Martin Kamenski

Written by Martin Kamenski

Martin is our President and CEO. He's a CPA and former business owner whose passion for small business began with childhood memories of Al’s Carpet Cleaning—his grandfather’s business. Martin writes about leadership, strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship.

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Ep. 8—$5K to $500K: Jeff's Turnaround Story (Pt. 1) [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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Jeff Schneider’s business, Marketing Ninjas, was on the brink of failure. He was putting everything he had into it, and getting only chaos in return: 80+ hour work weeks in his basement office, hardly enough money to pay the bills, and a marriage that was falling apart. With the support of his coach, Mary Rydman, Jeff worked to turn things around.

Now, nobody loves Mondays more than Jeff. He has a real office, with seven employees and is earning nine times as much as he was before—all with a smaller group of deeply engaged clients. But it isn’t just that Jeff’s business is better, it’s that his entire life has changed.

This is the story of how he did it.

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Learn more about Marketing Ninjas at www.marketingninjas.com.

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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Frustrations Are Guaranteed. Success Isn't.

“Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be.” - Unknown

Show me a business owner who hasn’t felt frustrated and I’ll show you someone who is only a few hours into running their business. All business owners know what it feels like to experience many degrees of frustration: from the small, mildly irritating, won’t destroy your weekend frustrations to the turn-off-the-lights, head in your hands, nowhere to hide frustrations.

Topics: Leadership, Systemization

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The Secret to Spotting Trends in Your Business

Trendspotting is a term most commonly used in fashion circles. Top designers will spend thousands of dollars to send their curators all over the world to… spot trends. We’ve notoriously been told that the fashion industry is capable of predicting what colors we will want to wear before we even know we want to wear them.

Topics: Management, Finance

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Ep. 7—Doing the Right Thing [Podcast]

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At only 19, Ovid Figueroa opened his roofing business, Serrano II. His strong work ethic showed up everywhere in the business: if it wasn’t done right, he’d take care of it. But as Ovid’s company grew—and as he transitioned from roofing to management—he realized that he needed systems to empower his team.

With the support of his coach, Christina Ellis, Ovid’s team is more committed than ever to follow his lead in doing the right thing.

Learn more about Serrano II at serrano2roofing.com.

Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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Crafting Our Vision

What is our purpose?

What do we value as a company?

What specifically are we going to do?

What are we committing to achieve?

Topics: EMyth, Leadership, Values

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Ep. 6—From Technician to Entrepreneur [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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When Jeff Venn started Create Studios, a web design and digital marketing company, the business was exactly what he wanted. He had more time with his family, went surfing regularly and exceeded his salary goals. But after a health crisis, Jeff realized he’d become a master technician, focused only on the day-to-day, and he knew things had to change.

After only nine months of working with his EMyth Coach, Kay Robinson, Jeff’s leading his team with purpose and growing Create Studios into the business he always dreamed it could be.

Learn more about Create Studios at createwds.com.

Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Music: “Remedy for Melancholy” by Kai Engel is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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Four Must-Have Traits in a CFO

Numbers—drilling down into a complex spreadsheet of financial data—can be unsettling. Even to those who are accustomed to reviewing their own financials and metrics on a regular basis, it’s entirely possible to feel degrees of panic when faced with looking at the numbers. Why? Because there’s no hiding from the truth with numbers. In your weekly status meeting, your executive team may sugar-coat the truth about a project that’s going off the rails. Your direct reports might be marking up your “360 review process” with above-average scores because they fear the consequences of sharing some harsh truths. But when you look at your cash flow last month, there’s only cold reality: where you started, what changed and where you ended.

Topics: Hiring, Finance

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Ep. 5—Building a Business, Not a Job [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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For ten years, Higher Standards Academy was just Jerilyn Kass. She was doing the work of the business—teaching SAT prep to college-bound students—and growing slowly but steadily. For a while, “slow and steady” worked for her. But soon, comfort grew into impatience, and she realized faster growth would require an outside perspective to help her focus on the areas of her business she was neglecting.

With the help of her coach, Rachel Clark, Jerilyn grew revenues by 40%, hired a team of people she loves working with, took her first (almost) unplugged vacation and, now, feels like the leader of her business for the first time.

Learn more about Higher Standards Academy at ca.higherstandards.biz

Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Music: "Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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Ep. 4—From Client to Coach [Podcast]

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In this special edition of On It, Director of Coaching, Adam Traub, and EMyth Coach, Amanda Sutt, talk about their experiences as coaches and former clients. From passion, inspiration and genuine care, our coaches reflect on how they shifted their perspectives and brought more life to their businesses.

Interested in becoming an EMyth Coach?

Join us this February in San Diego for Immersion, a 3 ½ day workshop where you’ll learn about our Coach Training program, meet our team—including Adam, Amanda and I—and discover new tools you can start using with your clients.

Coaching is personal and we believe our partnership should be the same. This is the only chance you’ll have this year to join our network. Come get to know us, and let us get to know you.

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Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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Ep. 3—Becoming CEO [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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For some time, Cheryl Pia was running her full service creative agency, Pia, without direction—haphazardly moving from day-to-day, without goals or a plan to grow. But her passion and re-commitment to her business changed everything. In the last two years, Cheryl’s nearly tripled her employees, expanded to three locations and enjoyed tremendous growth.

Learn more about Pia Agency at piacomm.com.

Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Topics: Client Stories, Podcast

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