Archive for August, 2013

Are your finances living in Blissful Ignorance? Greg Brown – Financial Expert

Greg Brown’s entrepreneurial spirit developed early when he was delivering national newspapers with subscription, delivery, and collection responsibilities, as a teenager. His first exposure to finance was as a summer bank teller. He quickly realized that finance wasn’t about the money, but more about the people.Greg Brown

He gets great pleasure out of making people’s dreams come true. Unfortunately he has also seen what happens all too often when people don’t plan, or get caught in debt traps.

He spent over 25 years in the retail banking and wealth management industry helping families, and independent business people with all financial aspects. Banking focused on debt and accumulation strategies. It didn’t protect people from life’s road bumps and uncertainties.

With his financial expertise now as an independent financial advisor with Desjardins, Financial Security Independent Network, Greg is able to combine his life experiences as well. He focuses on life planning needs first, for clients; helps them to dream big; then together they implement strategies to make those dreams a reality.

Greg says, “The sooner you start dreaming, the more fulfilling your life will be. The financial strategies we implement are the outcome of your individual dreams. No two are the same.”

Being divorced, remarried with three grown children, Greg is able to combine life experiences to help clients with their choices.  Financial conversations are like sex education – they are uncomfortable, don’t happen often enough and have significant consequences.  He facilitates financial conversations amongst spouses, parents, and children, parents & their parents.

Ignorance is not bliss. Greg does not want this to happen to any of his clients.

Meet Greg:

Twitter: @gbmoneymatters



“Media Magnetism: How to attract the favorable publicity you want and deserve.” Christina Hamlett – Author

Christina Hamlett is a media relations expert and award-winning author whose credits to date include 30 books, 152 stage plays, 5 optioned feature films, and squllions of articles and interviews that appear online and in trade publications throughout the world. In addition to being a professional ghostwriter (which does not mean she talks to dead people), she is a script consultant for the film industry (which means she stops a lot of really bad movies from coming to theaters near you).

In addition to penning articles and guest blogs, she promotes NAWR (National Association of Women on the Rise) members in all genres of writing through interviews and social media, and responds to inquiries regarding story development and structure, working with agents, tips on self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and how to endear oneself to the press.

In addition to mentoring aspiring writers, teaching workshops, and penning her own projects, she is a ghostwriter with Indra PR in Manhattan and a professional screenplay consulatant who provides extensive coverage notes on originality, character development, dialogue, structure, budget and marketability.

"The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down." - Artuur Miller


Meet Christina:

Does Someone in Your Firm Need Dale Carnegie Training? Darrell Ross – Performance Consultant

Darrell is a Performance Consultant with Dale Carnegie Training.  He helps companies, their teams and individuals maximize their effectiveness in the workplace through building leadership skills, sales skills, presentation skills and general professional development. His passion is helping others to succeed. He has seen the impact of the Dale Carnegie programs in people’s lives. He wants to help as many people as possible to achieve the positive change in their lives that the program has helped Darrell accomplish, himself.Darrell Ross

He is also a Community Partner with Rapid Time Networks and helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow their referral business in his home town of New Westminster.  Darrell was just recently elected as a director of the board for the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  Previously, he served as an Ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade for several years and was also actively involved as a mentor with their Leaders of Tomorrow program.

Darrell was a co-founder of Aegis Investment Management Inc. a golf franchise company.  Prior to Aegis he grew BNI (Business Network Int’l - the world’s largest referral networking organization) from 7 – 49 chapters in BC with just under 1000 members.

Darrell has been speaking and training on Networking, sales and behavioural styles for 15 years.

He is a co-author of 3 books, including NY Times best seller “Masters of Sales”.

Darrell is married to Leanne & they have 3 wonderful daughters.  He enjoys hiking, tennis, skiing and cooking.


Meet Darryl:

Phone:  604-299-5115





What can coaching do for you? Lucca Hallex – Coach, Author, Power Sourcerer

Lucca invites you to, "Step out to the edge of your unknown self and parachute into the fullness of who and what you were always meant to be and do." Lucca says, "Being who you really are will get you where you want to be." As a life and business coach, Lucca is absolutely passionate about you, your potential, and helping you to empower yourself.

People enjoy working with Lucca if they want to be challenged to be authentic while feeling supported to make meaningful change.

She is a professional coach, intuitive, and counsellor with a business and organizational background. She came to coaching in the late 1990's while running courses in conflict facilitation and relationship skills.

Currently, she resides in Vancouver, BC and has been in private practice in North America and internationally since 1990.


Connect with Lucca Hallex:



Twitter: @luccahallex

Facebook: Lucca Hallex Power Sourcering


Providing ‘Certainty’ Every Step of the Way. Charmaine Lang – Designer

If Charmaine wasn’t a designer/builder, she would be a life coach!  Her passion is to help people and really make a difference in their life and has been doing that now for over 25 years.

Charmaine started out as a kitchen cabinet designer.  She then went on to building custom houses and shortly thereafter became a fully accredited Interior Designer.  All this experience has given Charmaine  a unique skill set, especially for a woman in her field, as is very knowledgeable and understands all aspects of construction.

Charmaine says, “Planning is really the most important step.  The best way to do that is by being a good listener and analyze the client's needs through good communication and then make proposed solutions to my clients! “

Charmaine of Lang Design Group takes a project from start to finish as a full service 'design-build-furnish' firm which includes planning a project with full interior design drawings and specifications, setting budgets, furniture layouts, schedules, implementing the work and delivering a sense of certainly to the client prior to implementing the project.








“We Care For You and Everything You Love.” ® Tom Siracusa – iCare Insurance Brokers Ltd.


At iCare Insurance Brokers Ltd. their philosophy is to build long term relationships with their customers through the best personalized service in the insurance industry today. Their goal isto take care of their clients' needs by removing the worry from insurance. Their partners and staff have over 50 years of insurance experience and knowledge. They look forward to earning your business and serving you today, tomorrow, and in the future.


Tom Siracusa is iCare Insurance's President, Managing Partner and Co-Owner, together with Karen Matheson. How he got here, though, is quite the story. Tom was born and raised in east Vancouver, born of Italian descent, the third of four brothers. Tom's humble beginnings started out at age 9 when he had is first newspaper route with the Vancouver Sun. Little did he know that all that door-to-door selling and delivering of newspapers would  define his life and lifestyle some 30 years later. After earning a Marketing and Sales Diploma at Langara College in 1993, and some career pit-stops along the way at McDonald's, Gizella Bakery, and London Drugs, Tom was finally ready for a career.
Tom is the only son to follow in his father's footsteps as an insurance broker. Tony Siracusa started his career back in the 70's and worked for over 30 years in the insurance industry until retirement in 2001. Tom and his Dad, Tony, began working together in 1996 at Key Insurance Services and fortunately Tom couldn't have had or found a better mentor then his father. Tony had a very simple philosophy that Tom still uses and cherishes to this day, and that is, "Take care of your customers like they're part of "The Family" and make sure they've got the best coverages so they'll be covered in the event of a claim."
Tom took over the family business and clients from his father and is now insuring the grandchildren of Tony's original clients from the 1970's.
Read more about iCare Insurance Brokers Ltd. : http://www.icareinsurance.caTom Siracusa
Office: 604-628-5177
Direct: 778-883-5555