Category Archives: Women in Business

Robyn Scott-Vincent Helms Attitude Pictures Limited and Produces Documentaries Relating to People Around the Globe Living with Disabilities

Robyn Scott-VincentRobyn Scott-Vincent is the Owner of Attitude Pictures Limited, and a Partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited, the former being a production company specializing in documentaries, corporate and government video content, and the latter production company focusing on top quality production services. Ms. Scott-Vincent holds a BBC in broadcasting and communication from New Zealand Broadcasting School, having first gained industry experience and savoir faire through her work as a reporter for the Auckland Star, New Zealand Herald, and Television New Zealand as a One Network News reporter. She also acquired experience in such roles as freelance director, producer, director, and writer with various media outlets.

Presently, working in dual capacities, Ms. Scott-Vincent makes the most of more than a quarter-of-a-century’s worth of professional experience at the helm of Attitude Pictures Limited and as a partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited. Operating from Auckland, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia, the companies cater to regional and international client demographics. Attitude Pictures Ltd is an Accredited Media Partner of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee).

Robyn Scott-Vincent Attitude Pictures LogoBoth functioning as production companies, they focus on documentaries, corporate and government video content, and production services. During the course of her impressive career, Ms. Scott-Vincent has independently produced and directed 60 prime time documentaries and 320 episodes of her series Attitude that specializes in content relating to people throughout the world who live with disability. Her content has appeared during the Special Olympics International World Games and, she has contributed production work to the International Paralympic Committee, as well as the New Zealand Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission and a variety of disability throughout the world. Equally proficient in writing, Ms. Scott-Vincent also authored a biography on Susan Devoy entitled “Out on Top” and co-authored “Cindy: Breaking the Cycle”.

With a forte for documentary projects that address issues related to disabilities, Ms. Scott-Vincent was honored with the Workplace Diversity Award by the EEO Trust. A founder and trustee of the Attitude Awards she was also honored as a lifetime member with Worldwide Who’s Who. She feels her success can be most aptly attributed to a strong sense of humanity, integrity, and an ability to deliver high-quality content on budget and on time. In the coming years, Ms. Scott-Vincent intends to expand the international presence of her company into five key markets through networking, branding, and consulting worldwide.

Check out an Attitude Pictures MiniDoc: “The Mutes on The Road,” a documentary about The Mutes From Mars, a West Auckland band consisting of individuals with intellectual disabilities, as they practice for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Please click here for a directory of resources provided through Ms. Scott-Vincent’s company.

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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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Ruth Hamilton Changes Orphaned African Children’s Lives through Rise On Wings

Ruth HammRuth Hamm is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rise  On Wings, a charitable organization that  works toward empowering single mothers in Uganda through the development of self-sustaining business projects. Through these projects, her hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

Ms. Hamm began serving as the company’s Executive Director after having co-founded its initiatives in 2012, as she felt inspired to pursue a career that would allow her to make a difference in the lives of others. She develops self-sustaining businesses in Uganda for single mothers as model projects for them to gain new skills and training while earning an income to support their children. After the first year, Ms. Hamm and her colleagues encourage the women to launch their own businesses using the new skills that they have acquired, and with the assistance of a small business loan and a mentor.

Ruth Hamm Heads Rise on WingsThrough the projects that are launched through Rise On Wings, Ms. Hamm’s hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or would like to make a contribution to this great cause, please visit the foundation’s Facebook page, or http://www.riseonwings.org.

Please also visit Ms. Hamm’s LinkedIn page to learn more about her accomplishments and endeavors as a philanthropist.

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Milena Morrow is a Disabled Individual who Advocates for Others Like Her

Milena Morrow Helps Disabled Individuals to Overcome ObstaclesMilena Morrow, President of Lifebridge East Inc., is a disabled individual who was hired for a position she applied for at the company. She comes from a background where she was taught to believe that she would not be able to participate in the mainstream arena due to her disability; she developed the desire to prove people wrong, and became determined to prove to them that she would not only succeed, but also become successful at leading an organization. She is interested in challenges, a qualified editor, and is in the process of publishing her book “Sipping Champagne Through a Straw: A Migrant Daughter’s Tale with a Difference.”

