BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Author of Locked On Leadership: The Tactical Business Guide to Creating a Culture of Consistency, Courage, and Caring.
A former Naval Officer, owner or president of six companies, Dave is now an author and speaker helping create high-performance, self-directed teams.
A.J. MacQuarrie is an entrepreneur who has been through it all; from the highs of turning a $20,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business to the lows of sitting in bankruptcy court. He is the former CEO of KarmaBox Vending, one of the world’s first healthy vending companies that expanded to over 80 cities across the United States in just 3.5 years (ultimately failing due to a bad business model and rapid growth). He then launched his current venture, Keep Going Media, to help entrepreneurs spark growth through brand development, digital marketing, and online programs. A.J. is the author of the forthcoming book “The Setback Advantage: Crafting Your Entrepreneurial Comeback After Failures, Flukes, & F-Ups” and the co-host of the 40 Under 40 Podcast.
Karine Leblanc, sales engineer and leadership expert, helps busy consulting engineers with their HVAC design projects by supporting them with various system ideas and efficient equipment solutions. Not your typical engineer™, Karine is passionate about helping engineers step up their leadership skills so they can build lasting relationships, communicate effectively and become an influencer without relying on any title.
Sara Safari, award-winning author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, Electrical Engineer and advocate for women empowerment, has served as a director & leader on multiple boards. https://www.climbyoureverest.org/
Sara received an award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She also has received the award for Outstanding Practice with Broad Impact in the area of women and leadership from International Leadership Association in 2017.
Director of Special Events
Alina Ugas is a Behavior and Communication Mentor and Co-founder of Final Step International and its trademark technique, The Needs Based Method®. With over 35 years’ experience in the health care, mental health and business sector, Alina, a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming® & Motivational Coach, National Certified Recovery Coach, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, has always had a passion for helping others discover why their emotional decisions and self-destructive behaviors prevent them from reaching their highest potential.