Business Leaders Unleashed Networking's Next Level! Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:47:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Business Leaders Unleashed 32 32 August LKN After Hours Guest Speaker Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:47:38 +0000 Nick Kosir is the Morning Meteorologist At Fox 46 and known worldwide as ‘The Rapping Weatherman.’ He graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicational Organization. His broadcasting career began there, where he first worked as an on-air DJ for WZIP-FM, the nation’s #1 rated college-run radio station.

He was awarded “DJ of the Year” at the age of 18. He also worked at the University’s television station where he co-hosted an entertainment news show, which won two national awards: “Best Low Budget Production” and “Best Entertainment Show.”

After an internship in New York City with MTV’s satellite radio station, he decided to pursue a career in television. He began my career at WMFD in Mansfield, Ohio, as a reporter and part-time weather forecaster, and was promoted to Weather Director within a year. Meteorology quickly became his passion. He decided to continue His education at Mississippi State University, and earned a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology.

In October of 2008, he made my way to Beaumont, Texas, as a morning meteorologist on KBTV ‘Good Day.’ It was there that his passion for entertaining and forecasting combined. He rapped his first forecast in July of 2009 in an effort to spice up a monotonous Southeast Texas weather pattern. His performance became an instant YouTube sensation and he has been rapping the weather ever since!

After a three year stint at KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho he now resides in Charlotte with his wife and son. He is excited to live close to the mountains and the beach! When he has spare time Nick enjoys family time, including time with his dog Nika. He also enjoys working out, listening to music and watching my favorite movie; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

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August Lunch Speaker LKN Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:51:39 +0000
Team Blu….. Is it time for you to make your comeback?
Learn how….got to show to know!
Our lunch presenter TOMORROW is Michael Montefusco!
Mike has been personal training for 13 years and received his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He started his current business Raw Fitness with his wife Melissa almost 8 years ago and they have helped thousands to lose weight, feel great, and fall in love with the process.
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Member Education Moment in July (LKN) Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:46:31 +0000

Our own Christi Ratcliff, Christi Ratcliff Coaching, will be our Lake Norman chapter speaker on July 11th.   Christi will be speaking on Finances; 3 Keys to Not Wrecking Your Finances”.  Christi is a phenomenal speaker; always inspiring, down to earth, and empowering; make sure you mark your calendars and attend the July 11th luncheon!

Christi Ratcliff is a Success Coach and Transformational Speaker co-creating transformational solutions with coaching, assessments, and workshops for individuals and businesses.

Christi’s certifications are many to mention;  including Dave Ramsey Certified Independent Financial Counselor, Crown Ministry Certified Financial Coach, Life Purpose Certified Coach through Life Purpose Coaching Centers International, PrepareEnrich Certified Marriage Coach, Certified Life, Marriage, Leadership and Spiritual Formation Coach through Light University, Certified Brain Train Coach, and Certified How to Fascinate Advisor, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner.

Christi provides individuals and companies with assessments, coaching, powerful workshops, and captivating keynote speeches to empower individuals, engage teams, and transform individuals and businesses for improved value and success.

Christi’s passion is to inspire others to achieve their goals, and to coach you, your team, and your business to the next level!

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JUNE 20TH AND 28TH AFTER HOURS SPEAKER Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:14:09 +0000

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Member Education Moment Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:28:25 +0000 “Social Selling”

Maitri of WSI Digital Marketers will be our June 6th LKN lunch speaker. Of course her topic is a “big reveal” in the form of a short video marketing piece! Click below for a preview of her topic, that matches her engaging, witty and educational speaking style.

You do NOT want to miss this one!!

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Stephen Vaughn- After Hours Speaker May 16th 2018 Thu, 10 May 2018 13:15:55 +0000

