Union College's annual Leaders Building Leaders Conference will once again be held on Homecoming Weekend and will feature presentations by Union College alumni and business leaders from the Lincoln community.
The event will feature three sessions from 9:00 a.m. - noon, followed by a lunch keynote session with speaker Jeff Bromme, executive vice president and chief legal officer for AdventHealth.
Session 1—9:00 a.m.
Making Money While You Sleep
Sam Manzitto, Jr., Broker and President, Manzitto Bros Real Estate
Learn techniques for developing sources of passive income.
About the presenter: Sam Manzitto Jr. graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000, and received his masters from Bellevue University in 2009. Sam serves as a Broker and President at Manzitto Brothers Real Estate, which specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. The company helps its customers rent/lease, buy, or build residential and commercial spaces and is known for its attention to detail and quality construction practices. You can find more information about Manzitto Brothers Real Estate at https://www.manzitto.com.
Navigating Your Career
Amanda Maggard, President and CEO of Advent Health Zephyrhills and AdventHealth Dade City
Do you still wonder what you want to do when you grow up? How do you respond when someone asks you what you want to do in 10 years? How do you take the first step towards that journey? Amanda will share about her career journey from a college summer intern to a hospital CEO, along with some advice on how to chart your own career journey.
About the presenter: In her current role, Amanda oversees strategic direction and operational performance for the two hospitals. Prior to this role, Amanda served as the Administrator for AdventHealth Winter Garden; she led the design, construction, and then daily operations and strategy development after the hospital opened in February 2016. Amanda has 15 years of healthcare experience with AdventHealth, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country.
Amanda is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She graduated from Union College and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.
Amanda is an internationally published author
and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She and her husband, Michael, have been married
for nearly 15 years. They have two young sons, Griffin and Landry.
The Story of tinywoodstove.com: How a Blog Post Turned Into a 7-Figure E-Commerce Business
Nick Peterson, Owner/Chief Flame Officer, Tiny Wood Stove, LLC
Nick will share how a blog post morphed into a successful e-commerce business. This session dives into the back story which includes: nomadic living in a 1966 Airstream Travel Trailer, an epic business failure, leveraging Lean Startup methods and navigating work/life balance. If any of these buzzwords pique your interest join Nick as he shares his journey.
About the presenter: Nick Peterson is the owner and founder of tinywoodstove.com an e-commerce website devoted to small stoves, parts and accessories for tiny spaces. He started this business after struggling to find a modestly sized stove for his house on wheels—a 1966 Airstream travel trailer.
In 2011, Nick & Michaela Peterson (’05) were expecting their first child. As they awaited the arrival of their daughter they began dreaming of what life could look like if they didn’t have a house payment, debt and were free to pursue their passions. This dreaming led to paying off debt, remodeling an old Airstream, then selling the majority of their possessions to live simple and intentionally. They spent the next four years traveling and living semi-nomadically. In the Fall of 2015 they settled down and launched tinywoodstove.com. They are in the process of building their own off-grid tiny house and homestead in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Session 2—10:00 a.m.
Leadership, Stress, and Self Care
Dr. Sarah Castillo, family physician at Beatrice Medical Center
Self care is an underrated skill and priority, but desperately needed to lead effectively. Discussion on steps to care for self, create life balance, and the relationship to effective leadership.
About the presenter: Dr. Sarah Castillo serves as a family physician at Beatrice Medical Center in Beatrice, Nebraska. After graduating from Union College, Sarah received her medical degree from the Loma Linda School of Medicine and then returned to Lincoln, where she completed her residency at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. Sarah is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine. You can find more information about Beatrice Medical Center at http://www.beatricecommunityhospital.com.
Started From the Bottom: Refuse to Fail
Collin Caneva, CEO of AMPT
When Collin started AMPT, he couldn't afford heating for his office. Now, the company is a well-established provider of recognition platforms. Come hear Collin share his journey.
