2017 Speakers & Panelists

State of the States

Peter Zeihan

Peter Zeihan

Keynote Speaker

Peter Zeihan is the founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics.
Ron Starner

Ron Starner

Moderator

Ron Starner is Senior Vice President of Conway, Inc.
Leila Aridi Afas

Leila Aridi Afas

Panelist

Leila Aridi Afas is Director International of Public Policy Toyota.
Chris Magill

Chris Magill

Panelist

Chris Magill is the Economic Development Director for Ice Miller LLP.

Incubating Tomorrow

Dane Stangler

Dane Stangler

Keynote & Moderator

Dane Stangler is the Head of Policy at Startup Genome.
Lauren Thompson Miller

Lauren Thompson Miller

Panelist

Lauren Thompson Miller is CEO & Co-Founder of Rust Patrol.
Umeshkumar Vekaria

Umeshkumar Vekaria

Panelist

Umeshkumar Vekaria is CEO of BlueOrb Solutions, LLC.
KP Reddy

KP Reddy

Panelist

KP Reddy is CoFounder of The Combine.
Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Panelist

Jessica Johnson is Economic Development & Global Innovation Strategist at Blue J Group.

Talent Acquisition & Retention

David Quick

David Quick

Keynote & Moderator

David Quick is a Speaker, executive coach, Vistage Chair, Culture Index Licensee.
Barb Bidan

Barb Bidan

Panelist

Barb Bidan is VP of Global Talent Attraction for Indeed.
Rob Denson

Rob Denson

Panelist

Rob Denson is President & CEO of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
Rowena Crosbie

Rowena Crosbie

Panelist

Rowena Crosbie is President of Tero International, Inc.

Smart Cities

John Jung

John Jung

Moderator

John Jung is Chairman & Co-Founder of Intelligent Community Forum.
Frank Cuevas

Frank Cuevas

Panelist

Frank Cuevas is VP of Real Estate Stratgy & Operations for IBM.
Lacy Beasley

Lacy Beasley

Panelist

Lacy Beasley is President & COO of Retail Strategies.
Kristi Overgaard

Kristi Overgaard

Panelist

Kristi Overgaard is EVP of Awesomeness at Switch.

Rise of the Robots

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan

Keynote & Moderator

Rebecca Ryan is a Futurist
Eric Seto

Eric Seto

Panelist

Eric Seto is COO of Interapt.
Brett Knittle

Brett Knittle

Panelist

Brett Knittle is Specialist – Automation for Hill-Rom.

Reshoring America

Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson

Keynote

Andrea Olson is CEO & Founder of Prag’madik.
Wade Goodsell

Wade Goodsell

Moderator

Wade Goodsell is Consulting & Incentives Program Director at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.
Chris Wild

Chris Wild

Panelist

Chris Wild is Global Corporae Real Estate Manager at Evoqua Water Technologies LLC.
Bob Westover

Bob Westover

Panelist

Bob Westover is SVP of Cresa Chicago.
Ingrid Miller

Ingrid Miller

Panelist

Ingrid Miller is COO of Rural Sourcing Inc..

Cocktails & Consultants

Steve Weitzner

Steve Weitzner

Moderator

Steve Weitzner is a Principal at Silverlode Consulting
George Pretty

George Pretty

Panelist

George Pretty is a Partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.
Derrick Mashore

Derrick Mashore

Panelist

Derrick Mashore is Senior VP of CBRE.