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OPENING SPEAKER: Norm Brodsky, Inc. Magazine Senior Contributing Editor, Entrepreneur and Author

Topic:  What's The Next Step And How Do You Achieve It
A veteran entrepreneur, Norm Brodsky built a $180 million company, went bankrupt at 45, rebounded to build a new company and sold it for $110 million. He has been sharing his wisdom and experience with up-and-coming entrepreneurs for 25 years as a one-on-one mentor,  a nationally recognized columnist, public speaker and Master of Ceremonies of the Inc. 5000 Conference. Today, Norm owns three companies inlcuding BEN Global Mentorship, an e-learning company.


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jon Acuff, New York Times Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Media Contributor to Time, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and MSNBC

Topic: Hustle and Empathy: Two Surprising Sides of Sales
A New York Times bestselling author of five books, Jon Acuff has helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples and the Dave Ramsey Team. Featured regularly on national media, Jon can be seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and more. He is also a contributor to Time, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and MSNBC.


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CLOSING SPEAKER & MC: Ramon Ray, Four-time Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Editor and Producer

Topic: How Smart Companies Thrive In An Uber Economy
Ramon Ray is an entrepreneur, global speaker and best-selling author. His experience has given him the opportunity to present to the President's staff at the White House, testify to Congress and hold a position at the United Nations. Ramon has also started four companies and sold one where he gained years of hand-oon experience in marketing, sales, personal branding, technology and more. He enjoys traveling the world helping businesses grow their audience. 

Workshop Speakers

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Randy Blass, Ph.D, Executive Director Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
ROOM 315
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: Organizational Leadership
Dr. Randy Blass is the executive director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University. A 25 year veteran of the USAF, his experience in training and development and operational planning is extensive. His professional education includes a PhD in business administration from Florida State University, an MA in military arts and sciences from Air University, an MA in administrative science from George Washington University and a BA in American studies from the University of South Florida.


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Anthony Butler, Creator of E3 Philosophy for Business
ROOM 305
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: The A.R.T. of Team Building
Founder and Executive Director of the E3 Business Group. Nearly 25 years working with hundreds of entrepreneurs sharing his E3 philosophy to thousands of people in the US and Europe. His concepts for marketing and relationship building have been used in numerous industries and helped leaders from CSX, First National Bank, Blue Cross & Blue SHield, USAF, DARPA, Aetna, NAACP, Urban League, DJJ, Harlem Globetrotters, Ardyss, Body Bi Vi, Boys & Girls CLubs, Taco Bell Foundation and others. Mr. Butler owns Eagle Soaring Management, Inc. handling a limited number of clients annually.


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Mike Campbell, Director of North Florida Operations, Jim Moran Institute
ROOM 316
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: The Business Model Canvas
Mike Campbell is the director of North Florida Operations for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, housed in the College of Business at Florida State University. Campbell is charged with advancing the Jim Moran Institute’s mission to cultivate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class executive education, leading-edge research and applied training, consulting and mentorship and public recognition. Campbell has more than 18 years experience in the financial industry and has been an entrepreneur since 1999 as a financial advisor and the former owner of two succesful businesses.


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William Curtis, Advisor & Consultant, Your Family Bank
ROOM 305
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: Your Business Bank: Change The Way You Look At Your Business
William "Bill" Curtis is an advisor and consultant at the First Financial Education Center of South Florida. He aims to create financial literacy with all people, regardless of age, gender, or social status. His vision is to provide financial education in schools, workplaces, and communities across the nation, reaching everyone from youth to adults. Bill's goal is to positively impact people's lives by improving their financial situation and thus reducing stress. Bill graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport. 


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Gerry Czarnecki, Chairman & CEO, National Leadership Institute, Inc.
ROOM 301 / 302
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Cyber Threats - Why You Must Care Now!
Mr. Czarnecki is Chairman & CEO of The Deltennium Group, Inc., a consulting practice helping individuals and organizations with effective strategic marketing, managerial leadership and board governance. He is also the founder and Chairman of The National Leadership Institute, a member of the Board of Trustees of Natinoal University where he is former Chairman, a member of the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Inc., an advisory board member for Private Capital, Inc., Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors Florida-Chapter, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. 


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Kizzy Dominguez, Ph.D, President, K. Parks Consulting, Inc.
ROOM 301 / 302
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: The 7 Secrets To Understand Multigenerational Customers
Kizzy Dominguez is President of K. Parks Consulting, Inc. (KPC) and was recently recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of the Women Worth Watching. At KPC she strives to create and cultivate difference makers, trainers, coaches, and leaders dedicated to helping people be great at their work through long lasting learning.


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Shanequa Fleming, Ph.D, Founder & Executive Partner, Perfect Solutions Group, Inc.
ROOM 315
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Leveraging Your Leadership Strengths
Dr. Shanequa Fleming is Founder/Executive Partner of Perfect Solutions Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting firm with over 25 years of experience in organizational strategy, human resources, executive and leadership coaching and development, business development and brand strategy. Dr. Fleming has held executive and leadership positions in education and healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida A&M, a Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Development, both from Nova Southeastern University. 


