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Speakers

Tyler Enslin

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National Director, Direct Development Training

Tyler Enslin is the National Director of Direct Development Training. Responsible for developing training programs and the growth and success of the Instructors, Trainers, and Coordinators of the company, he spends much of his time working individually with each of them. This has not limited Tyler in his own speaking and training arena.

With over 200 speaking engagements a year for a multitude of industries, Tyler has received outstanding recognition by those in his audience, which has enabled him to work with State and National agencies across the country. From Fortune 500 companies and large organizations like GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, Johns Hopkins, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Long & Foster, to hundreds of smaller groups, Tyler rarely passes on an opportunity to get his message across.

His apparent quiet demeanor might more reflect his desire to take in knowledge from outside sources than any other reason. You will find his ability to connect with, get in touch with, and affect you, to be a tremendous asset to all areas of your life.

Website: http://www.directdevelopmenttraining.com

 

Jeff Hurt

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Executive Vice President, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Jeff Hurt joined Velvet Chainsaw Consulting in January 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA Educator of the Year. Jeff has worked in leadership roles with five associations, five government organizations and several companies in the education, events and meetings departments, including Meetings Professionals International and Promotional Products Association International, one of the top 50 shows in the industry.

He is considered one of the leading authorities in the meetings industry on adult education, conference design, digital events and social media for events and associations. He speaks and blogs frequently about meeting and technology trends, the future of conference education, adult learning and all things meetings at velvetchainsaw.com.

Website: http://www.velvetchainsaw.com
Twitter: @JeffHurt

 

Cindy Lo, DMCP

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President & Event Specialist, Red Velvet Events

When Cindy Lo started Red Velvet Events, Inc. (RVE) 15 years ago, she did so with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! Cindy has grown the firm into delivering just that and more in meeting planning, event production, DMC services, and creative. RVE has earned multiple International Special Events Society Esprit Awards, Gala Award, MPI-THCC Planner of the Year, McCombs School of Business Alumni Rising Star Award, Meetings & Conventions Best Places to Work, ADMEI President’s Award and most recently Global DMC Partners US Partners of the Year award. Connect with RVE on all the major social media channels (@RedVelvetEvents) to see behind the scenes of what event life is like at Red Velvet Events. Cindy calls Austin home with her husband of 12 years and their 2 children.
 
 

Chris Pruitt

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Chris leads the team of broadcasters, digital specialist and sales executives at TV stations KWKT and KYLE in Waco, TX and Bryan-College Station, TX. These TV stations also serve the Temple, Belton, and Killeen, TX, TV market. He also oversees the local digital services business unit known at Amplify Digital.

Chris began his broadcast career in 1995 in his hometown, Wichita Falls, Texas. He spent 15 years with Nexstar Broadcasting. In 2010 Chris left Nexstar to work for a family operation in Twin Falls, Idaho. While there he doubled the station's revenue and increased cash flow over 500%. In August of 2015, Chris returned to Nexstar Broadcasting.

Chris’ specialty is problem solving at both the station and advertising client level. Chris loves being put into almost impossible situations and developing new growth solutions.

Chris enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his kids. He constantly challenges himself to see just how far he can stretch his limits. Chris enjoys being actively involved in the community. In every area that Chris has worked, he has become a leader in the community and used the station’s assets and resources to make a difference. He earned a BBA in Finance and Marketing from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Chris enjoys speaking on management, self-improvement and goal achievement. In 2016, Chris created an outreach organization called BMF Adventure Club. Through this organization he shares ideas and stories to encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and live their life.

 

Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM

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Thrive! Meetings & Events

Tracy is a dynamic, engaging speaker who will prompt you to evaluate, refine and use food and beverage functions to improve their events and their event participants. Through her personal experience as event planner for more than two decades and one of 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, Tracy sits at both sides of the table and offers solutions for feeding all guests safely, healthy and deliciously.

Whether delivering a keynote, breakout session, interactive training seminar or cooking demonstration, audiences worldwide agree that Tracy brings passion and expertise to her presentations by offering detailed research and thoughtful analysis, and—most of all—by drawing on her own experience as a event planner with food allergies. Her stories will shock and inspire you, and her informative, yet easy-to-understand methods are usable tools.

Website: http://www.thrivemeetings.com

 

Shawna Suckow, CMP

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Thrive! Meetings & Events

Shawna was a million-dollar B2B buyer for more than 20 years. She brings that experience to the stage to deliver a unique message of how both B2B and B2C customers think, and how they've evolved following massive technology advancements and culture shifts.

She's studied buyer behavior extensively. She knows what's working in sales and marketing right now (and what's not!), and she has strong opinions on what the landscape looks like in five to ten years. Her mission is to bridge the communication gap between customers and salespeople, to make the entire buying process easier for everyone. She's now spoken on 5 continents and in 12 countries.

Honors include being named to the TNW Global Top 100 Women Speakers in Tech & Business (alongside Lisa Ling, Hillary Clinton, and others!), Planners' Favorite Speakers of 2014 by M&C magazine, and one of top Top 8 Speakers of 2013 by MeetingsNet. She's written two best-selling books, including her most recent book, Don't Become Extinct: Join the Sales Evolution!

Suckow is a Colorado native who has lived in Minnesota since 1999. Personally, she thinks she is hilarious, but her teenagers don't agree.

Her philosophy: "What are you waiting for? Take the risk or you will never know what could have been."

Website: http://www.shawnasuckow.com

 

Davy Tyburski

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Founder, Profit InnerCircle, LLC

Davy is a leading authority in profit enhancement programs and is one of the most in-demand professional speakers and business consultants on the speaking circuit today. He delivers what every entrepreneur, company, and organization wants: MORE PROFIT! Davy has presented to a broad range of groups from a ‘handful of entrepreneurs’ at a Mastermind Session to ‘thousands of attendees’ at a Super Conference…he is not your ‘typical’ speaker because of his REAL-WORLD leadership experience on the topics he speaks on. His 20+ years of leading high-performance teams in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Service & Operations, Billing & Cash Collections, Process & Systems Excellence, Corporate Communications and Training/Employee Development and his 200% ROI Guarantee is what sets him apart from the other 99% of business consultants and coaches in the world.

Website: http://www.chiefprofitofficer.com/