Alex Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than twenty years of expertise across subjects including economics, industrial manufacturing, automation, talent and workforce issues, and advanced technology trends. For the last two decades, he has consulted and advised companies throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and his insights and analysis have been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.
Alex has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and webinars to small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. He is currently overseeing a suite of analytics products focused on talent for the Miller Resource Group. Alex is also consulting with companies to help them become better at attracting, hiring, and retaining the impact players in their industry.
J.P. Dinnell is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now a Leadership Instructor, Speaker and Strategic Advisor with Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Training Officer.
J.P. is also a pro team athlete and spokesperson for Origin Maine and Jocko Fuel, an American clothing and supplement company. J.P. has a signature Energy Drink flavor “Sour Apple Sniper” with Jocko Fuel.
Jeremiah spent nearly a decade in the SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. Sent to the violent terrorist stronghold of Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 with SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, J.P. served as point man, machine gunner, and lead sniper for Delta Platoon opposite the American Sniper, Chris Kyle, who was in Charlie Platoon.
For his leadership and courage under fire, JP was awarded a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars with Valor and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor helping Task Unit Bruiser to become the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War.
He worked closely with SEAL Officers Jocko Willink, his Task Unit Commander, and Leif Babin, and was the driving force on many of the daring combat operations Jocko and Leif wrote about in Extreme Ownership.
Upon his return, J.P. again worked directly for Jocko as a training instructor at Naval Special Warfare Group One Training Detachment, where he orchestrated realistic and challenging training scenarios for Special Operations Urban Combat training and Close Quarters Combat training to better prepare SEAL units for the real-world battlefield. He also served as a Combatives Instructor, Marksmanship Instructor and earned his Master Trainer Specialist qualification while helping Jocko rebuild and enhance these training programs into the highly effective platforms they are today.
J.P. brings exceptional experience and frontline leadership perspective from the winning mindset and culture of Task Unit Bruiser.
Mike Maddock is an entrepreneur, a keynote speaker, a best-selling author, and a CEO Coach.
Mike will tell you that his purpose is “To inspire and empower curiosity.” His passion is to make people believe they can change the world and then provide the tools, frameworks and hard-earned wisdom to make positive impact happen.
Mike calls himself an Idea Monkey because he loves to solve problems with disruptive ideas. This passion for problem solving has driven Mike to establish 7 successful businesses, including innovation and strategy consultancy Maddock Douglas which has helped more than 25% of the Fortune 500 create and launch new products, services and business models.
He also co-chairs the Gathering of Titans Entrepreneurial Conclave at MIT, and he is past Chapter president of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Young Presidents’ Organization, both chapters located in Chicago.
A doodler, turned cartoonist, turned author, Mike has been using words and pictures to create smiles and build ideas his entire life. Today, Mike is a contributor to Forbes and author of four bestselling books: Free the Idea Monkey...to focus on what matters most!, Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox and Flirting With the Uninterested, Innovating in a Sold, Not Bought Category. And finally, Plan D––his latest book about how Disruptors use their superhero powers to put a dent in the universe.
As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an award-winning speaker, and best-selling author of eleven books, Lisa Ryan works with her clients to develop employee and client engagement initiatives and strategies that keep their top talent and best clients from becoming someone else’s.
Lisa’s expertise includes: strengthening workplace culture, improving employee engagement, increasing customer retention, and initiating gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) for personal and professional benefit.
Lisa costars in two films with other experts, including Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” She is the Past- President of the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter, and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University. She has been blissfully married to Scott since 1996, and they are the proud parents of two very spoiled cats.
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Clint is a Managing Director with Bundy Group, an investment bank that specializes in representing business owners and management teams in business sales, capital raises and acquisitions. Clint has over 12 years of experience in the automation and cybersecurity sectors, and he has advised numerous companies and has a long track record of closed transactions in those industries.
Brian is the co-leader of the industrial automation, system integration and robotics practice at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He frequently presents at the CSIA Executive Conference and contributes to the CSIA Newsletter on legal issues confronting control system integrators. Faegre Drinker is the provider of the CSIA Legal Plan.
Cathy is a Principal of Capital Valuation Group, a firm that has specialized in valuing businesses for more than 45 years. Cathy has worked with business owners and advisors over her 28 year career to determine the value of an equity interest in a business, identify ways to increase value, prepare for transitioning out of ownership, resolve owner disputes (family and non-family) and define valuation provisions of buy/sell agreements that are unambiguous. Cathy earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has earned the Accredited Senior Analyst designation from the American Society of Appraisers. Cathy has testified in state and federal courts and writes and teaches nationally on topics relating to business value and serves, or has served, as a director on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards of directors.
Bryan Powrozek is the leader of Clayton & McKervey’s industrial automation group. He joined Clayton & McKervey after a dozen years working as a mechanical engineer for an automotive supplier. As a CPA, he has had the opportunity to use his background in systems and processes on a regular basis to help growth-driven manufacturing and system integration companies grow the value of their businesses.
Mr. Rivera has been the CEO of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) since March 2015. In this position he has worked to advance the system integration industry by expanding the adoption of the CSIA Best Practices and by helping members recognize emerging trends and pursue associated business development opportunities. Prior to this he led a successful global career in the automation industry working for Siemens, Emerson Electric and Schneider Electric in six countries, most often in a regional or global role.
Mark is the co-leader of the industrial automation, system integration and robotics practice at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He frequently presents at the CSIA Executive Conference on legal issues confronting control system integrators. Faegre Drinker is the provider of the CSIA Legal Plan.
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