OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Gino Wickman, Entrepreneur / Author

gino wickman speaking central iowa business conferenceAn entrepreneur since the age of 21, Gino had an obsession for learning what makes businesses thrive.

At 25 he took over the family business, which was deeply in debt and in need of help. After turning the company around and running it for seven years, he and his partners successfully sold the company.

Gino then set out to help business owners and leaders get what they want out of their businesses. Based on his years of real-world experience, he created the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a practical method for helping companies achieve greatness.

traction gino wickman bookHe has personally delivered more than 1,700 full-day sessions for more than 130 companies, helping them implement EOS. He is also the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, as well as Get A Grip, Rocket Fuel and How To Be A Great Boss.

Gino is the founder of EOS Worldwide, an organization that helps thousands of businesses implement EOS with the aid of an international team of over 150 professional EOS Implementers and online support. There are more than 30,000 companies using the EOS tools worldwide.

Website: www.eosworldwide.com

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EOS Worldwide - Gino Wickman

EOS Worldwide YouTube Channel

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Victoria Halsey, PhD, Inspirational Speaker / Author

vicky_halsey-speaker-centeral-iowa-business-conferenceDr. Victoria Halsey is a spirited, inspirational speaker, author, and trainer who energizes audiences worldwide by engaging their hearts as well as their minds.

With the same skill and finesse that made her a National Champion platform diver, Vicki dives in quickly and deeply with her clients to identify and address their needs and visions. Her lively, animated presentations feature entertaining and humorous anecdotes that allow people to relax and laugh while learning—a key factor in creating highly effective experiences. People leave Vicki’s presentations with renewed conviction to utilize their own brilliance to tackle key personal and organizational issues. Whether the audience is 50 or 5,000, Vicki’s energy, intellect, and passion motivate people to unleash
their greatness.

legendary service ken blanchard vicki halseySought out globally as an instructional designer, Vicki creates a power boost for the cutting-edge content of well known management gurus such as Marcus Buckingham, Keith Ferrazzi, Bill George, and Ken Blanchard by infusing their work with optimal learning practices and innovative training materials.

As Vice President of Applied Learning for The Ken Blanchard Companies, Vicki specializes in partnering with organizations to design, deliver, and coach their people through interactive workshops, keynotes, webinars, podcasts, and numerous other classroom and e-learning experiences. Fortune 100 companies including Nike, Toyota, Gap, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo have benefited from her custom-designed leadership and customer service programs. She is the coauthor of Blanchard’s Legendary Service customer service training as well as Blanchard’s award-winning Situational Leadership® II blended e-learning program. In addition, Vicki crafted the highly acclaimed EMBA and MSEL graduate degree programs for Grand Canyon University and University of San Diego, respectively.

Vicki’s newest book, Brilliance by Design, presents an instructional design strategy that is unique. Her learner-focused, six-step ENGAGE Model connects, inspires, and engages learners to unlock their brilliance so they can make a positive difference in the world.

Vicki’s other books, The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You and The Hamster Revolution for Meetings: How to Meet Less and Get More Done, coauthored with Mike Song and Tim Burress, are examples of her drive to create practices that enable individuals to clarify expectations, improve communication, and focus on what is important.

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HOT TOPIC 1: EOS Panel – Moderated by a team of Certified Professional EOS Implementers

Mark Stanley Central Iowa Business Conference Des Moines Iowa Alan Richardson Central Iowa Business Conference Des Moines Iowa Margaret Dixon Central Iowa Business Conference Des Moines IowaRena Striegel Central Iowa Business Conference Des Moines Iowa Mark Stanley, WHY! Company  www.whycompany.com
Alan Richardson, Focused Facilitation  https://www.focusedfacilitators.com
Margaret Dixon, Gain-Traction, http://www.gain-traction.com
Rena Striegel, Transition Point, https://tomorrowiscoming.com


HOT TOPIC 2: Fuel Employees for Top Performance – Jason Kiesau

Jason Kiesau Central Iowa Business Conference SpeakerJason Kiesau has been studying personal, professional and leadership development for most of his adult life. As the Leadership and Talent Development Manager for Aureon, he travels the country working with leaders in the areas of self-management, relationship building, strategic thinking, and development of high performing teams. Jason’s purpose is to inspire confidence in everyone he works with, and he is passionate about helping them pursue and achieve meaningful results.

