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Changing Lives Selling Knives
16 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
278: Jim Lawrence - Flashback Friday
Jim Lawrence has been an elite professional in the Talent Acquisition industry for over 25 years. He was a star Track & Field athlete in high school and college, top sales leader and Branch Manager in Cutco/Vector, graduated from Washington State University and immediately married his high-school sweetheart and started their family. He used his Vector skills and experience to get a job that was not normally offered to recent college grads, and he has been a super-achiever in his industry ever since. He ran his own company for 12 years, has raised 2 daughters, and built a significant portfolio of real estate holdings in the Silicon Valley area. His is a true Great American Success Story! To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
64 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
277: Peter Voogd - Becoming Unstoppable In The New Economy
Peter Voogd is an unstoppable force in the world of entrepreneurship. As a best-selling author, speaker, and coach, Peter has built a worldwide following among millennials and entrepreneurs. He first succeeded as a District Manager with Cutco/Vector Marketing in Tacoma WA, and he is now sharing his mindset and strategies to help others achieve entrepreneurial success and live their best lives. Peter’s newest book “7 Rules For 7 Figures” is releasing on October 19th. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
16 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
276: Kate Vasey - Flashback Friday
Kate Vasey is currently the DC Metro Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, headquartered in Rockville, MD. A 19-year veteran with the company, Kate advanced rapidly into a Division Manager position after graduating from college and excelling as a District Manager. Responsible for over $40 million in Cutco sales, Kate is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. She was married to her husband, Patrick, in 2016, and they have 2 young daughters. As a shining example of a success as a Divisional Executive and mother, Kate is a role model throughout the entire company. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
46 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
275: Gilbert Gonzales - Recognizing The Past, Shaping The Present, and Helping People See The Future
Gilbert Gonzales is the Sales Promotion Manager for the Western Region of the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. His history with the company dates back to 2004 when he started as a Sales Rep in Southern California. Gilbert was in the National Top 20 twice as a Branch Manager, then a top performer as a District Manager for over 3 years before being tapped for the Sales Promotion Manager position. SPMs in the company have a truly special role in which they get to recognize the past, shape culture in the present, and help people see a bright future with the company. Gilbert’s range of experiences and skills make him ideal for this role, and he truly does great work. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
15 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
274: Mike Lancellot - Flashback Friday
Mike Lancellot has the greatest track record of any other person in the history of the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization. As a sales rep, Mike was the #1 College All-American. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Mike became a District Manager and was the company’s #1 DM for three years in a row. He then became a Division Manager, and again was #1 for three years in a row. He then became a Region Manager, and was #1 for four years in a row, before taking on an Executive role as Vice-President of Sales. Later, as CEO of Vector Sales, “Sir Lancellot” led the company through multiple years of rapid growth and expansion. After retiring from his day-to-day role, he has remained on as a member of the Cutco Corporation Board of Directors. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
35 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
273: Jim Stitt Sr., Jim Stitt Jr. & John Whelpley - Pillars Of The Cutco/Vector Culture
The Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization has become well-known for having an extremely unique and powerful combination of cultural elements that lead to extraordinary retention of top talent and long-term success. The company’s environment truly brings out the best in people, fosters a tremendous spirit of cooperation, creates a family feel, and has led so many amazing leaders to stay in the business for long and vibrant careers. What has created such a unique and powerful corporate culture in Cutco/Vector? For this special episode, we have combined excerpts from 3 past episodes of the podcast, featuring owners of Cutco Corporation who have been pillars of culture creating within Cutco and Vector Marketing. Today’s episode features Jim Stitt Sr., John Whelpley, and Jim Stitt Jr. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
14 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
272: Albert Dileonardo - Flashback Friday
Albert Dileonardo has been an important part of the soul of the Vector Family for the past 43 years, since his days running the 3rd sales office in Vector Marketing history to his years as the CEO and President of Vector East. After graduating from Temple University, Al became a District Manager in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He later advanced to Division Manager, then Zone/Regional Executive, winning multiple National Championships along the way. Since 2002, Al has been the co-CEO of Vector Sales and President of Vector East, and has had a profound effect on the family culture which is so prevalent in the Vector/Cutco organization. At home, Al’s family includes his wife Madeleine and their 4 children, ranging in age from 23 to 33. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
