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Armir Harris with Shofur

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Armir Harris / Shofur
CEO

Armir Harris is founder and CEO of Shofur. Albanian-born, Harris moved to the United States as a teenager, where he started working at his uncle’s cab service and learned the internal operations of the business, including filing paperwork, developing the company website, booking reservations, and managing drivers. Then in 2013, Harris founded Shofur with $800 and a vision to transform the transportation business. Today, Shofur’s platform has gained access to more than 5,000 buses, is currently available in more than 100 cities, has serviced more than 1,000,000 customers, and logged more than 5,000,000 miles of travel, all with 0 accidents. Harris remains highly involved in day-to-day operations of the company and its growth plan.

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Karly Venuto with WeWork

Karly Venuto / WeWork
VP of Events

Karly VenutoAs WeWork’s director of events, Karly Giaramita’s main goal is to encourage connection among company members and staff through memorable live experiences. Based in New York, Giaramita has overseen events for the company since 2012, when she was hired to plan its first summer conference, known as the WeWork Summer Camp. The remote event turned into an annual conference, which in 2015 brought more than 2,000 members and staff to Raquette Lake Camps in the Adirondacks for three days of classic camp activities combined with networking events, educational sessions, and festival-style concerts from acts including The Weeknd.

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Matt Ethington with ChronicCareIQ, Darrell Tyler with Steller Creative, Imen Ben with Fashino and Alex Pollak with ParaDocs Worldwide

 

Matt Ethington / ChronicCareIQ
CEO

Matt Ethington is a successful serial entrepreneur and seasoned professional with nearly two decades of experience in the healthcare and IT space. Prior to ChronicCareIQ, he founded and led the award-winning simplifyMD, which grew from concept to managing more than 45 Million electronic medical records for doctors on two continents, including the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Darrell Tyler / Steller Creative
Digital Marketing Strategist

Darrell Tyler is a dedicated entrepreneur born and raised in New York, NY. He became obsessed with entrepreneurship after taking a class on it the very last semester of his senior year in high school. From that moment on he became hyper-focused on educating himself on business fundamentals, marketing, and sales. His first day out of high school was spent going door to door selling kitchen products. A few months later, his would-be business partner introduced him to internet marketing. Since then, Darrell has gone on to create massive success for himself in e-commerce and now helps other businesses do the same.

Darrell’s favorite hobbies include reading, meditating, and socializing. Although he spends a lot of time on social media, he is passionate about getting people to connect organically, in real life. His current interests include bio hacking and the saxophone, which will probably change in 6 months because he gets bored easily.

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Imen Ben / Fashino, LLC
Founder and Fashion Designer

Imen Ben is the Founder of Fashino. Born in Canada, Imen graduated from ESMOD Paris, one of the most reputable academies of fashion design in the world, with a degree in Fashion Design. She then pursued further studies at the University of Quebec where she received a Masters in Arts and Graphic Design.

In 2004, Imen started her own fashion and graphic design studio, Fashino.net, where she has successfully delivered high end 3D clothing lines for customers all over the world. With Fashino.net, Imen was able to fulfill her dream of showcasing her design skills.

In September 2015, Imen started crafting and developing her first clothing line “Relentless by Fashino”. It was two years of hard work, perseverance, and commitment to creating unique styles and ideas for her new clothing line. Relentless by Fashino is a clothing line comprised of creative and limited edition styles made with high quality performance fabric that was designed for athletes and gym goers.

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Alex Pollak / ParaDocs Worldwide
CEO

Alex Pollak has been a paramedic since 1998 and worked for 911 throughout his undergrad and graduate studies. He received an MBA in Finance in 2008, and after he left his job at a hedge fund, he began working for a national ME company in their finance department. It was there that he saw a niche market for event medical services. Most festivals at the time would call to have ambulances stationed at the event, but never any proper on-site services.

Alex Pollak, created his company about 5 years ago and will hit about $3 million in revenue in 2017.

