Start Strong Summit
5 Pivotal concepts to drive growth in 2022
Learn the secrets of the world's fastest-growing companies.
01/27/22 @ 10:00 AM (CST)
*Seats are limited
5 Pivotal Concepts to Drive Growth in 2022
The things that separate high-growth companies from everyone else.

Know Your Buyer

Just like everything else, buyer behavior has changed. Today's prospects have new expectations, desires, and triggers. Understanding your buyers is essential to properly positioning your products and services. Our experts will reveal the keys to staying top of mind regardless of evolving markets or shifting trends. 

Accelerate with Technology

The world's most successful companies embrace technology that boosts the outcomes of their sales and marketing teams. They know that when bad technology slows down the work your people do, you lose morale in addition to sales. Join us to see how a great technology strategy will multiply the efforts of your growth teams.

Attract Your Buyer 

There are a lot of things clamoring for your prospects' attention, and competing for their money. Our experts have spent decades perfecting formulas that work to make the buyer take notice and make the purchase. Our experts will show you what makes your business stand out, and what makes buyers take action.

Empower your People

Every leading company is built through the passion and talents of a dedicated team of individuals. Give your rock stars the tools they need to shine. Join us to see how the right technology strategy can create a path of least resistance that will transform your hard work into game-changing outcomes!

Keep Your Promises

Your products are promises. The companies that overdeliver on those promises are the ones whose buyers are loyal fans. Our experts will illuminate the expectations people have in today's changed business landscape and show you how to get to the heart of what customers really want to create repeat buyers.
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Your Strength Trainers

Amanda Holmes, Chet Holmes International

Amanda is the CEO of Chet Holmes International, which has worked with over 250,000 businesses worldwide. At age 24, she inherited her father’s multi-million-dollar enterprise, which specializes in helping companies double their sales in twelve months flat.

Amanda has merged her father’s proven process with her own forward-thinking ideas to connect the old-school sales process with the younger generation of today. Her success has made it clear that she was born to lead. With her new ideas, she has streamlined operations and brought in sales at over 1,000% the rate she started with.

Based on The New York Times best seller from Chet Holmes, The Ultimate Sales Machine, which was voted one of the top ten most-recommended sales books of all time, Amanda’s mission is to teach the last and most important lesson that her father never got to reveal, to radically change the lives of those passionate about success and sales.

Paul Dippell, Service Leadership, Inc.

Paul frequently advises on value creation strategies. He has over 35 years of experience building, running, acquiring, and integrating IT solutions companies. He is the founder and former CEO of Service Leadership Inc., which was acquired by ConnectWise in December 2020.

Prior to founding Service Leadership, Paul established the IT solutions vertical for the M&A firm USBX Advisory Services. He has also served as vice president of merger, acquisitions, and integration at All Covered Inc., where he successfully acquired and integrated more than fifteen IT services companies in 18 months. He subsequently founded a mid-market IT services company and performed two private equity raises to launch it.

Early in his career, Paul spent seven years at CompuCom, becoming vice president of service operations consulting. He later served as both vice president of managed services and vice president of the South-Central region at Xerox Connect, where he brought managed services to many Fortune 500 companies.

Thomas H. Douglas, JMARK

Tom joined JMARK in 1997 upon completion of enlistment to the Navy, where he won an achievement medal for his design of a financial reporting database. Starting off as a level one engineer at JMARK, he worked his way up the ranks before purchasing the company in 2001.

As JMARK’s CEO, Tom is a trusted technology adviser to a global list of clients. He has been named to the annual MSPmentor 250 leadership list five times. Nationally, he is an in-demand speaker on leadership and technology, including executive strategies, entrepreneur tactics, technology trends, IT maturity methodologies, culture development, and cybersecurity.

Tom has built a people-first business that attracts and empowers the top IT professionals in the world. Under his leadership, JMARK has experienced 70% growth in the last three years. In fact, the Missouri-based company has been recognized on Inc. magazine’s list of the top 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for nine consecutive years.

Andy Whaley, JMARK

In 25 years of marketing and sales, Andy has crafted marketing strategies and sales enablement programs for several brands, including Tyson Foods, M&M/Mars, J.M. Smucker, Bass Pro Shops, and AGFinancial. While managing the brand marketing team at Bass Pro Shops, Andy increased sales and awareness metrics through his leadership in new brand partnerships, strategic marketing campaigns, and the creation of Bass Pro’s #1 growth brand, ASCEND.

