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Follow the Leader features dynamic women entrepreneurs and their journeys to becoming a success in business. It's an inspirational space for entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, and thought leaders as they share their keys to success. Chanel Christoff Davis is the CEO and founding partner of the largest woman and minority owned sales tax advisory practice in the country, Davis Davis & Harmon LLC.Learn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp

Latest Episodes

Covid-19 Series: Adrienne Trimble, President of NMSDC

"It takes time. You have to build a relationship..."Getting noticed takes more than submitting a bid, and all the certifications in the world don't mean anything if people can't remember you. Adrienne Trimble, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, knows what it takes to build relationships that grow into repeat business.Trimble led the Toyota's Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 to 2012, where she directed the development of essential supplier relationships with Toyota’s North American operations and diverse businesses across the country. Her work in making Toyota NMSDC's "Company of the Year" helped bring her to her current position as president and CEO of the organization. NMSDC matches their more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to their vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC's corporate membership includes many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.To learn more about the National Minority Supplier Council, go to https://nmsdc.org/Learn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp @FollowTheLeaderPodOutro music: "Everyday Sunshine" by aneleh

41 MIN2 w ago
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Covid-19 Series: Adrienne Trimble, President of NMSDC

Covid-19 Series: President of the DFW/MSDC, Margo Posey discusses The New Now

Covid-19 has changed the game for a lot of industries, and what do you do if your business is to supply larger businesses that aren't back to full strength? It's not enough to be unique or check a box - solutions are needed now more than ever.How do you find the right person to talk to? What are they looking for? How will business be different even when things return to something that looks like normal? Margo Posey is doing her best to answer those questions for minority-owned suppliers. She is the President and CEO of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council.Posey represents the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate relationship with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The D/FW MSDC, based on performance, was ranked Council of the year in 2011 and 2015 and ranked in the top percentile of all Councils in all other years. She also bid and was awarded the grant to operate the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Dallas...

42 MINJUL 11
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Covid-19 Series: President of the DFW/MSDC, Margo Posey discusses The New Now

Covid-19 Series: Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval of Assured Quality Systems

"You can't be afraid of change. What you look like at $750,000 is not what you're going to look like at $2 million.”Being an entrepreneur isn't easy, so having a partner can be an essential component to success. Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval founded Assured Quality Systems with one goal in mind: give manufacturers a faster, better, more cost-effective process for ensuring manufacturing quality. AQS is committed to not being a staffing company that dispatches “warm bodies” to a manufacturing site, but rather a crew of quality assurance professionals who have been meticulously screened, vetted and trained to miss no detail and waste no time. Prior to the founding of AQS, Brittany served as liaison representative for TRW Automotive and as director of operations at the Private Company. Before AQS, Paulina served as VP at the Private Company in San Antonio.What are the challenges of working with a partner? And how do mentors play a role? Learn more about Assured Quality Systems at assuredqualitysystems.comLearn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp @FollowTheLeaderPodOutro music: "Everyday Sunshine" by aneleh

48 MINJUN 22
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Covid-19 Series: Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval of Assured Quality Systems

Covid19 Series: The Party in a Ball with Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz

"They break down walls, they don't follow rules..."While the whole country faced lockdown because of COVID-19, Merrilee Kick found herself in a unique position: she could supply people with something that was desperately needed. And not just the usual need for her delicious BuzzBallz cocktails, but for something that could help keep essential workers healthy and safe. So she put her head together with her family (all of whom help run the Texas-based distillery) and sent out their own hand sanitizer to workers around the country.What is the surprising inspiration for BuzzBallz? How has the lockdown affected them? What are some of the new products on the horizon?Merrilee Kick is the CEO and Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion LLC, the only woman-owned distillery and winery in the United States. They specialize in making ready-to-drink cocktails (BuzzBallz), as well as premium spirits with their Southern Champion company which makes vodka, rum, gin, and bourbon. They import/export w...

