Getting to Know Kaizen Leaders: Alex and Leighann Nickerson

Hey everyone,

Here is a post about Leighann and I that my good friends Claude and Lana Hamilton had written for their blog. This was originally posted a few months back on Claude’s website. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about it, so I thought I’d repost it for the few people that maybe didn’t see it.

We owe all our successes to Claude and Lana. We appreciate them so much and all that they do. I hope that you enjoy the article. It was great being interviewed by Bethany; Leighann and I really enjoyed getting to know her better, as well.

This is an awesome time in LIFE Leadership!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Getting to Know Kaizen Leaders: Alex and Leighann Nickerson

Originally published on CLAUDEHAMILTON.COM
written by Bethany Sampson


When I first met Alex and Leighann (via Skype, that is) I was struck by their outgoing and enthusiastic nature. Parents to four children under the age of five, the married couple of six years is still full of energy and zest, talking easily about their woven past and their exciting plans for the future.

Both Alex and Leighann were still in university when introduced to this industry. Leighann, a kinesiology student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was studying with the intent to pursue medicine. Alex, a small business and entrepreneurship student at St. Mary’s University, also located in Halifax, planned to execute his business education in a traditional route.

Leighann, at nineteen years old, was introduced to the profession first, describing this as the “night [her] whole life changed.” She’d expected to make money the conventional way: go to school, get a good job, and then work 45 years. Realizing that she could live her dreams and one day be a stay-at-home mom was an opportunity that changed everything for her, and she committed from the very start.

As a single female in a couples-dominated industry, Leighann set forth on her own, hoping to achieve success and freedom, while also paving the way for those that would follow behind. She described this experience as a way to show other women that “it doesn’t matter if you’re a couple or if you’re a single, the opportunity is the same or everyone. As long as you commit and follow the pattern, it can work.”

Still, this experience was not without challenges, and Leighann remembers saying in response to other couples, “Well, of course they can do it. There’s two of them!” Claude, she assured me, was always able to help her focus on the positive, by reminding her that when she makes the money, she would get to keep it all.

When Leighann began, she was insecure, had low self-esteem, and was afraid to talk to people. She’s able to laugh now at the irony, as she was getting into a people business. Claude and Lana began directing Leighann to books and CDs, while providing her with constant encouragement, which is what allowed Leighann to grow in what she calls her “incubation period.”

“It really just became eliminating distractions,” Leighann says. “Staying focused on the prize, and just putting my head down.”


With the help of this focus, Leighann met her now-husband, Alex, for the first time in 2001 by sponsoring him through his sister. Leighann was looking for anybody ambitious, focused, and outgoing. Alex’s sister and brother-in-law thought of him immediately. Alex was a full-time university student at the time, but Leighann recalls him recognizing the opportunity immediately. He, too, saw this as a chance to achieve financial freedom.

Alex was a business student, but he saw this profession as a more outside the box approach to what he had been studying. He was excited to learn more, as he saw this as a chance for both he—and others—to change the directions of their lives and move ahead.

Though Alex was ambitious from the start, the journey was not without challenges as he stepped outside of his comfort zone. He struggled, initially with public speaking, laughing at the memory of his first attempt. Leighann, he says, describes it as a special evening, occasionally using the word “terrible.” Alex struggled to relate to the crowd, but as he grew older, more experienced, and delved into learning as much as possible, meeting people and public speaking became easier.

Claude also played a part in Alex’s success, lending life experience to the then-25-year-old Alex, who describes his younger self as “very young, very immature” and lacking life experience. Since then, Claude has become more than just a mentor to Alex, but also a friend. Alex describes him as someone you can go to anytime to help overcome anything. The two, Alex says, are best friends—brothers of sorts—with Claude even standing at Alex’s wedding.


Today, Alex is able to name his business as one of the greatest things in his life, as it’s given him and Leighann the ability to live the life they’ve always wanted. Despite the personal success it has brought, they’re both quick to say their favorite part of the business is helping other people.

“The only way it works for you is if you help other people.” Alex says. “There’s no success without helping other people create success,” he says.

Alex now finds himself lending advice to those embarking on a journey in this industry, encouraging them to “dive in and learn all [they] can.” The only thing he says you need to begin is a “hunger level to learn.” Once you know what you’re doing, it all comes down to hard work.

“Dive in with both feet and we’re going to show you the ropes,” Alex says. “The faster you go, the more exciting everything gets.”

For Alex and Leighann, the most exciting chapter has just arrived—parenthood—bringing with it a new set of challenges.



