Conference Agenda and Program
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Dr. David Kohl
Keynote: Dr. Richard Pimentel
Live Music: The Jimmys
David Kohl is a Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech, where he was on staff for 25 years. He is currently president of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting firm; he’s also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value-added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Today Scott is the author of the best-selling book Vision Mindset Grit and he teaches individuals how to rise above challenges to propel forward through difficult circumstances by engaging vision, managing mindset, and most importantly, finding their grit.
Dr. Richard Pimentel also found himself at a pivotal moment when his commanding officer told him to stay behind and hold the line. Dr. Richard asked a question - and the answer defined the rest of his life. This decorated Vietnam War veteran shares what it means to take care of business and be responsible.
Richard Pimentel is also a disability-rights advocate, writer and comedian. He has developed a supervisor-level training program on disability issues to increase job placement of disabled people and had trained tens of thousands of workers, supervisors, managers and representatives of U.S. government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on awareness, disability management and return-to-work models for injured and recently disabled employees.
Jason Karszes is a Senior Extension Associate with the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell University. With a focus on management education, he coordinates the Cornell Dairy Executive Program to further develop business management skills of dairy producers around the country.
Merril Hoge is a former NFL running back and ESPN analyst, cancer survivor, professional speaker and author of Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life. Hoge shows others how those three words helped him beat cancer and overcome family tragedies; today he helps others apply the same concepts to their situations.