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Morning Keynote:

Erik BarnlundErik Barnlund grew up in Donovan, IL and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. He started his technology career working as a web designer and eventual Director of Business Development for Dave’s World in Bloomington, IL. In 2000, Erik was recruited by COUNTRY Financial to help start their first web development department and then spent 3 years as the Internet Agency Marketing Consultant.

Erik co-founded the Mavidea Technology Group in June of 2007 where he has served as its CEO for ten years. Mavidea focuses on building long-term client relationships with small businesses by providing world-class IT Management and Web Design Services. He has led the 28 employee company through its rapid growth and attributes the success to having “the right plan at the right time, consistently being executed each day by the right people.” Mavidea has become a technology powerhouse in Central Illinois and nationally recognized for its performance and culture.

Mavidea earned a #30 ranking from IngramMicro’s top 500 performing technology companies in 2012 and has been recognized by CRN Magazine’s NextGen250 as a Top 250 IT Services provider in the United States two years in a row. Erik has won several awards for his business leadership and community service including Heartland Technology Peer Group’s “Go-Giver Award” in 2011.

Erik and his younger brother, Kris, also started Maxlider Ford Bronco Customs. They refinish Ford Broncos and sell them across the country. They have 6 full time and 2 part time employees and continue to grow quickly. Erik attributes the fast growth to their consistent use of Social Media and a relentless focus on maintaining a great reputation. If you have seen their Instagram & Facebook videos, you'll notice Erik running around singing and acting like a 14 year old boy's obvious he is having the time of his life....and so are their employees! "I'm not in it to get rich, just to build great relationships with people."

Erik is married to Bridget, and they reside in Bloomington, IL with their three kids.

Lunch Keynote:

Adam RobinsonAdam Robinson is the co-founder and CEO of Hireology, driving his mission to help business owners make better hiring decisions using predictive data and innovative technology.

He is a noted recruiting industry expert, speaker, and author of “The Best Team Wins” with over 20 years of experience in the field of hiring and selection management.

In 2015, Robinson was added to the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Network, Chicago’s most influential entrepreneurs, and he was named a “Top 25 HR Industry Game Changer Under 40” in 2015 by Workforce magazine. Under his leadership, Hireology has been recognized nationally by Entrepreneur magazine as a “Top Company Culture,” by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “Best Places to Work” for both Millennials and GenX. Hireology also received recognition as the “#1 Talent Management Platform” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and “#1 in Customer Service” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Human Resources Online magazine.

Before leading the Hireology team, Adam was the founder and CEO of Illuma, a provider of high-volume recruitment outsourcing programs, and the creator of the Ionix Hiring System, a full suite of interview and assessment tools. Outside Hireology, Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Through multiple leadership roles at Entrepreneurs Organization, he has helped to develop and launch programs that teach core business skills to early-stage entrepreneurs around the world.

Robinson earned his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his MBA from DePaul University. He lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park community with his wife, three sons and daughter.