Sunday, May 5

Jerry Bostelman, Founding Partner, VACO
Market-Proofing Your Career: Building Your Personal Brand in an Uncertain Economy
Breakfast Session (08:00 am - 08:50 am)

In October 2002 Jerry Bostelman founded Vaco and was its sole employee. In the first year he enjoyed the full entrepreneurial experience in his multiple roles such as top (and only) salesperson and recruiter, website developer, accountant, payroll clerk , executive admin, A/R manager, treasurer, copywriter and general performer of duties not otherwise assigned. Joyfully he has fired himself from the majority of these roles in favor of much more qualified applicants and now enjoys a world-class infrastructure that fuels what has become a family of 28 Vaco companies and more than $150 million in revenues as of December 2011.   More

With this world-class infrastructure Bostelman is free to support the employees, partners, clients, candidates and consultants of the Vaco Nation. Side-by-side with hisnetwork of like-minded professionals he enjoys continuously refining and supporting the evolution of Vaco from a one-person shop to the gold standard of our industry.

Bostelman has personally received many awards, including the 2007 Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region and the Williamson County Impact Awards in 2008. Vaco has received numerous awards as well including Hall of Fame after 5 years as one of the fastest growing companies in the US and has appeared on the Inc 5000 every year the company has been eligible.

He has a philanthropic heart and is an active supporter of Safe Haven Family Shelter, the only shelter in the middle Tennessee area that supports families as a whole unit and is an active Board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. Bostelman also supports, FEI (Financial Executives International), Leadership Healthcare, the Nashville Capital Network, ASWA (American Society for Women Accountants) and both the Nashville and Williamson County Chambers of Commerce.

He served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves where he was meritoriously promoted twice, served a five month active tour of duty in the first Gulf War and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E-5). Bostelman graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in accounting. He then spent four years in the audit division of Arthur Andersen. Prior to starting Vaco Bostelman spent four years at a Fortune 500 placement and consulting firm where he consistently ranked in the top 5% of consulting sales before assuming regional management responsibilities over the third largest consulting operation in the company.

Bostelman resides in Brentwood with his wife of 12 years, Angela. They have three sons: Max, 11; Will, 9 and Luke, 5.

Suzanne H. Miller, Ph.D., CISM, CISA, CRISC, CHS-III, PCIP, PCI-QSA, Partner, VACO
Vaco Compliance and Audit Group
Breakfast Session (08:00 am - 08:50 am)

Dr. Suzanne Miller is a recognized international expert in information privacy and security with more than 25 years of experience. She has provided regulatory compliance mentoring and consulting services for the banking, hospitality, logistics and healthcare industry as well as state and local governments, and fortune 100 companies.   More

Dr. Miller is a Partner with Vaco Compliance and Audit Group. She is also a member of Credit Union Internal Auditors Association, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council- Community Group.

Dr. Miller is Certified Level III in Homeland Security. She is also a Certified Security Assessor (QSA) and Certified Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP) for the PCI Data Security Standards Council as well as certified by ISACA as a CISM, CISA and CRISC.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Recognized as the #1 leadership thinker in the world at Harvard Business Review's bi-annual Thinkers50 ceremony
Peer Mentoring: The Challenges and Opportunities
Concurrent Session (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)

Marshall Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 32 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, "MOJO" and "What Got You Here Won't Get You There"—a WSJ #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in ten countries.   More

Marshall's professional acknowledgments include: Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches, Leadership Excellence – top ten thinkers on leadership, Economic Times (India) – top CEO coaches of America, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America's top HR award), World HRD Congress – 2011 global leader in HR thinking, 2011 - Tata Award (India) for Global HR Excellence, Fast Company – America's preeminent executive coach and Leader to Leader Institute – 2010 Leader of the Future Award. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.

Dr. Goldsmith's Ph.D. is from UCLA's Anderson School of Management where (in 2012) he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth's Tuck School and frequently speaks at leading business schools. He is one of a select few executive advisors who have been asked to work with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

Marshall's other books include: Succession: Are You Ready? – a WSJ bestseller, The Leader of the Future - a BusinessWeek bestseller. The AMA Handbook of Leadership, The Organization of the Future 2 and The Leadership Investment – all three are American Library Association - Choice award winners for academic business books of the year. Over three hundred of his articles, interviews, columns and videos are available online at for viewing and sharing. Visitors to this site have come from 197 countries and have viewed, read, listened to, downloaded or shared resources over 8 million times.

Lee Kilmer, Vice President, Product Strategy and Development, Infor
Your Technology Strategy - Cost Center or Strategic Business Investment?
Concurrent Session (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)

Lee Kilmer is vice president of product strategy and development, Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence solutions, at Infor. He has been with Infor since mid 2011 and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining Infor, Kilmer held senior roles in product management and development at Lawson Software specializing in business analytics and general technology.

