Les McKeown, Founder and CEO of Predictable Success

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Predictable Success is an organizational growth and leadership development model rooted in the seven stages of growth and occasional decline that any business will go through regardless of size or industry.

The model is used to help leaders at any level of an organization identify the processes, structures and people needed to deliver consistent, high-quality business growth decisions and to push ownership and self accountability down to every level of the organization

les mckeown des moines central iowa buisness conference bookThe model was created by Les McKeown and is laid out in his WSJ best-selling book Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track – and Keeping it There and The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success.

Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth and speaks to Fortune 500 companies about his breakthrough strategies.

Prior to founding Predictable Success, Les established himself as a serial founder/owner, starting more than 40 companies, in addition to being the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.

Web link and more about Les McKeown: Predictable Success

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Curt Steinhorst, The Distraction Expert

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CURT STEINHORST – Bestselling author of Can I have your Attention?

Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. Curt is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. After years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace.

curt steinhorst can i have your attention des moines iowa central iowa business conferenceDiagnosed with ADD as a child, Curt knows intimately the challenges companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer. He has coached executives, TV personalities, and well-known professional athletes on how to effectively communicate and create focus when they speak to audiences, lead their employees, and engage their audiences.

Curt’s unique insight and entertaining speaking style has captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He speaks more than seventy-five times a year to organizations that include everyone from global leadership associations and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.

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Brad Sugars, Founder and CEO of ActionCOACH

Brad Sugars started the ActionCOACH brand (formerly known as Action International) when he was in his early twenties. Today the company is internationally recognized as the leading global business coaching firm and one of the leading and most awarded franchises in the world today. So how did a twenty-something Australian create this global powerhouse? He did it through hard work, determination and a well-organized, systemized approach that leads businesses to profits.

Brad Sugars has always been entrepreneurial. Even from a very young age, Brad was an entrepreneur. He displayed a natural curiosity for how to work smarter and get measurable results. When still at university, Brad Sugars ran several small businesses. Perhaps due in part to his talents which were developed at a relatively young age, Brad’s ability to make companies from every conceivable industry flourish lead him to be known as “The Turnaround Kid”. Brad Sugars was soon asked to speak to business owners and executives – sharing his tips and advice on marketing, sales, systemization and team building. Audiences were wowed. Brad’s “pull no-punches” approach was a refreshing change from other speakers at the time. The content of his events were filled with simple and easy ways to grow businesses. Brad Sugars’ seminars quickly grew in reputation as the business building event to see.brad sugars action coach featured speaker central iowa business conference

Business owners started approaching Brad Sugars to consult about their businesses. Despite the demand for his services, Brad realized that consulting was not the answer. He wanted the business owners to implement the strategies he taught – but time restraints meant that he could not service the demand. It was then that Brad Sugars realized that the missing component between knowledge and implementation – was coaching and his company Action International (now known as ActionCOACH) was born. After several years, yet again demand exceeded supply and he realized the only way to truly leverage his time and to provide coaching to as many businesses as possible was to franchise his concept.

Franchising not only afforded a pathway to international expansion, it also allowed his business coaches to own their very own business.

Today, ActionCOACH operates in over 70 countries and has more than 1,000 coaches around the world, coaching 15,000 business every week. The franchise has received numerous awards including Fastest Growing Franchise, Franchisee Satisfaction, Best Overall Company and has been named the number one business coaching franchise in the world every year since 2004. In 2006, Brad Sugars returned to the company as CEO and helped guide the company through an expanded period of growth and the challenge of changing economic conditions world-wide. Using the coaching strategies that have helped thousands of companies around the world, Brad Sugars and his executive team helped lead ActionCOACH and its coaches to some of its most profitable and best years ever … in the face of challenging economic conditions. Today, Brad Sugars’ official title is Founder and Chairman and President of ActionCOACH, and he and his team are taking “business re-education” to new, more innovative and exciting levels

In doing so, he continues to guide ActionCOACH, its franchisees and its clients to ever greater achievement and success.

