Keynote speakers for the 2019 Crossroads Summit have been announced. Author and youth leader Alton Carter will open the event as the morning keynote speaker. Entrepreneur, author and rapper Jesse Itzler will be featured as the afternoon keynote speaker. The Summit is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
The Young Professionals Network of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the Crossroads Summit, which takes place every other year. The one-day, professional development conference encourages people from all industries around the region to network, learn and build relationships. In addition to the two keynote speakers, the agenda includes multiple breakout sessions with local experts in their field.
A new awards program will debut at this year's event–4 Under 40 will recognize four outstanding young professionals. Planning for the 2019 Crossroads Summit is being led by volunteer co-chairs Daschle Larson, McKinneyOlson Insurance, and Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual. Tickets will go on sale in the spring.
Avera Health is the Lead Partner for the Crossroads Summit. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Kayla Huizing at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alton Carter is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He earned his bachelor's degree at Oklahoma State University and uses his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to "make the world a better place." Carter makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.
Jesse Itzler only eats fruit until noon, loves Run-D.M.C. and enjoys living life "out of the box," actually, he doesn't even have a box. He cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico coconut water, which they sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced and sang both the NBA's Emmy Award-winning I Love This Game music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem Go NY Go. Itzler is also the author of Living With a SEAL (New York Times Bestseller, #1 LA Times, #1 Amazon, #1 iTunes audiobook) and Living With the Monks. When he's not out training for his next 100-mile run or being a dad, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely and the couple and their four children live in Atlanta, Georgia.