Speakers

2021 Speakers

Dan Clark

Dan Clark is an Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar international communications company; High Performance Business Coach; University Professor; Alumnus of the University of Utah (Psychology); Host of ‘Power Players’ Podcast; Gold Record Songwriter; Film Maker; an Award Winning Athlete who fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career; New York Times Best Selling Author of 35 books including The Art of Significance-Achieving The Level Beyond Success; and a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. 

In 1982, Dan was named an Outstanding Young Man In America, was soon sponsored into the National Speakers Association by world renown motivational teacher Zig Ziglar and has since spoken to more than 6000 audiences, to over 5 million people, in 71 countries, on 6 continents, to most of the Fortune 500, Super Bowl Champions, NASA, Million Dollar Round Table, the United Nations, and multiple times to our combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, Asia and Africa. 

In 2005, Dan was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame; and has been named one of the Top Ten Motivational Speakers in the World. 

As a master storyteller Dan has been published in more than 50 million books in 50 languages worldwide; has appeared on over 500 television and radio shows including Oprah, Glenn Beck and NPR; and has been featured in Success, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., Thought Masters, Nugent, Mayo Clinic and Millionaire Magazines.  

Clark’s inspiring life includes soaring to the edge of space in a U2 Spy Plane;  flying fighter jets with the Air Force Thunderbirds;  racing automobiles at Nurburgring and dogsleds in the Arctic;  winning the prestigious Hamilton Island Sailing Regatta in Australia;  serving on the Olympic Committee and carrying the Olympic Torch in the Winter Games;  serving on the International Board of Governors of Operation Smile;  serving as a Pentagon Appointee with the Secretary of the Air Force on the National Civic Leaders Board;  and being named 2012 Utah Father of the year.  

For his extraordinary patriotism and relentless commitment to our military families, Dan has been honored with the two highest civilian awards given by the Department of Defense joining Bob Hope, Dolly Parton, Paul Harvey, the Dallas Cowboys organization and others as the recipient of the United States Distinguished Service Medal and the American Spirit Award.

 

Sheryl Hickerson

An international speaker on social and digital marketing strategies for financial services organizations, Sheryl Hickerson has worked with thousands of professionals to grow the presence of their financial services profession through online platforms. 

In 2018, Sheryl started Females and Finance, a private online membership organization dedicated to fostering recruitment, training, and advancement of women in a financial service or financial technology role.

Membership today recently crested 3,000 professionals with no signs of letting up. After 30 years in financial services, Sheryl has dedicated her professional life to promoting better networking and diversity initiatives within her community. 

 

Anthony Galie

In his wildly entertaining keynotes, he shows you how they achieve the unthinkable – and how you can put the same scientific principles to work in your business and personal life.

He’s given thousands of speeches to Fortune 500 audiences and major associations, including Walmart, Ford, Southern Bell, Sprint, Pfiser, Comcast, Fedex, Accenture, Prudential, and GE, to name a few.

He has been recognized as one of AMerica’s 30 Hottest Speakers, and was selected to speak for the prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable – an honor given to less than 1% of all speakers – on four different occations.

Dan Owolabi

Dan Owolabi is co-founder of Owolabi Leadership, and Executive Director of Branches Worldwide. A sought after and captivating keynote speaker, Dan has spent over a decade helping others achieve exceptional results by leading with nothing to hide, nothing to prove and nothing to lose.

His latest book – Authentic Leadership: How to lead with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose – was a #1   New Release on Amazon. 

Dan remains committed to looking inward as well as outward, continually pushing himself to embody the beliefs he so passionately shares with others. And while he has helped thousands of business executives, educators, athletes and young adults to lead more authentically, he is the first to recognize that his own most important leadership responsibility remains to his wife Erica and their two daughters.

Dan holds an undergraduate degree from Malone University and a graduate degree from Ashland University.  When he isn’t traveling or speaking, he is most often reading, running and spending time with his family.

 

Dick Weber

Dick Weber is President and primary consultant for The Ethical Edge, Inc., providing fee-only analytics and consulting services to family offices and high net worth individuals. For 25 years a successful life insurance agent and 20-year life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, he joined Merrill Lynch Insurance Group, and from late-1993 to early 1996 was Vice President and Manager of Client Education and Field Development. For his two year “tour” in upper management with a life insurance carrier, his responsibilities included developing communication programs which enhance client understanding of insurance products and reconcile product performance against product expectations. Following this engagement, he was a co-developer of Dynamic Insurance Solutions and Historic Variability Module – computer-based tools that have begun to revolutionize the way advisors and their clients view life insurance products.

