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Co-Founder, Strategic Digital Services
Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of North Florida and masters degree in Applied American Politics and Public Policy at the Florida State University. His innate sense of business, political, and digital trends guides the Strategic Digital Services team to success. Prior to starting SDS, Joe worked in the Florida legislature as a legislative aide and at the Republican Party of Florida as the digital director of RPOF House Majority. Joe’s book recommendation for everyone: “Win Bigly” by Scott Adams.
Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Ben Kohlmann is an organizational architect and entrepreneur with a passion for empowering people to reach their full potential. He’s helped high performing organizations across the globe reach new heights, including numerous Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Navy, the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiothoracic Surgery department and the South African based African Leadership Academy. He is the founder of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, has over 1,200 flight hours in the F/A-18, and is currently an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co, where he leads large scale operational transformations. He has a passion for the space economy, decentralized networks, and the future of education.
SVP of Mortgage Lending, GFL Capital Mortgage
Director, DeVoe L. Moore Center, Florida State University
Sam Staley is Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center, a public policy think tank in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. He has been an active part of building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem at Florida State since 2014. His courses guides scores of young adults through the entrepreneurship process, from ideation to implementation. His experience with these students has shown how anyone can become an entrepreneur or an innovator as long they are looking for opportunities and building an authentic team to bring their idea to the market. His most recent book, "The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution," focuses on the innovation process that led to the unprecedented success of The Beatles and the band's impact on pop culture.
Founder & CEO, 4 Rivers Smokehouse
Co-Founder, Strategic Digital Services
Matt grew up in Panama City before moving to Tallahassee to attend the Florida State University, where he studied political science. Since co-founding Strategic Digital Services in 2014, Matt has directed a team of talented professionals that use cutting-edge digital media tactics to deliver industry-leading results. He began his career as a government affairs consultant, where he worked for seven years managing legislative priorities and advocacy initiatives for corporate and trade association clients across a variety of industries. This experience brings logic and business planning to the SDS team.
Founder, Wheelchair Travel
CEO, K9s For Warriors
As CEO of K9s For Warriors, Rory Diamond is responsible for the executive management and strategic vision of the organization. Under his leadership, K9s For Warriors grew into the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans and the largest service dog agency in the world using primarily rescue dogs. Prior to leading K9s For Warriors, Rory was a litigator at two international law firms. He also served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in public corruption and financial fraud prosecutions. Before earning his law degree, Rory served as Briefing Director for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and as a Deputy Associate Director at the White House for President George W. Bush. He was working in the White House on 9/11 and, ultimately, served as part of the startup staff for the U.S. Office of Homeland Security. In 2016, Rory was elected to the Neptune Beach City Council. In 2019, Rory was elected to the Jacksonville City Council representing the Jacksonville Beaches. As a city council member he founded the nation’s first community-based veteran suicide prevention initiative called The Fire Watch.
Singer-Songwriter, Speaker, Mindset Coach
Associate, Marko & Magolnick, P.A.
CEO, Annandale Capital
George Seay is a 7th Generation Christian Texan who is focused on his family, faith, friends, business, policy, philanthropy, and just plain fun. He’s fun, and he likes to have fun. George is well-versed in finance, economics, geopolitics, grand strategy, foreign policy, Christian philanthropy, politics, all things Texas, business, and just life. There are so many things to be interested in out there, and he likes to talk about all of them!
Founder, Fight and Flow and Brawl for a Cause
Matt Thomas is a partner at WellFests, founder at Fight and Flow, director at Brawl for a Cause, and a Chessboxing World Champion. He has earned certifications from Emory, Harvard, and Lululemon Mindfulon for event planning, Tai Chi, breathwork, ayurveda, and yoga. He was included on the Atlanta 30 Under 30 and Forbes Next 1000 Lists, and has traveled to 34 countries while exploring mindfulness and movement techniques from around the world.
Founder & CEO, Esther Davy Strategies
Esther Davy is an entrepreneur, passionate connector, avid skier and hiker, friend, wife and mother to 3 littles. After a successful sales career, she said goodbye to cushy corporate america and launched Esther Davy Strategies. They help clients build meaningful connections to give them a competitive edge in the marketplace. They develop and coach through human-to-human sales strategies that feel authentic to you and get results. They are not just consultants who offer a little advice and move on, they join you in building your business, working through every challenge and celebrating every victory with you.
