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Wally Adamchik
Wally Adamchik Founder , Firestarter Speaking & Consulting
Wally Adamchik founded FireStarter Speaking and Consulting in response to demands from organizations for relevant and effective leadership development. He understands Fortune 500 firms as well as he does family businesses and is able to modify his approach to make an impact on both. Adamchik knows that a good presentation is one that galvanizes the audience—if people are not inspired, then the speech was merely entertainment.

Sekou Andrews
Sekou Andrews Poetic Voice
Sekou Andrews is a schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur and award-winning poetic voice. He is a multi-talented entertainer with more than two decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. He teaches his rock star secrets through his highly effective Stage Might™ speaker training system, which helps executives, influencers and leaders become more dynamic communicators by applying the techniques of master performers to business stages.
Watch Sekou inspire audiences!

Lowell Aplebaum
Lowell Aplebaum Chief Executive Officer and Strategy Catalyst , Vista Cova
Lowell Aplebaum works with non-profits to create strategies and drive exponential results while working with leaders across the country and around the world. He understands that every community has a unique culture that, when recognized and honored, strengthens the organization. He has a commitment to community service and believes that the good we do unto others will come back to us in time.

Edith M. Bullard
Edith M. Bullard Senior Vice President , Yes&
Edith M. Bullard is a seasoned marketing and communications executive known for creativity, strategic thinking and adept people management. She has experience in brand management, advertising, integrated marketing, market research, CRM strategies, digital marketing and event management. She specializes in change management, project incubation, customer
loyalty, partner development and mentoring. She has led numerous communications, branding and marketing initiatives for association, government and commercial clients throughout her career. 

Arden Clise
Arden Clise Founder and President , Clise Etiquette
Arden Clise’s love for business etiquette began in previous jobs when she was frequently asked for etiquette, public speaking and business attire advice by executives and board members. Her passion for etiquette compelled Arden to start a consulting business to help others. Today, as a professional trainer, coach, speaker and author, Arden has helped thousands of professionals confidently and comfortably navigate business situations for career success.

Stephen M. R. Covey
Stephen M. R. Covey Co-founder , CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice
Stephen M. R. Covey is the bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged economic driver. He advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy.
Watch Stephen discuss the value of trust in an organization.

Randy Dean
Randy Dean Professional speaker and time management expert
Randy Dean, author of the recent Amazon bestseller, Taming the Email Beast, has led programs for thousands of satisfied and inspired students, managers and professionals on being more productive. His highly informative and entertaining speaking and training programs leave audience members with immediately-usable tools, strategies and skills on how to better manage their time, technology and information overload following their program experience.

Katy Driver
Katy Driver Director of Membership Development , ABC National
Katy Driver, director of membership development, started with the ABC Greater Houston Chapter in 2011 and then joined the ABC national team in 2015.  She works closely with the chapter staff, boards and membership committees to promote member-driven recruitment and retention.  Driver lives in Houston with her beagle, Lily.

Marci Freida
Marci Freida Second Vice President , The Travelers Companies
Marci Freida is a seasoned construction workers’ compensation claim executive with 29 years of experience.  She has experience with multiple issues facing workers’ compensation today including alcohol and substance abuse.  Marci has oversight responsibility for all of Travelers’ Construction WC claims and works closely with risk control professionals analyzing and creating strategies to create safer jobsites for contractors.  

Erin Gargan King
Erin Gargan King Founder and CEO , Socialite Agency
Erin Gargan King is an Amazon No. 1 best-selling author and digital persuasion expert. She helps sales, marketing and event professionals attract attention and increase influence by becoming more effective digital communicators. In 2010, she founded Socialite Agency, a social media firm whose clients include The Oscars, ABC/Disney, VISA, Target, Siemens, Hitachi and others. She is the author of Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace.

Timothy Mongeau
Timothy Mongeau Director of Workforce Development , ABC National
Timothy Mongeau oversees ABC’s 69-chapter network of more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and construction management education programs across the country. He has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing construction education programs at Zachry Industrial and BE&K Construction Co. Previous to his construction career, Mongeau served 11 years active duty and two years in the reserves of the U.S. Navy.

