all-time most respected and admired Cutco/Vector alums.

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Ben Jackson

143: Ben Jackson – Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

Ben Jackson is the Coastal Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, centered in the Southeastern U.S. His 13-year career with the company has already been marked by tremendous success, including a National Championship as a New District Manager in 2012 and pioneering leadership in Vector’s Eastern Region. Ben has an incredible personal story involving his older brother, Brett, and his own experiences in playing high-level baseball through high school. Ben’s experiences and insights can you help you change your life by altering your perspective on challenges and adversity.

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Ben Schemper

142: Ben Schemper – Stepping Into Abundant Possibility

Ben Schemper is the Founder & CEO of Abundant, a coaching organization that helps sales leaders uncover the path to their greatest possibility. Ben was previously a top achiever with Cutco/Vector, starting out by selling over $50,000 in his first 4 weeks. As a manager, Ben was a part of the team that established a one-week Cutco sales record in 2009 that still stands to this day, and he won the National Champion’s Silver Cup in his first full year as a District Manager. Ben is known for being able to bring the best out of individuals and teams. His students include an A-List of top achievers currently in Vector, plus teams from major companies such as Salesforce and Square. Ben’s mission is to help sales leaders manifest their most authentic expression that creates extraordinary results and their highest level of impact.

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Jim Stitt Jr

141: Jim Stitt Sr. – The Story of Cutco

Jim Stitt Sr. is the Executive Chairman of Cutco Corporation. He came to the company in 1975, starting as a manager in Manufacturing and eventually advancing to the position of CEO. Jim and his family risked everything they had to be a part of the team that bought the company from ALCOA in the 1980s. Since that time, no one has been more responsible for the establishment of the Cutco culture over the years. Jim espouses values such as top-notch quality, mutual respect between manufacturing, sales, and management, and a true family environment. He led Cutco through a period of hyper-growth, and helped build the company into the well-known and widely respected brand that it is today. He has relinquished the role of CEO to his son, Jim Jr., but remains actively involved in shaping the future of the organization to this day. Jim Stitt Sr. is truly one of the finest leaders you’ll ever have a chance to get to know.

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Shannon Smadella

140: Shannon Smadella – Experiencing Inner Transformation

Shannon Smadella won the crown of Miss Canada in 2009. After a successful stint as a manager with Cutco/Vector Canada, she left the company to pursue other interests. The outer transformation she underwent in pursuing Miss Canada brought about a far more significant inner transformation, as Shannon came to realize that we are all so much more than just body and mind. For most of the past 10 years, Shannon has used her platform to impact children and adults all over North America and beyond with technologies for mental and physical well-being. She has also worked with at least 88 charities to raise millions of dollars for people in need. Extensively trained in the Yogic Sciences, Shannon educates others about inner beauty and self-care. Her thought-provoking insights can help you experience inner transformation.

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Kyle Lopes

139: Kyle Lopes – Start-Up Strategy In Action

Kyle Lopes had already achieved unprecedented success in the Cutco/Vector sales organization by becoming the first college student to reach $1 million in personal sales and get inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. But he took that success to an even higher level this past Summer. Upon his graduation from Columbia University, Kyle became a Branch Manager with Vector, responsible for the Marin County market in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a field of over 300 Branch Managers nationwide, Kyle finished the Summer #1 in the company and annihilated the previous record for 1st-time Branch Managers, with over $600,000 in Summer sales. Kyle has now been promoted to District Manager in the San Francisco market, and looks forward to building on his legacy with Cutco/Vector.

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andrew smallwood

138: Andrew Smallwood – Understanding, Empathy, and Civil Discourse

Andrew Smallwood is the Director of Sales for Second Nature, a young company that is already at the top of its industry. Over recent years, Andrew has been able to develop a reputation as a tremendous role model for effective communication in a variety of important ways. He possesses a remarkable combination of intelligence, humility, curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy, and respect for others. In a world of cancel culture and divisive communication, Andrew is a shining example of civil discourse. With a polarizing election coming up, this is a concept that is of the utmost importance right now. After discussing Andrew’s time with Cutco and his career path, this conversation dives deep into what it takes to become someone who can develop a more well-rounded understanding of other perspectives, and can communicate with care and candor at the same time. This is a truly thought-provoking episode that can help you gain the mindset and skills to bring more people together in your circles of influence.

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Trent Booth

137: Trent Booth – Developing The Leader Within You

As Cutco/Vector’s Training & Leadership Development Manager, Trent Booth is the tip of the spear in bringing a culture of personal growth to Vector’s leadership team. He shares some critical concepts for personal and professional success, including self-awareness, emotional intelligence, altruistic leadership, and a whole lot more. Trent experienced success as a sales rep and manager with Vector Canada before relocating to the Philadelphia area for a corporate role with Vector in 2004. Today, Trent Booth is one of the most important current leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization.

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pete borum

136: Pete Borum – A Journey from Small-town Kentucky to Tech Entrepreneurship

Pete Borum is the Founder and Managing Partner of Squint Labs LLC, a venture fund and start-up accelerator investing in companies, teams and products that help combat “fake news” and media manipulation. Prior to starting Squint Labs, Pete was the Co-Founder and CEO of Reelio, a data-driven influencer marketing platform connecting advertisers to social media influencers, which he sold to AT&T Warner Media. Originally from a small farm town in Kentucky, Pete graduated from Stanford University in 2007, and later got his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. He was selected by his Stanford peers as Class Co-President and by the administration at Wharton as a member of their “40 Under 40” list in 2018.

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amar dave

135: Amar Dave – A Lifetime Of Changing Lives

Amar Dave has been one of the most impactful leaders in the 70+ year history of Cutco. Early in his career, he was the company’s #1 District Manager while still in college at the University of Michigan. At age 26, he became the youngest Regional Executive in company history. Over the years, he directly influenced and developed 4 future Region Executives on his way to becoming Cutco’s Senior Vice-President in 2014. He continues to serve in this role, where his spirit of innovation enables him to work on projects to develop new avenues to grow the company.

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mark bai

134: Mark Bai – Finding Your Own Path To Success

Mark Bai came to the U.S. from China at age 6, settling in Omaha, Nebraska. As a child, he was nudged down a traditional path to success … get good grades, attend a first-rate college, and then on to medical school and a lucrative career. But as Mark ventured through his experiences with Cutco/Vector and attending the University of Pennsylvania, he found himself moving towards a different path, one that led him into the Recruiting industry. There, Mark has quickly found remarkable success. He has become one of the youngest people ever promoted to Principal in one of the fastest growing firms in his industry, and he has found an ideal new home in San Francisco. At age 27, Mark Bai is well on his way to building the life of his dreams.

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Chris Hammond

133: Chris Hammond – Cultivating Happiness At Work

Chris Hammond is the Empire Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, headquartered in Rochester, NY. A 27-year veteran with the company, Chris has produced over $86 million in sales, making him one of the top all-time achievers in the company’s Hall of Fame. Throughout his great career, Chris has truly been a shining example of enjoying the journey. He makes work fun, and he helps others under his guidance to cultivate happiness in all that they do. Chris is truly grateful for all the blessings in his life, and he exudes a positive attitude and spirit, both at work and at home with his family. Chris Hammond is one of the great role models on the Cutco/Vector leadership team.

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Matt Jarvis

132: Matt Jarvis – Selling, Poker, & Entrepreneurship

Matt Jarvis is the CEO and co-Founder of CashLive, a free-to-play live-streamed poker game for your mobile device. His company was born out of his passion for poker combined with his dream of entrepreneurship. Matt’s entrepreneurial journey truly began with his experience selling Cutco in Vancouver, Canada. Through some friends at Cutco, he was introduced to the game of poker. In 2010, Matt nearly reached the pinnacle of the poker world, finishing in 8th place in the World Series of Poker Main Event World Championship. With one WSOP bracelet to his name, and millions of dollars in poker winnings, Matt achieved excellence in this challenging endeavor. His new vision is to bring that same level of excellence to his business, while building a company in the mold of the Cutco/Vector culture.

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131: Rob Robincheck – Service To Others Leads To Greatness

Rob Robincheck is an elite Cutco Sales Professional who started with the company back in 1997. He achieved All-American status in 12 consecutive campaigns during college, and was one of the original pioneers of the company’s Events Program. After reaching the company’s Hall of Fame sales level, he stepped away from the business and ventured into Corporate America for over a decade, returning to Cutco and making a full-time commitment as a CSP in 2018. In the past 3 years, Rob has rocketed up the sales charts in the company, and now is competing with the best of the best for annual sales achievement. He prides himself on his attitude of service, both in taking care of his customers and in giving back to his leaders and peers in the organization.

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130: Chris George – Life-Changing Lessons For Success & Fulfillment

Chris George is the Founder, President & CEO of CMG Financial, a privately-held mortgage bank headquartered in California, and conducting business in all 50 states. CMG has over 2000 employees, and will record a volume of over $25 billion in 2020. Chris is one of the most notable leaders in the mortgage industry, having served as the Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has also testified before Congress, and met with key leaders on issues affecting the the housing industry. Chris sold Cutco almost 40 years ago, and his original manager was current Cutco/Vector West CEO Bruce Goodman! Today, Chris lives on a 1000+ acre property overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area. He aspires to leave a legacy through his family, his business, and his charitable CMG Foundation.

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129: Phil Bohlender – Reasons Create Results

Phil Bohlender is the Intermountain Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector sales organization, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. A 26-year veteran with the company, Phil has produced over $33 million in sales, and is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Phil has been inspired by strong reasons, starting with building a family while he was still a college-student sales rep. Phil is expert at enrolling others in his goals, and he creates an atmosphere of collaboration, support, and fun in both his team at work and in his family of 7 children. Phil Bohlender is a genuine leader who is well-respected and appreciated by everyone who knows him.

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128: Dedric Polite – Learning Is The Way Up

Dedric Polite grew up in the Roxbury neighborhood of inner-city Boston. From an early age, education was his way up in life. After being identified as a promising student, Dedric advanced to attend Amherst College, and he augmented his education through his Cutco/Vector experience. After graduating from college, Dedric spent some time in Corporate America while learning and preparing himself for a career in real estate investing. Today, he runs multiple businesses centered around real estate and is in the process of accumulating a massive portfolio of rental properties. He and his wife also teach others by sharing details of their journey through social media.

