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Jennifer McClure, President & CEO

Unbridled Talent LLC and DisruptHR LLC

Jennifer McClure is a sought after human resources expert and business advisor who combines her expertise as a corporate executive, leadership coach and professional communicator with practical strategies to help leaders build their influence and increase their impact on the people that they lead, and in the organizations they’re a part of.
Consistently rated as a top speaker by corporate clients, and at global events and conferences, Jennifer delivers engaging and informative keynote presentations and workshops in the areas of leadership, personal development, talent strategies, and effective communication.

 

Richard Fagerlin, President

Peak Solutions, Inc.

Richard Fagerlin is the president of Peak Solutions, Inc. a leadership development firm dedicated to helping companies invest in their greatest asset — their people. He has twice been recognized as one of the 100 top Thought Leaders on Trust. As a speaker and author of Trustology: The Art and Science of Leading High Trust Teams, Richard has left an impact on thousands of people through his powerful, poignant, and often humorous talks on trust. His audiences leave profoundly impacted and re-motivated to engage in honest relationships as he challenges their long-held beliefs on the issue of trust.

 

 

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Valerie Bernard, President & CEO

Executive Training Centers

Dr. Valerie Bernard is a Performance Improvement Consultant, Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Philantropreneur.  She is founder and CEO of Executive Training Centers, Inc.® which celebrated 14 years in August 2016.  In January 2016, Dr. Bernard launched a second company, The Assessment Institute® to continue sharing her knowledge with others on the value of assessments in providing multiple measures as well as opportunities to impact individual, team, and organizational performance.  Dr. Bernard is a guide who partners with leaders and teams to teach the principles and how “Embracing the Power of Team™” can transforms lives.

 

Angie Bradley-Brown, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

Florida Aquarium

Angie Brown is the Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at The Florida Aquarium where she has been employed for over 22 years.  Angie graduated from Oklahoma State University and a few short months later was immersed in the military dependent life.   Over the years she was blessed with great opportunities, including The Florida Aquarium while it was in its construction stage.  Angie uses tools such as DISC personality assessments, TEAM assessments and also is certified in most of Franklin Covey’s programs.  Her personal favorite is the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Angie is also certified in Appreciative Inquiry which she says has changed her life.

 

Kevin Brunelle, Director of Training

LEO Gear

Kevin Brunelle is an active-duty law enforcement officer and serves as the Director of Training for LEO Gear. Kevin has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, with over 3,800 hours of specialized police training. He earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University in West Virginia in 2010 and is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 

 

 

Katie Busch, Pay and Performance Advisor

HR Compensation Consultants, LLC

Katie Busch is the founder of HR Compensation Consultants, LLC and offers over 15 years of progressive compensation experience having worked in various industries, including high-tech, loyalty marketing, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing and logistics solutions. She started her career in governmental consulting work. Her recent experience also includes implementing classification and pay plans for countries in Latin America and Europe. Katie has been a board member for the South Florida Compensation and Benefits Association (SFCB) since 2007 and served as their President in 2011 and 2012. 
She is also an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching an executive education class in Compensation and Benefits.

 

Amy Calvin, Founder and Principal

BrightWays Coaching & Communications

Amy Calvin helps organizations strengthen their results from the inside out through strategic communications targeted to their internal audiences (employees, senior leadership, etc.). With deep experience in communications strategy, employee engagement, and change management, Amy’s clients have ranged from mid-size organizations to non-profits to blue-chip companies such as AT&T, Emerson, Hasbro, P&G, and Visa. Previously, Amy was SVP and Senior Partner at FleishmanHillard, one of the world’s largest communications firms, where she held numerous leadership positions over a 15-year career at the headquarters office.

 

Paul Endress, Founder

Maximum Advantage

Paul Endress is an internationally recognized communication expert and thought leader who helps companies reduce conflict and increase profits through effective communication. Paul is the author of The Magic of Communication Styles and the creator of the Communication Styles 2.0 model which gives individuals and teams a framework for understanding their natural communication tendencies and the tendencies of those around them as well as the communication patterns these tendencies create. Paul has been quoted in USA Today, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine and dozens of other leading business publications.

 

Ben Fanning, Chief Engagement Officer

BF Coaching, LLC

Ben Fanning reduces the catastrophic cost of turnover and disengagement for organizations and employees. He is a keynote speaker, consultant, and #1 bestselling author of The Quit Alternative.  His fresh approach helps senior leaders get the most out of their workforce. Don't fire another employee or consider resigning until you've read Ben's empowering message. 

 

AnnMarie Davis, VP of Employment Practices

Raymond James

AnnMarie Davis started her career in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the JAGC. She spent two years at the Recruiting Command in Memphis, TN and two years in a defense role in Naples, Italy.  She focused her career on labor and employment law while in private practice for five years and is now in-house with Raymond James. Ms. Davis spent five years in Raymond James’ legal department prior to accepting a role in Human Resources where she now leads the Employment Practices center of excellence.

 

Phil Gerbyshak, Author, Speaker, Trainer, and Podcast Host

Make it Great Institute

Phil Gerbyshak believes in the power of social media and connection. With a unique speaking style—part social media expert, part entertainer, with a dash of technology geek—Phil keeps his audiences awake and engaged while providing actionable steps to bring in more leads, more referrals, and more business. If he’s not traveling, speaking, or making new connections, Phil writes. He’s published 5 books, including 10 Ways to Make It Great and #TwitterWorks, more than 2,500 articles, and been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, and more.

 

Beth Healy, President

Beth Healy Consulting

For over 30 years, Beth has been a seller, a coach and a manager.  She has worked in large companies and startups always focused on driving revenue through genuine relationships and a keen ability to message value. Prior to founding Beth Healy Consulting, Beth was the Managing Director for Market Expansion at a fast growing sales effectiveness company. She’s held director-level jobs in client service and development, sales, and market development.

 

Elizabeth Krystyn, Founding Partner

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Elizabeth co-founded Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS) in 2006. Elizabeth is responsible the Commercial Insurance and Employee Benefit Teams, Human Resources and Agency Operations.  For her clients, she focuses on managing healthcare costs by helping to create a culture of wellbeing with effective communication in order to enhance benefit understanding and appreciation by her clients’ employees.
BKS is the recipient of numerous awards including Best Places to Work for Millennials, Best Places to Work in Insurance, and Best Places to Work by The Business Journal, The Tampa Bay Times and Florida Trend.  BKS believes that life is short.  Work someplace awesome.

 

Theresa Gallion, Partner

Fisher Phillips

Theresa Gallion is a partner in the Tampa office and the founding partner of the Tampa and Orlando offices. During her 30 years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, she has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on colleges and universities, hospitality, healthcare, telecommunications, and retail. Theresa is one of the firm's most experienced trial lawyers, having successfully tried over 40 jury trials in employment cases. She specializes in complex and collective actions.

 

Jennifer Glor, VP, People Operations

Vology

Jennifer is a strategic advisor who inspires businesses to drive performance and growth through talent, culture and leadership. She teaches that talent is the driver of all value in any business, and she assesses people and businesses and makes strategic recommendations on the best use of existing talent and applying strategic people initiatives to drive performance and engagement. She teaches leaders how to capitalize on their strengths, how to identify and retain A-players and how to create and implement a positive culture of engagement. Jen has 15 years’ experience in strategic HR in global enterprises as well as entrepreneurial firms across a variety of industries and cultures.

 

Bill Grob, Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins  

Bill Grob exclusively represents management as lead trial counsel in federal and state court cases with extensive experience in a variety of labor and employment matters including collective actions, wage/hour litigation, litigating employment discrimination issues, leave issues, and harassment, specializing in the enforcement and defense of non-compete covenants, and representation of staffing companies, restaurants, and employee leasing companies. Bill serves as Chair of Ogletree’s PEO and Staffing Practice Group serving clients effectively and efficiently by coordinating efforts and resources with attorneys across the country. Bill routinely is a featured speaker at employment and education law-related seminars throughout the Southeast.

 

Dave Hartbeitner

Certified Financial Planner

David Harbeitner has 30+ years of experience in leadership positions with leading financial service firms. Holding a BS in Finance and the CFP® designation, his time in the industry has provided him extensive understanding of investments, retirement plans, financial planning and client servicing. Previously David led Operations for Retirement Plan Services at T Rowe Price providing strategic direction and leadership for over 850 associates supporting more than 1.8 million participants with over $100 billion in assets.  David is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

 

James Holland, Assistant Compliance Officer

Millennium Investment & Retirement Advisors, LLC

James Holland is the Director of Business Development & Assistant Compliance officer for Millennium Investment & Retirement Advisors LLC, a Pension & Fiduciary Consulting firm based in Charlotte NC. He also oversees the joint work programs MIRA runs with ERISA Audit firms, Investment Advisors and Employee Benefit Brokers & Consultants providing sales training and support. James brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Employee Benefits arena. He also coordinates the Fiduciary Education and Training program MIRA provides to Plan Sponsors/Responsible Plan Fiduciaries all over the country. 

