What a Year it Has Been

Steve McKee is the author of When Growth Stalls: How It Happens, Why You're Stuck & What To Do About It, Jossey-Bass, 2009. He is also President of McKee Wallwork Cleveland, a full-service integrated advertising agency.

Finding the Nerve to Walk the Walk

Susan Saurage-Altenloh is president of Saurage Research, Inc. She is known for applying creative hybrid research methodologies that find and deliver the big ideas for clients' strategic planning and brand development purposes.

Values-Based Nerve

Mark Fernandes is the President of the Design Recreation Division and Chief Leadership Officer (CLO) at Luck Stone.

Never Turn Back

Larry Sharp is executive director of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, which serves 22 communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The Nerve of Understanding Value

Reid Carr is CEO of Red Door Interactive, a 3-time Inc 5000 Internet Presence Management company headquartered in San Diego, CA.

The Nerve To Live The Life You Want

Doug Davidoff is the found & CEO of Imagine Business Development. He works with forward thinking companies that desire fast growth and want to hear the truth about achieving it.

No Such Thing as an Overnight Success

Stacey Cost is the VP of Marketing at High Country Gardens and Santa Fe Greenhouses, whose online catalog and retail stores specialize in waterwise ("xeric") plants.

Finding Your Nerve After You’ve Lost It

Andy Kamlet spent the past 25 years gaining experience as a senior marketing leader in the high tech sector before being laid off in May by Microsoft. He is now providing strategic marketing consulting to several companies, while looking for his next opportunity.

Weather the Storm Together: Associate with others to find and keep your nerve…

Linda Keith CPA CSP consults with banks and credit unions on business lending guidelines and trains lenders to say "yes" to good loans.

Building a Marketing Asset (take the red pill)

Joe Pulizzi is a leading author, speaker and strategist for content marketing. Joe, founder of content matching site Junta42 is co-author of Get Content Get Customers.

Rebuilding Confidence

Cameron Herold is the Founder of BackPocket COO, a company whose DVDs are used globally by entrepreneurial companies. He also mentors CEOs in five countries.

The Nerve to Fail Harder

Simon Mainwaring is an advertising creative director, branding consultant, speaker and author. A former Nike creative at Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy, Los Angeles, he now consults for brands and creative companies that are re-inventing their industries and enabling positive change.


John Shors is an internationally bestselling novelist who lives in Boulder, CO. His books, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, and Dragon House, have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages.

The Nerve of Commitment

John Williams is the CEO and Co-Founder of Jetcast and ReplaceAds.

Nerve and Faith

Tom Garrity is President of The Garrity Group Public Relations (www.garritypr.com), based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lessons Learned from the “Best of Times”

Frank Troppe is the President of CLP Resources, Inc., (TBI:NYSE) a leading provider of skilled trades people to renewable energy, construction and heavy industry.

The Nerve of Appreciation

Abbie S. Fink is vice President/General Manager of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix. Founded in 1980, HMA is a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency.

Innovating During a Recession

G. Michael Maddock is Founding Partner and Raphael Louis Vitón is President of Maddock Douglas, a company that invents, brands and markets products, services and business models "for companies driven by innovation."

All Hands on Deck

Gina Mulligan is Marketing Director and co-owner of CD-DATA, a California property data company based in Folsom, California.

Opting Out of the Recession

Eric Bippus is vice president of Sales & Marketing for CNH Parts & Service North America, a division of the Fiat Group and a $15 billion global supplier of agricultural and construction equipment.

Extreme Nerve

Todd Parent is the CEO and Founder of Extreme Pizza. Founded in 1994, Extreme Pizza boasts 41 locations nationwide and is expanding.

Why is Nerve a Critical Component of Leadership?

Josh Leibner and Gershon Mader are founding partners of Quantum Performance Inc., a strategy consulting firm specializing in total alignment and engagement. With offices in Toronto and New Jersey, they are co-authors with Alan Weiss of The Power of Strategic Commitment.

Embracing The “Now What?”

Jennifer Rahn DeMuth is the owner of Denver-based Rezonant LLC, a marketing communications agency that helps clients discover exactly what makes them special to their audiences—and figure out "now what?"—through thoughtful brand development, strategy and creative.

We Will Survive

Jen Halboth is Director of Marketing for the Globus family of brands. Let Globus introduce you to your next vacation — www.globusfamily.com

The Nerve of These Quotes

Jay Ehret is founder and chief steward of The Marketing Spot, a small business marketing firm that empowers entrepreneurs to change their status quo through marketing.

Find The Nerve

Deb Evans is President & CEO of COMPUTER EXPLORERS, the nations leading technology education franchise.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Kate Lister is a serial entrepreneur and co-Author of Undress For Success—The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home (Wiley, 2009), Finding Money — The Small Business Guide to Financing (eBook, 2009 — formerly published by Wiley), and companion web sites, Undress4Success.com, and FindingMoneyAdvice.com.

