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Keynote Speakers

You will never gain anything in this world without investing in yourself. YOU are the most important investment that you can make.
Society and our lives, in general, are DEMANDING. Our time is precious, and we are constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions.

2024 Lineup

You will hear stories of success and get the most up-to-date sales techniques from our speakers.

This event will be loud, empowering, and BRIGHT! This is not an event just to motivate you, hype you up, and send you on your way. It will encourage you and teach you how to live your BEST life, your BRIGHT life, right now.

Jennifer Barner

Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Barner is the founder of Lighthouse Ventures, a private equity real estate investment firm. She started her real estate career in 2015 studying under the Rich Dad program. She then transitioned to MF and is now the General Partner on 887 doors across 5 states and has invested in over 2104 doors. Additionally, Jennifer has rehabbed 45 properties and has a SF rental portfolio she self manages in the Kansas City area. Jennifer is most proud of the fact that she started her real estate journey with the goal of putting all four of her kids through college debt free which she has successfully achieved.

Today, she is teaching others how to achieve financial freedom through 1-1 coaching, as well as, educating others through her podcast called Mastering Money for Moms where she is helping Moms Manage their Finances and Build a Legacy through Real Estate. Prior to becoming a full time real estate investor Jennifer worked in sales at both IBM and Microsoft managing software implementations. She has also helped launch several lifestyle and health companies. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Washburn. She is an avid
reader, loves hiking, gardening, and spending downtime with friends and family. Jennifer lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and is mom to four children.

Roy Council

Keynote Speaker

Ray Council is an automotive client specialist at John Sinclair Nissan. Since starting in the automotive industry, he has won Salesman of the month over 45 times, Salesman of the Year 4 times, and earned Nissan Award of Excellence the last 3 years. He has also broken the store record for vehicles sold in a year 4 times and for most vehicles sold in a month 5 times. He is currently number 1 in the district with New Nissans sold and since January 1, 2022, has sold over 1,000 vehicles! 

Prior to the automotive industry, at 19 years old, he started in sales by working at Kohls selling credit cards. After catching on in three months, he ended up winning top seller 16 consecutive months in a row, including being recognized for being top 100 in the world, second in the region and first in the district in 2016 with 1,319 credit cards sold. 

Since he rescued his dog from SEMO PETS, his favorite activity right now is being able to adopt a pet and have a meet and greet for anyone to be able to take that dog home, on his behalf. They have gotten 3 out of 5 dogs adopted so far through his meet and greets and social media presence!

Past Keynote Speakers

Ken Carter

Keynote Speaker

Coming from a supportive family, Carter was raised strictly on academics, but found a liking in sports. Carter attended college at San Francisco State, then Contra Costa College, and finally George Fox University, where he played basketball. As a basketball coach, he maintained that his athletes must take their studies seriously, as good academic performance would give them access to college and other opportunities in life.
This belief was put to the test when, as a high school basketball coach at Richmond High School, he locked out his undefeated team for not honoring academic and behavioral contracts. While the community was outraged at first, public opinion eventually changed, and Carter was praised for his determined emphasis on prioritizing good values for his team. His approach also bore results: every one of his players at Richmond, where he coached from 1997 to 2002, graduated. The story of the 1999 season is the basis for the 2005 film Coach Carter, with Carter played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Carter has a son named Damien - who played for his father at Richmond, and was portrayed by Robert Ri'chard in the movie - and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
In the fall of 2005, Carter proposed opening a boarding school called the Coach Carter Impact Academy in the town of Marlin, Texas. The school opened in 2009. Allowing around 65 students to board and study at the school, the academy is open to around 150 students in grades 8-12. The school is known for placing academic achievement as highly as basketball success for Carter's teams. Striving to build self discipline, the school offers long academic days lasting from 6 am through 6 pm. They require the students to complete their own general tasks, such as laundry and cooking meals. Students also operate a store and barber shop within the grounds of the school.

