Spring Meeting Sessions

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

8:00 to 10:00 a.m. - General Session 1: Achieving Peak Performance: Lessons for Success in Career and Life​
Krish Dhanam

In today’s highly turbulent and disruptive world, we are all challenged to determine what actions and directions can lead to success. So much is changing, and at such a rapid pace creating uncertainty and confusion. Krish presents a set of lessons and principles to guide people through these challenging times. They are built on a longstanding set of values, along with a contemporary application. The purpose is to aid today’s young professionals and business owners in defining their approach and agenda to success.

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - General Session 2: 5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible​
Ben Nemtin

Ben has driven many other people to chase and achieve their dreams, as both a helping hand and as an inspiration. These experiences have taught him that articulating and prioritizing your personal goals is not a selfish act—but one that creates a ripple effect that can both help and inspire others to live their best life.  His message of radical possibility combined with his “5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible” will leave you not only inspired but also equipped to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Ben’s system of achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning “dreams” into “projects” and creating a digestible pathway to success. It’s never too late to start your list or leave a lasting impact on others.

Round 1: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Round 2: 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.

OPTION A: Technology is Revolutionizing the Recruiting Process 
Beth Mathison, Director, Member Relations, MRA
Valerie Grube, PHR, Manager, Recruiting and Retention Services, MRA

Your customers’ expectations are going up and up and up. That’s scary, yes. But it is also the single greatest business opportunity since electricity. Look past the “old ways” of marketing. Look past the old ways of customer service, and what you find is a once in a lifetime opportunity to massively propel your business forward in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago.
OPTION B: POS Data:  Unlocking Your Market Potential
Larry White

Today’s businesses are drowning in data.  The challenge is to tap into the right data to grow your business.   While most companies have sophisticated business systems, very few are able to use those systems to their potential.  In this session, we will explain how the AHTD Reverse POS program will help you to unlock your market potential.  We will explore how our “turn key” program will help you to organize, enrich and benchmark your POS data so that you can tap into overlooked growth opportunities.

OPTION C: You Can’t Afford to Lose Your Best Employees: Secrets to Successful Employee Retention
Jenny Mangone, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Talent Management Director, MRA

Jenny MangoneIn the war for talent, competition for limited resources continues to heat up. Now more than ever it is critical to keep the talent you have. Surveys show that nearly one‐third of people are job searching within less than six months of employment. What are the secrets to retention? Your workforce strategy must be aligned with reality and focused on the things that matter. Jenny will share her practical insights related to successful onboarding and compensation and benefit strategies to attract, retain, and reward your top talent. You can’t afford to not get it right!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

8:00 to 9:30 a.m. - General Session 1: Gaining Confidence and Profits
Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics

The leading indicator signs are there. You should know what to expect. But are you waiting until after the November 2020 elections to make your move? Doing so will cost you money. See the future before other can or will and jump out ahead of the crowd. That is where you will make the most money.

Remember…Waiting = Wasting (opportunity, time, money, traction, momentum). Brian has been a conference favorite for many years and his insights have proven valuable for planning for the year ahead. You won’t want to miss this!

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - General Session 2: The Hero Effect: Being Your Best When it Matters the Most
Kevin Brown

In a fresh and entertaining style, Kevin shares ideas, strategies and principles that will inspire and equip you to show up every day and make a positive difference. The heart of his message is a simple, yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action, and ultimately every result you achieve both personally and professionally. Your team will be motivated to reach beyond what is required and do something remarkable! Kevin will help you achieve greater results by eliminating “ordinary" thinking and mastering the habit of excellence, owning the moments that matter (and they all matter), and creating meaningful relationships and delivering an extraordinary experience for every “customer” at work and at home.

Friday, April 24, 2020

8:45 to 10:15 a.m. - Closing General Session: Addicted to Americana
Charles Phoenix, Showman, Tour Guide, Food Crafter, & Author

5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF! Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares his rollicking road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slide images. This marvelous mid-century mashup of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, unsung landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, Palm Springs history, and futuristic transportation will inspire your imagination!