Rockstar Achievers

40 Episodes

By: Catherine M. White

Welcome to the Rockstar Achievers podcast. Are you ready to achieve incredible success in your life, business, and career? Learn the inside scoop on how our Rockstar Achievers have jumped over hurdles, plowed through roadblocks, scaled their dreams to great heights, and made powerful change within their communities. Hosted by Catherine M. White, founder of Accelerated Results 365, business consultancy firm.

Reframing on Steroids (Making Positive Changes in Your Life by Reframing Your Thoughts) - Coralee Kulman, Life Coaching with Come Alive

Coralee Kulman is author of a three book "Come Alive" series to be released soon.  She is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Life Coaching and has a wealth of life experiences to achieve profound results for clients. Through her Come Alive register program, Personal Empowerment Process® coaching system, she turns negative thinking, people, and events in her clients’ lives into life-changing positives. 
Coralee believes that when the mind brings up something that feels negative, it's a signal that you're ready to learn and understand something new - this is the process for change.  

Listen to Your Gut (And Trust It) - Cathy Derksen, Founder, Inspired Tenacity

Cathy Derksen, Founder of Inspired Tenacity, is dedicated to improving the lives of the women in her community. She transformed her career from working as a lab technologist into financial planning so that she could focus her energy on helping others in a more direct manner. After digging deeper into her innate drive to be of service, she has added another level to her connection within her community. Cathy now provides online resources to assist women in discovering their deeper calling by adjusting their mindset and focus in order to reach their goals. She will help you clarify your next...

Use the Tools You Have to Reactivate and Grow - Dr. Noel Lloyd, Owner, Five Star Management

Dr. Noel Lloyd had been a busy, successful chiropractor when he was involved in a career ending ski accident. With a new house, wife and baby, he could not afford to give up his career yet with having lost strength in his arms and a "trashed" neck, he was no longer able to serve his clients.  He turned his crisis into a blessing and taught himself how to develop associates.  Noel went from running one to 10 practices and is now the owner of Five Star Management. He works with busy chiropractors who want more time, money and freedom by helping th...

One Person Can Have a HUGE Impact - Christopher Wirth, Founder, No Quit Living and The Positivity Tribe

Christopher J. Wirth is the father of three children, founder and president of both “No Quit Living” and “Positivity Tribe”, and host of the “No Quit Living Podcast”, which has been rated as a top 50 Podcast on iTunes in three different categories: Business, Health, and Self-Help.    He works with individuals, sports teams and corporations to help improve accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency through his process – “The Positive Mental Advantage.”    He has coached Basketball at both the High School and Collegiate Levels as well as an AAU Team that succeeded at the National Level.   Christopher graduated from Washington College with a BA in both Business Manage...

Rejection Sucks - Bring it On! - Dominick Domasky, Founder, Motivation Champs

Dominick Domasky is an inspirational author, storyteller, and founder of the inspiration sharing and publishing platform, Motivation Champs. He is also the author of five inspirational books. As a boy, he learned the value of hard work pulling weeds and doing odd jobs in the fields of his father's landscaping company. He took those lessons of hard work and placed them into his passion and carried it throughout every aspect of his life, from basketball to business. Dominick lives by the saying, "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger."   Website: ( L...

Fear Works Against You, a Creative Imagination Works for You - Paul Ellis, Managing Director, Ellis Wealth Management

Paul Bertrand Ellis is the Managing Director at Ellis Wealth Management, LLC. He is an accomplished 25 year financial industry veteran. In addition to various investment and insurance licenses, he holds a certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst  (CIMA®) through Investments & Wealth Institute and the Wharton  School of the University of Pennsylvania.   Paul is an active member of the Investments & Wealth Institute, and  member of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. Seattle Magazine has consistently named Paul to The Best  Wealth Managers List and he has been named among America’s  Most Honored Professionals by American Registry. In this episode, Paul says, "Wh...

Be the Odd One Out - Liz Diehl, Founder, Total Wellness Solutions, Inc.

Liz had a 28 year career in music and design.  After retiring from her manufacturing and publishing design company she chose the health industry with passion.  Not only to help her own personal health, but to help others find a way to look, feel, and perform better at any age.  Through experiencing her own cancer journey twice, Liz has become an educational and sales advocate for the consumption of quality, efficacious, healthy and safe CBD from Hemp.  All healthy, no high. It has been 14 years in the health arena and today Liz is certified in CBD, Physiology and Health. And OSHA cert...

