Chris Simmons, founder of the Industrial Network Group and Total Industrial Sales, is our main host on Real Sales Talk. Chris holds a MBA in International Business from Gardner-Webb University and undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Wofford College. His background includes working in different sales & marketing roles from Account Manager, National Sales Manager, and Vice President of Sales for several different industrial based companies.
He has also started and sold several companies over his 25 year career.
In 2015, Chris saw a need within the Industrial marketplace to help sales professionals build strong relationships, improve their sales skills, and increase their knowledge of projects and opportunities. He contacted several key industrial sales professionals and created the first ING chapter in Spartanburg, SC. Over the past 5 years, he has worked diligently to create processes that will help industrial sales professionals be successful.
Mark Hunter of TheSalesHunter.com was our visitor on a recent Real Sales Talk.
Mark’s journey in sales included multiple sales and leadership roles with three Fortune 500 companies. Those experiences provided the foundation for him to create the name “The Sales Hunter” more than 20 years ago. That is when he began his lifestyle of consulting, speaking and writing about sales.
Today, he is humbled by the many faces he meets as he travels the globe. “My resumé says I specialize in business development, guiding organizations to find and retain high-quality prospects; however, it really boils down to relationships,” he says. “I consider it an honor to connect with people each and every day.”
Sally Love is a high performance coach and consultant in the industrial manufacturing market. She is also the host of Beyond the Turning Point podcast. She is highly skilled at engaging audiences as a speaker, facilitator and moderator. Sally is known for her infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt passion and down-to-earth approach for bringing out the best in people so that they can create the life they want for themselves and their family.
Mike Pierce (Antarctic Mike)
Mike Pierce, better known as Antarctic Mike, works with organizations that want to find, engage and keep the best performing people.
Mike’s background professionally started in the recruiting business in 1997, working specifically to show managers and leaders exactly how to identify and recruit the best people. He now speaks across the US and Canada to executive teams, organizations, associations and sales teams about how to lead people so they are fully engaged in what they do.
Mike is an avid fan of polar expedition history and is an endurance athlete. In 2006, Mike became one of 9 people to run the first ever Antarctic Ice Marathon and a year later became the first American to run the Antarctic 100k, a grueling 62 miles on an ice shelf 600 miles from the South Pole.
His flagship program, Leading at 90 Below Zero, connects the drivers and principles of Antarctic expedition history stories to the real world of finding, engaging and keeping great people in today’s business world.
Mike has a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and resides in Encinitas, California with his wife Angela.
Daniel Allison is a true sales professional with over 20 years selling experience in a variety of industries. His career started door to door and has continually progressed to selling to owners and other decision makers. Daniel is a dynamic relationship builder and is also the Coordinator for one of the largest ING Chapters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
In his spare time, Daniel also produces his own podcast called the Average Dude. This podcast is growing in popularity and demonstrates Daniel's ability to answer intriguing questions and decipher information that is pertinent to his listeners.
If you have participated on Real Sales Talk, you have heard him contribute as a participant and as a guest host. No matter what Daniel does he always goes the extra mile!
Walker McKay is Founder and Principal of McKay Consulting Group LLC.
He’s a lifelong salesperson, coach, and creator of the No B.S. Sales School, where he teaches people like you how to stop relying on the old-school way of selling (there’s a reason it’s not working).
After spending 35 years calling, networking, and getting referrals to better clients, and over 15 years helping others build world-class sales teams in almost every industry, he has uncovered what it takes to consistently close business without you or your prospect ever feeling like you’re selling. He shares his proven secrets to success to help you hit your targets, grow your revenue, and gain the respect you deserve.
Walker is active on all social channels, especially Twitter and LinkedIn.
After 35 years in sales and sales leadership with roles in companies such as ADP, Peoplesoft, KPMG and Oracle, Dave Sanderson founded his executive coaching and personal leadership firm Dave Sanderson Speaks International in 2014. A sought-after international speaker, he works with established and emerging leaders to help them find what their DISTINCT ADVANTAGE, aligning with their purpose through employing their personal leadership skills, igniting their performance through focused execution, resourcefulness and gratitude. In addition to his 35 years in sales and sales leadership, he was the Director of Security for Tony Robbins for over 10 years and has recently been named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in Inc.com.
On January 15, 2009, Dave was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered to be the most successful ditching in aviation History. Dave has spoken at countless fundraisers that have raised over $14M for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from the first person he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: A Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.His book, Moments Matter, details the lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment can create a lifetime of purpose so you can create your own flight plan for your future! Check out Dave's show "Voice of Personal Leadership" on Amazon's Alexa platform and his TEDxTalk, Bouncing Back, and his online course Cultivating Personal Leadership.
Lisa Burbage is CEO and founder of Wellness Five, LLC, a corporate health and wellness coaching company in Charleston, S.C. She helps companies slash sick days, propel profits and boost employee productivity. Wellness Five is one of only a few companies in SC to be fully accredited by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) to offer their Diabetes Prevention Program. In addition, Lisa is one of only 180+ master trainers in the U.S. to train other lifestyle coaches to facilitate this CDC approved program. Clients of Wellness Five include the Medical University of South Carolina, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Charleston and Bamberg County School Districts, The Okonite Company, Solera Health and Evening Post Industries.
Lisa holds a master’s degree in higher education and counseling from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Charleston. She is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, NBC-HWC, and received her Health Coaching Certification from Duke University.
Lisa and her husband live in Charleston and own a farm in Hampton county where they grow organic vegetables. When she is not working, you can find her there gardening, cooking or reading.
A speaker, author, and coach, Mikaela Kate has invested 15+ years in developing men and women leaders from college-age and beyond. Her experience in ministry, leading multiple teams, and engaging in one-on-one development makes her highly qualified to coach teams and individuals to help achieve their personal and professional goals. More recently, she has worked with the manufacturing and retail industry, the financial and legal sector, start-up businesses, and various independent sales teams.
A graduate of Iowa State University, she discovered her unique gift for strategic thinking, people development, and investing in the growth of teams. She became a Partner at DREAM Workplace to help companies grow their potential in each of their employees. Currently, she owns her own personal and professional coaching and training business (www.mikaelakate.com).
Recently Mikaela published three books. The first is Waking Up to Your Purpose: Recognizing God’s Presence, Provision & Plan for Your Life, and the second is Love Calling: Giving You Clarity, Confidence, and Conviction to Conquer Your Day – a 365-day devotional, and lastly is an eBook called 7 Steps to Extraordinary Success which all can be found on Amazon.