John A. Caslione is an American businessman and entrepreneur, global business strategy expert, M&A advisor, adjunct professor and author having executed on-the-ground business strategies in over 100 countries on six continents. John is senior advisor to business executives on global business strategy, global marketing/sales/distribution strategies, as well as negotiations strategy including serving as lead negotiator on critical client transactions.
John is highly sought after as an expert on the new global economy and global business development and speaks in many globally influential business forums. John has frequently appeared as a guest expert for CNBC on its “Squawk Box” and “Morning Exchange” programs where he speaks on critical issues in developing global business, including in key emerging markets such as in Asia. John is a frequent keynote speaker and chairman of conferences, where he speaks on the new global economy and global business development in many forums including; the Dubai Global Strategy Conference, the China Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, and many events in N. America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
John is Founder, President and CEO of GCS Business Capital, LLC, a global business advisory firm assisting companies to internationalize their business with expertise in high growth emerging markets strategic alliances, and international equity joint ventures & strategic alliances between companies from the USA and Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and other Asian markets. Founded in 2005 having five offices worldwide (USA, Europe Asia), GCS assists firms to internationalize their business, vis a vis, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and equity joint ventures and strategic partnerships and alliances. In 1991, John founded Andrew-Ward International, Inc. (AWI), an international management consultancy assisting firms to develop global business strategies. In 2005, AWI was merged into GCS.
GCS clients include, ABB Semiconductors, Becton Dickenson Biosciences, Caltex Lubricants, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Philips N.V., R.J. Reynolds International (later JT International), Rockwell-Collins, Sandoz, Securitas A.B., and many large multinationals and middle market firms globally.
John currently is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) in Washington, DC, USA. Since joining MSB’s faculty in 2010, John lectures on global business strategies and scenario planning in the Executive Master’s in Leadership advanced degree program. Additionally, John has served as Visiting Professor and/or Guest Lecturer at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA), Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (Dallas, TX, USA), Peking University (Beijing, PRC), Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Sydney, Australia), and International Institute of Management Development (IMD) (Lausanne, Switzerland).
John has authored five noted books, including internationally acclaimed, CHAOTICS: The Business of Managing and Marketing in The Age of Turbulence (AMACOM Publishing). Co-authored with marketing guru Philip Kotler, CHAOTICS is distributed in 88 countries and published in 46 languages. As the world has now entered into a new age of increasingly frequent and intense periods of turbulence in the global economy there is a need for business to develop a new mindset, one that takes into account intermittent periods of disturbance, and still thrive while under threat of global, industry, market or company chaos. John and co-author Philip Kotler present a new system and set of strategic guidelines designed to help businesses navigate through the waves of uncertainty and chaos affecting customers, employees, and other stakeholders
John’s other books include, Growing Your Business in Emerging Markets: Promise and Perils (Dearborn Publishing), which is considered to be a leading authoritative book on the globalization of business with a special focus on developing sales and distribution strategies in emerging markets. His book, Global Manifest Destiny: Growing Your Business in a Borderless Economy, (Dearborn Publishing), is a practical how-to book for small and medium size firms with the desire to become true global companies and provides critical insights and a competencies road-map for middle market companies to successfully compete in the global business environment. John also has two top-rated books focusing upon emerging markets, Going Global – How to Globalize Your Business and Developing Successful Global Sales and Distribution Channel Strategies (Economy & Management Publishing House). These two practical how-to books focus upon critical issues for emerging global businesses seeking to develop successful business growth strategies to globalize their businesses.
John received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of New York (Buffalo, NY, USA), and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago, IL, USA). John is member (inactive status) of the Illinois Bar, Massachusetts Bar and New Hampshire Bar.
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the bestselling guide to the new world of work.
Ben is also a technology entrepreneur and executive. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14 and incubates startups at Wasabi Ventures. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. Business Week named Ben “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” He’s been featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and in The Economist. Human Resources Magazine named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for the year 2015.
Ben has led inspiring conversations about the future of work, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking with large audiences in more than a dozen countries around the world.
Entertainer and inspirational speaker on embracing change and dealing with stress.
Fun. Uplifting. Humorous. That's how audiences describe John Cassis. With a rare blend of content, humor and entertainment , John knows firsthand how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. After three years of professional baseball, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
John has a diverse background. From 1973 to 1975, he directed a youth counseling center. In 1975, he became a minister of a small church in Colorado, where the congregation grew from 80 to 2,000 in five years. Then in 1980 as Director of Special Projects for World Relief, John accepted the challenge to motivate people across the country to help feed hungry children and their families. As a professional speaker, he encourages people to step into the arena and live their dreams. In keeping with his philosophy, he became a professional golfer in 2002.
