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Marketing - Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Lindberg

As one of the first Customer Experience Officers (CXO) in the country, Ingrid Lindberg has been a pioneer on the leading edge of customer experience for over 20 years. She’s partnered with numerous Fortune 500 companies across Finance, Healthcare, Packaged Goods and Retail, working to create differentiating customer experience strategies and cultures. She was awarded the prestigious Stevie Maverick of the Year for having the most impact on a company or industry. Ingrid has a record of energizing sales people, rallying senior and executive leadership teams, and driving customer experience improvements to expand companies’ growth and success. She is a plain talking, jargon free truth-teller who inspires everyone to do better for the customer. A tenacious daredevil who will show you that you, too, can make big change from any seat in any sized company.

BJ Bueno

With clients like Kohl’s Department Stores, Scheels, CAT, Turner Classic Movies, and LA Lakers, Bolivar J. Bueno is in an elite class of thought leaders. A dynamic young lecturer and creative strategist, Bueno has been interviewed by CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN en Español. BUENO is the author of Customers First: Dominate Your Market by Winning Them Over Where It Counts the Most (McGraw-Hill, 2012) and is the co-author of The Power of Cult Branding (Crown Business, 2002), a work that received rave reviews from leading mavens like Jack Trout, Al Ries, Jay Conrad Levinson, and Jeffrey Fox. He is also the author of the handbook Cult Branding Workbook as well as Why We Talk: The Truth Behind Word-of-Mouth. BUENO has built a reputation based on his insight and expertise into building brands. He founded and operated his own successful advertising agency before becoming a partner in Nonbox, a national agency In 2006, Bueno founded The Cult Branding Company as the premiere brand loyalty research consultancy, serving major retailers and other national and international brands.

Michael Lyons

Actor, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, hospitality industry executive… Mike Lyons has led a very interesting and diverse life. Mike has more than four decades of experience, primarily in the hospitality industry, with his areas of expertise including management, marketing communications, new business development, and strategic planning. While keeping his day job in the hospitality industry, he joined SAG and began to book commercials, TV roles and other jobs on a regular basis. His most recent acting includes portraying the Speaker of the “House on House of Cards”, a father on “What Would You Do”, and a bartender on “Gotham”. Mike has the ability to capture the audience’s attention and keep them fully engaged with his humor, creativity, and contemplative messaging throughout his programs. As a professional speaker, Mike has given talks to numerous groups over the past few years on a variety of subjects. He has served as a Keynote Speaker, Panel Member, Moderator, Session Leader and Emcee. As a motivational speaker he speaks on how to take one step at a time to achieve goals and pursue your passion. Mike will customize his talks (and create new ones) based on the client's needs, and will work closely with the event organizer to ensure the session's objectives are met.

Kyle S. Reyes

Kyle Reyes is the successful CEO and president of The Silent Partner. His business is focused on helping companies grow in the digital age by designing and executing marketing strategies. With technology continuously evolving, Kyle is skilled in his creative and innovative approach to help businesses adapt to the changing marketplace. Kyle enthusiastically helps companies take their business to another level.

Bruce Turkel

As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few. A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. Bruce is the author of several books, including Building Brand Value: Seven Simple Steps to Profitable Communications. His methods are easy to understand and immediately actionable. His talks present a profound, proven, and potentially profitable way to build your brand strategy, increase sales and create real traction with your social media activities. Bruce is a master of motivation and gives audience members valuable tools they can use in their professions.

Srikumar Rao

Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world become more engaged in work and discover their inner purpose as they go about their tasks and became better leaders. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications. Dr. Rao is also the author of two bestselling books, “Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life” and “Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful- No Matter What”. Dr. Rao insightfully shares his lessons to audiences to help them become more productive personally and professionally.

Mike Morrow

Every financial advisor should know how to effectively market their business, despite their years in the business. Mike Morrow reveals proven, one-of-a-kind marketing strategies that you can take home and implement immediately. He is the president of Ideas for Advisors, and many of the world’s most successful financial advisors have grown their businesses by implementing his grand prize winning ideas. Mike has presented to companies all over the world, including the 2012 MDRT Experience and the 2012 and 2009 MDRT Annual Meeting. Mike delivers fast-paced presentations which are packed with unique ideas that are easy to remember, easy to implement, and proven to given financial advisors income-generating results.

Kathy McAfee

Kathy McAfee is a motivational speaker, business woman and global difference maker, and is known as “America’s Marketing Motivator.” Her personal mission is to inspire business leaders to use more of their talent, energy, and influence to create positive changes in the world. As an executive presentation coach, she helps her clients to become recognized leaders in their professional fields by mastering the arts of high engagement presentations, effective networking, and personal branding. She’s a graduate of Stanford University and author of Networking Ahead for Business, and Stop Global Boring. Her award-winning blog, Elevate: Take Your Talent to the Next Level motivates today’s workers to realize their full potential.

Alison Maloni

Alison Maloni is the President and CEO of Alison May Public Relations. She is a former news reporter who uses her expertise in journalism to educate her clients in media training and crisis communications. Alison has moderated political debates and interviewed internationally known public figures such as Steve Wozniak and Marcia Clark. In addition, she has been seen on Dr. Oz and been quoted in multiple news outlets. She has garnered coverage for her clients in media outlets such as NBC News, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Aol.com and the Washington Post. Alison is a contributing writer for Women’s Prospects Magazine and Thread M.B. She encourages her clients to think outside the box, be bold, and do what everyone else is not doing.

