Matthew “Griff” Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, a footwear and apparel company that sells goods manufactured in conflict and post-conflict zones. Griffin founded Combat Flip Flops in 2006, after graduating from West Point and serving four tours of duty as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company uses their profits to aid the areas in which they are made as a part of Griffin’s mission to encourage peace through trade and “business over bullets.” A powerful and emotional speaker, Griffin is known for a moving TEDx talk on the power of persistence, creativity, and respect, as well as for his successful appearance on the entrepreneurial television show, ABC’s Shark Tank, where he secured a deal with not only one but three “sharks” including Mark Cuban. Griffin is a firm believer that “anything worth doing is worth overdoing” and shares his inspiring and motivating story of chasing big goals and creating positive change with audiences globally.
Our closing keynote speaker is a speaker not to be missed. This speaker has traveled the globe and has worked with some of the world’s most influential individuals including world leaders, actors, musicians, athletes and artists. The stories that this individual has will be an inspiration to all our event attendees. This speakers’ has an international reputation and has created a legacy that will most certainly go down in history.
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One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is a principal at ITR Economics where he serves as President. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to numerous domestic and international trade associations. Alan is
Barry Brandman is widely recognized as one of the country’s top business security experts. He is the CEO of Danbee Investigations, an organization that provides professional asset protection solutions and investigative services to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and transportation companies domestically and internationally, including many companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Danbee Investigations specializes in security problems such as inventory loss, fraud, product tampering, counterfeiting, diversion
Susan Frew is Co-Owner and President of Sunshine Plumbing, Heating & Air in Denver, Colorado. Sunshine has grown from 1 truck in 2012 to 12 in 2016. This was accomplished by using the “12 points of love” method of customer service along with a strategic and laser-focused marketing plan. She was formerly an International General Manager with AT&T Wireless, certified and licensed business coach, ESPN radio host and SBA trainer. Susan is also the President of the Colorado PHCC, National Zone 3 Director for PHCC, Trustee: Quality Service Contracts, Adams County Workforce Board, Emily Griffith School Advisory Council, Board of Directors, North Metro Chamber of Commerce. Susan is also a member of the National Speakers Association. In her free time, Susan runs a bus tour called
Ian Heller is President/COO of Modern Distribution Management, the most trusted resource for market intelligence and industry insight to wholesale distribution executives and industrial product marketers since 1967. He began his distribution career as a truck unloader in a Grainger branch in college. He left that company 15 years later as Marketing Vice President and has held senior executive positions in marketing and eCommerce at GE Capital Rail, Newark Electronics, Corporate Express and most recently as VP Marketing for HD Supply White Cap. Ian also founded and ran Real Results Marketing, a distribution-focused consultancy, for seven years.