New Member Profile – Mark Magnacca

Nickname
None

Where Are You From?
Longmeadow, MA

Favorite Food
Sushi

Hobbies
Photography and creating videos

 

I am President and co-founder of Allego and have spent the last 15 years helping sales leaders shorten sales cycles and distribute their best ideas faster. I have worked as a presentation coach with a wide range of financial service companies by delivering innovative, practice- development and business-building strategies. I am also the author of “So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience”. My work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fox TV, The New York Times and the Boston Globe. Prior to co-founding Allego, I founded Insight Development Group, Inc., a leading sales and presentation training firm specializing in the Financial Services industry. As a former financial advisor, I brings a unique perspective to the world of consultative selling. I’m a graduate of Babson College and resides in the Boston area.

New Member Profile – Daniel Scheerer

Nickname
Dan

Where Are You From?
Duxbury, MA

Favorite Food
Sucker for good rub barbecue!

Hobbies
Landscape photography when I can get to it. (www.scheererimages.com)

 

Having been in small business for my career in industries ranging from manufacturing to franchising, I have recently purchased PLP Composites, a commercial fiberglass light pole and flagpole manufacturer with 20 employees in Fitzwilliam, NH. I love businesses that make things and PLP makes a very high quality product with widely expandable markets. I live in Duxbury, MA with my wife and four kids (who are unfortunately mostly out of the house these days.) I am a past member of EO Boston and very pleased to be returning!

New Member Profile – Scott Duncan

Nickname
Don’t really have one!

Where Are You From?
Worcester, MA

Favorite Food
Nachos

Hobbies
If I had to pick just one, it would be backpacking

 

About me: I acquired a small business 10 weeks ago and I am transitioning in as the former owner is transitioning out. After getting my MBA, I spent a year living off of my savings looking for a business to buy. The deal closed the same week I completely ran out of money, so the timing was perfect! I’m currently living in Watertown MA with my wonderful girlfriend Anne and our equally wonderful dog, Nyxie. I’m 31 years old and have a degree in mechanical engineering from WPI. I joined EO because although I have an excellent group of mentors/advisers/investors, there are very few people in my life who understand the highs and lows of running a business and can offer useful advice. Although she is an excellent listener, I’m worried that if I try to discuss cash flow with her one more time, my girlfriend will leave me (joking). I also find meaning in helping other entrepreneurs and hope to contribute to others as much as I gain from my EO membership.
About my business: My business is named F&M Tool and Die. We specialize in manufacturing, repairing, and servicing injection molds, but between 10-20% of our business is general job-shop machining. Although the business has a very “manufacturing” feel to it, in a way we are a service business since many of our customers are paying us for our design expertise and quick-turn around. We are located in Leominster, MA, which is an injection molding hot spot. The building is shabby, the equipment is old, our very specialized workforce is nearing retirement, and we are constantly firefighting, so there is no shortage of things to keep me up at night. But, I’m optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the US and I can’t wait to start the process of transforming F&M from a good business to a great one.

New Member Profile – Tiago Janela

Nickname
TJ

Where Are You From?
Lisbon, Portugal, Europe’s by the sea garden

Favorite Food
Japanese / Korean / Portuguese / Italian

Hobbies
Travel, Nature, Enjoying life and friends, Technology, Knowing other people’s stories, Helping others, not in any particular order

I’m a computer whiz kid. I started tearing toys apart instead of playing with them as soon as I was able to handle a screwdriver. Work and family are my passions but not necessarily in that order.

I’m the co-founder, managing partner and CTO of Bliss Applications and currently live in Boston.

Bliss Applications started in 2009 going from a startup of three to a high quality, design driven software house of fifty with an extensive portfolio of happy clients and gorgeous apps.

My engineering skills, business needs understanding, technical passion and knowledge, and leadership skills make me a fully tooled problem solver and a respected technical pivot.

New Member Profile – Matthew Marshall

Nickname
Matty

Where Are You From?
Townsend, MA

Favorite Food
Pizza, lasagna, and sushi

Hobbies
Traveling, attending concerts, socializing, and exercising

I’m the founder and CEO of MGM Capital Investments, a multi-family real-estate investment company focusing on value-add investment acquisitions in Boston and New York City. I received my bachelor’s degree in business management at Daniel Webster College and am active member of the Commercial Investment Institute.

