Four-time Olympian, Renowned Speaker, Best-selling author
As a four-time Olympian, peak-performance expert Ruben Gonzalez knows how to achieve success again and again. A master storyteller, Ruben uses his Olympic experiences to inspire you to think differently, live life with passion and have the courage to take the necessary steps toward your goals—to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to produce better results.
A seemingly "ordinary guy," Ruben Gonzalez wasn't a gifted athlete. He didn't take up the sport of luge until he was 21. Against all odds, four years later he was competing in the Winter Olympic and at the age of 47, he became the first Winter Olympian to compete in four Olympics, each in a different decade (1988, 1992, 2002, 2010).
Ruben is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they will follow a few simple steps. He's authored several best-selling books including "Becoming Unstoppable" and "The Courage to Succeed."
As one of America's most popular speakers, Ruben has presented alongside legends Zig Ziglar, Denis Waitley, and Tom Hopkins. From Dubai to Dublin, from Coca Cola to the Make a Wish Foundation, he has inspired and motivated audiences around the world. He has appeared nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC and the FOX Business Channel and has been featured in Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, CNN Business, the New York Times as well as publications around the world.
Richard (Dick) Anderson is a clinical professor at DePaul University in the Center for Strategy, Execution and Valuation, Strategic Risk Management Lab. A retired partner of PwC, Dick has a diverse background in the financial and professional services industries. During his tenure with PwC, he was a Managing Partner in the Internal Audit Services practice, specializing in consulting with major financial services organizations on internal auditing practices, risk management and audit committee activities. Prior to joining PwC, Dick headed two internal audit functions including serving as global head of internal audit and credit review for a major US bank. At DePaul University, Dick is writing and lecturing on risk management and internal audit topics. A frequent author and speaker, his articles have appeared in the Internal Auditor, Financial Executive, The Journal of Business Strategy, Internal Auditing, Director’s Monthly and The Journal of Accountancy. He recently co-authored “Embracing ERM: Practical Approaches to Getting Started” released by COSO and he co-authored “Imperatives for Change: The IIA’s Global Internal Audit Survey in Action” published by the IIA.
Jim Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of AuditNet® the largest free Internet portal for the audit, financial and compliance community. The AuditNet® Web site www.auditnet.org links auditors with more than 1,300 audit related resources and more than 2,000 audit work programs and is used by auditors at Fortune 500 companies, public and private companies, government agencies and organizations, in 221 countries on 6 continents searching for audit-related information. Jim's recognition includes the 2007 recipient of the IIA's Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award and the 2005 Association of Local Government Auditors Lifetime Membership Award. He is an accomplished speaker as well as writer. As a contributing editor for The Internal Auditor, the professional journal of the IIA, Jim's column covered how auditors used computers and software. He has also written for the Internet Bulletin for CPA's, Internal Auditing Alert and is the author of The Auditor's Guide to Internet Resources 2nd Edition, (IIA). Jim has a MS in Accounting from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Ian Rhind is the president of ARC Logics, a Wolters Kluwer business, where he is responsible for the overall growth and the strategic direction of the company's Audit, Risk and Compliance solutions. With over 25 years experience in the software and information industries, Ian brings customer focus and a passion for progress to shaping Wolters Kluwer's success in the GRC space. ARC Logics has more than 1,800 customers and 350,000 users in over 100 countries. The company's customers span all industries, including: life sciences, healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, energy and government.
Mike Gowell, General Manager and Vice President of CCH TeamMate, launched TeamMate in 1994 while at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mike has 23 years of experience in audit, audit methodology and audit technology. Under Mike's leadership, TeamMate has evolved into the industry's leading audit management system. Available in 11 languages, CCH TeamMate is used by more than 85,000 auditors in 96 countries. Mike has personally implemented TeamMate at over 300 corporations and is recognized as a leading audit technology expert.
John is the Vice President of Development for the TeamMate product with technical and management responsibilities in all aspects of the development process. He and his team of business analysts, software architects, developers, and quality assurance are responsible for the creation of user specifications, technical architecture design, software development, quality control and market deployment.
John has led the development team for the product since its inception in 1993 and is responsible for its overall vision and product design. John has more than 25 years of software development experience with focus and expertise in audit and financial management tools with PricewaterhouseCoopers and CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.