Former Racecar Driver
One of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world, Danica Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. She became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan. In 2005, she became the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic Indianapolis 500.
In February 2013, as Patrick transitioned to the NASCAR Cup Series, she made headlines around the world with her record-setting performance in the 55th Daytona 500 race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. She became the first woman to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the Daytona 500 and then finished in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”
Patrick has already forged into new career territory. She launched a clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick – in 2017, authored the fitness book Pretty Intense and is the proprietor of a vineyard in California that produces Somnium Wine. With her time behind the wheel coming to an end, she will focus on turning her “side hustle” efforts into full-time endeavors.
Craig Karges, the “extraordinist,” is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally recognized speaker and an author. Karges has made over four thousand appearances in seventeen countries on four continents and in all fifty states. Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes! Audiences may be mystified when it comes to understanding how Craig Karges accomplishes what he does on stage but his popularity is no mystery at all.
Stacey Hanke, Inc.
Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Pfizer, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite. In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx. She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week. She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.
Multimedia Artist & Speaker
Referred to by his fans as “the Artist for the People”, Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator — at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his metaart, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result.
Dr. Daniel Crosby
Psychologist and Behavioral Finance Expert
Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of mind and markets. Dr. Crosby’s first book, Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management, was a New York Times bestseller. His second book, The Laws of Wealth, was named the best investment book of 2017 by the Axiom Business Book Awards and has been translated into 5 languages. His latest work, The Behavioral Investor, is a comprehensive look at the neurology, physiology and psychology of sound financial decision-making. When he is not consulting around market psychology, Daniel enjoys exploring the American South, fanatically following St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Maria Ferrante-Schepis is President of Maddock Douglas, Inc, an innovation consultancy focused on empowering companies to deliver “what’s next” in the areas of new products, services, and customer experience. With over 25 years as an executive in the insurance and financial services industry, Maria is focused on innovation, recognizing the significant public and government demand for change. Her mission is to enable like-minded professionals to proactively shape their own future, versus having it shaped for them by outside disruptors. Maria has co-authored the book “Flirting with the Uninterested; Innovating in a ‘Sold Not Bought’ Category.” She is a frequent industry speaker and columnist for ThinkAdvisor.com, formerly LifeHealthPro, as well as the digital publication, Insurance Thought Leadership. In 2015, The National Underwriter magazine named her one of the 20 most creative people in insurance.
Curtis Scott is currently Vice President, Global Risk for Lyft, Inc. and was previously Global Head of Insurance and Associate General Counsel for Uber Technologies Inc. To date, nearly every insurance program or law that protects/regulates ridesharing around the globe bears Scott’s authorship or consultation. From cars, to bikes, to autonomy, to the future of work he has been at the forefront of risk and urban mobility. Prior to shaking up the world with ridesharing insurance, Mr. Scott was head of government affairs and product counsel for The Climate Corporation, a San Francisco based parametric weather insurance and agronomy startup that was acquired by Monsanto for over $1B. He previously worked for Allstate Insurance Company where he advanced through a variety of legal and product roles within the Allstate group of companies (Allstate, Esurance and Encompass).
Author & Financial Advisory Professional
He is one of the industry’s premier speakers, and the author of twelve books for financial services professionals, the latest of which is Around the Year with Nick Murray: Daily Readings for Financial Advisors. His one book for clients, Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth, has sold nearly a quarter million copies. Nick’s monthly newsletter for advisors, Nick Murray Interactive, is avidly followed by outstanding advisors all over the English-speaking world.
AXA / GAMA International
Chris Noonan has dedicated his entire career to the Financial Services industry, choosing and maintaining his employment with AXA Advisors. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing he joined AXA Advisors in 1987. Chris’ diligent work and dedication has led to numerous personal awards including Branch Manager Honoree by WallStreetJobs.com. He was most recently awarded the Leadership Excellence Award by LEAD 2016; an organization that assembles some of the world’s top leaders that inspire others with simple stories, encouraging them to take everyday leadership actions to create a better world.
CEO at GAMA International
Godsman joined GAMA International 16 years ago, where she rose through the ranks to become vice president for corporate and business development. In this role, she oversaw all revenue departments at the association, including Membership, LAMP, Communications and PMG Corporate Relations. Since her promotion to that position in 2012, GAMA has seen dramatic growth in revenue, membership, membership retention and LAMP attendance. In June 2014, Godsman took the helm as GAMA’s first, and youngest, female CEO.
