Keynote Speakers

Riding the Crest

Presented by Brian Beaulieu

Thursday, April 4, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tariffs, taxes and telling leading indicators all add up to a shift in the business cycle in the latter half of 2019 and into the first half of 2020. We are going to look at what they all mean. What is short-term in nature and what is longer-term in nature? What do they all add up to? We will go over it all so that you can plan with confidence for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020.

There is another rising trend coming. We think it is vitally important that you understand what to look for and how that upside cycle is likely to take shape.

It is all about maximizing your bottom line, be it in a slowing economy, contraction or expansion. If you know what to expect, you can plan accordingly.

In this session Brian Beaulieu will dive into the answers to these questions:

  • What are the leading indicators telling us?
  • What do they mean for our industry?
  • What can we expect from the tax cuts and from the tariffs for our industry?
  • What should you do with all this information?

About Brian Beaulieu
Brian Beaulieu has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. At ITR, Beaulieu has both driven applied research regarding business-cycle trend analysis and implemented that research at the practical, company level. For the past 25 years, he has been leading workshops and seminars across the United States and Canada for thousands of business owners and executives.

Prior to joining ITR Economics, Beaulieu was an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he worked on the healthcare component of the Consumer Price Index. Beaulieu has coauthored, with Alan Beaulieu, the books Prosperity in the Age of Decline, Make Your Move and, for children, But I Want It!


Motivating Millennials™: Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders 

Presented by Ryan Avery 

Friday, April 5, 2019  
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The clock is ticking. By 2020, more than 50 percent of your consumer and employee base will be people of the Millennial generation. What that means for us is that the time is now to ensure our team has the skills and strategies to effectively communicate, motivate, engage and sell our products, services and business to this significant demographic. Ryan Avery dives right in and shares with audiences the top strategies pulled from his best-selling book, Motivating Millennials:

  • The significant difference between Managing Millennials verses Motivating Millennials™ and the real reason one is costing you money, substantial headaches and energy. 
  • The super-efficient way to expertly identify the next generation of leaders who will grow your legacy and take your company to the next level in sales and significance.
  • How to deploy the simple, yet little-known solutions for turning Millennials into your top marketing allies and source of sales and referrals. 
About Ryan Avery
At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship title for Toastmasters International. From Rhode Island to Russia, from Boston to the Bahamas, Avery trains leaders around the world by headlining conferences, conducting private workshops and speaking more than 100 times a year. Avery is an award-winning speaker and bestselling author of the book Speaker Leader Champion: Succeed at Work through the Power of Public Speaking.

Prop 65 and the Copper and Brass Industry

Presented by Mike Easter

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Proposition 65 is a state-level law, so it can’t have that much impact on you, right? Wrong! If you are doing business in the State of California, you must be in compliance with this law or face stiff penalties. Worse yet, there’s a very low bar for so-called “bounty hunters” to purchase material, get it tested and bring charges against the companies that didn’t have the proper product labeling. In this valuable session, you’ll hear from Prop 65 expert Attorney Carol Brophy.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • What Prop 65 is all about
  • What the new amendments to Prop 65 mean
  • Proper labeling
  • How to find out if your materials will be impacted by the law
  • Strategies for avoiding warnings
  • And much more

About Mike Easter

Mike Easter is a Principal at EnSIGHT and provides toxicology  and risk assessment support. He has been involved with Proposition 65 since its inception and assists clients with Proposition 65 compliance and litigation defense, including one of the few Proposition 65 cases reaching the Court of Appeals, DiPirro v. Bondo. He has represented clients who have successfully obtained Safe Use Determinations (SUDs) for crystalline silica in pet litter, and for di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in vinyl flooring products, PVC roofing membrane, and modular vinyl carpet tiles.