Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as CEO, leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor. Jocko spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. He was commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, which became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Upon retiring from the Navy, Jocko co-founded Echelon Front, a premier leadership consulting company, where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win.
Aaron Witt is the CEO and founder of BuildWitt, a media-agency-turned-movement with a simple but ambitious mission: Make the Dirt World a better place. While earning his engineering degree, Aaron worked for five different construction companies and quickly learned that some of the most interesting and inspirational people worked in the Dirt World. He picked up a camera, created an Instagram account, and started telling their stories—and it caught on. Now BuildWitt partners with some of the top dirt companies across the country to tell their stories through stunning photos, videos, and websites. Aaron has traveled all over, visiting sites, drooling over heavy machinery, and learning about leadership. He shares his passion for the Dirt Word, experiences as a young business owner, and personality-charged opinions on various subjects on his podcast, Dirt Talk.
Marcus Sheridan is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker known for his unique ability to excite, engage, and motivate live audiences with his simple, yet powerful transformational business approach. Marcus has been dubbed a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times and in 2017 Forbes named Marcus one of 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.” As author of the content marketing guidebook, “They Ask, you Answer,” Marcus has not only inspired thousands to achieve their business potential but has given them the tools they need to get there.
Randy Blount, president of Blount Contracting, started his life in construction at an early age. He took over the family business in his early 20s after a cancer diagnosis sidelined his father from the company. In the span of 10 years, Randy helped grow Blount Contracting from a 4 to 40 million-dollar business. Randy loves the Dirt World and is driven to share his knowledge and get the next generation just as excited about construction. There’s an abundance of opportunity in construction and he finds so much purpose in knowing his company has a positive impact on communities and the world at large.
Jason Schroeder is the owner of Elevate Construction IST, a firm that provides coaching, consulting, and training for leaders and businesses in the construction industry. Jason has decades of experience in the construction industry and has revolutionized field training for field engineers, project engineers, and superintendents. His mission is to elevate the entire construction industry to build leaders and preserve families.
Wally Adamchik is the founder and president of Firestarter Speaking & Consulting, a national consulting company providing contractors with relevant and effective leadership development. His connection to the construction industry began as a teenager working on jobs with his brother and father. Wally went on to study at Notre Dame and later served in the Marine Corps participating in training, peace-keeping, and combat operations throughout the world. He was recognized for superior performance and award-winning leadership at two national restaurant companies and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A galvanizing speaker, consultant, and author, for over twenty years, Wally has used his experience, knowledge, and leadership philosophies to help businesses win.
Keil Krieg has over 18 years of experience in civil engineering across multiple disciplines including numerous horizontal and vertical construction projects throughout his career. He now serves as the Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Department Manager at the consulting engineering company, SAECO.