Michael Butler – America’s Book Launch Expert and Founder of Beyond Publishing
Michael Butler is America’s Book Launch Expert™ and his firm Beyond Publishing creates #1 international best selling authors. He helps people publish their books and e-books and to market their books until they reach Best Seller Status™. Authors and speakers sell more books so they can charge more for their speaking and consulting. “Ask an expert” at BookLaunchExperts.com it is the country’s most authentic Author Community. Michael has been called the Book Launch Expert™ by Brian Tracy. His clients have been seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, Dr. Phil, Inc 500, The Learning Channel, Dallas Morning News, Garnered 2 Movie Deals, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle and many more.
Steven Wallace – Founder and President of The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company and Author of Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar
Steven Wallace is the founder and CEO of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, the first company to export premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Africa. He is credited with producing the world’s first single-origin chocolate bar in 1994. Steven often speaks on African economic development, cross-cultural issues, and the challenges of starting a gourmet-food business. Omanhene pioneered the value-added manufacture of gourmet chocolate and cocoa products in Ghana, a cocoa-growing, country-of-origin. Omanhene’s path-breaking business model has been showcased at the UN Global Compact Leader’s Forum in New York, the numerous books including Orla Ryan’s “Chocolate Nations” and Georgia Pellegrini’s “Food Heroes.” Steven’s new book is an inside look at the secretive world of cocoa and chocolate by the person who pioneered export of single-origin chocolate from a cocoa-growing country. The book is both a business memoir written by a social entrepreneur — long before that title held much currency — and an argument for New Globalism whereby international trade is more than simply a search for cheap labor, but rather concentrates on mutual, creative wealth creation by leveraging actual comparative advantages among nations.
Kevin Corcoran Jr. – Speaker, Teacher and Author of Where the Magic Happens!: The Science & Stories Behind Challenging Your Comfort Zone
Kevin Corcoran Jr. is an award-winning college professor and professional speaker. Over the years, he has worked closely with Apple, Sony, TEDx, Red Bull, American Red Cross, Coldwell Banker, and various startups in Southern California. Kevin teaches for National University, San Diego State University, and several community colleges. He is author of “Where the Magic Happens!” He says every Big Leap starts out with a simple Step – a step out of our comfort zone. Once a self-described “timid introvert,” Kevin is now a TEDx speaker. So, how did Kevin go from Shy Guy to sought-after Extrovert Expert? The long way. First, he got lost in the woods in France, then met the Buddha in a dusty old dojo, next swam in freezing cold Icelandic water, played piano for a big crowd in San Jose, and eventually he rappelled off a 50-foot ledge, in the middle of a storm, in the California wilderness.