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#Funky Thinkers – Michael Fritzius

#Funkythinkers - Michael Fritzius

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Michael Fritzius - St Louis

Fritz is a tester, business owner, father, engineer and technologist. President of Arch DevOps, he has been in IT since 2006 and around computers his whole life.

He enjoys solving extremely hard problems, reducing the complexity of testing large systems into simple automated test frameworks for a variety of clients, in a variety of sectors.

He regularly experiments with smashing cutting edge technologies together just for the lulz, which often results in specialized solutions for his clients. Along with this, he offers targeted training to level up the people around him, and does show-and-tells of various technologies for his teammates.

He also blogs and writes articles, and has been featured in TechBeacon, testproject.io, the IIBA newsletter, TEST magazine, and his own blog at archdevops.com/blog. He has also spoken at a Full Stack user group and at an Agile meetup.

When not slinging code, speaking or writing, he and his wife homeschool their children, teaching them all sorts of things relevant to their interests in the areas of math, art, science, exercise and social skills. Fritz lives with his wife Charlotte in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in an estrogen filled house with their four daughters, Lorica, Amelia, Serena and Karisa, and a fish named Marcia.

Teaching kids about science in song? How funky…

Teaching kids about science in song? How funky...

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Alicia Reygn Patterson

Alicia "Reygn"patterson has been a singer songwriter for over 30 years.

As a mother of 5 and a NYC school bus driver for 15 years, she decided to lend her talents to the children’s education genre. She is a play-write, TV producer and a published author in this genre of media. In 2014 she started her company "Sound Through Music" with a goal to teach science with the aid of music. She pinned the hit play "At The Wave" that has played all over nyc including BAM and off broadway.

She wrote the 16 songs in the play as well as the script. Also she created the web/tv series "Meet Me At The Wave" a spin-off of "At The Wave" that can be seen on BRIC TV twice a week Monday at 5:30 and Tuesday at 8am. It can also be seen on YouTube on the "At The Wave" channel.

#funkythinkers – Lena Elkins

#Funkythinkers - Lena Elkins

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Lena Elkins - Tel Aviv

While my friends know me as a comedy junkie / makeup hoarder / Thai food connoisseur, I'm also a Business & Marketing Coach for ambitious millennials looking to skyrocket their income, influence and impact.

So, how did this all start?

When I was 15, I remember being told that it was time to get my first job. "You have responsibilities now," my parents told me. "Working will help you become more mature, successful, and skilled."

Even if your parents, teachers or community members didn't explicitly say this to you, I'm sure you can agree that it was implied, right? Having a job = adulthood, having a job = responsible, and having a job = doing the right thing. We've all been taught this since we were basically five years old.

So, I'm sure you can imagine how shocked I was when I landed my first full-time job at age 22 and hated it.

Been there?

After 10 months, I decided that I had had enough. Nope, I didn't wait to reach "one year so that I could at least put it on my resume". I didn't bother to check my bank account. I didn't care that I didn't have any worthy "professional skills". All I knew is that I was determined to figure out how I could be my own boss and stay office-less forever.

So, I quit and launched my social media consultancy. It turns out I was really good at it - in the first week of launching, I had signed my first $1,500/ month retainer client, and within three months, I had tripled my monthly income. I was finally living life on my terms without anyone setting constraints on my success.

After about a year of running my consultancy, I decided to transition into coaching. So many millennials had been coming to asking how I had succeeded at building my business as a solopreneur, which is what inspired me to share my knowledge with the world.

No I didn’t know what geofencing was either…

David McBee - Funky Thinker

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David McBee - St Louis

David McBee began his marketing career with the original search engine, the yellow pages.

As the internet grew, so did David's obsession with it. 

He became an Internet Marketing Trainer and was invited to become one of Google's first Certified AdWords Trainers.

Today, David focuses on client education by speaking at seminars and consulting. His latest passion: Geofencing with Simpli.fi.

Dan LeFave – Did I love? Did I laugh ? Did I learn ? Did I serve?

Did I love? Did I laugh ? Did I learn ? Did I serve?

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Dan LeFave - Toronto

After surviving a fatal car accident when Dan was young, he received "a warning shot," life’s Second Chance.

Inspired by his near-death accident, Dan began to see the world differently and understand people at a deeper level recognizing that at the end of each day we must ask ourselves "Did I love, Did I laugh, Did I learn, Did I serve?"

Since then, Dan plotted a path for a life full of risk-taking, facing adversities head-on and stepping into uncertainty with confidence, dedicated to helping others do the same.

From reading the 10 scrolls of Og Mandino 3 times a day each for 30 days, to experimenting with posting positive messages on water tanks, Dan truly lives his passion for learning and understanding both the mind and its impact on the world around him.

Because Dan understands deeply and differently, he is able to quickly pinpoint where others aren’t thinking accurately and shift their thought patterns to help them achieve their goals and desires faster.

As a self-determined and hard-working business owner, Dan has a built-in desire to improve himself and move forward in life.

Because Dan has a unique ability to always see several steps ahead, Dan can often see in others what they can’t see in themselves.

Dan believes that success is foreseeable with the right mindset and mental alignment, and is determined to helping people uncover the hidden cost of thought patterns that just don’t work.

Inspired by these successes, Dan can see that the pattern underlying the success of entrepreneurs stems from their mindset and the unseen systems of thinking running in the background.

Dan is an inspirational author and has been profiled on radio shows, in magazines, articles, and podcasts, from Manhattan to Vancouver.

Entrepreneurs all over the world seek me out for his unique perspective on what it takes to take control of their mindset and create a happy and successful lifestyle.

Dan co-authored Stepping Stones to Success with gurus Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Dr. Denis Waitley, which is now circling the globe and making a dramatic impact on the mindset of entrepreneurs in multiple industries.

His first venture into entrepreneurship was a painting business called Student Works Painting. In 1996, Dan picked up a copy of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill and it’s been an inspiration to me ever since.

His first ‘mindset’ book was Wayne Dyer’s "Manifest your Destiny" which inspired several meetings with Wayne.

As a long-distance runner, Dan ran the Disney World marathon and raised over $11,000 in support of the Arthritis Society along with his wife.

Ever been on holiday (vacation…) HERE?

Ever been on holiday (vacation...) HERE?

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Ron Chapman - Atlanta

Ronald Chapman is an author, speaker, and facilitator of approaches that increase well-being-ness and produce breakthroughs
when practiced deeply and in a sustained fashion. He is the creator of Seeing True™ and Progressive Recovery, resources
dedicated to exploring concepts of engaging, releasing, and transcending blockages in our lives. At the heart of Seeing True and all of his work is the Greek notion of "metanoia," which could translate as a profound change of heart.

Ronald maintains two core businesses as well. Leading Public Health provides facilitation, strategy and consultation to public health clientele, while Magnetic North delivers similar services to a broader array of clients.

Ron spent many years as a national award winning radio commentator on KUNM radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an elite Accredited Speaker through Toastmasters International, and an accomplished leadership facilitator working with clients from all over the world, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Ron currently resides in Atlanta, and spends much of his time immersed in the great natural beauty of the Southeast.

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