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Speakers

Dynamic, entertaining speakers include:

Stacey Brown-Randall

John Nichols

Matt O'Neill

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Speakers


Stacey Brown-Randall

BrownRandall Stacey Brown Randall is a member of the business failure club, a contrarian on how to generate referrals and a supporter of the entrepreneurial dream. 

She is a three-time entrepreneur, author of Generating Business Referrals Without Asking, host of the Roadmap to Grow Your Business podcast and national speaker.

Stacey has taught her “no asking” referral generation strategy to hundreds and hundreds of clients and audiences.  Her clients include well-known corporations and franchises such as Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Mass Mutual, International Minute Press, and Real Living Real Estate but her focus is on small business owners and solopreneurs from companies including HM Properties, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Carroll Financial, O’Connor Insurance Associates, Bagwell & Bagwell Insurance, Milazzo Webb Law, Farris Cooke CPA, Slater Interiors, Rae Images, and hundreds more. 

Stacey has been featured in national publications like Entrepreneur magazine, Investor Business Daily, CEO World, Cheddar TV Network, California Real Estate and more. 

She received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with three kids, a 10-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and she and her husband are raising their 11-year-old nephew.

 

John Nichols

Nichols

John F. Nichols, MSM, CLU is a nationally recognized disability benefits consultant, the creator of disability products and administration systems and an expert witness in disability proceedings. Nichols serves as president of Disability Resource Group, Inc., a national insurance agency that he founded in 1999. 

John Nichols joined the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors in 1985 and was elected NAIFA Secretary in 2011. He was the 124th National President for the year 2013-2014. Previously, he has served as an Executive board member and Board Trustee from 2007- 2011. In 2007, NAIFA Chicago Region recognized John with their Leadership in Life Award.  He is in the top 20 of lifetime contributors for NAIFA’s IFAPAC.

He is a frequent speaker at an array of national meetings, including MDRT Main Platform 2012, a session speaker in 2004, 2010 and 2015, NAIFA National, and over 500 state and local NAIFA programs. He obtained his CLU designation in 2003 and graduated with his Masters in Science Management with an emphasis in Leadership in 2011 from The American College.  John is a member of the President’s Circle contributor level at the American College.

As a life and qualifying MDRT member, John has two Court of the Table and nine Top of the Table qualifications. Additionally, he is an Excalibur knight level contributor and Legion of Honor member to the MDRT Foundation.

In 1993, John had a near-death experience from a water skiing accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down to his toes. Through six years of rehabilitation, he reached a level of recovery that less than 1 percent of all spinal cord injury patients attain. John, who in 2010 and 2012 was LIFE’s industry spokesperson for Disability Insurance Awareness Month, has chronicled his story in his first book for the financial advisor world, Income Protection, The Conversation. His second book released in 2014 entitled, Passion, Purpose, Protection, The Ability of Disability Insurance is to help the consumer understand the value of protecting their ability to earn an income. 

In 2012, John received the Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley “Golden Shoe” Award for being the #1 Bank of America Chicago Marathon fundraisers for non-for-profits.

John spends time in Chicago, IL and Lyons, CO and loves to travel, hike and train for marathons.


Matt O'Neill

ONeill

Matt O’Neill is the Chief Experience Officer for Beyond Insurance.  He oversees the development of industry leading training tools, and is a coach and trainer to teams around the U.S. He has consulted with clients ranging from small independent consultants and insurance agencies to large national publicly traded organizations, aligning marketing technology with business goals. He has been featured extensively online in blogs and podcasts, is published in a national magazine and has shared the stage with digital marketing experts like Gary Vaynerchuk and Tom Ferry.   

Matt is renowned for motivating both experienced and new sales professionals through his engaging, interactive style. He leaves everyone with actionable insights they can implement for greater success. 

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