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Club Industry 2017 is on The Horizon!

A Focus On This Year's Keynote Speakers

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It's that time of year again; the 2017 Club Industry Show is on the horizon and will take place in Chicago, October 4 - 6 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. We want to take a moment to inform you about this year's keynote speakers. Every year, the educational value of Club Industry cannot be understated, especially the lessons that can be learned from the keynote presentations, and this year is no exception. This year's keynote presentations include:

Michelle PolerMichelle Poler

Michelle Poler
What Are We So Afraid Of?

Wednesday, October 4th
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hilton International Ballroom

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But, when she moved to New York to pursue a Master's Degree in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear, Michelle set out to face 100 fears in 100 days. Halfway into the journey, the project was discovered by the media, becoming an instant viral phenomenon. Michelle completed her 100th challenge on a TEDx's stage. This helped her turn a personal project into a global movement, allowing her to quit her job as an Art Director in advertising to pursue her passion.

Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, schools and organizations, teaching audiences how to step outside of their comfort zones as a way to tap into their full potential. She is also the Founder of Hello Fears, a platform where everyday people get to inspire everyday people with stories of courage.

Michelle Poler's humorous and inspiring speaking style has been captivating audiences across the globe. With authentic storytelling, engaging visuals and her 100 Days Without Fear experience, Poler will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential. This presentation will change your perception of fear and inspire you to take action.

Note: Prior to the Wednesday Keynote Presentation, this year's PFP Winner will be announced. So, be sure to arrive early.

Nick SarilloNick Sarillo

Nick Sarillo
Building a Culture of Trust, One Slice at a Time

Thursday, October 5th
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton International Ballroom

Nick Sarillo does not own a big national brand. Outside of Chicago, few will recognize his name or his company. Yet, he has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Newsweek, Investor's Business Daily, American Express Open Forum and more. He also appeared on NBC Nightly News when they featured Nick's very own "It's a Wonderful Life" story.

Nick Sarillo is the Founder, CEO and "primary keeper" of the Purpose and Operational Values of Nick's Pizza & Pub, one of the top ten busiest independent pizza companies in per-store sales in the United States. Founded with the purpose of providing the community with an unforgettable place where families could relax and have fun, Nick's Pizza & Pub has margins nearly twice that of the average pizza restaurant and boasts more than a 75% employee retention rate in an industry in which the average annual turnover is more than 150%.

Nick credits his company's success to his purpose-driven culture, which is the focus of his book, A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business. Nick has and is doing amazing work with his restaurants, and through his speaking and writing, helps other businesses understand the importance of having and following their purpose and values to create an unstoppable culture.

Using real-life experiences, Sarillo will share how to create a meaningful place to work where leaders are coaches that build and inspire their team.

Note: Prior to the Thursday Keynote Presentation, Club Insider Publisher, Norm Cates, will be awarded with Club Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award. So, be sure to arrive early to see this special presentation.

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Save The Date! The 2017 Club Industry Show will take place in Chicago, October 4 - 6, and we hope to see you there. As a reminder, Club Insider will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the show! If you have not already registered, now is the time to do so. Go to, click Register, and use the Promo Code: INSIDER25 for a 25% discount! See you in the Windy City!


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