Keynote Speakers

Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Join us and HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday, May 7 at 11:30 AM. 

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, 2017. For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He also is a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Bill Rancic, Entrepreneur & The Apprentice Winner

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Bill Rancic will be speaking during the opening session on Tuesday, May 7 at 8:45 AM. 

Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he won the first season of NBC’s The Apprentice, led by now President Donald Trump. After winning The Apprentice, Bill was the first candidate hired by The Trump Organization and took charge of the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago. Rancic continued to work for The Trump Organization for two years and has built several winning businesses on his own. Currently, Bill is speaking to businesses and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics.

Bill makes regular appearances on numerous daytime broadcast and cable television programs including Today and CNBC to discuss business and entrepreneurship. He also regularly appears in many major national, regional and local print outlets throughout the country.

A published author of a New York Times best-selling book, Bill wrote You’re Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life. This book chronicles Bill’s successful life, experience, and proven advice. He continued to make a name for himself as an author by writing Beyond the Lemonade Stand to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents, and abilities at an early age. 

Today he is a highly sought after motivational speaker on the subject of entrepreneurship and business. Bill shares his entertaining lessons that vary from a pancake business he started with his grandmother at age 10 to his current ventures as small business spokesman, restaurant owner, and real estate developer.

John Prentice, Senior Chief (Retired), United States Coast Guard

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Join us and John Prentice on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:00 AM.

 
John Prentice served in the United States Coast Guard for 30 years, conducting Search and Rescue and disaster response operations. During his time in the Coast Guard, John conducted rescue and recovery operations during eight hurricanes, and hundreds of search and rescue missions; saving hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property. During Hurricane Katrina, John served as the Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Station Pascagoula, Mississippi. Despite the total loss of his home and personal possessions to a 20-foot storm surge he led the Coast Guard response and recover operations in Jackson County, Mississippi, operating boats around the clock, conducting search and rescue efforts, delivering food and water to houseboat communities and providing security. The Coast Guard collectively rescued over 33,000 people who did not or could not evacuate before the storm.
 
John has received several personal awards and decorations while in the Coast Guard including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (6 awards), Armed Forces Service Medal, Coast Guard Humanitarian Service Medal (3 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Expert Pistol and Rifle Medals. John has also been nominated for the Prestigious Star of Life award for his work as a Paramedic.
 
Retired from the Coast Guard he currently serves as a 911 emergency response Paramedic in Contra Costa County, California. He also teaches Advanced Life Saving courses at Verihealth Training Center in Petaluma, California. 

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