Effortless Admin is a fully digital software solution, that provides employers with a unified interface for managing their employee benefits. Chief Strategy Officer Zach Lindop & Chief Design Officer Michael Ross discuss how they were able to find a unique point of entry for Effortless Admin and how technology design has changed in the last 15 years to better engage clients while increasing streamlined functionality. The platform has grown into an ever evolving enterprise application capable of supporting any group benefits products, delivering a great experience, and keeping up with changing trends in the Canadian market. Throughout this journey, they’ve tried to stay true to one core belief—to make the software fun and effortless to use—and to deliver exceptional customer support.
Emmanuel Efraimidis is a serial entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of The Complete Group of Companies, one of the largest and fastest-growing HVAC and Energy Management Organizations providing integrated solutions and unparalleled expertise in concentrated areas of energy services. He shares the key components of his success with Robin and Al, as well as explores the obstacles and challenges every entrepreneur faces when the stakes are high. Emmanuel brings with him over 25 years of executive leadership experience with Fortune 100 organizations, spanning various industries including energy management, telecommunications, construction, and software. Emmanuel’s passion is centred on being a market leader and creating long-term value and excellence for both clients and employees alike.
Sponsored by Aria Benefits and Life & Legacy Advisory Group
Retired American mixed martial artist, Eliot Marshall, Owner/General Manager at Easton Training Center, understands the struggle that many of us face today. He has always been a fighter—from overcoming the bullies and bigots who targeted his heritage, to using his martial-arts prowess to become part of the UFC—but beneath this badass exterior, and despite his success as a business owner and coach, Eliot has dealt with crippling anxiety, insomnia and depression. Relying on support from his friends and family in conjunction with on-going therapy, he has been able to overcome his anxiety and now seeks to share his journey and inspire others.
In his book “The Gospel of Fire,” Eliot shares his story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. In this candid conversation with Robin, Eliot shares some of these experiences as well as the tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair.
Sponsored by Aria Benefits and Life & Legacy Advisory Group
Robin welcomes guest Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR who brings nearly two decades of marketing and technology experience to the table. The whole concept of work is changing, and BambooHR is right in the middle of it all. From recruitment and onboarding to performance management and employee engagement, the BambooHR cloud platform is a leading end-to-end system for the entire employee lifecycle for small to medium-sized businesses. Amy talks about the many unique workplace initiatives at BambooHR, part of their employee experience evolution, as well as the importance of holding themselves accountable to each other and their customers.
In this special edition of the Starting with One Podcast, Robin Bailey interviews his business partner & co-host, Al McDonald whose passion for riding has taken him far beyond the roads and pathways of Ontario. More importantly, Al is joining other cyclists across Canada in the Great Cycle Challenge – one of the biggest cycling events across Canada – committing himself to ride 500km throughout August while raising funds to end childhood cancer. Every hill he climbs and every kilometre he pedals will be to honour young lives lost and to stand with those brave kids still fighting to survive. These kids won’t give up, and neither will he.
To donate please visit Al’s Great Cycle Challenge page: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/AlMcDonald – All funds raised go to support the work of SickKids Foundation to provide care, develop treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.
Brought to you by Life & Legacy Advisory Group* & Aria Benefits.
*Life and Legacy will match every donation up to a total of $1500 so please join the fight in helping to end kids’ cancer.
Michael Ash’s strategically creative ideas were a bit ahead of their time and he learned very quickly as a young graduate that the road to success is definitely not straight. Fortunately, he never gave up on his dreams, no matter what walls he came up against, eventually landing as brand and marketing strategy director at The Local Collective. Having recently won a Grand Prix at the Shopper Innovation + Activation Awards with Local, Michael has worked on advertising campaigns for some of the worlds most famous brands and startups, such as Cadillac, Mercedes, Mazda, Samsung, truLocal and Pizza Pizza to name a few and he remains focused on his mission to help client partners unlock the power of brand building through innovative digital marketing.
With a knack for establishing new and highly successful ventures, Vino Jeyapalan’s newest entrepreneurial start-up, Kabo, has become Canada’s largest direct-to-consumer fresh dog food brand. In his conversation with hosts Robin and Al, Vino talks about his mission to improve the life of dogs while advancing opportunities and innovations in customer experience as he aims to expand Kabo.co beyond its own line of pet food into the pet health space. No stranger to the world of solutions management, Vino spent over 8 years working in scaling consumer product startups at Facebook and Instagram that led to him being awarded Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2016.
Brimming with positivity and entrepreneurial spirit, Clint Israel, President of CAMERON’S Brewing Company brings his upbeat style to the conversation, discussing his recipe for preparation & success during the perplexity of the pandemic lockdowns. His focus, initiative and unwavering belief in himself, his company and employees, propelled Cameron’s forward into new and exciting opportunities of customer service & growth.