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2021 Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speakers

Learn how to take your business to the next level with our popular Distinguished Speaker Series. Dealership managers will especially benefit from these five dynamic sessions, which will go beyond the traditional workshop tracks to discuss key topics in Leadership, Dealership Culture, Team Building and Personal Success.

This year, Distinguished Speaker Series sessions will be available on-demand, accessible anytime throughout the NADA Show, as well as post-show access for registered attendees.

Read more about these exciting speakers, and view the full workshops schedule to begin planning your education selections.


How to Dream Bigger, Achieve Your Goals and Take the Third Door

Alex Banayan

Alex Banayan
#1 International Bestselling Author of The Third Door

We all face rejection. We all deal with fear. Whether it's in our personal lives or careers, there are always dozens of obstacles holding us back from achieving our biggest goals. But there are mindsets and tools that can clear the obstacles on your path and add rocket fuel to your success. After spending seven years researching and interviewing the most successful people on earth, Alex Banayan's widely-acclaimed Third Door framework can help any organization achieve its goals and radically accelerate overall success..

About Alex Banayan
Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. Over the course of his journey, Banayan’s research led him to interview some of the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou and many more. Named to Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30,” he’s been featured in Fortune, Businessweek and The Washington Post and on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and NBC News. Banayan has presented the Third Door™ Framework to corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM and more.


Leading and Building Legacy Teams

Eric Boles Eric Boles
CEO, The Game Changers Inc.

During this session Eric Boles will discuss reasons teams break down and how to lead and grow more effective teams. Eric will also discuss why it is important to have great teams and, what teamwork at its best looks like, who benefits, leadership’s responsibility and how and organization’s culture affects teamwork. Teamwork doesn’t just happen; it must be intentional, and everyone can play a part. This high energy session will give you new insights on building and sustaining teams, along with tools you can put to work immediately

About Eric Boles
Eric Boles is CEO and founder of The Game Changers Inc. His experience in corporate boardrooms as an executive coach and business consultant brings razor-sharp insights and leadership strategies that have impacted the marketplace. Recent clients include IBM, Walser Automotive, Northwestern Mutual, NAPA Auto Parts, Michelin and more. His perspectives on managing and leading change, transforming culture and overcoming complacency are laced with practical tools and principles that can be applied professionally and personally. Boles learned many of his principles of peak performance, team dynamics and leadership from his experience as a wide receiver with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and New York Jets. He is the author of “Moving to Great…Unleashing Your Best in Life and Work”.

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton
President, 7ft4.com LLC

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team enables industry leaders, teams and individuals to outsmart, outlast and outperform their competition and achieve record-breaking success. In this Distinguished Speaker presentation Mark Eaton shares the lessons he learned in his journey from a 7’4, 21-year-old auto mechanic to a record-breaking NBA All-Star, distilled into a simple but powerful plan of action. His presentation will help you inspire, strengthen and motivate your team to outperform your competition and achieve record-breaking success.

About Mark Eaton
Mark Eaton is an NBA All Star, author and team building expert. He teaches organizations to employ the principles and coaching techniques he mastered in his 12-year basketball career to take their game to the next level.   

Change Redefined: Turn Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage

Meridith Elliott Powell

Meridith Elliott Powell
Business Keynote Speaker & Business Growth Expert, MotionFirst

Today’s marketplace is competitive, challenging and constantly shifting, to grow and compete you need a new set of strategies a new approach. In this session you’ll learn innovative secrets to thriving in uncertainty; powerful strategies to anticipate change and create opportunity; cutting-edge tactics to increase your value in the marketplace; proven strategies for accelerating growth and gaining competitive advantage; and a vigorous plan for flawless execution. Powell will show participants to attract more business, retain top talent and leap into position to win in today’s economy, including real-life strategies you can put into place Monday morning.

    About Meridith Elliott Powell
    Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, a Top Sales Expert to Follow by LinkedIn, and a Top 41 Motivational Sales Speakers, Meridith Elliott Powell has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of six books, including Cut Through the Excuses—Send Sales Through the Roof, and her latest, Thrive: Strategies to Turn Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage. Powell is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News and American Banker.

    Become Better Leaders

    Jeff Havens

    Jeff Havens
    Business Growth Expert, Big Pow Enterprises, LLC

    This session will help managers and executives become better leaders by covering four main areas: creating a healthy corporate culture; management/employee relations; crisis management; and change management This will be a content-rich, intensively researched session that will have you laughing as you learn to be a more effective leader.

      About Jeff Havens

      Jeff Havens delivers well-researched and relevant business insight with well-honed entertainment skills. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Havens provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. We are all constantly asked to do more with less; Havens has a unique ability to simplify seemingly complex problems with a fresh perspective that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of the business world. He’ll show you that we’re not actually creating a completely new type of person every 15 years, that being innovative is not something only a few special people know how to do, and that both exceptional leadership and exceptional customer experiences are built on surprisingly slender foundations.