Features October 2021

Macie Hawkes – eXp Realty, LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How does a real estate company grow to an eye-popping 65,000 agents across 17 countries in a little over a decade? eXp Realty’s Macie Hawkes says it pays to be well-versed in technology. Since she joined the company as its first general counsel in 2017, it’s become one of the fastest growing real estate technology […]

Dan Happe – TSI

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Dan Happe, saying that his company had a busy and successful past 18 months would be a huge understatement. In fact, during that time, the company probably did its most important work ever, he says. Shoreview, Minnesota-based TSI Incorporated makes respirator testing devices that gauge the fit of N95 masks—one of the most reliable […]

Jeff Burman – Fortitude Reinsurance Co. Ltd.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jeff Burman is helping Fortitude Re build a new business by acquiring other insurers’ old business. Most recently, he’s helped his new company assume insurance business that AIG no longer writes. It just so happened that Burman was already familiar with these portfolios at AIG, where he served as a deputy general counsel for nearly […]

Ashley Fischer – Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1999, when University of Texas sophomore Tiffany Taylor accidentally missed her date with Leon Chen, she baked and delivered a batch of cookies to him as an apology. Inspired, the sophomores took a $20 budget, a cell phone, a recipe they created, and Leon’s college apartment oven and started Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. At […]

Jennifer Brumbaugh – GKN Automotive

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Starting when she was four years old, Jennifer Brumbaugh would sit in the garage next to her dad and hand him tools as he worked on cars. So, after growing up in Metro Detroit with a father and grandfather in the automotive industry, it only made sense that she would become an engineer. Brumbaugh had […]

Merritt McGowan – Lyniate

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was a harrowing and difficult time for Merritt McGowan and her family. They had moved to New York City from Mississippi in the ‘80s when her father began working on Wall Street. Just as she was becoming accustomed to life in the Big Apple, her dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease […]

Eve Bolkin – Capgemini North America

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While she doesn’t claim to be psychic, Eve Bolkin says she can see global trends well in advance. It’s one of the necessities, she says, for effectively serving Capgemini North America. “I feel I’m aware of what’s happening in this world at least six months before it’s reported in the newspaper,” she tells Vanguard in […]

Nicholas Scott – Everspan Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to transforming startups into bona-fide successful businesses, Everspan’s Nicholas Scott knows that practice makes perfect. After transforming Spinnaker Insurance Company from a shell into a prosperous national insurance company after joining in 2016, Scott was able to help sell it four years later—and at a substantial profit. Now, he’s helping another insurance […]

Blake Bilstad – dosist

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“What other medication isn’t administered by dose?” That’s the question Blake Bilstad poses when talking about medicinal marijuana. He and his colleagues at dosist believe cannabis and CBD should be taken in measured amounts, and they’ve made a product that makes this possible. The Santa Monica, California-based company has created a metered vape pen for […]

Heather A. Lacey – The Legal Sea Foods Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Legal Sea Foods Group has been given a lifeline at a most precarious time. Like so many others in the restaurant industry, the iconic Boston-based company was severely impacted by COVID-19. The crisis lingering and challenges mounting, owners of the family-owned company decided the best option for the brand and its employees was to […]

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