VENUE & DATES

ASCENT WEST

HOTEL VALLEY HO, SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA

APR. 24-26, 2017

HOTEL VALLEY HO, SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA

VENUE & DATES

ASCENT EAST

1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH

NOV. 8-10, 2017

1 Hotel South Beach

PAST PRESENTERS

SARAH QUINLAN

After analyzing and predicting the spending patterns of billions of purchases, Sarah Quinlan -- Group Head of Market Insights for MasterCard -- provides detailed insights on macro and micro economic trends as they relate to consumer spending and retail sales. Based on current and future demographics of the modern consumer, Sarah advises executives across all verticals on how these expenditure trends will have vast impacts on everything from the evolution of brick and mortar retail to how changes in spending behaviors will alter where we live.

MARK MILLS

Mills, a physicist, is a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, a Faculty Fellow in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, and CEO of the Digital Power Group. He writes a tech column for Forbes, co-authored the 2005 book "The Bottomless Well," was earlier a partner in a boutique venture fund, and co-authored a tech investment newsletter. He served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan and early in his career was an experimental physicist and development engineer in the fields of microprocessors, fiber optics, and missile guidance. Mills is widely considered an expert on energy-economic issues and will discuss energy policy and it's impact on the US economy and domestic investment.

ROBERT HERJAVEC

Despite growing up mostly beneath the poverty line, Herjavec used his struggles as an “off the boat” immigrant as motivation to rise above his circumstances, eventually all the way to the top of his unlikely career in cybersecurity. (His Internet security firm, the Herjavec Group, is now one of the largest and most profitable information technology companies in Canada.) Robert is one of the sharks on the TV show called Shark Tank (alongside Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran & Damon John) and he was also recently featured in an episode of Dancing With The Stars.

BOB RICE

Game theory expert Bob Rice began his career in the US Justice Department until he became a partner at Milbank and began working on the early generations of swaps and derivatives. He acted on his futurist acumen and founded a 3D tech start up that became the publicly traded Viewpoint. Bob went back to Wall Street in 2004, when he started Tangent Capital Partners, an investment bank, and he has since become a lead contributor on the Fox Business Network, authored two bestselling books and travels the country speaking on game theory, best negotiation practices and the future of technology.

DAN BERNARD

Dan has been an product innovator and trendsetter since the late 1980's. He gained attention in the early 1990's from the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and National Geographic among others in by launching a green company that offered not only electric/solar sports cars but dozens of items for everyday green living. This led to collaborations with Coca-Cola and Hoechst-Celanese, work for Disney, ESPN, TED Talks, Nissan, Lenzing and many others. He’s co-developed various unique green fibers and products, including a luxury recycled denim made in USA. His work with engineers and developers of all types led to a partnership with D-Shape Mega-Scale 3D Printing, which is now disrupting real estate and construction with its technology to print houses and other large projects on-site with concrete.

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2016 AGENDA

Monday

Time Activity
12:00 - 4:30 pm Registration
3:45 - 4:30 pm Mind Nourishment Discussions
5:15 - 7:00 pm Tribe Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 pm Break / Hors d’Oeuvres
7:30 - 8:30 pm Speed Deal Making Session
8:45 - 9:15 pm Keynote Session
9:15 - 10:45 pm Private Dinner at 1 Hotel
10:45 - 12:00 am Evening Lounge

Wednesday

Time Activity
9:00 am Depart

Tuesday

Time Activity
7:30 - 8:30 am Morning Activities
8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast Buffet
9:30 - 11:00 am The Future of Real Estate
  • Ryan Simonetti | Convene
  • Phil Dumas | Unikey
  • Paul Scialla | Delos
  • Tim Morse | Ten-X
11:15 - 12:15 pm Tribe Discussions II
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch Buffet
12:45 - 1:30 pm The Future of Everything
2:00 - 6:00 pm Afternoon Activities
6:00 - 6:30 pm Closing Keynote
6:50 - 7:35 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions I
7:45 - 8:30 pm Mind Nourishment Discussion Sessions II
8:30 - 10:30 pm Private Dinner in South Beach
  • Live Coverage of the Presidential Election hosted by Honest Buildings
10:30 - 11:45 pm Private Evening Event in South Beach

Wednesday

Time Activity
8:00 - 10:00 am Grab and Go Breakfast
10:00 am Depart

PAST GATHERINGS

Escape Ascent 2015
November 4-6, 2015
1 Hotel
South Beach
Escape Ascent 2014
November 7-9, 2014
Ritz Carlton
Miami, FL
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