CEO, Body Details
Claudio Sorrentino is an entrepreneur, innovative thinker, and growth strategist with broad-based expertise in operations, finance, and business development. A proven track record of the ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom line. As the founder of Body Details, he was driven by a mission to help customers achieve peace of mind through aesthetic medicine. He continues to work to build Body Details into the nation's largest cosmetic laser service provider and Body Details was thrice recognized as one of Inc 5000's fastest-growing companies in America. He is consistently featured across several media channels as an expert opinion and sought-after commentator on the topic of laser services. He's frequently found donating time speaking at universities and high schools promoting entrepreneurship. Claudio is a fitness competitor, author, speaker, wannabe professional golfer, husband, and father.
Allen Walton is the founder of SpyGuy, an online spy shop specializing in helping everyday people and law enforcement solve problems using covert cameras, audio, GPS, and counter-surveillance products. He is also working on FlyGuy, a done-for-you service that helps entrepreneurs book epic travel using their credit card points.
Steve Bierfeldt has been a featured subject in more than 100 news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Focus on the Family, The Huffington Post, and Fox Business. He believes too many people today are merely surviving their lives and not really living them. He's become a published author, certified pilot, real-estate investor, founded numerous small businesses, and spent a year traveling the world. Steve has personally raised over a half million dollars from investors or donors and helped countless businesses improve logistical systems and save millions in expenses.
Founder & CEO, Emergency Ventures
Joseph Russo is the Founder & CEO of Emergency Ventures, a startup building technology to connect and serve citizens, volunteers, and emergency managers in natural disasters. In 2015, Joe founded Tech Hub South Florida, a nonprofit tech association Building South Florida's Tech Hub. Since its founding as the Palm Beach Tech Association, Joe led the organization to attract over 200 corporate members and over 10,000 professionals to their community, with an annual budget over $300,000 and 5 FTE's. In 2018, Joe co-founded 1909, a nonprofit to support entrepreneurs throughout the Palm Beaches by partnering with the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and with $350,000 in support from the Knight Foundation and four (4) local Cities. Originally established in 2016 as Downtown West Palm Beach its first coworking space raising $150,000+ from the Knight Foundation, City of West Palm Beach, and private donors. Since 2013, Joe has also served on the academic Advisory Boards for FAU, FIU, PBSC, and local School Districts. In addition to Economic Development Taskforces, Chamber of Commerce Councils, and several nonprofit boards and committees. A Native Floridian, he attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.
Real Estate Developer, Broker and Author
Dan Lesniak is a billion-dollar real estate agent, best-selling author, investor, developer, and coach. He launched his real estate career after completing successful careers both as a Naval submarine officer and defense contractor. Dan’s HyperLocal strategy led to one of the fastest starts in real estate with over $22 million in sales in his first year. Dan has been coached by some of the world’s top coaches including Tony Robbins and Grant Cardone. Dan has helped start, invest in, and fund numerous businesses and real estate projects. He’s contributed to features by CNBC, Money, Business Insider, and Forbes on the topics of real estate, entrepreneurship, and productivity. Dan enjoys endurance events that challenge both mind and body. He has completed 13 marathons, 6 Ironman triathlons, and the formidable White River 50 Mile Endurance Run.
Vice President, DonorsTrust
Peter Lipsett is vice president of DonorsTrust, a $450 million donor-advised fund and community foundation committed to advancing liberty. He leads DonorsTrust’s outreach, cultivation, and marketing efforts. Peter built DonorsTrust’s Novus Society, a network of emerging philanthropists under age 40. Previously, Peter spent a decade within the Koch organizations as part of the team building a unique donor network. He earned theater and political science degrees from Davidson College and an MBA from George Mason University. His real education comes from listening to podcasts and reading histories. He, his wife, and two daughters live in Lexington, Virginia.