Bob Krumroy, CLU, ChFC is the CEO and founder of Identity Branding, Inc. and eRelationship, a global fintech leader for banks, insurance and financial service companies in providing cutting edge solutions for client engagement and revenue generation. He is the author of 11 marketing books, a noted consultant, frequent keynote speaker, a past MDRT qualifier, Platinum GAMA winner and a featured marketing columnist in over 12 GAMA International Journals. Bob’s insight and strategies have been published by LIMRA, MDRT, Agent Sales Journal and more. Bob’s Power Recruiting Day® has been employed by over 200 agencies in 2018, with many announcing it as the largest and most impactful recruiting program in over 40 years. Released in 2019, Bob’s current industry book, The Five Secrets to Attracting, Managing and Retaining the Millennial Recruit, is considered the only book that gives managers specific strategies for delivering what Millennials want in a career.
Value Architect at The Non-Obvious Company
Paresh Shah is a positive force around everyone he meets and works with. He has a unique ability to connect with people of all levels, cultures and ages – Board members, C-Suite executives and warehouse workers. Paresh inspiring individuals and teams to be strategic, prioritize, align, innovate and think in Non-Obvious ways to achieve more. Paresh is a unique combination of technology engineer, Harvard MBA, master strategist, executive coach, innovation, leadership and strategy consultant, successful entrepreneur, an inspiring speaker and trained mindfulness teacher. His abilities to cross multiple worlds and provide intersection thinking for executives and clients have made him a sought-after strategist, idea generator, trainer, coach and advisor to senior executives, government officials and celebrities.
Sandy Eichel is a Wealth Management Advisor, a professional speaker and a diversity and inclusion consultant. She frequently speaks at corporate functions, professional conferences and diversity summits around the country, where she shares her story of how she found her authentic self and how it profoundly improved her life on both a personal and professional level. Sandy’s inspirational story empowers her listeners to break free from mental and cultural obstacles so that they can reap the many rewards of living authentically. Sandy is also passionate about transforming the culture of financial services to be more inclusive of women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Several magazines and newspapers, including a November 2017 edition of the Wall Street Journal, have published feature articles about Sandy and her work. Sandy devotes additional time to raising money for various charities, which lead her to create a non profit initiative to benefit underprivileged elementary students in her hometown of Madison, WI.
Concord Wealth Management
John Laurito, CFP®, ChFC®, CRCP, is a Managing Partner for Concord Wealth Management, the Boston Agency of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Since joining Penn Mutual in 2013, John has lead the agency to more than triple the size and garnering recognition as Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work and Expertise’ Best Financial Advisors in 2017. Penn Mutual recognized the agency’s success with the Excellence Award three consecutive years, along with recognizing two of his front line leaders with Manager of the Year for the last four years.
Michelle Hubert, LUTCF, CLF is Regional Vice President with Farm Bureau Financial Services and partner of Freedom Impact Group. With over 27 years in the financial services industry, Michelle has developed a passion for professional development which has positioned her to help those she serves to attain operational and leadership excellence. She currently leads a team of 12 Agency Managers, 275 Agents and over 300 Sales Associates. In addition to promoting leadership within her organization, Michelle is a long-term member of NAIFA and GAMA and currently serves on the Board for GAMA International. She has earned an IASSC Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is certified as a coach and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Michelle is also the author of Freedom in a Framework: Moving Out Of Chaos and Into Purpose. She resides in Manhattan, Kansas where she lives with her husband Tim. Her adult sons Cayle and Braydon live in Manhattan as well.
Timothy J. Maguire, CFP, CLU
Karr Barth Associates
As Chairman of Karr Barth Associates, Tim manages more than 350 financial professionals and maintains a growing client practice. He works with a dedicated team of professional advisors and staff in the industry to serve over 120,000 households and businesses throughout the tri-state area. With assets under management topping 8 billion, as well as 29 billion of life insurance in force, they are monikers of integrity when it comes to serving their client’s needs.