Milena MorrowIn her role with Lifebridge East Inc., Ms. Morrow is responsible for setting the organization’s value, vision and strategic direction. She is also in charge of monitoring the annual business plan to ensure that the organization is meeting its targets and objectives.  Upon reflecting on a rewarding career, she attributes her success to her passion, determination to not listen to others, ability to follow her dreams, love for challenges and positive attitude.

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Lillian Light Works to Help the Environment through the Environmental Priorities Network

Lillian LightLillian Light’s organization, Environmental Priorities Network, runs public forums, and their next meeting is being held on September 27th, 2014 at:

The Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

The forum is being held from 9-10 with snacks being served.

People can visit the environmental tables, and from 10-12:30 speakers from Citizens United will be on hand to foster stimulating interactions with those in attendance.

Come one, come all!!!

Celebrate the Earth with the Environmental Priorities NetworkThe organization has conducted nine solar home tours, and these are held every year in May. An “Earth Day” is also celebrated in April, and the board meeting for Environmental Priorities Network is on the second Thursday of every month in the Pacific Unitarian Church library.

Ms. Light also writes articles for the Audobon Society’s newsletter. She helped to found the organization in September of 2001.

If you are interested in learning more about Lillian Light, please click here.

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Gail Ruth Peterson Helps Widows and Widowers Continue to Go for their Goals after Spouses’ Deaths

Gail Ruth Peterson helps women unite to accomplish their goals after their spouses' deathsGail Ruth Peterson, along with her new husband, Mike, is the Director and Co-Founder of The Widow’s Peek, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization which offers resources and support for widows and widowers around the world. At the helm of the organization, Mrs. Peterson is responsible for writing curriculum to help widows and widowers realize there is still something for them to do after a spouse’s death. She is also currently in charge of writing a training program, and of coordinating and overseeing monthly events. She is also in the process of a newsletter with encouraging stories.

Mr. & Mrs. Peterson were inspired to become involved in the profession by the experiences that they encountered after they each became widowed in 2008. After participating in a grief program, Mrs. Peterson took a life coaching course and felt a need for a widows’ program. Mrs. Peterson is personally involved in grief ministry and is gifted in the area of writing and art. She has written a number of books: “Who am I without Him?”; “Kimmie Meets Jesus”; “Pete’s Move to Grandma and Grandpa”; “Jacob Wins a Soccer Game”; and “Cadin’s Heavenly Father.”

Since having served as an agent of positive change in the lives of many, Mrs. Peterson attributes her success to God, seeing the needs of others, and wanting her life to be useful. She is not afraid to try new things or make mistakes. In looking forward to a bright future, Mrs. Peterson wants to travel to various areas in Africa, and have more opportunity to share the facts of a widow’s life in the U.S. She believes that there is a healthy way to be healed and move on, and she wants to make her resources more known.

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Aurora Juliana Ariel, PhD Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in her Pioneering Work in Psychology

Dr. Ariel found the cause of suffering and developed a cure to help end suffering on Earth

MALIBU, CA, August 25, 2013, Aurora Juliana Ariel, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO of the Institute of AdvancedDr. Aurora Juliana Ariel, PhD Healing, TheQuest University, and AEOS, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in the Human Potential Movement through years of pioneering work in the field of psychology resulting in landmark discoveries and tools to heal and ailing humanity.

#1 best selling author, Creator of TheQuest, and award-winning author of the Earth 2012-33 series, Dr. Ariel earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Greenwich University with 4.0 GPA, a M.A. in psychology through the University of Santa Monica, graduating with honors, a B.A. in Psychology through Honolulu University, and holds over 38 certificates in advanced healing modalities. She has released 34 music, books, and audio CDs since 2008 through her multimedia production company, AEOS: 7 books (co-author of 2 others), 11 life transforming audio CDs and 16 music CDs, with much more to come.

ariel, aurora juliana logo2After years of dedicated research and work to find the cause of suffering and a cure, Dr. Ariel founded the Institute of Advanced Healing, a non-profit organization in 2000. Her research directly in the human psyche culminated in her discovery that the unconscious holds the key to understanding humanity’s true potential. One of her landmark discoveries was finding that subconscious programs are the cause of all adverse conditions, blocking an individual’s full potential from being realized. By systematically isolating each subconscious component, applying TheQuest healing technology, Dr. Ariel found she was able to reprogram patterns so people could live healthier happier lives. The effects are life changing. She has successfully worked with youth at risk, addicts, abusers and the abused, people with serious illnesses, including mental conditions, PTSD, and trauma, and a host of dysfunctional personality traits and life conditions with tremendous results. After years of miraculous results from this work, she is dedicated to bringing out the principles and practice of TheQuest worldwide. Her dream is that her life’s work can change lives throughout the planet. Once individuals are restored to their innate identity, they are free to fulfill their highest potential. As Dr. Ariel puts it, “When you heal your life, you change your destiny.”

