2019 Veterans In Business Network National Conference - San Diego

Speakers & Workshops

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Bret Lane
Fireside Chat

Andy Kemal
Working "On" Your Business, Not "In" Your Business: How to Scale for Growth

Eric "Doc" Wright
Doc’s Top 10 List of VOB Must Dos!

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Bio:  Bret Lane is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility.Prior to becoming CEO, Lane was president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas. Lane has held several senior-level positions with SoCalGas, including senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity; vice president of gas operations and system integrity; vice president of gas transmission and distribution; vice president of field services; vice president of environmental, safety and facilities; vice president of labor relations and was chief environmental officer.Lane has held leadership positions in field operations and various staff functions including human resources, environmental services and gas supply. He joined the company's transmission and storage operations division in 1982.Lane currently is Chairman of the board of directors of the Gas Technology Institute and serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association and Southern California Leadership Council. Lane holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Bret is a Navy Veteran.

Fireside Chat

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Bio:  Andy Kemal has been coaching small businesses since 2010. He previously retired as a technology executive after 2 decades at Qualcomm to start INFIX where he led large technology groups building businesses in the fast paced mobile tech industry. As a leader in business and technology for 30+ years, he helps small businesses get focused and achieve greater results.

Andy is the spouse of an Army Veteran.

Working "On" Your Business, Not "In" Your Business: How to Scale for Growth

Business owners typically know what they "should" be doing - but frequently are not able to focus on their highest priorities.... because they have day-to-day activities in running their business that create distractions. This is the cause of "working 'IN' the business". Andy addresses some valuable methods like defining a clear vision so one can start to climb ON TOP of their business and start doing the things to scale the business for greater profits and longevity.

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Current Vets2PM Logo with R Mark Sans Tag LineOwner/Founder
www.vets2pm.com / www.thevpmma.org

Bio:  Doc is a US Navy Veteran and Serial Founder of 3 companies and 1 non-profit organization.  He helps military Veterans change their lives profoundly through project management, entrepreneurship, and AI using inspiration, translation, training, placement, and professional development.

Doc is a Navy Veteran.

Doc's Top 10 List of VOB Must-Dos!

Eric “Doc” Wright has about 19 pages of lessons learned from founding 3 companies and 1 non-profit organization over the last 6 years.  1 was a spectacular failure, and the other 3 are smashing successes!  In this talk, he presents what he considers the top 10 Veteran Owned Businesses Must Dos for VOBs to realize success and longevity.