With a slogan like “Stop at nothing. Achieve everything,” it’s not hard to imagine that Gary Whitehill is driven as an entrepreneur. But it’s not just his own success that fuels his passion.
He sits on several advisory boards, and founded Entrepreneur Week, a global initiative that brings together small business owners and future entrepreneurs.
He also mentors young entrepreneurs on strategy, sales, and business development. Gary says:
“Entrepreneurship is the fundamental underpinning of economic stability. In addition, if you look underneath the covers, you will find that entrepreneurs and startups provide value to all aspects of human existence – jobs, innovation, inspiration…. The list is endless.”
Connecting Entrepreneurs Globally
With events peppering the globe throughout the year, Entrepreneur Week provides the rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with others in participating countries, which include Brazil, the UK, Greece, the US, and Chile.
And the events have had an interesting side effect, says Whitehill:
“…one of the byproducts of our Entrepreneur Week global event series has been meeting some amazing, high net worth individuals who are passionate about empowering young, hungry entrepreneurs. Brands have a very hard time reaching these demographic – one car company spends $25K to acquire a customer.
What we do is bring together a group of rockstars and partner with premier brands to design premier excursions to explore and grow business and personal interests for this international group of like-minded professionals.”
A Whirling Dhervish of Entrepreneurial Energy
In addition to consulting through his company, Whitehill International, where his focus in helping businesses centers around positioning strategy, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, and more, Whitehill is a frequent speaker and guest on programs like CNN, CBS News, and FOX News.
Never one to slow down, Whitehill says he’s currently in the midst of building a tech product for entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world as well as a project that will revolutionize the marketplace space, globally.
Whitehill was selected as one of the Small Business Influencer Top 100 Champions for 2012,which was, he says, a true honor:
“Every single day each of us influencers wakes up hoping to leave the world a little better than we found it. It’s humbling to know that my contributions have been recognized by those whom I care deeply about.”
Editor’s Note: This article is one of a series of interviews of key players in the Small Business Influencer Awards.