A.J. Mirabedini, CEO, is a life-long entrepreneur focused on the marketing needs of other entrepreneurs and small businesses. His training, background and professional focus as a founder, CEO of two national marketing firms, serving the needs of hundreds of small businesses makes him a natural leader for GKIC. His career has been dedicated to learning and solving the unique business and marketing challenges of small and medium sized businesses. A.J. is known as a passionate leader in the field of establishing and furthering a customer-focused culture and a master of the entire marketing process. In his previous roles, A.J. led companies offering a full range of market research, strategic planning, creative, media and fulfillment services. His focus at GKIC is to evolve the products and services while building empowered teams of employees and developing deep-rooted relationships with GKIC members.
Deb Billow, President, is a seasoned marketing professional with expertise founded in Fortune 500 consumer package goods and strengthened by Senior Management Leadership roles in entrepreneurial and nonprofit organizations. As President of GKIC, she brings 25+ years of experience from leadership roles as the Chief Customer Officer at the American Marketing Association, VP of Marketing at Beckett Associates, and Director of Brand Management at ConAgra Foods. Deb earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Duke University.
Dan Schober, VP Finance, has over 25 years of professional experience in finance working for Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products and medical device industries. He was Director of Finance/Controller for Ohio Medical Corporation overseeing the company's financial planning/analysis and all financial and accounting operations for the company's Canadian subsidiary. He has also held positions in finance at Kraft Foods, ConAgra Foods, and Sara Lee. Dan earned his B.S. in Accounting at the State University of New York — Geneseo and a Master's Degree in Accounting Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University. Dan is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia and a registered CPA in Illinois.
Dave Dee, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Communication, started his career in radio as promotions director and copywriter and salesman. Dave, an entrepreneur at heart, wanted to work for himself and opened up a small chain of magic shops and a karate school before deciding to make his dream of being a professional magician come true. After diving head first and applying GKIC marketing, Dave went from doing three shows a month to averaging over 25 shows a month in less than 90 days.
He parlayed that success into an information marketing business where he sold products, seminars and coaching programs that helped entertainers market and sell themselves more effectively. Other business owners, including many GKIC members, took notice and started asking Dave for his help and guidance. And from that his consulting business blossomed. For over 16 years, and now at GKIC, Dave has been inspiring and teaching entrepreneurs and business owners how to have more successful businesses that give them more freedom, money and personal fulfillment.
Nick Loise, VP of Business Consultants and Member Services, comes to GKIC after being a successful entrepreneur and Dan Kennedy and GKIC student. He has owned and operated two separate business, one that is still in operation today. He originally saw Dan Kennedy in 1994 at Success International event in Arizona and has been a student since then. From there he then took the keys of Magnetic Marketing and implemented the key points. He resides in Park Ridge Il, with his wife and two kids. Nick's day to day responsibilities are leading the Business Consultants, concierge and Sponsorship and Exhibitor Sales.