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Michael Mertens – GROW Coffee Kickoff

March 8, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Attack the Gap! 3 immediate steps you can take to achieve your 2021 goals 10 Minute Presenter, Introductions, and Networking

About this Event

Every Monday is our weekly kickoff for GROW Buffalo Business at 10 am. It’s a great way to kick off your week, as you get some motivation, tell people about what you do, and enjoy 30+ minutes of networking. This is the perfect event for new members to learn more about GROW and get a good mixture of event types within 1 hour.

2021 is 15% over. Are you 15% closer to your goals or has your progress taken a back seat to your old habits and the daily grind? This presentation will teach you how to increase the emotion, top of mind awareness, and activity necessary to bring your vision to reality.


Group Overview: 5 min

Featured Speaker: 10 min

Q&A: 5-10 min

10 second Individual Intros: 5 min

Breakouts/Networking: 30 min


Michael Mertens is a 6th degree Black Belt and the Co-founder of World Class Taekwondo Centers. Along with his business partner, Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong, he operates five successful martial arts schools throughout the suburbs of Buffalo N.Y. Their annual board break-a thon, Kicking for Miracles has raised over 1.3 million dollars for the Oishei Children’s Hospital.


Michael is graduate of Cornell’s college of Industrial Labor Relations, and the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He is also a speaker for Empowered Mastery, a leading coaching organization that help professionals to overcome their limitations and maximize their potential. Michael specializes in team building, conflict resolution, and time management. He lives in Lancaster N.Y. with his sons Joseph and David and his wife of 24 years, Alisa.

In his spare time he enjoys yoga, cycling, and cross training and has completed two Ironman 70.3 triathlons.


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