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Elizabeth Crook with Orchard Advisors

 

Elizabeth Crook / Orchard Advisors
CEO, Founder and Author

Elizabeth CrookElizabeth Crook is the author of LIVE LARGE: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. As the CEO of Orchard Advisors for the past twenty-plus years, Elizabeth has helped CEOs and entrepreneurs think and act strategically to grow their companies and find greater personal satisfaction. She has shown countless individuals of all generations how to invent and reinvent themselves. Crook knows how to inspire people to gain a fresh sense of what they can accomplish in their lives, think about themselves with compassion, develop a sense of humor about their challenges, and ultimately take action.

Elizabeth holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MS from Tennessee State University. She lives on Music Row in Nashville.

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Leila Shaver with Shaver Law Group and Author and Stand-Up Comic Anna Vocino

Anna Vocino and Leila Shaver

 

Leila Shaver / Shaver Law Group, LLC
Owner

Leila Shaver has spent her entire legal career in the financial services industry. She started her career as in-house counsel for a national broker-dealer headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. She has defended registered representatives and broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations and in regulatory disputes with FINRA and the SEC. Mrs. Shaver has also provided legal consulting services to BDC funds and brokerage firms based in California before providing representation and compliance support for a real estate development sponsor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also represented investment advisers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisers nationwide in compliance related matters, including registration and regulatory audits. Mrs. Shaver is uniquely positioned to represent industry professionals and investors alike and understands both best regulatory practices and practical business choices.

Mrs. Shaver’s broad experience in the financial services industry allows her to advise clients from the formation of their entity to registration through management of their business.

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Anna Vocino / Eat Happy
Author, Stand-Up Comic and Co-Host

Anna Vocino is a voice over talent and stand up comedian who also happens to be a Celiac who writes cookbooks.  She co-hosts the “Fitness Confidential” podcast with Vinnie Tortorich.  She has voiced hundreds of commercials, cartoons, movies, promos, radio stations, and video games, which is a super cool day job to support her passion of food blogging and cookbook authoring.

Her new cookbook and Amazon bestseller, “Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes For A Joyful Life,” has 154 easy to make low carb recipes that are all delicious comfort food free from sugars and grains.  Anna also has to cook for a husband, a teenage daughter, and a tiny dog.

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Stan Peake with InSite Performance Coaching

 

Stan Peake / InSite Performance Coaching, LTD
Business and Performance Coach

Stan PeakeStan was born to be a coach. In fact, he cannot help but coach. Through his passion for helping others unleash their potential, Stan ‘fell into’ his first 2 leadership positions, and there was no turning back. Stan’s first foray into running his own business came at the age of 21. He started his own personal training business, which grew to require an additional fitness trainer. At 31 he bought into his 2nd business, which went through a merger and acquisition by a larger holding company. Stan later founded InSite Performance Coaching LTD in 2015 “to help values-based leaders live their dreams”. In Stan’s words (and InSite’s # 1 Core Value), “it’s better to be scared and uncomfortable passionately chasing your dreams than it is to be comfortable but unfulfilled”. Stan also has a minority interest in another company, and continues to build InSite to help achieve it’s vision of helping 10,000 values-based to leaders live their dreams!

When not coaching others, Stan enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife Maria, son Chase, and dog Zeke. He also loves achieving goals off of his infamous bucket list.

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Atul Tandon with Opportunity International

 

Atul Tandon / Opportunity International
US CEO

Atul TandonAtul Tandon is presently the US CEO of Opportunity International. He is an entrepreneur, non profit leader, and advisor with a wealth of experience in consumer banking, community organization, and international humanitarian relief. Born and raised in India, Mr. Tandon started in financial services and then went on to global leadership roles with Citibank, World Vision, and the United Way. He has been entrenched in both the for profit and non profit worlds, and was a founding member of Bono’s ONE campaign as well as World Vision’s HOPE initiative.

Following his time on the executive team of these organizations, both leading fundraising and supporting microfinance, he founded his own advisory team, the Tandon Institute, which focuses on accelerating social enterprises.

