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March 15 & 16, 2017     /     Utah Valley University    /     Keynote Gary V

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    Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneurial Genius

    Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Gary is the New York Times best-selling author of Crush It!; The Thank You Economy; Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook; and #AskGaryVee. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

    Gary also currently hosts The #AskGaryVee Show, a way of providing as much value as possible by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

    Gary is also a prolific public speaker, delivering keynotes at events like Le Web, and SXSW, which you can watch on his YouTube channel.

    He was named to both Fortune and Crain’s “40 under 40″ lists in consecutive years, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune and Inc.

    Gary currently resides in New York City.

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    2 Days to Breathe New Life into Your Business

    Schedule: Day 1

    8:00 Registration & Exhibit Floor Opens

    9:00 Welcome from host: Kim Flynn, Entrepreneur Simplified

    9:15 The Secret to Scaling: How we Built a 9-figure Business in 10 years. Mike Sharp, Jive Communications

    10:15 What the Research Shows: 5 Biggest Factors that Hold You Back in Business:  Zane Gray, Entrepreneur Simplified

    12:00 Lunch & exhibit floor

    2:30 Growing your Business through Automation: Chad Kerby, Infusionsoft

    3:15 Overcoming the Fear of Funding: Mike Buonomo, founder of Kisstixx

    4:00 Exhibit Floor

    Schedule: Day 2

    8:00 Exhibit Floor Opens

    9:00 Welcome from host: Zane Gray, Entrepreneur Simplified

    9:15 Playing Big in Business: Kim Flynn, founder of Entrepreneur Simplified

    10:30 Keynote: Gary Vaynerchuk

    11:45 VIP Lunch with Gary V 

    1:15 Leadership is not Management:  Matt Rissell, Tsheets

    2:00 How to Start your First Business: Business Owner Panel

    2:45 The Magic of Business: Zane Gray

    3:45 Exhibit Floor

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    Get to Know The Gurus

    Kim Flynn, Entrepreneur Simplified

    Kim Flynn is a bestselling author and the CEO and founder of Entrepreneur Simplified, a training company for small business owners. Entrepreneur Simplified hosts over 300 live events per year in 47 cities across the US, offering nuts & bolts training in entrepreneurship at workshops, retreats, and through an MBO program (Masters of Business Ownership).  

    Kim is a frequently interviewed as an expert on small business topics, and has been featured on national television and radio shows such as Forbes and Fox Business News.  She is the recipient of two Stevie Awards, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and Women’s Workplace of the Year.

    Mike Buonomo,  Kisstixx

    Mike Buonomo, Director of Communications at Entrepreneur Simplified, is well known as a successful entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Kisstixx, Mike appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, where he and his business partner worked alongside businessman and investor, Mark Cuban, to create a successful international business. Mike now works with entrepreneurs and business owners who attend retreats with Entrepreneur Simplified as an expert in manufacturing, distribution, sales, and leadership. With a unique view and instinct in business, Mike is innovative in his approach to complex situations, and works directly with our attendees and clients to help them find creative business solutions.

    Zane Gray, Entrepreneur Simplified

    Zane Gray is a large part of the training team at Entrepreneur Simplified. Being the resident celebrity magician requires a strong sense of logic and style. Having performed on the stages of Las Vegas, Zane uses the skills he’s gained in show business and in his years of being a business owner to work closely with his audience, creating engaging, and informative presentations full of humor and reality. An entrepreneur from an early age, Zane is innovative and full of energy, he inspires those who attend his training's to look outside the box and approach business strategy and training with personality.

    Chad Kerby, Infusionsoft

    Chadwick Kerby helps entrepreneurs lay the foundation for their dreams through sound business practices.

    He's successfully run several small businesses and has the ability to identify the underlying issues that plague owners, while providing solutions that deliver immediate results.

    Chadwick has traveled all over the world teaching how to convert the survivalist's approach to marketing into one of abundance and profitability.

     He is currently the Sr. Director of Partner Marketing at Infusionsoft, and although he loves what he does, his greatest passion is spending time with his wife and 9 kids.


    Jeanette Bennett, BusinessQ Magazine

    Jeanette Bennett is founder and editor-in-chief of Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine and Prosper Magazine.

    Jeanette started the UV50 a decade ago, which names the top 50 businesses in Utah County (think Inc. 500 for Utah Valley). The UV50 is celebrated in magazine form and at an annual gala that draws the movers and shakers in the entrepreneurial community. Jeanette taught at BYU-Idaho for two years and continues to be a popular campus speaker in both the journalism and business departments. Jeanette is involved in promoting pro-women and pro-family issues and attends the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York.


    Kevin Auernig, Sodalicious

    Kevin Auernig, a Salt Lake City native, attended Olympus High School and the University of Utah. Kevin spent several years working in the financial industry in Salt Lake City before moving to Provo, Utah. In 2013, Kevin co-founded a flavored soda shop called Sodalicious, Inc. and has been the company’s CEO and President since October 2014.

    Sodalicious currently has 9 locations and 2 bakeries in Utah and Arizona.  Kevin is passionate about his philosophy of the "Starbucksification of Soda". In addition to Sodalicious, Kevin also serves on the board of Downtown Provo, Inc., and he plays a key role with Downtown Provo’s Rooftop Concert Series. Kevin is married to Anne Auernig and they have three children. Kevin enjoys family, food, music, and spending time in Austria.



    Matt Rissell is the co-founder and CEO of TSheets, a technology firm that provides online, GPS-powered time tracking and scheduling for companies with hourly employees. Based in the unlikely tech hub of Boise, Idaho, TSheets has grown 100 percent year-over-year for the past four years and recently received Entrepreneur's Top Company Culture award and is a two time winner of Best Place to Work in Idaho.

    A serial entrepreneur with six successful startups under his belt, Matt is a regular contributor to Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, and The Huffington Post, as well as a nationally acclaimed public speaker. He frequently shares his story about life in the entrepreneurial trenches, owning up to failure, and small-business growth (most notably his quest to $30 billion).

    MIKE SHARP, Jive Communications

    Mike Sharp, Co-Founder and CPO: Mike Sharp co-founded Jive Communications, a leading cloud-based telecommunications company. Jive hit its 10-year mark this summer, now boasting over 500 employees in four countries. Mike has proven to be one of the integral drivers of Jive’s amazing growth thanks to his unparalleled work ethic, innovative problem-solving capabilities, and off-the-charts business acumen.

    LESTER ROMERO, Wells Fargo Bank in Nevada and Utah

    Lester Romero serves as the Small Business Leader for Wells Fargo Bank in Nevada and Utah. In his role, he is directly responsible for helping team members in stores across the state foster retail banking relationships with small businesses.

    In his last role, he functioned as the Market Sales Manager for the Wells Fargo Business Payroll Service in Nevada, Southern Arizona and New Mexico. He led a team of seven sales representatives and partnered with retail and business banking to help small businesses succeed financially.

    Romero has been with the bank for more than 21 years, starting as a Teller, then as a Personal Banker before becoming a Business Specialist and a Store Manager. He has also worked as a Sales Development Consultant in Las Vegas where he was responsible for creating business partner relationships.

    Romero has resided in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada for more than 38 years.

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    Entrepreneur Simplified is an education company built by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs. Students earn their MBO (Masters of Business Ownership) and enjoy curriculum and coaching that meets them where their business is at. Learn more here.

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