SPEAKERS

RAY TITUS

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Mr. Raymond W. Titus, also known as Ray founded EmbroidMe, Inc. in 2000 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Titus serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of United Franchise Group Inc. In 2000, Mr. Titus used his extensive franchising experience to start EmbroidMe, which has been ranked the #1 custom embroidery, screen-printing, and promotional products franchise in the world by Entrepreneur Magazine. He served as the President of EmbroidMe, Inc. He has over thirty years of franchising experience. He co-founded SIGNARAMA, Inc. in 1986 and served as its President since 1995. He began his career with Minuteman Press. Mr. Titus has been instrumental in helping guide SIGNARAMA's expansion into 32 countries and nearly every U.S. state. He is affiliated with many organizations and is primarily involved with the following: Franchise Education Strategic Advisory Board at NOVA Southeastern University, the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, President and Board of Directors of the Franchisor Association of Florida and International Franchise Association; and Chairman for Chief Executive Officer/President Forums, (South Florida). He spent countless hours and thousands of dollars supporting charities, including those within the foundation he established in 2006, United Franchise Group Foundation which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children, Junior Achievement and Africa Bridge. He is proud to have a place on the Board of Governors at Northwood University and actively seeks greater involvement. He is an accomplished speaker and has delivered several keynote addresses for other franchises. He also published in a book entitled, “Inside the Minds: Buying a Franchise,” where Ray and other industry insiders share their vast knowledge on what to look for in a viable franchise. In 2007, Mr. Titus was awarded the President's “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for export excellence, having increased export revenue for the SIGNARAMA brand by 700% in just three years. Also, in 2007 he was named Ernst & Young's Florida Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2007 Counselor International Person of the Year.

DALE HEDRICK

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Dale R. Hedrick is the Founder & President of Hedrick Brothers Construction, a privately-owned company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.  A fourth generation general contractor active in Palm Beach County since 1979, Dale has been instrumental in building and maintaining the company’s reputation for providing quality craftsmanship, professional project management, and conducting business with integrity. Hedrick Brothers Construction provides pre-construction, construction management, general contracting, design-build and virtual design & construction services for Commercial, Luxury Residential, Equestrian, Industrial, Automobile Dealerships, Municipal, Country Clubs, Education, and Historic Restoration projects in Florida and Georgia. Company awards include AIA Florida Builder of the Year 2014, AIA Palm Beach Builder of the Year 2013, and Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Business of the Year 2014.

SAMUEL QUINCY EDWARDS

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In his 9+ years as a digital marketer, Sam has worked with countless small businesses and enterprise Fortune 500 companies and organizations including: Major League Soccer, NASDAQ OMX, eBay, Duncan Hines, Drew Barrymore, Price Benowitz LLP, Expedia and human rights organization Amnesty International. 


He is a recurring speaker at the Search Marketing Expo conference series, TEDx Talker and has previously been a contributing columnist to Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur and Business.com. 


Today he serves as Chief Marketing Officer for SEO.co, a content marketing and search engine optimization marketing agency headquartered in Seattle, Washington. 

PAUL DEBOGORSKI

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Paul Debogorski is the owner of South Florida Cybersecurity, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, 20 years of experience in the IT world, including working with US Department of Veteran’s Affairs for 15 years. A Certified Ethical Hacker and computer forensics expert, he literally grew up in the era of video games, home computers, and the Internet. He uses his expertise to help companies and individuals alike secure their systems against hackers, since he is all too aware that it isn’t a matter of if, but when a business will become a victim of hacking or a data breach, as well as just how costly it can be. He maintains an active High Risk Public Trust security clearance with the Federal Government, is a member of Business Networking International, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and is a Knight of the Order of St. Isidore of Seville, an order devoted to using computers and the Internet via the Chivalric Code and overcoming evil with good. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming, both online and tabletop games, custom building new desktop computers, and travelling to new places.

DAVID S TISCHLER

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As an SEO & Digital Marketing Professional with over 15 years’ experience, David has developed both passion and expertise for performing comprehensive website audits, implementing SEO changes according to "white hat" practices and writing optimized content that improves rankings, drives relevant traffic and increases conversions. Over the course of his career, David has worked with hundreds of small and medium size businesses to improve their online presence and drive sales via their websites. During his tenure at Interim HealthCare Inc., David built an in-house team that managed the search needs for more than 90 local franchisee websites. As Digital Marketing Director at Allstar Coaches, LLC, he helped gain a nearly 70% share of the luxury motorhome rental segment. Today David is the owner of G-Tech Digital, a West Palm Beach based agency helping startups and small businesses to grow their digital footprint.