He incorporates real life examples into his presentations by sharing his experiences as an athlete, minister, publisher, company founder, pre-game inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears (1983-95), loving husband and father, and an extremely perceptive human being. His genuine style helps audiences re-energize lives, careers and relationships and see life from a new perspective.
Renowned professional speaker with innovative ideas on marketing, sales and customer service.
Jim Cathcart's presentations focus on the secrets of mastering relationship selling. His innovative ideas on marketing, sales and customer management have helped thousands of audiences reach a higher level of success. Jim is the author of 13 books and scores of recorded programs, his students number in the hundreds of thousands.
Jim has been a corporate executive, training director, entrepreneur, psychological researcher, meeting planner and association executive. He has managed people, products and payrolls for over 25 years. He has also researched and field tested his methods through over two decades of speaking and training before 2,000 audiences in virtually every discipline.
Jim Cathcart's works are published by the world's top publishers: St. Martin's Press, Leading Authorities Press, Dartnell, Putnam Berkeley, Prentice Hall, Nightingale Conant and the University of Southern California. The Acorn Principle, Jim's 12th book, achieved #2 bestseller status as an e-book for the year 2000. His other book Relationship Selling has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Finnish.
Some of his clients include ASAE, Motorola, Mass, Mutual, Prudential, Norwest Bank, Becton Dickinson, John Deere, Levi Strauss, and U.S. Air Force.
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today's fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable - the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.
Ram's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full time.
Ram's work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today's uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram
has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences, while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his
Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.
He has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.
Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift (Crown, February 2013), is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway.
A pioneer in the frontier of commercial space sector, former astronaut and International Space Station commander Leroy Chiao captivates audience with his amazing stories on space exploration and brings unparalleled insights on leadership, innovation and technology trends .
A veteran of four space missions and a fifteen-year career with NASA, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). From June through September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
Leroy holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is the special advisor for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation. He has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100. Chiao also serves in various capacities to further space education,
A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.
Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corporation. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Speaker and Author on Entrepreneurship and Finance, Author of Best-selling book The Wealthy Barber
Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures, a skill he leveraged as a “dragon” on CBC television’s #1 hit show, Dragons’ Den. Called “charming, unpretentious, and funny,” by The Chicago Sun-Times, David puts his business expertise and life experience to work in his informative and inspiring talks.
David began his career by self-publishing his book The Wealthy Barber in 1989. It was written in 26 months, and was specifically targeted toward those with little investment experience, in order to help them develop positive personal-finance habits. The book has become one of the most popular Canadian books of all time, selling over two million copies since its release.
His second book, also self-published, is The Wealthy Barber Returns, and is yet another runaway Canadian bestseller. David is also the publisher of the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! (working with authors Janet and Greta Podleski).
David is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.
Expert on Innovation in Management. Harvard Business School Professor. Best-Selling Author of The Innovators Dilemma.
Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on innovation and growth. He is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member. His research has been applied to national economies, start-up and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early- and late-stage investing.
Christensen is the best-selling, award-winning author of eight books, and released his newest book in the spring of 2012,Â How Will You Measure Your Life? His seminal work The Innovator's Dilemma (1997) which received the Global Business Book Award for the Best Business Book of the Year in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller; has been translated into more than 10 languages; and is sold in more than 25 countries. The book also
deeply influenced Steve Jobs, as reported in Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson.
Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. Disrupting Class (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, The Innovator's Prescription (2009) examines how to fix our health care system, while The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (2011) explores the future of higher education in America. In The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (2011) he identifies the capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explains how to master the skills.
Christensen is also a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Review's best article, including 2010's award for
How Will You Measure Your Life? (the same title as his current book) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and has also been featured twice (1998 and 2011) as the cover story in Forbes magazine.
Christensen is an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, innovation consulting firm, Innosight and investment firm, Rose Park Advisors. He also is the founder of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as health care, education and clean energy. He currently serves as a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu Inc. Christensen also serves on Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).
Speaker and Author on Using Humor to Excel Personally and Professionally
A contributing author of the bestseller A Carrot A Day, co-author of The Levity Effect, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott Christopher travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings.
With a background in radio, television, and film, Scott offers a presenting style that is upbeat, witty, and unforgettable. His sessions are typically “standing room only” and receive the highest commendations and evaluations.
