Vote for Convention keynoters!

We asked you to suggest keynote speakers for the REal Show 2010, and you did. Now it’s time to cull the herd narrow the field.

Below is a list of 11 potential keynoters. They come from our research and your suggestions. We need to know which ones pass your muster.

Below the list you’ll find a voting form. You can vote for one person or all 11 — just tell us which of them you’d like to see at the show.

(This vote won’t be the only tool we use to determine who to invite. We just want to get an idea of how the membership feels. In other words, it ain’t binding, but it’s still important.)

Go forth and select — we’ll close the voting at the end of the month.

Joe Calloway
Topic: Customer loyalty
Joe Calloway is a partner in Engage Consulting Group, is Joe Calloway is a partner in Engage Consulting Group, is a nationally known speaker, and is author of the best-selling business book, “Becoming A Category Of One,” which received rave reviews from The New York Times, Retailing Today, Publishers Weekly and many others.

As a consultant, Joe helps companies harness the power of achieving aIignment between vision, brand, and employee engagement. As a speaker at meetings and events, Joe shares his business viewpoint in a conversational, interactive way that truly engages people and inspires them to challenge assumptions and take positive action.

Jason Jennings
Topic: Business leadership
Jason Jennings is one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world. He has spent twenty years founding and leading successful businesses and teaching other companies how to achieve their full economic potential.

Author of a number of books, his new book, Hit the Ground Running, A Manual for New Leaders was released in April 2009. The book reveals the tactics and strategies of the ten American CEO’s who’ve created the greatest amount of economic value since the year 2000 and builds a case for a new kind of leader. The calls it, “an excellent book for leaders who are trying to gain respect and develop relationships.”

Zachary Karabell
Economic analyst
Designated a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, Zachary Karabell is bringing a profound and refreshingly optimistic outlook to a world economy in crisis. As the President of River Twice Research, where he analyzes economic and political trends, Karabell challenges common assumptions ranging from global economics to environmental sustainability. With a prolific, award winning writing career, an illustrious background on Wall Street and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Karabell brings a unique perspective to the discussion of globalization, the domestic and world economy, the greening of business and the shape of things to come.
Cam Marston
Topic: Generational differences
Cam Marston, founder and president of Generational Insight, is a consultant, author, and speaker who has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses throughout the world to improve multigenerational relations and communications. He has appeared in the Chicago Tribune,Philadelphia Inquirer, New Zealand Herald, Entrepreneur Magazine, Charlotte Observer, HR Management Today, Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business (FSB), on the BBC, and in and numerous trade journals and city business journals across the United States.

Cam’s programs and concepts are the result of nearly a decade of extensive research and study inside businesses of all sizes and sectors. In the course of his work, he has interviewed hundreds of representatives of the various generations. Their answers are interesting – sometimes surprising – and
always valuable.

Scott McKain
Topic: Customer service
Scott McKain is chairman of McKain Performance Group and co-founder and principal of The Value Added Institute, a think tank that examines the role of the customer experience in creating significant advances in the level of client loyalty. He has been honored with induction into the “Professional Speakers Hall of Fame” and is a member of the “Speakers Roundtable,” an elite group of 20 business speakers considered by many to be among the best in the world.

Scott’s new book, Collapse of Distinction, takes a revolutionary approach in clearly showing how organizations and individual professionals create differentiation in the market — and has already been called by one reviewer as “one of the most important business books” in recent history.

Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry
Topic: Emotional intelligence
Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry is a thought leader on the subjects of leadership, performance, managing change, and one of the leading authorities on the impact of emotions on performance. He is a performance coach to Olympic athletes and business leaders. He has taught at two of North America’s most prestigious business schools executive education programs: the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in the US (rated number one worldwide) and Queens’s University in Canada.
Connie Podesta
Topic: Achieving success
Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior, leadership, change and sales strategies has both the experience and personality to captivate an audience. Connie Podesta delivers a powerful one-of-a-kind message using her signature no-nonsense, interactive style and provides immediate, positive results.

