Top 25 People To Follow in 2020

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In whatever field we look into, we see noteworthy individuals who have made their marks in their respective fields. Through their relentless efforts to perfect their crafts and their unwavering confidence, they’ve climbed the ladder of success and proved that with hardwork and perseverance, anything is possible. The success of these people were not obtained by taking the fast lane; they’ve all had their struggles to face. And by firmly holding on to their values, they’ve achieved greater heights. Here are 25 people we need to follow this 2020: 

  1. Alex Morgan

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Alexandra Patricia Morgan, or popularly known as Alex Morgan, is a 31-year-old forward of the US National Team. Alex serves as one of the most recognizable names in the US Soccer arena. The female soccer icon has helped the US Female Soccer Team snatch a back-to-back FIFA World championships. Alex has over 9.1 million followers on Instagram and has been named by Time Magazine as the top paid woman soccer player in the United States. She currently plays with Tottenham Hotspur as their co-captain. 

Instagram: @alexmorgan13

Website:  www.alexmorgansoccer.com

  1. Gary Vaynerchuck

Top 100 Global Podcast host Gary Vaynerchuck, for his The Gary Vee Experience, is a model among entrepreneurs across the US. As a business mogul and owner of multiple 6-figure businesses, like VaynerX, VaynerMedia, and VaynerSports, Vaynerchuck rides the waves of success with his intelligent and wise approach towards business.

VaynerMedia, for one, Vaynerchuck’s turnkey media advertising company, works with popular brands among the Fortune 100 companies. With four locations in the country, VaynerMedia stands at the helm of the advertising market. 

Instagram: @garyvee

Website: www.garyvaynerchuk.com

  1. Q. Sananikone

His enthusiastic personality, warrior physique, and regular dances, Bounyadej Q. Sananikone is a rising star in the New York City real estate scene. As the founder of The SANANIKONE Group, a real estate team that focuses on superior advertisements, specifically in real estate, Q disrupts the way buyers and sellers interact and how properties are being advertised.

Q, as he is commonly known, started in real estate early. He grew up in a real estate family and learned the business. He has been working in one of the most competitive markets: Asia. Q has experience in both the principal and sales sides in real estate. On the top side, he worked as an analyst in Norasing Capital Management, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in Laos.

Sananikone studied Real Estate Investing at New York University (NYU). He was recently accepted to Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education for Leadership Studies. 

Profile: Q. Sananikone

Website: www.qsananikone.com

  1. Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil Thomas is the founder and CEO of EzStick Mobile. His company, like Uber, is a transport servicing company but for bloodwork. It’s a little different from the usual businesses we see. Kahlil was able to figure out an amazing blueprint to where he can actually have certified phlebotomists come to clients’ house, hotel, college dorm, work area or anywhere to do their blood work, recently, for COVID-19 test. 

EzStick Mobile does all types of tests, such as cancer screening, pregnancy test, HIV test, and many more. Apart from that, Kahlil is coaching new entrepreneurs how to do the model he uses for his company.

The new breed of CEOs  are receiving contacts from LabCorp and quest very fast and starting to see patients daily because of his webinars. Kahlil’s webinar is worth the try because it enables you to have your own business, save lives, and defeat COVID-19.

Website: www.ezstickmobile.com

  1. Tamairo Moutry

Tamairo Moutry is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native. She’s been in the real estate arena for at least 16 years and has a background in teaching and mortgages. Moutry’s undergraduate studies and bachelor’s degree is in education. Her graduate studies include 18 credits toward a master’s degree in educational leadership. Moutry was a former mortgage broker/owner of a mortgage company in the past, and she’s a licensed real estate instructor in the State of Wisconsin. 

Today, she administers online real estate courses and, to date, has sold over 100+ properties in one calendar year before starting her own firm in 2013. Now, she owns four real estate companies in Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois.

Facebook: Tamairo Moutry

Website: www.showingnew.com/tamairomoutrysellshomes 

  1. Akeem Mair

This 32-year-old film star is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Akeem Mair stars in several films like All About Money, A Wonderful WorldLimbo, Silent Love, Life of a Villain, Red, Fine Line, The Kidnap, and many more. In the span of his career, he’s also worked with many productions like the prestigious Columbia College of Hollywood Production. 

