American Dream

"The American Dream"


JUNE 27-28 2023


Stephen Martinez, the author of “American Dream,” strives to help aspirant and established entrepreneurs of English and Spanish descent utilize a strategic approach to grow their businesses while achieving goals, thereby facilitating them to taste the glory of success.

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Tommy Mello

CEO and Founder of A1 GARAGE

Tommy Mello started A1Garage with 50K in business debt and today he is about to cross the $150 million mark in revenue with over 450 employees in 19 states. As he grows his business, he has done everything from sales to marketing to hiring. His experience running one of the top Garage Door Companies in Arizona provided him with many of the answers that up-and-coming business owners need to help them succeed.

Tommy’s advice has been regularly featured in top publications like Inc Magazine and Forbes, and he is also the host of the weekly podcast Home Service Expert, where he interviews top entrepreneurs in the industry to find out what made them world-class in what they do.


Chris yano

Chris is the CEO of RYNO Strategic Solutions, a leading Digital Marketing company that has focused on the home services industry since 2008. He is also the host of the popular Home Services Podcast, To The Point. Chris is an experienced business owner, investor, and philanthropist with a heart for the trades. He’s done over 500 keynotes, breakouts, and webinars on successful digital marketing best practices for home services companies during his tenure.

In 2018, Chris created a partnership with Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, arguably one of the best social/branding companies in the world, to bring a strong social/brand approach to the home service industry. Our motto at RYNO is “We Exist To Grow Your Business…Period.” That is exactly what we continue to do for the past 14 years.

Chris is married to his wife of 17 years, Anna Yano (RYNO COO), and has 4 children, Kaycee, Berkeley, Mason & Fallon Yano.


Carlos Reyes

Carlos was brought to the United States Of America illegally as a little boy by his single mother. In order for his mom to raise Carlos and his two siblings His mother worked 2 some times 3 jobs simultaneously and never made more than $8.25 an hour.

After decades of struggling he became a US citizen, thanks to his mother’s effort. He then decided to quit a 12 year corporate job in 2013 to pursue the dream of building his own Real Estate investment company. With the help of his partner Sal Shakir, the company scaled quickly to be a national real estate powerhouse consistently producing multiple 7 figures every year in multiple markets across the country.

Since then, Carlos has gone on to launch and acquire 12 companies that he personally owns and operates and has also transitioned into the private equity space as a venture capitalist by acquiring equity in 17 private companies. Carlos presently resides in Arizona with his wife and 2 daughters. Carlos and his family are now truly living the American Dream.


Ismael Valdez

First hispanic to come out of the trades with a record deal. My name is Ismael Valdez, I own Nexgen Air Conditioning and Plumbing out of Southern California. Last year 2022 we did 100 mil. in revenue. Nexgen started 7 years ago in a small location in Anaheim CA. 7 years ago we had no employees, no shop, and no license. Today we are the fastest growing HVAC and Plumbing company in the US. I also came up with my own thermostat, we call it Nuve. The reason why we came up with Nuve was to solve multiple deficiencies inside the operation.





Stephen Martinez, the author of “ The American Dream,” strives to help aspirant and established entrepreneurs of English and Spanish descent utilize a strategic approach to grow their businesses while achieving goals, thereby facilitating them to taste true growth and optimal revenue.

In his book, he has managed to convey detailed insights into his life journey, such as becoming the youngest Director of Sales at a top consulting company at only 22 years of age. He provides practical guidance to entrepreneurs through his perfected formula of business based upon his mentors, who are some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States. He has successfully aspired to unleash and teach some of the biggest companies in the industry the endless possibilities of business growth by learning and applying cutting-edge strategies to get optimum results




Rene Rodriguez

Considered by many as the leading authority on leadership and influence, Rene Rodriguez is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, leadership advisor, and transformational speaker coach. For the last 27 years, René has been researching and applying behavioral neuroscience to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales, and change. As an entrepreneur and CEO of multiple companies, Rene integrates a practical business approach that inspires his audiences to take action. Through his keynote, boot camps, workshops and proprietary Amplifii™ course, he helps us own our backstory to build the frame for not only our unique value propositions but also a beautiful picture of life. His audiences describe him as “powerful”, “thought-provoking”, and “authentic”. They say things like, “you could hear a pin drop as everyone was so captivated.” The result: greater influence, personal transformation, and immediate results in business and life by engaging with courage and grace.