42 MINMAY 23
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Covid19 Series: The Party in a Ball with Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz

Covid-19 Series: How Austin-based CrewFacilities.com won a $250M contract to help fight COVID-19...Andrea Tsakanikas

“Fear is what holds all small businesses back.”There's a lot of fear in the world today, and small business owners are likely feeling their fair share of it. How are they going to survive an extended lockdown? Will business come back when it's over? Are things ever going to be the same?Andrea Tsakanikas, founder and president of CrewFacilities.com, took the opportunity to adapt her business model to the situation. How did a company focused on managing employee travel change course when there's pretty much no employee travel? She's here to answer that and much more about not letting fear get in the way of what you need to do.Andrea has represented investors across the US, managing hundreds of thousands of room nights of workforce lodging, rental, and travel products over the span of her career. Since 2007 she served as a management consultant with a specialization in optimizing operations of hotels, workforce and corporate housing, as well as, Class A, B & C multi-family projects, ...

36 MINAPR 25
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Covid-19 Series: How Austin-based CrewFacilities.com won a $250M contract to help fight COVID-19...Andrea Tsakanikas

Repeat, Required, and Recession Resistant with the President of Firemans Paving Contractors...Renee Gilmore

"The business has...allowed me and taught me to take care of myself."There's no better time than now to think about what makes your business recession-proof...or what doesn't. Renee Gilmore, president of Firemans Paving Contractors says it was a long road to get from trying to please everyone to doing a few things really well. There are benefits to being in a niche service.Beyond that, Renee says look for every advantage that's out there. Firemans Paving Contractors has been recognized as a woman-owned business and historically underutilized business, and she says those certifications have opened many doors for them. Companies are often looking to diversify their supply chain.Learn more about Renee Gilmore and Firemans Paving Contractors at www.firemanspaving.com

33 MINAPR 4
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Repeat, Required, and Recession Resistant with the President of Firemans Paving Contractors...Renee Gilmore

Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Business Council Southwest with Debbie Hurst and Sharon Evans

"People do business with people they know."It's the 25th anniversary of the Women's Business Council Southwest! To talk about the importance of the organization as well as why women really need to network, Chanel is joined by Debbie Hurst, president and CEO of WBCS, and Sharon Evans, owner and CEO of CFJ Manufacturing.What does the Women's Business Council Southwest do? Why is diversity so important, not just in employees but also suppliers? How can a strong network benefit you more than some certifications or training programs?To learn more:Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS): https://www.wbcsouthwest.orgServing North Central Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, the Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS) is headquartered in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, with a satellite office in Austin, Texas. If a women-owned business is headquartered within this four-state region, WBCS is responsible for facilitating their certification.Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): https://www.wbenc.orgThe Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.Sharon Evans of Collections Fine Jewelry & CFJ Manufacturing:cfjmfg.com

41 MINJAN 11
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Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Business Council Southwest with Debbie Hurst and Sharon Evans

Kimberly Alexander…Philanthropist, Speaker, Cancer Advocate, Media Personality

(Running a Foundation)…”It sounds good on paper, but it is a lot of work!”Some might look at Kimberly Alexander and judge her life by what she’s lost. In 2010 Kimberly’s husband, NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander, passed away due to complications from multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). As a stay-at-home mother of two, Kimberly decided that was the time to reinvent herself. A better way to judge Kimberly Alexander TODAY is by how much she has given back.Kimberly is very active in the field of philanthropy and picked up where her husband left off by becoming an advocate for cancer patients and caregivers, as well as supporting health care initiatives for athletes. She also established KimCONNECTS, a boutique consulting firm that helps create business opportunities for her top-tier clients. This episode marks my first Guest Leader who comes from the not-for-profit world. We talk about living through an unspeakable tragedy and using that experience to make real change in this world.You can learn more at KimConnects.com, or follow her on social media @TheKimberlyAlexander

