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Global Chamber® San Antonio - Christopher Herring, Executive Director & Dr. Krystal K. Nerio, Chairwoman

I Am Refocused Radio - 10/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

Global Chamber® San Antonio

Global Chamber® San Antonio helps members get business done across metro areas!

Global Chamber® is a thriving and collaborating community of CEO's, executives, and leaders growing business across 525 metropolitan areas. We leverage technology and our collective networks around the world to help member companies grow, reduce risk, be more productive, and succeed faster.

We are the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We help companies, investors and executives around the world succeed across metros and borders.

Christopher Herring, Executive Director

Christopher Herring is the Executive Director for Global Chamber® San Antonio.   He is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Air Force serving his nation as a commissioned officer for over 20 years.  He was inspired by the late Ronald H. Brown, former US Secretary of Commerce, who he escorted on business trips to Los Angeles, to become a future chamber leader, business owner, and ultimately a facilitator of opportunity.

Mr. Herring is a past President/CEO of the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio, the United States 7th largest city.   He balanced the needs of corporate partners, small businesses and collegiate student members. Mr. Herring was twice elected and is serving in his last term as the Chairman of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC).   He advocates for over 250,000 businesses and 23 chambers of commerce in the nation's second largest economy with the ultimate goal to help his business members increase overall revenues and sales.

During his 20-year United States Air Force career, Mr. Herring was certified as a Workforce Diversity Trainer through the Society of Human Resource Management.   Since 2011, Christopher has served three mayors as the Mayor of San Antonio's appointee to the Small Business Advocacy Committee (SBAC) overseeing the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program subcontracting goals. He was elected as the Chairman of the SBAC's 5-Yr Contracting Diversity Plan Accountability Subcommittee.  

Entrepreneurship is a key ingredient of this leader.  He is President and CEO of River Walk Publishing, LLC and Vice President of New Horizons School, LLC in San Antonio, Texas.  He is the founder of Future CEO of America, an initiative to help spur financial literacy among primarily minority youth.

Over two year period with University of Texas Austin, Mr. Herring sponsored 50 African business leaders, from 35 different nations, to San Antonio showcasing an international city made up of Rackspace, NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Brooks City Base, Morgan's Wonderland, Geekdome, Alamo Colleges, Bexar County and the City of San Antonio.

Reach out to see how we can help at [email protected]  

Dr. Krystal K. Nerio Chairwoman of Global Chamber® San Antonio & the CEO of Prosperitus Solutions

About the Company

Prosperitus Solutions is an established small business with over 40 years of experience working with federal, state and local government agencies providing human capital. Founded by Dr. Krystal K. Nerio in 2011, our range of workforce solutions and geographic coverage has grown steadily over the years to match the needs of our customers, mainly in the areas of logistical support, medical and professional services.  Our expertise has expanded into an array of consulting solutions, including recruitment, human resource management and credentialing.  Being a Veteran-Owned company, Dr. Nerio has made it a focus to place Veterans and their dependents into the workforce to assist with transition into civilian life.

http://www.prosperitussolutions.com/

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Fearless Readers - Founder Caitlyn Baker and Social Media & Events Director Shannon Ruddell

I Am Refocused Radio - 10/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

Caitlyn Baker

Founder Certified Barton Coach

As the Founder and Lead Coach at Fearless Readers, LLC, I love working together with families and staff to ensure the best possible outcome for the children we serve.  The best part of my day is when I get to work one-on-one with my amazing students.

 

Formerly a site director for a learning center in San Antonio, I am experienced in implementing and overseeing the administration of programs concerning dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, neurodevelopmental delays, and a variety of other cognitive areas. My passion for dyslexia grew here as I was able to see the direct impact I had on countless students with the help of these programs.

 

Prior to working as a site director, I achieved my BA in psychology with a focus on biology and neuropsychology and graduated with Highest of Honors. During my time at UTSA I discovered my passion for teaching when I began working for the athletics center tutoring athletes. I have in depth experience working in the dyslexia program we use and have been certified by the program developer herself.  Currently, I am working on my Master’s degree and preparing to welcome my first child into the world!

