Immersive visits to local Small Giants companies, delivering practical examples of purpose-driven businesses in action.
What You’ll Experience at #SGCSUMMIT2018!
President & CEO
Service Express, Inc.
Founder & CIO
Tyler develops innovation frameworks, leadership development programs and future intelligence trainings for the emerging business landscape. He investigates the latest in neuroscience, heart-brain communication, cognitive social behavior, and mindfulness research to develop consistent and reliable processes for cultivating collaborative, authentic, innovative and future intelligent business cultures. He has develop innovation frameworks used by fortune 500 companies and trained global leaders on how to develop cognitive and emotional coherence to increase people success and corporate profitability. As CIO of HAKU.global he facilitates corporate leadership trainings and strategy sessions and speaks at conferences and corporate events globally. You can find out more about Tyler at www.linkedin.com/in/monganism
Co-Founder & Principal
Laura Boone is co-founder and principal at turnerboone where she is responsible for business development, marketing and brand strategy. Combining an art and design background, Laura brings 14 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, a passion for relationship building and industry insight to turnerboone.
She builds and earns trust directly with her clients through her high level of accessibility, integrity and accountability. These relationships don’t end upon project completion, instead they flourish and continue for years.
Throughout her career, she has generated award-winning successes and fostered tenacious entrepreneurship and business know-how. In 2010, Laura was awarded 3rd place in “Business to Business Magazine’s” Top 25 Entrepreneurs. She is also a former board member of CREW Atlanta.
Laura is a former art dealer, art and design enthusiast, and mother to the company mascot, Sunni, a golden retriever.
Founder & CEO
Gainesville Health & Fitness Center
Joe Cirulli has led life focused on helping people become healthy and building a thriving company culture. Maintaining his vision despite adversity—working for companies going bankrupt to living in his car—Joe’s quest always has been inspiring human potential. At 24, he started Gainesville Health & Fitness with $1,700; today, GHF is a renowned health club for the world. GHF’s vision, like Joe’s, is developing leadership and motivating staff continually, which propels GHF beyond its potential. Accolades include cultivating Gainesville as “The Healthiest Community in America” and becoming the only Florida company named in “The Best Small Companies in America, 2016” by Forbes. Additionally, in 2012, Joe was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to his industry.
Founder & CEO
In 2006, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean to bar chocolate factory and never looked back. Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch, award winning chocolate factory located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers that they profit share with on three continents. This summer will mark Shawn‘s 40th origin trip. Recently named by Forbes “One of the 25 Best Small Companies in America”, Askinosie Chocolate has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, on Bloomberg, MSNBC and numerous other national and international media outlets.
Owner, VP of Research & Development
Rebecca Hamilton is an owner and the VP of Research & Development at Badger in Gilsum, New Hampshire. She oversees new product innovation from concept to market as well as Badger’s sustainability initiatives. In 2014, Rebecca led the passing of Benefit Corporation legislation in the state of New Hampshire. She is an active member of the American Sustainable Business Council’s Safer Chemicals Coalition, has served as the chair of the Natural Products Association Natural Personal Care Steering Committee, and provides a business voice for safer cosmetic legislative reform alongside the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Co-Founder & CEO
Bill Roark is the co-founder and CEO of Torch Technologies, with 30+ years of Department of Defense-related experience. Roark guided Torch to recognition as one of Entrepreneur’s Fastest Growing Companies in America, and eleven consecutive selections on the Inc. 5000 list. In 2017, Great Place to Work and Fortune named Torch one of the Best Small & Medium Workplaces and in 2016, Forbes named Torch one of America’s Best Small Companies. Roark earned an M.S. in Physics from the University of Kentucky and a B.S. in Mathematics from Cumberland College.
Susan Leger Ferraro
Founder & CEO
Susan Leger Ferraro is a unique, dynamic social entrepreneur with an unparalleled record of success. She has established thriving transformational organizations and social enterprises across a range of industries including education, real estate, business consulting, and non-profit development. Each of her companies has one thing in common, maximizing human potential as a core focus. To date Susan has written over $44 million in workforce training dollars for progressive organizations and trained tens of thousands of people. Through her innovative ideas and practices, Susan positively impacts the lives of countless humans and changes the landscape of organizations across the globe.
