The Presentation Summit, Sep 22-25, 2013
A Very Talented Team
We are putting together our team of keynote presenters this month. Here is the group of presenters, trainers, and experts from which we will create this year’s team.
Rick has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989. He is the author of 15 books on presentations and graphics, including “Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck…and how you can make them better.”
Geetesh does three things: he runs a PowerPoint specific site called indezine.com, he trains business users in creating and delivering presentations, and he writes books. When he is not doing any of these, he is probably traveling somewhere. Based in Hyderabad India, he has been a Most Valued Professional (MVP) for PowerPoint since 2001 and has attended all 10 conferences, selflessly giving of his time and expertise in the Help Center.
Ric spent over 16 years on the Microsoft PowerPoint team building features you both love and fear. He created the Microsoft PowerPoint Team blog, and a year after leaving MSFT he still has more entries there than any other blogger. Ric founded the San Jose California branch of the Pecha Kucha presentation event, and can occasionally be heard on his Presentations Roundtable podcast, promoting excellence in design and technique through interviews of industry professionals. His blog at http://ricbret.wordpress.com offers thoughts on presenting and other important subjects.
Troy Chollar is a principal at TLC Creative Services, Inc. and is a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint, first awarded in 2004. TLC Creative Services is a graphic design firm specializing in PowerPoint presentations with a focus on live-stage presentations delivered on a large scale, across multiple screens, with dynamic animations and high impact visuals. With an office of five designers, every aspect of PowerPoint is encountered and virtually no software-related request comes as a surprise. TLC Creative Services is now in its 16th year and has been host for the past six years of ThePowerPointBlog.com.
As an Audiovisual Presentation Specialist with over 20 years of experience in live event production, Todd has earned a reputation for making clients look and sound great. He is a former PowerPoint MVP and has served on the InfoComm Board of Governors and as chair of InfoComm’s Presentations Council. As an entertainer and musician, Todd has played with some great names and has performed at the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz festivals. To us, he is the go-to guy for anything related to hardware or something funky that isn’t behaving properly (or something funky that is behaving, like his alto sax).
A nationally-recognized executive coach and award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine. Jim’s company, Distinction, works with clients ranging from Fortune 50 senior executive teams to small business start-ups to communicate their high stakes messages with greater influence and personal impact.
Rikk Flohr has been a professional photographer since the mid 80s and a graphic designer since the early 90s. In January of 2006 he left the corporate world in favor of his imaging company, Fleeting Glimpse Images, founded in 1998. Since then, Rikk has served the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction.
Rikk was a featured-columnist for CorelDraw unleashed magazine, writing about various Digital Photography and Image Editing topics. He teaches at national software conferences like CorelWorld, the CorelDraw User’s Conference, PowerPoint Live and the Presentation Summit. Rikk regularly presents at regional photographic societies and teaches a variety of topics in digital capture and processing. Three times, Rikk has served as Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park. In addition, Rikk conducts workshops, both in classroom and in the field on all aspects of digital imaging. Rikk recently announced a series of Badlands photography workshops. He currently serves as Field and Classroom Instructor for Worldesigns Photo’s Costa Rica tours and is a veteran of 6 photography expeditions to this Central American country.
Rikk currently maintains two blogs: Fleeting Glimpse Images Weblog on all things imaging and Holy Crop! a blog devoted solely to cropping of images.
After careers in theatre and the circus, Nolan Haims moved into the world of presentation, designing presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions, and all the major television networks. Currently Nolan is a Vice President at Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, where he oversees presentation and visual communications. He blogs at PresentYourStory.com.
Glen Millar has designed and delivered hundreds of presentations to audiences both in Australia and internationally on subjects as diverse as scientific research, environmental sustainability and presenting effectively. He works in one of Australia’s largest regional governments supervising a team of environmental professionals. Glen has been awarded an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award for PowerPoint every year since 2003.
Ken Molay is president and founder of Webinar Success, a consulting firm that assists companies in producing and delivering effective and compelling web seminars. Ken combines a technical background with experience in corporate marketing and public presentations. He is a prolific blogger on the subject of web conferencing and its applications, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and industry publications. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of more effective webinars.
Dave has authored or co-authored six books including “The Visual Slide Revolution,” selected as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008. His ideas have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, Harvard and many others. His clients range from municipalities to Fortune 500 corporations and he consulted on a presentation used to brief one of President Obama’s cabinet ministers. Dave is an Adjunct Faculty member at Rush University in Chicago. He is also a Professional member and past National Director of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.
Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, presentation specialist and award-winning author. Mike regularly works with large and small companies to make clear, compelling, successful presentations. Visit Billion Dollar Graphics and Get My Graphic for helpful presentation tools. He also is a partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier proposal and presentation graphics firm.
An MVP since 1996, Steve has assisted PowerPoint users online for ten years. He has conducted numerous seminars and written magazine articles and books on PowerPoint. In a former life, he ran a slide service bureau and learned far more about PostScript and Acrobat PDF than is reasonable for a growing boy. He is the author of many of the popular PPTools PowerPoint add-ins. He swears he talked Rick into hosting this conference in the first place. [Editor’s note: He did...]
Echo began making slides as a medical meeting planner in 1997 and just never stopped. She uses PowerPoint as the basis for webcasts, CDs, and online applications. Her website is graced by dozens of downloadables and helpful documents, and she has been a member of the MVP team since 2000.
Dr. Taran has helped companies revolutionize the way they communicate and relate to their employees and clients. A co-founder at Rexi Media, Carmen’s focus is on communication design, applied in face-to-face, virtual, or on-demand settings. A published author, she has kept audiences alert and entertained in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, China, and Japan.
Julie specializes in designing creative presentations. As the owner of Terberg Design, Julie helps presenters better communicate their ideas with an audience through the use of clear visual concepts and images. She is a member of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP team and enjoys sharing knowledge with other presentation designers.
John has been a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP for the last four years and is a director of PPTAlchemy, a UK-based company specializing in writing custom VBA code for corporate users (where a sign on the wall states “Impossible Projects May Take a Little Longer.”) John writes PowerPoint and Excel addins for major companies around the world and in a previous life was a qualified white water kayak and mountaineering instructor.