Bob Woodward, Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Gene Roberts, former managing editor of The New York Times has called the work of Woodward and Bernstein “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”

Woodward has authored or coauthored 15 non-fiction books in the last 35 years. All 15 have been national bestsellers and 11 of them have been #1 national non-fiction bestsellers — more #1 national non-fiction bestsellers than any contemporary author. He has written multiple #1 national non-fiction bestsellers on a wide range of subjects in each of the four decades he has been active as an author, from 1974 to 2009.

He has been a recipient of nearly every other major American journalism award, including the Heywood Broun award (1972), Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting (1972 and 1986), Sigma Delta Chi Award (1973), George Polk Award (1972), William Allen White Medal (2000), and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency (2002). Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Albert Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”

Carmine Gallo, Author of The Apple Experience

Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a presentation, media training and communication skills coach for the world’s most admired brands. He transforms executives into extraordinary presenters—working directly with the companies that touch your life every day. His clients include Intel, Hyundai, Chase, IBM, Nokia and many other notable brands. Gallo has also made a mark as a crisis communications specialist, working with major banks, consumer goods and agricultural companies that faced industry-threatening challenges.

Gallo is a columnist for Businessweek.com, writing a popular weekly column on the topic of leadership and communications. He is a keynote speaker and seminar leader whose multimedia presentations are a hit with audiences around the world. As a former television anchor and business correspondent for CNN, CBS, TechTV, and Fox, Gallo is a popular guest and has appeared on CNBC, NBC, CBS, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, MSNBC.com, BNET, RedBook, Forbes.com, as well as many other media outlets. Gallo also worked as Vice President of Media for Ketchum, a global top 5 public relations firm. He brings a unique breadth of experience as a journalist, entrepreneur, author and public relations professional.

Gallo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He lives in Pleasanton, California, with his wife and two daughters.

Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes ACI

Dan North

Dan North has been with Euler Hermes ACI (EH ACI) since 1996, using macroeconomic and quantitative analyses to help develop, price, and manage EH ACI’s risk portfolio of more than $200 billion in annual U.S. trade transactions.

Prior to joining the company, he worked for Citicorp using similar quantitative techniques to analyze the macroeconomic and financial market environments to create outperforming investment strategies. Mr. North has written and presented macroeconomic forecasts on behalf of the Credit Research Foundation and provides regular commentary on the National Association of Credit Management’s monthly Credit Manager’s Index. His macroeconomic analysis has been featured on ABC, CNBC, Fox Business Network, and Bloomberg Television, and he has been quoted by numerous national and international media entities, including USA Today, Barron’s, Forbes, Business Week, The Los Angeles Times, The London Daily Telegraph, Reuters, Le Monde, and Al-Jazeerah. Mr. North holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Mark Lampert

As Daimler Trucks North America LLC's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mark Lampert has responsibility for the development of sales for Freightliner Trucks, the Detroit Diesel on-highway engine business unit and the company's proprietary components sales. He also oversees the company's used truck operations managed by the Daimler Trucks Remarketing Corporation business unit and is responsible for DTNA's Export Sales and Government/Military businesses.

Prior to taking his current position in July 2005, Mr. Lampert served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Freightliner Trucks. In this position, he oversaw the brand's dealer operations, product planning, marketing communications, four U.S. regional sales organizations, the Canadian regional sales organization, and all direct sale accounts. Previous positions at Daimler Trucks North America included responsibilities for retail truck operations and used trucks. His initial position was Vice President of Sales, Freightliner Canada. Mr. Lampert joined Freightliner LLC in 1993.

Mr. Lampert earned his B.S. degree from Ohio State University.

Göran Nyberg, President, North American Sales & Marketing for Volvo Trucks

Göran Nyberg

Göran Nyberg was named President of North American Sales & Marketing for Volvo Trucks on October 1, 2012.

Immediately prior to his current assignment, Mr. Nyberg was managing director for Volvo Group UK Limited, the Volvo Trucks division in the United Kingdom. He has been with the Volvo Group since 2003 and has served in a number of senior management, distribution and sales positions around the world. Mr. Nyberg joined the Volvo dealer network in 1992.

