BigBIG 2023 Thought Leadership Speakers

T H U R S D A Y August 24th, 2023 Community Town Hall


Dr. John Hillen
James C. Wheat Professor in Leadership at Hampden-Sydney College, Corporate Board Member, Author

Keynote Presentation

Every leader at this conference has plans to grow their business and get ahead of the fast pace of change in the marketplace. If you’re like most executives, probably only a very small percentage of you have created deliberate plans to grow and scale your executive skills to match your plans to grow and scale your business. And yet we all know that you are there to create the business of the future, not just run the business you are today or were last year. So, how should you change yourself – your mindset, your behaviors, your skills – to grow as fast as your business plans? How do you become a leader who can scale? This morning we will look at seven common places where executives stall as they try to grow and change alongside their changing business. We will look at the warning signs, ways to test the situation, and proven ways for powering through the stalls and going to the next level as a leader. You will be left with a gameplan for your own development as a growth leader.

8:00 am, Thursday, August 24th, 2023


Kyle Hanslovan
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Huntress

The Huntress Story - Journey of Hypergrowth

9:00 am, Thursday, August 24th, 2023


Colin Knox
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gradient MSP

From Grit to Greatness: Embracing Challenges, Defying Adversity, and Unleashing the Force of Determination

9:30 am, Thursday, August 24th, 2023


Michael E. Crean
Chief Executive Officer, Solutions Granted

Leadership Does Not Require Suffering;

United States Army combat veteran Michael Crean will be discussing principles of leadership he has learned on and off the battlefield. As an Army Combat Veteran, I've come to understand that leadership is not just a responsibility; it is a profound privilege. Through my experiences on the battlefield and as a CEO for the last 21 years, I've witnessed firsthand how leadership can shape destinies and bring about significant change. Leading a team of Soldiers or a team of Executives is a weighty honor, as it means being entrusted with the well-being of others. The men and women who follow a leader place their trust and faith in that individual's decisions, knowing that their own success depends on the competence and judgment of their leader. This immense responsibility comes with the privilege of being able to make a positive impact on the lives of those under your command. Leadership is not about barking orders or seeking personal glory; it's about guiding, inspiring, and empowering the team. The privilege of Leadership is in the ability to influence positive change, to cultivate a culture of resilience and unity, and to guide the team towards a common goal. It is witnessing the transformation of individuals into a cohesive force, working together to overcome challenges and achieve shared objectives.

1:00 pm, Thursday, August 24th, 2023


Derek Miner
Partner, Lemonade Stand

Marketing & Leadership Secrets of the Best MSPs:
The Five Most Valuable Strategies to Gain More Clients and Keep Them!

1:30 pm, Thursday, August 24th, 2023
F R I D A Y August 25th, 2023 Community Town Hall


Danny Jenkins
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ThreatLocker

The Purpose of Endpoint Security: Stopping
Cyber Threats or Making You Feel Good?

The plethora of security vendors operating in today's marketplace can be overwhelming. With so many options, it's easy to be distracted with the latest, greatest, shiny tool. Join Danny Jenkins for a deep dive into the purpose of cybersecurity and how you can use that to your operational advantage today.

Danny Jenkins, CEO & Co-Founder of ThreatLocker, a cybersecurity firm providing Zero Trust endpoint security, is a leading cybersecurity expert with over two decades of experience building and securing corporate networks, including roles on red and blue teams. He is dedicated to educating industry professionals about the latest cyber threats and frequently speaks on the topics of ransomware and Zero Trust.

8:30 am, Friday, August 25th, 2023



Jim Jessup
Co-Founder & COO, CyberQP

Nightmare on MSP Street: Avoiding Your Own
Wrong Turn

9:00 am, Friday, August 25th, 2023


Mason Fax
Director of Sales, Axcient

Unleashing the Power of BCDR Automation

1:00 pm, Friday, August 25th, 2023


Michelle Ragusa-McBain
Vice President, Global Channel Chief

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Be Your Customers’
Cybersecurity Hero

Threat actors are lurking around every corner looking to prey on innocent, unsuspecting victims. We know it’s only a matter of time before another vulnerable customer becomes the target of an attack. Join SonicWall Channel Chief Michelle Ragusa-McBain to learn the latest threat intelligence and trends from our Mid-Year Update to the 2023 SonicWall Threat Report. Our data is compiled from millions of devices all around the globe to bring you the most up-to-date data to better protect yourself and your organization from sophisticated cyber threats. Join us on Friday, August 25th at 1:30pm to learn how YOU can be the cybersecurity hero for your customers. We’ll also cover how you can drive the right skillsets, mindsets and behaviors in your organization to put yourself ahead of the competition and save the day for even more customers.

1:30 pm, Friday, August 25th, 2023

S A T U R D A Y August 26th, 2023 Community Town Hall


Terry Ledger
Founder & Chairman, Network Coverage

Integrating Projects into MRR - How to Successfully Execute and Make Money on All-Inclusive per-Seat Pricing

7:30 am, Saturday, August 26th, 2023
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