Author. Speaker. Nerd., Your Nerdy Best Friend
Bio: Beth Ziesenis is a technology expert who speaks to 60-plus groups a year all over the country about the best free and bargain apps and online resources that will help you Release YOUR Inner Nerd to become more organized, efficient and awesome at work and home. Her books, including the latest title, Nerd Know-How, are available on Amazon.com.
Author Beth Z is Your Nerdy Best Friend. Her sessions will help you discover the apps for sales, marketing, home and life. From tools that help you manage your email to apps that create client connections with a couple of swipes, this session will give you dozens of tech weapons that you can use right away.
Jeff Van Pelt
Global Executive - Consumer Products & Distribution, IBM
Bio: Join Jeffrey S. Van Pelt, Global Lead - Consumer Products & Distribution for IBM Industry Solutions & Offerings, as he presents research from the book, Facing the Forces of Change®: Navigating the Seas of Disruption. This cutting-edge research addresses the many challenges that distributors face in today’s tough marketplace: changing technology, tightening margins, fluctuating customer demands, economy uncertainty and much more. Learn what bold steps distributors must take to stay ahead of the game and which disrupters are causing distributors to completely rethink their business approach. A panel of industry experts will join Van Pelt, and offer their insights specific to the hose and hose accessories business.
President, Jim Pancero, Inc
Bio: A leading go-to sales strategist for more than 30 years, Jim Pancero has been influencing, guiding and inspiring sales professionals in more 80 different industries to increase sales and market share. Jim’s combination of humor, larger-than-life personality, outstanding research and real-world examples that provide even experienced sales pros with strategies and concepts that work.
President/CEO, HR Enterprise, Inc
Bio: Nancye M. Combs is a Senior Certified Executive in Human Resources who has owned and operated businesses for more than 30 years and is recognized throughout the manufacturing and distribution industry as an authority on workplace issues. She serves 700 clients on four continents and is often described as a trusted advisor, a remarkable educator and a gifted speaker.
President, Ross Shafer Consultants, Inc.
Bio: Ross is a six-time Emmy Award winning TV producer/personality who, in 1994, shifted his energy and enthusiasm for understanding human behavior to create a series of human resource training films on customer service, leadership, and motivation. To date, Ross has written 14 HR films and four highly regarded business books, Nobody Moved Your Cheese, The Customer Shouts Back, Are You Relevant? and Grab More Market Share.
CEO & Founder, Goalkeeper Media
Bio: Valerie Alexander is a nationally recognized speaker, author and corporate trainer on the topics of happiness, happiness in the workplace and the advancement of women. She is a former securities lawyer, investment banker, screenwriter and director, and is the founder and CEO of Goalkeeper Media, maker of the Happy Couples Bot. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”). She is an alumna of Trinity University and U.C. Berkeley, and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. Valerie and her husband, writer-producer Rick Alexander, live in Los Angeles, California with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.
Captain Mark Kelly
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Bio: NAHAD Announces 2017 Keynote Presenter - Captain Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly, American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War is the winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Kelly was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.
Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story captivated the nation and was chronicled in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview as well as on the covers of People and USA Today.