50 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
271: Dane Espegard - The Dream Machine
Dane Espegard is the North Star Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. His Division is currently #1 in the company for 2021, and his Minneapolis Pilot Office is on track to establish a new all-time company record for office sales. The prolific success of Dane’s team can be traced in part to a process Dane follows in helping his people to define and live their dreams. He outlines this process in this special episode. Dane Espegard walks his talk as a top achiever and tremendous role model in business and in life. His new book, “The Dream Machine,” releases on 9/28/2021. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
14 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
270: Bruce Goodman - Flashback Friday
Bruce Goodman is a true leader of leaders. During his 42-year career with the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, Bruce has played an instrumental role in the development of countless top executives and powerful leaders throughout the company. Put simply, people aspire to be like Bruce. He is man of great intelligence, profound skills of influence, and exceptional character. Currently the co-CEO of Vector Sales and President of Vector West, Bruce powerfully shapes the vision and strategy of the company. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
48 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
269: Gerardo Luera - Summer 2021 Branch Manager Champion
Gerardo Luera is a Senior at Oklahoma Christian University where he is studying Marketing and Management. He’s a first generation college student who was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. Gerardo started selling Cutco in the Summer of 2019, and advanced to Branch Manager in the Summer of 2020. His branch in Wichita Falls TX was #16 in the Nation that Summer. In 2021, Gerardo balanced finishing school in person in Oklahoma with getting married in May and opening a branch again, this time in his hometown of Lubbock. Overcoming a slow start and a large deficit in sales, Gerardo’s Branch team finished the Summer of 2021 as the #1 Branch team in the company, winning the prestigious Silver Cup. Gerardo is a great example of the kind of fine young leaders being developed in the Cutco/Vector Marketing organization and the Lone Star Division. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
15 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
268: Jackie Stavros - Flashback Friday
Dr. Jacqueline Stavros has a passion for working with others to create positive change. She is a professor of Business and IT at Lawrence Technological University, and is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic change. The foundation of her work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely-used approaches for positive change. Jackie has worked in over 30 countries using AI and SOAR to affect the lives of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations. She has written over 70 articles and 6 books, including her most recent work, “Conversations Worth Having.” Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and many leadership blogs. Jackie believes that our conversations create our moments and influence the world we live in. By learning the principles of “Conversations Worth Having,” we can all learn to lead positive change through our words. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
52 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
267: Chris Gehring - Life's a 10
Chris Gehring is one of the most dynamic leaders in the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization. Responsible for over $26 million in Cutco sales, he is a member of the company’s Hall of Fame. As leader of the Washington/Alaska Division and also the Pacific Islands Division, Chris helps everyone under his guidance to establish a greater vision for themselves, develop the confidence to act on that vision, and sustain the energy to follow through. Chris Gehring’s motto is “Life’s a 10!” and his concepts will inspire you to bring your best to live life to the fullest each day. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
13 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
266: Flashback Friday - Stacy Campbell
Stacy Campbell is the Lone Star Division Manager for Cutco/Vector Marketing. A 29-year veteran with the company, Stacy is closing in on $100 million in career sales, and is a member of the Cutco/Vector Hall of Fame. In quiet fashion, Stacy has assembled and developed one of the preeminent organizations in the entire company over the past few years. His Division was #1 in the company in 2018, and has continued to excel since then. This modest champion has developed numerous other champions in business, and he sets a great example of well-rounded professional and personal success. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
56 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
265: Margaret Przybyla - Dedication To Your Dreams
Margaret Przybyla is one of the all-time top Cutco sales reps in the history of Vector Canada, with over $2.4 million in personal sales. Hers is a story of dedication to a dream, a dream that started with emigrating to Canada during challenging times in her home country of Poland. Her dream most notably included her desire to build a beautiful life for herself and her 2 daughters, and to be able to succeed as a self-made businesswoman selling Cutco. Margaret’s goals have never been to compete at the highest levels in the Cutco/Vector organization, but by advancing at her own pace and living life on her terms, she has had a powerful influence in the company and built a lasting legacy through her 2 daughters. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