About the presenter: Collin Caneva is the CEO of AMPT, a company that advises and enables its clients to better recognize employees during their moments of greatness. Collin founded the company in 2014 after wondering if there was a better way for companies to recognize their employees and empower them to have a more positive impact on their organization. Since the company’s founding, Collin has embraced his mission to provide avenues for employees to be recognized in their successes. You can find more information about AMPT at amptnow.com.
Session 3—11:00 a.m.
Personality and Organizational Behavior: Individual Differences
Dr. Hyacinth Burton, College Relations Manager, AdventHealth
Attendees will take a temperament test developed by two professors at Andrews University—Dr. Robert Cruise and Dr. Peter Blitchington. Dr. Burton will make the connection between temperaments and personalities at work.
About the presenter: Hyacinth Burton began professional service as an Auditor at DeVry Institute of Technology in Evanston, Illinois. She assumed the position after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1988. It was here that she was also awarded the Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Management of Technology in 1997. Her formal academic preparation culminated with a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the College of Engineering and Computing at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
From August 1997 to July 2018 Hyacinth devoted her career to Oakwood University where she served in the capacities of Lab Coordinator, Instructor, and Assistant Professor. She also served as the Chair of the Business and Information Systems Department and the first Dean for the School of Business.
Hyacinth is IC3 and MOS certified and is a member of the Association for Information Systems, with which she served on a committee to develop a national Information Technology curriculum. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Lessons Learned from an Entrepreneurial Seizure
Nick Bock, Entrepreneur
We will take a quick journey through the lessons learned from a lifelong entrepreneurial pursuit. Through starting and selling a number of companies, I’ve learned a lot about what NOT to do, and even a few things TO do. I hope to share some of the most meaningful lessons with everyone.
About the presenter: Nick Bock has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial adventures, including early businesses like selling stationary door to door as an 11 year old, and most recently an IT Services company that he sold in 2018. His route to being a lifelong entrepreneur wasn’t necessarily a straight shot though. He graduated from Union College with a degree in History and Computer Education, and taught high school classes for three years. After that he worked in IT, Sales, eCommerce, and finally co-founded the IT services company Five Nines. Over the next 12 years, Five Nines grew from the original three employees to the current team of over 90. After selling Five Nines in 2018, he co-founded Growth Guides with his wife, Erin Stutzman. They work together to help small businesses implement a proven system to drive long term success. They also own a real estate portfolio and are in the process of acquiring another business to run. He believes strongly that when you seek out work that you are passionate about, you’ll find that success follows!
Experiences in Information Technology
Herb Keller, Chief Information Officer, AdventHealth
Keller will discuss how IT is becoming increasingly important to healthcare, as well as detail some practical applications of technology in the hospital and healthcare administrative settings.
About the presenter: Herb Keller is Senior Vice President and Multi-State Chief Information Officer for AdventHealth. Mr. Keller provides leadership, vision, strategy, operations coordination and management for a broad range of technology and clinical areas among a 31-hospital system. As an information-technology professional and leader for over 25 years with Florida Hospital, AdventHealth and WestGate Resorts, Herb Keller has gained well-rounded experience with leadership positions in all operational areas of technology divisions. Herb holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics & Automotive from Andrews University.
Keynote session—12:30 p.m.
Climbing Up By Falling Down
Jeff Bromme, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Advent Health
Learning to lead requires mastery of many skills. One of the most important is the ability to pick yourself up after a failure and to pull lessons from it. Mr. Bromme will share his own experiences at failure and highlight what those failures have taught him. He will also share insights from the failures of other leaders.
About the presenter: In this current role, Jeffrey Bromme leads the AdventHealth Legal Department, which has primary responsibility for providing legal services to most AdventHealth health care providers. Among his other responsibilities, he also provides leadership to the AdventHealth Advocacy and Public Policy Department and the AdventHealth Tax Department.
Prior to joining AdventHealth in 2009, Bromme practiced law as a partner with Arnold & Porter, LLP. He served as General Counsel to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from 1996-1999 and served as clerk for the Honorable Will Garwood, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986-1987.
Bromme earned a bachelor's degree from Southwestern Adventist University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia
and Texas (inactive status) and is authorized house counsel under Florida Bar rules. Bromme is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.