TOP ENTREPRENEURS TO FOLLOW IN 2021

As we get closer to the end of Q2 a lot of entrepreneurs have stepped into the spotlight with their successes. This article is going to showcase entrepreneurs that were able to successfully grow their businesses, sustain, and even scale them during this year. These individuals are perfect examples of what an entrepreneur is all about. Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? VIP Media has put together a list of successful entrepreneurs that have strived through all their battles and became successful. Who are they you ask?

–Grant Cardone

Instagram: @grantcardone

Grant Cardone is the bestselling author of The 10X Rule and has been buying real estate for over 30 years. Over those three decades, he has bought over two billion dollars worth of real estate in eight states. Grant currently manages 7,068 units with his private equity firm Cardone Capital. He is such a good real estate investor because of his extreme discipline, specific formulas, and good instinct to know when to exit the property. Throughout his career, Grant has been giving small investors a chance to start small and go big.

–Tai Lopez

Instagram: @tailopez

Tai Lopez is an investor, partner, and advisor to almost two-dozen multi-million-dollar businesses. Through his popular book club and podcasts, The Tai Lopez Show, Tai shares advice on how to achieve health, wealth, love, and happiness with over 1.4 million people in 40 countries. The Tai Lopez Show gets around 800,000 downloads per month. In addition, Tai also owns the largest book shipping club in the world, Mentor Box, and was voted the Number 1 Social Media Influencer by Entrepreneur Magazine.

-Melody Morales

Instagram @melodylivesfit

Melody Morales always knew she was passionate about fitness, health, and beauty, and through this passion, she was able to create a business that amplified everything she cared for. Unfortunately, Melody began her business right before the start of the pandemic. When the world went into lockdown, Melody didn’t give up on her newfound dream. Instead, she pivoted and took to social media to continue to promote her brand, her fitness, and her lifestyle to make sure that people were getting the same access to her content and her story. At the end of the day, Melody does what she does not only to pursue her interests but also to help people. In February, Melody put on an event in Tampa, Florida called Super Glow which was incredibly successful. This event had many A-List celebrities/artists there including 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, French Montana, and many more. To find out more about Melody, follow her on Instagram here.

-Melissa Meza

Instagram @missmeza

Melissa Meza is the director of GG homes and co-founder of Rising Up Residential, a startup non-profit that focuses on creating sustainable micro-housing to help combat the homeless crisis. She has almost two decades of experience in the real estate industry, where she has been a business owner, fix and flip investor, landlord, and an operator for both private equity and large hedge funds. Her current objective is to take the for-profit business model used by real estate investment firms across the world and pivot to a non-profit model to give back to the Southern California community, in particular its local veterans and single mothers experiencing homelessness. Furthermore, Melissa would love to scale this model in other urban metro areas across the United States.

-Daniel Lee

Instagram @dailydlee 

Daniel Christopher Lee runs multiple companies including Net Metering Systems, a solar company that does residential and commercial solar. NMS has relationships with the best installers throughout the country, which means more savings for their clients and higher commissions for their sales representatives without sacrificing quality and speed of the install. Daniel also runs ConnectD, a business consulting and marketing firm with the objective of helping small and medium size businesses turn their ideas into action. As someone who was recognized for his work as a sales representative since he began his career, Daniel’s goal this year is to help at least 12 sales representatives make life changing money and in doing so inspire them to multiply their success by helping others.

-Mario Peshev

Instagram @dailypeshev

Mario Peshev is truly a jack of all trades. He has done all sorts of jobs and run all sorts of businesses. He has led training courses at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, specifically around databases and compiling research at scale for the greater good of the planet. Additionally, his consulting and training services have been employed by Saudi Aramco, the largest private company in the world, and other reputable enterprises. During his many years as a software engineer, he kept noticing flaws in his organization. He was passionate about making a big difference in his life and other’s lives by making software more friendly and accessible. However, this only scratches the surface of what Mario does. He is also working on providing more efficient models to support a growing number of clients for numerous businesses that he assists. Find out more about him on Instagram here.

-Mikerlange 

Instagram @_mikerlange

Mikerlange H. Barthelemy runs Limitless Performance, a private training in Wellington catered to equine athletes. When he was 22, he became a world class Olympian trainer working with team USA. At 23, he built his facility motivated by his experience with clients who loved to train with him. In addition, he understands the equestrian sport so this made it easy for him to train other equine athletes. Limitless Performance is more a family than a facility where every client feels valued in a fun and amazing environment. Mikerlange’s goals moving forward include continuing to provide an unparalleled experience to each and every single client that walks through their doors, and to keep on growing within the equestrian community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mikerlange was able to protect his staff and clients, and took the opportunity to improve the facility. In addition, he is currently working on opening another training facility in San Francisco, California in order to continue the limitless movement in the West Coast.

