Obie Fernandez – Ruby on Rails Expert, CTO, Author of The Lean Enterprise: How Corporations Can Innovate Like Startups
Obie Fernanadez is a nationally known author and blogger, focusing on Ruby on Rails software development. He is one of the top celebrities in the Ruby on Rails world. Currently he is part of the founding team at Andela, which is sparking a tech revolution in Africa. By teaching programming in Africa, the team is reshaping the global IT landscape. He is most famous as the author of best-selling Ruby on Rails books. He also founded Hashrocket, one of the worldʼs most revered Rails web development shops, and led to over 35 employees and almost $7 million in revenues, before selling his stake. He also published a new book “How To Eat Nachos and Influence People” which is a guidebook to business (and life).
Joe Sweeney – National Speaker and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life!
Joe Swenney wrote the New York Times best-selling book Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence — or Even Land Your Next Job in 2010. The book was also a #1 USA Today Bestseller, #2 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com. Writing the book allowed him to combine his love of business with his passion for sports. Joe tells the story of his very early networking finesse and how others can easily learn what he has applied successfully to his own life, business and relationships. He has given more than 200 keynote addresses to organizations like Northwestern Mutual, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, UBS, General Electric, Minnesota Wild, US Navy SEALs, Morgan Stanley, and Travelers Insurance. Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, he was founder and president of SMG, a sports management firm whose clients included three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has served on 28 boards of directors.