We have an exciting lineup of speakers and coaches scheduled for the next Launch Conference. They include New York Times bestselling authors, professional speakers, booking agents and managers, leading bloggers and web marketing experts.
Best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country's most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers-Ken's mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. His books have received national critical acclaim, including the "Book of the Year" award and the Gold Medallion Award. The video and audio tapes of his live appearances are in constant demand.
Ken has been the keynote speaker for hundreds of major corporate events. He is a featured speaker for Promise Keepers and a frequent guest on "Focus on the Family". Ken has made thousands of personal appearances around the world. As president of Dynamic Communicators International, he teaches speaking skills to ministry professionals and corporate executives. Ken's daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1500 stations in the United States and around the world.
Michael Hyatt has spent his career in book publishing. As a publisher, literary agent, and New York Times bestselling author, he has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of content creation and delivery. He is also the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, May 2012).
Michael is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest faith-based publisher in the world and the oldest commercial publisher still in existence. He has worked personally with such best-selling authors as Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, and Andy Andrews. Michael is a successful social media practitioner with more than 200,000 followers on Twitter and over 400,000 visitors to his blog per month.
Dan Miller, President of 48 Days LLC, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living. He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.
Dan is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days To The Work You Love and No More Mondays. He writes regularly for many popular magazines and web portals, including CBN.com, Crosswalk.com, In Touch, AARP and Success magazines and the Zig Ziglar newsletter. He has been a guest on CBS' 'The Early Show,' MSNBC's 'Hardball with Chris Mathews,' 700 Club's Living the Life and Fox Business News with Dave Ramsey Show... to hit some highlights. He hosts a weekly podcast that is consistently ranked #1 under Careers on iTunes.
Committed to personal priorities, Dan and wife Joanne have been happily married for over 42 years. They have three grown children, all entrepreneurs, and they enjoy spending time with their 9 grandchildren.
With a love of story, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences everywhere on the page and stage. Her speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, Compassion International, writers conferences, business and church events as well as various other conferences and retreats. When not speaking, she pens articles, stories and devotional meditations for numerous publications including MOPS International, Today's Christian Woman, Hearts-at-Home, Upper Room Ministries, The Quite Hour and various compilation books including five titles in the Chicken Soup series. Michele fills multiple roles with DCI conferences including emcee, presenter and coach.
From 1996-2003 Danny served as Ken's manager during a very significant period of business growth for Ken Davis Productions. Much of the content for the LAUNCH Conference was developed as a result of the business experiences that took place during that time. Over the last 14 years, Ken and Danny have fine tuned what they have learned from working together and are excited to share it with you at this year's LAUNCH Conference.
Currently, Danny serves at First Baptist Church Orlando as the Pastor of Administration, a role he has held since April of 2008. He is a long-time member of First Baptist Church Orlando having joined 1969 when his family moved to Orlando from Miami. His responsibilities at First Baptist include the oversight of over a $17,000,000 yearly budget, as well as coordinating the roles and responsibilities of the pastoral staff of 18 full time pastors and over 100 full time employees.
Danny has been married for 27 years to Betsy (Henry) de Armas and they have three sons, Caleb (married to Cali de Armas, stationed in Ft. Stewart, GA, Active US Army), Seth (Senior at Florida State University, Accounting), Asa (Freshman at Florida State University) and one perfect grandson named Shiloh born to Caleb and Cali in March 2010.
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a background in design, Lauren endeavors to align her creativity and organizational skills in every situation. Always excited at the opportunity to collaborate, Lauren has been integral in the organization of various projects from film shoots to large-scale corporate events. In 2012 Lauren was privileged to join the Dynamic Communicators International team.
Inspired by film, literature, and culture, Lauren and her husband, Matt, have a love of travel - she has circumnavigated the globe and is two steps away from her goal of setting foot on every continent.
Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Matt moved to Nashville to join a startup ecommerce and fulfillment company in 2002. Matt strives to determine methods of streamlining processes and reducing overall operational costs for small businesses. After serving in an operational role for close to ten years, Matt now has the pleasure of working with Ken Davis and his team on many levels.
Matt and his wife, Lauren, were married in June of 2011 and enjoy living in the heart of historic Downtown Franklin. A chef, handyman, and runner, Matt has completed five marathons and loves to travel abroad whenever possible.
Dr. Brian J. Dixon is passionate about preparing today's young people with real world skills to succeed in our changing world. He has a doctoral degree in educational technology from San Diego State University where he studied students creating reflective video jounals online. He was also the director of online programs for High Tech High, a nationally recognized charter school network with 10 member schools throughout Southern California.
Dr. Dixon founded the Mentorship Academy, a project-based, technology-focused charter school located in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He recently joined the Frontline Group in August of 2013.
Brian enjoys an active lifestyle and is currently training for his second triathlon and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife Julie and his young children Ryland and Emmaline.
Joy Groblebe is an entrepreneur at heart with a background in event planning, public relations, marketing and sales. Along with her business partner, Brian Scheer, she owns The Frontline Group and serves clients including Ken Davis, Michael Hyatt, Michele Cushatt, Dr. Tim Kimmel and Crystal Paine. In addition, she is the owner of The Cupcake Tower, an online retail business.
Joy makes her home in Brighton, Colorado with her husband of 12 years, Travis, and their four young children, Jacob, Delaney, Sara and Eleanor. As a work from home professional, wife and mother, life is best described as a blessed, crazy mix of family, friends, travel, OU Football and venti non-fat no foam Starbucks lattes.
For over a decade, Brian Scheer has enjoyed the privilege of working as an artist manager for speakers, artists, entertainers and sport figures. He graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for three years, Brian received his Realty License and worked as a realtor in the state of Colorado, which provided a solid foundation in sales and customer service that serves his clients well to this day. In 2001, Brian and his wife, Traci, moved to Franklin, TN to begin what is now a thriving career in artist management.
Brian and his business partner, Joy Groblebe, have the distinct pleasure to work with such names as Ken Davis, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Michele Cushatt and Crystal Paine through their company, The Frontline Group.
With 4 children, ranging in age from 5-13 years of age, Brian enjoys all outdoor activities including running, golf, volleyball, hunting, camping and just about anything else that requires time with family and friends.