What Is the Fast Forward Maine Virtual Summit?

What Is the Fast Forward Maine Virtual Summit?
A two-day, single track event that’s focused on your company’s success. We’ll be covering topics such as business growth, leadership, attracting the best employees, overcoming workforce shortages, why company culture is a game changer, and more.

Who Should Attend?
Business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs who are charged with growing their company should grab their seat now. Whether you are focused on marketing, sales, or building the team that will win and keep customers, you’ll get the actionable tips you need to succeed.

Where and When?
4/7 + 4/8, 2020 at your computer!

Other Details

  • Maine native and Entrepreneur on Fire himself, John Lee Dumas, will now be part of the event!
  • Once registered you’ll be able to log in to the full event or check out just the sessions that are relevant to you.
  • You can watch the presentations live or on demand.
  • The full agenda is below
  • We’ll be sending out login information as we get closer to the event, but definitely by Monday, 4/6 if not before.
What Does it Cost?

It’s Free!

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Day 1 4/7/2020 Agenda

Time Agenda
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45 Chris Brogan – The Importance of Storytelling in Business [Live Podcast Interview]
10:00 – 10:45 Elizabeth Holmstrom – Mindfulness Meets Capitalism – Purposeful Work is No Longer
Just for Non-Profits
11:00 – 11:45 Earle Durham – How to Manage Cashflow in Your Business During Times of Crisis
12:00 – 12:45 Bill Benson, Stefanie Trice Gill, Yellow Breen – Workforce Development in Maine:
Challenges and Opportunities
1:00 – 1:45 Rich Brooks – How to Develop Your Thought Leadership Online

Day 2 4/8/2020 Agenda

Time Agenda
8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:45 Michelle Neujahr – GROW YOUR BUSINESS NOW! Nine Strategies for Business Growth
10:00 – 10:45 Patrick Veroneau – Leadership Reimagined: The Behaviors That Inspire, Empower and Compel Others to Follow
11:00 – 11:45 Angela Hansen & Holly LancasterManaging Your Talent in a Chaotic Business Climate
12:00 – 12:45 Yury Nabokov – How to Create Customer Value to Grow Your Business
1:00 – 1:45 John Lee DumasWhat a Maine Business Owner Needs to Know About Connection
[Live Podcast Interview]

 

Speakers

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Chris Brogan provides simple plans and projects for business success. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a sought after public speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and working on his ninth. Ask him about it! Learn more about him at chrisbrogan.com

Michelle Neujahr

Michelle Neujahr Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

A no-nonsense, contagiously positive straight talker, Michelle Neujahr is a strategic thinker and brass-tacks businessperson. Serious about helping businesses grow, she brings a depth and breadth of real business experience to each one of her clients—whether a small business owner or a multi-million dollar corporation. For Michelle, growth is about creativity, accountability, and strategy. She knows how to get her clients there because she’s done it herself.

Before starting nu-yar, Michelle owned a seven-figure, Minnesota-based renovation firm. She has spent time in the corporate world as a director of sales and marketing, and co-led a business growth group for the Small Business Association called ScaleUp. There, she helped mid-sized companies through the steps necessary to scale up their business. Michelle also serves as an Associate Professor of Business at Southern Maine Community College, where she teaches entrepreneurship and strategic planning. Michelle has a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.

Michelle is a wife, mother of three, grandmother of three, entrepreneur at heart and a lover of chocolate. She’s also a genuine connector of people and ideas and a tireless advocate for her clients. Michelle has the unique ability to help business owners feel more comfortable in who they are and where they are going by helping them create, implement, and maintain successful strategies for growth.

Topic: GROW YOUR BUSINESS NOW! Nine Strategies for Business Growth

Description: Are you ready to grow your business? Is NOW your time?

In this session business owners will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to overcome their current obstacles, renew the passion they once had for their business, and figure out which strategies they need to focus on to reach a new level of success. This session will challenge attendees to narrow their lane and focus on what is most important.

Michelle will share nine strategies, which build a valuable toolbox, that attendees can implement immediately to facilitate forward motion. These strategies are the same strategies Michelle has used to grow three businesses of her own and the tools she uses in helping her clients GROW every day. This seminar is a must for those serious about GROWTH!

 

Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a digital agency in Portland, Maine, that’s been around for over 20 years. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media.

He founded The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses on search, social & mobile marketing.

Rich is the author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, a popular and well-received book that helps entrepreneurs and marketers reach more of their ideal customers online.

He has appeared in Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post, FastCompany.com, CNN.com, the Social Media Examiner, and many other news sources for stories on digital marketing.
He is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.

Topic: How to Develop Your Thought Leadership Online

Description: Being seen as a “thought leader” is a competitive advantage for any company or individual. These people can attract more business, generate more revenue, and have other opportunities that aren’t available to their competition.