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George Gremse, Chairman, Broward SCORE
ROOM 317 / 318
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Strategies To Expand Your Business
Mr. Gremse has held senior management positions in both Fortune 500 companies and start ups. He is president of Jolizmo Consulting and Investments, Inc. Chairman of Broward SCORE, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Metro Broward Economic Development Corporation, and a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Phoenix, South Florida. Mr. Gremse served in South America in the Peace Corps and holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York.


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Linda Holcman, Founder & CEO, What's Next Ventures, LLC
ROOM 316
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Go Global!
Linda succesfully turns ideas into reality and sales potential into realized revenue. She has generated incremental revenue in excess of $100 million, developed integrated marketing campaigns increasing brand awareness + 25%, and managed lead generation initiatives resulting in over $50 million in sales. Linda brings a strategic understanding and context to operational and tactical execution.  


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Brad Nickel, Managing Partner, Mark 5 Strategies
ROOM 304
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: Forget The Rules! - Powerful Presentations & Public Speaking For The Rest Of Us
Brad Nickel provides the training, guidance, services, and strategies CEOs need for success based on 25 years of cutting-edge technology, product development, and marketing. He helps startups and established companies succeed by advising them on strategy, product development, fundraising, marketing and team building/leadership.


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Lisa Perez, Human Resources Consultant, HBL Resources, Inc.
ROOM 304
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: Six Steps To Implementing An Effective Succession Plan Focused On Today!
Lisa Perez is the President of human resources consulting company, HBL Resources, Inc. which specializes in Improving Performance through Engagement. She brings over 25 years of HR experience and serves as a trusted advisor and consultant to small and large organizations including start-up Virgin Hotels, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Banesco USA, Goldman Properties, Brinks International and Best Buddies International to name a few. 


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Penny Pompei, CEO, Pompei International, Inc.
ROOM 304
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Nonprofits Are A Business First And A Charity Second
Penny Pompei is a strategic advisor to small businesses and nonprofit organizations at the West Palm Beach chapter of SCORE and her own consulting firm, Pompei International, Inc. Using a lifetime of entrepreneurial experience she uses her skills and experience to coach small business owners starting or growing their own business. She is a graduate of Duke University. 


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Bonni Smith, Business Services Manager, CareerSource Broward
ROOM 305
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Topic: Show Me The Money
Bonni Smith is a Business Services Manager at CareerSource Broward where she provides programmatic and operational direction in Broward County for dislocated workers and Employed Worker Training Grant Programs for employees needing to be self-sufficient to retain current employment. She also develops and delivers presentations to educate employers and employees about WorkForce One's resources and services.


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Perry Sofferman, Shareholder at Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
ROOM 315
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: Key Legal Issues For Emerging Businesses
Mr. Sofferman is a Shareholder in the General Practice Section. He represents clients in areas primarily relating to business and corporate transactions, business organizations and structuring, licensing, intellectual property, publishing, privacy, Internet and multimedia related issues. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. 


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Kirsten Stevens, Co-Author, Grant Divas
ROOM 317 / 318
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: Grant Writing - Key Tips To Get Your Proposal Funded
Kirsten Stevens is the co-author of Grant Divas, a book explaining how to write proposals that stand apart from others and that will get your project funded. She is also President of The Kannico Agency, an organization providing grant research and grant writing services to build strong, effective and sustainable organizations. 


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Eric Thompson, Vice President, SCORE Southeast Region
ROOM 301 / 302
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: Leading Volunteer Leaders
Eric Thompson is the Vice President of SCORE Southeast Region, providing leadership for more than 70 chapters of the organization that provides free business training and advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. He previously served at Connors Davis & Company International, a management consulting firm in Maryland, for fifteen years.


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Abigail Tiefenthaler, Founder, Sweetspot Strategies, Inc
ROOM 316
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Topic: Develop Your Big Bold Brand
Abigail Tiefenthaler is the founder of Sweetspot Strategies, Inc. and is passionate about helping entreprenerus and small business owners create clear strategies that will move their businesses forward, get products and services sold and build long-term customer relationships. With over thirty years' experience, primarily in the areas of branding, marketing and sales, Abigail understands how important it is to develop strategies so tactics can be executed without confusion and emotion.


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Suzette Turnbull, Founder, Uncommon Marketing
ROOM 317 / 318
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Topic: Ten Social Media Commandments To Build Your Customer Pipeline
Suzette Turnbull (aka Suzy Talks) uses social media to make your dreams a reality. An accomplished business expert, she knows your brand is everything. Through the use of media and brand management, marketing and social media, she expands your brand. Suzette holds a BS in Business Management from Florida Atalantic University and an MBA in Management from Simmons School of Management.