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Headliners

Renee-Joseph

Renee Joseph

Vice President, Global Customer and Sales Enablement, Johnson Controls
Tupperware Brands Corporation

Jason Richardson

Dr. Jason Richardson

World Champion Athlete and Olympic
Psychologist

Renee Joseph, Vice President of Global Customer and Sales and Enablement responsible for driving channel growth across the Johnson Controls Buildings and Technology ~$12 B product portfolio. This includes responsibility for developing and executing the global investments roadmap required to build channel sales capabilities, ease of doing business experience and customer loyalty.

Distinguished 20+ year career introducing and executing strategies to drive growth within competitive markets — Experienced in delivering strong revenues and profits, identifying business opportunities, executing account management, and positioning start-up and existing businesses for sustainable global growth.

Deep knowledge of the HVAC industry and associated products – Known for her customer perspective and ability to translate customer needs into value propositions thereby guiding product development, design and positioning.

Recognized for establishing, growing, and leading top performing teams — Skilled in recruiting, developing and leading sales, engineering, business development, product management, and operations teams to consistently exceed goals across constantly evolving business and market environments.

Strong innovation, transformation, and growth leadership — Proven success in developing and implementing state-of-the-art processes and operational best practices that increased customer satisfaction, reduced operating expenses and improved quality, resulting in overall market share growth.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree, Marketing -Viterbo University, La Crosse Wisconsin

Executive MBA Leadership Program – American Management Association

Jay works in the currency of the future at the center of human and computer intelligence. As a product management leader specializing in knowledge systems, Jay helps people and organizations transform the way they work, learn faster, and rapidly translate that learning in to action to remain competitive in the face of unprecedented disruption.

At USAA, Jay leads the knowledge architecture experience where his team is responsible for maximizing human potential through ensuring the most valuable knowledge is readily available throughout the organization. Prior to this, Jay was a product manager and led operations teams for knowledge management at Expedia, Inc where he was also the program’s agile, lean start-up, and design thinking practice. He began his career in information and technology as a military Intelligence analyst.

In addition to his day job, Jay is a sought-after speaker and consultant in innovation, knowledge management, and product development and design. He has consulted for organizations ranging from small start-ups and large enterprises to the U.S. Air Force. He also applies his skills to research and teaching and has a passion for enabling the next generation of future technologists.

Jay is a life-long learner and has several advanced and undergraduate degrees in the fields of business, technology, and information science. A few of the institutions Jay studied at include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cornell University, and Harvard University. He holds also holds numerous professional designations and is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

Rockstar Insights

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster

Senior Director, Sales Operations & Enablement
Kaiser Permanente

Mayme Blanton

Mayme Blanton

Senior Director, Global Sales Operations
Rackspace

Sean-Goldie

Sean Goldie

Regional Vice President of Inside Sales & Sales Development
Apptio

Sales is the lifeline. Sales Enablement Executive with a proven track record helping growth organizations successfully scale through people, process, strategy, technology and sales operations solutions and management. Ability to define, lead and manage delivery of highly effective sales & marketing operations solutions to rapidly increase revenue, optimize lead-cash-renewal processes and increase customer growth. Deep success collaborating with sales, marketing and cross functional teams to simplify, clarify and drive team solution definition, sales opportunity, and delivery. Passionate about leading and manage teams that transform customer experience and operations to increase engagement, improve selling efficiency & effectiveness, and ultimately delight customers.

Mayme Blanton is senior director of global sales operations for Rackspace. In this role she is responsible for the global strategy, development, and delivery of solutions essential to the sales & presales community within Rackspace. Mayme has extensive experience in global operations and leadership, always prioritizing a balance execution and innovation.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Mayme has spent more than two decades establishing sales operations models and helping organizations execute sales enablement strategies at leading organizations including Dell, Earthlink and Windstream.

Limit excuses, be the best you can be and have fun doing it!

Sean has spent the last 16 years in Sales, Marketing and Sales Enablement overperforming as an individual contributor and driving significant change as a leader.

At Apptio, Sean spent the last three and a half years rebuilding the sales enablement function which has driven substantial improvements in sales execution through the adoption of the Proactive and Value Selling methodologies.  Sean also led a significant transformation in systems and technologies, guiding the adoption of multiple new capabilities to improve sales skills, efficiency and performance.

In his new role as Regional Vice President of Inside Sales & Sales Development he is focused on realigning sales and marketing and growing the development engine at Apptio. His ability and knowledge to drive change, up level skills, mentor and fundamentally reshape the way sales reps prospect, interact, educate, engage and qualify people and their organizations will be key to Apptio’s success in 2020 and beyond!

