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Author - Keynote Speakers

Matt Oechsli

Matt Oechsli is one of the leading authorities regarding marketing, selling, servicing and developing loyalty with affluent clients. His firm has conducted numerous research projects on the affluent. Matt knows what is required to become a “rainmaker” within the world of the affluent. Matt’s value as a consultant and coach is his more than 30 years of experience. All of Matt’s topics are research based, street tested, and action oriented - they include ‘gems’ that can be used today. Besides studying the affluent, his research has ranged from uncovering the 15 criteria that separate high performance Wealth Management teams from the rest, to discovering the criteria that differentiate preferred wholesalers from the rest, to identifying the high impact affluent sales and marketing activities that work in today’s world. Matt has authored eleven books, a number of industry best-sellers. One of his recent books, The Art of Selling to the Affluent published by John Wiley & Sons, has been adopted by Sotheby’s as part of the core curriculum for their graduate training program. His book, Becoming a Rainmaker, based on their research on affluent client acquisition, is quickly becoming an industry best-seller. Matt has presented to groups from Sydney to Wall Street - bringing his dynamic and practical message to executives, managers, sales people and teams.

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the US. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Ellen is an American original. A gifted writer who senses emerging shifts in our public and private lives, Goodman specializes in illuminating the cultural debates that become national obsessions. A truly innovative force in American journalism, she is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers depend on her to help them make sense of their changing lives and relationships. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus.

Vikram Mansharamani

How will global, political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business? Vikram Mansharamani shows business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. Vikram first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He is a contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour in addition to being LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy and Finance in 2015 and 2016. Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us- and won’t- if we regularly step away from our own expertise, look at the world through multiple lenses, then connect the dots.

Michel Neray

A naturally dynamic, fun and engaging speaker, Michel Neray has held a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and has spoken professionally in more than seven countries. He is passionate about helping his audiences discover and communicate what he calls their ‘Essential Message’. That’s the most basic building block that enables individuals and companies to be the best at what they do; to have stronger relationships and better rapport with customers, colleagues, family and friends; to stand out from the crowd and make a difference; to provide exceptional customer service driven by a genuine desire to help; and above all else, to lead a more fulfilled, more effective professional and personal life. Michel co-authored The Great Crossover, which made it to Jack Canfield’s Achiever’s Recommended Reading List. Michel encourages companies to differentiate in a competitive world with his educational, inspiring, and thought provoking presentations.

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. He advises audiences that instead of trying to become smarter, leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have. He defines a healthy organization as one with minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good people. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with nearly five million copies sold. Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Neal Petersen

With his help as a business coach, Neal Petersen has driven thousands of people to overcome their insurmountable barriers. As a motivational speaker Neal has changed the lives of many through his enthralling life story of growing up in poverty with a physical disability and excelling in a single-handed yacht race around the world with a boat he built. Neal alters people’s attitudes by sharing his powerful message that, “in life there are no barriers, only solutions!” In today’s business world people feel like a solo sailor, alone with all their problems but after listening to Neal’s keynotes they no longer feel abandoned but are empowered to be triumphant in their journey.

Hannah Shaw Grove

Hannah Shaw Grove is one of the world’s leading experts on private wealth—what it is; where it comes from; who controls it; how it’s deployed; when it’s at risk; and why it’s so important. In a field that is synonymous with discretion, personalization, and state-of-the-art thinking, she is an in-demand resource for wealthy families who are evaluating their family office and business strategies and for Fortune 500 companies and boutique specialists who seek guidance on how to build effective and profitable relationships with their affluent clientele. She is the author of ten books, including two seminal texts on the family office that she co-authored with Russ Alan Prince. A dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, Hannah draws upon proprietary research conducted with high-net-worth individuals and their advisors to craft a compelling and actionable message for her audiences.

Yossi Ghinsberg

In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his 3 companions, a young Israeli traveler is tested to the extreme through 21 harrowing days of sheer survival. A riveting storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg relives his ordeal, sweeping audiences into the depths of the primordial jungle. He draws from his rich life experiences as a daring explorer and visionary entrepreneur, breathing new perspectives into individuals and organizations worldwide. Yossi's presentations ignite the human spirit to overcome challenges and celebrate life. He brings his audiences on a journey far away from their everyday reality and gives them a different perspective on what change really is and how to use it. His insights help everyone see change in a positive way – not as an obstacle to be overcome, but an opportunity to be grasped. Jungle, based on his book, is now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Jordan Goodman

Americans in all walks of life, at every socioeconomic level, are clamoring to learn how to improve their personal finances in these challenging times: Jordan Goodman can be the answer! He is known as “America’s Money Answers Man” and is a national recognized expert on personal finance. He has been a reporter and writer since 1979 and spent 18 years working at MONEY magazine on the editorial staff serving as a Wall Street correspondent. He appears frequently on The View, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC and CBS Evening News. Jordan is the successful author/co-author of 13 bestselling books including Master Your Debt Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone’s Money Book and Master Your Money Type. Jordan’s presentations are educational and audiences will learn how to better manage their personal finances.

Alvin Law

Due to a prenatal exposure to the infamous medication Thalidomide, Alvin Law was born with no arms. You may assume that this is your typical motivational speaker who overcame a disability, but if you ask Alvin he’d say he never had to “overcome” anything because he never had arms. Rather, Alvin's insights from living through such a dynamic period in history have made him one of the foremost experts on adaptation, change, and perspective. His customized and enthusiastic presentations bring together humor and stories that are unforgettable. During his keynotes Alvin shows audiences how to put their own obstacles into perspective as he plays the keyboard and drums! Alvin not only provides an experience but changes your view of facing challenges forever.

