January 30- February 2, 2017
Montage Laguna Beach, California


Josh Linkner
Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas Into Powerful Results 

Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Josh has twice been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Chris Kuehl
Year of the Rooster: Does the Economy Finally Wake Up?
The economy of 2016 was starting to show some signs of improvement but the election tended to drag things down. Now that this is over we have a new team in control but with the same old problems. What can we expect this year - good, bad and indifferent.

Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He is Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division – Finance, Credit and International Business. He prepares NACM’s monthly Credit Managers Index. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer.

Chris is the chief editor for the Business Intelligence Briefs, distributed all over the world by business organizations and he is one of the primary writers (with Keith Prather) for the Executive Intelligence Briefs. He also makes close to a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the US and overseas. He is on the Board of the Business Information Industry Association in Hong Kong and serves as a resource for the media and for many trade publications.

Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.

Nathan Richter
The Millennialization of Pet Ownership

Nathan Richter is a partner at Wakefield Research, an independent global research consultancy that has worked with the world’s most iconic business-to-business and consumer brands. Nathan is a thought-leader on a variety of topics including, consumer packaged goods, enterprise technology, purchase behavior, and more. He regularly serves as a resource for media. His work appears in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Forbes and NPR.

Millennials continue to change how everything is bought, sold and used – including pet products. Gain insight the preferences and behaviors of Millennial pet owners as they age and evolve into mature consumers. How are they changing? What impact are they having on older pet owners segments? What are the implications for the pet industry? Join Nathan Richter as he presents new research on the mindset of today’s Millennial pet owners. He’ll present original data on what motivates people to get a pet, how they feel about and treat their pets, and how this will impact pet product purchases for all consumers.

Troy Hazard
Purpose, Passion, People and Profits

After months of working 18 hour days 7 days a week at a radio station in Brisbane Australia, Troy Hazard woke up one morning and decided that if he was going to put this much effort into something, then it may as well be something he owned.

Since then, there are few situations in the business world that Troy Hazard has not experienced and survived. As a serial entrepreneur, Troy has founded and nurtured twelve businesses over two decades and consulted countless successful companies including more than 300 brands in 16 countries. He has been both a franchisee and franchisor.  Troy’s business talents earned him international respect, so much so that he was elected by the world’s foremost business leaders to serve in the role of Global President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.  Author of the book Future-Proofing Your Business and former host of his own TV talk shows called ‘Inside Franchising’ and 'Gettin’ Down 2 Business’ Troy provides real-life strategies to prepare your business for tomorrow, today.