ROCK STARS.......

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell has spent much of his life helping us make the most of our money. His latest book, The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better,
links the new era of frugality with the broader sustainability movement. New Frugality is not about being cheap; it’s about being smart. Farrell shows how putting core values at the center of investment and spending decisions means fewer purchases, but more satisfying ones. That’s good for planet, and good for your bank balance as well.

Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the largest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of additional books: Right on the Money: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances, and Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall. Among Farrell's many awards are a National Magazine Award, two Loeb Awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.

Brian Smith | UGG boots founder

​Brian Smith was born in Australia, where he developed his love of surfing. A chartered accountant, he studied at the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and with $500 of start-up money, he founded UGG Imports to bring sheepskin footwear to America. After seventeen years, as sales reached $15 million, he sold the business to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The UGG brand has since exceeded $1 billion of international sales times over.

A passionate innovator and entrepreneur, Brian is one of the most sought after business leaders in the country today. As a media guest and inspiring speaker, he is committed to teaching his breakthrough business strategies to entrepreneurs and translating personal vision and spirituality into company culture.

Brian Smith has recently written a book based upon his journey from conceiving the idea, all the way to selling the business as a national brand. The books theme is that you can't give birth to adults. Every business starts with conception, then birth...the long infancy, then toddling, youth and teenage phases. This understanding is powerful, as hundreds of people in his keynote speaking seminars tell that they were about to give up on their dream, but now they identify themselves in one of the early phases. This gripping story of ecstatic highs and crushing lows of UGG, and Brian show how you can dig deep to overcome every obstacle in your path. Called The Birth Of A Brand, the book is available on Amazon, and you can download the first chapter free from his website, www.BRIANSMITHSPEAKER.com.

Brian has been speaking from small and large stages for over two years and has a proven track record of positively affecting audiences.

His keynotes can be tailored to a diverse group of audiences but all are highly inspirational and follow the "stories" of his own personal adventures building the iconic brand UGG.

James Lukaszewski | America's Crisis Guru

​Jim speaks annually before a wide variety of local, statewide, national and international organizations and associations engaging thousands of audience members. His webinars reach several thousand additional participants. His diverse audiences include business groups, state and federal government agencies at all levels, U.S. military services (DINFOS) and intelligence agencies, law enforcement, chemical industries, trade and professional associations, large businesses, DINFOS, extractive industries, transportation, healthcare and insurance groups, academia and more.

Wherever there is or can be trouble, victims, serious problems and disaster, there are affected audiences and troubled leaders waiting to learn the way out of their problems from Jim.

He is a realist, a pragmatist, truth teller, an inspirer, storyteller, motivator and coach. If you have a troubled executive team, or your organization, profession or industry needs an infusion of sensible, honest, dramatically and powerfully presented helpful information, call Jim at ​203-948-7029.

Dina Simon | Make Unstoppable Simple

​Dina serves as the CEO of Simon Say Lead.  For more than twenty years, Dina has worked with Fortune 100 companies developing their greatest asset – their people.  She has been recognized as a C-Suite leader, that has build Unstoppable relationship with her internal and external clients.
As CEO, Dina spends her time consulting with C-Suite leaders and their teams on topics related to leadership and organizational effectiveness. Her keynote presentations are built from the foundation of her book: Make Unstoppable Simple – Creative Problem Solving in Life and Leadership.  With Unstoppable You, Unstoppable Team and Unstoppable Organization, she will share the secrets to creatively problem solve to be Unstoppable!
Dina’s background is rich in the arena of Talent from recruitment to development. Her background is rich in the arena of Sales with a successful track record of managing national client partnerships and sales teams. And, her background is rich in the arena of Franchising working with field offices throughout the country developing their leadership capacity and sales territory.   Therefore, she is often called upon for keynotes, training facilitation and consulting in those areas.

Mary A Molloy

Speaker, life planner, business owner and award winning author, Mary A. Molloy knows how to communicate strategies that lead to success.

Whether working with a large fortune five hundred company or one-on-one, from New Zealand to Korea her extensive travels and experience speaking to tens of thousands of people give her a special perspective that powerfully expresses how people can see their own potential and reach their goals and dreams.

