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The Who’s Who of Speakers at The Gathering – Part 2

If you have any interest in open-book management, you will not want to miss The 25th Annual Gathering of Games. This conference offers several networking opportunities, as well as a chance to learn everything you need to know about The Great Game — from speakers who will cover a variety of topics about the business world in their sessions. In part one of this blog series, we covered the pre-conference speakers and sessions on the agenda. Today, we'll cover the speakers that are lined up for Day 2 of the conference, which takes place on Thursday, September 7th.

Here are the speakers on the agenda:

Jack Stack, Celebrating 25 Years of The Gathering of Games 

(September 7, 2017 8:15 AM – 9:20 AM)

Jack created the Great Game of Business after saving SRC Holdings, Inc. using what would become open-book management. He has written two books on the subject, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. His knowledge has helped increase SRC’s stock by 360,000% and created thousands of jobs since 1983.  

Aaron M. Clay and Mark Banks, 7 Steps to Building Practical Financial Literacy 
(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Aaron has been a part of the Executive Leadership Team for Amy’s Ice Creams for seven years. He primarily works on curriculum development and coaching Amy’s EDU clients. 

Mark is a Partner and Educational Director of Amy’s EDU with the goal to “Ignite Bright Minds”.  He has been teaching for almost twenty years at both the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University. 

Tom Demaline, Dispersed and Diverse: How to Huddle Across Multiple Locations and Languages

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Tim has been in the nursery industry his entire life, working for 41 years in a full-time capacity in his family’s 63-year-old business. He started as a field laborer and worked up to his current position of CEO and President.  

Victor Aspengren, Randy Haran and Marty Ruddy, Beyond ESOP: Exploring Ownership Transition Options

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Victor is a Director at Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc. and is a former Great Game of Business coach. He lived the ESOP experience as an employee owner, HR Manager, and CEO in ESOP companies. 

Randy is President and Founder of Normandy Capital Group, an investment company. Prior to this, he was the President and CEO of Texas Air Composites which he founded in 100 with his brother. 

Marty Ruddy is the Owner and Company Manager of Terra Firma Building and Remodeling. 

Tim Rettig, Ping Pong Tables Don’t Build Great Company Cultures – You Do

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Tim is CEO of Intrust, one of the fastest growing IT companies and has earned a nomination for Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work” six years in a row. 

Dallan Guzinski, How the Rules for Improve Your Culture and Business

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Dallan is the Director of Culture and Engagement at the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). He works closely with employee-owned companies and teams to improve their communication and engagement practices. 

Rick Robinson, Ryan Kunkel and Eric Rieger, Gameversary: Our First Year

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Rick has, as Managing Director of Ramsee Consulting Group, focused developing and delivering a variety programs in the areas of Strategic Planning, Strategy Implementation, Effective Execution, Employee Engagement, and Leadership Development.  

Ryan is Co-CEO of Red Frog Events, an event production company known for its company culture. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was on Forbes Magazine's Most Promising CEO's Under 35 list. 

Eric is the Founder and President of WEBIT Services, Inc., an industry-leading Technology Management, Service and Solutions Provider located in Naperville Illinois. Eric has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 25 years. 

Michael Yost, Why Great Employees Stay 

(September 7, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM) 

Eric Rieger is the Founder and President of WEBIT Services, Inc., an industry-leading Technology Management, Service and Solutions Provider located in Naperville Illinois. Eric has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 25 years 

Steve Jones and Jack O’Riley, Financial Literacy Bootcamp 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Steve is the sole owner of Jenner Ag and has grown the company to more than $70 million in sales. He serves the community and industry in a variety of ways, including on the boards of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and the Millikin Decatur Executive Association. 

Jack is a former Great Game practitioner and is currently president and co-owner of The Coaching House, Inc., and executive coaching and consulting company with a focus on open-book management. 

Kevin Walter, Tips, Tricks & Hacks from a Practitioner Coach 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Kevin is a Great Game coach and practitioner at the corporate catering and event planning company Tasty Catering. He oversees human resources and management of this heavily decorated, medium-sized business. 

Steve Baker, Designing Bonus Plans that Work 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Steve is the Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc. Known for his high-energy and engaging message, he has become a top-rated and sought after speaker, author and business coach of Open-Book Management, Strategy and Execution, Leadership and Employee Engagement. 

Adam Weber, Driving Engagement: Insights for Immediate Implementation 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Adam is Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales at Emplify, where he leads a team of engagement experts focused on new business growth and market expansion. 

Steve Mangigian, Get out from IN, Get into ON 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Steve joined Zingerman’s Coffee Company in 2006 as a sales manager. He saw the Coffee Company grow by expanding its channels of distribution and became an owner in 2008. 

Mark McCollough, Open-Book Management on Safari 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Mark and his wife Shannon founded Global Gift Innovators in 2011 to pursue their passion in preserving wildlife areas worldwide. Global Gift Innovators develops and sells giftware and provides consulting services to the African adventure travel industry. 

Dave Scholten, IGNITE! Best Practices from Top Players 

(September 7, 2017 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM) 

Dave has been a practitioner of the Great Game of Business since 2002 and became a coach in 2013. He has worked for a variety of businesses in the foodservice industry. 

