Where Street Smarts
And Book Smarts Collide.

Did you ever want to take an MBA course in entrepreneurship? Well, we've got the crash course.
On The Shrimp Tank, we interview some of the brightest and best CEO's around the country to
get the executive course on becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Gina Marken / Sound Benefit Administration

Meeting the needs of customers is the driving force behind Gina Marken, owner of Sound Benefit Administration (SBA). Having worked for an insurance broker and as a former bookkeeper, in 2003, Gina saw a need for consumer directed healthcare plan administration to assist companies in managing federally regulated plans and founded SBA. Continue reading

Brenda Wall / LegalShield

Brenda is a successful business woman who enjoys helping others.  She is an independent associate with LegalShield.  LegalShield offers a portfolio of legal and identity theft services – protecting and empowering the legal rights and identities of familes, small businesses, and commercial drivers. Continue reading

Chad Lyons / Lyons Painting & Design, LLC

Drawn to the majesty of the North Cascade Range and a thriving music scene, Chad Lyons and his wife Jamye moved to Seattle in 1994 in pursuit of the Rock & Roll Dream. Having grown up in the heavy heat of Southeast Texas, they quickly fell in love with the unmatched beauty and the unlimited access to mountain adventures Continue reading

Kelly Kincaid / Jetlagged Comic

Cartoonist, author and illustrator Kelly Kincaid is best known for her cartoon strip “Jetlagged Comic.” She’s the author of two books Airplane Mode and Jetway Reunion. In addition to cartooning, Kelly illustrates children’s books and develops creative design solutions for businesses.  She’s also a flight attendant for a major US carrier. Continue reading

John Martinka / Martinka Consulting

John Martinka is known as The Escape Artist® because of the work he does in three areas: Helping executives escape the corporate world by buying the right business the right way, creating large exits for small businesses so the owner can exit their business with style, grace and more money Continue reading

Kevin Mills / PlayCzar, LLC

Kevin Mills is a product designer, artist, inventor and master craftsman with 25 years of experience designing and building limited-production and one-of-a-kind solutions for fine art museums, children’s museums, furniture boutiques, private aircraft, and a permanent 4-ton bronze monument at the Hoover Dam. Continue reading

Michael Pickles / Cornerstone Financial Strategies

Mike, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, joined Cornerstone Financial Strategies as a Managing Partner and Co-Owner, in September 2012, bringing his now twenty years of experience in the financial-services industry to benefit the family of Cornerstone clients. Previously with Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual-fund companies, 

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Steve Rabago ZimpleMoney.com

Steve Rabago is a seasoned advisor, entrepreneur and professional CEO with over 40 years of experience in financial services, oil production, mobility, location technology, education and consulting. Continue reading

Ruben Arias Jr. / EL Toro Restaurants

Ruben Arias Jr. is the executive manager and partner at EL Toro Restaurants, a family owned and operated group of restaurants founded by his father in 1979 in Lakewood, WA.  Ruben is a Tacoma, WA native graduating from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 2001. Continue reading

Nic Lind / Commencement Bay Brokers

Nic  is co-founder and Principal of Commencement Bay Brokers. An expert negotiator for their clients, Nic provides leadership and accountability to the team as well. He is passionate about sharing a world class experience with his clients to create raving fans and lasting relationships. Continue reading