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Opening Session Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 30 | 9:30 am

Sam Glenn

For a little more than 23 years now, Sam Glenn has been traveling the country - full time - captivating audiences from every industry with his inspirational talks that focus on recharging attitudes for success. An award winning inspirational speaker, Sam is a gifted performance artist and author of 18 incredible books on personal and professional development.

Sam Glenn has been honored by being named Speaker of the Year on severa l occasions by meeting and event organizations and won two national awards for his training videos. Hundreds of organizations use Sam’s videos – weekly - to kick off their staff meetings and cultivate positivity in the workplace. Sam and his wife and two girls currently reside in Carmel, Indiana, but are originally from Minnesota. Sam also has a popular online newsletter – Attitude is Everything, which he randomly gives away his artwork and paintings every month to one of his subscribers. Read more about Sam.

 

Juliene Hefter

Juliene Hefter is the founder of Safety First Aquatics, LLC and is Deputy Director for the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association. She is the first person to hold this new position with one of the premiere Park and Recreation Associations in the nation. Currently, she is responsible for membership development and recruitment, coordinating educational development, development of marketing initiatives including the design and maintenance of the Association website, negotiating and implementing contracts and
agreements, and generating revenue and corporate sponsorships.

Juliene Hefter received her Bachelor of Science in Recreational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marian College. She has a long and illustrious career in aquatics and park and recreation administration, and has been the Manager of Recreation Services for the City of West Bend, Park and Recreation Director for the City of Horicon, Supervisor of Recreation & Aquatics Director for the Fond du Lac School District, and the Park and Recreation Director for the Village of Germantown. She has served in a number of leadership positions with both state and national organizations, including being the Chairperson for the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2005 National Aquatic Conference, Member and Chairperson of the Aquatic Facility Operators Board of Directors, 2006 Chairperson of the National Aquatic Management School, 2007 President of the National Aquatic Council, Chairperson of the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association’s Recreation Section, Chairperson of the Southeast Park and Recreation Council, and Vice-Chairperson of the Washington County Park and Open Space Technical Advisory Committee.

 

Ryan Hegreness

Ryan Hegreness has conducted more than 60 education sessions across the country on the topics of marketing, technology and social media. Ryan currently serves as Operations Manager for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries in Westminster, Colorado and is a Co-Manager of the Brand+Aid Marketing and Social Media Conference. Previously, Ryan was the Marketing and Enterprise Development Manager in Arlington, Texas, an Assistant Director in Essex Junction, Vermont and the founder of a website development company. Ryan has a master’s degree from Clemson University in parks, recreation and tourism management.

 

 

Chris Nunes, CPRE

Chris Nunes, CPRE, is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees the management of 100 full-time and 350 part-time staff divided into eight divisions (Park Operations, Planning, Recreation, Aquatics, Development, Town Center, Environmental Services and Resident Care Center), a $19.5 million operational and a $6 million capital improvement budget. He is accountable for the maintenance of 140 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 210 miles of pathways, 200 miles of streetscapes, 1400+ cul de sacs and 500 acres of lakes and ponds.

Prior to The Woodlands, he was the Director of Community Services for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado; an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Recreation Management Program at Ashland University and Director of Parks and Recreation in Fort Kent, Maine. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico. In 2011, he became one of the first 50 Certified Park and Recreation Executives (CPRE) and in 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. In 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA, and in 2016 he was elected President of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.