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Attorney Chris Salamone spent the early part of his 20-year career representing businesses and prominent individuals such as athletes, celebrities, and business executives. He is the founder and former CEO of LeadAmerica and the National Student Leadership Conference. Chris Salamone is also the co-founder and chairman of the board of Spartan Capital Investors, where he works with entrepreneurs, helping them achieve their business and financial goals. Entrepreneurship generally requires long hours and great sacrifices, but the rewards can be tremendous. The successful entrepreneur possesses the following characteristics:

1. Leadership. An entrepreneur is required to have strong decision-making abilities and be able to inspire and motivate people toward a common goal.
2. Self-motivation. A high-achieving entrepreneur works tirelessly to resolve the problems that confront him or her.
3. Ethics and integrity. If an entrepreneur cannot prove herself to be of high integrity, nobody will do business with her.
4. No fear of failure. All entrepreneurs must take risks in order to obtain rewards.
5. Innovation. Entrepreneurs are always coming up with new ideas or working to improve existing ones.
6. Willingness to learn. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to ask questions when necessary.
7. Competitive spirit. The best entrepreneurs enjoy a challenge and like to win. When they fail, they learn from the failure and move on to the next challenge. They know that winning (success) only comes the experiences and lessons learned from defeat and failure.
8. Strong Team and network of peers. Savvy entrepreneurs understand that they cannot succeed alone. They surround themselves with a team of skilled and determined people.

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Chris Salamone is an author, attorney, and entrepreneur with a long history of philanthropic service. As part of his lifelong effort to provide academic opportunities for high-achieving middle and high school students, Mr. Salamone founded LeadAmerica and the LeadAmerica Foundation, a nonprofit organization that for more nearly 15 years sponsored a wide range of college-accredited and career-focused youth leadership and scholarship conferences and provided assistance to students and teachers.

LeadAmerica conferences continue to attract thousands of exceptionally gifted students from all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries. For years, through international programs like GirlsLead, the LeadAmerica Foundation encouraged young people to become leaders by stressing the importance of “purpose, integrity, self-confidence, and personal responsibility.”

The LeadAmerica Foundation has also offered critical academic financial aid in the form of scholarships and classroom grants. In addition to funding student education directly, LeadAmerica has provided tens of thousands of dollars in annual educator-directed scholarships and grants. These scholarships have assisted teachers who wished to help their students by deferring the cost of various LeadAmerica programs.