Gal is an award-winning technology veteran. He is the co-founder and CEO of ShopSnap, a modern e-commerce platform and the founder and CEO of Inverted Software, a software consulting firm in Los Angeles CA. With over twenty years of software experience, his designs are responsible for powering fortune 500 companies in multiple industries.
Gal led international teams on major financial, media and entertainment, gaming and e-commerce projects. Some of his projects include Microsofts Windows 8 download manager, the Volusion ecosystem, Rockstar Games online store and ShoppingCart.NET, which he wrote as a pet project and was the most downloaded .NET shopping cart on the Microsoft App Gallery.
Gal is also an open source community supporter and contributor with projects ranging in capacity from parallel workflow processing frameworks to extensible caching systems. He is an avid blogger and enjoys passing his extensive software knowledge on to upcoming talent.
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Over the past two decades, Doug has led multiple companies to success including a financial services company where it went from a small sole proprietorship in 1997 to its 2008, 2009 and 2010 selection by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Ranked No. 408 in ’08 on the Inc. 5000 list, that company has risen to become a major employer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is recognized nationally as a leader in the financial services industry.
Doug grew up in rural East Texas and relocated to the Dallas area in the 1990's. Married at 19, Doug worked in the automotive and mobile electronics industries where he made a name for himself as a hardworking, honest, and customer-oriented professional.
After a major accident, he soon experienced the financial strain that occurs when faced with growing expenses and worsening credit. He came to understand – via his firsthand experience – that anyone in today’s society, regardless of income or education, can come to financial ruin without an understanding of our credit system and knowledge of how to make it work for them rather than against them.
With resolve and attention to detail, Doug carefully investigated the ways to 6improve his credit score and, most importantly, educated himself on how to maintain it once regained. It is a detailed process, and Doug soon found himelf helping others to improve their scores and teaching them how to maintain excellent credit. In 1997 he founded RMCN Credit Services, Inc.
Along the way, one of his employees, James Penny, introduced Doug to Ambit Energy in the Fall of 2013. "I was very impressed by the growth of Ambit in such a short period of time and the amount of commissions paid out to the consultants," says Doug.
Doug shares that he started his Ambit business to create an "additional stream of income that can cover ALL of my monthly expenses including two children going to college…"
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For over 25 years, Keith has led tech companies, from basement startups to Fortune 500, to achieve explosive growth by:
1) Leading disruptive innovation and creating award-winning offerings that delight, captivate, and change the behavior of consumers
2) Developing and implementing integrated product, go-to-market, partnering, and capital strategies that outflank entrenched competition
3) Building, leading, and inspiring high-performance, cross-functional teams to drive both steady growth through operational best practices and step-function growth through innovation.
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John Bowen, a lifelong entrepreneur, is a coach for financial advisors and a matchmaker for successful families in finding the right financial advisor to help them make smart decisions about their money.
John is the CEO of CEG Worldwide, a firm dedicated to helping financial advisors transform their practices into simple, elegant wealth management businesses that serve their clients well and create value. Financial advisors engage CEG to enhance their client impact, increase net income and economic value and improve quality of life for all stakeholders.
John is also the founder of Financial Advisor Select (FAS), a service that matches successful families with top financial advisors. Families engage FAS to obtain an independent second opinion from a fully vetted top financial advisor in their community, make smarter decisions and eliminate the effort needed to find a top financial advisor who is right for them.
John is a widely recognized leader in the financial services industry. He writes a highly acclaimed monthly column for Financial Planning and a weekly column for entrepreneurs for the Huffington Post. He has also authored or co-authored six books, including most recently The Wealth Management Edge.
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With more than 30 years in the aviation industry, Mike Caflisch has had career assignments in numerous disciplines, including aircraft performance engineering, avionics systems engineering and integration, software development, product management, marketing, sales, business development, strategy, and program management.
Caflisch came to APG from The Boeing Company, where he served as director of Airspace Programs for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. In this role, he was responsible for programs supporting flight optimization, airspace and navigation procedure design, and air traffic management. Prior to that, he led strategy and business development for Boeing Flight Services.
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Larry Broughton is an award-winning hotelier and entrepreneur, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and former US Army Green Beret. As Founder/CEO of Anaheim, California-based broughtonHOTELS, CBS News has called Larry the nations foremost expert on leadership and entrepreneurship, while the host of Travel Channels hit show, Hotel Impossible, says he's, among the top hospitality experts in the country. He has been featured in national newspaper and magazine articles and is a guest expert on every major television and cable network. Larrys awards include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®; Vetrepreneur® of the Year; Visionary of the Year; and National Business Leader of Integrity.