After working for IBM and leading training workshops with companies like HP/Compaq Computer Corporation, Microsoft, Motorola, Siemens Healthcare and others, Mary blends everything she has learned and taught into her new book Design Your Own Destiny: Life Planning for the 21st Century.
The truth she explores in her own life engage dynamically with her audience both on the page and in person.

Mary has been recognized for her achievements through the YWCA’s Woman of the Year Award and Digital Equipment Corporation’s “Instructor Excellence Award”. Mary lives and works in New Hampshire.

Bob Molhoek: A master marketer guides students to answer the question: Why Should I hire you?

Bob Molhoek is an experienced executive with first hand experience building World Class brands such as BMW, Target, Bite-Tech/UnderArmour.

He has seen many, many novice job seekers struggle with builiding their personal brand. And as a result, he took it upon himself to improve the candidates coming from his alma matter.

The Result: He developed a proven process for helping students feel confident answering the question, Why Should I Hire You?

With his approach, career center professionals and students can create a plan. They are energized to use the tips they’ve learned, awake to the employers expectations and inspired to package themselves into a World Class brand.

Perfect for orientation, alumni meetings, end of school year events, fraternity and soriority events. Don't be as bland as a generic brand, package yourself.

Joe Sweeney | All around coach

Joe Sweeney is the New York Times Best Selling author of Networking Is a Contact Sport. Joe takes the anxiety out of networking by helping people understand that networking is really about giving, not getting. Over the course of his 30-year career Joe has served on 28 Boards of Directors, was President of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has owned more than 12 companies—including the sports marketing agency Sports Marketing Group, which he founded when three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre signed on as the first client.

Today, in addition to his work as an equity partner and investment banker with Corporate Financial Advisors, Joe travels the country as an author and speaker, sharing his experiences and teaching business owners, high-achieving professionals—and anyone who wants to realize that next, big, wild, audacious goal—his time-tested habits for create meaningful connections that will bring them success throughout their life.

Ann Bancroft | Explorer

Ask your kids if they know who Ann Bancroft is, not the movie star. They may have studied through Connect To Your Expedition created by the Minnesota Ann Bancroft.

Ann is the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North and South Poles. In 1986, Ann dogsledded 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole as the only female member of the Steger International Polar Expedition. In 1993, she led the American Women’s Expedition to the South Pole, a 67-day expedition of 660 miles (1,060 km) on skis by four women. Most recently, in February 2001, Ann and Liv Arnesen from Norway became the first team of women to ski across Antarctica’s landmass.

Ann’s other achievements include founding and leading the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates the existing and potential achievements of women and girls. She has been featured in the book Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century (1998); inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1995); named Ms. magazine’s “Woman of the Year” (1987); and honored with numerous awards for her accomplishments. Most recently, Ann, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, appeared in “Ennis’ Gift, a film about learning differences,” a documentary produced by the Ennis Cosby Foundation featuring celebrities who have dealt with learning disabilities, such as James Earl Jones, Henry Winkler, Danny Glover and Bruce Jenner.

A nationally and internationally known entity, Ann has been featured in Time, People, USA Today, Ms., McCall’s, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, National Geographic, Outside, Sports Illustrated for Kids and on BBC, CNN and National Public Radio. She is currently serving on the National Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors and has been a spokesperson for the M.S. Society, United Way, United Cerebral Palsy and the Learning Disabilities Association.

With Ann’s polar expeditions have come severe tests of teamwork and leadership, as well as opportunities to shatter female stereotypes, making Ann a sought-after speaker among corporations, schools and non-profit organizations.

Bancroft currently lives in Scandia, Minnesota.

Steven Schussler

Steven Schussler had an idea for a rainforest themed restaurant...and in order to attract investors, he transformed his suburban Minneapolis home into the prototype for Rainforest Cafe. There were tropical birds, waterfalls, mists, and a total replicia of the real Rainforest. That daring idea turned into Schussler’s first Rainforest Cafe™ (A Wild Place to Shop and Eat™), at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in October 1994. Steven and his public company owned and operated 45 Rainforest Café restaurants in seven years, in three continents and sold the chain to Landry’s Restaurants in 2000, but not before receiving more than 40 awards in six years including: Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.A.

Schussler Creative, Inc. was founded in 2000, where he leads the creative vision and overall strategic direction of the organization. His team has created T-REX™: A Prehistoric Family Adventure™: A Place to Shop, Eat, Explore and Discover™; Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant and many more. Steve was recently a judge on Food Network and released his first book in October of 2010.

