Meet the Experts

Meet Our Experts

  MARTI BARLETTA, President, TrendSight.


Marti Barletta, author of Marketing to Women and PrimeTime Women™, CEO and founder of the TrendSight Group, is a recognized authority on building marketing, sales, recruiting and retention results through better communications with women.  Marti combines gender expertise, marketing experience and a lively sense of humor as she delivers eye-opening insights and practical “how to” pointers that are enlightening, entertaining and easy to apply.  She writes a regular column for and has been quoted on CBS Evening News, ABC Money Matters, and The Today Show on NBC, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Business Week, Entrepreneur, and many other publications worldwide.

Webinar Trainings: Attracting PrimeTime Women (Ages 50-70) to Your Business

Watch a preview of Marti's webinar.

  ZAK BARRON:  Regional Development Director at Constant Contact

Constant Contact®, Inc. helps small businesses, associations, and nonprofits connect with their customers, clients, and members.  Constant Contact champions the needs of small organizations and provides them with an easy and affordable way to build successful, lasting customer relationships.  Constant Contact's leading email marketing, online survey and event marketing tools—supported by its expert personal coaching and support—help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers.  With Constant Contact, small organizations have access to the latest industry information and education to help them learn email marketing and online survey best practices.

DU Webinar Training:  "Improving Your Email Marketing"
Zak's webinar will be available in Destination University in the coming months.

  MICHAEL BENIDT: President of Golden Compass Inc.

Michael Benidt is the President of Golden Compass, Inc.  His company works with companies and individuals who realize that Internet search is the next essential business skill.

DU Webinar Trainings: Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Internet Search Secrets to Save Time and Money
Michael's preview is coming soon!

  RICH CARRARO:  President at Advertising.


After spending twenty years on Madison Avenue as a writer and producer, Rich opened his one-man ad agency called From concept to completion,  Rich does it all.  His mission: to bring Madison Avenue creativity to the neglected field of local advertising, while elevating it to an art form.  The ClownBike Motto: “Affordable, local advertising that doesn’t suck.” Why so rude? Two reasons: Number one: to get your attention, the first rule of advertising. Number two: because it’s true.

DU Webinar Trainings:      Applying Madison Avenue Advertising to Your Business, Parts 1-4

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  SEANETTE CORKILL, Owner, Frontdoor Back

Seanette Corkill founded Frontdoor Back, a Visual Merchandising and Store Design company to serve new to medium sized retailers. She has been helping store owners fix or avoid the pitfalls of horrible or worse yet ... ho-hum stores and storefronts since the mid 90's. Her trained and experienced eye decodes the fundamental yet sometimes mysterious elements that create attractive stores. Her appealing and often humorous presentation of how to make your store look and function like a winner by pointing out the good, the bad and the funny, make the store improvement process a worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience for all.  Businesses can unknowingly turning away customers as Seanette shows business owners what to do and how to do it.

Webinar Trainings:
Your Frontdoor Check List, Making a Case for Store Front Improvement, Store Front Improvement 201
Preview coming soon!


ANDY CORE:  President at Core Wellness, Award Winning Life Balance Speaker

Andy has spent the last 16 years mastering the art of inspiring people to become energized, healthy, motivated and better equipped to thrive in today's hectic society.  He gives audiences the proprietary information and inspiration needed to accomplish more at work, live healthy, and still have a life.  Combining stories from his experience with the latest research, he will ignite your motivation, show you how to execute a better way of life and live to enjoy it.  Andy’s success rate at helping people go from “knowing they need to live a more balanced life” to actually living and capitalizing on it is thirteen times the national average. 

DU Webinar Training: 
"Upgrade Your Lifestyle and Improve Your Business Results, All at Once"

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  SHAWNE DUPERON:  CEO of ShawneTV, Five-Time EMMY Award winning producer

Shawne Duperon has been in the television business for nearly 20 years. She has taught thousands of people across North America how to dramatically lower their marketing costs while receiving thousands of dollars in free publicity.  She's worked at ABC, NBC and interviewed and filmed hundreds of celebrities.  She has been featured in newspapers such as USA Today, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune to name a few.  Shawne was named "Innovator of the Year" and one of the top ten women-owned businesses by The National Association of Women Business Owners.  Shawne says Media is the ultimate network. Knowing how to create and navigate strong media relationships is the secret to unlimited marketing power.