Nobody Dies Laughing - Frank King, Mental Health Comedian & TEDx Coach

Frank King is a Suicide Prevention speaker and Trainer and was formerly a writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years. Depression and suicide run in his family. He’s thought about killing himself more times than he can count. He’s fought a lifetime battle with Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into five TEDx Talks and sharing his lifesaving insights on Mental Health Awareness with associations, corporations, and colleges. As a Motivational Public Speaker who uses his life lessons to start the conversation giving people permission to give voice to their feel...

Be the One That's Creating the Change - Jake Hanes, Owner, Action Tax Services

What's new and exciting for our return guest, Jake Hanes? Not much - just ninety-three mile hikes, bear encounters, "wing walking", and...listen to find out.  Jake Hanes is an exceptional CPA and owner of Action Tax services LLC as well as a public speaker and author. He delivers high energy messages that motivate people to take action in life and build highly successful businesses.  As an entrepreneur, Jake has been coaching business owners for more than 20 years in every facet of growing their business.  He has succeeded, as well as failed, in business, and shares the experiences, concepts and too...

The Power of Relationship Marketing - Jana Riggan, Owner & Publisher, Newcastle Life

Jana Riggan is the owner and publisher of a neighborhood publication called Newcastle Life. Prior to owning this publication, she worked for private schools in marketing and fundraising and used to be an advertiser with these same publications. She has a passion for helping businesses reach their ideal market, and believes that a strategic, long-range marketing plan will help a business succeed years down the road. Website: ( Email: ( Phone: 206-355-8384 Facebook: @newastlelifemagazine Instagram: @newcastlelifemagazine LinkedIn:@JanaRiggan

Be Willing to Say Yes to Something You Didn't Expect; John Chen, Founder, Geoteaming

We welcome back to the show, John Chen, the virtual leader of Geoteaming! John has spent over 20 years building a successful team building business. When COVID-19 hit, revenues plummeted as his clients began cancelling all  in-person events, his main life-line. What saved Geoteaming from folding under? About John:  John has been virtually meeting for over 35 years, he met on Prodigy, he can juggle 8 screens of information at a time, and he has planned an international conference for 200 for Microsoft. John started Geoteaming 23 years ago and is a recognized thought leader on engaging virtual meetings.  He is the John Wiley and Son...

Make a Real Difference, Not Just a Point - Elizabeth Bachman, Founder, Strategic Speaking for Results

In more than 50 operas around the world, Elizabeth Bachman has directed such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, giving her a wealth of tools to help business professionals become respected presenters. Fluent in five languages, she is adept at working with presenters from many countries, bringing a global experience to her clients. As founder of Strategic Speaking for Results, and host of the podcast, "Speakers Who Get Results", Elizabeth is THE go-to person for advanced level training in speaking, presentation skills, sales and leadership for "when you want to make a difference, not just a point!" To learn more...

Failure is a Part of Success, Keep Pushing Forward! - Matt Burton, Author, The Unbound Man

Matt Burton, author of the “Unbound Man - Breaking Free From the Shackles of Trauma Experienced by Men”, is a social entrepreneur, father of three and grandfather of three.   Having started many profit and not-for-profit organizations, he reached high levels of success at a young age. Despite Matt’s charisma, humor, and early success, his life has not been free of challenges and trauma. He has survived abuse, overcome addiction, and battled cancer and he now uses his experiences to help other men heal from the invisible and unspoken effects of trauma - from group homes to college campuses and prisons...

Don't Wait for Perfect Timing, Build Your Empire Now - Unique’ka, Founder, Unique’ka, Inc.

Unique’ka, founder of Unique’ka, Inc., grew up being bounced around between foster and group homes. She learned to be independent at an early age, spending much of her childhood running away and searching for love in all the wrong places. She dropped out of school during her Senior year and began working as a stripper. The money and freedom she thought she had became an addiction; eventually she realized she wasn't really free but instead was owned and controlled by the club owners and the men she danced for.  This realization led to a path of self-discovery and she’s...

Community is the Key, Especially In Rough Times - Tracey Warren, InSpark Coworking

Tracey believes community is the key to success in life and business. As a community creator and connector, InSpark Coworking was exactly the right business for her to open! Every day, she gets to connect with and support women in business – hands on! She has put her heart and soul into building her business - and hasn't let  a diagnosis of breast cancer stop her.  She believes we are better together, and coworking is just one part of that! Connect with Tracey at the following: ( ( http...