Corey Perlman

Renowned for his ability to illustrate the strength and value of social media to audiences ranging from C-Suite executives to communications managers, Corey Perlman is the thought leader that corporations and associations, including Dale Carnegie Training, the Retail Leaders Industry Association and the Dallas Cowboys turn to for expertise on remaining relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace and rapidly accelerating business landscape. From generating leads through active monitoring and content creation, to incorporating the latest social commerce tools and SEO best practices, Perlman helps organizations harness the power of social media in ways that directly impact their bottom line.

Daniel Sieberg

How is the world adapting to the heavy influx of data and personal technology? What is it doing to our relationships, our work/life balance and our sense of self? Daniel Sieberg, who spent 20 years reporting on tech for the likes of CNN, ABC, CBS and the BBC before joining Google four years ago, provides insights about what is next and how our immersion in connectedness is affecting our very humanity. With his experience, he offers a way to better understand the dilemma of today’s connected consumers, and a plan for coping with it all. Daniel is also the author of Daniel is the author of The Digital Diet: the four-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life. He explains how there should be a nurtured, healthy relationship with our digital lives to ensure that the wonders of technology don’t overwhelm us.

Dan Waldschmidt

Since birth Dan Waldschmidt has been refusing to accept business as usual. Dan helps companies all over the world arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers. Dan is the author of Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success. His blog was called one of the Top 7 sales blogs by The Wall Street Journal. Dan is an internationally recognized award winning billion dollar strategist who ultimately teaches that success is now about what you do. It’s about how you think. How you approach problems, how you fundamentally see the world determines your outcome.

Dean McFlicker

As Creative Director and Vice President at NBCUniversal, Dean McFlicker is at the forefront of some of the entertainment industry's biggest projects with some of the world's most talented people. A typical day for him might include directing a major star like Beyoncé followed by an afternoon board meeting with leaders at a Fortune 500 company. He is an executive producer, a director, a writer and a top level executive at the #1 broadcast network for the largest media company in the world (NBCUniversal). This gives him an unparalleled perspective that is interesting and insightful which provides resourceful, practical and motivational speeches. Like no one else, he bridges the gap between pop culture and business acumen which is an incredible combination for audiences.

Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential. She is the former president of Equinox, responsible for transforming the business. She is also the former global president of Gatorade, responsible for re-inventing the brand with a fresh approach to sports nutrition. She is the founder, CEO and author of the upcoming book EXTREMEYOU. Sarah encourages audiences to confidently bring all that is distinctive and relevant about themselves, to everything they do. You will achieve more if you’re willing to step up-and out- of line.

Bert Jacobs

Bert Jacobs is Co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. Bert combines innovative business lessons, humor, and inspired storytelling to weave the compelling tale of how he and his brother John, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, launched a business that is now a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers nationwide. Bert is also co-author of Life is Good: The Book/ How to Live With Purpose and Enjoy the Ride. Bert focuses his energy on guiding the Life is Good brand vision, and developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with organizations that extend the Life is Good brand to new product categories and customers.

John Jacobs

John Jacobs is Co-founder and Chief Creative Optimist of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. John and his brother Bert launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling t-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the US and Canada. To inspire others to choose optimism and grow the good in their lives, Bert and John wrote Life is Good: The Book/ How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride. John has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities for entrepreneurship, business innovation and philanthropy. He teaches audiences the best strategies and settings for incentivizing creative thinking as well as open communication and complete transparency.

Dan Roam

The problem? We talk so much that we don’t think very well. The solution: Vivid Thinking. Dan Roam shares with his audiences the power of visual thinking. Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems. He is also the author of several books including the international bestseller, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, which was named the innovation and creativity book of the year by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and the Times of London. Dan shows us how to find the underlying message in any idea and cut out the blah-blah-blah forever.

Bruce Himelstein

Recognized for his ability to identify and implement strategies to maintain relevance in today’s rapidly evolving business world, Bruce Himelstein delivers valuable insight to help organizations in any industry build and maintain a successful brand, develop a culture of service, and harness talent to effectively foster innovation. As chief marketing officer at Loews Hotels, he has been integral in spearheading the implementation of strategic campaigns and activating key initiatives to employ innovative technologies. Bruce explores with audiences how capturing the process of disruption and, use of data and trends is imperative to remaining relevant in a constantly changing environment. Audiences additionally take away lessons on the importance of branding and use of its equity in an ever-shifting marketplace, and how organizations can and should use their existing culture to work through disruption towards necessary change.

Deirdre Van Nest

Deirdre Van Nest is the creator of the Speak and Get Results™ Blueprint, a system that teaches financial advisors, coaches, and thought leaders how to be “Crazy Good” speakers so they can better the world, bring in more business, and build their brands using speaking. An entrepreneur herself since 2001, Deirdre is an international speaker and trainer, a Certified World Class Speaking™ Coach, a Certified Fearless Living Coach, a contributing author of the Amazon best-seller World Class Speaking™ in Action and author of “Fire Your Fear™. Deirdre gives her audiences tangible takeaways on how to become a better speaker who not only educates but motivates as well. Stop bringing in business one client at a time, let Deirdre show you how to maximize your efforts and stand out from your competitors!

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a music biz insider who will change the way you think about business, marketing, creativity, and customer service. As the author of two highly-acclaimed business books, Steve draws upon his 30 years in the music industry to demonstrate how the essential lessons of business can be learned from the bands, songs, and albums we love. He will show you how to build a brand as consistent as AC/DC, as immediately recognizable as Kiss, and as resilient as Fleetwood Mac. His concert-like presentations are filled with music, humor, and engaging backstage stories from the music business. Steve is the author of Brand Like a Rock Star (2011) and Start You Up (2014). He has spent over three decades in music and media, witnessing the rise (and sometimes fall) of countless rock legends. In addition to being a popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Steve also works with media brands and companies in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean to turn their customers into raving fans.

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