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paige weber

127: Paige Weber – Cutco’s Fastest Rising Star

Paige Weber is the Somerset County (NJ) District Manager with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. In just her first full year as a DM with the company, Paige is shattering records and setting standards that are far beyond what anyone so new has ever achieved as a Vector manager. As of the start of August, her team is already well over $1 million in sales for the year, and is closing in on $1 million in sales for just the Summer. Paige will be the Silver Cup Champion among all First Full Year DMs this year, and she has a chance to be the #1 overall District office in the company. Paige Weber is truly Cutco/Vector’s fastest rising star!

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126: Dr. Benjamin Hardy – Personality Isn’t Permanent

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and the bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Hardy was the #1 writer IN THE WORLD on Medium, where his blogs have been viewed over 100 million times. He contributes regularly to Inc. and Psychology Today, and his current blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, and many others. His newest book, Personality Isn’t Permanent, unlocks the myths surrounding personality and gives people the tools to break free from self-limiting beliefs and write a new story for their lives.

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125: Dave Powders – Living In Alignment With Your Values

Dave Powders is the Bay Area Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. A veteran of over 2 decades with the company, Dave is responsible for over $50 million in sales, and is a long-time member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. Dave has had a unique opportunity to establish meaningful relationships in 3 different Regions of the company, and to learn from key mentors all across the country. Now, as a mentor to many others, Dave sets an impeccable example of achievement in business, strong personal and professional relationships, and enjoying the process. He understands what his values are, and he lives in alignment with those values every day. Dave’s stories and lessons can challenge and inspire you to become your best self.

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124: Katrina Sawa – Jump Start Your Sales

Katrina Sawa is known as the Jumpstart Your Biz Coach because she literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear. She is an award-winning public speaker and international best-selling author of 10 books, who is chock full of ideas that any entrepreneur can implement to establish relationships, gain clients, and increase sales. Katrina shares both the strategies for success and the inspiration to implement her concepts. Your business can achieve greater success through the wisdom and insights of Katrina Sawa.

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123: Brian Stephenson – Building A Powerful Inner Circle

Brian Stephenson is Division Manager for both the Southern Tide and Southeast Coast Divisions for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Birmingham, AL. After a period of uncertainty in his career, Brian truly leveraged the impact of the leaders in his life to establish a compelling vision for himself and for his team. By enrolling many others in this vision, Brian has been able to become one of the most prolific developers of talent in the company today, responsible for over $XX million in sales, and a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He has developed a talented, strong, and committed inner circle, with his wife Elizabeth — herself a Hall of Fame achiever — at the center of it all. Together, Brian and Elizabeth are powerful role models for a new wave of young leaders

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michael ambrosino

122: Michael Ambrosino – A Student Of Life

Michael Ambrosino is a well-known student of life. As a Cutco rep, he rose to the top of the charts among the company’s college-student sales force as the #1 All-American, and also experienced success in various management and leadership roles. After relocating from New York City to Silicon Valley, Michael spent several years as Director of Community Growth with the Abundant coaching organization, where he continued to develop his skills and his mindset while helping many others do the same. Now, Michael is Co-Founder of The Profile Firm, which specializes in finding top talent for Seed through Series D funded Tech companies. Michael’s varied experiences have nurtured in him a very well-rounded set of skills and a refined mindset, and he shares some compelling ideas in this conversation.

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jeff gamboa

121: Jeff Gamboa – Cutco Thru College

Did you know that the Cutco/Vector sales organization reaches and impacts more college students than any other company in the US and Canada? At least 1 of every 200 students will be recruited and trained to sell Cutco. These lucky students learn a whole lot more than just how to sell a product. They learn how to connect with others, how to influence, they develop initiative, they learn how to set goals, manage their time, deal with adversity, manage their emotions, and establish strong financial habits.

For over 2 decades, Jeff Gamboa has been developing students into “5-star graduates.” In this conversation, he shares his own path of Cutco Thru College, why he’s so passionate about this program, and many of the tangible benefits that Cutco/Vector provides for so many students each year.

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120: Veronica Sommer – Seeing Through The Lens Of Kindness

Veronica Sommer was the #1 sales rep in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization during one year of her Hall of Fame career with the company. She later spent 20+ years in the recruiting industry, including starting and operating her own successful company for 16 of those years. Recently, Veronica founded her own coaching business, The Kindness Solution, with the mission to help people create vibrant health, deep fulfillment, and happy relationships. She also actively supports Children’s Voice International, a non-profit that is striving to end the perpetual cycle of human trafficking by supporting the educational and personal success of its child victims. Veronica Sommer has a vision for a better world, and is doing her part to help make that a reality.

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brandon brown

119: Brandon Brown – Pushing Through Limitations

Brandon Brown has become legendary in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization by repeatedly finding ways to push through limitations and achieve the impossible. He was the first to ever sell over $100K in a company “Push Period” sales contest, and he now holds the company record with $105,235 in sales in just over 2 weeks. Brandon understands the thought processes, preparation, and action steps to achieve at the highest levels in life. In this conversation, we use the example of a “Push Period” as a training ground for breaking through limitations and achieving success in any goal that you set.

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craig stone

118: Craig P. Stone – Stone’s Steps To Success

Craig P. Stone has had an illustrious professional career, spanning roles in investment banking, real estate development, leading multiple companies, performance coaching, and even movie and TV production. Craig has been asked to speak all over the world on a plethora of topics to empower audiences to take action to change their lives and become the best they can be. His tools give people the mental edge to be in the top 1% in their fields.

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danny lewis

117: Danny Lewis – Making 2020 Your Best Year

Danny Lewis is the North Shore (IL-WI) Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. His career has been marked by challenges and difficulties that sharpened his skills and honed his mental attitude. It’s as if Danny’s entire career was preparing him for THIS YEAR. When the pandemic of 2020 began in earnest, Danny made a committed decision to find and bring his A-game. Over the past few months, his sales team has thrived, and as of today they stand as the #1 team in the company in New Business sales for the year. By hearing Danny’s story and lessons, we hope that you can find the inner strength and outer guidance to make the rest of 2020 your greatest season in business and in life.

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116: Nadine McGowan – Purposeful Living

Nadine McGowan was a successful leader in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, ultimately reaching the role of Indiana Division Manager. On a mission trip to Africa, Nadine came to realize that pouring into the women of a community, we could truly impact the next generation and shift the whole culture. She founded Purposeful Living, Inc., as a non-profit to invite women to find and live their purpose. Nadine’s organization is changing the lives of over 2000 women in the Indianapolis area, and by extension, creating a ripple effect that extends well beyond.

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stacy campbell

115: Stacy Campbell – Ordinary People Can Become Extraordinary

Stacy Campbell is the Lone Star Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. A 28-year veteran with the company, Stacy has produced over $88 million in business, and is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. In quiet fashion, Stacy has assembled and developed one of the preeminent organizations in the entire company over the past few years. His Division was #1 in the company in 2018, and has continued to grow since then. This modest champion has developed numerous other champions in business, and he sets a great example of well-rounded professional and personal success.

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andrew bosworth

114: Andrew Bosworth – BUILDING FACEBOOK And Other Things That Can Make You Rich

Andrew Bosworth is one of the top Executives at Facebook today. He sold Cutco for two Summers while in college at Harvard, achieving College All-American status and becoming an Assistant Manager. He joined Facebook in early 2006 and became their Director of Engineering. While in this role, Boz invented Newsfeed, Messenger, and Groups. A true member of Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle, Boz spent several years as VP of Advertising, and now serves as VP in charge of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

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113: Dan Casetta – Selling The World’s Finest

Dan Casetta has spent over 30 years as a proven producer and expert trainer in the sales industry. In his career with the Cutco/Vector sales organization, Dan has been a multiple-time National Champion who has broken literally hundreds of company sales records and produced approximately $200 million in sales, on his way to induction into the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He has trained and influenced sales reps and sales managers from all across North America, and been invited into multiple organizations to share his insights on sales, leadership, and personal development.

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nick conedera

112: Nick Conedera – Art Meets Business

Nick Conedera is a filmmaker and CEO of Conedera Studios, which produces creative educational content with the objective of healing the world through storytelling. While studying Film Production at Chapman University, Nick sold Cutco and spent time in a management role, fully exposing him to the real connection between art and business. He built a 6-figure video production business, before leaving that behind to pursue his dream of storytelling full-time. He is the author of 2 books, and writer/director of multiple feature films, including The Miracle Morning Movie (being released later in 2020) and SHARP (being re-released July 11th), which was inspired by his experiences selling Cutco.

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mike muriel

111: Mike Muriel – Transforming Into The Best Version Of Yourself

Mike Muriel is the Central Region Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, responsible for an area encompassing parts of 16 states. Having been with the company since 1992, Mike is a multiple-time National Champion, member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, and has inspired the entire company through his strong, driven leadership. Mike has had several transformative experiences that shaped his life and career, and now he helps countless others to experience the transformation into becoming the best version of themselves. Mike lives just outside of Chicago with his wife, Donna, and their 2 boys.

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110: Elizabeth DiAlto – The Link Between Self-Acceptance and Success

Elizabeth DiAlto is the creator of the popular Wild Soul Movement and Founder of the Institute For Embodied Living. After a successful stint as a sales rep and manager with Cutco/Vector, Elizabeth found herself in the fitness industry. While success there is often linked to personal appearance, Elizabeth discovered a much greater link to success that was based on learning to love, trust, and accept oneself fully. Today, through her coaching, speaking, writing, and podcast, Elizabeth is on a mission to improve the lives of women all over the world by helping them redefine rules, expectations, culture, and conditioning, and truly understand the link between self-acceptance and true fulfillment.

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jeff bry

109: Jeff Bry – Leading By Example, Not Title

Jeff Bry is the Midwest Region Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. A member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, Jeff is widely considered to be one of the most emulatable leaders throughout the entire company. His combination of internal characteristics, outward professionalism, and excellent results have made him an amazing role model for thousands of people over his 30+ year career with the company. This episode also features lessons and observations from Jeff’s son, Logan, who is now also evolving as a leader in the company.

