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Day One Keynote Speaker: Rick Rigsby

Dr. Rick Rigsby is President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications. The former award-winning journalist followed a television career with graduate school—and two decades as a college professor... most of those years at Texas A&M University, where he also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team.


Dr. Rick’s dynamic presentations motivate, empower and inspire worldwide— from Africa and Asia, to the Americas, Europe and Canada. Rick’s audiences include Fortune 500 companies, academic communities, and service organizations. The internationally acclaimed speaker is a favorite among professional sports organizations, including the National Football League and the PGA.


Named twice as an outstanding professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M, Dr. Rick has numerous publications. His first non-academic book—Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout—is a USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller.


Making an Impact


We live in an era of astonishing technology, instant information and rampant social networking. Despite the epidemic advances that ushered in a new millennium, cultural critics argue that society has never been more shallow in communication and more superficial in appearance. In fact, Dr. Rigsby argues that for many organizations, appearance- or what he refers to as impression- has become the new corporate wardrobe.


We invite you to rediscover what is really important and meaningful- not only in your professional career but in your personal life as well. Join Dr. Rigsby as he shares the wisdom of past generations- wisdom that will inspire, motivate and empower you to make an impact rather than an impression!


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Day Two Keynote Speaker: Eric Chester

There is a war for talent taking place on a global scale, and the future belongs to forward-thinking organizations that are focused on creating and sustaining a dynamic and compelling workplace culture.


Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester has cracked the code on the tactics and strategies companies that are recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries are using to win the talent wars.


On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out (2015) is Eric’s 4th leadership book, featuring top-tier leaders of the world's best places to work who share their best practice strategies for getting employees to work harder, perform better, and stay longer.


His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce (2012) is the first business book on developing soft skills and core work ethic values since 1904. He is the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and created a work ethic training curriculum that is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.


Eric Chester has delivered more than 3000 paid keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame. Companies that have invited Eric back multiple times to keynote annual conventions, conferences and meetings include Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Sprint, Great Clips, and ALCOA, to name a few.


How to Win the War for Talent in a Fully Deployed Workforce Economy


The #1 challenge facing business leaders in the restoration industry today is not about finding and keeping new customers, but rather finding and keeping skilled workers. The war for talent is intensifying and high turnover rates are crippling employers in the restoration, reconstruction, and cleaning industry.


While the vast majority of employers continue to rely on yesterday’s tactics and methodologies of hiring and retaining people, savvy business leaders are creating new tools and tactics to attract top talent and inspire employees to work harder, perform better, and stay longer.


Eric Chester’s dynamic keynote address digs deep into best practice ideas, tactics, tools, and strategies for finding and keeping top talent while developing a workplace culture that inspires “on fire” performance and service.


Participants will discover how to:

  • Create a pipeline of talent using a 5-step ‘hunt, don’t fish’ strategy.
  • Increase application flow even when compensation is not the ‘crowned jewel’ of your employment offering.
  • Determine ‘better fits’ to ensure those employees that are hired are safe bets for long-term employment.
  • On board new employees to make a lasting impression and cement their commitment from day one.
  • Create, develop, and reinforce the “7 pillars of an On Fire workplace culture”, i.e. Compensation, Alignment, Atmosphere, Growth, Acknowledgment, Autonomy, and Communication to improve productivity, ignite performance, and reduce employee turnover, i.e. ‘churn’.


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Day Two Keynote Speaker: Mike Michalowicz

By his 35th birthday Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor…and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.
Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula”, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Clockwork, Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic."


Profit First: How To Make Any Business Highly Profitable, By The Very Next Deposit


The profit formula is simple: Sales – Expense = Profit. The only problem is, it’s a lie. In his wildly popular presentation, Mike shows why the formula entrepreneurs use to calculate profit actually inhibits it. 
Mike then shares a new approach to profit – taking it first – that instantly changes everything. With this simple yet profound change, any business, will become instantly and permanently profitable.


The GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) formula for determining a business’s profit is Sales – Expenses = Profit. It is simple, logical and clear. Unfortunately, it’s a lie. The formula, while logically accurate, does not account for human behavior. In the GAAP formula profit is a left over, a final consideration, something that is hopefully a nice surprise at the end of the year. Alas, the profit is rarely there and the business continues on its check to check survival.

Sales – Expenses = Profit

Sales – Profit = Expenses

With Profit First you to flip the formula to Sales – Profit = Expenses. Logically the math is the same, but from the stand point of the entrepreneur’s behavior it is radically different. With Profit First, you take a predetermined percentage of profit from every sale first, and only the remainder is available for expenses..



  • How to implement Profit First
  • How Profit First impacts Parkinson’s Law
  • How bank balance accounting works – and why it is logical
  • How Profit First works with your existing habits, no big changes needed

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