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Why Partner With the Innovating Great Minds Team

One word that describes the Innovating Great Minds team is results. We are a team driven to deliver exceptional results for the brands we represent. Individually, we are diverse, uniquely talented, and passionate people. Collectively, we are a dynamic unit, ready to create memorable campaigns that will have consumers sharing their positive experiences with your brand and returning for more.

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Who Makes Us Exceptional

Our branding experts are the foundation of Innovating Great Minds’ success. Each team member embraces the qualities of creativity, diligence, and a commitment to excellence, all of which are necessary to produce high-quality promotions. Our marketing specialists are fully supported by our dedicated management team, who ensure that each associate is properly trained and equipped to deliver outstanding results for the brands we represent.

View BioMelissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis

Owner

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis

Owner

Age 24

Melissa was originally born and raised in San Diego and moved to Florida 5 years ago. Melissa has been working within the non-profit sector for 6 years. Melissa went to college for political science and communications. Melissa’s passion is to inspire other people to believe in themselves to accomplish anything. Melissa’s goals within her business are to open up 5 more offices within the next two years and expand into new cities such as Naples, Atlanta, Washington DC, Knoxville and Pensacola. An interesting fact about Melissa is she is a recognized national debate champion.

Meet the people who make it all possible:

View BioEric Beardsley

Eric Beardsley

Sales Manager

View BioChristopher Callesis

Christopher Callesis

Crew Leader

View BioKayla Kratz

Kayla Kratz

Event Coordinator

View BioDerek Glaze

Derek Glaze

Lead Generator

View BioDeAndre Thomas

DeAndre Thomas

Training Manager

View BioJasmine Halsey

Jasmine Halsey

Training Manager

View BioJuan Mayorca

Juan Mayorca

Sales Representative

View BioIgor Tashliyev

Igor Tashliyev

Office Manager

View BioAustyn Pennock

Austyn Pennock

Lead Generator

View BioLance Nossen

Lance Nossen

Sales Representative

View BioAyana Hasley

Ayana Hasley

Training Manager

View BioXander Gomes

Xander Gomes

Training Manager

View BioNatalia Forero

Natalia Forero

Administrator

View BioAngelo Davato

Angelo Davato

Partner

View BioIgor Tashliyev

Igor Tashliyev

Crew Manager

View BioEmily Morrison

Emily Morrison

View BioKali Bowden

Kali Bowden

View BioLalia Liase

Lalia Liase

View BioCullen Gray

Cullen Gray

View BioWalfris Milian

Walfris Milian

View BioJahil

Jahil

Training Manager

View BioArianna

Arianna

Training Manager

View BioMaria

Maria

Training Manager

Eric Beardsley

Eric Beardsley

Sales Manager

Having attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and a minor in Biology, Eric has achieved great success at Innovating Great Minds with a promotion. He stays motivated by being present for his team and helping them achieve goals, thus helping him achieve his own. One of his professional short-term goals is to start his own office in 2022 in Charleston. His long-term goals include having 10 offices in different locations. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the great culture that incorporates a supportive environment and ample room for growth. The best piece of advice that Eric has ever received is, “Don’t sell your goals short.” When Eric is out of the office, he likes traveling, attending festivals, and going to the gym to build fitness.

Christopher Callesis

Christopher Callesis

Crew Leader

Having attended Miami Dade, Christopher has successfully been able to achieve incredible sales experience, amazing growth opportunities, and relationships at Innovating Great Minds. He stays motivated by his “why” which involves owning his own business. One of his professional short-term goals is to hit A.O in 6 months. His long-term goals include owning his own office in a year and expanding into Raleigh, NC and, even more, a year after. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the people and the relationships that he has built along the way. The best piece of advice that Christopher has ever received is, “Take your time to perfect your craft.” When Christopher is out of the office, he likes playing video games and sports and hanging out with friends.

Kayla Kratz

Kayla Kratz

Event Coordinator

Kayla has achieved great success at Innovating Great Minds by jumping into something new and being challenged to build business and time management skills. She stays motivated by knowing how much room there is for growth and the endless opportunities that are available to her at the company. One of her professional short-term goals is to gain experience in leadership and team building and double her productivity level. Her long-term goals include owning her own business and being able to build an amazing team. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is knowing how much responsibility the team has to make things function correctly and working together to achieve goals. The best piece of advice that Kayla has ever received is, “Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!” When Kayla is out of the office, she likes reading, writing, traveling, cooking, volunteering, and has an interest in makeup and skincare.