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108: George Floyd, Race Relations, and Hope For The Future – Buddy Boyd, Greg Cothran, & Kenny Coleman

George Floyd was an African-American man who died in police custody. This event, more than any in recent memory, is bringing people of all races together to express their outrage. It appears that this time, there’s actually a chance for change. This was too important a situation to let pass by, so we wanted to address it on this podcast, through the eyes of several prominent African-American leaders in the Cutco/Vector community.

Buddy Boyd and Greg Cothran are the highest-ranking African-American leaders in the company, both Division Managers. Kenny Coleman is a key proponent of diversity & inclusion and an expert at bringing people together. This is an informative and encouraging conversation about George Floyd, race relations, and the reasons for hope in the future.

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107: Earl Kelly – Leadership Lessons For Work & Family

Earl Kelly is the Northeast Region Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. A 30-year veteran with the company, he has served in an Executive leadership role in three different Regions, and is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. Earl graduated from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and is married with three kids. He is the quintessential leader, helping to guide others in his business, his church, his children’s sports teams, and everywhere he goes. This episode features some closing thoughts from Earl’s daughter, Kennedy, who has started selling and managing with Cutco/Vector as well.

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106: Mike Lonzetta – 3 Strategies to Break Through Challenge and Gain Certainty

Mike Lonzetta is a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep who has evolved into an inspirational coach and speaker. Mike’s coaching impact started in Vector’s Gulf Coast Division, and has expanded nationally, where he has impacted a large number successful managers and become known as the “DOC” or District Office Coach. Mike has studied coaching concepts under such luminaries as Tony Robbins and Brendan Burchard, and he speaks from a depth of experience and wisdom. In this conversation, Mike explains how we create patterns of focus, meaning, and behavior that set the path for our lives. His insights are particularly relevant as we all face unprecedented challenges and uncertainty right now.

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105: Loyd Reagan – A Story of Triumph Over Challenges

Loyd Reagan is the Region Manager for Cutco/Vector’s Southwest Region, the #1 Region in the company for the last 6 consecutive years. Throughout his life and career, Loyd has encountered some incredibly difficult challenges, and he has always risen up to conquer them and win. He’s a winner in business, one of the greatest champions the Cutco world has ever seen. He’s also a winner in life, with a beautiful family — including his wife Tammy and 5 children — and an amazing lifestyle. Put simply, Loyd Reagan is one of the most respected individuals anywhere, and his story can inspire anyone to triumph over any challenge in their life.

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104: Steve Heroux – A Guide To Success in Sales Today

Steve Heroux is a leading authority on selling in today’s marketplace. As the Founder & CEO of Victory Selling, Steve teaches insights through sales coaching and keynote speaking. He’s the author of a new book, “Sales Is Not A Dirty Word,” and he is the pioneer of the “Sales DNA Test.” Steve has been a champion salesperson in multiple industries, including being Cutco’s #1 All-American during college, and topping a field of 50,000 sales representatives with AFLAC. He preaches concepts like conviction, honesty, and working on one’s craft, and he shares his insights in this informative conversation.

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Scott Dennis

103: Scott Dennis – Play Like A Champion

Scott Dennis is the Eastern Region Manager for Cutco / Vector Marketing. Scott has been one of the most prolific achievers in the company throughout his 30-year career. While attending the University of Notre Dame, he was one of the top college-student sales reps in the company. He was National Champion Branch Manager, set all-time records as a District Manager, and advanced to Division Manager, then Region Executive. As an “Engineer of People,” Scott has had a life-changing impact on tens of thousands of individuals. He has been an amazing example of all-around excellence, both professionally and personally. His episode here is FILLED with valuable nuggets for people either in or out of the Cutco business.

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andrew biggs

102: Andrew Biggs – Better Than Rich

Andrew Biggs is an international sales coach for top performers in multiple industries, and founder of Better Than Rich, whose mission is to change the world for the better by providing tools and ideas to leaders throughout the world. Andrew was a star Cutco rep who became a National Champion Branch Manager with Vector Marketing. After leaving Vector, he directly managed a team of 1500 people in the mobile gaming industry, responsible for operations for 6 of the highest-grossing apps on the Apple App Store, all before the age of 30. Today, Andrew is an industry leading expert in leadership and the psychology of performance, and helps any sales leader looking to grow connect to the meaning and purpose necessary to achieve both top-performance and true fulfillment in their lives through his Better Than Rich system.

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101: Angie Macdougall – A Decision Can Change Your Life

Angie Macdougall is the National Sales Manager for Cutco/Vector in Canada. As one of the company’s most consistently excellent achievers, she reached Hall of Fame status, while balancing the challenge of having two children. She is also an accomplished triathlete, having completed events of the Ironman distance. In this conversation, Angie recounts some key moments of decision in her life and career, and how those decisions have built into the all-around success that she has achieved. Through hearing stories and lessons from this powerful role-model, you can also find the inspiration and courage to make decisions that can alter your life for the better.

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100: Dan Casetta – The Meaning Behind Changing Lives

Changing Lives Selling Knives is a podcast about all the inspiring stories of people who learned the basics of sales, leadership, and business through working with Cutco, and are now using their skills and their influence to change the world for the better. We are proud to have reached our milestone one-hundredth episode! In this episode, the guest is our host himself, Dan Casetta, being interviewed by Jon Berghoff, who Dan counts as being a long-time colleague, friend, mentee, and mentor, all rolled into one. In this conversation, you’ll hear Dan’s experiences, lessons, and core philosophies, and why the “changing lives” theme is so meaningful to him.

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099: Trey Ketcham – The Nobility of Recruiting

Trey Ketcham is a dynasty builder. For Trey, building is a noble pursuit which begins with enrolling people in a vision, then involves giving his best effort to truly take care of the people in his organization. This is what recruiting is REALLY about. Trey is a 19-year veteran of the Cutco/Vector business, who worked closely with Vector legends Matt King and Larry Manley. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Trey moved to Atlanta where he quickly took over the leadership of the Greater Georgia Division. He has become the #1 recruiter in company history, and in this conversation, he shares his inner motivations and his strategies for success.

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098: Tim Nikolaev – Unlocking Your Genius

Tim Nikolaev was a successful Cutco sales rep turned prolific real estate investor. Focusing primarily on mobile home parks, Tim and his wife have managed to accumulate over 500 rentals in about 10 years, enabling them to essentially retire from the traditional workplace. Tim now teaches three classes in the MBA Program at the exclusive Acton School of Business, where he was recently named Teacher of the Year. You can’t have a conversation with Tim that isn’t thought-provoking and inspiring, and this conversation is a perfect example. Get ready to have your mind stretched, your limitations exploded, and the path to your own genius unlocked.

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097: John Whelpley – The Vector Way

John Whelpley is one of the most important figures in the 70+ year history of Cutco. He started as an Accounting intern while still attending St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. After graduation, he joined the company full-time, and was a key part in integrating several independent marketing arms under Vector Marketing Corporation. As the long-time CFO of Vector, John was responsible for safeguarding the company’s financial sustainability. He managed this task in a manner that emphasized a “people first” strategy for decision-making, which has become affectionately known as “The Vector Way.” Now, John serves as President and COO of Vector Marketing Corporation, and the company’s leadership largely reflects the his philosophies and core values.

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096: Adam Rupp – The Evolution of Home Free

Adam Rupp is a founding member of the popular vocal band, Home Free. The band’s big break came in 2013 when they were invited to perform in the reality TV competition called “The Sing-Off.” They were prepared for this opportunity, and they won first place, garnering international recognition and a Sony recording contract. Their success has exploded in recent years, as they have headlined around the world and released six successful albums since 2014. Adam has been the singular mainstay in the band from its inception until today.

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095: Tom Rastrelli – A Wise Perspective on Life’s Challenges

Tom Rastrelli is one of the most impactful leaders in the the Cutco/Vector sales organization. A 28-year veteran of the Cutco business, he became the company’s first “Double Hall of Fame” achiever, having reached that milestone in both sales and in management. He is a company pioneer in areas such as the Fair & Show and Service Call programs, and has mentored many of the company current elite sales professionals. Tom’s life and career have been marked by many twists and turns, and yet he retains a refreshing and inspiring perspective on it all. This year, Tom is celebrating 50 years of marriage with his wife, Jill.

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094: Parenting In A Pandemic with Jon Vroman, Angie Macdougall, Amber Vilhauer & Dan Casetta

Parenting under normal circumstances is already one of the most challenging experiences in life. Currently, most of us are under stay-at-home orders mandated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year. Parents now have to deal with increased uncertainty and anxiety, while balancing work responsibilities and having kids at home all day every day. This episode features Jon Vroman, Angie Macdougall, and Amber Vilhauer. All three are fantastic parents, successful business leaders, and amazing human beings. Their experiences and ideas can help you navigate this once-in-a-lifetime challenge that we are all facing.

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093: Wes Frank – The Opportunity for Adaptability and Innovation

Wes Frank is one of the most respected leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. A 20-year veteran with the company, Wes is  the leader of the Rising Sun Division, headquartered in Arizona. He is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame, and is well-known as one of the most innovative program developers in the company.  His mindset and adaptability are ideal for navigating the uncertainty and change of today’s business climate. He offers concepts and strategies for making the most of the challenges and opportunities that are in front of us all right now.

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092: Don Muelrath – Winning The Game Of Life

Don Muelrath is one of the most legendary figures in the 70+ year history of the Cutco/Vector sales organization.  He started selling Cutco in 1965 and was one of the company’s top college-student reps, advancing into management after college.  Don’s organization broke numerous company records en route to multiple National championships.  When several of the marketing arms for Cutco were merged in 1985, Don became the head of Vector’s Western Region.  He ultimately advanced to the role of President of Vector West, and later President of Sales Development before retiring in 1999 at age 55.  In his retirement, Don runs a fly-fishing travel company, enabling him to pursue his passion all over the world.