-Ocala Barber

Instagram @clasik.cuts

Ocala Barber started Truth Nation Clothing, a clothing brand, in 2017. He became a barber and opened his own barbershop, High Class Barber Spa, in 2019. He was able to expand and open a second location, High Class Beauty Spa, in 2020. Having a clothing brand had always been a dream for him, and he obtained the skills of barbershop after years of cutting his little brothers’ hair growing up. During the COVID-19 pandemic, his industry was deemed non-essential and they were forced to shut their doors. But they are thankfully back up and running and he was still able to continue to expand. Ocala’s biggest goal for 2021 is to watch his businesses grow, have his brands grow across the world, and help others achieve their goals every day.

-Kristina Centnere

Instagram @kriscent

Marketing, big data, and understanding how the human brain works in order to make smarter decisions is the way of the future. A person who understands this fully is Kristina Centnere creator of SocialCow, which is an agency specializing in digital and neuromarketing that helps wellness-related businesses grow strategically. Kristina had the roots of this business planted very early on in her life. From a young age, she watched how people made decisions and how this was affected by marketing tactics. What separates SocialCow out from the crowd is that Kristina is not focused on making shiny ads that only attract attention for a minute. Instead, she focuses on what people are truly drawn to and makes it a part of a long term marketing strategy based on what works best for a particular business. In 2021, she will be adding even more new services to SocialCow to make sure that it is able to help more businesses out there. To find out more about Kristina, follow her on Instagram here and check out her website here.

-Rodney Wilson

Instagram @lo_lo_0126

Rodney Wilson is a financial literacy coach and wholesale real estate mentor with knowledge on real estate investing. He runs Wilson Financial and Sons LLC through which he has been able to get over $500K funded to his clients, has authored three e-books published on Amazon to educate people, and has been guest speaker at different events to discuss topics relating to finances and mentor the youth. He has always been focused on not trading valuable time for money, which led to him being interested in real estate. In addition, Rodney enjoys sharing knowledge with people that most need it–he loves to educate and help others. In addition, Rodney is determined to see the positive in everything. He says, “challenges only shape the person. In the end they help me determine how strong of a person I can become, so I look at challenges now as my opportunity to champion adversity.”

-Richard Vega

Instagram @credit_rich_

Richard Vega offers financial services, credit repair and home qualifying programs, which includes helping businesses build their credit, qualify for loans or negate their debts. Since he started in the industry, Richard has helped multiple clients qualify for a new home and rehabilitate the credit profiles of multiple clients with aspirations of getting into entrepreneurship. Richard’s main goal has always been to help people reach their personal and business goals through providing financial guidance. For him, having a mentor has always been crucial, which is why he understands the importance of being able to give back and help others in the same position. Richard’s projects coming forward include offering a business credit funding program for start up businesses and growing his business with co-affiliates to reach and help more people.

-Lenin Perez

Instagram @leninperez

Lenin Perez a Venezuelan entrepreneur, dedicated to sell and distribute fresh and frozen seafood all over the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Islands and South America. Lenin is currently leading the sales team with over $5 million dollars in sales the first 6 months of the year for the company named Seafarers, Inc. located in Miami, Florida. The young entrepreneur has also managed to start his own music agency where he promotes urban artists on digital platforms such as Spotify, YouTube and TikTok. Among other things, Lenin is in the Real Estate industry, and at his young age runs an E-Commerce business.

-Cesar Diaz

Instagram @ilogisticusa

Cesar Diaz is a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the United States and is currently involved in 3PL e-commerce. He runs an eFulfillment Center called i Logistics USA through which he offers warehouse services to e-commerce businesses. He partnered with his brother who had a friend who needed the services offered by Cesar’s company. Soon after launching his company, he created a webpage and acquired a software that has helped him to reach more than 200 clients. Cesar’s motivation is always to provide the best service to his clients, which is why they provide 24/7 customer service.

–Seth Kniep

Instagram: @sethkniep

Living the death-by-paycheck cycle, tired of his corporate job and $24,000 in debt, Seth Kniep walked the streets with a single dime, dead set on doubling it 20 times into over $100,000, to create freedom for him and his family. Today, Seth’s team manages over 100 million in annual revenue for name brands and silent investors on the Amazon platform. The co-founder of Just One Dime, Seth and his team have trained over 10,000 entrepreneurs in over 150 countries, 27 of whom are multi-millionaires today. Seth’s team grows the Amazon store for one of the sharks from the Shark Tank TV show, runs a sourcing team in China and multiple fulfillment centers across the US, and was requested by two countries to train their top businesses. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Seth is raising an army of investors and entrepreneurs who leverage innovation, capital, and vision to help the human race for future generations. To learn more about Seth and stay up to date with what he’s doing check out his Instagram and Just One Dime.

