Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”: Jon has an inspirational story and what led him to get started with his business when his cousin was diagnosed with cancer. It's a reminder that even as challenging things happen sometimes positive things can come out of less-than-ideal times. They had to pivot as a result of the pandemic and they were able to accelerate growth. But they had a strong foundation in culture and technology that allowed them to pivot into the virtual event space. Like Jon said “technology is there to make people's lives easier.” He also mentioned that early on having those direct conversations was what allowed them to build their culture. Their culture experience is their 2nd largest team.
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Jonathan Kazarian Teaser 00:00
You have to be somebody who can be on the field and get their hands dirty and lead by example. But you also have to be somebody who can take a step back and get off the field and look at the business as a whole and just like everything else we talked about, that's another balancing act of being able to do both. Know when you have to jump in and help out.
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Gresham Harkless 00:46
Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I am CEO podcast and I appreciate you listening to this episode. And if you've been listening this year, you know that we hit 1600 episodes and we're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics, or as I like to call them, business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and what I like to call the CB nation architects, who are looking to kind of love their organizations.
This month is around technology. We're a technology company that does dot, dot, dot and technology is no longer an afterthought or something that you might do. It's actually a core part of your business. And if you're a real estate investor, you're using it. If you're a financial firm, you're using it, a cleaning company, author, or speaker, you are using technology, and if you are in any type of business, you are using technology. And if you're not, then you're probably gonna be disrupted.
So this month we're gonna look into repurposing episodes that are around technology, whether that be firms or organizations that are actually investing in technology and have that as a core part of their mission and vision of what they're doing or people that just might be using them as co hacks and co nuggets in ways that you can leverage them. So remember that we're all a technology company that does dot, dot, dot, or a technology organization that does dot dot dot. So sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I am CEO podcast.
Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I am CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Jonathan Kazarian of Accelevents. Jonathan, it's great to have you on the show.
Jonathan Kazarian 02:13
Thanks for having me.
Gresham Harkless 02:15
Yeah. Super excited to have you on, and before we jump into the interview, I want to read a little bit more about Jonathan so you can hear about all the awesome things that he's working on. And Jonathan is the founder and CEO of Accelevents, a leading virtual, hybrid, and in-person event management platform recognized by Inc. 5,000 as a top 200 fastest-growing private company in America.
As CEO. Jon is focused on leading the company's vision of helping event planners and marketing professionals transform their events through innovative technology solutions. And as an industry thought leader, Jon actively publishes insights on the events landscape and frequently speaks at industry events such as EventMB, BizBashlive, and Inbound. Jon also chairs the board for the Fall Formal fundraiser benefit, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Jon, super excited again to have you on the show. Are you ready to speak to the I am CEO community?
Jonathan Kazarian 03:04
Let's do it.