The year 2024 promises to be a time of dynamic innovation, unparalleled resilience, and transformative leadership. As we step into this exciting new era, it’s essential to shine a spotlight on the visionaries, risk-takers, and trailblazers who are poised to leave an indelible mark on the entrepreneurial world.
These individuals are not just successful; they are the architects of tomorrow. Their stories show that with passion, persistence, and a willingness to embrace change, anyone can make a mark in our rapidly evolving world. Join us as we dive into the lives of these visionaries, poised to lead the way in 2024 and beyond.
Christoffer Groves is a successful serial entrepreneur, who is leading the way in the lending industry. He is also a motivational speaker, his tour is called The 110% Movement helping others achieve their goals through a successful road map and a positive mindset. Always having a passion for entrepreneurship, even starting businesses from the young age of 16, it’s no surprise that Chris started his own business and a successful one. After working as a real estate agent, appraiser, and broker he learned the ins and outs of the industry. There were aspects he didn’t like, but he took the liberty upon himself to make a solution. This is when he and his wife started Groves Capital Inc., a family owned mortgage company, with the lowest rates in the industry. His greatest accomplishments have been growing from 2 people to 575 over 5 billion in loan production in less than 3 years on his own, creating a family feel where everyone works together to help others become successful, and much more. This year Chris plans to provide the best platform he can for each of his partners to help them grow and thrive, all while keeping his company standards to 5 stars.
In 2023 he added commercial lending to all 50 states’ platforms partnering with private billion dollar funds and launched a new solar division in 27 states in the changing markets he has pivoted to capture the market’s attention. Chris has changed the lending model through software Innovation and system developments that are new age at every level.
Grant Cardone is the bestselling author of The 10X Rule and has been buying real estate for over 30 years. Over those three decades, he has bought over two billion dollars worth of real estate in eight states. Grant currently manages 7,068 units with his private equity firm Cardone Capital. He is such a good real estate investor because of his extreme discipline, specific formulas, and good instinct to know when to exit the property. Throughout his career, Grant has been giving small investors a chance to start small and go big.
Anthony Rossi is the Co-Founder & CEO of Force One Sports & Entertainment the private equity firm that purchased the rights to the AFL back in January 2021. Anthony is also the Founder & CEO of award-winning digital marketing agency – Force One Marketing. He is the CEO of Force One Capital and QQ21 Fund Inc., an investment bank and private equity fund located in Toronto, Ontario. Force One is heavily backed by a number of large family offices, institutions and influential financiers. Anthony has built and sold over 5 businesses from inception to exit as a founder/partner. He has taken over 15 companies to public listing and completed various acquisitions for his businesses and his clients. Anthony was named “top 30 under 30” award winner at the age of 26 while holding a VP of sales role with the public energy tycoon, Direct Energy. In 2016 he was a nominee for the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, after he built and sold EnergyTech business for $29 million – from idea to exit in 24 months. In 2020, Anthony was named the “Top 100 Business Professionals in Canada” for being one of the leading financiers and advisors in the country. Anthony currently sits on 5 Boards of Directors from fin-tech, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and sports management.
Briana Dai is not just any entrepreneur; she’s a force to be reckoned with in today’s digital age. As an influencer, best-selling author, and visionary behind ground-breaking concept designs, she effortlessly blends her online influence with business acumen. She is the Creative Director at eWomenNetwork, the #1 entrepreneurial women’s business community. With connections spanning over half a million entrepreneurs across 118 chapters in the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, eWomenNetwork’s sweeping influence is a testament to her forward-thinking leadership.
As a brand makeover specialist, Briana has collaborated with some of the biggest industry giants. Former clients, including big-league brands such as Famous Footwear, James Avery, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, ESPN, and Bloomingdales. Exeleon has aptly named her an “Empowering Woman Leader to Watch”. In her vast role, Briana oversees branding, digital marketing, social media campaigns, blogs, newsletters, and event design.
Beyond the glitz and glamor of her professional accolades, Briana’s heart beats for a personal mission: demonstrating to women everywhere that it is entirely possible to have both a thriving career and a loving family. As a mother and wife, she lives this belief daily, and her passion is evident in her online presence. With a vision set on the horizon, she is at the helm of transformative digital marketing, branding, and execution strategies. As the entrepreneurial world evolves at a dizzying pace, Briana Dai is a trailblazer, illuminating the path for those who seek to learn and grow in 2024.