33 MIN2019 NOV 2
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Kimberly Alexander…Philanthropist, Speaker, Cancer Advocate, Media Personality

Founder and CEO of Hacware, Inc...Tiffany Ricks

"Stuff like the names and colors...it does have a factor, but it shouldn't be something that you have to have."Human interaction can be one of the biggest strengths of your business, but also a huge weakness when it comes to security. Tiffany Ricks knows that, and through her company Hacware, Inc. she's hoping to prevent threats rather than react to them. Along the way, she's learned a lot of lessons about going with your gut, listening to feedback, and not being so married to your ideas that you're afraid to let them go.Tiffany Ricks has lead software teams for the one of the largest defense contractors and Fortune 100 companies. She has been featured at SXSW for a clean technology app that disrupted the transportation industry. Tiffany has over 10 years experience in the software development industry. She has also been featured in Tech.co, Dallas Business Journal, LaunchDFW, and many other tech and entrepreneur publications.Learn more about Tiffany and Hacware, Inc. at http://www....

58 MIN2019 MAY 11
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Founder and CEO of Hacware, Inc...Tiffany Ricks

It’s a Podcast Crossover with Support is Sexy host Elayne Fluker

"Am I making this an either/or choice when it could be a both/and choice?"Elayne Fluker's credits in the media world are almost too long to list - from starting at Essence more than 20 years ago to launching Chic Rebellion TV and the podcast "Support is Sexy." As a speaker, media coach, consultant, and content producer, Elayne is committed to creating opportunities for women to share their stories. And she says all of that starts with leaving behind your comfort zone and telling the universe that you're serious.Are you thinking too small about what could be possible for you? What is the power of podcasting? Why should a leader not be counted on to have all of the answers?Learn more about Chic Rebellion Media at Contentforwomen.comLearn more about the podcast booking service Girl on Podcast at Girlonpodcast.comLearn more about Elayne's podcast at supportissexy.comLearn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp

54 MIN2019 MAR 30
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It’s a Podcast Crossover with Support is Sexy host Elayne Fluker

Latest Episodes

Covid-19 Series: Adrienne Trimble, President of NMSDC

"It takes time. You have to build a relationship..."Getting noticed takes more than submitting a bid, and all the certifications in the world don't mean anything if people can't remember you. Adrienne Trimble, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, knows what it takes to build relationships that grow into repeat business.Trimble led the Toyota's Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 to 2012, where she directed the development of essential supplier relationships with Toyota’s North American operations and diverse businesses across the country. Her work in making Toyota NMSDC's "Company of the Year" helped bring her to her current position as president and CEO of the organization. NMSDC matches their more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to their vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC's corporate membership includes many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.To learn more about the National Minority Supplier Council, go to https://nmsdc.org/Learn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp @FollowTheLeaderPodOutro music: "Everyday Sunshine" by aneleh

41 MIN2 w ago
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Covid-19 Series: Adrienne Trimble, President of NMSDC

Covid-19 Series: President of the DFW/MSDC, Margo Posey discusses The New Now

Covid-19 has changed the game for a lot of industries, and what do you do if your business is to supply larger businesses that aren't back to full strength? It's not enough to be unique or check a box - solutions are needed now more than ever.How do you find the right person to talk to? What are they looking for? How will business be different even when things return to something that looks like normal? Margo Posey is doing her best to answer those questions for minority-owned suppliers. She is the President and CEO of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council.Posey represents the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate relationship with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The D/FW MSDC, based on performance, was ranked Council of the year in 2011 and 2015 and ranked in the top percentile of all Councils in all other years. She also bid and was awarded the grant to operate the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Dallas...

