Self-dubbed a "purebred entrepreneur," Gary successfully started a lemonade franchise at age 7. And when he saw the internet was a land-grab opportunity in the late '90s, he pivoted his father's local liquor store into one of the world's premier e-commerce platforms.
Today, Gary helps brands leverage consumer attention through his full-service advertising agency, VaynerMedia. As well as acts as a prolific angel investor with companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, Snapchat, Coinbase, and Uber on his portfolio.
Shaquille O'Neal is considered one of the best basketball players in NBA history. Weighing around 325 pounds, the 7 footer's larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism built him one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment.
But Shaq is more than just one of the most celebrated athletes of all time. He has also owned 150 car washes, 40 fitness centers, 17 Auntie Anne's Pretzels, several Las Vegas nightclubs, and - at one point - over 10% of the Five Guys franchise portfolio.
He is also an investor focusing on partnerships with businesses and organizations he aligns himself with such as Alkaline 88. If there's anyone that knows about building scalable businesses, it's Shaq.
Sharing the virtual stage are the people behind today's leading companies, including:
WHAT IS A PLAYBOOK?
Chris Ronzio, Founder & CEO - Trainual
Jonathan Ronzio, CMO - Trainual
Kick-off the day with Trainual CEO Chris Ronzio and CMO Jonathan Ronzio for a quick welcome.
WITH GARY VAYNERCHUK
What's GaryVee's playbook for scaling his empire? Come ready to ask! This live moderated Q&A with one of today's leading business minds is sure to light a fire under your marketing, sales, operations, and people strategies.
HOW TO CRAFT A COMPELLING COMPANY STORY
Priscilla Tsai, Founder & CEO - Cocokind
Daina Trout, Co-Founder - Health-Ade Kombucha
Every brand has a story. And if you don't own your narrative, someone else will. The same goes if you don't tell your story right. So, we're looking at today's most engaging brands and breaking down the building blocks that make their stories so memorable. You'll walk away with the blueprints to apply those same building blocks to your company's story.
WHY MANAGING PEOPLE IS THE HARDEST PART OF SCALING A BUSINESS
Andrew Chau, Co-Founder & CEO - Boba Guys
Kevin Marasco, CMO - Zenefits
Devin Bramhall, CEO - Animalz
Most people think, "if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." But if you want to build a scalable business, that's not true. You have to learn to hand things off. Meet the people behind some of the fastest-growing companies and hear how they delegated, trained, and scaled their team - without killing their company culture along the way.
THE PEOPLE PLANNER PROCESS™
Dan Martell , Managing Partner - High Speed Ventures
All your hard work is paying off, and your team is growing. But do you have the right people in the right positions? Join one of the world’s top business coaches in an exercise for people planning. Dan will guide you through his proven People Analyzer, High Octane Team Outline, and Accountability Chart.
SURPRISE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
All we're going to say is that you don't want to miss this.
RIPPING DOWN RED TAPE: CREATING POLICIES THAT ACTUALLY WORK
Meghana Reddy, VP of People & Operations - Loom
Michele Bousquet, Chief People Officer - Strava
Got useless office policies that don't do anything but get in the way? You're not alone. Luckily, there's an easy fix! Join today's top people leaders for a candid conversation about why too much red tape fuels frustration and inhibits growth. Plus, learn when you should create proactive policies (and when you should wait to see if they're needed).
THE KEY TO BUILDING REPEATABLE, SCALABLE SYSTEMS? TRUST THE PROCESS
David Heath, Co-Founder & CEO - Bombas
You might have the right people. But without the right processes, you're rolling the dice every day your business operates. That's because everyone is doing things their own way. Not the best way. And definitely not the same way. Hear how today's top CEOs turned their businesses into scalable machines - ones that guaranteed the same results every time.
WITH SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
Shaq owns 150 car washes, 40 fitness centers, 17 Auntie Anne's Pretzels, several Las Vegas nightclubs, and - at one point - over 10% of the Five Guys franchise portfolio. Just to name a few of his recent ventures. Finish the day with a live Q&A that's all about how this legend approaches small business success on a massive scale. (And don't forget to bring all your burning questions!)
Gino Wickman, Author of Traction & Creator of Entrepreneurial Leap
In this session, hear from Gino Wickman author of the highly acclaimed business book, Traction, break down his playbook for what makes an entrepreneur and business more likely to stick around. By the end of this exclusive After Play, you'll know whether or not you're on the right track, what's holding you back, and how to jump-start your business success.