John Mackey
Co-Founder and
Co-CEO
Whole Foods
John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods

Opening one of the first supermarket-style natural foods stores in the country turned out well for this environmentally and socially conscious entrepreneur. He parlayed a $10,000 loan from his father into a well-respected chain that has more than 350 stores around the globe. Last year, Whole Foods reported a revenue of $11.7 billion.



Amy Simmons
Owner
Amy's Ice Creams
Amy Simmons, owner of Amy's Ice Creams

Amy Simmons is the owner of Amy's Ice Creams. Described by the Austin Chronicle as a "quintessentially Austin institution" which "dominates the local ice cream scene." Amy will share her secrets to success and how she keeps Austin weird on the corporate side.



Liz lambert
Chief Creative Officer
Bunkhouse
Liz Lambert, Chief Creative Officer, Bunkhouse

Liz Lambert is not your typical hotelier, and it's not only because her background includes prosecuting street crime in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. What makes her perspective unique to the industry is how she learned the business. She bought the Hotel San Jose 15 years ago with little more than guts and a vision. When Liz settled down on South Congress it was not the trendy shopping and dining district it is today. At best, it was run-down; at worst dangerous. Over the years, Liz built a hotel both unique to Austin and uniquely Austin. Praised in feature articles in national magazines and coffee table books, the renovated San Jose became a not-quite-overnight success. Since then, she has amassed a budding empire of novel holdings, including the popular Jo's Coffee and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin and amazing getaways elsewhere, such as the Hotel Havana on San Antonio's Riverwalk.



Gary Keller
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Keller Williams Realty
Gary Keller, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Keller Williams Realty

Professionally, Gary Keller's ONE Thing is teaching. He excelled as a real estate salesperson by teaching clients how to make great home buying-and-selling decisions. As a real estate sales manager, he recruited agents through training and helped them build their careers the same way. As cofounder and chairman of the board, he built Keller Williams Realty International from a single office in Austin, Texas, to the one of the largest real estate companies in North America by using his skills as teacher, trainer, and coach. Gary defines leadership as "teaching people how to think the way they need to think so they can do what they need to do when they need to do it, so they can get what they want when they want it."



Martha Stewart
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America's most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful "how-to" information for all aspects of everyday living - cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which she founded in 1996, reaches approximately 66 million consumers across all media platforms each month with an expansive portfolio that includes television and video programming, award-winning magazines, bestselling books, innovative websites and apps. The Company also has a growing retail presence with 8,500 products in thousands of retail locations, including the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, the Martha Stewart Collection of home products at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Home Office line with Avery at Staples, Martha Stewart Pets products at PetSmart, Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Martha Stewart Clean with Hain, among others. MSLO entered into a strategic alliance with J.C. Penney Company, Inc., and will launch products in jcp stores in Spring 2013.



Hector Ruiz
Former CEO of AMD and founder of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions

Hector Ruiz, former CEO of AMD and founder of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions

Dr. Hector de Jesus Ruiz is a founder of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc. and serves as the company's chairman. A luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades, he is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive perhaps best known for his leadership at AMD. Listen to him tell the story of rising through the ranks of Texas Instruments, Motorola and AMD before starting his own venture.




Gordon B. Logan
Founder and CEO of SportClips Haircuts

Gordon B. Logan, founder and CEO of SportClips Haircuts

Gordon Logan started capitalizing on the huge potential, and relative lack of competition, in the men's and boys' haircut market in 1993 after owning and operating salons throughout Texas. Since that first SportClips opened, more than 1,000 others have followed, and Logan's Georgetown-based company is lauded as one of the nation's best franchises. Hear how this former Aircraft Commander and retired CPA revolutionized the salon business and why he's regarded as one of the country's top franchising minds.




Gary Hoover
Founder of Bookstop, Hoovers Inc. and Bigwig Games

Gary Hoover, Founder of Bookstop, Hoovers Inc. and Bigwig Games

Gary Hoover is known for doing big things. At 30, he created pioneering book superstore Bookstop, which was sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million when it was 7 years old. Gary then started Hoover's Inc., which became the world's largest Internet-based directory of businesses. It went public and then was bought by Dun & Bradstreet for $117 million. Since then, Gary has embarked on other entrepreneurial adventures and devotes much of his time to teaching aspiring entrepreneurs.




Cotter Cunningham
Founder, President, and CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc.

Cotter Cunningham, Founder, President, and CEO, RetailMeNot, Inc.

Cotter Cunningham is the founder, president and CEO of RetailMeNot Inc., the world's largest online coupon and deals marketplace — and a company that just went public. Founded in 2009, RetailMeNot has 330 employees with offices in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the COO of Bankrate Inc. for seven years, taking the company public and growing its revenue eight-fold. He wrote the book Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, Texas.




