Convention 2017 – SPEAKERS

JIM KNIGHT

BUSINESS CULTURE CATALYST, FORMER HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE & AUTHOR OF "Culture that Rocks!"

Jim Knight energizes with his rock n’ roll spirit and seasoned insights on developing, maintaining or transforming corporate cultures to achieve exceptional and sustainable business results.

He is the service and hospitality expert Fortune 500 companies turn to when they want to reinvent themselves or shake things up. Jim honed his revolutionary approach to strong organizational cultures, exceptional guest service and employee branding over two decades as the senior director of training & development at Hard Rock International.

In “Culture That Rocks,” Jim delivers a “howto” business book in his distinctive style, using an eclectic mix of storytelling, provocative yet practical advice, and music orientation to reimagine concepts of employee engagement, customer service and consumer loyalty.

On stage, he brings his ideas to life in keynotes that are as unique as his innovative analogies and as exciting as his vision for invigorating your employees. Audiences gain an eye-opening perspective on all aspects of how to achieve rock-star organizational cultures, including key takeaways on team-building, performance management and effective leadership.

MARC KOEHLER

LEADING WITH A PURPOSE

Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:30am – 12:30pm
(Rotating concurrent sessions)

Marc Koehler is the President of Lead with Purpose, a company dedicated to helping people lead more purposeful lives. He brings over 30 years of business and life experiences that include US Navy Submarine Officer, Interim CEO/COO, Entrepreneur, Husband, Father, and Soccer Coach. During the last ten years, Marc has been brought into numerous distressed companies as an interim CEO/COO. He developed a reputation as someone who could tackle the worst business situations. Marc has led many companies on the verge of going under back to profitability. It was during this time that Marc witnessed the power of the human spirit and the role of a leader to inspire and help everyone reach their full potential. His experience as a turnaround CEO/COO led Marc to develop the online platform, www.leadwithpurpose.com—a site that provides the tools for company leaders to create a simple, yet powerful single page business plan using only the top categories that he has found to be the most critical to strategic planning and engaging employees.

JACK QUARLES

EXPENSIVE SENTENCES

Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:30am – 12:30pm
(Rotating concurrent sessions)

Jack Quarles is an international speaker and trainer on the topics of leadership, communication, and decision-making. He is the author of three Amazon #1 Bestselling books: How Smart Companies Save Money, Same Side Selling (co-author), and the newly released Expensive Sentences.

Jack has saved companies tens of millions of dollars over two decades in the field of expense management. Jack founded Buying Excellence and co-founded the telecom expense management firm Xigo (acquired by Dimension Data). Jack serves as Chairman of Peacemaker Ministries and on the board of Razoo Foundation, and led fundraising for HeartACancerFighter, a top-50 Facebook page. Jack received degrees from Yale (where he sang bass with the Yale Whiffenpoofs) and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. Jack spent most of his life inside the Beltway near Washington DC, he now lives in Brooklyn New York with his wife and two daughters.

CHRIS DUNN

FSMA AND PIQCS

Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:30am – Noon

Join us for the opportunity to get the latest updates on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and its impact on the Ice industry. Chris, who is a certified PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) and has conducted 3 training classes in 2017 for IPIA members will expand on the latest knowledge of FSMA and what IPIA members and non-members need to prepare for. PIQCS/FMSA templates and more will be presented. This is not to miss.

CHRIS LAMOND

PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2017 AND BEYOND

Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Chris will be joining us for the Centennial to share the Public Affairs committee successes and progress in 2017 and what we can expect in the future. His updates will include the IPIA statistical survey, latest on communication with the FDA, NEHA presentation recap, state outreach and other public affairs topics.

JOHN SULLIVAN

5 WAYS TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE HOW YOU AGE

Friday November 17th, 2017 8:45 am – 10:00am

For the next generation of retirees, one question will trump all others: How do you add life to longer lives? A new array of devices and services is transforming retirement, making it easier for you to continue working, stay healthy, and remain connected to friends, family, and life’s small pleasures.