 

Bob McCormack, Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins

Bob McCormack is a shareholder in the Tampa office of Ogletree Deakins. In this capacity, Bob is pleased to partner, on an ongoing basis with HR Professionals throughout the state to assist in risk management and, in those unfortunate circumstances where litigation has already ensued, find creative ways to minimize the pain and expense associated with the dispute. Bob is happy to be serving in his third year as the Federal Director of Government Affairs for HR Florida. He has been recognized by his peers for the past ten years in “Best Lawyers in America” and has also been honored for the past several years as a “Florida Super Lawyer” in the area of Employment Litigation – Management.

 

Michele Norris, Founder/Principal Partner

Navigen Leadership

Michele Norris of Navigen Leadership is a Navigational Facilitator focused on The Future @ Work. There are only a few short years where we have the brilliance of four unique generations who have different strengths and skills. Michele’s mission is preparing organizations for the tsunami of demographic and cultural changes in the workforce.  To help her clients attract, retain and get the best from the workforce of the future, Michele concentrates on generational distinctions, corporate culture and strategic leadership.  Her executive and leadership coaching expertise enables all levels of leadership to understand their role in shaping the organizational culture, its impact on individual contributors and all stakeholders.

 

Kelley Rexroad, Founder and Principal Consultant

KRexconsulting

Kelley Rexroad is the founder of Odessa-based KRexconsulting which focuses on solving people is

sues in businesses and on coaching individuals to find their potential. She has more than twenty-five years in the communications and human resources fields. Neil Cavuto called her “the expert” on Fox Business News and Fortune named her an American Innovator. She has been featured on Sky Radio, Entrepreneur, Tampa Tribune, Maddux Business Report, Tampa Bay Times, New York Times, monster.com and hr.com. Kelley has been recognized as a Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year Finalist in two categories.  She is a coach for the University of Tampa and an instructor in HR at USF.

 

Jennifer Roeper, Of Counsel

Ogletree Deakins

Jennifer G. Roeper is Of Counsel in the Tampa office of Ogletree Deakins. She is board certified by the Florida bar in Immigration and Nationality Law and practices in the firm’s Immigration practice group. Jennifer represents companies throughout the world in all aspects of immigration law including the full range of employment and family based temporary visa processing, applications for permanent residence and naturalization. She assists corporate clients in developing global mobility policies and maintaining compliance with U.S. immigration laws, and represents companies in government I-9 audits and investigations.

 

David Steffen, Partner

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

David P. Steffen has represented clients in both state and federal courts, before the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the EEOC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and the NLRB. He has also advised clients on ways to manage their Workers’ Compensation claims and how to properly enforce employment policies. David regularly assists clients on preemptive strategies to limit their future exposure. Before joining Constangy, David was with the law firm of Granger, Santry & Heath, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida. 

 

John Teixeira, Director of Business Development

PFG Private Wealth Management

John Teixeira is the Director of Financial Planning for PFG Private Wealth Management.  In this capacity, John is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive financial planning & investment strategies. John's professional designations include Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).  He has obtained a passing score for the General Securities Representative (Series 7) exam, Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63) exam, and the Uniform Investment Adviser Law (Series 65) exam.

 

Mary Trombitas, Principal Consultant

Targeting Performance, LLC

Mary Trombitas is the Principal Consultant for Targeting Performance, a company dedicated to helping aspiring leaders discover their true potential. She has a degree in Business Management and is a certified HR professional through HRCI and SHRM. Mary’s past business experience includes roles as Financial Controller and Director in human resources in companies as small as 100 employees and as large as 18,000. She currently serves as a District Director for the HR Florida State Council, Immediate Past President of SuncoastHR, and was recently awarded for her leadership by the Pinellas County Sherriff’s office. Mary recently published a book in which she shares her most profound experiences as a leader.

 

Todd York, Chief Human Resources Officer

Audax HR Outsourcing

Todd York is CHRO of Audax HR Outsourcing, a consortium of highly educated, credentialed and dedicated professionals averaging over 20 years of proven experience in a variety of industries. Todd strives to create human resources strategies that align business goals and HR needs to increase productivity, profitability, and maintain compliance. He has 20+ years of strong Operational, Financial, and Human Resources contribution across multiple industries.

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