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091: Josh Mueller – Crisis Solutions for Sales Professionals

Josh Mueller is a prime example of a truly excellent professional salesperson. As a 19-year veteran of the Cutco/Vector business, Josh has risen to become the #3 all-time Cutco sales rep. He is a National Consultant for various company sales programs, and serves as a key trainer and developer of legions of sales representatives. He and his wife Amiee are the founders of Vast Action, a marketing and consulting business for entrepreneurs and professional salespeople. Josh is a key conduit through which great ideas are innovated and developed, both in and out of the Cutco sphere. In this conversation, he shares actionable ideas for navigating times of uncertainty and change as a sales professional.

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090: Jon Berghoff – Crisis Leadership Playbook

Great challenges call forth extraordinary leadership, and the leaders who survive and thrive through challenging times are the ones who are able to ask the kinds of questions that help themselves evolve, and that help others to manage emotions and solve problems. Jon Berghoff has studied leadership at a level that few can match. In this conversation, he offers concepts to form a Crisis Leadership Playbook, starting with inner contemplative practices and ways of helping others direct their focus, and even including some cutting-edge strategies for using video-conference technology to create belongingness and connection, and to bring out the cooperative capacity in groups you lead. What follows here is a masterclass on how to view and tackle what for many is the largest collective challenge of our lifetime.

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Kyle Preman

089: Kyle Preman – Formula for Creating Well-Rounded Success

Kyle Preman is the CT-NY Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing.  He is a 21-year veteran of the Cutco/Vector Marketing business, having started in 1999.  After graduating from Tufts University with a triple Major, Kyle took on the District Manager role and thrived in this position, even developing over a million-dollar net worth before he was promoted to Division Manager in 2015.  His Division encompasses most of Connecticut, as well as Westchester County and Long Island in New York.  Kyle is a prime example of well-rounded success in business and in life, and is someone who is adept at teaching others how to also have well-rounded success through skill development, financial knowledge, and leadership experience.

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088: John Ruhlin – Winning Hearts In A Season of Social Distancing

John Ruhlin is the #1 sales rep in the 70-year history of Cutco, with almost $10 million in personal sales. He pioneered the idea of leveraging Cutco as a high-class gift for clients and employees and has since developed that idea into the creation of the largest business gifting company in North America, the Giftology Group. His clients include major corporations across North America and at least 25 major pro sports franchises, who leverage John’s ideas to increase client retention. John’s best-selling book, Giftology, is bringing his concept of “radical generosity” to readers all over the world.

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087: Ryan Trembler – My Stages Of Career Evolution

Ryan Trembler is the Northern New England Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. As is the case for most people, his career has passed through several distinct stages as he has advanced with the company and evolved as a leader. Ryan has learned the habits and mindsets necessary to continue to progress as responsibilities increase and challenges get larger. Through it all, he has become one of the top producing managers in the history of the company, and a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He shares some extremely relatable stories and lessons in this genuine and insightful conversation.

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086: Michael Arrieta – Brilliant Insights For Exponential Career Success

Michael Arrieta has had exponential success in his relatively short career. As a Cutco sales rep, he was the #1 new sales rep in the company during his first year. He became one of the top college-student sales reps in the history of the company before graduating from the University of Alabama. Michael’s first corporate experience was with Wyse, a company which was purchased by Dell, where he was able to leverage his experience, effort, and results to advance to Chief of Staff in a short period of time. He got onto the radar of legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Keith Krach, and eventually moved to a role as Keith’s Chief of Staff in the early days of DocuSign. Michael was truly one of the key players in DocuSign’s meteoric rise to market dominance, and he advanced as far as Global VP before departing from the company recently. He was even named to Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2016.

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085: Greg Strine – Concepts For Long-Term Excellence

Greg Strine has been one of the most consistently excellent performers in the history of the Cutco/Vector Marketing field sales organization. He rose to National Champion status as a District Manager, and was eventually promoted to Division Manager in Wisconsin. After growing the Wisconsin Division, Greg got the opportunity to take over his home Chicago Division, which he has built into a juggernaut championship organization. His story is the epitome of how to succeed in business and in life for the long-term.

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084: Olivia Trivisani-Bowker – Creating A Culture Of Empowerment

Olivia Trivisani-Bowker lived on five different continents as a child. She eventually came to the US for college, and found Vector Marketing as a way to help pay her expenses. She had great success with Vector, advancing as far as District Manager and developing several other managers. After some time in corporate roles, she decided that she wanted to return to her roots as an entrepreneur in charge of her own organization. She founded Amivero, an IT company specializing in providing services to the Department of Homeland Security. As the CEO, Olivia has built an environment which combines strong leadership with a feeling of empowerment throughout her team. She shares her story and her lessons in this conversation.

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083: Andrew Evans – A Millennial’s Guide To Success In The Modern Era

Andrew Evans is a superstar. At the age of 24, he already has unprecedented credentials in the Cutco/Vector organization. He’s the record holder for Branch Managers, a National Champion New District Manager, and has already been promoted to run his own Division in Florida. Andrew understands the traits and qualities for success in the evolving world of today, and he shares those insights in this episode. Get ready for a fast-moving and profound conversation with this dynamic young leader, Andrew Evans!

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082: Dan Casetta – The Five Tools of Influence

Influence is defined as “the power to affect others.” It’s important in virtually EVERY role in life. This IS the key skill for living the kind of life that we all want. Dan Casetta has spent his entire professional career learning the nuances involved in developing powerful skills of influence. He has trained and developed thousands of sales reps, managers, and business leaders. He has leveraged his ability to influence to build championship teams, and he has taught others how to develop their own skills of influence. In this episode, Dan offers the five most important tools to leverage to have a powerful effect on others around you.

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081: Alicia Anderer – From Teen Mom to Sales Leader

Alicia Anderer is an elite Cutco Sales Professional who is positively impacting sales reps throughout the company. She started in the business as an 18-year old single mom, and has found great support within the company, as well as the flexibility to balance her personal life while consistently growing her business. She has served as Events Coordinator for the Northeast Region for many years, helping to build out a very successful sales team across at least 10 states. She’s now a National Consultant for Cutco’s Events Program, as well as serving a National Cross-Trainer, responsible for helping to train and develop numerous other top sales reps. This episode is guest hosted by Trent Booth, Alicia’s long-time mentor and friend.

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080: Hal Elrod – The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals From Possible To Probable To Inevitable

Hal Elrod is a miracle himself. As one of the leading self-help authors and speakers in America today, Hal has impacted well over two million readers around the world through his Miracle Morning book series. He started with Cutco/Vector in 1998 and achieved Hall of Fame status as a sales rep with the company, before moving on to his own business, coaching, writing, and speaking. He survived a near-fatal car accident and more recently, he conquered a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. He’s accomplished all of this by making two decisions which he calls “The Miracle Equation,” which is described in his latest book by that title. Listen to this episode to learn how you can achieve your biggest goals by utilizing Hal’s concepts.

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079: Shayla Wey – How Do You Define Success?

Shayla Wey is one of the fastest-rising stars in the Cutco/Vector sales organization. A 14-year veteran with the company’s Canadian arm, Shayla is now the Division Coordinator for the Canadian Rockies Division, spanning from Calgary AB across to Vancouver BC. Her office has been #1 in North America in recruiting for the past 2 years, and she is also now one of the company’s top developers of new managers. She has achieved this success while being married for the past 10 years and having 2 young children. Shayla is a Mom first, and Boss second, and she balances both roles with a level of excellence that can inspire anyone.

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078: Tyler Cauble – The Fast Track To Success

Tyler Cauble has achieved many prodigious goals in his short professional career. As a new Cutco rep, Tyler made a sale on 98% of his appointments en route to setting a Regional record for a rep’s first 10 days with the company. He went on become the #1 new sales rep in the company for his first year, besting tens of thousands of other new reps that year. By sharing his ambitions and his achievements with his clients, Tyler has been able to create an image of himself as someone who gets things done. Eventually, a real estate developer sought out Tyler for a role with his organization, and Tyler has been able to parlay that role into tremendous professional success, including the achievement of a $1M net worth by the age of 27. If you’re ready to hear some insights on how you can get on the fast track to success in your work, you’ll get just that from the remarkable Tyler Cauble.

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077: J. Brad Britton – Cutco Cares – How Philanthropy Can Become A Part Of Your Organization’s Culture

There’s a good chance that if you are reading this, you are among the most fortunate people anywhere. We have an opportunity — perhaps you might even say a responsibility — to spread our good fortune to others. Making acts of service a part of your organization’s culture can impact your communities, and can also build community among your own team. For many years, J. Brad Britton has set the example as a servant leader, and in this conversation, he shares examples of how a company can lead the way in impacting others around them. Our hope is that everyone who listens can implement these concepts where you work or where you live.

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Anthony Garcia

076: Anthony Garcia – Catapulting Commissions

Anthony Garcia is an expert in sales training, recruiting, goal-achievement, and motivating salespeople to peak performance. As an 18-year veteran of sales and sales leadership, Anthony has achieved top accolades in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, in business-to-business sales in the payroll industry, and in the challenging medical sales industry. As the author of the new book, Catapulting Commissions, Anthony provides strategies to sales professionals for maximum goal execution. As host of his own podcast, Anthony interviews some of the world’s top sales performers and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about unlocking the high-performer inside of every sales professional.

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Mike Dawid

075: Mike Dawid – Building A Unique Personal Brand

Mike Dawid is better known to most people as “Cutco Mike.” He has established a loyal following of over 10,000 customers, and among that following, Mike’s name is synonymous with Cutco. He is on the forefront of innovating ways to promote and brand his business by providing a different, unique experience for his customers. Over the years, he has become one of the top all-time sales reps in the 70+ year history of Cutco. He lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Rachel, 2 young sons, and a third child on the way.

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074: Kris Mailepors – The Easy-To-Follow Leader

Kris Mailepors is a leadership consultant and author of a great book titled “The Easy-To-Follow Leader.” Kris spent 8 years in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, advancing as far as District Manager, where he learned some great fundamentals for leadership. After honing his skills in a variety of roles, Kris founded Bushido Leadership to bring his insights to others. Today, he is also serving as a Senior Manager at Blue Cross, where he has been tasked with refining their leadership development systems. Kris offers practical, actionable advice that can help leaders at any level of success and responsibility.