Jamie Murdock
Jamie Murdock Vice President of Sales , Experient
Murdock leads the strategic sales team that cultivates new customers for Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company. He is passionate about inspiring his team to be curious, and encourages collaboration across all departments and a wide array of resources. Prior to joining Experient, he held executive leadership roles in sales at Disney Destinations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Gaylord Hotels. Recently he was named Experient Citizen of the Year.

Dan Murphy
Dan Murphy Senior Vice President of Client Relations and Analytics , DDC

John Nienstedt
John Nienstedt Co-Founder & Owner , Competitive Edge Research & Communication Inc.
John Nienstedt is an expert in computerized polling with predictive dialers. He launched the KPBS/Competitive Edge Research San Diego County Opinion Assessment and partnered the San Diego Institute for Policy Research to conduct surveys of county residents. He is a frequent speaker at campaign seminars and has written on politics and polling for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Angie Noel
Angie Noel Author and engagement expert
Angie Noel is on a mission to change the way we think about human resources and employee/member engagement. A certified HR professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience, she delivers fresh insights that challenge traditional thinking to teach leaders to grow engagement, improve leadership effectiveness and design culture to meet today’s workforce challenges. She is the author of Leadership: Love It or Leave It and contributing author to Generations Rock.

Laurie Richards
Laurie Richards President , Laurie Richards & Associates
Laurie Richards is a strategic communication professional and best-selling author who helps clients win new business, diminish conflict and improve everyday communications. Richards has worked with thousands of executives, and is known for her practical, interactive, strategic and highly effective approach. Her clients span the spectrum—from individuals to small business professionals, association leaders and Fortune 100 executives.

Greg Sizemore
Greg Sizemore Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development , Associated Builders and Contractors
Greg Sizemore leads workforce development, environment, health and safety initiatives for ABC’s 21,000-plus members. He oversees a network of 800 training programs and leads efforts to integrate innovative practices and new technologies in to the construction trades to increase productivity and create safer jobsites. Previously he spent more than 35 years in the construction and engineering field, including stints at Zachry Industrial and BE&K Construction Co.

Steven S. Smith
Steven S. Smith Co-founder and President , Guardian Defense
Steven S. Smith helps schools and workplaces prepare for and respond to threats on site through training that builds confidence and saves time in the event of an intruder, active killer or terror attack. A certified law enforcement officer and SWAT team leader, Smith was awarded the Medal of Valor and Officer of the Year honor for his team’s heroic actions during a hostage situation.

Kim Trautman
Kim Trautman Database Training & Support Specialist , Associated Builders and Contractors
Kim Trautman has been with ABC for more than 11 years, beginning with a stint at the Western Washington Chapter in 2007. During her tenure there, her primary role was in membership, along with initiatives in the safety and workforce development areas. With her passion for database technologies, she joined the ABC National technology group in early 2018 as database trainer and support specialist.

Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker Vice President of Finance and Administration , SSC Underground
Michelle Walker leads workforce planning and development and serves on the executive team at SSC Underground, a trenchless technology company delivering underground construction and consulting services nationwide. Walker also chairs the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, an alliance of 70+ construction industry associations working to provide workplace solutions for the challenge of mental illness, addiction and suicide.

Tracy R. Williams
Tracy R. Williams Associate , Littler
Tracy Williams represents and advises employers in employment and class action litigation in matters involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful termination and intentional torts. She counsels clients on employee drug testing issues, human resources issues, legal compliance and litigation avoidance. Prior to joining Littler, Tracy practiced at a general civil litigation firm. During law school, she served as a literary citations editor on the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Journal.

Steve Wiltshire
Steve Wiltshire Director of Safety , Associated Builders and Contractors
Steve Wiltshire contributes to and executes the education and outreach programs that ensure that ABC members set the standard for world-class safety in the construction industry. He has had a hands-on role in helping ABC members send their workers home safe every day, leveraging his 37 years of experience across the industrial, commercial, residential and heavy civil construction markets.

Vince Vasquez
Vince Vasquez Founder & CEO , PrecisionStory
Vince Vasquez has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise sales, marketing and engineering. He is the co-author of the book Precision Construction, which teaches the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a focus on the construction industry. He is also the co-founder and CEO of PrecisionStory, which brings to market a new and innovative approach to enterprise storytelling called precision storytelling.

Watch Vince Vasquez discuss digital transformation for construction.
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