The couple has four children—Jaxon (5), Marik (4), Baileigh (3), and Brooklyn (8 mos.). Though they had kids before Claude and Lana, they still found their mentors to be a huge resource for them in learning to balance their business with marriage and kids. Leighann says it’s with Claude and Lana’s guidance that she was able to figure out how to be a mom and a business owner and Alex’s wife, and how to do of all of those things really well.

The two also point out how the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired as business owners has helped to make them better parents. They describe parenting as “raising little people to be responsible adults, and to eventually become leaders themselves,” which is why they find the skills and knowledge of both roles—parent and business owner—often coincide.


Thanks to their hard work and their business’ success, Alex was able to leave his construction job when their youngest son was just ten months old. Getting to both be stay-at-home parents is something Leighann says you can’t put a price on. This lifestyle also allots them the time and means to embark on international travels. They both laugh as they attribute their fresh tans to a recent trip to Mexico, and tell me with enthusiasm about their many upcoming adventures taking place across North America in the next few months.

This freedom, they say, is a direct result of the decision they both made to pursue this alternative route and the hard work that followed.

Together, they’re looking towards their bright future, already excited for what it might bring.

“We’re really just getting started,” Alex says. “We haven’t even really made our true mark in this yet.”


The Fast and the Furious

Hello Life Community Members, Here is of the latest and greatest 200 club promotional event with the Kaizen Dynasty and Freedomchasers teams.

I want to say thank you to Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward for putting us in a position to take advantage of such an amazing community called LIFE. After just four and a half years of joining them in business, I would never have imagined the friends I have made and the experiences I have had. Thank you both for all that you do to ensure people in North America have a chance to succeed in business and in LIFE.


Here is a post about the awesome adventure we had with the group of people we took to Kartbahn back in April.  This is another example about the FRIENDS and FUN we have in building communities of people. We ran a 200 Club promotion for anyone on our team in Nova Scotia, PEI & New Brunswick.  Those who qualified were invited to join us at Kartbahn Indoor Karting and now KB Tactical.  We were organized into six groups of racers.  Each group would have a practice race, than a qualifying race.  After the qualifying race the top 8 qualifiers for the females and the top 8 for the males raced in two final races for the championship trophies.

                                         Kartbahn Indoor Karting

The practice and qualifying sessions were Fast and Furious.  As you can see in the picture there are many tight corners and barricades.  Many racers ended up in the walls.  The postitive side to this was that each cart had a reverse gear to keep the flow of traffic moving.  Everyone had 2 chances to get their fastest lap times.  The strategy was to clear your path of other racers and be able to make a full lap with no one in your way.  The top 8 fastest laps were chosen to determine the final race.

Here are the fastest qualifiers for the women.withrow

  1. Kelsey Withrow           23.615    
  2. Jenny LaPierre            24.144
  3. Suzanne Wamboldt   24.293
  4. Diane Walker               24.601
  5. Sue Thorne                   24.742
  6. Cathy Dacey                  24.841
  7. Leighann Nickerson  24.940
  8. Sheralee MacEwan    25.011
  9. Krista Packer               25.036            
  10. Denise Levy-Kennie  25.070
  11. Terri Snow                    25.125
  12. Sandra Saunders        25.210
  13. April Lahey                   25.795
  14. Sarah Harris                26.373
  15. Krista Boychuk           26.502
  16. Alicia Pilon                   26.618
  17. Fawnda Shaw              26.643
  18. Jenna McLaughlin     26.685
  19. Kelly Tilley                    26.715
  20. Aleta Kotylak               27.339
  21. Megan Banman          27.612
  22. Heather MacDonald 28.040
  23. Marie Lawson             28.937
  24. Rita Wile                       29.164
  25. Autumn Doucette      31.357
  26. Susan Lahey                32.326
  27. Heather Thibault       34.300
  28. Linda Kelly                   35.911
  29. Heidi Stierli                 51.680

