2019 SPEAKERS

Wreath Makers Live!

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

TERRI MARSHALL, MilandDil Designs

Terri Marshall is the owner of MilandDil Designs in Shreveport, Louisiana. The business started in 2011 with one of her daughter-in-laws — that’s where the MilandDil name originated. With a shared passion for florals and all things beautiful, these two have moved the business forward to where it is today. It has always been Terri’s love to create even before the business started. Her enjoyment of decorating her own home eventually opened the door to a thriving floral business. Now Terri is an industry leader in the wreathing and floral world. Her influence in the has had a great impact on how others create. As a designer, Terri’s innovative spirit has driven her to dream, design and share new ideas with others through her instructional videosand tutorials. Thinking about new ways, breaking design rules and coming up with different ways to do what is normally done gives Terri a bit of an edge with her innovative thinking. And that’s how the “Terri Bow” was created – her signature bow known everywhere in wreathing circles. MilandDil Designs has expanded their business with an online website offering not only their custom designs, but an entire line of seasonal décor and gifts. They also have included seasonal custom home decorating services for all holidays and events complete from install to take down. Terri’s skilled eye for selecting quality materials and products to use in floral designs is helpful not only for MilandDil, but also as a buyer for General Wholesale Supply in Vivian, Louisiana. Her love of people and investing in others makes Terri seek out ways she can influence the world with what she knows in the floral business. In August of 2018, Terri started her design group Terri’s Creation Station where members learn all the tricks and techniques to run a successful business. Terri and her husband David have been married 45 years. They have three sons and nine grandchildren who all live in Shreveport/Bossier so their lives are full of fun and happiness.

BUSINESS DAY SPEAKERS

NICOLE WALTERS, Keynote Speaker

Nicole Walters is a former six-figure corporate executive who woke up every morning feeling stuck in the life she built for herself. Using her corporate skills, she took to the internet and built a multi-seven figure business showing others how they can build a life they love. As a child of immigrant parents, Nicole learned that nothing good in life comes easy. Through hard work and building great relationships, anything is possible. This mindset allowed Nicole to start with a humble blog and grow it into the successful business it is today. Not only is Nicole an entrepreneur, but a mom to her three foster kids, which she refers to as “The Tinies”, and wife to her amazing husband “The Hubbin”. Nicole has had numerous viral videos have garnished over 30 Million views talking about the real life struggles of being a mom. These videos have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, Forbes and Disney’s news source Babble. Everyday, Nicole connects with her audience on how to run an online business and live a life that brings them joy.

JULIE SIOMACCO, Southern Charm Wreaths

Siomacco is owner, founder and lead designer of Southern Charm Wreaths, LLC and owner/co-founder of Wreath Makers Live, LLC. Having served for 9 years in the financial sector as a business executive, Julie stepped away to be a stay-at-home mom of three. In 2009, she took her passion for making wreaths and transformed it from a hobby to a full-time business. Self-taught with a natural gift for design, Julie capitalized on her financial background and built a thriving multi six-figure business. Julie isknown as the queen of wreath making and do-it-yourself holiday decorating. With her expertise and eye for color and texture, she teaches crafters her Southern Charm Wreath Design method so that they can advance their technique and learn how to be more confident in their creations. Also, known for teaching and inspiring others to succeed in the craft industry, Julie is now offering to share her signature Southern Charm Craft-preneur System, with others in the wreath-making and crafting industries to help craft-based business owners validate their ideas, create sustainable and scalable systems, and increase their profitability.

BROOKE RILEY, Re-Fabbed

Brooke is a 35 year old wife, mother of 2 and DIY/Decorating blogger who turned her love of renovating and turning thrifty finds into beautiful home decor into a thriving business! She has been featured in the online publications of House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post and Country Living Magazine. She also has a regular segment on Nashville’s News Channel 5’s Talk of the Town. Her social media influence spans well over half a million followers, and she teaches other business owners how to grow and expand their own online businesses. Brooke also owns Re-Fabbed, an online boutique where she helps women of all shapes and sizes feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

RACHEL MILLER, Moolah Marketing

Serial online entrepreneur and mom of six kids, Rachel Miller began as a blogger and went on to build audiences ranging in the millions. Not only has she created dozens of virals–she has helped over 30 businesses reach more than 10,000,000 people in a single Facebook post, and has helped over 20,000 page owners grow their audiences in her group, Facebook Page Strategies. Rachel is a published author of multiple books including a best seller that sold more than 100,000 copies, and has had her virals featured on good Morning America and other national magazines and syndicated shows. She will show you how virals are your businesses awesomesauce.

