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There is No One Path to Success | John Sims

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow '77

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow '77

About The Talk:

John Sims presented at the very first Biz Talks event while he was President of Global Sales at Blackberry.We hand-picked him to close for the diversity of his experiences. He has business experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, management, SAP, and technology. John’s Biz Talk will share 4 secrets to get the most our of your career and help you advance quickly. His story serves as a perfect example; going from studying accounting in law in Glasgow, Scotland, to President of Global Sales in California. Learn from  his experiences with building a foundation in your education and choosing a company to start out with. John Sims’ Biz Talk is the piece of inspiration you need to get moving in the right direction.

Taking The Road Less Traveled | Chris Friedland

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State '99

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State '99

About The Talk:

As the first Biz Talk ever, Chris set the stage for all future speakers with his high energy, comedic attitude, and intense passion. Chris founded Build.com while attending Chico State and Build now generates over half a Billion dollars in revenue a year. He shares his experience with starting a company in college, and explains why you should take the entrepreneurial path. Since earning 10's of millions from the sale of Build.com he has invested in several college start ups, while remaining Build's CEO. One of his investments, MarketFleet, is where he joined forces with another Biz Talks speaker, Eli Libby (watch Eli's talk - 6 steps to Marketing Success) to build on his success with e-commerce platforms.  Chris offers inspiration for building a startup while in college - who knows, your college startup might become his next investment.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Michael Bryant

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State '98

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State '98

About The Talk:

Michael only needed to 23 months at LMGW (the #1 Tax preparation firm in the Silicon Valley) before making partner! His inspiring, Dr. Suess-themed Biz Talk will take you away from the traditional path laid out for accounting majors. Michael  found both an Accounting degree and his wife while at Chico State. He succeeded in those difficult classes with friends and other members of Beta Alpha Psi, accounting society. From there he took on a number of different roles and made major accomplishments including growing revenue by 500% as CFO of Leasing Express, Inc. His Biz Talk will motivate you to follow your heart and your work style to the career that’s right for you.

The Power of F5 | Tom Tognoli

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State '95

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State '95

About The Talk:

Known by his friends as “Togs”, Tom Tognoli is recognized as one of the 100 most powerful people in real estate by the Swanepoel POWER 200. With over 25 years of experience, Tom is a leader and founding partner of Intero Real Estate. Watch Tom’s Biz Talk to see how he overcame the challenges of his learning disabilities to build a wildly successful business. Learn his principles for a good schedule and the power of F5: the five basic principles that take priority in his life. Tom is the author author of Intero’s Monday Morning Mojo blog, followed by tens of thousands of readers around the world. It explores and shares the principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. This talk is PACKED with gold nuggets of wisdom (from a reading list to a priority pyramid) that you can start implementing today! 

Finding Career Satisfaction | Jen Halford

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Jen Halford

Program Director
Wildcat Leadership Institute
Chico State '00

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Jen Halford

Program Director
Wildcat Leadership Institute
Chico State '00

About The Talk:

Jen received a bachelor's in political science from Chico State before going on to study law at Santa Clara University. In her Biz Talk, Jen shares what drew her down the path to a career in law, and what moved her away from the corporate world into the world of education. Jen developed a ⅔ rule for qualifying her career choices and in this talk, she shares her rule with us. As Program Director at the Wildcat Leadership Institute, Jen helps students every day to develop the skills they need for the work force. She often coaches them through critical decisions we all have to make when launching our careers. Watch this Biz Talk for a relatable and informative Biz Talk that will give you a compass to navigate your career and the inspiration to pursue your dreams.

A Generational Opportunity | Alex Grieco

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Alex Grieco

Founder 
Blue Fox Media
Chico State '15

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Alex Grieco

Founder 
Blue Fox Media
Chico State '15

About The Talk:

Alex Grieco was born a salesman and a marketer - starting his first sales venture at the age of 7 (at least that he can remember). After graduating from Chico State in 2015, he founded Blue Fox Media, a digital marketing agency focused on growing clients’ revenue through today's most active communication outlets. His Biz Talk focuses on the massive opportunity in the transition of marketing from traditional media outlets to mobile devices and social media platforms. Alex’s raw energy and excitement for what he does will motivate you to sleep less, work harder, and live by your passion every day.

The Rodney Dangerfield of Business | Dave Filomeo

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Dave Filomeo

Former VP of Total Rewards and Performance Management Lockheed Martin
Chico State '78

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Dave Filomeo

Former VP of Total Rewards and Performance Management
Lockheed Martin
Chico State '78

About The Talk:

Dave Filomeo tells one of the most inspiring stories seen on the Biz Talks stage - about the decisions that saved an employee’s life! Dave was early on the scene of Human Resources, when the field didn’t get much respect or recognition as a business field. Through his role at Lockheed Martin, he worked to both partner with the business, and to make a difference for the company’s employees. This Biz Talk tells 3 distinct stories about the opportunity that HR professionals have to make an impact for individuals and for their businesses. If you’ve ever considered a career in human resources, or wonder why you should, be sure to watch this heart-warming Biz Talk.

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