As the cultural architect of Datron World Communications,
Inc., Art Barter turned a $10 million company into a $200 million company
within six years. The success was born out of Art’s desire to transform a
traditional power-led system of leadership into a servant-led organization. As
an active speaker, Art tells Datron’s riveting story from severe adversity and
miraculous purchase to a significant organization committed to leading for the
sake of others.
Art presents a servant leadership message to a wide variety
of corporate, government, and non-profit audiences throughout the U.S. He’s
particularly effective in reaching other executives who want to make a
difference in the world.
Dr. Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management and training consulting firm. He’s a sought-after author, speaker and business consultant who’s widely regarded as one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is able to speak to an audience and communicate with each person as if they were alone and talking one-on-one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand
Ken’s books have sold more than 18 million copies in over 25 languages; The One Minute Manager, which he co-authored with Spencer Johnson in 1982, remains on bestseller lists today. Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership and speaking, and the business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name.
Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, he belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.
Jim’s big break in learning about business and the importance of valuing and respecting his co-workers and customers came early. He was 14 years old when he started working for $1 per hour at the local hardware store in the Western PA steel town where he grew up. The owner of the store, a respected local businessman, came to Jim one day and said, “I can tell you have a fertile mind, and I want to help teach you business.” Never forgetting the kindness, compassion and sincere interest in his future shown by that man remains one of the most transformative experiences of Jim’s life. It was also his introduction to a style of leadership built around serving others.
Over the past 15 years, while driving the growth of sales, earnings and employment at California-based DEI Holdings, which is the parent to some of the world’s leading home audio and vehicle security companies, including Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Viper and Clifford, Jim firmly established giving back and “paying it forward” as key ingredients of the company’s corporate culture. DEI’s Forte for Children has raised and distributed nearly $4.5 million over the past few years to its beneficiaries that help disadvantaged children in the communities where DEI does business, an accomplishment Jim is incredibly proud of.
Jim holds Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Penn State. Prior to joining DEI as its CEO, he served as CEO of Clarion Corporation of America, where he had full P&L responsibilities for $560 million and 4500+ employees. He has also served on the Consumer Electronics Board of Industry Leaders, The Electronics Industry Alliance Board of Governors, the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association Board of Directors, as well as other numerous for profit and not for profit Boards, including the Boys and Girls Club Foundation of Vista, California.
Juliet Funt is the owner and founder of WhiteSpace at Work and is a warrior in the battle against reactive busyness. It is her mission and that of her team to unearth the potential of companies by unburdening their talent. With thought-provoking content and immediately-actionable tools, she has become a nationally-recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between meaningless activity and true productivity. She teaches a streamlined method for personal process improvement, leading to more creativity and engagement. She helps executives, managers and teams answer the critical question, "What thoughts deserve my full attention today?" Incredibly intuitive, Juliet successfully blends highly-customized content with a keen understanding of clients' needs in her programs and consulting work. Yet beneath her powerful assets, she is both authentic and accessible. As a busy corporate speaker and consultant, business owner, wife and mother of three young boys, she practices on a daily basis the WhiteSpace concept she shares with clients.
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