At the 2016 Top Producer Seminar, which runs Jan. 27-29 in Chicago, nearly 30 experts will share best-in-class knowledge and advice to make your farm business successful. Topics to be covered include risk management, market and weather outlooks, succession planning and more.
You’ll also have the chance to be inspired by these three innovative and remarkable speakers. You’re not going to want to miss their messages.
Register now for the 2016 Top Producer Seminar!
Legendary Notre Dame Football Star
Against all odds, on a gridiron in South Bend, Ind., Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream-to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, “Rudy.” In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy has co-authored several books and is the co-founder of the Rudy Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen communities by offering scholarships in education, sports and the performing arts.
COO of Maker’s Mark Distillery
The Samuels Family has been producing whisky longer than any other family in the world. Thus, it is no surprise that Rob Samuels is continuing the family legacy as COO, since 2010, of Maker’s Mark and upholding the traditions of craft and quality established by his father and grandfather. Growing up in Loretto, Ky., Rob’s passion for Maker’s Mark and knack for business developed at a young age. He learned Maker’s Mark first hand from his grandparents and has spent time working every job at the distillery. Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Sciences from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, he moved to Dallas, managing sales development of the Maker’s Mark brand for the region and later becoming the Regional Manager for Houston. After more than ten years, Rob was pleased to be back in Kentucky alongside of his father working to expand the brand in emerging markets throughout the world. He went back to school and completed both the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program as well as the Harvard Business School General Management Program.
Author of “Live and Learn or Die Stupid!” and Leadership Difference Founder
Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 250,000 people have attended Dave Mitchell’s seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills and personal performance enhancement. Prior to starting his own organization development consulting firm, Dave was the Vice President of Human Resources and Quality for Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Corporate Director of Training and Development for Marshal Fields’ and a television reporter and producer for CBS News. Dave has a B.A. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Global Human Resources Development. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and has been designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. Dave is the author of the book “Live and Learn or Die Stupid!” which focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence.