Because I spent almost a decade as a single mom raising a boy, it was critical that I introduced my son to men of value, men with ethics, men who are devoted to their wives and children, men who work hard because they love their family and community. As such, in 2007 when the young owner of Egg & I Restaurant in Addison, Texas became my client, I knew I had discovered such a man.
Ryan Colarossi and family own three Egg & I Restaurants (Addison, Carrollton, Denton). Not only does he manage a family run business that provides delicious, hearty meals in a clean and friendly environment, Ryan and his team are a great addition to any community.
In an effort to understand how Ryan has achieved so much success at such an early age, Epiphany Financial asked him where it all began and did he envision the life he now leads:
Ryan: “I knew I loved the restaurant business since freshman year in high school.... I am the oldest of 4 kids. I am a born leader. It is my role, my position. People say you change in your 20s and 30s but I never changed; I was always ambitious and disciplined. I was so disciplined that if I wanted to play video games, I had to clean my room. I always like earning the reward. I am self-motivated. If I wanted to eat candy, I would jog a mile before I ate the candy….I wish I was still like that now.”
After a brief chuckle, Epiphany Financial asked: “Beyond the discipline and hard work, what motivates you to get up every day and serve the public?”
Ryan: “For this moment right here – the ability to spend an hour with a friend who is genuine and real…. I try to connect with every single customer. If I can put a smile on someone’s face for even just five seconds, THAT is what matters. The food is not that special. It’s fresh, we use quality ingredients, and it is prepared in a clean environment and that’s important, but what matters is the people.”
Epiphany: “Apparently people are your number one priority, as such, how do you choose your business relationships?”
Ryan: “I played competitive sports (baseball) in high school and college and so it prepared me for the world and working as a team. I work well with team players and I don’t even have to necessarily like you. I just need to know that you are first and foremost a ‘master of your craft.’ I need to trust and respect that you will get the job done well and in my best interests.”
Epiphany: “So is it important that the many community groups to which you donate food, give money, expend your time, be groups that meet this criteria?”
Ryan: “Not directly. We contribute to whatever is important to our customers. If it is important to someone else, then it is important to us. Even if your motives are not pure, I don’t worry about it too much because 9 out of 10 requests are pure. Everybody is a winner when you come to the Egg & I. If you put your time and energy into the community, then that matters to us.”
Epiphany: “So where do you go from here? What is next?”
Ryan: I am not sure anymore. My ego wants me to have 10 restaurants but I am at a crossroads right now because I have a lot of flexibility with my time. I do not have to be physically and mentally exhausted anymore and, I must admit, I almost feel guilty because of it. At base I know that I will continue to grow and maintain what I have created because my biggest concern is to ensure I have opportunities for my people.”
If you have not eaten at Egg & I, you are not only missing out on some of these best waffles and egg dishes in the Metroplex, but you will not get to experience a friendly, family environment that will leave you feeling a little bit better about yourself and the community at large. Thank you Ryan Colarossi and family for reminding us why small business is the heart and soul of America!
If you want to understand why Ryan and the Colarossi family have chosen to work with Epiphany Financial, please contact us today so we can conduct your “Financial Health Check up.”
“When Kasandra and her team came to my home for the first time and educated me on the financial freedom that is available to me, ideas and strategies that I did not know about, I was eager to learn more. What convinced me to work with Epiphany Financial was that you took the time to guide me through a process. You are a master of your craft! Don’t just be good at what you do, be great at what you do! When I think of Kasandra I think of someone who is a master of her craft in financial strategy. You give me your attention and your time and you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to work that hard for money and yet you do. You genuinely choose to help people. I would be pretty well off if we had not met, but then you came in and made it a lot better. You took me to a higher tier that I did not realize I was capable of reaching. You chose to give me that gift and it is precious and it is incredibly rare. The pointe of difference that you offer, is that you truly care about the Colarossi family first.”
David Gerrit Visser, Pilot, Movie Producer, Author, Investor/Commodities Trader, Visser Entertainment, Amazing Media Group, Avanti Traders Group Visserentertainment.com / email@example.com
When my client referred me to David, I was forewarned that he would be skeptical because he had degrees in finance and was a pretty serious investor. Thus, to convince him that I might have some information that he could use to add to his arsenal of financial knowledge and increase his overall wealth position was an obstacle I had overcome before but, alas, not without some extra effort.
As such, when I finally met David at his home, I was immediately impressed because while he had all the worldly attributes of a man of success, it was his humble openness to learning that let me know I was not interacting with just any successful serial entrepreneur, I was in the presence of a man who has vision. Not only does David go for and get what he wants, he uses what he has to be a blessing to others.