In his rare spare time, Scott is a professional voice over artist, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on the network television series Everwood and Touched by an Angel and in several Disney Channel movies.
While at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States’ most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Expert in the fields of communication, compliance, and negotiation. Author of acclaimed book Influence: Science & Practice.
Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of communication, leadership, teamwork, persuasion and negotiation.
His books, including Influence: Science & Practice, are the results of years of study into the reasons why people comply with requests in business settings. Worldwide, Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 languages.
His new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, published by Simon & Schuster, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller.
Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting-edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”
Dr. Cialdini received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and post doctoral training from Columbia University. He has held Visiting Scholar Appointments at Ohio State University, the University of California, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Currently, Dr Cialdini is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University.
Dr. Cialdini is President and CEO of Influence at Work, focusing on ethical influence training, corporate keynote programs, and the CMCT (Cialdini Method Certified Trainer) program.
Dr. Cialdini’s clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, Mutual of Omaha, RE/MAX, AstraZeneca, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ericsson, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, Pfizer, AAA, Northern Trust, IBM, Prudential, The Mayo Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard University - Kennedy School, The Weather Channel, the United States Department of Justice, and NATO.
Media coverage of Dr. Cialdini and his research include: Dateline NBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, the Washington Post, On Wall Street, Forbes Magazine, Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine.
Best-selling author and internationally recognized speaker on motivation, leadership and sales.
As a modern day Napoleon Hill, Dan Clark has interviewed, studied and worked with the most powerful and successful business leaders, political and military leaders, and world champion athletes of our generation, which is why companies around the globe bring Dan in for his expertise in developing emerging leaders, increasing sales and productivity, building winning teams in the midst of mergers and acquisitions, and transforming the culture of an organization from successful to significance.
Since 1982, Dan has been one of the most in-demand speakers in the world, having spoken in all 50 states, 54 countries, on six continents, to over 4500 audiences, to more than 4 million people, and many times to our combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.
Mentored for over 25 years by the great Zig Ziglar in the art and science of motivational teaching, Dan was inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame and is continuously hired by extraordinary organizations including AT&T, NASA, Microsoft, National Football League, United Nations, Marriott Hotels, Lincoln Financial, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, McDonalds, Sotheby’s and countless trade associations who offer rave reviews on Dan’s unique ability to customize his speeches and connect with each audience member.
Dan was named “One of The Top Ten Motivational Speakers In The World” in 2015 by Espeakers. Dan received the same honor in 2000 from Achievers Canada and Achievers Europe.
Dan is a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, a New York Times Best Selling Author, CEO, university professor, leadership trainer, international business consultant, athlete, philanthropist, and the 2012 Utah Father of the Year.
Add to this Dan’s incredible once-in-a-lifetime personal experiences of soaring to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane, flying twice the speed of sound with the Air Force Thunderbirds, racing automobiles at Nurburgring, running the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games, and fighting his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career, and you and your people will see, hear, feel and know exactly what they need to do to take themselves and your organization to the next level the moment Dan finishes his entertaining and emotional speech.
Hundreds of delighted customers report they have witnessed powerful and lasting change as they apply Dan’s positive approach to life and incorporate his unique message built around his newest best selling book The Art of Significance – Achieving The Level Beyond Success.
Michael "Pinball" Clemons is a motivational keynote speaker and an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character and integrity. He's an author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and currently the vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts. His keynotes on teamwork and overcoming the odds are both motivating and inspiring.
A graduate of economics, Clemons began his career in the Canadian Football League in 1989, after a brief stint in the National Football League. Renowned as one of pro- football's most electrifying players, Clemons achieved a brilliant career, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,438. He retired with 12 all-time team records to his credit and became Head Coach for the Toronto Argonauts. In this capacity he became the 1st and only black Head Coach to win the Grey Cup in 96 years.
In 2007, the Argos finished in first place for the second time under Coach Clemons' guidance. He is the second-winningest coach in Argo history with 68 wins, second only to Bob O'Billovich, and is one of just three coaches, O'Billovich and Leo Cahill, in team history to coach at least 100 games (124) in Double Blue. Toronto clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth this season, which tied with Lew Hayman for the longest streak by a head coach in team history. Michael Clemons is also tied for third place, with Cahill, in Argo history for most playoff appearances by an Argonauts Head Coach with six. Clemons has a lifetime regular season coaching record of 68-55-1 and a .552 winning percentage.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Pinball is the founder of his own foundation, MPCF, whose most noteworthy project to date is building 131 schools in third world countries over the last three years. The author, philanthropist and entrepreneur is currently the vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts.
