Holt Hackney is a communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience as a journalist and public relations professional.
In the 1980s, Hackney began a career in journalism, rising from an editor at a small-town weeHolt Hackneykly newspaper to a staff writer at a national business magazine in New York City. At Financial World, Hackney crafted stories about billion-dollar corporations. This experience helped him understand the needs of business journalists as well as analysts, which he relied on as sources for his stories.
In the early 1990s, Hackney combined his journalism skills with his interest in public relations and assisted the National Golf Foundation in disseminating its messages in a highly politicized business environment.
Several years later, Hackney accepted a managing editor role for LRP Publications, a legal publisher, where he oversaw four publications and their respective editors as well as assisted the company's marketing lead in her efforts to market the publications to potential subscribers.
In 1998, Hackney further put his communication skills to work in the technology field. First, he joined Stratfor/Infraworks as the Director of Communications, where he helped the company secure coverage in Investors Business Daily, Infoworld and Time Magazine.
Hackney, then applied his skills at CyBerCorp, an electronic stock trading company. This was the scene of Hackney's most significant accomplishment. Without benefit of a public relations firm or relevant advertising budget, he achieved editorial hits in Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, Texas Monthly, The Industry Standard, CNNfn, MSN Investor, PC World, Austin Business Journal and Austin American Statesman and others. He also facilitated interviews for the CEO on CNBC, CNN Moneyline, CNN Digital Jam, FoxNews' Cavuto Report and all four network affiliates in Austin. In addition, Hackney set up telephone and face-to-face interviews for the CEO with Wall Street (such as Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley) and industry analysts (such as Jupiter and Forrester). Fifteen months after Hackney joined CyBerCorp, the company was purchased by Charles Schwab for $500 million.
Hackney's next step was to assist Hewlett Packard, where he served as Director of Communications for the company's enterprise software subsidiary, Austin-based Dazel. Hackney worked with the Dazel marketing team as well as HP's corporate public relations team in California to extend Dazel's messages through the media and analysts. His work helped secure coverage in all the relevant technology publications as well as coordinating interviews for Dazel executives with the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Businessweek. In addition, Hackney took over a flagging analyst relations effort and brought Dazel back into the good graces of outfits, such as Gartner, IDC, Meta Group and Hurwitz.
Hackney's success has been attributable to a unique qualification in the public relations community -- experience as a national business journalist. In addition, to being a staff writer at Financial World, Hackney has written for Florida Trend, Forbes' Executive Edge and Treasury and Risk Management Magazine. This experience has influenced his ability to understand the needs of the journalist, gain immediate respect from the journalist and utilize existing contacts in the journalism world.
On a personal note, Hackney is a Florida native, who received a degree in journalism from the University of Florida.
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Becky Skillman is serving her second term as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. Since 2005, she has served as the state’s second in command with a clear vision of Indiana’s complete economic comeback.
The National Lieutenant Governors Association says Becky Skillman has more legal duties than any other Lt. Governor in the country. She has soundly managed five state agencies that administer nearly $1 billion in programs – the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Office of Tourism Development. Additionally, she chairs the state’s Counter Terrorism and Security Council, and serves as President of the Indiana Senate.
Most importantly, she has worked in close partnership with Governor Mitch Daniels to advance an agenda of progress in Indiana. She has used her legislative experience to guide major issues such as property tax caps, the Healthy Indiana Plan, and Major Moves through the General Assembly.
Before serving as the first elected female Lieutenant Governor in Indiana, Becky held elected offices in Lawrence County for sixteen years. She also served as the President of the Association of Indiana Counties.
In 1992, Hoosiers in five southern Indiana counties elected Becky to represent them in the Indiana Senate. She was quickly recognized for her ability to lead and was the first woman elected to Senate Majority leadership. During her 12 years in the Senate, she led the charge to include the state’s small towns and rural communities in its economic development agenda. There, she authored plans for development in distressed counties and revitalization of downtown areas.
Patrick Quinlan is an entrepreneur known for his successful startup development and funding strategies. As the CEO of Rivet Software, he has developed Rivet into a pioneer in the financial reporting industry. His unique ability to find innovative ways to solve problems has led Rivet to develop products even the SEC has recognized are key in filing accurate financial reports. Quinlan’s ability to build and manage effective sales teams, meet revenue goals and achieve peak performance has been the driving force behind Rivet’s success.
