A passionate leader is one of the most precious assets a company can have in today’s competitive business world. The leader instills his drive and zeal to succeed into the team and ultimately plays a pivotal part in a company’s growth. Brian J. Esposito (Founder and CEO of Esposito Intellectual Enterprises) is a prime example of such an ardent leader spearheading from the front. Expressing his drive towards work, Brian asserts, “Work is my passion, work is my hobby, and helping companies and people achieve success and their dreams is very rewarding to me.” Brian is highly regarded as one of the most eminent and admired business leaders in the industry.
An Ecosystem of Value
Brian graduated with a business degree in marketing from Monmouth University and has been working and building businesses since his early teens. He always looked at the world in a way he could create value and take his unique way of being a super connector to create win/win situations for all parties involved. In 2016, Brian was involved in a head on car accident by a drunk driver. This incident turned his entire world turned upside down since.
At that moment, Brian realized his model was wrong and he needed to completely reorganize his inner circle, the professionals that protected his inner circle, and all the leadership that was running all the entities he had in his holdings at that time. He had to rebuild from less than nothing and ensure to not get angry or bitter during the process—as dealing with internal demons could have hampered his health as well as business recovery.
Presently, Brian has created an entire ecosystem and world that creates value. Instead of being invited into other people’s world and hoping they do the right thing for him, Brian himself invites warranted and worthy people and companies into his and controls the process.
Bouquet of Profitable Opportunities
Esposito Intellectual Enterprises has been an ever-evolving holding company and ecosystem in the making since 2001. It is currently operating with over 75 holdings, over 150 joint ventures from around the world, and is active in over 25 different industries. The entire model aims to create value, profitable earnings, and immediate mechanisms to create products, solutions, services, IP, and technologies—to be deployed and priced correctly to support the market demand.
Brian believes that the access and efficiencies of working with startups and even up to Fortune 500 companies in establishing new profitable opportunities that boost balance sheets and valuations is exciting. “It is a formula that I can continue to rinse and repeat as long as we do not go outside of our core methods and careful as to which additional industries we may want to enter into,” he adds.
Marshaling the Troops
As the Founder and CEO of EIE, Brian’s entire role is to take full responsibility for any mistakes and share the successes with all parties involved. He also ensures that the company’s talent, projects, and holdings have all the access, support, and resources necessary to succeed. He believes that having different holdings across many different industries is good—as the company can share the talent, resources, and time to get jobs properly done; and more importantly, address the mistakes quickly and correctly.
Resolute through the Crisis
Despite its catastrophic effects on businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic had less of an impact on Brian, except for EIE to focus on new market opportunities and its participation. From a very young age, Brian has been through several hurdles in his life. Leveraging his experience of handling crises, he took the pandemic as just another problem and successfully coped with it.
“That is life. The sooner leaders understand this and properly react, address, pivot, and/or maneuver, the better equipped they will be to know how to take proper steps to ensure they will not only grow but stay in existence,” advises Brian.
Heeding the pandemic, one of EIE’s holdings Nodle—the world’s largest global wireless network and ecosystem of connected devices—launched the Coalition Network Privacy Focused Contact Tracing App. Moreover, in partnership with Fortune 200 Public company Avnet, Nodle launched the Nodle M1—an award-winning, smart wearable device that buzzes employees to help them social distance. Brian feels honored to lead on global partnerships for Nodle and work with its incredible team. According to him, this is just one of many examples of what a great team, tremendous product, and strong relationships and access can accomplish.
The Changing Dynamics of Leadership
Today, the shift towards transparency in company operations across all industries is one of the major challenges some leaders find to fully understand and adapt. Traditionally, due to the absence of platforms like Glassdoor, social media, and immediate access to distribute information and news, only the public companies had to operate under tremendous regulation and scrutiny. However, today, even startups and Mom-and-Pop can gain attention by using different mediums.
Brian believes that this is a good thing as it ensures leaders always operate on their best behavior and ensure their actions have the company, employees, stakeholders, and investors’ best interest at heart. However, there are some leaders that have been raised and operate under a different time; and have not understood the new world and the incredible responsibility they have to respect. According to Brian, leaders must possess essential qualities such as passion, drive, and patience when leading their company or project forward. He further mentions that it is vital that leaders do not act based on emotions and always lead from a place of calmness.
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