20 Breakout Business Moguls with an Attitude of Gratitude

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life – and your business – mightily. All great brands start somewhere and many...

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life – and your business. All great brands start somewhere and many businesses are on the verge of stardom in years to come.

Successful entrepreneurs understand the importance of giving – most importantly giving thanks for all of life’s successes, accomplishments and significant victories. Here’s a countdown, in no particular order, of entrepreneurs that made a big splash in 2010 and ultimately, what they are utterly thankful for this holiday season.

Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. – Albert Einstein

1. Erica Nicole: YFS Magazine, Founder and Editor in Chief

Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles

I am continually thankful to God for all of life’s professional successes and personal victories. Among many things, I am grateful for the tremendous vision set before me and the incredible trailblazing readership of YFS Magazine. Nothing is impossible for those that believe! In the words of Zig Ziglar, ‘Our favorite attitude should be gratitude.’

2.Rachel Lane: Barcelona Bath & Body, Founder & CEO

Grapevine, Texas

Every day I wake up grateful to have the opportunity to do the work I love helping people to set the mood for their lives with my home fragrance and personal care products. I’m thankful to my husband for his continual support in every way — he’s amazing. And I’m so grateful for all the wonderful people my business has brought into my life

3. Rich Amundson: Dicks Cottons, Designer & Founder

New York, NY

I am thankful for our fans, who through our Shades for Charity program, helped raise $1000 for the CCALS charity — Compassionate Care for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

4. Lisa Nicole Bell: Inspired Life Media Group, CEO

Los Angeles, CA

I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what I love every day. I feel like I have a special calling on my life to do what I do, and I do my best to honor that. I’m grateful for being chosen to live my life!

5. Lauren Rich: RICHPR, Owner

New York, NY

I am most thankful for my amazing support system of the best friends & colleagues a girl could ask for.   Running a business [solo] is no piece of cake, and it means the world to me to have my life surrounded with all of these wonderful people who are always there for me – no matter what happens.

6. Hamilton A. Sneed: HAS Events, Principal

Dallas, TX

I am thankful for the ability to use my God-given talents combining my passion for event planning, luxury brand marketing and giving back. Working with non-profits such as The Diamond Empowerment Fund, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Helping Hands Celebrity Weekend and more have opened the doors to endless possibilities and created new opportunities for 2011 and beyond!

7. Sabina Ptacin: Collective-E, Co-Founder & Red Branch PR, Co-Founder & President

New York, NY

My professional life is full of passion, challenges and excitement, which entrepreneurship truly brings despite all of the tough moments and late nights. But really, beyond the business success I’m grateful that I have family and friends in my life who love me, support me, have patience with my hectic lifestyle and remind me that a balanced life filled with authentic relationships, love and laughter is the most important thing.

8. Ruby Sohi: Royal Blue Events Management, CEO

Toronto, Ontario

For me, the last year has been a great and eventful one. It has been exactly one year since I moved to Toronto from London, England and I have to say I am very thankful to Torontonians, who have been so welcoming and so supportive of my move and so enthusiastic about my business offerings and services.

9. Aliah Davis-McHenry: Aliah Public Relations, President

Princeton, New Jersey

There are many things to be thankful for in my life. I must give special thanks to my family and friends’ unwavering support of Aliah Public Relations as we expand and grow into one of New Jersey’s premiere public relations and events management firms. I am thankful for my clients entrusting my firm with their brands. I am appreciative of my strong social and professional networks which have enabled us to Reach New Heights.

10. Jay Wang: Dress My Way, Co-Founder

Dallas, Texas

I am thankful for the opportunity to create empowerment for my customers with my passionate partners: Co-Founder, Tony Yang and Chief Designer Nicolas Villalba. For example, one of our customers noted, “You all have been so empowering and positive through the entire [custom dress design and development] experience. I can’t thank you enough.”


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