But how do you become a thought leader and build your online platform and audience?
Discover how you can create the content that will position you as an industry leader, which channels to use, and how to extend your reach for more leads, sales, and revenue in 2020.

 

John Lee Dumas

John Lee Dumas is the host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, an award winning podcast where he interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs who are truly ON FIRE. With over 2000 episodes, 1 million + listens a month, and seven-figures of annual revenue, JLD is just getting started. Visit EOFire.com to set YOUR Entrepreneurial journey ON FIRE!

Topic: What a Maine Business Owner Needs to Know About Connection

Patrick Veroneau

Patrick Veroneau Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Patrick Veroneau has held various sales, management and training roles in both national and international organizations.

In 2008, Patrick established Emery Leadership Group with the mission of helping individuals and organizations tap into the great potential inside themselves.

Patrick is accredited to deliver a variety of effective assessments for both individual and group development.

  • Patrick earned his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University
  • He is certified as a professional development coach through iPEC, which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
  • Patrick is also certified as a trainer in Genos Emotional Intelligence (EI). The Genos model is one of a select few that is recognized by CREIO
  • He has trained in the discipline of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Patrick has completed training under the guidance of Dr. Gregory Neidert and Dr. Robert Cialdini in the Principles of Persuasion®
  • Patrick is a member of Forbes Coaches Council and the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board

With his depth of personal experience and his formal training in coaching, EI, MI and human decision-making, Patrick has been able to create an environment of durable success for his clients. Whether in a corporation or a healthcare setting, Patrick’s approach and training will help individuals rise above their best. When individuals succeed, the organization succeeds.

Topic: Leadership Reimagined: The Behaviors That Inspire, Empower and Compel Others to Follow

 

Elizabeth Holmstrom

Elizabeth Holmstrom Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom is a master facilitator and accomplished program developer, she has over 20 years of experience in leadership engagement and wellness program implementation. Elizabeth managed national account relationships and served as VP, Senior Health and Wellness Manager at a national bank with 26,000 employees. She left the corporate world after realizing that her efforts were not addressing the root cause of problems she witnessed every day. After years of research and a successful pilot program, Elizabeth committed to mindful work and conscious business full time. Knowing that not every company can hire a Chief Mindfulness Officer like Google or Aetna, she launched BreakTogether to help even the smallest businesses thrive.

Outside of work, Elizabeth finds balance through spending time with family and community, mountain biking, cooking, singing, and quarry swimming along the coast of Maine.

Topic: Mindfulness Meets Capitalism – Purposeful Work is No Longer
Just for Non-Profits

 

Angela Hansen

Angela Hansen Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward MaineAngela is an HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in employee relations, leadership, performance management, policy development, benefits, recruiting and corporate compliance. She has also served as a college-level instructor.

Her extensive work spans industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, media and marketing, non-profit, construction, municipal, and transportation.

Angela holds a BS in Organizational Leadership as well as an AS in Medical Assisting. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and is certified as a Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association.

An avid skier and golfer, Angela enjoys family and friends time at the lake and at home in the neighborhood.

Topic: Managing Your Talent in a Chaotic Business Climate

Description: Given the highly volatile business climate, today’s workforce is understandably anxious about what the future might hold. And businesses are dealing with the impacts on morale and productivity of diminishing teams that are working remotely.

When chaos looms, having the right talent in the right roles — and keeping that talent inspired, connected and engaged — is more crucial than ever.

In this presentation, Angela Hansen and Holly Lancaster of KMA Human Resources will address the opportunities employers have in this moment to right-size their workforce, nurture the talent they have, and build a foundation for success — even in an unpredictable future.

 

Holly Lancaster

Holly Lancaster has over 20 years of experience in recruiting, sales and client service. She thoroughly enjoys helping organizations achieve their business goals through hiring and retaining top talent, and believes that matching people with companies is all about getting to know the key players and what inspires and motivates them.

Throughout her career, Holly has worked in sales, engineering, aerospace, manufacturing, government and technology, among other industries. She earned her B.A. from West Virginia University in English Communications.

A Scarborough resident, Holly and her family enjoy all that Maine has to offer — from beaches to mountains, and everything in between. She also devotes her energies to EmpowerME, a nonprofit she co-founded that’s committed to empowering communities through documentary film.

Topic: Managing Your Talent in a Chaotic Business Climate

Description: Given the highly volatile business climate, today’s workforce is understandably anxious about what the future might hold. And businesses are dealing with the impacts on morale and productivity of diminishing teams that are working remotely.

When chaos looms, having the right talent in the right roles — and keeping that talent inspired, connected and engaged — is more crucial than ever.

