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Sales - Keynote Speakers

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner- who started his career as a jazz guitarist- personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Jonathan Edison

“Success Strategist” Jonathan Edison is one of the most compelling thought leaders and Motivational Business Speakers today. As an expert in human development he delivers strategies, methods and tools filled with insight and humor that consistently move people and organizations to their highest potential. Jonathan's early years were very difficult. At age 5 his mother was removed from the household due to a drug problem. Two years later Jonathan’s father abandoned him. His grandmother Cloraine took on the challenge of raising him then died of cancer when he was 14. Despite a terrible start in life, Jonathan worked hard to go to college. After earning a degree in education and teaching for four years, at age 27 Jonathan became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit Public Schools. In 2002, he was named Wayne County Spokesman for Success. Since then Jonathan has shared his “Strategies for Success” with over 500,000 people, authored four books and has spoken in over 40 States.

Kaplan Mobray

Your chance has finally come to hire an acclaimed author, thought leader, career coach and motivational speaker whose presentations change the lives of every audience he is in front of. Kaplan Mobray brings insight and wisdom that inspire new ways of personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success. For more than fifteen years he has led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Kaplan speaks to a variety of audiences, including professional organizations, colleges and universities, sales forces, and corporations. He will bring strategies to connect your personal brand and life outcome so that you can achieve real success.

Scott Deming

Scott Deming has been transforming Fortune 100 and 500 companies, franchisers and franchisees, multi-national brands and family owned businesses across the globe for over thirty years through his presentations, seminars, training, coaching, marketing and consulting programs. He has been called “The most influential ingredient for positive change” by many of his clients. Scott Deming takes his wealth of experience in business ownership, board positions, working with small, independently owned companies as well as multi-national, publicly traded corporations, employee relationship expertise, customer experience savvy, and wraps it into a comprehensive, easy to implement, energetic program. Most importantly, business leaders agree that Deming gets results; “Scott Deming’s programs not only greatly improved the professional experience for our customers, our sales for the last four months are up 50% – 80%!” Deming has brought his winning message to several national brands like 3M, Panasonic, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Direct Buy, and Countrywide Home Loans.

John Mattone

John Mattone is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on corporate culture, culture transformation and leadership. He is also the former coach to Steve Jobs. John advises CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a “game changing” leadership, talent, and corporate culture that drives superior operating results. John is recognized globally as a powerful keynote speaker, prolific author, and highly sought-after CEO and high-potential executive coach. John was recently honored by Globalgurus.com as the world’s #9 ranked leadership authority and top twenty executive coach. He has also been recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading management thinkers and leadership experts. John has created a number of breakthrough leadership and culture assessments, including the MLEI which was the centerpiece of his 2-part coaching session with Steve Jobs.

Stefan Swanepoel

Stefan's inspiring and captivating book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, reached the New York Times bestseller the week it was released and was later also ranked a bestseller by 18 other resources including the Wall Street Journal. The companion “Skills Quiz” has been taken by 250,000 people since its release in early 2011. This has now evolved in an captivating and engaging keynote that transports attendees into an “Africa Safari” with awe-inspiring visuals, invigorating stories and revealing breakthroughs. Stefan Swanepoel is also widely regarded as the country’s leading real estate trends analyst and tracker. Stefan has been on more than 20 safaris in five countries, holds four degrees and diplomas, and has given over 900 talks ranging from 50 to 10,000 people.

Colleen Francis

Colleen works with business and sales leaders to design, implement and hone their sales teams to seize market opportunities. Time and time again, clients who work with Colleen note her frank, no-nonsense approach to solving problems and addressing opportunities. Always with an eye to results, Colleen has become renowned for her use of measurement and accountability to inspire sales team performance. Colleen has been distinguished as a Certified Sales Professional (C.S.P.), is a past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and is a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. Sales and Marketing Management Magazine has called Colleen and Engage Selling: One of the top 5 most effective sales training organizations in the market today!

Karyn Buxman

Audiences love Karyn’s message of laughter and leadership. Karyn is a neurohumorist, one who researches the neurobiology of humor, and then translates these cutting-edge findings for professionals. She shows how they can harness applied humor to improve and empower themselves. Karyn’s presentations inspire cultural change within organizations that result in better customer service, greater productivity, enhanced morale, and employee loyalty. Karyn is committed to teaching as many people as possible to transform their lives with laughter. In addition to speaking to thousands of people every year, she is the author of Amazed and Amused, Lead with Laughter, and has an online training program. Karyn shows all audiences that change within an organization is possible- and it can be fun!