Rob Dube, High-Involvement Planning: Lessons from the Field 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Rob is a co-founder at imageOne. An industry leading Document LifeCycle Management provider. ImageOne has been named one of the Top 25 Small Business in America by Forbes in 2017. Rob is also author of Do Nothing, The Most Rewarding Leadership Challenge You Will Ever Take. 

Bekah Keehn, There is No “I” in Huddle: Team Building Strategies 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Bekah has been with the Argent Group for 9 years, starting in customer service and sales and eventually taking on the role of Corporate Open-Book Management Coordinator two years ago. 

Martin Staubus and Paul Worcester, The ESOP Journey: One Company’s Experiences 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Martin has been working with companies in the employee ownership field for more than 30 years. Trained as an attorney, he has also served as VP of corporate human resources and has consulted to hundreds of companies on the development of employee ownership. 

Paul and his brother are co-founders of Worcester Investments, Inc. a real estate investment and development company in the Kansas City area. They are committed practitioners of the Great Game. 

Rob Shear, How Employee Committees Can Improve Your Culture 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Rob has worked in the remanufacturing industry since 2003. In 2009 he worked with SRC Holdings to facilitate the purchase of a plant and help transition the ownership. Now he is the General Manager of SRC Lexington. 

Jamie Matusek and Christy McFerren, Catalyst: The Open-Book Turnaround 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Jamie brings over 20 years of experience in operations, account leadership, sales, interactive, and traditional marketing to her role as President of Catalyst. Jamie guides the company's team of experts to grow the client portfolio, expand into new industry verticals, and strengthen existing client relationships. 

Christy’s primary objective at Catalyst, as Operations and Strategy Director, is to develop highly recognizable and distinguishable brands that achieve profitable results. Christy uses her passion for clean, well-built designs that are founded on analytics and sound metrics to lead her team to produce pieces that work well. 

Joseph and Carrie Company, The Great Game of Corporate Wellness 

(September 7, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM) 

Joe oversees the biometric data collection, analysis, IT analytics development, and education for all corporate contracts for Wellness Data Solutions. He coaches athletes across the nation while managing his business. 

Carrie is co-owner of Wellness Data Solutions. She had previously served Corporate Wellness Coordinator for a medical clinic and focused on wellness programming, fitness, and health within the company and in the community. 

Jeremy Clopton, Big Impact: Leveraging Analytics for Strategic Impact 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Jeremy leads the BKD Big Data & Analytics and Digital Forensics practices and has more than 11 years of experience applying data analytics in fraud prevention and detection, risk assessment and business intelligence. 

Elnian Gilbert, Tabitha Mason and Elph Morgan, Next Level Scoreboards: Non-Financial Measures 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Elnian's 10 years of experience at Zingerman's includes multiple businesses and positions, from her start at Zingerman's Mail Order to logistical experience at ZingTrain. It is this breadth of experience that Elnian brings to her role as a trainer, sharing Zingerman's approach to business. 

Tabitha accepted the role of Venue Manager at Zingerman's Cornman Farms in 2015. Tabitha manages day to day operations, leads the Event Coordination, Execution team, Groundskeeping/Maintenance and Beverage Coordination teams. 

Elph is Director of Zingerman's IT, managing a staff of four in a department that regularly receives recognition for the exceptional levels of service provided to other Zingerman's departments and businesses.  

Donna Coppock and Rick Robinson, BRAVO! Creating and Sustaining a Recognition Culture 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Donna Coppock is the Executive Trainer at The Great Game of Business. In that role, she designs, develops and delivers training on Great Game processes as well as on a variety of other subjects that support game play. 

Rick is the Managing Director of Ramsee Consulting Group, focusing on developing and delivering a variety programs in the areas of Strategic Planning, Strategy Implementation, Effective Execution, Employee Engagement, and Leadership Development.  

Tyler Moles, Staying the Course: Maintaining OBM Through Growth and Change 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Tyler worked for SRC Logistics for several years and was immersed in the Great Game. He developed a deep passion for open-book management culture that would follow  him to serving the youth of the Ozarks, where he is now Vice President of Financial Development. 

Megan Driscoll, Implementing a Massive Pay Raise: How Dan Price Influenced Positive Change in My Company 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Megan Driscoll is the dynamic founder and CEO of PharmaLogics Recruiting. Megan founded PharmaLogics in 2003 at the age of 29 with a staff of one. She now oversees a multi-million-dollar company with a staff of 80+ and growing.   

Ann Casstevens, Rhonda Alexander and Donna Coppock, All the Kids Are Doing It: Using Tech to Keep Your Game Fresh 

(September 7, 2017 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM) 

Ann has over 20 years' experience in coaching business leaders in open-book management to achieve rapid results and lasting cultural change. Her career includes management/internal consulting positions in the electric utility, data communications and aerospace industries. 

Rhonda's passion is definitely the "front-line" financial literacy training she delivers. In her role as manager over Events, Coaches and Trainers, she feels extremely blessed to be able to make a career doing something that she loves, helping spread GGOB everywhere! 

Donna Coppock is the Executive Trainer at The Great Game of Business. In that role, she designs, develops and delivers training on Great Game processes as well as on a variety of other subjects that support game play.

If you think that these speaker sessions look amazing, get ready for Part 3 of this blog series, which will cover the speakers in the final day of The 25th Annual Gathering of Games.

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