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Author - Keynote Speakers

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.

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

Bill Stainton

As a dynamic leader, a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer, an author, a business humorist, and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert, Bill Stainton offers insight that is guarenteed to inspire and motivate. He blends the business smarts he gained from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences from around the world!

Frans Johansson

After publishing the bestselling book The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson speaks to organizations about his insights to having a successful group of employees. In his keynote presentations, Johansson passionately speaks about how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, backgrounds, and cultures. Making the business case for diversity, his programs teach audiences how to break down barriers and bring out the best that everyone has to give to every challenge or opportunity. Help your business reach greater potential by transforming Frans’ guidelines into reality.

Dan Lier

Known as “America’s Coach” on Home Shopping Network, Dan Lier is a bestselling author, executive coach, business consultant, and former top speaker with Tony Robbins. With two decades of experience and over 3,500 customized presentations under his belt, Dan’s successful track record speaks for itself. He has been featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition and is the author of The 10 Minute Coach. Dan's TV show, Your True Potential, has inspired millions of people to take their life and business to the next level. The relevant content of his presentations, combined with his charismatic delivery, allow Dan to connect and impact audiences from any industry as he provides both inspiration and the tools to “raise the bar.”

Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national training and consulting firm focused on bringing common sense solutions to business and life. A two-time recipient of the ASTD Professional Trainer of the Year Award, Teresa is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty and is author of Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines. Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed programs on customer service, sales, communication, and life balance for businesses and associations across the U.S. and abroad for over 18 years. She has been a guest host of local television programming and has appeared in several motion pictures.

Sung Won Sohn

Dr. Sung Won Sohn is Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and a Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles. He also teaches at California State University Channel Islands and serves on numerous corporate boards. Previously, Dr. Sohn served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Prior to his tenure at Hanmi, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks and served as a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, where he was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has received much recognition for his business leadership and economic forecasting. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal named him as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2012, he remained in the top three. Dr. Sohn has also been named among the most accurate forecasters by Blue Chip Publications and Bloomberg News. He is the author of Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

Mitch Anthony

Mitch Anthony is the founder and president of Advisor Insights and the Financial Life Planning Institute, the leading provider of financial life planning tools and programs for the financial services industry. For almost two decades, Mitch and his team have provided training and development for both individual advisors and major organizations throughout the world. Mitch personally consults with many of the largest and most-recognizable names in the financial services industry on both financial life planning and relationship development. He has been named one of the financial services industry’s top “Movers & Shakers” for his pioneering work, and is interviewed by the media on a regular basis. Mitch is also the author of many groundbreaking books for advisors and consumers, including StorySelling for Financial Advisors, The New Retirementality (now in its 4th edition), Defining Conversations, and several others. Mitch is one of the most trusted guides for financial planning as he fills his presentations with compelling stories and wise counsel.

Ken Blanchard

Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients alike as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone together. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Some of his topics include; Leadership in Tough Times: Ethical Dilemmas, Whale Done!, Teambuilding—High Five! and Creating Raving Fans. Ken is innovative, and insightful, with the ability to make meaningful and lasting impressions on his clients.

Robert Krumroy

Often referred to as “America’s Prospecting Coach,” Bob Krumroy is the founder and CEO of Identity Branding and e-Relationship.com, a successful author in the financial and insurance industry, and a professional speaker and trainer. Earlier in his career, he also built and managed one of the nation’s 100 largest insurance and financial firms. With an impressive background in financial services, sales, and management that has spanned over 30 years, Krumroy offers presentations and workshops that provide powerful prospecting strategies to help financial services professionals around the world dramatically improve prospect access, sales, retention, and recruiting. His “prospecting made easy” model will teach you audience how to "turn a 'no' into a 'not yet,'" encourage and maximize referrals, and create a market distinction for incredible results. His books include Identity Branding Revisited, The Prospect Relationship Ladder, and his most recent title, Prospecting Made Easy…It’s just not that hard.

Laura Stack

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve results, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field. Laura is the president and CEO of The Productivity Pro, a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time, details how today’s leaders can be more successful by managing their effectiveness and efficiency. Funny, engaging, and full of real-life strategies that work, Laura will change mindsets and attitudes. With Laura's help, your team can maximize its productivity, increase market share, strengthen performance, increase sales, and get the job done right!

David Allen

David Allen is an author, consultant, international lecture. He is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world's highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes' recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the "Top 100 thought leaders" by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen "One of the world's most influential thinkers" in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as "the defining self-help business book of the decade." David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity ("GTD" as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. Brian is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

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