Institute of Advanced HealingShe developed TheQuest Self Healing System (book, audio CD and healing journal) as an essential element in rehabilitation models for abused women, youth at risk, addicts, prisoners, veterans with PTSD, and individuals with brain chemistry disorders (mental illness). She believes the stigma of mental illness will be gone in 10 years, once people understand brain chemistry imbalances can be healed by the advances she (and other) pioneering doctors have made in the field of Neuroscience.

Numerous cutting edge programs are also available to the public, including her Total Life Transformation, Miracle Weight Loss, Addiction Release, After Rehab, Brain Chemistry Balance, Relationship Healing, and Women’s Empowerment programs. Understanding how quickly lives can be restored and potentials actualized when applying TheQuest self-healing technology, she released her groundbreaking book, TheQuest: Heal Your Life, Change Your Destiny worldwide Christmas 2009. She then began offering the Ebook FREE forever via her websites, so that it could reach everyone in need of healing regardless of their financial situation.

Dr. Ariel also developed 7 level courses through TheQuest University, IOAH’s sister division for the layperson as well as health care professionals. She is now creating a Virtual School with ‘live classrooms’ available to students around the world. Graduates of TheQuest Life Coach and Counselor Certification Course will be supported to serve their communities worldwide with chapters in their respective areas similar to the model chapter Dr. Ariel created in Aspen, Colorado in 2005, providing counseling, coaching, support groups, classes, community outreach and services.

The Institute of Advanced Healing is currently seeking funding to set up its international headquarters to host many of her cutting edge programs, advanced Health Center, launch TheQuest University’s virtual school and the first pilot programs to showcase how TheQuest rehabilitation models can change many conditions once thought incurable.

Born into a lineage of entrepreneurs, Dr. Ariel attributes her success to her inner drive and passion to help others, which ignited in her teens when her mother became severely ill. She has headed her own companies since her twenties including a seafood distribution company with products in all major supermarket chains (Safeway, Foodland, Buttreys and Star) spanning 5 states in the Northwest at 24, sharing her father’s global vision and pioneering spirit. A pioneer in shrimp farming, he also became one of the top distributors of seafood in the world with companies in 5 countries. Her grandfather was a doctor and stockbroker in Beverly Hills, California. She also takes after both her grandmothers who loved their gardens, culinary arts, and their families.

A dedicated mother of four and grandmother of three, Aurora’s youthfulness, health, vitality, and passion for life comes from applying the Optimum Health and Lifestyle Programs she provides for others. “TheQuest,” she says, “has been a continual ally, helping her through the most difficult challenges.” She has been the proving ground for her life’s work, the results of which gave her a love for helping transform the lives of others. She enjoys spending her free time in nature, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snorkeling with dolphins and turtles amidst beautiful coral gardens, whale watching, traveling to exotic locations, exploring ancient sites, enjoying other cultures, cultural events, concerts and films, and healthy international cuisine.

Dr. Ariel has garnered a reputation of distinction over the course of an illustrious career, earning the following awards and accolades for her outstanding achievements:

Number One Bestselling Author (2012)

Visionary Award for her First Book, “Earth 2012-33: The Ultimate Quest, How to Find Peace in a World of Chaos.” (2009)

Endorsements from Leaders in the Human Potential Movement, including Jack Canfield (“Chicken Soup For the Soul” Series), Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gray (“Men are from Mars, Women from Venus”), Jared Rosen, Alan Cohen, Dr. Harold Bloomfield, Dr. Leonard Laskow and others

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Kenyan Girls’ Scholarship

Kenya Girls’ Scholarship is a nonprofit initiative whose mission is to help Kenyan girls receive a college education. Founded by Worldwide Who’s Who® member Dr. Mary Muchiri, the charity raises funds to provide disadvantaged Kenyan girls with the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend Daystar University, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya. If relevant courses are not available, another Christian college is recommended.

