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2014 Speakers


We are presently evaluating and securing a roster of distinguished speakers to lead the presentations and discussions at NLDC 2014. Please visit frequently for updates.


Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon

Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker


Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Seed and his latest The Positive Dog. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Novartis, Bayer and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

When he’s not running through airports or speaking, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two ‘high energy” children.

Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong

Vice President
The Home Depot


Charles Armstrong is vice president of distribution for The Home Depot. He is responsible for managing the Company’s distribution network and achieving excellence in execution while servicing all U.S. Home Depot stores.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Charles was president of Paramount Picture’s studio group where he managed the studio’s businesses and operations.

Charles has nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience in operations and both international transportation and domestic distribution with retailers including Montgomery Ward, Melville, Allied Stores, LTD. As a consultant with Deloitte & Touché, he served a broad client base which included Sears, Niemen Marcus, Toys R Us, Woolworth and Liver Pool, Mexico.

Charles has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Deleware.

Steve Bobb

Stevan (Steve) B. Bobb

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
BNSF Railway


Steve Bobb was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF Railway in January 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for BNSF’s sales, marketing, customer service, economic development and business unit activities. Previously, he was group vice president, Coal Business Group, leading BNSF’s coal sales and marketing team.

Prior to his position in the Coal Business Group, Bobb served as general manager of BNSF’s Texas Division and vice president, Business Unit Operations and Support. Before that, he was group vice president, Agricultural Products.

Bobb began his career in the railroad industry in 1987 with Burlington Northern in information systems. From 1988 to 1992, Bobb held several business analysis, planning and yield management positions. In 1992, Bobb moved from director, Yield Management, to director, Marketing, Minerals business unit. Bobb was responsible for the Chicago field marketing group until 1995 when he was promoted to general director, Chemicals business unit. He was appointed vice president, Minerals business unit, in June 1996 and vice president, Chemicals business unit, in October 1996. He was named group vice president, Agricultural Products, in June 1999. He was appointed vice president, Business Unit Operations and Support in March 2004. Bobb then joined the operating department as a general manager in June 2005.

Bobb is a graduate of North Dakota State University and completed the Advanced Management Program and International Senior Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Bobb is a board member of the Community Enrichment Center (CEC), a non-profit serving Tarrant County families in crisis. Resources provided by the CEC include a food pantry, a women’s shelter and transitional housing, as well as education and employment services. Bobb chairs the CEC’s board of directors finance committee.

Steve and his wife, Jo, have 2 daughters and live in Fort Worth.

Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey leads the Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely as soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver—a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of rust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Covey passionately delivers that message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO. Under Covey’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value and brand of the company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.

Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute—the leader in energy management technology—where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.

Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Dean Starovasnik

Dean Starovasnik

Practice Director, Engineering Services
Peach State Integrated Technologies, Inc.


Dean Starovasnik serves as Practice Director, Distribution Engineering Services for Peach State Integrated Technologies Inc. Prior to joining Peach State, Dean gained a broad range of experience in material handling systems while managing the systems integration practice with a major material handling systems integrator.

Dean began his professional career as a naval officer specializing in surface warfare and space operations. This high technology perspective coupled with the leadership responsibilities equips him to manage the efforts of Peach State’s sophisticated distribution center systems design teams. His specialization is in gaining a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ operations, then mapping that understanding over into current generation systems designs. This understanding is achieved through a combination of mathematical modeling and practical facility based observation.

His education and experience in systems concepts allows him to envision the facility design within the context of the client’s overall business, driving efficiency and service levels while ensuring long term flexible and scalable operations. He has been the design lead for a wide range of facilities in the apparel, health care, consumer goods and automotive industries covering facility sizes from 100K to 1.5M square feet.

He speaks regularly at industry conferences, Georgia Institute of Technology’s Logistics Institute and the Industrial Engineering graduate school.

Dean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his Master of Science degree in Systems Technology (Space Systems Operations) from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a Certified Professional in Material Handling by the Material Handling Industry Association.

Dan Templin

Dan Templin

Eddie Bauer


Dan Templin is the COO/CFO of Eddie Bauer LLC, and has held the position since September of 2012.

Dan has 30 years of experience in the retail industry, including the past 12 focused on active apparel and outerwear. Dan helped grow VF Outdoor from $300M in sales in 2000 to $2.6B in 2011. Dan served as a turnaround specialist at VF, helping the company to integrate brands such as Vans, Reef, Timberland, and Lucy. He implemented significant process improvements and financial disciplines across these brands. Most recently, Dan led the integration of VF’s $2.2B acquisition of Timberland. VF achieved $70M of synergies compared to $35M announced at the time of acquisition.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA in Marketing & International Business from New York University. Dan has also completed the International Management Program at the University of Western Ontario.

Joe M. Turner

Joe M. Turner

The Chief Impossibility Officer
Turner Magic & Keynotes


Speaker, author, mentalist, and sleight-of-hand magician Joe M. Turner is the “Chief Impossibility Officer” and the nation’s most recommended magical speaker and entertainer according to Google and LinkedIn. Joe leverages the illusion arts to create unforgettable keynotes and amazing entertainment programs for audiences all over America. He has performed at the Hollywood Magic Castle, the Tropicana Atlantic City, off-Broadway at Monday Night Magic in New York, and even at the London Palladium. He has been seen on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN Headline News, and on numerous other local, national, and international broadcasts. He is the author of High JOEltage: 101 JOElts for Becoming Amazingly Effective.

Previously a manager in Accenture’s global consulting practice, Joe was also a Vice President of Associate Development at Bank of America before pursuing his vision to engage, educate, and entertain corporate audiences. He combines expertise in change management and human performance improvement with world-class entertainment skills to create unique programs for conferences and conventions. His client list includes The Coca-Cola Company, Southern Farm Bureau, Turner Broadcasting, NCR, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Conoco-Phillips, and hundreds of other corporations, associations, and universities.

Joe and his wife Rosemary are the proud parents of Hayley and Preston.

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl

Associate and Speaker
BridgeWorks, LLC


Speaker, researcher, writer and consultant Hannah Ubl has entered the public speaking scene and is quickly becoming a powerful voice for her generation.

She is a generational expert at BridgeWorks, the company who wrote the best selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor (HarperBusiness).

As the youngest Millennial on the BridgeWorks team, she thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges her complex generation. Hannah’s keynote speeches and workshops offer valuable insights and practical take-home tips and solutions that Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials can use to bridge generational gaps, become more productive and achieve organizational success. Her mission is to help companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

In her spare time, she coaches for the Lakeville North High School speech team and has a passion for all things related to the perfect cup of coffee.