Alex Chausovsky

Guidance in an Uncertain Economy

Alex Chausovsky is an accomplished speaker and serves as senior business advisor at ITR Economics™. A highly experienced market researcher and analyst, he has more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends. Alex has consulted and advised companies throughout the US, Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan for the last 15 years and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal.


Mark Herbick

BSC M&A During COVID-19

Mark Herbick is the Founder and CEO of Pursant, LLC. Pursant is an Investment Bank that helps middle market business owners optimize the value of their businesses, manage strategic transactions and orchestrate liquidity events.  Prior to founding Pursant, Mark was a serial entrepreneur and buyer/seller of businesses, having bought, sold and operated over a dozen companies of his own and advised on countless strategic transactions in numerous sectors. His businesses employed as few as a dozen people and as many as 1400. He grew his companies, including companies in the BSC sector, through acquisitions, strategic divestitures 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 performance and executing strategic transactions. He honed his skills in these areas and in 2009 founded, Pursant, LLC.

Mike Maddock

(What's Your) Plan D?

Mike Maddock is an entrepreneur, a keynote speaker and a writer. He calls himself an Idea Monkey because he loves to solve problems with disruptive ideas. This passion for problem solving led him to establish Maddock Douglas, Inc. in 1991. Maddock Douglas has become an internationally recognized innovation consultancy that has helped more than 25% of the Fortune 100 create and launch new products, services and business models.

Mike has launched six successful businesses. He also co-chairs the Gathering of Titans Entrepreneurial Conclave at MIT, he is past Chapter president of Entrepreneurs' Organization and Young Presidents' Organization, both chapters located in Chicago.

A doodler, turned cartoonist, turned author, Mike has been using words and pictures to get laughs and build ideas his entire life. Today, Mike is a contributor to Forbes and author of four bestselling books: Free the Idea focus on what matters most!, Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox and Flirting With the Uninterested, Innovating in a Sold, Not Bought Category. And finally, Plan D––his latest book about Disruptors.