Laura Posey

Laura Posey brings much passion to her work as Chief Instigator of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group. She is committed to helping her clients find their passion, increase their profits and enhance their productivity. If you want to move forward quickly, Laura is the one to consult. Laura is the author of several books including The Simple Strategic Plan, Six Secrets of Sales Magnets and How To Hire The Right Salesperson. She just finished a new book with Jack Canfield and Les Brown called, Mastering The Art Of Success. Laura is a sought-after international speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Laura has been featured in Business Week magazine and other publications and is the recipient of the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Businesswomen Of The Year...

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Blake Eastman

Blake Eastman is the founder and head instructor of The Nonverbal Group, where he conducts independent research and teaches individuals to become more effective communicators through the identification and modification of nonverbal behaviors. In addition to his work at The Nonverbal Group, he teaches psychology at the City University of New York.

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Scott Neal

Scott M. Neal has been utilizing and programming Apple products since first getting his hands on an Apple ][+ and later NeXTcube. Scott’s believes strongly in automation–getting devices to do your work the way you want to, with minimal effort and stress. Often, the real benefits of device automation are underutilized–Scott would prefer that you be empowered with how to automate (meaning script and program) devices YOURSELF to do what YOU want, not just what you may see yourself limited to by default application and service setups. With that goal specifically in mind, Scott co-created acmeFoo, the Apple Technology focused training and development co-op, which offers training, courseware, and consulting on a peer level, without being tied to specific device sales or...

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Benjamin Arnold

Ben Arnold is The NPD Group’s Director of Industry Analysis, specializing in consumer technology. In his 12+ years of work as an analyst, Ben has covered the media and tech industries with an eye on sales and feature trends. He regularly contributes his perspectives on the market to publications like The New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal and has written about the industry for CNET’s Crave gadget blog, Black Enterprise, and Dealerscope. Prior to his work at NPD, Arnold was a Senior Analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

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Jazmin Hupp

Jazmin Hupp specializes in making stuff happen. She is the Director of Marketing for Tekserve, the independent Apple computer store in NYC. Working as an internal entrepreneur over the last eight years, Jazmin has refreshed existing departments and started new ones for Tekserve, changing focus every 6-24 months. Her previous work has included hiring & training, rentals, online content & social media, several editions of Tekserve’s Mac FAQ books, web store & customer support, and finally business to business marketing before taking over the marketing department. Jazmin holds a Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems from Empire State College in New York. She has lived in all of the continental states west of Texas and currently resides in New York City. Her passions include travel, tea, 3-star Michelin restaurants, yoga and Zumba. Follow her blog at jazminhupp.com or on twitter...

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Bob Phibbs

Business Strategy and Marketing Expert Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor®, has helped thousands of small and medium-sized businesses in every major industry, including hospitality, manufacturing, service, restaurant and retail. He is a nationally recognized expert on business strategy, customer service, sales, and marketing. With over thirty years experience beginning in the trenches of retail and extending to senior management positions, he has been a corporate officer, franchisor and entrepreneur. His presentations are designed to provide practical information in a fun and re-memorable format, earning raving fans along the way.   Retail Speaker and Retail Consultant In 1994, Bob started his own consulting company, The Retail Doctor, with a mission to provide training and inspiration to small and medium sized independent businesses — and teach them how to successfully compete in today’s retail environment. As a member of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA), Phibbs regularly addresses business organizations, corporations, and business conferences. Bob’s aggressive, comprehensive ideas and best practices has proved successful in helping firms of all types and sizes. Bob’s passion and enthusiasm are hallmarks of his presentation skills. He has consulted for, and given presentations, to some of the country’s best-known retail brands, including Brother, Caswell-Massey, Hunter Douglas, LEGO, Lumber Liquidators, OMEGA, Yamaha, and Vera Bradley. One of Phibbs’ most publicized successes was his association with an independent coffee house where sales had slipped for years after Starbucks opened ten blocks away. When a second Starbucks opened just seventy-five feet from the store, the Retail Doctor® arrived to overhaul the operation. Sales rose a dramatic 50 percent over that record year and an additional 40 percent the following year. From that success, Bob drank up the next big trend helping It’s A Grind Coffee, a startup, first as COO and then as CMO. Along the way, they grew to over 125 franchised locations nationwide, created a lot of buzz as the featured coffeehouse on ShowTime’s Weeds and helped make it the second-fastest growing company in Los Angeles County two years running. He was also a partner in growing the Hunter Douglas elite Gallery dealers program across the US. Celebrity Media Guest and Author A frequent guest on MSNBC and Fox, he and his work have been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In addition, Phibbs provides business makeovers for the Los Angeles Times. His award-winning book, You Can Compete was the backbone of Do-It-Best hardware’s How-to-Beat-the-Big-Box kit for their 4100 stores. His latest book, The Retail Doctor’s Guide to Growing Your Business from Wiley & Sons is available in bookstores...

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Andrew Penny

Andrew Penny, President, Kingsford Consulting Ltd, has been helping small and medium businesses grow for over 15 years. He has worked with hundreds of companies and interviewed thousands of business owners – providing common sense, practical advice on how to grow. He is particularly passionate about challenging markets and finding game changing approaches to win unfair advantages. Andrew sees the SMB market as the backbone of the economy and is always excited about opportunities to help small business owners grow. He has worked in just about every vertical market including the B2C market where he advised LightSpeed Retail through their recent 30M expansion. Prior to consulting, Andrew spent many years in IT, as a VP in Business Development and Sales. During his time at Mitel, he directed the sales and marketing activities for US, Canadian, European, and Asian markets. As one of the earliest members of the Bell Mobility team, he introduced mobile phones to Eastern...

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Greg Crabtree

Greg Crabtree is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and financial expert. After spending five years in regional accounting and three years as Vice President of operations/controller for a local bank, Crabtree used his entrepreneurial skills to develop Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, a CPA firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build the economic engine of their business. In addition to serving as the firm’s CEO, Crabtree leads the business consulting team—helping clients align their financial goals with their profit model and their core business values. Crabtree’s community service includes Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Area Council Member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Board (2006 to 2009), ALS Association of Alabama, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Atlanta chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) past board member. Crabtree is a frequent speaker at EO Chapter events, EO’s Accelerator Money Day program and the U.S. State Department’s New Beginnings program for international...

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Graham Birkenhead

Graham Birkenhead, Partner, Kingsford Consulting Ltd, brings an exciting mix of management and consultancy skills built from over 25 years experience. One of his keys to success is his ability to inspire business owners to take control of their businesses while showing them how to organize and drive that business to new growth. He has built his extensive expertise in strategy, organizational structure, and lean continuous improvement through a wide variety of channels: Prior to joining the Kingsford Team he ran a business transformation consultancy, worked as an executive recruiter, and was a military engineer in the UK. He also frequently runs workshops, demonstrating an unparalleled talent in taking even the most complex of concepts and organizing them in a way that anyone can fully understand, he calls it “Simplexity”. His teaching experience ranges from lecturing Masters Classes to teaching diving students underwater using hand...

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Melissa J White

Melissa J White is the author of “Dizzy Sushi”, and the owner of Blogshop World [http://blogshopworld.com/] and Whitespace Creative. She designs websites on the WordPress content management system and creates SEO plans for getting noticed. Her recent website, ArtGothic.com, was built around one keyword. Her presentations have been given at Wordcamp Albuquerque, SAQA, and the Apple Specialists conferences. Contact Melissa at...

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