Owner and Founder, Wind Vintage
Eric Wind owns Wind Vintage, a company he started in 2017 that is dedicated to offering exceptional watches for sale at all price points and providing advisory services to top vintage watch collectors around the world. Eric previously served as Vice President, Senior Specialist for Christie's where he helped lead the sale of a number of important watches at auction around the world and through private treaty. Eric has been featured and quoted in a number of publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, HODINKEE, GQ, Robb Report, Fortune, Men's Health, and Business of Fashion. Eric served as a contributor to HODINKEE beginning in 2010 where he wrote on the nuances and histories of watches and their owners. Eric and his wife Christine live in Palm Beach, Florida with their three children.
Global Technology Executive & Author
Alex Goryachev is an award-winning global technology executive and a Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of Fearless Innovation, whose resume reads like a brief history of digitization. Over the past 20 years, Alex made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into successful business models. Today, he is serving as Innovator-in-Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tulane University. He is an active venture partner with Interlock Capital, a community venture fund investing in underrepresented founders and geographies. Alex is a Technical Advisory Group member in the International Standards Association (ISO), defining global standards for Innovation Management. Prior, as a Managing Director of Innovation Strategy at Cisco, a $50B technology powerhouse, he pioneered the concept of ecosystem co-innovation, creating and later leading a network of global co-innovation centers around the world, unifying, and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and programs with internal and external customers, partners, developers, academia, and governments.
Founder & CEO, Rubin Wealth Advisors
Bob Rubin is the founder and CEO of Rubin Wealth Advisors. Rubin Wealth is a private wealth advisory firm who only takes on politically conservative clients. Bob is part of the coming political separation of the US economy. He is active in the conservative movement as a national board member of Turning Point USA. Bob is also the founder of your401ksource.com, a provider of 401k services to companies across the United States. Bob loves to connect with other successful conservative business owners who are looking to grow their wealth while fighting socialism and critical race theory. Who is John Galt?
.B. Simmons is the author of twelve books that bring hope to dystopia. His newest series starts with The Blue Tower, a fantastic adventure with the magic of Harry Potter and the message of Narnia. The Babel Tower tells the story of a Silicon Valley billionaire who sets out to build the world’s tallest tower in the American heartland. The acclaimed Unbound trilogy fast forwards to the world ending in 2066, and the Gloaming books speak to timeless philosophy. What’s the common thread? Books that tackle hard questions and turn them into page-turners. Smart stories, epic ideas. J.B. lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife and three kids.
Coach, USTA Player Development Program
Jean-Yves Aubone is a coach for the United States Tennis Association Player Development program. He spends the year coaching at professional tournaments around the world. JY started playing tennis as a toddler and became a 2-Time All-American at Florida State University. He quit tennis after college because he was burnt out. JY pursued a career in finance and ended up at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. While there he decided to go back and play professional tennis. He retired in 2016 to run a junior program at a country club, and in 2018 joined the USTAPD.
Founder of WellFests, Co-Founder of SHOWGA
Shannan Slevin is the CoFounder of Showga, Founder of WellFests, and a leading expert in driving organizational and individual well-being. As a creative producer and entrepreneur, her clients range from Fortune-500 companies and nonprofits. Her work has been used by industry leaders such as Jim Beam, Kaiser Permanente, Pandora, Adobe and FICO and at global events such as Mutek Music Festival and World Disrupt Form. She has taught 1000s of students, including high-integrity CEOs, Venture Capitalists, and C-suite executives. With a degree in Communications, training in yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic Expansion System, Integrative Nutrition, Mindful Leadership, The Wonder Method energetic work, and a decade of teaching experience, The New York Times, 7x7 Magazine, TIME OUT Magazine, and Yoga Journal have featured her work.
Founder, Elevate, Inc.
Entrepreneur Aakash Patel founded Elevate, Inc., a strategic business consulting firm providing public relations, community relations, targeted networking and social media. With robust experiences, Aakash stays focused on leadership, community, military, life-long learning, and connecting. Current leadership roles include: Chairman of The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Centre Club Tampa Philanthropy Committee Chair, Gasparilla Film Festival, TBBJ Leadership Trust, Superbowl LV Host Committee (2021), Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Board, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The Tampa Club Board, Leadership Tampa Bay Secretary. Additionally, he is an Op Ed writer in the Tampa Bay Times and was featured in Forbes magazine as a rising millennial entrepreneur.
