AM5: Stephen E. Gerard, Board Chairman of The Leisure Collective

In today’s episode, Rusty talks with Board Chairman of The Leisure Collective and author of Stuck In The Middle Seat, Stephen E. Gerard about the highs and the lows of starting his first company at the age of 40. Stephen dives into his “Learn, Lead, and Leverage” concept and how he organizes and books his talks for college students. You’ll also learn what keeping a diary did for Stephen, his “business soul,” and how it gave him material for his new book. About Stephen E. Gerard: After spending 20 years with large Fortune 500 companies and then a few early internet start-ups, Stephen decided to become a mid-career entrepreneur at the age of 40. After being downsized by a small company, he proceeded to embark on a two-decade long journey of start-ups and investments. His first start-up from scratch, TGaS Advisors ( has sold over a quarter of a billion dollars of high-end advisory services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies and operates on an international scale. The company has been involved in buy/sell transactions in excess of $100M and has been named to the Inc 500/5000 a prestigious five times. Stephen is the current owner, investor, and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial businesses across the world, and travels extensively to help support and manage those businesses. Stephen is a recipient of additional company-level, leadership/CEO, and business awards, a holder of a US Patent, and a retired CPA. He has an MBA from Monmouth University where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees and a BS degree from Rider University. When he is not traveling, Stephen splits his time between New Jersey and California with his wife and grown family. To learn more about Stephen, visit

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Rusty Shelton

Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. He is a dynamic keynote speaker, successful entrepreneur, Founder & Chairman of Zilker Media and the co-author of Authority Marketing: Your Blueprint to Build Thought Leadership That Grows Business, Attracts Opportunity, and Makes Competition Irrelevant (ForbesBooks, 2018), which features a foreword from Steve Forbes, and co-author of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset…

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