RuleBreaker Award Winners Announced


LAKEWOOD, Calif. — 15 finalists have been chosen in the RuleBreaker awards. The unconventional awards program, sponsored by Nextiva, Skype and Constant Contact, celebrates entrepreneurs who ignore conventional wisdom, take the path less traveled and break all the rules in their pursuit of success.

One grand-prize winner will be chosen from among the category winners. The grand-prize winner will be announced at an awards ceremony June 10th at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.

The category winners are:

Service Provider, Under $1M in Sales: Casey Bankford of Slimbooks,, whose slim books break the rules of publishing
(Tie) Simeon Schnapper of Youtopia,, which provides digital rewards for students
Service Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales: Mike Beirne of Vetted Capital,, which invests in veteran-led businesses
Service Provider, Over $5M in Sales: Mike Agugliaro of Gold Medal Service,, which provides home services

Technology Provider, Under $1M in Sales: Jason McAninch of Jtek,, a tech recycling company
Technology Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales: Tom Dent of ICLOPS,, which provides technology solutions for health care providers
(Tie) Shelley Armato of My Smart Plans,, project management software for construction companies
Technology Provider, Over $5M in Sales: Mitch Rothschild of Vitals,, which helps consumers find health care providers

Retailers, Under $1M in Sales: Christina Daves of Cast Medic Designs, www.castmedicdesigns, which creates fashion casts
Retailers, Over $5M in Sales: Robert Blackwell of Killer Spin,, which designs and sells innovative table tennis products
(Tie)Ben Sayers of VoIP supply,, an online retailer of VoIP products

Manufacturer, Under $1M in Sales: William Brimstone Kucmierowski of Hound Comics,, a publishing company
(Tie) Kristin Elliott of Doodie Pack,, which manufactures dog backpacks
Manufacturer, $1M-$5M in Sales: Ross Evans of Xtracycle,, which manufactures cargo bikes

“We’re proud to honor entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way,” said Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and a co-host of the RuleBreaker Awards.

“Choosing the winners was a difficult decision,” said co-host Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan. “It was inspiring to discover so many entrepreneurs revolutionizing their industries.”

“All of our Rulebreakers have one thing in common: They’re passionate about making a difference in business,” said co-host Barry Moltz, author of How to Get Unstuck.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges including:

· Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE

· JJ Ramberg, co-founder of Good Search and host of MSNBC’s Your Business

· Anita Campbell, founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and BizSugar

· Ramon Ray, Marketing and Technology Evangelist of and Infusionsoft



By | May 29th, 2014|Small Business|1 Comment

About the Author:

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.

One Comment

  1. Kirsten O. June 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved honors for unconventional thinkers!

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