DU Webinar Training:  "How to Get Your Business on Television and Get Through the Media Muck"

  Watch a short preview of this audio webinar. 

  DEBRA FINE:  Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author of The Fine Art of Small Talk

Debra Fine is a nationally recognized expert on communication skills.  She teaches conversation skills and business social networking techniques for use at networking events and social functions.  Do you dread networking events, meeting new people, hospitality suites and business related mingling functions?  These business social occasions represent opportunities to develop relationships and broaden social and business networks. Once you master The Fine Art of Small Talk, every conversation will become an opportunity for success.  Recent media appearances include the Today Show, the Early Show, NPR, CNN, Fox Business News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Men’s Health Magazine.

DU Webinar Training:  "How Small Talk Can Lead to Big Results in Your Business"
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DR. JOHN GARTNER, Psychologist & Author

John Gartner is a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School. His work has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago-Sun Times, Baltimore Sun, Worth and Talk, as well as numerous scholarly journals. His book, "The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness And (A Lot Of) Success In America", explores the link between hypomania and success, and how entrepreneurs with this personality can use it to their advantage. Dr. Gartner is also an experienced therapist with a private practice in Baltimore and Manhattan, where he specialized in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.

Watch a preview of this webinar.

  JIM HODGSON:  Internet and New Media Marketing Specialist


Jim Hodgson is an Internet and New Media Marketing specialist, and an expert on using the extremely versatile blogging software, Wordpress.  Jim is a frequent presenter at international business conferences where he shows progressive owners how to use WordPress to improve their sales, reputation, and online relationships.  Jim has been involved with the Internet since the dark days when the web was text only.  Now, Jim deals with more creative concepts with clients but his technical background has helped Jim translate tech-talk into artistic concepts, and back again. 

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HOWARD HYDEN:  President at The Center for Customer Focus

Howard Hyden is the founder and President of the Center for Customer Focus and the originator of "Outside-In", a very powerful concept that can transform corporate culture. Howard’s reality-based ideas give a step-by-step approach to improving your business.  Howard Hyden's topic areas include customer focus, peak performance, leadership, change, motivation and sales.  Howard brings over 25 years of experience, leadership and reality based ideas from major companies.  As a corporate executive, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, workshop and roundtable facilitator and author, he has motivated profound transformations using his inspiring Customer Focus tools and methodology at companies worldwide.

DU Webinar Training: 
"Creating the Customer Focused Company that Dares to Be Awesome"

Watch a short preview of this audio webinar. 


JASON JENNINGS, Founder, Jennings-McLaughlin & Co.


Jason Jennings is a researcher and one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world. His greatest thrill is helping lead individuals and companies to their full economic potential. He and his research team identified the world's ten most productive companies for his best-seller "Less Is More". That was followed by his next book, "Think Big, Act Small", which profiled the only ten companies in the world to have organically grown both revenues and profits by double digits every year for ten consecutive years. Like all his previous books, it debuted on all the best-seller charts. His latest book, "Hit the Ground Running - A Manual for Leaders" reveals the tactics and strategies of the ten CEOs who created the greatest amount of economic value between 2000 and 2009.

Watch a preview of this webinar.

HENRIETTE ANN KLAUSER: Ph.D, President, Writing Resources

Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D. is one of America's leading authorities on communications and writing productivity, and the president of Writing Resources, a seminar and consulting organization in Edmonds, Washington.  She is the author of the best-selling booksWriting on Both Sides of the Brain, Put Your Heart on Paper, Write It Down, Make It Happen, and With Pen in Hand: The Healing Power of Writing.  In a world that is becoming more high-tech by the day, Henriette has dedicated her life to helping people think, write and work together more efficiently while keeping the element of high-touch and humanity alive in their communication.  Henriette has taught at the University of Washington, California State University, Seattle University, University of Lethbridge in Canada, and Fordham.


DU Webinar Training: "Achieving Your Business Goals Through Writing: Part 1-2"

Watch a preview of this audio webinar.