Phil Callaway

Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, health care workers, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, Phil is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational humor books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Phil is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Lou Pierce, Chair and Divisional Vice President of Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table says, "Phil not only had our audience energized, I was on the verge of calling 911 for a shipment of respirators to combat a severe outbreak of hysterical laughter syndrome. But the true medicine came in the form of gentle tugs on our heartstrings as Phil artfully painted word pictures of joyfully experiencing life."

Gene Marks

Gene Marks is an expert on growth, management, and profitability for small and medium-sized businesses. A small business owner himself, Gene is also a weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He has authored five books on topics that pertain to small and medium-sized businesses, including his most recent title, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Simple Lessons from Smart Business People. Gene's engaging and exciting presentations help business owners, executives, and managers to understand the current political, economic, and technological trends that will affect their companies. With straightforward language, humor, and expertise, Gene will provide your audience with strategies and tools that they can use immediately to strengthen business and grow revenue. From budgets to bonus programs and health care reform to social networking, Gene understands the issues that affect small businesses. Let him teach your audience how to triumph in today's climate and turn seeming challenges into profitable opportunities!

Jack Trout

Instrumental in developing the vital approach to marketing known as “positioning,” Jack Trout is responsible for some of the freshest ideas to be introduced into marketing thinking in the last several decades. Jack is president of Trout & Partners, one of the most prestigious marketing firms with headquarters in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and offices in 13 countries. Jack manages and supervises a global network of experts that apply his concepts and develop his methodology around the world. Jack Trout started his business career in the advertising department of General Electric. From there he went on to become a divisional advertising manager at Uniroyal, then he joined Al Ries in the advertising agency and marketing strategy firm where they worked together for over twenty-six years. Trout has over 40 years of experience in advertising and marketing. He has gained an international reputation as a consultant, writer, speaker, and proponent of leading-edge marketing strategies.

Peggy Holtman

Margaret (Peggy) Holtman has over 20 years of experience as a leader and developer of leaders in a variety of organizations. She is co-author of Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, which describes the use of adventure, story, and metaphor (Metaventure® approach) to teach leadership in organizations. The central story is the 1914-16 trans-Antarctic expedition led by Sir Earnest Shackleton, and Peggy's compelling presentation uses actual photographs, drawings, and journal entries from the journey. The audience will feel like they are a part of the crew as the gripping narrative becomes the departure point for an intense and unforgettable experience. In addition to this thrilling adventure story, Peggy shares the ten key strategies for success that emerge as the valuable lessons from Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage. The captain’s approach to leadership, teamwork, and change under extreme conditions provide a compass for today’s leaders. An engaging speaker on the many challenging aspects of leadership, Peggy also draws from her extensive background and years of leadership experience to teach your audience how to bring out the best in themselves and their teams.

Jack Stahl

Jack Stahl is Chairman of the New Avon LLC Board of Managers. From 2002 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon, Inc. Prior to joining Revlon, Mr. Stahl worked for 22 years with The Coca-Cola Company, culminating in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also the author of Lessons on Leadership: The 7 Fundamental Management Skills For Leaders At All Levels. Jacks speaks to audiences about effective leadership, building relationships, and strengthening your brand. He shares practical, usable frameworks in an interactive and engaging way, and draws from his rich and continuing business experience.

Chad Hymas

When Chad rolls out on stage, your audience will have an immediate respect for his circumstance. His disability and what he is overcoming is a true example of, “set your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.” Through his unique sense of humor and his emotional story, he helps organizations and individuals have a purpose driven approach to leadership and a life that will lead them to prosperity and happiness. Chad is a bestselling author, president of his company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. He is also one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame. The impression Chad leaves with those who hear him is genuine. They will gain the knowledge of achieving what some say is unachievable. His words are heartfelt, sincere, and honest. Let Chad’s story impact your group to “fly high!”

Jim Murphy

Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has demonstrated a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. Through his leadership, Afterburner has been listed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium such notable speakers as Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott, Sr., and Terry Bradshaw. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Mary Carlomagno

Mary Carlomagno is the owner of Order, a company that specializes in clutter control, urban apartment solutions, office spaces, and shopping addictions. Mary’s philosophy is simple: do not let clutter control your life. Mary writes frequently on the subject of getting organized for magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pink Woman’s World, Body and Soul and Figure. Her books include Give it Up! My Year of Learning to Live Better, Secrets of Simplicity, and “Live More, Want Less. Mary lectures and consults with corporations (including American Express, BMW, Gore Mutual Insurance, and Ameriprise), advanced learning organizations (including Media Bistro and the New York Open Center), and professional organizations (including the Association of Administrative assistants, Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, and Business Networking International).

Lisa Ford

Lisa Ford has over 20 years of experience presenting to businesses, associations and government. She designs content personalized for each audience and the challenges they face. Her presentations focus on customer service, leadership, teamwork and change. As the creator of “How to Give Exceptional Customer Service,” the #1 selling business video series in the U.S. for over 3 years, Lisa is best known for her work in the areas of customer service. Her other training videos and audio programs include “Developing a Customer Retention Program” and “Building a Customer Driven Organization: The Manager’s Role and Personal Power.” She has also customized numerous training videos for clients to use in their ongoing education efforts. Her most recent book is Exceptional Customer Service: Exceed Customer Expectations to Build Loyalty and Boost Profits. Lisa was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association in 2002, and is one of only 140 speakers who have been given that honor over 30 years. She also serves as a Board Member of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

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