Steven's first book It's A jungle In There: Inspiring lessons, hard-won insights, and other acts of entrepreneurial daring by the founder of Rainforest Cafe® Steven Schussler.

FRUITSHARE: Health Coach

Another one of Minnesota's local Rock Star's, FruitShare provides top quality organic fruit to individuals, schools and companies. Everett Myers, the innovator behind this company knows his fruit. He was introduced to the idea of organic food after a stint in a small village in Guatamala. One season with all those mainstream chemicals and he became determined to create a better way to eat good fruit.

Everett speaks about how employee wellness programs can affect your bottom line.

Employee Wellness Programs are an important part of any business. Employee wellness doesn't just mean healthier employees - though it has been proven to improve health and morale. Employee Wellness Programs have an impact on your business' finances.

Studies show that for every $1 businesses spend on corporate health and wellness, they get a return of $4 in reduced health care costs and a return of $5 in reduced absenteeism. Simply put, that's because healthy employees are not sick - they need fewer days off and fewer doctor visits.

He even brings fruit to every speech! Call 612-349-2744 to check his schedule.

Sam Richter

Take The Cold Out Of Cold Calling

Sam Richter's first book helps anyone learn how to use the website to gain more knowledge. Sam began in marketing as a researcher at Fallon McElligott advertising agency while he played football at the University of Minnesota. He knows research matters in the field of business and effortless shares all of his knowledge and his genuine approach for doing business with integrity. He's sure to be a rock star.

Cathy Paper, M.A.

Cathy works with business owners to help them tell their story to milliions. She launches bestselling books and designs zippy training programs and products that incorporate inspiration, reflection and action.

With seventeen years of experience in leadership development and marketing, nearly 10,000 coaching hours and experience guiding hundreds of organizations through change management strategy and implementation, she knows how to improve people and increase results. She's built, launched and sold three companies.

Her quick wit and competitive spirit makes her a trusted advisor and repeat creative force for companies, individuals and associations such as Best Buy, Paramount Studios, Ameriprise, Harvey Mackay Swim With The Sharks New York Times Best Selling Author, National Association of Women Business Owners, Minnesota CFA and Schwan’s. She holds her Master’s Degree from St. Thomas in Organization Development and a BA from Williams College.
She cuts through all the clutter, sets up the best plan and guides you to get #$*@ done!

Cathy speaks regularly around the country on Goal Setting, How To Write & Promote a Book and Building Your Buzz On & Off The Screen. Contact her directly for a detailed description.

Harvey Mackay

Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

Harvey Mackay is the author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey's books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.

Harvey is one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world.

At age 26, he purchased a small, failing envelope company in 1959 which has grown to a $100 million business employing over 500 people. MackayMitchell Envelope Company is one of the nation's major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day. As chairman, Harvey's philosophy is engrained in the company, beginning with its motto: Do what you love, love what you do and deliver more than you promise.

Harvey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. He is an avid runner and marathoner, and former #1 ranked tennis player in Minnesota. He currently sits on the board of the Minnesota Orchestra and is a former director on Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

In spite of his hectic schedule, Harvey still finds plenty of time for family and fun. He's an avid golfer (10 handicap)! He and his wife, Carol Ann, have been married over 50 years, and enjoy spending time with their nine grandchildren. They are avid travelers, taking an annual trip to Italy, and recently toured China and Africa.

Ben Leber | Do the work.