Prior to joining Lawson Software, he spent 3 years in public accounting as a staff accountant and business consultant. Kilmer is a Certified Public Accountant and received his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Sarah Sladek, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, XYZ University
Bridging the Gap: Communicating Across Generations
Concurrent Session (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

Sarah Sladek is the founder and CEO of XYZ University and a renowned speaker who delivers clear value to audiences committed to bridging the generational gap and creating sustainable organizations.   More

A Generation Xer herself, Sladek spotted the approaching generation gap several years ago and began to research its impact. This led to the writing of The New Recruit: What Your Association Needs to Know About X, Y, & Z (2007)—the first book to address the generation gap in membership associations.

She immediately followed with a second book geared towards bridging the talent gap in the workplace, Rock Stars Incorporated: Hiring the High-Performance, High-Maintenance Hotshots Half Your Age (2008), and launched a national conference addressing the topic.

Monday, May 6

Robert D. Kugel, CFA, Senior Vice President and Research Director - Business Research, Ventana Research
The Long-Range Planning Process: How Does Your Company Compare to Best Practices?
Breakfast Session (7:30 am – 8:20 am)

Robert Kugel heads up the CFO and business research focusing on the intersection of information technology with the finance organization and broader business applications. The financial performance management (FPM) research agenda includes the application of IT to financial process optimization and collaborative systems; control systems and analytics; and advanced budgeting and planning. Rob also covers the areas of GRC and Sustainability that span across business and IT.   More

Prior to joining Ventana Research Kugel was an equity research analyst at several firms including First Albany Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Drexel Burnham, and a consultant with McKinsey and Company.

Kugel is an industry veteran with more than 30 years experience. He was an Institutional Investor All-American Team member and on The Wall Street Journal All-Star list. He has experience in aerospace and defense, banking, manufacturing and retail and consumer services. Kugel earned his BA in Economics/Finance at Hampshire College, an MBA in Finance/Accounting at Columbia University, and is a CFA charter holder.

Steven Sparks, Partner, Business Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Harnessing the Potential of New Technologies for Growth
Breakfast Session (7:30 am – 8:20 am)

Steven Sparks is a partner with over 25 years of experience. His career includes architecting and delivering large-scale systems and data center projects, IT cost reduction efforts, and benchmarking studies to improve the performance of the IT function. The technology practice focus includes business process improvement, IT process improvements, large scale transformation of the business process model and installation of enterprise software. Sparks specialties include IT infrastructure, IT operations, business alignment, governance and IT strategy.

Kurt Amundson, Chief Financial Officer, GoPro
Sounding the Death Knell for Soft Skills
Concurrent Session (10:15 am - 11:30 am)

Kurt Amundson is Chief Financial Officer for GoPro, and joined the company with 25 years of corporate finance experience within the healthcare and high technology industries. He has successfully prepared and taken companies through initial public offerings, secondary financings as well as designing a Eurobond fund raising for a London-based public company for which he served as President. Prior to his current position Amundson had his own consulting firm and assisted a substantial North Carolina-based retail furniture company execute a turn-around. In addition, he was CFO and/or President of Life Science entities including Medisys Plc, Metra Biosystems, Shaman Pharmaceuticals and Abaxis.

Paul McDonald, Senior Executive Director, Robert Half International
Sounding the Death Knell for Soft Skills
Concurrent Session (10:15 am - 11:30 am)

Paul McDonald is senior executive director at Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI), which specializes in the placement of accounting and finance professionals. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career with the company, he has spoken extensively on workplace, employment and management issues based on his work with thousands of companies and job seekers. McDonald joined Robert Half in 1984 as a recruiter for financial and accounting professionals in Boston, following a public accounting career with Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Saint Bonaventure University in New York.

Anup Singh, Chief Financial Officer Nimble Storage
Sounding the Death Knell for Soft Skills
Concurrent Session (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)

Anup Singh joined Nimble Storage in 2011, the fastest growing storage company in history. In its most recent fiscal year, sales at Nimble grew more than 300%. His responsibilities include finance and accounting, legal, information technology and administration. Prior to Nimble, Singh served as CFO at Clearwell Systems (acquired by Symantec in 2011) and CFO at Warranty Corporation of America (an Asurion company). He was also an executive officer at Trimble Navigation, and also held leadership positions in finance at Excite@Home, 3Com and Ernst & Young LLP.   More

Singh holds BA and MA Honors degrees in Economics and Management Science from Cambridge University, where he was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Anup was recognized as CFO of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2009.

Richard Russell, Partner, Agree Dispute Resolution
Achieving Success in Difficult Conversations
Concurrent Session (1:15 pm - 2:30 pm)

Richard Russell is a founding partner of Agree Dispute Resolution. He has a broad range of experience in dispute resolution having practiced as a civil litigation lawyer, ombudsman, mediator, arbitrator and trainer. He served as ombudsman at McMaster University and has mediated well over 1500 cases since 1988. Russell is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and holds Chartered Mediator and Arbitrator designations.   More

He has done pioneering work in the use of the Partnering model in the fields of mining, construction, financial services, health care and communication and has successfully adapted the Partnering model to many organizational relationship applications in corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Russell is active as a trainer, offering corporate and public workshops in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Organizational Conflict Approaches in association with the University of Waterloo and Labour Relations seminars for Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre.