Simon StaniszOct 2, 2023
A Natural-Born Salesman
A Conversation with Simon Stanisz
New Books Network 2023
In this episode, Richard and Kimon interview Simon Stanisz, the co-founder of The NorthStar Consulting Group. Simon is a sales expert who has recently shifted his focus to non-profit work.
Simon's early exposure to entrepreneurship came from his family's small businesses in the Polish mountains, with his uncle serving as a significant source of inspiration due to his tenacity and commitment to education. At just 16, Simon began assisting his uncle at trade show stands, igniting his passion for business.
His initial work experience involved selling educational books and website subscriptions door-to-door in the United States, covering the American Midwest and South. This experience honed his sales skills as he had to quickly gain the trust of strangers to make successful pitches.
Simon also delves into his decision to pursue consulting over a traditional sales career. Consulting allowed him to concentrate solely on maximizing sales, without the need to split his attention between sales and product delivery. After exploring various roles in different companies, he found that consulting was the most lucrative path.
Once he established a stable revenue stream through his sales consulting company, Simon found himself with spare time for other ventures. A friend approached him with the idea of starting the Hearty Foundation, aimed at providing mentorship, particularly in the IT field, to at-risk youth in foster care. Simon applied his sales expertise to gain support from orphanages and youth support organizations for this initiative.
Simon also addresses the intricacies of funding a foundation and offers valuable insights for those interested in creating a sustainable funding base without relying solely on grants. He illustrates how the Hearty Foundation attracted support from companies eager to assist at-risk youth through IT training.
With a diverse career spanning various aspects of sales, Simon's story will appeal to individuals interested in pitching and applying business acumen to the non-profit sector.
Przemyslaw Simon Stanisz is the founder of NorthStar Consulting Group.
Richard Lucas is a business and social entrepreneur who founded, led and/or invested in more than 30 businesses.
Kimon Fountoukidis is the founder of both Argos Multilingual and PMR. Both companies were founded in the mid 90s with zero capital and both have gone on to become market leaders in their respective sectors. Kimon was born in New York and moved to Krakow, Poland in 1993. Listen to his story here.