Steven A. Robinson is the former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc. During his thirty-four-year tenure, Steve was integrally involved in the company’s steady then explosive growth from 184 stores and $100 million in annual sales in 1981 to more than 2,100 stores and more than $6.8 billion in annual sales in 2015.
After beginning his Chick-fil-A career as the director of marketing, Steve went on to serve as vice president of the department before becoming chief marketing officer – responsible for overseeing marketing, advertising, brand development, menu development, and hospitality strategies. As chief marketing officer, Robinson was both a witness and participant in the company’s remarkable development into an indelible success. He will share the story of Chick-fil-A’s evolution into one of the world’s most beloved, game-changing, and profitable brands. From the creation of the “Eat Mor Chikin” campaign and the decision to stay closed on Sundays to the creation of the company’s corporate purpose, Robinson provides a front-row seat to the innovative marketing, brand strategies, and advertising that created a culture that customers describe as “Where good meets gracious.”
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Steve was the director of marketing for Six Flags Over Georgia theme park in Atlanta, Georgia. This role was preceded by marketing positions at two other Six Flags properties and communications manager at Texas Instruments.
In addition to serving on Chick-fil-A’s board of directors (2016-2018), Steve serves on several boards for organizations and ministries, including FamilyLife, Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Atlanta, Links Players International, Atlanta Hall Management & College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Football Foundation.
He holds an associate degree in business administration from Faulkner State Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Auburn University, and a master’s in advertising from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Steve and his wife, Dianne, have two children and four grandchildren.
Since 1996, Dan North has been with Euler Hermes, the world’s oldest and largest credit insurance company. As the company’s chief economist for North America, he uses macroeconomic and quantitative analyses to help manage Euler Hermes’ risk portfolio of more than $250 billion in annual trade transactions within the region. Prior to joining the company, Dan worked for Citicorp, using similar analyses to create outperforming investment strategies. Dan North earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
As one of the leading U.S. economists, Dan North has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC News Now, France 24, and Bloomberg Radio and Television. He has been quoted by USA Today, Barron’s, Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, Paris Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. After having predicted the 2008/2009 recession and its implications accurately, Dan North was ranked 4th on Bloomberg’s list of the 65 top economic forecasters in 2010.
Bob Graham is CEO of Breakthrough Solutions and a co-founder of the Renegade Success Network, which provides entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders with guidance and support to carve their own unique pathway to success.
A former lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, Graham has worked with startups and established businesses on communication, leadership, marketing, operations, and scaling. In addition to keynoting and speaking to groups ranging from McCormick & Co. to the National Institute of Health and the Project Management Institute, he also has written several books, including The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success (2017).
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Michael S. Snow has been the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) since 1999, where he oversees the Council’s promotional programs around the globe and manages AHEC’s overseas offices in Europe, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Previously, he served as AHEC’s Program Manager for Europe, China, and Japan.
Mr. Snow holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics from the George Washington University and a BA in Developmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining AHEC, Michael served as a Consultant on international education outreach programs for the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Associates. He spent several years in Seville, Spain, teaching economics courses in English and Spanish for the University of Wisconsin.
Scott Raba is a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer of MindSpout, an innovative Managed IT Services and Cybersecurity Consulting company.
Scott has over eight years of IT experience, serving clients in and around the Washington D.C. Metro area. Scott holds several industry-recognized certifications, including COMPTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Operations Specialist, and Secure Infrastructure Specialist. He is also an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, is Cisco CCNA CyberOps certified, and holds the ITIL 4 Foundations certification.
Scott has a Masters of Science degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland University College. During his time at UMUC, Scott was accepted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies and The Renegade Way (2021).