Andy serves as JMARK's chief growth officer, bringing sales and marketing together as a single growth team with a unified vision of helping prospective clients navigate the process of learning about and buying managed IT services. 

At JMARK, Andy has been impressed with the way in which the company's core values are naturally embedded in conversations and interactions throughout the company. He says, “It’s honesty and transparency in conversations, teamwork in crushing company goals together, excellence in how we approach our work, passion in genuinely celebrating each other and supporting our clients, accountability in our weekly reports, and the fun of laughing and lifting celebratory cheers in our Friday company rallies. The core values are a natural part of our culture. It’s who we are. And I love that about JMARK.”

Brandon Welch, Frank & Maven

Brandon Welch is the president and chief of strategy at Frank & Maven, and the best-selling author of The Maven Marketer. He's spent over half of his life growing owner-operated companies through better marketing, and is on a mission to teach businesses everywhere how to do the same. He and his team help their clients reach unprecedented growth by eliminating waste and bringing more empathy to advertising.

Brad Erwin, Paragon Architecture

Brad created Paragon Architecture in 2010 with a strong desire to improve communities through sustainable design of education, civic, public safety, and healthcare facilities. With over 20 years of experience in project development, he has built a solid reputation in the industry for his innovative approach.

Paragon has been named an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by the American Institute of Architects for creating an environment that nurtures professional development opportunities for employees. The firm was named one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work by Biz417. The company’s 26 professional’s now span three locations including the Springfield headquarters and offices in Joplin and St. Louis.

Brad currently serves on the board of directors for CoxHealth, the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, AIA Missouri, and Accelerate SGF. He is also actively involved in the City of Springfield’s Forward SGF planning, the Grant Avenue Parkway project, and Renew Jordan Creek efforts.
What you'll learn at the summit!

The Fastest, Least Expensive Way to Double Sales

Amanda Holmes, Chet Holmes International

Learn the secrets that over 250,000 businesses have used to grow their sales! In this engaging, interactive session, Amanda will build on concepts taught in the timeless bestseller, The Ultimate Sales Machine, to show how to magnify the impact from every move you’re already making to trigger demand in prospects and convert interest to closed sales.

7 Things Inhibiting Your Growth in 2022 and How to Overcome Them

Thomas H. Douglas, JMARK

Did you know that over 80% of the sales process is already complete before someone even picks up the phone to call you? The amount of independent research that prospects do on their own before they speak to a salesperson is growing every year. This is why technology must become a foundational element of your sales and growth strategies. In this keynote, Tom will discuss the top seven barriers to growth and how you can overcome them now to start the year off strong and set yourself up for exponential success in the months to come.

How to Tell If Your IT Strategy & Management Can Meet Your Growth Goals

Paul Dippell, Service Leadership, Inc.

81% of leading sales teams say that the technology they use is key to doing their best work. Meanwhile, the bottom third (32%) stated that their technology inhibits the work they do. Where do your teams fall? Is your IT aligned with your strategic sales and marketing goals to create an environment where your revenue generators have no impediments to hitting their numbers? Paul Dippell will share the wisdom he has learned in over 30 years of working with the top companies in the world to set up technology foundations that strengthen your culture, generate value throughout your entire organization, and facilitate growth that is sustainable and scalable.

Creating a Growth Engine That Generates Massive ROI

Amanda Holmes, Paul Dippell, Andy Whaley, Brandon Welch, & Brad Erwin

Converting a prospect from a marketing-qualified lead (MQL) to a sales-qualified lead (SQL) is vital, yet most businesses struggle with making that happen. So how can yours become one of the standout companies that moves leads consistently through your funnel? How do you ensure that your marketing and sales activities will result in new business? Join our experts to learn how they have successfully generated millions of dollars of sales across multiple industries and in diverse market conditions. Host Tom Douglas will interview these experts with his characteristic unflinching candor, digging deep to uncover the processes and principles that produce a dependable ROI in new business development.
There's no denying that there is a buzz in the air about the possibilities awaiting in 2022. It's time to get growth engines fired up and roaring!

That's why we've gathered together the leading experts in sales, strategy, and technology. They'll break down the processes they use that every business can follow to achieve repeatable outcomes and generate success. Join us and get ready for a strong start to an epic year!
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