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Candidate

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Hometown: New York, New York

Age: 30

Occupation: Beauty Company Owner

Current Application Status:

[ X ] Active ~ [ X ] Hired ~ [ X ] Fired

Bio

Josh, 30, a successful entrepreneur and self-made multi-millionaire by the age of 24, has become a driving force in the cosmetics and beauty industry. Josh is co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of GoSMILE, Inc. (www.GoSMILE.com). In less than three years, he and his partners in the company have effectively established GoSMILE as the innovative pioneer and leader of the newest category in prestige retail, called Smile Beauty.

Prior to this venture, he had successfully helped build and run a multi-media marketing services company, Student Advantage Inc., valued at over a billion dollars at its peak in the stock market. Over a nine-year period, Josh built and managed various aspects of the company, driving the growth of the company from 12 people, generating $400,000 in annual revenue, to nearly 500 people generating over $85 million in revenue.

He received his B.S. in marketing and finance from the University of Albany. He married his high school sweetheart four years ago, and they are expecting their first child this January.

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What is your favorite music?

U2, James Taylor, Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys

What are your favorite books?

"Who Made My Lemonade?," "Tipping Point" and "Blink"

What are your favorite TV shows?

"Sopranos," "24," "Entourage" and "Saturday Night Live!"

What are your favorite movies?

"The Godfather," "Coming to America," "Fletch" and "Old School"

Interview

When will you consider yourself "a success"?

By many accounts, I consider myself a success already. Personally and professionally, I have achieved great success in my life, and I know this is only the beginning. Most importantly, I awaken every day with a smile on my face and a passion for life that is hard to quantify by any metric. Success is clearly a personal definition, but I am looking forward to continue having a positive impact on others, creating value, and enjoying the journey on my road of success.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I lead with respect and by example. If you treat others with respect, and demonstrate passion and commitment, others will take your lead. Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes, but ultimately, to ensure the long-term stability and success of any organization, leading with passion and by example will set you up for maximum success.

How do you deal with personal and professional challenges?

Perspective is everything. It's not the challenges you face, as much as how you face them. Personal and professional challenges are tremendously beneficial if tackled with the right attitude and perspective. Remember this, life is full of lemons, and it's too short to not make lemonade! Put everything into perspective and you can overcome any challenge.

What, in your opinion, is the most important quality to have in order to succeed in life and why?

Passion. Everything roots from passion

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