Also a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario, Mike's proudest accomplishment is to be the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.
Expert on change strategies, human development, and strategic planning.
Kathy Cleveland Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her company, N~Compass Consulting, helps clients
Navigate the Art and Science of Change. Kathy conducts personal and professional development seminars for Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She consults on successful change strategies, human performance, and strategic planning. Her recent clients include such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Novartis, Weyerhaeuser, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, Max & Erma's Restaurants, Nationwide Financial, Marzetti's, and more than 45 colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
In September of 2008 Kathy keynoted an international medical conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands inspiring professionals, caregivers and family members to successfully adapt to the diagnosis of dementia in a loved one. Previously, Kathy had the opportunity to present a 2 day seminar on Change for African business leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, and has appeared with
Dr. Phil and Deepak Chopra at The Power Within Live Event touring cities across North America.
Kathy was one of three professional speakers recommended by Dr. Spencer Johnson to provide training built upon his book Who Moved My Cheese? She has trained more than 85,000 people to successfully manage change in their work and life using the
Prior to forming her own firm in 2001, Kathy was the Director of Training and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University. Kathy has held various leadership positions in student affairs administration, admissions, leadership development, event planning, and residence life at Bowling Green State University, North Carolina State University, and Ohio State.
A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kathy has two BGSU Master's degrees, in College Student Development and Guidance and Counseling. She has served her alma mater as a member of the university's Alumni Board of Trustees and chaired the Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates. She received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the BGSU Alumni Association and was honored to deliver the May 2006 Commencement Address at BGSU.
Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, and inspiring speaker on leadership & management.
With years of experience leading operations all over the world for Hilton Hotels Corportation, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and The Walt Disney Company, Lee Cockerell shares his insights on leadership, business management and customer service excellence.
Lee retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for ten years. His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with over 30,000 Guest rooms, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, a shopping village & nighttime entertainment complex, a sports & recreation complex, and the ancillary operations support functions. The Resort serves millions of guests each year and employs 60,000 Cast Members.
Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent seventeen years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels. He joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels.
Lee has served on the Heart of Florida United Way Board for six years including being the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee and as Campaign Chairman for Central Florida. Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a member of the Board of Directors of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and in 2005 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service where he served as the Chairman of the Board.
In 2008 Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma named Lee as a Creative Ambassador to assist the state in leadership and business development.
Lee is the author of the leadership and management book, Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney. His newest book, The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service, helps organizations both large and small deliver sensational service and gain loyalty of their customers.
Inspiring speaker, once a Vietnam Prisoner of War, and author of Beyond Survival.
Captian Gerald Coffee is an inspiring example of the power of the human spirit to survive and triumph over the most adverse circumstances. Captain Coffee is a former Vietnam POW and author of Beyond Survival: Building on Hard Times. His speeches tell a story of human survival, focusing on the hero inside all of us and showing how each of us can overcome the obstacles to our success.
In February of 1966, while flying combat missions over North Vietnam, Gerald Coffee's reconnaissance jet was downed by enemy fire. He parachuted safely but was captured immediately. For the next seven years he was held as a POW in the Communist prisons of North Vietnam. After his repatriation in February, 1973, Jerry returned to operation duties. He retired from active duty in the Navy after 28 years of service.
His military decorations include the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 13 stars.
In his message of going Beyond Survival, Jerry draws not only from insights derived from the prison experience, but also from the perspective of his experiences since then: earning a Masters Degree in political science from Cal-Berkeley, studying at the prestigious National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Navy command and staff assignments, authoring books, writing a weekly political column, and his continuing interaction with hundreds of America's corporations and associations, military units, civic groups and schools as a professional speaker.
Million Dollar Round Table selected him as one of its top twelve most popular, highest-rated, main platform speakers for the past 20 years. His numerous civilian awards include the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.
Captain Coffee is a highly respected commentator on current political, economic, and social issues, seeing most in terms of opportunities yet to be seized by heroic leadership. He has appeared on Larry King Live (twice), Talk Back Live, NBC news, and numerous radio and TV talk shows. His book, Beyond Survival, condensed by Readers Digest, is on audio-cassette by Nightingale-Conant, and was made into an award-winning play called
Customer-oriented workplace consultant, leadership expert and Co-Author of First, Break All the Rules.
