Bill Bartlett
Bill Bartlett is the Founder and President of Corporate Strategies & Solutions Inc., a Sandler Training Center. He is a critically-acclaimed coach and facilitator who excels at identifying core challenges and implementing growth strategies that are transformative in their depth. Bill has a client list spanning from small companies to the Fortune 500. As an accomplished executive coach, Bill also works with Fortune 1000 CEOs, professional athletes (PGA, Major League Baseball) and actors in Hollywood. In addition to this, since 2008, Bill has been the sales columnist for The Daily Herald Business Ledger, a business focused newspaper for the suburbs of Chicago. With over 40 years of sales success, Bill helps clients increase productivity and profit by developing high performance behaviors, winning attitudes and superior sales and management techniques. This has made Bill an internationally sought after speaker and engaging trainer who offers a unique perspective and insight to his audiences on a wide range of professional development topics. Bill has a proven track record helping countless professionals achieve professional and personal heights previously unimagined.
Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach, joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2004. With a combined 26 years of playing (12) and head coaching (14) experience, Ditka is a key weekly contributor to Monday Night Countdown, Monday Quarterback on ESPNEWS, The NFL Huddle on ESPN Radio and SportsCenter. Ditka also previously worked as both an analyst and commentator at CBS and NBC. Ditka has amassed a career few can match. He is only the second person to win the Super Bowl as a player (Dallas, 1972), assistant coach (Dallas, 1977) and head coach (Chicago, 1986). After earning All-America honors at the University of Pittsburgh, the tight end enjoyed a stellar 12-year NFL playing career. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and selected All-Pro six times. He also caught a touchdown in the Cowboy’s Super Bowl VI win against the Miami Dolphins. As an assistant coach with Dallas, Mike Ditka’s teams made it to the playoffs eight times including the 1977 Super Bowl victory. In 1982, he assumed the head job in Chicago, and in 11 years, collected six NFC Central titles, three NFC championship game appearances, and the Super Bowl XX title (1986) for which he was named Coach of the Year. He again earned the honor in 1988 after coaching the Bears to the NFC championship game. Mike Ditka left Chicago in 1992 only to return as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1997. He retired from coaching in 2000. Ditka continues to generously devote himself to varied charitable endeavors, including numerous anti-drug and prevention campaigns. He founded The Mike Ditka Foundation in 1989 to raise funds for Misericordia, a residential facility for developmentally disabled children, and also, for pediatric AIDS research programs. Since his days with the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka has opened Iron Mike’s Grille, located in the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. His favorite hobby remains golf to which he plays to a six handicap. He also has a collection of antique cars and a Harley Davidson. Mike is married (Diana) and they reside in New Orleans. They have four children; Mike, Mark , Megan, and Matthew.
Chris Lavoie
Vice President of Sales
Chris Lavoie has been a sales leader in both auto and home improvement sales for over 20 years. He will share lessons learned from other sales disciplines and how to apply them to your remodeling sales process for better results. He is the Vice President of Sales for Reborn Cabinets, Anaheim, California. In this role, he supervises over 40 home improvement sales professionals who manage $30 million annually in home new sales. Chris brings frontline sales and sales management ideas that you can use in your business right away.
Michael Lee
Michael is a marketing guru who is the leading expert in selling to people from diverse cultures. He was a Marketing Director for the State of California, a professor of marketing at universities and a producer for the ABC Television Network. Mr. Lee has written five books on selling to multicultural customers. Michael has spoken around the world on the subject of selling to multicultural customers for over 14 years. He has been an award-winning salesperson as well as sales manager of both large franchised companies and small independent firms.
Sal Ferro
Alure Home Improvements
If you’ve ever watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on TV, chances are you already know that Sal Ferro doesn’t just design homes, he makes dreams come true. His company, Alure Home Improvements, can build homes in less than a week, and was among a group of builders selected from across the country to lead the construction of a home in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans for the show’s season finale. Alure, honored in 2007 with a Forbes Enterprise Award for visionary practices and achievements, is focused on specialization, employing experts in every area of home design. And the company’s also gone green, offering a new line of eco-friendly products, services, and professional advice to help you make your home a healthier one.
Gord Cooke
Building Knowledge, Inc.
For the past two decades, Gord Cooke has been an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency. He has a unique talent of taking the complex issues of building science and breaking them into easily understood elements with practical real-world applications for all audiences. Gord’s building science training curricula covers the gamut from creating and delivering basic and advanced building science principles through managing indoor air quality to HVAC system design to an intensive sales training workshop. He has pioneered new training programs designed to assist builders in the sales and marketing of higher performing, energy efficient homes -- helping builders more effectively tell their story to customers, increase their margins and sell more homes.
Mark Richardson
Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies
Mark Richardson, CR, is an author, columnist, and business growth strategist. He is a member of the NAHB Remodeling Hall of Fame, a Fellow at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, and was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Construction and Real Estate. He authored the best-selling book, "How Fit is Your Business" and the forthcoming book "Fit to Grow."
Liza Hausman
Vice President of Community
Liza Hausman is Vice President of Community at Houzz, an innovative residential remodeling and design platform and community. Liza has experience spanning advertising, consulting, marketing and social strategy for Fortune 500 brands to a host of innovative startups. She co-founded her first internet startup in 1998, a home improvement retailer eventually sold to Walmart. Over the last seven years she's worked with interior designers, architects and contractors to remodel and decorate nearly every inch of her home in Palo Alto, CA.
Vince Nardo
Reborn Cabinets
Vince Nardo is President of a family owned 30+ year old Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Firm in Orange County, California. Vince and his family where chosen as the 2013 Remodeler of the Year by Professional Remodeler Magazine, and most recently was a Finalist in the Fred Case Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, his company was listed in INC Magazine’s list of the fastest growing companies in America. From its humble beginnings, Reborn has grown to 200 employees and $30 milling in sales and manufactures and installs over 175 kitchen and bath remodels per month. Vince leads his company in the use of technology to keep their entire staff updated with the same information and able to operate on a paperless system ensuring the entire team operates as efficiently as possible.