Tom McMakin CEO of Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE)

Tom McMakin is CEO of Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE), a leading provider of business development services for consulting and professional services firms.

He specializes in helping professional services firms with business development by building peer communities of likely buyers, and in training those who deliver professional services in how to grow their practices.

In fact, his newest book, How Clients Buy: A Practical Guide to Business Development for Consulting and Professional Services, is now available on Amazon and other fine book sellers and it will teach your audience to  forget everything they know about sales, new skills that will help make connections, develop rapport, create interest, earn trust, and turn prospects into clients.

Previously, he held leadership positions in private equity and served as the chief operating officer of Great Harvest Bread Co, a multi-unit operator of bread stores.

Tom is the author of Bread and Butter, a critically-acclaimed book that describes his work at Great Harvest and how he and his team created a nationally recognized corporate learning community and culture of best practices  using collaborative networks. He has appeared on the pages of Fast Company, Inc Magazine, Newsweek, Business Week and The Wall Street Journal and speaks widely. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. Tom lives and works in Bozeman, Montana.

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is the Authority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.