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An Authenica Film Premiere Experience

August 17, 2017 • Pro Football Hall of Fame

"Through the "one of a kind" events Authenica has hosted to date, great content has been captured on film that represents the very best our Excellence presenters have to offer…their glory, their story and everything else in between. Be prepared for a "five course feast for the senses" as the Masterpiece event will seek to engage you in a manner unlike any other experience of its kind."
– Craig Lucas


Red Carpet Walk 5:30
Social Hour 5:45
The Masterpiece Experience 7:00

Master of Ceremonies
Anthony Muñoz

Anthony Muñoz is one of Cincinnati’s true sports icons. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Muñoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in Professional Football. An eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. Since retiring, Anthony and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates.

Anthony decided to bring all of his charitable initiatives together in April 2002 to establish the Anthony Muñoz Foundation (AMF), a non-profit organization armed with the mission of engaging the Tri-State region to impact youth mentally, physically and spiritually. Along its journey, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has touched the lives of over 30,000 youth.

Hilary Gent

78th Street Studios in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District has become known as Northeast Ohio’s most eclectic and engaging arts destination. Its rise in popularity as a cultural attraction is due, in large part, to the pioneering efforts of gallery director, special events entrepreneur and painter, Hilary Gent.

Special Guest

It all starts with a voice. After hearing the emotive, gritty and always soulful sound of Goldford, it's clear that a voice like this is rare. Beautifully blending classic and modern styles into a catchy cocktail of pop and soul, Goldford is one part Sam Smith, one part Ed Sheeran with a splash of Sam Cooke. His debut album, “Shed a Little Light,” was released in the fall of 2013 with over 31 million spins on Pandora and 2 million streams on Spotify to date. At present, his songwriting efforts have landed Goldford on the charts with "Give Love", sung by Andy Grammer, just released in June.

Mission Excellence

Presenters Forum

August 18, 2017 • Pro Football Hall of Fame

Breakfast 8:30
Mission Excellence Presenters Forum 9:15
Closing Ceremony 12:00

Chris Fussell
Partner, McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

Chris Fussell is a former Navy SEAL Officer and Partner at McChrystal Group, a premier leadership and management consulting firm founded by General Stanley McChrystal. Fussell leads the company's Leadership Institute, bringing his background in Special Operations, expertise in cross-functional collaboration, and knowledge sharing experience within large, dispersed organizations. Fussell is also an author of the New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World, coauthored with General McChrystal, and is the author of the forthcoming second book, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams.

Fussell was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Fussell was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served for a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network. In 2012, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in order to join McChrystal Group.

Fussell is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Director for the Navy SEAL Foundation, and a life member to the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned a Master of Arts in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special Operations Officer in the program.

Sara Harvey
Chief Operating Officer, Chopra Center for Wellbeing

As the Chopra Center’s chief operating officer, Sara is a dynamic, empowering leader who has played an instrumental role in developing the Chopra Center’s world-renowned lifestyle brand. She works directly with co-founder Dr. Deepak Chopra and the leadership team to fulfill the Chopra Center’s mission to serve as the global source for balance, healing, transformation, and the expansion of awareness. As a Chopra Center instructor certified in Primordial Sound Meditation and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle, Sara is passionate about sharing the Chopra Center’s teachings and tools for mind-body health, fulfillment, and authentic success. She teaches at many of the Chopra Center’s events, workshops, and trainings, and she is dedicated to her own daily practices for balance and well-being.

Ruth Lund
President, Legacy Center

Ruth serves as President of the LEGACY Center, a company dedicated to assisting organizations develop intentional values-driven cultures. This includes developing growth strategies, new service offerings, and day-to-day operations. The LEGACY Center works with global organizations to create higher levels of effectiveness through the establishment strong, healthy cultures. Our approach includes cultural measurement, strategic planning, high level accountability and year over year discipline to ensure sustainable results.

