Equity Bank Series – Karyn Page: President & CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services

Karyn Page is recognized at the local, state, and national level for her expertise on export promotion and export ecosystem development in both private and public sectors. She consults small businesses and communities across multiple industries on trade strategy, advocacy, compliance, market entry, and identifying global opportunities. Ms. Page currently serves as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, …

Dan Schawbel: New York Times Bestselling Author, Fortune 500 Consultant, Serial Entrepreneur

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourselfand Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, was released by Hachette on November 13th, 2018. Through …

Equity Bank Series – Dan McKenzie: CEO of Ensignal Inc.

Dan McKenzie is the CEO of Ensignal Inc as well as CFO of Golden Wheat Inc. Ensignal began in 2000, with an acquisition of a 14 store operation headquartered in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Over the ensuing time frame, Ensignal has grown into sizeable regional Verizon Premium agent, with 94 locations in eight states. The company’s primary market focus has always …

Equity Bank Series – Ronnie Leonard: President & CEO of Balco, Inc.

Ronnie Leonard is the President and CEO of Balco, Inc., a local manufacturing company. She has been with Balco for 22 years-16 years as the CFO and the past 6 years as CEO. Ronnie graduated from Wichita State University in 1987 and worked for Baird, Kurtz & Dobson as a CPA for 5 years and as a controller for NPC, …

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Equity Bank Series – Teresa Lovelady: President & CEO of HealthCore Clinic

Teresa Lovelady joined the HealthCore Clinic (formerly Center for Health and Wellness) as President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2011. Teresa has been a medical patient at the Center since 2003 and served as a consumer board member since May 2009. She brought a wealth of experience to the board as a patient and as a professional in the …

RSM Marketing: Simplifying Marketing Tactics Through Outsourced Expertise

RSM Marketing provides an Outsourced Marketing Department where clients receive a marketing director and all the resources they need under a flat fee monthly subscription. RSM employs dozens of specialists and experienced marketing directors to assist entrepreneurially-minded companies ranging from startups to market leaders with thousands of employees. Companies across the country from all categories are choosing this model to …

Equity Bank Series – Bud Gates: Entrepreneur, CEO, Executive, & Franchisee

Bud Gates has served as Chairman and CEO of Easygates, LLC, from March 2007 to present. In addition, he serves as President and CEO of Gates Enterprises, Inc., 1985 to present. Gates was owner and operator of Rent-A-Center and ColorTyme franchises from 1996 to 2006 and Pizza Hut franchises from 1985 to 2007. The company owned and operated Heroes Sports …

Equity Bank Series – Bill Maness: Founder & CEO of Syndeo

Syndeo is Kansas-based, independently owned human resources company. The Syndeo family of companies is made up of Syndeo Outsourcing — a full-service human resources outsourcing (HRO) provider, Syndeo Payroll Solutions — a full-service payroll services provider, and Syndeo Staffing — a full-service recruiting and staffing services provider. While all of these options are available to companies, these branches of Syndeo …

Equity Bank Series – Victor Lukic: President of Great Plains Industries

Victor Lukic joined GPI as president in November of 2012 following the unexpected death of Grant Nutter. Vic has extensive experience in companies which manufacture proprietary products. He has work in companies of varied sizes and in diverse industries from truck bodies to cabinets to pumps. Vic has degrees in both Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering. Since arriving at GPI …

Equity Bank Series – Jared Peterson: President/CEO of Vermillion

Jared Peterson began working at Vermillion in 2009 as a Sales Associate, specializing in sales of wire harness and custom cable for the aerospace and defense industries. He quickly rose through the ranks and became Director of Manufacturing Operations in 2014.  During that time, Jared worked closely with the former president and in 2017, the president retired, leaving Jared at …

Chris & Brandon Voss: Owner / Operators of Black Swan Group

Chris Voss is the CEO & Founder of the Black Swan Group Ltd and author of Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. He has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world. Prior to …

Nathan Neblett: Retired Marine Corps Officer, CEO, Author

Nathan Neblett served for 24 years as an officer of the United States Marine Corps, during which time he observed leaders as they oversaw units comprising between 2 and 25,000 people across the four military branches and the United States Coast Guard. He was assigned as a liaison and advisor to foreign militaries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, …

The Four C’s of Leadership

Leadership is easy to understand…difficult to implement because of the courage, authenticity, & vulnerability that is required. Stop trying to be something that you’re not. Stop wearing masks Stop focusing on false charisma Stop focusing on position & title Dedicate your life to learning what it takes (in every aspect of your life) to be: Composed Confident Consistent Courageous

Devin Walker: Serial Entrepreneur & Author of “Gangstapreneur”

The definition of “Serial Entrepreneur”, Devin Walker is passionate about mentoring, coaching and volunteering his time and resources to help small businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. An extreme altruist and philanthropist. In 2002 Devin conceived and launched Printpop.com, first to market internet company providing art prints to consumers through digital uploads. Devin is an active angel investor and has …