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Below is the full education schedule for HDAW 2018.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Keynote Presentation
Everyday Innovation:  Fueling People, Partners and Profits

Speaker: Josh Linkner

In today's world, business moves at hyper-speed.  It's no longer the big beating the small- it's those with ingenuity beating the complacent.  So how do we get compete?  Words like innovation and transformation can seem overwhelming, but by breaking the strategic thought process down into small daily acts, we can meet change and competition with confidence.  In this motivational and actionable keynote, 5-time tech entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Josh Linkner will share tools and approaches to fuel sustainable success.

About Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner is the author of four books, two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and The Road to Reinvention: How To Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, as well as his latest book, Hacking Innovation.  He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Linkner has twice been names the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient.  He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times.

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Aftermarket Briefings

Speakers: Colin Gold, Thomas Nestor & Jim Pancero

About Colin Gold

Colin Gold has over thirty years' experience in the hospitality industry and is owner of Gold Level Hospitality.  "Our goal has always been creating positive experiences and customer service everyone talks about! At every opportunity, I learned I was able to distinguish the overall customer experience we provided and customers became our fans!  Now we encourage teams to achieve remarkable results by guiding them to create a comprehensive solution of unmatched customer experiences." 

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, Colin spent the early years of his career working with Hyatt Hotels, gaining valuable work experience and climbing the corporate ladder.  He was quickly promoted, and lived in eight different cities and was General Manager of 4 Luxury Hotel and Resorts.

Colin now shares his passion and expertise with other industries, including residential and commercial property management, automotive, hospitality and retail.  Some of these industries are not known for providing superior customer experiences.  They are raising their customer's experience to the GOLD LEVEL!

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About Thomas Nestor
Thomas Nestor is a best-selling author, professional speaker, and the Founder of Leadership Today, a company specializing in creating learning and development for leaders and organizations.  Thomas' purpose is to teach people how to lead in a world that seems to crave leadership.

Thomas worked alongside Tony Robbins and Robbins Research International for two years delivering keynotes to 300+ organizations, including Google, Disney, and the NFL. Thomas has authored three books, including How Leaders Make Decisions.

As a critically acclaimed keynote speaker and best-selling author, he doesn't tell people what to do, but guides them in the direction of where they need to go. 

Thomas' favorite leadership quote is "you cannot talk yourself out of something you behaved yourself into."



About Jim Pancero
The proven selling philosophies, processes and structures Jim shares all have just two increase your team's competitive advantage and profitability.  The leading-edged ideas he shares have been researched, validated and fine-tuned through almost fifty years of personal "business to business" sales success, including thirty-five years influencing and guiding the top performers selling higher priced and/or competitively complex distribution materials, large equipment and business services.

Jim has published three books on sales leadership and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association's "Speakers Hall of Fame".  You can learn more about Jim and his unique sales concepts at or on YouTube at

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