Convention Line-Up of Speakers

DAVID NOUR, Author, CEO of The Nour Group

David Nour

David Nour has been a recognized strategist and thought leader on the topic of business relationships for more than 25 years. He delivers over 50 keynotes annually at leading industry associations, universities and Fortune 500 companies, has several top selling books and pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off-balance sheet asset any organization possesses. His unique perspective and independent insight has been featured in prominent media and blogs, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, and many others. His books include the bestselling Relationship Economics, ConnectAbility, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Capital, and Return on Impact – Leadership Strategies for the Age of Connected Relationships. He will be presenting: “Relationship Economics: The Quantifiable Value of Business Relationship”.

MIKE ROWE, Television Host, Star of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Narrator of “Dirty Jobs”

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman, and currently the star of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” on CNN. As the host and star of “Dirty Jobs”, he became known as “the dirtiest man on TV.” He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, oil derricks, crab boats, hillbillies, and lumberjack camps. As a public speaker, he is routinely hired by the Fortune 500 to frighten employees with stories of maggot farmers and sheep castrators. And when Madison Avenue came calling, Mike said sure. He has forged dozens of partnerships with many iconic brands, and filmed approximately 1 million Ford commercials. Eventually, Mike was overcome with a strange desire to give something back. On Labor Day 2008, he launched mikeroweWORKS, a PR campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He’s since written extensively about the country’s relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline, currency devaluation and several other topics for which he has no actual credentials.

BOB EWING, President of Red Ball Oxygen Company

Bob Ewing

Bob Ewing is the President of Red Ball Oxygen, an independent distributor with 19 branches headquartered in Shreveport, LA. After a four-year stint as an Army infantry officer, Bob joined Red Ball in 1995 as a truck dispatcher. Since then, he’s worked in variety of sales and operational roles at the company, culminating in his appointment as President in 2008. Bob will present “Delivering the Perfect Order.”

DAN THURMON, Author, President of Motivation Works, Inc.

Dan Thurmon

Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of presentations worldwide. Dan helps organizations and individuals implement actions plans and move confidently through transitions. His presentation at GAWDA’s Annual Convention is called: “Off Balance on Purpose.”

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