Recently, the Commercial Talent Agency star (under agent Sarah Angeli) signed with Minc Talent under Mariko Ballentine. The future is bright for Akeem. With a firm reputation among his peers and a noteworthy work ethic, Akeem Mair is sure to climb the ladder toward stardom.

In an Ellen Degeneres Show episode, where Ellen described it as “the best episode she’s ever seen,” Akeem made his appearance. The video has now more than 5 million views on all media platforms.

Instagram: @akeemmair

Facebook: Akeem Mair

IMDB Profile: Akeem Mair 

Twitter: @Akeemmair

Actors Access: Akeem Mair

LA Casting Profile: Akeem Mair

YouTube: Akeem Mair

  1. Chris Dobry

Chris Dobry is the owner of Stryker Records, where Chris promotes live concerts, manages artists, and releases music worldwide. 

Chris has worked promoting artists, including Saving Abel, Michael Alexander, John Anderson and Merle Haggard, among others. Stryker Records artists, Jamie Fontaine and the Level, hit #20 on Billboard in September and will be working with Scott Wilson and Richard Easterling at Sunshine Studios for the band’s next major release. Chris has teamed up with Malcolm Springer at Universal Studios to produce Stryker’s newest hip-hop artist Drew Lines.

Chris has an engineering background and is a military veteran. 

Email: cdobry@strykerrecords.com 

Facebook: Stryker Records, Inc.

  1. Joshua Gayman

At 34, Joshua has been investing in Real Estate for 11 years. In his first year, he wholesaled over 50 transactions and began to fix and flip as well. In 2012, Joshua launched Equity Sunrise, a real estate equity firm. Then in 2019, Josh founded the Scottsdale Real Estate Brokerage Firm Easy Button Realty. Today, he has transacted over $150 million in real estate. Josh runs a wholesale real estate company in Scottsdale, with over $2 million in annual sales.

Joshua was also recognized earlier this year as one of 40 under 40 Entrepreneurs by the LA Wire.

Website: www.joshgayman.com

  1. Austin Schlueter

Austin Schlueter has been a pioneer in his field since he began mastering the basics and pushing past limits previously made. He is always dissecting all data and putting together what seems to be the best course of action. They say that the greatest minds can build their own field without the use of old teachings in a traditional school. But Schlueter believes he has done just that in his field; it is a curve ball to the natural order of things.

Website: www.lastmassage.com

  1. Monica Leane Morgan

The founder of The Pivotal Companies, Monica Morgan has more than 25 years of experience in the multifamily and student housing sectors. She’s consulted and assisted business professionals by the hundreds and is now leading a team of experts who are guiding Pivotal clients in their businesses to achieve their desired outcomes. Goal crushers, visionaries, and clients alike enjoy the success The Pivotal Companies is able to provide. Their case studies, and testimonials, speak volumes in regard to the magic the organization is able to create! If you have an asset that is in need of stabilization, reputation, or marketing assistance, give their stealthy team a call.

Website: www.thepivotalcompanies.com

  1. Charles Tucker Jr., Esq.

Charles Tucker Jr. is a triple alum from St. John’s University with a Bachelors of Arts, Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate, graduating Magna Cum Laude two out of the three times. He started his legal career at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. During his 6 years at the office, he prosecuted complex domestic violence cases, homicides, and special victim cases. He left the office in 2005 as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Special Victims Unit.

He moved to the District of Columbia and worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Personnel Labor and Employment Division. Charles has been recognized as an outstanding litigation attorney in several jurisdictions with over 300 jury trials, bench trials, and administrative hearings to his credit. 

Currently he is a Senior Partner with the Cochran Firm in the Mississippi Delta office and is the Managing Partner of the Tucker Moore Group LLP with offices in Virginia, Maryland, and New York. 

