We have an exciting line up of speakers set for the 2017 conference.

Patricia Fripp

When your message must be memorable and your presentation powerful Patricia Fripp can help. For over thirty years she has helped executives and ambitious professionals gain a competitive edge by improving their presentations.

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, is a Hall of Fame award-winning speaker, sales presentation skills trainer, in-demand executive speech coach, and on-line training expert. Meetings and Conventions magazine named her “One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote that “. . . the sixth best way to invest in you is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp.”

The 3,500-member National Speakers Association elected Patricia their first female president. Patricia is now virtually everywhere with her highly interactive, learn-at-your-own-pace, on-line training at www.FrippVT.com. This is the best way to learn presentation skills easily, conveniently, quickly, and cost-effectively. Patricia is also a subject matter expert for Continuing Education at XTRACredits.

Her clients include Genentech, Concur, First American, Cisco, Visa, Microsoft, SAP, and American Payroll Association.

Ed Tate

World champion of public speaking Ed Tate won the coveted Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, finishing ahead of 175,000 members from 70 countries, in 2000.

As an author, Ed co-wrote Motivational Selling: Advice on selling effectively, staying motivated and being a peak sales producer. He was also a contributor to Stories Trainers Tell (2003, Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer) and The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters (2004, Career Press). Additionally, Ed co-produced the six-CD audio album, Speaking Secrets of the Champions and the four-CD audio album, Connect with Any Audience.

Mark LeBlanc & Henry DeVries

Workshop leaders are Mark LeBlanc of Small Business Success, author of the underground bestsellers Growing Your Business and Never Be the Same, and Henry DeVries, co-founder and CEO of Indie Books International, who speaks to thousands of consultants each year on how to attract high-paying clients. Henry is the author of eight books including Marketing With a Book, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett, and Client Seduction. Together they have coached thousands of independent consultants.

Jim Horan

Founder/President of The One Page Business Plan Company
Jim Horan is Founder/President of The One Page Business Plan Company, an international consulting firm specializing in planning and performance management systems.
Entrepreneurs, business owners and senior executives have been using this highly efficient and effective planning process since 1997.
Over 50 universities teach this process in their undergraduate and graduate programs. Jim is a frequent speaker throughout the country and works 1:1 with Fortune 500 executives and their management teams.
Jim founded his company in 1990 after nearly two decades in executive financial positions with Shaklee Corporation and Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Noelle Mykolenko

Noelle Mykolenko is a career consultant who shares her passion about growth – for people and businesses – by leading Trusted Advisor Associates’ signature offerings: Being a Trusted Advisor and Trust-Based Selling. She has served federal government and private sector clients, and was Director of Client Development at a Fortune 200 IT company.

Jeffrey W. Foley

Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)

CEO/President of Loral Mountain Solutions

Jeffrey W. Foley hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from West Point, and is the founder of Loral Mountain Solutions.

He served over 32 years in the United States Army leading soldiers in war and peace. He is an author, leadership coach, consultant, and speaker. He is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and a partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies and Jim Horan’s One-Page Business Plan company. He co-authored the book Rules and Tools for Leaders (4th Edition), a down-to- earth practical guide for leaders.

Jeff played intercollegiate sports at West Point, is an Eagle Scout, and a Distinguished Alum from Mariemont High School. He holds a masters degrees in Computer Systems and National Security Policy. He resides in Augusta, Georgia, and serves on 4 local and national boards.

Michael Hauge

Michael Hauge has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film.

Michael is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell. Michael has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. He has worked in Hollywood for the past 35 years, and has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes in person and online to more than 70,000 participants worldwide.

Sharon Rich

Founder and CEO of Think Business Growth

For much of my 25+ years in the advertising business, I was in key leadership roles. Yet, despite being responsible for supporting the acquisition, retention and success of multi-million dollar accounts, I was never given any business or leadership development or support. No CEO ever had a conversation with me about leading change, managing others effectively, or growing the business. I started to notice that this was true for the vast majority of leaders I came into contact with. It explained why so many smart, talented, hardworking, dedicated and committed leaders were struggling, stressed and dealing with more failure than was warranted.

I decided to create the support that I wished I had been given. Think Business Growth is that support system for leaders and leadership teams.

Philip de Souza

Founder and president of Aurora

Philip de Souza is the founder and president of Aurora (aurorait.com), a California based consulting firm specializing in cyber security and compliance. In addition to setting the vision for Aurora’s technology and service offerings, de Souza spearheads the company’s growth and business development initiatives to strategically position Aurora as a unique and trusted advisor to its clients globally. Founded in 1990, Aurora serves medium and large enterprise clients. de Souza is also the founder of SecurePATH™ (securepathinc.com), a data encryption and regulatory compliance software company.

