Samurai 50


Samurai 50 - Philip Ndugga

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Philip Ndugga, owner of Ndugga Martial Arts & Personal Training. 

In this episode, Ndugga shares his entrepreneurial journey and when he finally knew he was in the right career when he saw:

  • How it makes people feel.
  • How he helps people gain confidence in themselves.
  • How he helps people achieve their goals.

In this episode, Ndugga also shares his advice for business owners and startups on risk-taking, going all in, and accepting failure.

Samurai 50 - Alex Hughes

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Alex Hughes, Alberta Country Music Artist!

As a powerful vocalist and passionate songwriter, Alex’s music saw: 

  • More than 45,000 streams on Spotify in 2020.
  • A feature on Spotify’s “New Music Nashville” editorial playlist.

Being in the music industry since childhood, Alex shares her story and learnings:

  • From experiences, you can figure out what you WANT and what you DON'T WANT.
  • Challenges can push you to learn new things.
  • Show support towards your community.
  • Put trust in your support system.

In this episode, Alex also shares how sometimes it can be hard to measure success and how she has learned to practice being kind to herself. 


Samurai 50 - Charly Kelly

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Calgary business owner Charly Kelly, owner of Lunch Love! Charly's mission is to empower children through food education and experience to become advocates for their own nourishment.  

As a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Certified Personal Trainer, Charly has been studying nutrition for over 20 years. Charly describes her own journey to gut health that led her to create Lunch Love, which helps kids find nutrition at a young age. Lunch Love delivers Super nutritious and fun lunches directly to schools and homes for school-age children.

In this episode, Charly shares her insight for other entrepreneurs on how to:

  • Be brave and follow your passion.
  • Persevere – if something gets in your way find a way around it.
  • Understand the reality of the situation.
  • Trust that it will be worth it.

Samurai 50 - Maeghen Cotteril

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Calgary business owner Maeghen Cotteril, owner of 5 Elements Martial Arts. When the pandemic hit, Maeghen pivoted her business by making it accessible online and growing her visibility by:

  • Offering private lessons via zoom.
  • Starting a Youtube channel - Find Your Element.
  • Taking the time to improve the studio space.
  • Maeghen also shares that the KEY to her success over the years has been the ability to adapt and NOT giving up when times get hard. 

In this episode, Maeghen also shares the insights that have helped her grow her business on how to set realistic goals, feel your feelings, how to handle devastation and grow from it, partner with the right people, and the importance of building your digital footprint. 

Samurai 50 - Jonathan Siadat

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Jonathan Siadat, Retail Ambassador at Shopify. Jonathan shares how 2020 has accelerated the e-commerce business and landscape. He shares the following advice to help business owners have a successful 2021: 

  • If you're not online GET online.
  • Understand that the processes and tools for e-commerce are easier than you think.
  • Sell on multiple channels – in-store, online, and on social media.
  • Cater to what your customers want.
  • Ensure you provide the SAME brand and customer experience on all platforms online and in-person in your business.

Jonathan also shares that having a digital footprint on multiple platforms gives you the opportunity to interact with your customers outside of your brick and mortar limitation, and how most people today start their purchasing journey online.

Samurai 50 - Kathy Yuen

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Kathy Yuen, owner of the award-winning Phase One Design! Kathy shares how she quit her dream job to start her own company. In this episode, she shares her advice for other fellow entrepreneurs on the importance of:

  • Understanding your entire business, not just the parts you know.
  • Finding EXPERTS to surround yourself with because you don't know everything.
  • Planning is excellent, but without execution, there is nothing.
  • Learning from your mistakes and you will become more efficient.
  • Your time is an INVESTMENT for your future, not a sacrifice.
  • Try and find an opportunity in any situation instead of getting stuck or giving up.

Kathy also shares what she believes has been the key to her success over the years and to improving and learning every, single day.

Samurai 50 - Glenn Street

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Glenn Street, owner of Street Characters Inc.! Glenn shares how he has built a multi-million dollar mascot business by: 

  • Having Fun
  • Showcasing the Passion in Your Craft
  • Keeping Your Temporary Inspirations in Check
  • Focusing On an Idea and Staying the Course
  • Trusting the People Who Work For You

In this episode, Glenn also shares that having mentors early on in his career and joining an entrepreneur association has helped him grow his business and test out new ideas!!

Samurai 50 - Almin Kassamali

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents our very own Co-Managing Partner and President, Almin Kassamali here at StyleLabs Inc.

Samurai 50 - Shane Wenzel

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents Shane Wenzel, President of Shane Homes. Shane shares how he continues to craft his family's legacy of generational entrepreneurship and keep his family's business thriving with zero layoffs during the shutdown.

Having worked from the ground up since the age of 14, Shane shares his one-two punch on how to succeed in business and how to:

  • Have a sound ear and dive deep into market research to truly understand the needs and wants of your customers.
  • Incorporate these findings into your offerings.
  • Know your customers then, give them what they want.

In this episode, Shane adds how taking your business to the digital world is a necessity, and having the foresight to map out and execute a consumer journey end to end online for your customers will help pandemic-proof your business.


Samurai 50 - Red Deer Office

This week on Samurai 5-0, StyleLabs Director of Marketing Leanne Kezin presents our team from the StyleLabs Inc. Red Deer office! In this episode, Tyler and Haley share the importance of your business's online presence and dive deep into:

  • Google Ads
  • Social Media
  • Website Design
  • SEO
  • Reputation Management

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