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YES CEO SYMPOSIUM
Thursday, March, 2021| Online
Leading Through Disruption - Overcoming Obstacles
In the second book of the Great Game of Business series, A Stake in the Outcome, Jack Stack talks about how companies grow by hitting obstacles and working through them.
2020 gave businesses obstacles we never imagined.
In The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek talks about how top performing companies continue to evolve.
This spring you are invited into a chat with CEOs who have continued to evolve and maneuver around obstacles through the most trying of times.
Walt Holmes - EVP and Chief Development Officer, Interstate Batteries
Anyone who knows Walt Holmes will tell you he personifies the words from Philippians he lives by: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Having joined Interstate more than 25 years ago, Walt’s selfless leadership style has certainly made an impression on the Enterprise. Since joining Interstate Batteries in 1995, he’s held senior leadership roles in the Legal, HR, PowerCare (Back-up power), All Battery and Distributor segments. Today, the industry veteran is leading our Development Team (Consisting of Human Resources, Legal, All Battery & Distributors) to new heights.
After graduating from Baylor Law School, Walt began his career practicing at some of Dallas’ top law firms. And he hasn’t abandoned his legal roots, either – he’s the former Dallas chapter president of the Texas General Counsel Forum. He’s also served on the board of directors for The Family Place.
George Makaye - President, GXA IT and CEO, Makaye Infosec
George is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for Cybersecurity and IT. Makaye InfoSec, a Cyber Security as a Service firm that helps organizations meet security compliance, protect private information and keep their operations running. Providing enterprise-level services at SMB prices, they ensure training on best practices and the evolving nature of cyber threats.
Born and raised in Kenya, George studied electrical engineering at Moi University. He received a green card through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery and moved to the US. He settled in Dallas. landing a job at HBR Technologies where he met his wife, Alicia, who shares his passion for missionary work locally and across the world.
On a mission trip to Kenya, George was reminded of the stark differences between resources of his homeland and those of his adopted country; cementing his resolve to share the wealth and benefits of the incredible opportunity given to him.
He and Alicia started GXA with the dual mission of providing best-in-class IT services while using the revenue and resources provided to empower the next generation, create a better world and ensure brighter future for all.
George’s philanthropy reaches local and international. Alongside a network of partners, he has developed schools and health clinics, coordinated clothing donations, empowered low-income communities, built computer centers, supported food distribution networks and organized local cleanups.
Michael Gorton - Founder, Teladoc and CEO, Back to Space
Gorton is a 14-time Serial Entrepreneur and bestselling author who’s companies have created industries, and tens of billions of dollars in wealth. He has experience building both public and private companies in the digital health, telecom, music, energy, healthcare, book publishing, aerospace, education and water remediation industries. Throughout his executive career, Michael has founded and led industry-changing companies, including Internet Global, Teladoc, Palo Duro Records, Principal Solar, Water Environmental Technology and Back To Space. Michael is credited with being one of the pioneer/creators of the telemedicine industry, now valued at a quarter trillion-dollars globally. Book Genius named his current book: Broken Handoff the #1 M&A Business book of 2019.
As CEO, Chairman, and Founder of Teladoc, Gorton led a telemedicine company that was named by MIT as one of the Top 50 Smartest Companies in the World. Teladoc is now the world’s leading telemedicine company with a NYSE market cap in the tens of billions of dollars. Following Teladoc, Gorton was the founding CEO of Principal Solar, a public company that delivered nearly 400 megawatts of sustainable electricity, enough to run approximately 70,000 American homes. With Internet Global, he led the company from concept to the #1 ranked Internet provider in North Texas and the construction of the world’s first DSL network and one of the first national VOIP networks. He is currently starting a roll up in the telehealth and digital health industries, with a goal of fixing some of the major issues in healthcare today.
In healthcare, Gorton is working with Stephen Hochschuler, John Halsey and some of the pioneers of telemedicine and digital health to transform the industry and deliver a true healthcare system. That company will be making significant announcements in the first quarter of 2021.
Gorton’s passion project is as a founding CEO of Back To Space, LLC (B2S), a for-profit company that has four Apollo era astronauts on the team, including Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham, Charlie Duke and Alfred Worden. The Company is building a Guinness Book of World Records map of the Moon, delivering a weekly Space News Flash, and developing a TV show.