Ric spent over 17 years on the Microsoft PowerPoint team building features you both love and fear. He created the Microsoft PowerPoint Team blog and founded the San Jose California branch of the global Pecha Kucha presentation event. His website, http://ricbret.wordpress.com, offers links to these activities and more.
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 1980s. In 2006, he left the corporate world in favor of his imaging company, Fleeting Glimpse Images, and serves the imaging community with a variety of services related to photography, graphic design and instruction. Rikk regularly presents at regional photographic societies and teaches a variety of topics in digital capture and processing. He maintains two blogs: Fleeting Glimpse Images Weblog on all things imaging and Holy Crop! a blog devoted solely to cropping of images.
With more than 20 years experience in the field of visual communications, Nolan helps organizations and individuals show up differently and tell better stories with fewer words. As a designer and art director, he has created high-end presentations, keynote addresses and pitches for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions, top foundations, and all the major television networks. Nolan trains organizations to think visually and to create and give more effective presentations. He speaks at national conferences, writes extensively on visual storytelling and is recognized by Microsoft as a PowerPoint MVP.
In a past life, Nolan was an award-winning magician and juggler and performed with the Moscow Circus and Vermont's Circus Smirkus before turning to theatre. He directed and wrote professionally, creating stories on stages in New York and around the country for a decade.
Sue Hershkowitz-Coore helps audiences increase profitability, professionalism and productivity through improved communications. She has authored "Power Sales Writing" and "How to Say It to Sell It!" and has been quoted in USAToday, CEO Insights, and Selling Power. She has been designated an MPI Platinum speaker for nine consecutive years and was named "Best in Class - 2010-2012" by the Professional Convention Management Association. Sue's educational degrees include a Masters of Counseling and a Fellowship supported by the University of California at Berkeley.
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.
Dave Paradi has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored seven books on effective PowerPoint presentations and he consults on high-stakes presentations including one used to brief one of President Obama’s cabinet ministers. Dave is one of two Canadians, and one of only 12 people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world.
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 www.BillionDollarGraphics.com and www.GetMyGraphic.com for helpful presentation tools. He also is a partner at 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com), 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...]
Dr. Simon 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.
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.
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’s a member of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP team and enjoys sharing knowledge with other presentation designers.
Doug Thomas leads the Office 15-Minute Webinars, a free weekly series with demos and Q&A at Office.com. He has created and appeared in over 100 videos at Microsoft, including Office Casual, an award-winning how-to series.