As the owner of one of Arizona’s largest real estate management companies, routinely included in the Business Journal’s Top Women Owned Business list, Trish Kinney is very familiar with the challenges of managing a stressful environment. Her own relationship with stress eventually led her to study and practice proven methods to promote relaxation and improve health and well-being. She determined that the American workplace was very much in need of a daily method that could deliver stress relief, relaxation and mental rest to each and every worker. She has assembled a team ranging from successful tech professionals to well known experts in the field of mindfulness, meditation, and corporate wellness to implement her vision of bringing this simple practice to the workplace. That was followed by a program uniquely designed for today’s student, and was eventually designed for the healthcare industry as well. Trish has a degree in Theatre Arts and had a vibrant performing career prior to building her business. She is also an award winning documentary filmmaker. Daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot, she spent twenty years working with the Vietnam combat veteran community as President of Operation Freedom Bird, an organization that takes a group of veterans to the Wall in Washington DC for Veteran’s Day.
CalmCircle is proud to partner with Sarah McLean of Sedona, Arizona. Sarah is a master meditation teacher, best-selling author of Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation (Hay House) and founding director of the McLean Meditation Institute.
Sarah has studied meditation across the globe. She resided in a Transcendental Meditation community, was the head cook at a Zen Buddhist monastery in the wilderness, and lived in a Hindu ashram in India. She served as a behavioral specialist in the US Army and worked with soldiers suffering from PTSD. Sarah spent eight years with Deepak Chopra and became the Education Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California.
But after twenty years of teaching in a number of different environments, Sarah is best known for making mindfulness and meditation practice so easy that anyone can learn it and immediately increase their happiness and well-being. Her extensive work in the corporate environment makes her uniquely qualified to develop and oversee the meditation content offered by CalmCircle.
Mr. Fassold’s diverse background includes a BA in German and philosophy, an MA in German literature, and a JD, Magna Cum Laude, from Arizona State University Law School. As a partner at Tiffany & Bosco in Phoenix, Jim noticed the high level of stress and dissatisfaction in his profession. As a result, he formed Gray Matters Seminars with his wife, Alisa Gray, also an attorney, to educate attorneys and other professionals on time and stress management. Jim is a certified meditation teacher, a taekwondo black belt, and an avid cyclist.
Joe Laskowski brings over 25 years of Executive level marketing and business development experience to CalmCircle, with proven success in creating and leading world-class sales and marketing organizations. Mr. Laskowski is managing partner and CMO of Higher Ed Growth, LLC, a marketing agency focused on the higher education industry. Prior to joining the Higher Ed Growth team, Mr. Laskowski held Vice President positions with two education-focused internet marketing startups and co-founded Take the Lead Media Inc. in early 2011. He also served as Vice President for H&R Block/Option One for 9 years, managing B to C financial services with operations in India, Mexico and the United States. Joe is an alumni of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and was fortunate enough to study Financial Management during the Jerry Tarkanian championship era of the Runnin’ Rebels. He is a transplant to Chandler, AZ and spends his free time traveling with his wife and 11 year old twins.
Mr. Healy is currently co-founder and CEO of Higher Ed Growth, LLC, a firm providing interactive marketing and technology solutions primarily in the post-secondary education sector. Prior to founding Higher Ed Growth, Mr. Healy was President of Yardcrew.com, a site he co-founded to connect consumers to a network of home services professionals nationwide. Mr. Healy worked in corporate marketing, managing interactive media and internet lead generation for Apollo Group’s University of Phoenix. During his tenure at University of Phoenix, Mr. Healy oversaw an Internet marketing spend ranked as one of the top 5 in the world. Mr. Healy is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and the 2015 recipient of the Sun Devil Select award granted by the W.P. Carey School of Business. Each year, the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business selects organizations from around the world that demonstrate innovation, growth, and entrepreneurial spirit.
Mr. Flottmann brings more than 10 years of experience working with tech startups to CalmCircle. He served as Customer Relations Manager for Yardcrew.com (a lead generation company focused on home services) and Director of Business Intelligence for its parent company Odin Enterprises. In 2007, Eric helped found Higher Ed Growth, a marketing agency focused on the higher education industry. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, Higher Ed Growth has grown to serve over 300 colleges and universities, was listed on the Inc 5000 list in 2014, and was voted Best New Partner in Education by the LeadsCouncil (an organization of lead generators and buyers from several industries). Eric also serves as Chief Technology Officer for GreenNurture, a purpose-driven social networking platform that companies use to drive internal change management and sustainability efforts. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Arizona State University in 2001 and his Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in 2007.
Mr. Barden brings more than 20 years of technical experience working in start-up to mid-sized companies, focused in the marketing and financial fields. He has co-founded two internet-based businesses related to research and marketing. Mr. Barden studied Computer Science at Columbia University with a concentration in artificial intelligence.
David is an award-winning designer who’s been neatly arranging pixels for close to a decade. He takes full advantage of both the right and left side of his brain by employing concept and strategy into his design. His work has been featured in Communication Arts and won multiple Addy Advertising Awards and international design competitions. For samples of his work, check out davidholtdesign.com.