Values. Culture. Success with Lane Velayo

Former staff member, Lane Velayo, Cincinnati ’00, visited the Heritage Center to discuss business ownership and core values. Lane tells Chrissy and Desiree about his experience purchasing an Association Management Company, transforming it into his own, and building a healthy company culture.

Lane Velayo, Cincinnati ’00, is the owner and Chief Executive Officer for Synergos Association Management Company.  Headquartered in Indianapolis, Synergos Association Management Company also maintains a presence in Saint Paul Minnesota providing outsourced headquarters services and other operational and strategic services to trade and professional associations.  Lane has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives as a member of its Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2015) , by the Association Forum as a Top 40 under 40 association professional (2016) and by the Indiana Society of Association Executives as Association Executive of the Year (2011).  Lane was initiated into Alpha Kappa Psi at the University of Cincinnati and later became the fraternity’s first Director of Alumni Development.  Lane has also served the fraternity as a volunteer including as chapter advisor at Butler University and as the Convention emcee in 2017 and 2015. 

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It’s All About Respect with Eileen Howell

Eileen Howell, Wisconsin ’78, joins the show today to discuss her climb up the ladder at multiple companies within the oil and gas industry, and her many firsts as a female in her professional career as well as her fraternal experience with AKPsi. Eileen also walks listeners through her own acronym and other tips about leadership.

Eileen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, holding a master’s in Tax. Eileen recently retired as the Director of Tax at Powell Industries Inc., an international electrical power equipment manufacturer headquartered in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, she spent six years with Paradigm, an international oil and gas software company starting as the VP of Tax and moving into the CFO position. Eileen spent the major part of her career, over 22 years, with Schlumberger, an international oilfield service company, holding numerous tax positions in the US, Singapore and the UK. She began her tax career in Milwaukee at Arthur Young and Company. 

She joined Alpha Kappa Psi’s Delta Phi chapter at UWM in 1978 and eventually became its first female chapter president. She joined the AKPsi Foundation Board in 1987 where she became its first female president. Eileen was elected to the Fraternity Board of Directors in 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board during 2005 and 2006. She is a proud recipient of the Silver Distinguished Service Award and the Gold Distinguished Services Award, the highest honor bestowed on a member by the fraternity. Eileen currently resides in Missouri City, Texas with her husband. She is a fan of golf, college football but most of all, her granddaughter. 

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A Mindset of Abundance with Phyllis Ginsberg

In this episode, Desiree and Chrissy take a deep dive into mental health and the importance of positive thoughts while chatting with brain researcher and therapist Phyllis Ginsberg. This touches on anxiety, depression, EFT tapping, and positive psychology. If you’re looking to take a step toward thinking of what’s possible, this is number one.

Phyllis Ginsberg is known and beloved by lots of happier, healthier, and less stressed working professionals as their Survival to Thrival Expert. She’s the author of two books:Brain Makeover – A Weekly Guide to a Happier, Healthier, and More Abundant Life,” andTired and Hungry No More – Not Your Ordinary Guide to Reclaiming Your Health and Happiness.” Her 30 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and expertise in positive psychology, brain research, and EFT tapping, give her clients an edge in making lasting, profound changes in their lives. Quickly, they shift their stressful thinking to achieve calm, clarity, and creativity. That means that the quality of their lives and work gets better – often in a moment. 

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Cultivating Investor Relationships with Brian Folmer

You’ve got one shot to land an investor for your business; can you do it? Brian Folmer can and his startup FirstLook is thriving, even after launching just two days before COVID-19 shut down New York City. Brian teaches us about drafting your pitch to building a buzz to growing your business enough to be able to say ‘no’ to new customers.
 
Brian is a two-time founder who currently leads FirstLook, a subscription box full of emerging, high growth consumer brands for early-stage investors. Before FirstLook, he led BD & Strategic Partnerships at XRC Labs, International Operations at Victoria’s Secret, and founded a previous startup through a startup technology accelerator in Cleveland. Brian joined AKPsi while attending The Ohio State University. Today you can find him at the WeWork Consumer Labs in NYC. 

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Entrepreneurship: Soul Carrier with Jenn Boonlorn

The Devil Wears Prada comes to life in this episode with Jennifer Boonlorn, creator of Soul Carrier, a line of luxury handbags and accessories. Jennifer tells us an amazing story of family heartbreak leading to business inspiration as she travels from Arizona to New York City to find her true north. A special discount code is available for our listeners at the end of the episode!

Soul Carrier was founded in 2011 by designer Jennifer Boonlorn. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Jennifer graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in business with the goal of becoming a lawyer. After losing both of her parents in a family car accident when she was a senior in college, she found it imperative to re-think her future path. Jennifer relocated to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion industry. 

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