Dave Peterson is a co-founder and partner at Play Bigger, public speaker and book author. He has spent 20 years helping billion dollar public software companies, tech start-ups, turnarounds, and fast growth pre-IPO companies define and dominate market categories. Dave started his career in marketing agencies in the midwest. Dave served a tour of duty as head of communications at Mercury Interactive, and was CMO for multiple companies. He also co-founded — and eventually mercifully killed — his own start-up called GiveMeTalk! He now designs categories for a living at his advisory firm Play Bigger.
Richard Franzi is the Founder and CEO of Critical Mass for Business, a premium social and peer learning organization for executives who lead firms with annual revenue up to $100 million. Richard’s third book, Killing Cats Leads To Rats: Mitigating The Negative Effects of Unintended Consequences of Business Decisions, will be released in early 2018. He is a business partner with Renaissance Executive Forums, an international advisory board firm founded in 1994. Richard currently chairs CEO Peer Groups® throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. You can learn more by going to CriticalMassForBusiness.com.
Dan Hoffman loves growing companies, delivering great service, and applying technology. He believes that business is philosophy in action, culture eats strategy for breakfast, and learning is leverage. Over the course of 12 years Dan started, grew and sold M5, a pioneer in the cloud communications industry. In 2014, Dan was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow and spent two years with his family in Spain. Today, Dan is building Circl.es, an idea that came out a recent sabbatical in Barcelona. Circles fosters deeper conversations to create enduring connections and learning.
Peter Shankman is a multiple-startup founder with several successful exits under his belt. He’s the founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO), the world’s largest source/journalist matching tool, and he runs ShankMinds: Breakthrough, a private, online entrepreneur community with hundreds of members around the world, as well as Faster Than Normal, a leading ADD/ADHD podcast and best-selling book, focusing on the benefits of being gifted with ADD/HD. He can be found at www.shankman.com
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, ColorJar, and more.
Sam Reese brings over 30 years of experience leading and advising senior leaders in complex organizations. As the CEO of Vistage Worldwide, Sam leads the world’s largest CEO membership advisory firm. Vistage members – 21,000 strong in 17 countries – gather in trusted, confidential peer advisory groups where they tackle their toughest challenges and biggest opportunities. Although Sam has been the CEO since 2016, he was a longtime Vistage member when he was with his previous company.
Brian Mac Mahon is the founder of Expert DOJO, the largest startup high performance center for entrepreneurs in Southern California. He has consulted and coached in over 35 countries and brings a global perspective to starting and growing your small business. For years Brian, has been teaching the power of connecting with your community and how to turn a pay it forward mindset into a revenue generator. He also speaks all over the world on how to start, grow and expand any business.
Robert H. Thompson, author of The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable, is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, journalist and thought leader in his field. Founder of Applied Performance, a leadership communication services company, Robert’s clients have included AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin and others. Robert also is a senior consultant with the Tom Peters Company/UK. Before founding Applied Performance, Robert created, managed, and sold a successful regional newspaper publishing company as well as a national advertising sales company, which he guided to international prominence through relationships with Proctor and Gamble, General Motors, Bayer and other major corporations.
Tonia Ries is a Senior Vice President at Edelman and Executive Director of Edelman Square. “Square” serves as the steward for intellectual property across what is recognized today as the largest public relations firm in the world. Tonia’s work at Square ensures that its intellectual properties have consistent standards for quality and rigor, and practical application for its practices, geographies and clients. Square provides signature IP studies and smaller, evidence-based reports – among them are the Edelman Trust Barometer and the Edelman Earned Brand Study.