CEO, Behind Every Door
CEO, Crossman Career Builders
John Crossman is a highly accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience transforming business go-to market strategies and outperforming expectations. In his business career, John most recently led a commercial real estate company, where over his 13 years at the firm he led the financial performance, marketing, and business development initiatives for this privately held organization with 70 employees in offices across the Southeast, representing over 350 shopping centers in eight states with 28M square feet under lease or management. His lifelong passion has been serving marginalized populations to develop and thrive by learning about financial and real estate investment strategies.
Venture Capital professional; Principal, 1517 Fund
Zak Slayback is a venture capital professional and author. He's a principal at 1517 Fund, a VC firm that backs founders at the earliest stages. He's the author of How to Get Ahead (2019, McGraw-Hill). He also teaches workshops on cold email outreach, job hunting, and fundraising.
Singer / Songwriter
Since the release of his debut EP, The Runaways (2014), Houston Keen has set out a timeline, to evolve into what this current moment is. As a teenager, he started out in the bars of St. Augustine’s shoreline, eventually graduating to a full-time schedule around the North Florida/South Georgia area. Through the years, he has amassed a constant collection of new-found friends, fans, and connections throughout the Southeastern states. It’s not so much a lack of a record deal, as much as it’s that he doesn’t need one (yet).
VP of Strategy & Operations, Always Saturday
Since 2005, Sam Thacker has led teams in building, growing, and scaling businesses - from scrappy entertainment start-ups, to mid-stage tech companies, to Fortune 50 giants. He is currently serving as VP of Strategy & Operations at Always Saturday - an experience-based company that helps artists connect with fan communities in new and innovative ways online (through their Topeka-branded virtual experiences) and offline (through their in-person brand, Moon Crush). Sam began his career as an artist in the music industry. He independently recorded and released two full-length albums and toured the US extensively, performing as many as 250 tour dates per year. After getting his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, he spent five years at McKinsey & Company where he advised clients on a variety of growth-related topics before joining Weedmaps - a software and technology provider to businesses in the cannabis industry.
Founder & CEO, Key Innovates
Karin Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Key Innovative Solutions, a firm that is committed to expanding workforce development by connecting industry and education together in dynamic sector strategies to develop robust talent for a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, health, IT, fintech, etc. She moderates education task forces through Florida Students First Coalition, a coalition she founded together with Florida State Senator Rene Garcia. This coalition consists of educators, school board members, superintendents, administrators, career technical education directors, leaders of industry, state and local agencies and legislators. The effort continues to be focused on enhancing the work of Career Technical Education throughout the education continuum.
Founder & CEO, Agile Brand Lab
Carter Fowler is a brand strategist who helps entrepreneurs find strategic, verbal, and visual clarity for their company. Carter founded his company Agile Brand Lab in 2019 because he loves working collaboratively with ambitious founders and has a knack for bringing words and design together skillfully. Carter has over 10 years of professional experience in marketing and design spanning agency, in-house, and freelance settings. During that time he has generated more than 1.4 million in organic web traffic and over $4 million in sales and funding for clients. In 2019, some of his original writing was archived in the U.S. Library of Congress. When he’s not at work, you’re likely to find Carter rock climbing, nose-deep in a book, or hiking in the Tennessee wilderness. Fun fact: Carter was the brand strategist that helped us create Fearless Journeys!
Founder & Executive Director, SailFuture
Founder and Leader of The Non-Nine-to-Five™
Jen Shultz is The Founder and Leader of The Non-Nine-to-Five™ where she coaches and educates High-Level and Highly Motivated women (and some men!) how to escape the 9-5 and become successfully self-employed through curated one-on-one work and bringing all clients together in a safe and sacred community atmosphere. Jen is also a national speaker, a bit of a comedian, and she lives with her sweet dog Hunny in Austin, TX. She has been self-employed for over a decade, after leaving her teaching career in New York City.
