Jim Blasingame is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on small business and entrepreneurship. He is the creator and award-winning host of the syndicated radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, syndicated columnist, and author of Small Business is Like a Bunch of Bananas, Three Minutes to Success, andThe Age of the Customer. He conducts over 1,000 live interviews annually with his Brain Trust, the world’s largest community of small business experts, policymakers, and entrepreneurs.
Kevin Brown understands what drives organizational excellence and customer loyalty. He knows first-hand how great brands think, feel, and act. He is a branding and culture expert with a career in franchise development that spans 30 years. He spent the past 19 years as part of a leadership team that turned a little-known family business into the No. 1 franchise in its industry with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion. In 2017, he retired from corporate America to take his message around the world.
Kindra Hall knows the challenges that executives, top performers, and brands experience as they try to capture attention in a crowded marketplace. She has been a vice president of sales for a multi-million-dollar enterprise, national champion storyteller, 2014 Storytelling World Award recipient, and a former board member of the National Storytelling Network. She also earned her master’s degree in organizational communication and management conducting original research that examined the role of storytelling in organizational socialization.
Verne Harnish founded the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired EO’s premiere CEO program, Birthing of Giants, for 15 years. Also founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale up. He’s also the Venture columnist for Fortune magazine, and the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0).
Dr. Chris Kuehl
Chris Kuehl was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years, teaching in the United States, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies, and East Asian studies. He now is a managing partner in a firm that provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is also the chief economist for several national and international organizations.
Gary Kunath is the founder and former CEO of the Summit Group. He grew the company to a multi-million-dollar global enterprise that was named one of the top sales training companies in the world in the field of value creation by Selling Power magazine. Recognized as a thought leader in the area of creating business value, his value-creation approach received the “Innovative Practice of the Year Award” by 3M. He was named Businessman of the Year for the United States and was formally recognized for this achievement at a dinner hosted by the president of the United States. He is also author of the book, Life … Don’t Miss It.
Erik Qualman is often called a Digital Dale Carnegie or the Tony Robbins of Tech. As a No. 1 bestselling author and motivational keynote speaker that has spoken in 49 countries, Qualman has reached 25 million people. His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes and Wall Street Journal, and used by the National Guard and NASA. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard and MIT’s edX labs.
Chris Younger co-founded CVA in 2005 with a mission to ensure that entrepreneurs get the most out of their time, energy, and money investments. Prior to CVA, Chris spent more than 20 years gaining experience in executive management, marketing, sales, transactions, and law. Chris helped found, and was the president of, Expanets, the nation’s largest provider of converged communications solutions. During his tenure there, Chris led the acquisition and integration of 27 companies, ranging in size from $2 million to over $1 billion in annual revenues. It was acquired by Avaya in late 2003. Chris has also invested in and started other companies in communications, construction, and consulting.