Opportunities Arise When a Crisis Strikes - Wayne Purser, Caldwell Banker Bain

As we are in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, Wayne Purser's message is a reminder that when a crisis hits, we need to keep pushing through; great rewards come when we get to the other side. Wayne is a managing broker with Caldwell Banker Bain, author, and active community member. He entered the real estate industry in 2001 - soon after 9/11, which turned out to be a hot time to begin his career as he found immediate success. However, things changed when the 2008 recession hit and the real estate market took a nose dive. While many others left the industry...

If You Want to Impact the Future of Tomorrow, Start with the Leaders of Today - John Cramer Jr., Owner of Stylo Ink, Student

This young entrepreneur has always had a fascination with business. Before the age of 18, he served as an Ambassador for Washington Business Week, was an international Deca competitor and founded Stylo Ink, a successful pen company, which he began as a means to put himself through college. He is currently a full-time student working toward a double degree in entrepreneurship and international business administration while running his business AND working a part-time job to avoid incurring student debt. He intends to obtain a masters in Business Administration and then go on for a Doctorate degree. As an influential student leader a...

Commit to Your Goals 100% - Heidi Snider Kauffman, Equestrian Athlete, Leader & Author

Heidi Snider Kauffman is a professional equestrian athlete and coach of over 23 years. She is the mother of three, a leader of a multi-million dollar direct sales team and an author.  Heidi's incredible drive and determination are what has pushed her through many challenges, brought her quick success and pulled her back up when failures arose. She is on a mission to pass her experience and knowledge on to many others to help them do more and become more.  Watch for her new book. "With Sight Comes Power" coming out on on March 22nd!

Success is Failure Upside Down - Michael Padilla, Owner, MP Financial Literacy Services

Michael Padilla with MP Financial Literacy Services. Michael helps people who are struggling with credit challenges to get back on track through financial literacy and education. He gives them an opportunity to have a second chance at getting what they want in life.  Michael has been an entrepreneur for over 18 years and loves to impact the lives of others, spend time with his family, and travel. He's been married to his wife for three years after having been a single father for seven; he now has a beautiful 11-year-old, going on 30, daughter.  His mission is to help as many people as...

Turn Your Tragedies into Triumphs - Tina Mitchell, Mortgage Planner, Author, Coach

Tina Mitchell has been in the mortgage industry for over 2 decades and has been recognized in the top 1% Nationwide. She is a numbers gal so much that she designed a mortgage software and is the founder of Mortgage Triangle Software. She is committed to the Real Estate community and has been awarded Partner Of The Year from Washington REALTORS, Media Of the Year from Seattle King County REALTORS, and Member Of The Year from Women’s Council of REALTORS.  Tina is a radio personality and host of The Money Hour on 1150AM KKNW. She is also a speaker, coach on One...

You're the Producer, Make it a GREAT Show! - Bill Stainton, Emmy Award Winner, Leadership Keynote Speaker

Bill Stainton has won 29 Emmy Awards for his work as a television producer, writer, and performer. Not bad for a guy who was born in the shadow of an Amish dairy farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Today, as an in-demand keynote speaker, he infuses events with energy and laughs, while helping his audiences become better, more creative leaders who actually thrive under pressure! What's YOUR show?

Where There's a Will, There's a Way - Catherine M. White, Rockstar Achievers Host, CEO

Rockstar Achievers Host, Catherine M. White, is interviewed by previous guest, Sheldon Sweeney. Catherine shares her story of childhood poverty and how she gained the drive to become an entrepreneur, the challenge of building a business as a single parent, and how she helps her clients build creativity in their business to differentiate them from their competition.

Action Without Celebration is a Burden - Brett Dupree, Author, Speaker & LIfe Coach

Having lived most of his life with severe social anxiety and feeling constant fear, Brett Dupree was one of the last people who would ever write a book or lead a public speaking group.  Although he had many goals and aspirations, he thought they would never happen because he was too scared of the embarrassment of failure as well as the attention that comes from success - until he was 26 and decided it was time for change. In his quest for personal growth, he discovered the key to self-joy and has since crafted a life that he never imagined possible.  Br...

Take Care of Your Team and They'll Take Care of Your Customers - Nelson Griffin, Senior VP, Red Lobster Supply Chain

Nelson Griffin is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Red Lobster Seafood Company based in Orlando, Florida. In his current role, Nelson is responsible for leading all the supply chain related activities for the world’s largest casual dining seafood restaurant company which operates restaurants throughout North America. Nelson manages a team of 30 that is responsible for over $900 million of food, beverages, and all supplies including kitchen equipment, product distribution and travel services for over 700 units. In addition, Nelson oversees the Total Quality department that is responsible for food safety, product quality and restaurant inspections. Nelson is originally fr...

