HUGE Kudos to M1000 Member #126 Suzanne Evans!
Impacting lives with some serious Maverick “style”…
- After visiting Zimbabwe this past summer, I came back wanting to help make the lives of girls living there better. I knew I could help—but I wanted to help in a big way.
At my Be the Change Event 2011 (my “Making Millions by Making a Difference” marketing and mindset event), I introduced my Global Impact Project, an organization dedicated to education, equality and entrepreneurialism. I also announced my partnership with CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education in Africa) and personally pledged $20,000 to their work, which provides education to girls in Zimbabwe.
To raise more money for CAMFED, I auctioned off my favorite Louis Vuitton from the stage. I had the great idea to auction it off on a month-by-month basis, giving 12 women the opportunity to carry it—and raising a lot more money for CAMFED. Before I knew it, that bag alone raised over $10,000! Other “Be the Change Event” attendees were so inspired that they also gave in a big, big way—and we’ve now raised $60,000 for CAMFED!
“Making Millions by Making a Difference” isn’t just my catchphrase; it’s my mantra. I’m a firm believer in the idea that the more money you make, the bigger the difference you can make. This is what fuels me to make more money, and in turn help my clients make more money than they’ve ever made before.
Do you want to make a big difference? Well, then start making big money!
—M1000 #126 Suzanne Evans
ShaZam! Maverick Power Duo Double News Feature…
Big congratulations to Maverick1000 Members #68 Tony Ricciardi and #69 Craig Handley, featured in not one but two great articles this month, for the give-back model and success of their company, Listen Up Espanol. Reading these articles, all we can say is: Wow. Way to represent.
In their first feature, from the April 10, 2011 Maine Sunday Telegram, we get a peek into the personal history of this power duo—how they arrived “here” and how they met. Right from the get-go, it’s clear we’re talking about some serious Maverick DNA:
PORTLAND – Craig Handley and Tony Ricciardi have parachuted out of a plane from 30,000 feet — an altitude reserved for airliners. Listen Up Español co-founders Craig Handley, left, and Tony Ricciardi ham it up after skydiving from a plane above Memphis. They belong to a membership company that organizes thrilling networking and team-building trips.
They’ve also been scuba diving with great white sharks off South Africa, and have flown fighter planes in a mock dogfight over the Nevada desert.
Such thrills characterize the relationship between Handley and Ricciardi, two Maine entrepreneurs who founded one of the country’s fastest-growing companies, four-year-old Listen Up Espanol... Click here to read the whole article
Now apparently the press wanted more from these two, with the Portland Press Herald releasing yet another feature on the same day. In this article, the duo gets “serious” (in retrospect), and opens up to share what it took to really rise up—the good, the bad and the ugly. Once again, it’s clear we’re reading about Mavericks right off the bat:
PORTLAND – For two Portland entrepreneurs, the word “awesome” has special meaning.
It’s a core value of their company, Listen Up Espanol and anchors their mission statement, a 10-page document titled the “Code of Awesomeness.” Perhaps they’re on to something.
Portland-based Listen Up Espanol, which runs a Spanish-speaking call center in Mexico, is one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, with three-year revenue growth that approached 7,000 percent in 2009. And despite setbacks in 2010, the firm’s leaders say they are back on track, thanks to a powerful company culture and booming demand for Spanish-speaking telephone agents.
“Be true to yourself, and live life like an extreme sport,” said Listen Up Espanol CEO Craig Handley, 40, last week, explaining his philosophy of life and business.
“The only thing that makes us succeed is our people. (They are) the DNA,” added President Tony Ricciardi, who is 44…
The mission statement also defines the company’s vision, which is to “build an organization that inspires happiness through profitability, giving back and living our core values.” “People work for happiness,” said Handley. “They want to enjoy what they do.” Click here to read the whole article
Well said, guys! Congratulations to both of you—and thanks for the inspiration!