Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ignite Burlington 2016 | Thank you

Ignite Burlington 2016 was a great success with truly inspirational stories shared by motivating, inspirational people. The stories were personal and explained for each speaker a time or times in their life when a personal “failure” pushed them forward. We hope you had as much fun and were as inspired as we were!
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Cynthia Griesse

Presentation: Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose
Cynthia has been a licensed realtor since 1994, when she was awarded rookie of the year award. She also holds the team leader black belt recruiting award and hall of fame team leader award. Cynthia is a past president of the board of realtors in Ohio and a broker of record in Florida. She has been with Keller Williams Realty for 13 years in a leadership role. As an independent agent with no assistants Cynthia’s best year was 92 closings.
Prior to becoming a realtor, she served in The United States Army for 13 years as an active duty and reservist in the medical field. Cynthia is a single mom with two children out of high school, one of whom is living ‘the dream’ as a college student in Colorado. She is a devoted mother and enthusiastic career realtor.
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Alex Camelio

Presentation:  $1000 and a Dream

As the head of technology for a new venture capital and incubator company, Alex Camelio focuses on both acquisitions and working to help grow products within the portfolio. Prior to selling his company to Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, Alex was the Co-Founder and President at Barcode Realty. Within the real estate community, he has been recognized internationally as an expert in technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship and has presented for various national organizations
Alex’s Profile:  Facebook
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Aden Haji

speaker-spotlight-aden-hajiPresentation: The Importance Of Knowing Who You Are! 

Aden Haji and is currently a junior at the University of Vermont. He is studying anthropology with a minor in human development and family studies. He lives in Burlington but was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. Aden moved to the United States in 2003. Through his experiences and education in western society, he has grown into a huge advocate for youth voice and youth empowerment.
Aden has a driven passion to connect and peer mentor youth so they can experience having a supportive, positive, inspirational role model in their lives. He started the group called “Building Blocks to Success”, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington who generously lend their building as a location for biweekly meetings. This group provides peer mentorship to youth in the Burlington community.
Aden is the 2016 winner of the Ignite Burlington student speaking contest. We were instantly drawn to his strength of character and leadership. We are excited to hear his story! 
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Galen Dow

speaker-spotlight-g-dowPresentation: The Power of Persistence – Try, Try Again!

Galen Dow is the CEO of  AMPED Pipeline Marketing.  Galen founded, bootstrapped and successfully exited New Breed Marketing. New Breed Marketing was one of 3 HubSpot platinum partners out of 2,700 HubSpot partners globally.
His background includes VP level sales and marketing roles for several hardware and software companies. He has an engineering degree and MBA from The University of Vermont. He has several new projects going including AMPED Pipeline Marketing which picks up technologically where New Breed Marketing left off and Kaboodle, a new model of creating age appropriate internet experiences for under 12 year old’s.
Galen’s Profile:  LinkedIn

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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Brian Armstrong

speaker-spotlight-b-armstrongPresentation: Flowers in the Darkness

Brian Armstrong and his wife Lora Wilson founded Strong Will Real Estate which ranks as one of the top real estate teams in Vermont and for Keller Williams in all of New England. Brian has been in real estate for over 20 years. Brian launched his real estate career as a mortgage loan officer, closing just under 200 loans in his record year. In addition to his role as Principal Broker of KW Vermont and leader of Strong Will Real Estate, Brian owns 24 rental units.
Brian Armstrong is Co-founder and Principal Broker of KW Vermont. As co-founder and former CEO of Vermont’s first and only Keller Williams Realty office, Brian helped assemble a team of close to 75 agents in less than four years. KW Vermont now consistently ranks as one of the top companies in Vermont both for volume and units closed. Prior to co-founding KW Vermont Brian led a 10 office REALOGY franchise where he hired over two-thirds of the company’s agents and half their top producers. Under Brian’s leadership, the company consistently ranked among the top three real estate companies in the state and the top three in the entire central New England Region for Century 21. Brian and his team represent several large national lenders including the Veterans Administration, HUD, and FNMAE. In addition to residential real estate, Brian and his team specialize in distressed and multi-family properties. His team consistently ranks among the top 5% of Realtor’s nationwide.
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