Keynote speaker Curt Coffman has consulted and spoken for many Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and his work has spanned the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. An insightful and completely engaging speaker on leadership, management, and customers, Mr. Coffman has helped thousands of groups create great places to work and has had an impact on individuals, families, organizational growth and creating engaged customers.
A New York Times bestselling author, researcher, business scientist, consultant to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations, MBA and Executive Fellow at the Daniels School of Business, Curt Coffman has invested 30+ years in the science of high performance culture.
Recently featured on the cover of Engaging Strategies magazine, Mr. Coffman virtually created the engagement movement, and is currently changing the way organization's think about their culture, their managers and their business results. His mission is to help organization, their leaders, managers and associates to create more engaging and productive workplaces to secure the loyalty and growth of their customers and business.
As Senior Partner and Chief Science Officer of The Coffman Organization, Mr. Coffman has studied hundreds of organizations and millions of employees and customers. He was formerly the Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement at the Gallup Organization for 22 years.
His work launched a new era in employee engagement and management development with First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers do Differently - one of the best selling management books of all times. He followed that up with another bestselling book, Follow This Path: How the World's Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential. Curt Coffman's newest book is Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: The Secret of Extraordinary Results.
An international figure in the world of management and engagement, Mr. Coffman's work has been translated in over 40 different languages. His research and writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Chief Executive magazine, CIO Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Fortune, the Harvard Management Update, Inc. magazine, the International Journal of Management Reviews, Microsoft Executive Circle, The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and a host of other management journals. He is currently an op-ed contributor to the New York Times.
Senior Editor of Fortune magazine and bestselling author, speaks on leadership, business and economic trends.
Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from.
Now in his fourth decade at Fortune, Geoff Colvin’s breadth of experience is impressive. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance and related issues. Geoff’s regular column and frequent cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal readers. His weekday Power Sheet newsletter, free through Fortune.com – provides a detailed look at how individual leaders are shaping today’s tumultuous world.
Geoff is also one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard every day on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He served as anchor of Wall $treet Week with Fortune on PBS, and spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.
As a keynote speaker, Geoff has a knack for bringing clarity to the most important and complex issues impacting business and the economy. He has spoken for scores of corporate and association conferences on six continents including dozens of high level Fortune conferences. His speeches pull together timely insights and strategies and are tailored to deliver relevant insights that help leaders understand what the future holds.
In addition to speaking Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke and many others.
Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book (released August, 2015) is called Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular article in the 2014 Fortune 500 issue – “In The Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.
A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.
Authority on Sales techniques for investors and financial services professionals.
Don Connelly is perhaps the nation's most successful speaker, motivator and mentor to Advisors in the financial services industry. His career on Wall Street spans more than 40 years and includes positions as stock broker, financial planner, branch manager, wholesaler, national sales manager and for nearly 19 years he was company spokesperson, Senior V. P. and Senior Marketing Officer for an internationally renowned money management firm. As founder and CEO of Don Connelly 24/7, an extraordinary learning center and mentoring program for financial advisors, Don's timely and provocative sales ideas are available to thousands of financial professionals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Don has lectured to tens of thousands of investors and financial services professionals in large cities, small towns, boardrooms, and universities. Audiences at England's Cambridge University, Harvard, Wharton School of Business, Chapman College and Pepperdine have all benefited from his presentations. He has shared his wisdom with Investment professionals abroad in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Canada, England, Ireland and South Korea. In the past few years has given several presentations to the prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable as both a main platform and workshop speaker.
Offering practical guidance to financial services professionals, Don inspires audiences to strive for greater accomplishments. He is known as a guru on managing client relationships, selling and becoming a successful financial advisor.
He educates, entertains and motivates audiences with an extraordinary flare and fast paced combination of wit, intellect, anecdotes and simplistic doctrine. Don's mission for financial professionals is to simplify the process:
The more successful we become, the further we get away from the basics that made us successful in the first place. In the final analysis, it all comes down to remembering the basics and keeping the focus on your clients' needs.
Mr. Connelly holds a B.A. in languages from Bucknell University.
Author of Leading at the Edge of Chaos and Managing At the Speed of Change . Internationally Recognized Change Management Expert.
About Daryl Conner - Speaker on Leadership, Strategy Execution and Change Management:
Daryl Conner is chairman of Conner Partners, an advisory firm that specializes in strategy execution. Daryl and the firm have a steadfast focus: they help clients deliver the promised benefits for the most difficult type of strategic change - change that transforms the business. As an internationally recognized leader in organizational change, Daryl serves as an advisor and mentor to senior executives around the globe.
