Celeste EdmanCEO, Lunar Logic
Celeste Edman is a successful business strategist, marketer, writer, and CEO of Lunar Logic, a technology firm that provides content management software, business software automation and integration, and digital marketing strategies and analysis to companies focused on data-driven solutions, enabling their organizations to grow online. Edman was recently appointed to the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Cabinet. She serves as an advisor to Fertilab, Better Eugene Springfield Transit, and is an active University of Oregon mentor to both the Journalism and Business School students. Edman is the President of the KIDSPORTS Board, known most recently for its role in the purchase and revitalization of the historic Civic Stadium site, and she is the founder of a mentoring organization that focuses on teaching leadership skills.
Seth MattisonFounder and Chief Movement Officer, Futuresight Labs
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As founder and CEO of Futuresight Labs, Seth advises many of the world's leading brands and corporations on the key shifts happening around talent management, leadership, and the future of work.
Rich Thornton, CPAPartner, Moss Adams, LLP
Rich is the National Tax Practice Leader for S corporations and gifts, estates and trusts for Moss Adams LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Kansas. He is a certified public accountant in Oregon and Washington. He began his career with the Internal Revenue Service in 1974 and joined Moss Adams LLP in 1984, served as the managing partner for the Yakima office for six years, and is now based out of the Portland office. In his thirty year tenure with the firm as a tax partner, Rich has primarily worked with business owners and families in the food and agricultural industry on their federal, state and international choice of entity business structuring. Rich specializes in Closely‐held Business Services (CBS) and in dealing with business financial management, exit strategy planning (family or otherwise, e.g. private equity, merger and acquisition transactions, ESOPs, etc.) and the related business and family estate planning issues. He also works extensively throughout the Firm on IRS controversy matters. He is a frequent speaker for the AICPA, state and local legal associations, Northwest Farm Credit Services and multiple industry trade and cooperative organizations on various financial, tax, business, and estate planning issues.
Bill ZippExecutive Coach and Sales Consultant
Seasoned consultant and executive coach, Bill Zipp helps senior leaders and heads of sales accelerate the growth of their business and transform the organizations they serve.
Bill’s spent thousands of hours working with hundreds of executive leaders around the world, from Fortune 500 firms, like Automatic Data Processing and Cisco Systems, to mid-size companies, like Concur Technologies and Shoei Electronic Materials. The clients Bill works with usually experience dramatic revenue growth, some even doubling and tripling annual sales.
Bill’s business background is in commercial radio where he was the fastest account executive in his company to reach one million dollars in sales. As sales manager, Bill’s team nearly doubled their direct sales revenue. Eventually he became President and General Manager of the station group and led it to repeated annual growth. In 2001 Bill received national recognition from the Radio Advertising Bureau for his contribution to the field of Non-Traditional Revenue development.
Sandra SimonCEO, Cedar Sinai Park
Sandra C. Simon has been Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Sinai Park since September of 2015. She started her career at CSP as Chief Operating Officer in July of 2014. Previously, she was Chief Administrative Officer at the Jewish Home of San Francisco. She has extensive experience in the field of elder services and holds an MBA (CSU, San Marcos), a BA in Gerontology, and a nursing home administrator’s license. At the Jewish Home of San Francisco, Sandra was responsible for a 478 bed skilled nursing hospital and a 13 bed geriatric acute psychiatric hospital. She has managed adult day centers and a variety of other facilities and programs serving elders. Sandra’s work involves the oversight of a large and complex budget and a diverse staff. At Cedar Sinai Park, she has management responsibilities for all programs and services.
Ben CurryDirector of Sales, New Legends Now
Benjamin W. Curry is a nationally ranked Sales Professional and Sales Process Consultant for New Legends, a Culture and Strategy consulting firm with offices in Portland and Seattle. Ben works directly with executive teams in designing modern sales strategies from the ground up based upon cutting edge research in the most effective selling methods for the modern information economy.
New Legends has been a strategic partner with Denison Consulting, a leader in Organizational Culture and its link to high performance for over 15 years. New Legends is committed to helping scaling companies, large and small, in the Pacific Northwest reach their desired potential. Ben brings fresh insights and a holistic approach to sales from a cultural and data-driven perspective. He is a Salem local, lives with his wife Sarah and two children and is an avid backpacker and passionate about the success of businesses in the Willamette Valley.
Matt WilliamsInternational Speaker
Matt is an international speaker in high demand. For the past three years, Matt has spoken in over 40 states and Canada on behalf of TV celebrities from networks including HGTV, A&E, DIY Network, CNBC, and ABC. Topics that Matt has spoken on include Entrepreneurship, Business, Finance, Motivational, Interpersonal Communication and Real Estate. While speaking over 100 days per year, Matt has refined a number of various communication methods, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and now offers training on how to apply those same techniques to business interactions with audiences of all sizes.
