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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.


Fire Marshal Stephen Hrustich: instructor and course developer @ National Fire Academy 

Chief Hrustich is a 33 year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as the Assistant Chief / Fire Marshal of the Community Risk Reduction Division of Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) in the metro Atlanta area. His division encompasses fire and arson investigation, prevention & enforcement and public education sections.  Gwinnett County is a metro sized agency with an authorized strength of 916 personnel and is the largest fire service delivery system in the state of Georgia.  GCFES responds to over 80,000 calls a year for service, protecting a population of 938,000 covering an area of 437 square miles. The CRR division has received multiple local and state awards and has been recognized nationally for developing and implementing best practices in fire prevention and risk reduction.  He previously served as fire chief of multiple agencies in New York State.  Chief Hrustich is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program, dual designate as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) from CPSE and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He holds a MS in Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics and AS in Fire Science both from Binghamton University.  Chief Hrustich is an instructor and course developer for the fire prevention and leadership curriculum at the National Fire Academy and frequently presents on CRR, fire & life safety and fire leadership topics across the nation.  He is active in numerous national, state and local organizations and serves on the IAFC’s Fire & Life Safety Section board and is the IAFC representative on the correlating committee for the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.  Chief Hrustich works closely with Vision 2020 as a steering committee member, CRR technical advisor and member of the leadership team promoting CRR advocacy across the U.S. fire service.


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.

2017 Executive Leadership Sponsor 

Bob Norton, CEO Norton Development Group and creator of Tenzinga Employee Management Software

Bob Norton

Bob Norton is an author, motivational speaker, and Founder and CEO of Norton Development Group, a consulting company that assists organizations with Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Organization Development, Conflict Management and Performance Management. He is also the Founder and CEO of Tenzinga Employee Performance Management System, which is an online active performance management system.

Bob has worked with fire departments, Fire Chiefs Associations and EMS Associations across the country for more than 22 years. He has assisted fire departments in Foundation Development, Conflict Management and Performance Management, resulting in improved communication, consistency and promoting continuous improvement during that time. He has been an Executive Coach to Fire Chiefs, CEOs and organizational leaders throughout the United States and around the world.

Bob’s fast-paced, high energy and thought provoking presentations have allowed him to speak to conferences, annual meetings and leadership retreats in all 50 states and countries around the world. He has spoken to groups as large as 35,000 and has enjoyed working with other great motivational speakers such as Zig Ziegler, Ken Blanchard, Denis Waitley, Lou Holtz and Tony Campolo, to name a few.

Bob’s public sector clients include cities, municipalities, utility districts, fire departments and state agencies. Some of his private clients include but are not limited to companies such as: American Airlines, Frito Lay, CBS Television, Sprint, AT&T, The Southern Company, Alabama Power, Nashville Electric Service, Red Lobster, McKee Foods, King Simeon of Bulgaria, and Harvey’s Hotel and Casino.


Chief Kingman Schuldt joined the fire service in 1978; he proudly represents the 160 members of the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, providing services to the residents of Collier County, Florida. In 2008, Chief Schuldt was appointed as the Florida State Director for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. He also served as the President of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association in 2015. Chief Schuldt is currently serving on the executive board of the SEAFC and will take the position as chair in June 2018. 



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.


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