Speakers

Daymond John

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker, Daymond Garfield John is an American businessman, investor, television personality, author, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the founder, president, and chief executive officer of FUBU, and appears as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank.


Kendra Scott

Keynote Speaker

Designer, founder, and philanthropist Kendra Scott started her company in 2002, just three months after her first son was born, with only $500. Going door-to-door to Austin boutiques armed only with a tea box full of her jewelry, Kendra captivated businesses and customers with her vibrant personality and unique eye for design.

Known for her dynamic use of color and genuine materials, Kendra’s commitment to innovation, quality and detail has taken her small start-up to a billion-dollar business and has won over loyal fans, media, and celebrities alike. With more than 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott boasts a thriving web business and more than 115 standalone stores, and the brand has expanded beyond fashion jewelry into the categories of fine jewelry, home décor, and beauty.

With Family and Fashion as two core pillars of her business, Kendra maintains a focus on the third pillar of Philanthropy in all she does. Since 2010, the company has given back over $40 million to local, national, and international causes. In September 2019, she launched a new program at the University of Texas at Austin: the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (KS WELI), which aims to build a pipeline of courageous, creative female leaders who will change the world.

Kendra has been awarded with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 National Award; listed by Forbes as one of America’s Richest Self-Made Women; named among the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Year by Upstart Business Journal; and Best CEO by Austin Business Journal. Her memoir, Born to Shine: Do Good, Find Your Joy, and Build a Life You Love, will be published in September 20, 2022.


Ryan Estis

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker, Ryan Estis, understands the challenges business leaders and top performers face, because he’s been in their shoes. He spent 15 years helping companies connect with employees and customers as an ad agency executive, building a client roster of category leading brands.

Twelve years ago, he decided to put that experience into practice and launch his own research and learning organization. Ryan is afforded an inside look at what the world’s best companies do differently, and he shares that insight by helping clients initiate change, improve performance,
and deliver growth.

Ryan has been recognized as one of “The Best Keynote Speakers Ever Heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine. His writing has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, and Entrepreneur. His clients include AT&T, MasterCard, the National Basketball Association, the Mayo Clinic, Thomson Reuters, Ernst & Young, and Lowes.


Dr. John Izzo

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Izzo is the bestselling author of nine books including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, The Five Thieves of Happiness and Stepping Up

John’s passion in helping organizations activate purpose with employees and customers has inspired him to write The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good, in 2018. A second edition of Stepping Up was released in 2020.

Over the last twenty years he has spoken to over one million people, taught at three major universities, advised over 500 organizations and is frequently featured in the media by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and INC Magazine. He has advised some of the best companies in the world on activating purpose including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald’s, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft, and the Mayo Clinic.

John was a pioneer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability movements and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where he is a Co-Founder of Blueprint, which enhances the well-being of men and communities. John also serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands.


Jason Redman

Keynote Speaker

Jason Redman is a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant who spent 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and almost 10 years as a SEAL officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger Tab.

After being severely wounded in Iraq in 2007, Redman returned to active duty before retiring in 2013.

In 2013 he launched a speaking and consulting company which focuses on inspirational presentations on leadership, teamwork and the “Overcome Mindset,” helping individuals, companies and teams to “Get off the X”TM from what he refers to as “life ambushes.” In addition, Redman provides workshops, online programs, executive coaching and business consulting to businesses around the world and group coaching through his Get off the XTM training and Overcome ArmyTM coaching programs.

Redman is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” and Amazon bestsellers “Overcome: Crush Adversity With the Leadership Techniques of America’s Toughest Warriors” (2019) and the Pointman Planner guided, motivational productivity journal (2021). He lives with his family in Virginia.


Rich Balot

Keynote Speaker

From Broke to $3 Billion

Learn about Rich Balot’s hard-won journey from starting a successful family cell phone business in his twenties, to nearly filing for bankruptcy, to creating two exits and now running a company worth over $3B in sales.

If you want to learn the tools and methodology Rich used to grow his business, come to our breakout.


Lena Sisco

Breakout Speaker

Lena Sisco is a former Naval Intelligence Officer and Marine Corps certified interrogator who served in the Global War on Terror conducting hundreds of interrogations. She is a published author, keynote speaker, former TEDx speaker, and was an expert witness on an Emmy nominated court TV show for three years. She keynotes around the world and is a speaker for SPYEX, and the SPY Museum in Washington D.C. Since 2003, Lena has been training the Department of Defense, government agencies, law enforcement, special forces, and private sector industries in interviewing and interrogation, statement analysis, body language, detecting deception, elicitation, and change leadership.

