Headliners

HERE’S SOMETHING MOORE FOR YOU

Parties can be great, but sometimes, the after party is even better! And since this is the 2024 Gradient Summit, you can expect something “moore”!

Country music star Justin Moore will hit the stage at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 9–10:30 p.m. The CMA Theater perfectly balances the latest technology and accommodations with the Hall of Fame and Museum’s historic country music roots.

Justin Moore’s never been one to follow the pack. A multi-platinum, chart-topping country
star who left Nashville behind for the simple pleasures of small-town life, Moore’s built his
remarkable career playing by his own rules, eschewing trends and spotlight-chasing in favor
of an honest, old-school approach. It makes perfect sense, then, that he’d call his
captivating new album Stray Dog. Mature and nuanced, the collection showcases Moore at
his most self-assured, tapping into the raw energy of his live show as he delivers poignant
stories of desire and commitment, heartbreak and regret, joy and celebration. Sure, there’s
plenty of good time anthems here, but Stray Dog is ultimately a powerful work of reflection
from an artist who’s grown to understand himself on a deeper level than ever before, one
who’s willing to engage in the hard work that comes with building not just a career, but a life
of meaning and purpose.

Born and raised in Poyen, AR, Moore landed his first country #1 with “Small Town USA,” the
breakout single off his 2009 self-titled debut. The record went platinum, as did its 2011
follow-up, Outlaws Like Me, which yielded yet another #1 single. In the decade that followed,
Moore would go on to establish himself as one of modern country music’s most reliable
artists, landing nine more #1’s, taking home the New Artist of the Year trophy at the ACM
Awards, racking up more than a billion streams, and performing everywhere from Jimmy
Kimmel Live to The Today Show.

Visit Moore’s Spotify page to get yourself fired up for Nashville!

When organizations need innovation, change and peak performance, where do they go?
Usually it’s to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists!
Yet for artists, innovation, peak performance and change are their life blood. Being a
mega-successful artist, as well as an innovative entrepreneur, Mike Rayburn is uniquely
qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and teams the
edge they need to innovate and perform like virtuosos…and thus transform their success and
significance.

Mike Rayburn is a TEDx Presenter who teaches innovation, change and peak performance
using world-class guitar and humor to create a transformational experience and generate
exponential results. He has headlined Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, and performed more than
5,000 presentations in 20 countries on five continents. Rayburn is a music/internet pioneering
entrepreneur, feature artist on Sirius/XM and Artist In Residence at High Point University. His
more than 1000 corporate clients include most of the Fortune 100, 500, and the top five,
including multiple presentations for Walmart, Exxon, Wells Fargo, Lincoln Financial,
UnitedHealth, IBM, Siemens, Verizon, Ford, Nationwide, MetLife, PepsiCo, Chevron, Sony,
Allianz, and Liberty Mutual.

Accolades…
Two TED Talks
Internet Pioneering Entrepreneur featured in Newsweek, Billboard and USA Today
Carnegie Hall Headliner (8x)
Las Vegas Headliner
Artist In Residence at High Point University
Feature Artist on Sirius/XM
Speaker Hall of Fame
5,000+ presentations in 22 countries on five continents

Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist at BMO Harris and leader of the Investment Strategy Group, provides strategic investment and portfolio management advice to both institutional and private clients. Brian’s group produces several investment strategy publications regularly, with a particular focus on both the U.S. and Canadian equity markets.

In his more than 32 years in the investment industry, Brian has held various senior strategy and research roles, including positions at Oppenheimer & Company, Merrill Lynch and Piper Jaffray.

Brian is frequently quoted in the financial press, including regular appearances on CNBC and BNN, and is renowned for his accuracy as a strategist.

Brendan Woods has ranked Brian as a Top Gun analyst since 2016. He holds a B.Sc. degree from St. Cloud State University and splits his time between the BMO offices in New York and Toronto.

ALSO HEAR FROM…

Cory has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services/insurance industry.  As a fiduciary for his clients, Cory uses an open and transparent advisory process to develop strategies to help protect their financial future and prepare for future obligations. As a business owner and Investment Advisor Representative, Cory also understands that prospective clients are critical to the ongoing success of his business.

During the Gradient Summit, Cory will detail how he uses many marketing avenues that do not include dinner seminars. He reaches prospects through various marketing channels in his community including radio, television and video. He will also give insight into how he uses cutting-edge technology and innovation like AI to assist in creating content to disperse to the community for all to see and be educated on.

Bill A.’s storied career began in 2006, when he co-founded an insurance agency specializing in annuities, life and health insurance. To meet the demand of current clients, Bill became a Registered Investment Advisor in 2014. Throughout Bill’s career he’s always tried to find ways to work smarter, not harder.

Today, that includes hiring lead generating sub-advisors and training them to follow the same successful path that Bill has developed. During his time on stage at the Gradient Summit, Bill will dive into his proven process that he follows and trains staff on, to ensure his organization remains successful whether Bill is working on the business or in the business. 

Cole’s career in the insurance and financial services industries began in 2007 when he joined his family’s firm to continue the family tradition of service.

As President of the firm, Cole meets regularly with current and prospective clients to review their financial situation and research options to provide them with the most comprehensive retirement plan possible. Cole — alongside his mother who started the wealth management practice — has built a comprehensive business that puts service at the forefront.

Success at this practice means delivering exceptional service to clients, showcasing opportunities for retirement to prospects, ensuring employees feel passionate about their jobs, and being a steward of the community. To deliver on this, Cole and the team must have deep understanding of how the business is performing on an ongoing basis — daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. During the Gradient Summit, Cole will discuss the evolution of the practice and give insight into viewing your business from a different perspective.