Web link and more about Brad Sugars: ActionCOACH


les mcKeown central iowa business conference Les McKeown, Founder and CEO | Predictable Success

In this role, he advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth and speaks to Fortune 500 companies about his breakthrough strategies.
Prior to founding Predictable Success, Les established himself as a serial founder/owner, starting more than 40 companies, in addition to being the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.
It is through this experience that he aids businesses of different size and scope as a sought-after advisor, an in-demand speaker, and bestselling author.
Les delivers keynotes to various organizations and businesses around the world. He has keynoted his Predictable Success model to Inc 5000 (4-time return speaker and consistently one of the highest-rated speakers), Microsoft, Google, the US Chamber of Commerce, EO, YPO and many more. He is also the author of three books: the WSJ best-seller ‘Predictable Success,’ ‘The Synergist,’ and most recently, ‘Do Lead.’
Les offers his consulting services to fast-growth SMEs as well as Fortune 500 companies. He has amassed a proven track record of improving leadership effectiveness and organizational performance to deliver significant business growth.
It’s this intuitive understanding of how and why businesses grow and succeed that prompted clients including: T-Mobile, American Express. United Technologies Corporation, The US Army, Pella Corporation, Anderson Windows, and Harvard University to seek out his advice.
Les has appeared on NBC, ABC, BBC, CNN, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Joey Hinke, President |Miller Fidler & Hinke Insurance

More than 10 years ago the founder of J.A. Hinke & Company was working in the I.T. consulting industry in Des Moines, Iowa. To many, Des Moines is known as one of the insurance capitals of the world so it comes as no surprise that Joseph A. Hinke joined the insurance business with a large independent insurance brokerage. With his passion still in the technology arena, Hinke built a specialized insurance program for a regional technology trade association and the insurance career began. After two years in the business, Hinke and his family moved to Dallas, TX for the company to open their Property & Casualty branch, which over the next three years exploded with success. With a growing family, Hinke and family were called back to Des Moines and launched J.A. Hinke & Company, Inc. in February of 2009.
In 2011, Miller & Fidler Insurance Agency, Inc. and J.A. Hinke & Company, Inc. announced their merger, forming Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency, Inc. Their combined expertise forms a strong agency serving individuals, families and companies across the country. Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency works to make a difference in the lives of their employees and their families, in their community and in their industry. Faith, Family and Passion for Business. This is what Miller, Fidler & Hinke is about, this is what Miller, Fidler & Hinke stands for and this is why Miller, Fidler & Hinke is in business. Miller, Fidler & Hinke is working to make a difference-this is the reason the reason their employees come to work for them and this is the reason their customers desire to work with them.

tony hogan central iowa business conferenceTony Hogan, President and CEO | KREG Tool Company

Tony Hogan currently serves as President and CEO of Kreg Enterprises, an Iowa based employee-owned company that’s mission is to help people build a sense of accomplishment through DIY wood project building. Prior to his current post, Tony received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Iowa State University and held various progressive roles at another Iowa based privately held company, Pella Corporation.
Tony is very proud of the purposeful work and business scaling success that Kreg has enjoyed during his 6+ years. He contributes much of that success to a talented team, personal & professional mentors, and applied learnings from both Traction (EOS) and Predictable Success. Tony and his wife Jil have resided in Story City for the past 13 years and enjoy traveling and spending time with their 3 adult children and their families.

mike rice central iowa business conferenceMike Rice, President | Aureon Consulting

As the President of Aureon Consulting, Rice is responsible for the company’s strategic leadership and business operations. Prior to being appointed President of Aureon Consulting, Rice was the Vice President of Aureon Consulting, previously Midwest Project Partners. He was a founding partner of Midwest Technical Partners, where he was responsible for the operations, business development and strategic growth of the company. He also spent nearly 14 years with an international IT consulting firm, in various positions such as recruiting, business development, and local/regional leadership. Rice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. In his personal time, he enjoys golfing, networking, and spending time with his family.

Monte WyattMonte Wyatt, ActionCOACH

Monte Wyatt is one of the most experienced, effective, and award winning executive business coaches in the world. In 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018 Monte was awarded the Executive Coach of the Year award. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 he also received the Best Client Results award. Monte ranks in the top 1% of Action Coaches in the world, achieving the level of Emerald Business Coach. Monte earned his B.S. from Iowa State University in Agricultural Business, specializing in Sales & Marketing. Monte started his Business Coaching Practice in July of 2004 following an extensive 14-year agricultural career including sales representative, sales trainer, sales manager, customer relationship marketing manager, and market development manager. His passion while working with business owners, not only creates positive changes, but helps business owners achieve their professional and personal goals. He is currently a global trainer and MasterCOACH for ActionCOACH Business Coaching.

don dewaay central iowa business conferenceDon DeWaay, Founder and Visionary | 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.

