Every keynote speaker, breakout speaker and coach, is focused on giving you tangible take home value.
Jamie Siminoff | Founder of Ring
Jamie Siminoff is a lifelong inventory and the founder of Ring, the world’s first Wi-Fi video doorbell, aimed at preventing and solving neighborhood crime. In 2018, Amazon purchased Ring in a $1bn deal.
In 2013, the ‘Sharks’ on ‘Shark Tank’ did not offer Jamie’s desired investment, and he declined their deals. Nevertheless, he persisted with the concept and built on the publicity generated through his appearance. Despite coming away empty-handed, Ring remains the largest company ever to appear on the show.
As Ring continued to grow, the company soon attracted the attention of Amazon. Seeing it is a vital addition to the smart-home market, in 2018 they made the smart-camera equipped doorbells their second largest acquisition to date.
Jamie holds his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. While not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two dogs, Shortrib and Pancake.
He has since returned to ‘Shark Tank’, this time as a guest judge.
Lexie Alford | Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country
Lexie Alford recently shattered the Guinness World Record for the Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country. She traveled to all 196 countries by the time she turned 21 years old. To give this achievement some context, more people have been to space than have traveled to every country.
In the beginning, Lexie’s goal was to challenge herself to get out of her comfort zone and discover how much of the world was accessible to a solo female traveler. Along the way, she encountered nothing but kindness and generosity in some of the least visited corners of the globe. Remarkably, she started inspiring other people, especially women, to go out and see the world in a positive way. She shares her passion for travel and learning about new cultures with a highly engaged audience through social media, public speaking, travel photography and writing.
Jesse Itzler | Owner, Atlanta Hawks
Jesse Itzler only eats fruit ’til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box.” In fact, he doesn’t even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, co-founded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.
He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.
Immaculée Ilibagiza | Rwandan Genocide Survivor
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. It was while she was home from University during Easter break in 1994 that Immaculée’s life was transformed forever. The April 6 assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members in rural communities like Immaculée’s. To protect his only daughter, Immaculée’s father sent her to a local pastor’s house for protection where she was sheltered in a hidden 3 x 4 foot bathroom for the next 91 days, while the genocide raged outside the home and throughout the country.
In 1998, Immaculée emigrated from Rwanda to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations. Immaculée has since received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Saint John’s University, Seton Hall University, Siena College, Walsh University and the Catholic University of America. She has been recognized and honored with numerous humanitarian awards including The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace, the American Legacy’s Women of Strength & Courage Award and the 2015 National Speaker’s Assocation’s Master of Influence Award.
Jordan Belfort | Wolf of Wall Street
Nicknamed “the Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort made millions in the 1990s through his investment company, Stratton Oakmont. His memoir is the basis for the 2013 Martin Scorsese film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock | TaskUs Co-founders and Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 National Award Winners
Bryce and Jaspar have been best friends from high school. At the age of 22, the duo invested their combined life savings of less than $20,000 to build what they thought would be the world’s best virtual assistant company. After struggling to find product market fit (and living with their parents) for the first few years, they pivoted their focus to outsourcing for rapidly growing startup companies. Through a combination of luck and hard work, TaskUs has grown to become the world’s leading outsourcing provider for digital customer experience, content moderation and content annotation for machine learning. Today, TaskUs is the fastest growing company in the outsourcing industry with over 18,000 global employees.
Rich Balot | CEO, Victra
Balot founded ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. (now Victra) in October of 1996 as a freshman in college. Under his guidance the company has grown from single store location to over 1,145 store locations across 45 states, and annual sales exceeding $1.5 billion. Victra has become Verizon’s largest exclusive premium retailer and Rich is considered a thought leader within the industry and among his peers. Rich is an active member in Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and on the local council board of the Boy Scouts. He also volunteers with numerous local charities, participating with his family. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
THE HIGHLY RATED 2019 SPEAKERS:
A Special Appearance and Conversation with
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
President Bush will guide us on a personal journey through his experience as President of the United States, his background as an entrepreneur and businessman, his informed views on leadership, and the top things he learned from his father, the late President George H.W. Bush.
Patty McCord | Author of Powerful
Patty is the former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, the Co-Author of the famous Netflix Culture Deck, and the author of the book Powerful. She will share with us what she learned at Netflix and elsewhere about creating a unique, high-performing culture, and how to get and keep the best people in the world in the right roles. In addition to her keynote, Patty will also participate in our COO Breakout Session
Matt Dixon | Author of The Challenger Sale
Matt is co-author of the #1 Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Challenger Sale, and its recent follow-up bestseller, The Challenger Customer. Matt will offer data-tested insights about effective sales strategy, sales teams, and executive leadership, in a way that will leave us debating long-held assumptions. In addition to his keynote, Matt will also participate in our Head of Sales Breakout Session.
Sandra Joseph | Broadway Star
Sandra is a renowned Broadway star, and the author of the #1 bestseller, Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway. Her legendary run as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera earned her the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest running Broadway show of all time. Her story of passion and perseverance will inspire us all to think big and pursue our grandest goals in the face of any hardship.
John Dijulius | World-Class Customer Service
An international customer experience expert, John is the best-selling author of three Customer Service books. He has worked with world-class companies like The Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance and any more. He isn’t just talking about it, he also lives it, as a very successful entrepreneur of two businesses. John will share insights from a career at the center of Customer Experience, and key learnings from his upcoming book, The Experience Economy.
Ron Carson | The Billion Dollar Mindset
Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group. He is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.* Ron has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors for several years*, included in Investopedia’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors (#4), recognized as an InvestmentNews Innovator, and acknowledged as an Inc. 5000 CEO of Carson Group, a two-time participant in the annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. He also appears regularly on broadcast media for FOXBusiness and Bloomberg as a leading expert advisor and commentator.
Rick Sapio | The Habits of Billionaires
Rick Sapio is a life-long entrepreneur who started his first company when he was 13 years old, after the untimely death of his father. Since then, he has founded more than 20 companies. For 24 years, Rick has been the Founder and CEO of a financial holding company. He is proud of being the Founding Chair and six-time Chair of the Gathering of Titans Program, an annual event held at MIT in Boston.
Jaime Cohen | The Disruption of Kodak
Jaime has thrived and delivered big in some of the toughest business environments a CEO can face. He spent over 10 years at Kodak, serving as Head of the Americas region for the Consumer business, Chairman of EMEA, and Global COO of Consumer. After Kodak, he was the Global CMO of the Levi’s brand, President LATAM and Sr VP of Global Strategic initiatives for Goodyear and Global CEO of International Meal Company (private equity held). Jaime will share insider perspectives, learnings and insights from the gigantic transformation that hit Kodak.
CEO Coaching International community member and CEO of Worldwide Express shares how he built a powerful, long-lasting and self-generating growth engine at his company.
CEO Coaching International community member and CEO of Final Co. shares what she learned from her appearance on Shark Tank (Season 10), and how it has influenced the evolution of her young, fast-growing business.
CEO Coaching International community member and CEO of Under Canvas Inc. will share a story about how she re-strategized, ultimately crafting a hugely successful and almost 9-figure sale of her company.
Active entrepreneur and software expert Josh McCarter will share actionable insights gained from his guiding of a dying company to over 9-figures in revenue, attracting investments from some of the country’s biggest PE firms, and orchestrating a jaw-dropping exit.
The founder and CEO of JetAviva, an industry-leading business jet sales/acquisition firm, discusses the possibility of flying cars and the future of urban air travel.
The current President and COO of YPO and former International Chairman of EO will serve as our esteemed Master of Ceremonies.