After working in the restaurant and produce businesses, Mike Stromsoe joined his father’s insurance agency in 1986. He then started his own successful agency which he and his wife still run today along with two additional businesses.
Among many things, it is Mike’s core belief that one gets what they give in this world. His passion is teaching and inspiring people who want to be taught and inspired.
Mike Stromsoe, “The Unstoppable Profit Producer”, continues to change the lives of entrepreneurs and help them create revolutionary results. Mike is touted as America’s Leading Trainer and Authority on agency business success and continues to show thousands of others, just like you, how to implement his Proven 3 Step Blueprint, a unique philosophy called the “Three P’s”–People, Processes, and Promotion in their business. Developed over 29 years of research, Mike’s thinking and guidance provides entrepreneurs the knowledge and tools that they can quickly implement in their companies to help them grow, create financial security and give them more freedom. Since Mike still owns and operates his own agency, the “Living Agency Laboratory,” Mike and his team continue to refine and bring to market ONLY the tools that work. Mike has been there, done that and is still doing it.
Prior to joining the Economic Council Jessica Erickson was the Senior Industry Development Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade focusing on retention, expansion, and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering, Electronics, Financial Services, and Technology & Information.
Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
Shane Stott is the CEO of Walker Tape Co and the co-founder of Zen Float Co. He is also a Best -Selling Author of the Float Tank Cure and is currently at work on a new book of meditations.
Shane is an inventor and creator at heart and has revolutionized both of his industries. He brings his personal passion into all he does.
Shane has been featured on ABC, MSN, The New York Times and Yahoo and a Red Carpet experience for E Entertainment, He feels very fortunate in the exposure and positive feedback his companies have received. Shane strives every day to “pay-forward” what his mentors have shared with him, all the while growing and expanding his brand, companies, and future endeavors.
Ari’s story starts in 2006 when some unexpected news derailed his booming real estate career: Crohn’s Disease: A highly-debilitating digestive ailment, Crohn's barred Ari from leading a normal life. He lost weight, energy, and the ability to work with regularity — in fact, there were times he could only work for sixty minutes a day.
With a blossoming business to run, Ari knew an hour per day was unacceptable. Against the advice of doctors and loved ones, Ari embarked upon an extraordinarily painful journey to cure what medical textbooks consider an incurable disease.
Through excruciating amounts of trial and error, Ari not only regained control of his life but beat this seemingly unbeatable disease — and is now symptom-free.
Less Doing, More Living and Leverage Virtual Assistants are the result of Ari’s amazing journey back to health, happiness, and well-being.
Ari currently lives in New York City, where he spends every ounce of free time with his loving wife, Anna, and four fantastic kids — Benjamin, Lucas, Sébastien, and little Chloe.
An award-winning global thought leader with experience in strategy, public policy, turnarounds and crisis management, Michele Wucker founded Gray Rhino & Company in 2015 to help leaders, organizations, and communities to identify and strategize responses to risks that are neglected despite -and all too often because of- their size. The business draws on the concepts introduced in her third book, THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore.
THE GRAY RHINO was published in 2016 to praise from business, policy, and thought leaders around the world, and has been translated into Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, and Norwegian. Her previous leadership positions include Vice President for Studies at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President of the World Policy Institute, which she re-launched in 2007 in a dramatic turnaround; and Latin America Bureau Chief at International Financing Review. She also has taught masters students at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs. Michele has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors, and delivered speeches in 15 countries on five continents.
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on CBS on-demand radio network Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world's most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of three bestselling business books, The Mirror Test, Running the Gauntlet and Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.
Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBCs Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
Mark's passion is helping entrepreneurs get unstuck so they can pursue their freedom. Depending on the unique situation, Marks talent for introducing just the right combination of perspective and process sparks teams to start moving, move faster, or begin moving in the proper direction - with clarity.
As a teacher, coach, and facilitator, Mark spends most of his time directly engaged with entrepreneurial leadership teams as a Certified EOS Implementer helping them implement EOS in their own companies. He's delivered over 400 full-day EOS workshops with companies from around the U.S.
Mark has been an entrepreneur since the age of 28, after catching the bug during B-school at the University of Chicago. At last count, he's started/bought/sold/shut down 11 different companies. One recent venture, as a Founder and CEO, had a very successful exit yielding a 100x cash return in less than 3 yrs. All this activity has led to some recognition, including being named a Tech Titan finalist as an emerging company CEO, and listed as 40 Under Forty by the Business Journal in both Milwaukee and Dallas.
