Kristie R. Blevins is Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She has published numerous academic journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports and teaches classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her current lines of research focus on crime prevention, principally concerning burglary, and the occupational reactions of individuals working in security and criminal justice professions.
John is the President and CEO of ADS Security, the 21st largest security company in the US. ADS Security was named the 2014 SDM Dealer of the Year award recognizing one company that demonstrates unmistakable success, a high level of innovation and notable growth and accomplishments in the security industry.
John grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 with a BS degree in economics and political science. He later earned an MBA degree from Clemson University. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy John joined the Navy Nuclear Power Program and was a senior officer in the Engineering Department of the nuclear powered cruiser USS Virginia. In 1988 he joined Michelin Tire Corporation in South Carolina as an industrial engineer. John was then Vice President at Alcoa Fujikura Ltd, a telecommunications company, until 2008 when he joined ADS Security.
John is board chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, serves on the Advisory Council of the Atlas Network and the Board of the Bastiat Society.
Carletta Clyatt is the vice president of sales at The Omnia Group, an employee selection and management consulting firm. Carletta provides employee hiring and retention guidance to the senior-level decision-makers for hundreds of domestic and international businesses. Her scope encompasses a wide range of industries, with particular emphasis in the fields of insurance, legal, banking, automotive, staffing and health care.
GDP Advisors, LLC is an international consulting firm specializing in the areas of human capital & risk management. For nearly two decades, Mr. Denson has dedicated his vocational life to the creation and ongoing management of innovative solutions surrounding human capital, recruitment and retention of talent and managing the risks found within all aspects of business management. He and his team have created multiple strategies yielding significant reductions in the overall expense and exposure within their clients’ portfolios thus impacting growth, direction and profits. His firm consults for more than 850 companies throughout nine countries. Mr. Denson has extensive experience in data analytics, compliance, underwriting, and benefits/risk administration. He is a contributor to a number of national publications and is a regular public speaker throughout the United States on topics focusing on trends within the benefits and risk management sector. In addition to his role at GDP Advisors, Mr. Denson serves as an advisor to a number of Private Equity and V.C. firms, and is a board member of Paradigm Holdings, LLC – a national captive organization that provides stop loss coverage for middle market companies.
Robert has over 20 years of industry experience. He started his career with King Central as an alarm dispatcher in 1990 and rose through the ranks within the organization. He developed and launched Morlyn Financial Group, LLC—the finance, acquisition and lending arm of King. From Morlyn, Robert moved back to King and was promoted to Vice President of Criticom International (formerly King). During his tenure as Vice President he oversaw three monitoring centers, managed over 350 employees, grew the operation from 350,000 accounts to over 800,000, all while increasing and maintaining the operational service levels. In 2011, Few joined Time Warner Cable, now Charter Communications-IntelligentHome where he has built a compliance team to support the rollout of security services across 28 states. Along with his role in regulatory affairs, Robert also manages the sales to installation process as well as customer retention and the subscriber lifecycle. Robert was recognized as one of the Top 20 under 40 by SSN.
Mr. Steve Firestone has more than 35 years of “C-suite” experience leading revenue and profitability initiatives on behalf of corporate clients and former employers. Under his leadership, Select Security has launched several new enterprise-wide software solutions, infrastructure upgrades, reorganization of the corporate structure, and a transformation of the company’s culture, all while continuing to achieve rapid expansion and an average 25% increase in organic growth. Mr. Firestone implemented several internal initiatives including the formation of Select Security’s core values and a companywide focus on being a Compelling Place to Work, Shop, and Invest.
Previously, Mr. Firestone led the development of the strategic and business plans for several technology startups as the founder of his own consultancy, The Firestone Group. Prior to his firm, Mr. Firestone, as Senior Vice President, led the corporate consulting practice for Wasserman Media Group, served as the senior marketing executive at Office Depot, and was the CMO and EVP of Sales at the security services startup subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Security consummated and integrated 38 acquisitions in 18 months and became the fourth largest security dealer in the industry during that period.
As the co-Founder of LiveWatch, Chris helped pioneer DIY home security in 2002, and through his leadership, LiveWatch has become renowned as a team of innovators within the security industry. With a passion for the customer, Chris has poured his energy into ethical sales practices, team culture building, and leveraging technology to enhance the customer experience.
