Speaker Biographies (In Order of Appearance)
Bart Chilton | Financial, Legislative and Regulatory Expert, Author and Former Member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Commissioner Bart Chilton is an internationally-known opinion leader with expertise in financial, political and other matters. He is a regular television and media commentator, opinion editorialist, and highly sought-after speaker known for a unique style and perspectives. He has thirty years of government and political experience (27 years of government service) with the ultra-rare trifecta of working in the US House, Senate and during three presidential administrations, which included key leadership, policy-making and Senior Executive Service management positions. He is known for having strident positions, yet working in bipartisan manner to accomplish balanced comprises.
Steve Freed | VP of Research, ADM Investor Services
Mr. Steve Freed is the VP of Research for ADM Investor Services, overseeing the analysis of all market information and trading strategies for over 900 brokers. Leading a staff of analysts and consultants, he creates daily short and long-term market outlooks, daily market outlook video, monthly grain PowerPoint presentation updates, and an electronic statistical manual identifying changes in world supply and demand conditions. Steve’s market opinion is often quoted in newspapers and business journals around the world, and he is regularly a featured speaker at seminars and workshops. Born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in central Illinois, Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Illinois State University. His career began as a crop and oilseed analyst, creating trade recommendations based on international and domestic crop conditions. Before joining ADMIS in 1992, he was with Continental Grain Company and later held the position of Vice President of Futures Research at Dean Witter Reynolds. While there, he sharpened his ability to create trade recommendations based on crop conditions, seasonal trends and changes in cash inputs. Long recognized as an industry expert, today Steve is one of the most respected and followed grain analysts in the nation.
Dr. Fry, LMC’s Chairman, was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained an MA in Mathematics and a Doctorate in Economics. After teaching Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1980 Dr Fry jointly founded LMC International, and is the company’s Chairman. He continues to devote almost all his time to the company’s research and consultancy activity and he is in overall charge of its work in commodity-based sectors.
LMC’s headquarters are in Oxford, UK. LMC has three US offices, with the regional HQ in New York, as well as offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Frankfurt, with a partner office in São Paulo, Brazil.
Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s forthcoming book, Tough as They Come, will be on sale in bookstores everywhere on October 27, 2015. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”
Travis’s story has been featured on local and national news including Fox News’ Happening Now with Jenna Lee and The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly.
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.
In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans.
Travis also founded the Travis Mills Group, LLC where he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.
Steve Rizzo | The Attitude Adjuster
Did you know…that Steve Rizzo, PhB. was a national headline comedian with opening acts like Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dennis Miller, to name a few? Did you know…that Rizzo appeared on many network and cable TV shows and was voted a “Showtime Comedy All-Star?” Did you know…that he walked away from a flourishing stand-up career?
Why? To pursue his true purpose and passion.
After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve Rizzo didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian. Years of negativity had led him to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.
“Looking back,” says Rizzo, “I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door.”
After high school, Rizzo would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually, he even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune tellers.
Evelyn Browning-Garriss | Historical Climatologist
Evelyn Browning Garriss is an historical climatologist who advises everyone from Texas cattle raisers to Midwestern utilities and international banks and investment firms about what the coming season will bring. She has spent over 35 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. Editor of The Browning Newsletter, Evelyn has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate’s impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism. As the third generation in the business, Evelyn’s son, James Garriss, is helping to lead a new direction in historical climatology, bringing a fresh economic perspective to the company. With an academic background in international business, he is a writer, editor and researcher for Browning Media LLC, helping to present accurate climatological projections for a myriad of U.S. and international agricultural, financial, insurance and energy companies.