Mike Wittenstein, CMC/CSP

Mike Wittenstein is Storyminers’ founder and managing partner. By his admission, he is a designer who can’t draw. He’s also a world-class expert and speaker on story, strategy, and experience, who has helped over 400 organizations in 26+ countries make their experiences better—to the tune of $1.6B in value created. As eVisionary, he started IBM’s first experience and service design practice and helped establish the International Customer Experience Professionals Association. Mike is a sought-after public speaker and facilitator who shares his thought leadership at public conferences and corporate events globally.

Mike is the only person to simultaneously hold the highest earned designations in these three different professions: Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP). Hi is also ranked as a top customer experience influencer by Huffington Post, SAP, WittyParrot, and Vend. Air Canada, Apple, AT&T, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, BlackRock, Cable & Wireless, Clorox, Delta Air Lines, Holiday Inn, IBM, LeasePlan, McDonald’s, Party City, Publix, Safeway, SAP, Telus, Zaxby’s, and many other game-changing brands, have worked with Mike to define, design and deliver their future stories.

Kathy McAfee

Kathy McAfee, author of the book Stop Global Boring, is America’s Marketing Motivator, a professional speaker and executive presentation coach. She has helped thousands of corporate leaders and consultants to grow business success by mastering the arts of high-engagement presentations and effective networking. Kathy is a  graduate of Stanford University, a published author and an award-winning blogger.

Ric Franzi

My work has been featured in national media such as: Inc.com, CNBC.COM as well as local publications: OC Register, OC Business Journal and national educational outlets such as: American Express Open Forum.

Radio Show Host. I host an internet radio show where my guests share their knowledge to help CEOs running and leading small companies improve the performance of their businesses.

Author. I am the author of three books written for executives of small companies. My original book was the first book ever written on the sustainable value of CEO Peer Groups. My second book explores the importance of a CEOs mindset. My third book reveals the four strategies middle market firms use to grow their revenues and maintain or improve profitability. My upcoming book is Killing Cats Leads to Rats.

Dawn Nicole

Chief GrowGetter & Secret Sauce Growth Strategist C.S.M., P.M.P

Dawn Nicole, is a National Key-Note Speaker and practicing Business Growth Expert, with a hybrid background of Corporate Leadership garnished by Creative Arts Success, spanning over 19 years. This ambitious force to be reckoned with, is a Springfield, Massachusetts native turned Charlotte transplant and in addition to Certified Trainer and Published Author, Dawn has recently added a new title to her portfolio, as Creator and Founder of the all new “What’s your secret sauce?™” Tool! A new-age tool, designed for new-age thinking, in a new-era of relationship building and marketing. Her creation uses a trademarked formula to produce easy to understand, simplified results, that can provide one’s brand value in a matter of minutes.

In August 2015, Dawn Nicole made a life changing exit from Corporate America, going from desire to decision in opening up her own consulting firm which focused on strategic growth planning for entrepreneurs. She knew she needed a different approach in order to succeed, therefore Dawn Nicole focused on building strategic mindsets, simultaneous to building strategic plans, encouraging her clients to… Think Like GrowGetters vs. Go-Getters. This played a huge factor in her fast growing success. In early 2017, Dawn Nicole introduced her newest concept, “What’s your secret sauce?™” as a way to help people discover and market their value better than ever before. In the same family as DISC®, Myers Briggs and other notable favorites, “What’s your secret sauce?™” is different because it combines an individual’s personal talents with their professional strengths to create a unique brand value that can’t be bought, taught or duplicated. With W.Y.S.S. quickly becoming a crowd favorite, Dawn Nicole travels the nation helping individuals and corporations to increase CONFIDENCECULTURE and COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE through discovering their Secret Sauce! Author of Top Selling Book, Grow For It, Dawn Nicole has also been highlighted in the Charlotte Biz Journal, featured on WBTV News in Charlotte, NC., and interviewed on eWomen Success Institute.

Alan Cohen

Prior to becoming a professional coach, nearly a decade ago, Alan worked in public relations and human resources for more than twenty years, and wrote “Those Difficult Talks for PR Pros: How Best to Say What Needs to be Said to Clients, Colleagues and Employees. Alan served as Scholastic Inc.’s Director of Corporate Training and Development and Director of Publicity, leading the promotion team for the multi-million-copy bestselling Harry Potter book series. His new book, The Connection Challenge: 52 Weeks of Creating Power and Possibility in Your Life and the World, will be released in early 2017.

Russell Trahan

Owner and president of PR/PR Public Relations

Russell Trahan is the owner and president of PR/PR Public Relations. PR/PR is a full-service boutique publicity agency specializing in professional speakers, consultants, and nonfiction authors. Since its founding in the late 1990s, PR/PR Public Relations has enjoyed a sterling track record of getting articles placed for 100 percent of its clients.

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I always take away a number of actionable nuggets from each IMC USA Conference. Considering the awesome selection of presenters at the 2016 IMC USA Conference, I expect it will be a virtual gold mine of actionable ideas. Don Matheson

Chair & CEO, Institute of Management Consultants

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