Stuntwoman Turned Business Woman
After being diagnosed with a heart condition at an early age and depending on a service dog for a higher quality of life, Bunny emphasizes inclusion and sensitivity for all populations in her work while keeping the process engaging and meaningful. Following an undergraduate research focus on psychology and internationally-recognized alternative therapies and treatment methods, such as animal assisted therapy and sensory stimulation, Bunny became a qualified mental health professional. She moved to Dalian, China and worked as a stuntwoman for a year while she continued her education and received her master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health. After recognizing the dissatisfaction in organizations and employees, Bunny founded her company, A Better Place Consulting to empower and educate businesses and organizations on cultivating a positive work environment while crushing business growth goals. Bunny’s clients include individual business owners and corporations, such as Virginia Health Systems, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, and professional associations. Bunny also enjoys teaching burnout prevention to law enforcement, military, and correctional officers. Even as a national speaker, certified yoga instructor, and equine specialist who is competent in American Sign Language, Bunny is still most proud of her incredible family of two amazing daughters and her supportive husband.
About Chris Harris
Chris works with revenue drivers so they can CRUSH their numbers, ROCK their productivity, and all while making a meaningful DIFFERENCE!
Chris Harris: Co-Founder and Chief Refuser at RefuseOrdinary, LLC
· Productivity guru & sales whisperer, speaker, and trainer for almost 20 years. In that span he has operated a leadership school, owned two consulting firms and help launch several other business centric ventures.
· Former clients include companies such as Altria, Patagonia, Capital One, and World Bank - Caribbean Division
· Created “ACE-25” (A one-on-one production coaching program, which yielded 166%* individual production growth in 60 days.) *Randstad USA
· Created “4 Ways To Shave 5 Hours Off Your Work Week” presented throughout the state of Virginia
· Co-Created “The Business Disruptors Series: What the best companies are doing and NOT doing to stay on top” (E-book, 2015)
· Co-Created “2017 SPECIAL REPORT: 5 Key Trends & Opportunities for Sales Growth” (E-book, 2017)
· Contributing Editor “The 7 Truths of Sales Leadership” (E-book, 2017)
· Co-wrote “Time Sucked! How to rock your productivity AND get your life back!” (E-book, 2013)
· Wrote over 250+ articles on productivity, sales, time management, and creating systems of execution that actually work, (RefuseOrdinary and other blogs, 2006 - present)
· Featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch – “Time flies, but will it take you to your business destination?” (September 2014)
· Featured (…along with his awesome wife) in SUCCESS Magazine (May 2016)
· Frequently featured as a guest on News Radio WINA, FM 98.9 “Conversations With Wendy” in Charlottesville, VA (2016 - Present)
· Guest speaker at various venues though-out the Mid-Atlantic (2000 - Present)
· Former Advisory Board Member; Stratford University, Glen Allen, Virginia Campus
· Current Ambassador Committee Member and Former Chair ; Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
· Lives in New Kent, VA with his wife Amanda, daughter Logan and dogs Perrin and Rayna
· Secret Superpower: Raising a 6 year-old while working from home
Chris Jones is a three-time Virginia Press Association award-winning journalist and editor. He helps individuals and entrepreneurs write and publish books that inspire others to change their lives and to pursue their dreams.
He is the founder and CEO of Chris Jones Ink, a full-service writing agency serving a variety of writing clients. His company’s niche is article and book ghostwriting, online content development and management, and editorial services management. On his podcast, Chris has interviewed people like New York Times best-selling author John David Mann, EOFire’s Kate Erickson, Foundr Magazine CEO Nathan Chan, lifestyle entrepreneur Kimanzi Constable, Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Efrem Graham.
As a journalist, Chris has interviewed high profile people, like HGTVs Sabrina Soto, Food Network celebrity chef Rachael Ray, Supernanny Jo Frost, Keegan Allen of Freeform Network’s Pretty Little Liars, teen influencer Caleb Maddix, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, and TLCs America’s Supernanny host Deborah Tillman, to name a few.
Chris has been in the writing and marketing industry for over 18 years. He has a degree in Visual Communication for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Chris lives in Virginia with his wife and children.
You can learn more about Chris on his website: www.ChrisJonesInk.com
Andrea Johnson has 10 years’ experience in sales, small business management, and many successful years as a Business Services Specialist. She has served hundreds of clients across Virginia, and remains committed to being their trusted business partner for the long term, while now supporting Business Advocates to grow to their full potential in this industry.