Dr. Daniel Moses is a seasoned figure in the property industry, renowned as the Founder & CEO of Property Wealth Education. His journey has been a testament to resilience, marked by overcoming significant challenges. In the face of adversity, battling anxiety and depression while teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Daniel devised a plan to amass wealth through property investment, and he hasn’t looked back since. Today, he presides over a thriving 7-figure empire, poised to ascend into the 9-figure realm within the next decade.
As an accomplished author and a holder of a Doctorate in Philosophy in Christian Leadership and Business, Daniel Moses exemplifies academic excellence. He serves as a source of immense pride for his homeland, Nigeria, on the global stage. Positioned on the threshold of transcending boundaries, Daniel Moses is poised to accomplish an extraordinary milestone by becoming the United Kingdom’s most outstanding self-made Nigerian property millionaire.
In addition to his impressive property investments, he dons many hats as a mentor, coach, author, wealth creator, professional guide, and a captivating keynote speaker. His multifaceted expertise and inspiring journey make him a beacon of hope and a symbol of what resilience and ambition can achieve.
Loren Ridinger’s entrepreneurial journey began with the founding of Market America in 1992, a pioneering e-commerce platform she created with her late husband, JR Ridinger. Together, they revolutionized online shopping and entrepreneurship, resulting in the acquisition of SHOP.COM. Today, the combined company generates $700 million in annual sales and has transformed the lives of countless individuals.
Loren’s most significant achievements lie in empowering thousands of people to become entrepreneurs through SHOP.COM, where the philosophy of being in business for oneself is paramount. She’s also an inspirational speaker who motivates people worldwide to strive for their best selves.
Following her husband’s passing, Loren has stepped into the role of CEO of Market America and SHOP.COM, honoring his legacy while continuing to make a meaningful impact in the world of entrepreneurship.
Bjorn “Beez” Hendricks
Bjorn “Beez” Hendricks, a successful entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and inspirational speaker — is known by many as “Business Builder Beez”. He has built a strong reputation around his ability to build, acquire, and scale businesses by harnessing the power of process, systems, and people. Beez began his journey with a successful “corporate” career as an Information Technology Management & Strategy Consultant, for Accenture and Microsoft, where he was integral to the improvement of multiple global Fortune 500 companies. Utilizing his experience and skill set, Beez ultimately made the shift to developing and launching his own companies. He now mentors hundreds of students, teaching the key principles of his “Business Builders Methodology”, through The Business Builders Institute (BBI), which focuses its core curriculum on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The advanced level of this education and training brings both traditional and modern strategies within the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) space. The passionate energy Beez consistently brings to the public (and his students) is fueled by his primary goals and objectives: uplifting the community, bringing financial literacy to our youth, and opening every entrepreneur’s mind to the true attainability of M&A and the opportunities it brings with it.
Sophia Felix, CEO of HBM Talent & Management, is a pioneering figure in international model and talent management since 2013. A committed philanthropist, she donates 10% of revenue to charity and promotes charitable engagement among clients. As President of the International Cannabis Consulting Business Women’s Association (ICBWA), she advocates for female entrepreneurship in the cannabis industry. With 14 years in the shipbuilding industry, managing multi-million dollar contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense, Felix transitioned to entrepreneurship through the National Latina Business Women’s Association.
Her accolades include the 2021 Telly Award for “Social Impact,” the 2021 San Diego Hometown Hero Award, and the 2020 ABC10 News Leadership Award. Featured in Forbes, The Top 100 U.S. Business Leaders Magazine, and Latina Style Magazine, Felix is recognized for her outstanding contributions to both business and advocacy.
In the bustling business world of Albuquerque, Donald Sanchez stands out as a remarkable figure. As the CEO of INVigorate Roofing, he’s established it as the city’s second-largest medium-sized business, setting high construction standards. Alongside INVigorate Roofing, his ventures include Sideswipe Kennels, Real Estate Investments, and a Scrap Yard business, reflecting his diverse business acumen.
Beyond business, Sanchez is a respected Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Fighter, showcasing discipline and passion. He’s not content with his current successes; he actively seeks opportunities for acquisitions and community engagement to foster innovation. Furthermore, his commitment to sustainability and community support makes him a true visionary leader in Albuquerque, inspiring generations to come.
David Molina’s remarkable journey began in 2014 when he left Venezuela after his father’s passing, leaving his wife and mother behind. He embarked on a solo mission to achieve success in the financial sector. In 2016, he seized the opportunity to join OVB Allfinanz SA, a renowned German financial consultancy operating in over 15 European countries, with a clear goal of becoming the company’s top performer.
Over six years, David’s unwavering dedication led him to excel with more than 4,000 satisfied clients and over $30 million in managed funds. Yet, he aspires to do more, with a vision of establishing a team of a thousand advisors and managing over $10 billion in capital.
