Kris Schantz – Happy Worker
|Kris Schantz - Happy Worker|
“The Toronto Entrepreneur Mastermind Group is a cross between a league of entrepreneurial superheroes and a no-nonsense support group. My own strengths and weaknesses are checked by my group mates, who actively support and motivate me to meet my targets, be a better entrepreneur and a better person. Before I joined the group I was a 150-pound business weakling… now look at me! Beefcake. Beefcake!!”
Fun for Big Kids & Tailor-made Toys and Gifts
As co-creator and co-owner of Happy Worker and The Toy Agency, Kris Schantz creates fun for working stiffs and develops original marketing promotions. With Happy Worker, Kris designs toys and other diversions for big kids. Through The Toy Agency he creates custom toys and gifts for clients' corporate promotions and marketing campaigns.
Happy Worker's journeys began with two geeks and a crazy idea: a mini plastic geek superhero. Through some persistence and an abundance of nerdy love, a little napkin drawing turned into a real live toy – the GeekMan Action Figure. Since their firstborn toy Happy Worker has added other original action figures, including BossMan – mighty manager, SuperMom – mini mommy heroine, and MoneyMan – your friendly neighborhood financial hero. Happy Worker's toys are available in 6 countries and have made over 250 media appearances including the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and Los Angeles Times. Happy Worker also runs a web site dedicated to turning working stiffs into happy workers. For more about Happy Worker drop by http://www.happyworker.com .
Through The Toy Agency, Happy Worker creates attention grabbing custom toys and gifts. Their tailor-made products have resulted in wildly successful marketing campaigns for their corporate clients. For more about The Toy Agency please visit http://www.thetoyagency.com .
Kris Schantz loves creating things out of thin air and helping them grow. He's also a lifelong entrepreneur… his past “enterprises” have included lemonade stands, odd jobs, a paper route and t-shirt and web development firms. After receiving a degree in biochemistry from McGill University , Kris cut his teeth in the corporate realm with early stage Internet businesses, where he learned the ropes of designing and managing new products and making the impossible happen. He also learned what it was like to be a worker, and continues to draw upon this inspiration for Happy Worker.
|Members go to Google's Toronto HQ to learn about online marketing and get their questions answered directly by Google's staff.|
|Members meet FreshBooks founder Mike McDerment who explains how he went from 0 to over 1,000,000 users through SEO, social media, and referrals.|
|Cosmic Bowling Night|
|Members join together for a night of cosmic bowling at O'Connor Bowl.|
|Brett Wilson Event|
|Members meet with Brett Wilson from CBC's the Dragon's Den. Brett shares his personal success story and answers questions in an insightful session with the members.|
|Mastermind Pool Night|
|Members get together at the Charlotte Room in downtown Toronto for a few rounds of pool and fun.|
|Jeffrey Dennis Event|
|Members meet with Jeffrey Dennis who is Canada`s advisor to CEOs of fast growth companies. Jeff is a columnist with PROFIT Magazine and has advised four of Canada`s fastest growing companies.|
|Razor Suleman Event|
|Members meet with I Love Rewards Razor Suleman who was BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007, #12 on the PROFIT 100, and one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and the GTA's Top 50 employers.|
|Mastermind members relax and get to know each other's families at a Peterborough lakehouse. Activities included dinner, canoeing, Wii, puzzles, and trivia games.|
|Harry Rosen Event|
|Toronto members have intimate meeting with Harry Rosen who shared his wisdom on how to achieve entrepreneurial success and answered questions from our group.|
|PROFIT Magazine Event|
|Toronto members meet with PROFIT Magazine editor Ian Portsmouth who shared strategies on how to get media attention for your business.|
|Frank Cianciulli Event|
|Members meet Enunciate's Frank Cianciulli who grew sales 17,298% in 5 years, took 2 firms to the PROFIT lists, won the E&Y Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and is one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.|