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Nate Holzapfel
Nate Holzapfel is the creative force and co-founder behind the Mission Belt Company Nate dropped out of college to pursue a career in sales. Having sold everything from cars, to insurance in Mexico and even houses over the telephone, Nate Holzapfel became an expert in marketing. He states, “I've always been good at my job and was always a top performer. But I felt trapped. I sold everything I own and put all of my efforts into the best idea I had. The rest is history.”

In June of 2012, he launched the Mission Belt Company. Accessories has always held a huge portion of the fashion industry, however, no one company had focused solely on belts. Fashion houses designed and created them as an afterthought. Nate had a vision to create a company that made only belts, the first of its kind in the fashion industry to ever truly brand a belt. Oakley was first with Sunglasses, Skullcandy was successful with making headphones a fashionable accessory, and Nate’s vision was to accomplish this with Mission Belts.

In the Spring of 2013, Nate appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, pitching the Sharks in seeking a capital investment. He struck a deal with fashion mogul and branding expert, Daymond John. Nate pitched to the Sharks that the “old way of selling is dead.” His ideology and method proved not only correct, but to be a huge success.

Find out how Nate Holzapfel not only survived in a struggling economy, but thrived in it. Create your own economy or expand upon your already solid foundation with “The Nate State of Mind” using Nate’s expertise. Nate has traveled the country as a keynote speaker and hired to assist individuals, small businesses and corporations. Instead of using cliches and one-liners, Nate will speak directly to your team from his heart with meaningful, real life experiences sharing information that is relevant to growing your business in today’s world.

Entries by Nate Holzapfel

Three Struggles of Growing a Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Starting a small business is hard to do. It requires careful planning, sacrifice, taking risks and a significant financial investment. Growing your small business is even harder and requires even more time, money, and efforts. I see so many entrepreneurs start their businesses and then hover in the survival mode...

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Setting Goals for Your Professional Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:19 PM

Setting business goals can be a daunting task. Most of us realize that we want to make more money, more sales, have more customers or better customers. Making goals can be difficult. We don't want to be too aggressive and we certainly don't want to set goals that are too...

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Know What You Want

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Often times we find ourselves chasing other people's dreams. We do things for the wrong reasons and naturally when we accomplish these things we're not as happy as we should be.

Finding out what you want isn't easy, nothing good comes easy, at least nothing lasting. Figuring out what makes...

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Mental Strength

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:51 AM

Our brains are the most powerful parts of our bodies. They define whether or not we succeed or fail. Physical strength is easily understood by all. The larger the muscle, the more tone, the better it works but with mental strength we're not able to be seen as it has...

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Loss Is Our Greatest Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 10:20 PM

All to often we find ourselves not appreciating what we have. Its easy to recognize whats missing, but much harder to recognize all the things we take for granted. There is something about the human mind that instinctively prohibits us from being grateful. I have learned that gratitude for many,...

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Indecision Is a Decision Within Itself

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:07 PM

Indecision is a decision within itself. In life, we find ourselves making and avoiding decisions on a daily basis. Everytime we make a decision, we worry about the results, we worry about what we may have done wrong or how it could've been better.

Hindsight is 20/20 and there's...

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Customer Service and Sales: You Can't Have One Without the Other

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Customer service and sales go hand-in-hand, you can't have one without the other. Most people spend most of their time thinking about new customers and forgetting the old, not realizing the high costs of customer acquisition.  

Once you have a customer you better treat them like gold because the...

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Your Life Is a Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:10 AM

Your life is a kitchen. We all need to find the recipe to our lives, some recipes are great, some are okay and some are disasters. We make that decision when we go through life and we decide what we want out of it, who we want to be, who...

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Every Day You Wake Up Is an Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 5:42 PM

The way you start your day defines what happens to your life. Every day you wake up is an opportunity. The better prepared you are, the better the opportunity.

Here are a few things you can do to take advantage of the greatest opportunity in the world, your life.


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The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:03 PM

When my brother and I started working on Mission, we knew we wanted to give back from day one, not based on if it was smart from a tax standpoint. When it came time to name our new project, we hashed out several names, but then my brother said, "Why...

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The Significance of Options and Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:45 AM

The most common issue I run across when speaking to people about their futures can be summarized in one word: options. There are always options. Many people seem to feel trapped, like they have no choice about what happens. Often the lack of options, at least the perception of no...

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Inside the Shark Tank

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:11 PM

When I walked on to the stage of ABC's Shark Tank, and saw my belts hanging there on the rack, I felt a calmness that can only be described as, a peaceful realization of possible futures. I had made many turns and many detours through my life to...

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The 'How' of Selling

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Congratulations, you have just had a great sale, the customer loved the product, the price and most importantly they loved you. What a great feeling it is to sell! All sales people whether young old, new or seasoned, all love a great customer experience. Selling can be a dreary hard...

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Selling Theory

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Stephen Hawking said "If we do discover a theory of everything... it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we would truly know the mind of God." While we are a long ways off from theorizing everything, the theory of selling is open to interpretation.

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Find Yourself, Be Yourself, Sell Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:27 AM

We all admire people who do something new, different and unique. There is no praise for counterfeit. But sometimes we find ourselves mimicking or following the people we want to be like. And while there are some eternal truths -- returning calls, being on time and treating people with respect...

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The Brothers Mario

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM

In 1985 Nintendo Execs green-lighted a new game called Super Mario Brothers. I have fond memories of this game. I never played a lot of video games growing up, but when my grandfather showed up on our doorstep with a Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Mario Bros. I was blown...

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21 Car Buying Questions Everyone Should Ask

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:52 PM

How many times have you bought a car and after you bought it, you've realized that there were some questions you never considered till after the fact? Don't feel bad. Unless you're a professional car salesman, there's very little you could have done. It's hard to buy a car.


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Jealousy: A Little Goes a Long Way

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:00 AM

There's no way to quantify a feeling, but if there were, jealousy would be at the top of the list entitled, "the best ways to destroy yourself from within." Jealousy manifests itself through every other emotion; it's the gateway to hate, to fear, to despair. People that allow it to...

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The Future Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:56 PM

As a boy I always thought about the future as a far of place rather than a time. In my mind it was a place filled with flying cars and technology-laden homes. I never thought of it as a reality.

I think that most people think of their futures...

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The Secret to Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 11:09 AM

A title like that deserves better writing than my faculties permit; however, what I am about to tell you has been the secret to my success personally, financially and emotionally.

Everyone wants to be happy. People pay, search, and strive for happiness. There is only one way to truly...

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