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About Jane Gentry
Jane Gentry has had a successful 30-year career as a CEO, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, and Keynoter. Jane formed her practice in 1999 and since then has partnered with her clients to improve growth, profitability, client retention, employee retention, leadership capabilities and business value.
Jane leverages strategies including the proprietary Optimal Value Blueprint to enable business owners and leaders to successfully create healthy organizations, plan for succession or sell their businesses for the highest possible market value.
The world’s most successful organizations have brought Jane on board, including The Home Depot, Philips, Coca-Cola, Stryker, GSK, BlueCross Blue Shield and Mercedes-Benz. Today she leverages that experience to bring best practices to senior leaders and executive teams in small to mid-market organizations.
Jane is considered one of the top voices in leadership and sales. She has been a guest on numerous podcasts and is a prolific speaker at high-profile meetings worldwide. She has been tapped to address topics including “Selling Value” to “Transitioning your People through Change” and “Inspirational Leadership”. Audiences and clients have described her as a woman with a vision, energetic and inspiring.
Jane holds a BFA/MFA from Kent State University/ The University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a CPI (Certified Professional Innovator) distinction from GA State University.
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Jane Gentry is a top voice in leadership and sales, and speaks at conferences around the world.
“Others try to not lose – we are in it to win. We look to partner with people who don’t just have insight, but also have foresight. Jane is one of those people.”
– President, Milliken
About Randy Walton
A highly sought after speaker, consultant, and leadership expert, Randy Walton has been challenging the norms of business thought for over 25 years. Randy is a pioneer in developing compelling and profitable market strategies through the use of a unique, core value assessment process. He has extensive experience in corporate strategic planning, operations management, marketing, technology operations, business consulting, and organizational leadership. Mr. Walton works and travels extensively throughout North America and Western Europe mentoring and advising senior leaders and executive teams. As well he is a Certified Exit Planner.
Randy has a BBA from Stetson University and currently is a Board Member for ROI Ministry, Groundwire, Refugee Coffee and is the Board Chairman of Grace Midtown Church.
Randy is the co-author of:
- “Roadmap to Remarkable”
- “Enhancing Your Business Value… The Climb To The Top… Smart Strategies for a Successful Expedition”
About pat alacqua
Pat Alacqua is a business growth strategist celebrated for revolutionizing the labor management sector of the tradeshow industry. As the co-founder of Nth Degree, a premier service provider in the tradeshow arena, his innovations were duly acknowledged when he was inducted into the Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association Hall of Fame in 2006, underscoring his pivotal contributions and leadership.
Leading Nth Degree, Pat mastered anticipating organizational development challenges, scaling businesses to enhance annual operating performance, and adeptly navigating transitions and exit strategies to realize value. Outside of the tradeshow sphere, Pat’s track record embodies consistent business-building prowess. His creation of The Entrepreneur to Enterprise Program, stands as a testament to his success guiding countless leaders in navigating their business and career challenges.
Pat’s expertise navigates the company life cycle, from nurturing startups and fueling rapid growth spurts to orchestrating business turnarounds. His foresight, bolstered by methodical thinking and strategic planning, enables crafting of comprehensive operational blueprints with an emphasis on a successful path through implementation. Moreover, he prepares companies to be sale-ready, ensuring business owners are poised for a successful exit whenever they choose to take that step.
About Bill Smith
Bill Smith has worked tirelessly throughout his career to build, lead, and support his family business, Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, through multiple generations. As a former third generation president and CEO, Bill has the practical experience, the leadership skills, and the governance background to help business owners and executives establish sound governance structure, improve internal company alignment, and – most importantly – grow strategically. He has a particular interest and a priority focus on the long-term success of family and privately held businesses. Bill is a sought-after speaker on topics including leading through change, strategy and succession planning, and board development. Bill also is an avid runner and triathlete with an aspiration to build up toward an Ironman competition. He constantly seeks to challenge himself, friends, partners, and clients to be the best version of themselves.
Bill has a BA from Davidson University and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He currently serves as a board director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama as well as for Royal Cup Coffee & Tea. Bill enjoys active volunteer service work with Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, United Way, and other service organizations that work to empower the local community.