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FEBRUARY 1, 2020
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Imagine a room full of like-minded people who want to go for it.

The Entrepreneurs, Leaders, & Legends Conference was created by leaders who saw the need for a space where the most brilliant minds in our region could come together to create fresh connections and walk away with increased focus and vision.

Our Lineup

Former Congressman

Marlin Stutzman

Marlin Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer, business owner, and former U.S. Congressman from Howe, Indiana. He will be speaking on principles that will take your leadership skills to the next level.

Marlin Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer, business owner, and former U.S. Congressman from Howe, Indiana. Marlin and his wife, Christy, have two sons, Payton and Preston. Marlin is currently President of the WishBone Orthopaedic Foundation in Warsaw, Indiana, as well as serving as Chief Development Officer for WishBone Medical, Inc. Marlin and Christy are also co-owners of Stutzman Power Equipment in Middlebury and Ava Laurenne Bride, a bridal boutique in the historic district of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Stutzmans continue to maintain their family farm, Schönbrook Farm & Inn, in Howe where they raise Wagyu Beef, Thoroughbred Horses, and Brittany Spaniels as well as opening their historic Victorian Style home as an Inn.

Marlin's first experience in business was at the age of 16 when he started his own beef cattle operation. At the age of 18, he became a partner with his father Albert and family and built Stutzman Family Farms into a multi-million dollar operation. Growing seed corn, green beans, corn, soybeans, venturing into organic crop production, Marlin soon added a trucking company to the family operation to compliment the needs of their crop production.

At the age of 25, Marlin was elected to the Indiana State House, working part-time as the youngest serving state legislator for 8 years while still working full-time with the family business. He helped Governor Mitch Daniels to take the state from a $1 billion deficit to more than a $1 billion surplus and a 10 year fully-funded roads program, without raising taxes. He was elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2008, representing a large portion of the counties in Northeast Indiana.

Elected to the US House of Representatives in November, 2010, U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman quickly emerged as a pro-business, pro-family, conservative leader for Northeast Indiana. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, the Budget Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Dean of Indiana’s Republican delegation in the House, Marlin worked hard to bring common sense to an out of control federal government. Congressman Stutzman was proud to serve the needs of the hardworking Hoosier families who call Indiana’s Third Congressional District home.

Marlin graduated from Lake Area Christian School in 1994 and attended Trine University where he studied Accounting and Business Management. The Stutzmans attend Northside Baptist Church in Elkhart and live in Middlebury. Marlin’s heart for mission work has led to short-term mission trips in Russia, Haiti, Mexico, and Guatemala. Marlin is a member of the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, ARC of Indiana, the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Howe Community Association, the NRA, and several Hoosier right-to-life organizations.

Indiana State Representative

Christy Stutzman

Mrs. Christy Stutzman is a former teacher, a small business owner and the wife of former US Congressman Marlin Stutzman. She will be speaking on the principles of winning leaders.

Mrs. Christy Stutzman is a former teacher, a small business owner and the wife of former US Congressman Marlin Stutzman. She is the newly elected Indiana State Representative for District 49 in northern Indiana.

Christy earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Voice, studying under well-known tenor, Raymond Gibbs, formerly leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera. After college, Mrs. Stutzman went on to study with Miss Sarah Reese, formerly of the Chicago and Boston Lyric Opera’s. She has been a fine arts teacher and private voice instructor, teaching all grade levels.

Christy is a graduate of the 2015 Richard G. Lugar Women in Leadership Series and has been a featured speaker at events around the country. In 2010, she began hosting “Ladies for Liberty” seminars, training women to become more active in the political arena. In August of 2014, Mrs. Stutzman began writing a weekly column for The Washington Times entitled “Just Sayin’” and also wrote for The Daily Signal.

She is a member of the Indiana Right to Life State Board and worked as the Federal Communications Director for Live Action for 2 years, speaking to members of Congress and arranging informative seminars and press conferences for members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate.

In 2001, she started a successful online business which she managed and ran for 7 years. In 2012, she and her sister, Wendy, started Ava Laurenne Bride, a bridal shoppe in Fredericksburg, Virginia which has since grown to a million-dollar company and has been instrumental in launching an international consulting firm and training program for business owners in the bridal industry.

Christy is a board member of the Heartland Chamber Chorale and from 2013-2015 she served as the National Chorus Director for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where she directed the 120 voice All-American Chorus in Constitution Hall each year for the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, DC.

She enjoys composing for choral/ensemble works and in 2018, she composed and orchestrated 10 original songs for the stage production of “A Christmas Carol: A New Musical” which premiered on November 24th in South Carolina. She has collaborated with new writers and producers to mount a new production of the show in Pigeon Forge, Tenessee in the fall of 2020.

