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NREDA 2012 Conference Speakers

NREDA Annual Conference Speaker Biographies
Ross Bernstein helps companies and organizations think and act more like champions. Ross is the best-selling author of 50 sports books and has appeared on thousands of TV and radio programs over his career, including CNN, NPR and ESPN, as well as on the covers of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. As an internationally recognized motivational business speaker, Ross uses inspirational sports stories as a metaphor for life and for business to energize and connect his audiences — challenging them to not just be ordinary, but to make a difference and be extraordinary. The DNA of champions is truly unique... who are the champions on your team?

Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. His books include the best-selling, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and the award-winning books, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies. He is also the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks. His most recent works (2011) include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Unlearning 101: 101 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box.

Thea J. Walsh, is the Deputy Chief of the Ohio Department of Development"s Office of Redevelopment. The Office focuses on solutions and assistance to community redevelopment challenges in Ohio. She coordinates a portfolio of over $700 million of revitalization programs. Prior to joining the State in 2010, Mrs. Walsh worked in Transportation Planning and Community Development for Clark County, Ohio. She has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning as well as Public Administration from Miami University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Wright State University. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Administrators and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

David P. Rumbarger serves as president/CEO of the Community Development Foundation; a position he has held since August, 2000. CDF is a 61-year-old comprehensive economic development organization comprised of the Lee County Council of Governments, Tupelo Area Chamber of Commerce, the Renasant Center for IDEAs incubator, and Lee County’s industrial parks, industrial buildings and economic development program.

Other Topics to be covered and speakers to be announced later:

Panel on —Federal financing programs
Panel on — The importance of Keeping Youth in Your Community
Connecting community entrepreneurs
Rural Healthcare is sustainable and growth is a must.
Venture Capital — how to use it
Disaster recovery — preparation and planning, time is not on your side
Come hear our alliance partners share important information on things to come
Time to see old friends, time to meet new friends
And much, much more