Prior to joining Rivet, Quinlan was the CEO of two other successful companies where he became skilled at executing strategic planning, performing market analysis and guiding new product development. His leadership led to the quadrupling of company revenues and employees. Quinlan has also served as a consultant for emerging growth companies where he assisted CTOs, CFOs, and CEOs with funding strategies as well as sales and revenue development.
Clients and friends are intrigued by Quinlan’s incredible energy and drive to get things done. He is always thinking of what could be, and then quickly finds the right people to make his vision a reality. These days, in addition to working with startup companies, he dedicates much of his time to community-based projects such as the Hugh O'Brian Youth fellowship program (HOBY), which creates motivation-building experiences for youths.
Currently, Quinlan serves on the Board of Directors of Flobots.org, a non-profit that provides artistic tools to young people so they can use art to make a difference in their communities. In March 2010, the Denver Business Journal recognized Quinlan as one of Denver’s “Forty Under 40.” He served as a US Army Infantryman in Desert Storm, is a graduate from the University of Kansas and holds an MBA from Regis University.
Katharine Halpin is the CEO and founding principal of The Halpin Companies, Inc., a global executive coaching and corporate transformation company celebrating its 16th anniversary. Her work focuses on CEOs and their senior
leaders. In 2003, Katharine established a network of Halpin Leadership Strategists who use her strategic framework for creating quantum-leap results with their own clients around the globe.
She has led more than 250 workshops and seminars for a growing client base throughout the United States and Europe. From Fortune 500 firms to mid-sized and entrepreneurial companies as well as public universities and non-profit hospitals, Katharine has coached leaders at all levels to create environments where 90% of the poor and marginal performers step up and take personal responsibility for delivering results and unleashing innovation. Katharine’s forthcoming book, Top Down Transparency: How to Drive Down the Cost of
Chaos and Drive up Performance, Productivity, and Profits™ documents hundreds of success stories in organizations of all sizes.
Katharine Halpin is a pioneer in the executive coaching industry. She hosts the radio show Coach Conversations on BlogTalkRadio.com. In 1996, she co-founded the Arizona Chapter of the International Coach Federation, a global association that has grown to over 20,000 professional life and business coaches from over 108 countries. In 1998 the International Coach Federation certified Katharine as a Master Certified Coach. She served on the Global Board of the ICF from 1998-2000 with other coaching pioneers and continues to support the coaching community.
Motivated by her passion for the power of transparency, she has made landmark contributions to the field of integrative thinking. After 20 years as a practicing CPA in both industry and public accounting, Katharine switched to the “softer side” of business; addressing the people and the processes an organization uses to get results. She helps CEOs maximize the value of their intangible assets (their people and their corporate culture) to achieve tangible results on the bottom line. Her approach emphasizes continuous growth and improvement. She partners with CEOs to build strong connections between the people, the processes, and the purpose of the organization. Her clients see her as the facilitator for their strategic thinking processes.
Katharine has been speaking professionally since 1991 when she presented in-house training for her employer. She presents interactive keynotes at State and National Conferences to audiences of 30-200 people. She leads corporate seminars in her clients’ companies and conducts training that teaches people how to drive results by nurturing connections with people and building transparency at every level, in each interaction.
Since 1985, Katharine has served continuously as a member of various not-for-profit and professional association boards including the International Coach Federation (1998-2000), Arizona Society of CPAs (2000-2004), and Arizona Business Leadership, Inc. (2002-2005). She is currently a member of the International Coach Federation and the American Institute of CPAs. Katharine serves on the Board of the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and on the Advisory Board for Sojourner Center.
Chad Root is responsible for strategic oversight of client initiatives at Spearhead Sales & Marketing. Chad scouts and sets direction for new business opportunities for clients as well as the collaborative team of Spearhead, TaigMarks and Effect Web.
Prior to founding Spearhead, Chad was responsible for business management, sales and marketing at three mid-size manufacturing companies: Fast Heat, Freeman Company and Fremont Die Cut Products. In all three case, he more than doubled sales while increasing gross margin. He accomplished this by closing the largest clients within each industry including Letica Corp, Denso Mfg, Pactiv, Genpak, General Motors, Frigidaire to name a few.
Chad earned a MBA from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management and a B.S. Architecture from The Ohio State University. He is currently an active member of the American Institute of Architects, American Marketing Association and Elkhart Young Professionals.