Keynote and Featured Speakers
Join us on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for our General Sessions.
Workforce Strategist and Management Trendspotter
The Emerging Future: Building Future-ready Organizations and High Performing Cultures to Compete and Win in the Decade Ahead
Wednesday, October 26
General Session – 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Seth is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, and top-rated keynote speaker on talent management, change and innovation, digital transformation, leadership and the future of work.
His research, case studies, and thought leadership focus on inspiring audiences while sharing actionable strategies to drive meaningful outcomes for individuals and their organizations. He also coaches high-performing leaders with practical, life-tested ideas, concepts, and frameworks to elevate their impact and create lasting legacies.
Over the past decade, Seth has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the globe for many of the world’s most recognizable brands including Mastercard, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, The Dallas Cowboys, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, E&Y, Caterpillar and The Walt Disney Company, to name a few.
In addition to speaking, Seth is the founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, an org design and transformation firm that supports many of the world’s most inspiring leaders by helping prepare themselves and their organizations for the future of work through research, training, advising, coaching, digital tools, and thought leadership.
Expert on Global Financial Markets
The Future Economy: Growth Opportunities
Thursday, October 27
General Session – 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Andrew Busch is the former first Chief Market Intelligence Officer for the U.S. government and economic futurist at AndrewBusch.com. For the CFTC, he was charged with improving and enhancing the government’s understanding of the markets and the economy. His job was to take all the news, information and data on the economy and markets; and filter it into condensed, easily understood research; then communicate it to the government and public.
Andy provided economic and market briefings to the White House, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, the SEC, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Treasury staff on a wide range of issues including interest rates, China’s influence on trade and the impact of technology on the economy.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Busch was CEO and founder of a boutique financial markets and policy research firm, Bering Productions, Inc (BPI). Before BPI, he was the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for Bank of Montreal (BMO) in Chicago. He is author of the book “World Event Trading” covering large crises like infectious disease outbreaks and their impact on the markets.
Today, he’s a consultant and keynote speaker with a wide range of clients including financial services, agriculture, energy, real estate, manufacturing and construction.
Future Forward – Making a Difference: An Armchair Discussion
Thursday, October 27
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Vice President, Culture & Community
Simms Fishing Products
Diane Bristol is Vice President of Culture & Community for Simms Fishing Products. Diane has been with SIMMS for over 30 years, and previously worked with the former parent company, Life-Link International. Diane’s current role is a combination of helping Simms achieve even greater success by implementing broader employee professional development plans and helping Simms employees grow personally and professionally. In addition, a key aspect of this role is to elevate SIMMS at all levels of the community (local, state and national) and identify opportunities to promote and support SIMMS’ employee involvement within the community.
Diane is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Casting for Recovery and serves on the board for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and the American Sportfishing Association. She has also served as Vice Chair for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation Board of Directors, on the board of American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the International Women Fly Fishers. Along with her board roles, Diane is also a program volunteer for the WQW FX program and Casting for Recovery retreat. Earlier this year, Diane received the Lefty Kreh Industry Leadership Award from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Diane is an avid angler who enjoys fishing adventures – especially those that require traveling to remote locations.
Division Manager, External Affairs
Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit
Martin Peters is Division Manager, External Affairs for Yamaha’s U.S. Marine Business Unit, the part of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA that markets, sells and distributes Yamaha Outboards in the United States. The unit also operates G3 Boats®, Skeeter Boats®, Yamaha Marine Performance Propellers, Inc., and other marine industry companies.
Martin joined Yamaha in 2006 and leads the business unit’s government relations, advocacy, conservation and Yamaha Rightwaters™ sustainability efforts. He also leads teams that create communication strategies supporting the marine brand.
In January 2017, Peters was appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council (BAC) as one of 15 council members to serve a three-year term. He currently serves on the Natural Resources and Energy Policy Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and on the Government Relations Committee of the American Sportfishing Association® (ASA). Past service includes chairman of the Communication Committee for the Center for Sportfishing Policy, chairman of Boat PAC for the National Marine Manufacturers Association® (NMMA®) and chairman of Tread Lightly, a non-profit organization that advocates for ethical land use and public land access.
Peters was the 2019 recipient of ASA’s Fisheries Conservation Achievement Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to fisheries conservation and recreational fishing and boating.”
AFTCO Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Casey Shedd is the President of AFTCO, a 60+ year-old third-generation family business based in California. Through donated time, energy and financial resources, Casey is an advocate for the idea that recreational anglers are the original stewards of fisheries conservation.
His background is in digital marketing and data analytics. Prior to joining AFTCO, he was a data analyst at Macys.com, an online marketing specialist at Shopatron and a deckhand for a winter season at Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica.
Casey’s current focus at AFTCO is building a family business that will last another 60 years and expanding on their sustainability and conservation efforts. Casey is a board member and supporter of CCA’s Building Conservation Trust and the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. He is also a member of ASA’s board of directors having been elected to the seat in 2021.
Casey pursues his passion for surfing, fishing, and spending time with his wife and two kids from their home in San Clemente, California.
If you’re looking for a laugh at his expense this Summit, ask him about his poor planning for a weeklong inflatable paddleboard trip deep within the Bob Marshal Wilderness which involved a diet of mostly Pop-Tarts and Snickers.
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Stephanie Vatalaro is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), where she leads the consumer and stakeholder outreach strategy for RBFF and its Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ brand campaigns.
A marketing and communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate, agency, non-profit and TV newsroom settings, Vatalaro has devoted the last 15 years of her career to getting more people out on the water fishing and boating and conserving our nation’s aquatic natural resources.
Vatalaro currently serves on ASA’s Marketing and Market Insights committees; Boating Industry’s Leadership Council; the Marine Marketers of America Board of Directors; and NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Business Advisory Council. She was recognized in Boating Industry’s 2020 Women Making Waves and she volunteers with Casting for Recovery.
Vatalaro received her B.S. degree from Florida State University and earned a Certificate in Management at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She grew up in the Florida Keys and is the daughter of a flats fishing guide. She now spends summers fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in Virginia.