2018 Veterans In Business Network National Conference

Conference Agenda*

Monday, November 5

VIB Network National Conference Begins

  • 0830-1600 (8:30am-4pm)  Check-in, Registration and Information desk
  • 1030-1430 (10:30am-2: 30 pm) • Exhibitor tabletop set-up must be complete by 2:30 pm and exhibitors are encouraged to participate in “Tactical Networking”

Don't miss Motivational Monday Morning and learn from successful Veteran business owners. These speakers will share their stories and inspire you to take your business to the next level.          

  • 0915-1000 (9:15 - 10am• General Session: Tony Perez (Marine Veteran) VP Product Management, GoDaddy  "Accidental Entrepreneur - A Story of Achievable Success" Tony is a proven business leader. He is a former US Marine (2000 - 2005), and former CEO of Sucuri (2011 - 2017), a website security platform that was acquired by GoDaddy in April 2017. He has proven experience taking a security product from startup to a global, multi-national, organization. Come to hear Tony as he shares information on what has made him successful in IT; his grit and wit will inspire you.

  • 1015-1100 (10:15 - 11amGeneral Session: Chris Steely (Marine Veteran) Motivational Business Speaker "Why the Business World Needs You, and How To Best Contribute as a Veteran” Today’s business world is a dynamic, ever-changing environment, fraught with pitfalls, dishonesty, and unethical behavior. That’s where YOU come in. The business world needs your expertise, capability, and courage. As a veteran, you hold a special skill set, to which the vast majority of the work cannot relate. In this presentation, we’re going to discuss why you’re good at what you do, and understand how you can best apply your strengths to make your business more profitable.

  • 1100-1115 (11:00 - 11:15am) • AM Break
  • 1115-1130 (11:15 - 11:30 am) • General Session: How to Pitch Your Business for Maximum Impact by Jim Wittmack, Master Strategist – Rapid Strategy MIND DUMP 
  • 1130-1200 (11:30 - 12:00 pm) • General Session: Seminar Sneak Peak – Presenters share brief information to help you decide which seminars to attend to benefit you and your business
  • 1200-1330 (12 – 1:30 pm) • Lunch break - on your own, over 20 restaurants in the area
  • * VIB Veteran 2 Veteran Mentor/Protege Graduation Luncheon (Invitation Only)
  • 1330-1430 (1:30 - 2:30 pm) • General Session: The Secrets & Differences of Working with Corporations, Government Agencies, and Prime Contractors – Panel Discussion, Moderated by Chairman Cole Woodman.
  • 1430-1445 (2:30 - 2:45pm) PM Break
  • 1445-1630 (2:45 - 4:30 pm) • General Session: “Tactical Networking" – Networking with a purpose during this roundtable business interactive discussion with Corporations, Government Agencies, Prime Contractors & Veteran businesses. Give your elevator pitch and create opportunities. (Bring plenty of business cards)
  • 1630-1900 (4:30 - 7 pm) • VIB Networking Welcome Reception - Mix and mingle while you enjoy art from various Veteran artists and Veteran artist supporters. Live music in a cool outdoor setting is the perfect way to relax and enjoy downtown LA. 

Tuesday, November 6

  • 0700-1500 (7 am – 3 pm) • Check-in, Registration and Information Desk  
  • 0730-0800 (7:30 – 8 am) • Light breakfast in Exhibitor Hall – Gold Room
  • 0800 (8 am) • VIB Network Ribbon Cutting Exhibitor Hall
  • 0800-1200 (8 am – 12 pm) • Exhibitor Hall
  • 0800-1500 (8 am – 3 pm) VIB Network Café in Exhibitor Hall - have coffee on us!
  • 0900-1200 (9 am – 12 pm) • Business Development Seminars begin
  • 1200-1315 (12 pm - 1:15 pm) • VIB Network Luncheon and Fireside Chat with Doug Bauder, Navy Veteran and Vice President, Operational Services and Chief Procurement Officer of Southern California Edison
  • 1315-1530 (1:15 - 3:00 pm) • Exhibitor Hall Reopens
  • 1330-1415 (1:30 - 2:15 pm) Business Development Seminars continue
  • 1830-2130 (6:30-9:30 pm) • VIB Network Above & Beyond Awards Banquet Dinner (California Science Center, under the Space Shuttle Endeavour) This evening is all about celebrating the Veteran business community with Marine, Comedian, Business Owner, and Emcee Mel Austin. We will recognize Corporations, Government Agencies, Prime Contractors and Veteran businesses who go Above & Beyond to help Veteran businesses grow and succeed. Enjoy delicious food, great networking and live music by SkArmy (300th Army Band that specializes in ska covers) This is a suit and tie, business attire event. 

* Agenda is subject to change, check back for updated information

Above & Beyond Award Categories

  • Veteran Business of the Year
  • Corporation of the Year
  • Government Agency of the Year
  • Teaming Partners of the Year (Veteran business and Prime contractor)

Congratulations to the 2017 Above & Beyond Award Winners:

  • Drexel Hamilton – Veteran Business of the Year
  • Southern California Edison – Corporation of the Year
  • CalVet – Government Agency of the Year
  • ProVet Concrete & Perera Construction – Teaming Partners of the Year
  • San Diego Unified School District – Oscar Mike Award
  • Dennis Thurston – Bravo Zulu Award


2017 VIB Network Above & Beyond Award Winners


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We are proud to be partnering with STEP during the VIB Conference                                                                           to help with their Adopt-A-Family for the Holiday's Program. 

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STEP assists junior active duty enlisted members and recently discharged                                                                enlisted Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial                                                                      crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling,

education, and grants to alleviate critical near-term obligations.