With 20 years of leadership experience in emergency medicine (as a licensed paramedic and EMS director), telecommunications, and sales, Chris was well equipped to help shape LiveWatch. The company holds three patents for its ASAPer emergency response platform, which created a unique interactive messaging system to quickly resolve alarms. LiveWatch has built a team of nearly 400 employees, with locations in Kansas and Chicago.
In pursuit of the American dream, Kevin Kruse started his first company when he was just 22 years old. He worked around the clock, literally living out of his one-room office and showering each day at the YMCA, before giving up a year later deeply in debt. But after discovering the power of Wholehearted Leadership and Employee Engagement, Kevin went on to build and sell several multimillion dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way. Kevin is also the author of several books, including the NY Times bestseller We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, which was named one of the top leadership books in 2011 by 800-CEO-Read. He is a Forbes Leadership columnist and was named to the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list by Trust Across America. His book, Employee Engagement 2.0, provides a detailed action plan that turns “task-managers” into “people-leaders” and Employee Engagement for Everyone guides individuals to greater happiness at work. Kevin’s mission is to convince everyone that wholehearted leadership for employee engagement is the key to unlocking both dramatic business results and to better health and relationships for individuals.
As Vice President of Marketing, Megan MacDonald is responsible for all aspects of marketing including strategy and execution for all brands and branches under the ACA portfolio.
Prior to joining ACA, Ms. MacDonald served as Director of Marketing and Product Operations for LifeShield, A DIRECTV Company. In her role at LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald was responsible for all aspects of product management and marketing from engineering to customer experience and satisfaction. In this role specifically, she led the launch of LifeShield’s most recent innovation, its third generation security system now in market. Additionally, she was responsible for designing and implementing programs to support operations both remote and field based. Prior to the DIRECTV acquisition of LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald served as VP of Sales and Business Development where she managed LifeShield’s sales call center plus managed and cultivated all online and offline marketing partnerships.
In addition to her experience at LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald has over 10 years of experience with various organizations driving revenues through new product and programs introductions, most notably at NutriSystem where Ms. MacDonald led many new initiatives from inception through execution including international expansion, the launch of NutriSystem D, a product and program for people suffering with Type 2 Diabetes, and also its entrance into retail.
Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from The Catholic University of America and her Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.
During the course of his professional career, he has worked in organizations ranging in size from a sole practitioner to Fortune 500. His diverse background in business is unprecedented. Included in his experience are roles in starting and selling companies, sales and sales management, training and development, executive coaching, human resources, strategy, analysis and marketing. His clients have seen results from his contributions through increased sales and profitability, increased effectiveness of their teams, growth and development of future leaders, clarification of strategic intent and direction, and cultural change in the midst of rapidly changing market conditions. His unique capabilities include consulting, executive coaching, sales performance management, talent evaluation, sales process and skill development, strategic planning and strategy development.
Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on organizational storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and author of the books Sell with a Story, Parenting with a Story, and the bestseller Lead with a Story already in its 8th printing and available in 6 language around the world. Paul is also a former consultant at Accenture and former executive and 20-year veteran of The Procter & Gamble Company.
As part of his research on the effectiveness of storytelling, Paul has personally interviewed over 250 CEOs, executives, leaders, and salespeople in 25 countries, documenting over 2,000 individual stories. Leveraging those stories and interviews, Paul identified the components of effective storytelling, and developed templates and tools to apply them in practice. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Time, Forbes, The Washington Post, PR News, and Success Magazine, among others.
Paul delivers professional workshops and keynote addresses on effective storytelling for leaders and salespeople. His clients include international giants like Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Company, Bayer Medical, Abbott, Novartis, Progressive Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, and Procter & Gamble. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Young learned the advantages of having a clear vision and doing what you say you’ll do, from an early age. She witnessed and participated in the struggles and successes of the family business, and those experiences influenced who I am as a business leader today. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA, Young held leadership positions in the industries of HR, for-profit education, and professional training. Before becoming an EOS® implementer full time, she was the president of a forward thinking, business solutions-based CPA firm.
As a certified Entrepreneurial Operating System® implementer, Young works with business owners and the leadership teams of growing businesses to create VISION, experience TRACTION (getting it done!) and form HEALTHY cohesive teams. Essentially – helping the owners get everything they want out of their businesses, and more from their people, while making their good company, great! She also offers workshop sessions for mid-managers and workshops anywhere that a simple, real and results-oriented approach to operating systems would be appreciated.