MEET THE SPEAKERS

JOSH LINKNER | Tech Entrepreneur, NY Times 
Best-Selling Author, Innovation Expert

Josh Linkner is a creative troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar.

He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million and is the author of four books including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

Today, Josh serves as Chairman and Co-Founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

Josh is also a passionate Detroiter, the father of four, is a professional-level jazz guitarist, and has a slightly odd obsession for greasy pizza.

Join Josh on Monday, April 26 at 11:00 AM ET for the
Keynote Presentation - Big Little Breakthroughs:
How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results

JOHN WEPLER | Chairman & CEO, MarshBerry

A vital resource in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), as of December 31, 2019, John Wepler has personally advised on more than 245 M&A transactions since joining MarshBerry in 1991. He is an in-demand industry speaker because of his extensive knowledge in organic growth management, valuation enhancement strategies, business planning, perpetuation, financial management and M&A. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MarshBerry—and CEO of the wholly-owned FINRA registered broker/dealer MarshBerry Capital, Inc.—John’s leadership and industry experience has benefited many insurance industry professionals. 

Join John for the State of the Industry on
Monday, April 26 at 2:00 PM ET!

BROOKE LUGONJIC | Vice President, MarshBerry

Brooke is known as the program leader and membership architect for MarshBerry’s Connect Network. She’s a believer that learning from others’ successes can be key to growing a firm to it’s full potential. MarshBerry’s Connect Network is a long-standing membership built on financial benchmarking, strategic partnerships, and executive peer exchange. Brooke’s mission is to preserve that legacy while evolving with innovative ways to drive more value for member firms.