Brandon T. Adams • Co-host and one of two executive producers of Ambitious Adventures, a reality television program focused on the compelling stories of young entrepreneurs. In addition to his television work, Brandon is a best-selling author and an entrepreneur through and through. He currently owns a stake in a number of businesses including Live to Grind, the Young Entrepreneur Convention, Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting, Accelerant Public Relations, Arctic Stick, and an ice distributorship that serves three states. Brandon’s fascination with entrepreneurialism has been present since birth and was stoked with his invention of Arctic Stick during his college years. Pushing that product through concept, design, manufacturing, and funding clearly illustrated to him a need for a voice to aid young entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dreams. That path has led him to where he is today. As founder and host of the Live to Grind podcast, a twice weekly program that shines the light on successful entrepreneurs, Brandon regularly delivers his unique brand of passionate motivation in his quest to impact 1 billion lives by the time he reaches 40 years old. His work on the Live to Grind podcast inspired him to join with a group of other young, motivated professionals to form the Young Entrepreneur Convention. In its first year, the event drew nearly 500 attendees and featured speakers including Kevin Harrington of TV’s “Shark Tank” and Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman. Brandon has also earned the moniker of “King of Crowdfunding” for his work in establishing his business Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting (formerly Keys to the Crowd), a firm that consults with clients launching products and services on crowdfunding platforms. Brandon and his Accelerant Crowdfunding Consulting team have worked with high-profile clients like Harrington, John Lee Dumas, Think Rich Films, and others to gain funding using the emerging method of crowdfunding. Among the most notable raises steered by the team are a Top 10 all-time crowdfunding for a book on Kickstarter (The Freedom Journal) and the top all-time docudrama raise on Indiegogo (Think: The Legacy of Thing and Grow Rich). Brandon is a regular on the motivational speaking circuit and in his (very limited!) free time, he is a fitness junkie and loves spending time in his hometown in Northeast Iowa hunting, fishing, and boating.
Amanda Boleyn • Host of She Did It Her Way podcast and CEO of MASH Entities. She Did It Her Way was noted as a "Top 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs" and one of the "12 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes. Every week She Did It Her Way speaks with a successful female entrepreneur who shares the ups and downs of her journey to creating her business. Amanda is on a mission to help more women succeed and break into the entrepreneurial world by exposing the behind the scenes look of what it means to run a business and through candid conversations with guests. Back in May 2012, Amanda took her own leap of faith and left Corporate America to go out on her own. Since then she has worked with over 10,000 individuals shifting mindset and changing behaviors through sales training and leadership development programs across the globe.
Clayton Mooney • Before his entrepreneurial ventures began, Clayton had two careers. One in professional poker, where he played thousands of online tournaments and traveled to numerous countries for tour stops. The other in marketing writing for Fortune 500 companies, where he developed a skill set for creatively driving engagement. In 2014, and after spending a year abroad, Clayton returned to Iowa, and jumped head first into the startup world. Clayton is co-founder of KinoSol SBC, a product solutions startup for developing regions, Nebullam LLC, a High Pressure Aeroponics and software startup, focused on helping both home and commercial growers operate efficiently and sustainably, and currently resides at Iowa State University as Junior Entrepreneur in Residence for the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Andrew Zalasky • Writing and design have been passions for Andrew since he was a youngster growing up in Northern California. A graduate of Wartburg College, with a Masters degree from Drake University, Andrew currently operates a small marketing firm called Hazel Creative Services, and is part-owner in a half dozen other businesses. He lives and works in Ames, Iowa. Prior to the launch of his first two businesses, Andrew worked in a variety of media positions, including television news and at a small newspaper. He also worked for ten years as the marketing director at a large hospital in Iowa. Andrew counts himself as fortunate to have worked in so many interesting positions with so many incredible people over the course of his career. His primary goal in his work is inspiring others to more clearly and effectively tell their stories. In his free time, Andrew is an avid runner, manages the local youth basketball club, and gets away to California as often as he can.
Sabah Ali • Co-host and founder of Dorm Rooms to Conference Rooms podcast. Every week her podcast talks about business and lifestyle tips while being in college, as well as bringing on successful millennial entrepreneurs who share their journey on their road to success. Sabah is currently a junior at Iowa State University, studying a double major in Management and Apparel Merchandising & Design. She wants to help college students venture on their entrepreneurial ideas, which is when she teamed up with Brandon T. Adams to create a College Accelerator Program. Sabah’s main goal is to inspire college students to go beyond their limits while they are attending college. She also has a strong passion for fashion and is on her way to creating her own clothing line that caters to petities. In her free time, Sabah enjoys dancing, reading, traveling, and eating lots of tasty food.
David France • International performer and an innovative educator. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of Revolution of Hope, an arts for social change youth orchestra in Boston. He was recently named a Top 40 Urban Innovator Under 40 in the United States and a top 100 most influential people of Color in Boston. In 2009 he became the Concertmaster of the first orchestra auditioned on the internet, The YouTube Symphony. He has been featured in Time Magazine, NBC Nightly News, BBC Radio, and has recently spoken at TEDx Fenway and SXSW in Las Vegas. As a keynote speaker he has spoken at The Harvard Kennedy School, MIT, Imagination2013, the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, Lean Gap, and Endevrr a High School Entrepreneurship program at UPENN where he was also a mentor. He is the founder of Ziryab Ventures a think tank for young entrepreneurs and is a producer on the TV show Ambitious Adventures. He believes that joy in this life is maximized when you Give Your Life Away.