42 MINJUL 11
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Covid-19 Series: President of the DFW/MSDC, Margo Posey discusses The New Now

Covid-19 Series: Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval of Assured Quality Systems

"You can't be afraid of change. What you look like at $750,000 is not what you're going to look like at $2 million.”Being an entrepreneur isn't easy, so having a partner can be an essential component to success. Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval founded Assured Quality Systems with one goal in mind: give manufacturers a faster, better, more cost-effective process for ensuring manufacturing quality. AQS is committed to not being a staffing company that dispatches “warm bodies” to a manufacturing site, but rather a crew of quality assurance professionals who have been meticulously screened, vetted and trained to miss no detail and waste no time. Prior to the founding of AQS, Brittany served as liaison representative for TRW Automotive and as director of operations at the Private Company. Before AQS, Paulina served as VP at the Private Company in San Antonio.What are the challenges of working with a partner? And how do mentors play a role? Learn more about Assured Quality Systems at assuredqualitysystems.comLearn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp @FollowTheLeaderPodOutro music: "Everyday Sunshine" by aneleh

48 MINJUN 22
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Covid-19 Series: Brittany Stovall and Paulina Sandoval of Assured Quality Systems

Covid19 Series: The Party in a Ball with Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz

"They break down walls, they don't follow rules..."While the whole country faced lockdown because of COVID-19, Merrilee Kick found herself in a unique position: she could supply people with something that was desperately needed. And not just the usual need for her delicious BuzzBallz cocktails, but for something that could help keep essential workers healthy and safe. So she put her head together with her family (all of whom help run the Texas-based distillery) and sent out their own hand sanitizer to workers around the country.What is the surprising inspiration for BuzzBallz? How has the lockdown affected them? What are some of the new products on the horizon?Merrilee Kick is the CEO and Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion LLC, the only woman-owned distillery and winery in the United States. They specialize in making ready-to-drink cocktails (BuzzBallz), as well as premium spirits with their Southern Champion company which makes vodka, rum, gin, and bourbon. They import/export w...

42 MINMAY 23
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Covid19 Series: The Party in a Ball with Merrilee Kick of BuzzBallz

Covid-19 Series: How Austin-based CrewFacilities.com won a $250M contract to help fight COVID-19...Andrea Tsakanikas

“Fear is what holds all small businesses back.”There's a lot of fear in the world today, and small business owners are likely feeling their fair share of it. How are they going to survive an extended lockdown? Will business come back when it's over? Are things ever going to be the same?Andrea Tsakanikas, founder and president of CrewFacilities.com, took the opportunity to adapt her business model to the situation. How did a company focused on managing employee travel change course when there's pretty much no employee travel? She's here to answer that and much more about not letting fear get in the way of what you need to do.Andrea has represented investors across the US, managing hundreds of thousands of room nights of workforce lodging, rental, and travel products over the span of her career. Since 2007 she served as a management consultant with a specialization in optimizing operations of hotels, workforce and corporate housing, as well as, Class A, B & C multi-family projects, ...

36 MINAPR 25
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Covid-19 Series: How Austin-based CrewFacilities.com won a $250M contract to help fight COVID-19...Andrea Tsakanikas

Repeat, Required, and Recession Resistant with the President of Firemans Paving Contractors...Renee Gilmore

"The business has...allowed me and taught me to take care of myself."There's no better time than now to think about what makes your business recession-proof...or what doesn't. Renee Gilmore, president of Firemans Paving Contractors says it was a long road to get from trying to please everyone to doing a few things really well. There are benefits to being in a niche service.Beyond that, Renee says look for every advantage that's out there. Firemans Paving Contractors has been recognized as a woman-owned business and historically underutilized business, and she says those certifications have opened many doors for them. Companies are often looking to diversify their supply chain.Learn more about Renee Gilmore and Firemans Paving Contractors at www.firemanspaving.com

33 MINAPR 4
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Repeat, Required, and Recession Resistant with the President of Firemans Paving Contractors...Renee Gilmore

Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Business Council Southwest with Debbie Hurst and Sharon Evans

