E12 Matching Pros in EHS with Michael Zalle
Michael is an excellent example of taking big risks for big rewards. His career has taken a few turns throughout the years, but his diligence and ingenuity has lead to the formation of his current company, YellowBird. YellowBird is making a big difference in the current economic climate and filling a much-needed void in the gig economy industry. Tune in to hear the unique backstory that led to Michael’s vision and how YellowBird continues to expand nationwide.
Michael lives by the creed, “doing well while doing good.” A hard worker all his life, he’s constantly looking for ways to improve processes to make them smarter, not harder. With his professional success, Michael keeps family first and gives back to the community as an avid volunteer to truly make a difference in the world.
YellowBird is a Scottsdale, Arizona based gig economy company serving the $55B global environmental, health and safety skilled labor markets. YellowBird’s on-demand EHS marketplace matches pre-vetted, qualified and certified experts 15X faster and at 25% lower cost than traditional methods.
Michael B. Zalle, YellowBirds’ Founder + CEO, is a career tech leader with a passion for life-saving and real human world problem-solving business solutions. He has been responsible for creating, building, and launching new concepts and companies, resulting in multiple successful exits over a 25-year tech career. Michael’s Co-founder + COO, Michelle Tinsley is an experienced tech leader with a 26-year career at Intel Corporation, is an angel investor, and sits on the Board of Directors for QuikTrip.
In less than a year the company has developed and launched it’s V1 and then V2 products, completed a funding round, grown to 7 full-time employees, and build nationwide YellowBird professional network of over 700 EHS professionals. The COVID19 return to work program has accelerated the business while creating opportunities for Industrial Hygienists and other specialized EHS professionals when they are needed most.
Michael Zalle is the Founder and CEO of YellowBird.
As a career tech entrepreneur, Board member and advisor he has a passion for making a difference through finding ‘the better way’ to solve big problems through tech. He’s responsible for creating and building new concepts and companies, resulting in multiple successful exits over a 25-year career.
Michael enjoys traveling with his wife of 20 years and two awesome kids. He engages in a variety of outdoor sports including golf and tennis; he ranks himself an incredibly average golfer and perhaps even worse tennis player, but remembers a day when he was competitive at both.
About the Show
Tycoons of Small Biz spotlights the true backbone of the American economy, the true tycoons of business in America… the owners, founders and CEO’s of small businesses. Join hosts, Austin L Peterson, Landon Mance and the featured tycoons LIVE every Tuesday at 1 pm, right here on Business RadioX and your favorite podcast platform.
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Austin Peterson is a Comprehensive Financial Planner and owner of Backbone Financial in Scottsdale, AZ. Austin is a registered rep and investment advisor representative with Lincoln Financial Advisors. Prior to joining Lincoln Financial Advisors, Austin worked in a variety of roles in the financial services industry.
He began his career in financial services in the year 2000 as a personal financial advisor with Independent Capital Management in Santa Ana, CA. Austin then joined Pacific Life Insurance Company as an internal wholesaler for their variable annuity and mutual fund products. After Pacific Life, Austin formed his own financial planning company in Southern California that he built and ran for 6 years and eventually sold when he moved his family to Salt Lake City to pursue his MBA. After he completed his MBA, Austin joined Crump Life Insurance where he filled a couple of different sales roles and eventually a management role throughout the five years he was with Crump. Most recently before joining Lincoln Financial Advisors in February 2015, Austin spent 2 years as a life insurance field wholesaler with Symetra Life Insurance Company. Austin is a Certified Financial Planner Professional and Chartered Life Underwriter.
Austin and his wife of 21 years, Robin, have two children, AJ (19) and Ella (16) and they reside in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in French and of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management with a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in sales and entrepreneurship.
Landon Mance is a Financial Planner and founder of YourFuture Planning Partners out of Las Vegas, Nevada. His firm came to life in 2020 after operating as Mance Wealth Management since 2015 when Landon broke off from a major bank and started his own “shop.”
Landon comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs and has a passion and excitement for serving the business community. This passion is what brought about the growth of YourFuture Planning Partners to help business owners and their families. At YourFuture, we believe small business owners’ personal and business goals are intertwined, so we work with our clients to design a financial plan to support all aspects of their lives.
In 2019, Landon obtained the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation through the Exit Planning Institute. With this certification, YourFuture Planning Partners assists business owners through an ownership transition while focusing on a positive outcome for their employees and meeting the business owner’s goals. Landon is also a member of the Business Intelligence Institute (BII) which is a collaborative group that shares tools, resources and personnel, and offers advanced level training and technical support to specifically serve business owners.
Landon enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, stepson, and new baby twins. He grew up in sunny San Diego and loves visiting his family, playing a round of golf with friends, and many other outdoor activities. Landon tries make a difference in the lives of children in Las Vegas as a part of the leadership team for a local non-profit. He regularly visits the children that we work with to remind himself of why it’s so important to, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Landon received his B.S. from California State University Long Beach in business marketing and gets the rest of his education through the school of hard knocks via his business owner clients.
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