Today, as the number one at OVB Allfinanz SA, David oversees a group of 65 financial consultants dedicated to helping individuals and businesses plan for the short, medium, and long term, ensuring maximum financial performance. His commitment to excellence and his mission to assist others shine through in his leadership and achievements.
Carlos Cerezo Arribas is a Topography Engineer turned finance and business enthusiast. He founded CCA Intelligence Partners, an AI Business Agency in 2020, and Morpheus, a digital bank and exchange startup in 2022. His mission is to propel individuals and businesses towards success through innovative AI solutions.
Despite a past setback in a Ponzi Scheme, Carlos’s determination led him to rebuild his career, achieving six-figure annual revenues with his companies. He is a prolific writer, featured in major publications. As a father of two, he balances a thriving career with personal pursuits, excelling in kayaking and free diving. His ultimate goal is to create generational wealth for his family while being a devoted parent.
Tom Sandelier, originally from South Florida, has been making the Philadelphia and South Jersey area his home since 1998. He’s a single father to two wonderful daughters and invests much of his time in creating a happy home and cooking healthy meals.
With a 30-year passion for bass guitar, Tom is a prominent member of Philadelphia’s premier wedding and event band, Blue Label, where he also serves as the Master of Ceremonies.
Driven by a desire to eliminate harmful chemicals from his family’s life, Tom ventured into creating all-natural skincare products. His products gained recognition, leading to a partnership with Nose to Tail.
In 2022, he delved into microgreen farming and launched Sugar Crunch, a brand of freeze-dried candy, involving his combined five kids to teach them about entrepreneurship. Their success led to a deal with America’s oldest candy distributor, Casani Candy, and placements in hundreds of candy shops from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore.
Despite his numerous commitments, Tom prioritizes health through workouts, meditation, breathwork, and self-development education. His ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustainable homestead to pass down to his children. Tom’s accomplishments include funding a dream Disney vacation for his daughters with skincare line profits and celebrating a decade of success with Blue Label, recognized as the top wedding/event band in Philadelphia and among the top five ECE national bands.
Ana Williams is not just a survivor of domestic violence; she’s a beacon of hope and a powerful advocate for change. Her journey from victim to survivor has inspired her to pen the bestselling book, “I am Ana, and I am Breaking the Silence.” Through her powerful narrative, she has reached the hearts of countless individuals, offering them strength and resilience.
Ana is more than an author; she is a speaker, coach, and guide, dedicated to helping women trapped in the painful grip of domestic violence find their path to freedom. Her passion lies in personal development, empowering women to believe in themselves and to break free from the cycle of abuse. She firmly believes that all women, regardless of their circumstances, have the power to escape and start anew.
Her mission is to coach and guide women, instilling in them the unwavering belief that they can reclaim their lives and build a brighter future. Ana Williams is a living testament to the strength of the human spirit, and her work serves as a guiding light for those seeking their own path to survival and self-belief.
John Barbosa, known as “The Billion Dollar Mentor,” is the driving force behind a thriving business that has been dedicated to providing personal, professional, and financial growth training for the past 7 years. His passion lies in equipping his students with the tools necessary to unlock their full potential.
With a background in Business Administration, John has also earned master’s degrees in Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neuro Influence, and Clinical Hypnosis. He has honed his expertise by learning from some of the most influential figures in the field of human development and personal growth.
Over the years, John has guided over 100,000 individuals across more than 10 countries, including Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Bolivia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Dubai. Today, his most sought-after seminar is “The Million Dollar Happiness,” a transformative experience that combines financial methodologies with leadership tools to empower individuals to dominate their markets and excel in their respective fields.
Borja is a successful entrepreneur, co-Founder and CFO of Volt Solar Energy. The business, a dynamic and environmentally conscious company, began its journey in South America in 2016. Recognizing the need for improved solar energy services in the USA, they expanded to Miami, Florida, in 2021, setting higher service standards in the solar industry.
Their unwavering commitment to exceptional service and engineering excellence has exceeded national benchmarks, resulting in a warm welcome in the United States. Now firmly established in Florida, they proudly provide homeowners with the best possible experience and service when considering solar energy as their power source. Customer satisfaction remains their top priority, with an impressive 4.9 out of 5-star rating on Google affirming their dedication to quality service. Borja Penalver envisions a future where they continue to add value to society and the environment by offering an efficient, affordable, and reliable solar energy solution.