15 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
264: Stephen Torres - Flashback Friday
Stephen Torres has had an incredible path of success, achievement, and impact in his life. He spent 12+ years in the Cutco/Vector organization, where he became the first District Manager in company history to achieve $10 million in sales and be inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. After his years with Cutco, he advanced his formal education with a degree from UC-Berkeley and an MBA from Cornell. Along the way, he pursued several opportunities in the Technology industry in the Silicon Valley area. He was a part of SuccessFactors path to going public and being acquired by SAP, started 2 of his own companies which were also acquired, and served as the CEO for another company. Eventually, he was invited to serve as a part of the faculty at UC-Berkeley, where he has taught one of the most in-demand courses on Leadership and another course in one of the most exclusive academic programs in the world. Today, he also coaches and mentors start-up founders and entrepreneurs, offering key insights which date back to his learnings and direct experience as a leader with Cutco/Vector. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
54 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
263: Owen Trapp - Bring Your Best
Owen Trapp is the Legacy Division Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, headquartered in Bergen County, NJ. He’s a 10-year veteran with the company who has produced about $12 million in sales. Owen has created personal success by helping many others to create their own success. With a focus on enhancing both skillset and mindset, Owen brings out the best in himself and his team. He sets the example and helps people to push through their comfort zones to experience maximum growth. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
14 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
262: Curtis Jaques - Flashback Friday
Curtis Jaques is one of the most influential leaders in the Cutco personal sales arena. Since 2006, Curtis has had a preposterous run of finishing 1st or 2nd in Cutco sales every year! He has consistently found the next level in his annual sales, from his first year over $100,000 back in 2005 to over ONE MILLION in personal sales in 2019!!! A five-time National Champion with over $8 million in career personal sales, Curtis has directly impacted more Cutco reps than any other sales leader in company history, through cross-training and sharing his insights with others. He lives in the Denver area with his wife, Thuy, and their young daughter. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
73 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
261: Ken Coleman - A Legacy Of Life-Changing Influence
Ken Coleman is one of the most iconic leaders in the Silicon Valley technology industry. First, he became one of the top Executives at Hewlett-Packard, ultimately responsible for world-wide staffing. Then, at Activision, he helped revolutionize the video game industry and brought a breakthrough product to the market, the game Pitfall. Most notably, Ken was a major player as Executive Vice-President in building Silicon Graphics Inc. from a $10 million company into a $3.5 billion market giant, where Ken was responsible for over 4000 employees in 37 countries. He has led or influenced multiple other companies over the past 20 years as he has primarily served as a mentor and advisor to many prominent Silicon Valley leaders. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, both professionally and personally. Through his skills in connecting with and leading others, Ken Coleman has built an everlasting legacy of life-changing influence in the world. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
20 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
260: Chris George - Flashback Friday
Chris George is the Founder, President & CEO of CMG Financial, a privately held mortgage bank headquartered in California, and conducting business in all 50 states. CMG has over 2000 employees and is on track to record a volume of over $35 billion in 2021. Chris is one of the most notable leaders in the mortgage industry, having served as the Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has also testified before Congress and met with key leaders on issues affecting the housing industry. Chris sold Cutco 40 years ago, and his original manager was current Cutco/Vector West CEO Bruce Goodman! Today, Chris lives on a 1000+ acre ranch overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area. He aspires to leave a legacy through his family, his business, and his charitable CMG Foundation. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
52 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
259: Kuvaal Patel - Create Your Own Reality
Kuvaal Patel is the West Los Angeles District Manager for the Cutco/Vector Marketing sales organization, and also serves as Assistant Division Manager in the Southland Division. He is a remarkable example of achievement, success, and impact at a young age. Despite significant learning differences, Kuvaal has been able to become one of the best students you’ll ever encounter, both academically and in his business life. He graduated from college in 3 years at age 20, and has quickly developed into one of the top achieving leaders in Vector. Through any challenge he’s faced, Kuvaal has learned that we can all create our own reality. He shares how in this inspiring conversation. To get access to all episodes and free resources, visit ChangingLivesPodcast.com.
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