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Past Speakers


No one ever says, “When I grow up, I want to be a pool guy.”

Neither did Marcus Sheridan when he was a youth being raised in the small town of Callao, Virginia.

But that’s exactly what he was for 10 years of his life—a decade that would go on to become the foundation of his incredible “They Ask, You Answer” story, one where his swimming pool company would go from near bankruptcy to one of the most successful pool builders in the entire country. His story has been featured in best-selling books, the New York Times and many other publications.   Marcus’s talk:

The Digital Customer: How Today’s Buyer Has Changed and what Your Business Must Do About It


Kevin L. Dougherty has been speaking to the construction industry for more than 30 years. He represents a changing industry – aggressive, realistic and open-minded. Kevin’s work and education experience enables him to relate to today’s problems and provide tangible solutions in an easy-to-listen style. He has taught thousands of people in various seminars. His client base ranges from family-owned businesses to corporate conglomerates.

In addition to speaking and writing articles, Kevin has served as sales manager, project manager, operations manager and corporate trainer for a multi-million-dollar mechanical contractor and specialty services contractor. He has also been a frequent speaker for SMACNA, MCAA, MSCA, NECA, SMART, U.A. PHCC, ISA, SBA and other trade associations.

Kevin’s humorous and energetic speaking style has made him a convention favorite. He has spoken to such groups as Benjamin Moore & Co., 3M, Johnson Controls, W.R. Grace, Ferguson Enterprises, Morton International, Manville/Schuler and Hagemeyer Electrical Australia, just to name a few.

Kevin’s ability to entertain audiences and hold their interest while getting his message across consistently makes him one of the industries top speaking and training talents.


Steve is the owner of Premier Ponds and a leader in the Aquascape Community. He grew and sold the largest commercial pool management company in the country before starting Premier Ponds in 2001. He has since built more than 500 water features and created his second multi-million-dollar business. In 2014 and 2016, Premier Ponds was named the No. 1 Certified Aquascape Contractor in the Nation. In December of 2015, Steve sold 60 percent of Premier Ponds to his two top men. He now spends most of his time speaking and teaching other contractors how to reach that same level of success.  Steve’s talk:



Tom is a Marine veteran and the man who leads The Contractor Fight. He’s also the host of The Contractor Fight Podcast and the former owner of a successful residential painting company outside Chicago, creating millions of dollars in revenue. He’s now in charge of kicking contractors in the ass for bigger and greater success. Tom’s talk:


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