Presenters & Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Sal Gonzalez
Wounded Warrior Project
Music has always played an important role in Sal Gonzalez’s life. He grew up in the impoverished neighborhood of East Los Angeles, and as a teenager, music kept him out of trouble. So did his decision to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Sal enlisted in the infantry and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. In 2004, he was a machine gunner in Ramadi, Iraq, when his truck was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast left Sal with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and ultimately caused him to lose his left leg below the knee.
While he was still in a Maryland hospital, Sal received a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) backpack full of comfort items and a promise that if he needed anything, WWP would be there to help. That gesture meant a lot to Sal, and once he got out of the hospital, he decided to get more involved. One of his first events with WWP was a multi-day mental health workshop called Project Odyssey® — and it changed his life. Despite his injury, he was able to rock climb with the group; and it proved he could still do anything he set his mind to.
With WWP by his side, Sal set out to help as many warriors as possible by sharing his experience and encouraging them to seek help. He also continued playing music — not only to process his own emotions and continue his recovery, but also to inspire other injured veterans to continue living their lives.
Sal remains grounded in his passion to help other warriors, even as his music career hits new highs. His talent has started to earn him national attention, including appearances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and the television show “Nashville.” He also released his first EP, “Heroes,” in 2020. While many musicians strive to become famous, Sal is happy with his life right now.
Currently, Bill has corporate responsibility for training on all Dexter products. He prepares training materials, creates training equipment, and manages training activities and customer events for Dexter. He provides training support to retail customers, trailer dealers, service facilities, OEM trailer manufacturers, and the internal staff of the Dexter/DexKo family of companies across the United States and Canada. Examples of training venues range greatly; from hands-on wrench turning with technicians on trailers and axles; to classroom technical training on axle engineering, to Dexter design and product applications; to customer training and customer service at large RV rallies.
Bill has 37 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer and also has a master’s degree in Business Administration. He started his career as an Engineering Officer in the US. Air Force. His ten years of service included developing munitions used in the Gulf Wars, off road trailer design and testing, and operation of and upgrades to rocket/jet engine test facilities and aircraft wind tunnels.
For eight years prior to joining Dexter, Bill was a Principal Engineer with an engineering consulting and training services company providing aerospace test support, process engineering, facility design services, and environmental assessment and remediation. Bill was a Dexter plant manager for 15 years, teaming with a 55 person staff to provide over 500,000 axles, 250,000 surge brake couplers, and a full range of related brake and chassis components to the premier OEM trailer builders and distributors in the marine and specialty trailer market.
Bill has over one hundred thousand miles of towing experience spread over a variety of Dexter utility, cargo, marine, and RV axles. He is passionate about the axles themselves as well as participating in all the fun things they allow us to do, and experiencing all the places they allow us to visit.
Belfield Management Solutions
Bob Woodward is a Senior Management Consultant and Project Manager at Belfield Management Solutions. Bob has an MBA and over 30 years of business experience as a CFO and management consultant, as well as having advised and served on boards of directors of both publicly traded and privately held companies.
Transamerica Retirement Services
Chris has more than 17 years of experience in the financial and retirement industry and is known for helping financial advisors and TPAs grow their practices and create successful retirement plan programs for their clients. He prides himself on his responsiveness and accessibility and considers himself to be a member of his clients’ retirement plan team.
Chris’ wide range of experience and track record have earned him a reputation as a retirement plan authority who can provide industry expertise and effective business-building strategies.
Chris is based in Marina Del Rey, California, where he lives with his daughter.
Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance
Charlie Dougherty is a vice president and economist with Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Based in New York, he covers the U.S. economy with a focus on commercial real estate, housing, construction and regional sectors of the economy. He regularly writes indicator reports, produces special commentary, and contributes to the company’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary. His commentary on the U.S. economy has been featured in various regional and national media publications, including Bloomberg News, Yahoo Finance and The Washington Post. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2017, Charlie worked as a regional economist and consultant for IHS Markit and more recently for CertainTeed, one of the largest building product manufacturers in North America. Charlie holds a B.A. and B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in economics from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economics, Philadelphia Council of Business Economics and Charlotte Economics Club.
Trailer Specialist Consultant
Trailer Specialist Consultant David Whitlock has been in the trailer industry for over thirty years. His experience includes time as a Salesman, Parts Manager, Service Manager, General Manager, Manufacturing Representative and even a General Manager of a trailer manufacturing plant.
Frank J. Zych, Jr.
Hilb Group New England, DBA, HR Knowledge
Frank is a seasoned HR professional with over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of HR management.
Frank is a frequent speaker and seminar leader to groups of all sizes on a multitude of topics. For the past five years, his popular “Webinar Wednesday” series has been widely acclaimed.
Graham is the Co-Founder and the Chief Sales Officer of the dealership text messaging and reputation management company, Kenect. Graham is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating technologies to benefit small business owners for almost a decade now. Prior to that, he started his career in the television industry with NBC Universal in Beijing, China and New York City, working on a variety of projects including the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Super Bowl, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.
Jared Medhus is currently the Director of Sales for Galeo, focusing on building dealership channels for the Galeo Pro and Galeo Ride product lines. Before that he served as Manager of Customer Service and Inside Sales for Galeo's parent company, Appareo. Prior to joining Appareo, Jared spent the previous 17 years in sales and operations in the Oil and Gas industry. He has a diverse background in equipment, rail, chemistry, and other areas that have given him a broad perspective across all facets of the businesses he has worked in. When not working, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife and their 7-year-old twin sons, coaching their soccer and hockey teams.
Statistical Surveys, Inc.