Gay Gaddis
CEO and Founder, T3

Gay Gaddis, CEO and Founder, T3

Gay Gaddis is CEO and founder of T3 (The Think Tank). She started her company in 1989 with a $16,000 cashed-in IRA and two employees. Today, T3 is the largest independent advertising agency owned by a woman in the country. As a collaborative think tank, T3 works with clients including Allstate, Coca-Cola, JPMorgan Chase, UPS, 7-Eleven, H-E-B and Windows Phone.

Gay speaks around the world — and on Forbes.com — on marketing issues, innovation and entrepreneurship. She was named as one of Fast Company's "Top 25 Women Business Builders," and Inc. magazine's "Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year". In 2011, Gay won the Austin Business Journal's Best CEO Award for a medium-sized company.




Dan Graham
Founder and CEO,
BuildASign.com

Dan Graham, Founder and CEO of BuildASign.com

Dan Graham is the founder and CEO of BuildASign.com. This native Austinite has spent the past seven years bootstrapping the Internet-savvy sign builder into one with operations in four countries, more than 220 employees and $40 million in revenue. Due to Dan's big heart for philanthropy, BuildASign.com has contributed more than $600,000 worth of in-kind donations to over 500 nonprofits, plus it has provided $8.5 million worth of free signs to families of military veterans.

 




Dr. James Truchard
Co-Founder & CEO of National Instruments

Dr. James Truchard, Co-Founder & CEO of National Instruments

James Truchard cofounded National Instruments in 1976 and has pioneered the way scientists and engineers solve the world's grand engineering challenges.

As one of Forbes' America's Favorite Bosses, Truchard has led the company as president and CEO from a three-man team to a multinational organization recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work and one of the top 25 World's Best Multinational Workplaces"by the Great Places to Work Institute.

Under Truchard's leadership, the company's long-term vision, known as the 100 year plan, and focus on improving the world by providing tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery, has led to strong, consistent company growth and success of its broad base of customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.

Truchard's personal passion for gardening and photography has led him to writing a gardening book that he plans on giving to nonprofits so they can use it as a fundraising tool.

 









Roy Spence
Co-Founder and Chairman,
GSD&M
Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a national and leading marketing communications and advertising company.

He is also now Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm whose purpose is to help people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, It's Not What You Sell, It's What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose.
Under Roy's leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world's most successful brands like "Don't Mess with Texas", Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, LLBean and the Clinton Global Initiative. Roy has been a trusted advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines founder, Herb Kelleher. His council has also been sought by U.S. presidents and leaders in the State Department and Department of Defense.
Roy has been named Ad Man of the Year and Idea Man of the Century.

Roy has been married 33 years and has three children--Courtney, Ashley and Shay. He is a member of the board of directors of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas.

And finally, Roy's passion is entrepreneurship. He deeply believes that entrepreneurship is the Miracle of America. His mantra is "Don't Do Mild" in work or life; follow your dreams, follow your passion and follow your purpose.



Kip Tindell
Chairman & CEO,
The Container Store
Kip Tindell has been at the helm of The Container Store since it first opened its doors in Dallas in 1978 - creating the first ever store devoted solely to storage and organization products. The company has locations from coast to coast, a thriving Web site and 2011 fiscal year sales projected to approach $650 million. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth's sake. Rather, it's to adhere to a fundamental set of corporate values centered around an employee-first culture, strict merchandising and superior customer service. Success has been the natural and inevitable result. Tindell continues to embody the unique corporate culture he created, and has nurtured a fierce employee loyalty that has landed the company on FORTUNE magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" 13 years in a row.

Tindell is actively involved in the community dedicating time and resources to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Dallas' Save the Cathedral campaign. Tindell also serves on the board of Whole Foods Market (WFMI), the National Retail Federation's executive board and chairs the National Retail Federation's Foundation. He is a leader and passionately involved in Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a community of like-minded business, thought and academic leaders working to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking, in service of advancing the broader Conscious Capitalism Movement.



David Gardner
Co-founder & Chief Rule Breaker,
The Motley Fool
One of the country's most respected and trusted sources on investing, David Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool with his brother, Tom, in 1993. As Chief Rule Breaker, David wears many hats including innovator, stock picker, author, lecturer, and media personality. David graduated as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, and wrote for Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street newsletter before starting The Motley Fool. He has received the University's prestigious "Distinguished Young Alumni Award." Since 1999, David has been a member of the NYSE's Individual Investors Advisory Committee. Since 2004, David has served on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Among his many accomplishments at The Motley Fool, David is perhaps most proud of his conception and development of Motley Fool CAPS.



Clayton Christopher
Co-Founder & CEO,
Deep Eddy Vodka
Clayton Christopher, the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, is busier than ever with his new venture: Deep Eddy Vodka.

Clayton took a $10,000 investment when he was 25 and turned it into Sweet Leaf, which was bought by Nestle last year for a hefty sum. He went a long way from brewing his tea with Wal-Mart pillow cases in 50-gallon crawfish pots.