MICHAEL KERR:  President Humor of Work, Motivational Speaker

Michael Kerr is one of the world’s most in-demand motivational speakers – combining safe, outrageous humor with relevant, practical workplace ideas.   Michael is an award-winning Certified Speaking Professional, the author of six books, and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers’ Hall of Fame.  Michael helps organizations become more successful by using humor in the workplace to manage stress, boost morale, inspire creativity, improve relationships and teamwork, enhance workplace communication and improve customer service.   Michael also talks about what organizations, leaders and teams need to do to be successful by creating truly inspiring workplaces where a positive attitude and a sense of humor are the end result. 

DU Webinar Training:  "Using Humor in the Workplace:  Create a Stronger Business and a Better Team"

  Watch a short preview of this audio webinar. 

  JAMIE LICKO:  President of Centro

Jamie Licko is the founder and president of Centro, a consulting firm focused on the future of city centers.  Centro provides services to strengthen cities and neighborhoods, from research and strategy development to on-the-ground implementation.  Jamie has assisted clients in more than 35 cities in 13 states across North America, working to empower people and organizations to create great sustainable places.

 Webinar Training: 
"Social Networking Beyond Facebook:  Using Forswuare, Flickr, and YouTube"
   Watch a short preview of this audio webinar.

  JOSH LINKNER, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners

Josh Linkner is the New York Times Bestselling  author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011. Together with business partners Earvin "Magic" Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Josh is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. Josh is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan. He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is also a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States. Most importantly, Josh is on a mission to make the world more creative.

Webinar Trainings: Building a Model for Creative Thinking in Your Business

Watch a preview of this webinar.

CHARLES MANZ: Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dr. Manz is the Nirenberg Chaired Professor of Business Leadership at the University of Massachusetts. He was a recipient of a Marvin Bower Fellowship at the Harvard Business School (1988-89) "awarded for outstanding achievement in research and ... productivity, influence, and leadership in business scholarship." His other academic experience includes instruction and research at Arizona State University, the University of Minnesota, Auburn University and the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Manz is a speaker, consultant and bestselling author of over 200 articles and scholarly papers and more than 20 books. His presentations and courses focus on leadership, self-leadership, and self-managed work teams.

Webinar Training:
"The Power of Failure:  How to Overcome Setbacks and Successfully Move Forward"
Watch a preview of this webinar

  MICHAEL MATTIE:  President at Success Concepts Group

Michael Mattie is a leading authority in sales, customer service, leadership, and personal effectiveness.  For more than 17 years, he served in the retail industry:  a family restaurant, a Coca Cola bottling and distribution business, a candy making business, hotel and banking, and the corporate world of sales.  Today, Michael has become a valued teacher to thousands of successful professionals across the country.  His skills allow the businesses he serves to maximize profitability in good times, and make it through recessionary times.  Michael is known as a “real world” speaker who gives his audiences ideas he has tested in real life.

DU Webinar Training:  "Getting Employees to Sell More to Every Customer"
   Watch a short preview of this audio webinar.

  TERRI NORVELL:  Leadership Trainer, Performance Coach & Team Building

Terri Norvell passionately assists people in organizations across the continent to do what they know to do...but just aren’t doing it. For over 13 years her organization has delivered comprehensive programs teaching and inspiring team members to bridge the gap between reality and goal achievement.  The result - a more effective and engaged workforce.  Terri is an active thinker and seeker of solutions to the issues people face everyday.  With 20 years of performance research, she continues to pioneer unique methodologies that translate directly to innovative results.  Thousands of people have shifted from limiting habits to energized performance and lasting change.

DU Webinar Training:  "Improving Business Performance and Attitude in Tough Financial Times"
  Watch a short preview of this audio webinar.     

  DAVID POLLAY:  President of The Momentum Project, Syndicated Columnist, Speaker

David J. Pollay is the creator of the internationally known The Law of the Garbage Truck™.  He is a syndicated columnist published in newspapers, magazines, and online news sites worldwide.  David is an internationally sought-after speaker and seminar leader whose work has been featured on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, ABC television, Univision, Crain’s New York Business, BusinessWeek Small Biz Magazine, and newspapers and books around the world.  David is a founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.  David is president of The Momentum Project, LLC, a consulting organization focused on applying the science of positive psychology to business and life.  He has held leadership positions at Yahoo!, MasterCard, Global Payments, and AIESEC.

