Breakout session 1
Room IBC 109, 111
Topic: Unleashing Creativity & Innovation: How to Disrupt Your Thinking, Abandon Your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies
Scott challenges the audience to think beyond the ordinary confines of linear growth, and explore the bold thinking patterns that have been key to most of the meaningful inventions; innovations and even empires throughout history… discover how you can leverage this same creative & innovative power! This is a highly interactive session using real life case studies for optimum learning and application.
Speaker: Scott Cochrane – Founder – The Bold Mind Group
Scott is an international speaker, author, coach and expert on creativity & innovation. He is widely known for challenging the status quo, for asking “why not”, and for igniting a spirit of Bold Thinking in executives and teams. His academic activities have included serving as adjunct professor in MBA and International Management Programs at various European Universities, as well as giving conferences on Business & Innovation at European and North American educational institutions.
Scott’s “Bold Mind” approach has convinced Senior Leaders and Executive Boards of many worldwide organizations to engage his speaking and advisory services. He is the author of the book, Time Machine Leadership – “How to lead from the future for sustainable success”, based on his groundbreaking corporate vision and strategy creation model that has served to drive his valued clients to new levels of growth and success. His latest book, Your Creative Mind – “How to Disrupt your Thinking, Abandon your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies”, was released in September 2016 by CareerPress.
Room IBC 113
Topic: Automated Journeys: How ShipMonk Built a Brand Experience – From a Moment a Lead Comes in to How we Get Referrals From Customers
Speaker: Kevin Sides - Chief Marketing Officer - ShipMonk
Room IBC 207
Topic: Your Roadmap to Networking in a Hyper Connected and Cross Cultural World
Learn innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind (that lead to successful outcomes) along with surprisingly simple tactics to invigorate your networking strategy. Get valuable insight into effective cross-cultural communication to build your career or online and offline.
Speaker: Kavita Sahai – Chief Impact Officer –HavingBigPlans.com
Kavita has over 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurs that are looking to better the world through technology, education, healthcare and/or business model innovation. She is the founder of havebigplans.com the leading online business coaching site and has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post and Tech.co. Kavita has worked on over $800M successful investment plans through her career as a professional investor with large firms like TA Associates and Sun Capital Partners. She has lived in four different countries and five different states.
Room IBC 209
Topic: EB 5 Immigration Investor Visa Program (panel discussion)
Speaker: Jana Aristizabal – Partner – Marcum LLP and guests
Room IBC 211
Topic: Meet the C-Suite! How CEOs and CFOs Are Adapting to Today's Changing Business Climate from Big Data to Security and Human Capital Management (panel discussion)
Speaker: Michael Evanoff – Automated HealthCare Solutions, LLC
Michael Evanoff has over 25 years of experience leading high-growth organizations and fortune 500 companies. He is the CFO of Automated HealthCare Solutions, which is a Private Equity funded healthcare tech company. Prior to this, he was CFO of Channel Intelligence, a premier e-commerce company that he helped lead through a growth stage and later a sale to Google. He worked for Jefferson Pilot through the acquisition by Lincoln Financial and prior to that, DirecTV Latin America until the acquisition by News Corp. He has worked around the world for ExxonMobil.
Room IBC 213
Topic: Cybersecurity and Privacy Perspectives: How Businesses are Facing the Ever Growing Challenge of Staying ahead
Gain a better understanding of:
- Results from PwC’s latest Global State of Information Security (GSISS) – the world’s largest cybersecurity and privacy survey.
- An understanding of the evolving global business ecosystem and how cybersecurity challenges are impacted by this ever evolving and complex system
- An overview of adversaries business face, along with their high-level motives.
- Recommendations on baseline and advanced techniques companies should be considering to combat the threat including the important questions non-IT business executives should be asking.
Speaker: Peter Lester – Partner – PWC
Peter is a director with PwC's Cybersecurity and Privacy practice. With over 12 years of experience, Peter’s main focus centers in the Technology and Media industries with an emphasis on information security strategy, execution of large-scale security transformation efforts, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. He has also managed projects from highly reactive forensic investigations to complex implementations of financial systems. Peter is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.
Room IBC 309
Topic: Franchising 101: Everything You Need to Know About Franchising a Business or Becoming a Franchisee (panel discussion)
Jerry Marks - Attorney, Author, Lecturer - Marks & Klein, LLP: Gerald “Jerry” Marks is an attorney, author, lecturer, Adjunct Professor of Franchise Law at Monmouth University and franchise seminar presenter for the Small Business Administration, Lynn University and numerous other educational and business organizations. Jerry’s law firm, Marks & Klein, LLP (www.marksklein.com) focuses on franchisee-franchisor matters. He represents both sides sometimes representing franchisees asserting fraud and damage claims against franchisors and other times assisting companies and individuals seeking to expand their successful business by franchising.
