During the past 25 years, Stephen Harvill and his Creative Ventures team have helped some of the world’s most respected companies realize their true capabilities through implementing pioneering methods in organizational dynamics and strategic thinking.
Today Stephen works with organizations of all sizes to help them to remove the boundaries and restrictive thinking that are pervasive across Corporate America
As one of the top educators, consultants, and strategists, Stephen works with companies to maximize the potential of their human capital and the organization as a whole. Sometimes the changes are large in scope, but often the changes begin with small, positive steps and creative approaches.
Stephen’s schedule has him crisscrossing the globe to bring these unique and dynamic approaches to a client base that includes, IBM, General Mills, Wells Fargo, Pepsi, Southwest Airlines, Samsung, JC Penney, Microsoft, Apple, AIA, Zappos and Allianz.
Founder & President, Marcus Sheridan International
Marcus is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker known for his unique ability to excite, engage and motivate audiences. In 2017 Forbes named Marcus 1 of 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.” He has been dubbed a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times and featured in Inc., The Globe and Mail, Forbes, and more.
As founder and president of The Sales Lion, which recently merged with IMPACT in 2018, Marcus has established one of the most successful digital sales and marketing agencies in the country. Within his speaking company, Marcus Sheridan International, Inc., he gives over 70 global keynotes annually where he inspires audiences in the areas of sales, marketing, leadership, and communication. Mashable rated his book, “They Ask, You Answer,” the “#1 Marketing Book” to read in 2017. Forbes listed it as one of “11 Marketing Books Every CMO Should Read.”
Learn more about Marcus and Marcus Sheridan International.
Stacey Brown Randall
Growth By Referrals
Stacey Brown Randall has one focus in life. To help others avoid business failure.
She knows – she’s been there, done that and has the t-shirt.
What Stacey learned when her first business failed – and through years of researching successful businesses - is now what is making all the difference with her current business’ success. And she is sharing all her secrets.
Stacey’s online programs and live coaching provide a blueprint to follow to take control of your referrals, your client experience, and your business. Stacey is a contrarian when it comes to typical referral advice and believes the best way to unleash a referral explosion is to do it WITHOUT asking for referrals.
She has worked with companies such as Bank of America, Carroll Financial, International Minute Press, Dogtopia, O’Connor Insurance Associates, Real Living Real Estate, Wells Fargo Advisors, Milazzo Webb Law Firm, Collier & Associates Real Estate, HM Properties, Ameriprise, SunTrust, Professional Planning Group, Success Institute, H.B. Cantrell, Farris Cooke CPA, MassMutual Carolinas and many more.
Stacey is a three-time entrepreneur, author of Generating Business Referrals…Without Asking (Fall 2018 release date), certified productivity and time efficiency coach, and has a background in sales and marketing.
Stacey received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with three kids, a 10-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and she and her husband have the privilege of raising their 11-year-old nephew.
Executive Vice President, Sales & Products, Erie Insurance
An actuary by training, Doug is an executive who knows how to marry analytical thinking with storytelling to make complicated topics less… complicated. He’s well versed in advanced analytics and how to translate results to improve the understanding of Customers, pricing and strategy.
After starting his insurance career at Indiana Farm Bureau, Doug looked for a company with broader demand for that kind of thinking. He found one in Erie Insurance in 1999.
Doug worked in the company’s actuarial team for nine years, then moved to personal lines operations to lead underwriting and product development. During his tenure, ERIE introduced forward-thinking products like ERIE Rate Lock, which allows customers to “lock in” their auto insurance rate. A new homeowners product with guaranteed replacement cost was delivered and ERIE became the first insurer to offer coverage to rideshare drivers.
In his current role, Doug oversees product, underwriting, sales and marketing operations at ERIE. He’s also responsible for ERIE’s network of nearly 2,200 independent agencies.
Doug serves on the board for the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety and is a former chair of the Research Advisory Committee. He recently ended a nine-year term on the board of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Doug holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He serves on the Resource Development Council for the United Way of Erie County. He lives in North East, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jennifer, and their 13- and 11-year-old sons.
Senior Vice President of External, Industry, & Governmental Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America
Charles Symington has been with the Big “I” since 2004 and oversees federal and state government affairs, political affairs, grassroots, industry relations, and media affairs for the association. He has been regularly recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Symington manages the association’s Capitol Hill office and directs the day-to-day activities of the association’s legislative, political, communications and company relations staff. He also serves on the Big “I” Management Operating Committee which advises the President & CEO on general oversight and administration of the association.
Previously, Mr. Symington served as a Senior Counsel with the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services from 2000 to 2003 where he focused on insurance issues. During that time he was actively involved in drafting the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, the SMART Act to modernize state insurance regulation, and other pieces of legislation. Mr. Symington also worked as a Majority Counsel for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce where he concentrated on health care policy and oversight.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Mr. Symington was an attorney with the law firm of Matricardi & Moylan in Springfield, VA and previous to that was an associate attorney with the firm of Drew, Eckl & Farnham in Atlanta, GA where he specialized in insurance defense litigation.
Mr. Symington graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, School of Law in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Symington also currently serves as the vice chairman of the National Down Syndrome Society and has served on the NDSS board since 2014. He and his wife Cathy reside in Alexandria, VA with their three children.
Executive Director, North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation
Jonathan Kappler serves as executive director, North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFEF) where he implements the organization’s mission to 1) provide the state’s business community with non-partisan, political research and analysis and 2) provide educational programming to strengthen North Carolina’s prosperous business environment. He previously served as NCFEF’s research director, and has been widely recognized for his objective analysis of North Carolina politics. Kappler is frequently quoted by local, state, and national media outlets, and the Washington Post named him among the Best State-based Political Tweeters and the Best State Capitol Reporters.
Prior to his role as Executive Director at NCFEF, Kappler served as Interim Vice President of Federal Relations and Director of State Government Relations for the University of North Carolina System, where he represented the17 institutions that comprise the University of North Carolina in business before the NC General Assembly, state agencies, the US Congress, and Federal agencies.
Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with Honors degrees in Political Science and Spanish. He also holds a Master of Public Policy from American University's School of Public Affairs. Jonathan is a Past President of the Appalachian Alumni Association, a Fellow of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, a member of Leadership North Carolina, and part of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network.