Speakers

Steve Beck

Steve is recognized as an outstanding Keynote Speaker, Motivator, Instructor and Consultant. His seminars are lively, informative, funny and insightful. His knowledge stems from a 20-year career at Management and Vice President level. Steve challenges his audiences to go for it 100%, in their personal life and at work. His message stays with his audience for a long time as he talks about how important the effect they have on others, the importance of setting goals, and being their BEST everyday! Steve is the author of the book, ‘How to Have a Great Day Everyday!’ & ‘Leave Your Funk at the Door’ and has plenty of hands-on experience helping businesses, schools, associations and organizations reach and sustain excellence.

 

 

Jude Larson

Jude Larson has extensive experience in business including retail management, financial planning and owning a print marketing company to name a few. He is passionate about business success; Jude coaches people to become all they are designed to be and strengthens the world's business culture by implementing ethics and encouraging personal development to each and every individual who touches business. Jude does this as the president and owner of JML Real Solutions, a very successful Consulting/Training/and Coaching company offering real solutions that create real and lasting results in business. Jude is also part owner of a thriving automotive repair facility in the Seattle area. Additionally, Jude is in partnership with The ACT Group and brings his incredible presentation skills and experience to offer management training across the country. His newest (and most exciting) endeavor is helping locals in impoverished countries to build businesses that can support their communities and combat poverty. In addition to splitting time on his business endeavors, Jude also spends time with his beautiful wife, four amazing children and grandson. Jude and his family may often be found exploring the outdoors or road tripping around the country!

 

Arden Clise

Arden Clise, President of Clise Etiquette, is an expert in the field of etiquette and customer service. As a speaker, trainer and coach, Arden has helped thousands of professionals, from executives to front-line staff, confidently and comfortably navigate business situations for career and social success. Author of "Spinach in Your Boss’s Teeth: Essential Etiquette for Professional Success," Arden wrote a regular business etiquette column for the "Puget Sound Business Journal." She has been quoted in several national and international publications including Real Simple magazine, the Wall Street Journal and China Daily USA. She has appeared on numerous TV and news shows including Evening Magazine, New Day Northwest, Q-13 Fox News and more.

 

 

John Cooper - President & CEO at Yakima Valley Tourism

John Cooper graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in recreation and parks management and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management at U.C.L.A.  He has been with Yakima Valley Tourism since June 2007.  Prior to that, he was CEO of Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism. Past professional jobs include being Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Visitors Association and the Corvallis Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He has served on a number of industry boards including being president of the Western Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and the Washington Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. He currently is on the board of the Washington Tourism Alliance representing Central Washington.  In recognition of his work, John has been recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Yakima Association of Realtors, Executive of the Year by the Washington Society of Association Executives, Tourism Professional of the Year by Washington State Tourism and Tourism Concierge of the Year by the Washington Wine Commission. 
 

 

 

 

 

Scott Hildebrand

Scott Hildebrand is a consultant and attorney who advises a number of organizations on corporate structure, advocacy and communication programs. Starboard Strategies, Scott's company, has worked with several non-profit associations in the Northwest including the Washington Construction Industry Council, The Washington Retail Association, The Washington Realtors and others. For nearly 15 years, Scott was an advocate for the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, where he directed one of the state's largest political action committees and its 21 member board of directors. Before the MBA, Scott worked in politics as a campaign manager, communications director and grassroots coordinator for campaigns across the nation. A frequent speaker, Scott has presented to several organizations, including The National Association of Homebuilders, The American Society of Association Executives and others on organizational dynamics, communications and advocacy.

 

 

Kevin May

Acclaimed speaker, Kevin May is a strategic force in the U.S. and U.K. advertising industries with more than 25 years of communications experience including advertising, journalism, brand strategy and direct marketing. He is the founding partner of Sticks, a Seattle-based branding and business planning consulting firm. Kevin spent 20 years working in London’s top advertising agencies, then came to Seattle to lead the strategic planning team at Publicis. He has guided strategy for numerous award-winning campaigns for clients including Nestle, Telegraph Media Group, Virgin Direct, Canon, and T-Mobile. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Oxford in the U.K.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Nolan

Jaime is founder and president of IntrinXec Management Inc, an association management and consulting company. With offices in Minneapolis and Tallahassee, Jaime provides oversight to all client teams to ensure the company is continuously on the leading edge of association trends. Additionally, Jaime works with dozens of associations on strategic planning, board governance, leadership training, and organizational culture. In 2015, Jaime was named to the ""Real Power 50"" list by Minnesota Business magazine. Over the years, Jaime has been named a ""Woman on the Way"" and "Innovation in Finance, Business Owner of the Year" by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a “Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal, and a “Young & Aspiring Association Professional” by Association Trends publication. Additionally, her company has been named Top 100 Best Places to Work by Minnesota Business Magazine for 4 years in a row (2013,2014, 2015,2016). Jaime is a 2015 graduate of the EO Global/MIT Enterprise Forum Entrepreneurial Master’s Program. Jaime served as the President of the AMC Institute from 2012-2013, and was a member of the Board from 2005-2014. In addition to the AMC Institute, Jaime is a member of the Associations North, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE), BoardSource, Giving WoMN and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)."