Phil Olsen
President, Know Your Strengths

A full-service firm specializing in assessing human capabilities and matching talents with tasks. KYS has clients throughout the country and provides an array of services related to talent discovery, job modeling, recruiting, hiring, training, motivating, managing & retention. Phil is a Certified DynaMetrics Professional (CDMP) with Professional DynaMetric Programs. CDMP is PDP’s highest attainable credential dealing with the recognition of human potential and its applications in performance. He is also credentialed by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). In addition to a degree in business from Utah State University, Phil’s business skills and visionary talents have been shaped and developed through three decades of entrepreneurial business endeavors. His business experience includes management consulting, real estate development, brokerage, investments, mortgage banking and automotive dealerships.

Blake Cavignac
Founder, Young Pro Elite

Blake is the Founder of YoungPro Elite, a Denver, Colorado-based organization that helps young professionals with their development through establishing peer advisory groups to ensure that they excel early in their careers. Because of this experience, Blake has the privilege of helping organizations solve one of their biggest challenges: attracting, developing and retaining the top young talent in their respective industries. Through YPE, Blake's programs help millennials achieve clarity on their ideal career and lifestyle through developing beliefs, behaviors and skills that will make their vision of self become a reality.

Swen Nater
John Wooden Pyramid of Success Presentation

Swen Nater is a retired Dutch professional basketball player, having played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the only player to have led both the NBA and ABA in rebounding. Nater was a two-time ABA All-Star and was the 1974 ABA Rookie of the Year. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, winning two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles. Swen’s personal journey is nothing short of amazing and he will talk candidly of his life experiences while sharing lessons learned from the close relationship he developed over a lifetime with legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, the “Wizard of Westwood!”

Tom Dammeyer
President, CAC, LLC

Since 2001, Tom Dammeyer has managed all investment activities of CAC, LLC as President. CAC, LLC is a private company offering capital investment and management advisory services, dedicated to partnering with experienced and committed entrepreneurs in businesses with clear growth prospects in large market opportunities. Previously, Tom worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions division of Merrill Lynch Investment Banking. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Tom earned his CPA and worked at Ernst & Young LLP in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Dammeyer received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Southern California, where he also played on the NCAA National Champion Men’s Tennis team. Mr. Dammeyer also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with concentrations in finance and international business.

Dr. Robert Hisrich
Bridgestone Professor of International Marketing & Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs, Kent State University

In addition to his position at Kent State, Dr. Robert D. Hisrich is also president of H&B Associates, a marketing and management-consulting firm he founded and has been involved in the startup of numerous global companies.

Professor Hisrich received his BA from DePauw University, his MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and honorary doctorate degrees from Chuvash State University (Russia) and the University of Miskolc (Hungary). Formerly, Dr. Hisrich was a Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Global Management; and he held the A. Malachi Mixon, III Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Hisrich was a Fulbright Professor at the International Management Center in Budapest, Hungary in 1989. In 1990-91, he was again named a Fulbright Professor in Budapest at the Foundation for Small Enterprise Economic Development, where he also held the Alexander Hamilton Chair in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Hisrich has held visiting professorships at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); the Technical University of Vienna (Austria); the University of Limerick (Ireland); Donau University (Austria); Queensland University of Technology (Australia); the University of Puerto Rico; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has authored or co-authored 38 books and over 300 articles. In addition to designing and delivering management and entrepreneurship programs to U.S. and foreign businesses and governments, particularly in transition economies, Dr. Hisrich has instituted academic and training programs such as the university/industry training program in Hungary, a high school teachers entrepreneurship training program in Russia, and an Institute of International Entrepreneurship and Management in Russia. He has also been involved in starting and growing numerous ventures in the U.S. and other countries.

Non-Profits of Excellence

Anthony Muñoz
Hall of Fame Gold Jacket

Anthony Muñoz is one of Cincinnati’s true sports icons. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Muñoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in Professional Football. An eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. Since retiring, Anthony and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates.

Committed to nurturing the growth of all Tri-State youth and especially vulnerable, at-risk populations, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has created unique opportunities that appeal to students of all ages, educational, cultural and economic backgrounds.

