Hear the journey local entrepreneurs faced when starting their own business, the rewards and pitfalls, and what it took to become successful.
Keynote Speaker - Ellen Rohr
Ellen nearly sank her husband’s plumbing company after his partner died unexpectedly. Boy was she humbled! It seemed like lots of money was moving through the company, but at the end of the month there was never any money left. In desperation, Ellen figured out how to make lots money and turned the business around. She inspires thousands, in workshops, presentations and online, to make business un-complicated and live life un-leashed.
Ellen is also a successful franchisor, helping launch a plumbing franchise to 47 locations and $40 million in sales in under 2 years. Now, she is the president of Zoom Drain and Sewer, LLC. She is a columnist for Huffington Post, PHC News, and an “in the trenches” contributor to many business journals and trade magazines. Ellen is a popular, high-energy TV Celebrity who has been on over 50 news programs, encouraging people to make their own money.
Adam Stipnovich - Sun Solar
Adam Stipanovich is the VP of Commercial and Utility Scale Development at Houston, MO based Sun Solar and a member of it's Executive team. Sun Solar is the largest privately owned solar company in Missouri, and much of the Midwest. Sun Solar has 5 offices across the state of Missouri and is working on plans to expand into other Midwestern states. Sun Solar began as a three person team and today employs around 160 people across Missouri. As one of the original three employees of Sun Solar, Adam has spent time in all areas of the business and has helped in growing the company into what it is today. Adam is a graduate of Drury University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. In his free time Adam enjoys spending time on his farm in Houston, MO and helping his wife with her passion, which is her small dog grooming and boarding facility in Houston, MO.
Joleen Durham - Piney River Brewing Co
Joleen Senter Durham founded Piney River Brewing Company in 2010 with her husband, Brian, on their 80-acre farm in Bucyrus. The brewery has gone through numerous expansions and won multiple awards in the past six years. In 2016 Piney River Brewing produced about 2,300 barrels of beer, and they are focused on making high quality craft beer that celebrates the Ozarks. Joleen is also the public relations and marketing director at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. She has a Master’s degree in Administrative Studies from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in English writing from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Joleen is also a mom, a gardener, and a beef cattle farmer.
Jonathan Bergman - Hire Well Now
Jonathan, “JB,” is the CEO and founder of Hire Well Now (HWN), a Recruiting Process Outsource company. Through a unique suite of tools and resources to recruit, screen, hire, onboard and retain the right people, JB and his team work with a wide variety of employers located coast to coast to help them HIRE BETTER. JB has spoken at numerous retail events, including: CTIA, CCA, The Canadian Wireless Tradeshow, Channel Partners Telecom and the iQmetrix Retail Summit. He has also been featured in numerous webinars, podcasts and sales publications on the topics of recruiting and retention. JB attended the University of San Diego, majoring in Business Communications. In San Diego, he began his 26-year love affair with retail, with a national sporting goods company. Since that time, he has held various positions in management and HR. His focus was always on the people. His success in retail and sales management led him to wireless, where he was recruited to launch a series of retail operations in the Midwest.
Keynote Speaker - Gary Wilbers
Gary takes you on his journey through entrepreneurial success and shares his High Achievers Mindset™ which is his foundation for success, and it will help you discover your true purpose in life. When all steps of the High Achievers Mindset™ model are working together within an organization you are now laying the foundation to establish a culture of high achievement. The High Achievers Mindset™ is where positivity, purpose, accountability, and efficiency produce great results on a consistent basis.
The EPIC Pitch Competition will feature 2 divisions, a student division and a community division. The student division will be students from the area who are thinking about starting their own business once their schooling is complete.The community division will those who are in the first phase of building their business.
All contestants will who enter the pitch competition will pitch their business idea at the 1st Annual Pitch Fest on April 12th. 3 Finalist from each division will then be selected to pitch during the EPIC Pitch Competition.
The EPIC Mix and Mingle follows the main event at 5:30 and features food, wine and beer from local businesses. Enjoy samples from Piney River Brewing Co, McCullough House Winery, and more.