HOT TOPIC 3: The Power of Peers, How Exceptional Entrepreneurs Accelerate Results – Lori J. Day

lori day TABComing from a family of entrepreneurs, Lori knew in second grade that she was energized by the complex world of business owners. Lori is recognized as a premier provider of business coaching and consulting services to a diverse range of entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders. Her non-traditional background includes executive leadership positions in three Fortune 1000 companies, and she has launched three businesses, including FocusFirst, Inc. in 2002. She became affiliated with TAB—The Alternative Board—to bring high value, affordable services to entrepreneurs through peer groups. Lori’s commitment to the success of every client is evident through her unique coaching, leadership, communication, and contagious positive attitude.

HOT TOPIC 4: Difficult or Just Different? Dealing with difficult people and situations in the workplace, Dee Oviatt

Dee Oviatt ATW

Dee is a learning and development professional with more than 30 years of experience contributing in a variety of industries, including computers, consumer products, defense, financial services, and agriculture. Prior to joining ATW, he spent 20 years with DuPont Pioneer providing training services and solutions in locations across the globe.

In every industry and company where he has worked, Dee’s consistent focus has been to provide people with skills enabling them to contribute at a high level, achieve results, work effectively with others, and experience career success. His primary areas of emphasis have been leader and manager skills development, performance management, team building, difficult conversations and conflict resolution, coaching/mentoring, change management, personal productivity, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness. Dee’s goal is to help create the kind of companies at which he would want his children to work.

Dee holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. He was an adjunct instructor at Upper Iowa University for graduate level coursework on organizational development. He is active in the local chapter of ATD and for several years served on the board. His professional certifications include GPHR.

HOT TOPIC 5: Gaining a Competitive Edge with Broadband Technology | Mark Finch, Senior Director – Carrier, Wholesale & National Accounts, Mediacom Business

Mark Finch has served as Sr. Director of Carrier, Wholesale and National Accounts for Mediacom since 2013. Prior to that, he oversaw the development of all indirect sales channels including carrier & wholesale, starting in 2011. Currently, Mark oversees all wholesale, sales engineering and enterprise support functions, and manages the growth of carrier, wholesale and national account customers throughout the Mediacom footprint. Mark was previously Director of Marketing for Iowa Telecom where he was responsible for all Business revenue streams as well as all revenues from Mergers & Acquisitions, reporting directly to the CEO. Mark earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.

HOT TOPIC 6: Mastering the Irrefutable Science of Human Behavior and the Use of Psychological Motivators and Emotional Triggers to Create Your Ideal Buyer’s Journey and Generate 10 Times the Leads and Close More Business Than You Ever Thought Possible – Don DeWaay, The Profit Zone

Don DeWaay is a lifetime serial entrepreneur. No matter where a business owner is in their entrepreneurial journey, Don has been there. From the frustrating and confining environment of large corporate America, to the humble beginnings of a one man show with big dreams and limited resources, to building a large company with hundreds of millions in annual sales, to crushing failure, setbacks and defeat at the hands of the 2008 economic collapse and then full scale recovery with his newest and most exciting venture yet, The Profit Zone.

Don’s professional passion is to help business owners expand and extend their vision to see the true potential in themselves and in their businesses. In this process, Don efforts to explore new ways to go farther and faster than they ever thought possible by building scalable, recurring revenue models that get them off the hamster wheel of trading hours for dollars. Don has developed Triangulation models that engage the highest priority needs their ideal customers, build ecosystems of support and quickly and efficiently expand relationships.


EVENT SPEAKERS April 13, 2017


PCG Marketing Big Green Umbrella Media Des Moines Johnston Iowa Cumulus Media Des Moines Iowa Visionary Shive Hattery Architects Laser Resources, Inc. Better Business Bureau Iowa The Alternative Board Des Moines Metro the profit zone Aureon business support solutions ATW Training Solutions Mediacom Business EO Entrepreneurs' Organization