Episode 34: How to build your Startup Brand with Richard Taylor

The Harrison Blake Apparel founder shares tips on building a brand from scratch

Today’s main character is  Richard  Taylor.  Richard (aka RL) is an award-winning author, business branding coach, podcast host and founder of Harrison Blake Apparel. The brand offers men’s neckties, accessories and monthly subscription clubs that help men look polished.His background in Manufacturing and Business Administration play a role in putting systems in place for success. Passionate about paying it forward, he has begun helping others reach their entrepreneurial goals as well.

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Episode 25: Discover how kindness can lead to profits with serial entrepreneur, Jacques Bastien


In celebration of Black History month, Get on the Box is pleased to present Black Excellence: Sharing the stories of High Achievers.” In this month long series, GOTB will publish two episodes per week (Wednesday and Sunday)  highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of nine African American High Achievers.

“Kindness is underrated” – Jacques H. Bastien

Kicking off our celebration is today’s High Achiever, Jacques Bastien, (@jacqueshbastien

Writer, consultant, college professor, and serial entrepreneur, Jacques Bastien is the CEO/founder of Boogie GRP, parent company to, to name a few.

With his diverse experience, Jacques consults with companies and teams on leadership, personal development, and productivity. He also instructs students on how to design mobile apps at the University at Albany and teaches creatives how to turn their passions into full-time professions.

Jacques has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, and more.

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Episode 23: How to find your audience, tell your story and win the battle for attention online with Ryan Hanley

“I want good people to win”   – Ryan Hanley

Welcome back Story Tellers! Today’s main character is Ryan Hanley,  (@ryanhanley_com)

As Chief Marketing Officer of Agency Nation, an insurance-centric digital media company, Ryan leverages his eight years as a retail insurance agent to educate and engage more than 300,000 insurance professionals annually. With more than a dozen Fortune 1000 insurance companies as clients, he uses social and content marketing to attract, nurture and deliver consumer attention to over 20,000 independent insurance agencies across the US, yielding millions in new business premium each year. Ryan shares his unique industry experience and expertise on YouTube, in “The Show.”

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Episode 17: Discover how to Brand You with Stephen A. Hart

“Your brand is the promise you make to your customers.” – Stephen A. Hart

Welcome back Story Tellers! Today’s main character is Stephen A. Hart (@stephenahart)

Born and raised in Jamaica, Stephen is a man of God, husband, father, brand and marketing strategist, serial entrepreneur,  and host of Trailblazers.FM Stephen is a highly sought after Digital Brand Strategist and Marketing Professional who LOVES to help individuals and businesses design, build, and optimize their brand, digital/social media and marketing strategy.

Stephen started Trailblazers.FM after growing frustrated with the media’s portrayal of black people.  The negative tone, and those touted as role models for black children usually include athletes, musicians, and reality television personalities.  Many black men and women are doing amazing things and Stephen uses the Trailblazers.FM platform to share their stories each week.

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Episode 10: How to optimize your LinkedIn profile with Donna Serdula

“This is a need and I’ve got to fill it.” -Donna Serdula

Welcome back Story Tellers! Today’s main character is Donna Serdula (@donnaserdula)

With half a billion users and over 10 million active job postings, LinkedIn is a great platform to build your personal brand and tell your professional story.

In 2009, Donna utilized her 15 years of professional sales and marketing experience to launch Vision Board Mediaa Social Media, Executive Branding, and Internet Marketing consulting firm dedicated to assisting individuals and small businesses in establishing a powerful presence on the Internets.

Donna pioneered the concept of LinkedIn profile optimization, and is the author of the book LinkedIn Profile Optimization For Dummies, published by Wiley. Since 2009, Donna has helped executives, entrepreneurs, sales stars, business leaders, and professionals from around the world create professionally branded LinkedIn profiles.

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Episodes 08 & 09: Jason Panda, CEO and founder of B Condoms

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“I was on the forced Jenny Craig Plan. You go to bed early and wake up late in order to avoid eating.” -Jason Panda 

In this powerful addition of “Tell Your Story,” I caught up with Jason Panda, CEO and founder of B Condoms. Jason and I first met freshman year (1997) while attending Boston University. However, after one year of taking the “T” up and down Commonwealth Ave, we both decided to move on from the university.  I transferred to Northeastern University after BU dropped the football program (more on this another time), and Jason transferred to Morehouse College; eventually graduating with a bachelors degree in biology . The Brockton Mass native went on to earn a law degree from Georgetown despite knowing early on that law was not the career path for him.

Through social media, I’ve been able to keep tabs on Jason throughout the years.  Admittedly, when I reached out to Jason to discuss the idea of telling his story, I thought the narrative would center around his decision to leave law to start his own condom company. Think about that for a second. A successful attorney making great money decides to leave corporate law to start a condom business makes for a pretty interesting story.  However, the journey of overcoming multiple failures, and lost partnerships is what makes Jason’s story both compelling and inspirational.

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How I lost 50 pounds and gained a new outlook on life


You’ve probably seen some of my Instagram posts with the hashtag #getonthebox. I’ve been asked what this means by lots of people and so, I thought it would be good to spend the first blog post of “Tell Your Story” talking to you guys about what it means to #getonthebox.

After years playing football for Northeastern and Boston Universities, I let my health get away from me. Over the course of about ten years I went from a fit 225 pounds to a heavy 290. During that time, I found it difficult to motivate myself to improve.

Once I got married to Rachel, I tried to be the best version of myself. That resolve redoubled when my daughter Melina was born in 2013. I wanted to be the best husband and father I could be for them so I focused much of my attention on them while neglecting my health. Finally, in March of 2015 I decided to invest in my health and joined a gym called Metabolic Meltdown. As a result, I lost 50 pounds over the course of a year.  Not only was I able to shave weight, I was also able to start living a healthier lifestyle and got an entirely new perspective on what it means to be me. I decided to #getonthebox.

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