Coach Carter is the founder and chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a non-profit that promotes and provides education, training and mentoring programs for minority youths. He also founded the Coach Carter Impact Academy, designed to enable disadvantaged youth to reach their full academic and life potential. Coach Carter’s strategy for winning in life ranges from learning about the quality of one’s character to the love of learning as well as the importance of self-discipline and spirituality. His fundamental belief is that you must start with respect for others, your community, and your environment before you can attain your own goals, both personally and professionally. We are beyond excited to host him as the keynote speaker for this year’s conference!

Glenn Campbell


Glenn Campbell, the Co-Founder of Hat World-Lids, is living proof that crazy business ideas work. Despite getting rejected by numerous mall executives, his ridiculously ambitious business proposition to sell hats evolved into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate known all over the world.

Campbell’s impressive career launched in the late 1980’s after he graduated from Southeast Missouri State and joined the team at Foot Locker. He recognized early on that baseball style hats were a largely untapped niche’ in mall retail. The idea for Hat World was hatched – a store where customers could find almost any hat they desired all in one place. This was years before the dawn of the internet.

Today, the hat store Campbell co-founded operates nationally as Lids. It is the leading omni channel sports licensed headwear retailer in the world. Lids operates over 2,000 stores in the US and Canada.

Campbell presided over the wildly successful business for almost 25 years during which he received numerous honors. In 2002 he was inducted into Indiana’s 40 under 40. In 2006 Campbell was named an “Old Master” at Purdue University.

Campbell moved back to Cape Girardeau in 2007 where he currently resides with his wife Lee Ann. They have four children, Maryssa(31), Kyle(29), Eli(22) and Paige(18). He is a 1987 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In 2017 Campbell was named a SEMO Alumni Award Winner for the Harrison College of Business.

Campbell is currently in his second term on the Southeast Missouri State Foundation board, he sits on the Bank of Missouri Advisory board and also sits on the board of the Marquette Tech District Foundation, a local non profit.

He joined the Catfish in the fall of 2022 and became a minority owner and President of the team. The Catfish are in their 4th season and play in the collegiate wood bat Prospect League.

Jared Ritter

Event Producer

Jared Ritter, aka the Triple B, started his real estate agent career over 10 years ago. Two years into business, he started his personal brand the Bright Blazer Broker and has 100 different blazers that he wears every day. Not only is he an expert in branding, but upon leaving the world of education as a teacher, and jumping full time into real estate, he quickly became the number one agent in Southeast Missouri.

In 2020, the company grew from 12 to 22 agents doubled its real estate sales volume from $30m to $62m. In 2021, Ritter Real Estate grew to 26 agents and experienced a 45% increase in production. This year, the company is surging in growth as well, soon to be over 40 licensed agents and will be expanding multiple offices. Ritter holds the record as well for volume and transactions in Southeast Missouri by a solo agent in one year with 32.9m and 208 transactions.

What can you expect from the Bright Blazer Broker in the future?

Taking this success and doing everything in his power to help his agents and people around him to accomplish their very own personal, professional, and financial goals.

Carisa Stark


Carisa Stark is a the creator & owner of Mary Jane, J Street, The Warehouse Entertainment District & Stark Property Management Vacation Rentals with over 27 years of Hospitality Experience. Specializing in revitalizing historic dilapidated properties. Carisa uses that experience to bring her passion and love to her hometown of Perryville MO!

Kanaan Steiner


Kanaan graduated from cosmetology school in 2010. She has trained under multiple industry leaders and believes in doing as much education as possible. She has trained from coast to coast and is certified in cutting, coloring, corrective services, styling, workplace emotion and is a licensed barber as well.

In 2015 Kanaan decided to take the next step in her career and became a Redken Artist so she can educate other hairstylists across the U.S.  In 2017, Kanaan opened the room. Hair Design Studio, hired a full staff and fully committed to educating the next generation of stylists in her Salon Company. Whether it’s educating stylists nationally, her own team or even the guests in her chair she is always excited to pass on any knowledge that has been passed to her.

ed in this area so generations. The planned development is addressing these items such as affordable rent to own housing, childcare services, a more modern community park, as well as a community center like facility that will house the Jr Achievement program. Providing youth and families access to skills training after school and through out the summer. Wyky Jean is known as one of our local prominent leaders.

