NADA Show | 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series

2020 Distinguished Speaker Series

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Our most popular leadership-focused education session format is back! Learn how to take your business to the next level by attending our Distinguished Speaker Series. Four dynamic keynote speakers go beyond the traditional workshop departments to discuss key topics:

  • Leadership
  • Dealership culture
  • Team building
  • Personal and business success

Friday, Feb 14 • 2:30pm-3:30pm

Carey LohrenzHow to Stop and Focus on What Matters Most
Erik Qualman, Best-Selling Author and Keynote Speaker
Leaders in this digital decade are made, not born. Using practical research, Qualman showcases the five habits that drive success and happiness for employees, partners and customers in today’s WiFi world. Qualman reveals new techniques (including Positing-It-Forward, Being FLAWsome and other insights) to positively impact and transform your organization.


About Erik Qualman
Erik Qualman, #1 best-selling author and keynote speaker has reached 30 million people in over 50 countries and this decade. His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes and in The Wall Street Journal and used by the organizations from the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. 

After publishing What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube Qualman was listed by Forbes and Fortune as a Top 100 Digital Influencer. His business books are used in over 200 universities and he has received an honorary doctorate for his work.

Qualman’s How to Sell on LinkedIn is becoming mandatory reading for sales teams. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.


Saturday, Feb 15 • 10:30am-11:30am

Alan HaigThe Hero Effect®: Creating a Culture of Heroes at Every Level
Kevin Brown, Motivational Keynote Speaker and Author

Kevin shares ideas, strategies and principles that will inspire and equip participants to show up every day and make a positive difference. At the heart of Kevin’s message is a simple, yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action and, ultimately, every result we achieve both personally and professionally. Motivate your team to reach beyond what is required and do something remarkable!

  • Achieve greater results by eliminating “ordinary" thinking and mastering the habit of excellence.
  • Own the moments that matter (and they all matter) by taking responsibility for their attitude, their actions and their results.
  • Create meaningful relationships and deliver an extraordinary experience for every “customer” at work and at home.

About Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown’s resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that led him to the purchase of a franchise at the age of 17. He worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades Brown was a sales and marketing executive who helped grow a little-known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching $2 billion.

After a 30-year career in franchising Brown retired from corporate America to pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect® message to as many people and organizations as possible.

Sunday, Feb 16 • 10:30am-11:30am

Mark King

The Shift: Building Next-Generation Enterprises for a Next-Generation Workforce
Seth Mattison, Internationally Renowned Workforce Strategist and Management Trend spotter

Seth Mattison offers a fresh perspective and call to action for leadership mavericks and trailblazers at all levels to begin the work of dismantling the rigid fixed structures holding organizations back from thriving in the new world of work.

Attendees of The Shift will gain:

  • Deep insights into the make-or-break challenges and roadblocks that hold leaders back from unleashing freedom inside the organization
  • Fresh perspectives on the changing landscape and management models for developing talent and driving innovation
  • Confidence to challenge the status quo and a clear set of guideposts for conducting high-value, low-risk management experiments
  • A framework to guide their journey into the new world of work.


About Seth Mattison
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics and business strategy. As co-founder and chief movement officer of Luminate Labs, Mattison advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall Street JournalForbes, the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail, and Mattison was named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch by MeetingsNet. 

Monday, Feb 17 • 10:30am-11:30am

Dr. Rick Rigsby The Power of Appreciation: Inspire Success, Engagement and Perspective
Mike Robbins, Expert in Teamwork, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence; Author; Former Professional Baseball Player

Appreciation is one of the most powerful yet overlooked aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams. According to the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership, when individuals and teams put more attention on what is working, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive. Through this program, which is based on the key principles of his book Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates how appreciation impacts productivity, morale and success.

This program:

  • Explains the important distinction between recognition and appreciation
  • Enhances teamwork and connection
  • Encourages a positive team culture that focuses on the good stuff, not on gossip, complaints, or negativity 
  • Helps people effectively deal with adversity and stay positive in the midst of change and challenges
  • Provides tools and techniques for authentic empowerment


About Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins is an internationally recognized expert in teamwork, leadership and emotional intelligence. For the past 15 years, Robbins has advised many of the world’s leading brands on how their leaders and teams can engage with each other effectively, lead with authenticity and create a culture that is conducive to success, loyalty and trust. His entertaining and engaging presentations bring a unique perspective on the importance of humanizing the workplace which allows people to connect more deeply with each other and themselves. Robbins offers actionable content and down-to-earth techniques that lead to results. The author of four books, Robbins’s clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap and Microsoft.

Monday, Feb 17 • 1pm-2pm

Bill RancicSuccess: It's on You
Ross Shafer, Six-time Emmy Award-winning Comedian, Writer, Network TV Host and Best-selling Author

Too often our team members stall their own growth (and yours) until they get validation and encouragement from their leaders. Ross Shafer will inspire your team to take charge of their own assignments, even when nobody is around to guide them. They will learn to be accountable and responsible to and for themselves. Shafer will show you:

  • How to create a No Blame, No Excuses culture of accountability
  • How to manage “gray space”: making decisions when the answers aren’t black and white
  • Why it’s crucial to take personal responsibility for your own success
  • How to ”ramp up” your resilience
  • How to set yourself (and your company) apart from the competition

About Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer has authored nine business books, and won international stand-up comedy competitions and earned six TV. He flipped cars at 15 and homes at 18; after college, he started buying and selling companies. 

Since his early teens, Ross Shafer has been obsessed with understanding who succeeds, who fails and why.  He discovered that there were specific blueprints for success in every job and every industry, which led to his achievements in business, television broadcasting, writing, professional speaking and stand-up comedy. Shafer communicates complex ideas with great fun and an “everyman” quality. 

He coaches leaders and teams on how to cross-pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits, and the motivating of workforces. His clients include 73 of the Fortune 100companies and a broad array of associations.