Dee Ovaitt | Senior Traing Consultant | ATW Training Solutions, Inc.Dee Oviatt, Senior Training Consultant | ATW Training Solutions, Inc.

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.

Jacob Kotalik CIBCJacob Kotalik, CPA | BerganKDV

Jacob Kotalik is a tax manager specializing in construction, real estate and manufacturing. On a day-to-day basis, Jacob reviews tax returns, provides tax consulting services and stays current on tax technical areas.
Jacob graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in accounting and is actively involved with the Iowa Society of CPAs. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, golfing and biking.

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Mike Wagner is President of White Rabbit, a business consultancy he founded in 2004. He is a skilled communicator, facilitator, and business consultant. Mike serves leadership teams in the creation of competitive advantage and growth strategies. His approach is a unique combination of leadership development and organizational culture, informed by the tools and process of “design thinking”.
Mike has been speaking professionally for over 30 years. He started his career as a Pastor and Church Planter before entering the business world. Mike engages audiences with fresh ideas and tells compelling stories to inspire them to keep creating!
Mike’s mission is to release the wisdom and capacity of each organization he serves.

alan richardson CIBCAlan Richardson, MBA, CExP™, Certified EOS® Implementer | Focused Facilitation

Alan Richardson, MBA, CExP™, Certified EOS® Implementer and Business Advisor is Integrator and Business Adviser for Focused Facilitation. Focused Facilitation is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, business owners, family businesses, farmers and their leadership teams navigate through critical transitions like succession planning and growing and sustaining their businesses. As a Certified Implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS), created by Gino Wickman, author of the book, TRACTION, Alan helps companies understand and communicate their vision, get traction in implementing their vision, build healthy leadership teams, and add value to their business. Alan is also a Certified Exit Planner (CExP), and for the past 7 years has helped business owners and family businesses build and implement effective and successful Business Continuity and Succession Plans (BCSP) across the U.S.
Prior to starting Focused Facilitation, Alan invested over 25 years working for or with agriculture companies, including DuPont Pioneer, Feed Energy, Asgrow Seed Company, Deere & Company, Kent Feeds, The Upjohn Company, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer and Big Dutchman.  Alan has also worked with businesses in manufacturing, construction, professional services, renewable fuels, technology, communications, automotive and distribution industries. Alan earned his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and Master of Business Administration from Drake University.

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Buck Olsen, CFP® CEO and CCO | Foster Group®

Buck Olsen, CFP®, is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Foster Group. His primary responsibilities are to set the strategic direction of the firm and provide the resources needed to serve our clients with the highest level of personal and fiduciary care. He is a gifted listener and works diligently to create an environment where our team can contribute at the highest level every day.
Buck received his B.A. in Management and Finance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in 2003.
Since 2002, Buck has been actively engaged with Zero Alpha Group (ZAG), an eight-member consortium of organizations in the investment field. ZAG was formed in 1993. Today, Buck serves on the Executive Leadership Team.

todd sommerfeld central iowa business conferenceTodd Sommerfeld, Executive Chairman | KREG Tool Company

Todd Sommerfeld is the second-generation owner and Executive Chairman of Kreg Tool Company in Huxley. Todd joined Kreg in 1999 after a brief stint in public accounting. Since that time Kreg has grown from 12 employees to over 250. Todd has been involved with all aspects of growing and scaling an entrepreneurial business including the transition of both his father and himself from the role of CEO. Todd is a certified executive coach who has become as passionate about human growth and development as he is about product and business development.
Todd lives in Ankeny with his wife, Amber and three kids. When he is not running from family activity to family activity, Todd spends his time inside and outside of Kreg helping individuals in organizations become fully alive.

Todd McDonaldTodd V. McDonald, PHR, President | ATW Training Solutions

Todd McDonald has been a community and business leader for over 30 years. From 1989-1998 McDonald served as Vice-President of Research, Marketing and Sales for American Media, Inc., ultimately becoming Executive Vice President from 1995-1998. In 1998, McDonald founded his own training and development firm, ATW Training Solutions, Inc. ATW provides tailored training solutions to clients on a local, national and international basis. Todd is also owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Des Moines.
Thought of as being results-oriented, some of McDonald’s other accomplishments include:
• Developing and delivering training programs and speeches to audiences throughout the world on topics such as teamwork, customer service, change management, communication, time utilization, and leadership.
• Assisting organizations in development of strategic initiatives and plans in industries such as banking, finance, manufacturing, insurance, hospitality and education.
• Authoring two books: one on communication between managers and their employees, “I Wish You Would Just…” and the other on time management, “How to Find 100 Extra Minutes a Day.”
• Assisting in the development of the training and development profession through volunteering on ATD committees on a local and national basis.
He has been a National Advisor for Chapters for ATD, served on two International Conference planning committees and was named Volunteer of Year on a national level.
Currently McDonald serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Entrepreneurs Association, Waukee Betterment Foundation and Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Advisory Committee of the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Mike Brinker - Central Iowa Business ConferenceMike Brinker, CPA, Partner| McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith

Mike works on tax planning and compliance for closely held businesses and their owners. Mike especially works with tax specialty services and engagements, client concentrations in real estate and agribusiness.
Mike is originally from Harlan, Iowa and received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Missouri State University. To stay involved with his community, he is active in the Knights of Columbus, Saint Francis of Assisi Church and School, and Z3 Youth and Junior Triathlon Team. Mike enjoys biking and spending time with his family and friends.


Heather FlemingHeather Fleming, Health, Wellness & Safety Manager | Van Meter Inc.

Heather is fortunate to be in a role where she gets to do what she loves every day:  helping people to be their personal best.  In her role as a leader on the Organizational Effectiveness team at Van Meter Inc., she has the pleasure of working with her 520 fellow employees across 15 locations in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska to provide leadership, guidance and opportunities to support others in their quest to achieve total well-being.  She also enjoys the opportunity to help shape the company’s purpose and culture which is focused on creating lasting value and five core values of people, partners, progress, place and profit.  Her unwavering commitment to her fellow employee owners and passion for her company shines through in all that she does.

Prior to coming to Van Meter, Heather earned her Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School and practiced law in the private practice sector, primarily in insurance defense.  She learned a great deal during her years as a practicing attorney and that experience helped position her to be a successful business professional.

She is also enthusiastic about giving back to the community that provided so much to her while growing up. Heather currently impacts the community through volunteering with many organizations:  National Council on Youth Leadership, March of Dimes, Metro North Rotary (Past President), Salvation Army, Junior Achievement and the Iowa State Bar Association.  She is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership for Five Seasons, led Van Meter’s Charitable Giving Committee for nearly 10 years and most recently served the City of Cedar Rapids on the Wellbeing Advisory Council and the Economic Alliance Community Development Council.  She enjoys challenging physical activity and playing competitive tennis at a national level with her husband, BJ.  The most important time she spends is with her husband and their three children:  9-year old Gabi and 4-year old twins Payton and Mack.

Jeff RussellJeff Russell, President and CEO | Delta Dental of Iowa

Jeff Russell is the president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa, the largest dental insurance carrier in Iowa. With more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, he has led companies of a variety of sizes: from start-ups to established companies embarking on transformation efforts.

Delta Dental provides dental and vision benefits to more than 1,000,000 members. As a not-for-profit insurance carrier, Delta Dental invests roughly half of its annual net gain in the company’s Public Benefit Program and Foundation. Since 2002, Delta Dental of Iowa has contributed more than $33 million to improving the health and smiles of Iowans. 

Mr. Russell graduated from Drake University and currently participates on several boards and committees, including serving as chairman for the Global Insurance Accelerator; on the board of directors for the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative; and as president of the Federation of Iowa Insurers. Past board service includes Dwolla, IQR Analytics and serving as president of Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M.

Pat GearyPat Geary, Chief Operating Officer| Story Construction

Pat is responsible for the daily operations of the company. He leads the project management team as well as provides oversight of Story’s field labor and equipment resources. Pat is a graduate of Iowa State University’s Construction Engineering program and has more than 20 years of experience with Story Construction.

neil blanchard central iowa buisness conferenceNeil Blanchard, Founder and CEO | Profit Pros

Neil is a serial entrepreneur, a natural problem solver and business leader.
After a successful career in engineering and infrastructure development for the University of Washington, Neil moved into sales. Two years of selling medical services to physicians uncovered a new opportunity as laser aesthetics were just becoming popular. Neil’s company Laser Advantage, LLC worked with doctors in seven states to jointly open and operate laser aesthetics clinics. After selling the line of clinics, he recognized the next opportunity: to consult with physicians and help them better manage, grow and operate their practices and clinics. He successfully grew Laser Advantage Consulting to a multi-million dollar business operating across both the US and Canada.


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