Entrepreneur, educator and public servant
Mr Rustand is past chairman of the World Presidents' Organization (WPO aka YPO Gold), Dean of Learning on the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). MIT Birthing of Giants Program, and Dean of the EO Leadership Academy. He has served as CEO or Chairman of 17 companies and on the Board of Directors for 50 public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Mr Rustand is a regular speaker on the subject of Leadership.
Mr Rustand is the creator of the seminar "Public Policy and the Private Sector.", running annually since 1988. The seminar invites CEOs to meet with the highest-level people in government, media and lobbying, which enables them to better understand current issues, public policy and how the private sector can better engage in this process.
He currently serves as the international chairman of L3, an American leadership group focused on one’s contribution during the second half of life.
Founder of the UGG Australia Brand
Brian is Australian born and was raised with an enduring passion for surfing and the surf culture.
After ten years as a public accountant, Brian felt a burning desire to do something that would fit his passion for surfing while looking for a business idea that would allow him to support himself. One day, while pulling on his sheepskin boots after a cold surf session, he realized there were nothing like them available in California. He and a surfing buddy shipped six pairs from Australia to show them around, in search of interested takers. It was at this moment that the UGG brand was born.
After 17 years, Brian sold his company and the brand to Decker’s Outdoor Corporation. With their resources, the “casual comfort” segment of the footwear industry came to life and the UGG Brand now garners more than a billion dollars of sales per year, year after year.
Having developed the art of storytelling throughout the years, the stage became the perfect place for Brian to present to business owners the ups—and downs—of being an entrepreneur. He found that he not only enjoyed giving these talks, but his audiences were responding in wide embrace to his stories like he never could have imagined. The size and scope of the audiences grew and now he is one of the most sought after speakers in the world today. He brings a magical mix of real world street smarts, kindness, compassion and respect for the entrepreneurial drive—all of which fits business of any size. And, yes, he still continues to surf when he’s not on tour.
The man behind the Science of Clarity, Confidence & Creativity
Psychologist Dr. Bill Crawford helps people access their clarity, confidence, and creativity by accessing a specific part of the brain.
Are you aware that 90% of our frustration comes from approximately 20% of our brain, and that this 20% is incapable of creative thinking?
Dr. Crawford has created a step-by-step system that shows people how to not only break the cycle of reactivity, stress and frustration (that only perpetuates the problem), but purposefully shift to the “Top of the Mind,” maintaining a more purposeful perspective and bring a new sense of clarity, confidence, and creativity to everything you do.
Dr. Bill Crawford has been named TEC Canada’s Speaker of the Year for 2016 and Vistage Speaker of the Year for 2019. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Houston. He is also a licensed psychologist, author of seven books, and organizational consultant.
This allows organizations and individuals to access their best knowledge and interpersonal skills, regardless of the situation!Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 3,500 presentations for such organizations as Sprint, Shell, The American Medical Association, PBS and many other organizations and professional associations, both nationally and internationally.
In addition, his two PBS specials have been seen by more than 15 million people, and he has been quoted as an expert in such diverse publications as The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, and Working Mother, just to name a few.
Entrepreneur, Speaker & Athlete
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.
Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics.
In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics.
Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes deadly Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet.
Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further—and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. Though he tailors his speeches to his audience, his messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing in their lives can keep them from accomplishing their goals.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Upstream
Marco was born in Athens, in 1973. He holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MPhil in European Studies from Oxford University.
Marco started his career in 1996 as a marketing strategist at leading advertising agencies Grey Advertising, McCann-Ericsson and DDB in London, where he developed global communication strategies for brands such as Nestlé, Smithkline Beecham, Johnson & Johnson and Sony Electronics.
In 2002, he returned to Greece and, along with Alex Vratskides, co-founded Upstream. Since then, Upstream has evolved into a leading technology company within the field of mobile commerce operating in 42 countries. Marco served as Upstream’s CEO until June 2017 and is now Chairman of the Board.
Marco is an active angel investor and member of the board in technology companies such as Persado, Workable, Intellibox, Procureship and Hellas Direct.
In parallel, Marco is a board member at Endeavor and the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), and diaNEOsis think tank. He also sits in the start-up and export committees of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC) and received the EY Greek “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, in 2013.
Angie Hobbs gained a First Class Honours Degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), University of Cambridge. After a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to the Philosophy Department of the University of Warwick; in 2012 she was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her and the first of its kind in the U.K. (and, as far as can be ascertained, the world). Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, and in ethics and political theory from classical thought to the present, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero (Cambridge University Press). Her most recent publication for a general audience is Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media (including 22 appearances on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg); she lectures and gives talks around the world. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the United States Air Force Training Academy in Colorado. She has been the guest on Desert Island Discs, Private Passions and Test Match Special.
Basketball player & Coach
Panagiotis Giannakis is one of the most important figures in world
basketball, with a brilliant career as both player and coach under his Belt. For over three decades, Giannakis represented Greek basketball in the best possible way, had a legendary career as a player, during which he won his country's first Euroleague crown, a European national title with the national team, a Cup Winners' Cup and 14 Greek League and Greek Cup titles. During his career as a coach the Greek National team won the gold medal at the 2005 EuroBasket Championship, and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. Highlight of the 2006 season was the historical win of Greece versus team USA at the semifinal!
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Richard kicked off his career as a rock n roll roadie, operating lights for bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. From there he started SA's largest presentation firm, Missing Link and co-founded 21Tanks, SA's first perspective lab. Rich has a fascination with human psychology and encourages people to not live a life of regret. We are glad to have Richard with us both as a speaker and as a Master of Ceremonies!
Bill Gallagher is a business coach and master facilitator with over 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience. Bill has spent the last 15 years coaching and training others in leadership and performance and previously led 4 companies of his own and has been a partner or executive in 2 others. Bill discovered the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up 20 years ago, has used them in his own companies.
Tanya is a voice of inspiration, empowering people around the world go beyond personal growth to achieve personal freedom. She is a celebrated speaker, author, mentor and business expert. Last but not least, Tanya has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
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