CHRISTOPHER ROOG

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As the Director of Economic Development for the City of West Palm Beach, Christopher works hand in hand with the Mayor to develop proactive strategies, policies and innovative economic development plans and programs to attract new business, stimulate existing business and drive economic growth for the City of West Palm Beach. He is exited to speak with business owners to show how the city can help them grow.

VERONICA ROMNEY

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Veronica is a 10-year branding and marketing veteran. Even more than that, she is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, and a brand consultant. Veronica has always combined both vision and execution when working with some of the world’s most respected brands including Sprint, Marriott, IMAX, Dr. Weil Vitamin Advisor, and more. She is the Founder of MyModernBrand, a branding education company that helps great people and great companies clarify their brand message, find their unique brand voice, and market themselves authentically. When she isn’t busy wrangling a business and two kids, she is an in-demand international speaker with topics ranging from disruptive digital marketing strategies and trends to why having a personal brand is necessary to succeed in business today regardless of industry

ANTOINE DUPONT

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 Antoine is a recognized expert and strategist in digital marketing. He’s an award winning marketing agency owner and a speaker at national & international conferences. He combines 18 years in marketing and 15 years in the hospitality industry. His first job out of college was working for Gordon Ramsey in London at Le Gavroche. Antoine travels the world sharing his strategy and methodology to marketers and business owners. His goal is to improve lead generation and business growth via his proven marketing strategies. As a result, he is an in-demand consultant on discovering the strategies that work. His past clients include Office Depot, Unilever, The Sports Authority, Habitat for Humanity. Recent appearances include presentations at INBOUND18, PRINT18, MPI WEC 2018 & Digitalium 2018 (Romania) and many others.  

JOSHUA SHRONCE

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 Utilizing my broad background and network to develop sustainable solutions and synthesizing teams in the energy, technology, marketing, and real estate industries in this country & abroad.

Founder of Atlantis Enterprises LLC and Atlantis Light & Power in the DFW metroplex; I made my way back into corporate America after a 10-year hiatus from Microsoft while managing high volume nightclubs.

Now I share my talents with amazing teams around the world on a contractual and consultative basis. Educated at the University of Texas in Arlington with a focus on International Business and Finance and a minor in Spanish, I blend a background of international philanthropy from my family’s school in Nicaragua; Hope Bilingual Academy, with a broad skill set from endeavors in various fields including Telecom, Hospitality, Education, Entertainment, Marketing, Energy & now the Real Estate sector. I'm a proud Texan, living in West Palm Beach.


JOEL CASTILLO

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Joel Castillo empowers business owners and entrepreneurs to grow and make an impact in their business using digital marketing techniques. Joel is a digital marketing expert whose passion is to not only excel in his career but also to help anyone else who wants to learn Digital Marketing. Through his life and work, he has discovered what drives him: Mastering and sharing what he has learned while attending numerous Digital marketing conferences, courses, and anything related to business or technology.   Joel has helped various companies ranging from Digital Marketing Agencies to Tech Start-Ups while generating millions of leads and creating brand awareness. Through his work as a Digital Marketer, he has finally discovered that a big part of his purpose is to help you learn digital marketing.   Now, Joel is the Founder of The HUB Palm Beach.   The HUB Palm Beach puts you in the driver's seat by helping business owners and startups realize their online business opportunities.  

VES MARINOVA

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Ves is a Bulgarian, self taught, do it all type a boss babe currently based in Florida. 


Her experience as a master fitness trainer, dietitian, make-up artist, beauty consultant, fitness model, NPC and Muscle Beach judge, business spokes person, marketing and sales professional, and a tech geek, brought the attention of other models, actors, competitors and business professionals which lead into her building her Consulting Business where Ves helps individuals on beauty, nutrition, fitness, networking and business development skills. She’s grown business and has helped transform people. She’s built an extensive network of trusted professionals in multitude of industries including technology, construction, fitness, distribution, medical, nutraceutical, venture capital, and more.


Ves holds esthetics licenses, multiple IFPA certifications in fitness training and sports nutrition, Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, and Master in Business Administration with Marketing and International Business Management specialties.

Ves has over 20 years experience and specializes in helping individuals and companies identify and achieve their personal and business goals by enhancing their skills, resources and connections.

D.B. WIENKE

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D. B. Wienke has consulted with hundreds of professionals in different industries to achieve real, measurable results when leveraging LinkedIn to generate sales leads, land new clients, and increase revenues. In 2016, LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft, morphing the professional networking opportunities to even greater heights. 


We bridge the gap between strategy and execution on how to perform specific, smart strategies to capture LinkedIn opportunities that your competitors overlook.