"People do business with people they know."It's the 25th anniversary of the Women's Business Council Southwest! To talk about the importance of the organization as well as why women really need to network, Chanel is joined by Debbie Hurst, president and CEO of WBCS, and Sharon Evans, owner and CEO of CFJ Manufacturing.What does the Women's Business Council Southwest do? Why is diversity so important, not just in employees but also suppliers? How can a strong network benefit you more than some certifications or training programs?To learn more:Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS): https://www.wbcsouthwest.orgServing North Central Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, the Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS) is headquartered in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, with a satellite office in Austin, Texas. If a women-owned business is headquartered within this four-state region, WBCS is responsible for facilitating their certification.Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): https://www.wbenc.orgThe Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.Sharon Evans of Collections Fine Jewelry & CFJ Manufacturing:cfjmfg.com

41 MINJAN 11
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Celebrating 25 Years of Women’s Business Council Southwest with Debbie Hurst and Sharon Evans

Kimberly Alexander…Philanthropist, Speaker, Cancer Advocate, Media Personality

(Running a Foundation)…”It sounds good on paper, but it is a lot of work!”Some might look at Kimberly Alexander and judge her life by what she’s lost. In 2010 Kimberly’s husband, NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander, passed away due to complications from multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). As a stay-at-home mother of two, Kimberly decided that was the time to reinvent herself. A better way to judge Kimberly Alexander TODAY is by how much she has given back.Kimberly is very active in the field of philanthropy and picked up where her husband left off by becoming an advocate for cancer patients and caregivers, as well as supporting health care initiatives for athletes. She also established KimCONNECTS, a boutique consulting firm that helps create business opportunities for her top-tier clients. This episode marks my first Guest Leader who comes from the not-for-profit world. We talk about living through an unspeakable tragedy and using that experience to make real change in this world.You can learn more at KimConnects.com, or follow her on social media @TheKimberlyAlexander

33 MIN2019 NOV 2
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Kimberly Alexander…Philanthropist, Speaker, Cancer Advocate, Media Personality

Founder and CEO of Hacware, Inc...Tiffany Ricks

"Stuff like the names and colors...it does have a factor, but it shouldn't be something that you have to have."Human interaction can be one of the biggest strengths of your business, but also a huge weakness when it comes to security. Tiffany Ricks knows that, and through her company Hacware, Inc. she's hoping to prevent threats rather than react to them. Along the way, she's learned a lot of lessons about going with your gut, listening to feedback, and not being so married to your ideas that you're afraid to let them go.Tiffany Ricks has lead software teams for the one of the largest defense contractors and Fortune 100 companies. She has been featured at SXSW for a clean technology app that disrupted the transportation industry. Tiffany has over 10 years experience in the software development industry. She has also been featured in Tech.co, Dallas Business Journal, LaunchDFW, and many other tech and entrepreneur publications.Learn more about Tiffany and Hacware, Inc. at http://www....

58 MIN2019 MAY 11
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Founder and CEO of Hacware, Inc...Tiffany Ricks

It’s a Podcast Crossover with Support is Sexy host Elayne Fluker

"Am I making this an either/or choice when it could be a both/and choice?"Elayne Fluker's credits in the media world are almost too long to list - from starting at Essence more than 20 years ago to launching Chic Rebellion TV and the podcast "Support is Sexy." As a speaker, media coach, consultant, and content producer, Elayne is committed to creating opportunities for women to share their stories. And she says all of that starts with leaving behind your comfort zone and telling the universe that you're serious.Are you thinking too small about what could be possible for you? What is the power of podcasting? Why should a leader not be counted on to have all of the answers?Learn more about Chic Rebellion Media at Contentforwomen.comLearn more about the podcast booking service Girl on Podcast at Girlonpodcast.comLearn more about Elayne's podcast at supportissexy.comLearn more about Chanel Christoff Davis at www.ddhtax.com or on social media @SalesTaxHelp

54 MIN2019 MAR 30
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It’s a Podcast Crossover with Support is Sexy host Elayne Fluker
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