As CEO of Aptos, Noel is committed to creating a different kind of software company that is committed to Engaging Customers Differently in order to build relationships based on trust, transparency, mutual respect and mutual success. As a former executive at Store Perform, RedPrairie, and Epicor Retail, Noel has the experience required to fulfill his vision and help Aptos extend its leadership position in the retail technology industry.
Tuesday: Keynote Speaker
Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement will share his passion for organizations and teams as reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting.
Pat is the author of ten best-selling books with over four million copies sold. After twelve years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. His most recent book, The Advantage, became an immediate national best-seller.
Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.
Wednesday: Keynote Speaker
Tim Ash is the author of the bestselling book Landing Page Optimization, and CEO of SiteTuners (a firm that improves website conversion rate via conversion-focused redesign blueprints, landing page testing, and training of internal optimization teams). A computer scientist and cognitive scientist by education (his PhD studies were in Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence); Tim has developed an expertise in user-centered design, persuasion and understanding online behavior, and landing page testing. In the mid-1990s he became one of the early pioneers in the discipline of website conversion rate optimization.
Over the past 19 years, Tim has helped a number of major US and international brands to develop successful web-based initiatives. Companies like Sears, Google, Expedia, eHarmony, Facebook, American Express, Canon, Nestle, Symantec, Intuit, Autodesk, Yahoo! and many others have benefited from Tim's deep understanding and innovative perspective.
Today, in addition to providing strategic consulting services, Tim is a highly-regarded keynote speaker and presenter at industry conferences worldwide including Internet Retailer, Search Engine Strategies, PubCon and countless others. He is the founder and chairperson of Conversion Conference and a frequent contributor to print and online publications such as ClickZ, Website Magazine, Visibility and others. Since 1995, he has authored more than 100 published articles. In addition, Tim is the online voice of conversion optimization as the host of the Landing Page Optimization podcast on WebmasterRadio.fm.
Tim earned a dual-major Bachelor of Science degree "with highest distinction" in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science from UC San Diego while studying on under a U.C. Regent's Scholarship (the highest academic scholarship awarded by the UC system). During his PhD studies at UC San Diego he also earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science.