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#BoldBossTribe ::  RJ Tolson

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson

RJ Tolson | Pearit & RJTIO

Tell us your bold boss story!

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson

Currently, I am the Chairman of the Board of a multi-divisional company called RJTIO, Bestselling Young-Adult Fantasy Author, and on the board of several organizations, including Pearit, Indiscribe, and IMX. I tour around the US and Europe doing inspirational talks, book festivals, and business workshops.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson

Six years ago, while in high school at the age of seventeen, I gave up on one dream. After finding out that there was no point for me to play competitive soccer, something I had trained for almost half my life to do, I had a hole to fill. While struggling to even get up in the morning while at boarding school, I found that I had acquired several hours of detention from skipping the mandatory morning announcement at the crack of dawn. Luckily my web design teacher felt bad for me, so in an effort to help me, she told me that if I made a website for her niece, she would get rid of the hours I had racked up. After designing the site and using a very early stage of Wix, I reached out to them in an effort to help them create a stronger product. Accepting my help, I worked with them while realizing that I could start making revenue from building websites for new clients.

In need of money, and not wanting to ask my grandfather for more beyond the education he had been paying for, I reached out online and found websites that needed to be updated. Contacting their owners, I got my first few clients, making four grand in the first month by designing websites based on their target demographic, my eye for aesthetics, and a few innovative elements of development for that time (e-commerce, video backgrounds, online content marketing). From there, I googled "how to start your own business", and soon after hired several international students from my school. After graduation, my employees went back to their respective countries (Korea, Japan, China, England, Greece) and expanded the company's cliental internationally by seeking business abroad - immediately making the company international and starting what would be an incredible journey.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

It’s hard to choose one over the other, so I would say my proudest moments are becoming an author of both a best-selling fantasy series and a japanese manga, selling a large part of my stake in my own company to transition from CEO to Chairman of the Board of Directors of RJTIO, and co-founding Pearit, with our awesome brand InternMagic meant to help youth and people in general find a career path that they will love being in!

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Entrepreneur RJ Tolson

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?

Being truly empathetic, in a "put yourself in someone else's shoes" manner is a strength needed for any solid leader. Being genuine, transparent, and appropriately blunt to others has taken me farther than I could have imagined, and as such I suggest doing the same.

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#BoldBossTribe :: Malie Bingham

Bold & Pop : #BoldBosstribe Feature with Fashion Designer turned Fashion Career Coach Malie Bingham of Pick Glass
Bold & Pop : #BoldBosstribe Feature with Fashion Designer turned Fashion Career Coach Malie Bingham of Pick Glass
Bold & Pop : #BoldBosstribe Feature with Fashion Designer turned Fashion Career Coach Malie Bingham of Pick Glass

Tell us your bold boss story!

I am a fashion designer based in NYC turned fashion career coach. I absolutely love what I do! I've been working in the industry for over a decade in both small companies and large. Over the years I learned some great ways to systematize much of my work flow. It helps me get more done, and make time to do the fun, creative work that I loved. I started mentoring about three years ago through the YMA scholarship foundation. I loved sharing all my knowledge with these brilliant young new designers just starting out in their careers. It was through this mentoring that I decided to compile all my juicy nuggets of information and share it with more people. Thus Pick Glass was born!

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

At the company I worked at we were pitching a new celebrity brand clothing collection to a major dept. store. We were on a shoe-string budget with little time. I borrowed a camera and lights from my marketing buddies and proceeded to shoot every piece of clothing individually. Then, I cropped everything out using PhotoShop, made a bad ass power point presentation and turned it into a video. This video was emailed to the buyer who quickly agreed to come take a look. We turned a conference room into a showroom where we did the pitch. This is what happens when you don't confine yourself to a job description.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBosstribe Feature with Fashion Designer turned Fashion Career Coach Malie Bingham of Pick Glass

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?

 I believe that we can always learn something from others. Technology is always changing, so you must always be flexible and open to learning new ways of working. Keep an open mind and a willingness to learn and you will go far in anything you do!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven

Ashley Basnight | Handmade Haven

Tell us your bold boss story!

Back in August, I was looking for a custom dining table and I could not find anyone in my area to build me one at an affordable price! I was determined to get a custom table and ran across an Instagram page of a woman who built furniture! It was then I came across a woodworking community of cool builders who were committing their lives to furniture making! I spent weeks looking at plans wondering if I too could do it, after going back and forth in my head, one day I finally just said enough is enough! I have to go for it! So I got up, drove to Home Depot and bought the biggest saw I could find and I built my first dining table and to my surprise it was pretty good! 7 months later Handmade Haven LLC has grown in ways I can't even imagine!

This business has been the epitome of what it means to follow your dreams! I am a full-time software engineer and it has never really fulfilled me, but building furniture has fulfilled me in more ways than one, so it is my goal to continue to step out in risk and work hard until I can pursue my business full-time!

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

Although I am fairly new to the business world one of the achievements I am most proud of is getting to partner with awesome companies such as Kreg Tool, Ryobi, and Home Depot!

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

No matter how big the obstacle, go after your dreams! Do what makes you happy, don't settle for anything less, and remember to help others along the way! 

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