Contributors of the Business Building Blog provide ongoing guidance on a wide range of topics in order to help the Member Solutions community achieve business growth and success.
Advisory Team Member: Shihan Allie Alberigo is a father, Martial Artist, Martial Arts Instructor and industry coach and consultant with over forty-four years of Martial Arts experience. He has over thirty five years experience as a professional full-time Martial Arts Instructor. Shihan Allie Alberigo is the owner of world-renowned L.I. Ninjutsu Centers in Long Island, New York which has just celebrated its 20-year anniversary. Allie is also the Founder of the industry’s first step-by-step approach to consulting, www.TakingItToTheNextLevel.com. Visit Allie’s blog at http://blog.nextlevelfree.com/ or follow his YouTube page at takingittothenextlevel.com, long island ninjutsu. Allie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory Team Member: Sensei Dawn Barnes is the founder of Dawn Barnes Karate Kids in Los Angeles and a Member Solutions client since 2002. With nearly 2,000 students across seven locations, she operates the largest all-children’s martial arts school in the country. She is the author of “The Black Belt Club,” a popular children’s book series, www.TheBlackBeltClub.com. Dawn is a member of the board for Kids Kicking Cancer, an inductee into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as “Woman of the Year,” and her business and curriculum has been the subject of several cover stories over the years. Dawn is a sought-after consultant and lecturer in and out of the Martial Arts community and has influenced teachers and students all over the world with her “positive dialog response” methods.
Advisory Team Member: Duane Brumitt is the co-founder and owner of Duane Brumitt’s Tri-Star Martial Arts Academy in Bradley, Illinois, www.tristarkarate.com. Mr. Brumitt spends his time teaching staff and students, and speaking to area schools about what he calls “being a number ‘10.’” He gives Martial Arts demonstrations that teach respect for law and order and avoidance of drugs and alcohol. Mr. Brumitt also has a mentoring program with his partner Dion Riccardo. Their mission is to help small and medium size school owners save time and money by shrinking the learning curve.
Advisory Team Member: Rick Ellis is a 20 year veteran of the Martial Arts and he holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt. He is a proud family man with 5 children! His academy in Texas is one of the largest in the country, www.sltkd.com, and has been for 13 years and counting. Rick is a proud member of Tiger Rock Martial Arts International and plans on opening 2 more TRMAI franchises in the next year.
Advisory Team Member: Chuck Heacock is currently the Director of Sales for Krav Maga Worldwide, www.betterdojo.com, as well as a sought-after fitness industry consultant. Within 24 months as Director of Sales, he took the 200-member business to 2,000 students through the use of his revenue-driving strategies and tactics! Chuck started Martial Arts at the age of eight and started working in the health club industry at just sixteen, when he was hired and trained by the legendary Jack LaLanne. By the age of eighteen, he was already running five club locations.
Advisory Team Member: Michael Parrella is an owner and CEO of Full Contact Online Marketing, iLoveKickboxing.com, KidsLoveMartialArts.com and Master Parrella’s Martial Arts Centers in Long Island, New York. His own studio has enrolled over 500 members in the last 12 months by implementing state-of-the-art websites and industry-proven online marketing techniques. Michael’s Martial Arts Internet marketing and website design firm, Full Contact Online Marketing, builds “recruitment-style” websites for schools. Michael is also a published author and an Internet Marketing. He can be reached at Info@FullContactOnlineMarketing.com
Advisory Team Member: Barry Van Over is the president of Martial Arts Management Group. Through his consulting and services company, Barry has helped hundreds of Martial Arts school owners maximize their profits and reach their business goals. The success of Martial Arts Management Group has allowed Barry to form one of the world’s largest organizations of studios, Premier Martial Arts, which has locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britian. Barry Van Over has been a Martial Arts practitioner and studio owner for more than 20 years. He has served on several industry Boards of Directors, and has held numerous advisory positions. He is a contributing consultant to many of the industry’s top companies. Barry is also a columnist for MA Success magazine and a contributing author to many business organizations and publications.
Advisory Team Member: Bill Wakefield is one of Australia’s pioneers of growth and success in the Martial Arts Industry, www.c-m-a.com.au. Bill is a well known and prominent speaker on the subject of martial arts business, conducting seminars and workshops throughout Australasia. He was featured at the Inaugural World Martial Arts Supershow Australia. Bill also serves as Senior Consultant for PPS Australia/Member Solutions where he is helping clients replicate the tremendous success he has achieved in his school. Bill serves as the Australasia representative on the Member Solutions International Advisory Team where he networks with top schools from North America. Bill Wakefield’s 30 years of dedication and experience have earned him dual entry in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Mike Dolpies started his first school in 1998 when he was just 18 years old. He’s a Martial Arts School Marketing Expert and author of two top-selling martial arts business resources including: “Quick Karate Sales Letters” and “The Magic Intro Program.” He is also the co-founder of http://martialartsbusinesssystem.com/.
Bringing over 18 years of finance experience to the job, Michael Connor is responsible for the financial reporting and budgeting process for Member Solutions, as well as overseeing all cash flow and managing banking relations.
Andrew Kasmen has more than 20 years experience as a lawyer, representing APS, and now Member Solutions, since 2002. He is responsible for all of Member Solutions’ legal and insurance needs.