Sheree Wright is the founder of IBF Law Group, a professional and passionate firm of immigration lawyers. She graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science. Practice areas in which Sheree excels include immigration, business strategies, family law, employment law, sports law, and entertainment law. Her previous experience includes working as an investigator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in downtown Chicago. At that time she investigated cases involving employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, or disability in Fortune 500 companies.
Ali Payani, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Payani Group, is a serial entrepreneur who has redefined success in the business world. His journey began in 2016 as an immigrant to the United States, where he quickly made his mark. Ali founded an AI company specializing in air quality and, in 2017, launched LookinLA, a growth marketing agency that skyrocketed to 60th place in the Inc5000 rankings.
Ali’s unwavering dedication was evident in the early days of LookinLA, where he went door to door, igniting the spark of success. His background in computer science, systems security, and a Master’s in Management, combined with prior experience in AI and robotics, provided the foundation for his entrepreneurial vision.
Ali’s entrepreneurial spirit continued to thrive, leading to the creation of the Payani Group, a dynamic entity encompassing a private equity firm, advisory services, and the innovative growth marketing agency, Payani Media. Recognized as a member of the Forbes Business Council, FastCompany Executive Board, and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Ali Payani’s story is a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation in the business world.
Bayo, an immigrant from Nigeria who arrived in the United States in 2012, is a remarkable figure. His journey led him to a dual career as a psychiatric nurse and a passionate real estate entrepreneur. Starting his real estate education in 2014, he later became a real estate agent in Houston, Texas.
Since 2015, Bayo has been an active real estate investor, owning multiple properties and aspiring to acquire a 100-unit multifamily apartment complex. He’s established himself as a real estate industry leader in Houston and its suburbs.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Bayo is dedicated to empowering others to reach their full potential. He founded Empower Future Leaders, a non-profit organization, and authored “Lessons from My Dad – Six Principles for Building a Successful Life.” As the CEO of ABIARI LLC, a real estate consulting and coaching company, Bayo’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals to thrive, helping them support their families and achieve personal freedom.
Genesis Nieves and Iravid Nieves
Genesis Nieves & Iravid Nieves have transformed the world of balloon decor since 2012, revolutionizing the industry with Balloon Bouquets. From Caracas to Miami, they’ve created stunning balloon art, even setting a Guinness World Record for the largest biodegradable balloon phrase. Their story of perseverance was captured in the Emmy-winning documentary “My Sister.” Collaborating with celebrities like Ozuna and Nicky Jam, they achieved approval from the Florida Department of Education to establish the first Balloon Decorators Institute.
Their achievements include obtaining educational recognition from the Florida Department of Education for their Balloon Decorators Institute, breaking a Guinness World Record, serving celebrities, and sharing their journey through an Emmy-winning documentary. Genesis and Iravid redefine balloons as an art form, elevating their profession’s status and dispelling misconceptions about balloon decoration.
Rosangelica, a Venezuelan mother, accomplished writer, and seasoned entrepreneur, has a story marked by transformation and unyielding determination. Her debut book, “Beyond the Mirror,” became an Amazon best-seller, captivating readers with its transformative message.
At 19, she faced a life-threatening eating disorder, which prompted a pivotal decision during a moment of self-reflection. In 2019, she ventured into the health and beauty industry through a multi-level marketing company, driven by her pursuit of freedom and personal growth.
Now, she’s poised to inspire and empower women even more, working on her second book. In her latest entrepreneurial endeavor, she joins Shaklee as an ambassador, a renowned company specializing in vitamins and supplements. Her association with Shaklee is more than just a career move; it’s a reflection of her commitment to personal development, her unwavering resilience, and her deep passion for making a positive impact on others’ lives.
Barbara Corcoran, Founder of The Corcoran Group & Shark and Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank”Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. The Corcoran Group, the largest and best-known brand in the brokerage business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business.
Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world, and known as an incredible investor and businessman.Buffett started out in the business world at a very young age, and was in fact only 11 years old when he bought his first stock. He’s come a long way since then and has achieved a lot within his lifetime. Although, this book, arguably one of the best entrepreneur biographies, goes into more detail than just his achievements in the exciting world of business, but more about the man himself. His opinions, his work, struggles, achievements and wisdom are all revealed in ‘The Snowball’.
Christian Tome AKA Chris Jonex
Chris Jonex is living proof that hard work pays off. Chris is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of companies such as Label Jonex Enterprises, Rex Films and Melon-A Studios. Due to the lack of opportunities in his home country Colombia and pursuing his dreams in the advertising and music industry, he decided to take a leap of faith and move to Mexico. Today, Chris is running operations and has offices in The USA, Mexico, Spain, Dubai, Andorra, Colombia and Chile.
