Keynote/General Session Presenters

Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver is a professional keynote speaker, author, musician, pilot, and workforce expert. Known as the leading authority on employee retention, Clint has transformed how organizations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as the Undercover Millennial. He has been featured by Business Q Magazine as a “Top 40 Under 40,” and, as a professional drummer, he has appeared in feature films and on America’s Got Talent. In 2020, Clint won an Emmy Award for his short film Be a Mr. Jensen, which tells the story of how a single moment in time—and one particular mentor— can change the course of a life. Monday Keynote Presentation-8:00-10:00am: “I Love it Here”

Meridith Elliott Powell

Meridith Elliott Powell

For more than twenty years, President and CEO of MotionFirst, Meridith Elliott Powell, has been a leading expert on the subject of business growth covering sales, leadership, change and uncertainty. With a background in financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and travel and tourism, she has real-world experience with developing teams, exceeding sales goals and dominating the marketplace by building centers of influence. Through her work as a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, award-winning author, and business growth strategist, Meridith is able to help companies and leaders learn to develop talent, drive sales, and strategically manage change and uncertainty. Monday General Session-2:15-3:30 pm: “Thrive: Turning Uncertainty into Your Competitive Advantage”Tuesday Women in Industry Breakfast/Presentation-7:00-8:45am: “You In The Driver’s Seat” 

Kenneth W. Gronbach

Kenneth W. Gronbach

Kenneth W. Gronbach is a gifted keynote speaker and nationally recognized author, expert and futurist in the field of Demography and Generational Marketing. He makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real life examples which make it relevant to today’s culture, business climate and economy. With nearly three decades experience in retail advertising and marketing, Ken saw the direct results of shifting demographics in his clients’ profits. Eventually, his passion for the subject changed the direction of his career, to the benefit of readers of his books and attendees of his keynotes and other presentations. Tuesday Keynote Presentation-9:00-10:30am: “Demography is Destiny”.

Brian Beaulieu

Brian Beaulieu

Brian Beaulieu has served as CEO and Chief Economist of ITR Economics™ since 1987, where he researches the use of business cycle analysis and economic forecasting as tools for improving profitability. Brian has shared his highly valued research results via presentations, workshops, and seminars in numerous countries to hundreds of thousands of business owners and executives for the last 38 years.

Prior to joining ITR Economics, Brian served as an economist for the US Department of Labor, where he worked on the health-care component of the Consumer Price Index. Brian has coauthored, with Alan Beaulieu, the books “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” “Make Your Move,” and, for children, “But I Want It!”. Tuesday General Session-3:00-4:00 pm: Economic Insight with Brian Beaulieu

Business Workshop Presenters

Bart Basi

Bart Basi

Dr. Bart A. Basi is the Senior Advisor to The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning, Inc. Dr. Basi is an Attorney and CPA and has a PhD in Economics. Dr. Basi is also one of the Tax Course Instructors for the Internal Revenue Service’s Annual Filing Season Program for Tax Return Preparers throughout the United States. Dr. Basi is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York and is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court after being sworn in to the highest court in the summer of 2015 in front of all 9 Supreme Court justices. Monday Workshop-2:15-3:30 pm: “Succession Planning”. Tuesday Workshop-10:45am-12:15pm: Impact of Inflation.

Roman Basi

Roman Basi

Roman Basi is the President of The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning, Inc. Roman is an Attorney, a CPA, Managing Real Estate Broker, Title Insurance Agent and an instrument rated private pilot. Roman is also one of the Tax Course Instructors for the Internal Revenue Service’s Annual Filing Season Program for Tax Return Preparers throughout the United States. Roman is admitted to practice in Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Federal District Court of Illinois Southern District, the United State Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and Roman is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court being sworn in to the highest court in the summer of 2015 in front of all 9 Supreme Court justices. Monday Workshop-2:15-3:30 pm: “Succession Planning”.

Joe Gerstandt

Joe Gerstandt

Joe Gerstandt is a former Marine who grew up on a farm in Iowa and now serves the Intersectional Culture and Diversity Advisory (ICD) Council for the social networking platform, Twitter, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the board of directors for the Tri-Faith Initiative. Tuesday Workshop-10:45am-12:15pm: From “Anti” to “Ally”. Tuesday Workshop-1:15-2:45pm: Inclusion by Design.

Scott Klososky

Scott Klososky

As a founding partner of digital strategy firm, Future Point of View (FPOV), Scott lives
on the leading edge of technology and innovative thinking. Scott speaks to large audiences worldwide about the intersection of humanity and the Digital Transformation. Through FPOV, Scott provides advisory work for clients including Fortune100, SMB’s and government entities. This work has driven him to develop unique concepts such as the HUMALOGY® Scale for measuring the amount of human or machine involved in a system or process, and the Rivers of Information® process for building learning eco-systems. He also pioneered a framework for looking accurately into the future of an industry sector in order to set organizational strategy. Tuesday Workshop-10:45am-12:15pm: Digital Strategy Roadmapping. Tuesday Workshop-1:15-2:45pm: Digital Wellbeing.

Don Phin

Don Phin

Don Phin is an employment law attorney and risk management pro. He built an HR company used by 3,500 companies which he sold in 2014. He is also an executive coach and teaches about mastering our emotional energy. Don is often brought into messy scenarios to provide investigation, guidance, and creative solutions. You can learn more about him and get a bunch of free tools at www.donphin.com. Tuesday Workshop-10:45am-12:15pm: Mastering the Emotional Energy of Leadership. Tuesday Workshop-1:15-2:45pm: Hiring and Retaining Employees

John Wieland

John Wieland

John Wieland, is the CEO and principle owner of MH Equipment Company, headquartered in Peoria Illinois. Buying the Company in 1994, MH was virtually bankrupt. Today, MH has 1,000 employees, 31 branches and operates in 10 states. John has been married for 40 years and has 4 children, a son in law and a granddaughter. He serves on several boards in town and helps with adult special education at his church. His life pursuits are trying to follow Jesus Christ and His teaching and serving others in His name. Tuesday Workshop-1:15-2:45pm: Leaders Leading Leaders

“I felt the speakers were very relevant to today's challenges so the value they brought was perfect. ” - Steve Strenck, Gregory Poole Lift Systems