New York Times Bestselling Author & Contracting Business Expert
Weldon Long is a successful entrepreneur, sales expert and author of the NY Times bestseller, The Power of Consistency – Prosperity Mindset Training for Sales and Business Professionals (Wiley). In 2003, he walked out of a homeless shelter and built an Inc. 5000 company generating cumulative sales of over $20,000,000 within just 60 months. In 2009, his company was selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.
Today, Weldon Long is one of the nation’s most powerful speakers and a driven motivator who teaches others the Sales and Prosperity Mindset philosophies that catapulted him from desperation and poverty to a life of wealth and prosperity. Weldon has been featured on numerous national and regional television programs, including Fox News Channel, First Business Network and Chicago’s Very Own WGN.
Mr. Long has successfully used his signature program, The Power of Consistency, to help hundreds of companies and thousands of sales professionals radically improve their sales results. Weldon holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Management. He is honored to have served some of America’s finest companies, including FedEx, The Franklin Covey Organization, Tom Hopkins International, Dex Media, Wells Fargo Bank, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Direct Energy/Clockwork Services, Mitsubishi Electric, Rheem, Goodman Manufacturing and the Carrier/Bryant Corporation.
President, HVAC Sellutions & Energy Design System, Inc.
Drew Cameron is America’s Most Sought-After Sales & Marketing Strategy and Success Adviser to Home Services Contractors, is president of both ProfitSpark (formerly HVAC Sellutions) and Energy Design Systems, LLC: the premier industry alliance developing leading-edge technology along with providing complementary marketing planning, budgeting, content and consultative support; and sales recruiting, education, coaching, consulting, and performance and profit enhancement for home services contractors.
Drew’s 41 years of experience in all facets of running a residential contracting business help companies implement effective lead generating marketing sales strategies to build multi-million-dollar profit-generating home services companies. Drew is a renowned author, educator, coach, consultant, inspirational/educational/”irritational”/aspirational speaker, software developer, industry philanthropist, and an International Consultant Award Winner.
Drew is also the president of the Ron Cameron Foundation, a Board member, an EGIA Foundation Board Trustee, a Contractor University Founder & Faculty member for the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a member of Black Belt Contracting (BBC), and a member of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
President, EPC Training
Gary Elekes is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others become more successful by sharing what he has learned over the past 3 decades working closely with all facets of the contracting industry. During his career, Gary has held senior management positions at Lennox and Service Experts. In 2000, Gary moved into entrepreneurship and started his training and consulting business EPC. Today, EPC continues to support growth oriented businesses aspiring to reach 20% EBIT. He also designed the very first web-based learning platform for the residential contracting industry, which acts as a support system for training and learning in HVAC and plumbing trades, and has over 5,000 subscribers.
In 2003, Gary began acquiring contracting firms with a focus on developing turn-around opportunities. He also opened and operated several start-up businesses. In 2010, he added web design/SEO and online marketing to his company portfolio starting iMarket Solutions as a co-founder. Gary graduated from Ohio State University with a BSBA and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Finance.
Best Selling Author and President of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership, LLC
Steven Shallenberger understands the contractor world. He founded Synergy Companies in 1981, a successful energy services contractor, with offices throughout the State of California and is on the National Association of Energy Service Companies Board of Directors.
Steve has more than 40 years of experience as a successful business owner, trusted senior executive, professional corporate trainer, and best-selling author. He is the founder and president of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership. Steve and his team provide award winning training and keynotes helping teams and leaders tackle some of their greatest leadership challenges around the world.
As a young entrepreneur, Steve successfully built numerous organizations from the ground up. During those years, he continued his education at the Harvard Business School. Steve was also a trusted advisor for Stephen R. Covey. Steve was a key leader in Covey’s organization who helped build the world-renowned Covey Leadership Center. He led a stalwart team and was responsible for the development and distribution of the original Covey planner.
Bestselling Author of Freedom from Fear and A Simple Choice
Mark Matteson is an international speaker and best-selling author of 15 books. He has been called “The Oracle of Optimism”, “A Superlative Street Scholar”, “An Intense Idea-Reporter.” Mark travels 250 days a year around the globe delivering 75 “edu-Training” keynotes,seminars, panel discussions and workshops a year. Mark is a gifted storyteller, using self-effacing humor, high levels of interaction and powerful and proven business principles to inspire audiences to the highest levels of productivity and profit. Mark leaves audiences wanting more…he began his career in HVAC in 1976.
President & Founder of Power Selling Pros
Brigham Dickinson is president and founder of Power Selling Pros, a leading coaching and training firm dedicated to teaching businesses to wow more customers. Brigham started Power Selling Pros when he saw that call handlers needed assistance consistently converting calls to bookings. As a result, Brigham answered the need by creating the Pattern For Excellence, a sequence of principles that guides call handlers through all stages of a call, from greeting to closure. Since 2009, Power Selling Pros’ growth comes through referrals alone, thanks to the proven call-handling process and their high level of customer satisfaction.
President & CEO, Aptora Corporation, Mr. HVAC LLC, RA Tax and Accounting Inc.
James is a successful entrepreneur and master mechanic whose accomplishments include being the founder of MrHVAC.com, the CEO and founder of Aptora, the President of RA Tax and Accounting and a partner with ProAmerican Investments.
James’ company MrHVAC.com is a website dedicated to improving the lives of contractors. It includes industry articles, specialized HVAC calculators, forms, templates and one of the most extensive operations manuals in the country. As the founder of Aptora corporation, he has created some of the most popular software programs in the service industry including Flat Rate Plus and Total Office Manager.
James is well known for his burning passion to help contractors and it shows in his unique speaking style. He has hosted management workshops all around the United States and has conducted onsite consulting since 1996 with hundreds of contractors.
CEO & Executive Director of EGIA
Bruce Matulich joined the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) in 2003 as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, responsible for the Association’s overall operational management and strategic positioning. Bruce is also the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the EGIA Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the benefits the public receives from the home services industry through education, research and the development of the next generation of qualified workers. Under Bruce’s leadership, EGIA’s contractor organization has evolved into one of the largest and fastest-growing in the country. He’s been instrumental in transforming EGIA into a leading contractor education and training organization, all while representing the Association in key state and national industry forums and leading the design and implementation of EGIA’s utility and public sector programs.
Bruce is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of leadership experience in association management, utility operations and emerging technology marketing. He has served as: Executive Vice President at MainStreet Networks, an energy services company delivering automatic meter reading (AMR), online energy management & control and customized e-services to utilities energy services throughout North America; Chief Operating Officer for Energy Innovation Group, an energy services company delivering integrated energy efficiency solutions to local government and community based organizations; Marketing Director at CellNet Data Systems, a provider of wireless data communications, control and automation applications for the energy industry; and Director, Energy Efficiency Services at Pacific Gas & Electric, responsible for managing the utility residential, commercial and institutional energy efficiency and demand response programs.
Bruce holds degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and Industrial Technology from San Jose State University.