 

I have a wealth of experience in working with children of all ages, from kindergarten to college, and am fully aware of the impact and influence a successful coach or mentor can have on a person of any age. I strive in my coaching sessions to not only give the children I work with the skills they need to overcome their weaknesses in reading and spelling, but also the ability to embrace all their talents and strengths. I love to work on skills like self-confidence/self-esteem and critical thinking and am determined to succeed with every student I encounter.

 

I designed Fearless Readers with your incredible super-powered child in mind. I truly look forward to getting to know you and your child and designing a personalized plan for reading/spelling success.

 

Shannon Ruddell

Social Media & Events Director

This year blessed me with my second beautiful daughter. As a mom of two, I love spending time with my family. Like most moms, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help my kids. I love that my work at Fearless Readers allows me to be part of the solution to the worries and struggles other families in my community are facing.

 

I’ve spent years working in executive administration and event planning and enjoy the creative role I have here where I can help bring ideas to life and plan events and activities that leave the children we serve feeling inspired and empowered.

 

Dyslexia runs in my family and I am curious to see if either of my two girls will be blessed with it. As such, I love learning about dyslexia and am working towards becoming a dyslexia coach as well. I love this journey I am on with Fearless Readers and am so excited for you to join me.  

https://www.fearless-readers.com/

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Gene Hildebrand and Pastor David Lee Brown

I Am Refocused Radio - 9/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

Gene Hildebrand

https://lifechainsa.com/

Annually, on the first Sunday in October, LIFE CHAIN invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes

Pastor David Lee Brown

https://www.10days.net/

10 Days is a prayer meeting for your whole city. The goal is for a season where Jesus Christ is the focus of every heart in your city for 10 entire days!

It’s a call to take a break from what’s normal on earth so we can enter into what’s normal in heaven.  Revelation chapters 4-5 describe the kind of worship that’s normal in heaven.  10 Days is a call to take vacation time, fast from ordinary life and daily distractions in order to see what’s normal in heaven happen in your city.

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B Michele Mentorship

I Am Refocused Radio - 9/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

Guest: Coach B Michele

B Michele’s Bio

Michele Thomas is an Event planner and Business Brand Coach who helps small business owner to grow their personal and professional brands, through Events, Print and Coaching. After spending a decade and half as an Elementary Teacher and Education Coordinator for Public school in The United states and United Arab Emirates, Michele knows what truly drives conversions, business growth, and branding —and it’s not mastering the marketing $avor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate After 15 years as an educator, Michele decided to follow her dreams and start her own event planning company B Michele Events. She launched the company while still teaching in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2013 with the help of a few friends. She has gained valuable expertise working with agencies, corporate and entrepreneurs in the UAE planning and hosting signature events as the co-founder of MBT Promotions.

After launching B Michele Events, Michele moved to San Antonio, Texas where she boldly made her presence known and began branding her company with the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Since then she has planned, marketed and produced over 20 shows in San Antonio and around the country in the past 4 years.


Michele now uses her knowledge of creative marketing, promotions, fundraising strategies, and building professional relationships with the media, sponsors and key partners to help entrepreneurs grow and brand their businesses as the CEO of B Michele Professional Services.

Michele has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets in San Antonio including Black Focus Magazine, Tha1 Radio, KROVFM.com and Engaged. In addition to her extensive event planning and marketing experience, Michele also serves as a mentor to new entrepreneurs.

Michele holds a BSW and MSW in Social Work from Tarleton State University and the University of Houston.

www.facebook.com/CoachBMichele

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Pastor Chad Schapiro

I Am Refocused Radio - 9/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pastor Chad Schapiro learned the value of hard work and integrity at a young age. After graduating from a Big Ten University with several business degrees he immediately began to put his talents to work running businesses. He is currently the CEO of OurGV (Our Global Vision) and Founder of Next Level Leadership. God has used his experience in running these international companies to help prepare him for serving in ministry.

Pastor Chad has been involved with numerous charities and non profits around the globe for over 15 years.


He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Thousand Oaks Family YMCA. He has served on staff at multiple churches of various sizes and has a heart for leadership development and empowering others to use their God given gifts.

In 2017, God called him to plant a church in north central San Antonio at the Thousand Oaks Family YMCA. Ignite Community Church is a thriving multicultural, community focused church with a vision to ignite a generation for Christ.

Pastor Chad has enjoyed a beautiful marriage to his soulmate Erica for over 10 years. They have two beautiful daughters and enjoy serving the community together.

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Randy Adams, CEO of Randy Adams Inc.

I Am Refocused Radio - 9/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to Randy Adams Inc., the home of the best used cars in New Braunfels, TX. We also service customers nationwide, so even if you're not close to New Braunfels, we can still help get you into your dream car. We specialize in selling excellent quality pre-owned vehicles and providing an unmatched customer service experience. We also pride ourselves on our competitive prices and our variety of financing options.

Here on our website, you can view our inventory and use our easy application form to get pre-approved for financing. We're here to make your next purchase experience better than any you've ever had, so feel free to call us at (830) 625-7159 with any questions you might have.

www.randyadamsinc.com

learntobuyandsellcars.com

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B Michele - Personal Branding Tips

I Am Refocused Radio - 8/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

B Michele’s Bio

Michele Thomas is an Event planner and Business Brand Coach who helps small business owner to grow their personal and professional brands, through Events, Print and Coaching. After spending a decade and half as an Elementary Teacher and Education Coordinator for Public school in The United states and United Arab Emirates, Michele knows what truly drives conversions, business growth, and branding —and it’s not mastering the marketing $avor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate After 15 years as an educator, Michele decided to follow her dreams and start her own event planning company B Michele Events. She launched the company while still teaching in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2013 with the help of a few friends. She has gained valuable expertise working with agencies, corporate and entrepreneurs in the UAE planning and hosting signature events as the co-founder of MBT Promotions.

After launching B Michele Events, Michele moved to San Antonio, Texas where she boldly made her presence known and began branding her company with the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Since then she has planned, marketed and produced over 20 shows in San Antonio and around the country in the past 4 years.


Michele now uses her knowledge of creative marketing, promotions, fundraising strategies, and building professional relationships with the media, sponsors and key partners to help entrepreneurs grow and brand their businesses as the CEO of B Michele Professional Services.

Michele has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets in San Antonio including Black Focus Magazine, Tha1 Radio, KROVFM.com and Engaged. In addition to her extensive event planning and marketing experience, Michele also serves as a mentor to new entrepreneurs.

Michele holds a BSW and MSW in Social Work from Tarleton State University and the University of Houston.

www.facebook.com/CoachBMichele

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Hunter Beaton Founder of Day 1 Bags

I Am Refocused Radio - 8/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Day 1 Bags started when Texas teen, Hunter Beaton, was challenged by the Eagle Scouts to come up with a way to solve a social problem. Hunter knew immediately that he wanted to help foster kids. Both of his siblings had come into his home from foster care carrying all their items in large black trash bags. He decided to change that. In no time Hunter raised over $10,000 for his first project and was able to donate bags to the child welfare agencies in Texas. Now, with the help of One Simple Wish and Flying Circle Gear, he is taking his idea nationwide!

For every $15 donated, you will be giving a brand new, durable duffle bag or backpack to a foster child entering or transitioning through the foster care system. These are large, high-quality bags that include a lifetime guarantee and will be replaced if ever damaged - no questions asked! This is a bag you would be proud to own.

In addition, each bag includes information about how kids can use One Simple Wish's wish granting program anytime, reminding them that they are never alone and always part of our family.

The mission is to sustain the Day 1 Bags so they will not go away - no more black trash bags. I have partnered with the One Simple Wish to make that happen. The highest quality bag with a wish request to be granted! Let's improve their journey!

 

https://www.facebook.com/day1bags

https://www.onesimplewish.org/giveday1bags

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Jasmine McGill, Executive Director of King's Angels Final

I Am Refocused Radio - 8/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Jasmine McGill founded King’s Angels I’m January 2019. She is a full-time nursing student and mother with a degree in Biology. She has huge compassion for children and animals and works daily to save and change the lives of those without a voice. Jasmine holds special training in working with autistic children as well as clinical experience with sick children. 

https://www.kjsangels.com/

ABOUT King's Angels

Founded in honor of King Jay; an 8 month old infant local to San Antonio, TX who was found deceased in a backpack. We challenged our community to come together and do good deeds and spread positivity while bringing awareness to child abuse. Here at King's Angels, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2019, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. We want to bring awareness and prevention to child abuse, neglect, trauma, and even underprivileged children. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see. We are always 100% grateful for any donation made. All donations are tax-deductible as we are an operating non-profit 501(c)(3).

