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Executive Leadership Conference & Expo



Pre-conference education begins @ 10:00 am.  Please see the schedule for complete details

Conference begins at 3:00 pm on October 5th.

HOTEL GROUP RATES:  $109/NIGHT . Click the link

Register now by clicking on Register Now through Eventbrite


Conference 2017

Early bird specials $150/registration now through July 31!






Mike is recognized as a leading expert in employment-related lawsuit prevention. As an Employee Relations Consultant, he is dedicated to helping employers stay litigation-free. Drawing from over 30 years of experience in employment and labor law, as an employer defense attorney and as a Human Resources Vice President, he developed a unique litigation-avoidance program.

He has presented his “Reset the Clock” program over 1,100 times to more than 26,000 leaders at employer facilities across North America. He has presented the HR Professional version of this program for SHRM Chapters across the country, annually for Dallas HR.

In 2013, Mike was recognized as the first inductee into the HRSouthwest Conference Speaker Hall of Fame. Over the last 25 years, he has consistently been one of the highest-rated speakers, excelling in content, professionalism and delivery.

In conjunction with various employer, industry and professional associations, he has conducted live TV broadcasts, webinars and on-line employee relations programs, in addition to presenting at their regional and national conferences. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Seton Hall University.



Jim Crawford is the project manager for Vision 20/20.  He is a member of and former chair of the NFPA technical committee on professional qualifications for fire marshals.  He is the author of Fire Prevention Organization and Management published by Brady and writes a monthly column on fire and life safety for Fire and Rescue Magazine.  Jim retired from the active fire service in 2010 after 35 years, ending his career as the Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal of Vancouver, WA.  He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, past President of the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  Jim has been awarded the R. Wayne Powell Excellence in Fire Prevention Award; the Fire Protection Person of the Year in 2011 from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers; the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Leadership in Fire Safety Education award from the International Fire Service Training Association and the Congressional Fire Services Institute; and the Percy Bugby Award from the International Fire Marshal’s Association.

Sheldon Gilbert: ESCI Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gilbert began his fire service career in 1984 as a Firefighter with the Fairview Fire Protection District. In 1986, he was hired with the Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District. On July 1, 1993, he joined the newly formed Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) where he ultimately promoted to the rank of Fire Chief. Prior to being a Firefighter, Chief Gilbert was an Alameda County Paramedic. He was instrumental in the creation and growth of the ACFD and established the Alameda County Fire Department First Responder Paramedic Program.
Mr. Gilbert served as a Governor-Appointee and Chair of the California EMS Commission as well as co-chair to the Blue Ribbon Task Force following the Southern California Fire Sieges. He served as a County Fire Department Representative on the FIRESCOPE Board of Directors and served for six years as President and immediate Past-President of the California Fire Chiefs Association. Mr. Gilbert is the recipient of the California Fire Chiefs Association 2011 Fire Chief of the Year award. In addition, he received a California Emergency Medical Services Authority Distinguished Service Medal in 2012.


Kelly Walsh has worked in a variety of industries including for profit, non-profit, and city government, but her heart is with the public sector where she can bring her strengths to the people who protect and serve our communities.

Uniquely qualified to work with Fire Departments, Kelly has 20 years of experience in Human Resources with 10 years as an HR partner (partially imbedded) to a 350 person municipal fire department in Mesa, Arizona. She holds a Master of Education degree with a major in Counseling, is a certified leadership coach and mediator, and has worked in organizations as a recruiter, leader, mentor, trainer, coach, and strategist.

The development of future leaders and creating a culture of well-being for employees are at the cornerstone of Kelly’s expertise.

She has authored, and is featured as an industry expert in, articles published in the Wall Street Journal, Computer World, CEO Blog Nation, Huffington Post, and others.

Retired Fire Chief Dan Jones entered the fire service in February 1974 and rose through the ranks to retire as a Fire Chief in 2015. Jones served for over 16 years in the Pinellas Park, Florida Fire Department before relocating to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1990 to become Fire Chief. Upon his retirement, Jones was the longest serving municipal fire chief in the State of North Carolina.

Chief Jones has served on a variety of committees, councils and boards at the local, state and national levels. Jones is the former Editor-in-Chief of National Fire & Rescue Magazine and is a Past-President for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a special on-air commentator for CNN Headline News Network on breaking fire and rescue stories. He is a frequent emergency services conference speaker and is recognized throughout the fire service as an authority in the field of leadership, management, campus housing fire safety, fire sprinklers and motorsports fire-rescue. He is a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina and has taught or presented in twenty-nine states, Canada, England, Germany, Botswana and Scotland. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards including Florida Fire Instructor of the Year, IAFC Presidents Award and North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Log Leaf Pine.

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