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THE EXPERTS

Zack Ballinger
Tedx Motivational Speaker, Author, Career Counselor


Zack Ballinger has traveled the world helping people and business reach their full potential. He is an author, career counselor and a featured motivational speaker at Tedx events. While motivating individuals to discover their passion, his unique presentation skills ensure that you do not leave the same way you came in. Are you ready to discover your passion?

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BOB GRAHAM
Co-founder and CEO of Serious Soft Skills


Bob Graham, co-founder and CEO of Breakthrough Solutions, uses experiences from his unusual career path, including stints in journalism, public relations, marketing and technical editing, as well as high school English teacher and college professor, and his triumph over cancer and two open-heart surgeries before the age of 32 to make the case for the power of his breakthrough skills. He and his business partner, Dr. Tobin Porterfield, cowrote The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, which, drawing on their cutting-edge research, provides the first definitive list of what soft skills people can use in the workplace. Their podcast on soft skills, The Serious Soft Skills Podcast, which is available on iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and Spotify, gets thousands of downloads each month. He has taught business communications, presentation and marketing to graduate and undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University, and journalism and career readiness classes at Towson University and several other colleges and universities in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Towson University and a Master’s in Communications: Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, D.C

Tina Brinkley Potts
Author, Business Strategist, Online Marketing Trainer, and Success Coach.

 

Tina Brinkley Potts is an award winning author, business strategist, online marketing trainer, and success coach. Coaches, consultants, experts and small business owners from over 70 countries watch and apply Tina’s video trainings and strategy sessions to grow their businesses and careers to expert status. Tina’s expertise includes creating client attraction systems that integrate your desired lifestyle and personality and mentoring women how to hone and market their storehouses of knowledge, education, and experience so they can chart their unique path to the dollar amount they desire.

Lisa Martin
Owner, Cob51

Lisa Martin is a Carrol County native that currently lives in Hanover PA with her wife of 8 years and 2 children.

Lisa opened COB51 Art Studio in the fall of 2015 on Main Street here in Westminster. She built her business from a 600 square foot studio with no customers or patrons to the current 3100 sq ft studio at Town Mall of Westminster.

COB51 has held over 450 birthday parties in 4 short years and cultivated over 5100 loyal followers on social media!

Lisa is a people person at heart and loves the interactions with the kids and people in the local community and uses that bond to form relationships, not just customers!

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JOHN FORMICA

THE "EX-DISNEY GUY"

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE

 

John is a highly sought after internationally known speaker, business consultant and author of the top selling book, “Making the Customer Experience Magical Now!-How to Succeed in Business and Beat Out Your Competition Today”.

Prior to speaking, John acquired over 25 plus years of experience in top management positions with service
industry leaders including Walt Disney World Resort®, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels and Sunrise Senior Living.
During his 10 years at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, John was selected to open and manage their top luxury resort properties during Disney’s Resort Division expansion from 4 to 16 hotels and lead his teams to achieve the highest guest satisfaction ratings among all Disney World Resort Hotels.

ROBERT THIBODEAU
AUTHOR, SPEAKER


I have been around the horn a couple of times and have a varied past...US Army enlisted soldier; Drill Sergeant (Basic Training DI); Commissioned Cavalry Officer (Combat Line Unit as well as Staff Officer); Highly successful insurance salesman and General Agent (#2 rated agency nationwide for our company); Retired Police Sergeant; BS from Tarleton State University (Texas A&M); MS from Johns Hopkins University; Ordained Minister since 2001; Manage / Operate a highly rated Online Christian Radio Station; Three Podcast Programs; Professional Inspirational and Public Speaker/Trainer: focusing on Leadership Training and Team Building for businesses, ministries and churches. Bob also helps veterans, students and those entering or re-entering the workforce at any age, to "dream big and achieve your dreams!"

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BRYAN SHEARER
Accountant at Shearer’s Accounting & Tax


Bryan has a vast amount of experience in the business world, working with various large, international corporations to self-employed individuals in such fields as manufacturing, construction, professional services, retail and much more. His experience in cost accounting has helped construction and manufacturing businesses learn more about their business and how to effectively grow. In addition to traditional businesses, Bryan also specializes in blockchain technology and accounting for cryptocurrency, and has talked at many conferences about the new technology and the impact it will have on businesses of the future. Bryan is a proactive accountant that has a passion for looking to the future while using historical data to help businesses get there. His favorite line to ask his clients is, “Where are you going to go next?”

JESSICA MURRAY

ATTORNEY, PROFESSOR

 

Ms. Murray is an aggressive trial attorney that really cares about and understands her clients. She put herself through school working in fast food, video stores, bars, restaurants, retail stores, and law firms. She will jokingly refer to her time in Marine Corp boot camp as her longest vacation ever. As a result of Ms. Murray’s unique route to becoming an attorney, most clients feel that she can better relate to them and understand their concerns in a way that most conventional attorneys cannot.

 

Now that Ms. Murray has started her own law firm, she is free to practice the areas of law that she is most passionate about. She also teaches law as an adjunct professor at Baltimore County Community College and serves as a Court Appointed Mediator for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Frederick County.

 

SEAN DOUGLAS
TEDx Speaker, Business Positioning Strategist, and Author


Sean Douglas is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, TEDx Speaker, Master Resilience Implementer, Suicide Awareness Trainer, Business Positioning Strategist, International Radio Show Host of Life Transformation Radio, and Author.  He's a suicide survivor who hit rock bottom.  He believes that you were created for a purpose, and once you unlock your true potential, you will elevate your life, which is why he founded The Success Corps. Sean works with Entrepreneurs, Speakers, and Business Owners to improve their Positioning in the Market which increases Profitability while decreasing their anxiety and stress they feel in life.