In this presentation, Angela Hansen and Holly Lancaster of KMA Human Resources will address the opportunities employers have in this moment to right-size their workforce, nurture the talent they have, and build a foundation for success — even in an unpredictable future.

Bill Benson

Bill Bensen Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Bill Benson joined Boots2Roots in 2019 after a successful stint as the owner/operator of a small manufacturing business in Maine. Prior to owning his business and before moving to Maine in 2014, Bill spent 24 years on active duty with the United States Army. Bill is a combat veteran who served over 42 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. When not deployed, Bill enjoyed tours of duty in places like Texas, California, Germany, Colorado, Kansas, Georgia and Tennessee.

When it came time to transition, Bill, his wife Tara, and their three children chose to settle in Maine because, out of all the places they lived, Maine felt most like home. Bill joined Boots2Roots because of the opportunity to use his own experiences as a veteran and business owner to assist other transitioning service members in finding meaningful work and put down roots in Maine.

 

Stefanie Trice Gill

Stefanie Trice Gill Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward Maine

Stefanie is committed to helping employers fill the skills gap by connecting them with top work-ready immigrant and minority talent. She has a strong record of successful placements because she conducts extensive screening of candidates and work with employers to identify candidates who will be a good cultural fit for the organization.

Unique among recruiters, she is fluent in five languages that allow her to engage with immigrant communities and discover new talent that is not seeking employment through traditional pathways.

Stefanie founded IntWork after years of placing foreign-trained professionals in jobs pro-bono through the Maine Association for New Americans (MANA). IntWork, a Maine-based company, recruits Engineers, Building, IT, & STEM professionals. Additionally offering consulting services to employers who are struggling with issues relating to diversity hiring and retention.

IntWork’s candidates all have Work Authorization (NO Sponsorship required), are fluent in English, and most are already living in Maine.

Key competencies include: international recruiting, languages: Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, placement, STEM/IT/Engineering/Architecture recruiting, cross-cultural consulting, language assessment, cultural competence.

 

Yellow Breen

Yellow Breen Speaking at Maine Business Conference - Fast Forward MaineYellow’s passion is promoting economic and educational opportunity for all Mainers regardless of geography or background. He became CEO of the Maine Development Foundation in August 2015, where he develops strategic direction, integration, and partnerships across MDF’s mission and programs.

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is a legislatively-created, non-partisan public-private partnership that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF does this through trusted research, leadership, and creative cross-sector partnerships. Yellow has a diverse background in business, public policy, and law. He spent twelve years as an executive with Bangor Savings Bank, overseeing strategic planning, marketing, online banking, community development, and charitable activities. Prior, he was a senior official at the Maine Department of Education and an advisor to Independent Governor Angus King.

Yellow was born and raised in rural, central Maine, a product of Maine public schools, and earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. He has been an active volunteer in many education and economic development efforts, including the boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Educate Maine. He previously chaired Realize Maine, an ongoing initiative to attract, retain, and support young professionals. Yellow lives in Holden and loves to hike, swim, and ski with his wife and children.

 

Yury Nabokov

Yury Nabokov is a transformative leader in the business of creating emotional, personal and engaging experiences. He is a co-host of Fast Forward Maine podcast and a frequent contributor on topics of UX, gamification, and innovation.

In 2017, for his contributions to the digital initiatives of Machias Savings Bank, Yury was named “Emerging Leader” by the Bank Administration Institute. A year later he was presented with the “Rising Star” award from New England Financial Marketing Association.

Yury holds two undergraduate and two graduate degrees with the recent additions of executive leadership degrees from The Wharton School in Strategic Leadership and Rutgers University in Customer Experience. He works full time at Machias Savings Bank as the Assistant Vice President of Customer Experience.

Topic: How to Create Customer Value to Grow Your Business

Description: Value has many different meanings. To some it means price. To others it means benefit. It also means the worth of something.

How do you create compelling products and services that are worth something to your customers? The answer is simple but not obvious. It’s by designing and testing value propositions that perfectly match customers’ needs and desires.

By the end of this session you will know how to create products and services your customers want and invent new value propositions to increase revenue!

 

Earle Durham

Earle is a student of the world who draws inspiration from learning about new people, cultures and communities — but he’s most animated when partnering with others to solve difficult business challenges. A strategic thinker, he has applied his analytical skills to benefit countless organizations, most recently in his work bringing outsourced bookkeeping and controller services to Southern Maine businesses.

Earle, who launched Supporting Strategies | Southern Maine in 2017, also founded the networking group Southern Maine Business Advisors to give local business leaders more opportunities to share ideas. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and completed coursework in the MBA programs at York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore. Along with his wife Ann, he enjoys traveling, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, photography and the many fine restaurants in the area.

Topic: Grow Your Business with Financial Intelligence

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