Top 10 Business Contributors of Forbes

Ali Akram

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Becoming a Forbes contributor is difficult. But getting recognized as one of their leading contributors? That’s more than just difficult. It’s almost impossible.

However, the word ‘almost’ is not the same as ‘completely’.

In this article, we’re going to discuss Forbes' top 10 contributors. Even when compared with other contributors, these writers are well-known for their business insights, expertise, and knowledge.

They’re subject experts who’re often in demand for their industry experience. To learn more about them and their work, visit the websites given below.

Now, without any further ado, let’s just get into it.

1- Jessica Constantinidis

Website: naviclass.com

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20+ years of experience in IT architectures, and complex business deals. Senior business lead and strategist who is a hardworking stepmom to a teenager.

An experienced leader in building up new business units and creating complex ecosystems. Due to her extensive career in consultancy and management, Jessica has found out that she is a massive lateral thinker.

Jessica challenges senior executives daily on out of the box applications and comparisons to get them out of their comfort zone, out of the ordinary thinking. She is an evangelist and a chief technology officer with an entrepreneurial mindset.

2- Bram Weerts

Website: keacompany.com

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Since Breem Weerts can remember, he has been assisting others. Brokering deals has been his joy. Leaving school at the age of 17 and joining a corporate organization was a dream come true (at that time).

Sales and Operations became his bread and butter. With his recent experience, he can align, lead, grow and advise world-class sales and operations teams in different cultures and international settings.

He loves to win, but helping the team win gives him far greater joy. Although leaving school at an early age, he genuinely believes in education.

His time came in 2016 when he was accepted into Harvard, which taught him a lot in two years. He will always keep educating, refining, and driving himself to be better. In addition, he enjoys meeting new people and hearing new perspectives.

With over 20 years of experience in a mix of startups (as co-founder), scale-ups (in C-Level roles), and corporates, he is ready to offer his best practices to fellow entrepreneurs.

3- Melissa Houston

Website: melissahoustoncpa.com

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Melissa Houston is a CPA with over 20 years of accounting and tax experience. Melissa is a fractional CFO who helps business owners optimize profit in their business so they increase their net worth.

Melissa is a writer and speaker who enjoys helping business owners understand the importance of knowing their business numbers. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cottage life with her family and two dogs.

4- Martin Rowinski

Website: boardsi.com

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Martin Rowinski is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience providing leadership, developing and implementing strategic processes, and deploying new products to streamline services and improve growth in lead generation and sales in the fields of recruiting, finance, technology, marketing, and mortgage lending.

He served as a CTO in the past and is currently CEO of an executive recruitment firm, Boardsi, leading the way for executives to connect with companies seeking executive talent for Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors.

Boardsi specializes in helping companies build executive boards quicker and more efficiently, focusing on board diversity to reach companies’ highest success rate and fast growth potential.

Boardsi is a private network for top-level executives, who benefit by finding board positions that match their skill levels. Martin is the author of the book ‘The Corporate Matchmaker’, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He has also been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, and CEO Today.

5- Kaleigh Moore

Website: kaleighmoore.com

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Kaleigh Moore is a freelance writer and consultant specializing in eCommerce business and retail topics. As a subject matter expert that creates long-form, top-ranking blog content for eCommerce platforms and the SaaS tools that integrate with them, she's generated more than 100 number one ranked articles with thousands of social shares.

Before she started freelance writing full-time in 2013, she owned a successful eCommerce business and leveraged that firsthand experience to write about trends and tactics within the eCommerce space, which has since evolved to include the realms of retail and DTC. She also contributes to publications like Forbes, Vogue Business, Adweek, and others.

6- Mark O’Donnell

Website: eosworldwide.com

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Mark O’Donnell is the Visionary at EOS Worldwide, an entrepreneur, and a Certified EOS Implementer.

He has been involved in start-ups since he started his first business with his brother, Tommy O’Donnell, in 2007.

He grew that business from just the two of them to over 250 people and $25,000,000 in revenues. Mark started several other businesses, landing him and his partners on the Inc. 500/5000 list nine times.

Eventually, Mark sold his portfolio so he could pursue his passion for helping other entrepreneurs as a Certified EOS Implementer.

From there, he decided that in order to make an impact and help 1,000,000 people live a life they love, he needed a bigger platform. So in 2020, he stepped into the EOS Worldwide Visionary role.

Mark’s passion is influencing and inspiring human achievement towards a bigger and better future.

7- Chris Shalchi

Website: https://mavecca.com/

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Chris Shalchi is a commerce strategist and technology expert. He is President and CEO of Mavecca, an advisory, research, and services agency specializing in commerce.

Shalchi expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 17, was a non-profit organization called Movement.

Later, in 2016, he set up a music publishing company called Kanji Records and Music Publishing. Shalchi’s brand grew rapidly in 2017 as he started Mavecca Group and expanded into blockchain commerce applications.

His first blockchain loyalty project for Nom Noms World Food (NOM NOMS) was selected as part of the ALPHA track for Collision 2019.

In August 2020, Shalchi was awarded Top 50 Global Technology Leader by Intercon International. For his work in retail, technology, and music, he was invited to participate as a member of the Forbes Technology Council where he publishes regularly.

In September 2021, he was selected as an advisory board member for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Customer Experience Program.

8- Jon Michail

Website: https://www.imagegroup.com.au/

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Jon Michail is a transformation coach with a holistic approach. Founder and CEO of Image Group International, he is a speaker, confidante, and diversity champion with a passion for living a truly balanced life in work and play.

Author of Life Branding, he is an internationally recognized personal branding pioneer with over 33 years of lived experience.

Jon and his award-winning team of practical, digitally savvy personal brand and corporate image strategists have successfully positioned their hero clients globally with outstanding results.

Clients include leaders yearning for ‘what’s next to Forbes 500, BRW Rich List, and the Who’s Who of luxury, sports, entertainment, arts, lifestyle, politics, and business.

9- Jill Griffin

Website: jillgriffin.net

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Jill Griffin is an internationally-published author of six business books. Growing up in Marshville, North Carolina, she frequented her small town’s mom-and-pop stores, a five-minute walk from her family’s home. These visits propelled Jill’s lifetime curiosity about why people buy.

After completing college and self-financing her MBA, Jill began her career in branding: She loved it, and it loved her back.

This grounding enabled her to write Customer Loyalty: How to Earn It, How to Keep It. Hers was one of the first two books on the topic, at a time when the market was swimming in books on customer service and customer satisfaction. The book changed her life.

Jill has served as Vice-Chair and Independent Board Director of Luby’s/Fuddruckers Restaurants and has been featured in numerous news outlets including Mornings With Maria on Fox Business. She pens a popular careers column for Forbes.com.

10- Gaidar Magdanurov

Website: gaidar.net

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Gaidar is a technology-industry executive experienced in technology, operations, business, sales, and marketing.

Currently, serving as a Chief Success Officer at the global cyber protection leader Acronis, he is responsible for technical support, education, partner community, and market research.

He held multiple executive roles at Acronis, including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.

Before Acronis, Gaidar was a junior partner at the venture capital firm Runa Capital, and before that, he held multiple roles at Microsoft. Gaidar has a background in scientific research and software development.

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