Jerry has written for and been interviewed by numerous franchise publications, and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and other business television programs to discuss franchise issues. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey.
Craig Van Sickle – Regional Developer for South Florida and Puerto Rico - Spa810 Franchise: Craig Van Sickle is dedicated to supporting franchisees in all phases of the business, during build out, through opening and beyond. After more than 25 years of business experience in Central America and the USA, Craig is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, which allows him, in his role as the Regional Developer for Miami and Puerto Rico, to support all franchisees in their language of choice. Craig enjoys working with existing spa owners who would like to take their spa to the next level and increase their income through the spa810 model.
Joe Fox - Co-Founder - OJP Group, LLC
Danny Murphy - Founder - D.P.Murphy, Inc.
Room IBC 313
Topic: Exporting Resources for U.S. Companies (panel discussion)
Join panelists Paul Frost (Foreign Commercial Service Officer), Debbie Lanford (International Trade Specialist) and Jennifer Simpson (Regional Director, Export-Import Bank) for an interactive discussion about these groundbreaking topics.
Paul Frost - Foreigner Commercial Service Officer – U.S. Department of Commerce: Paul Frost is a Commercial Officer at for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for assisting U.S. companies throughout South Florida in the Financial Services, Education, Marine sectors. Between 2014 and 2016, Paul served as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, where he had responsibility for Education, Tourism, Franchising, Services, Agribusiness and SelectUSA.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Paul was Vice President, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also worked in Washington, D.C. at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds the designation of Certified International Credit Professional.
Debbie Lanford – International Trade Specialist – FSBDC at Palm Beach State College: Debbie Lanford is an international trade specialist with the Florida SBDC. Debbie is responsible for guiding small businesses through the complexities of developing export marketing and international expansion plans as well as teaching seminars on basic international trade and market research. As the program manager of the Export Marketing Plan Team, Debbie works closely with the 10 international trade specialists within the FSBDC Network and its strategic partners including Enterprise Florida and local U.S. Department of Commerce officers. In 2016, the EMP program won the President's E-Award for Export Assistance.
Debbie has a passion for analyzing both financial and market data to help clients determine the best growth strategies. She is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and holds an MBA in International Business. She has developed webinars and presented for organizations such as NASBITE International, Florida Makes, SCORE, the US Superyacht Association, and local chambers and economic development organizations.
Jennifer Simpson - Regional Director, Eastern Region - Export-Import Bank of the U.S.: Jennifer Simpson studied Marketing Management and has over 20 years of experience in credit insurance, Tax and Financial Statement Preparation, Commercial Insurance Financing, and Finance Management. Prior to joining EXIM Bank directly, Jennifer held positions as a private broker for EXIM Bank for 14 years, as well as Finance positions at SunTrust Bank, and Top Services. Jennifer has been recognized with awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the World Trade Center, the Foreign Credit Insurance Association, and EXIM Bank for her contributions to international trade.
Topic: Breaking Barriers and Breaking Boards
Learn how to use your mindset to overcome obstacles and challenges. In this interactive experience, participants will identify barriers and obstacles and literally break through them. The physical experience of harnessing personal power to break through a board with a bare hand – achieving what looks impossible – translates into the breaking of other types of real-world barriers.
Speaker: Karen Pfeffer – Co-Founder – FirePower Seminars
At age 15, Karen came to the U.S. from Venezuela. With a father from Kansas and a mother from Puerto Rico, Karen has a unique cultural mix that has inspired her to challenge stereotypes and “push the envelope” at every opportunity. Her guiding philosophy: “Expectancy determines outcome”.
Karen began her career by entering the male-dominated field of banking, and became the first woman president of the Florida Bank Marketing Association. In 1991, she founded a full-service marketing and advertising agency, What a Concept! In 2002, the agency changed its name to Pfeffer Marketing Group, providing strategic and creative marketing for local, national and international clients such as Sprint and Bausch and Lomb. Karen also became a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – an approach to communication and personal development through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
As a certified NLP practitioner, Karen offers Breakthrough Coaching for breaking through limiting beliefs and unproductive patterns, assisting individuals, executives and companies to increase their effectiveness. She views every encounter as an opportunity to help people, and has devoted countless hours to counseling individuals in need.