Going Through the Hard Times Builds Character - Sheldon Sweeney, Financial Advisor, Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc.

Sheldon graduated from California Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Nautical Industrial Technology and worked in the field for many years. Ultimately, his love for client service led him to a career in financial services as a Protection Specialist with a major fraternal insurer; however, he found he wasn't able to service his clients fully with their limited insurance options. In 2012, he found the perfect match in Pacific Capital Research Group, Inc. (PCRG).  Sheldon has faced betrayal, near death of loved ones, and challenges that come with  raising children with disabilities. Through his experiences, he has gained a deep pa...

Be Different and Stand Out in a Noisy World - Jeremy Tank, Founder, Think Tank Creative

Jeremy Tank graduated from the prestigious New School for the Arts (NSA) high school in 1997\. At NSA, he studied fine art, advanced figure drawing, visual design, photography, print production, and various performance arts. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix in 2000 and entered the world of business as Art Director for a boutique Phoenix agency, TTA Advertising. In 2017, he graduated with his MFA in Media Design with a focus in design strategy. For over twenty years, Jeremy’s expertise helped build B2B and B2C brands and create effective marketing campaigns. In 2017, he op...

What Will You Do With Your 86,400 Seconds? - Carlos Bayne, Events DJ & Costco Supervisor

Rockstar Achiever, Carlos Bayne, is a ‘A jack of a ton of trades’ and a freelancer like “nobody’s business”. He has a great sense of humor, is very energetic and exhibits a fun and charismatic personality. His goal is to seek out the most out of life and shows that in the many interests he pursues, including but not limited to photography, music, dancing, sports, entertaining, and writing. As a current Supervisor at Costco and an events DJ by trade, he says he is usually found doing about 14 different jobs at any given time, and when asked, “If you had a warnin...

From Nearly Facing Death to Helping Build a Phenomenal World - Tiffany Gough, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

After having nearly faced death as a young girl, Tiffany Gough has gained a deep appreciation for life and for making a great impact in the lives of others.  Tiffany attended Shoreline Community College, just outside of Seattle, WA, and graduated with an associate degree in arts and sciences in 1989\. She started her financial career in banking in 1990 and has worked for several banks and other financial companies for the last 25 years.   She found her home with Edward Jones in 2014 and loves  working with everyone in whatever life stage they are in.

Using Adversity to Powerfully Change Lives - Rae Ann Hall, Owner, Hall Insurance & Founder NOW Networking

Rae Ann Hall is an Author, Speaker, Local Business Owner, and Founder of NOW Networking which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She started NOW Networking for two reasons. First, to encourage women supporting each other in business. Second, to give back to the community collectively by raising funds for scholarships which are given to young women overcoming adversities. Having been a survivor of abuse herself, it is a passion of hers to give back and encourage others who are in similar situations. Within the first two years of starting her non-profit, funds were raised and distributed to SIX scholarship winners.  T...

When Two Worlds Collide, Sparks Fly, and Success Grows - Diana Hill (Chris Hill), Owners, Windermere Real Estate

What happens when a man from Seattle and a woman from Spokane travel all the way to Hawaii to meet? The sparks fly, they marry, and they build an incredible Real Estate business together, at least that's how this husband and wife team began. Chris Hill was born and raised in Seattle. He attended Woodway High School in Edmonds, graduating in 1975\. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Diana was born in Pittsburg, PA, and raised in Spokane, WA. She moved to western...

It's Okay to Travel Blindly, Just Keep Traveling - David Mulqueen, Marketing Manager, Odd Dog Media

Although David Mulqueen hasn't yet found his path or purpose, he keeps pressing forward, blindly, with an "I don't know what I'm looking for but I know it's out there and nothing's going to stop me from finding it" attitude. THIS is what makes David a 'Rockstar Achiever'. David comes from a small town in Pennsylvania. If you've ever watched 'The Office', that's the area he calls home. From wresting pigs, shearing sheep, playing sports, and traveling with his family, he eventually made his way to West Chester University to study Accounting. Needless to say, the accounting industry was not...

Don't Accept Other People's Fears as Your Own - Brent Friedman, Hollywood Writer & Producer, Entrepreneur

Hollywood writer and producer, Brent Friedman, hadn't set out to become a big-time writer and producer. His dream was to be an actor until he stepped into acting class on his first day of college and was told to leave and NEVER come back! In that moment, he thought his life was over! He chose to quickly pull himself up and decided to use this experience as a soul-searching opportunity and realized his true passion was in writing. He has spent over 20 years working in Hollywood as a writer and producer and has been involved in many titles such as...