Stephen Vaughn, a husband, a father, and a former Physical Education teacher of 7 years has embarked on the ultimate dream chasing journey. He exited his teaching career in 2013 by jumping with no safety net to fulfill the growing demand of Xcel 2 Fitness, a non-profit he created to impact boys 3-5 grade and empower them to chase their dreams. It was from the pain of losing his father and the passion of making teaching PE as fun as possible as the gateway for generating smiles and building confidence. His desire to impact kids quickly expanded outside of the walls of his school and is now in 8 states across the nation empowering Dream Chasers. His passion for empowering kids through X2F to reach for their passion, build the right team around them in life, and develop the grit to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams is making an impact in and out of the classroom and is positioning kids for their dream chasing capabilities.
As Xcel 2 Fitness continues growing across the nation Stephen is using this passion to speak to businesses, individuals, and many other groups, empowering more people to be Dream Chasers.
Stephen is also the co-author of a book called, “How To Catch A Star” developed as yet another tool to impact more kids and empower more Dream Chasers!
Video Overview link: X2F in Action
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Member Education Moment in May (LKN) Wed, 02 May 2018 01:32:13 +0000
BLU Luncheon at the L K N ….you get the dynamic duo presentation from Kimberly Coons Lmft and Dr. Damon Silas!
They will lead us in MENTAL HEALTH JEOPARDY!
What is mental health Jeopardy? A fun, engaging and educational way to explore mental health and wellness. Mental health can be a vulnerable topic yet so important in the entrepreneurial world to make sure we are functioning in our best state. However how many of you have considered the mental health and well being of our customers and clients. Are we really being attuned to their emotional needs. Today’s Jeopardy format will help you gain comfort and vocabulary knowledge to help start such conversations. Win or lose you will walk away with new found awareness and appreciation for how your emotions, thoughts and behaviors interact together.
Kimberly Coons is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex addiction therapist and part owner of Flyleaf Counseling PLLC in Davidson . Kimberly has vast knowledge working with couples from an emotion focused perspective and helping them identify and share their often difficult and uncomfortable emotions that go unspoken to help the couple break out of their dance. Kimberly also passionately works with families, children, teenagers, couples and individuals who struggle with process addictions including sex, love and porn. Kimberly wants to continue to educate and break the silence in the Lake Norman community about such challenges to healthy intimacy.Dr. Damon Silas is a Clinical Psychologist and Mind/Body Wellness Coach, and founder of Tipping Point Wellness, LLC. He has extensive and diverse experience, ranging from working with children and adolescents on the autistic spectrum, those with emotional disturbances, as well as working with the military population. Dr. Silas specializes in loss, transition, trauma, and helps people transform their pain and stuckness into personal power and possibility. Dr. Silas is the author of a book entitled From Mourning To Knight: Overcoming Loss, which chronicles the losses he has experienced in his life, how he has worked through these losses, and how he has helped his patients through their own struggles and difficulties. He also has authored an eBook entitled What’s Your ACTION Plan? 6 Powerful Ways To Get Unstuck In Your Life Now, which details ways to help those who feel stuck in their lives take their next steps forward. He is all about holistic health and wellness, and is a firm believer that just like an oil change, we all could benefit from a mental health tune-up from time to time!

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Member Education Moment Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:44:13 +0000 Our own Justin Allen with Best Version Media and the Lake Norman Chamber will be our Lake Norman chapter speaker March 7th.  Always facilitating a good time, Justin’s presentation is titled…

All you need is love
And a big fat paycheck
And a passport
And an extraordinarily flexible schedule
How to make better decisions
And finally quit second guessing yourself
All the time
Unless you have a really good reason
To do that

You won’t want to miss this one – we’ll see you all on the 7th!

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March 21st After Hours Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:03:16 +0000 Nick Walsh-Huntersville Commissioner

Commissioner Nick Walsh is serving his first term. He was elected to the Huntersville Town Board in 2017. Prior to being elected, he served as Vice Chairman of the Huntersville Ordinances Advisory Board.  He also served as a volunteer at the Huntersville Police Department.

Walsh attended St. Petersburg College in Florida. He recently retired following a long-term career in technology sales. His work entailed helping businesses and executives create win/win solutions that focus on client needs, contracts and achieving business objectives.Commissioner Walsh has called Huntersville home for more than 24 years. He is a graduate of both Huntersville 101 and the Huntersville Citizens Police Academy. In addition, he is past president of the Wynfield Homeowners Association.

Walsh is married to Sandi and has two grown children. His hobbies include boating, playing golf, and outdoor activities such as walking and hiking.


Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG)

Communications Liaison

Planning Coordinating Committee

Parks & Recreation Commission

Greenways, Trail, & Bikeway Commission


Town Government 101 – How it works with Businesses

We will take a brief look at how town government is setup and operates.  We will then drill down into some ways your local government can help a business navigate through the process of building or expanding.

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Lake Chapter Member Education Moment – February Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:49:52 +0000 BLU LKN’s own Heather O’Brien is a National Marketing Director, franchise owner, health & wellness educator, and national business trainer with the Juice Plus+ Company. She currently leads a large and thriving organization of like-minded, driven wellness warriors.

Heather’s will be speaking to us about “The Privilege of Leadership.” As successful business people who play at a higher level, we know that excellent leadership is imperative. Many of us believe that “leadership has its privileges,” when in actuality, leadership IS a privilege. Learning to serve others with an authenticity and integrity only grows us personally AND professionally. Join us as Heather shares strategies that will help you adopt a philosophy of putting others first, and the positive impact this can have on your own business development.

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