Jeff Jones, National Trailer Sales Manager at Statistical Surveys, Inc., is a Texas native. He has over 36 years of sales and management experience in the trailer manufacturing industry. He joined Statistical Surveys, Inc. seven years ago where his responsibilities include developing and maintaining successful business relationships as well as increasing sales and providing excellent customer service. Jeff publishes trailer stats for the NATDA and NATM trade magazines. His exceptional work ethic and attention to detail in leading a sales team has rewarded him with a very successful sales career which he is now applying in his role as National Trailer Sales Manager at Statistical Surveys. He has been married for 43 years and has three children and six grandkids that he spoils as much and as often as he can.
Jeff J. Kim, CFP
Jeff J. Kim is the founder and managing principal at Larchmont Financial, specializing in 401(k) and corporate retirement plans. Prior to finding Larchmont Financial in 2011, he spent combined years at a Fortune 100 Company and a boutique firm working with AT&T, Verizon and Northrop Grumman's employee benefit packages as well as California's government pension programs.
Jeff is based in Los Angeles, California and just welcomed his son Jun Morgan with his wife Stephanie and his dog Singha.
Jeff Murphy is the Director of Hydraulic Sales with Premium Supply. Premium Supply specializes in dump trailer hoists as well as hydraulic pumps, cylinders, hoses, fittings, and hydraulic jacks. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the trailer industry with a background in fluid power which is hydraulics and pneumatics.
Johnathan Aguero, is a father, a husband, and an advocate for this industry. Over the past 11 years, he's specialized in helping dealerships implement technology that transforms sales and service departments into efficient machines of productivity. With a passion for dealer-centric solutions, Johnathan joined Blackpurl as Director, Revenue Operations in 2017 and has been on a mission to share with dealers a new and alternative solution to DMS.
Born and raised in a small town in Northeast Oklahoma, Ken grew up working on cars. He spent 25 years in Fixed Operations Departments, working for franchised Auto and RV Dealers. First as a Technician, then Shop Foreman and ultimately Fixed Operations Director for a large dealer organization overseeing 300 employees, grossing over $900,000 per month in Fixed Ops.
Currently, he is the Director of Sales Operations for DealerPRO Training, where he has worked with hundreds of Auto and RV and Trailer dealerships for the last 17 years. Ken’s vast experience in the U.S. and Canada, helping dealers increase profits in Fixed Operations and improve their overall performance, has brought him to the forefront as being one of the industry’s most knowledgeable guest speakers. He presents workshops at NADA, Performance 20 groups, ATD, NATDA, RVDA, NTP Stag, and Hunter Engineering-sponsored workshops among others.
As President and Founder of Anvil Media, Inc., Kent Lewis is responsible for ensuring the company is living its mission and vision by managing overall corporate strategy, including operations, business development, sales and marketing. Specializing in analytics, search engine and social media marketing services, Anvil is a digital agency which provides measurable marketing that moves clients’ businesses forward. Under his leadership since 2000, Anvil has accumulated the following awards and recognition:
- 5000: Fastest growing private companies in America
- Oregon Business Magazine: 100 Best Places to Work (2018)
- Portland Business Journal: Oregon’s Most Admired Companies
- Portland Business Journal: Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies (for five consecutive years)
- Portland Business Journal: Corporate Philanthropy Awards winner (multiple years)
- Clutch: Top Pay-per-Click and SEO Agency in America
With a background in agency-side digital marketing, Lewis regularly speaks on effective digital marketing techniques & trends to audiences as a subject matter expert. Since 2000, he’s been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, where he teaches an SEM Workshop. He is also currently contract Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for ToneCommand, a audio measurement platform and mobile application. Lewis also regularly speaks and contributes to industry publications including SmartBrief, Online Marketing Institute, Business2Community and iMedia Connection. Lewis is also a Marketing Advisory Board member for his alma mater, Western Washington University. As a long-time entrepreneur, he’s an investor and advisor to a host of emerging companies, including BeetBoost, RISEcx, Syndical, Tixie and Workplace Resource of Oregon. Lewis is co-founder of a variety of organizations, including career community pdxMindShare, eROI and SEMpdx, a Portland-area professional trade association for search engine marketers. Active in his community, he’s currently involved in non-profit charity and professional trade organizations including early literacy program SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) and others. Lewis’s industry recognition and awards include Portland Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Top 25 Most Influential Pay-per-Click Experts, American Marketing Association Oregon Chapter Marketer of the Year and Top 20 Digital Marketing Strategists.
Mark Podeyn Consulting
Mark Podeyn’s experience in the RV and utility trailer industry dates back to 1976. Mark grew up working in the family trailer repair business. Mark went out on his own founding Action RV in 1987. Mark has ridden the highs and lows of the industry and has experienced the full spectrum of challenges and emotions along the way.
Mark has cultivated a team of high performers that has earned several industry awards, and having been featured in top industry trade publications. Amongst their many awards, their proudest was being recognized as one of New Mexico’s Most Ethical Businesses. Mark has grown his business with a “people first” and “servant leadership” philosophy. Mark continues to volunteer his time to NATDA, RVIA and the RV Technical Institute in Elkhart, Indiana.
Matt McKinley is a second-generation owner of their family trailer dealership, Triple M Trailers of Texas. In addition to the dealership, Matt also offers training and private coaching services through his transformation business unconscious momentum. Matt’s mission in the dealership is provide the most EXTRA-ordinary experience one could have at a trailer dealership. His mission in life is to inspire, equip, and guide others in becoming the best versions of themselves.
Matt has been trained, mentored and coached by experts such as Dr. Robert Rohm, the legendary Zig Ziglar, Dr. Matt James, and Howard Partridge and he teaches and coaches their transformational messages through the following certifications:
- Advanced DISC Human Behavior Consultant
- Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer
- Integrative NLP Master Coach
Matt lives east of Dallas in Canton, Texas with his amazing wife and his two awesome boys and can be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.