Dr. John Martin
Chief Medical Officer, Butterfly Network

John is an experienced physician clinician and executive with extensive experience in diverse areas of medicine. He has served in multiple leadership roles including the Chief of Heart and Vascular Services at Anne Arundel Medical Center, President, Cardiology Associates, VP of Physician Operations for MedStar Medical Group, the largest healthcare system in the Washington Baltimore region. He recently assumed the role of Chief Medical Officer for Butterfly Network and Hyperfine Research, two start-up companies with transformative imaging and artificial intelligence technologies. In 1999, John founded Heart Health Foundation and created the largest continuous free cardiovascular screening program-Dare to CARE, which now has multiple sites nationally and internationally. In Anne Arundel County alone, over 55,000 have participated in the nationally acclaimed program with cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death in that county.

Dare to C.A.R.E. (DTC) is a nonprofit organization located in Annapolis, Maryland and is directed by John D. Martin, MD and Louise O. Hanson, CRNP of Cardiology Associates, PC. It began in 2000, and since then, has been attended by thousands of people, many of whom have had life-saving procedures as a result of disease detected at DTC events.

Katie Blomquist

Katie Blomquist grew up in Los Angeles, California, studied sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then began a five year career in marketing while living in Chicago, IL before realizing she felt a desire to go into a career aimed at making a difference in people’s lives. She then received her Masters degree in Elementary Education at Roosevelt University. At a time when the Chicago Public School system closed 80 schools, Katie decided to move to Charleston, SC where she has began teaching in Title-1 schools (low income, high poverty) for six years. In the fall of 2016, because of the inspiration by one special student, Katie began a GoFundMe campaign where she raised over $80,000 in 3 months and bought all 650 students in her elementary school a new bike, lock, and helmet. Because of this work, Katie was humbly honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, an award created by Jackie Kennedy for outstanding community service as well as the “Going the Extra Mile Award” from the Charleston County School District in 2017. During this campaign, Katie was a guest on The Steve Harvey Show where he generously donated $20,000! The New York Nightly News with Lester Holt and ABC World News both covered the big bike reveal and Time Magazine even featured the work Katie did. The tremendous success and out pouring of love by the local and national community for this cause, Katie decided to move away from teaching and was inspired to create Going Places, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide the most basic childhood right to low income, high poverty students – a right to joy.

Moderator Panel

Robert Perry

Robert is Vice President of Welty Building Company. In this role, he services Northeast Ohio to drive sales and attract new clients based in the Cleveland market.

Robert brings unique insight to his work gained from his experience in a number of leadership roles. Prior to joining Welty Building Company, Robert was Manager of Suite Sales for the Cleveland Browns. In this role, he utilized his strategic perspective to generate sales across a variety of industries. Before the Cleveland Browns, he was President of Legacy Healthcare Solutions, a medical supplies distributor. Robert has also served in the role as Senior Therapeutic Director for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, concentrating on The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth Hospital.

He holds an MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College. Currently, he is a member of the Board at The Lillian and Betty Ratner School, the Board of Visitors for Western Reserve Academy and was a member of its Board of Trustees as a college representative.

Anne Graffice

Anne serves as the Vice President of Development and Strategic Adventures at Pro Football Hall of Fame. As part of her role, Anne is spearheading the Center of Excellence initiative as part of the Hall of Fame Village development project. Prior to joining the HOF in 2016, Anne was the director of alumni and college activities at Mount Union College, her duties included planning, organizing, and overseeing major campus activities and events. Active in the Alliance and Mount Union communities, Graffice is a member of the Alliance Community Hospital Auction Fundraising Board and the Alliance Woman's Club. In addition, she previously served on the Mount Union College President's Advisory Council and the Mount Union College Business Advisory Board.

Brent Larkin

When he retired as editorial page editor of The Plain Dealer in 2009, Cleveland Magazine wrote Brent Larkin “will go down in history as Cleveland’s last big power-broker journalist, the last guy who single-handedly pens the town’s conventional wisdom.” Larkin is a lifelong Greater Cleveland resident who has spent nearly 48 years in a variety of positions at both the Cleveland Press and Plain Dealer. Although he retired from the Plain Dealer in 2009, Larkin continues to write for the paper’s Sunday opinion section and In 2002, he was inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.

Past Events

Enjoy this video from “Excellence: A Conscious Pursuit.” Hosted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the event featured an array of distinguished speakers presenting their inspiring stories of success, failure and everything in between.

Read what Jennifer Chernisky, Founder and President of Jennasis & Associates, had to say on her Huffington Post blog after she attended our San Diego event.