Patrick Mulkey

Patrick Mulkey

US Director of Training and Enablement
Gordon Food Service

Gary Silva

Director of Inside Sales
Gannett

Marek Wasilewski

Senior Vice President of Global Sales
Mavenir

Started with Gordon Food Service sales in 1999 after graduation from Purdue University. Gordon Food Service was a $1B organization that primarily had not grown outside the midwest, after 7 years in independent food service sales and earning the top sales producer award in the company, Gold Glub, I stepped into a front line sales leadership role in Louisville, KY as the company expanded southward. I spent over 6 years in the sales manager role leading a team of 12 and earning the team of the year 4 out of the 6 years. I accepted a role as a regional sales manager in Northwest Ohio manager a group of 30 sellers and around $250 million in revenue. After 2 years running this sales region GFS announced plans to open a new distribution center in Charlotte, NC where we had no presence, no customer base, and no sellers as well. We planned to build a 350,000 sq ft distribution center and compete with the distributors in the area that had been around for decades. After 3 years, we had built a strong customer base and the next challenge came, the company asked me to help build and bring our training and enablement team to a best in class status. We expanded our training team across the US and Canada and developed a personalized and robust training and development program.

Bio is forthcoming.

My mission in life is to improve the ecosystem I find myself in, one step and one day at a time.

My vision is to achieve this through collaboration and technology, recognizing that each and every human performs at their peak when they care and love what they do.
I believe that science and technology is the key to our ongoing survival and that together we can achieve what may initially seem impossible

It is with that motto that I have, for over 20 years, led high-performing sales teams by cultivating environments that are driven towards success. I see myself as an evangelist promoting digital transformation for the greater good of our planet.

Exposure to diverse cultures and work experience has provided me with knowledge of international markets and a very current and unique leadership skill set. My passion lies in Strength Based Leadership and building High Performance Sales teams which focus on Customer Outcomes and Values. I was awarded my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2007 from Regent International School of Business.

Although career driven, I see myself as a family man driven by ethical and honest family values. We reside in Dallas, Texas where I enjoy staying active riding with the local charity cycling club.

Fab Facilitators

George Donovan

Chief Revenue Officer
Allego

Robert Blohm

Robert Blohm

Senior Vice President Sales & Alliances
OpenSymmetry

John Ruggles

John Ruggles

Senior Vice President of Global Sales
Frost & Sullivan

George Donovan is a lifelong sales enthusiast, with more than 25 years of sales and marketing, operations and management experience.  Throughout his career, he has worked with many of the world’s top brands, including Google, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon, to help them achieve their sales and profit goals. He is currently the Chief Revenue Officer of Allego, where he thrives on improving integration and alignment between departments, and with a bird’s eye view of the company, helps ensure all revenue-related functions are running smoothly. Since George joined Allego in 2015, the company has been twice named to the Inc. 5,000, including a 2017 ranking of 5th fastest-growing private software company in the U.S. Most recently, Allego was named the 3rd fastest-growing software company in Massachusetts on the Deloitte Fast 500.

Prior to Allego, George served as the Chief Sales Officer of Millward Brown Digital, the world’s leading expert in helping clients grow great brands. In this role, George oversaw the direction and management of sales operations, several field sales teams and an inside sales team, aiding the exponential growth of the company from $30M to $110M. Previously, George ran the global sales training company, Sandler Training, one of the world’s largest training and consulting firms, where he was a principal owner. During his decade at Sandler Training, he provided sales professionals and organizations with ongoing training support and reinforcement in the areas of sales, sales management and human relations skills.

George holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Anselm College. He was also voted father of the year 20 times (by his family)!

Robert Blohm is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Alliances at OpenSymmetry. With over 15 years of experience in sales effectiveness, performance management, and technology, Robert has managed consulting projects for Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries. His charter at OS is to develop and nurture a world-class team of sales executives, managers, and individual contributors that are positive, highly-motivated, and exceed goals while achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction.

John Ruggles is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Senior Fellow for Frost & Sullivan. John has been part of the leadership team at Frost & Sullivan for nearly two decades and has been part of their consistent growth over this period of time.

He has a successful track record in business development, sales operations, digital selling and marketing. He has worked with many of the top fortune 1000, as well as, emerging companies during his tenure at Frost & Sullivan
Prior to Frost & Sullivan, John spent 14 years with Otis Elevator, a United Technologies Company, where he led the overall operational and sales efforts of several offices in the Southwest Region as a General Manager.

John earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and an MBA degree from the University of Tampa. John resides with his wife Jill in San Antonio, Texas. During his off time, John enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his three sons and daughter-in-law.

Amar Sheth

Partner, Customer Experience
SalesforLife

Marianne Borenstein

Chief Client Officer
Collective[i]

Amar is a storyteller with a keen interest in digital sales transformation.  He’s helping to lead the evolution of the global sales industry by helping sellers modernize and become more digital in their approach.  He and Sales for Life have consulted with & trained hundreds of companies globally to fuel their growth in this new era.

Marianne is a proven customer success leader, mentor and collaborator, scaling businesses from vision through to execution with strong results.

Marianne’s work is rooted in trust, transparency and proactive communication. In her current role as Chief Client Officer at Collective[i], she focuses on building lasting relationships and deep engagements with customers that propel growth. Before joining the Collective[i] team, she was the Global Head of Customer Success Training at Tesla.