Dan Zrihen

Dan Zrihen is a decorated sales and leadership expert, motivational speaker, coach, and serial entrepreneur.

Born in Northern California near San Francisco. His father an immigrant from Israel and mother whose family immigrated from Eastern Europe.

Dan was an all league wrestler, played high school and college football. Growing up in a lower income bracket gave him incredible motivation to remove himself and his family from the grip of poverty.

At 22 years old Dan started his career in the door to door industry for one of the largest home improvement companies in California and quickly became canvasser of the year multiple years in a row and manager of the year for the first time in the company’s history winning both in the same year.

At age 23 Dan was promoted to district manager leading a team of 50 to over 8 figures per year in revenue.

He now owns an 8 figure, Public adjusting, General contracting, and solar company, as well as other investments.

Dan, Married the love of his life and has 2 beautiful children and are now living in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona.



Purple Heart Recipient and Combat Vet.

Eric winn is a combat vet wHo served multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has over 600+ combat missions under his belt.

Eric Winn earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for Valor for selfless actions in Combat.

Eric Winn is considering a run for Senate as an independent and spends his time traveling across the United States speaking and motivating many individuals from every background about the psychological fundamentals on overcoming mental obstacles and how to achieve your goals and objectives through the art of perseverance.


Chris Scoville

Chris Scoville is a CEO and Founder of BluePagesPro  launched a Software Company located in Florida 4 years ago. BluePagesPro helps connect consumers with contractors through a unique online platform. They accomplish this through online digital directories and robust custom tech landing pages. Each BluePagePro listing is designed with conversion tools to help move a prospect from ”just looking” to, “let’s schedule a demo or consultation.”

Chris, also recently retired from Service Finance (Truist) as the SVP, and Director of Business Development, he was responsible for the growth and expansion of all home improvement verticals. Chris joined Service Finance Company with 25+ years of experience in home improvement finance solutions from: secured, unsecured, 203-k, construction to permanent, serving both residential and commercial industries.

His background blends the knowledge of marketing, sales training, and management giving him a unique perspective from the field that allows him to relate to contractors



CEO & Founder (American Incentive Advisors & Medical Incentive Advisors)

Corbin Rayburn has worked in the financial services industry for the last 15 years and is currently the CEO and founder of American Incentives Advisors and Medical Incentive Advisors.

American Incentives Advisors is one of the most successful and innovative companies that claims the R&D Tax Credits that companies have earned. They have recovered over $700 million for thousands of companies for the year 2022. They are trusted by hundreds of founders, companies, CPAs, and partners across the country due to their industry expertise and specialized focus. They evaluate the opportunity for each client. provide a personalized plan to maximize the rab credit. and generate the necessary documentation to ensure monetization and IRS compliance.


Dave Carroll

Dave Carroll is the founder of DOPE Marketing based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. After phasing himself out of his own profitable home service business, he made the decision to take all that he learned and help other businesses grow.

Dave started DOPE Marketing after realizing that there was a better way to help companies grow using direct mail and traditional marketing. DOPE helps businesses send automated direct mail, handwritten notes and gift boxes to prospects and customers across the country with no minimum order.

Dave’s advice has been regularly featured in top publications like Forbes, LA Weekly, Inc Magazine and Chicago tribune. Through his career, he has worked with businesses as large as Ashley furniture, Nike, and The Golden State Warriors, all the way to local companies including Roofers, HVAC, Painting and other home service businesses. Dave’s mission is to help business owners realize that anything is possible if they simply put their mind to it.



Businesswoman, Real Estate Investor, Mentor and Radio Host

Erika is a pioneer in Spanish -language Real Estate investment education, when noticing the lack of quality education in the Spanish language, she co -founded the first bilingual ” REIA” Hispanic Real Estate Investors Association to promote investment an-rong the Hispanic community.

Her passion for investing and helping the community led her in 2016 to host a radio program on Houston’s KYST 920 AM station “Invest in Real Estate”, a program that has been on the air for almost 6 years, and is also broadcast on social networks.

In 2019, its portfolio of properties began and to date with more than 130 transactions, from Purchase and Sale, Fix & Flip , Wholesale, Rentals . Retail , Commercial and Land. With her experience, she established her own Investment Real Estate Brokerage in 2020, specializing in Investors, investment properties, and providing specialized consulting to her clients.

