Connie Podesta is a game-changing, idea-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of humor, substance, style and personality have made her one of the most memorable, in-demand speakers in the world today. 25 years.Two million people. 1000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author. Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Comedienne. Human Relations Expert. Therapist for 30 years. Topics on sales, leadership, change, life balance and success. And (what we all probably could use now and then)…a Comedienne.
International Best Selling Author & Subject of the Major Motion Picture “127 Hours”
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In April of 2003, Aron Ralston went hiking in remote area of Utah’s canyon country. Seven miles into the canyon, Aron accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand. After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself by amputating his own hand with a cheap multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue.
Since his amputation, Aron has written an internationally bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, spoken to hundreds of audiences across the globe, and interviewed with Tom Brokaw, David Letterman, and Jay Leno. He is now regarded as one of the top motivational speakers in the world. 127 Hours, the major-motion-picture adaptation of his book, directed by Danny Boyle and starring James Franco, was nominated for 6 Oscars.
New York Times Best Selling Author & Contracting Business ExpertWeldonLong.com
Weldon Long is a successful entrepreneur, sales expert and author of the NY Times bestseller, The Power of Consistency – Prosperity Mindset Training for Sales and Business Professionals (Wiley). In 2003, he walked out of a homeless shelter and built an Inc. 5000 company generating cumulative sales of over $20,000,000 within just 60 months. In 2009, his company was selected as one of Inc. Magazines Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.
Today, Weldon Long is one of the nation’s most powerful speakers and a driven motivator who teaches others the Sales and Prosperity Mindset philosophies that catapulted him from desperation and poverty to a life of wealth and prosperity. Weldon has been featured on numerous national and regional television programs, including Fox News Network, First Business Network and Chicago’s own WGN.
Mr. Long has successfully used his signature program, The Power of Consistency, to help hundreds of companies and thousands of sales professionals radically improve their sales results. Weldon holds a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA in Management. He is honored to have served some of America’s finest companies, including Federal Express, The Franklin Covey Organization, Tom Hopkins International, Dex Media, Wells Fargo Bank, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Direct Energy/Clockwork Services, Mitsubishi Electric, Rheem, Goodman Manufacturing and the Carrier/Bryant Corporation.
Drew Cameron, America’s Most Sought After Sales & Marketing Strategy Adviser to Home Services Contractors, is president of HVAC Sellutions & Energy Design Systems, Inc.; the premier alliance providing industry-leading marketing planning, budgeting, content and support; sales recruiting, education, coaching, consulting and performance enhancement for Home Services Contractors; and design and economic analysis sales software for HVAC and Home Performance companies.
Drew’s 40 years of experience in all facets of running a residential contracting business helps contractors implement effective lead development strategies and build multi-million-dollar profit-generating home services companies. Drew is a renowned author, educator, coach, consultant, inspirational/educational/”irritational” speaker, software developer, industry philanthropist, and a Tom McCart International Consultant Award Winner as well as a Board member, a Foundation Board Trustee, and a Contractor University Founder & Faculty member for Electric & Gas industries Association (EGIA); a Service Roundtable Consult & Coach Partner & Preferred Vendor; and an Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) member.
President, EPC Training
Gary Elekes is serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others become more successful by sharing what he has learned over the past 3 decades working closely with all facets of the contracting industry. During his career, Gary has held senior management positions at Lennox and Service Experts. In 2000, Gary moved into entrepreneurship and started his training and consulting business EPC. Today, EPC continues to support growth oriented businesses aspiring to reach 20% EBIT. He also designed the very first web based learning platform for the residential contracting industry, which acts as a support system for training and learning in HVAC and plumbing trades, and has over 5,000 subscribers.
In 2003, Gary began acquiring contracting firms with a focus on developing turn-around opportunities. He also opened and operated several start-up businesses. In 2010, he added web design/SEO and online marketing to his company portfolio starting Imarket Solutions as a co-founder. Gary graduated from Ohio State University with a BSBA and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Finance.