H.E. Dr. Aprille Trupiano, is described by audiences as being bold, straightforward and high energy. As CEO of AT International, she and her team teach Financial Services Professionals how to be the CEO of their business so they can play more, spend more time with family and STILL make money at the office. Dr. Aprille has been in and around the financial services industry for over three decades, having held registered professional licenses, and draws on her experience of building highly successful businesses nine times over. She lives in the US and Italy, working between her offices in Missouri, Italy & Switzerland, speaking, training, consulting and coaching. Dr. Aprille is a member of GAMA, WIFS, WSA & UnitedSucces. She is an Ambassador at Large for the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations and serves as a National Team Lead for Mentorship Program at WIFS.
Lighthouse Financial Network, LLC
Athan Vorilas has been the president/managing partner of Lighthouse Financial Network, LLC since 2008, and he and his firm have been highly recognized throughout his career. His passion for helping other financial professionals grow their practice is a critical part of his core values. Athan has been a featured speaker both domestically and internationally and was instrumental in establishing “GAMA Hellas” as the first European chapter for GAMA International. He is a passionate advocate for the value of the GAMA Foundation’s research, and its ability to move field leaders and their organizations into the future.
North Star Resource Group
Ed Deutschlander is currently the CEO at North Star Resource Group which is one of the nation’s largest and oldest privately-held independent financial advising firms. North Star has over $4 Billion of client assets entrusted to them and their origins trace back to 1908 in the Twin Cities community. In 2002 Ed became the youngest Managing Partner nationally for the Minnesota Life’s Securian Advisor Network which has over 50 advising firms throughout the country. Ed is the Past President of GAMA International (2007-2008). GAMA International serves the professional development needs of individuals and companies engaged in the ethical distribution of financial services and products. GAMA provides its members access to networking opportunities with industry leaders, quality professional development products, and prestigious recognition awards.
Jim Effner is the founder and President of P2P Group, a company specializing in raising the performance of financial advisors. Jim brings his wealth of experience and his passion for grooming top performers to every audience. After a successful corporate career, he has chosen to give back to his industry with enthusiasm and energy. Jim lives in Aurora, Illinois. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Brittney, Brianna, and Bryce.
FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Scott Stice was named Chief Marketing Officer of FBL Financial Group, Inc. in June 2013. Stice has overall responsibility for sales, marketing and distribution for the company’s brand, Farm Bureau Financial Services, and its multiline exclusive agency force. Prior to joining FBL, Stice was senior vice president and head of field strategy and execution at Farmers Insurance. Stice began his insurance career with Farmers as an exclusive agent in 1990, and held various agency, marketing and field operations positions. Stice holds a BS in Business Management and Administration from the University of Redlands, and he earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Stice serves on the board of directors and the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association of Central Iowa.
H. Adam Holt
H. Adam Holt has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, during which time he has helped build and manage his wealth management firm to over $1B in assets under management. Adam is known for his early adoption of technology to build trend-setting client experiences. This mindset let him to found Asset-Map, LLC, a fintech firm dedicated to creating engaging visual communication tools used throughout the customer and advisor journey. Adam obtained his Bachelors of Science in Economics and Environmental Planning from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, an MBA from Drexel University, and a Certificate in Retirement Planning from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Adam also attended the American College where he earned his Chartered Financial Consultant® designation.
Ande began working in the financial industry over twenty-four years ago as a Financial Strategist, specializing in personal finance and wealth building for individuals and business owners. Her skills led her to become a prominent speaker and thought leader in the financial services industry; having coached and developed thousands of financial professionals. After serving in various leadership positions throughout the financial services industry, including running a multi-million dollar fintech company, Ande felt it was time to do something that would make a profound difference in bridging the confidence gap between women and their money.
Eric McDermott is a General Agent and Financial Advisor at Pacific Advisors, a Guardian agency with over 46,000 clients and more than 150 financial advisors, specialists and staff. The firm works with over 10,000 business owner clients and has in excess of $2.5 Billion in assets under administration. He leads the Advanced Financial Strategies Team, new initiatives, operational strategy, and enterprise marketing. As a Financial Advisor he holds multiple advanced designations, including CFP®, ChFC®, and CLU®, and focuses on connecting business leaders with strategies to protect and grow their business, net worth and estate. An entrepreneur at heart, Eric uses his more than 20 years of innovation and marketing
capability as a partner in several additional enterprises as well.