Keynote speakers


April 26 - wednesday Keynote

"Leadering a Peak Performance"

nullDave Mitchell - President/Founder - the Leadership Difference, Inc.

Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 450,000 people have attended Dave’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. In 2013, Dave was named Best Speaker of the Year at Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the Best Speakers of the Year.
Dave is the author of four books. Live and Learn or Die Stupid! focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, The Power of Understanding People, was an Editor’s Choice for Best Business Book by Amazon. His third book, The Power of Understanding Yourself, was released in January 2019 and was an Editor’s Pick by get Abstract and Training Magazine’s Top Read in May 2019. His fourth book, Peak Performance Culture: The Five Metrics of Peak Performance Culture was released in September 2020 by Wiley and Sons Publishing.

April 27 - thursday keynote

"The Real Cost of Safety"

nullRichard McElhaney, CSP, CRIS, MS

Richard McElhaney has been in the Health and Safety Management field for over 26 years. He has provided safety consulting services for many companies on a global scale. Mr. McElhaney has presented and worked in Australia, Canada, China, Panama, and Africa. With over 26 years of diverse safety experience, Mr. McElhaney’s expertise includes an extensive knowledge in oil & gas, heavy civil construction, general industry, and MSHA. Areas of concentration include cranes, fall protection, confined spaces, safety training, scaffolding, and global safety program development. He is also an authorized safety trainer for OSHA, MSHA, and PEC Safeland. Mr. McElhaney has been an active member in American Society of Safety Engineers since 1990.