Here are the fastest qualifiers for the men.jon

  1. Jon LaPierre                23.378
  2. Shane Wamboldt       23.468    
  3. Mike Bercier                23.723
  4. Alex Nickerson            23.834
  5. Rickey Banman          23.986
  6. Matt Kotylak                24.047
  7. Ross Thorne                 24.095
  8. Chris Purcell                24.123
  9. Zach Withrow             24.186
  10. Pierre Trudeau           24.256
  11. Kevin Moore                24.276
  12. Trevor MacDonald    24.302
  13. Kris Kitchin                 24.323
  14. Brock Yeaton              24.334
  15. Craig Cole                     24.354
  16. Lewis Thibault           24.477
  17. Gerry Kennie              24.486
  18. Stephen Vessey           24.505
  19. Doug Cox                      24.671
  20. Anthony Whitman    24.785
  21. Raymond Dacey         24.810
  22. Patrick Pilon               24.973
  23. Steven Hubley            24.988
  24. Adam Dignan              24.990
  25. Roger Boychuk           25.030
  26. Shawn MacDonald    25.139
  27. Ken Charsley               25.260
  28. Colin Kennie                25.516
  29. Brett MacEwan           25.677
  30. Edward Kelly               26.157
  31. Trevor Clark                 27.534
  32. Brian Kelly                    28.202


After 12 rounds of karting we were ready for the finals.  The finals are a different style of race.  It was a Grand Prix style race were the top 8 drivers line up and start as the green flag is dropped.  Then it is the driver who finishes 12 laps first that wins the trophy.

Congratulations to Kelsey Withrow as she took the women final by never losing her pole position right to the end. Whats was most impressive about Kelsey’s day was that she had the Third overall fastest lap of the day and I am sorry to say it but she was even .219 seconds faster then me. ;-)   We saw some pretty aggressive driving…. but in the end it was Kelsey on top.  She had her victory lap with the checkered flag.  Way to go Kels!

When everything was said and done and the dust cleared, it was Jon LaPierre on top for the men with a pretty impressive day at the race track.  Way to go Jon!  Above are 2 pictures of Jon and Kelsey with their 1st place trophies.  Overall we had a ton of fun with the guys from Kartbahn and KB Tactical, everyone had a blast.  Stay tuned for more fun with friends on the life team.

side%20stingerHere is a picture of the guns that were used for laser tag.  This is NOT your typical laser tag where we shoot people in a vest. This is Mission Based Laser Tag where you have to shoot people in the head.  This was a ton of fun. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and had to work as a team to win any game. Overall this was a huge successful promotional event. Special Thanks goes out to Matt Veinotte, Alex working the front desk and all the stuff on the race track and in the laser tag room. You guys made the whole evening run smoothly and quickly. Thanks again for everything

Thanks again to all the directors that put this event on, it was a huge success.  If you were part of all the pandemonium and would like to tell us about your night that would be awesome.  Just leave a comment at the bottom.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Ontario Explosion – New Turbo 50s – Paul & Tara Ferrusi

How’s everyone doing on this fine June afternoon. I am excited to announce the newest Turbo 50s on Kaizen Dynasty.  I met Paul and Tara Ferrusi a little over 4 years ago and we hit it off right away. I have watched this couple go from being totally consumed with their everyday lives to going out and serving people throughout Ontario.  Paul and Tara have become some of the best students in our whole organization. They are both in their late twenties and you wouldn’t notice as they are wise beyond their years. I am excited for everyone to hear their story on stages around North America.

The Ferrusi’s

Here is an article that the Ferrusi’s have written about their time so far in LIFE.

What a simple concept, learn from other people’s mistakes and don’t do it.  Learn from other’s success and apply it.  Who ever thought it would be so simple.  Since we have been plugging into the Life information it has benefited us in numerous areas.  It has astonished us on how much the Life information has guided us down a path where we have focused on individually growing in our relationship.  By focusing on ourselves, it has allowed us to grow together as a couple.  Because of our growth in different areas we have watched our children grow and strive to be the best people they can be.  What we love about the Life information is not only seeing the growth in ourself, but watching other people improve their lives in all 8F’s.  The best of all is being able to pay it forward to everyone you meet by giving them access to information on having a better marriage, to be great parents, to grow individually and to have better financial knowledge.  We would have not be able to offer this to anybody, if it wasn’t offered to us.  So thank you Alex & Leighann Nickerson and Claude & Lana Hamilton for providing us with an opportunity to “Live the Life we have Always wanted!!”


Paul & Tara Ferrusi

Jonathan, Paul, Tara, Aiden Ferrusi

Leighann and I are so proud of this couple for their continued fight for a better future for themselves and the people around them. Turbo 50 is just a stepping stone for this couple and they are just getting started. Next for Paul and Tara is Round Table and freedom for the whole family.  Look out it will be here before you know it. If you know this couple and they have made a difference in your life in any way please leave a comment at the bottom.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Claude and Lana Hamilton – Canadian Leadership Experts

Claude & Lana and Alex & Leighann

“Today’s featured Life Founders are Claude and Lana Hamilton. The Hamilton’s home is one of the largest in their Canadian province, which isn’t shocking to me since they have one of the largest dreams in the province also. Neither Claude nor Lana come from wealth, so how did this young couple achieve so much with so little? Simply put, they joined a leadership community, learned principles that allowed them to rise to their potential, and acted upon it.” READ MORE!!!!!……..

