Keynote/General Session

Overall a great experience where you can get invaluable information you can't get anywhere else. Gerardo Padilla - Seil Rentals


Mike Abrashoff - It’s Your Ship: Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Keynote Presentation-Monday, May 6th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am

When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and the ship’s performance ranked near the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Just twelve months later Benfold was ranked #1 – using the very same crew. The lesson was clear: leadership matters and culture is everything.

In Mike’s case, he realized that before the ship’s performance could change, he had to change his leadership style. Mike worked to create a culture of trust and empower his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Top down leadership is dead, so when the crew would present a problem, Mike became famous for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” This inspiring session is for every individual and organization looking for practical and usable ways to take organizational performance to new heights.


  • Understand the importance of ‘showing up’ as a leader
  • Learn how to drive excellence in your organization
  • Develop a strategy to create a culture of accountability

About Mike Abrashoff 
Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Mike served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait; and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Mike Abrashoff is the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations. Mike and his team prompt leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.

Brian Beaulieu - The 2020-2023 Business Cycle

General Session-Monday, May 6th from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Barring more international turmoil resulting from trade adjustments, we should be seeing positive leading indicators pointing to stronger growth by the time we exit 2019. We will look at which ones to focus on and just how good the rising trend might be. We haven’t beaten the business cycle into submission, so we need to think about what the downside of this coming business cycle will look like.

We are in a period of prosperity but that doesn’t mean it is without bouts of cyclical decline. Planning and timing the cycle will increase profitability through the rising trends.


  • Gain a clear vision of the future to help you prepare budgets.
  • Learn about Tax Cuts, Tariffs, and the Business Cycle combining for 2019 – 2020.
  • Uncover compelling leading indicators and come see where they are pointing.

About Brian Beaulieu
Brian Beaulieu has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. At ITR, Brian has both driven applied research regarding business-cycle trend analysis and implemented that research at the practical, company level. For the past 25 years, he has been leading workshops and seminars across the US and Canada for thousands of business owners and executives. Prior to joining ITR Economics, Brian was 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!”

Ryan Avery - Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders

General Session-Tuesday, May 7th from 8:45 am – 9:45 am

By 2020, more than 50% of your consumer and employee base will be people aged 28 – 40 years old. What that means for us is that the time is now to ensure our team has the skills and strategies to effectively communicate, motivate, engage and sell our products, services, and business to this significant demographic. Ryan Avery dives right in and shares with audiences the top strategies on how to recruit and retain the next generation of leaders.


  • Learn the super-efficient way to expertly identify the next generation of leaders who will grow your legacy and take your company to the next level in sales and significance.
  • Insight on how to easily navigate generational and cultural hurdles to ensure we motivate people from a broad diversity of backgrounds.
  • Discuss what it takes to develop employees who will remain loyal, even in today’s competitive market.
  • Review how to deploy the simple, yet little-known solutions for turning various generations into your top marketing allies and source of sales and referrals.

About Ryan Avery
Known for being one of the Millennial generation’s most profound voices on strategic communication and achievement, Ryan’s keynotes present you with the actionable strategies you can use to Go From A Leader to THE Leader® in your industry. Working with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, and associations on every continent in the world, Ryan uses his experience as a Marketing Director, World Champion and Entrepreneur to show leaders and their teams how to reach their goals with lightning speed, communicate their message with absolute clarity and turn their ideas into measurable, momentum-building action! Ryan is a leader’s GPS to success and uses his proprietary 4D Success Model™ to take you to the next level in sales, leadership, and strategic communication.

Jenny Evans - Stress-Proof Your Brain

General Session-Tuesday, May 7th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Stress diminishes our cognitive function while increasing negative emotional states. It makes portions of the brain relating to fear, anxiety and aggression larger and more active. It also kills cells in the brain related to decision-making, focus, attention, memory, learning, and our ability to accomplish goals. We literally lose our minds when we’re stressed and it keeps us from performing well at our jobs and at home.

Stress-Proof Your Brain will help you understand what happens to your brain and cognitive function during and after stress. This comprehension will help you hone in on how it’s affecting your performance, both professionally as well as personally. More importantly, you will learn how to counteract the negative effects as well as boost your brainpower and positive mood states. You will be able to stay focused, make strategic decisions, have sound judgment and not be a victim of anxiety in the face of stress. In the process, you will also improve your energy, fitness, sleep and resiliency. 


  • Learn how to utilize advanced, intellectual portions of the brain during stress instead of the more primitive, reactive ones.
  • Improve your mental capital and cognitive performance: decision-making skills, focus, memory, attention and conflict resolution.
  • Enhance your ability to access positive emotional states while decreasing anxiety, negativity and reactivity.
  • Keep existing brain neurons vital and healthy, while growing new neurons and increasing brain volume.
  • Improve your health and resiliency.

About Jenny Evans

Jenny is a speaker, award-winning author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, confidence and human performance. She is founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the award-winning book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life – 60 Seconds at a Time. Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, Jenny’s dynamic presentations move audiences to define and achieve success in both business and life…all in the face of the unrelenting demands of being a human in the 21st century. Audiences tap into their personal power and confidence, as well as learn how to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.

This was my third convention and can't say enough positive things about the structure, the subject matter and the venues. It's a terrific event and I look forward to attending many more. Steve Strenck - Gregory Poole Equipment Company