Derek Glaze

Derek Glaze

Lead Generator

Having attended Lamar University, Derek has been able to achieve great social skills and mental growth with Innovating Great Minds. He stays motivated by seeing successful people around him do well and the thought of his family. One of his professional short-term goals is to move up as a Closer. His long-term goals include running his own office and helping to inspire and teach people the way he was taught. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the opportunity to grow as a human inside and outside of work. The best piece of advice that Derek has ever received is, “Hard work pays off when talent doesn’t.” When Derek is out of the office, he likes going to the gym and trying foreign foods.

DeAndre Thomas

DeAndre Thomas

Training Manager

Having attended Florida Atlantic University, DeAndre has been able to find success by setting a long-term career goal at Innovating Great Minds. He stays motivated by staying confident and knowing others look up to him. One of his professional short-term goals is to become a crew leader. His long-term goals include having the best team in the country. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the atmosphere. The best piece of advice that DeAndre has ever received is, “People that want to donate will do it.” When DeAndre is out of the office, he likes to play video games, watch anime, and sleep.

Jasmine Halsey

Jasmine Halsey

Training Manager

Having attended Western Oklahoma State and graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Childcare, Jasmine has been able to achieve the most success she’s ever achieved before with Innovating Great Minds. She stays motivated by remembering her “why” and knowing her life has the opportunity to always be 100 times better. One of her professional short-term goals is to become financially comfortable. Her long-term goals include owning a daycare. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the family vibes. The best piece of advice that Jasmine has ever received is, “Success is failing over and over again until failing doesn’t matter anymore.” When Jasmine is out of the office, she likes playing sports, doing yoga, walking on the beach, and relaxing.

Juan Mayorca

Juan Mayorca

Sales Representative

Having attended Johnson & Wales for Culinary and Business Management, Juan has achieved going from Setter to Closer at Innovating Great Minds. He stays motivated by the desire to be financially stable to start a family. One of his professional short-term goals is to be financially stable. His long-term goals include running his own office. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the culture around the office. The best piece of advice that Juan has ever received is, “Don’t lose $1,000 for $200.” When Juan is out of the office, he likes dabbling in cars and sales.

Igor Tashliyev

Igor Tashliyev

Office Manager

Having experience in entrepreneurship, Igor has successfully been able to achieve business management, leadership, and extensive sales and communication skills while working at Innovating Great Minds. He stays motivated by remembering he wants a better future for himself and his family. One of his professional short-term goals is to develop and educate as many new leaders for promotions as possible. His long-term goals include opening and running a successful company to provide for his future family. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is being able to work with like-minded individuals, which helps him continue to develop his skills and profession while having fun. The best piece of advice that Igor has ever received is, “If you think small, you’ll achieve small.” When Igor is outside the office, he enjoys eating brunch, listening to music, and playing soccer.

Austyn Pennock

Austyn Pennock

Lead Generator

Having attended Harvard, Austyn is successfully achieving being one of the best salesmen in the field. He had to learn to stay motivated with the aim to achieve financial freedom. One of his professional short-term goals is to be financially comfortable without worry. His long-term goals include making a lot of money. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the people that work with him. The best piece of advice that Austyn has ever received is, “Be more open.” When Austyn is out of the office, he likes sports, being social, and hanging out at the beach.

Lance Nossen

Lance Nossen

Sales Representative

Having attended Florida Atlantic University for Business Management, Lance is grateful for the Innovating Great Minds team. He had to learn to stay motivated with the urge to succeed and be better than yesterday. One of his professional short-term goals is to develop the skills to become a successful and helpful Closer. His long-term goals include becoming a leader within the company and helping train and develop new hires. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the willingness of everyone to help others become better employees and close deals. The best piece of advice that Lance has ever received is, “Stay focused and confident.” When Lance is not focused on closing deals, he likes fishing, snowboarding, and boating.

Ayana Hasley

Ayana Hasley

Training Manager

Growing personally and professionally, Ayana feels that she has learned to communicate with individuals from all over the world. To get there, she had to learn to remember that in order to coach her team, she must experience everything herself–the wins and failures. One of her professional short-term goals is to train her trainees to be better than her and take on promotions within a 3-month span. Her long-term goals include being an owner of an office by 24. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is a positive atmosphere. At the office, every day is a good day. The best piece of advice that Ayana has ever received is, “Do not let someone else’s opinion of your journey impact how you succeed. Do things that make you uncomfortable intentionally.” When Ayana is not focused on her training duties, she enjoys meditating and having fun with her wife.

Xander Gomes

Xander Gomes

Training Manager

Xander feels that he has successfully obtained an abundance of money management skills. He stays motivated by remembering his “why”. One of his professional short-term goals is to buy a car soon. His long-term goals include owning an office. His favorite thing about being a part of the Innovating Great Minds team is the friendly environment. The best piece of advice that Xander has ever received is, “No zero days.” When Xander is outside the office, he enjoys sports and listening to music.

