Fall 2017 Marlin Prestige Business Conference Speakers

Shark Tank Judges

Session 1: Wednesday, November 15th 8:30-9:45am

  • Joe Harris, Vice President of Sales, Equity Prime Mortgage
  • Jack Lubore, Independent Contractor, State Farm Insurance
  • Keith Hinton, Owner, Keller Williams Realty

Session 2: Wednesday, November 15th 12-2:30pm

  • Greg Grootendorst, Chief Economist, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Tianna Garland, Retirement Plan Services Associate, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Eli Miller, Principal Broker/Owner, Encompass Real Estate Solutions

Session 3: Thursday, November 16th

  • Sydney Covey, Sustainability Program Analyst, Hourigan Construction
  • Aaron Bull, Bull & Company MediaWorks
  • Lena Nguyen, Office Manager, Givens Distribution Solutions

Panel Discussion Speakers

Discussion 1: Importance of Diversity in Business, Tuesday, November 14th 12-1:30pm

  • Ann Brogan, Partner, Crowley, Liberatore, Ryan, & Brogan Law Firm
  • David Byrd, Managing Director, Virginia Stage Company
  • Lanitha Hudson, Housing Programs Coordinator, Human Resources, City of Virginia Beach

Discussion 2: Environmental Sustainability, Thursday, November 16th 12:30-2pm

  • Bruce Alperin, Associate Vice President of Marketing, Aramark
  • Sydney Covey, Sustainability Program Analyst, Hourigan Construction
  • Ken Trinder, CEO, EOS-Surfaces


Sydney Covey, Sustainability Program Analyst, Hourigan Construction
(Keynote Speaker), Monday, November 13th 6-8pm

Erin Gaines, Regional College Recruiter, GEICO
(GEICO Career Development), Wednesday, November 15th 10-11:30am

David Garraty, Professor of Management, Business, and Economics
(PRME), Thursday, November 16th 11am-12pm

Linda Ferguson, Dean of the Birdsong School of Social Science
(VWU Ethics), Thursday, November 16th 11am-12pm

Michael Ewing, Chair of River Star Committee, Elizabeth River Project
(Elizabeth River Project Sustainability), Friday, November 17th 10-11am