Marlon Smith is on a mission. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. As a college student, Marlon’s proudest moment came when he founded Street Academics, a high school youth mentoring program, where college students provided mentoring and leadership development for high school and middle school students. This was the beginning of Marlon’s life-long commitment to making a positive difference with his life.
On January 15, 1992, Marlon listened to his heart and resigned from Hewlett-Packard to follow his mission of inspiring more individuals and communities to be their best. As a keynote inspirational speaker, Marlon has been blessed with opportunities to teach and empower corporations, schools, organizations, and communities in 45 states and 16 countries throughout the world. Because of his unique presentation style and impact, Marlon has traveled abroad on numerous speaking tours throughout the former Soviet Union (in Moscow, Gorney-Altay, Kazakhstan), Canada, Mexico, Japan, England, the Caribbean, Botswana, LeSotho, Ghana, Swaziland, Australia, and South Africa.
Marlon opened a Success By Choice office in South Africa where he produced the “Motivational Mondays” television series and “Success is Your Choice” radio program.
Marlon was featured in ESSENCE Magazine as one of the top motivational speakers. Contributing to the Tony Robbins’ Global Youth Leadership Summit for 16 consecutive years, sharing the speaker platform with Les Brown, being a contributing author to the international best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, and being a semi-finalist for Oprah’s BIG GIVE program, Marlon feels blessed to share insights that produce results.
Today, Marlon and his wife Syreeta live in Charlotte, North Carolina where they are raising their daughter Jade and son Cory.
Shirley Luu, The Wealth Guru, has been in the financial industry for nearly 20
years. Ms. Luu is a highly successful financial advisor, active leader and educator, serving as an Executive Field Chairman for First Financial Security (FFS). Shirley will be featured in the October 2016 issue of Forbes Magazine. She recently was awarded The John C. Maxwell 2016 Top 100 Leadership Award. Ms. Luu was the recipient of the prestigious Executive Brava Award from SmartCEO Magazine, honoring the top female CEOs in the Washington, DC. area. In addition, out of 9000 agents, First Financial Security recognized Shirley with the 2015 MVP Award.
Shirley is a speaker, author, and trainer on financial literacy and education. She is dedicated to informing, educating and empowering individuals and business owners on the most powerful ways to prepare and save for retirement. Some of her strong negotiation and partnering abilities were built during her years in the telecommunications and mortgage industries.
Unfortunately, when Shirley’s husband died suddenly, she was left a widow and a single mother of three. Because of her own struggles, Shirley fully recognizes the unique challenges that exist for women. As a result, she has been active in empowering women to “know their money” through various educational and enrichment programs – including the LiSA Initiative.
Ms. Luu sits on the Executive Board of the Tyson’s Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a proud sponsor and speaker for George Mason University Entrepreneurs and Finance Club and is a trainer and speaker for the local SBA (Small Business Administration).
Shirley Luu has been recognized for numerous awards for her achievements related to her work in the financial field as well as her support for numerous non-profit and philanthropic causes.
Dr. Matt Mannino
Dr. Matt Mannino speaks to companies, executives, entrepreneurs, and students who are poised and hungry for growth. He uses his 25 years of combined experience with the Neurosciences, Quantum Physics, and Supernatural principles of success to create personal, team, and global transformation. Dr. Matt’s trainings and presentations are content rich, relevant, and have immediate application. His unique and effective system of personal transformation is designed to produce spontaneous and lasting results both personally and professionally.
Using the principles he now teaches, Dr. Matt built one of the largest solo Chiropractic practices in the nation. He created his Personal Development company, Source Trainings, to empower others in achieving their dreams through a unique blend of the Science of Success and the Supernatural Laws that govern it. Utilizing accelerated learning techniques and high impact experiential presentations, Dr. Matt engages his seminar participants and keynote audiences to truly transform their lives by exposing and eliminating root causes of life’s challenges versus merely treating symptoms.
Darin Adams is an award-winning TV personality who has spent 30 years in the broadcasting industry. Much of that career was spent working with entrepreneurs and small business owners, helping them get the marketing they needed. Now he has left the lights of the TV studio and is a noted speaker and author, helping entrepreneurs discover how to get organized, save time and grow their business while still loving the passion of doing what they do best.
Keith serves as President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed, the premier resource for micro-business owners and the self-employed. Representing over 23 million self-employed business owners, the NASE provides education and support for the nation’s smallest business owners and provides a voice in Washington DC advocating small business equity in legislation. Keith has testified on multiple occasions before both the House and Senate Small Business Committees, has appeared on CNN and CSPAN as well as hundreds of radio programs across the country promoting small business issues. His tax and small business expertise has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New Your Times, and even Good Housekeeping. Of his many opportunities to make a difference for small business owners his passion remains answering tax and financial questions every day directly from NASE members.
Anthony Kirlew is a veteran digital marketing expert and business consultant. He launched his first Internet Marketing Firm in 1999 and sold it in 2003 and has built numerous successful businesses over the past decade. Among his business interests, he is the Founder of AKA Internet Marketing (a small business digital marketing firm), the Co-Founder of Imagine WOW! (a digital marketing agency serving large brands), and the Executive Director of the Abounding Business Conference.
Anthony is a sought after speaker, a frequent guest blogger, and has been an expert resource for local and national media on topics of business and marketing for over a decade. He is the author of The Internet Marketing Guide for Small Business and a contributing author to Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve and Office for One: The Sole Proprietor’s Survival Guide. His work has been featured in Social Media Today, About.com, Mashable, and several other publications.
Elizabeth Hooley is an active fix & flip investor and the Director of Rehab for the Matrix Real Estate Investor Network, an organization that provides hands-on mentoring and leadership training for real estate investors. She leads the Flipping Females, a group that empowers and mentors women in real estate investing. Elizabeth is an engaging speaker and trainer with a passion to see individuals realize their entrepreneurial goals. She has spoken for business conferences, churches, and non-profits and previously co-hosted The Dan Fagan Show, a popular statewide television and radio broadcast in Alaska. You can follow and connect with Elizabeth on Facebook through Flipping Females.