Dr. Alan Beaulieu, President and Principal, ITR Economics

One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is President and a principal of ITR Economics. Since 1990, he has consulted across North America, Europe, and Asia, optimizing companies’ forecasts and planning to increase profits through his mastery of business-cycle trend analysis. 

Marc Emmer, President, Optimize, Inc.

Marc Emmer, President of Optimize Inc., is an author, speaker and consultant, recognized throughout North America as an expert on strategy and strategic planning.  Marc has an impressive client list including CBRE, Justice Stores and Deschutes Brewery, and has helped over 140 companies craft their business strategies.  



Mark Herbick, President, Pursant, LLC

Mark Herbick, President, Pursant, has been a serial entrepreneur and buyer/seller of businesses his entire life, having bought, sold and operated over a dozen companies of his own (many in the building services sector) and advised on countless strategic transactions in numerous sectors. His businesses have employed as few as a dozen people and as many as 1400. He grew his companies through acquisitions, strategic divestitures of divisions and managed organic growth. The businesses operated at local, regional and national levels. During his time as an operator, Herbick found that to best grow enterprise value, it was necessary to become proficient at optimizing company operations and doing strategic transactions. He honed his skills in these areas and in 2009 founded, Pursant, LLC. Pursant is the Investment Bank that helps middle market business owners grow the value of their companies and maximize that value by executing successful strategic transactions.



Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Affinity HR Group, Inc.

Claudia St. John is founder and President of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is BSCAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement, and multi-generational workplace challenges.  She is the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute e-mails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide.

Chuck Violand, Founder, Violand Management Associates

Chuck Violand founded Violand Management Associates in 1987 with the objective of helping owners of restoration and cleaning companies build profitable businesses for their long-term professional and personal success. As an author and popular keynote speaker, Chuck is a respected authority on entrepreneurial small businesses, having spent over thirty years as both a business consultant and executive coach.