Keynote speakers

April 11 - Thursday Keynote

"The Four Commitments of a Winning and Safe Team"

Mark Eaton - NBA All-Star, Motivational Speaker, Author and Teamwork Expert

Mark Eaton is a successful, award-winning motivational speaker, entrepreneur and best selling author of The Four Commitments of a Winning Team, who has earned the coveted CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, the speaking profession's highest international measure of professional competence. He has spoken to numerous world-class organizations including IBM, FedEx, Phillips 66, Caesars Entertainment, T-Mobile, LG, and businesses, government agencies and universities at every level. He has been featured as a team-building expert in print and online publications such as Forbes.com, Sports Illustrated and Entrepreneur.com.

Eaton is also a 7'4" NBA All-Star who played with the Utah Jazz for 12 seasons, led the NBA in blocked shots 4 of those seasons, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team 5 times, was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2 times, and still holds 2 NBA records-most blocks in a single season (456) and career average blocked shots per game (3.5).

In addition to his work on team building, Eaton is managing partner in two award-winning restaurants in Salt Lake City, Tuscany and Franck's, recently voted Best Restaurant in Utah.

Eaton is founder and former chairman of the Mark Eaton Standing Tall for Youth Foundation, which provided sports and outdoor opportunities for more than 3,000 at-risk children. He is a former president and board member of the Legends of Basketball, which supports the needs of retired NBA players.

When Mark is not speaking, writing, or working he enjoys traveling with his wife Teri, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, and the outdoors. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, children, horses, dogs, and barn cats.


April 12 - Friday keynote

Employee Engagement - Myth or Magic?

Gary Higbee, EMBA, CSP
President & CEO - Higbee & Associates, Inc.

Gary has over 40 years of experience ranging from working on the factory floor to upper management. In 1986 Gary founded Higbee & Associates (Then called Industrial Safety Consultants) a full service safety training and consulting firm. The firm was incorporated in Michigan in 2002 and is now headquartered in (Johnston) Des Moines, Iowa. Higbee and Associates, Inc. serves companies in the United States, Canada and South America. Gary is also the Senior U.S. Safety Consultant for SafeStart and SafeTrack North America. Gary has an MBA from the University of Iowa and is a board certified safety professional. He is considered an expert in Traditional and Behavior Based Safety Technologies as well as Organizational Change. Using his over 40 years of experience and a sense of humor, Gary has become an internationally known speaker on safety, health, environmental and business issues.