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The Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2020

Brand Voice
·7-min read

The commercial world is not an easy field to navigate. As an entrepreneur, you have to have the essential skills that will help gather clientele and keep them, as well as choosing the right team and honing them. It takes years before a business can become successful and CEOs with excellent leadership skills almost always reach that goal. It is then very important that the CEO of a company be hardworking and firm so they can become role models for their employees. Here are 10 entrepreneurs who proved to be exemplary in their pursuit of success in the commercial world:

Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer. He is the founder, CEO, CTO, and chief designer of SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. Furthermore, Elon is also the CEO and product architect of the electric vehicle and clean energy company, Tesla, Inc.

Elon started out by co-founding Zip2, a web software company which was acquired by Compaq in 1999. He then founded an online bank X.com, which eventually merged with Confinity in 2000, which eventually became PayPal.

Nowadays, Elon Musk’s name is synonymous with bold technological advancements that will redefine the world as we see it.

Twitter: @elonmusk

Website: www.tesla.com/elon-musk

Rachel Greenberg

Rachel Greenberg graduated from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and pursued finance on Wall Street at JP Morgan, Piper Jaffray, and Wells Fargo. Rachel ultimately left investment banking to pursue entrepreneurship full-time and has since launched, co-founded, sold, and still runs a handful of technology-enabled e-learning companies. Her latest venture is Beta Bowl, a teen-focused entrepreneurial enrichment program and student accelerator. During the pandemic alone, Beta Bowl has created over 400+ student entrepreneurs, who have been featured in prestigious publications including Forbes, launched their start-ups to thousands of pre-orders, and created world-changing products and technologies, from saving honeybees to saving lives.

Website: www.beta-bowl.com

Sunil Tolani

Sunil “Sunny” Tolani is the CEO of Prince Organization, a hospitality company that runs multiple award-winning hotels throughout the Americas. The hotel and real estate expert’s passions include charity work, youth empowerment, and education. Sunil takes part in various humanitarian works that act against sexual harassment, domestic violence, wage inequality for women, and LGBTQ+ discrimination.

Sunil is a recipient of various awards and recognition, including The Orange County Business Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship Awards and OC’s 100 Most Influential Game Changers. Prince Organization, as well, has also received various honors, such as America’s Most Honored Business, The 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Sunil Tolani is a self-made man, highly respected and publicly admired Worldwide Indian American CEO, social entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian. Prince Organization is a luxury hospitality, real estate development and lifestyle company. It is regularly commended by various third party organizations as one of the best and top places to work. Prince has also been named the fastest growing private companies and top minority-owned organization three times in a row.

Facebook: Sunil A. Tolani

Kendra Stephen, Esq.

Kendra Stephen is a trademark and brand protection lawyer. She is the founder of The Trademark Firm, PLLC, a boutique virtual law firm that focuses on Brand Protection, Federal Trademark Registration, Monitoring and Enforcement. Kendra protects brands for Entertainers, Professional Athletes and Entrepreneurs. Attorney Stephen helps clients by designing a 360 Brand Protection plan that provides strategic legal protection and brand monetization strategies. In addition to registering and enforcing trademarks, she helps clients handle trademark infringement matters in all fifty states and internationally.

Instagram: @kendrastephen

Website: www.trademarkregistration.lawyer

Sara Blakely

Founder and CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely is a leading provider of intimate wear for women. From undergarments and swimwear, to leggings and maternity wear, Spanx is a leading provider of women’s clothing and accessories. Sara Blakely built the company from the ground up, starting small and then expanding to over 65 branches across the US.

Blakely was named as one of Forbes’ 2016 Power Women and Global Game Changers. She continues to stun the commercial world with her company. Just last year, Blakely grabbed a spot in Forbes’ America’s Self-Made Women and Billionaires.