Lena is also certified in Organizational Change Management and received her certificate in the Psychology of Leadership from Cornell University. She has Masters from Brown University in Archaeology and her BA is in Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island.

In 2013, Lena started her own company, called The Congruency Group.


Tony DiSilvestro

Breakout Speaker

Born into an enterprising family on the Jersey Shore, it was always in my blood to be an entrepreneur. My father worked a variety of jobs to support my family. Besides working as a milkman, a cop, and a construction worker, he also owned rental houses. My mother ran a macrame pottery shop, and they both knew they had to work hard during the summer to make up for the slack during the winter months.

My siblings and I made significant contributions because we inherited our parents’ work ethic. And while we had a large, friendly, and loving Italian family, my parents still ran a tight ship.

I have always wanted to start my own business ever since I was a kid, and I got to it at the age of eight. My venture began when I went down to the wholesale candy store and bought a large quantity of bubble gum and candy bars. After this, I went down to the beach, set up a table, and sold them as people were leaving. Besides this, I also started helping my mother sell Mexican pots at her shop. The whole experience of wearing a sombrero, speaking with consumers, and closing sales is one I thoroughly relished and I was completely enthralled by it. It didn’t feel like work to me, even at such a young age.

That was the first of many thrilling experiences in store for me. I felt significant and knew I was contributing to my family’s well-being. This even motivated me to take on a lot of monotonous chores, like cleaning garbage cans and toilets, which was undoubtedly unpleasant but necessary. My love for my family and for entrepreneurship kept me going the whole time.

My second business attempt was selling fruits and vegetables in hotel parking lots from the back of a truck. In fact, the list of commercial projects I explored is pretty long. I did things like pump gas, change oil, and make pizzas. I couldn’t get my mind off of starting enterprises and saw chances everywhere.


David Rendall

Emcee/Breakout Speaker

During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group, Fannie Mae, and State Farm Insurance.

Prior to becoming a Certified Speaking Professional, he was a leadership professor and stand-up comedian. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities.

In between presentations, David competes in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons.

David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of four books:

– Pink Goldfish: Defy Normal, Exploit Imperfection and Captivate Your Customers
– The Four Factors of Effective Leadership
– The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness
– The Freak Factor for Kids: The Weirdest and Weakest Children Make the Best Adults


David Friedman

Breakout Speaker

David Friedman is an award-winning CEO, entrepreneur,author, and renowned public speaker. In 2011, he published his first book, Fundamentally Different, which is based on the insights he learned and taught throughout his leadership career. In 2021 he published the second edition of his book, Culture by Design, the definitive “how to” manual for building a high-performance culture — even in the new remote work environment. His current company has helped hundreds of organizations throughout North America to implement his culture operating system, CultureWise®. In 2021, David was named Speaker of the Year for Vistage International.


Mark Pompeo

Breakout Speaker

Mark Pompeo serves as Senior Vice President for Small Business Lending working with entrepreneurs Nationwide to select the best loan for their growing business and implement financial solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of their goals.

Mark joined Live Oak in 2019 and brings more than a decade of experience in commercial lending, most recently for one of the nation’s largest SBA lenders where he was consistently one of the top SBA producers. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years as a business intermediary with VR Mergers & Acquisitions in Charlotte, NC, where he consistently placed as one of the top ten national agents and has personally been involved in the sale of more than 50 companies in the Carolinas. Many of these transactions involved the use of SBA financing.

During his career, Mark has developed a reputation for professionalism and integrity, and has always put the needs of his client first. Mark is entering into his 15th year in the SBA lending arena and has quickly established himself as an industry leader and expert. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Potsdam College in 1993 and shortly after relocated to Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife and 2 daughters.


Eric Newman

Breakout Speaker

Eric Newman is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, and visionary leader. In 2009, he founded Roc Solid, an organization that inspires hope for every child and family fighting pediatric cancer. Roc Solid partners with more than eighty five children’s hospitals to deliver Ready Bags for families and has built more than one thousand playsets for children throughout the country who need a safe place to play and a reason to smile. A husband, father, and pediatric cancer survivor himself, Eric understands the battle a family faces when their child is diagnosed.


Eric Crews

Breakout Speaker

Passionate about helping companies achieve their growth goals, Eric has guided 100+ organizations to increased and sustainable profitability while simultaneously optimizing their operations and instituting elevated quality of life for their leadership teams. Eric’s bold approach has converted multiple unorganized, underperforming ventures into streamlined, revenue-generating enterprises. His clients represent a diverse range of industries, including technology, finance, marketing, manufacturing, education, and construction.

