Principal and CEO, Institute for Trend Research (ITR) Economics
Brian Beaulieu has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. He is also chief economist for TEC, a global organization comprised of over 13,000 CEOs. At ITR, Beaulieu has been engaged in applied research regarding business cycle trend analysis and the utilization of that research at a practical business level. For the past 25 years, he has been giving workshops and seminars across the U.S. and Canada to thousands of business owners and executives.
Prior to joining ITR Economics, Beaulieu was an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor where he worked on the health care component of the Consumer Price Index. Beaulieu is co-author with Alan Beaulieu of the books, Prosperity in the Age of Decline, Make Your Move, and children's book But I Want It.
Daymond John has come a long way from turning a $40 budget into FUBU, a $6 billion fashion game-changer. Throughout his career, John has continued to be an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He is not only a pioneer in the fashion industry but a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, a multiple New York Times best-selling author, branding guru and highly sought-after motivational speaker. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed John a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, a position focused on promoting the power and importance of entrepreneurship on a global scale.
President, DDR Communications LLC
President of DDR Communications, Donna Ritson founded the company over 30 years ago. DDR’s business is based on a direct response methodology that delivers market research, business development, strategic alliance and actionable market intelligence for companies in virtually every B2B industry.
DDR has been a partner with PMMI for over 12 years reporting on the trends that help members gain a deeper insight into key markets and customers. DDR’s experience is backed by over 45 years in Marketing Communications. Ritson is a certified business communicator with a BA and MSMC in Marketing Communications.
Corporate Coach, Mentor and Author
Dr. Lance Secretan is a pioneering leadership authority and change agent whose bestselling books, inspirational talks and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 22 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship.
Chief Research Officer, Vistage
As Chief Research Officer for Vistage, Joe Galvin is responsible for providing Vistage members with the most current, compelling and actionable thought-leadership on the strategic issues of small and midsized business. This proprietary research is focused on best practices from the exclusive Vistage community of more than 23,000 CEOs, senior executives and business owners across a broad array of industries in 20 countries. Through collaboration with other thought leaders and curation of the highest quality content, Vistage members benefit from impactful business research on the strategic challenges and opportunities they face.
Galvin’s mission is to continuously uncover, measure and analyze the innovations and emerging trends that drive the performance of the most successful small and mid-sized businesses.
In addition to 15 years as a business analyst, Galvin learned the importance of the customer with 17 quota bearing years as a sales professional in client facing roles in field sales and sales management. Galvin also created and led the global sales operations team at Gartner during years of expansive growth. Galvin brings expertise in customer management, sales strategy, sales performance, sales productivity, sales technology and marketing automation to Vistage. He graduated from Illinois State University.
Commander, U.S. Navy and the Commander of the USS Cole (ret.)
Engaged leader, hands-on crisis management practitioner, and a go-to global security expert for major news networks, the former Commander of the USS Cole demonstrates the foundation for team success and time-critical decisions based on integrity. Commander Kirk Lippold reveals how to lead teams to manage challenges and ensure success in a complex world where financial, security and global threats are of critical concern across industry sectors.