Mike Veeck is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur, college professor, marketing, promotions and advertising expert as well as an owner of several successful minor-league baseball clubs and the business consulting firm, Fun Is Good. His name is synonymous with fun and creativity and he continues to blaze new trails each year.
He believes anything is possible and that passion drives performance! This is the premise of his acclaimed books; Fun Is Good and his newest irreverent book; Another Boring, Derivative, Piece of Crap Business Book. Through stories of his successes and failures, Mike demonstrates that every good idea starts with innovative, creative and many times totally outrageous suggestions. Who else would train a pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, hire mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for people at a game? He has been recognized and praised by reputable business critics for exceptional employee engagement by bringing, joy, innovation and inclusion to the workplace.
Darin Lynch is the Founder and CEO of Irish Titan, a digital agency focused on ecommerce, complex websites and digital strategy. Darin offers over 20 years of leadership, sales and marketing, web and technology experience ranging from Fortune 100 financial firms to national retailers to start-up and early stage companies.
Darin has trademarked “Business First. Online Second.”, as it’s one of the key principles that defines Irish Titan’s “Why”. That serves as the foundation for the team of 30 Titans, their hundreds of clients, and the range of services provided by Irish Titan since 2004.
Darin is a regular speaker at national and local events and has been honored as a 40 Under 40 winner by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, one of the Real Power 50 by Minnesota Business, is a member of the Federal Reserve Board Small Business Council, serves on the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship board, and is a mentor for the MN Cup. Darin has also bought Clint Eastwood a beer and is a former presidential candidate. Honestly. But both of those stories are better shared in person.
Irish Titan has been designated a Best Places to Work by both Minnesota Business and the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal every year since 2014, has been designated a Top 25 Web Development and Design Firm by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal since 2014, was a 2014 finalist for the Minnesota Business Ethics, was awarded 2016 digital agency of the year by Minneapolis Happenings.
Marc Kermisch is Chief Information Officer and Vice President – The Garage for the Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. As CIO, Marc is responsible for all aspects of technology from the retail experience through to manufacturing. The Garage, is Red Wing Shoe’s Innovation Center, focused on developing products, manufacturing capabilities, consumer experiences and business models of the future. Marc views his role as an enabler, ensuring that Red Wing Shoes is able to maximize its market position and scale to meet customer demands. He works hard to bring together all aspects of the organization from marketing, manufacturing, finance, product design and retail operations to develop the solutions and innovations our company requires.
Prior to joining Red Wing Shoe Company in 2014, Marc has built his experience over 20 years building technology products and services across Retail, Public Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and High-tech Startups. He has held roles from Support and IT Operations to Application Development and Program Management.