How I Grew my Business





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Published on Sep 17, 2010

How I Grew my Business

Three Valley entrepreneurs talk about the real life achievements and challenges in building their nation-wide companies.

This month's Enterprise Network forum features three successful Valley entrepreneurs discussing what combination of smarts, resources, connections and just plain luck enabled them to achieve their current level of business success. The speakers have all dealt with market uncertainties, strong competition, pricing pressures, employee issues, etc. Find out how they overcame these hurdles to grow strong, viable companies. Attendees will come away with real-world understanding that can be applied to any industry about how to start and grow a business and avoid the many pitfalls which will inevitably come along


William Carey, CEO and co-founder of Dixon Golf, began this venture manufacturing golf balls for some of the best known names in the golf industry. Once he realized that more than 500 million golf balls are discarded into the environment every year, he decided to do something to revolutionize golf. He shifted his company's focus from making other company's golf balls to producing the world's first high performance eco-friendly golf balls. This has become his passion and, under his vision and leadership Dixon has grown to include a recycling initiative, and many new products on the cusp of being released. William holds a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children in their Mesa, AZ home.

Mark Rukavina, founder and chief executive officer of iMemories, is a veteran entrepreneur who co-found and was COO of Mastering Computers which grew to become the nation's largest provider of training seminars on Microsoft's Windows operating system. Publicly traded on NASDAQ, it was sold to Platinum Technology in 1998. KnowledgeNet, Mark's second technology startup, provided online corporate IT and business skills training and was the third largest e-learning provider in the world when it was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2004. Early in 2006, Mark created iMemories, the leader in social entertainment for families, transforming the way people connect and experience personal videos and photos on all modem devices and Web-platforms. Ernst & Young recognized Mark in 2001 as Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year for e-business.

Mark Verstegen, Founder and Chairman of Athletes' Performance, is an internationally-recognized leader and innovator in the world of athletic performance training. They have trained many of the top champions in the world of sports at their state-of-the-art facilities, and also consult with high performance companies including Adidas, EAS, Gatorade, Keiser, GoFit, Power Plate, Sheraton and TIGNUM. Mark serves as the Director of Performance for the NFL Players' Association, is a regular columnist in Men's Health Magazine and since 2004 has authored five books in his widely acclaimed, "Core Performance System" series, including his latest one, "Core Performance Golf".

Cary Pfeffer has been impressing audiences for more than 30 years, but even more important is the passion Cary brings in sharing that knowledge. Every ClearComm client gets the personalized attention that is possible through the boutique approach taken by ClearComm from its first days in business.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
7:00 Registration & Networking
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Presentation
9:00 Adjourned

Lakeview Inn @ Camelback Golf Club
7847 N. Mockingbird Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

$65 General Admission
$50 Executive Partners

After 10/18/10
$75 General Admission
$60 Executive Partners

ATTIRE: Business

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