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Clinton implements the triple planning model—an integrated process of strategic, estate, and succession planning—to grow equipment dealerships, whether organically, through acquisition, or by restructuring.

With deep equipment dealership knowledge, Clinton understands what OEMs expect from their dealership networks and how to meet those expectations. He presents innovative ideas that tap into the collective experience of all the best people at K·Coe Isom.

Daniel B. Fisher is AED’s vice president of government affairs. Fisher has significant Capitol Hill experience, including serving as a Senate Judiciary Committee counsel for Sen. Arlen Specter, where he was on the legal team that handled the confirmation of two U.S. Supreme Court Justices. He obtained a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a law degree from George Mason University School of Law, and he is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Jill Berg is the Owner/President of Spherion in North Dakota, South Dakota and West-Central, MN with offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, ND, Sioux Falls, SD and Perham, MN. Spherion, a recruiting and staffing leader, supplies temporary, temp-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced personnel to client companies.

Jill has a B.A. in General Studies with an Emphasis in Psychology and English from Ambassador University in Pasadena, California. Jill delivers over 25 years of business entrepreneurship, staff development, sales and financial business management.

John was a trial attorney at one of the largest civil defense law firms in Wisconsin and an AmLaw 100 firm before joining Laffey, Leitner & Goode. His experience at those firms, which includes his first jury trial win less than two years out of law school and his representation of some of the world’s best-known brands and major manufacturers, has provided him with a depth and variety of experience that truly sets him apart from his peers.

Joseph S. Goode is the Managing Partner of LLG. He approaches client problems with passion and intensity as if those problems were his own.

As the last of five children, he honed his advocacy skills early in life and became very good at letting people know where he stands. He’s a tireless leader who is intense and demanding (mostly of himself). He maintains an exacting eye of an old-school newsroom editor. Joe’s joie de vivre is infectious to everyone around him, and his passion for people is routinely used to speak for those who require his advocacy.

Marc proactively counsels business owners on financial and tax matters in order to position them well for growth and business succession. He works primarily with equipment dealerships throughout the United States, and has for over 20 years.

Working with dealership teams through decades of dramatic change, he enjoys helping as they grow in size, complexity, and value. He delivers operational and strategic planning that encompasses tax, estate, and succession considerations, as well as counseling through and merger and acquisition opportunities and transactions.

Mark Leitner has been successfully trying and arguing cases in Wisconsin and throughout the United States for three decades. Inspired to attend journalism school by Woodward and Bernstein’s relentless Watergate reporting, his training armed him with the investigative and fact-finding skills needed to shine as a trial lawyer. Mark combines blue-collar street smarts with an outstanding academic background to create a persuasion style that gets through to judges and juries alike.

Paige Bouma is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations at Trader Interactive. With over 15 years of experience, Paige offers a wealth of knowledge and insight around digital advertising, large-scale partnerships, customer service, and dealership consultation. Her professionalism and passion for the industry has allowed her to consistently develop comprehensive solutions that meet the needs of dealers of all sizes across the nation.

Chris McCannell brings more than 20 years of Washington experience and insight to the clients of the GrayRobinson. His clients include Angel Capital Association, Prudential Plc., Center for American Entrepreneurship, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Manufactured Housing Institute, 98Point6, US Travel, Etihad Airlines, and Broadmark Capital. Chris is known for his high-level engagement with House Democratic leadership on behalf of his clients.

Layton is an accomplished business and technology professional with more than 20 years of experience working with C-Level executives within the Fortune 1000 space. As Founder and CEO of Secuvant, he oversees vision, strategy and execution efforts for the firm. Previously, Layton spent 14 years in Sales and Consulting at a Chicago-based Systems Integration firm, specializing in operational resiliency and data security. He built and managed a direct client portfolio producing revenues in excess of $40 Million annually. He has a proven track record utilizing his business and financial background to understand and leverage technology to meet business objectives.

Dale has significant experience in cybersecurity, systems architecture and education. He established the BYU Cybersecurity Research Laboratory in 2011, creating mentoring programs and courses that provided accelerated skills training.
He formed and coached the first gender-balanced team to be recognized among the top two teams at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. He has developed programs to increase diversity in cyber teams and published over 40 peer reviewed papers on security topics.
Outside of academia, Dale has spent most of his career consulting at the technical and board-level in the aerospace, education, finance, healthcare and legal sectors. He holds a Ph.D. in Biometrics and current CISSP and GXPN certifications.

With over 30 years in business, the most valuable lessons Sean Hutchinson has learned have been from business owners who generously shared their stories of success and struggle. They have allowed him to offer insights and guidance based on first-hand experiences.

Sean has founded more than half a dozen companies, all of them with partners, some more successful than others. Sean is proud to call himself the third-generation heir to his family’s 64-year-old custom millwork manufacturing business. Sean has sat in your chair many times over the years and the fact remains: he loves being an entrepreneur.

As one of the founders of RFN Advisory Group (previously SVA Value Accelerators), Sean’s primary focus is strategy and growth. He helps owners and their leadership teams to imagine what being a ‘company of the future’ looks like for them, and then helps them achieve it. Sean sees his work as transformational, not just transactional and it all comes down to getting you ready for next.


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