Keynote Speakers Biographies

Jerry Ross

Jerry Ross

Jerry Ross, Executive Director of the Disney Entrepreneur Center. Jerry is an experienced entrepreneur and businessman whose three decades of experience include leadership positions with AT&T, Ohio Bell, Goal Systems Software and a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. The DEC is a unique public/private partnership that houses 13 independent organizations dedicated to the education, support, and development of the small business community.

 

Lynne Waymon

Lynne Waymon

Lynne Waymon is CEO of Contacts Count, the international training and consulting firm that specializes in professional and business networking. She’s a recognized thought leader and expert on business and professional networking and the co-author of Make Your Contacts Count (2nd edition, NY, American Management Association). In keynotes and workshops she gives professionals in corporate, government, association, university, and non-profit audiences, practical strategies for getting things done through networking, negotiating, and alliance building.

 

John Timmerman

John Timmerman

John Timmerman is the Vice President, Global Guest Experience & Rooms Operations for Marriott International, Inc. He has global responsibility for rooms, spa, retail, and environmental disciplines for all Marriott brands. John has over twenty years of leadership experience, held numerous operations management positions, and worked at several urban and resort Ritz-Carlton properties. He has held key leadership positions to include Corporate Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Quality & Program Management, and Vice President of Labor Management for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, john served as a Quality Advisor for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and U.S. 2nd Force Reconnaissance Marine.

 

Mike Micklewright

Mike Micklewright

Mike Micklewright - Dr. Deming impersonator, author, business and quality consultant, and trainer based in the Chicago area.  Mike specializes in Lean, ISO 9001, Leadership, Deming, Auditing, and Root Cause Analysis. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Auditor, Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Supply Chain Analyst.