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VIBE Conference Keynoters Will Inspire

October 17, 2011 By: Alissa Ponchione


When the VIBE Conference comes to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on March 13-14, 2012, three top-notch speakers will take the stage to inspire and energize the crowd to take themselves and their drinks businesses to the next level. Here’s a look at who will be there and what you can expect. Mark your calendars because you certanly don't want to miss out on this!

Chip EichelbergerChip Eichelberger

For the past 19 years, Chip Eichelberger has been an achiever in the only place that counts - the trenches. As a corporate trainer and motivational speaker, Eichelberger has an incredible track record of getting measurable results for companies and wowing audiences. Ask anyone who has seen him live! Eichelberger has a magical ability to generate enthusiasm, contagious energy and results that will last well beyond his program. Not only is Eichelberger an outstanding corporate trainer, but also he is co-author of “10 Secrets of Marketing Success” and creator of the acclaimed tape series “Gaining the Edge! Inspiring People to Take Action and Make a Difference.” Thousands receive his Get Switched On! E-news with eager anticipation each month.


Peter SheahanPeter Sheahan

Peter Sheahan has spent a decade teaching leaders how to flip their thinking and find opportunity where others cannot. With case studies that span the globe, Sheahan challenges audiences, finding the gaps in conventional thinking, giving them juicy content that changes the way they think, proving that the opportunity for mind-blowing success is everywhere. Having worked with clients including News Corporation, Google, Apple, Hilton Hotels, GlaxoSmithKline, Harley Davidson, Cisco and Goldman Sachs, Sheahan reveals that real innovation is in realigning business structure and implementing game-changing organizational behaviors. He is the author of six books, including “Fl!p: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings” and”Making It Happen: Turning Your Good Ideas into Great Results.”  A native of Australia, Sheahan also is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ChangeLabs, where he applies his passion about creating behavioral change around major social causes; clients include Apple and IBM. He also is a regular presenter on Fox Business, as well as appearing on ABC and the BBC as well.


Niki LeondakisNiki Leondakis

Niki Leondakis, President & Chief Operating Officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, oversees all hotel and restaurant operations, sales and marketing, revenue and distribution, public relations, technology, human resources, sustainability and social responsibility initiatives for the company’s 52 boutique hotels and chef-driven, destination restaurants throughout the United States. Leondakis joined Kimpton in 1993 as Director of Restaurant Operations and advanced through the restaurant division to an eventual role of Senior Vice President of Restaurants.

Actively serving on the steering and senior executive committees, Leondakis has been a key player in the creation and development of Kimpton’s brand, values and culture, and in leading the growth and expansion of the company. In 1998, Leondakis formed Kimpton’s Mentor Program, aiding in the development and advancement of emerging leaders. In 2003, she launched Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Diversity Initiative, which is committed to creating a culture that acknowledges, understands, accepts, values and celebrates differences among people. Leondakis also is responsible for furthering the mission of Kimpton University, an education and training program that inspires personal, as well as professional, development and growth.


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