2020 State Conference Information

2020 State Conference
October 12-13 - Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN

Keynote Speakers

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing corporate culture, communication, collaboration, leadership, sales and brand experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

One Man. One Bike. One Tent. Without a Doubt, One Heck of an Adventure! 

Award-winning true story tells how a fifty-seven-year-old inexperienced and untrained distance cyclist pedaled his way solo across two countries, encountering “everything weird and wondrous North America had to offer”

Not too many folks have quit their corporate careers at age fifty-seven to embark on an epic adventure, especially when their most trusted companion is a bike they don’t know how to fix.

Jerry Holl isn’t most people, so he did exactly that. In his inspiring true story of resilience, strength, and overcoming fear, Holl reveals how his journey forever altered his life and why he embarked on it in the first place.

In Downhills Don’t Come Free: One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico, Holl chronicles his anesthesized daily corporate routine and his fear of what he calls “this living death.” Having read every adventure story ever written, he wondered how he’d measure up if he embarked on his own adventure. His subsequent fifty-one-day journey from Anchorage, Alaska, to the Mexican border was replete with bad weather, flat tires, hair-raising roadways, and unpredictable grizzly bears. Holl notes that only a fool would have kept going.

He reflects, “I was just the right kind of fool. This is a story about personal initiative, personal R&D, my quest for explosive growth, and about creating my own new future instead of waiting for it to just happen or expecting someone else to create it for me. Unforeseen and unbelievable opportunities have come as a result, and I believe they can come for anyone who dreams big and mindfully proceeds in the face of uncertainty”

Jerry is an award-winning author, a dynamic speaker and a relentless optimist. His messages are entertaining, informative, inspirational and 100% authentic. He’s also an independent business consultant, and weekend warrior. He holds an engineering degree, an MBA, and has over three decades of sales and leadership experience. Jerry resides in Minnesota with his wife and has three grown children. 

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