Managing Partner - Prosperio Group
For 21 years Beth has been developing compensation strategies to help large and small companies from all industries maximize, focus and improve engagement and morale throughout their organizations. She believes compensation is both the lens through which organizational problems can be viewed best and often the best tool to use to solve those problems. Prosperio Group clients nearly always comment that their work stretches far beyond compensation – into business goals, strategy clarification, organizational design, organizational psychology, and human motivation theory.
Beth has worked with over 100 Transportation & Logistics companies, and we are constantly amazed at the opportunities and appreciation for our services provided by this industry. Never would I have imagined ending up here…but I am so grateful to be here. With industry specialization is Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain, Beth has worked with hundreds of trucking companies seeing to drive greater performance through the use of commissions, bonuses, pay for performance programs, or any type of variable pay arrangement.
Vice President, Employee Benefits - Cottingham & Butler
Kim specializes in benefit program design and re-structuring, cost reduction strategies, compliance services, onboarding/enrollment technology and health & wellness management solutions specific to the transportation industry. She has 30 years of insurance and benefit industry experience, including over 18 years at Cottingham & Butler working almost exclusively in the transportation segment.
During this time, she facilitated the development of what is now a nationally recognized annual trucking specific benchmark report on compensation and benefits within the trucking industry. With her industry expertise and over a decade of data from this annual survey, her team has also developed analytic tools and deeper level benchmarking resources to assist trucking companies with strategies for containing costs and making important benefit program decisions each year.
KEYNOTE - KEN GRONBACH
Demographer, Futurist, Author - KGC Direct
Ken is president of KGC Direct, LLC and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common-sense demography, based on over twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and the world. His company does high value customized demographic research. You will find that Ken’s steadfast position, that the United States is the best nation on earth and his firm belief that the country’s best days are ahead, season his spirited presentations with an unmistakable pro-American enthusiasm.
Ken is the author of the current best-selling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm. His first book, Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing, was released in 2005. Ken’s 2011 book Decades of Differences: Making it Work is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce. Ken’s newest book, Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead, was published in April of 2017.
Come explore the common-sense, but very counterintuitive and fascinating realm of demography. Let Ken Gronbach bring you into his world of counting people. What nations are demographically doomed and which ones will dramatically prosper? How will the workforces change? Why is a nation’s demographic dependency ratio so important? Exactly what is a demographic dividend? Learn this and more from Ken Gronbach’s keynote presentation.
Founder – Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
Bruce Mehlman leads the bipartisan firm he founded after serving at senior levels in politics, policy and business. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas helps Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups understand, anticipate and navigate the ever-evolving policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.
A highly sought-after speaker, Mehlman frequently presents to Boards of Directors, global conferences and strategic planning sessions. Mehlman is an adjunct business school professor with The Washington Campus and has lectured on “winning business–government relations” at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale School of Management and Georgetown University, among others.
Mehlman’s quarterly updates on political trends are widely read by business leaders and political observers across the country and have been frequently covered in leading publications, including the Washington Post, Axios, Politico, CNN, Fortune, the Daily Caller and UVA Center for Politics.
Mehlman previously held the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. Before Commerce, he worked as the lead tech and telecom lobbyist for Cisco Systems, Policy Director and General Counsel to the House Republican Conference under Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and General Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Partner – Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary
Greg is President of the Scopelitis law firm and focuses on independent contractor issues and legislation as well as transportation insurance and corporate structure designs to reduce exposure to the firm’s transportation clientele. He audits its clients' independent contractor programs and provides legislative support for many organizations and clients on independent contractor issues. He also counsels clients on alternative risk programs including single parent and group captive insurers, risk retention groups, and various self-insurance and self-insured retention programs. Mr. Feary also conducts insurance audits and supervises litigation in the areas of premium disputes and specialized transportation insurance coverage controversies, including those involving occupational accident insurance. In addition, he regularly designs independent contractor programs and defends independent contractor disputes. Mr. Feary serves as one of the firms principle contacts in mergers and acquisitions due diligence work and advises on corporate structure and risk mitigation issues related thereto.
He is the Vice Chair of the ATA/NAFC Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Committee and a member of the ATA Insurance Task Force for which he serves as Chairman of the Lawyer’s Subcommittee.
Author & Motivational Speaker
Once upon a time, Steve Rizzo was told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college. A few years later, he was saddled with the dubious high school honor of being voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
Steve went on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels and achieving stellar success as a national headline comedian. He also starred in his very own Showtime comedy special, earning him honors as a Showtime Comedy All-Star. At the pinnacle his stand-up career, Steve walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion—to show people how to shift their focus and way of thinking, to discover more joy and enthusiasm, increased productivity and greater levels of success. When Steve Rizzo shares his blueprint for success with Fortune 500 companies and associations across the globe, he delivers a powerful message for living an extraordinary life, because he lives the Common Sense Success Strategies that have made him a member of prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame—an honor bestowed on fewer than 250 speakers worldwide since 1977.
Steve is the author of the bestselling books Motivate THIS! and Get Your SHIFT Together. He is a regular contributor for Success magazine and often called upon as the go-to guy on the topic of personal and professional development for many network, cable and radio media outlets.
Principal, Managing Partner – Broughton Capital
Donald Broughton founded Broughton Capital at the beginning of 2017, after spending over two decades as one of Wall Street’s top analysts – first at A.G. Edwards where he covered the Transportation industry, led the Industrials Research Team, and served on the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee. Beginning in mid-2006 Broughton published reports warning of an impending economic slowdown and by early 2007 published reports explaining why a recession was imminent.
His stock-picking performance has been repeatedly recognized by The Wall Street Journal as an “All-Star Analyst,” by Forbes in its “When Picky Analysts Pick” series, and ranked by both Zacks Investment Research and Starmine as a 5-Star Analyst (their highest rating). He is a frequent guest on national broadcast media, such as CNBC and Nightly Business Report. Many in the transportation industry know him for his quarterly tracking of trucking bankruptcies. Notorious as a hard-hitting forensic accountant, as a ‘Sell-side analyst’ he used ‘Sell’ ratings more often than any other Transportation analyst, and is highly regarded for his forecasts that translate goods flow data into economic forecasts.
Prior to going to Wall Street, Mr. Broughton spent almost a decade in various Distribution and Operations management roles in the beverage industry, including serving as the Corporate Manager of Distribution for the Dr Pepper / Seven-Up companies and Chief Operating Officer for Bevmark Concepts. He is convinced that most individuals know more about the economy than they realize, and believes that economists are only boring because they are lazy, or choose to be.
KEYNOTE - CAL RIPKEN JR.
Legendary “Iron Man” of Baseball
One of the true legends of baseball, "Iron Man" Cal Ripken, Jr. broke several professional records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon, and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment.
An inspirational speaker, Cal Ripken, Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence In warm and witty presentations filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shares how his keys to success apply to both the business world as well as the baseball field. From his own philanthropy with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building character and teaching critical life lessons to at-risk youth across the country, Ripken showcases how individuals can give back and create new opportunities for others. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Cal Ripken, Jr.'s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.