January 27-30, 2019
La Cantera Resort & Spa
San Antonio, Texas

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Leadership Conference is known for presenting world-class speakers and provocative thought-leaders. This tradition continues in 2019: 

Tony La Russa, Hall of Fame Manager, and Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Co-Founder 

Tony La Russa led his teams to three World Series titles (1989, 2006, and 2011) as a professional baseball manager and accumulated the third most managerial wins (2,728) in Major League Baseball history. That total is only 35 wins behind John McGraw, and 1,003 behind Connie Mack. La Russa, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, currently serves the Boston Red Sox as Vice President, Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations.  

The catalyst for ARF came in 1990 when, in the middle of a televised baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, a stray cat ran onto the field, causing a delay until she was secured in the A’s dugout. It was only after La Russa and his wife Elaine tried to find a suitable adoption resource for “Evie” that they discovered the lack of a no-kill shelter in the East Bay region. The couple co-founded Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) as a progressive resource for animal welfare. Since 1991, the foundation has become not only a rescue and adoption source for animals, but also a much-lauded center for education and enrichment for people and animals. ARF’s national headquarters in California offers programs including service-dog training for military veterans; animal therapy teams who interact with hospital patients, elderly and at-risk students; humane education for all ages and Pet Safety Net programs for families at-risk of surrendering an animal to a shelter. 


Jeff Bush, Washington Insider

A dynamic and insightful speaker and author, Jeff Bush is known for his unique ability to translate difficult and confusing tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington D.C. into winning growth strategies for business owners, executives and high net worth investors.  Jeff is a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, the industry’s nonpartisan experts on all things Washington.

In the 2012 presidential election, Jeff accurately predicted the outcome 14 months in advance as well as predicting the republican sweep in Congress in 2014. Jeff also predicted the fiscal cliff outcome that lead to the single largest tax increase in dollar terms in US history. In the 2016 congressional elections, Jeff predicted Senate control would follow the White House. This advice gave investors and their professional advisors an opportunity to prepare for the political changes that would impact their bottom line.

Jeff presents more than 200 times yearly in the US and abroad to a client base that includes a who’s who list of fortune 500 firms from Wall Street to Main Street and everywhere in between.  Jeff is a 30-year veteran of the financial industry. By the end of his career on Wall Street, he was managing a $50+ sales billion business.  Before that, Jeff was the youngest managing partner in the 150-year history of The New England Financial. You may have seen Jeff on CNBC’s Nightly Business report or heard him on POTUS XM radio. He is considered Wall Street’s Washington insider and, politically speaking, Jeff is known for being America's foremost equal opportunity offender.


Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation

After graduating from Harvard Business School, Neil Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The  Happiness Equation which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies.

Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC. Onstage his style is an endangered species: an incredibly rare blend of raw, hilarious, and heartwarming. His high-energy, takeaway-laden, application-not-motivation speeches are often voted tops at any conference or event.


Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence"Hello Darkness My Old Friend," The Return of Inflation

We know that 2017 was a pretty good year but we also know that these good times often lead to something a little less good. What does 2019 look like as we start the year? Inflation and then recession? More growth and an extension of 2018? Do tax cuts and trade wars bite us or do they accomplish what was intended? Hear Kuehl’s predictions for 2019 and beyond.

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations and the economic analyst for several state accounting societies including Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas. Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US and abroad. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies. He is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs, both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA. 

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