Mark is a "Freedom Forum" member as an EOS Implementer. He was also awarded Rookie of the Year and Chair Excellence distinctions by Vistage International.
Craig Cody is a Certified Tax Coach, Certified Public Accountant, Business
Owner and Former New York City Police Officer with 17 years experience
on the Force. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant for the
past 15 years, he is also a Certified Tax Coach. As a Certified Tax Coach,
As a Certified Tax Coach, Craig belongs to a select group of tax practitioners throughout the country who undergo extensive training and continued education on various tax planning techniques and strategies to become, as well as remain, certified. With this organization, Craig has co-authored an Amazon best seller book, Secrets of a Tax-Free Life.
Jim Adams is a founding partner of QRUNCH Foods and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Before starting QRUNCH Foods, Adams launched Redbud’s Raw Dog Food, a line of premium raw dog food made from naturally raised meats and organic vegetables and fruits.
Adams has spent nearly 20 years in various marketing roles. He was Executive Director of Marketing for Chipotle Mexican Grill for a number of years, where he directed all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts. Adams is also a former member of the fourth estate, working for several years as a broadcast journalist. After college, Adams led tour groups worldwide—a job, he says, that prepared him for everything.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Kansas (Rock Chalk) and a Master of Arts in Journalism & Public Affairs from American University in Washington, DC.
Art lives in Brunswick with his wife, Lori, of 30 years and their 9-year-old dog, Fenway who is an athletic mix of boxer and German shepherd. Lori and Art enjoy spending time walking Fenway; Arts hobbies include hiking, camping, and photography in the north woods of Maine. The rumor is that what he really likes about it is that there is no electricity, cell towers or internet reception where he likes to go.
Drew McLellan’s a 25+ year marketing agency veteran who lives for creating “a-ha” moments for his clients, clients’ customers, peers and audiences across the land. Sadly, for his daughter, he attempts to do the same thing at home.
Drew’s favorite tools for creating these moments are vivid story telling, Italian heritage inspired hand gestures and the occasional tipping of a sacred cow.
Over the years, Drew has lent his expertise to clients like Nabisco, IAMS pet foods, Kraft Foods, Meredith Publishing, John Deere, Iowa Health System, Make-A-Wish, and a wide array of others.
Drew is also one of the world’s top marketing and branding bloggers. He’s written the book 99.3 Random Acts of Marketing, co-editing the Age of Conversation series of books and in 1995, he launched his own firm McLellan Marketing Group.
Recently he has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Week and Fortune’s Small Business. The Wall Street Journal calls him one of 10 bloggers that every entrepreneur should read.
As founder and president of Motere Consulting, Dr. Stephen Long applies an educative, rather than rehabilitative, consulting model resulting in an average of 115% financial performance improvement for his clients with a zero failure rate. Through his work with exceptional leaders, champion athletes, fighter pilots, military special operations personnel, top salespeople, high performers and corporate executives, Dr. Long has helped permanently raise productivity from adequate to outstanding. Applying his strategies and techniques, Dr. Long has helped a variety of companies realize a significant increase in performance through management team execution specifically management succession, turnarounds, performance plateaus and change management practices.
As a primary source, Dr. Long provides a breakthrough social operating system that immediately enhances an organization's productivity and efficiency. Dr. Longs 30 years of experience and expertise has earned him a reputation as one of the world's leading experts in performance psychology. Armed with a legacy of success from a broad array of industries, Dr. Long's expertise in behavior change, psychometrics, and collective belief systems equips client firms with the skills that are neglected by other consulting firms, leaving executives with temporary improvement rather than the long-term success they require. Dr. Long's strategies provide rapid improvements followed by long-term success.
Bob Tipton is a high-energy, innovative, and insightful transformational change architect, leadership facilitator, keynote speaker, and author who is passionate about helping individuals, groups, and entire organizations reach for and achieve exceptional results. He has more than 35 years of experience in assisting organizations of all types in designing and facilitating transformational change through excellence in vision creation, strategy development, process execution, and technological effectiveness.
During this time, he has held various roles including the founder and CEO of an organizational development / strategy firm, SVP of corporate communications and capabilities for a significant professional services company, managing director of a $40+ million branding, identity and marketing organization, CIO of a $1B+ company, CTO of a $1B technology, creative and strategy professional services firm, and other roles where he spent years in the trenches developing and deploying real-world solutions.