This is an amazing article written by Orrin Woodward describing Claude and Lana Hamilton’s journey to the successful people they have developed into today. This is a must read for anyone who wants to know the true story of the Hamilton’s. Enjoy.

If the Hamilton’s have been an inspiration or have helped you in any way in your Life, please leave a comment and tell us how.

All the Best In LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

The Family Unit – Purserving the Future for our Grandchildren

Orrin Woodward – Leadership Expert

The information I have been learning through Orrin WoodwardClaude Hamilton and the LIFE materials is creating a huge call to action and a sense of duty is being instilled within me. This is a post I felt compelled to write after an amazing conversation I had with my dad and his wife a few nights ago. Feel free to comment on my thoughts.

Today we are living in a society where the badge on most people’s shoulders is “I’m too busy.”  In contrast, the television ratings seem to be higher than ever. Today I was listening to a CD and reviewing some research done on, “How much time the average father in North America spends with their children on a daily basis.” What they mean by this is quality time; looking into the eyes of their child and communicating effectively. How much of this quality time would you guess is spent? Two hours, one hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes? The sad truth is that in today’s age, the average father will spend 37 seconds of quality time with their children a day. I was shocked beyond belief when I heard this. After looking at all the surveys and intense research done in this field, the speaker on the CD went on to talk about how today’s culture is preparing for a future where we will eventually lose all of our freedoms. Men today are seen in the media as being over weight couch potatoes that watch football and drink beer. That needs to change. I saw the movie “Courageous” a few weeks ago and it simulates a real life story about the family unit in today’s society. I believe this movie should be seen by every family and will cause a ripple effect to make people see how important the family unit really is. It’s one of those movies that you buy for yourself and watch over and over again. It’s about a call to action for all men to change their families for the better. Here is the movie trailer. 

The majority of parents today have the thought in their mind that they want to provide a better life for their kids. I can understand this for sure; however, the word “better” is actually replaced by the word “easier.” Back in “old school days,” as my dad would say, he was raised in a society where the family unit was the main thing.  Families ate dinner at the dinner table; they prayed together and were thankful for all that they had, no matter how little. Back then, you knew everyone in your community. If a project came up like building a barn, house or church, the whole community chipped in to help. Everyone valued each other and lived by the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Parents would instil their world views, principles, morals and ethics onto their children.  

What is it like today? These principles are slowly going by the wayside.  Many parents are ‘too busy’ to instil their beliefs onto their children. They expect our education system or day care providers to do this for them. In today’s age, our children are getting their morals and beliefs from the media and are learning how bad the world is way too early in life. This, in turn, causes a negative world view in their lives. When is the last time you saw a young person help someone they didn’t know, whether it be an elder in their community or a peer?

Today we are taught or educated in a field where the person or business (university or college) doing the teaching has no personal investment in making sure you succeed. I was reminded of this about six months ago when I was in Antigonish going through the drive-thru at a fast food establishment. I noticed the guy that handed me my food had a St. Francis Xavier University ring on; he had graduated from the local university and as a result, he gets to work for minimum wage. A very high percentage of graduates don’t even work in their field of study. Education today is way more about socializing than learning. Back in the “old school days,” you had a mentor that would teach you in your chosen field and this person had an invested interest in making sure you were successful. What happened to the days where people always seemed to have mentors in their life that truly cared for your well-being and wanted to make a difference in this world? They really are few and far between. I really feel blessed that Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward have come into my life and challenged me in all the 8F’sand taught me “how to think” instead of “what to think.” 

Oliver DeMille

I had the amazing privilege of listening to one of the top 10 freedom fighters in the world, Oliver DeMille. He gave a talk on what it will take to restore the freedoms in our countries. I was in a crowd of about 18,000 people who were on the edge of their seats the whole time he spoke. He asked for volunteers in the fight for freedom; he knows he can’t do it alone. He finished up by saying that if only 3% – 5% of the people in our countries would stand for freedom, then we would go into a Freedom Shift that will preserve a better future for our grandchildren then what their fate is now.

Will you be part of the 3% – 5 %? Your grandchildren are counting on you!

All the Best in LIFE, Alex Nickerson