Dick holds an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley with a specialty in Insurance and Finance. He was designated a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1974 by the American College.
Among his various teaching activities, Dick served for 11 years as an Instructor of Insurance at the University of California at Berkeley’s Program in Personal Financial Planning and from 1993 through 1998 served as Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Risk and Insurance in California Lutheran University’s MBA program.

His book, Revealing Life Insurance Secrets: How the Pros Pick, Design, and Evaluate their Own Policies, is published by Marketplace Books and is directed at advisors and financial service professionals. His most recent publication, co-written with Christopher Hause, FSA, MAAA, is Life Insurance as an Asset Class – A Value-added Component of an Asset Allocation, was honored with a 2008 Best Paper Award from the Academy of Financial Services. Hause and Weber published a second volume in the Asset Class series – “Managing a Valuable Asset” – in December 2010.

Dick Weber was the Society of Financial Service Professional’s Kenneth Black, Jr. Leadership Award recipient for 2008 in recognition of his “… exemplary leadership qualities and significant contributions to the fulfillment of the Society’s core values of ethic, education, and relationships.” In 2009, Dick was elected to the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame and selected to receive the Distinguished Accredited Estate Planner award and designation for “… significant and outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the practice and profession of estate planning.”

Dick served as the 2012-2013 President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

 

Chris Orestis

Chris Orestis, President of Retirement Genius, is a nationally recognized senior care advocate and expert in retirement strategies and specialty senior funding solutions. The author of two books (with a third on the way), numerous published papers and articles, and a frequent industry speaker; he is the innovator that brought the LTC Life Settlement into the market over a decade ago.

 

Past Speakers

Don Graves

Don Graves, RICP®, is the president and founder of the Housing Wealth Institute and an adjunct instructor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services.

He is considered one of the nation’s leading educators on incorporating housing wealth into retirement income planning. Don has been quoted in Forbes Magazine, featured on PBS-sponsored shows, and recognized as one of the American College’s 11 Retirement Income Alumni you need to read. He is a sought-after professional speaker and his workshops are helping advisors across the country to grow their practices.

Michael Dominguez

Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International

Michael provides oversight of sales strategies in the MICE and transient segments, including industry relations, diversity sales and MGM Resorts Events & Production Services.

Michael is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman on the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International.

Michael’s other industry leadership involvement includes board positions with:

  • Past Chairman, MPI’s International Board of Directors
  • US Travel Association (Executive Committee)
  • Co-Chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition
  • Co-Chair APEX Room Piracy Taskforce
  • APEX Standards Committee
  • GBTA Foundation Board
  • HSMAI Foundation Board
  • FICP – Hospitality Professional Advisory Committee
  • Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees

Mike has also served on Taskforce positions for PCMA, ASAE and the Convention Industry Council.
Michael has been recognized in the industry for numerous honors including:

  • Successful Meetings Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2013,2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Smart Meetings 2015 Smartest Industry Leaders
  • HSMAI’s 2014 Top Minds in Sales and Marketing
  • Meetings Focus 2014 Trendsetter
  • MeetingsNet 2014 Changemakers
  • HispanicBusiness.com’s “50 Most Influential Hispanics in the US”
  • MPI’s Industry Leadership Award 2015
  • LV Hotel Association’s 2016 Industry Leadership Award
  • Lanyon’s 2016 Industry Leadership Award
  • Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation’s 2017 Leadership Award in Collaboration

Daryl Curtis, CLU, ChFC

JDaryl Curtis has been involved in the financial service field since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State University in 1976. He has obtained additional recognized professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from the American College. He has assisted in the transition of 50 dental practices and today helps business owners and doctors plan for their financial future under the company title: Daryl Curtis Wealth Builders.

Daryl believes in involvement in his profession and in the community. He is past-President of the following organizations: Amarillo Area Insurance and Financial Advisors, Amarillo Area Society of Financial Service Professionals, West Texas A&M Alumni Association, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Board of Trustees (West Texas chapter). He also is Past President for the Amarillo Family YMCA board. He is a member of the Timbercreek Volunteer Fire Department and was an elected Alderman for Timbercreek Village from 2010 until May, 2015

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