Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote

Michael Nir

President, Sapir Consulting

MichaelNirheadWith over sixteen years of experience, Michael has been leading change at global organizations in diverse industries. Committed to sustained results as well as the journey, he balances a passion for creativity and innovation alongside tested proven approaches for solution delivery. Michael inspires people and teams to change, cognitively and emotionally, building on enthusiasm from climbing the hill AND reaching the top.

In his toolbox are Agile product development and Scrum experience, project management know how, Lean Startup and Lean Agile expertise, change leadership and team building experience, and pragmatically integrating theory into practice. Combining a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineeering and Masters in Industrial Engineering from the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology, Michael aggregates technical acumen with study and practice of Gestalt therapy and Instrumental enrichment, a philosophy of mediated learning.

His clients represent a multitude of industries: Hi-tech, Banking, IT, Software, Health, Petrochemical and Infrastructure. Sharing his knowledge and experience, Michael authored 10 bestsellers on Influencing, Lean Agile, Teams, and Leadership. The books engage readers in learning and motivate personal transformation.

Afternoon Keynote

David Petr

President and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation


David Petr is the first President and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, a new public-private venture in the region. Petr joined the MCEDC from the Central Florida Development Council, Inc. where he was the President and CEO.  He successfully transitioned the organization from a public/private partnership to a private organization, while achieving record-setting job creation and capital investment results during his tenure. His unique talents in organizational transformation and team building while running a high-performing economic development program will align well to the immediate and long-term needs here in Montgomery County.

Regional in his perspective and collaborative in nature, Petr is already working with key business, government and education leaders to market the many strengths of Montgomery County with a focus in the areas of business expansion, talent development, international trade, infrastructure, fundraising, advocacy, entrepreneurship and access to capital.

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