….but he didn’t necessarily start out that way.
In fact, David admitted that the basic reason he pursued the various businesses and opportunities he has was for the financial success. A case in point was his entry into the entertainment business.
As a private pilot, David had already attained the highest levels of success and skill within his field and has become the highest time Piaggio pilot in the world. Therefore, he began to more actively pursue other interests. Because he had always been fascinated by the film industry, when he was given the opportunity to buy a film that he knew nothing about, he was very clear that it was a “widget,” a tangible, hard asset that he could own and do something with eventually…..and did he ever!
David has used his ownership of “The Pistol: Birth of a Legend” to host a viewing and raise money for Snowball Express that helps support children who have lost parents in the military. Through the viewing of “Last Ounce of Courage,” the Daughters of WWII raised enough money to send 13 veterans back to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the invasion. David is currently the Executive Producer on a movie called Donovan that will raise awareness about bi-polar disorder. (Release date December 2015.)
David even helped finance a book (originally just another “widget” to him) called Squirrel and Oak which speaks to children about death and helps them process through it. So while he had been investing in movies and books largely as pure “investments,” David realized that he could change lives through awareness and education.
So just as his investment in Donovan became about more than just the money, David has even ventured into writing a book of his own to help kids and even adults overcome their fear of flying. “There’s Magic in the Air: A pilot’s view of aviation behind the scenes” will be released in the upcoming months as well.
David said that when he looks back on the choices he has made it may seem disconnected but, in reality, there is a theme, there is a pattern, “It’s about giving back and helping. It’s about changing and improving lives through awareness and education. There is more out there than just work. You can basically do anything you want. You can be anything you want to be in America. It is a choice.”
It was at this point in the interview that I had my own “epiphany” about why David and I clicked from the very start – he is passionate about bringing out the best not just in himself, but others which is why he, like myself, is committed to “changing and improving lives through awareness and education.”
If you want to learn more about what David does and how you might be able to couple your talents with his, contact him at www.Visserentertainment.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
And If you are someone who wants MORE and you are ready to not just gain the knowledge but to understand the application, the wisdom, the HOW TO, please reach out and let’s walk through the First Step of my “Four Steps to Financial Freedom” process. The “fee” is an hour of your time and I will even buy the coffee!
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With her business, Neurosport, Kip took the same techniques she used to help NFL scouts and agents recruit the “right” players to their teams, and has begun to help CEOs ensure they hire the right members to their company. Kip informed me that with sales recruiting, she looks at what the job requires from a mental skill set. “What the assessment does is identify the neurological realities behind issues that you can’t ask about due to HR laws but it is often those issues that need to be discussed and addressed so we can determine a plan to mitigate the weaknesses and highlight the strengths. Ultimately, we can understand if someone is innately wired to do the actual job assigned to them. If one is not innately wired to perform the function to the highest levels, this does not preclude that person from achieving success but it means the coach or boss will have to customize training to ensure this employee or potential new hire can achieve the success desired.”
Every person is unique considering their upbringing and the environment in which they operate. As such, personal interviews are part of the process but, as Kip clarified, “It is stunning that even with all these unique variances, specific brain codes are highly predictable. Once you understand these realities, you can work within the facts. Even with legitimate illnesses and biochemical disorders, one will be predispositioned to specific behaviors and thought patterns based on their brain code.”
Finally, when you visit Kip’s website you will discover that this former IWFL Safety for the Dallas Diamonds is also a Beachbody “Accountability Coach.” Because she is a licensed professional counselor, she has tangible, useable advice to help you achieve success. While most of us have seen the infomercials, Kip can help you intelligently decipher what will make sense for you. I can personally attest to the awesome nutrition I receive with my daily chocolate Shakeology drink! J
Kip Watson is by far one of the most competent professionals I have ever met. To define what she has done for me personally and professionally is beyond the space of this Client Spotlight. Suffice it to say, you will do yourself, your family and your business a serious “good” if you contact Kip and explore how she might be able to increase your competence.
Lorie Burch, Wills & Trust Attorney, The Law office of Lorie. L. Burch, PC.
www.burch-law.com / email@example.com / 972-385-0558
If you interact with Lorie Burch for very long, you will hear her exclaim, “If you do not have a will….” and in a loud, enthusiastic voice you will respond in unison with those around you, “….then the State of Texas has one for you!”
