As one of Australia’s most prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders, Naomi Simson is known as the founding director of online experience retailer RedBalloon. She’s an investor on Network Ten’s popular television series Shark Tank, a business blogger and author and is now co-founder of the newly formed The Big Red Group (BRG) an organisation housing her 4 businesses RedBalloon, Redii, Wrapped and The Huddle.A true business influencer and leader with more than 2 million LinkedIn followers, she’s Australia’s most followed person on the business networking platform. She’s author of three books including the bestseller Live What You Love, I Want What She's Having and Ready to Soar. Naomi also assists entrepreneurs in turning their ideas into big business through her online course ‘Building your Business Brand’ through her education platform, The Huddle.As an engaging and passionate speaker, Naomi is relatable across a broad variety of audiences and topics. Often drawing on her own personal experiences, she provides thoughtful and honest conversations on topics such as Purpose, Leadership, Business Success, The Entrepreneurial Journey and Thriving Workplaces. Before founding RedBalloon, Naomi worked for big businesses including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines – all of which influenced her views on workplaces.
Mr. John L. Garrison, Jr. has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Terex Corporation since November 2, 2015. Mr. Garrison served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Bell Helicopter segment at Textron Inc since August 2009 until October 2015. Mr. Garrison served as President of Industrial Segment at Textron Inc., since November 2007. Mr. Garrison served as President of E-Z GO, Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc., since 2002. He joined Textron in February 2002. Mr. Garrison served as Chairman of Azurix Corp., and served as its Chief Executive Officer since August 25, 2000 and its President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2000. He served as an Executive Director of Azurix since November 1999. Mr. Garrison served as President of Europe/South America at Azurix Corp., from December 1999 to March 2000 and its Managing Director from April 1999 to November 1999. Prior to Azurix in May 1999, Mr. Garrison served as Vice President and General Manager of the North American Agricultural systems Group of Case Corporation from August 1995 to April 1999. Before joining Case Corp., Mr. Garrison served as Principal of Enron Development Corp., from July 1992 to July 1995 and was responsible for gas and power infrastructure development for the United States, Colombia and Mexico. Before joining industry, Mr. Garrison served 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger, commanding an 8 inch Artillery Battery in the Republic of Korea and taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. He has been a Director of Terex Corporation since November 2, 2015. Mr. Garrison served as Trustee of Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, Inc. He serves on the Board of the Club Managers Club Foundation. Mr. Garrison earned Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering in 1982 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and an MBA from Harvard University in 1990, where he graduated with distinction. He has also completed Textron's Global Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Tony Conant has more than 20 years of experience developing operations and supply chain strategies at companies including Intel, BASF, Whirlpool and Bank of America.
“I welcome the opportunity to join such a dynamic organization and staff team,” said Conant. “Hallmarks of the organization are innovative and strategic thinking that represent the equipment rental industry very effectively. I look forward to building upon that ARA legacy with the volunteer leaders and staff members.
Originally from Detroit, Conant earned a bachelor’s degree in operations management from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. He also holds an MBA in finance and international economics from the University of Florida and completed Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of California at San Diego.
Mr. Peter Schrader serves as Chief Executive Officer at Zeppelin Rental GmbH & Co. KG since 2004. From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Schrader served as Manager at several divisions of the Zeppelin Group. Prior to joining Zeppelin he was chair of the technical security and protection of labor at the Bergakademie of Freiberg. The core business of Zeppelin Rental is the leasing of machinery and equipment, construction logistics and temporary infrastructure.
Zeppelin GmbH, formerly MVS Zeppelin is headquartered in Garching near Munich offers solutions in the field of machine and equipment rental, building site, construction logistics and module manufacturing. The company has approximately 135 locations represented in Germany, Austria, Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and employs approximately 1,300 people. The company is a subsidiary of the Friedrichshafen-based Zeppelin Group .
Not many people can lay claim to being a Paralympic gold medallist and world champion while still being in their teenage years. Then again, there aren’t many people like Dylan Alcott. Dylan, a dual sport athlete, has represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis since the age of 13. In 2008, at the age of 17, Dylan was a main contributor in the Australian wheelchair basketball teams. The Rollers won gold medal victory at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing, becoming the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Dylan won gold in both the singles and doubles tennis making him one of an elite few to have won Olympic gold in 2 different sports at 2 separate Olympics. Dylan was born with a rare type of tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, which required immediate surgery only weeks after birth. After a three year battle for his life, Dylan was able to defy the odds as his health started improve, and through sheer determination and hard work has been able to strive into one of Australia’s best and widely recognised Paralympians. One of Dylan’s greatest achievements was being inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 at the age of 18. From there, Dylan and The Rollers followed up their win in Beijing with victory at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, becoming the first Australian basketball team to ever win the title. At the tournament, Alcott was selected in the World All Star 5, making him the best player in his position in the world. In 2012, he returned from the London Paralympic Games with a silver medal. In 2013, Dylan re-launched his tennis career, and was granted a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open, reaching the semi-final. After only 18 months into his comeback, Dylan won his first ever grand slam title, The Australian Open, and is currently ranked number one in the world. Dylan is also a keen philanthropist, and in late 2014, Dylan broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 consecutive hour’s non-stop, setting the new world record and raising an incredible $100,000 for two charities – The Starlight Foundation and Variety. Dylan’s achievements are not only restricted to the sporting field. He is studying commerce at Melbourne University, fulfilling his role as the ambassador for Variety, the Children’s charity, The Starlight Foundation and OCS Group Australia. Dylan’s true passion is his work as a motivational speaker, and through his inspirational storytelling, Dylan is continually trying to alter and change the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community. In 2015, Dylan delivered his first ever TED talk at the TEDx Sydney event at the Sydney Opera House. Dylan won Gold in both the singles and doubles tennis at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was the winner of the 2016 Australian Open and awarded the winner of the 2016 GQ Sportsman of the Year.
Dylan has made sports history in 2016, as the first wheelchair athlete to win the Newcombe Medal, the highest individual award in Australian tennis. And for the third year running, has won the 2017 Australian Open quad wheelchair title. He also works as a keynote corporate speaker, brings disability awareness to schools, enjoys being an MC, and is a regular guest on many radio and television stations across Australia. He is also a national athlete spokesperson for the Australian Paralympic committee, and is world renown for his wheelchair crowd surfing at music festivals.
Andrew is one of Australia's most in-demand professional MC / facilitators and a respected authority on presentation skills. A former corporate lawyer, Andrew has brought his casual yet corporate MC style to countless conferences and events over the past 15 years, engaging audiences across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Andrew thoroughly researches each client, tailors all his material accordingly and writes his own script notes, yet is well known for his quick wit and ability to think on his feet. He has also become well known for his ability to involve the audience in proceedings, adapt to vastly different audiences and for his improvisational skills. His unique, intricately researched speaker introductions, his lively conference openings as well as his final night summaries transform a potentially dry conference room into an environment where laughter and learning blend seamlessly. Andrew is not a comedian, although he uses appropriate humour constantly. Rather, he is a specialist professional MC, so he knows how to make a conference agenda run smoothly and ensure the conference messages are delivered effectively. Andrew brings a new creativity to your event, creating an atmosphere where learning is easier, as people learn more when they have been having fun, resulting in people gaining better value for their conference dollar.Andrew Klein has hosted countless events over the years for Westpac, Ernst & Young, Telstra, IBM, LG, Bayer Healthcare, Dymocks, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Bank, Aged Care Association Australia, Optus and Allianz to name a few.