Now the dynamic entrepreneur and avid sailor is making waves in the liquor industry with Deep Eddy Vodka, another company becoming the epitome of Austin business.

Come hear Clayton's inspiring and amazing stories of entrepreneurship and get to know him like never before at April's Face 2 Face event.




Brett Hurt
Founder, CEO & President,
Bazaarvoice
Brett Hurt is a serial Internet entrepreneur at the helm of one of America's fastest-growing companies: Bazaarvoice.

As the founder, CEO and president, Brett took this dynamic Web startup public this year after it grew to power customer reviews on thousands of retailers' websites - 50 billion user-generated reviews and counting.

Brett's commitment to the ultimate corporate culture makes Bazaarvoice a perennial winner of the Best Places to Work contest, and he's not shy about sharing the ingredients to his secret sauce.




Tim League
Founder & CEO,
The Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was recently named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, and the chain is growing coast-to-coast. Hear founder and CEO Tim League share his exciting story of leaving the oil fields at a young age to turn a love for movies into a career. It was a long, sometimes ugly road that put him on a path to success. In addition to the theaters, Alamo Drafthouse is emerging as a mini-movie empire and has spawned Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest, BadassDigest.com, Rolling Roadshow Tour and a collectible art boutique called Mondo.



Jose A. Zaglul
President,
EARTH University
Jose A. Zaglul is the president of EARTH University, an international nonprofit in Costa Rica that trains people to be civic and entrepreneurial leaders. Since EARTH opened in 1990, it has reached out to the poor in rural communities throughout Latin America. Zaglul and his team offers them an education, instills values, and spurs entrepreneurial thinking with a strong social and environmental focus so they can return to their countries and communities as agents of change.



Brian Sharples
Co-founder & CEO,
HomeAway
Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. Since then, he has raised nearly $405 million in private funding and acquired 17 websites, to create the world's leading online marketplace of vacation rentals.

Sharples is the former president and chief executive officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. While there, he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of Intelliquest.

An expert in technology brand strategy, Sharples has counseled several leading companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He also created the IntelliQuest Brand Tech Forum Conference, which became an industry-leading symposium, and served as a consultant at Bain & Company early in his career.

He earned a bachelor's degree in math and economics from Colby College and a master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sharples serves on the Board of Directors for KAYAK, WhaleShark Media, Austin Habitat for Humanity and KLRU.



Matt Chasen
Founder & CEO,
uShip
As CEO, Matt leads uShip's executive team in the company's mission to create the most efficient marketplace for shipping that has ever existed.

The idea for uShip was hatched in 2002 when Matt moved from Seattle to Austin in a half-full rented moving truck and has since grown into a global online transport marketplace. In 2010, Matt was a finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Texas, and in 2011 earned top honors in the Austin Under40 business and entrepreneur category. Prior to founding uShip, Matt spent five years in business development and engineering roles at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. He helped assess the technical and financial viability of new ventures including broadband in-flight Internet access and a theater ballistic missile defense system. Matt also led the avionics integration effort for the F-22 fighter aircraft and evaluated research proposals for NASA.

Matt attended the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MBA in May 2004. During business school, while turning the uShip idea into reality, Matt interned for the Austin office of Hunt Ventures where he evaluated new investment proposals. In addition to his MBA, Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. uShip is currently in their second season of filming A&E's Shipping Wars which airs Tuesdays at 9/8c.



Bert Jacobs
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Optimist,
The Life is good Company
Bert Jacobs is co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is good Co. in Boston. This private business spreads positive vibes through its colorful collection of apparel and accessories and through its social mission to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. In 1994, with just $78 in the bank, Bert and his brother John officially launched Life is good. Today, Life is good products are sold by over 4,500 retailers nationwide - proving that "optimism can take you anywhere." Bert has appeared on CNN's Tips from the Top, CNBC's Business Nation, and The Donny Deutsch Show. Life is good has been featured on ABC News Nightline, NBC's The Today Show, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, and Body + Soul, among others.



John Paul DeJoria
Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron tequila
John Paul DeJoria's rags-to-riches tale is one of the most inspiring in America. This Austinite parlayed a $700 startup, Paul Mitchell Systems, into a $900 million-a-year hair care heavyweight that has put him on Forbes magazine's list of global billionaires. He is an instrumental backer of exciting ventures such as the Circuit of Americas F1 track and Patron tequila, a brand he co-founded 20 years ago that created the "ultra-premium" market for what was once seen as a bottom-shelf spirit. A devoted father and husband, DeJoria devotes his time and resources to several noble efforts, including the landmine-ridding UK nonprofit MINESEEKER.



Walter Robb
Co-CEO,
Whole Foods
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 operating the Mill Valley, CA store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993 where he grew the region from two to 17 stores. He became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. In 2010, Robb was named Co-CEO along with John Mackey and joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors at that time. An avid organic advocate, Robb is on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is also on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific. Robb is on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Whole Kids Foundation.