…. Our newest friend, business guru, and Next Fun (Ad)Venture partner…
#134 Curtis Kleinman
Curtis Kleinman, Maverick1000 Member #134 – Pacific Palisades, CA
“[I hope]… to help grow other people’s businesses, or save them money with my ideas and business contacts.”
Welcome Curtis! What businesses do you create and operate?
My company is Swipe Payment Solutions, providing credit card processing, ACH and Check 21 services. We service both brick-and-mortar and e-commerce business.
(Check out what they do here: http://swipellc.com/)
Why did you become a member of Maverick1000 and why are you a good fit for the group?
I joined to meet a group of great people, and travel to fun places in my life. I’d also like to spend more time with the people I know already in Maverick, who are great individuals.
What top things would you like to gain / learn / do with other Mavericks, and what unique value do you bring to the group?
I’d like to travel to some interesting places I’ve never been, both domestically and internationally. Also, to learn about how some very successful people are making a difference in the world in positive ways… what their competitive advantage is in business. Maybe provide my credit card processing to their business, and help them save money. And: Help grow other people’s businesses, or save them money with my ideas and business contacts.
What interests, activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
Watching football and basketball! I enjoy going to the gym and walking my dogs; going to National and State parks and walking. Pretty darn boring.
What are the top adventures / things on your Big Life List now?
In no particular order:
- Have a baby.
- Build an animal shelter.
- Become a billionaire.
What’s the most “Maverick” thing you’ve ever done?
Starting my own business—with almost no money in the bank.
What’s the most significant / important contribution you’ve made to a community or nonprofit organization?
Working for three years full-time in various capacities—I developed call center scripts for 200 agents for a live telethon, re-engineering the way the call center accepts money. I also helped write resumes for people trying to re-enter the workforce, and better themselves. I also hire physically and mentally challenged people whenever I am able to.
Which books, authors or programs have been a powerful influence in your business and life?
Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence; and Pat Riley’s The Winner Within.
What’s the weirdest skill, quirk or stupid human trick you’re known for? (C’mon, we’re gonna find out anyway.)
Touch my tongue with the tip of my nose…
[Alright Curtis, I’m sure we’ll uncover more unique skills and tricks up your sleeve pretty soon. No hiding from the Mavericks. :)]