- Keynote -
Marine Corporal Josh Bleill is a native of Greenfield, Ind. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.
While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.
- General Session Speakers -
Stephen Nicolson, Rabobank
Stephen has more than thirty years of experience in cash grain markets, hedging, commodity/ingredient procurement, commodity risk management and commodity analysis. Prior to joining Rabobank, Nicholson was most recently category manager and chief economist with International Food Products. From 2001 to 2007, he was a senior economist and oilseed analyst with Doane Agricultural Services in St. Louis. Stephen also has nearly fifteen years of experience in the food & beverage industry. He served as senior buyer at The Earthgrains Company, now the Sara Lee Baking Group, in St. Louis. From 1988 to 1997, he was the senior commodity analyst in the global procurement and trading company at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. While at Coca-Cola, he was involved in the creation of the first commodity risk management and governance policy framework for the company. A native of Iowa, he holds a bachelor’s in farm operations and agricultural education, and a master’s in agricultural economics, both from Iowa State University.
Steve Lerch, Google
Steve Lerch is an account executive in Google's Washington, DC office. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Steve moved to Mountain View, Calif., to work at Google's headquarters. He helped globally recognized consumer electronics brands like GoPro, FitBit and OtterBox better utilize digital tools and strategies to build their brands and drive ecommerce sales. For the last four years, Steve has been working as an account executive partnering with various checkoff programs under the USDA's AMS program. Steve's clients include the National Pork Board, American Egg Board, Milk Processor Education Program, and National Cattlemen's Beef.
David and Jonah Stillman, Gen Z Guru
David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. David’s latest book “Gen Z @ Work” published by HarperCollins describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z. He has coauthored this book with his Gen Z son, Jonah.
Jonah Stillman graduated from high school in 2017 and is pursuing a life as an entrepreneur. Growing up, for 10-years Jonah competed on the national US circuit in snowboarding. He was ranked in the top 5 in the US before hanging up his helmet to pursue working with his Dad in the generational field. Jonah and a team of peers conducted one of the first national surveys about Gen Z’s workplace attitudes. The eye-opening results ignited Jonah’s interest in keeping the dialogue going. After growing up watching his dad - David - be the voice of his generation, Jonah is excited to be a voice of Gen Z. He is the youngest speaker on the circuit and has already shared his insights on Gen Z with CNBC, MSNBC, and CBS and was recently featured in Fast Company, TIME, INC, Forbes and the NY Times. Success Magazine voted David and Jonah in the top 25 most influential speakers and authors for 2018.