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Jason Koonce Builds a Legacy in His Pursuit of Passion

Finding both love and life in one’s profession is rare. It is not uncommon to hear that people would set aside their passions in favor of a lucrative career. On the other hand, some pursue their passion and end up sacrificing the opportunity to earn well. Choosing between the two is always a dilemma, and some opt to find a way to have both at the same time. This is how Jason Koonce, the principal owner of One Team International Agency, found both love and life in the sports card and memorabilia industry.

A self-made man, Jason Koonce earns six to seven digits a week through his childhood hobby. From buying and selling sports cards, he provides for his family’s needs while loving what he does for a living. He started exploring this business idea when he was young, transacting with his clients through the mail, sending the exact change in the mail for cards, and merely hoping that he wouldn’t be scammed. His courage and persistence to succeed in the field paved the way for his success, and now he has built a reputation as a well-known online novelty dealer. 

Jason Koonce is a veteran in the industry, traveling worldwide for shows and events, attending the biggest sports card shows and auctions, and expanding his network. He has made connections not just with potential clients but also with celebrities and athletes whose images and signatures are highly valued. Highly valuing his relationships, he established his name and One Team International Agency’s reputation, creating long-lasting connections that led to the success of his business as a result. 

His connections with card dealers, agents, actors, celebrities, and even musicians have allowed him to do both public and private signing with athletes. As his network expands and the industry evolves, his business continues to flourish. He also became the go-to guy for a number of things: rare cards, specific memorabilia pieces, or even connections to a celebrity or athlete. Anyone can get a particular card or athlete of their choice within forty-eight hours upon order. Clients name it, and then he gets it.

Despite his unrivaled expertise, which has been cultivated for over three decades, Jason seeks to provide the best service he and his company can offer to his clients. He continuously strives to stay on top of the sports card industry, expanding his connections more. Jason believes that their focus on connections between people makes OTIA different; they emphasize the success and unique position brought by the people forming the OTIA family.

Jason and the OTIA family await the growing number of collectors joining the industry. With the great opportunity to obtain both passion and income, millions of investors will flock to invest in sports cards. As a living legend, Jason awaits investors who are interested in being coached in making smart decisions about investments. He is fully ready to help people as they enter the industry, allowing individuals with the same interest to learn from his three-decades-long work experiences.

For more information, you may visit OTIA’s website.

Sameer Sawaqed Helping Millennials and Gen Zs Get Ahead in Life

In today’s rapidly evolving world, it is common to see young men and women struggling to find a proper foothold in life, as they are overwhelmed by the multitude of paths laid open to them. To help these young individuals make the right choice, either in their personal or professional life, the position of a mentor that understands their journey and guides them on the right path is of utmost importance. For this reason, Sameer Sawaqed launched The More We Know podcast to empower and educate millennials and Generation Z on their journey through life.

Sameer Sawaqed is a 23-year-old college coach and social media influencer dedicated to making a difference by helping others find their chosen path in life. His journey as an advocate started when he was 19, documenting his 100-pound weight loss journey. The shared moments with others motivated many other people to take the first step toward weight loss. Sameer built his first brand #commitwithmeer, a community of millennials providing support and encouragement for one another.

Motivated by the success of #commitwithmeer, Sameer discovered that people his age lacked two things: mentors and information. He then set out to find a solution to this prevailing problem and launched The More We Know podcast, a mentorship podcast for young people by a young person. He understands the impacts of a mentor in one’s life. He was fortunate to have mentors such as senior investment bankers, Fortune 500 executives, actors, and start-up founders throughout his college years. Sameer Sawaqed is now sharing the wealth of information he garnered from these individuals to inspire and empower other young people to get started in life.

With a target audience of Gen Z and millennials, The More We Know podcast is one of its kind, its interview giving access to the minds of successful people in the world, including mayors, Fortune 500 company executives, and many others. The podcast provides individuals in their 20s with mentorship, insight, and knowledge to pursue their goals. Each episode introduces guests who have attained success in their respective fields and can guide listeners to tread the same path. Impressively, the guest coming on to his show this week is the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez. On top of that, the podcast is entirely free for all its listeners, a personal mentor in your pockets. 

In half a decade, Sameer Sawaqed envisions The More We Know getting one million listeners of Gen Zs and millennials alike per episode. He wants to build the podcast into a mentorship community of hundreds of thousands of individuals providing real advice and mentorship that can help them start the foundation for their businesses and careers.

Sameer wants to inspire everyone around him to disrupt the mindset that you need an Ivy League degree or millions of dollars to achieve success. He explains, “I want people to understand that with the right mentors, the right information, the right heart, and being a good person, we can all do that by doing it yourself.” 

You may visit the official website to learn more about Sameer Sawaqed, and The More We Know Podcast.