​Ben Leber is a retired 10 year National Football League (NFL) linebacker who played for San Diego, Minnesota and St. Louis. He is currently working as a college football broadcaster for Fox Sports and Minnesota Vikings Sideline Analyst for KFAN radio in Minneapolis.  
    Ben’s collegiate football journey began when he accepted a full-ride scholarship to Kansas State University in the summer of 1996.  He was coached by the legendary College Football Hall of Famer, Bill Snyder. In his time at KSU, Ben was twice named to Big 12 All-Conference Teams, 1 All-American team,and is 5th in tackles in school history. He graduated with a Business Degree in 4.5yrs and was named a team representative his Junior and Senior year.  In his four years, with San Diego, he was named as a 3X player representative, continuing to show his leadership ability he honed while in college. He credits his relationship with the late NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau in helping him become a true professional and leader.  In 2006, Ben signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, bringing him closer to his hometown of Vermillion, South Dakota.  In his 5 years with Minnesota, he was an important piece of multiple defenses that ranked #1 in NFL versus the run. Including the defense that helped lead the team to the 2009 NFC Championship game. He went on to play his 10th and final year as a St. Louis Ram.
     Ben has spoken to numerous groups, ranging from Elementary schools to corporations.  He has spoken to: various community leadership groups, Optum Health, Minnesota Vikings, and Agropur. He is an advocate for the NFL Play 60 Program which focuses on the importance of exercise and nutrition to school-aged children.  He also takes the leadership knowledge and values learned from football and shares them with the business world.  He specializes in a “Win from Within” approach to success, where understanding your own strengths and weaknesses help you gain a competitive advantage in the workplace.  
    Aside from his working duties, Ben considers his greatest job as husband and father the most important. 

Caryn Sullivan | Bitter or Better

​Life struggles are universal. 
What defines us – distinguishes us – is how we respond to them.
Caryn Sullivan is no stranger to challenges. Starting at an early age she powered through family crises and health challenges with a stoic resolve. When her son was diagnosed with autism she left her law career to be his advocate. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer she declared, “I’m not going to die from this.”
But when her husband’s heart failed, Caryn’s resilience was put to the test. Would she bend or break?
The answer came unexpectedly from a priest she met at a social function. His response to questions such as “Why me?” and “Why my family?” offered her a lifeline.
“We can’t control what happens to us. But when adversity strikes, we have a choice. We can be bitter. Or we can be better.”
Caryn chose better. She garnered strength and wisdom from people who confronted adversity with grace and courage, many of them subjects of her newspaper columns. She stumbled upon a new purpose: to illuminate the choice for others. Drawing upon stories in her award-winning memoir, Bitter or Better, Caryn offers audiences a roadmap to resilience.

CJ Dube | Visionary For Business

CJ has always been an entrepreneur. And with more than 25 years of experience, she knows a lot about business and people.


CJ’s work experience is widespread, from managing a sales team for a large international company to overseeing 150 employees in 36 locations across two countries as the Director of Operations and HR for a facilities management firm.
CJ’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to begin consulting with businesses on their talent acquisition and management functions. In 2006, CJ along with two other talented entrepreneurs, launched a professional contract placement firm which in 2009, was ranked third on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50 Awards.

As an EOS Implementer, CJ does what she loves most about working with entrepreneurs and their businesses: helping — and seeing — them achieve vision, traction and health.

CJ is a Minnesota native, mother and grandmother.

Mike Paton | Traction Builder

A recently published bestselling author of Get A Grip, Mike Paton is also an award-winning speaker. Mike has also helped thousands of entrepreneurs learn and begin implementing EOS at dynamic, value-packed keynote talks, in-depth interactive workshops and peer-group retreats.

Whatever the venue and format, Mike attracts large audiences, receives consistently high ratings and delivers real value that helps entrepreneurs get a grip on their businesses.

Mike doesn’t just speak to entrepreneurs — he is one. Raised by self-motivated entrepreneurial leaders and surrounded by successful entrepreneurs throughout most of his career, Mike spent more than 10 years running (or helping run) four entrepreneurial companies. While trying to take a successful $7 million market research firm to the next level, Mike was introduced to Gino Wickman and EOS and quickly became hooked. He's an inspiring speaker, consultant and author.

Kevin Warren | Raising everyone's game

​Kevin Fulbright Warren is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings. Kevin was promoted to the position of COO in February, 2015 and became the highest ranking African-American NFL executive on the business side working for a team and the first African-American COO for a team.  He was appointed to the NFL committee on workplace diversity in 2013 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  He is a creative, strategic and forward thinking business executive and in his role as COO Warren is responsible for every aspect of the day to day business for the Minnesota Vikings and their ancillary business entities.

An individual who was always interested in business and law, Kevin’s first position exposed him to sports law as the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King in Kansas specialized in representing universities in NCAA violations. Warren gained his first NFL job through an introduction to then-St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil. Warren was hired and spent four years in St. Louis, a tenure that included the Rams’ Super Bowl victory. He was recruited to work with the Detroit Lions and served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations and General Counsel.

