Speakers


Andy Bailey

Andy Bailey is a serial entrepreneur who spends the majority of his time coaching other entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders and teams to grow dynamic businesses that focus on: people, strategy, execution and cash. When he’s not coaching, Andy is relaying his business and leadership experiences to readers of his recurring Forbes, Huffington Post, SmallBizDaily and AllBusiness columns and to audience members at professional events and conferences. He is Founder and Head Coach at Petra Coach, an entrepreneurial coaching firm.

Based on his years of entrepreneurism (he started his first company in college and achieved Inc. 500 status as one of the fastest growing businesses in America) and facilitating company planning sessions around the globe, Andy can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife though warm butter. He shows organizations the logjams thwarting their success and coaches them past urgent day-to-day fire drills so they can address and execute important higher-level business strategies.

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Barrett Ersek

Barrett started his first company in 1989, while a 17-year-old junior in high school. The company, Custom Care Lawn Service, specialized in the “Green Grass—No Weeds” business and had operations centered in the Philadelphia, PA area. Barrett grew the company to over US$2 million in sales before selling the business to publically traded Scotts Company in 2003.

In January 2004, Barrett started HappyLawn of America, Inc. HappyLawn also focused on the “Green Grass—No Weeds” business and had operations stretching from Northern Virginia to New Jersey. Barrett had developed a proprietary patented selling process that allowed the company to rapidly grow to US$10million by year-end 2007. He eventually sold HappyLawn to Service Master in 2009.

After examining the current state of the lawn care industry, Barrett came upon another “Eureka” moment and founded Holganix, Inc. Holganix manufactures and distributes innovative, bionutritional products that help larger fertilizer users reduce their environmental footprint, save money and improve overall plant health and yield. Barrett believes that Holganix could be the solution for fertilizer users facing rising fertilizer costs and government regulations on chemical fertilizers and pesticides..

In addition to “Green Grass—No Weeds” service and manufacturing businesses, Barrett has founded companies in franchising, manufacturing and commercial real estate development. Barrett has spoken on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and gratitude on five continents. He has lectured at the London School of Business (LSB), the India School of Business (ISB), and the Massachusetts School of Business (MIT) as well as many EO events. Barrett has been actively involved in EO, serving as Philadelphia’s chapter president, Forum chair, education chair and mentorship chair. In addition, he is a graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Class of 2004. Barrett currently splits his time residing in West Chester, PA, USA and Key Largo, FL, USA with his wife of over 21 years and his four children.

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Oksana Esberard

Oksana Esberard is the business mindfulness expert, speaker, and trainer. She brings Mindfulness + Meditation to leadership teams and entrepreneurs as tools for professional transformation to maximize peak performance. Oksana also works with EO, YPO, Vistage forums, chapters, and retreats, as well as spouses events.

Oksana has trained extensively in the Indian Himalayas at the top meditation school, Sattva Yoga Academy, where she continues to evolve her practice and knowledge. She has completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in the U.S. as well as a Transcendental Meditation program in Hong Kong. Oksana holds an MBA and Bachelor of Hospitality degrees from Florida International University.

Born and raised in the Far East of Russia, Oksana became a citizen of the world at the age of 16. She has traveled to 55+ countries, leading executive events and workshops in India, North America, and Russia.

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Dr. Kaz

Dr KAZ, is an award winning international speaker and author, who has worked with Fortune 100 companies, international associations, 3 Olympic teams and 34 Olympians from US, Australian and Pacific Rim. She’s known to many throughout the world as the “Gitter Done Gal”. Dr KAZ works with movers and shakers and impact makers on getting unstuck and teaching how to live in “Competitive Balance – where intensity meets inner peace and momentum explodes. When you’re seeking more power, passion, pizzazz, and peace that impacts your productivity and profits – call KAZ.

