Launch Fishers Second Annual Fail Fest 2015



Launch Fishers
LOCATION: Tom Wood Aviation, Fishers, IN
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Failure leads to insight.
Failure leads to understanding.
Failure leads to innovation.

Fail Fest celebrates the role failure plays in moving companies, careers and communities forward.

How many times have you failed? What smart people realize is that without failure there would be no success. Failure leads to insight. Failure leads to understanding. Failure leads to innovation. As Douglas Adams said, “Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

So why is it we’re always so reluctant to talk about it? Fail Fest celebrates the role failure plays in moving companies, careers and communities forward. Fail Fest brings Indiana’s most important business leaders together to share the lessons they’ve learned from the mistakes they’ve made, both personally and professionally, in a day-long conference designed to inspire, inform and ultimately change the way failure is perceived in our society.

Use the promo code “techpoint2015” to save $29 off any ticket price!

Speaker Bios


Allen B. Bourff, Ed.D.
Dr. Allen Bourff is the superintendent of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools, having served in similar capacities at the Knox Community School Corporation and the Richmond Community Schools. An alumnus of Indiana University, he holds a doctorate in curriculum and administration. His career began in the high school English classroom, where he taught students at every grade level. Read More


Jim Brown
After attaining the rank of Sergeant in only four years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Jim has spent his entire professional career in sales and marketing. He has consulted companies like FedEx, 3M, Sears, Claire’s, ADT, HHGregg, Cummins, and Ingersoll Rand on how to increase their revenue on the internet. Read More


Chris Byers
Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack, an Indianapolis-based company offering a lead collection platform. Prior to Formstack, Byers co-founded an international nonprofit that was built via remote relationships among partners in Europe, Africa and the United States. Read More


Katie Culp
Katie Culp is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s State and Local Tax Practice. Katie also serves as president of KSM Location Advisors. Previously, Katie led Cassidy Turley’s (now Cushman & Wakefield) national Location Advisory and Incentives Practice, working with corporate clients to make fully informed location decisions and maximize state and local incentives packages. Read More


Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. He’s a USA TODAY columnist and the author of ten books, six of which were featured in a nationwide launch at Barnes & Nobles stores in January of 2015. He is the host of the popular radio show The Pete the Planner Show on 93 WIBC FM and is a columnist for the Indy Star. Read More


Jim Hallett
Jim Hallett is chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KAR Auction Services, Inc. As chief executive officer and director, Hallett leads the strategic planning for the entire organization, which includes leading KAR Auction Services’ executive management team. Read More


Santiago Jaramillo
Santiago Jaramillo is the CEO and Founder of mobile app engagement platform Bluebridge, where he oversees the vision, strategy, and roadmap of the company’s product and brand. Santiago has grown Bluebridge from humble beginnings in a college dorm room to the industry’s premier mobile engagement platform for churches, tourism bureaus, employers, and other organizations. Read More


Bob Logan
Bob Logan is a wireless industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience in this industry marketing paging services, cellular phones and now computer technology services to those most at risk. Throughout his career he has worked in C.S. direct sales, sales management, and branch management for multiple wireless companies in the Indiana and Ohio marketplace. Read More


Jay Love
Jay B. Love is the CEO/Co-Founder of Bloomerang. He has served this sector for 32 years and is considered the most well known senior statesman whose advice is sought constantly. His teams have implemented more than 20,000 nonprofit CRM systems. He is a graduate of Butler University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Read More


Susan Marshall
Susan is the CEO and Founder of Torchlite. Torchlite is evolving the way businesses go to market by seamlessly connecting digital marketing experts to business owners through our applications to drive sales and new customers. Read More


Scott McCorkle
Scott McCorkle serves as CEO, Marketing Cloud, Salesforce. His passion for the Marketing Cloud’s products and technology, combined with his dedication to customer success have been instrumental in building the world’s most powerful 1:1 digital marketing platform.Read More


John McDonald
John McDonald is the CEO of CloudOne, Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing IT company in Indiana two years in a row and winner of the 2015 IBM Beacon Award, the highest honor given to a business partner.  Read More


Danielle McDowell
Danielle McDowell is the Executive Director of The Speak Easy, a member based non-profit organization in South Broad Ripple that brings established businesses and entrepreneurs together for the good of everyone in Indianapolis. Read More


Thaddeus Rex
Few presenters have been compared to both Dale Carnegie and David Bowie. Fewer still have the honor of being called “part Monty Python, part Dr. Seuss” by the Washington Post. Thaddeus Rex learned early, it all starts with charisma. How do you make that fantastic first impression, stay memorable, and continue following through with authentic value? Read More


Anderson Schoenrock
CEO & Chief Entrepreneur at Memory Ventures – Anderson is a serial entrepreneur and accomplished businessman having founded his first business at the age of fifteen. Anderson is currently the co-founder and CEO of Memory Ventures; a portfolio of six, direct-to-consumer, e-commerce businesses. Read More


Jason Tennenhouse
Jason is a design strategist and serial entrepreneur who has built strategies, created brands, patented products internationally. He has also founded toy companies, restaurants, non-profits, innovation spaces, music festivals, and think tanks where he hired hundreds of employees and raised tens of millions in seed capital. Read More


Jenny Vance
Jenny Vance is an entrepreneur and one of the leading revenue and go-to-market experts in tech. She founded LeadJen, a lead generation company, which she grew to nearly 75 employees serving hundreds of companies across the United State and she also is co-founder and a board member of Salesvue, a CRM software solution. Read More


Dante Ventresca
Artist Dante Ventresca maintains a social practice (Theater of Inclusion founded in 2000) drawing on the creative process to strengthen communication and collaboration in working groups. His work encompasses diverse forms of engagement including workshops, retreats, residencies, community projects, and presentations. Read More


Scott Wise
Scott Wise is the President & CEO of a Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. With 14 restaurants in Indiana, 3 more being built in Florida, Champaign, Illinois and on the Butler Campus, the Brewhouse team has been busy. Read More


Brad Wisler
Brad Wisler has been an entrepreneur since childhood. He has founded and led many businesses in his lifetime. Brad first found significant success in 1998, when he co-founded WorldView Multimedia, the nation’s first new media firm serving clients in politics and government. Read More


Dave Wortman
Dave Wortman is an experienced executive and entrepreneur. He serves as a director, advisor and CEO for emerging technology and life science companies, providing assistance in strategic planning, management development, fundraising and operations. Public companies, private companies, individual entrepreneurs and venture capital firms have benefited from his guidance. Read More