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073: Andrew Nickerson – Succeeding Through Adversity

Andrew Nickerson is the East Valley District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, located in the Phoenix AZ metro. A 2-time National Champion manager with the company, Andrew has achieved the pinnacle of success in his role while navigating significant personal adversity. Andrew is a single father of 2 young daughters, one of whom has special needs that demand much of Andrew’s time and attention. Through growing himself and others in his organization, Andrew has been able to build a highly-successful business, while navigating several personal storms. His story is one that will inspire you to overcome your own challenges and succeed in the work you do.

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072: Jon Berghoff – How to Unlock Possibility for Yourself and Those You Lead

Jon Berghoff epitomizes the “changing lives” theme of this podcast as well as anyone we’ve featured here. As a Cutco rep, Jon raised the bar of possibility for the entire company through his spectacular and unprecedented achievements. Now, as a respected business leader with an international following, Jon is teaching leaders how to multiply their influence through use of the “XChange” method of uniting groups of people, facilitating events, and leading others to embrace revolutionary challenges and opportunities. Jon teaches here how to ask the kinds of questions that open up new worlds of possibility, for yourself and for all those who you lead.

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071: Mike Abramowitz – You Get More By Giving

Mike Abramowitz is a giver. As an active philanthropist, Mike provides meals for the needy through PB&J For Tampa Bay and provides insights and inspiration for young people through his G.R.A.B. Community.  In his professional life, Mike is a champion sales executive with the Cutco / Vector Marketing sales organization. A 15+ year veteran with the company, Mike is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, and was the #1 District Executive in 2 categories within the company in 2019. He has also written NINE books, including two #1 Amazon bestsellers. By giving selflessly, Mike has able to receive a lot back in his life. His insights can help you understand how you can get more by giving more.

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070: Joe Shupp – Life’s Ultimate Test

There will come a time in all of our lives when we have to confront our own mortality. At this point, we’ll all be faced with considering the real meaning of our lives, and what’s truly most important to us. Joe Shupp is battling Stage 4 lung cancer right now. During his time as a pastor, he counseled others who were facing similar challenges. His experiences can provide important insights and valuable advice for anyone who someday confronts life’s ultimate test.

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John Kane

069: John Kane – The Rise of the Cutco Sales Professional Position: A Shining Vision Of The Future

The Cutco Sales Professional (CSP) position has experienced an incredible transformation over the past 20 years or so. At the forefront of this evolution has been Cutco’s Director of Sales Development, John Kane. In his role, John has has overseen the development of numerous new ways to sell Cutco, the combination of which has led to incredible growth in the field of professional selling at Cutco. Today, the role of CSP is a lucrative and fulfilling opportunity that continues to grow and evolve year after year. In this conversation, John Kane shares the history and evolution of the CSP position.

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068: Matt King – Creating Rapid Success In Any Organization

Matt King is a star of stars in the professional world. As a leader in Vector/Cutco, he advanced from District to Division Manager in less than 2 years, then built his Division into a National Champion in another 3 years. A juggernaut competitor during his Vector career, Matt produced a staggering $90 million in Cutco sales and was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. Matt left Vector to found his own company, and in less than 3 years, he has already scaled that company to remarkable levels. He understands the concepts for building something big and building it fast. He is also consistently effective at teaching these concepts to others, and he shares his best insights in this podcast.

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Deanna Scortino

067: Deanna Scortino – Authenticity Creates Connection

Deanna Scortino is one of the top 10 all-time sales reps in Cutco history. She got really serious about selling Cutco after graduating from Chapman University in Southern California and spending about a year evaluating other options. Since that time, she has elevated her sales to remarkable levels, culminating in an $800,000+ sales year in 2019, and her 4th consecutive Silver Cup championship. Perhaps her greatest trait is her authenticity. With Deanna, what you see is what you get : personable, funny, passionate, sometimes raw, and always unfiltered. Through being her authentic self, Deanna has been able to attract others to her. She has a healthy marriage, countless friends who admire her, and a base of loyal customers virtually unequaled in the history of Cutco.

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066: Fischer Yan – A Mindset of Success and Contribution

Fischer Yan is on a rapid ascent up the ladder of professional success. She spent one Summer as a Cutco/Vector rep before heading off to school at Dartmouth College. While in college, Fischer started the Dartmouth chapter of the non-profit She’s the First, supporting girls and women in their quests to achieve more in life. After graduating from Dartmouth, she took a position as a Marketing Manager at Uber. Following her time at Uber, Fischer worked at GGV Capital, where she built a global community and launched a podcast around cross-border entrepreneurship and technology. She is now the Head of Global Platform at a new venture capital fund focused on enterprise technology investments. In this interview, she speaks to how the lessons she learned from being a Cutco rep have helped her achieve success throughout her career.

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065: Bryan Hurlman – The Power of Passion And Energy

Bryan Hurlman has become of the most consistently excellent performers in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. A 13-year veteran of the business, Bryan became a District Manager at the age of 19. From humble beginnings, and through several peaks and valleys, Bryan has now risen to the pinnacle of success with the company. He has won nine National Championship Silver Cups in his management career, and has now become the Division Manager for the Virginia Division. A member of the company’s Hall of Fame, Bryan is best known for the passion and energy that he brings to his work and to his life.

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064: Dan Casetta – New Year, New You: 4 Changes You Can Make For 2020

A New Year is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, and also to decide what you want in the year ahead. There’s a natural motivation to make the changes necessary to achieve your goals. Dan Casetta has spent his entire professional life coaching others on the process of goal-setting and goal-achievement. In this podcast episode, Dan shares 4 changes that you can make in order to fully manifest a “New You” in the New Year.

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063: David Powders, Kenzie Rigney, & Vince Reyes – CLSK 2019 Lessons

David Powders, Kenzie Rigney, and Vince Reyes are all important leaders in the Western Region of Vector Marketing / Cutco and are superfans of the Changing Lives podcast. This episode is a retrospective look back on the episodes of 2019, spotlighting some of the best episodes and key ideas that were mentioned throughout the year.  We hope this helps you to reinforce the most important concepts that have been brought forth by the guests of this podcast.

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062: Stephen Torres – The Human Side of Leadership

Stephen Torres has had an incredible path of success, achievement, and impact in his life. He spent 12+ years in the Cutco/Vector organization, where he became the first District Manager in company history to achieve $10 million in sales and be inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. After his years with Cutco, he advanced his formal education with a degree from UC-Berkeley and an MBA from Cornell. Along the way, he pursued several opportunities in the Technology industry in the Silicon Valley area. He was a part of SuccessFactors path to going public and being acquired by SAP, started 2 of his own companies which were also acquired, and served as the CEO for another company. Eventually, he was invited to serve as a part of the faculty at UC-Berkeley, where he has taught one of the most in-demand courses on Leadership and another course in one of the most exclusive academic programs in the world. Today, he also coaches and mentors start-up founders and entrepreneurs, offering key insights which date back to his learnings and direct experience as a leader with Cutco/Vector.

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061: Curtis Jaques – Finding The Next Level

Curtis Jaques is one of the most influential leaders in the Cutco personal sales arena. Since 2006, Curtis has had a preposterous run of finishing 1st or 2nd in Cutco sales every year! He has consistently found the next level in his annual sales, from his first year over $100,000 back in 2005 to closing in on ONE MILLION in personal sales in 2019!!! A four-time National Champion, Curtis has directly impacted more Cutco reps than any other sales leader in company history, through cross-training and sharing his insights with others. He lives in the Denver area with his wife, Thuy, and their young daughter.

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060: Tasha Saran Smith – Creating From Scratch

Tasha Saran Smith is the Founder & CEO of Emerge Sales Training, a company that provides sales and leadership coaching to network marketing leaders. From scratch, Tasha created a 7-figure revenue coaching business within her first 2 years. Emerge has now helped over 8000 clients grow their businesses, even if they have no sales experience. Tasha worked with Cutco/Vector in sales and management for a few years in the early 2000s. She graduated from UC-San Diego with a degree in Political Science, and has also obtained her MBA. She lives in Corona, CA with her husband, Charlie, a former Vector District Manager, and their 2 daughters.
This episode is guest hosted by J. Brad Britton, whose relationship with Tasha goes back to her early days with the company.

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059: Albert Dileonardo – The Soul Of A Family

Albert Dileonardo has been an important part of the soul of the Vector Family for the past 41 years, since his days running the 3rd sales office in Vector Marketing history to his years as the CEO and President of Vector East. After graduating from Temple University, Al became a District Manager in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He later advanced to Division Manager, then Zone/Regional Executive, winning multiple National Championships along the way. Since 2002, Al has been the co-CEO of Vector Sales and President of Vector East, and has had a profound effect on the family culture which is so prevalent in the Vector/Cutco organization. At home, Al’s family includes his wife Madeleine and their 4 children, ranging in age from 21 to 31.

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Dan Casetta

058: Dan Casetta – Bad Advice We’ve All Heard

For over 30 years, Dan Casetta has consumed, digested, and pondered insights and advice from experts in many fields from all across the world. He has shared and discussed this advice with audiences ranging from college student sales reps with Vector to high-level Executives, both in and out of the Vector/Cutco organization. During this time, some of the insights offered by others have rubbed Dan in the wrong way. Some “words of wisdom” are often misinterpreted by others or implemented in ways that are not conducive to success. In this short podcast episode, Dan offers for your consideration five key concepts that he views as “bad advice.” Take this in and ponder it for your own self.

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057: Evan Keller – Personal And Professional Excellence

Evan Keller is one of the brightest stars in the Cutco/Vector Marketing universe. A 16-year veteran with the company, Evan was one of the company’s top student sales reps during his years at Marquette University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Finance and Marketing. As a New District Manager, Evan was #1 in the company his first year, and his office broke the all-time company record in 2014. He was promoted to South Coast Division Manager that year, and his Division has been among the top Divisions in the company every year under his guidance. Evan has been married to his wife, Annie, for 8 years, and they have 2 young children. Evan succeeds at everything he does, and is the ultimate role model for so many others in his circles of influence.

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John Israel

056: John Israel – Special Thanksgiving Episode

John Israel is teaching people how to change their lives by changing their conversations. It all starts with being genuinely thankful for our experience of life. John shares how curiosity and appreciation lead to empathy and compassion, and how this cycle enables us to connect with anyone, build better relationships, and improve the entire experience of life for ourselves and for those around us. Enjoy this special Thanksgiving episode with the amazing John Israel!