Website: www.tuckermoorelawllp.com

  1. Dr. Trenese L. McNealy

Dr. Trenese L. McNealy is a wife, mom, author, and entrepreneur whose mission is to help moms maintain a healthy work-life balance through successful Program and Project Management strategies. She has over 10+ years’ experience in Program, Project, and Grant Management with a Certified Associate in Project Management. Dr. McNealy’s focus was derived from her company, Dr. Trenese L. McNealy, LLC., a professional service, management consulting company.

Dr. McNealy is also the CEO of LaShay’s DESIGNS, an online fashion boutique for women apparel. She is the author of Mommy’s Goals vs. Reality: Managing School, Work, and Family, the co-author of the Glambitious Guide to Being a Mompreneur in 2020, and she is working on a new book, A Mother’s Struggle to Success. Dr. McNealy has her Virtual Lunch & Learn Series and her signature Mommies and Mimosas Mother’s Day Luncheon, which is scheduled virtually for May 8, 2021. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.

Website: www.drtrenesemcnealy.com

  1. Rihanna

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Robin Rihanna Fenty, or popularly known for her stage name, Rihanna, is a global female music sensation behind the hit songs Umbrella, Stay, Work, Diamonds, We Found Love, and many more. The Barbadian pop and R&B singer and entrepreneur was named the World’s Richest Female Musician with her own makeup and fashion line, Fenty. Before Fenty, Rihanna had worked for many cosmetic companies. Creating her own path, she founded Fenty, a cosmetic brand that welcomes and accepts diversity in color and size. After she founded the company in 2017, it experienced massive success. Her brand’s inclusivity, which can be reflected in one of her line of foundations with over 40 shades, is the turnkey factor for her entrepreneurial success. Rihanna is estimated to have a networth of $600 million. 

Instagram: @badgalriri

Website: www.fentybeauty.com

  1. Arum Kang

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In 2012, Arum Kang founded Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating servicing company that creates opportunities for women to connect with potential love partners. It is one of the most efficient dating companies today. Coffee Meets Bagel allowed for more than 2.5 billion introductions since it was founded. For Arum, her company aims to become a global leader, fostering a female-centered and -empowering environment. 

Instagram: @coffeemeetsbagel

Website: www.coffeemeetsbagel.com

  1. Yunha Kim

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Realizing that meditation can help alleviate stress and create limitless possibilities for an individual, Yunha Kim founded Simple Habit. Straight out of Wall Street, Yunha Kim decided to create her first company. However, she found out that running and maintaining a business is not easy as it seems; it became stressful and bothersome. So whenever she had the time, she went into meditation sessions; then she found how helpful it was.

Running Simple Habit, Yunha wants to impart how meditation can impact one’s career, relationship, and well-being positively. 

Instagram: @simplehabitapp 

Website: www.simplehabit.com

  1. Emily Vavra

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Emily Vavra is a woman who does many things. She is a speaker, health and wellness entrepreneur, and marketer. Emily helps many of her clients become successful by guiding and motivating them. As a coach to many, Emily is able to help others be financially independent through residual income. In many years, she has coached people and is doing more than what she should. She recently collaborated with Just Like My Child Foundation to travel to some of the poorest areas of Uganda and reach a helping hand to provide better education and healthcare to its citizens. 

Instagram: @itsemily

Website: www.itsemily.com

  1. Lisa Skeete Tatum

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Lisa Skeete Tatum helps women find the right workplace for their skills and turn them into financially independent individuals. As a woman of color, she herself has experienced the bitter truth that it was twice as hard for women to assert themselves in a workplace. That was the inspiration for the company she founded, Landit.

Founded in 2014, Landit is a one-size-fits-one platform that creates playbooks for women or men and calibrates it to fit their skills. Since it was founded, Landit has helped many people land to their desired companies and make things work for them. Landit and Lisa have been recognized and featured in many publications like Forbes, BBC, INC, Vanity Fair, CNBC, etc.

Instagram: @applandit

Website: www.landit.com

  1. Evan Spiegel

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Founder of Snap Inc., Evan Spiegel, became a self-made billionaire at 25 years old. Snap Inc. is the parent company of Snapchat, a multimedia messaging app developed to share memorable moments with others. The main feature of Snapchat is that the content will be erased after a time, unlike most social media platforms that store the data and information that people post. Snap started when he was still at Stanford University. He is currently married to Miranda Kerr, an Australian supermodel, and boasts a $4.5 billion net worth.