As gender stigma persists among many Kenyan communities today, educating girls has not been considered a priority issue; however, to break the cycle of poverty, it has become a major goal for Kenyan girls to pursue education and obtain college degrees. Dr. Muchiri noted that most parents, faced with the decision to send either their son or daughter to a university, will send their son. This perpetuates the reality of very few women in positions where they can effectively impact their generally patriarchal cultures. “The only way to free women in Africa from poverty and to participate in decision-making is through education,” Dr. Muchiri added.

Saved Through Fire Book CoverDr. Mary Muchiri started the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship when her book, “Saved through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenyan War of Independence,” was published after her mother’s death. Because her mother only received a second-grade education and valued higher education for girls, Dr. Muchiri decided to dedicate all the profits from the sales of her book to a scholarship fund in her mother’s honor, which she named the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, medical insurance, transportation, summer courses, spiritual activities, library, computer, and other university fees.

Dr. Muchiri has authored three books depicting her experience growing up in Kenya and the culture clash she faced when her family moved to the United States. They explore life lessons that anyone who seeks to improve themselves can connect with, regardless of their culture. Through her books, Dr. Muchiri hopes to interest others in Kenyan culture and inspire them to donate to her cause.

Dr. Mary MuchiriDr. Mary Muchiri currently works as an English teacher at Taylor University, located in Upland, Ind. She received an undergraduate degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. Dr. Muchiri began her career as a high school teacher in Kenyan institutions in 1970, and taught at a science teachers’ college from 1971 to 1974. From 1980 to 1981, she continued her education at The University of Manchester, located in the United Kingdom, graduating with a master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). In 1994, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, which led her to teach in Kenyan universities from 1995 to 2001, when she moved to the US. Dr. Muchiri’s greatest achievement would be having a positive impact on the lives of other Kenyan girls by helping them pursue the same opportunity for college education that she received.

For more information about the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship or to make a donation, please visit the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund website.

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Tay-Bandz, Inc. Combats Pediatric Cancer

Susan MatthewsWorldwide Who’s Who lifetime member Susan Matthews is board member and president of Tay-Bandz, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and funding pediatric cancer research. Tay-Bandz became a 501(c)(3) public charity in May 2003 when Susan’s daughter, Taylor Matthews, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Although she lost her battle in February 2008, Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the combat against all forms of pediatric cancer. Taylor’s fight and dream will live on. And by taking the reins of the non-profit, Susan has emerged as an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. She is presently expanding the organization to a national level.

The concept behind Tay-Bandz is “kids helping kids,” whereby its charitable activities and community-based efforts involve empowering youth to design and sell inspired products. Since 2003, Susan and company have organized and launched a multitude of fundraising drives, including partnerships with retailers and vendors where a portion of the proceeds from sales benefit the nonprofit. They have raised more than $1 million in donations, which have supported pediatric cancer research at medical centers such as the Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Institute. Susan has also initiated a series of dance-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, relays and boutiques.

Currently, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, a leading creator of world class summer educational experiences for children and teens is hosting a Tay-Bandz dance-a-thon in July 2009. For further information, go to http://www.jkcp.com or visit the Facebook event page: Tay-Bandz Fundraiser Dance for Pediatric Cancer Research. In addition, for the first time ever, Tay-Bandz has a team participating in “Swim Across America” to raise funds for cancer research. The team includes 16 year old Nikhyl Jhangiani who has pledged to swim 100,000 laps until June 2010 in order to raise $10,000 for Tay-Bandz.

Through the years, the charity has broadened its product offering and range of services. While the initial items sold were custom headbands designed by Taylor, it now also manufactures personalized clothing for giveaways at special events, which feature your logo and the Tay-Bandz label (you may also opt to wrap the article in a Tay-Bandz ribbon). This year a signature piece was added to the collection – a magnificent scarf, designed and manufactured by Taylor’s sister, Ryan Matthews, in Taylor’s memory. The scarf was created with Taylor in mind, using the colors and features that she loved. This piece is not only a special tribute to Taylor, but also represents the evolvement of her sister Ryan into a leader for the cause to end the suffering of those afflicted with pediatric cancer.

