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Biz 417's Think Summit Presented by JMARK

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Thank you for attending Biz 417’s biggest ever Think Summit presented by JMARK which brought powerful and truthful conversation. Our locally curated thought leaders were in one place for a TED-talk inspired day designed to help you think differently about your level of impact on your team, your business, your career, and our community.

Be sure to check out photos from the event below.

"I pivoted my speech after hearing all the speakers and was literally blown away. I took something from every single one of them."

—Jack Stack, President and CEO of SRC Holdings, speaker at the 2022 Think Summit


April 5, 2023

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8:20 A.M. | Welcome & Kickoff
with Logan Aguirre, Owner and Publisher of 417 Magazine

8:30 A.M. | 417 Outliers
David Cameron, City Administrator of the City of Republic
Kirk Elmquist, Executive Director of Branson Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District
Two regional outliers make the case for a regional strategy with SGF at the epicenter.

8:55 A.M. | The Business of Sports
Mark Hecquet, CEO of Springfield CVB
Roberto Camara, Pickleball Ambassador
Mark Hecquet, the new President/CEO of the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau forecasts the regional economic outlook for sports tourism and then introduces a local sports entrepreneur making a global impact.

9:20 A.M. | Game To Fame
Brett Payne, Founder of Contender E-Sports
eSports is on a trajectory to be the most consumed sport in the country. How SGF could be at the epicenter.


10:15 A.M. | The Pitt Principles for Life & Work
Doug Pitt, CEO of Pitt Development Group, LLC
Lucie Amberg, Editor of Biz 417
He's a successful business owner and founder of Care To Learn. Doug shares how his guiding principles as an entrepreneur have transferred to how he guides Care To Learn. 

10:35 A.M. | Hard Truths
Thomas Douglas, CEO of JMARK
Learning to love the truth even when you don't like it.

10:50 A.M. | 3 Things Holding You Back From Doubling Sales in the Next 12 Months
Amanda Holmes, CEO of Chet Holmes International
Old-school meets new in proven processes for doubling your sales.

-----Lunch Break-----

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12:50 P.M. | Let's Weed Through It
Michelle Billionis, CEO of The Coffee Ethic
Tony Billmeyer, CMO of Show-Me Organics
David Brodsky, Part Owner & Former Director of Retail of The Farmer's Wife
Josh Sullivan, Founder of Fried Design Company
A discussion around the cannabis industry at large in MO, but specifically in SGF.

1:20 P.M. | Can I Get an "I"
Julie Swift, Founder of Julie-Swift, LLC
Why DEI needs to start with inclusion

1:40 P.M. | The Elephant in the Room
Dr. Hal Higdon, Chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College
Our Biz 417 2022 Person of the Year calls it like he sees it. He shares the good, the bad and the ugly of speaking up.


2:30 P.M. | Shoot Your Shot
Anthony Tolliver, Former NBA Player & Investor
Logan Aguirre, Owner and Publisher of Biz 417
Lessons learned on the court, in business and in investing in SGF

2:55 P.M. | Back to the Prairie
Phil Graves, CEO of Wild Idea Buffalo Co.
Phil Graves from Wild Idea Buffalo shares why their mission is to regenerate the prairie grassland, while improving our home planet and our food supply, by bringing back the bison.

3:25 P.M. | Advice & Whiskey
A few of our featured speakers share their best advice.

4:10 P.M | Drink Summit

I loved how you got people who won't speak anywhere else in town, and got them to speak! Think Summit is THE HOT TICKET in town.

—2022 Think Summit Attendee


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