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Larry Hart

President of C.E.O. TribeTM, Vistage Chair

“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” Chinese Proverb

For Larry Hart, to live and lead is to learn. Continuously and voraciously. His insatiable quest to acquire – and apply - knowledge fueled his ascent up the career ladder, from sales associate to marketing and division manager to company president. As an esteemed executive coach and Vistage Chair, Larry leverages 30 years of learning – of experience, expertise, best practices - to help leaders grow. He empowers clients and members to shatter obstacles that impede results, develop tools for enhanced success, and embark on lifelong journeys of learning.

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Beth Miller


Beth Armknecht Miller, CEO of Executive Velocity, a talent and leadership development advisory firm for small-to-midsize organizations frequently speaks and writes about building sustainable leadership, employee engagement, and optimizing enterprise value. She contributes to popular websites and blogs including, Random Acts of Leadership, TalentCulture, and Her book, “Are You Talent Obsessed?" is available on Amazon. She is a graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School’s OPM program. She holds certifications in Myers Briggs, Hogan, and Business DNA, is a member of the Georgia Speakers Association, and is a Certified Managerial Coach. Visit to learn more.

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Mike Richardson

Enterprise Agility Facilitator, Mentor & Coach

Mike Richardson is a principal with Agility Consulting & Training. He is a thought-leading expert in agility helping CEOs and their Executives develop the leadership-agility, team-agility and organizational-agility to survive and thrive in chaos for an accelerating VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity). He is author of the book, “Wheel$pin: The Agile Executive’s Manifesto” and is dedicated to cracking the code of agility for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. As a tenured Chair and Resource Speaker with Vistage International, Mike is recognized as the thought-leading agility expert in the global community of 20,000 members in 17 countries.

David Friedman

Founder, High Performing Culture

David Friedman is the Founder/CEO of High Performing Culture, an organization that helps companies create, drive, and maintain world-class cultures, with a proven system that’s straightforward, practical, and easy to use. The former president of RSI, an award-winning employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm that grew to become one of the largest and most successful independently-owned agencies in the country. In 2011, he published his first book, Fundamentally Different, which is based on the insights he learned and taught throughout his leadership career. Since that time, David has led more than 150 workshops, taught more than 1800 CEOs, and worked personally with scores of organizations around the country.


John Curtis

Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator, Olympian

John Curtis is a lawyer, mediator, conflict coach and 2004 Olympic athlete in Sailing. He specializes in workplace conflict. Early in his legal career, it became clear to John that mediation was a more effective method to manage conflict than the traditional legal approach. He turned his focus to helping organizations and their people resolve disagreements early. Working in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field for 15 years both as an educator and practitioner, John has been a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University Law School, is a regular instructor with the Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario and is appointed to the Mediation Roster of the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada.

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Vicki Z. Lauter

Founder and CEO

Throughout her 20+ year career, Vicki has worked with top-tier companies to develop and refine their talent acquisition and management programs. In 2001, she founded Z=mc2 to ensure that small and medium companies had access to the same high-level expertise and talent management strategies as large corporations. Over a decade later, Z=mc2 evolved into Strategic Human Insights. The premise is to leverage the right tools and strategic partnerships to ensure clients attract, select and retain top talent that fit their organizations culture and objectives.
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Michael Matalone

President & Founder, Excelsior, Inc. & The XP3 Talent System

An award-winning speaker, Michael has delivered more than 300 workshops and presentations to business groups throughout the US, Canada and the U.K. Prior to the founding of Excelsior, Michael spent five years as an executive coach and facilitator for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO membership organization, and was the founder and CEO of three other companies. He is currently at work on a new book based on his popular workshop presentation, “The Talent Gap – People Potential Profits.

Dwight W. Mihalicz

President, Effective Managers™

Dwight Mihalicz has over 40 years of organization experience. Over this period he has been required to focus on and solve complex problems in local, national, international and global settings. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive expertise in supporting improvement processes with organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. He formed and is President of the consulting firm, Effective Managers™, which specializes in the improvement of productivity and effectiveness of managers. His focus is on working with CEOs and Heads of HR to help them improve organizational performance by helping managers to be more effective.

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Ira Bass


Ira Bass, CEO of IB Media LLC, is Your LinkedIn Guy. He’s used the power of LinkedIn to grow his advertising, media planning and placement business from scratch securing multi-million dollar advertising clients. Today he shares his LinkedIn knowledge conducting “Get LinkedIn or Be LeftOut” workshops for corporations, groups, conferences and associations along with providing personalized one-on-one training. LinkedIn is a marketing, branding, new business development and social selling tool. Used properly LinkedIn can propel any individual or company forward by developing new business opportunities, collaborations and exciting new job possibilities. Ira and his staff are available to help you successfully navigate this important business-oriented social media platform.

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Dr. Paul Schempp

Professor, University of Georgia

Dr. Paul G. Schempp is an expert on expertise. As a University of Georgia professor, he directs a research laboratory studying the characteristics and development of expertise and expert performance. A former Senior Fulbright Research Scholar to the University of Frankfurt (Germany), he was named a Distinguished Scholar by the International Center for Performance Excellence at West Virginia University. A content-rich, entertaining speaker, he has delivered over 250 programs in 32 countries on 4 continents. The author of 6 books, including the award winning 5 Steps to Expert: How to go from Business Novice to Elite Performer, he works with organizations turning potential into superior performance. His clients include Atlanta Hawks, BASF, Delta Air Lines, Taiwan Olympic Committee, General Electric, Golf Digest, Nix Health Care Systems, Project Management Institute, PGA of America, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Swiss Soccer Federation, Society of Healthcare Pharmacists, and Vistage.