Be Prepared, Have a Mission & Be Coachable - Sherry Zin Calvert, Keiretsu Forum Northwest

Sherry Zin Calvert  is a U.S. Army veteran, a married mother of four and the co-founder and president of Keiretsu Forum Northwest. Keiretsu is based in Seattle, WA and is part of the largest global private equity investment network. Keiretsu Forum Northwest respresents seven of the thirty-nine international chapters, with over three hundred fifty out of fifteen hundred members. As an accomplished engineer and sales person, Sherry's professional experience began at the age of seventeen when she enlisted int he U.S. Army and served as a communication specialist in the Army where she held a top secret clearance p...

Your Circumstances Don't Have to Define Your Success - Jake Hanes, Action Tax Services, LLC

Jake Haines is the owner of Action Tax Services, LLC, a CPA firm in Aurburn, WA. Jake leads a successful team of professionals to successfully operate his practice year round. Have you ever wondered what a CPA does after that busy tax season? Well, for Jake, the offseason is spent in the outdoors with his family, conducting public speaking engagements, providing leadership and resources to local boards, and offering ongoing business coaching to his firm's clientele.  Jake has succeeded and failed in business, and he shares those experiences, concepts, and tools so his audiences can use them to take a f...

Create a Possibility to be Open for Something Different - Molly Harper Haines, The Harper Haines Group

Molly is the co-founder of the Harper Haines Group which uses an integrated approach to organizational and revenue development built through a lifetime dedicated to innovation and movement building. She has a very diverse background from fundraising for political campaigns in rural communities to United States Senate campaigns, legislation, and speech writing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Excelling in dispelling fears around fundraising and helping groups develop the skills for quality relationship-based engagement practices, Molly's passion for this work is contagious.  One of the things Molly does most is to "figure out how to create a dynamic between people t...

Break the Familiar and Do Something Outside of Your Comfort Zone - Gina Guddat, LMHC Psychology

Gina Guddat is a licensed mental health therapist in Seattle, WA. She works with individuals, couples, teenagers and families locally as well as via Skype and telephone and she loves the diversity of her clients. She spent 15 years traveling the counrty to work with teenage girls in the area of nutrition, exercise, dating, healthy friendships, and future goals. She also enjoys working with couples on relationship issues and helping them look at their communication style, conflict resolution, and how they can join together as a team. Her goal is to get her clients to their goal as quickly as possible.  G...

It Doesn't Matter Where You've Been - Diane Haugen, North Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Diane Haugen, with the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce wants to live in a world where people are inclusive, innovative, and successful in reaching their goals. Diane engineered a partnership between the Lake City Chamber of Commerce and Northgate Chambers to create the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce (NSCC) in 2012 which then resulted in a larger, stronger network of businesses in the Northeast Seattle area. She has orchestrated several community events and has filled the local gap in activities for seniors with meals, education, and social programming.  Diane, herself, has a strong innovative streak and has spent 13 years in marketing a...

It Takes a Team - Gene Melius, Car Guys Northwest

Gene Melius is the owner of Car Guys Northwest, and auto wholesale business. He has been in auto wholesales for over thirty years but took a break from his business for about eight years and moved to China, where he taught English to the students of Guangxi University. Durting that time he also acted as an agent for Central Washington University where he recruited Chineese students to come to America and study at CWU. He attributes his success in teaching at the university in China to the skills he gained through over 30 years of being involved in Toastmasters because he...

Build Win-Win Relationships - Dr. Noel Lloyd

Dr. Noel Lloyd is the owner of Five Star Management. He was previously a practicing chiropractor for over 40 years and has been a chiropractic coach and consultant for nearly 30 through Five Star Management, The New Patient Academy and Sound Chiropractic Centers serve the chiropractic throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. After a serious accident as a child, Dr. Lloyd experienced a miraculous recovery through the use of chiropractic care and decided at the age of 11 he was going to be a chiropractor. At the age of 22 he became the youngest practicing chiropractor in the state of Washington. He...

People Are More Afraid of Change Than the Pain They're Currently Living In - Ruth Nicholson, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC

Ruth Nicholson is the manager of Nicholson Facilitation and Associates, LLC. She is an internationally Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), visual and graphics facilitator, certified assessor, and trained mediator in private practice in Snohomish County, Washington. She is also a member of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR) roster of mediators and holds a master’s degree in public administration. Ruth offers over 20 years experience in organizational development, facilitation, conflict resolution, public policy, and non-profit organization management. Ruth says, "I think one of the biggest roadblocks people have, regardless of what field they're in, is they will stay in un...