Being native to Hampton Roads area, Andrea has extensive family ties, lifelong friendships and a vast professional network in the area. She’s had the privileges and challenges associated with working in multiple family businesses, which helped shape her humble sense of gratitude, strong business acumen and passion of service to others.
Coupling her entrepreneurial drive with a strong sense of family and community, Andrea volunteers with local schools, churches and multiple business groups for bringing knowledge, and connecting people to resources to help those in need.
Andrea is the Division Director for VA of Beyond, a financial technology that provides payment processing, POS solutions, payroll, lending and other business tools and services to small and mid-sized businesses. We are a rapidly growing company that offers the energy and enthusiasm of an entrepreneurial start-up combined with the confident leadership of well-respected industry veterans. Our determination to transform the business world doesn’t stop at our commitment to complete transparency, flexible contract terms and unparalleled customer service. When you help drive our success, you are also giving back… thanks to the philanthropic partnership at the heart of our company. Give Something Back is a part-owner and beneficiary of Beyond.
Scott is an estate and business planning lawyer with Golightly Mulligan & Morgan. With more than 20 years of legal experience, Scott has dedicated his career to helping families and small businesses plan for the future and protect the well-being of their loved ones.
Scott’s passion is to help families and small businesses plan for and successfully navigate the unexpected and inevitable events in life. Specifically, Scott’s job is to ensure that (1) personal, family, and business goals are realized, (2) risks and expenses are minimized, and (3) peace of mind is achieved.
Scott takes pride in providing each of his clients with personal attention, timely assistance, clear communication, and excellent results. He takes the time necessary to make sure he fully understands each client's values, goals, desires, questions, and concerns. Scott explains, in plain English, the available options and his recommendations based on the client's specific situation. Put simply, Scott’s objective is to make sure each of his clients fully understands the available options, is actively engaged, and feels absolutely comfortable throughout the entire planning process.
Scott received his B.A. in Political Science from Christopher Newport University and his J.D. from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While in law school, Scott served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Richmond's Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and served on the law school's Honor Council.
Greg Lingo is currently the Business Development Manager for EDGe Business Planning in Richmond, VA. As a Business Development Manager, Greg works with potential clients to ascertain the level of guidance their business needs and help direct resources accordingly. He participates in a number of business networking organizations to raise awareness of EDGe and its unique array of services. Greg’s passion is working with businesses to help them reach their full potential.
Previously Greg worked for three Fortune 500 medical device and biopharmaceutical companies. He likes everything outdoors and enjoys cooking for family and friends. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Biology, also taking courses in Accounting and Economics. He lives in Henrico with his wife, Diane, children Ryan and Cameron, and their Boxer, Porsche.
Benjamin S. Tyree is an associate attorney at Coates & Davenport, P.C. and devotes his practice to civil and business litigation.
Ben regularly advocates for both individual and small business clients in courts throughout the state. He advises business clients with formation of corporate entities, purchase/sale agreements, contract and lease negotiation and drafting, collections, arbitration, and complex litigation, and serves as registered agent for many corporations and LLCs.
Ben also represents individuals who have been injured in vehicle accidents and in premises liability matters, along with divorce, custody, and support issues.
Attention to detail and creative problem solving are the keys to helping his clients reach their goals.
Ben is a Virginia native, attended the University of Richmond and Wake Forest University School of Law, and now lives in Richmond with his wife
Who is Christina Tinker?
Christina is a gifted speaker and facilitator and a passionate courage cultivator helping individuals, teams, and organizations create inclusive, innovative cultures that drive powerful business results.
Christina has been a trailblazer all her life, launching her first successful birthday party business at age 12 with her childhood best friend, Michelle. After college, Christina traveled the world implementing corporate training programs for Dell, NetApp, National Oilwell Varco, Transocean, and many other prestigious organizations. She went on to become a key member of the Executive Team of that organization, leading the Global Sales team to unprecedented success.
From there, Christina spent almost a decade as a senior Sales Executive and top performing revenue contributor in three of the most revered technology firms in the world - IBM, Oracle, and Gartner.
Although she has received many professional awards over the years, Christina is most proud of the trusting relationships she has built with so many incredible leaders throughout her career. When asked, these exceptional clients say without hesitation that it is Christina’s authentic leadership, sincere interest in their business success, and courageous spirit that set her apart.
Bring Christina to your organization to leverage the power of authentic storytelling to create long-term trust based relationships with clients!