Does Fate Favor the Bold?

Holly Hamann is co-founder of TheBlogFrog and a start-up veteran who has helped launched several successful Colorado-based tech companies.

Innovative Nerve

Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy.

Your Toughest Race

Rodney Johnson is the author of the award winning book, "Without Warning" and works with business leaders as an executive coach.

Fearlessly Experimental

Esther Steinfeld is the founder of NotAllCEOsAreJerks.com and the Public Relations Manager for Blinds.com.

Calculated Nerve

Dr. Bruce Ellis is a senior strategy advisor and business development executive at Ellis Strategy Group and the co-author of "Strategic Planning: High-Impact Solutions."

Social Media Teaches Ad Agencies How They Should Have Been Conducting New Business All Along

Michael Gass is a new business consultant to marketing communications firms and the force behind FuelingNewBusiness.com.

Tea & Wine — The Business of Simple Pleasures

Linda Appel Lipsius is the Co-Founder and COO of Teatulia, a line of premium, whole leaf, single-source teas, based in Denver, Colorado.

A Sailing Sabbatical Marks Bravery

Barbara Pagano is co-founder of www.yourSABBATICAL.com, a research and consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses implement robust career sabbatical programs for high-performing talent.

What would you do when the bank says, “we’re freezing all your accounts?” Tell the truth.

John Dame, of Dame Management Strategies, works with CEOs and their senior management teams to help them become better leaders, make better decisions and produce better results.


Dick Schulte is founder of TruPath® Leadership Development

It’s Okay to Fail

Gini Dietrich is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arment Dietrich, Inc., a boutique public relations firm that specializes in marrying traditional and new communication.

Relish the Struggle

Bart Cleveland is Creative Director and Partner at McKee Wallwork Cleveland, and a founding blogger at AdAge.com's Small Agency Diary.

Business, nerve and a down economy? It’s like extreme downhill mountain biking!

Thomas Groh is Co-Founder of Bi3 Solutions, the company behind next-generation SaaS BI software platform: Bi3 Virtual BI Center™, and recently voted by Forbes as one of "America's Most Promising Companies."

Suze’s Nerve

Tory Johnson is the CEO of Women For Hire, the workplace contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, and a New York Times-bestselling author.

Those That Fear Are Lost

Mark Goldstein is the CEO of Scott’s Liquid Gold, Inc. and Neoteric Cosmetics, Inc.

Olympic Perspective: Finding and Maintaining Courage

Lisa Kosglow is a two-time Olympian and two-time World Championship silver medalist in snowboarding.

Give Your Customers Your Best — Especially Now

Christopher Carrington is CEO of Alpine Access.

Generating Top Line Revenue in a Down Market

James Chilcoff is the President and CEO of FiberTech Polymers.

Degrees of Nerve

Craig Lieberman is the founder of 34 Degrees, an all-natural specialty cracker company based in Denver, Colo.

If This Madness All Ended Tomorrow, I Would Do…Almost Nothing

Matt Blumberg is Chairman & CEO of email deliverability company Return Path, which he founded in 1999.

Find Your Core

Drew McLellan is an author, blogger at DrewsMarketingMinute.com and top dog at McLellan Marketing Group.

A Leap of Faith

Denise Lee Yohn is an established speaker, author and Brand as Business™ consulting partner.

Smooth Seas, Skillful Sailors

Scott MacGregor is the Chief Financial Officer for InnSeason Resorts, a resort development and management firm based on Cape Cod.

Be Irrational.

Brad Oberwager started his first consumer products company in 1997. He is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of his third startup: Sundia Corporation — Forbes' Sixth Most Promising Young Company of 2009.

OK, You’ve Found Your Nerve. So What?

Jay Steinfeld is the founder and CEO of Blinds.com, the world's #1 online retailer of window blinds, and among the top 200 of all U.S. ecommerce sites.

Listen: It’s All Around Us

Ethan Ewing is a national consumer finance expert and the president of Inc. 500 member Bills.com, the online personal finance information and resource portal.

Only People Who Sleep Don’t Take Risks

Mark Thompson is a keynote speaker, bestselling author, investor and Chief Customer Experience Officer, LeaderPowerTools.com


David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist and the author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to use news releases, blogs, viral marketing and online media to reach buyers directly, and World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories.

Do The Right Thing

Danny Bottoms is President and CEO of Cavalier Telephone.

Three Focal Points To Help You Keep Your Nerve When Times Are Tough

Trey Pennington is the owner of the Pennington Group.

Investing in Your Employees Creates Empowerment

Anupam Narayan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels Corporation.

Find Your Difference

Jim Brown is the Director of Marketing Services for Honeywell Consumer Products Group (maker of FRAM, Prestone and Autolite products).

Keeping Your Head — And Your Marketing Budget

David Humphrey, President of Veria and CEO of Massage Envy.

Let’s Do It

Steve McKee, President, McKee Wallwork Cleveland.