WARREN CARLYLE, OctoNation

Warren Carlyle is a Community Building Strategist and the CEO/Founder of OctoNation™, the Largest Octopus Fan Club in the world 501(c)3, with 250,000+ members across various platforms.

He helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, agencies, and nonprofits grow through monetization strategies that build communities of ideal customers that actually show up to live videos & leave a flood of comments.

Having worked closely with celebrity artists, thought leaders, bloggers, fitness personalities, and brands such as Sony Pictures, Mont Blanc and GQ, Warren understands and advocates the building of an engaged community online as the lifeblood of a business’ relevancy in the marketplace

Since 2012 he has helped brands increase their sales, productivity and the overall success of their social media campaign through custom training sessions that teach step-by-step how to grow an active community.

The landscape of social media changes on a daily basis, Warren teaches whats working now while testing and developing the latest strategies of community building on a daily basis.

Warren’s programs are designed for individuals, companies, and organizations that are interested in strengthening relationships with their customers through community building on social media.

ROBERTO CANDELARIA

Roberto C. Candelaria is the Founder of “The Influencer Incubator” and Creator of “Sponsorship For Influencers and Position, Partner, Profit LIVe. His strategies have transformed the way global influencers, speakers and organizations increase their bottom line by getting sponsored and leveraging their platforms for profitability. Roberto has shared the stage as with speakers such as Dr. Barbara De Angelis, John Assaraf, Brendon Burchard, Greg S. Reid, Jim Kwik, Sharon Lechter, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, Kevin Harrington and Les Brown. An in-demand Mentor, Strategist, and Consultant, Roberto has worked with companies such as American Airlines, BMW, DELL, Disney, Enterprise Car Rentals, Hilton Hotels, Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, and Zappos –to name a few. His clients and students have been sponsored by Accelerant, Adobe, Bell Helicopter, Black Enterprise, B.E.T., Capital One, Disney Parks, Disney Animation Studios, Cadillac, Dove, Microsoft, US Bank, Vocus and the WWE -to name a few. How many of your here today would like to get these big brands to write you a big check? A recognized industry leader, Roberto’s products and presentations have made him renowned, innovative expert. As one client recently said, “If you follow his plan, success is inevitable.”

DAMON OATES, DecoExchange

Hey y’all its Damon here… My story is a little different… I work a full-time job in the Oil and Gas Industry, I’m an online business coach, creative inspirer and the owner and designer at DecoExchange. DecoExchange has given me a new purpose and has helped me find myself while changing the lives of thousands along the way. I absolutely love working with other creatives and watching them turn their dream of starting a small profitable business into reality. Everyday that I get to live this life is a blessing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us.

WREATH MAKERS LIVE DESIGNERS

JULIE SIOMACCO, Southern Charm Wreaths

Siomacco is owner, founder and lead designer of Southern Charm Wreaths, LLC and owner/co-founder of Wreath Makers Live, LLC. Having served for 9 years in the financial sector as a business executive, Julie stepped away to be a stay-at-home mom of three. In 2009, she took her passion for making wreaths and transformed it from a hobby to a full-time business. Self-taught with a natural gift for design, Julie capitalized on her financial background and built a thriving multi six-figure business. Julie isknown as the queen of wreath making and do-it-yourself holiday decorating. With her expertise and eye for color and texture, she teaches crafters her Southern Charm Wreath Design method so that they can advance their technique and learn how to be more confident in their creations. Also, known for teaching and inspiring others to succeed in the craft industry, Julie is now offering to share her signature Southern Charm Craft-preneur System, with others in the wreath-making and crafting industries to help craft-based business owners validate their ideas, create sustainable and scalable systems, and increase their profitability.

NICK KRETICOS, Nick’s Seasonal Decor

Nick Kreticos is a fresh and artificial floral designer who practices and teaches the art of floral design. His teaching videos and demonstrations have been shared all around the world reaching and inspiring millions of people.