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Stacey Ruth, Author of Truth and Dare: Inside Out Marketing

Stacey Ruth

 

Stacey Ruth / Truth & Dare: Inside Out Marketing
Marketing Author and Speaker

Stacey Ruth is a highly acclaimed entrepreneur and marketer. Over the past 25 years she has accumulated numerous awards and certifications, including Certified ROI Professional, Top 50 Entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine, Top 100 Event Agencies by Event Marketer Magazine, Top Meeting Planners to Watch in Convention South Magazine. She has been a founding partner of two multi-million dollar agencies: The WOW Factory, and most recently, Actio Marketing.

Through her experience with Fortune 1000 companies as well as start-ups, she has seen over and over again the common challenges every marketer faces, regardless of their level of expertise. She shares with organizations and individuals how skill can be meaningless when a sense of Purpose is lacking or discordant.  Her unique technique of unearthing key assumptions that undermine success is truly remarkable, and she shares it through her books, her blog Insight Out, her presentations and seminars. She is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about marketing.

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Josh Bernstein with Josh Bernstein Media

 

Josh Bernstein / Josh Bernstein Media
Owner and Principal Consultant

 

Josh BernsteinJosh Bernstein is one of Atlanta’s leading independent digital media consultants and a seasoned expert when it comes to paid search marketing and Google AdWords. He has a successful history working with businesses, startups & agencies who want to get their website ranked on Google’s sponsored (aka paid) listings at a very reasonable cost for agency-quality level of work.

His paid search umbrella includes account management, copywriting, keyword expansion, ad extensions & more. Josh also handles Facebook advertising, Twitter ads, LinkedIn ads plus Google display, Google remarketing, print media & media & marketing strategy/consulting.

With over 15 years in advertising and over 10 years in digital media, Josh is the right choice for all your paid search marketing needs. With his extensive experience in working on PPC accounts of all sizes and in every way imaginable (ad copy, ad copy rotation, keyword optimization, match type optimization, account reorganization, budget management of nearly $50 million, client reporting and more).

He has been certified by Google four-times as an AdWords Qualified Professional and last year attained the title of a Google Advertising Specialist.

Past clients including JCPenney, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Hooters, Mitsubishi & others can attest to the quality of Josh’s work, professionalism and integrity.

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Rick Garlick with JD Power

 

Rick Garlick / JD Power
Global Practice Lead for Travel and Hospitality

 

Rick GarlickRick Garlick is the Global Travel and Hospitality Practice Lead at J.D. Power. He is responsible for providing industry thought leadership to the company’s clients in the hotel, destination, rental car, airline, and cruise line industries, as well as for creating new products and revenue opportunities to grow the practice.

Dr. Garlick joined J.D. Power in 2013 after nearly 20 years of consumer and employee research experience with two of the most prestigious research companies in North America: The Gallup Organization and Maritz Research.  He has been a trusted advisor to many senior leaders of premier organizations, as well as a nationally recognized thought leader in the area of hospitality and employee engagement research. He has a diverse research and consulting background that includes extensive experience with travel and hospitality research; employee engagement measurement and training; talent selection; brand research; customer satisfaction and loyalty programs; image and awareness studies; and national opinion polling.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Garlick worked in financial services, utilities, manufacturing, entertainment, media, retail, association, and not-for-profit research. Prior to entering the private sector, he taught courses in research methods, marketing, and persuasive communication at Michigan State University and DePaul University in Chicago.

A frequent conference speaker, Dr. Garlick has published numerous articles in industry and academic journals. He has also appeared on such national media outlets as MSNBC, CNBC, CNNfn, Bloomberg Television, and National Public Radio, as well as being quoted in a number of national publications.

Currently, Dr. Garlick serves as chair of the Research Committee for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMAI) Foundation Board. Previously, he served in a similar function for Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Dr. Garlick received a Ph.D. in communication studies from Michigan State University.

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