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055: Vonny Fast – Follow The Joy

Vonny Fast is the #1 all-time Cutco rep in Canada, and #5 overall in Cutco’s 70-year history. As one of the key pioneers of the Closing Gift Consultant program, she was the first CGC to reach $1 million in gift sales. She has been featured as the opening speaker at Cutco’s North American rep conference. Vonny attributes her success to a desire to bring value, a strong belief that business is all about relationships, and a deep commitment to being a student of the business, and of life. This episode is guest-hosted by Trent Booth, who started with Cutco in the same year as Vonny, back in 1993, in the same sales office in Calgary, AB Canada.

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Jamie Bianchini

054: Jamie Bianchini – Live Big, Give Big

Jamie Bianchini is an Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Author, and Philanthropist. As a Cutco/Vector Marketing representative in the early 1990s, Jamie advanced as far as Branch Manager, while attending college at the University of Southern California. After college, Jamie embarked on a series of business ventures, but struggled to gain traction as something was missing from his life. He decided to go on the ultimate adventure, an epic 8-year journey around the world on a bicycle. The bicycle itself was special, and the journey was life-changing. Upon his return, Jamie hatched an idea for a business that evolved from a need he saw on his travels through Africa. He founded his own company, which he built and has now sold. His story is a remarkable tale of connection, compassion, and contribution.

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Kate Vasey

053: Kate Vasey – Leading With Love

Kate Vasey is currently the DC Metro Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, headquartered in Rockville, MD. A 17-year veteran with the company, Kate advanced rapidly into a Division Manager position after graduating from college and excelling as a District Manager. Responsible for over $34 million in Cutco sales, Kate is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She was married in 2016, and along with her husband, Patrick, welcomed their daughter into the world in May 2018. As a shining example of a success as a Divisional Executive and mother, Kate is a role model throughout the entire company.

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052: Bret Barrie – Becoming A Peak Performer

Bret Barrie has been a consistent peak performer in business and in life. As a sales rep with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, Bret was the company’s #1 college student sales rep and achieved Hall of Fame status in his short 6-year career with the company. Bret then ventured into the medical device sales industry, where he has been a superstar in sales and in management. Recently, Bret was recruited into the Director of Sales position with Trifecta, the nation’s largest organic meal delivery service, where he has multi-faceted responsibilities in leading the company through its next phase of explosive growth.

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050: Insights For Exceptional Parenting with Jon Vroman, John Kane, Adam Stock & Dan Casetta

Most people would consider family to be a top priority in their life. Yet few people specifically invest time and energy into working on their skills as parents and/or spouses. Jon Vroman started Front Row Dads with the mission to help family men with businesses come together to discuss best practices and learn about issues facing them in fatherhood. In this conversation, Jon and three Front Row Dads discuss some of the lessons they’ve learned since the start of this unique and amazing group.

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John Carpenter

049: John Carpenter – The Spirit of Loving Life

John Carpenter is one of the most universally admired leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He was the company’s #1 sales rep in his first year, and has been the long-time leader of the Texoma Division, headquartered in Dallas. A 32-year veteran with the company, John has produced nine figures of Cutco sales throughout his career. He has been married to Monica — his 6th grade sweetheart — for 34 years and has 2 kids, both of whom have sold Cutco. John loves life and helps everyone around him to do the same!

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Lauren Gibbs

048: Chasing Your Dreams with Lauren Gibbs

Lauren Gibbs won an Olympic Silver Medal at the 2018 games in South Korea! This moment was the high-point experience of a journey that has taken Lauren from growing up in Los Angeles to star high-school athlete to Brown University volleyball player to Cutco rep and manager to the corporate world and eventually to becoming a 30 year-old rookie in the world of bobsled. Lauren’s amazing journey is a testament to her yearning for something more in her life, believing in herself, having the courage to chase her dream, and her commitment to doing whatever it takes to succeed. This is a story that will entertain, educate, and inspire you to chase the dreams in your life that might actually be more possible than you ever thought before.

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Kyle Lopes

047: Kyle Lopes – The Million Dollar Student

Kyle Lopes is the first Cutco rep to reach $1 million in Cutco sales while still a full-time college student. He started his Cutco career in the San Jose sales office, then continued to advance while pursuing his hockey dreams for a couple of years. Eventually, Kyle enrolled at West Valley College in the Silicon Valley and became a serious Cutco Sales Professional around classes. He has been the #1 College All-American (student sales rep) in 5 separate Campaigns (4 month-periods) in the past few years. He was ultimately able to transfer from West Valley to Columbia University in NYC, where he has one year left, studying International Relations. His stellar performance in sales while going to school full-time has been truly exemplary, and has earned Kyle the distinction of being the first full-time student inducted into the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame.

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Isaac Tolpin

046: Isaac Tolpin – Crafting A High Performance Culture

Isaac Tolpin is a high-performance culture expert. As a Division Manager in the Pacific Northwest with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, he built the most successful and highest-performing team in the 70-year history of the company, establishing all-time sales records that haven’t even been approached since. Isaac left the company to establish his own coaching and consulting business, and he continues to guide and inspire entrepreneurs and business leaders to this day. Isaac and his wife Angie now run Courageous Parenting, with the mission of equipping Christian parents with resources to impact their family legacies.

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Larry Manley

045: Larry Manley – Seeing People As They Can Become

Larry Manley is the current Carolina Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Raleigh, NC. From humble beginnings in life, and through the early days of his career, Larry has become one of the most legendary figures in company history. A 31-year veteran with Vector, Larry has played a major role in the development of FIVE other Division Managers, and he was the recent recipient of the company’s $100 million award for producing over nine figures in Cutco sales. Larry is a bigger-than-life personality who is known all throughout the company for his great humor, candid communication, and amazing inspiration.

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Kenny Coleman

044: Kenny Coleman – Connecting With Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time

Kenny Coleman is one of the finest “connectors” you might ever have a chance to meet. His path in life started as one of the only African-American kids in a predominantly white enclave in Silicon Valley, where he had to learn to navigate certain challenges to connect with others. In high school and college, he became a football star and vocal leader on teams from Gunn High School to Utah State University. As a Cutco/Vector Marketing sales rep after college, Kenny set one of the most legendary sales records in the history of Cutco by selling over $36,000 in his “Fast Start” — his first 10 days with the company. Now, he’s the Director of Business Development at Jopwell, a company that helps underrepresented ethnic minorities connect with better opportunities in the marketplace. Throughout his entire life, Kenny Coleman has understood how to bring people together. His ideas can help you establish more diverse connections throughout your workplace and your personal life.

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Brett Wiggins

043: Brett Wiggins – Strategic Anchors for Success in Business

Brett Wiggins is the current Michiana Division Manager (covering Indiana & Western Michigan) of the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. As one of the pillars of the company’s Midwest Region, Brett is rapidly becoming one of the most influential leaders in the company. He leads a rapidly growing organization, volunteers his time to impact youth at his church, and devotes time to his family life with his wife and 2 young daughters. In this conversation, we talk about the four “strategic anchors” that guide how Brett runs his business and lives his life, including in particular, the concept of always doing the right thing. Through his positive example, Brett Wiggins has become known a highly-respected young leader and a positive role model for many others.

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Jackie Stavros

042: Jackie Stavros – Conversations Worth Having

Dr. Jacqueline Stavros has a passion for working with others to create positive change. She is a professor of Business and IT at Lawrence Technological University, and is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic change. The foundation of her work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely-used approaches for positive change. Jackie has worked in over 30 countries using AI and SOAR to affect the lives of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations. She has written over 70 articles and 6 books, including her most recent work, “Conversations Worth Having.” Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and many leadership blogs. Jackie believes that our conversations create our moments and influence the world we live in. By learning the principles of “Conversations Worth Having,” we can all learn to lead positive change through our words.

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Drew Frank

041: Drew Frank – Building Something Great

Drew Frank is the Rocky Mountain Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, headquartered in Denver CO.  He is THE top field manager in the company, having run a championship Office in 9 of the past 12 years, and a championship Division in 4 of the past 5 years.  His South Denver office holds the all-time company record with over $3.7 million in annual sales, and his Division is #1 again in 2019. With over $67 million in total career sales, Drew is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He has become the most sought-after speaker at company events nationwide, and his influence has been felt in every corner of the company.  In an organization FULL of amazing talents and high achievers, Drew Frank is THE shining star of Cutco/Vector.

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Mike Lancellot

040: Mike Lancellot – From Sales Rep To CEO

ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST | MIKE LANCELLOT Mike Lancellot has the greatest track record of any other person in the history of the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. As a sales rep, Mike was the #1 College All-American. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Mike became a District Manager and was the company’s #1 DM for three years in a row. He then became a Division Manager, and again was #1 for three years in a row. He then became a Region Manager, and was #1 for four years in a row, before taking on an Executive role as Vice-President of Sales.…
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Jim Stitt

039: Jim Stitt Jr. – A Company That Truly Puts People First

Jim Stitt Jr. is the current CEO of Cutco Corporation. When he was about 10 years old, his family was part of the team that purchased Cutco from ALCOA.  Since that time, the entire organization has been molded in the image of the Stitt and Laine families.  “People first” values have become a bedrock principle upon which Cutco Corporation has been built. Jim worked on the factory floor before graduating from the University of Dayton. About 2 years after graduating, Jim joined Cutco and has risen the ranks through virtually every role in Engineering, Management, and Executive Leadership. As the CEO, Jim is universally respected and admired by the entire Cutco organization, including the Vector Marketing sales arm.

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Rachel Richards

038: Rachel Richards – Financially Independent At Age 27

Rachel Richards is an incredible example of financial success at a young age. As a Cutco/Vector sales rep, Rachel succeeded at a level high enough to pay her way through a private college, Centre College in Kentucky, and graduated debt-free with a degree in Finance. She worked as a Financial Advisor for a while, then moved over to working in the Real Estate industry, where she developed the skills to successfully invest in rental properties. Over the past few years, Rachel and her husband have accumulated 5 properties with 35 total units, and now generate enough passive income to cover their monthly personal expenses. This has enabled Rachel to “retire” from her formal work and pursue her passion of teaching others about financial independence. She’s the author of a best-selling book called “Money Honey,” and she regularly speaks about concepts for financial success.