Nick is located in Rowley, Massachusetts. This small town of 5,000 people is located roughly 20 minutes north of Boston. He attended Rittner’s School of Floral Design & Business in Boston. In school, he learned how to execute beautiful fresh floral designs for any occasion including weddings, funerals, parties, etc..

Nick started his business in October of 2016, and has quickly grown a following of over 100,000 people on all platforms of social media worldwide. His DIY videos have reached viral success, in which have inspired many to express their creative spirit.
Nick’s goal is to be able to inspire and educate through his informative videos. He hopes to encourage more people to practice the art of floral design.

AMY RUDY SMITH, BaBam Wreaths

Hello, I am Amy Rudy Smith but I bet you know me as Ba Bam! You know that wacky designer who creates out, out, out, outside the box – like way out – no doubt – it’s time to shout or let your wreaths do the talking cause creativity runs in my veins. From bubble gum machines to trash cans and toilet paper too – you just never know what’s coming – keeping it real cause this chick likes to deal some saucy designs that will tantalize your eyes. Besides designing, I also coach in my Facebook group Ba Bam’s Inside Scoop. My legacy I wish to leave is one that touches deeper than what we visually create. I hope to promote a joy from within that transcends to what we create! “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Matthew 6:21. Special thanks to my creator…aka Father God-couldn’t do it without you.

CLARA NICOLE SUSTAITA, She’s Crafty Too

Clara-Nicole is a proud wife, busy mom of 4 Earthly children and 1 in Heaven, devout 21yr Christian, successful multi-business owner, loyal friend to many and a Crazy Texan with Mexican Fireball roots.

She found her passion to create as a young child always making things with her hands for her dolls, herself and others. Her 1st un-Official business was at the age of 9 when she learned how to make friendship bracelets and hired her cousins to help with demand from classmates and teachers. 

In September of 2013, she officially registered her business while still maintaining her 17yr career with AT&T. After 3yrs of working full time at her cubby AND running her She’s Crafty Too business, she took a leap of faith and trusted in God. She quit in August of 2016 and has never regretted it. 

She has made and sold home decor year round since then while also teaching others publicly and privately while being one of the first in the wreath community to use FB Live to invite people into her business and her family life. 

Clara-Nicole has been invited several times to be a guest featured designer at large wreath designer conferences and collaborator on several successful tutorial video launches with her talented designer friends and has met met many great creators. She also has been a regular monthly Craft guru on local San Antonio TV since Oct 2017 and continues to show easy DIY projects while showcasing her own capabilities. 

In July 2017 she joined the fast growing DIY company Chalk Couture and became the fastest growing team in a short amount of time, quickly climbing the ranks with a team of over 2000 designers and earning an all expense paid Caribbean Cruise for 2 in the Top 10. 

In May 2018 she opened her first storefront,Creators’ Clubhouse LLC, in hopes of teaching classes but it quickly became a mini warehouse of wreath supplies that she was selling. In less than a year she expanded to 2500sqft to really push the unique idea of a DIY Studio, Boutique and womans fellowship meeting spot all in one. She currently is building her storefront to have unique clothing and accessories that customers can claim via Facebook Live sales and coming to the store to shop. While her store has taken months and countless hours to remodel, she hopes to finally have a grand re-opening in the Summer of 2019. 

Clara-Nicole is not a woman that can sit still and has great excitement for what God is going to do thru the store and her business. Her ultimate goal is to get people to experience the creativity that God so graciously wants to pour into us to heal us, draw us closer to Him and give Him all the glory. Without Him we are nothing and with Him our talents are limitless.  

KELEA NEWHOUSE, Kelea’s

Kelea Newhouse specializes in whimsical wispy design and fluid motion in floral design structure. Kelea has been a floral designer for more than 20 years. Her background in gift show production, merchandising and Etsy shop management help her to teach others in her Design School Classes. She has found her passion in teaching her students weekly on Facebook and in her design school community, helping them to learn to stand out from the masses in their designs. With over 19,000 sales on Etsy and love for high quality easy to use supplies she loves to help others learn to create with passion and love for floral design.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

LORI JACOBS, Hardworking Mom
LAUREN KILGORE, Beautiful Mesh
TAMMY HODGES, Polka Dot Wreath Co.
STONEY & MICHELE STONE, Wild’s Creek Company
DIANE SMALL, Diane’s Designs and Boutique
KRIS HAASE, Affordable Wreath Sign
TESS STEVENS, Crafty Tessie