An internationally successful speaker, trainer and executive career/life consultant, Connie Podesta’s uses her diverse talents as an entertainer, author, organizational therapist and radio/TV personality to help millions of people find real-life solutions and achieve the success they desire, the happiness they seek, and the personal and professional balance they deserve.

Jeremy Rifkin
Internationally renowned economist and social critic
Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of seventeen bestselling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream, The End of Work, The Age of Access, and The Biotech Century.
Peter Shankman PR Week magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking,” and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective.” Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you harness the power of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and make it work to your advantage.

An entrepreneur, author, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically
new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, creativity, and customer service.

Peter Sheahan

Topic: Finding opportunity & Gen Y

Peter Sheahan has spent a decade teaching business how to flip their thinking and find opportunity where others cannot. In addition to authoring 6 books, including the best-sellers Generation Y and Flip, Peter has established himself as a highly successful entrepreneur with his international thought-leadership practice and as the CEO of the Centre for Skills Development (CSD). The CSD specializes in large scale social change projects for clients such as Apple and IBM.
Joe Theismann
Topic: Handling change
Losing his successful football career at 35 to a serious injury, Joe Theismann learned firsthand how to think, analyze and reinvent in the face of adversity and change.

The most successful quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann is also a world-class entrepreneur positive, high-energy presentations provide audiences with strategies for handling trying circumstances and dealing with unforeseen change.

So… now it’s time to tell us who you’d like to hear.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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16 Responses to Vote for Convention keynoters!

  1. You know what would be cool? Links to each of the folks above.

  2. Jeremy Hart says:

    Agree with Jim. Had to go and search each to find out more beyond their simple bios. Links here:

    * Joe Calloway –
    * Jason Jennings –
    * Zachary Karabell –
    * Cam Marston –
    * Scott McKain –
    * Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry –
    * Connie Podesta –
    * Jeremy Rifkin –
    * Peter Shankman –
    * Peter Sheahan –
    * Joe Theismann

  3. Lenn Harley says:

    I see nothing offered by any of the speakers above with the exception perhaps of Mr. Rifkin, other than motivational speaking.

    Are there no real estate related speakers in the country???

    Seems to me that real estate brokerage is sufficiently complicated to benefit from some “hard core real estate related speaking and interaction”.

  4. Tina Merritt says:

    See more about Peter Shankman by following him @skydiver or his sites: and

  5. Thanks for including me! You can find me at or

  6. Arnel Tanyag says:

    Any of these speakers are worthwhile. What are the goals for VAR for 2010 and which speaker do you feel would be the speaker to help you reach those goals?

  7. Christi says:

    CAM MARSTON!!! He is a fabulous speaker!!!

  8. Cam Marston says:

    Thanks for including me. I’d love to participate. Check my newest YouTube video on Generational Selling ( filmed at the ReMax conference in Las Vegas last year. I will be keynoting for them again this year in Orlando and will release a white paper on generational preferences in real estate around the same time – very interesting stuff.

  9. greg dawkins says:

    You can’t go wrong with Marston.

  10. Lisa Long says:

    My vote would be for Cam Marston!

  11. D W Grimsley says:

    Have heard Cam over and over, and I never tire of him. Simply a great speaker.

  12. @Lenn it’s not too late for us to consider some other ideas. Do you have anyone in mind?

  13. I would suggest including Donovan Rympkema to speak on the Economics of Preservation, which is extremely relevant to Virginia’s history and architecture. He has the facts and the knowledge to motivate the real estate industry and the Municipal League to take note of the value of the inner city where the tax base is declining while the infrastructure is in place….sprawl is expensive to taxpayers and the detrimental to the environment. Check him out!

  14. What a great idea! How nice to feel like we have some input into who the speakers are. Even if you don’t choose any of the ones I selected, it looks like good group.

  15. Lynn Grimsley says:

    I’ve heard several of the speakers before. Cam is great. Connie is someone I tried to talk up for years – absolutely great with her message and delivery. She would be a real treat for VAR.

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