2019 RizeCon Press

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People came from far and near to attend the two-day RizeCon Business Conference that was recently held November 2018, 1st and 2nd, in Fort Hall, Idaho.

The conference featured some amazing top executive keynote speakers that feel passionately about connecting businesses and wanted to answer often asked questions, such as how to scale and grow a business effectively.

The event keynote speakers were a panel of five successful leaders in the business and marketing field:

Chris Taylor, President, CEO, and Co-Owner of Fisher’s Technology, an office technology company offering IT services, copiers and printers, and electronic document management and software solutions.

David and Jeremy Dresen, owners of the successful marketing company Glacier Marketing. Glacier’s skilled team of marketing professionals offer a wide range of marketing solutions, including TV, Radio, Outdoor, Print, Audio, and Video Production, and Graphic Design services, as well as digital offerings like Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, and Social Media Marketing.

Michael Hughes, the CEO and President of Elevation Labs. His personal passion is to unleash untapped leadership in all employees and develop a culture that is a sustainable competitive advantage. Michael came to Idaho Falls with over 18 years of experience in the beauty and skin care industry.

Tommy Ahlquist. As a community leader, Tommy is currently serving on the several community boards and recently co-founded the Treasure Valley Leadership Alliance and Idaho 2020: Investing in Idaho’s Future.

Business manager at Google, Eric Geibel. Eric has developed custom strategies and launched over 1,000 businesses Google AdWords accounts in his 4.5 years at Google.

President of Melaleuca (a $2 billion consumer products company headquartered in Idaho Falls), McKay Christensen. McKay has three graduate degrees including a Masters in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning. Prior to joining Melaleuca, McKay worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The event, which kicked off at 10 a.m. on Thursday, included these keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a VIP event Thursday night.

According to EastIdahoNews.com, Ryan Harris, the founder of RizeCon, expressed that the point of the conference was to help business leaders grow and scale their businesses.

“I’ve spent many years going to networking events all across the country,” Harris says. “As I’ve traveled, I have realized the power of networking with other business owners. As long as I’ve lived here, I don’t know if there has ever been an event like this (for our region).”

In the business world, there is a major lack of connection. If companies and CEOs would band together more often, and offer their combined experience and expertise, they have so much to offer and teach to growing and learning entrepreneurs.

And that was exactly what this conference was all about. Leaders in the business field, realizing that there is that void, and offering to fill it, free of charge.

According to Harris, “The theme of our conference was Become More… Live Higher… And Elevate your Business… So as we thought about RizeCon we wanted Idaho Businesses to rise up… Rise as a business owner,  so the rise part of that just came from thinking about how we can elevate everyone collectively…”.

He added that although the speakers had the opportunity to speak at different venues and events across the country, they choose to volunteer their time and participate in RizeCon because they wanted to be a part of it. He went on to say, “I’ve been very impressed with the amount of people who have come out of the woodwork who want to help.”

RizeCon’s Event Director, Adrienne Woods felt strongly about the event, pointing out that Idaho has a strong sense of community, and that has advantages to uniting businesses owners together.

“If we can work together even more within our businesses, we can become stronger,” Woods says. “I came from a small town in Utah that was taken over by big business. Idaho feels like the small town I grew up in, and I want it to stay that way. I want the small mom-and-pop shops to have the same advantages as big box retailers.”

And, for the 200+ people that attended the conference, it seems that the result was just that. Creating synergistic opportunities between regional development alliances in the area and spurring countless relationship opportunities, business opportunities, and closing deals.

The event was a great success, in not just creating connections and opportunities, but also as being an inspiration to the attendees. This is will be the first of what will now be an annual event for Idaho.

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