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2012 Speakers

Speakers 2013

Jim Collins
Ping Fu
3D Systems
Gary Vaynerchuk
Jack Stack
author, The Great Game Of Business
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Carolyn Rafaelian
Alex and Ani, LLC
Ben Rattray
Les McKeown
Predictable Success
Marc Eckō
Eckō brands
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Giovanni Feroce
Alex and Ani, LLC
Brendan Anderson

Brendan Anderson

co-founder and managing partner, Evolution Capital Partners LLC

Brendan’s passion for helping small companies emerged out of his own experience growing up in an entrepreneurial family.  Since 2005, Evolution has had five growth companies named to the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 list, three were honored multiple years.  Evolution ranks No. 97 on 2013 the Inc. 500 list. Brendan is the former president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Cleveland.  He was recently recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Finalist.

@evolution_cp   @bdanderson44

Steve Baker

vice president, The Great Game of Business, Inc.

Steve Baker is the Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He also co-wrote the update of the best-selling book, The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition. Baker spent two decades struggling to help small business owners reach their goals without access to key business metrics. Learning to play the Great Game of Business at SRC changed his life. He also serves on the Board of the National Center for Employee Ownership as well as the Steering Committee for SRC’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Steve is a career marketing and branding professional and is an award-winning designer. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his family.



Elaine Brodsky

founding partner of CitiStorage, Partner of Black Gold Suites

Elaine Brodsky is the former co-owner of CitiStorage, LLC – an archival storage and records management company with over 250 employees, located in Brooklyn, NY.   A nationally recognized speaker, Elaine has co-authored numerous articles on women in business for Inc. and and is currently mentoring several women business owners.  Elaine and her husband, serial entrepreneur Norm Brodsky have been married for over 40 years.


Norm Brodsky

founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; co-author, Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs; columnist, Inc.

Norm Brodsky had already launched seven successful businesses—including a three-time Inc. 500 company—by the time he began writing the Street Smarts column in Inc. with Bo Burlingham in 1995. Brodsky now lectures widely and has become a frequent guest on MSNBC. His most recent venture is Black Gold Suites, an extended stay hotel in Tioga, North Dakota.



Leigh Buchanan

editor at large, Inc.

A former editor at Harvard Business Review and founding editor of WebMaster magazine, she writes regular columns on leadership and workplace culture, and she contributes Inc.‘s capsule book reviews, “A Skimmer’s Guide to the Latest Business Books.”

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Bo Burlingham

editor at large, Inc.; author, Small Giants; co-author, The Knack

Besides serving as editor at large for Inc. and authoring Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big, Bo has also written two books with acclaimed businessman Jack Stack. Bo also co-authors with Norm Brodsky the popular monthly column in Inc. called Street Smarts. Bo and Brodsky’s co-wrote the book The Knack, which is also known as Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs.


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General John F. Campbell

vice chief of staff, United States Army

General John F. Campbell assumed duties as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff, Army, Headquarters Department of the Army, March 8, 2013. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979 with a commission in the Infantry. During more than 33 years of service, he has commanded units at every echelon from platoon to division, with duty in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. After his first assignment with the U.S. Army Europe, Campbell was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha in the 5th Special Forces Group and an Infantry company in the 82nd Airborne Division. Returning to Fort Bragg, he served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps, and deployed in support of OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. He later commanded 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light), and then 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and led the brigade during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Following, he served as the Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., and led the division as Combined Joint Task Force 101 during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to becoming the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff, Campbell was the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Headquarters, Department of the Army.


Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies—how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested nearly a quarter of a century of research into the topic, Jim has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide. They include the classic Built to Last, a fixture on the Businessweek bestseller list for more than six years; the international bestseller Good to Great, translated into 35 languages; and How the Mighty Fall, a New York Times bestseller that examines how great companies can self-destruct.  His most recent book is Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, coauthored with Morten Hansen. Based on nine years of research, it answers the question, Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Jim’s prior books by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today. Jim has worked with senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations. He has also worked with social sector organizations across the spectrum, from education and the arts to religious organizations, local and federal government, healthcare, and cause-driven nonprofits. In 2005, he published a monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sectors.


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Marc Eckō

founder and CCO, Eckō brands; founder and chairman, Complex Media; co-founder, Artists & Instigators; and author, Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out

Marc Eckō is an American serial entrepreneur. He is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Eckō Enterprises, a full-scale global fashion and lifestyle company.  His journey began in the mid-80s working from a makeshift design studio in the garage of his parent’s New Jersey home. Since then, his company has grown to include: Eckō Unltd, the leading young men’s brand; Eckōred, its female counterpart; Marc Eckō Cut & Sew, a contemporary menswear line; Zoo York, the first and largest East Coast action sport lifestyle brand and Complex Media Network, inclusive of Complex Magazine. He is also  co-founder of Artists & Instigators, a venture innovation company and early stage venture capital fund.  Marc serves on the board of The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), BPL (Big Picture Learning), Everloop and Tikva Children’s Home.


Giovanni Feroce

Alex and Ani, LLC

Alex and Ani CEO, Giovanni Feroce is responsible for leading the company and successfully implementing strategic goals and objectives. With over 20 years of experience in retail and consumer products industries, he provides leadership and direction towards achieving the company’s philosophy, mission, strategy and annual revenue and growth goals. Prior to joining Alex and Ani, Mr. Feroce began cultivating his diverse leadership skills through politics and the military. He began his political career as the nation’s youngest state senator and went on to serve on the Corporations and Labor Committees, and served as Secretary of the Joint Committee for Veteran’s Affairs and as Commissioner of the Rhode Island State Lottery. His military experience includes serving as a United States Army field grade officer and Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran. Mr. Feroce’s education includes the Wharton School – The University of Pennsylvania (Advanced Management Program), The University of Rhode Island (BA, Political Science) and the United States John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Civil Affairs Officer Advance Course). Follow @giovanniferoce @alexandani


Laura Fitton

inbound marketing evangelist, HubSpot; founder, Oneforty; and author, Twitter for Dummies

Laura Fitton, HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Evangelist, previously co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded Laura is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value. She founded the first Twitter for Business consultancy, Pistachio Consulting, in 2008 and has been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since 2007. As an Inbound Marketing Evangelist, she’s excited about showing companies how to grow by helping people buy instead of cramming marketing messages down their throats.

@Pistachio @HubSpot


Ping Fu

3D Systems

Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and scientist whose chosen expression is business. Ping co-founded Geomagic, a 3D imaging company that fundamentally changes manufacturing for the 21st century. Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping was involved in the NCSA Mosaic software that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. Follow: @pfugeomagic


Dr. Gary Kunkle

economist in residence, The Build Network; research director, The Build Midmarket Genome Project

Gary Kunkle has more than 28 years experience supporting the sustained profitable growth of corporate clients and working with economic development organizations on business expansion and investment initiatives. Over the past 8 years he has worked on multi-year projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Louisiana to create innovative development programs that increase the sustained growth of existing businesses.  Prior to that he was Managing Director of the State of Maryland’s European Office where his team helped attract 55 new investment projects and assisted more than 350 firms in expanding sales into Europe.  Gary Kunkle is currently a research fellow at its Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC).



Bob LaPointe

president, Inc.

Bob LaPointe has been associated with Inc. magazine for almost 20 years. He recently returned to the company as president, guiding strategy and growth. He spent the previous seven years at his own custom-media company, Trendline Communications. Previous to Trendline, he served as president of and managed the Inc. Business Resource Division for 10 years.



John C. Lauderdale III

founder, Proposal Leadership Inc.; author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Government Contracts

John Lauderdale helps companies to define, improve, and refine proposal planning and execution processes so that they are better able to keep and obtain government contracts. For more than 20 years, John has served as an independent consultant to large, mid-size and small businesses, helping them to win billions of dollars in defense and civilian government contracts. John is also a frequent featured speaker at the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP). John has also served in government. At the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), he was a program analyst. He had lead responsibility for developing the annual budget for a high-tech government agency


Les McKeown

Predictable Success; author, Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track—and Keeping It There and The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success; columnist,

Les McKeown is the president and CEO of Predictable Success, a leading adviser on accelerated business growth. He has started more than 40 companies in his own right, and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide. Follow: @lesmckeown

Barbara Mendez, R.Ph M.S

nutritionist and pharmacist; blogger, Roots and Seeds; columnist,

Barbara Mendez is a nutritionist with a private practice in NYC. She is also a pharmacist. She believes that the path to a vibrant and successful life includes a healthy lifestyle, beginning with the foods we eat. Barbara works with clients to create healthy sustainable habits instead of diets. She also loves great food and believes that eating well should be a delicious experience. She runs the nutrition blog, Roots and Seeds, which offers healthy recipes and nutritional tips.


Jerry L. Mills

founder, B2B CFO®; author, The Exit Strategy Handbook

Jerry L. Mills is the founder of B2B CFO®.  With more than 30 years of business experience he is the author of three business books.  He is frequently quoted in various media outlets such as Fox Business, Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, Business Week, and Entrepreneur among many others. Prior to establishing B2B CFO® in 1987, Mills was a manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. in the firm’s Small Business Division.



Carolyn Rafaelian

Alex and Ani, LLC

Designer Carolyn Rafaelian, founder and Creative Director, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. Carolyn launched Alex and Ani in 2004, naming the lifestyle company after her first two daughters. With the desire to spread positive energy across the globe, her values and charitable focus is expressed through her eco – friendly and Made in America products. Featuring patented design elements and powerful symbolism, Alex and Ani’s signature expandable wire bangles have quickly become fashion essentials – uplifting and empowering wearers worldwide. Sales and growth of her company have put her in the top tier of ownership, ranking as one of Inc. Magazine’s 2012 list of fastest growing, privately owned companies in America. Awarded Ernst & Young’s New England Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Carolyn continues to be recognized for her good will and innovate designs.  Follow: @carolyn @alexandani


Ben Rattray

Ben is the founder and CEO of, the world’s largest petition platform, and leads the company’s strategic vision. A graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics, Ben is a frequent public speaker about the intersection of technology, innovation, and social change. In 2012, he was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders. Follow: @brattray

Lewis Schiff

Lewis Schiff

chairman and executive director, Inc. Business Owners Council; author, Business Brilliant and The Middle-Class Millionaire

Lewis Schiff is the chairman and executive director of Inc. Business Owners Council, a membership organization for Inc. Magazine’s top entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held family businesses and maintains a blog about behavioral entrepreneurship on Schiff has co-authored two books: The Influence of Affluence: How The Rich Are Changing America charts the rise of America’s growing affluent middle-class through original research and analysis. Lewis’ most recent book is Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons.



Jim Schleckser

managing partner and CEO, The CEO Project

With 25 years of leadership, in a wide variety of businesses, Jim brings experience in managing organizations in both public and private environments across many functional areas. He has most recently run professional service, telecommunications, software, hardware and capital equipment businesses. All of these businesses had extensive international operations — Jim has done business in 26 countries, spanning the globe. Jim enjoys growing companies and helping others grow theirs.



Eric Schurenberg

editor in chief, Inc.

Eric comes to Inc. with a career-long track record in business media that includes managerial stints at Money, Business 2.0, Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management business site, and Fortune. Most recently, he was editor in chief of at CBS Interactive Business Network, where he conceived, staffed, launched, and oversaw He is also a monthly commentator on Nightly Business Report, the national PBS television program.


Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman

chief culture officer, Stericycle; founder, the Beryl Companies; co-founder, the Inc. Small Giants Community; and author, Smile Guide and Patients Come Second; columnist,

Paul Spiegelman is Chief Culture Officer at Stericycle, a global services organization with 13,000 employees. As the founder and former CEO of BerylHealth, Paul led a unique, people-centric culture; the company won nine “best place to work” awards, including the No. 2 Best Medium Sized Company to Work for in America. Paul was honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010. Paul co-founded the Inc. Small Giants Community, an organization focuses on values-based business principles. He writes columns on culture for Inc. and the Dallas Business Journal.  He is a New York Times best-selling author.



Jack Stack

President and CEO, SRC Holdings Corporation; author, The Great Game of Business

Jack Stack is the founder and CEO of SRC Holdings, In 1983, Stack and the SRC employees bought the company from International Harvester. Stack is a national and world judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Institute and has served as an advisor for the group since 1998. INC. Magazine has called him the “smartest strategist in America” and named him one of twenty-five entrepreneurs selected to represent the 25 years INC. has been published. Inc. Magazine dubbed him “The Father of Open-Book Management”, a business practice of sharing financial and decision-making duties among all employees. He has written two books, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome.

Maya Townsend

founder, Partnering Resources; advisor, Gartner; co-editor, Handbook for Strategic HR

Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant at Partnering Resources, helps individuals, teams, and organizations thrive in our networked world. She uses knowledge of the art and science of networks to help leaders find opportunity in complex business ecosystems, influence change, and build high performing, collaborative workplaces. Her clients include Fortune 500, mid-sized, emerging, and nonprofit organizations, such as Fidelity Investments, Intel, MIT, Thomson Reuters, and the National Braille Press. Maya is co-editor of Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network. Her articles have been published in CIO, and Talent Management, among other outlets. She advises Gartner on change management and organization network best practices.



Gary Vaynerchuk

Vayner Media; author, The Thank You Economy

Online marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk is a 36-year-old with a dual identity of both a hugely successful entrepreneur and social media guru who grew his family wine business from $4 million to $60 million in five years. What raised Vaynerchuk’s notoriety even more than his business acumen was his foresight combined with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. Vaynerchuk’s is the author of three bestsellers The Thank You Economy, CRUSH IT! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In On Your Passion and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy World . He was the youngest winner of Marketwatch’s Business Award and has made television appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, NBC’s Today Show, and more.
Follow: @garyvee

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Sharon Virts-Mozer

founder and CEO, FCi Federal

Sharon Virts-Mozer has over 25 years of experience in the federal market. She founded FedConsulting (now FCi Federal) in 1991. The company has experienced stellar growth since 2005. Today, FCi Federal is a market leader delivering support services, program management services and records management to the Government through several prime contracts and IDIQ vehicles. Sharon received a 2013 Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Award (for the Greater Washington). In 2012, she received the Women Contractor/Growth Master Award from the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. FCi Federal was also recognized as the 215th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. Magazine and one of the top-50 fastest-growing companies in the D.C. area by the Washington Business Journal.



John Warrilow

founder, The Sellability Score; author, Built to Sell

John Warrillow is the founder of The Sellability Score, a cloud-based assessment tool business owners use to assess the “sellability” of their company. John is the author of the bestselling book Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, recognized by Inc as one of the best business books of 2011. Prior to starting The Sellability Score, John started and exited four companies, including a quantitative market research business that was acquired by The Corporate Executive Board in 2008. B2B Marketing considers John one of the top 10 business-to-business marketers in the U.S.



Kimberly Weisul

editor at large, Inc.

Kimberly Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, content developer, and all-around media pro. In her role at Inc. she coaches and edits columnists, handles some special projects, mentors reporters, and writes the occasional opinion piece. She is also a co-founder of One Thing New, a digital media start-up that is rebooting so-called women’s content. Kimberly is a regular guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. She has also appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNNfn, Dow Jones News Radio, and AP News Radio.



Ted Zollar

founder, CommonWeal Ventures; senior fellow, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; director, The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill

Ted Zoller, PhD, is Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and directs the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill. He is the founder of CommonWeal Ventures, a venture advisory service, and advises entrepreneurial firms and founders worldwide on growth and financing strategies.