Business owners know that the key to closing more deals isn’t just generating more leads; it is generating the right leads to build your pipeline.  Not just Fortune 1000, but Small Medium Businesses owners are highly active on the largest business-only social platform at 675 million active LinkedIn members worldwide.  


Ultimately, we consult with our clients to build a steady stream of prospects to fill the pipeline, to achieve higher productivity and to exceed business goals. 


Since 2009 as CEO of LinkedIn Club, D.B and her award-winning team offer five service areas: 


  1. Optimize LinkedIn profiles using keywords, done for you
  2. Refresh stale resumes using Applicant Tracking System (ATS) best practices, done for you
  3. Social content created specifically for your vertical, done for you
  4. LinkedIn coaching sessions for groups or individuals
  5. Virtual training of LinkedIn workshops worldwide


D.B. Wienke’s career spans twenty-five years of award-winning work in leadership roles with News Corporation, PNC Bank, and Procter & Gamble among others, before launching LinkedInClub.


D.B. Wienke earned her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a dual concentration in Management Strategy and Marketing. Her Bachelor of Arts in Economics was obtained at Denison University, Ohio.


ERIC GROS-DUBOIS

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Eric Gros-Dubois is the founder of EPGD Business Law, head of the firm’s corporate and tax practice, and manages the firm’s Washington D.C. office. With a JD and MBA, and a specialization in finance, Eric is able to step back and view the legal world through a commercial lens while also acting as a trusted business advisor for his clients.

Before founding EPGD, Mr. Gros-Dubois’s areas of concentration included business transactions, tax controversies, and estate & trust planning. While at a prominent firm located in Washington, DC, his path led him to Miami, FL where he handled commercial transactions and business litigation. While attending law school, he spent a summer with a non-profit organization, interned with a private equity group, and devoted a semester to the Federal Tax clinic representing taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Courts, laying the foundation for the future of EPGD Business Law.

When asked to identify his thoughts on practicing law, Eric answers without hesitation: “People aren’t hiring us to solve legal problems, they’re hiring us to solve personal problems.” With his hands-on approach, Eric builds strong client-attorney relationships and finds himself intimately involved in each of his cases even after they’ve been resolved. Despite his heavy work schedule, Eric still finds the time to be an outstanding member of the community as a Executive Committee and Board Member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, former President of the Rotary Club of Brickell, current President of BNI Coral Gables, past president of his home owner’s association, and supporter of many fundraisers devoted to the community. Eric also regularly teaches other lawyers for their continuing legal education, presents to The American Immigration Lawyers Association, and more."

TRINA CHANEEY-HOO

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After an extremely accomplished 13 years in the Miami hospitality & tourism industry, Trina Chaney-Hoo opened her very own event coordinating business, The Planning Company, in November of 2002. Since that time, The Planning Company has successfully executed countless luxury celebrations and experiences, including worldwide destination events, corporate retreats, and weddings. When The Planning Company outgrew their offices, Trina and her team ventured out into the world of coworking spaces, and The Studio 1016 was born about 5 years ago. Once a near blank slate, The Studio 1016 is now an industrial-chic playground of custom-built offices and floating desks that over 60 members call home base.

When you first meet Trina, it’s easy to feel a little intimidated. From whatever fierce hairstyle she’s rocking that month, to how she always seems dressed to kill, and finally in the way that commanding a conversation appears to come so naturally to her, there’s no question that you’re dealing with a bad ass. Beneath that exterior, however, Trina also happens to be one of the most approachable, generously kind, humble, and -not to mention- FUN individuals you’ll ever be lucky enough to meet. Whether it’s coordinating multi-million-dollar events and experiences at The Planning Company, or managing scores of members at The Studio 1016, Trina never stops hustling. While her resume speaks for itself, it doesn’t do justice to her creative brilliance or the knack for networking she brings to the table. 

Even though Trina successfully juggles running two businesses simultaneously, at the end of the day she’s still not 100% sure what she wants to be when she grows up. She’s always looking for the next big opportunity to take her brand and her businesses to the next level. With her adventurous spirit and fearless approach to diving head-first into challenging projects, you might begin to question whether Trina even knows what a comfort zone is.

SHAY BERMAN

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Shay Berman is the founder and president of Digital Resource, a full-service digital marketing agency located in West Palm Beach. Shay’s clear-cut approach to internet marketing has driven his clients’ businesses to new heights and earned Digital Resource the title of the 262nd fastest-growing private company in America on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list after just four years. Digital Resource provides exceptional service and custom solutions in social media marketing, organic search engine optimization, responsive website design, and more.