The Stutzman’s own Schönbrook Farm in Howe, IN and Stutzman Power Equipment between Shipshewana and Middlebury. They reside in Middlebury, where Marlin’s family has been settled for six generations.

Christy is the mother of two boys, Payton and Preston, ages 18 & 14 who keep her busy with school, music and sports activities.

Former Congressman & NFL Quarterback

Heath Shuler

Heath Shuler was a Quarterback for the Tenessee Titans before serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. He will be discussing lessons in leadership he's learned throughout his career.

Heath Shuler was born in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Before earning his degree, Shuler played professional football as a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins. He later returned to finish his degree and earned his B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 2001.

After earning his degree, Shuler then started a real estate brokerage and has been involved in that industry since. His real estate company is one of the largest independent firms in East Tennessee.

Shuler was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. He represented North Carolina's 11th Congressional District from 2007 to 2013.

CEO of Ziglar, Inc.

Tom Ziglar

Tom Ziglar keeps Ziglar, Inc. ahead of the times with his innovative leadership and carries on the legacy of his father, Zig Ziglar. He will be speaking about building, sharing, and leaving a legacy

As CEO of Ziglar, Inc., Tom Ziglar shares not only a last name with his father, Zig Ziglar, but he also carries on his philosophy, which is simply, You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Prior to being named CEO, Tom began his career in retail and direct sales. He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987, learning every aspect of the business as he climbed from working in the warehouse, to sales, to seminar promotion, to sales management and then on to leadership.

With the Ziglar name, Tom has had a lot to live up to. But rather than try to fill his father's shoes, Tom has created some of his own. He is boldly taking Ziglar, Inc. into the world of social communities, Twitter, blogs, and live video webcasts to present the tried and true message of hope, integrity and positive thinking to a whole new audience. He keeps Ziglar, Inc. ahead of the times with his innovative leadership.

Tom enjoys golf (when time permits) and working out with his dad several times a week. He resides in Plano, Texas with his wife of 22 years, Chachis. They are the proud parents of one daughter Alexandra, and the whole family is owned by one goofy dog named Max. Tom shares his Ziglar writing flair in his core messages and beliefs about business, family, success and the keys to a fulfilling life.

WOWO Radio

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is a current events/political analyst and host to the Pat Miller Program on WOWO Radio, a public speaker, and a business owner. He'll be speaking on effective communication skills in business.

Pat Miller is a current events/political analyst and host to the Pat Miller Program which can be heard Monday through Friday on NewsTalk 1190 WOWO & 107.5 FM.

Miller has emceed for Glenn Beck at the Rally for America in Auburn, Indiana in 2003 and the National Rally for America in Huntington, West Virginia. He has also been the emcee for several political dinners, me, tings and rallies in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

He has also served as a keynote speaker for various political events. Miller has spoken at many political rallies, churches, schools and religious events in 47 states and five countries.

Miller has also participated in events with political dignitaries, including Congressmen Marlin Stutzman and Jim Banks, Senators Mike Braun, Todd Young and Lindsey Graham, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Vice President Mike Pence.

Pat Miller is very active and committed to Allen County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life.

On top of working in politics, radio, church, and other community events, Miller is the General Agent of Miller Insurance/Financial in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Pat received his education at Indiana Central College, which is now the University of Indianapolis. He also attended Baptist Bible College.

Pat has been married to Kim, or as WOWOland knows her, as “The lovely Mrs. Miller” since 1975. He is the father to daughters Shannon and Courtney, and BJ “The Mighty Wonder Pup.”

Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

David Kauffman

Dave Kauffman is a SHIFT expert, and entrepreneur, and a public speaker who has helped small business owners across the country by Empowering their Dreams of truly owning their business instead of being OWNED by the business.

Dave Kauffman was born on a large farm in rural GA, it was there that Dave discovered he was an entrepreneur at the ripe age of 6 years old, he and his very first business partner/sister started his first business together, it was a lemonade stand.

While in the 7th grade he and his cousin started "Best Team Auction Co" where during recess they would auction off any items their classmates would bring to sell and in August of 2012, he fulfilled a lifelong DREAM of his! He became a licensed auctioneer. He later went on and tried his skills at raising pigs and cows it was through this experience he discovered he was not a farmer.

Today he owns two businesses all of which are debt free and profitable, he is a pilot, diver and an inventor, and has been the guest speaker of several organization and has been featured on air as well as local print media.

Dave owns Empowering Small Business and has helped small business owners across the country by Empowering their Dreams of truly owning their business instead of being OWNED by the business.