Mr. Nyberg has extensive experience leading dealer sales and distribution activities. He has also served as managing director for Volvo Malaysia and Volvo Truck & Bus in Thailand.

Mr. Nyberg earned an engineering degree from Technical Gymnasium in Sundsvall, Sweden, and has completed executive leadership programs in Sweden and Belgium.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2012, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to $45 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S.

Charles H. Bernier, President, ECBM

Charles H. Bernier

Charles H. Bernier has been in the insurance industry for 30 years, the first nine of which he worked for various insurance companies culminating with his position as East Coast Branch Manager of Protective Insurance Company.  In 1984, he joined ECBM as a Producer and grew his book of business and purchased the agency in 2001.

Mr. Bernier has inspired and directed the growth of the agency by having its’ team of professionals focus their energy on the protection and preservation of assets for firms with significant liability exposures.  He knew it was important not only to develop service  capabilities, but  to create standards and methods for monitoring consistent delivery of the services it promised to its’ clients.  Maintaining strong client relationships requires superior services and Mr. Bernier believes that by knowing the clients and their business needs, the agency is able to provide quality insurance and risk management services to meet those needs.  ECBM follows the CPCU commitment “Serve and act as if our clients’ interests were our own”.

He is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has earned both the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.  Mr. Bernier also has served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) for over 15 years and was the Philadelphia Chapter President from 2004-2006.

To keep current on transportation issues, he also maintains active memberships in the American Trucking Association (ATA), NJ and DE Motor Truck Associations, and the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Ryan Estis, Business Performance Expert

Ryan Estis

Ryan is a Business Performance Expert helping companies, leaders and sellers more effectively connect to their two most important audiences:  employees and customers.

Regarded as one of The Top 100 Keynote Speakers in America the Ryan Estis experience blends interaction, energy and actionable content designed to elevate business outcomes.  His message challenges conventional thinking on corporate culture, communication, client acquisition, brand ambassadorship change, and helps prepare people to thrive in the ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment we now know as the new normal.

Ryan works with category leading companies to help them achieve the next level of breakthrough performance including AT&T, Mayo Clinic, CDW, Cabela’s, Giant Eagle, Hewitt, Microsoft, Medtronic, Equifax, and BlueCross BlueShield.

Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director, THINKstrategies

Jeff Kaplan

Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, has nearly 30 years of experience and recognized expertise in IT/network management, SaaS, cloud computing, managed services, telecommunications, and outsourcing trends. He has been named among the POWER25 Insightful Bloggers on Cloud according to Evolven.

Jeff helped to launch IDC’s Communications Industry Research (CIR) program in 1983; Dataquest’s Worldwide Services Research program in 1990; and Meta Group’s Benchmarking program in 1995. He then went on to have successful ‘real-world’ experiences at International Network Services (INS) which was acquired by Lucent Technologies, and InterOPS Management Solutions.

In 2006, Jeff founded the SaaS Showplace and Managed Services Showplace online directories and best practice resource centers which have now been merged into a new Cloud Computing Showplace, the largest vendor-independent listing of solutions and insights in the rapidly growing ‘on-demand’ services marketplace with over 1,900 companies divided into over 90 application, industry, technology, and service categories.

Alexsander Stewart, Managing Director, Stifel Investment Banking

Alexsander Stewart

Alexsander Stewart is a Managing Director and Group Head of Stifel’s Transportation and Logistics Investment Banking team. He has served as senior banker to many public and private transportation and logistics companies, completing a broad range of public and private capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions for his clients.

Mr. Stewart began his career in 1974 with Kingsley Boye and Southwood as an equities trader and money manager. He joined Bankers Trust Company in 1980 as a member of the Private Placement Group. Mr. Stewart was then a managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. and a member of the Merchant Banking Group at Merrill Lynch.  He joined Stifel (formerly Legg Mason) in 1992.

Mr. Stewart graduated from Stanford University and received an M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.