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No funding, no acquisitions, no sales. Not a conventional Internet bus owner

Things change…and entrepreneurs learn how to go with it. Meet 2 serial entrepreneurs and learn what they did to make it big…big enough to choose. Start another company? Travel around the world? What would you do?

Meet Will Gordon, internet cowboy. Working on his second retirement and preparing to ride off into the sunset again:

I have not had business cards the last 15 years, so needless to say I am an outlier and operate on the fringes away from sight.We are known as Internet cowboys and figured out the value of search engines at their inception in 1998 and created our businesses accordingly. I have made 100% of my income on the Internet since 1998. I got into lead generation with health insurance in 1998 and by 2001 retired at age 40 on 1,000 health insurance leads per day generated from my pay per click Internet advertising and websites that I created. I value my freedom more than money or anything and raised my children Willie 24 and Haley 22 the next 10 years, coached youth sports for 10 years, bought homes, renovated and decorated them and traveled 3-6 months per year. On advice of my accountant I reemerged from retirement and created 10 businesses and 14 websites in 2011 [and] will be done by mid 2013, at which time I will ride off into the sunset once again. I am no longer interested in being an entrepreneur, way too many details and drudgery. I will focus on travel, skiing, kite surfing, Sarasota culture, friends, family, philanthropy and film projects.

Meet Dennis Zink, who loves a challenge and works across industries of publishing, medical equipment and now real estate:

Knows how to start and run a business; any business -- a quick study. Entrepreneurial personality with high level of energy, creativity and pragmatic view of business has led to many successes. On a fast track with a fast horse. Analytical, competitive; dislikes losing at anything, success and goal-oriented. Thrives under pressure.

Coined the well known expression:
"Don't reinvent the wheel, just change the spokes"

Specialties: Co-branding and identity expertise: Published Calendar of Events in several markets with Time Warner as co-sponsor. Invented the name ORBUS magazine conjoining Orlando and Business as Orlando's Business Magazine. Branded Zincom in the Tampa area.

Some would say they are lucky…find out what their secrets of success are on 3/15.

We look forward to Linda Olson joining us in the future and wish TampaBay WaVE the best as they move toward their launch of First WaVE and for their Open House.

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  • Davis G.

    Great meeting you.

    March 15, 2013

  • Gary F.

    Need to be elsewhere, sorry. I'm planning to make the next one. GF

    March 14, 2013

  • Janet

    Working in the public sector, I have lots of community impacting dreams - looking forward to it.

    March 14, 2013

  • Beth

    Busy planning for our Great Gatsby Ladies Tea Benefit on 3/21/13. Look forward to attending the next meeting!

    March 12, 2013

  • Beth

    Very much enjoyed the presentation on "crowd funding" and would like to see the conversation enlarged to include the details of banking regulation changes that are allowing private investors to fund public-private projects in communities.

    February 19, 2013

  • Gary F.

    Plan to attent, what's the topic?

    February 13, 2013

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