Shawn Boyer is the Founder and CEO of goHappy! Prior to goHappy, Shawn founded and was CEO of Snagajob, the nation’s largest marketplace for hourly workers and employers, from 2000-2013 and then Chairman of the Board through 2015. Shawn directed Snagajob’s rapid growth from an idea to a marketplace that now has over 100 million members and over 500,000 employer locations. Snagajob was named to Fortune Magazine’s Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for eight straight years (including five Top-10 finishes and a #1 ranking in 2011) and was a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company for five consecutive years. In 2008, he was named the National Small Business Person of the Year and received public recognition from President George W. Bush.
Chester Elton has spent two decades helping some of the world’s most successful businesses engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal best selling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, The Best Team Wins, and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
John Teza, CFE is the Chief Executive Officer for Hand and Stone Franchise Company, the franchisor ofHand and Stone Massage and Facial spas and Massage Experts clinics. As CEO, John is responsible for driving the company’s brand strategy and performance across its 500+ spas and clinics throughout theUS and Canada. John is a passionate brand builder and is committed to Hand and Stone's mission to make high-quality spa, wellness, and beauty experiences more accessible, affordable, and professional for its clients and team members. Prior to joining Hand and Stone, John was a Principal at NRD Capital Management, a private equity firm, and served in senior executive management roles for several national restaurant companies including Corner Bakery Café (Roark Capital), Jersey Mike’s Subs (privately- held),and Quiznos Sub (CCMP.)
Mark Simpson is the Founder and President of People First Consulting LLC. Prior to founding People First Consulting, Mark retired from Texas Roadhouse, Inc. as the VP of Legendary People. He joined the company in 2000 and assisted in guiding the unprecedented success of Texas Roadhouse’s growth and award-winning culture. His biggest accomplishment was “not screwing up Kent Taylor’s people first culture!”. Mark’s areas of responsibility included executive, director and management staffing, benefits and compensation, field HR, employee relations, HR administration, risk management, and asset protection. Mark has 34 years of restaurant industry experience, launching his career with Piccadilly Cafeterias in 1988. He also served in senior level human resource capacities with Al Copeland Investments, Tia’s Tex-Mex, and Peasant Restaurants.
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