Bernie Swain is founder and Chairman of Washington Speakers Bureau and the foremost authority on the lecture industry. Over the past 35 years, Bernie has represented three of the last four US Presidents, the last four prime ministers of Great Britain, five Secretaries of State and countless world and American leaders. He has also represented numerous business executives, public figures, media leaders, and sports legends. Bernie considers himself among the fortunate few entrepreneurs who has not only started a business but developed it into the industry leader — on the strength of handshakes. He has learned a great deal about failure, success, and personal leadership along the way. Bernie has captured it all in his pending book, “What Made Me Who I Am,” available now.
Terry Ogburn – Owner of Ogburn’s Business Solutions
Terry Ogburn is the renowned owner and Lead Business Coach of Ogburn’s Business Solutions. His proprietary coaching system and personal devotion to the development of others has contributed to the success of hundreds of small to large business ventures. Terry began his business career in 1979 when he invested his last $118.42 to start an air conditioning service company. He had no car or truck, but he had knowledge and the ability to build relationships. By 1983, he was a top 5 nominee for Businessman of the Year. He won as the Young Businessman of the Year for the State of Florida in 1984. He was successful in his business and recognized as a leader in the business community, so he began to mentor other small business owners. In 1989, he developed his own business success program based on his experience. His program was so successful that in 1992 Terry was asked to join UniGlobe Active Travel as a Director of Operations to boost individual store performance. Within months, he took the store to a $2.5 million Dollar Travel Agency. He then took the program national to improve performance organization wide. In 1994, he became as a founding team member of EXA Travel in Miami and took on the role of Director of Training. The organization began with 11 regional offices and within 2 years the company grew to over 2000 branch offices and went public. In December 2005, Terry chose to return to his true passion helping independent entrepreneurs and small business owners plan, launch and develop their businesses.