 

Stephen O'Connor

Stephen O’Connor is Owner and CEO of O'Design Productions and Consulting, a breakthrough company that provides Audio Visual productions, consulting, and training to meeting professionals, companies and associations. A former Disney employee and VP of Sales and Marketing for various AV and event companies, Stephen approaches conference AV in a completely different way – from a creative soul and a meeting planner’s heart. The result is an efficient process that removes the headache and hassle normally associated with conference AV, and replaces it with the free mind space needed to create a heightened conference experience - regardless of budget. In addition to speaking around the country, Stephen offers AV Bootcamps to meeting planners looking to improve their understanding of AV basics, terminology, and contract negotiations. Attendees leave Stephen’s presentations with their heads full of ideas and possibilities – and the knowledge that they’re entirely possible and within budget. He also offers meeting planners “a peak behind the AV curtain” to educate them about the mysterious, expensive and often frustrating world of AV – including definitions and terms, how contracts work, and basic AV operations.

 

 

Brenda Orffer

Brenda has more than 20 years of service at Washington Health Care Association. Her skill set has been developed around membership services and event design. As the lead planner for WHCA, it is her goal to consistently provide quality events that generate revenue for the association while providing value added services to our members. In addition, she has served as Vice President and President of the Long Term Care Meeting Professionals and is currently serving as its Treasurer. This experience has provided leadership development and skills enhancement in the areas of membership services and event design.

 

 

 

Dave Parkhurst

Dave Parkhurst, founder and Chief Digital Marketing officer of GreenHaven Interactive has been working in professional marketing technology since 1984. As a business owner, consultant, non-profit board member and Northwest native, Dave has seen the best and worst of Internet marketing and consulted with organizations both large and small to improve their online performance. A pioneer in Internet Marketing, Dave helped launch some of the first Northwest Websites and continues to lead a growing company of web marketing and technology specialists with reach worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Savoca

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, spent his early career in the hospitality industry as a Travel Director and Account Manager for Maritz for nine years, and as a general manager of a Colorado-based destination management company. Now a performance management and results expert, Dean works at the company and association level as a keynote speaker and conference facilitator; at the team and department level as a management and sales trainer; and at the individual executive level as a coach. Whatever the format; conferences, sales training, leadership development or strategic planning -- Dean guides people through processes that focus their attention on core issues, and rallies them to action, often right there in the room. The result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork. In addition to managing his national speaking schedule and thriving executive coaching practice, Dean is a member of the editorial advisory board for Colorado Meeting + Events magazine, the Director of Programs for the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado, and the incoming Chair for 2016-2017 at MIC. In 2014 Dean was distinguished as a national “Best in Class” speaker by the Professional Convention Management Association. He served as the 2012-2013 President of the National Speakers Association – Colorado; the Chairman of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, Denver in 2009; and has been on the Board of Directors of Destination Colorado. Dean holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change and is a Board Certified Coach.

 

 

 

Shari Storm

Shari spent 16 years as an executive at a Seattle area credit union. She is now the CEO of a consulting company called Category 6 Consulting. Her book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss in was published by St. Martin's Press. With almost 7,000 copies sold, it has been translated into Mandarin and has been purchased for publications in four countries. The book has received tremendous press, including Time and Redbook magazines, Martha Stewart's radio, BusinessWeek online, the Costco Connection and the cover of the Metro News New York, to name a few. The book jacket includes endorsements from a Pulitzer Prize winner, a producer of the TV series 24 and the chair of the board of PCC Natural Markets. Shari speaks around the country on how anyone can be a better leader, employee and community member by using the skills used to raise small children. She has presented at such places as Costco Wholesale Leadership Retreat, F5, Xceed Financial and Emirates Airlines. A native of Kennewick, WA, Shari now lives in Edmonds, WA with her three young daughters and her movie-making husband and a dog named Cedar.

 

 

Eris Weaver

Eris Weaver is a facilitator and trainer known for her clarity, forthrightness, and humor. Weaver helps organizations have more efficient meetings, more effective communication, and easier resolution to conflict; basically she helps folks play together nicely so they can get on with their work! She is also an improvisational actor, former dancer, and Certified InterPlay Leader. Weaver holds two Masters degrees from the University of California and is a popular professor at Sonoma State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob White

Rob is the Director of National Sales, Riverhouse on the Deschutes.  Rob is an aggressive, results oriented sales professional with 17 years hotel experience. He offers a comprehensive background in operations and sales with mid-sized, full-service hotels in addition to extensive experience in e-commerce and marketing, with over 22 years experience in forecasting and budget management. His extensive knowledge of sales management, with the ability to train, motivate and influence individuals to achieve organizational and personal goals is impressive!