Mission Statement 

King's Angels is on a mission to love every child in Bexar county. We provide resources and service connections in order to eliminate stressors that could potentially lead to child abuse. Our number one goal is to be the voice of every child in need in Bexar County

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Yolanda Valenzuela CEO of Alamo City Consultants

I Am Refocused Radio - 8/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

Yolanda Valenzuela has 16 years in all areas of nonprofit. Yolanda was the Vice President of Programs & Operations at CASA (Child Advocates San Antonio) where she worked for 14 years. She helped to grow this Volunteer based agency from 150 volunteers to 820 volunteers. San Antonio CASA is now number 6 out of 950 CASA’s in the United States. After she left San Antonio CASA she went on to work with the state agency CASA in Austin and works with the various of the 71 CASA’s in Texas that may be having issues or needing improvements and helps them to move to the next level to be more effective, efficient and have a strong foundation in which to serve more children in the CPS systems. Yolanda is currently the CEO of Alamo City Consultants, a business she created based upon her vast experience in the area of nonprofit. She works with Nonprofit agencies to improve systems and organizational development within all areas of the agency. In addition, she provides PR assistance, facilitates, moderates and provides training opportunities in a vast amount of areas to include child abuse, areas of mental health, disabilities, education, cultural diversity, Strategic Planning, team building, etc.

 

Yolanda is highly connected to Nonprofits, Community members, Educator’s, County Commissioner’s, Judges, Attorneys, Television stations, etc. and often does interviews on issues occurring in the community. Yolanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Counseling & Guidance and is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology and is about 80% finished with the course work.

 

http://alamocityconsultants.com/

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Manny Diotte, Founder of The Ferrari Kid

I Am Refocused Radio - 7/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Story on Manny:

I was seven years old when the Doctors first cut me open; little did I know I would have surgery every year of my life, sometimes twice the same year. After 48 operations, 3 ½ years in and out of hospitals, 2 years of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, I was blessed to beat some of the toughest odds. However it left many scars inside and out, and unfortunately like so many other kids much pain.

In 1987, I went to Beverly Hills, California to see Michael Jackson’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Miller, which was paid for by the Air Force, thankfully, due to my father’s 23 years of service. When I arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport, I saw a Ferrari 328, I asked the owner if I could take a picture next to the car and that picture forever changed me. I felt like a rock-star…a real celebrity! He let me sit in it and over 20 years later, I still have never forgotten that experience.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Now, Manny is a cancer survivor, highly respected speaker, and coach. He is a contributing author to #1 New York Best Seller “Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul“, “Success is a Journey”, and “Happiness Is A Pair of Shorts”.

If you are interested in booking Manny for your next event, please contact us today.

``You were born for GREATNESS!!!``

 

https://www.theferrarikid.org/

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Michele Thomas CEO of B Michele Professional Services

I Am Refocused Radio - 7/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

Michele Thomas is an Event planner and Business Brand Coach who helps small business owner to grow their personal and professional brands, through Events, Print and Coaching. After spending a decade and half as an Elementary Teacher and Education Coordinator for Public school in The United states and United Arab Emirates, Michele knows what truly drives conversions, business growth, and branding —and it’s not mastering the marketing $avor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate After 15 years as an educator, Michele decided to follow her dreams and start her own event planning company B Michele Events. She launched the company while still teaching in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2013 with the help of a few friends. She has gained valuable expertise working with agencies, corporate and entrepreneurs in the UAE planning and hosting signature events as the co-founder of MBT Promotions.

After launching B Michele Events, Michele moved to San Antonio, Texas where she boldly made her presence known and began branding her company with the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Since then she has planned, marketed and produced over 20 shows in San Antonio and around the country in the past 4 years.


Michele now uses her knowledge of creative marketing, promotions, fundraising strategies, and building professional relationships with the media, sponsors and key partners to help entrepreneurs grow and brand their businesses as the CEO of B Michele Professional Services.

Michele has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets in San Antonio including Black Focus Magazine, Tha1 Radio, KROVFM.com and Engaged. In addition to her extensive event planning and marketing experience, Michele also serves as a mentor to new entrepreneurs.

Michele holds a BSW and MSW in Social Work from Tarleton State University and the University of Houston.

http://www.facebook.com/CoachBMichele

https://bmichele.com/

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