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges each generation. As a generational expert, Hannah has been doing extensive research on a global scale as well as looking at Gen Edge- the generation following millennials- and the impact they will have on the workplace. Her perspective helps companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

Peter Novak

Equal parts coach, psychologist and seasoned financial services leader, Pete Novak, aka the pQ Coach, shows general agents and sales managers how to build cultures of success in their organizations through delegation, empowerment and focus on unique ability. Pete realized that the people with the most potential in his organization started out with four things in common: drive, unique ability, integrity and cultural fit. In tandem, they became the most reliable predictor of success he had at his disposal. He named this formula the pQ™ (short for Potential Quotient). Pete's instinct for identifying and cultivating potential has made him a one of the most successful recruiters among all his clients, and a sought-after coach and speaker. His unique professional background lends both credibility and creativity to his approach, resulting in a powerful, motivating experience for his agents, managers and coaching clients alike.

Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner works with hundreds of companies and organizations that want to streamline their goals with actionable takeaways that produce sustainable and measurable results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style. With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio and a successful hospitality sales veteran.

Sam Richter

Considered the "Modern Day Dale Carnegie" Sam teaches how to build valuable business relationships based on what's important to others. It's the "HOW you do it" that will truly amaze you! One of THE world's foremost Sales Intelligence thought leaders, Sam Richter takes something everyone intuitively knows - Knowledge Is Power! - and turns it into reality. Learn how to use Google in ways you never thought possible. Discover the "Invisible Web" for finding inside information. Get shocked at what you can find on companies, industries, and people via social networks. Through real-world examples, humor, success stories (and some failures), and via his unique interactive and fast-paced manner, Sam will guide you through the world of online information, how to find it and how to apply it to build meaningful prospect and client relationships.

Ty Bennett

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. He has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople. With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. Ty’s best-selling books - The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind three multi-million dollar companies and is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, and what BusinessWeek deemed the entrepreneur’s cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former business makeover specialist on MSNBC. He is globally recognized as the guy who “challenges out dated business beliefs” and teaches what to do about it. Mike’s simple yet profound changes lead to instant and permanent profitability.

Bill Cates

Bill challenges sales people, managers, small business owners to question their assumptions, identify their limiting beliefs, and adopt more productive behaviors. He will help them increase client loyalty and leverage that loyalty into an increase in word of mouth, referrals, and personal introductions. The net result is more sales!
Bill is the author of 5 books, including Get More Referrals Now! and Beyond Referrals. He has revolutionized the way businesses acquire more high-value clients through referrals, introductions, and champions – increasing revenues and decreasing expenses at the same time. Bill’s content-rich keynotes and breakouts are dynamic, fun, and high energy. Your people will leave feeling good about themselves and with practical ideas to increase results.

Tom Hegna

As an insurance speaker, Tom Hegna has literally made a multi-billion dollar impact on the financial industry with his speeches. Tom was Vice President at New York Life and has dominated the main platform of all the biggest venues in the financial services industry and electrified top producers worldwide. Tom’s keynotes are never mundane, but instead he thrills his audiences with his unique speeches that provide easy solutions to complex problems that financial advisors face. It is no doubt Tom will change the way your producers manage their books of business!

Nicholas J. Webb

Nicholas Webb doesn’t just speak on the future… he is actually creating it. As the CEO of Lassen Scientific, Inc. and the founder of The Destruction Lab, Nicholas is working on breakthrough technologies that leverage Connection Architecture, Disruptive Innovation and Consumer Experience Design. As a technologist, he has been awarded over 45 Patents by the US Patent Office for technologies that include one of the world’s first wearable technologies and one of the smallest medical implants. He is a multi-award-winning inventor and an enterprise strategist. Nicholas is a Number One Best Selling Author, Global Top 50 Guru that works with some of the top brands in the world. Nicholas has been awarded his Doctorate of Humane Letters (.hon) from Western University of Health Sciences, a top Southern California Medical School. His keynote presentations routinely receive five-star ratings and as a keynote speaker he books out each year traveling the world sharing his thought-provoking insights of the future of business, healthcare and technology.

Kenneth Unger

Ken Unger is an experienced and respected motivational educator and trainer known throughout the financial industry for his knowledge and enthusiasm. He is well recognized by audiences nation-wide for sharing efficient practice management strategies and effective sales and marketing ideas. As President of Million Dollar Producer, Ken creates training materials and conducts training sessions for mid to high-level financial advisors. He has been quoted in various periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows on finance. Ken's book, The Keys to High Level Production, has become a bestseller and favorite guide for financial advisors. While Ken is highly esteemed for his ability to explain everything from financial products to sales techniques with strength and clarity, he is most known for his infectiously high energy levels.

Jeff Tobe

It is finally alright to color outside the lines! In Jeff Tobe’s innovation speeches you can find out how to be creatively inventive with problem solving, teambuilding, effective leadership, and enhancing customer experience. A Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff uses his dynamic and engaging talent as a keynotes speaker to help their organization work collectively to come up with imaginative ideas. Jeff inspires businesses to focus on the interactions rather than the transactions to help their employees connect better with customers and team members. Jeff motivates people to use every crayon in their box so that they can make their business one that is full of creative color.


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