Andrew Mason is the founder and former of CEO of Groupon, a Chicago-based website that offers users deep discounts on local businesses. Before founding the company, he was employed as a developer at InnerWorkings. The founder of the InnerWorkings provided Mason the seed money of $1 million to create his first venture through the internet. It was when Groupon was founded. It sells deals to local businesses and as of 2010, its annual revenue was reported as upto $800 million.
William Andrews McDonough is an Americanarchitect, founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) with German chemist Michael Braungart as well as co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things also with Braungart. McDonough’s career is focused on designing environmentally sustainable buildings and transforming industrial manufacturing processes.
Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 (at the Museum of Modern Art), Maialino, Untitled (at the Whitney Museum of American Art), and North End Grill, as well as Union Square Events and Hospitality Quotient. Read More
Johnny Morris: In 1971, Johnny Morris, frustrated by the lack of tackle in local stores, rented a U-Haul® trailer and took off across the country filling it with the newest premium fishing tackle he could find. When he returned home to Springfield, Missouri, Johnny set up shop in his dad’s liquor store, which was located on the way to Table Rock Lake. With this simple idea, Bass Pro Shops® was born. Now worth 4.1 billion USD, Bass Pro Shops has become America’s leading outdoor retailer with stores across America and Canada. Every Bass Pro Shops store still offers an incredible array of fishing and boating equipment. We’re also the premier shopping destination for hunting, camping, and outdoor cooking gear as well as outdoor footwear and nature-themed gifts. Even more, the company commits to partnering with and supporting the efforts of many organizations that work to conserve and manage the nation’s natural resources. The company’s key conservation initiatives include fish and wildlife habitat improvements, conservation and outdoor skills education, improving water quality and quality of our lakes and springs, and conservation advocacy.
Blake Mycoskie is a native of Texas who always had an entrepreneurial spirit, started five businesses. His first was a successful campus laundry service, which he later sold. Between business ventures, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. With his sister, Paige, Blake traveled the world and came within minutes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize. is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, a business model to help a person in need with every product purchased. A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 10 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006. In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives. The book became a New York Times best-seller. More importantly, it is Blake’s hope that Start Something That Matters inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality. Read More
Sir Anwar Pervez is a businessman in the United Kingdom and is the Founder and Chairman of BestWay group. Sir Anwar Pervez established the first Bestway wholesale warehouse in 1976 and since then Bestway Cash and Carry is the largest independent wholesale group and 2nd largest wholesaler spread all over the United Kingdom. It has an annual revenue of more than $3 billion dolllars while employing around 5000 employees. Bestway itself has diversified its portfolio, venturing into the cement industry in Pakistan in 1995 and is currently the second largest cement producer in Pakistan whereas it is the largest cement exporter to Afghanistan and India. In addition to this, Bestway acquired a controlling share in the United Bank Limited Bank of Pakistan in 2002, turning it from a loss making entity to a dynamic profit driven bank with profits of over $200 million dollars. Sir Anwar Pervez has himself been not only received the Order of British Empire in 1992 but has also received Knighthood in 1999 along with various national awards in Pakistan suc has Hilal-e-Pakistan for his services to the country.
Danny Meyer is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, author, media commentator and public speaker. She is the co-founder and CEO of Desha Productions, Inc., a multimedia company that owns and operates Alley to the Valley™ and BettyConfidential, and co-founder of Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids.