Over the past twenty-five years, Bill Fotsch has helped more than four hundred companies boost employee engagement and increase profits. He has worked with industry majors, such as Southwest Airlines, BHP, Harley-Davidson, Roadway Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (now CWT), Scottish Hydro Electric, and Capital One. He has also coached many small-to-medium-sized privately owned businesses.
In the initial years of his career, Bill gained experience in management, marketing, and consulting at organizations such as Briggs & Stratton, Bain & Company, Case International, and Litton Industrial Automation. Later, as head coach at Great Game of Business, he spent over two decades applying the principles of economic engagement to help companies deliver results through a highly motivated staff. He founded Open-Book Coaching in 2012 to continue the work on his own.
Bill holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
Meridith Elliott Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.
She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest “Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.
The franklin partnership
Omar Nashashibi is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist and strategic consultant. Omar uses his over twenty years’ experience lobbying in our nation’s capital and contacts developed with government officials to help clients navigate the challenges and risks of public policy actions and how they impact a business or industry. Omar works with manufacturers, producers, distributors, and others to identify vulnerabilities in the supply chain and risks to customers caused by the imposition of tariffs or new trade agreements while also providing real time analysis of how new regulations and laws on taxes, OSHA, EPA, and others could cause disruptions or create opportunities.
Omar represents small and middle market businesses, hospitals, municipalities, non-profits, and others promoting their interests before the U.S. Congress, White House, and countless federal agencies and departments. Omar is able to use the real time intelligence he gathers from top decisionmakers in Washington to help clients develop a strategic plan to minimize risk and maximize opportunities. Whether working with senior executives to create a long-term growth strategy to assisting a company’s sales team to minimize vulnerabilities in their production and distribution process, Omar’s experience working with top policymakers and industry leaders is matched by few inside, or outside, Washington, D.C.
Having worked with five Presidential administrations, with policymakers, politicians, and the media, he helps position clients to stay ahead of the competition by providing insight directly from the nation’s capital few others can. Prior to entering full time consulting in 2005, Omar worked for the Office of Management and Budget, part of the White House, a large multi-state law firm, and a non-profit public policy foundation. Omar graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he studied Political Science and International Affairs.
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John Guzik is a founding partner of the Franklin Partnership with over 20 years of Capitol Hill and campaign experience. Previously, John served as Chief of Staff for Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp. He was the top legislative strategist working on tax, trade, health care, transportation and agriculture issues. John also works closely with the Senate Finance Committee on health care, tax, trade, and many other issues important to his clients.
John has a diverse clientele including physicians, hospitals, manufacturers, defense contractors, Native American tribes, non-profit groups, and municipalities. John’s clients have testified before Congress and various federal agencies. He has worked extensively building coalitions of like-minded organizations to further his client’s legislative goals.
John also specializes in securing economic development and R&D federal funding for his clients, through grants and congressional projects. Throughout his career, John worked with members of Congress, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee and his clients to secure more than $40 million in federal appropriations for economic development purposes.
Since entering the private sector, John has developed vital relationships with the Executive Branch, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of the US Trade Representative, Departments of Interior, Treasury, Commerce, and Health and Human Services as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, John develops and implements comprehensive legislative and contribution strategies, to further expand his client’s political footprint in Washington.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) tapped John to be the Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, where he served as the liaison with the House Republican Leadership, coordinating activities to complement the legislative agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has extensive contacts in both the House and Senate leadership and with key committees.
Connor Lokar has been delivering economic keynotes, workshops, and webinars across North America since he joined ITR economics in 2014. Using his quick wit and knack for storytelling, he leverages his youthful appearance to upend expectations and successfully captivate and educate audiences. Thousands of business leaders have enjoyed his dynamic approach to speaking engagements; Connor emphasizes the applicability of economic intelligence and calls his audience to action.
When he is not on stage, Connor consults directly with the management teams of businesses large and small, delivering his economic expertise in the role of trusted advisor. ITR’s clients meet with Connor at critical planning junctures to ensure that their strategic plans, goals, and internal initiatives are in alignment with their tailored forecasts, built specifically for them through ITR’s Executive Vantage Point™ program.
Connor specializes in construction but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle.
Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco, PLLC
Dan Sharkey is co-founder and managing partner of Brooks Wilkins Sharkey and Turco PLLC. He was previously was an associate and shareholder with Butzel Long, PC, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Captain the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Dan has a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a business degree from The University of Notre Dame. He has taken more than 60 cases to trial, and successfully negotiated and litigated hundreds of manufacturing supply-chain contracts and disputes.