Meet our teachers

MaryPat Kavanagh has extensive experience in marketing and small business since 1989.

She has owned retail businesses, restaurants and consulting practices and has been extremely involved in her community through local Chamber of Commerces, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Shared Vision Network, Jaycees, and other networking and professional development organizations.

In 1999, she opened Strategic Results Marketing in Arizona. Strategic Results Marketing is an expert marketing firm specializing in entrepreneurial strategizing and planning. She has since developed the “One-Page Marketing & Profits Plan”, simplifying marketing for entrepreneurs and small businesses alike.

In 2004, Strategic Results Marketing began specializing in online marketing services, focusing efforts on the analytics of what is working, what is trending and why. She quickly became known as the Queen of Marketing and the Queen of Connections through utilizing her natural ability to develop quality relationships via online marketing to result in great clients.

With a passion to support high-end service professionals like herself, she has directed her attention over the past 5 years to businesses seeking strategic results working with clients who value the combination of 6 and 7 figure results and a life.

Therese Skelly, Money/Mindset Mentor, Business Catalyst, and Transformational Teacher. 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist gave Therese a foundation to understand the inner working of the mind, motivation, behavior, and those crazy unconscious parts that hold us back.

Therese helps people get past their blocks and limiting beliefs about themselves so they can create awesome businesses, and have money flowing.

Maureen Kures will talk on legal issues for entreprenuers. After a 30 year career as a Registered Nurse healing the health issues of patients in collaboration with their caring families Maureen’s family was faced with a legal challenge that set them on a course of DRAMA! TRAUMA! and CHAOS! they never could have imagined. She took that challenging occurrence and became an advocate for families in a new way so that they would never have to be in a situation where they did not have someone covering their legal back!

Today she proudly educates and informs small business owners about the legal blind spots that can cost them their dreams.

 Krista Wilkie-Boswell has been known as the “fixer” for small business accounting for the last 35 years. But, she really doesn’t like repairing a company’s broken bookkeeping, insurance and licensing systems. She prefers to set up the systems so that they never break in the first place.

Let her show you how simple it is to implement systems that will grow with you and protect you.

 Tara Truax, author of the book “Who the Hell Am I to Start a Business?” , she is a serial entrepreneur and mentors small business owners to help them achieve their own success.   She works with men and women in who are ready to get out of their business comfort zone and take the steps necessary to reach their business goals. Creating new businesses and seeing other see what’s possible for them really excites her.

Having started her first business in 1995, and building additional businesses since then, Tara has learned how to successfully create a solid business. She has a desire to share her knowledge with others so they can avoid many of the pitfalls she has encountered – and learned from. A student of life and with a continual desire to learn, Tara’s varied academic background includes a degree in Business Management, Equine Management and Nursing Home Administration. Her other activities also include teaching Irish Dancing and guiding adventures in back country horseback packing.

After taking time off from her first business to raise her children, Tara found herself in the position of a divorce and needing to provide an income for her family. Getting a job and being away from the kids during the day was not an option for her so the journey of creating solid businesses continued. Since 2006, Tara was successful in developing a multilevel marketing business and a virtual assistant company – Type It. In 2008, Tara refocused her energy and created Always Quality Cleaning. She gained a different kind of experience through having employees and intensifying her studies in marketing and the client/business relationship. With the experience Tara gained she found herself mentoring a variety of business people on how to grow their own businesses and discovered a passion that she is able to now focus on – helping men and women create solid, sustainable businesses with repeatable results. Currently in development are two additional projects to be launched in 2015.

Tara’s passion in life is to continue her work with small business owners in a way that promotes a positive happy life for both work and play. She is a member of GKIC Power Lunch and Mastermind Marketing groups. She has studied with various mentors such as Therese Skelly, Lisa Cherney, Lisa Sasavich, Michelle PW, Anne McKevitt and Ali Brown.

Karen Dennison has been working in Internet Marketing for the last 10 years and off line marketing for the previous 25, and she has seen the good, the bad and lots of the ugly.

But, instead of trying to sneak around the search engine parameters, she feeds the beast exactly what it wants and the results are better search engine rankings, no fear of de-indexed sites and more customers for her clients.

She began her career as a mom, home-schooler, and head-hunter. All of which gave her the know-how to laser into exactly what a business needs to get better results and better clients.

Karen has the ability to step outside of the linear and implement a more holistic approach to marketing business online.

She keeps current with all of the changes in the online marketplace, its customers and the Google algorithm ballet.

But, it is no longer just about the search engines. Karen implements search results strategies that satisfy the sensibilities of both the search engines and the end customers.

Karen is happily married for over 40 years, has 4 kids and a slew of grandkids. Loves quilting, wine & witty conversations, and enjoys life in Redondo Beach, California.

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