The 2013 Benchmarking Conference is focused on bringing high caliber, relevant, and engaging speakers. This year is no different. Take a few minutes to learn about this year’s speakers. Speakers will be updated regularly as we draw closer to the conference.
Garrison helps people make the jump from being great at what they do to developing the qualities it takes to be consistently chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles—or those of their competitors— are selected. As he says, “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn’t work that way.” His presentations help people become more influential regardless of circumstances.
Garrison has presented to some of the world’s most effective leaders and business developers, from multibillion-dollar manufacturers and national associations to top New York Stock Exchange wire houses. He has a background in manufacturing, telecomm, and financial services and toured as a professional stand-up comedian. In his teens, Garrison worked with Magnavox and baseball legend Hank Aaron to promote the world’s first video gaming system, and by age 27 he became the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history. He researched and designed processes for 38 locations nationwide and developed and marketed products still being sold in 30 countries. He is the author of the Amazon.com bestseller The REAL Truth About Success, has contributed weekly to The Washington Post, and has coauthored with Stephen Covey. His award-winning success tools receive high praise, but his greatest strength is a magnetic live performance that keeps him in high demand, with more than 600 inquiries and 100 speaking dates per year.
CJ McClanahan is the founder and president of Reachmore, an executive coaching firm focused on sales and leadership training for CEO’s and their top performers. Over the past eight years, CJ has spoken to thousands of professionals and has helped more than 250 business owners and corporate management teams achieve record sales and profits. As an author CJ, has written for numerous publications and was a regular columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal. His first book, Thrive, teaches five simple strategies for anyone to live their extraordinary life. CJ also spent two years on the radio, hosting central Indiana’s premier program for entrepreneurs – Let’s Talk Business.
After beginning his career with Arthur Andersen, CJ shifted his focus towards the small business. He served as the Director of Finance and Operations for a mid-sized manufacturing organization and as Director of Sales and Business Development for a software company with global sales of more than $20 million. CJ’s coaching, speaking and training is built upon the simple belief that intellectually reaching your goals is easy. Unfortunately, very few people make changes necessary to transform their lives. CJ’s unique approach allows him to build an emotional connection with his audience that leads to an actual change in behavior.
Tom Easterday joined Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) in 1989 as Corporate Counsel, and has been promoted to various positions within SIA since that date. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel; and as a Member of the Board of Directors of SIA. He is the first American to be appointed to the SIA Board of Directors. Tom is active in organizations at the local, state and national levels, including service as a Director of the: SIA Foundation (President), Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America (President), Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee), Indiana Automotive Council (Chairman), Japan‐America Society of Indiana (Senior Vice President), National Association of Manufacturers, and Lafayette Parks Foundation.
Tom has served as a speaker at numerous conferences on legal, business and environmental matters. He was the recipient of the 2009 Purdue Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation Award. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University.
SIA was the first automotive assembly plant in the U.S. to be ISO 14001 certified. Through innovative programs SIA then achieved zero landfill status in May, 2004. In addition, SIA’s entire 832-acre site has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Executive Vice President Tom Easterday will discuss SIA’s: award-winning environmental programs, achieving zero landfill status, keys behind sustainability, energy management (ISO 50001) and CO2 reduction efforts.
As an outspoken weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, Inc.com and The Huffington Post and a frequent guest on Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC and CNBC, Gene brings a perspective to a business audience that is unique and refreshing…and entertaining.
Gene’s presentations are for the owner, executive and manager working in an established business that is looking forward. He (or she) isn’t thinking about next week or next month. This person is looking out over the next few years.
Gene does not just talk about the economy. He talks about how changes in the economy will affect your business and what actions you need to take to prepare. His non-partisan approach to the political scene helps his audience to understand the facts, without emotions, so they can make the right decisions for the long term. He discusses trends in technology, management themes, healthcare reform and the latest tools and services available for business executives to help grow their companies. Gene runs his own ten person consulting firm outside of Philadelphia. He is a business executive with thousands of clients and a columnist with hundreds of thousands of readers. He asks his audience: what decisions should we making now that will affect our companies in the future?
Jon Wolske is the Culture Evangelist for Zappos Insights, a part of the Zappos Family of companies headquartered in Henderson, NV. Jon began his career with Zappos Insights by presenting to groups of visitors and leading a team of ‘Culture Guides’ that host tours of the corporate offices. With a welcoming and knowledgeable attitude, Jon has helped the tours grow to an average of over 1200 visitors each month.
Topics of Expertise: Jon currently speaks to companies with a focus on culture and customer experience and why it is an important area of focus for business today. Jon has presented at meetings and conferences for companies from around the world, including Samsung Electronics, Eli Lilly, the Professional Beauty Association and the BAI Retail Delivery conference.
Inspiring, energetic, passionate and infectious are words used to describe Troy’s presentation style. With the goal of impacting each conference attendee, Troy pulls from years of experience in working with manufacturing company leaders and combines his knowledge about the current business climate to touch the heat and minds of industry professionals. His message, both serious and intense, will both attract the attention of the audience and move people to action. In his 2012 address, Troy will pull lessons learned from implementing tactics presented by speakers at the last benchmarking conference, to uncover the true secret behind achieving new levels of personal improvement and success. This kickoff address is one you simply don’t want to miss!
Jeff Mengel specializes in working with clients in the plastics and rubber industry, including injection molders, mold builders and related services. He has 30 years experience in operational and strategic planning, inventory control, scheduling, forecasting and costing, as well as tax planning and financial statement preparation. Jeff has authored numerous articles and spoken on multiple occasions on effective strategies for molders and moldmakers. Annually, he leads the Plante & Moran Plastics Industry Team’s North American Survey of the Plastics Industry – a benchmarking survey, and statistical analysis of the plastics industry.
Laurie Harbour is President and CEO of Harbour Results Inc. She has over 25 years of experience in benchmarking, performing operational assessments, and leading strategic planning sessions for companies across the globe. Laurie works closely with small to medium sized automotive suppliers, manufacturing companies, mold makers, and their supply chains to ultimately increase the health of their business. By using very formal processes, Laurie and her team utilize their in-depth backgrounds and expertise to identify strengths, weaknesses, performance gaps, and business risks in order to develop strategies that lead to long term sustainability. Her strategic transformation process has been used by MAPP Members across the United States to achieve sustainable improvements ultimately mitigating risk and improving long-term profitability.