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Dr. Peter Diamandis
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Innovator and Founder of XPRIZE

Peter Diamandis is the world’s foremost expert in incentivized innovation: the art of incentivizing smart and talented people within your company or those experts around the world to focus on solving your grand challenges. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies, government leaders, and captains of industry over the past 15 years. In 2010 Diamandis is the winner of The Economist’s “No Boundaries” award for “meta-innovation — driving innovation in the way people innovate.” He is also the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Innovation, the Heinlein Award, the Lindbergh Award, the Wired RAVE Award, the Neil Armstrong Award, and the World Technology Award.

Dr. Diamandis is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, a non-profit focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation has awards prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Ocean Health, and Education/Global
Development. 

Dr. Diamandis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and graduate degree in aerospace engineering. 

After MIT he attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. In 2005 he has was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from the International Space University. Diamandis has founded over 15 companies since his first year at MIT. Many of these are non-profits dedicated to changing the world. Peter’s mission is to guide and inspire the transformation of humanity both on and off the Earth. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!” In 8th grade, while living in New York, Dr. Diamandis won first place in the Estes rocket design contest.

In 2012, Diamandis released the best-seller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, debuting at number one on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble best-seller lists. The book focuses on how exponential technologies, coupled with the DIY movement and the on-line connectivity of the “rising billion” will enable an age of global abundance providing water, energy, food, shelter, education and healthcare in unprecedented availability for humanity.

 

Frank Abagnale
Acclaimed Subject of the Book, Movie and Broadway Play Catch Me If You Can

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 36 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world.

Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, Catch Me If You Can, a film of which was also made, directed by Steven Spielberg starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me if You Can, directed by multiple award winner Jack O' Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April 2011.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor, and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish, and US prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Abagnale has now been associated with the FBI for over 36 years. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations, and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998 he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News – a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields.

In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was named as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft, and Stealing Your Life.

“Abagnale's lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see.” —Tom Hanks

 

 

 


David Barr

Chairman
PMTD Restaurants, LLC


Robert Branca Jr.

President
Branded Management Group, Branded Realty Group


Robert D. Chase

President
Money Mailer Response Marketing


Greg Cutchall

President & CEO
Cutchall Management


Sean Falk

President
Wolfteam LLC, Nachogang LLC, 2013 Chair, Multi-Unit Franchising Conference


Rocco Fiorentino

President & CEO
Benetrends


Gary Grace

CEO
GG Enterprise; Chair, 2009 Multi-Unit Franchisee Conference


David Grimaud

President
Grimaud Enterprises Inc.


Maureen Grimaud

Principal
Grimaud Enterprises Inc.


William G. Hall

President
William G. Hall & Company


Aziz Hashim

President & CEO
National Restaurant Development, 2014 Chair, Multi Unit Franchising Conference


John Hotchkiss

Partner
L&M Restaurant Group


Michael Knobelock

Owner
MSK Enterprises


Michael Kulp

President & CEO
KBP Foods


Tony Lutfi

President & CEO
Marlu Investment Group


John Metz

President
RREMC Restaurants, LLC


David Ostrowe

President
O&M Restaurant Group


Guillermo Perales

President & CEO
Sun Holdings LLC


Gary Robins

President
G&C Robins Co.


Cheryl Robinson

Owner
Sapphire Ventures


Grant Simon

CEO
LSGF Management


Chas Smithgall

CEO
SEI/Aaron's Inc


Charles Smithgall III

Chairman & CEO
SEI/Aaron's, Inc. Past Chair, Multi-Unit Franchising Conference


Lloyd Sugarman

Franchisee
Johnny Rockets, The Original SoupMan, Golden Corral


Jeffrey Tews

Multi-Unit Franchisee
BrightStar Care


Ted Torres

President
Caerus Hospitality Partners


Ricky Warman

Partner
Chalak-Miami


Eric Werner

President & CEO
Texas Subs, DFW Tanning, Benchmark Burgers


Anil Yadav

President
JIB Management Inc.

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