Over his extensive career, Daryl has worked with many of the most successful organizations in the world, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions, to help them achieve the full intent of their most urgent and critically important initiatives. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, he has addressed thousands of executives in corporate settings, national conferences, and public programs.
Daryl grounds his work on a strong foundation of research and extensive consulting. He has authored two books Managing at the Speed of Change (Random House, 1993) and Leading at the Edge of Chaos (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) and more than 250 publications, including journal and magazine articles, monographs, book chapters, and videos. Daryl's blog, Change Thinking, is written for change management professionals who want to raise the level of their game and that of the field of change execution.
Throughout his career, Daryl has documented the actions leaders take that lead to successful and unsuccessful implementation of strategic change. The patterns of successful execution are known, reliable, and replicable. Daryl provides candid guidance and focus around these patterns of success to executives responsible for strategic initiatives and to the teams that support them.
One common thread connects all of Daryl's work: helping businesses operate more effectively in a turbulent world by applying fundamental principles about change.
Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN/U.S. weekdays. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to the 7 p.m. hour in March 2003 following the war in Iraq.
Since joining CNN, Cooper has anchored major breaking news stories, including Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq, as news of the military conflict was unfolding live during the day in Baghdad. Cooper also anchored much of CNN's live coverage of the D.C.-area sniper story and the coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion.
Because of Cooper's background as a war correspondent for Channel One News, he was sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to report on the U.S. military conflict and to Qatar where he reported on the testing of CENTCOM's new mobile headquarters. Most recently, as a weekday anchor, Cooper was the only Western journalist to interview Liberian president Moses Blah on the day he took office.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC's live, interactive, overnight news and interview program, World News Now as well as providing reports for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. Previously, he was a New York-based correspondent for ABC News, reporting primarily for World News Saturday/Sunday.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
Speaker and Author on Work-Life Balance, Productivity & Well-being
Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.
He has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. Thus helping organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.
Author of several books including Change Your Day, Not Your Life, Healthy Motivation, and Master Your Body, Andy has also received numerous awards and recognition on his work. He was also the Co-host of the PBS affiliate television show “Fighting Fat”.
After achieving success as an executive for a real estate company, ascending the corporate ladder from top sales person to that of a top management person, Simon Cotter set his sights on a new profession: Comedy. It didn't take long for Simon to become one of the most popular and highly requested comics on the college circuit. For four years straight Cotter was entertaining over 50,000 students a year across the country with his unique comedic style. Inevitably, due to his immense popularity within the college market, Simon quickly became a success off-campus as well. Simon then discovered the conference market, or it discovered him. Now, Simon performs as a corporate comedian and keynote speaker worldwide, receiving rave reviews from everywhere he goes.
Winner of Canada's Comedian of the Year award, Simon Cotter's comedic talents have landed him on the Comedy Network, Evening at the Improv, the Just for Laughs comedy festival, his own comedy special on CBC, and guest appearances on a number of shows including Open Mike with Mike Bullard, and CBC's Comics.
Expert consultant on leadership, management and business acceleration.
Dan Coughlin is a leading authority on managing for long-term business success. He teaches The Any Person Mindset, a practical management approach for improving individual, group, and organizational performance in a sustainable way. It is based on his core belief that any person can make a significant difference in an organization, but no one is born with the traits necessary to make a significant difference. These are learned thinking traits.
His client list includes McDonald's, Toyota, Marriott, BJC HealthCare, Coca-Cola, GE, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Shell Oil, RE/MAX, Subway, Abbott, Prudential, Boeing, Cisco Systems, American Cancer Society, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 1998 he has worked with more than 200 organizations.
As a management consultant, keynote speaker, executive coach, and seminar leader, he works with executives and managers to improve their impact as business leaders. His focus is on helping these individuals in the areas of leadership, innovation, and branding in order to generate better sustainable, profitable growth for their organizations.
Dan has invested over 3,000 hours on-site as a management consultant observing and advising executives and managers in a wide variety of business functions and in more than fifty industries. As an Executive Coach, he has provided more than 2,500 coaching sessions for presidents, vice-presidents, and senior directors in Fortune 500 companies, major privately-owned firms, and small businesses. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he has made more than 500 presentations to corporate audiences. He does in-depth research on every audience before customizing his presentation to meet their needs.
