Alex Chausovsky, Director of Speaking Services, Institute for Trend Research (ITR) Economics
Alex Chausovsky is an accomplished Speaker and the Director of Speaking Services at ITR Economics. He is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends.
He has consulted and advised companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China and Japan for the last fifteen years and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.
Brendan Rooney, Director, Crypsis Group
Based in their corporate headquarters in Metro-DC, Brendan Rooney is a Director with The Crypsis Group. With offices throughout the country, Crypsis maintains extensive expertise in both pre and post breach engagements. Working with publicly traded and privately held organizations, their team of highly trained consultants aid organizations of all sizes and industries identify, contain and eradicate threats to their digital environment. The firm has handled a large number of network security compromises, of which a number have made national and international headlines.
Vice President, Santa Fe Springs Operations, Bumble Bee Seafoods
Bumble Bee Seafoods is North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, offering a full line of canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardines, and specialty seafood products marketed in the U.S. under leading brands including Bumble Bee®, Brunswick®, Sweet Sue®, Snow’s®, Beach Cliff®, Wild Selections®, Bumble Bee SuperFresh®, and in Canada under the Clover Leaf® brand. The Bumble Bee® brand has established significant consumer awareness and loyalty based on the quality, nutritional value, and affordability of its products.
Daymond John has come a long way from turning a $40 budget into FUBU, a $6 billion fashion game-changer. Throughout his career, John has continued to be an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He is not only a pioneer in the fashion industry but a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, a multiple New York Times best-selling author, branding guru and highly sought-after motivational speaker. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed John a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, a position focused on promoting the power and importance of entrepreneurship on a global scale.
President, DDR Communications LLC
President of DDR Communications, Donna Ritson founded the company over 30 years ago. DDR’s business is based on a direct response methodology that delivers market research, business development, strategic alliance and actionable market intelligence for companies in virtually every B2B industry.
DDR has been a partner with PMMI for over 12 years reporting on the trends that help members gain a deeper insight into key markets and customers. DDR’s experience is backed by over 45 years in Marketing Communications. Ritson is a certified business communicator with a BA and MSMC in Marketing Communications.
Corporate Coach, Mentor and Author
Dr. Lance Secretan is a pioneering leadership authority and change agent whose bestselling books, inspirational talks and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 22 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship.
Chief Research Officer, Vistage
As Chief Research Officer for Vistage, Joe Galvin is responsible for providing Vistage members with the most current, compelling and actionable thought-leadership on the strategic issues of small and midsized business. This proprietary research is focused on best practices from the exclusive Vistage community of more than 23,000 CEOs, senior executives and business owners across a broad array of industries in 20 countries. Through collaboration with other thought leaders and curation of the highest quality content, Vistage members benefit from impactful business research on the strategic challenges and opportunities they face.
Galvin’s mission is to continuously uncover, measure and analyze the innovations and emerging trends that drive the performance of the most successful small and mid-sized businesses.
In addition to 15 years as a business analyst, Galvin learned the importance of the customer with 17 quota bearing years as a sales professional in client facing roles in field sales and sales management. Galvin also created and led the global sales operations team at Gartner during years of expansive growth. Galvin brings expertise in customer management, sales strategy, sales performance, sales productivity, sales technology and marketing automation to Vistage. He graduated from Illinois State University.
Senior Manager Packaging Systems, The Hershey Company
Josh Becker has over 20 years of experience in the CPG industry across various roles from supply chain operations, maintenance management, engineering and packaging systems design. His career has provided him a breadth of experience across the food and beverage sector while working for Frito-Lay, Kraft Foods, Bimbo Bakeries USA and The Hershey Company for the past five and a half years. He is currently an executive council member of PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network and holds an engineering degree from Penn State University.
Commander, U.S. Navy and the Commander of the USS Cole (ret.)
Engaged leader, hands-on crisis management practitioner, and a go-to global security expert for major news networks, the former Commander of the USS Cole demonstrates the foundation for team success and time-critical decisions based on integrity. Commander Kirk Lippold reveals how to lead teams to manage challenges and ensure success in a complex world where financial, security and global threats are of critical concern across industry sectors.
General Manager, Product Management, Machine Automation Solutions Emerson Automation Solutions
Rich Carpenter is the general manager for product management for Emerson’s Machine Automation Solutions business unit and has responsibility for its portfolio of control system, operator interface, industrial PC and Industrial IOT software and hardware products for industrial automation.
Prior to this position, Carpenter was chief of product strategy for GE Intelligent Platforms Software and Services business. He led IP’s overall portfolio plan, the technology strategy, and the initiative to converge software and controls across GE. Carpenter has multiple patents in his name and a strong track record of introducing new, first-release products. He began his career in GE’s Edison Engineering Leadership program and has earned the GE CEO Leadership Award twice. Rich holds a master of science degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor of science degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.