Using these platforms, for 7 years she has given workshops, conferences, and seminars, at the national level to people interested in bein Investors: working in collaboration with leaders in other states. Thus turnina immigrants into Investors, helping them prosper add value to their lives, their communities, and leave a better legacy for fuiure generations.



CEO OF Just Share Media

A true blue-collar entrepreneur Allen is a 3rd generation roofer. His extensive background in taking roofing businesses with little to no brand presence and scaling them to powerhouses through branding, marketing, and recruiting lead him to achieve great heights in the roofing industry.

He has held key positions and been influential in scaling multiple Top 100 roofing companies. He even went on to run an 8-figure national roofing company of his own that he exited in 2019.

After a successful exit from his roofing company, Allen teamed up with one of his childhood friends to start Just Share Media. Just Share Media is a revolutionary software service that gives home-service companies access to a library of movie-quality videos for a low-monthly fee. His extensive industry knowledge mixed with a mastery of sales is leading Just Share Media’s explosive growth.



CEO of SumoQuote, CO-partner with Epic Roofing & Exteriors

As sales manager at Epic Roofing, Ryan developed a quoting tool that his team used to increase their sales by over 63%. This technology was re-developed into SumoQuote, which has helped thousands of contractors increase their win rates and close jobs at higher margins.

In his role as CEO of SumoQuote, Ryan works with top roofing companies across North America to craft innovative and dynamic proposals. These proposals help them stand out from the competition, providing an experience to a homeowner unlike anything else in the industry today.



Business Owner. CEO of Roofing Utah. Millennial Management Expert. Consultant.

Jen has made her mark in the roofing community, as she continues her effort to teach storm restoration contractors how to run a business. She began working the phones as an inside sales representative at Roofline Supply. a subsidiary of SRS Distribution. From there she went on to work at a small Utah roofing company as its sales manager. Jen distinguished herself as talented and hard-working, quickly rising through the ranks to become the company’s general manager. Under Jen’s leadership, in less than two years the company nearly doubled its annual sales.

In late 2019, Jen formed her own company, Roofing Utah: which is one of the only solely female-owned and operated roofing companies in the nation. Today, Roofing Utah is one of the fastest growing roofing companies in Utah. It has become “The New Standard inRoofing” through its premier warranties and exceptional customer service.

Jen prides herself on her ‘.work to help eliminate gender barriers for other aspiring women entrepreneurs, particularly in the male-dominated construction industry. Her current focus is on educating and supporting contractors in switching their insurance proceeds model, to a retail model with financing. When not walking roofs or shaking up the industry, Jen is the proud mother of four amazing kids and enjoys escaping the roofing world in the beautiful Utah mountains.



CEO of GiddyUp

Jeffery Wisniewski is the President and Founder of CutterCroix, LLC, creators of GiddyUp software, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to launching GiddyUp in 2008, Jeff held many leadership roles in both the technology and construction fields. He was the former Chief Technology Officer for an $800 MM family of construction companies. His experience provided him with the vision to create software that assists companies daily by ensuring GiddyUp “Fit the Software to the Company, not the Company to the Software”.

He believes that software should complement the business, not force the business to run the way a software person thinks it should run. Jeff and his entire team strive to become their client’s trusted technology partners – not just a vendor. Jeff resides in Ohio with his wife Traci, and their two children Avery and Jenny. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, clay shooting, and showing clients the best that Cleveland has to offer.


TJ McCormack - RoofR

Sam Taggart CEO of D2D

Karla Hirata - CallGeeks

Michael Marcial

June 27

Doors Close 8:30AM
Stephen Martinez /Pat Hilton/Celina 9:00AM - 9:15AM
Eric Winn
Jen Silver
Rene Rodriguez
Corbin Rayburn
Chris Yano
Erika Basurto
Intermission (12:30PM – 1:00PM)
Tommy Mello
David Boyd
Christopher Scoville
Closing (3:15PM – 3:30PM)

June 28

Doors Close 8:30AM
Stephen Martinez /Pat Hilton/Celina 9:00AM
Carlos Reyes
Karla Hirata
Ismael Valdez
Jeffrey Wisniewski
David Carroll
Intermission (12:30PM – 1:00PM)
Allen Mick
Ryan Shantz
Dan Zrihen
Michael Marcial
Sam Taggart
Closing (3:30PM – 3:45PM)


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