Convention Keynotes

Entrepreneurship

DECEMBER 1: OPENING SPEAKER

Craig Culver

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Culver’s 

Since 1984 Culver has been putting his stamp on Culver’s, a 422-unit chain in 18 states that prides itself on its ButterBurgers, frozen custard and warm hospitality.

But before that Culver did his homework. During college he worked at the family restaurants and after graduation took his degree and headed to McDonald’s, where he spent four years before founding Culver’s.

Along with his wife, Lea and his parents George and Ruth, Culver took a vision and created a niche-market restaurant that has turned industry heads for years.

Culver has deep roots in the Sauk Prairie community where he grew up and graduated from high school. It was there that a root beer stand provided the foundation from which the Culver’s concept grew.

The first successful Culver’s franchise was opened in Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1990.

Now as chief executive Culver works closely with his franchisees and frequently can be seen working behind the counter at store openings.

Recently Culver’s opened its new headquarters in Sauk Prairie, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility on 8.5 acres that overlooks the Wisconsin River.

In addition to driving his company forward Culver also takes an active role in a variety of organizations. He is a member of the National Restaurant Association and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. He also is a board member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, the Bank of Prairie du Sac, American Family Insurance, Kwik Trip, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.  He also currently chairs two fundraising efforts – one for the Wisconsin Historical Society’s “Forward Campaign” and the other for the Wisconsin Professional Golfers’ Association to further the game of golf for juniors.


Cultural Differences Expert

DECEMBER 1: LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

Haydn Shaw

Leading Across Multiple Generations

Haydn Shaw is a leading expert on the multiple generations, leadership, change management, personal productivity, and trust.

He is the author of “Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart” and Franklin Covey’s bestselling workshops “Leading Across Generations” and “Working Across Generations”. He also writes on generations and leadership for the Huffington Post.

TIME wrote, “Shaw is an expert on cultural differences at the office.” He has spoken to over 100,000 people and worked with more than 1,500 businesses (from Fortune 500 companies to start ups), not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. He speaks and consults in excess of 160 days each year to clients who consistently invite him back.

Hailed as a “leadership guru” by the Washington Post, Haydn Shaw has delivered hundreds of convention keynotes or intimate off-sites. Known for taking groups from hilarity to deep reflection, he combines rich content with use-tomorrow tools. His presentations make an impact because he does his homework, designing each one for your unique needs. Having worked with hundreds of organizations, Haydn connects with virtually any group in any industry, and brings practical and inspiring examples from the boardroom and the front line.

He also has worked with Franklin Covey for twenty three years as a senior consultant and one of their most requested keynote speakers specializing in their generations, leadership, execution, personal productivity and trust methodologies.


Industry Expert

DECEMBER 2: BREAKFAST KEYNOTE

Chip Lerwick

Managing Director, Food, Agribusiness & Beverage Industry Practice, AON

Chip currently serves as the Managing Director leading new business development for Aon Missouri with a specialization in Food and Agribusiness. He previously served as the National Business Development Director for Aon’s Food, Agribusiness and Beverage Practice where Chip worked with companies from farm to fork as a risk advisor. Chip’s agriculture roots developed working on a family cattle ranch in Missouri established a foundation and passion for the food and agribusiness industry. As a specialist in the food and agribusiness industry Chip works directly with clients and Aon colleagues on emerging and non-traditional risks throughout the food system providing unique insight into industry risks and solutions. Chip brings over 25 years of business development and sales management experience to his role with Aon. With a successful track record of working with food and agribusiness clients in agriculture, livestock production/processing, feed ingredient, food processing and distribution, Chip brings the necessary experience to credibly serve colleagues, prospects and clients in addressing industry needs.

Chip is an active participant in the agribusiness community serving as a speaker at industry events and a member of the St. Louis Agribusiness Club, The American Feed Industry Association, The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Chair of the Danforth Leadership Council for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and alum of the Harvard Agribusiness Seminar.

Chip lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife and two children and serves the community through his charitable interest serving on the Board of Directors with Pedal the Cause, a nonprofit event raising funds for cancer research.

 

Inspiration

DECEMBER 2: CLOSING SPEAKER

Blake Leeper

Olympic/Paralympic Games Medalist
World & American Record Holder
 

We all face challenges and obstacles in pursuit of our personal and business dreams.  For most of us, those are day to day frustrations to which we often attribute far more weight than we should.  For others, like Blake Leeper, those obstacles include being born without legs. “Why me?!” – most people might lament if faced with such a daunting challenge, but not Blake.  Instead, he chooses to take control of his own destiny every day by saying to himself, ‘Why not me? I’m strong enough for this! I’m smart enough for this! I can do this!’  And the boy who was not born to run has turned himself into one of the fastest men in the world.  Indeed, Anything is Possible with Paralympian Blake Leeper.