Discover how you and your team go “Beyond Stuck” and dynamically improve their work environment. KAZ shares the latest in research, case studies and how she’s overcome 7 totaled vehicles, 6 near death experiences, 5 major career boo boo’s, 4 limiting beliefs, 3 houses burning down, 2 broken necks, and being the only one to refuse to skinny dip in her 10th grade class (ok it wasn’t the whole class – but she was the only one not to take “the dip” in the group of a dozen or so classmates!

She’ll make everyone a believer in – “Ask a great question and you’ll always get a GREAT answer!” She enlightens and empowers audiences to challenge what is, change what is not working and champion causes that impact the greater good. In her own words, “I work with people who want to BE more and organizations that want to DO more.” KAZ lives by her creedo – “I’d rather wear out than rust out!” You are either an influencer or being influenced – the choice is always yours!

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Richard Keller

Can you describe your personal brand in One Word? As a CATALYST, Rich Keller is a proven disruptive thinker with a unique skill-set blending emotional brand building, financial acumen, and motivational leadership across large, medium, and start-up enterprises. With a Wharton MBA and 25 years of experience building identities for some of the world’s most iconic consumer brands (e.g. Godiva, Planters, Oreo), Rich creates transformation when he brings people and brands together. Rich believes this same magic can be achieved when you uncover the power of your personal brand.

Rich left his corporate career behind and now travels the country inspiring entrepreneurs to step into their power, by integrating their personal brands with their business ventures, so they can break through and become forces to be reckoned with (think Steve Jobs and Sarah Blakely). Sharing brand examples from his professional career, Rich guides entrepreneurs via a motivational journey by demonstrating how the power of just One Word (their core value) can transform how they and their business ventures are seen by the world in order to Stand-out / Conquer Obstacles / Reach Excellence…SCORE.

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John Mullins

Since becoming an entrepreneurship professor in 1992, John has published five books, dozens of cases and more than 50 articles in a variety of outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. His research has won national and international awards from the Marketing Science Institute, the American Marketing Association, and the Richard D. Irwin Foundation. He is a frequent and sought-after speaker and educator for audiences in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

John’s first trade book, The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Launching a Lean Start-Up (1e 2003; now 5e, London: FT 2017), has become the definitive work on the assessment and shaping of entrepreneurial opportunities and is widely used by investors and entrepreneurs and in university courses worldwide. His second book, the critically acclaimed Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model (Boston: Harvard Business Press 2009), co-authored with Randy Komisar, a partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was named to “Best Books of 2009” lists by BusinessWeek and INC Magazine.

John’s newest book, The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance or Grow Your Company with Your Customers’ Cash, was named one of five “not-to-be-missed books” for 2014 by Fortune magazine. It challenges the commonly held assumption that among an entrepreneur’s first and most important tasks is that of raising investment capital. Its material provides the foundation for John’s widely-viewed online courses for Emeritus.org and the Gazelles Growth Institute.

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David Rendall

During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 50 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group, Fannie Mae, and State Farm.

Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a leadership professor and stand-up comedian. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. In between presentations, David competes in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons.

David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of four books:

  • The Four Factors of Effective Leadership
  • The Freak Factor
  • The Freak Factor for Kids
  • Pink Goldfish

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Soren Schroder

For the last 35 years I have worked in the global Agribusiness and Food industry. Initially as a commodity trader managing risk and supply chains globally, then in regional leadership roles managing processing and logistics assets, and finally as CEO of Bunge ltd until early this year.

Bunge is one of three international companies in Agribusiness and Food ingredients, with a global footprint heavily weighed towards South America. The company is over 200 years old and went public in 2001. The entire sector is experiencing significant disruption as consumer tastes and digital advances are changing how food is produced and how global supply chains are managed. I have lead major restructuring and cost reduction programs at the same time as we made significant strategic acquisitions, and also engaged in building out Bunge Ventures to establish close contacts with -and investments in -new companies in the industry with the potential to disrupt or augment.

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