DU Webinar Training:  "Gaining Momentum and Moving Ahead When You're Feeling Stuck"
David's webinar will be available in Destination University in the coming weeks or months.

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LYNN ROBINSON:  President at Intuitive Consulting Inc. 

Lynn Robinson
is an author, and the nation's leading expert on the topic of intuition helping people make changes and achieve their goals — both personally and professionally — by following their intuition.  Lynn teaches that intuition is a ready source of direction available to all of us.  She believes we all have the ability to access this power and develop it for practical use in everyday life as well as for discovering and achieving long-term goals.  Lynn has authored five books on the topic of intuition, has been featured in the Boston GlobeUSA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs including ABC and Fox News.


DU Webinar Training:  "Trusting Your Intuition in Times of Crisis"

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  DAN ROAM, Founder & President, Digital Roam, Inc.

Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and The Times of London all named The Back of the Napkin the #1 creativity and innovation book of the year. Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy, and the United States Senate. Roam and his whiteboard have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, NPR, and at the White House. He lives in San Francisco.

Webinar Trainings: The Back of the Napkin

Watch a preview of Dan's webinar.

ANDREA SCHAFER:  President and CEO at Andrea Schafer Public Relations

Andrea Schafer Public Relations is a specialty PR firm with with 24 years of unique experience in media relations and strategic publicity campaigns. We can help your company raise its visability among your key audiences.  ASPR builds brand awareness through customized public relations tactics designed to market your company's distinctive products and features.  We are called upon when standard public relations techniques are not effective. The PR services we offer are diverse, but the foundation of our capabilities is customized media relations strategies, community relations programs that resonate, and astute communications delivered with great timing.

DU Webinar Training: 
"Public Relations:  Get More Customers at Lower Costs"

Watch a short preview of this audio webinar. 

  JON SCHALLERT:  Destination Expert, Speaker, Marketing Expert


Jon Schallert is the only marketing consultant teaching businesses and communities how to reinvent themselves into consumer destinations.  Jon speaks to thousands annually on his “Destination Business” principles, which he developed after more than twenty-four years of on-site consultations with small business owners.  When Jon is not speaking around the country, he conducts his 2½ day Destination Business BootCamps in Colorado, where business owners learn Jon’s 14-step strategy to turn their businesses into consumer destinations.  Jon also writes a monthly newsletter, individually consults with business owners, and now conducts online trainings at 

Watch a short preview of one of Jon's webinars. 

  Tom Shay, President at Profits Plus

Tom Shay, President of Profits Plus, is a speaker and consultant whose experiences as a fourth generation retailer provide him with the knowledge and background to present tried and proven ideas to assist owners, managers, and staff with the day to day operation of their business. During the 25+ years that Tom was a part of the family business his stores were ongoing laboratories for the management and promotional techniques that are the backbone of the seminars that Tom now produces.

A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Tom started his first job working in his grandfather's general store. Tom moved to Florida to join his parents in the family operation they had purchased in 1971. Over the next 26 years, the Shay family owned and operated three businesses. In 1997, Tom sold the business to devote full time to the development of seminars and writing magazine columns and books.  Tom currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tom has written for over 60 trade publications and has authored EZ Cashflow - a book teaching how to accurately forecast your next 12 financial sheets, and a series of books of management tip books beginning with 100 Profits Plus Ideas for Power Promoting and 100 Profits Plus Ideas for Power Managing.

DU Webinar Training: "Maximizing Marketing in a Down Economy"

Watch a preview of Jay's webinar

  JAY SIFF:  CEO at Moving Targets

We have 3 Powerful Direct Response Marketing Services... that bring immediate, trackable results you can actually measure.  Moving Targets is our original New Resident, Direct Mail Service: Persuades new residents who move into your neighborhood to visit YOU... instead of your competitors! Birthday Connections is our Custom Birthday Card Service to local residents (we know their birthdays): Turns hundreds of neighbors into crowds of buyers by sending them a greeting and gift for their special day!  Loyal Rewards is our Customer Emailing Service. Relax... we do the work for you: Uses the power of Email to turn your own customers into a profitable goldmine of additional repeat business... just 3 cents each!

DU Webinar Training:  "Pulling Customers to Your Business with Direct Response Marketing"

   Watch a preview of Jay's webinar


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