Instagram: @sarablakely

Website: www.spanx.com

Carrie Able

Multidisciplinary artist Carrie Able has created an influx of art, VR, music, and poetry to inspire people in 2020. Her recently released poetry book, Love Grit Hope, quickly became a hit on Amazon’s new release best sellers list. In December she also released a new single and music video “ERASE,” which has a corresponding augmented reality experience. A strong proponent of emerging artists, Able also curated a group exhibition LUCID that will be open in Williamsburg by appointment only following COVID restrictions. This exhibition will be filmed in 360 Virtual Reality, so if you can’t make it to the show, you will be able to see it in VR.

Website: www.carrieable.com

J. Garrett Green

Garrett Green, 34, is an American entrepreneur known for creating and heading the internationally award-winning, luxury vodka brand, ONE ROQ. After years of confronting well-known industry politics that kept the brand from being properly endorsed by key distributors and retailers in the US, he architected the ONE ROQ Vodka Club (ONEROQClub.com), effectively becoming one of the beverage industry’s most innovative direct-to-consumer, experience brands.

In 2020, Green became the cover story of Food & Beverage Magazine, sponsor of X Games Aspen, and the No 1. Selling vodka on a top US online retailer. Just this past November, ONE ROQ was praised by LAWire as the “Bitcoin of Adult Beverage” underscoring the brand’s disruptive, financial approach to brand building.

Prior to Founding ONE ROQ, Green led a consumer investment and creative office, Green & Co. Holdings (greenandc.com) specializing in providing brand strategy and seed equity to unique consumer start-ups.

Instagram: @ONEROQ_Vodka

Website: www.oneroqclub.com

Dr. Jackleen Jones

Dr. Jackleen Jones is a first-generation American and healthcare entrepreneur. She has a doctorate in physical therapy and is the current CEO of Resilient Healthcare, an organization that has pioneered home-based palliative care.

Dr. Jones, 29, works with industry leaders to build relationships throughout hospital systems. She has co-founded 7 successful healthcare companies in the past 3 years and leads a team of over 200 individuals.

She is on a mission to revolutionize the healthcare industry, disrupting the archaic system with new ideas and technologies.

Instagram: @jackleen_jones

Website: www.resilienthc.com

Vanessa Johnson

Vanessa Johnson, 51, a native New Yorker with a bit of South Carolina southern class, at the prime of her life, is a sought after Life of Victory Strategist and Business Start-Up Coach that has used her past to prime her present. She is a global influencer and best-selling author in the industry of opening, managing, and sustaining a transitional housing facility and a gamechanger in the lives of individuals she has touched and those she is divinely connected to. Vanessa has birthed a “Militant Ministry/Business” without walls, living and walking by faith as a “Mover” (moving through the kingdom of darkness) and a “Shaker” (shaking up the foundation of the kingdom of darkness) through intense intercession and spiritual warfare that get results for the Kingdom of God.

Website: www.dunamisdominionllc.com

Trent Simonian and Jack Byrne

Photo: wearing black cap – Trent Simonian; wearing white cap – Jack Byrne

Trent Simonian and Jack Byrne are the creators of Sidetalk, which has exploded onto the scene in 2020 as New York’s #1 new show. Known as “New York’s one-minute street show,” Sidetalk’s comedic one-minute episodes explore the city’s unique characters and personalities.

Sidetalk is hosted by 19 year-old Trent Simonian, a film and TV major at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Simonian has built a very recognizable brand presence for the show in just one year. Sidetalk has become a staple of New York entertainment this year, building a diverse audience that includes supermodels, construction workers, soccer moms, and everyone in between.

New York-native Jack Byrne serves as Sidetalk’s producer and cameraman. Prior to producing Sidetalk, the 19 year-old business and entertainment major at NYU was already immersed in the entertainment industry, working for the immensely-popular meme page, “The Fat Jewish” since age 14.

Simonian and Byrne have emerged onto the Hollywood scene with Sidetalk’s success in 2020. They ultimately aspire to produce a network of shows that are unique and entertaining, just like Sidetalk.

Website: www.sidetalknyc.com

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