Twitter: @evanspiegel

  1. Kevin Parada

Kevin Parada uses his Instagram account (@kevinparadaaa) to show how time, hard work, and dedication can help a business grow and foster. Witnessing how his family auto transport company evolved from a single tow truck operation to a fleet of car hauling trailers, Kevin knows what it takes to keep a business running and making it grow. His business, JP Auto Transport, has slowly grown to become a prime seven-figure business in the States, servicing major vehicle manufacturing companies like Ford, Tesla, Honda, etc. 

Instagram: @kevinparadaaa

Website: www.jpautotransport.com 

  1. Lexie Peterka

LP Wellness and Aesthetics is a health and wellness company that is revolutionizing the game of Preventative medicine. Its founder, Lexie Petertak, shares that LP Wellness and Aesthetics offers a wide range of health plans that encourage immune boosting, especially now that we enter the cold season. 

The company also works with the New York Fertility to service clients who have fertility issues. The one-on-one experience that LP Wellness offers guarantees that it is the one-stop business that needs to be looked into.

Website: www.lpwellnessandaesthetics.com

  1. Steven Ridzyowski

Steven Ridzyowski is the founder of Ecommerce Marketing Agency, a turnkey experience for clients in starting their brands or business online. Through his company, Steven serves as the leader in the e-commerce and digital media buying space in the country. Ecommerce Marketing Agency specializes in the creation of Shopify stores and marketing via several advertising platforms. Unlike other marketing agencies that only market through social media sites, Steven and his team are 360-degree marketing experts who are sure to help businesses build a strong reputation online. 

Instagram: @stevenridzyowski

Website: www.ecommercemarketingagency.com 

  1. Dylan Maxwell Blau

Founder of The Blau Agency and a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Dylan Blau is helping up and coming entrepreneurs all the ins and outs of the commercial world through foolproof strategies for growth and long term success. He specializes in several things like branding, marketing, lead generation, sales, networking, collaborations, websites, content creation, and personal management. Dylan shares to his clients all of his experiences that have helped him succeed. 

Dylan also works with TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube influencers to turn their hobbies into profit and also helps established businesses scale their income through social media. He’s written and published books, Social Media Secrets and We Are Dog Training, that both talk about his passions and advice on how to succeed in life. With out-of-the-box strategies and innovative methods personalized for success, Dylan Blau is a marketing genius who may be the one who can help you succeed.

Instagram: @wearedogtraining

Website: www.sellingwithsocialmedia.com

  1. Grant Cardone

Starting a billion-dollar company from scratch, Grant Cordone knows what hard work and sheer will can do to businessmen and women. The success of Cordone through his company Cardone Capital can be attributed to his never-ending commitment to his goals. For many years, Grant has aided men and women climb the ladder of success, offering them services, advice, and motivation to turn things around for them. 

Grant has authored eight business books and thirteen bestselling business programs in the hopes of helping thousands of people scale their businesses. 

Instagram: @grantcardone

Website: www.grantcardone.com

  1. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, life and business coach, and a bestselling author who has touched and changed the lives of many. He’s coached and sat down with more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. His superiority to coach individuals can be attributed to how well he manages twelve companies for a decade. 

His non-profit organization for one, The Anthony Robbins Foundation, reaches out to many countries and helps feed 2 million people every year.

Instagram: @tonyrobbins

Website: www.tonyrobbins.com

  1. Augie Johnston

Augie Johnston is the creator of Vidchops, a video editing subscription service that aims to lessen the burden of complex and tiresome video editing process. As someone who has experienced it himself, Johnston aims to help many YouTube content creators edit their videos to perfection. Like many content creators and producers on YouTube, the editing phase of the video making is always the most intricate part. So he created a software that eliminates almost 50% of the editing process while still promising superior quality. 

Instagram: @vidchops

YouTube: Baller Boot Camp

Website: www.vidchops.com

Opinions expressed by New York Wire contributors are their own.

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