Stephen Nalley

Stephen Nalley is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, veteran, author, mentor, motivational speaker with a 25-year documented track record of success. He is the Founder, President & CEO of Black Briar Advisors, an elite full-service asset management and hotel consulting firm that distinguishes itself by representing hotel owners/investors’ interest exclusively.

Michael Sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski is an author and serial podcaster, a productivity guy who’s passionate about working remotely (#NoOffice) and in a mobile way (#iPadOnly). He’s the founder of Nozbe, a project management and collaboration platform (web-based with native apps for the Mac, Windows, Android, iPad, and the iPhone + Apple Watch).

Lisa Grimes

Lisa Grimes is a dynamic leader, seasoned entrepreneur, leadership consultant, author, and speaker. She is the President and CEO of PurThread, an antimicrobial textile company and the Co-Founder of Habergeon LLC, a company that offers keynote speaking, executive solutions, and customized workshops. Lisa is a past recipient of Triangle Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award and Cary Magazine’s “Women of Western Wake”.

Stan Slap

Stan Slap is the Chief Executive officer of SLAP, an international consulting company renowned for achieving maximum commitment in manager, employee, and customer cultures. He is a well-recognized keynote speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. Stan’s latest book Under the Hood: Fire Up & Fine Tune Your Employee Culture, discusses how to maximize business performance through improving employee culture.

Sean Dowdell

Sean Dowdell is a well-respected entrepreneur, public speaker, and innovator. He is the owner of Club Tattoo, a luxury tattoo and piercing studio. Sean is the author of Tattooed Millionaire, describing his journey in creating and building his multi-million-dollar business: Club Tattoo with less than $8,000.

Mary Miller

Mary Miller is the CEO of JANCOA Janitorial Services, Inc. a local certified WBE that is family-owned and operated. She is an author, professional speaker, People’s Champion, and dream manager. Mary is also an Associate Coach with Strategic Coach working with entrepreneurs at quarterly workshops in Chicago.

Ray Makela

Ray Makela is an author, speaker, and business executive with 25 years of management, consulting, and sales experience. He is the CEO and Managing Director of Sales Readiness Group, a Seattle-based professional training and development firm that delivers industry-leading sales and sales management solutions. Ray oversees all client engagements and the delivery of sales and sales management training programs.