Chris also has over 8000 songs under his belt and he owns the first certified Dolby Atmos studio in Mexico. And his company was awarded “Best Digital and Traditional Marketing Company” in Mexico, Colombia and Barcelona, Spain in 2023.
Chesky is an American entrepreneur who started Airbnb—an online service for booking accommodations for travelers—along with his partners. He also serves as the CEO of Airbnb, and was listed in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2015’. Chesky began his journey as an entrepreneur during his college days when he used to run a hockey team. When his hockey team was canceled at the last moment, he and his teammates began rebranding their team. They transformed the team and brought a new mascot as the team’s logo which helped to revitalize it. On a similar note, he got the idea for Airbnb in 2007 when he faced some financial difficulties. Chesky and his roommates needed cash so they decided to rent their apartment. Ultimately, this led to the birth of Airbnb which grew gradually and gave better opportunities to travelers looking for a place to stay. There are many reasons for his success and one of the most important reasons is the fact that he gave more importance to his customers and the services they needed rather than the ideas of the developers.
A Blackstone managing director turned entrepreneur, Carl Wu has staked his ambitions on the future of China’s fledgling private health care industry. As CEO and founder of New Frontier Group, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and president of New Frontier Health, an NYSE-traded company, he led the $1.44 billion acquisition of United Family, China’s largest private hospital group, through a SPAC in 2019. New Frontier’s growing portfolio of hospitals are located in China’s largest cities and are known for their premium service. In all, the company, which also runs rehabilitation centers, home health and telemedicine services, and a health insurance brokerage, reaches several million people a year. Wu is betting that China’s growing affluence and aging population will fuel demand for high-quality health care for decades to come.
Nick Molnar is the co-founder of Afterpay. As a young serial-entrepreneur, Nick’s vision for Afterpay was to create a global payment solution that would allow consumers to pay for things they want and need over time, using their own money. As a millennial himself, he recognized that his generation has an aversion to credit cards and compounding debt.Nick launched Afterpay with his co-founder, Anthony Eisen, in Australia in October 2014 and listed the company on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2016. The company expanded into the U.S. in May 2018 and soon after, expanded into Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. As of June 2021, Afterpay had more than 20 million customer accounts in the United States alone and was offered by more than 100,000 merchants globally.
Jeremy Joyce inherited his love of food from his mother, who as far as he remembers was always making things from scratch. On Saturdays, when the rest of his family was sleeping in, Joyce was in the kitchen early, learning to cook alongside his mom. Fast-forward to 2021, and Joyce has now dedicated himself to food through his company Black People Eats, which highlights the best food served at Black-owned restaurants in different cities. The brand, which Joyce started in 2017, has more than 100,000 Instagram followers and also includes YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok accounts. The company’s mission: to help users find the best appetizers, meals, and desserts served at Black-owned restaurants. Joyce, who until January worked at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago, recently took to running Black People Eats full-time and is currently working on rolling out a social media show.
Chris Bell is leading one of the fastest-growing unicorns in one of the hottest areas of e-commerce right now: rolling up all the burgeoning online retailers that sell on Amazon, Mercado Libre, and other marketplaces and giving them the firepower to get much bigger. Bell’s Boston-based Perch, which is only 22 months old, has quickly grown its portfolio to include more than 75 brands—from athleisure to teeth whiteners—and recently landed $775 million in funding led by SoftBank to help finance its next phase of development. Bell, a veteran of Bain & Co. and online furniture company Wayfair, says that Perch’s business model is predicated on offering these up-by-your-bootstraps brands the technology and global operations expertise that will vastly improve marketing, manufacturing, and order fulfillment.
Arianna Simpson is a San Francisco-based investor with a focus on cryptocurrencies. She holds a bachelor’s in International Politics and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania Schreyer Honors College. She worked as an advisor and board member and became a partner at Andreessen Horowitz in 2020. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Arianna founded Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She also helped launch Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage fund investing primarily in YC companies, in 2015. Arianna previously spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies. She grew up in Milan, Italy.
Rohan Seth is a Stanford graduate who helped create Google’s user location platform before founding early tech start-up Memry Labs. After Memry Labs was acquired by Opendoor, Rohan stayed on and led product growth from April 2017 to December 2019. Rohan is also the Co-Founder of Lydian Accelerator, a passionate project he co-founded with his wife after their newborn daughter Lydia Niru Seth was born in December 2018 with a genetic mutation that can cause severe lifelong disabilities. In order to save Lydia and millions of others who suffer from such a disease, the proud parents of Lydia have decided to open-source their baby – seeking donations as the treatment is most effective in the early stages and the research is expensive.