Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:00 am

Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament

Host: John Donnelly, chief revenue officer, Inc. Media

Breakfast begins at 7:00 AM at the TCP San Antonio Clubhouse. The Tournament will begin at 8am. Foursomes will be assigned in a scramble format. Play will be followed by a lunch and award ceremony, where prizes will be awarded to the top foursome, longest drive, closest to the pin, hole in one, etc.

If you would like to rent golf clubs, please contact Jarod Kendall, course tournament director at JarodKendall@pgatourtpc.com or 210-491-5805.

Additional fee to participate.

10:00 am

Inc. 5000 Military Mentoring Fair

Join us as we host our annual mentoring fair designed uniquely for service personnel—active and veteran—as well as military spouses. Conference attendees are welcome to participate as mentors for the day, to share experiences with servicemen and -women, and to provide insight on successfully starting, building, and expanding a business.

Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.

Welcome Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

10:00 am

Onsite Check-In Opens

Pick up your credentials, conference program and other goodies.

10:00 am

Registration Bag Pick Up and Pop-up Networking

10 am- 1 pm Popup Networking  Sponsored by Ryder

1:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Open-Book Management

In this interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Jack Stack’s best-selling book,The Great Game of Business and learn how to implement it into their own businesses. In its simplest form, the ultimate goal is to create a “business of business people” who think, act and feel like owners. Participants will learn to develop their own Great Game to keep their employees focused on a common goal, encourage them to work together and build a winning team, and develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.

 

1:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Brand Story and Customer experience: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

In this interactive course, learn how to differentiate from the competition though an inspiring brand idea that you can bring to life throughout the customer journey.  You’ll be introduced to implementable strategies for designing emotionally powerful, loyalty-building, and brand-enhancing customer experiences. Discover how to make a lasting impression on your customers from a senior brand strategy expert with 10+ years experience building brands for Fortune 500 companies. There is an additional fee to attend.

Session Leader: Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

3:00 pm

Inc. BrandView Presents: Small Business, Big Impact Pitch Party

Pre-conference session sponsored by Salesforce

Join 5 entrepreneurs as they pitch their business idea to win a prize package worth up to $45,000. The event will include time to network with your peers, cocktails and light snacks will be served.

4:15 pm

PeerSourced Networking

Meet your fellow conference attendees for table discussions on topics of key interest to entrepreneurs. Cocktails and snacks will be available.Pre-registration required.

Sponsored by Principal.

5:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Opening night is all about breaking the ice. Grab a refreshing cocktail, enjoy an appetizing bite, and mingle with leaders from some of the most dynamic companies in the country. This fun and casual soiree is the official kickoff to the Inc. 5000 Conference.

6:00 pm

Inc. Insiders Cocktail Reception

Stop by for cocktails at the Inc. booth in the Marketplace.

7:00 pm

Inc. Marketplace and Registration closes for the day

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7:00 am

Morning Workout Activity

Created by American Gladiator Grand Champion Ally Davidson, Austin-based Camp Gladiator (No.1483 on the Inc. 5000 list) is one of the fastest-growing fitness program in the nation. During the bootcamp workout, Camp Gladiator experts will lead vigorous drills and exercises. This 60-minute group experience promises a motivating and challenging environment in which men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Anyone from the casual to the committed is welcome to join.
Primary Trainer: Dallas Seely

Powered by Camp Gladiator

7:30 am

Women of the Inc. 5000 Networking Breakfast

Kick off the Inc. 5000 Conference with special guest Mel Robbins, an author, motivational speaker and CNN commentator. She’ll disrupt your conventional thinking and give you the tools to run your business and not let it run you. Enjoy a full breakfast and network with other female executives from America’s fastest-growing private companies of the year.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

8:00 am

Onsite Check-In Opens

Pick up your credentials, conference program and other goodies. Plus, if you have any questions about the conference visit the help desk at onsite check-in.

8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

8:55 am

MSNBC’s “Your Business” wants to hear from you!

MSNBC’s “Your Business” wants to hear from you! On Wednesday, October 19th between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, MSNBC’s Small Business program “YOUR BUSINESS” will be shooting on-camera interviews with small business owners. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for your business. They will be taping several segments for the show. If you are interested, sign up to be considered for an interview spot by clicking here.

You can find more info about the show at: http://www.msnbc.com/your-business

9:00 am

Welcome From Inc. President

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

General Session – Grand Oaks Ballroom

9:15 am

The Method Method
How to Build a $100 Million Brand People Love

Learn how Eric Ryan, the co-founder of Method, built the $100 million brand offering more than 200 nontoxic, biodegradable household products. Ryan will reveal how his scrappy startup turned an industry upside down, discuss the power of brand identity, and explain why he believes sustainable businesses are better, more profitable businesses. Find out how Ryan has proved that where there’s a will, there’s a Method.

10:00 am

How to Achieve Predictable Success Even in Uncertain Times

Speaker: Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com

10:45 am

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

11:20 am

Inc. Serious Business Debate: Profits vs. Purpose

Pro: Elizabeth McKee Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence, Dell; and Eric Ryan, co-founder, Method

Con: Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO, LaSalle Network; and Doug Tatum, board chairman, Newport Board Group; and entrepreneur-in-residence, Florida State University

Moderator: Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

12:25 pm

Who’s the Boss? The Challenge of Change

As an immigrant, an engineer, and an entrepreneur, Weili Dai is no stranger to personal and professional trials and triumphs. The self-made tech tycoon and Silicon Valley pioneer will share her
remarkable journey and explain just how she and her husband built the multibillion-dollar technology firm. Learn how to make moves that matter as well as to utilize patience, people, and perseverance to achieve goals and overcome controversies.

Speaker: Weili Dai, co-founder, director, and former president, Marvell Technology Group

Interviewer: James Ledbetter, editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence

1:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Enjoy a delicious meal as you take this opportunity to get to know your fellow conference attendees and make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

2:00 pm

Drinks With Kim Jordan Live Taping

Go behind the scenes at an Inc. Live interview taping with Kim Jordan, co-founder, executive chair and former CEO of New Belgium Brewing. You’ll have the opportunity to hear more about how to meet consumer needs of the future and also have a tasting of New Belgium beer. Space is limited.

Interviewer: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

 

2:25 pm

Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions

Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 70 minutes in length.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
Ask Norm Brodsky Anything: Inc. 5000 Edition

Norm Brodsky has seen and done it all. Relying on decades of business experience, know how, and street smarts, Brodsky is here at Inc. 5000 to help you. He will share his stories of setback and accomplishment as well as lessons he’s learned along the way. No problem is too big. And no issue is too small for him to tackle in this open forum.

Session Leader: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; and co-author, Street Smarts

Introduction: Leigh Buchanan, editor at large, Inc.

2:25 pm

Deep Dive: The Complexity of Fast Growth—How Not to Be Overwhelmed

Session Leaders: Carissa Figgins, consultant, Predictable Success; Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com; and Scott Propp,  consultant, Predictable Success; Introduction: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
Inc. BrandView Presents: Anatomy of an Exit

Sponsored by Harris Williams & Co.

Speakers: Pooneh Mohajer, co-founder, Hard Candy and Tokidoki; and Doug Tatum, board chairman, Newport Board Group; and entrepreneur-in-residence at Florida State University; Rob B. Rogers, principal, Vista Equity Partners; and Mike Wilkins, managing director – Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group, Harris Williams & Co.

Moderator: Jim Schleckser, CEO and managing partner, the CEO Project; and columnist, Inc.com

2:25 pm

Concurrent Sesstion
How to Find Capital at Any Stage

No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is a top priority. But with the obvious funding sources either tapped out or out of touch, companies have had to think smarter and work harder to find means to secure money and/or reel in investors. Learn what funding strategy is right for you, where to find it, and what to do with it.