Ron Coleman


Ron Coleman is originally from Omaha, NE. He grew up playing all different kinds of sports and specialized in wrestling and football. He became a 4-time high school wrestling champ and took a full ride scholarship to SEMO. He came to SEMO to play football in 2010 and during that time he graduated, met his wife, and started his family down here. Over the last 4 years he has worked as the Student Service Coordinator at Central Academy Alternative School and finished his Master’s Degree in Psychology under GCU. He is also a full time minister as well with involvement with being under Coyvell CJ Jackson, Adrian Taylor with Lighthouse United, and FCA under Mike Litz. Finally, he is also a Professional MMA fighter with hopes of making it to the UFC in the near future. This is Ron in a nutshell. He is married to an amazing wife with three kids and he helps run an amazing youth wrestling team down in Sikeston, MO.

Missy Nieveen Phegley


Missy Nieveen Phegley has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, and she is also a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, a certified meditation teacher, and a certified Pranayama teacher. She has been teaching--in the classroom, in the studio, in the gym--for over 30 years, and she is continually surprised at how often the subjects of her teaching intersect. Her motto is "it's all about balance," and she advocates for prioritizing the self in order to give the best you to others.

Wyky Jean


Wyky moved to Cape Girardeau from southern Florida in 2009. He has lived in Cape Girardeau for 14 years and is an alumni of Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications and a minor in Entrepreneurship.

He is one of the co-founders of the nationally recognized mentoring program, Honorable Young Men Club, a program designed to expose local youth to personal development and life skills. This program is known for creating significant impact in the lives of hundreds of young men in Southeast Missouri.

Wyky is now leading South Side Farms, a project in the community that consists of 20 total acres. This development plan includes 8 acres of an Urban Farm. The Urban Farm infrastructure is dedicated to creating access to nutritious and affordable food options for local residents, especially those living in an area of town that is food insecure. In the last two years, Wyky has received grants, hired a farm manager, cleared and prepared ground and much more. In the fall of 2023 South Side Farms is expecting their first harvest! The pillars of the organization are access, education, and skill development. They look forward to instilling these values even more into our community.

Wyky’s passion and skills in organizational development and leadership, combined with his resourcefulness has led him to being one of Cape Girardeau’s impactful leaders over the last 9 years. He is also a licensed Realtor and proudly holds his license with Ritter Real Estate!

Micheal Crank Curry


Micheal Crank Curry is a self-educated, 12-year Hip Hop dancer who specializes in Popping, Locking, Robotics, House, Breaking, and other genres of Hip Hop along with Classical dance training from Southeast Missouri State University. Curry founded Fingerprint Dance Community in 2013 with four others while attending SEMO and is now the sole owner of Fingerprint Urban Dance Studios. For the past decade Fingerprint has hosted dance battles, workshops, and festivals under the title Battlez of Originality and Be You Music Fest to help expand our community's culture and positive energy through Hip Hop. These major events help give Hip Hop influenced artists an opportunity to grow and capitalize their on work. Fingerprint is known for being very involved in fundraising for charities and organizations who want to expand positivity as well. Fingerprint encourages its students to become their own brand by offering and exposing them to ways to build their own businesses through Hip Hop in subjects like DJing, commercial dance jobs, event planning, film production, photography, and even artist management. Curry enjoys laying the groundwork for new dance influenced programs. In just the past three years, he has helped create seven Hip Hop based programs in three states: Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri.

MaKenzie LaRose


MaKenzie graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2012 and returned to pursue a master’s degree in nursing graduating in 2017. MaKenzie is now double board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). She started as a RN in the cardiac cath lab, later the emergency room, and then came back to cardiac surgery as a nurse practitioner. She saw a lot of sick care medicine from heart attacks to cardiac stents to open heart surgery. Late 2020, MaKenzie decided to pivot into the health and wellness space leaning toward the preventative medicine approach, keeping people out of the hospital. She wanted to be a part of health care medicine. On July 29, 2021 she opened her clinic, Reviving Wellness.

Reviving Wellness is located in Cape Girardeau on Broadway specializing in three main services: hormone optimization for both men & women, weight management, and IV vitamin therapy. She knows that most people are unaware how hormones affect their body, their ability to lose weight, and the overall aging process. This drives her passion further. She wanted to be a part of the paradigm shift, empowering people to be in control of their health and wellness in the midst of a global pandemic. She now serves over 700 patients in the southeast Missouri region.