Kent LewisPresident and Founder, Anvil Media
As President and Founder of Anvil Media, Inc., Kent Lewis is responsible for ensuring the company is living its mission and vision by managing overall corporate strategy including operations, business development, sales and marketing. Specializing in analytics, search engine and social media marketing services, Anvil is an integrated marketing consultancy which provides measurable marketing that moves clients’ businesses forward. Under his leadership since 2000, Anvil has accumulated the following awards and recognition:
- Inc. 5000: Fastest growing private companies in America
- Portland Business Journal: Oregon’s Most Admired Companies
- Portland Business Journal: Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies (for five consecutive years)
- Portland Business Journal: Corporate Philanthropy Awards winner
- Clutch: Top Pay-per-Click Agencies in America
Christy ClayExecutive Consultant, SPARK Executive Solutions
Christy describes herself as a builder, soulful strategist, quick study and inspired problem solver. She is passionate in the pursuit of real results and conscious leadership.
For 25 years, Christy’s perpetual energy and entrepreneurial fortitude has helped organizations embrace change, improve culture and drive performance. Her insight and deep commitment penetrate the heart and soul of those organizations who seek her counsel for the purpose of accelerating growth, driving meaningful outcomes, and improving organizational health.
Christy’s success stems from her ability to navigate her clients through a variety of disciplines—strategy and change initiatives, organization development, operational effectiveness and strategic communications—to achieve tangible results. She focuses on privately-owned, growth-oriented, people-centric business with revenues up to $50M.
Raised in an entrepreneurial household, Christy is a born visionary who has co-owned and operated four businesses in the recreation, hospitality and consulting sectors. Christy recently joined the start-up consulting firm New Legends with offices in Portland & Seattle and will continue to serve clients working at the intersection of culture and strategy to drive performance and results. Originally from Minnesota, Christy now calls Portland, Oregon home. She graduated with a BS from Colorado State University and completed her Masters in Management at the College of St. Scholastica with a focus on Change Leadership.
Ryan BuchananFounder and CEO, eROI
Ryan Buchanan founded the digital marketing agency with the goal to create, inspire and be inspired by relationships—mutually beneficial partnerships. Fascinated by the art of problem solving, Ryan always returns to the strategic core question preceding any project—why? His philosophy embraces the exercise of stepping into the client’s shoes with a business mindset first and a competitive desire to drive amazing results. After all, “return on investment” is in our name.
Ryan has an insatiable curiosity and a relentless drive to stay ahead of the frenetic pace of growth in digital marketing channels and trends. His entrepreneurial spirit has been the catalyst in growing an email marketing firm into a full digital agency focused on strategic planning and creative execution of digital campaigns. Through Buchanan’s leadership, eROI was named an Inc. 500 company nationally and was recognized as one of the Most Admired Companies in Oregon by a Portland Business Journal survey of 2,000 CEOs in the state. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Portland Ad Federation (PAF), and Friends of the Children. He has also served on the Board of Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), and Greater Portland Inc. Buchanan was named as the Portland Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40,’ an award that recognizes city leaders under 40 years old. He was also named by Oregon Business magazine as one of “The 50 Great Leaders for Oregon—50 who fix it, move it, build it, change it and get it done right.” Buchanan was also named as the 2013 Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association Oregon Chapter.
Michael KnappFounder and CEO, MK+A (Michael Knapp and Associates)
Michael continually seeks enhancement through education. He supports the empowerment of his employees in building a business that provides phenomenal service and consistent results. Raised and educated in Oregon, Michael obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He entered the finance business in 1996 and quickly earned distinction and respect among mortgage and finance professionals nationwide as a top producing broker. Michael is an exclusive member of the dynamic, global network, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, as well as the regional 80/20 Club of Mortgage Professionals. He also supports The National Board of Mortgage Brokers.
Those who know Michael describe him as creative, energetic, honest, authentic and above all humble. Michael is fully engaged in life on all levels, be it in creating innovative financing solutions, building solid personal and business relationships, playing ultimate Frisbee or fly fishing.
Sharon SolidayMS, CCC-SLP, Owner and Advocate, The Hello Foundation
Sharon Soliday thinks in terms of system development. Her company, The Hello Foundation, is a vibrant example of how intentional change can result in dynamic growth and success. Sharon has been recognized at both the state and national level for her work developing and implementing service model change for the benefit of consumers. She’s pivoted her company in significant ways since beginning in 2005 due to a variety of market forces with great success. Sharon believes change is good, failure isn’t bad, and every now and then folks need to hear a straight message about how to decide which direction to turn. The Hello Foundation is a current national finalist for 2016’s When Work Works Award.