Session Leaders: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; and Troy Rice, Vistage Chair, Vistage Worldwide

Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
How to Tell Your Story

Speakers: Jennifer Connelly, founder and CEO, JConnelly; Cal McAllister, founder and creative director, Wexley School for Girls; and Kate Rogers, small-business and entrepreneurship correspondent, CNBC Business News

Moderator: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

2:25 pm

Free-Flowing Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

Facilitators: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business; Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; co-author, The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees; and columnist, Inc.com; and Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

3:35 pm

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

3:35 pm

Meet the Speaker Les McKeown

Books are free while supplies last.

4:10 pm

How to Brew Scale, Sustainability and Succession-Planning

Kim Jordan stepped down last year as New Belgium Brewing’s CEO, a position she held since founding the company in 1991. But Jordan is comfortable with making big moves. In 2013, she sold the brewery to her co-workers, making it 100 percent employee owned in the midst of major growth and expansion. Find out what motivated her to launch New Belgium—and how she knew it was time to transition into a “higherlevel strategic role.” Learn how to craft a satisfying vision and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line.

Speaker: Kim Jordan, co-founder, executive chair and former CEO, New Belgium Brewing

4:55 pm

New Rules of Employee Engagement   

Speaker: Dan Price, founder and CEO, Gravity Payments

5:45 pm

Program closes for the day

5:45 pm

Dinner Recess

6:00 pm

Networking Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace

It’s time to relax and unwind. Come have a drink and network with some of the seasoned entrepreneurs and experts speaking at the conference; and mingle with past and present honorees of the Inc. 5000 list. Let’s all raise our glasses to a great day at the Inc. 5000 Conference.

6:00 pm

Cocktails With the Brodskys: How to Stay Married to the Business (and Each Other)

All significant others are invited to be a part of this candid, interactive conversation hosted by serial entrepreneurs Elaine and Norm Brodsky, who are quintessential partners in business and life. Meet and connect with others like you and hear from those who’ve been there, done that, and have the relationship battle scars to prove they have successfully moved beyond the toils and troubles of business.

Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; and partners, Black Gold Suites

7:00 pm

Marketplace and Registration closes for the day

7:30 pm

Buses to the Inc. 5000 Conference Party Depart

In order to attend the Conference Party you must take one of the buses at 7:30 p.m.

8:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Conference Party: Texas Tailgate

Round-up for some fun! Join fellow Conference attendees, speakers, and sponsors for some cool drinks, tasty barbecue bites,  smores over the campfire and live music at Knibble Ranch, a working Texas cattle ranch. Cowboy boots optional.

Buses to the ranch depart at 7:30 PM.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

 

11:00 pm

Buses from the Inc. 5000 Conference Party depart

(Shuttle connection to the Courtyard Marriott available at the JW Marriott) Knibbe Ranch

Thursday, October 20, 2016

8:00 am

Onsite Check-In and Gala Bracelet Pickup Opens

8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

8:55 am

Welcome

9:00 am

Limitless—Lessons in Leadership, Space Exploration and Human Potential

Speaker: Winston Scott, former astronaut, NASA

9:35 am

How to Sell to Giants

Speakers: Heidi Messer, co-founder, Collective[i] and LinkShare; Adam Miller, founder and CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand; Ragy Thomas, founder, Sprinklr; and Graham Weston, co-founder, chairman, and CEO, Rackspace

Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

10:25 am

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

10:25 am

Meet the Speaker: Winston Scott

10:45 am

Inc. 5000 Exclusive Session:
A Masterclass with Tony Robbins—How to Master the Game of Life

Having managed 12 businesses at once and coached more than 50 million people in his career to date, Tony Robbins is here to help you. Hear him explain how leadership is a learnable skill, why losers react and winners anticipate, and what it really takes to have the greatest impact. Discover how to have a vision larger than your life and find out why success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

Speaker: Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, peak performance strategist, and author, Money: Master the Game       

1:30 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Grab a bite, mingle with attendees and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.

2:30 pm

Inc. Marketplace Closes

2:30 pm

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: Helping Successful Leaders Get Even Better

Session leader: Marshall Goldsmith, executive educator, business coach, and author, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Mojo

Introduction: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions

Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 60 minutes in length.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
When and When Not to Outsource

Whether it’s because of cost, quality, and/or control, there are many reasons companies do or do not outsource. Learn best practices for effective outsourcing, how to find true partners to work with, and why it’s OK to change course.

Speakers: Dan Hermann, co-founder and CEO, Paint Nite; and Nicole Sahin, founder and CEO, Globalization Partners

Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
How to Fail Forward

Speakers: William S. Parrish, Jr., founder, president, and CEO, NobleStrategy; and author, Making Bold Moves; and Vance Patterson, founder, president and CEO, Patterson Group

Moderator: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; co-author, The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees; and columnist, Inc.com

Introduction: Tom Foster, editor at large, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
What’s the ROI of Your Company’s Culture?

Speakers: Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO, LaSalle Network; and Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, founder and former CEO, LetterLogic

Moderator: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

2:45 pm

Free-Flowing Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

Facilitators: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business; and Carissa Figgins, consultant, Predictable Success

3:45 pm

Program concludes

4:00 pm

Onsite Check-in and Gala Bracelet Pickup Close

5:45 pm

Inc. 5000 Gala Cocktail Reception

The festivities commence with a lovely cocktail reception in honor of our Inc. 5000 honorees. Come dressed in your finest attire for an evening of celebratory splendor.

7:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Black-Tie Gala

Feast on a four-course gourmet meal as the evening continues in celebration of this year’s Inc. 5000 companies. The program will include presentations highlighting the award-winners, including the top ranked company, as well as congratulatory remarks. The evening concludes with champagne toast and dancing.

Hosts: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.; and Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

Sponsored by Principal.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:00 am

Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament

Host: John Donnelly, chief revenue officer, Inc. Media

Breakfast begins at 7:00 AM at the TCP San Antonio Clubhouse. The Tournament will begin at 8am. Foursomes will be assigned in a scramble format. Play will be followed by a lunch and award ceremony, where prizes will be awarded to the top foursome, longest drive, closest to the pin, hole in one, etc.

If you would like to rent golf clubs, please contact Jarod Kendall, course tournament director at JarodKendall@pgatourtpc.com or 210-491-5805.

Additional fee to participate.

10:00 am

Inc. 5000 Military Mentoring Fair

Join us as we host our annual mentoring fair designed uniquely for service personnel—active and veteran—as well as military spouses. Conference attendees are welcome to participate as mentors for the day, to share experiences with servicemen and -women, and to provide insight on successfully starting, building, and expanding a business.

Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.

Welcome Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

10:00 am

Onsite Check-In Opens

Pick up your credentials, conference program and other goodies.

10:00 am

Registration Bag Pick Up and Pop-up Networking

10 am- 1 pm Popup Networking  Sponsored by Ryder

1:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Open-Book Management

In this interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Jack Stack’s best-selling book,The Great Game of Business and learn how to implement it into their own businesses. In its simplest form, the ultimate goal is to create a “business of business people” who think, act and feel like owners. Participants will learn to develop their own Great Game to keep their employees focused on a common goal, encourage them to work together and build a winning team, and develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.

 

1:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Brand Story and Customer experience: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

In this interactive course, learn how to differentiate from the competition though an inspiring brand idea that you can bring to life throughout the customer journey.  You’ll be introduced to implementable strategies for designing emotionally powerful, loyalty-building, and brand-enhancing customer experiences. Discover how to make a lasting impression on your customers from a senior brand strategy expert with 10+ years experience building brands for Fortune 500 companies. There is an additional fee to attend.

Session Leader: Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

3:00 pm

Inc. BrandView Presents: Small Business, Big Impact Pitch Party

Pre-conference session sponsored by Salesforce

Join 5 entrepreneurs as they pitch their business idea to win a prize package worth up to $45,000. The event will include time to network with your peers, cocktails and light snacks will be served.

4:15 pm

PeerSourced Networking

Meet your fellow conference attendees for table discussions on topics of key interest to entrepreneurs. Cocktails and snacks will be available.Pre-registration required.

Sponsored by Principal.

5:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Opening night is all about breaking the ice. Grab a refreshing cocktail, enjoy an appetizing bite, and mingle with leaders from some of the most dynamic companies in the country. This fun and casual soiree is the official kickoff to the Inc. 5000 Conference.

6:00 pm

Inc. Insiders Cocktail Reception

Stop by for cocktails at the Inc. booth in the Marketplace.

7:00 pm

Inc. Marketplace and Registration closes for the day

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7:00 am

Morning Workout Activity

Created by American Gladiator Grand Champion Ally Davidson, Austin-based Camp Gladiator (No.1483 on the Inc. 5000 list) is one of the fastest-growing fitness program in the nation. During the bootcamp workout, Camp Gladiator experts will lead vigorous drills and exercises. This 60-minute group experience promises a motivating and challenging environment in which men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Anyone from the casual to the committed is welcome to join.
Primary Trainer: Dallas Seely

Powered by Camp Gladiator

7:30 am

Women of the Inc. 5000 Networking Breakfast

Kick off the Inc. 5000 Conference with special guest Mel Robbins, an author, motivational speaker and CNN commentator. She’ll disrupt your conventional thinking and give you the tools to run your business and not let it run you. Enjoy a full breakfast and network with other female executives from America’s fastest-growing private companies of the year.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

8:00 am

Onsite Check-In Opens

Pick up your credentials, conference program and other goodies. Plus, if you have any questions about the conference visit the help desk at onsite check-in.

8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

8:55 am

MSNBC’s “Your Business” wants to hear from you!

MSNBC’s “Your Business” wants to hear from you! On Wednesday, October 19th between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, MSNBC’s Small Business program “YOUR BUSINESS” will be shooting on-camera interviews with small business owners. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for your business. They will be taping several segments for the show. If you are interested, sign up to be considered for an interview spot by clicking here.

You can find more info about the show at: http://www.msnbc.com/your-business

9:00 am

Welcome From Inc. President

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

General Session – Grand Oaks Ballroom

9:15 am

The Method Method
How to Build a $100 Million Brand People Love

Learn how Eric Ryan, the co-founder of Method, built the $100 million brand offering more than 200 nontoxic, biodegradable household products. Ryan will reveal how his scrappy startup turned an industry upside down, discuss the power of brand identity, and explain why he believes sustainable businesses are better, more profitable businesses. Find out how Ryan has proved that where there’s a will, there’s a Method.

10:00 am

How to Achieve Predictable Success Even in Uncertain Times

Speaker: Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com

10:45 am

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

11:20 am

Inc. Serious Business Debate: Profits vs. Purpose

Pro: Elizabeth McKee Gore, entrepreneur-in-residence, Dell; and Eric Ryan, co-founder, Method

Con: Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO, LaSalle Network; and Doug Tatum, board chairman, Newport Board Group; and entrepreneur-in-residence, Florida State University

Moderator: Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

12:25 pm

Who’s the Boss? The Challenge of Change

As an immigrant, an engineer, and an entrepreneur, Weili Dai is no stranger to personal and professional trials and triumphs. The self-made tech tycoon and Silicon Valley pioneer will share her
remarkable journey and explain just how she and her husband built the multibillion-dollar technology firm. Learn how to make moves that matter as well as to utilize patience, people, and perseverance to achieve goals and overcome controversies.

Speaker: Weili Dai, co-founder, director, and former president, Marvell Technology Group

Interviewer: James Ledbetter, editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence

1:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Enjoy a delicious meal as you take this opportunity to get to know your fellow conference attendees and make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends.

2:00 pm

Drinks With Kim Jordan Live Taping

Go behind the scenes at an Inc. Live interview taping with Kim Jordan, co-founder, executive chair and former CEO of New Belgium Brewing. You’ll have the opportunity to hear more about how to meet consumer needs of the future and also have a tasting of New Belgium beer. Space is limited.

Interviewer: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

 

2:25 pm

Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions

Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 70 minutes in length.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
Ask Norm Brodsky Anything: Inc. 5000 Edition

Norm Brodsky has seen and done it all. Relying on decades of business experience, know how, and street smarts, Brodsky is here at Inc. 5000 to help you. He will share his stories of setback and accomplishment as well as lessons he’s learned along the way. No problem is too big. And no issue is too small for him to tackle in this open forum.

Session Leader: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; and co-author, Street Smarts

Introduction: Leigh Buchanan, editor at large, Inc.

2:25 pm

Deep Dive: The Complexity of Fast Growth—How Not to Be Overwhelmed

Session Leaders: Carissa Figgins, consultant, Predictable Success; Les McKeown, president and CEO, Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success, The Synergist, and Do Lead; and columnist, Inc.com; and Scott Propp,  consultant, Predictable Success; Introduction: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
Inc. BrandView Presents: Anatomy of an Exit

Sponsored by Harris Williams & Co.

Speakers: Pooneh Mohajer, co-founder, Hard Candy and Tokidoki; and Doug Tatum, board chairman, Newport Board Group; and entrepreneur-in-residence at Florida State University; Rob B. Rogers, principal, Vista Equity Partners; and Mike Wilkins, managing director – Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group, Harris Williams & Co.

Moderator: Jim Schleckser, CEO and managing partner, the CEO Project; and columnist, Inc.com

2:25 pm

Concurrent Sesstion
How to Find Capital at Any Stage

No matter what stage your company is in, having sufficient capital is a top priority. But with the obvious funding sources either tapped out or out of touch, companies have had to think smarter and work harder to find means to secure money and/or reel in investors. Learn what funding strategy is right for you, where to find it, and what to do with it.

Session Leaders: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; and Troy Rice, Vistage Chair, Vistage Worldwide

Introduction: Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc.

2:25 pm

Concurrent Session
How to Tell Your Story

Speakers: Jennifer Connelly, founder and CEO, JConnelly; Cal McAllister, founder and creative director, Wexley School for Girls; and Kate Rogers, small-business and entrepreneurship correspondent, CNBC Business News

Moderator: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

2:25 pm

Free-Flowing Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

Facilitators: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business; Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; co-author, The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees; and columnist, Inc.com; and Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

3:35 pm

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

3:35 pm

Meet the Speaker Les McKeown

Books are free while supplies last.

4:10 pm

How to Brew Scale, Sustainability and Succession-Planning

Kim Jordan stepped down last year as New Belgium Brewing’s CEO, a position she held since founding the company in 1991. But Jordan is comfortable with making big moves. In 2013, she sold the brewery to her co-workers, making it 100 percent employee owned in the midst of major growth and expansion. Find out what motivated her to launch New Belgium—and how she knew it was time to transition into a “higherlevel strategic role.” Learn how to craft a satisfying vision and rewarding work culture that enhances the bottom line.

Speaker: Kim Jordan, co-founder, executive chair and former CEO, New Belgium Brewing

4:55 pm

New Rules of Employee Engagement   

Speaker: Dan Price, founder and CEO, Gravity Payments

5:45 pm

Program closes for the day

5:45 pm

Dinner Recess

6:00 pm

Networking Happy Hour in the Inc. Marketplace

It’s time to relax and unwind. Come have a drink and network with some of the seasoned entrepreneurs and experts speaking at the conference; and mingle with past and present honorees of the Inc. 5000 list. Let’s all raise our glasses to a great day at the Inc. 5000 Conference.

6:00 pm

Cocktails With the Brodskys: How to Stay Married to the Business (and Each Other)

All significant others are invited to be a part of this candid, interactive conversation hosted by serial entrepreneurs Elaine and Norm Brodsky, who are quintessential partners in business and life. Meet and connect with others like you and hear from those who’ve been there, done that, and have the relationship battle scars to prove they have successfully moved beyond the toils and troubles of business.

Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky, founding business partners, CitiStorage; and partners, Black Gold Suites

7:00 pm

Marketplace and Registration closes for the day

7:30 pm

Buses to the Inc. 5000 Conference Party Depart

In order to attend the Conference Party you must take one of the buses at 7:30 p.m.

8:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Conference Party: Texas Tailgate

Round-up for some fun! Join fellow Conference attendees, speakers, and sponsors for some cool drinks, tasty barbecue bites,  smores over the campfire and live music at Knibble Ranch, a working Texas cattle ranch. Cowboy boots optional.

Buses to the ranch depart at 7:30 PM.

Sponsored by Chase for Business

 

11:00 pm

Buses from the Inc. 5000 Conference Party depart

(Shuttle connection to the Courtyard Marriott available at the JW Marriott) Knibbe Ranch

Thursday, October 20, 2016

8:00 am

Onsite Check-In and Gala Bracelet Pickup Opens

8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, and Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

8:55 am

Welcome

9:00 am

Limitless—Lessons in Leadership, Space Exploration and Human Potential

Speaker: Winston Scott, former astronaut, NASA

9:35 am

How to Sell to Giants

Speakers: Heidi Messer, co-founder, Collective[i] and LinkShare; Adam Miller, founder and CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand; Ragy Thomas, founder, Sprinklr; and Graham Weston, co-founder, chairman, and CEO, Rackspace

Moderator: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

10:25 am

Networking Break in the Inc. Marketplace

10:25 am

Meet the Speaker: Winston Scott

10:45 am

Inc. 5000 Exclusive Session:
A Masterclass with Tony Robbins—How to Master the Game of Life

Having managed 12 businesses at once and coached more than 50 million people in his career to date, Tony Robbins is here to help you. Hear him explain how leadership is a learnable skill, why losers react and winners anticipate, and what it really takes to have the greatest impact. Discover how to have a vision larger than your life and find out why success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

Speaker: Tony Robbins, entrepreneur, peak performance strategist, and author, Money: Master the Game       

1:30 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Lunch

Grab a bite, mingle with attendees and visit our sponsors in the Inc. Marketplace.

2:30 pm

Inc. Marketplace Closes

2:30 pm

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: Helping Successful Leaders Get Even Better

Session leader: Marshall Goldsmith, executive educator, business coach, and author, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Mojo

Introduction: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Real-Time Problem-Solving Sessions

Our interactive sessions are designed to challenge your thinking and generate new ideas. All sessions run concurrently and are 60 minutes in length.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
When and When Not to Outsource

Whether it’s because of cost, quality, and/or control, there are many reasons companies do or do not outsource. Learn best practices for effective outsourcing, how to find true partners to work with, and why it’s OK to change course.

Speakers: Dan Hermann, co-founder and CEO, Paint Nite; and Nicole Sahin, founder and CEO, Globalization Partners

Moderator: Kimberly Weisul, editor-at-large, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
How to Fail Forward

Speakers: William S. Parrish, Jr., founder, president, and CEO, NobleStrategy; and author, Making Bold Moves; and Vance Patterson, founder, president and CEO, Patterson Group

Moderator: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, ROAR! and Video Marketing for Dummies; co-author, The 12 Habits of Valuable Employees; and columnist, Inc.com

Introduction: Tom Foster, editor at large, Inc.

2:45 pm

Concurrent Session
What’s the ROI of Your Company’s Culture?

Speakers: Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO, LaSalle Network; and Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, founder and former CEO, LetterLogic

Moderator: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

2:45 pm

Free-Flowing Networking in the Inc. Marketplace

Facilitators: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business; and Carissa Figgins, consultant, Predictable Success

3:45 pm

Program concludes

4:00 pm

Onsite Check-in and Gala Bracelet Pickup Close

5:45 pm

Inc. 5000 Gala Cocktail Reception

The festivities commence with a lovely cocktail reception in honor of our Inc. 5000 honorees. Come dressed in your finest attire for an evening of celebratory splendor.

7:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Black-Tie Gala

Feast on a four-course gourmet meal as the evening continues in celebration of this year’s Inc. 5000 companies. The program will include presentations highlighting the award-winners, including the top ranked company, as well as congratulatory remarks. The evening concludes with champagne toast and dancing.

Hosts: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts; and columnist, Inc.; and Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

Sponsored by Principal.

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