Heidi Berger has a passion for analytics and helping businesses understand the “why” behind their solutions. She has spent her career analyzing and improving operations for companies in a variety of industries, with over 10 years at P.F. Chang’s, where she held roles as VP of planning and analysis, VP of financial operations and risk, and, most recently, VP of business transformation. She helps C-suite leaders guide strategy and make better decisions while coaching and mentoring those who directly affect customers. Heidi has a gift for translating the complex nature of numbers and analysis into meaningful, actionable ideas.
Bill Bozeman is president and CEO of PSA, the world’s largest system integrator consortium, owned by the most progressive security and audio-visual integrators throughout North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations. Mr. Bozeman currently serves on the board of directors for PSA, Security Specifiers, Northland Controls and also serves on various industry advisory boards.
Gerry O’Brion translates big brand strategies into knowledge that any business can use to win. Gerry’s presentations drive growth with companies of all sizes—from small businesses to billion-dollar brands. He built his career growing big brands: Crisco, Tide, Mr. Clean, Spic & Span, Coors Light, Quiznos, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. He now distills that experience into strategies and real ideas that are immediately actionable.
As the managing partner of Bronswick Benjamin P.C., Jeff Bronswick is constantly committed to the firm’s clients. By identifying operational and financial issues and opportunities for clients, and developing strategies to minimize their taxes and maximize their cash flows, he has positively impacted those clients for the long-term.
Jeff has extensive financial expertise, providing advisory, tax planning, accounting and audit compliance services to a variety of growth oriented privately-held businesses since 1990. He serves clients in numerous industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology, and business services. He has more than 25 years of experience structuring transactions and performing due diligence for Mergers and Acquisitions.
Michael Canic, PhD
Michael Canic, PhD, is president and chief flag-bearer of Making Strategy Happen, a consulting firm that helps committed leaders turn ambition into strategy—and strategy into reality. He developed the principles and practices of ruthless consistency through his experiences as a corporate leader, a national championship-winning coach, and a consultant to hundreds of CEOs and executives.
Brad Dempsey, CEO of Solutions360, has 33+ years of international project and financial management experience in the technology industry. Brad began his career as a technology consultant in 1979 at TRW Data Systems, followed with positions at Prime Computer Ltd., Apollo Computer Ltd., and Sequent Computer Systems (Canada) Ltd. In 1988, he founded Solutions360 Inc. Solutions360 is an NSCA Business Accelerator.
Laurie Englert oversees Customer Experience (CX) at Legrand | AV based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Her CX ecosystem includes teams of talented people within CX Journey & Events, Digital Experience, Channel Marketing, Product Marketing, Marketing Technology and Customer Care. In 2019, she was acknowledged by AVIXA in the ‘Women in AV’ category for her contributions in the AV industry. She also currently sits on the NSCA foundation board as President. Since 2014 she has worked to drive Legrand | AV’s business and culture to be customer centric. She drives the innovation framework of Design Thinking within the company and has also worked to help customers better their businesses through innovation and strategy sessions. As a Mentor in the company’s Elle program and an executive sponsor of its Better Community outreach program, she encourages and embraces a diverse team across the organization.
Joel Harris concurrently serves as a Strategy and Business Consultant with Navigate Management Consulting and the COO for HB Communications (an NSCA member company). Over the past 20 years, Joel has led company growth by ten-fold through equal parts of organizational improvement, strategic transformation, and acquisitions. Joel is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina and completed Executive Education in New Product Development at MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also worked in engineering and strategic consulting positions with Marathon Oil, Ernst & Young, LLP, and Pfizer, Inc.
Dr. Ivan Joseph
Dr. Ivan Joseph inspires people to achieve more than they dreamed. He’s proof that, when we help others succeed, we succeed, too. His TEDx Talk has over 19 million views; Forbes named it one of The Ten Best TED Talks About the Meaning of Life. As a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, he developed the soccer program from the ground up. In five years, he led the men’s and women’s teams to No. 1 national rankings and helped the men’s team win its first national championship. As director of athletics at Ryerson University, he led the athletic program to national prominence and spearheaded the $100 million renovation of Maple Leaf Gardens. Ivan Joseph is currently the vice provost of student affairs at Dalhousie University. He leads the university’s efforts to promote interconnectedness and belonging among a diverse student body from across the country and around the globe. He’s also the author of You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence.
Dr. Chris Kuehl
Leonard Lynskey is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully exited three of the four businesses he started. A pharmacist by training, Leonard also ran a $400,000,000 division of CVS overseeing 25 nationwide locations with 250 employees. His last business grew to over 32,000,000 in sales and was listed on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies from 2007 through 2011 before he successfully exited. He is also featured in the book “Rocket Fuel” By Mark Winters and Gino Wickman.
Leonard enjoys volunteering. In 2011 he was recognized by the Texas Pharmacy Association for his work in Guatemala and was Bowl of Hygeia recipient for his work there. Leonard lives in Rockwall with his wife Debra of 28 years. They have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
Pamela Meyer, PhD
Pamela Meyer, PhD, is a leading Agile Innovation expert who works with leaders, teams, and organizations that need to be more agile and innovative to compete in a rapidly changing world. Through in-depth research and expertise in understanding how adults learn to innovate and improvise, Meyer helps business leaders implement best practices to drive results. Her proven strategies show organizations how to make the agility shift so they can respond to and seize new opportunities presented by the unexpected.
D. Eric Morris
Eric Morris, CPA, has held senior financial positions for the past 30 years for private and publicly held construction companies. For the past 19 years, he has served as the CFO at Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Spending his career advising entrepreneurs on ways to take their organizations to the next level of success, he has been a featured speaker and panelist at many national conferences. He also holds Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional certifications.
Christopher Mounts, CPA, served as AVI Systems’ first controller for four years before being promoted to CFO in April 2019. He now has executive responsibility for accounting and finance operations, financial reporting, strategic planning and analysis, and regulatory compliance. Chris ensures profitability while maintaining the ability to invest in future growth.
Chris also served as the senior vice president of corporate accounting for Cardtronics and vice president of finance at Layne Christensen Company. Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Chris has established a reputation as an operations partner and expert in financial systems.
Lisa Perrine, Ed.D.
Lisa Perrine’s career as an experience designer and communication strategist spans 30 years and includes more than 1,000 consulting engagements. Her systems integration firm, Cibola Systems, designs and builds environments that inspire people to collaborate productively, learn quickly, and make sound decisions. The coursework she designed and delivered for the University of California, Riverside; Pace University; Missouri State University; and Bellevue College introduces prototype design and testing techniques to a vast student population. The certification classes she designed for the American Institute of Architects, International Interior Design Association, and AVIXA provide hundreds of STEM professionals with design-thinking skill sets.
Brian Solis has dedicated his career to understanding digital disruption, predicting trends, and helping leaders shape the future they want to see. As a world-renowned keynote speaker, he also has a unique gift of humanizing digital trends to make transformation and innovation meaningful—and even inspiring. Recently named a “Top Futurist Speaker” by Read Write and called “one of the greatest digital analysts of our time,” Brian is an engaging and inspiring speaker who makes digital futures approachable and meaningful.
With more than 25 years of experience in controller, VP of finance, and EVP of finance roles, Dave Taccone has specific expertise in accounting, purchasing, warehouse, IT, human resources, contract law, banking, finance, day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and team performance. As the executive vice president of finance at Spinitar, he directs accounting, purchasing, and warehouse operations so he can provide strategic guidance as it relates to company growth and success.
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