David Finkel helped over 100,000 Maui Mastermind clients buy, build, and sell billions of dollars of business assets. An ex-Olympic-level athlete turned business multi-millionaire, David is an American success story. He is co-author of, SCALE: 7 Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back, and one of the nation’s most respected business thinkers. A Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestselling author of over 11 business and financial books, his how-to business and financial articles have appeared in over 6,500 periodicals across the United States. David is Founder and CEO of Maui Mastermind.
The Maui Advisors: Bios and Photos
Meet Just a Few of the Maui Advisors Who’ve Helped the Over 100,000+ Maui Community Members Make Their Businesses More Successful
Jeff Hoffman has started numerous companies and is Co-Founder of Priceline.com. He is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer and producer of a Grammy winning jazz album. Jeff co-authored, with Maui CEO David Finkel, SCALE: 7 Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back. Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal.
Patty DeDominic built and sold several multi-million dollar companies. She founded PDQ Careers, an HR consulting company that provided executive search and staffing solutions to organizations like AT&T, University of Southern California, Children’s Hospitals, The Automobile Clubs of California, Arizona and Texas. She was named CEO of the year by the LA Business Journal, was inducted into the Women’s Business Owners Hall of Fame, is the former Chairperson of the Foundation for SCORE, and was the former President of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
John Seiffer has been an entrepreneur since 1979. He has started and run companies in retail, building services, and marketing a unique amenity to the multi-family housing market. In 1993 he left a company that he’d founded just 2 years earlier in Texas while he moved 1,500 miles away and ran it from New England. 22 years later the company is still supporting his life as a passive owner. His investment history includes real estate, startups and publicly traded companies. John has a long history of helping other entrepreneurs, most recently through CEO Boot Camp. He started coaching entrepreneurs in 1994. He was the third President of the International Coach Federation and one of the first coaches to receive the designation of MCC (Master Certified Coach). He has also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for CTNext, on several advisory boards and as President of the Angel Investor Forum.
Stephanie Harkness launched and sat on the boards of numerous start-ups, guiding them to successful exits. She is the co-founder and CEO of Pacific Plastics and Engineering. The former Chairperson of the National Association of Manufacturers, Stephanie is one of only three people to receive the Medal of Freedom award from the National Association of Manufacturers (the other two recipients were Henry Ford and Ronald Reagan). She earned the “National Woman Business Owner” and Wells Fargo Bank’s “Outstanding Entrepreneur of 1998” awards.
Edward Alarcon has spent much of his career working in Business Operations for large national lenders, such as Countrywide and Bank of America. Ed worked as a Sr. Risk Analyst and Sr. Credit Auditor during the boom years in the mortgage banking industry. With the major shifts that occurred in banking, Ed was drawn to opportunities as a Sales & Marketing consultant. Drawing upon his years of experience in the banking industry, his understanding of the credit markets, and sales techniques he had developed as a mortgage banker, Ed focused his consulting business on working with small businesses to identify growth opportunities, then refining the sales & marketing systems needed to capitalize on those opportunities in the highly competitive home remodeling and consumer lending industries. Ed’s mission, as a member of the Maui Mastermind team, is to work with business owners to transform their businesses into fully-integrated, systems-based companies that generate maximum value for the owners to support their lifestyle or to position their companies as a high value asset for strategic acquisition at an industry leading multiple. Ed firmly believes that, through the use of leading edge business development tools and world-class mentorship, small business owners can transform their companies into truly systems-based businesses that are scalable and that deliver more value and joy of ownership, whether the owner intends to sell, scale, or own the business passively someday.
Steve Maxwell has been a successful business owner of multiple companies since he left his high-tech corporate position at Intel over a decade ago. He’s been featured in Readers Digest and is one of nation’s expert on helping business owners systematize their companies so they can sustainably scale. In his investing life he moved from initially investing in dozens of single family homes, to financing private notes as a hard money lender, to today, where Steve focuses on investing in large commercial real estate projects. Steve has a real passion for helping business owners succeed financially and reach their goals. He’s been a Senior Coach with Maui Mastermind, one of the premier business coaching companies in the world, since 2010.
Gene Sinser has done what every entrepreneur wants to do – used his business success to create a life where he gets to do what he loves without concerns about generating revenue from his activities. He started off as a division manager for a Fortune 500 company where his 200 person sales force generated over $50 million of annual revenues, and left that in the mid-80’s to build a very successful retail business which he sold in 2000. Since that time Gene has donated his time and talent to help arts groups and working with coaching small business owners to grow their businesses.
Ralph Flores utilized his education in computer systems analyst skills to approach business and life challenges with meticulous and methodical planning strategies. As a former award winning restaurant owner turned master mentor, Ralph’s passionate objective and goal is collaborating with clients with the utmost confidence of trust. His approach leads to the use of peak performance strategies that enable clients to live up to their full potential and achieve their next level of business success.