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Colton Horn

037: Colton Horn – Vector Branch Manager Champion Summer 2019

Colton Horn has been working with Cutco/Vector for just over 2 years. In that short time, he has truly distinguished himself as an amazing leader and an inspiration to many. As a Branch Manager in the Summer of 2019, Colton was responsible for every aspect of a Vector field sales office, from recruiting to training to development of the team to admin and financial controls. His team finished #1 out of about 300 Branch Offices nationwide. Colton is a student at Northwestern University, and his mission is to empower young people to forge their own path in life.

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Jon Levy

036: Jon Levy – A Life-Changing Network of Influence

Jon Levy is a behavioral scientist and author who works in the fields of influence, community/customer engagement, and adventure. He specializes in helping companies and individuals apply behavioral research to areas such as marketing, sales, product development, and connecting with people both professionally and personally. Jon is best-known for founding “The Influencers,” a secret dining experience and community whose participants have now included more than 1400 leaders across all industries ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, and celebrities, to top executives and business leaders, and even royalty. Jon’s first book is titled “The 2am Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure,” which explores the science of living a fun, exciting, and remarkable life.

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Dane Espegard

035: Dane Espegard – Designing and Living Your Dreams

Dane Espegard lives life by design. He and his wife, Brookelyn, identify specific dreams for their life, and then take the steps to achieve those dreams. For the past several years, Dane has been spreading this dreams mentality throughout his entire organization. His people are living their dreams, and results in the organization have doubled in the past 5 years.

If you aspire to live more of your dreams and help others around you to do the same, the time is now and the place is here. Thanks for letting me introduce you to my amazing colleague, Dane Espegard.

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034: Dan Casetta – The Power of Choice

Dan Casetta is the Western Region Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, and also hosts the Changing Lives Selling Knives podcast. Dan has been one of the most in-demand speakers at company events throughout the U.S. for many years. He’s a regular guest speaker at universities throughout the Bay Area, and has been welcomed into multiple organizations to share insights in areas of sales training, leadership development, and culture creation. He also hosts a mastermind group containing some of the most successful CEOs and executives in the Silicon Valley, and he participates in other such gatherings of leaders all across the country. Here he offers a powerful message about the choices we can all make to live a better, more fulfilled life.

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Tony Carlston

033: Tony Carlston – Pioneering A New Corporate Sales Channel

Tony Carlston is a true pioneer in Cutco history. He started with the company as a sales rep in 1998, and quickly turned into one of the top reps in the company. After a short stint in a management position, he decided to pursue full-time sales as a Cutco Sales Professional. After hearing the legendary John Ruhlin talk about the concept of business gifting with Cutco, Tony hatched his ideas for the Cutco Closing Gifts program, targeted primarily at realtors, and he quickly rose to the top of the charts as the #1 sales rep in all of Cutco in 2006 & 2007. Today, Tony is teamed up with Adam Sobieski to develop and teach this program to reps all throughout the company, and the program has already generated over $100 million in revenue. Tony also runs several other businesses out of his Vancouver WA headquarters, where he employs about 50 people.

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Charlene Li

032: Charlene Li – Cultivating The Disruption Mindset

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she is the author of six books, including the NYT bestseller Open Leadership. Her latest book is The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With over 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, Charlene is an expert in digital transformation & strategy, customer experience, and the future of work. She has spoken at TED, the World Business Forum, SxSW, and even appeared on 60 Minutes. This episode is FULL of thought-provoking concepts and creative ideas. Enjoy this conversation with who Inc. calls “One Of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators.”

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Joe Cardillo

031: Joe Cardillo – The Luckiest Man in Vector

Joe Cardillo considers himself “the luckiest man in Vector” because of all of the amazing connections that he has developed through his work experiences. He was born in Canada, but started with Vector/Cutco while in college in Michigan. He became a part of the Canadian start-up team for Cutco, then developed into the long-time head of the company’s Canadian operations, now General Manager. He is widely-known as one of the all-time greatest leaders in the company’s history. He and his wife Jennifer have four children, and they live in the Toronto area.

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Jim Lawrence

030: Jim Lawrence – A Great American Success Story

Jim Lawrence has been an elite professional in the Talent Acquisition industry for over 20 years. He was a star Track & Field athlete in high school and college, top sales leader and Branch Manager in Cutco/Vector, graduated from Washington State University and immediately married his high-school sweetheart and started their family. He used his Vector skills and experience to get a job that was not normally offered to recent college grads, and he has been a super-achiever in his industry ever since. He ran his own company for 12 years, has raised 2 daughters, and built a significant portfolio of real estate holdings in the Silicon Valley area. His is a true Great American Success Story!

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Rich Plaskon

029: Rich Plaskon – How to Overcome Labels and Unlock Your Full Potential

Rich Plaskon is a 30-year veteran of the Cutco/Vector business who has produced over $80 million in sales. As the long-time Division Manager of the Virginia Division, Rich established himself as one of the company’s top executives, and became a model of success, consistency, and financial well-being for many others. Now, he’s working in new role as National Sales Manager of the company’s NextGen organization, working to expand the Cutco sales opportunity to people outside the company’s traditional college student target market.

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Amber Vilhauer

028: Amber Vilhauer – Multiplying Influence Through Your Online Presence

Amber Vilhauer is an online digital marketing expert who supports business owners to establish a powerful, integrated online presence that gets results and empowers them to make a difference in their industry. After working in Cutco/Vector Marketing for several years, she started her own company called NGNG Enterprises (standing for No Guts No Glory) in 2007. Over the past 12 years, Amber has supported more than one thousand entrepreneurs on six continents to get results. She is the launch manager behind several #1 best-selling books including those for Mark Victor Hansen, Brendon Burchard, Lisa Nichols, Bill Walsh, and Les Brown.

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027: Amiee and Josh Mueller – Two Different Paths To Success Together

Aimee & Josh Mueller have teamed up to create a formidable “power couple” in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. In his 18-year career with the company, Josh has risen to become the #3 all-time sales rep in the history of Cutco, with almost $6 million in career personal sales and three National Championships. Aimee has been influential in the company in multiple roles, and more notably, has elevated herself from very challenging circumstances in her early life to become a best-selling author and National speaker, while supporting Josh in his business for many years. Together, they run a successful coaching and training business called Vast Action, which helps entrepreneurs, small business owners, and direct salespeople scale and maximize their businesses through consistent, quality, multi-channel communication strategies.

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Hiro Rodriguez

026: Hiro Rodriguez – How Mentorship Can Change Your Life

Hiro Rodriguez has spent a lifetime building mentoring relationships, on both sides of the spectrum. He started as a Cutco rep in my San Jose office, then was largely developed in the South Coast Division organization while at school at University of San Diego, and for several years after his graduation. He spent 2 years at Salesforce, then left to board the “rocket ship” at DocuSign. There, Hiro became the right hand man to CEO Keith Krach, one of the foremost business leaders in America, from whom he learned many incredible lessons about business and life. Now, after leaving DocuSign, Hiro is about to embark on a journey serving his country as the Chief Business Officer in the US State Department.

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Brandon Brown

025: Brandon Brown – What Makes A Sales Champion

Brandon Brown is on a short list of THE most talented and accomplished salespeople in the 70-year history of the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. He has won the Silver Cup (representing #1 in the Nation) three of the past four years, and has broken numerous company records during his rocket-like ascent to the top of the company’s sales charts. Beyond his own success, he has mentored numerous other reps to elevate their performance into the levels of elite status in the company. Brandon’s “superpower” is his ability to remain curious — about himself, about others, and about business and life. The quality questions that he poses, and his powerful insights can enable others to catapult themselves ahead in sales and in life.

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Michael Coscetta

024: Michael Coscetta – An Upward Spiral Of Career Success

Michael Coscetta graduated from Harvard in 2003, and has already held powerful Executive positions in four different companies over his relatively short business career. Starting with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization where he began as a student, Michael advanced to the position of Division Manager, responsible for the entire NYC Metro and surrounding areas. He later worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Structured Web, then moved to San Francisco to join Square, where he advanced as far as becoming the Global Head of Sales, responsible for growing the sales and business development organization from 40 to 200+ people across 5 major countries, accounting for $1 billion in annual revenue.

Currently, he’s back in NYC serving as the Chief Sales & Strategy Officer for Compass, a company which is striving to revolutionize the real estate sales industry throughout the US and the world. An extremely talented and highly intelligent leader, Michael is considered to be among the most successful and accomplished Cutco/Vector alumni.

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John Wasserman

023: John Wasserman – Everywhere You Go, Leave It Better

John Wasserman is currently the Division Manager of the PA/NJ Powerhouse Division, centered around the Philadelphia metro. During his illustrious 28-year career with the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization, John has become one of the highest-producing field managers of all time, with two National Championships and dozens of sales records. Even more importantly, he’s one of the company’s greatest developers of all time, having developed National Champions at every level of the business, and promoting five other Division Managers. An avid student of life and business, John has read hundreds of books on peak performance and leadership, and has written two outstanding books of his own. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Gitana, and two teenagers.

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Fi Mazanke

022: Fi Mazanke – Directly Connecting People To The Power Of Possibility

Fi Mazanke is a successful life and business coach who has had a profound impact on thousands of leaders throughout her career. She spent 12 years working as the right-hand person to the legendary Marty Domitrovich in the Central Region of the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Eventually, she founded Direct Connect Coaching in order to bring her influence to a much wider-ranging group of people in many walks of life. Fi is on the cutting edge of getting people to explore their strengths and passions, while removing the blocks to allow these gifts to be at the forefront of their lives, both at home and at work.

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Jeff Gamboa

021: Jeff Gamboa – We Are #VectorTrained

Jeff Gamboa is currently the Division Manager of two Divisions in the Cutco/Vector organization, spanning much of the state of Florida, plus Puerto Rico.  He’s a 22-year veteran with the company and member of the company’s Hall of Fame.  He coined the term “VectorTrained” to represent the wide range of skills and competencies that people gain through selling Cutco, participating in Vector’s Leadership Academy program, and advancing into leadership positions with the company.  Jeff has been one of the company’s most prolific developers of talent, and his strategies and programs are emulated by many other leaders throughout Vector today.

