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PCBC Presents: The Re-Think Conference
June 28 & 29 | San Diego, CA
We're pleased to share our high caliber speakers, listed below alphabetically by last name.
Bobby Berk, Founder & Creative Director, Bobby Berk | Interiors + Design
Bobby Berk’s rise to bonafide “IT” status in the home design world has more in common with being a rock star than it does a contemporary designer. Originally hailing from Texas, Bobby had big dreams of the big city and moved to New York in 2003 with only a few dollars to his name and no job in sight. After working his way up in retail at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware to Creative Director at Portico Home + Spa, Berk decided that it was time he started his own brand. Since 2006, Bobby Berk Home's retail division has consistently provided customers with a unique approach to modern design. Epitomizing hip, minimalist urban luxury, Berk’s designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any cool, relaxed lifestyle. Bobby has appeared as an expert on numerous television networks including HGTV, Bravo, NBC, and CBS just to name a few.
Bobby brings a unique millennial viewpoint to the design industry, with substantial experience across many facets of the trade. With his extensive background in retail, manufacturing, interior design and licensing, he is often invited to give lectures on a range of topics from the millennial demographic to streamlining furniture manufacturing and production processes at seminars and events across the globe.
With the success of the Bobby Berk Home retail brand, Bobby has now launched the Interiors + Design division, which specializes in full service interior design for residential, commercial and hospitality. He's also designed a full range of home furnishings and accessories through numerous license partners which include Surya, Joybird, Bob's Your Uncle, Tempaper, Tilebar, Leftbank Art and more. Bobby's designs are featured in retailers across the globe, including his wallpaper that is carried in Target as well as on HSN.
John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
John founded the company to help business executives make informed housing industry investment decisions. The company’s research subscribers receive the most accurate analysis possible to inform their macro investment decisions, and the company’s consulting clients receive specific property and portfolio investment advice designed to maximize profits. The team takes great pride in enabling the profitable development of the best places to live in the world.
John co-authored Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses, a book written to help make demographic trends easier to understand, quantify, and anticipate. 400,000+ people follow John’s LinkedIn Influencer column, 30,000+ subscribe to his emails, and the media cited the firm 400+ times in 2015.
Before founding John Burns Real Estate Consulting in 2001, John worked at a national consulting firm for 4 years and for 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick – 2 as a CPA and 8 in their Real Estate Consulting practice.
John has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, and works in our Irvine, California office. He has attended home games for all 30 major league baseball teams, and regularly runs the hills in Southern California.
Tim Costello, President & CEO, BDX, Inc.
Tim Costello is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of BDX, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Builder Homesite, Inc., and New Home Technologies, LLC. Prior to BHI, Mr. Costello worked for Applied Materials as Vice President, Global Operations. Prior to this position, Mr. Costello served as the Vice President of Strategic & Technical programs for the World Wide Manufacturing Organization, Vice President of Production Engineering, Managing Director for the Common Module Manufacturing & Engineering (CMM&E) organization, and the Director of Engineering for the mainframe group in Austin, Texas. Prior to 1993 he held a variety of executive and management positions at General Motors Corporation covering a broad range from Strategic Planning to Engineering and Quality Management. In addition Mr. Costello has consulted internationally on the development & implementation of world-class manufacturing, engineering and quality systems.
Mr. Costello also serves on the boards of HelioVolt Corporation, a leader in the development on thin film photovoltaic technology; The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, considered the Nobel Prize for manufacturing; The Trust for Public Land of Texas; The Trust for Public Land National Marketing Council; and the Cornell University Engineering Advisory Council.
Mr. Costello received his BSME from Cornell University in 1981. He was also inducted into the Shingo Prize Manufacturing Academy in 2003.
John Ellis, Managing Director, Ellis & Associates
As Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company, John is tasked with expanding Ford’s “brought-in” strategy of integrating mobile technology into the vehicle. He oversees a team of developers and engineers responsible for creating the “connected car” and striking the right balance between embedded and off-board technology so that drivers can seamlessly extend their mobile lives into their vehicles.
John’s team has delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open source version of Ford’s award-winning AppLink technology connecting brought-in devices to vehicles, and developer.ford.com, Ford’s developer program with over 8,000 unique and global content providers all committed to developing for AppLink/SmartDeviceLink.
During most of his career, John worked for Motorola where he held key leadership positions in engineering; product management; software & services; marketing and strategy. While there, John participated in developing, marketing and selling Motorola’s mobile software and services, their software developer ecosystem, and industry-leading Open Source Software program.
Nancy Giordano, Founder & CEO, Play Big Inc
Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands with her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions for us all.
With an early career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA, Nancy has spent the past 10 years as Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc, a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing. Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. And through keynote talks to CXO leaders in wide range of industries including entertainment, travel, food, business, homebuilding, culture/talent and more.
Derreck Kayongo, Founder & CEO, Center for Civil and Human Rights
With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way.
Derreck is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist, Derreck inspires audiences to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization.
With palpable energy and enthusiasm, he brings his personal guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F. – Service, Education, Leadership and Faith – to life in emotionally-packed presentations that linger long after his speech. Dynamic and empowering on stage, Derreck inspires a spirit of entrepreneurialism and creative problem-solving while spurring audiences to invent their own self-made motto of success so they can create tangible change in the world.
J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman, Kantar Futures
J. Walker Smith is Executive Chairman of Kantar Futures, the leading global foresights and futures research consultancy, that is part of the Kantar Group of WPP, with a core purpose of helping clients “Profit From Change.” Walker has been described by Fortune magazine as “one of America’s leading analysts on consumer trends,” and he consults with clients globally about trends, futures, marketing and business strategy. He is the co-author of four highly regarded books, including Rocking the Ages (1997), a book about generations that is now regarded as one of the standards in the field and included in the Cracking the Millionaire Code list of the top 101 marketing books, and Life Is Not Work, Work is Not Life (2001), selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best work-life books of 2001. He is a much sought-after speaker, a columnist for Marketing News, a blogger, an avid daily tweeter of links to must-read material, and a former weekly radio commentator for almost ten years on Smart City, a public radio show about cities and community life. His presentation at TEDxPeachtree 2012 led off the program. He is a 2012 inductee into the N.C. Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2014, he won the WPP Atticus Award for thought-leadership in Strategy and in 2013 for Consumer Insights. He was a featured expert interviewed by Tom Brokaw for a segment in the 2010 CNBC special, BOOMER$, as well as one of the authorities narrating the “Generation Boom” bonus content included with the Season 7, Part 2 Mad Men DVD. Walker holds a doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tim Sullivan, Managing Principal, Meyers Research LLC
Tim has more than 33 years experience in analyzing and valuing real estate development opportunities all over the United States and Latin America. He has developed the ability to interpret diverse statistics and trends and translate them into actionable plans. Tim’s personal commitment to his clients is to constantly assess the economy, real estate market and consumer trends to identify the newest and best ways to profitably invest and develop.During his career, Tim was senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick’s National Real Estate Consulting Group before serving as principal of Hanley Wood Market Intelligence’s Real Estate Consulting Practice and his own firm. He earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing and finance from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of California, San Diego. He also holds a MIRM (Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing) from the National Association of Homebuilders.
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