Doug Crawford is a U.S. Military Veteran and an accomplished business leader who has led turn-around and strategic innovation efforts at Magellan Geographix (Maps.com), Vicinity Corporation (MapBlast, acquired by Microsoft - Bing Maps) and Digital Map Products. These successful companies’ digital maps and spatial data are used by Google, Zillow, MLS and over one hundred government agencies. Doug has also served in the United States Army Honor Guard, U.S. Library of Congress, Navy League of the U.S. and on the board of ABC-Clio, where helped grow the company through the pioneer-stage of the Internet.
Rebecca Williams worked with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program criteria as an Internal Assessor and External Examiner. She built a career working with service based start-ups and managing organizational change. She has a passion for identifying transformational opportunities through innovation and quality improvement. She specializes in strategy planning, leadership, human systems, culture development, program design, training and development, and organizational design; with a specific eye on implementation and results oriented metrics.
Phil Wofford, PMP, MBA, PE, CMfgE has a broad background in Start-Ups, Operations, Finance, Supply Chain, Quality, HR, IT Systems, Engineering, and Real Estate. As a Maui coach he focused on high growth owners and management teams. Phil is a partner and member of the board and helped build an INC 5000 business, providing claims management services to hospital clients across the US. He served in various capacities as CEO, CFO, CIO and “do whatever it takes” roles during the rapid expansion of this successful business that experienced double digit growth year over year! Phil has extensive start-up experience with international firms establishing first time business operations in the USA. He developed projects from start up to full operations for four international firms, serving as the “Shadow President” or ranking American in these operations. These firms included the first U.S. operations facilities for Suzuki (ATV’s - Japanese), LG (solid surface materials - Korean), VTS America (equipment manufacturing - European) and YDK America (electronics service firm - Japanese). Phil has also been involved in real estate in single family and commercial renovations, acquisitions, short sales and bank financing transactions for real estate. He is a founding Director of The Cambridge Fund (real estate investment fund) and the North Metro REIA (Real Estate Investors Association). Phil believes in helping develop systems and procedures that will assist businesses in growing to the next level by translating strategic goals into daily focus. He provides coaching and accountability tools for the management team. Phil is an Honor graduate in Engineering from Georgia Tech and has an MBA in Marketing/Finance from Berry College. He has also been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a LEAN SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT. Also a registered Professional Engineer (GA) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He is an active member of the start-up community in Atlanta, serving as an advisor to several future growth firms.
Rob and Patrice Mabary are serial entrepreneurs who have started, managed, purchased, grown, and sold numerous small businesses in the areas of consulting and medical education for physicians. They presently own about seven Level 3 businesses, all of which are profitable, and employ about 100 people.
Kevin Bassett is the founder and CEO of Bassett and Byers, P.A., a mid-sized CPA firm that specializes in working with high net worth entrepreneurs. A published author, Kevin is himself a “Level Three Business Owner” of a successful payroll company and his CPA firm. Over the years Kevin has worked with billionaire clients to corporate clients, helping them with Preemptive Tax Strategy™ and outside financial planning for businesses and business owners. He’s been a featured speaker at business and investment groups and conferences across the United States, and he’s been a Maui Advisor since 2007.
Bill Shopoff, founder and CEO of The Shopoff Group, has orchestrated the purchase and resale over $1 billion of real estate assets from residential developments, to multi-family, to commercial properties. As a business owner Bill has had the opportunity to share his passion and vision for entrepreneurship with tens of thousands of business owners across the United States. He’s been a Maui Advisor since 2006.
Skip Lackey has been in the Business Coaching, Leadership, Personal Growth and Wellness fields for over 35 years and has worked directly with over 15,000+ clients, taught over 1000+ workshops and has done well over 1000+ personal appearances. He has been at the helm of multiple successful business ventures and he has been through his own “clunkers” too and learned the hard way. He personal mission is to help business owners understand the power of “emotional and social intelligence” in the workplace and how to incorporate that into everything that you do as a business owner as you scale. Skip also spent over 25 years working in the entertainment industry in every way imaginable and has been live, in front of over 1 million people during his career. He has a background on both sides of the stage and screen. He brings a unique background to his business coaching clients.
All totaled, the Maui Advisors past and present have collectively created, launched, scaled, and sold over $2 billion of businesses!
Now you have your chance to learn from these ultra-successful entrepreneurs, who feel called on to pass on the decades of experiences they’ve gathered to the next generation of business owners.
It’s these years of experience and wisdom gained by facing the same challenges you’re facing — creating a winning business strategy, dealing with employee and vendor issues, controlling costs, managing cash flow, and growing sales—that has helped us create and refine our concrete road map to build a business they can one day sell, scale, or own passively.
The bottom line is we help business owners build a business, not a job.
The real question is, are you serious about taking your business to the next level?
If you are, we encourage you to get engaged with the Maui community and leverage the tools, the people, and the programs to grow and develop your business.