ICE Leaders

Dr. Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His journey has been an amazing success story. The Biography Channel and CNBC aired his life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,300 students from 40 countries. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide.

As a business leader, he is chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $185 billion in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide) and Dots Stores (a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country).

As a professional speaker, Nido has received many distinctions including the Golden Gavel Medal, induction into the International Speaker Hall of Fame and is the founder of the NSA Foundation in Arizona.

He has been the recipient of many honors including The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, along with four U.S. presidents; The Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, along with Oprah Winfrey and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; the DAR Americanism Medal, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award, and Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina.

Travis Chaney

Travis Chaney was six weeks away from getting fired for poor performance when he made the life-altering decision to reinvent himself and turn his life and his financial advisory practice around. Eight years later, he was in the top 1.5 percent from among 10,000 financial advisors at his broker dealer while working only one week per month with a small client base.

Today, Travis is a Certified Master Coach™ and CEO of Dynamic Directions, a coaching and consulting firm that helps financial advisors double their GDC in three years or less with half the clients. Travis works with group and individual practices that typically generate more than $750,000 in annual GDC. He coaches clients who have achieved Barron’s rankings. Travis is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Financial Planning Association and has spoken at national conferences for Ameriprise, Woodmen of the World, Coldwell Banker and the Financial Planning Association.

Travis is the author of “Turbo Growth: Proven Strategies to Create an Extraordinary Life and Financial Planning Practice” along with several audio series, including “The 7 Deadly Sins Advisors Commit” and “Turbo Growth: 11 Principles for a Better Life and Practice.” He is also the founder of Kidcentric Sports and Kids Football League, two non-profit organizations seeking to improve the youth sports experience to include character development and emphasis on academic achievement and building life skills in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Zach Gerbarg, MD

Zach Gerbarg has had a successful career as a health care consultant since founding Gerbarg & Associates, Inc. over 15 years ago. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for a private equity owned firm that is in the top 100 fastest growing health care companies in the U.S.

Zach has been responsible for budgets in excess of $150 million. Prior to forming Gerbarg & Associates, Inc., he served as the chief operating officer for a 240-physician multi-specialty group practice, with responsibility for over 1,600 employees and 180,000 patients.

Zach is a nationally recognized speaker who has designed and delivered educational programs on leadership, quality improvement and personal growth for physician executives, practicing physicians, health care administrators and other health care professionals. He has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in the Health Care Administration Program at Washington University in St. Louis and has served as a faculty member for the American College of Physician Executives.

A graduate of Albany Medical College, Zach is board certified in internal medicine. He spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he focused on clinical epidemiology and health services delivery. He practiced medicine prior to dedicating himself full-time to leadership and consulting.

Greg DeHaan

Greg DeHaanA serial entrepreneur, Greg has been starting and running businesses for more than 27 years. In 1994, he and a partner launched a home building company that has grown to be the largest builder in the state of Michigan, with more than $150 million per year in sales.

Greg is a Certified Master Coach™ and helps guide ICE participants through their challenges to build a solution customized to their needs. His extensive expertise focuses on positioning businesses for success by developing marketing and branding that sets companies apart and helps them build trust and value with their clients.

Greg and his wife Grace have an 18-year old daughter and a 16-year old son. Greg believes reading is a prime way to build your business and your life – be sure to ask him about his list of favorite books.

Joe Contrera

Joe Contrera is the president of ALIVE @ WORK, a leadership development firm that specializes in the developing of intentional leaders, focused employees, and extraordinary results!

For more than 28 years Joe has been training, coaching, and leading people. He is the author of the book entitled,   LIGHT ‘EM UP! How to Ignite the Fire in Your Sales Team in Just 21 Days. His second book, which is best described as “a grown up book written for the kid in you,” was released in January of this year.

Joe speaks on programs that integrate authenticity, focus, and accountability, into bottom line results.

He is a Professional member of the National Speakers Association and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Illinois and Arizona Chapters.

Joe is certified in the field of DISC Behavioral and Motivator Sciences and in the area of Emotional Intelligence. He is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and a member of The International Coach Federation.