Building on decades of successful entrepreneurship and eight years as a Certified EOS Implementer®, Eric led Crews & co.’s 2021 launch of the Growth Method℠, a proprietary business operating system designed to propel companies to increased revenue, profit, and salable value.

A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Eric is an avid fundraiser for the Special Olympics and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He enjoys sailing and running and has completed four Ironman Triathlons and several marathons.

Breakout Session Overview
Set Goals Like Google: Use OKRs to Accelerate Your Growth

Setting goals is the first step to achieving them. But how do you know if you’re setting the right goals for your company? Join Eric Crews for an introduction to Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), the goal-setting method that companies like Google, Amazon, and Spotify use to align their organizations and make big progress—fast.


Ami Kassar

Breakout Speaker

Ami Kassar, founder and CEO of MultiFunding and author of The Growth Dilemma, has earned a national reputation as a thought leader in business finance.

An in-demand speaker and trusted advisor to growth-focused business leaders, Ami has helped thousands of business owners achieve ambitious growth goals through creative and personalized funding solutions. His work has helped create tens of thousands of jobs.

For more than 20 years, Ami has challenged executives to think differently about how they capitalize growth. Regularly featured in national media including The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Forbes and Fox Business News, Ami also writes a weekly column for Inc. Magazine. He has advised the White House, the Federal Reserve Bank and the Treasury Department oncredit markets. 

Ami regularly speaks at corporate, academic and industry events on topics including entrepreneurship and access to capital. Thought-provoking, highly interactive and based on real-time updates to funding options, his presentations address the cash-flow dilemmas entrepreneurs face on a daily basis.

Prior to founding MultiFunding, Ami spent a decade in various senior roles at Advanta Corporation, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards to small business owners. He served as chief innovation officer and developed innovative approaches for this specific market. In that role, Ami founded ideablob, one of the nation’s leading online, small business communities. He also hosted nationwide Bloblive events where entrepreneurs shared and debated their ideas. Additionally, Ami developed Biz Equity, an initiative that helps small business owners develop future valuations.

Ami’s research reports have played critical roles in the national debate regarding SBAlending. He also developed Banking Grades, now powered by Entrepreneur Media—a free tool that helps discover which banks are currently offering small businesses loans.

Nationally recognized for his innovative approach to lending, Ami received the Small Business Influencer Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Small Business Advocate Award in 2012. He earned his MBA from the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Brandeis University. Ami currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, two children and his Corgi-Spaniel.


Eric Keiles

Breakout Speaker

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Square 2 Marketing

Co-Author, Smash The Funnel, Reality Marketing Revolution and Fire Your Sales Team Today

Eric Keiles is a leading sales and marketing strategist focused on pioneering a new marketing methodology. Eric, along with his business partner Mike Lieberman, coined the concept, Reality Marketing™ to describe how businesses can utilize cost effective inbound marketing tactics to achieve dramatic revenue growth. They are leading the revolution in how entrepreneurs change the way they think about marketing their companies. Marketing Sherpa has called the duo “original and contrarian marketers”.

Their popular first book, Reality Marketing Revolution is a thesis on the changing world of inbound marketing and the dramatic shift in buyer behavior. It introduces concepts like “The Red & Blue Test”, “Being Remarkable” and the “Cup of Coffee Challenge”. Verne Harnish, The “Growth Guy”, named the book, the “best how-to marketing book ever”. Their second book, Fire Your Sales Team Today, is upsetting the traditional sales department by demonstrating through many real life examples how effective marketing makes the “traditional sales guy” obsolete. It outlines a complete inbound sales process, too.

Eric is also the editor of a weekly e-newsletter reaching almost 20,000 business owners and entrepreneurs focusing on this topic. Eric is also the founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Square 2 Marketing. Square 2 Marketing was named the “Inbound Agency of the Year” by HubSpot in 2013 and 2015.

A natural entrepreneur himself, Eric has founded and grown eight (8) companies since 1997. Prior to founding Square 2 Marketing, Eric created The Stitches Catalog and The Logo Workshop, two national graphic design and promotional products companies. He is a former franchisee of a national franchise and currently operates a travel and tourism hospitality group in Philadelphia.

A popular writer and public speaker, Eric has provided expert insight on panels and speaking appearances throughout America’s entrepreneurial community. He also hosts Square 2 Marketing’s monthly workshop and webinar series to help business owners learn effective marketing strategies for their businesses. Eric is also a guest lecturer at several universities.

A graduate of George Washington University (BA) and Temple University (MBA), Eric and his family reside in Center City Philadelphia.