Profitability Master Ruth King is a serial entrepreneurs owning or having owned 8 businesses since 1981. She has a passion for helping businesses get and stay profitable utilizing the latest technology that makes sense to use. After twelve years on the road, doing 200 flights per year, she knew there had to be a better way to reach business people who wanted to build their businesses and train their employees. She began training on the Internet in 1998 and began the first television like broadcasting in 2002. Her channels include www.hvacchannel.tv, 24/7/365 broadcasting on www.profitabilityrevolution.com and others. Ruth holds an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. She started the Decatur, Georgia branch of the Small Business Development Center in 1982. She also started the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center and taught a year-long course for women who wanted to start their own businesses. This course was the foundation for one of the classes at the Women’s Economic Development Authority in Atlanta, Georgia. More recently Ruth was the instructor for ICE, the Inner City Entrepreneur program in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. This 16 week course taught business owners with at least $400,000 in revenues (and many had over $1,000,000 in revenues) how to grow to the next level. A large part of the curriculum was aimed at improving the financial knowledge of the business owners enrolled in the course. Ruth is passionate about helping adults learn to read, photography, and marathon races (she has run 14 including 2 Boston Marathons). She helped start an adult literacy organization in 1986 that currently serves over 1,000 adults per year. Her latest book, The Ugly Truth about Cash, is preceded by the #1 Best Selling book, The Courage to be Profitable, which explains how to get and stay profitable in less than 30 minutes a month – in English rather than accounting babble. She is also the author of two other award winning books, The Ugly Truth about Small Business and The Ugly Truth about Managing People.
Steve Stirling is President and CEO of MAP International. Steve assumed the role in mid 2014 after holding leadership positions in major corporations and nonprofit organizations including, most recently, Executive Vice-President/Chief Administrative Officer of ChildFund International, a leading international child focused development NGO. Stirling held senior level positions with: Heifer International (EVP of Marketing & Resource Development), Univera Life Sciences (VP of Marketing and Communications), ChildHelp (SVP of Marketing and Resource Development) and for five years, Stirling served as the Vice President of Marketing Operations and Executive Director, Major Donor Fund-raising for World Vision U.S. Stirling worked for over-the-counter pharmaceutical companies: J&J (Tylenol); American Home Products (Advil) and Bristol-Myers-Squibb/Mead Johnson Nutritionals as Director of Marketing (Boost Nutritional Drink). Stirling also worked as vice president of marketing and sales for ConAgra Functional Foods (Culturelle Probiotics) overseeing marketing, sales, logistics, productions, product development and customer service, and as vice president of marketing and acquisition/retention marketing for Ameritrade, Inc. There, he was responsible for all areas of marketing including advertising, direct response, Internet and promotions, and customer marketing. Stirling earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management), during which time he also studied international business in Paris, France. Steve and his wife Sook Hee have two grown children.
Trace Sells is Director of Business Development at Avery Partners providing the company with new clients on a national basis. During his time away from work he provides mentoring to those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Avery Partners provides all of it’s employees the opportunity to try new avenues of business and is always on the look out for bright and upcoming individuals.