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John Israel

020: John Israel – What You Appreciate Appreciates

John Israel is known simply as Mr. Thank You these days. After a stellar 16-year career as a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep, influential manager, and coach or mentor to many other successful sales reps, John has embarked on a new journey to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet.  This began with his “Year Of The Thank You,” continued with the release of his book “The Mr. Thank You Project,” and has culminated with John launching his new career as a motivational speaker, teaching others how to understand and leverage the ROI of Radical Appreciation in their lives and businesses. A proud Gonzaga Bulldog, John now lives in Plano TX with his wife, Monica, their 2 young boys, and a third child on the way.

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Cathy Christen

019: Cathy Christen – Life As A Masterpiece

Cathy Christen is the current Division Manager of Cutco/Vector’s Gulf Coast Division, headquartered in Houston, TX. She is a 9-time National Champion in Office or District sales, and a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She also runs multiple other businesses in several industries, and she mentors entrepreneurs across multiple markets to succeed in their business and life. Cathy is the best-selling author of “Life As A Masterpiece,” and is in-demand as a keynote speaker. A 17-year veteran in the Cutco/Vector business, Cathy is one of the company’s most dynamic and powerful leaders.

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ramez helou

018: Ramez Helou – Nothing Happens Until Something Is Sold

Known as “The Sales Doctor,” Ramez Helou is the Founder & CEO of The Academy For Sales Excellence, headquartered in the amazing city of Dubai.  Ramez has trained over 100,000 salespeople in at least 30 countries on 5 different continents over his illustrious career.  He spent 15 years with Cutco/Vector, advancing up to the position of Division Manager, and another 6 years with Unilever where he developed their sales organization all across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  For the past nine years, Ramez has been pursuing his passion in speaking and training sales teams all over the world, especially those involved in complex B2B selling.  He is also an adjunct Professor of “Sales, Leadership, and Management Skills” to MBA and Executive MBA students at Hult Business School, and he is fluent in Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.

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J. Brad Britton

017: J. Brad Britton – To Be A Great Leader, First Be A Good Person

Brad Britton is the current Southland Division Manager of the Cutco/Vector organization, headquartered in Anaheim, CA. His career with the company dates back to 1988, when he started as a sales rep in Texas. His path led him to Oklahoma and then California, where he was a National Champion District Manager in Sacramento in 1993. He became one of the top-producing Division Managers in the company, and ultimately took on the role of Regional Executive in the Western Region from 1999 through 2005. Brad left the Cutco/Vector business for nine years at that point, returning in 2014 to lead the Southland Division and spread his influence throughout the entire company through programs like the Cutco Cares World Impact Initiative, which he started. A true legend in the company, Brad has been directly responsible for at least $260 million in Cutco sales, and has indirectly influenced hundreds of millions more in sales.

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Jeremy Brotha James Reisig

016: Jeremy “Brotha James” Reisig – With Our Words We Create

Jeremy Reisig is a Hall of Fame Cutco sales rep who was #1 in the company in personal sales in 2002. He has pursued his passion for bringing inspirational music to the world as “Brotha James.” As a facilitator of group genius, he combines his skill for speaking and hosting events centered around personal development with the energy, fun, and positivity of his music. He is the Co-Founder of Fambundance, an organization where entrepreneurial families develop the tools, network, and experiences to carry family legacies forward.

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015: Dan Casetta – Building A Dynamic Team Culture

The host for Changing Lives Selling Knives is also the Western Region Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. Dan is a 7-time National Champion manager in Cutco/Vector, and has developed at least 12 other National Champions at various positions in the business. He has been known for building powerful and dynamic team cultures and helping many others to do so. This episode details the epic story of Dan’s summer Branch Office back in 1991, and some quick lessons that arose from that experience.

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Jennifer Gluckow

014: Jennifer Gluckow – If She Can Make It There, You Can Make It Anywhere

Jennifer Gluckow is a renowned national sales and sales management expert.  She’s the best-selling author of “Sales in a New York Minute,” CEO & Founder of her own sales training organization, and hosts the very popular “Sell or Die” podcast with Jeffrey Gitomer.  Jen has made it in New York City, and her mission is to help you make it anywhere.

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Jeff Bry Cutco

013: Jeff Bry – Being Someone People Want To Follow Jeff Bry

Jeff Bry is the Midwest Region Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. A member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, Jeff is widely considered to be one of the most emulatable leaders throughout the entire company. His combination of internal characteristics, outward professionalism, and excellent results has made Jeff an amazing role model for thousands of people over his 30-year career with the company. He’s a proud Michigan State Spartan and lives near Detroit with his wife and 2 kids. 

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Jon Vroman

012: Jon Vroman – Living Life in the Front Row

Jon Vroman is an award-winning National speaker, and author of an amazing book, “The Front Row Factor.” He founded the Front Row Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps people with life-threatening illnesses experience the event of their dreams from the front row. His experiences in leading that organization have led him to develop a clear understanding of how to “live life in the Front Row,” and he explains the facets of that in this interview. More recently, Jon is the Founder of Front Row Dads, a group of entrepreneurial men from all over North America, who collaborate around the goal of being better fathers, husbands, and men of influence in their communities. Jon is well-known as one of the all-time most respected and admired Cutco/Vector alums.

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scott dennis

011: Scott Dennis – Becoming An Engineer of People

Scott Dennis is the Eastern Region Manager for Cutco / Vector Marketing. Scott has been one of the most prolific achievers in the company throughout his 29-year career. While attending the University of Notre Dame, he was one of the top college-student sales reps in the company. He was National Champion Branch Manager, set all-time records as a District Manager, and advanced to Division Manager, then Region Executive. He’s married with 3 kids, and a fourth on the way. Scott has been an amazing example of all-around excellence, both professionally and personally. His episode here is FILLED with valuable nuggets for people either in or out of the Cutco business.

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Adam Stock

010: Adam Stock – Insights For Financial Success

Adam Stock runs several businesses which touch many different aspects of personal finance. He’s the Founder and President of The Next Level Planning Group, one of the top revenue-producing wealth managers in the U.S. He’s also the Founder of Rising Stock, a profitability coaching program, and MyBooks.pro, a bookkeeping service. Adam worked in Cutco/Vector Marketing for about 6 years while in college and after graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and 5 kids. Through his guidance, Adam has been able to impact thousands of entrepreneurs and business people on their road to financial independence.

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Mike Muriel Cutco

009: Mike Muriel – The Sign You Need To Leverage Your True Potential

Mike Muriel is the Central Region Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing, responsible for an organization encompassing parts of 16 states. A 27-year veteran with the company, Mike is a multiple time National champion, member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame, and has inspired the entire company through his strong, driven leadership. Mike graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, and lives near Chicago with his wife and 2 boys.

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John Ruhlin

008: John Ruhlin – How A Goat-Milking Farm Boy Became A World Leader In the Gifting Industry

John Ruhlin is the #1 sales rep in the 70-year history of Cutco, with over $8.5 million in personal sales. He pioneered the idea of leveraging Cutco as a high-class gift for clients and employees and has since developed that idea in the creation of the largest business gifting company in North America, the Giftology Group. His clients include major corporations across North America and at least 25 major pro sports franchises, who leverage John’s ideas to increase client retention. John’s best-selling book, Giftology, is bringing his concept of “radical generosity” to readers all over the world.

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Earl Kelly

007: Earl Kelly – How A Father’s Words Inspired Growth And Excellence

Earl Kelly is the Northeast Region Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. A 30-year veteran with the company, he has served in an Executive leadership role in three different Regions, and is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. Earl graduated from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and is married with three kids.

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006: Andrew Bosworth – Attitudes vs. Outcomes – How the Right Internal Mindset Leads to Spectacular External Success

Andrew Bosworth is one of the top Executives at Facebook today. He sold Cutco for two Summers while in college at Harvard, achieving College All-American status and becoming an Assistant Manager. He joined Facebook in early 2006 and became their Director of Engineering. While in this role, Boz invented Newsfeed, Messenger, and Groups. A true member of Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle, Boz spent several years as VP of Advertising, and now serves as VP in charge of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

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Loyd Regan

005: Loyd Reagan – The Compelling Story of a Champion Cutco Executive

Loyd Reagan is the current Southwest Region Manager for the Cutco/Vector sales organization. His region has been #1 in the company the last five consecutive years. He has a compelling story of success and achievement through some unique challenges in his life. Loyd is the father of five children, three of whom have sold Cutco at this point. He is one of the most respected leaders in the entire Cutco/Vector organization.

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Hal Elrod

004: Hal Elrod – Leveraging The Miracle Equation to Succeed in Business and Life

ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST Hal Elrod is one of the leading self-help authors and speakers in America today.  As the author of The Miracle Morning book series, Hal has impacted well over a million readers around the world.  He started with Cutco/Vector in 1998 and achieved Hall of Fame status as a sales rep with the company, before moving on to his own business, coaching, writing, and speaking.  He survived a near-fatal car accident and more recently, he conquered a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. He’s accomplished all of this by utilizing what he calls “The Miracle Equation,” which…
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angie macdougall

003: Angie Macdougall – A Powerful Role Model – Successful Executive, Mother of Two, Ironman Triathlete

ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST Angie Macdougall is a powerful role model, both inside and outside of the Cutco/Vector organization.  As a top-flight manager in Vector, Angie achieved Hall of Fame status in the company, while balancing the challenge of having two children.  She is also an accomplished triathlete, having completed events of the Ironman distance. She’s an all-around example of professional and personal success. (more…)
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Jon Berghoff leadership

002: Jon Berghoff – From Revolutionizing Cutco Sales to Revolutionizing The Future of Leadership

ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST Jon Berghoff was the youngest person ever inducted into the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. He revolutionized the Cutco sales opportunity by producing results that were far beyond anything that had ever been accomplished. After 4 years as the Director of Sales with Vitamix in which he quadrupled their results, Jon began the process of starting his own company to teach methods of leadership, creating engagement, and large group facilitation to companies and clients around the world. Today, his Flourishing Leadership Institute is revolutionizing the way that leadership is taught and implemented in companies and organizations all over…
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