Quoted in USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, The Journal of the American Management Association, and dozens of other publications, Dan Coughlin's articles have been published in more than 100 trade association publications. He is the author of the book, The Management 500: A High-Octane Formula for Business Success.
Compelling speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, author of groundbreaking The Speed of Trust.
Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice and CoveyLink. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. He and business partner Greg Link recently co-authored Smart Trust: The Defining Skill that Transforms Managers into Leaders, which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures. Stephen advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.
He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father's book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO.
Under Covey's direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.
Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he's consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.
Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute - the leader in energy management technology - where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.
Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.
Iconic Winter Olympic goaltender, and inspirational speaker on Teamwork & Leadership
Jim Craig is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending in the 1980 winter Olympics where the United States team beat the heavily favored Russians and went on to win the Olympic gold medal in what’s has been labeled the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The picture of Jim with the American flag on his shoulders looking for his father is one of the most iconic images of all time.
Currently president of Gold Medal Strategies, Jim is this Boston-area based motivational speaking and sales training company. Over the past 30 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 500 organizations and some of the world’s most recognized brands in the country.
Jim is in demand from coast to coast and internationally as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist, and master storyteller.
Jim’s unique life experiences as an All-American goalie and NCAA Champion at Boston University, Olympic gold medalist, professional athlete, actor and highly successful business consultant enables him to provide his audience with insightful real life experiences like no other.
Jim is the author of recent business book, Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from Americas Miracle Team, which focuses on his Gold Medal Strategies for Success.
Provides practical tools and creative strategies to improve your communication and leadership skills.
Cheryl Cran is the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions (parent company Synthesis at Work Inc) where leaders enhance their abilities to lead change, transform people and grow business.
For over twenty years Cheryl has worked with over one hundred different industries, in over one dozen countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide. Her company Evolutionary Business Solutions provides consulting solutions, training solutions and keynote presentations on leadership, change and business growth.
Industries that Cheryl has worked with include agriculture, health, pharma, finance, insurance, associations, medical, retail, manufacturing, pest control, funeral, entrepreneurs, education and many more. The common elements among all industries is the need for leaders to effectively deal with ongoing challenges such as attracting and retaining top talent, leading multiple generations, leading change in traditional organizations, transforming people to perform at higher levels and ultimately to grow the business.
In the twenty years of being the CEO of the consulting firm Synthesis at Work Inc. Cheryl Cran has helped leaders and their teams to evolve their executive, leadership and team skill levels so that they can increase results.
Cheryl’s background includes being a high performing leader in her early twenties in the finance and insurance industries. While in the banking industry she was promoted quickly at the age of twenty three to management and from there was groomed to area manager leadership. After ten successful years as a leader in banking she was head hunted by a national financial insurance company to head up their regional portfolio. In the two years she was there her team helped to grow the company and increase market share by thirty percent.
From insurance she was wooed back to finance and was in charge of growing a mortgage portfolio to ten million and she and her partner did so within a ten month time frame. In the early nineties she was approached by a major consulting firm and became an intern for one year before setting out to set up her own practice in 1994.
Since then Cheryl’s experience and training in organizational development, leadership development, communication planning, project management and more has provided growth, evolution and success for her global clients.
She is the author of 4 books including the best selling, 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work and her NEW book released in E-Book format Leadership Mastery In a Digital Age.
Her articles have been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Selling Power, Builder Woman magazine, Managing People, Meeting Planners Industry and more.
Cheryl’s work is being licensed in countries worldwide such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Italy, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Canada, United States and more.
Her company Synthesis at Work Inc is the parent company to Evolutionary Business Solutions, TMI Canada and TACK Canada multinational training and consulting firms in over sixty countries.
Cheryl is the Past President of the Global Speakers Federation 2012/2013 and on the board of directors since 2010. In December 2012 she was inducted into the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame and is a Certified Speaking Professional, a globally recognized designation.
President of IncBlot Organizational Psychology, Speaks on Leadership, Organizational Development, and Behavioral Finance
Dr. Daniel Crosby, a behavioral finance expert and sought after thought leader on market psychology, is the founder of Nocturne Capital. Dr. Crosby created the sentiment and valuation measures that serve as the overlay for Nocturne's tactical strategy. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post, Think Advisor, and Risk Management, as well as columns for WealthManagement.com and Investment News.
Daniel was named one of Investment News "40 Under 40" and a “financial blogger you should be reading” by AARP. Daniel's second book, "Personal Benchmark", co-authored with Charles Widger of Brinker Capital, was a New York Times bestseller that outlines a highly personalized approach to investing that aligns intention with action while fostering an investment experience that is both enjoyable and rational.