MaKenzie’s favorite quote is, “If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” —-William Arthur Ward

When MaKenzie is not at the clinic or working on building the empire, she is spending time with her husband Ryan and two small children MaKenna (6) and Maddox (5 months).

Neil Glass & Edward Leoni


Edward Leoni earned his doctorate degree from Indiana University and graduated summa cum laude  from the “school of hard knocks.” Across nearly four decades of lecturing as a professor, giving motivational presentations nationwide, and working as a therapist in community mental health, he developed and shared with thousands the life-changing 10-step plan to happiness.  Ed enjoys writing, carving with a chainsaw, golfing, and playing music with the band. He lives on a farm with his wife Abbie.

A career-long educator, Dr. Neil Glass has served as Superintendent of Cape Girardeau Public Schools since July 2017 and recently retired in July 2023. He dedicated his career to building strong relationships throughout the Cape Girardeau community. He serves on the Cape Chamber Board of Directors, the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation Board, the Community Counseling Center Foundation Board and is the District Chairman for the Boys Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Council, Shawnee District.

Travis Tyson & Parker Bond


Travis Tyson has worked in some aspect of the bar industry for over 20 years. From bowling alleys and pool halls to high-end cocktail and wine bars, he has seen all sides of the industry. Travis is a lifelong collector of all things physical media which became the inspiration for what is now Spectrum Record Lounge.

Travis is happily married to Meghan Tyson, who is an agent with Ritter Real Estate. Together they have one son, Alex. The name “Spectrum” was inspired directly by Alex due to the fact that he is on the Autism Spectrum. As a family, they enjoy listening to music, fishing, and laying out by the pool.

From being a musician to a Marine to bike enthusiast to all around handyman, Parker Bond can do a little bit of everything. As a musician of 20 plus years, music is his main passion as both a creator and consumer. Parker's service background is mainly in beverage both Coffee and Spirits with a total of 13 years combined experience as a Bartender/Barista.

Parker is married to Cape’s favorite snake enthusiast Anna Mae Zembsch, who works for The Department of Natural Resources at Trail of Tears State Park. Together they enjoy adventuring outdoors, learning to cook new foods, kayak fishing, and riding bikes.

Spectrum Record Lounge is located in downtown Cape Girardeau and opened the doors September 12, 2022.  There are two distinct concepts operating at Spectrum Record Lounge. One being a music store selling physical media, including Records, CDs, Cassette Tapes, and other music-related merchandise. While the other is a full-service bar specializing in craft cocktails, spirits, and beer.

We purchase new products from distributors, as well as buy/sell/trade used media from all genres of music. It is our intent to introduce our customers to music that won’t be found at your major commercial outlets through our strict no-request policy.

As part of our mission to introduce new and interesting music to Cape Girardeau, we book live music from all over the country from all backgrounds and genres. You’re unlikely to hear the same thing twice and are likely to fall in love with something new.

No matter what background you come from or who you are, music is for everyone and, “Everyone is cool at Spectrum Record Lounge.”

Dennis & Summer Riney


Dennis has a BS in Dietetics from Missouri State University and a Master's in Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University. His career began as a physical therapist at a local hospital in 1999. There he spent seven years before founding Premier Physical Therapy in August of 2006.

Since then, he owns and operates three physical therapy clinics in Southeast Missouri. He is actively involved in FCA and spends his spare time with family and friends on the lake.

Summer has a BS from Southeast Missouri State University. Summer is a Cell Therapy Account Specialist for a hematology pharmaceutical company. Summer has also been a successful business owner of SNL Marketing and serves as a marketing consultant for Premier to this day. She enjoys bringing novel new therapies to our area's cancer center.

Dennis and Summer have been married for 22 ½ years. They are blessed with three children, Emma, BreAnn, and Erik along with their dogs, Snowball, Winston, and Thor. Dennis is originally from Perryville, and Summer is from Bell City, MO. They have lived in the Cape/Jackson area for the past 22 years.


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