Bestselling Author of Freedom from Fear and A Simple Choicesparkingsuccess.net
Mark Matteson is an international speaker and best-selling author of 15 books. He has been called “The Oracle of Optimism”, “A Superlative Street Scholar”, “An Intense Idea-Reporter”. Mark travels 250 days a year around the globe delivering 75 “Edu-Training” Keynotes, Seminars, Panel Discussions and Workshops a year. Mark is a gifted storyteller, using self-effacing humor, high levels of interaction and powerful and proven business principles to inspire audiences to the highest levels of productivity and profit. Mark leaves audiences wanting more…he began his career in HVAC in 1976.
The HVAC Sales Coachhvaccoach.com
Mike brings experience in the contracting industry as a sales manager and comfort advisor for one of the largest and well respected residential heating and air conditioning contractors in the United States. He has personally worked with over 150 contracting companies across North America conducting training and consulting in the areas of sales, sales management, business management, customer service and technician lead generation training. His background consists of 35 years in sales and sales management bringing expertise, knowledge, techniques and strategies proven in the contracting industry to increase sales.
Mike’s diverse background includes movies and entertainment, public speaking, fitness and over 20 years in HVAC. As a talent agent in Hollywood, Mike had actors on television, commercials and movies. Running his own company, Mike lead his team to become the largest aerobic certification agency in the United States with a nationally recognized fitness magazine that was the first national publication specifically for the aerobic fitness community. With six motion picture credits to his name, Mike also brings film management and production to the table. What does that mean to you? It simply means that Mike knows how to entertain each and every audience plus organize training and consulting programs so you get what you pay for and walk away with the value you expect from such a performer.
National Sales Training Manager for Goodman and Amana
Benjamin Middleton has been involved in the HVAC industry for 20+ years and has enjoyed seeing the industry from many different perspectives. Ben has served as a comfort advisor, installer, service technician and business owner from the contractor prospective. He has owned his own HVAC business consulting organization and worked on the manufacturer and distribution side as a territory sales manager and business consultant. Through these experiences, Ben has always strived to create the win for every party involved in the transaction. Ben brings this perspective to every aspect of training that is developed and brought to you through the Amana & Goodman strategic training partners. Ben lives with his wife and two children in Katy, TX where he serves as the National Sales Training Manager for both Goodman and Amana.
President of Parker and Sonsparkersandsons.com
Paul has 35+ years’ experience and an extensive background in the HVAC and plumbing industries and has held prominent positions in accounting and finance, sales and marketing and operations, including V.P. of Sales and Marketing and V.P. of Operations for national and regional home service companies. He has visited over 100 companies over his career and has learned from the very best in our industry.
In 2004, he bought Parker and Sons, an HVAC and plumbing company, doing business in Phoenix, AZ. The business has grown from a small company with about 25 trucks and $7 million in revenue a year to over 300 trucks and a run rate this year of $100 million.
Paul’s unique background and simplified approach to growing a business, has led him to be one of the most successful leaders and companies in the home services industry. His specialty is taking something complicated and reducing it down to something very simple… making it easier to implement. He enjoys sharing his success with others, as others have done with him throughout his career.
Co-Founder of RevuKangarooRevuKangaroo.com
Josh Kelly is the Co-Founder of RevuKangaroo, the world’s leading reputation management system, an automated SAAS business that has helped generate countless reviews for businesses on places like Google, Yelp, Facebook and more as well as growing actual revenue for clients, sometimes in the tens of millions of dollars.
Before devoting his work fulltime to RevuKangaroo, Josh had an extensive background in marketing, working at companies like Bonneville International, Parker and Sons, Dial America and eventually starting his own marketing firms- Diversified Marketing Group (DMG) Inc and Clover Marketing.
He helped his own family business, a local heating, cooling and plumbing company in Phoenix, grow from $7 million in revenue to over $100 million in just 14 years and he has been featured on stages with the Zig Zigler Foundation, Dave Yoho and EGIA as well as major platforms like CBS, Fox and NBC.
Josh currently lives in Phoenix but works around the world.