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LONNIE BANKS

Vice President of Sales & Estimating

Cincinnati Asphalt

Cincinnati Asphalt’s mission is clear: to lead the way in their industry’s growth and evolution. At Cincinnati Asphalt, they are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve, constantly striving to be at the forefront of innovation and progress.

As a company, they’re more than just a team; they’re a tight-knit family united by the shared vision for excellence. Through their forward-thinking approach and unwavering commitment to advancement, they’ve experienced remarkable growth, establishing themselves as trailblazers in the field.

With a passion for driving positive change and a commitment to shaping the future of our industry, Lonnie eagerly anticipates sharing his experiences and insights at IGNITE.

Sessions:

Panel Discussion: The Data-Driven Business

Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

MARK ESTRADA

Co-Founder

Marathon Solutions Group LLC

Mark Estrada’s extensive knowledge in design, technique and compliance enables him to provide invaluable insights and practical solutions to parking lot owners, facility managers and contractors alike. Through his expertise of almost two decades in the industry, Estrada has helped numerous organizations streamline their striping operations, optimize traffic flow and enhance the overall safety and accessibility of parking lots.

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Panel Discussion: Empowering the 80%

Friday, Dec. 6 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

SUSAN FREW

Closing Keynote & TEDX Speaker

Susan Frew is a former International General Manager with AT&T Wireless, Business Coach, Instructor for the SBA’s national Emerging Leaders program, radio host of “Coaching Not Just for Sports” on ESPN radio in Denver. Susan is also a successful TEDX speaker and took the stage in 2017.

Susan used all the lessons she learned while coaching 17 different trades and 150 companies through the recession. As a business owner and entrepreneur, Susan takes audiences through the riveting story of growing her company 535%, making the INC5000 list, and then almost losing it all because of a bad hire. Her vulnerability and refreshing honesty sets her apart as she is willing to share her mistakes and trials in order to help her audiences avoid a similar fate. This has become Susan’s mission so that no other business owner has to walk through a similar fire in their business. Susan works with Raincatcher to help business owners understand the value of their business and give them a solid coaching plan for maximum sale value.

DAN GINGISS

International Keynote Speaker, CX Workshop

Dan Gingiss is an international keynote speaker and customer experience expert with a dynamic and engaging speaking style that has captivated hundreds of audiences around the globe. Believing that a remarkable customer experience is your best competitive advantage, Dan shares insights from his 20-year professional career that included leadership positions at McDonald’s, Discover, and Humana. His speaking engagements are enriched by real-world examples and effective strategies that inspire immediate action.

Dan is the author of The Experience Maker: How To Create Remarkable Experiences That Your Customers Can’t Wait To Share and Winning at Social Customer Care: How Top Brands Create Engaging Experiences on Social Media. Dan also co-hosted the award-winning Experience This! podcast. He earned a B.A. in psychology and communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dan is also a licensed bartender, a pinball wizard, and he once delivered a pizza to Michael Jordan.

Sessions:

CX Workshop: Revolutionizing Your Customer Experience

Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

BRYCE HAREM

General Manager

Central Paving LLC

Since graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Construction Management in 2012, Bryce Harem has collected a wide range of experience in multiple trades of the construction industry including Commercial, Residential, Civil and Asphalt/Asphalt Maintenance. He has held a variety of leadership roles in Project Management, Sales/Estimating, Operations & General Management for both private and municipal work.

Harem is the General Manager for Central Paving, LLC, a full-service paving contractor, located in Ellensburg, WA. While overseeing the day to day operations for both Office and Field staff, he most enjoys focusing on team member development and the continued implementation of the company’s CORE culture.

In addition to being General Manager at Central Paving, LLC, Harem is the Owner/Founder of BTG Services. Utilizing his knowledge and experience acquired through his various leadership roles, BTG (Bridging The Gap) Services provides growing companies, and motivated individuals, the leadership skills, strategies & positive mindset necessary to successfully navigate through the challenges of being the one(s) caught in the middle.

Sessions:

Panel Discussion: Empowering the 80%

Friday, Dec. 5 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

BRIAN HESS

CEO/President

The Pavement Group

Building a foundation for an industry with many players takes commitment, integrity and relentlessness–just three of many qualities that have enabled Brian Hess to build a 8-Figure company and forge enduring relationships with clients that are in the rankings to span decade(s). As CEO and President of The Pavement Group, Top Contractor School, and Host of The Brian Hess Show, Hess has proven that serving his clients and listeners using his unique data will certainly pave the way for more industry icons following his lead.

