Keynote Speakers

Travis Mills

2020 Convention Opening Session - Sponsored by Autodesk

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tough as They Come, is currently available on sale in bookstores everywhere. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto:

“Never give up. Never quit.”

On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit.

In September 2013, Travis and his wife Kelsey founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation. The veteran and their families receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation to Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s great outdoors.

Sekou Andrews

AGC Diversity & Inclusion Plenary - Sponsored by United Rentals

For over 15 years, Sekou Andrews has been helping the world’s largest organizations deliver relevant information with riveting inspiration through an innovative, unconventional category of speaking called “Poetic Voice.”

It is no surprise that Forbes Magazine has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” His “wow-factor” is in high demand with the world’s most successful organizations, including Google, Viacom, Toyota, Nike, Cisco, Linkedin, Global Green, Paypal, ASAE, The Gap, General Mills, TEDx, YPO, Capital One, L’Oreal, Autodesk, ACLU, Intuit, and the NBA to name but a few.

A schoolteacher turned actor, recording artist, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is a multi-talented entertainer with over two decades of experience rocking diverse audiences. His work has been featured on ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV, and BET.

His keynotes on dynamic communication and storytelling show leaders how to deliver dense data through beautifully human presentations. From bold thinking and success, to healthcare and tech, Sekou’s speeches are rich with actionable insight that help attendees connect more deeply with their communities, become more influential leaders, and unlock greater possibilities.

Trevor Moawad

Build America Awards - Sponsored by Construction Risk Partners

Trevor Moawad is a renowned mental conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world’s most elite performers. Named the “Sports World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated, Moawad recently partnered with Russell Wilson to form Limitless Minds, whose mission is to both optimize performance and enrich culture within some of the world’s top organizations and elite performers. From Ft. Bragg to Harvard Business School, from elite quarterbacks to top level CEOs, Moawad’s mission is clear: to motivate the motivated.

Moawad has worked closely with prestigious NCAA Football programs and coaches, including Nick Saban, Kirby Smart, and Jimbo Fisher, and has been part of eight National championship games. Additionally, Trevor continues to support the U.S. Special Operations Community, Major League Baseball, the NBA, UFC and many other elite professionals. Moawad is the author of the highly anticipated 2020 book It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life.

Moawad was raised in Washington State and is the son of world-renowned peak performance educator, the late Bob Moawad. Bob was an original contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul and the former president of the National Association for Self-Esteem. Trevor continues to be a thought leader in the performance space, appearing consistently in the global media, including ESPN, SI, Fox Sports, NPR, USA Today, The Herald Tribune, Outside the Lines and a number of national, regional and local outlets.

Lt Col Waldo Waldman

Construction Safety Excellence Awards - Sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman – The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.

He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

Stephen Hayes

Closing General Session - Sponsored by General Motors Fleet

Widely regarded as one of the top political journalists in the U.S., Stephen Hayes shares an up-to-the-minute view of the domestic and global political scene.

As a longtime television commentator and former editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, Stephen Hayes has an insider’s view into the machinations of politics in Washington and on the world stage, as well as the complex relationship between the media and policymakers. An old-school style “reporter’s reporter,” the strong opinions Hayes expresses in his writing and broadcast appearances grow out of his exhaustive reporting on issues ranging from national security policy and geopolitical maneuvering to the American political scene and the future of the Republican Party. His daily contact with the nation’s top political and national security leaders puts Hayes in a unique position to provide powerful analysis and insights. Throughout the Bush Administration, Hayes’ reporting on national security shaped the debates on such hot-button issues as the Iraq War, enhanced interrogations, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the seemingly intractable problems posed by Iran. Hayes distinguished himself during the Obama Administration as a tough but thoughtful critic of President Obama and his policies—from deficits and spending to health care, from Guantanamo Bay and detainees to rogue states and terrorism. Among conservatives, Hayes was an early critic of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, and he has provided a valuable and objective perspective in his coverage of the Trump Administration. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, Hayes is Fox News contributor and has made appearances on ABC, CBS and NBC. Before joining Fox News, Hayes won a Peabody Award as part of the CNN team covering the 2008 elections.

Abby Rike Rockenbaugh

Contractors’ Prayer Breakfast

Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, a loyal, hard working, lover of life, faced an unfathomable tragedy in October 2006 when her beloved husband, 5 ½ year old daughter, and 2 ½ week old son were killed in a fatal car crash. With God’s grace, she chose to forge ahead in her new life. Following the wreck, Abby graduated with a Master’s of Education degree maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Deciding there was more living to do in this life, in May of 2009, God led Abby on a very public journey of healing and wellness.

Abby began her journey on NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser.” In the years following, Abby has had the privilege of sharing the many lessons she learned along the way with hundreds of corporations, hospitals, churches, grief groups, universities, and schools.