Dina Dwyer-Owens - Co-Chair of The Dwyer Group
Dina Dwyer-Owens is the Co-Chair of The Dwyer Group, one of the most successful franchise companies in America. The group owns Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter, Rainbow International, The Grounds Guys, and several other franchise brands. There are more than 2,800 franchisees in nine countries! Dina was on CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show “Undercover Boss” and the first-ever special episode “Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses.” She was winner of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Area and she accepted her father’s induction into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Most importantly, Dina credits the company’s success to a written set of company values. She speaks very passionately about the importance of their Code of Values and how it has helped the company grow.
Bruce Blechman - Investment Banker, Funding High Growth Companies, Founder of The Financing Coach
Bruce Blechman is America’s Guerrilla Financing Guru, a nationally recognized speaker, and one of the country’s top experts about entrepreneurial finance. Bruce was the Keynote Speaker at The First Financial Innovation and Capital Market Seminar of China’s High Growth SMES in 2016 and is the co-author of Guerrilla Financing (Guerrilla Marketing), which is used in college courses nationwide. He has been a national columnist, author of the monthly column, “Creative Financing” in Entrepreneur Magazine and host of the New Venture Money Show on the Business Radio Network. Articles about him have appeared in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and other national publications. He has taught courses on Entrepreneurial Finance as an Adjunct Professor at Wharton, was a mentor in the Wharton Business Plan Program and is presently a contributing editor on the Wharton Magazine Blog. Bruce has been an advisor to the California State Governor and Legislature on entrepreneurial business. For 28 years his national financing advising firm, Entrepreneur Capital Corporation, has helped thousands of entrepreneurs finance their businesses.
John Thibault - Founder & CEO of iLobby, Author and Speaker
John Thibault created iLobby to help regular voters and small businesses figure out their issue and simplify the process of changing a law. He is the Author of How to Change a Law and a former VP of both eBay and Financial Engines. John is a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Association of Government Relations Professionals, the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Consumer Electronics Association.