CHELSEA ELLIS-HOGAN

CEO/President

Jim Reynolds Asphalt

Chelsea Ellis-Hogan #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of “Fail to Success”, Speaker, CEO/President and third generation owner of Jim Reynolds Asphalt Contractor, Inc. With 10 years of experience in the asphalt industry she specializes in implementing unique leadership, technology and branding techniques.

Sessions:

Panel Discussion: Creating a Skills Solution

Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

EBONY JENNINGS

Owner & CEO

Jennings Asphalt & Construction

Ebony Jennings is a dynamic figure in the asphalt industry, carrying forward a rich legacy as a third-generation business owner. With deep-rooted expertise and a passion for innovation, she has propelled Jennings Asphalt to new heights, blending tradition with modern practices.

Growing up immersed in the family business, Jennings learned the nuances of asphalt sealing and paving from a young age. Her journey began on the job sites alongside her grandfather, who founded the company over four decades ago. She honed her skills under the mentorship of Karen Eaton of Eaton Asphalt and of her father, who instilled in her the values of integrity, quality craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction.

As the current owner and CEO of Jennings Asphalt, she is known for her hands-on approach and strategic vision. Under her leadership, the company has expanded its service offerings, embraced sustainable practices, and leveraged cutting-edge technologies to enhance efficiency and project delivery.

Her commitment to excellence extends beyond business operations. She actively participates in industry associations, advocating for best practices and promoting diversity within the asphalt sector. Her efforts have earned recognition for Jennings Asphalt as a trusted partner in infrastructure development and community enhancement projects.

Outside of work, Jennings is dedicated to philanthropy, supporting causes that uplift underrepresented communities and foster educational opportunities in trade fields. Her leadership in both business and philanthropy exemplifies her dedication to leaving a positive impact on the asphalt industry and beyond.

MICHAEL NAWA

McNaughton Services

Micheal Nawa has spent 48 years in asphalt maintenance. He is a member of the Pavement Hall of Fame, recipient of The Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, the Alan Curtis Industry Service Award and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Sweeping Association. Nawa is a former board member of North American Power Sweeping Association and has spent 27 years on the advisory board of Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction magazine.

He also spent 27 years on the advisory board of the National Pavement Expo and is a founding member of World Sweeping Association. In his spare time, he is a journeyman banjo player and is learning Korean.

LEE RUBIN

Opening Keynote Speaker

For 30 years, Lee Rubin has been building high performance teams in both corporate America and the collegiate sports world, setting the foundational cornerstone for a leadership and culture-building mindset focusing on the key components that create extraordinary teams.

This strong core foundation was instilled early in Lee’s life as he held the position of captain of the Penn State football team and later went on to serve as a Human Resource Executive, building senior leadership teams for some of the countries’ most prominent corporations which have become dominant leaders in their industries.

Lee has emerged as one of the most engaging and sought-after voices across the country with his unique ability to understand and articulate winning principles with tremendous clarity and practical application on team building, leadership, and peak performance. He has collaborated with and taken the stage for leading Fortune 500 Companies like Johnson & Johnson, Sony and JP Morgan, to name a few, as well as collegiate sports teams and organizations across the country.

Sessions:

Opening Keynote: 5 Components of Extraordinary Teams

Wednesday, Dec. 4 @ 3:30 PM to 5 PM

DANIEL WRIGHT

Business Owner

Proline Parking Lot Maintenance

Since 2016, Daniel Wright has been aggressively involved in owning, operating, and growing Proline Parking Lot Maintenance to be an industry leader in multiple fronts. What started out as a part time job to make extra income while working as a full time fireman quickly became a passion that has now grown to 15 team members, expansion in services offered, and a spearhead for developing the image of the pavement Industry.

From an early age, Wright has been drawn to entrepreneurship and the possibilities and opportunities that it offers. When he decided to make the jump from being a fireman to a full-time business owner, it was in pursuit of the opportunity to make a difference in an industry. From hours of conversations with other contractors, investing in business and leadership education, and endless amounts of trial and error, Wright has just begun to scratch the surface of what all the industry has to offer and what all he has to offer. 

Wright is known for his direct, no BS personality that stems from a place of care for all individuals he has the pleasure of speaking with. He is committed to offering the best experience possible to all clients, vendors, and team members, running his business by the numbers, and constantly looking for the “next best decision” to make.

Sessions:

Panel Discussion: The Data-Driven Business

Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

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Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Well

December 4-6, 2024

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800-538-5544