Later, moving back to his home state of Arizona to work in private legal practice at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He advised the Wilf family from both a legal and business standpoint to purchase the Minnesota Vikings franchise. Subsequent to the deal closed in 2005, he has worked for the Vikings in various capacities from a business and legal stadium and helping with the long-running quest for a new stadium.

Building a stadium required that Warren utilized his various legal and business expertise.  A skilled collaborator and relationship-builder, Kevin shifts quickly from dealing with a legal issue to calculating a complex finance-tax issue to a real estate issue to lobbying. During the complex time of building the stadium Kevin negotiated a win-win arrangement with the University of Minnesota TCF Bank stadium to play outdoor football and improve the facilities.

Since 2005, Kevin has become an integral part of the Twin Cities community and is active in civic and community philanthropy. Kevin’s business savvy and interpersonal expertise make him a trusted “go to” resource. Corporate executives, in both the business and legal community seek him out as a result of his hands-on sponsorship experience, professional integrity and track record of results.

Dr. Jeff Spencer | Champion Maker

Dr. Jeff Spencer is an Olympic athlete, 8-time Tour de France winning team doctor and has been directly involved in over 40-plus Olympic, World, National, and Tour de France Championships.

He knows and teaches what it takes to get to the top and stay there. There is a method to it – and it is called, The Champion’s Blueprint.

For small business owners, executives with responsibility for personal and company performance, elite athletes or a person interested in taking life to the next level, Dr. Jeff teaches, speaks and coaches on the tactics you must learn and master in order to thrive in an ever changing world.

James Rosseau Sr. 

​7 MILLION MINUTES (FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES)

Your purpose, Your passion, Your potential! Help your employees turn their time into treasure. Key take-aways include:

• Identifying and embracing your passion
• Developing a holistic life plan and executing against it
• Making consistent progress in achieving your goals

“Many of us are in a ‘crisis state’—wandering through the wilderness,
often reactively, hoping that we find ‘success.’ With more that 200 Million working in the U.S. alone and a job satisfaction rate of 20%, we have a monumental human crisis. From college graduation until average retirement age we are all given the same amount of time. The difference maker is how we use that time, we can drift or we can drive. In my career, I have been able to learn from those that drive, apply those principles and use them to help others.”

Carr Hagerman

For most of his adult life, Carr Hagerman has lived in two worlds.

His first profession was to become a street performer, which he began in 1974, touring with renaissance festivals as a walk about street comedian. His second life was that of the entrepreneur and business person.

As a performer, he became a student of engagement and collaboration, and discovered early in his career that what he learned as a street performer could be applied in business and service. Carr is truly a renaissance man. He's been a street performer, musician, published author, business owner, photographer, video journalist, film critique, producer and lecturer. He's worked with mentally and physically handicapped children, has been a foster parent for abused children, and donates much of his time mentoring creative talent.

Each year he trains and develops over 400 entertainers, musicians and costumed performers for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Carr's message is simple and clear, to see work as a way to improve the value of our own lives and the quality of our workmanship, and ultimately how we can make a difference with those we live with and serve.

Brandon Steiner

He started Steiner Sports in 1987 with a one-room office, $4,000 and single Mac computer. Today, Steiner Sports is the most successful memorabilia company of its kind with over $35 million in annual sales. His mindset has always been to be fearless – that mentality has helped me secure partnerships with the most elite names in sports; Derek Jeter, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Chris Paul, among others. His focus as a speaker is to grow your business by differentiating yourself from your competitors through building relationships, motivating your team, increasing productivity, and anticipating your customers’ needs.

​In 2003, Brandon published his first book, The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports. The Business Playbook was supported by a national book tour, as a result of which Brandon was invited to be a guest lecturer at some of the top business schools in the country, including The Harvard Business School, The Kellogg School of Business, Columbia and Yale. Brandon became a motivational speaker, invited to speak to Fortune 500 companies across many industries.
In 2012, Wiley & Sons published Brandon’s second book, You Gotta Have Balls, which chronicles his long career, and the life and business lessons he learned therein.
Brandon has become a media personality as a regular guest on 98.7 FM ESPN-NY Radio and co-host on YES Network’s Yankees-Steiner: Memories of the Game. He is frequently utilized as an expert commentator on sports and marketing on national news networks including CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, and ESPN, and in newspapers including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He also made several appearances on the MLB Network while promoting the MLB Fan Cave.