Founder & Author
Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the founder and creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives. As a leading voice on intention, energy, and presence in leadership and culture, she helps people unlock greater leadership potential, collaborate more inspiringly, create more openly, intuit more bravely, and lead more joyfully and effectively. Follow her @AneseCavanaugh.
Founder & Managing Director
Robert Glazer is the founder and Managing Director of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners.
Under his leadership, Acceleration Partners has received numerous company culture awards, including #4 on Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards and Ad Age’s Best Place to Work.
Bob is a columnist for both Forbes and Inc. He also shares ideas and insights around these topics via Friday Forward, a weekly inspirational newsletter that is followed by over 35,000 leaders worldwide.
He recently authored the international bestselling book, Performance Partnerships.
You can learn more about Bob at http://www.robertsglazer.com.
Founder & Business Coach
Jon Dwoskin Experience
Tom is Tuthill Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. His role, simply stated, is to bring to life the COMPASS of the Corporation. The COMPASS is Tuthill’s version of a Vision & Mission statement, however, it is radically different from the norm. Their version is all about ALIVENESS with a Purpose to Wake the World (7.7 billion noses). This HUGE undertaking requires a culture where folks want to live into their full potential not only for the company, but for their families, their communities, and the world! Tom has been active on not-for-profit boards in the past, however currently, he spends his time sharing the Tuthill Story in a variety of venues. He has been married 37 years to his high school sweetheart (an Angel). They have two children.
Founder & CEO
Round Table Companies
Prior to RTC, Corey starred in one of the 50 greatest Superbowl commercials. His work playing basketball naked earned Belding, Addy, and Cannes awards. Corey helps leaders write the book they were born to write, pioneered business comics with Tony Hsieh, Marshall Goldsmith, and Robert Cialdini, and created the Vulnerability Wall and the Vulnerability is SexyTM card game. He’s a sponsor of Conscious Capitalism and SVN. Corey’s recent passion is evolving business cultures through storytelling.
Michael J Brennan
Co-Founder & CEO
Michael J. Brennan is co-founder and CEO of Civilla, a design studio dedicated to
changework, based in Detroit. Civilla works at the intersection of human-centered design
(design thinking) and social innovation. Civilla works with courageous leaders who seek to
create enduring solutions that meet the needs of those they serve. Over the past three years,
Brennan has worked with the d-School at Stanford University and IIT Institute of Design in
the areas of design and social impact. Most recently, the work at Civilla was featured in Harvard Business Review.
Brennan has worked on affecting positive change in communities for over the past 30-years.
Previously, Brennan served as the CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and as
Executive Vice President at United Way of America.
President & CEO
Book in a Box
JT McCormick is currently the President and CEO of Book In A Box, a publishing company that’s created an entirely new way for you to write a book. The company has worked with more than 750+ authors, and was recently ranked in their category as the #2 best company to work for in Austin, TX and #4 in their category for all of Texas.
JT is also the author of “I Got There: How I Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream.” His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their three children Ava, Jaxon and Elle.
Anna Brozek is a music lover, a pizza eater, and a defender of the underdog. As Operations Director, Anna spends her days helping Big Cartel grow into a company all employees can be proud of, and she spends her nights pretty much doing the exact same thing with her two daughters, except they’re not a company (you get the idea). Prior to working at Big Cartel, Anna and her husband owned and operated an indie record store in Salt Lake City, helping to cultivate a music scene so cool that Pearl Jam once gave them a shout-out in-concert. They’ve since left the mountains of Utah for the city skyline of Chicago, where she works remotely full-time.
Co-Founder & Author
Bo Burlingham is the author of five books including Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big; The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome (with Jack Stack); Street Smarts (with Norm Brodsky); and Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top. He is currently a contributor to Forbes magazine, where he oversees and co-authors the annual Small Giants section, honoring 25 of the best small companies in America. Previously Bo was a senior editor, executive editor, and editor-at-large of Inc. magazine for 32 years, chronicling the emergence of the entrepreneurial economy. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife of 48 years, Lisa. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Great Game of Business
I oversee entrepreneurial coverage at Forbes, including the Entrepreneurs channel. Before that, I was small-business editor of the New York Times, where I started the You’re the Boss blog. I have also been a top editor at Inc. magazine and Inc.com – and many other magazines, a few of which are still in business. My goal is for Forbes.com to be the place where business owners turn to get inspired, to compare notes, to ask questions, and to learn from one another’s mistakes. Let me know how we’re doing: firstname.lastname@example.org.