Conference Speakers

Monday Keynote Speaker

Pat Williams

Pat Williams – SVP, Orlando Magic

Our Monday Keynote Speaker is Pat Williams.  Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He is also one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. He has addressed employees from many of the Fortune 500 companies and the Million Dollar Round Table. He has been a featured speaker at two Billy Graham Crusades and two Peter Lowe Success Seminars. He has also spoken on many university campuses.

After serving for seven years in the United States Army, Pat spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office. He then spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization before moving to the National Basketball Association. Since 1968, he has been affiliated with teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, including the 1983 World Champion 76ers, and now the Orlando Magic which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA play-offs and five of them have made the NBA finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by a national publication.

In his NBA career, he has traded Pete Maravich, traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Penny Hardaway, and won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993 and most recently in 2004. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins and signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Twelve of his former players have become NBA Head Coaches and 17 have become assistant coaches.


Disaster Response and Expectation Guidance

Randy Knop

Randy Knop, Application Engineering Manager for Nixon Power Services

Randy Knop has worked in the power industry for the past 18 years providing expertise to clients in engine-generator system design and installation.  He is a registered professional engineer and enjoys all aspects of providing solutions to various power needs for clients. Outside of working for Nixon Power Services, Randy enjoys activities with his family outdoors and with his local community.  

Presentation Summary:

Preparation for the unexpected may sound intuitive for those of us who are familiar with the advantages of onsite power.  Our products and services aim to ease the burden of events from minor to catastrophic.  While we build and install products, implement services and administer plans that we believe will assist, our customers should value our guidance as power system professionals.  Let us begin this conversation again and explore ways to add value to our customers so that our best efforts continue to turn around their worst circumstance to a more predictable and manageable event. 


Suffolk County Water Authority Case Study

Charlie Habic

Charlie Habic, President/Owner, Gillette Generators

Our presenter, EGSA Member Charlie Habic is the President and Owner of Gillette Generators, located in Elkhart, IN.  Charlie has a long list of accomplishments within EGSA.  He was President of EGSA in 2017.  Prior to that, he served on the Executive Board for four years and served three years as a Director on EGSA's Board of Directors.  He has chaired several committees on behalf of EGSA including Membership, Conference Planning and an ad-Hoc Nominating committee.  He has received both our Leroy Carpenter Award (for outstanding service to EGSA) and the President's Award (for his work on the Executive Board).  He has encouraged dozens of new member companies to join EGSA over the years and is a tireless promoter on behalf of the Association.

Presentation Summary:

Suffolk County Water Authority supplies water to about 1.2 million residents from more than 230 well sites. The water authority launched a system wide upgrade in 2017 which involved 36 highly specified Gillette generators.  This presentation will dive into this topic, with the intent of sharing this success story to the educational benefit of all EGSA conference attendees.


Tuesday Keynote - Disruption:  Excel & Thrive in the New World of Work

Mike Evans

Mike Evans, Managing Partner, QuestMark (Sponsored by Gillette Generators Inc.)

Mike Evans is Managing Partner of QuestMark, and has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders, including: Dr. John Kotter, Dr. Stephen Covey, Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, Hyrum Smith, Steve Farber and Chris McChesney. Mike served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, Franklin Covey, and Tom Peters Company.

In addition to being a best-selling author, Mike is a leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to; Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, Amplify Employee Engagement and Cultivate Peak Performance.

31 of the Fortune 50 are clients. Mike works with organizations around the globe and in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and the US Government. Clients include: Intel, Capital One, Cargill, General Mills, Monsanto, Apple, BNY Mellon, BP Alaska, Masonite, Rite Aid, ACE Hardware, H&R Block, McAfee, Pfizer, The United States Navy, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, US Steel, PharMerica, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, Cargill, American Airlines, DuPont USA, Novartis and NASA.

Presentation Summary:

In the age of the never satisfied customer, multi-faceted global influences and complex economic challenges, there are companies and entrepreneurs at this moment looking to reinvent the way your business is done. How many bookstores were wiped out because of  What happened to Kodak?  Yellow cab?  Blockbuster?  Sears?  Woolworth's?  Nokia?  Rest assured someone somewhere is about to revolutionize your industry, your business, your department and your job.

We are in a brawl with few rules, where the fast, flexible, and agile will eat and spit out the slow, over-thinking, and complacent. Individuals, teams, and organizations that fail to adapt will find themselves vulnerable, uncomfortable, and at the mercy of other people, events, or the competition. In this New World of Work, quickly leveraging ideas, talent, and leadership at all levels will separate top performing organizations from the laggards.

In today's commoditized surplus economy, where customers and employers have more choices than ever, what will it take to ensure your products and services are scintillating and memorable? As an individual, what are you doing to secure your position in the New World of Work? Distinct or extinct – the choice is yours.

Learn how to awaken the whatever it takes attitude, belief, resolve, perseverance, confidence, determination, drive and creativity to achieve what matters most to you, your team and your organization. It's about maintaining a competitive edge amidst chaos. It's about achieving success when the stakes are high and ever-changing. 

Disruption: The New World of Work

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The Road to Excellence:  Key Blind Spots and How to Fix Them

Dave Hiatt

Dave Hiatt, Speaker, Sales-Trainer, Sandler Training

With over 35 years of selling and training experience, David brings a strong sales and training background to the Sandler Training organization. David, with nearly 25 years as part of the Sandler family, is recognized as one of Sandler’s most outstanding trainers. He now travels the globe to deliver powerful programs for Sandler® clients worldwide. In addition, when called upon he helps the local Sandler Training® Centers with coaching advice and wisdom.

Early in his career, David helped grow the Hiatt Agency, Inc., a national insurance brokerage firm, from just under one million dollars in sales, when he became a stockholder, to over $23,000,000 just five years later. With David’s leadership and a terrific staff, the firm was twice recognized by INC. Magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing private companies in America.

A Graduate of the Ohio State University, David dedicates his life to continual education and helping others to grow and prosper.

Presentation Summary: 

“One is often unconsciously surrounded by one’s own personal reality” – Pawan Mishra. The download trajectory of failing companies is often preceded by the blind-spots syndrome:  they don’t know what they don’t know, and are not interested in finding out. 

Dave Hiatt will cover the most common blind spots, the roadblocks that stand in the way of building your company. Then he will accelerate the restoration of your vision on the road to Organizational Excellence. 


How to Bolster Cybersecurity Defenses at Your Organization

Chris Zambuto

Chris Zambuto, Chief Information Officer, CMIT Solutions

Chris Zambuto is the Chief Information Security Officer at CMIT Solutions of Boston | Cambridge, where he leads information security and compliance for CMIT and its 40+ clients. In this role he focuses both on strategic security, compliance initiatives and incident response.  He brings multiple years of corporate information technology, information security, compliance and legal experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry as well as for clients in the insurance industry, commercial real estate and various other verticals.

Prior to joining CMIT, Chris worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals/Takeda Pharmaceuticals for 20 years.  He worked in various roles including research associate in the genotyping department, roles in IT including lead systems engineer in the network and security groups, head of IT compliance, and as an attorney in the legal and compliance departments.  

Chris has a BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a BS in Meteorology and a Minor in Mathematics from Plymouth State University and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.  Chris is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the United States Patent Bar.  Chris is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States CIPP/US certification.  

Presentation Summary: 

All business owners should become savvy on how to explore critical weaknesses within their own environment and resolve them to ensure the best defense against cyberthreats. Using real life examples across key sectors, Chris Zambuto (security expert) will arm you with tools and techniques to protect your customer’s data and your employees from hackers.