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Central Valley Business Summit


Event Details

October 25th, 2016

Centre Plaza/DoubleTree Hotel


The Central Valley Business Summit was developed to inspire and bring value to executives in our community. Our goal is to serve individuals and companies across all sectors that share the common objectives to grow their business and to hone their leadership skills.

2016 Speakers Coming Soon!

Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal – Keynote Lunch Speaker
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Happy Bits, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, and Symphony Commerce. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
NIR EYAL from Moment Co. on Vimeo.

Panel Speakers Sessions

Evan Porges
Evan Porges – President of Prime Shine Car Wash
After graduating from ASU Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science in 1991, Evan joined a small “start up” company called Prime Shine Express. Evan literally grew up in the car wash business and twenty five years later, Evan is President of Prime Shine and is proud to have been a vital part of creating the Prime Shine brand and system that is a recognized industry leader.
Brad Ardis
Brad Ardis, President of Huff Construction and Farming
Brad Ardis truly understands both the challenges and rewards of family business. As the President of family owned and operated Huff Construction, Brad supervises the estimating department, marketing department and field activities. Brad started at Huff during high school truly learning the business from the bottom up and working his way to the leadership role which he fills today. As President of the company Brad also takes a lead role in laying out the vision for Huff and setting strategies to make the vision a reality.
Ian Grimbleby
Ian Grimbleby, Principle of Grimbleby Coleman CPAs
Ian was just awarded the Modesto Bee’s top 20 under 40 in our community and is a shareholder at Grimbleby Coleman focused on Audit and Financial Statement services. He joined Grimbleby Coleman in 2010 after six years with a “Big 4” firm. Ian brings a unique perspective to clients and the firm through his overseas experience and expertise in international accounting standards, and complex internal control systems gained from working with public and private companies.
Constance Anderson
Constance Anderson, CSUS

Constance Anderson is the Director of Donor and Special Events for California State University, Stanislaus. Prior to joining the University, Constance served as Operations Manager for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Modesto and a member of the Stanislaus Council of Governments Citizens Advisory Committee. A product of the Central Valley and graduate of the University of the Pacific, Constance returned to the area after living in the Bay Area for ten years working in marketing, operations and event plann ing.

                                         Britta FosterElliot BegounConstance Anderson
                                             Britta Foster, Q&A           Elliot Begoun, Q&A     Dave Halverson, Master of Ceremonies

Individual Sessions

Evan Porges
Rosie Zepeda, Ed.M. (“Rosie the Closer”), CEO of Compelling Conversations
“Brand, Messaging and Marketing – The New Paradigm”
Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda is an International Speaker and CEO of Compelling Conversations, a communication training and diversity marketing consulting company: www.compelling-conversations.com. She is also the Founder of www.latinasuccessnetwork.com, an organization dedicated to the culturally relevant professional development of Latinas.
Jonathon & Tara Crenshaw
Jonathon & Tara Crenshaw, Owners of GetFit Modesto
“Leadership and Whole Health”
They love being a part of the true life change that happens at Get Fit, and they consider themselves blessed to work with an amazing group of people on their Get Fit Team. They have a heart for people that is un-matched.
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Martha Hernandez, Founder/CEO of MadeBOS
“Unbiased Hiring”
Martha Hernandez is the Founder and CEO of madeBOS, a mobile app that individualizes adaptable career plans for users to take action. She has a successful track record delivering critical human capital programs in both the nonprofit and private sector. Martha has served in several leadership roles for organizations such as Give Something Back, Mi Pueblo Food Centers, Inner City Advisor’s Talent Management Initiative and most recently, Save Mart Supermarkets, where she was the Director of Talent Acquisition.
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Dee Bhatia, Territory Manager at Sophos
“Protecting your Technology from the New Age of Attacks”
Dee Bhatia is an experienced security professional with over 12 years of experience in the high tech and network security industries. He currently holds the position of Territory Executive with Sophos Inc. and focuses on helping organizations and providers of all sizes through the complexities of everyday IT security challenges. Dee has worked with several security leaders and is widely acknowledged by the local industry representatives as knowledgeable and an expert in the field of network security.


The value packed day will include:


VIP Admission

Chamber Members: $50 Chamber Members: $750
Non-Chamber Members: $75 Non-Chamber Members: $1,000
(Reserved Table of Ten)


Attendee and Vendor space is limited, so sign up today!


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