Amanda Beard made her first Olympic swimming appearance in 1996 at the age of 14. Beard won one gold and two silver medals at that first Olympic Games and has been a strong competitor since. She went on to win a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze at the next two Olympic Games. Beard is the winner of eight national titles and is a former world record holder.
Amanda has also made her mark outside of the pool, becoming much more than the 14-year-old Olympic gold medalist that carried her teddy bear around wherever she went. When she isn’t swimming, her energy is focused on being a mom to son Blaise and building her brand. She connects with mothers and fans through her blog, Swim Like a Mom, where she actively shares her passion for raising her son, her journey of motherhood, her favorite recipes and her secret to staying in great shape, in addition to her Olympic experience. As a huge advocate for living a healthy life and taking care of herself, Amanda is also currently a partial owner in Mission Skincare Products, a line designed for people with active lifestyles. The company endorses super stars, such as Dwayne Wade, Serena Williams and many other high-profile athletes.
In April 2012, Amanda released her first book, New York Times Best Seller “In The Water They Can’t See You Cry,” a riveting memoir revealing the truth behind the Olympic spotlight, the battles that she fought along the way and how she found the path that put her in the championship lane.
When it comes to Navy SEALS, Don Mann is the real deal. As a member of SEAL Team Six for more than eight years and a SEAL for more than 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Moreover, Mann is a high endurance athlete, who has been in more than 1,000 races (mostly extreme runs that make marathons look like a walk in the park). At one time, he was the 38th highest ranked triathlete in the world.
Mann is the author of the autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors. When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for more than a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy’s best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.
Now, Don Mann – who holds a Masters in Management from Troy State University – will be the special leadership speaker at the 2018 Bank Horizons Executive Management conference. He’ll talk about goal setting, achieving against impossible odds, and building the fortitude it takes to succeed when it seems like everything is against you.
Bruce Paul is a principal subject matter expert with over 25 years of experience focused on helping banks design, build and deliver world-class customer experience and research programs. Bruce formerly was the Global Head of the Financial Services practice at the Nielsen Company, the world’s largest market research company. He also previously led the US Customer Experience business for Greenwich Associates, the leading strategic consulting company in Financial Services. In addition, he has held senior roles at Qualtrics and at IPSOS (formerly Synovate).
In those roles, he has worked with many of the leading banks and credit unions across the US and around the world. He has personally designed the Customer Experience and/or Market Research programs at 7 of the largest 15 North American banks, and dozens of smaller Community Banks.
In addition to being a Fulbright scholar, Bruce has degrees in Political Economy, Asian Studies, and Chinese from the University of California at Berkeley and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.