Further, Tipton has published 300+ articles, 15 white papers and three books related to organizational transformation and technological excellence, and he is a well-known and popular speaker and workshop facilitator throughout the world. He is in demand for sessions at business conferences, seminars, and other symposiums, and has won best speaker /facilitator awards at numerous events.
Jerry Comer has been helping companies build high-performing organizations since the early 1990’s. His early career in engineering, marketing, sales and manufacturing with various organizations led him to realize that many companies struggle with the key elements associated with great performance: leadership, teamwork, clarity of purpose and ability to execute. Building a healthy organization drives teams to higher levels of performance and improved bottom line results.
Through Comer & Associates, founded in 1993, Jerry has worked strategically and tactically with CEOs, COOs, Directors, Managers and Boards of Directors to build healthy and powerful teams aligned with common goals and objectives. Clarity of purpose and accountability have been the cornerstone of his leadership training and coaching programs, leading to an organization that is strategic, aligned and executing well to drive growth and profit.
With a focus on single professionals, many people refer to Devon as the RockStar of Dating and Love. He has made it his mission to empower one million single professionals by the end of 2017.
In ten years Devon has coached over one thousand single professionals around
the country on relationships, emotional intelligence, and lifestyle management,
He has devoted himself to helping men and women master the art of knowing themselves well enough to get what they really want out of dating, relationships, business, and love.
In his dedication to finding solutions, Devon has created simple tools and action steps for single professionals that allow them to experience real results before and during their journey to finding love. These same tools and action steps can and should be applied to all areas of life including business, sales, and leadership.
Over the past 30 years in both Europe and the United States, Josh has been: Founder and CEO of more than 20 businesses, mostly in the areas of technology and food; an Officer and Executive Committee Member of Young Presidents Organization in the Chicago, Warsaw, Geneva, Prague, and Denver chapters; an Entrepreneur of the Year award winner; and has enjoyed helping a variety of businesses navigate their challenges by working with other entrepreneurs at organizations including: New York University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Colorado University, Colorado State University, Thunderbird School of Management, and the Kauffman Institute.
Today Josh participates on the boards of several companies, but mostly enjoys working with his wife of 17 years on Wild Zora, their natural meat snack startup business headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, where they live with their two children who also enjoy the weather and mountain sports on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
In most ways, Robbie was "ruined" by New Orleans, a dying city, that he thought he was saving. It turns out it saved him, leading to the remaking of his brand design studio (Trumpet) into the launchpad for an entrepreneurial ecosystem that's at the center of a refocused, civically reengaged New Orleans. Robbie now runs, designs, and invests in food companies with social and environmental impact such as Good Spread, a nut butter company launched from a non-profit maker of a therapeutic peanut butter that treats and cures kids suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. Along the way, he co-founded Idea Village, Naked Pizza (a healthy delivery pizza company expanded internationally and sold to Mark Cuban), and maintains a portfolio of food-based companies under Innisfree.
Robbie was an Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year finalist, was named City Business Magazine’s innovator of the year, and won the Louisiana Technology Council’s technology of the year award. He is also a member of Adweek’s creative all-star team.
Jon Eric Wallace is the President and co-founder of Indian Peaks Brewing Company, parent company of Left Hand Brewing Company. Eric grew up around the world as the son of an Air Force officer, and was exposed to good beer at a precocious age in Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984 with a degree in international affairs, and spent 8 years in the Air Force as a communications officer in Italy and Turkey before moving back to the U.S. in 1993. Upon his return, he was inspired by the renaissance in craft brewing developing here in the U.S. and, along with co-founder Dick Doore, decided to jump headfirst into the craft beer business.
One of Eric’s focuses is giving back to the local community where he works, lives and plays. He serves on the Brewers Association Board of Directors, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board, is a member of Longmont Odd Fellows Lodge No. 29 and Skyline Kiwanis. Left Hand Brewing Company has been named both small and large Business of the Year by the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Left Hand generated over $687K in donations to many different non-profits through its various fundraising efforts.
Louie was a former music TV host, interviewing hundreds of a-list celebrities and now turned entertainment branding expert, with clients such as concerts, large music festivals, nightlife venues, and up and coming talent. Louie has been crafting and building their social marketing and branding for years. It really is unbelievable to see large scale ticketed events bring in tens of thousands of people and music talent grow their following to the hundreds of thousands - all due to social media content marketing and advanced tools. La Vella builds these brands like a boss.
Louis is not just a music marketing guy. He is asked to consult on all types of business industries, taking his stories and experiences in the entertainment industry and applies it to all businesses.