Speakers

Tim Flanagan, MA. is the owner and lead consultant at Custom Leadership Solutions. In this role, he designs and delivers programs on leadership, teamwork, conflict management, problem solving, emotional intelligence, communication, organizational culture, and change.

Tim is the co-author of four books: Leading Forward, 2014, Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader, 2012, 2007, Building Conflict Competent Teams, 2008, and Developing Your Conflict Competence, 2010. He is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences and meetings. Tim’s recent speaking engagements include the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the Disney Leadership Conference, and the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. 

Tim is a Visiting Program Director and instructor with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Western Management Development Center in Denver, Colorado. He manages projects for the National Security Agency, designs and delivers custom programs for a number of agencies, instructs in open enrollment courses, and provides executive coaching for agency leaders. Tim also works with a variety of private sector clients focusing on leadership development, conflict management, and change. Tim is a visiting instructor for programs in Management and Executive Education at the Crummer Business School, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. In addition, he is a senior fellow at the Center for Conflict Dynamics.

Tim earned his MA at the Ohio State University in education, specializing in adult learning, and his BA in psychology, history and education at Muskingum College. Tim’s experience includes: managing and delivering the executive leadership development programs at the 30,000 employee Harris Corporation, Melbourne, FL; directing the training and development organization for AAA Auto Club South, Tampa, FL; and senior level consulting roles with Development Dimensions International, Pittsburgh, PA, and Paradigm Learning, Tampa, FL. In his consulting roles, Tim has provided services to scores of Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked extensively in the public sector with experience at the federal, state and local government levels, the military and with various non-profit organizations and agencies.

 

Robert K Prescott, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP has spent twenty years in industry and eighteen years in teaching and consulting roles. He is currently a Corporate Engagement Consultant for the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama. Most recently, he was Associate Professor of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In this role, Dr. Bob was responsible for teaching graduate level courses in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Human Resources (MHR), and Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (EDBA) programs. In addition, he was responsible for the Domestic Consulting Projects (DCP) program for the school. Formerly, he was Director of Management & Executive Education at Rollins College, the Director of the Management Development Institute and Adjunct Faculty at Eckerd College - an affiliate of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) - in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Director of Executive Education and Corporate Services and Instructor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. In his extensive business background, Bob was Director of Human Resources for BellSouth Communications, Inc. (BCI) in Birmingham, Alabama and responsible for all facets of people management practices. 

His personal consulting efforts, teaching expertise and research focuses on leadership development, high performance teams, organization development, organization behavior, training & development and teambuilding. He has taught in formal classroom and/or executive education settings at The University of Alabama, Cornell University-ILR, Eckerd College, The University of Minnesota, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Porto - EGP, Portugal, The University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, The University of Alberta, Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and Rollins College in face-to-face and blended formats. On numerous occasions he has been a conference speaker for various organizations and associations.

Dr. Prescott has personally worked with such companies as AAA, ARAMARK, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive Systems, Estee Lauder, Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin EIS, The National Basketball Association (NBA), Olive Garden Restaurants, Pitney Bowes, Scholastic Book Fairs, The Social Security Administration, The UA Economic Development Academy, T Mobile, UNICEF, Walt Disney World and the U.S. Army. His extensive international work has been with organizations such as Corporacion Elite, Ecuador, Groupo Industrial de Monclova, Mexico, Mavesa, Minerven, Mota-Engil, Portugal, PDVSA, and the Bermuda Employers Council.

Bob is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of The Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS) and past Chairperson of The Board of Advisors for the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama. He is a general member of HRPS and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prescott is a graduate of the Human Resource Executive Program at Penn State University and a life-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and current certified SHRM-SCP. He is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish. He was a finalist for the coveted Don Quixote Hispanic Champion Award in 2009. Bob co-authored the books The Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the 6 Key Trends Shaping the Future (Davies-Black, 1998), HR Transformation: Demonstrating Leadership in the Face of Future Trends (Davies-Black/SHRM, 2009), and the Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management (Wiley, 2012).

 

Recognized in 2016 by Fast Casual in their annual Top 100 report as a Top 25 Executive, Bobby Shaw has held senior leadership roles with several restaurant companies, including Wahlburgers where he led the largest franchise organization developing the brand in the upper Mid-west and internationally in the United Kingdom. Prior to Wahlburgers, Bobby led Salad and Go, a disruptive innovation that is changing the way America thinks of and consumes traditional drive-thru fast food as Chief Executive Officer, as well as leading Freebirds World Burrito for 3 years, where he oversaw a complete transformation of the brand voice, re-engineered the menu, implemented a new service model, and created a new restaurant design. Prior to Freebirds, Bobby held the position of Executive Regional Director for Chipotle Mexican Grill where he helped the company achieve rapid growth through developing a strong people culture and operating great restaurants. 

Bobby got his start in the restaurant business at McDonald's where he spent 17 years, starting his career in the kitchen and working his way up to a successful multi-unit leader, before joining Chipotle as an Area Manager in 2002, where he held various roles in the organization.

In 2008 Bobby was promoted to Executive Regional Director for Chipotle in the South Region where he opened restaurants in 7 new markets across 11 states from 2008-2012, and was one of the chief architects of the strong people culture to support the high growth Chipotle experienced during that time. Bobby grew the South Region to over 200 restaurants during his tenure and his tenacious focus on developing people gave him the opportunity to guide numerous individuals into senior leadership roles throughout the organization by building a culture of recognizing top talent and promoting from within to create opportunities that otherwise wouldn't have existed.

With over three decades in the hospitality industry, Bobby's approach to strategy and implementation coupled with his passion for leadership development and promoting from within, has helped him develop many high caliber leaders throughout the fast casual and QSR restaurant segments that enjoy successful careers today.

In 2017 Bobby joined Iron Sharpens Iron, a Mastermind Group led by Aaron Walker, where he walks alongside 10 other men to provide peer coaching, support, and professional coaching to each other, across many different disciplines.

An avid writer, Bobby writes about leadership development extensively on LinkedIn, various industry publications, and on his blog at bobbyshawconsulting.com.

His first book, "Cutting Onions:Leadership Lessons Learned Over 3 Decades in the Restaurant Industry" releases in 2019 from Morgan James Publishing.

Bobby and his wife Evan have been married for 25 years and have five wonderful children. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Bobby and his family now reside in the Austin, TX area.

 

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