-Carlos Velásquez

Instagram @elnenecio

Carlos Velásquez, who is currently known to everyone as ElNenecio, got into entrepreneurship through social networks such as @esen_serio, where he entertains the public with funny memes associated with the daily lives of people. This account has more than 2 million followers and is still his first work baby. At the same time and after much research on the necessity to have a healthier life adapted to their needs, @itspossibleusa was born, which today can be found in 11 countries. Nenecio also got into entrepreneurship with @bodegaexpressve in Venezuela and later @sexnergy, which currently reaches three countries, and directly in the United States with @itsartusa to enhance art and @sashiro.miami and @taimalatintap a fusion restaurant that combines different styles of food and fun for families.

-Maria Valentina Santiago Perez

Instagram: @oceantrendingstore 

Maria Valentina Santiago Perez is a successful entrepreneur who is making a name for herself in the entrepreneurial world. With the Pandemic, Maria realized that the digital world is the new reality, and you can make a living from working from home. This led her to start Ocean Trending Store, an online store with innovative products, providing everything customers need all in one place. Some of her greatest accomplishments include adapting from her first profession in Medical Statistics to starting a successful career as an entrepreneur. Her biggest challenge during the pandemic was delays in shipping, but Maria has worked with her suppliers to get products sent over as soon as possible to better serve her clients. In 2021, Marie is planning on scaling her company to the top, she is working towards getting her company to a household name in the United States and all over the world. 

– Michael Ashabi

Instagram: @mikeashabi

Michael Ashabi is a serial entrepreneur and a top level life and business coach that works with a variety of entrepreneurs, business owners, and start ups to help them build strategies for sustainability and scaling. His company, True Life Ventures, focuses on making clients increase business growth by 40% month after month, and as a result, allow them to achieve financial freedom. Michael is a very results driven person and aspires to keep helping clients around the world to succeed.

-Christina Hawatmeh 

Instagram @christinahawatmeh

Art, photography, and images we are exposed to on a daily basis can shape the way we perceive the world around us. Many times, these art forms are highly filtered to show a very specific type of image that casts out minority groups, reserving the industry for few kinds of people and particularly excluding members of our youngest generation. This is where Scopio comes in. A Forbes30Under30 business, their founder, Christina Hawatmeh made it her mission to build a global place where anyone can tell stories through their art, and where companies can find visual building blocks for authentic experiences, in order to allow Gen Z, the most creative generation, to monetize their skills and share their stories freely. Many businesses have already caught on to how powerful Scopio’s mission is. They have attracted various companies such as Facebook to real estate professionals, to school teachers all looking to use authentic imagery. What’s unique about Scopio’s mission is that they turn every phone owner into a paid photographer in less than 3 minutes. Artists sign up and list their skills and can make money off illustrations, art, videos and more, creating a platform that is open and accessible to all people from around the world, opening the way for the 99%. They have tackled usage rights, cost and access. You can check out all of the exciting new material Scopio will be putting out on their Instagram here.

-Harriette Jackson

Instagram @ask_harriette

Harriette Jackson created her first business at the age of 19 in the music industry. Heartbreakingly, she was betrayed by her most trusted co-workers and her successful 6 figure business came crashing down. The experience initially sent her into a despair that almost took her life, but Harriette was able to beat the odds, turn everything around and find success again as a spiritual life and business coach. Using her knowledge from her difficult experience after the loss of her beloved business, she inspires people to see their capabilities and reset their mind and energy in order to make their dreams come true. She has a number of programs designed to help people achieve this transformational mindset. She has now been a leader in the coaching industry for a long time and she is happy that people can find power and determination through her inspiring story and attitude along with her groundbreaking teachings. To find out more about how Harriette can make a difference in your life, check her out on Instagram here.

-Carlos Reyes

Instagram @carlosreyes

Carlos Reyes, was born in Mexico, grew up in extreme poverty, and is now a highly successful serial entrepreneur. Owning 27 companies in various industries including the solar industry, digital marketing industry, software industry, medical industry, and education industry, Carlos is taking the world by storm. His main business venture, though, is real estate. His two main companies are Offerkey and National Cash Offer, both of which are Real Estate investment companies designed to make the home selling process as fast and easy as possible. With the pandemic this year, Carlos has had to change some of his business models to fit into this new virtual age; he’s doing this with new systems, processes, strategies and a new mindset. In 2020, Carlos is launching 3 more businesses, in addition he wants to grow his businesses revenue. Currently 9 of his 27 companies are 7 figures on track for 8, and he plans to scale the others to 7 figures.