Natalia Forero

Natalia Forero

Administrator

Age 28

Natalia is originally from Bogota, Colombia and has been in the Recruiting and HR field for over 4 years. Natalia has been with IGM since 2019, and is the first voice everyone meets by phone and always the first to welcome all new staff to the team. Natalia’s goals are to continue to grow long term with the company helping expand and creating our positive work and office environment. Natalia enjoys traveling, learning new cultures and going to the beach. An interesting fact about Natalia is that she is bilingual (Spanish, English) and learning portuguese.

Angelo Davato

Angelo Davato

Partner

Age 32

Angelo has been a huge asset to the IGM team. He is currently an assistant owner and working towards opening his office in late 2021. Angelo is consistently a top performer, a great educator, leader and mentor to those on his team. Some of angelos hobbies include spending time with his kids and wife on weekends and visiting family, for fun he freedives and fishes! Angelo’s aims to make everyone feel like they are a part of a team and works toward helping them achieve their goals to in turn achieve this. An interesting fact about angelo is he knows muay thai

Igor Tashliyev

Igor Tashliyev

Crew Manager

Age 21

Igor is originally from a small country called Turkmenistan and came to the states 10 years ago, Igor started at IGM when he was 19 and has been someone who has exceeded expectations for himself and always been someone who looks for the next thing to tackle on and grow into. Igors goals are to open an office in Atlanta, Summer of 2021 and become an owner by 21. Igor plays soccer in his free team, loves music festivals and hanging out with friends on the weekends. An interesting fact about igor is he speaks Russian.

Emily Morrison

Emily Morrison

Age 26

Emily has been with IGM for just a short few months and has tackled every opportunity given to her, she has quickly promoted her first leader on her team and ran a road trip to georgia! As an upcoming graduate at Penn State/Keiser university finishing in 2020 a bachelors in Business Marketing, Emily shows a great willingness to learn new skills, from sales to management. Emily’s professional long term goal is to continue to grow in her career and open up her own marketing office. Emily loves photography and is self taught! She’s an animal lover, and loves being outdoors. Emily believes in the philosophy your success is my success. An interesting fact about Emily is she models and has a passion for traveling.

Kali Bowden

Kali Bowden

Age 23

Kali is native from San Diego and a graduate from Syracuse University she received a Bachelors in Photography. Since Kali has started she has become more outspoken and outgoing, she has quickly picked up the technical ability of sales and become a great team player. Her goals are to continue to grow more leadership and management skills to grow and train others and encourage others to break out of their comfort zone. Some of Kali’s hobbies include being outdoors, listening to music, appreciating films and tv. An interesting fact about Kali is she is a traveler who has been to 19 countries and 5 continents!

Lalia Liase

Lalia Liase

Age 39

Laila is from Latvia, she is a linguist and knows 4 languages and lived in 3 different countries. She was promoted to training manager and previously worked for a cruise line. Laila is someone that has stepped into leadership and continues to impress herself and the team with what she is capable of. Lailas goals are to continue to grow skills in leadership and sales. An interesting fact about laila apart from languages and traveling is she is a mom of three.

Cullen Gray

Cullen Gray

Age 23

Cullen is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and is attending the University of West Florida to receive a degree in biology. Cullen is one of our training managers who is focused on gaining as many new skills as possible in leadership and sales to one day own his own business. An interesting fact about cullen is that he ran a marathon in Australia!

Walfris Milian

Walfris Milian

Age 38

Walfris has been with IGM for 2 years working with three of our non profit partners and our energy division! Walfris‘s goal is to become an owner and continue to grow professionally in sales and marketing. Walfris loves to dance, watch sports and spend time with friends. If there’s one person that can always put a smile on anyone’s face it’s Walfris! Walfris wants to continue making new friends and discovering new cultures wherever he goes. An interesting fact about Walfris is he dances salsa!

Jahil

Jahil

Training Manager

Jahil has a degree in Communication Studies and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He is passionate about sports and making a difference in the world. A fun fact about Jahil is that he was 16 years old during his senior year of High School, proving that he is always been a step above his peers and well on his way to success.

Arianna

Arianna

Training Manager

Arianna is an enthusiastic and driven member of the Innovating Great Minds team. Her sports mentality and motivation set her a part from the rest. An avid basketball player for life she is a born leader. Her long term goal is to build her own team, and be financially independent.

Maria

Maria

Training Manager

Maria has a degree is marketing and social communications. She is driven and passionate. Her long term goal is to open her own office and create a successful team! In her spare time she enjoys watching UFC and Netflix. A fun-fact about Maria, is that along as she has a fan she can sleep anywhere.

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