Singer / Songwriter
JD Eicher is a musical artist who tours extensively in the US and abroad, JD Eicher is known for indie and alt-pop music with expressive vocals and carefully-crafted lyrics. With four full-length albums to his credit, JD was enlisted to create the soundtrack to author Nicholas Sparks’s (The Notebook, A Walk To Remember) 20th book, Two By Two. He has shared billing with a wide range of well-known acts, including Coldplay, Maroon 5, Train, Dave Matthews Band, The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Sister Hazel, and more.
Executive Director, Who We Play For
Founder & CEO, Engineered Tax Services, Inc.
Julio Gonzalez, National Tax Reform Expert, founded Engineered Tax Services, Inc. to marry the science of engineering with the principles of tax and accounting. He brings specialty tax services to mainstream America that were previously only available to public companies through the Big 4 accounting firms.
CEO, Open the Books
Singer / Songwriter and Music Journalist
Andrew Leahey is the frontman of the internationally-acclaimed rock band Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, as well as an award-winning music journalist and lead guitarist who has backed up Elizabeth Cook, Will Hoge, Rodney Crowell, and others. Rolling Stone has hailed his music's "celebratory mix of sharp storytelling and fist-pumpkins rock & roll swagger," while audiences from New York City to Norway have celebrated his modern reworking of a classic sound.
CEO and Co-Founder, ADDO
Kevin Paul Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded the leadership consultancy ADDO, which is Latin for "Inspire." For consecutive years, ADDO was the #1 Small business on the Best Places to Work list in Atlanta. ADDO developed the national Chick-fil-A Leader Academy program, the Baltimore Ravens Leadership Institute, and helps companies attract and develop top talent. Kevin is the author of three books, including his latest The Lens. Kevin is a frequent guest on numerous media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.
Founder & CEO of Crash.co
Isaac Morehouse is the founder/CEO of Crash.co and the founder/advisor for discoverpraxis.com and has helped launch over 1,000 careers. He's dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. In addition to starting both bootstrapped and venture backed, tech and non-tech companies, he has published several books and hosted several podcasts.
A motivated, optimistic leader, Mark Cleveland sets a course based on solid data, stays curious and humble to navigate challenges and motivates people to do business in ways that are smarter, greener and safer. Mark has been President of TripPak, Chairman of SeaBridge Freight, and is now founder & President of Hytch, which allows any environmentally conscious motorist in America to neutralize the emissions from their daily commute -- totally free. Hytch recently announced an additional initiative related to Covid-19 contact tracing. Mark was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Nashville, where he has been recognized three times as one of the most admired CEOs in the region. Hytch was honored at Nashville’s Sustainability Startup of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year from the Nashville Technology Council, the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Sustainable Transportation Award. Mark's wife Jenny, two daughters Savannah and Piper, and their two sons Andrew and Jacob are all helping improve the world in their own ways.
President, Go Doorstep
President & CEO, Central Florida Urban League
Glen Gilzean Jr. has been recognized as a courageous leader and advocate for disadvantaged youth and families. As President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League, he helped the organization recover from being in $1.2 million in debt and reestablished its place as a community leader. Throughout his career, he has received six gubernatorial appointments. Most recently, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Glen to the Re-Open Florida Task Force to ensure the urban community was properly represented in Florida’s recovery plan for the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Glen was named one of Central Florida’s CEOs of the year by the Orlando Business Journal, the first time a leader of a nonprofit organization was recognized by the publication. He resides in Orlando, Florida.
Founder and Head Trainer / Programmer, Farmer Gym
Jason Harle is the founder of and head trainer/programmer for Farmer Gym. Whether it's helping motivate people through online content, interacting with others via various training platforms, or coaching clients through fitness communities, Harle helps others reach their physical potential and break through perceived mental barriers.
President, Eco Defense Group
Nathan Edmondson was born in Augusta, Georgia. His diverse career path led him across many countries and through many adventures before he became a writer. His multiple hit comic works draw from his experience working with the military and intelligence worlds. He continues to write but devotes the majority of his time to EDGE, the non-profit he co-founded to protect African Wildlife. He lives currently outside Park City, UT with his family and also has a business providing special operations combat training.
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