Dr. Crosby’s latest book “The Laws of Wealth” was a Gold Medalist in the Axiom Business Book Awards. In this book, Dr. Crosby offers an accessible and applied take on a discipline that has long tended toward theory at the expense of the practical. Readers are treated to real, actionable guidance as the promise of behavioral finance is realised and practical applications for everyday investors are delivered.
In 2010, Crow founded Dark Horse Institute (DHI), an accredited, for-profit academy to teach Audio Engineering, Film Production and Music Business to young entrepreneurs. The programs have experienced explosive growth while offering dramatic solutions to the challenges faced by traditional schools. DHI accelerates the learning process in an affordable, experiential learning environment, and in the process is changing the way education is conducted. Their goal is to create the most compelling educational model of the 21st century.
Robin Crow is a business veteran who has been exceeding customer expectations for decades. He is the founder and CEO of three customer-driven companies, which have all achieved sustained success. He has delivered over 2200 keynote speeches and is the author of seven books including USA Today bestseller Evolve or Die, and divides his time between Tennessee & Colorado.
Mark Crowley spent over 20 years in the Financial Industry eventually serving as a Senior Vice President & National Sales for nearly 2,000 stockbrokers. His Leadership skills, and unique approach to engaging his employees, delivered incredible results which garnered Mark the “Leader of the Year” award. Encouraged by other Leaders to share his ideas Mark decided to research a fascinating Leadership topic “What happens inside of people that makes them fully committed to doing extraordinary work?”
The research from that project led to the publication of Mark’s first book, Lead From The Heart, which resulted in numerous requests for Mark to speak at events for companies and organizations across the country. Mark helps Leaders who are seeking to achieve and sustain uncommonly high engagement and performance.
A regular leadership contributor to Fast Company Magazine, Mark has been published in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Reuters, CEO Magazine Great Britain, USA Today, and by the Great Place To Work Institute. He’s interviewed CEOs and senior executives at innumerable high-performing companies (including Google, SAS, Gallup, WD-40 and the Cleveland Clinic) who are models for “managing the emotional side of work.”
Lead From The Heart consistently ranks as an Amazon Top-100 bestseller in workplace culture. Mark has also been named a “Trust Across America thought Leader” by TRUST! Magazine in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Mark’s two recent LinkedIn Pulse articles on Employee Engagement, and managing Millennials, have been read well over 1 million times. And his book is now being taught at seven American universities including the graduate strategic leadership seminar at the University of Iowa, and the Leadership Development Ph.D Program at Brandman University.
Mark is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. A businessman at heart, he holds several investment securities licenses (FINRA Registrations) and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. He lives in La Jolla, California.
Sean Cullen has been touring and performing as a comedian for the past 20 years. There are many things that make him unique in the comedy world. He combines stream of consciousness improv with uncanny mimicry and broad musical talents to create a style that is his and his alone.
In 1988, Sean got his start as a top-notch entertainer with the renowned Canadian comedy/musical trio Corky and the Juice Pigs. Over an eleven-year period, the group toured the world performing at renowned comedy and theatre festivals, including Just For Laughs in Montreal and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The group became featured performers on the popular sketch comedy television show MADtv on Fox, and released two acclaimed comedy albums. Sean struck out on his own in 1998, defining his own solo style accompanied by the musical talents of musician Dylan Goodhue.
Sean has been featured in Time Magazine in the USA as the vanguard of comedy's next generation. He was a finalist in NBC's The Last Comic Standing. and has appeared on shows such as The Ellen Show with Ellen Degeneres, multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show on CBS. Sean has many comedy specials under his belt including Comedy Central Presents... Sean Cullen, CTV/ The Comedy Network's Gemini nominated Sean Cullen's Wood, Cheese & Children!, CBC's COMICS! and his own special, SEAN CULLEN's Home for Christmas. He has also starred in his own television series The Sean Cullen Show on the CBC.
A three time Gemini Award winner, Sean has won the prestigious award in 2001 for his gala performance at Just for Laughs and in 2003 for hosting the 17th Annual Gemini Awards, and in 2006 for hosting What Were They Thinking. In 2004, Sean starred as Max Bialystock in a successful run in the Canadian production of Mel Brooks' The Producers and toured parts of Canada and the U.S. with the Barenaked Ladies. Sean has released his second album entitled I Am a Human Man.