While a newcomer to the scene will chuckle upon hearing the robust response of the crowd, and she will immediately acknowledge even the severity of this truth, almost 70% of US citizens do not have a will. When I asked Lorie why people abdicate their responsibility to care for those around them, she stated people do not have this vital legal document due to: (1) procrastination, (2) no understanding of how the law really works, and (3) cost.
While no one can help someone who won’t help themselves, lack of understanding can be overcome and cost is relative. In both cases, Lorie has been an exceptional and patient teacher for me and my family and, ultimately, the cost paled in comparison to the education and peace of mind we now have as a family.
Lorie is passionate about her legal practice because she deals with subject matter and life events that are the most difficult for people to confront. As such, when the inevitable occurs, those who have relied on a loved one who has passed away not only know what this person would have wanted to occur, but they have the power to do something about it. Lorie told me, “Creating a will has very little to do with what you have. It is about making this difficult time as easy for your loved ones as possible by letting them know your wishes and empowering them to carry those wishes out.”
When Lorie is not helping clients create legal peace of mind, she is busy pouring her heart and soul into women all around the country as the current National President of the oldest personal and professional development organization for working women, the American Business Women’s Association – ABWA. While she has officially been a member for nine years, Lorie grew up in ABWA because her mother is a long time member. When I asked Lorie what it is about ABWA that is so special she stated:
“From my earliest days all I knew is that I wanted to make a difference and change the world. The path God has put me on is not only what I do for a living but it is to support and promote the women of ABWA. I am passionate about helping ABWA because they have helped me be a more complete person. My biggest passion is advocacy – specifically equal rights for the LGBT community and I advocate on a local and national level. It is in ABWA that these two passions come to life as I was completely accepted, supported, promoted and even celebrated for all aspects of who I am- ABWA allowed me to be me. As such, I want to help change hearts and minds so that each person can live to their full potential which means living comfortably and productively in their own skin. This is what ABWA did for me!”
To learn more about ABWA, feel free to contact Lorie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and if you do contact her, get ready to have the phone answered by the most absolutely divine Senior Paralegal, Matthew. J
Client Spotlight: Dr. Raymund King
While God tells us that we are created in His image and, therefore, equal to each other, the Creator clearly states that there is reason and purpose behind why He did not bestow equal levels of talent upon each of us. The Divine further explains that for those to whom He gave a lot, He expects much more. As such, it is humbling to meet a child of God who has fully embraced the calling to be of service to others.
Dr. King worked his way through college and medical school as a professional magician and concert violinist. After practicing medicine for 10 years as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon in Oklahoma City, Dr. King was called to help others through the legal profession. His clinic was only 6 blocks away from ground zero in Oklahoma City, and he treated many of the victims of the bombing. He also personally witnessed the death of 17 victims on that tragic day. In fact, Dr. King applied to law school the week after the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.
Now, Dr. King’s law firm combines his passion and experience in entertainment as well as healthcare. As General Counsel to celebrities, producers and physician groups, Dr. King is a highly sought after professional. But what makes him even more “attractive,” is the fact that he is relentless in his commitment to others.
Dr. King provides so much support and awareness-raising for non-profit organizations, that I am certain people confuse him for a “professional philanthropist” rather than for the legal counsel he is so highly sought after to provide. However, because Raymund is a client and a friend, I know he doesn’t mind the confusion because it is his heart’s desire to be of service to others and philanthropy is where is has found his passion.
While I encourage you to seek out Dr. King for your general counsel needs, I know it will bring Raymund even more joy if you would consider supporting one of his many non-profit organizations. Dr. King is a member of the following, either as a current Board Member or steering committee member, or supporter:
- Kids Vision for Life - KVFL - Chairman of the Board (www.kidsvisionforlife.org)
- Essilor Vision Foundation - Board Member (www.essilorvisionfoundation.org)
- Dallas Life - Board Member (www.dallaslife.org)
- The Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids - DIFFA - Board Member (www.diffadallas.org)
- Snowball Express - Supporter (www.snowballexpress.org)
- Parker University - Board of Trustees (www.parker.edu/trustees/)
- Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society - Board Member and General Counsel (www.texasascsociety.org)
- Topping Out Committee - Supporting the Arc of Dallas - Steering committee member (www.toppingout.org)
- Night of Superstars - Ragan’s Hope - Platinum Ring Chairman (www.nightofsuperstars.org)
- Lifesavers Foundation - Supporter (www.lifesaversfoundation.org)
- Echelon Club of Southern California (www.theechelonclub.com) - Board Member
Dr. Raymund King, The Law Offices of Raymund C. King, MD, JD, PLLC
www.rkinglaw.com / email@example.com / (972)381-2792