Taylor’s original jewelry creation – the Taylor Charm Bracelet – is available at Presents for Purpose, which donates 25% of the net proceeds to Tay-Bandz. The piece combines beautiful sterling silver hearts, Swarovski crystals and murano millefiori heart pendants, linked together by silver message pendants containing the inspiring words ‘Live,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Laugh,’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Hope.’ Also featured at http://www.presentsforpurpose.com is the Taylor Bag featuring an attractive suede surface, grosgrain silk lining and ribbon closure. Furthermore, Tay-Bandz has established an affiliate partnership with iBakeSale, a shopping rewards program that supports local community fundraising projects by allowing shoppers to make online purchases from more than 100 companies while donating their cash-back rewards to the group or activity of their choice.

Shockingly, there is almost no Federal funding for pediatric cancer research and precious little private philanthropy. According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children. Thousands of children will die each year while promising treatments are ignored merely for lack of funding. Tay-Bandz, which operates with virtually zero overhead, is currently seeking the help of benevolent volunteers willing to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the organization and how you can help or make a donation, please visit the Tay-Bandz, Inc. Website. You can be confident that every dollar is headed for a laboratory.

Susan Matthews received a bachelor of science in accounting in 1982 from Franklin & Marshall College. She is a member of the Parents’ Council at Wake Forest University, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To learn more about Susan Matthews, please visit her Worldwide Who’s Who VIP profile: Susan Matthews.

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Constance A. Burns Established National Association of American Veterans, Inc. to Help Wounded Veterans

Constance A. BurnsFor years, Constance A. Burns has advocated for those who care for severely injured military service members and veterans. In the past years, many citizens have stepped forward in support of military veterans, and to champion the initiatives of individuals that have suffered trauma and serious injuries while protecting and serving the country that they love. As one of those dedicated and committed citizens, and also as a caregiver for the past three decades, Ms. Burns remains committed to protecting and serving the men and women that have pledged their lives to the United States of America in the name of military service.

Constance BurnsAt the helm of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc., otherwise referred to as NAAV, Ms. Burns manages the entire operation as its Chief Executive Officer, handles the budget, establishes contracts, partnerships and sponsors, and raises funds. The organization, established in 2005, has made major headway in providing services to all veterans and their family members. The NAAV offers health care information, emergency assistance and advocacy, counseling, housing coordination, and educational programs for all service members, with an emphasis on the severely wounded and single parent service members, military caregivers, veterans, and their families at risk of not returning to normalcy after serving in a war, and residing in underserved areas nationwide.

Constance Burns' NAAV Business CardIn 2011, NAAV created the Military Family Program, which provides accredited self-care training, financial literacy, career coaching, respite care and access to resources for military families caring for severely injured veterans in the Washington, D.C. area. Plans are currently underway to implement the Military Family Program in the greater Washington, D.C., Fisher House. In addition, in January 2012, NAAV donated laptop computers, equipment and more to 40 new residents of Fisher House. Ms. Burns hopes that the new program will serve as a pilot project that will be adopted at Fisher Houses near other major military medical centers across the U.S.

Ms. Burns is proud of her accomplishments in having established an organization that provides assistance to veterans and their families. Data indicates that today, one of every three military service members returning from war is injured, and  one in five are disabled with long-term care needs. NAAV’s policies follow the guidelines and procedures established by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to advocate for service members and veterans for entitlements and benefits.

Ms. Burns is passionate about recognizing the contributions of our country’s pioneering military men and women. In addition to founding and running the NAAV, Ms. Burns has co-authored three books, and shehas been featured in two documentaries, “Two Thousand Notable American Women” and “Great Women of the 21st Century.” Her contributions to the 2009 book, “The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers,” earned her honors and recognition from David H. Petraeus, then-commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and Gen. William E. Ward, then-head of the U.S. Africa Command. In 2007, Ms. Burns advised the Task Force on Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. The recommendations she made to the latter commission paved the way for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, signed by President Obama on May 5, 2010. Ms. Burns also served as an adviser for the National World War II Reunion, D-Day to France and a Salute Parade to WWII Veterans.

Ever passionate about the work she performs with the veterans, Ms. Burns works with private organizations to procure grants and contracts that will enable the National Association of American Veterans to provide accredited coaches and trainers to equip families with the tools, training and resources they need to become optimally effective caregivers of veterans and military service members. She currently serves as an independent broker with Consumer Choice Marketing. Founded in 2008, CCM is 100% debt-free, solid, experienced, and committed to YOUR financial freedom. We’re an innovative company offering households the freedom to choose their energy carriers, options in telecommunications products and services and, at the same time, providing savvy entrepreneurs the opportunity of a lifetime.

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