Dave has been coached and continues to learn from some of the worlds best small business coaches, Howard Partridge, Mark Ehrlich, "Inner Circle Member" and belongs to Team Phenomenal, and is a huge fan of Zig Ziglar.

He guarantees that your business will change if you implement just some of the great information and tips you will receive if you attend our events or your money back!

Dave is married to his lovely wife Toni and they both personally invite you to Empowering Small Business events and workshops. We look forward to meeting you!

Leadership Expert and Trainer

Luke Kuepfer

Luke Keupfer is a leadership developer and life coach who help non-profit and business leaders understand how to maximize their God-given potential to lead and serve others.

Luke Keupfer is a leadership developer and life coach who help non-profit and business leaders understand how to maximize their God-given potential to lead and serve others.

Kuepfer is a life-long learner and communicator of transformational truth. He presents to a broad range of audiences on leadership, life purpose, people skills, communication, and team building. He is dedicated to motivating others toward leading, loving, and serving everyone.

Kuepfer firmly believes that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change. His teaching style involves audience participation and is practical and engaging. Principles must be applied in order for life learning and change to occur. In any learning environment, simplicity can be achieved on the far side of complexity.

Kuepfer has taught school for three years, directed a non-profit organization for ten years, and had acquired a Masters in Leadership from Asbury Seminary.

He has spoken broadly on leadership, team building, and personal mission over the last 20 years on four continents and numerous states and provinces in the USA and Canada. Presently, Kuepfer travels internationally at least twice a year to conduct leadership development programs in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Kuepfer currently resides in Prospect Heights, IL with his wife Amy and has three children—Brittany, Courtney, and Jamin. His two youngest were born in Thailand where he directed a non-profit organization. All three are currently enrolled in three different colleges and his eldest daughter recently married Josiah Zimmerman.

The Kuepfer family loves to hike and climb mountains, especially in Colorado. Each year, they try to knock out more of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks on our quest to climb all 53.

CEO of Do You Speak Bride?

Wendy Rivera

Wendy Rivera, CEO and vision-caster for Do You Speak Bride?, will share her unique approach to understanding relational keys that create business success.

Wendy Rivera is CEO and vision-caster for the wedding business consulting firm Do You Speak Bride?

After starting Ava Laurenne Bride in 2012 with her family, Wendy has coached over 80 bridal boutiques and is a featured keynote speaker at National and International Bridal Markets.

Her signature video series is used all over the world to teach sales teams how to lead rather than control the customer.

As a former sports coach, and collegiate instructor, Wendy’s unique approach to understanding relational keys that create business success will refresh and inspire anyone looking to think outside the box to grow their business.

Her specialized summits to train both business owners and sales teams in how to find their unique voice, and to master the language of their customer, are held both in the US and in Europe.

Managing Director of Kruse Plaza

John Kruse

John Kruse, auctioneer and managing director, will share insights on leadership that he has learned throughout his diverse career.

John Kruse grew up in the auction industry, refining his skills at some of the biggest auction companies in the country.

As buyer, seller, consultant and auctioneer, he has been actively involved with vintage motorcars and collection management for his entire life, combining an exhaustive knowledge of the market with unyielding integrity and a hands-on commitment to delivering the best result. Expert and accessible, he is a passionate car enthusiast who is a familiar face at Concours, club events and shows across the country.

In addition to being Principal and Auctioneer at Worldwide, Kruse is also the managing director of Kruse Plaza and founder of the J. Kruse Education Center.


John Branyan

John Branyan, a public speaker and standup comedian, will be our emcee and host for the day.

John’s ‘Shakespeare’ version of The Three Little Pigs has been viewed millions of times, and his book “A Triune Tale of Diminutive Swine” is in its 3rd reprinting. John is featured on nine recorded comedy projects with people like Ken Davis, David Jeremiah, Ted Cunningham and Tim Hawkins. John and his wife, Lori, have four children and six grandchildren (so far).

When John Branyan stepped onto a tiny stage in the early 90’s, he thought his interest in comedy was just a phase; he thought he would get the whole thing out of his system.

But, more than 25 years later, he still loves making people laugh with his style of speaking that won’t leave a filthy residue.

“People didn’t invent laughter,” John says. “It was given to us by someone who knew we’d enjoy it.” And he never gets tired of sharing that gift with others. “Every show, my goal is to hurt people. Seriously. I want people’s jaws to ache. I want their sides to cramp up. I want them to experience dizziness from oxygen deprivation. When they are in pain, I’ve done my job.”

When he isn’t speaking or teaching, he’s playing board games with his family.

Our program will be available soon!

Reignite Your Vision

Whether it’s learning from the experience of someone who has gone before you or talking to the young person who reminds you of your original vision, connection is priceless.


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