Speakers

New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Lucky Napkin program. Check the featured guests and experts registry to discover some of the important experts and influentails of Lucky Napkin looking for the next great idea they can help launch.

Amilya Antonetti Amilya Antonetti

CEO-AMA Productions
Founder, Soapworks
Best Selling Author
Featured Expert - CNBC - The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch

If you haven’t heard Amilya’s story you owe it to yourself to. This amazing woman is regarded as one of the most inspirational female entrepreneurs of the 20th century. She’s the Mom who was determined to help her ailing son and in the process took on the world’s largest corporations, ushered in the green and human friendly movement and changed the way the world looks at cleaning products forever. Amilya is a guerilla marketing guru and lifestyle product expert and truly an inspiration for all entrepreneurs to emulate.

Anthony Tesoriero Anthony Tesoriero

CEO Solarceuticals
Chairman YNOT Holdings
Creator of Bella Bronze
QVC On Air Expert

Defying the experts, Anthony woke up one day and took on the giants of cosmetics and leaders of the TV shopping industries. In a little more that a year, Bella Bronze®, the premier brand from Solarceuticals® broke onto QVC, erasing records and outpacing sales of established brands. Countless awards, media and celebrity accolades later you’ll find Anthony’s products in stores such as ‘Fred Segal’ of Beverly Hills right along side the big boys. Anthony is a brilliant strategic marketing and branding wizard addressing audiences worldwide for over 15 years.

Barbara J. Luther Barbara J. Luther

Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney,
State Bar of Arizona,
Scottsdale Bar Association,
California State Bar,
US Patent Bar
MBA

Barb's knowledge and experience in Intellectual Property Law is beyond impressive, she is truly an entrepreneur in lawyers clothing. As an intellectual property attorney Barb represents inventors, small companies, nutraceutical firms, biotechnology, universities, and software companies, but her passion for inventors' rights and patent law knowledge runs even deeper than her resume lets on.

Any inventor will tell you that obtaining the legal protection for their ideas is not easy but it is the most valuable piece of the intellectual puzzle when launching their inventions and essential to their success. Barb Luther's practice has been providing unparalleled representation for years, achieving landmark results which have enabled some of the breakthrough products and services consumers use today to come to market.

Bill Kilburg Bill Kilburg

Chairman & CEO
Hospitality Performance Network
Founder Epix Hotels

Bill is a 2007 Inc .Magazine- Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, the owner of Epix Hotels and co-founder of Hospitality Performance Network (HPN), the fastest growing site selection and meeting procurement company in the United States. Since opening in 2002, HPN has grown by over 227 percent and expanded from two full time employees to a network of 80 sales associates. This year HPN anticipates placing $90 million in booked room revenue with about 2,500 meetings planned throughout the country for global market leading companies. Bill is a CPA and a finance genius, his uncanny ability with numbers allows him to spot opportunity where others only see red ink.

Bob Warden Bob Warden

President and CEO of REWarden, Inc.
Creator of Cook's Essentials
QVC On Air Expert

Bob Warden has over forty years experience in sales and marketing and is a pioneer in the television shopping business. Most people know him from his 5,000 plus live appearances on QVC the global leader in TV shopping, but his long list of professional accomplishments are even more impressive.

Bob’s creative ability and passion for providing solutions is unmatched. Many of Bob’s ideas have been sketched on the back of his own lucky napkin, which he took from manufacturing to the marketplace. As a Lucky Napkin Expert Bob brings the ultimate combination of expertise and experience along with an insatiable appetite for success. 

Bryan Gray Bryan Gray

CEO of MediaSauce

Bryan Gray is a true big deal junkie, a fanatical entrepreneur with multiple successes he can take credit for but rather than pat himself on the back he keeps driving, creating value and building alliances that have propelled his current business Media Sauce into the running as one of Inc. Magazine’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses and to become the 15th fastest growing media company in the United States.

As the CEO, Brian could probably sit back and direct his way to the next level of success leveraging his momentum as his company pushes its way to the top but that would be against his hardwired entrepreneurial DNA. Instead, Brian is the “chief cook and bottle washer” of the organization along with his CEO title and he has no plans of slowing down.

David Cain David Cain

President of MediaSauce

Don’t let the smile and Midwest charm fool you. David is a consummate big deal professional. He is the guy with the intelligence, experience and guts to make things happen, just as good in front of the crowd as he is maneuvering the strings from behind the curtain.

David is the other half of the dynamic Media Sauce executive team serving as the president and otherwise regarded as the level headed sage of one of Inc Magazine’s fastest growing privately held companies and the 15th fastest growing media company in the US.

Mario Ponce Mario Ponce

Owner of Partners in Hospitality Inc
Author of Waiting on America

Mario Ponce is a renowned hospitality professional and the author of the best selling book Waiting on America, whose lessons have been implemented by some of the greatest corporations around the globe such as Hyatt Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Walt Disney World Resorts to name a few.

Mario is the embodiment of the hospitality industry, a personable and genuinely enthusiastic expert with over 30 years of experience at the helm of restaurants from globally recognized brands such as The Hard Rock Café Planet Hollywood and TGI Fridays, and operator of numerous award winning private restaurants.

Mike Michalowicz Mike Michalowicz

Founder Obsidian Launch,
CNBC The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch - Featured Expert

Mike Michalowicz is a reoccurring guest on CNBC's nationally syndicated entrepreneurial television program, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. He was recognized as Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 by the MCCC, New Jersey's Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA in 2000, and is a 2004 graduate of MIT's "Birthing of Giants" Entrepreneurial Program.

Michalowicz has been highlighted on entrepreneurial topics in Inc. magazine, the New York Times and New Jersey's Daily Record. Additionally, he is has been published internationally in magazines such as "Smart CEO Magazine" of the US, "WA Business News" of Australia, and "Sprout" of the Netherlands. A guest lecturer for entrepreneurial groups at Harvard, Boston College, Penn State, UPenn, TCNJ, Seton Hall and other colleges throughout the US, Michalowicz is a graduated member of YEO (Young Entrepreneur's Organization) and is an active member of GOT (Gathering of Titans, Entrepreneurial Program).

Tom Rietz Tom Rietz

Founder & President, Canterra Homes
Chairman, Pinnacle Bank

Tom’s built over 1500 homes, in 25 different communities and in the face of the worst housing market of the last quarter century nonetheless, Canterra keeps on building and Tom keeps going. In fact the entrepreneur bug has infected Tom so deep he refused to be satisfied just building homes, he was a founding member of an insurance company, started a mortgage brokerage and even started a bank to go along with it. As he does with homes, Tom is a master builder of companies, laying solid foundations from which they can grow and designing sustainable organizational cultures from which they thrive.