New Member Profile – Marybeth Gustitus

Nickname
MB

Where Are You From?
I grew up in Pelham, NH

Favorite Food
Seafood

Hobbies
Being outdoors, reading, entertaining friends and family

I spent the last 3 decades in the areas of Leadership, Sales Management, Coaching, Speaking and Training.

I’m the Founder and CEO of MILE 1 Performance Coaching, as well as the Operating Partner of Keller Williams Realty Nashua/Salem,NH.

I previously served as Keller Williams Team Leader/CEO for over a decade and has personally interviewed or coached over 3,000 entrepreneurs in building a successful real estate business! Under my leadership, my real estate firm grew to over half a billion in annual sales volume with nearly 200 real estate associates at present time.

I’m known for inspiring and helping others to find their purpose, passion and personal superpower and founded MILE 1 Performance Coaching in 2017. The 4 pillars of MILE 1 is to Motivate, Inspire, Lead and Empower others to be the very best version of themselves…in all areas of life.

I’m a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Behavioral Analyst and Motivational Speaker/Trainer. I hold professional membership in the National Speakers Association and enjoy speaking to audiences of 1 to 1,000!

Using a combination of humor and “straight talk”, I have worked with both individuals and groups alike to improve performance and company culture.

Areas of specialty: Business Planning, Team Building and Communication, Behavioral Assessments and career counseling, Life Strategy and Motivation, and Keynote. I have had the honor of working with professionals from various industries including real estate, mortgage, medical, legal, fitness and more.

New Member Profile – Anirudh Baheti

Nickname
Andy

Where Are You From?
Grew up in Mumbai India, and spent two years of high school in Singapore and has been in the US since going to college at the University of Texas at Austin

Favorite Food
Japanese

Hobbies
Eating at fine dining places

Mr. Baheti’s leadership ensures The Focus Group excels at providing solutions that contain a blend of innovative technology and high quality, scalable services to meet emerging and current market needs. The Focus Group’s most recent success was its healthcare venture, Focus Infomatics, which pioneered the use of cutting edge speech recognition technology and scalable medical transcription services to serve more than 200 premier healthcare corporations and hospitals nationwide. In 2007, Focus Infomatics was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) to bolster their $1 Billion Healthcare Division. Nuance is a global leader in digital speech recognition and its technology is behind Apple’s Siri.

In 2012 , Mr. Baheti founded The Focus Group’s two online learning divisions, Focus EduVation and FEV Tutor after noting many parallels in the K-12 learner market as it related to Online/Blended Learning, Education Technology and 1-to-1 learning initiatives for student achievement.

Mr. Baheti holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BA) in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

New Member Profile – Michael Kaloutas

Nickname
The Deck Aficionado

Where Are You From?
Born and raised in Peabody MA. Currently live in Marblehead MA with my lovely wife Jessica, daughter Alexis and Barky-Von-Schnauzer, Mr. Myles

Favorite Food
Smoked BBQ

Hobbies
Nothing is more rejuvenating than boating with friends and family

New Member Profile – Carleton Ekborg III

Nickname
Carl

Where Are You From?
Gloucester (I made it over bridge)

Favorite Food?
Swordfish

Hobbies
Road biking, mountain biking, Various workout classes & Yoga

I am the owner and founder American Lazer Services, Inc., an office equipment sales and service company, located in Beverly MA, servicing the metro Boston area. Recently we have expanded our business services to include Network and IT infrastructure solutions. Our niche has been getting low metered and repossessed copiers from leasing companies refurbishing them and guaranteeing their performance, in turn saving our clients thousands of dollars. I have three teenage daughters, Brooke (18) is starting her first semester at University of Vermont in Medical Laboratory Sciences Program. Regan (16) is enrolled at Essex Technical High School as a Sophomore in the Dental Assisting Program. Juliet (14 in two weeks) is in her last year of Middle school in Beverly.

New Member Profile – Paige Doyle

Nickname
None

Where Are You From?
Seattle

Favorite Food
Bacon!

Hobbies
Traveling, enjoying good food, and enjoying good company!

I am the owner of Awaken180° Weightloss. We are a diet/nutrition based weight loss company and have grown to 3 locations in Boston (Newton, Peabody, and Quincy). I started the company in 2014, shortly after I moved to Boston with my boyfriend. We are excited to keep the company growing and help more people! I am looking forward to my upcoming wedding in September, and a honeymoon to Southeast Asia after. My fiance and I recently moved to the South End and when we’re not exploring the nearby restaurants, we like to travel, go to concerts, and enjoy time with our friends.