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Seanlai Allan Weitzman
Pamela Toussaint Jeffrey Weiner
Candice Pinares-Baes David Buchsbaum Mark Holloway Nicole Roedel
Patrick Miller Jennifer Gunter Connie Chiara Craig Freedman




Expert, Author, Coach and Award Winning CEO

Topic: HR Leaders are from Saturn, Millennials are from Pluto

A dynamic global connection expert, author, coach and award winning CEO, Seanlai has over 20 years entrepreneurial experience. Her mission to solve the mystery: Why You Do What You Do helped her build a national construction firm from concept to a spot on the INC 500. She was one of few people selected by Forbes Magazine to be featured as a business leader and her commitment to building connections, growing people, and increasing profits has led her to uncover the instinctual operational connection trait that you were born with. Your Proclivity directly influences and impacts the way you process the world and how you receive information and intent from other people.!!!

Seanlai decoded the science of connection and is the developer of the revolutionary work Proclivities: The Science of Connection. The strategies you will learn tonight is leading the charge for you to have more influence and impact. What Seanlai will share with you tonight is giving Human Resource Professionals new, exciting, and most importantly reliable ways to connect with the people in your professional and personal life.

Get ready to be amazed, entertained and excited by what you are about to hear! At the end of Seanlai’s presentation, you will view the world and yourself in a whole new light. She will have you talking to and connecting with your fellow Human Resource Peers in a way you never thought possible.

Seanlai lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Her motto is If you live your life based on what other people will think or say, you tend to make really boring decisions. Her new book The Mysterious Power will be available early 2017. She is a member of National Speakers Association and served on the board of the South Florida Chapter.

You can visit her website at  Click here for her full bio.

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Allan H. Weitzman, Esq.

Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP

TOPIC: The Trump Age - Labor and Employment Law Predictions

Allan H. Weitzman is the head of the Labor and Employment Law Department in the Boca Raton office of Proskauer Rose LLP, and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law with over thirty-five almost 44 years’ experience.

Allan has been named three times by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law - Management, Fort Lauderdale (2017), Employment Law - Management, Fort Lauderdale (2016) and Employment Law - Management, Miami (2013).  Allan has earned a first tier Chambers ranking for his outstanding employment law work every year since 2007, naming him “first-class” and a “notable practitioner” who is an “excellent advocate with strong ethics and an unrivalled understanding of business.” He was also described as “amazingly bright” and held out as “bringing the best of both worlds: legal acumen and superb business judgments.” “He gets to the point in the most efficient and effective manner – he has the highest professional standards.” Beginning in 2009, Allan has been named by Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon as one of the nation’s top 100 corporate employment attorneys, culminating in his 2017 induction into the Hall of Fame 
for Corporate Employment Attorneys. 

He is also a fellow in the prestigious College of Labor Employment Law Attorneys.  Allan and his partner, Paul Salvatore, submitted the amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Society of Human Resources Management in the Faragher case.  The employer’s "affirmative defense” that was adopted by the Supreme Court in Faragher was based on an argument made by Allan and Paul.

Allan is graduate of the Cornell Law School where he was an Editor of the Cornell Law Review, graduating with distinction and was a member of "The Order of the Coif.”


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Pamela Toussaint 

CEO Ultimate Image Coach, HR & Business Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, Author, Personal Branding

TOPIC: Seal the Deal - HR in the Age of Disruption



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Jeffrey Weiner, SPHR/GPHR 

Vice President of Human Resources, Venture Tech Solutions

TOPIC: Aligning Talent Management with Organizational Strategy

Previously Mr. Weiner held Senior HR Management positions with JGWPT (Peachtree/JG Wentworth), Intelligroup, JBHunt Transport and Flarion Technologies. He has chaired the HR Track for the NJ Technology Council and was Certification Chair for the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County from 207 through 2012. He has also recently chaired and moderated the HRPBC "Best in HR Awards" in 2015.

Mr. Weiner has taught Human Resource and SHRM Certification courses at Northwood, Barry College,
Berkeley College, Mercer Community College and at the RH Smith School of Business (University of
Maryland). He has been published in various publications and received his PHR from the Society of
Human Resource Management in 1996, his SPHR in 2007 and his GPHR in 2009. In 2015 he received
the SHRM- SCP.

Mr. Weiner has a bachelor's degree from Florida International University in Hospitality Management
and a Masters from Nova Southeastern University in Human Resource Management.

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Candice Pinares-Baes


TOPIC: Devil's Triangle: ADA, FMLA and Worker's Comp

Candice C. Pinares-Baez is Of Counsel in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office. She handles all types of employment-related matters including defending employment-related lawsuits and administrative complaints encompassing a variety of issues, discrimination claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other federal and state employment laws, and related tort actions.

Candice's practice includes preventive counseling, training, audits, policy reviews, drafting of contracts, defense of claims in the administrative setting, and litigation in all courts. Successfully litigating matters before state and federal courts, she also advises clients on preventive measures aimed at reducing employment-related claims.

She is also a member of the firm's Education Practice Group, actively representing private educational institutions in employee, student, and board issues, working with many of the accrediting agencies and school associations

Candice is fluent in Spanish. She was listed in Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2009. She was also honored as one of the “40 Under 40” Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida for 2016.

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David Buchsbaum 


TOPIC:  How to Analyze Wage and Hour Practice

David Buchsbaum is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. His practice involves representation of management in all areas of labor and employment law. David’s representation extends to employers throughout the United States in both state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and various other state and federal agencies. A significant portion of his practice focuses on wage and hour law, emphasizing issues relating to minimum wage, overtime, timekeeping, and wage-payment requirements.

David assists employers in preventive efforts designed to ensure compliance, and he handles both investigations conducted by government agencies and litigation in the wage and hour area. He spends a significant amount of time counseling clients regarding day to day employment issues and assisting them to find practical solutions to their legal problems in a proactive manner. This includes preparing employee handbooks and policies, conducting manager and employee training, and providing counsel regarding all aspects of the employment process.

David is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized as a South Florida “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide. He has also been listed in Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars since 2009 and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. 

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Mark Holloway, J.D.

Senior Vice President, Co-Director of Compliance, Lockton Companies

TOPIC: Legal & Regulatory - Health Reform & Trump Administration

Mark Holloway has more than 25 years of experience in health and welfare employee benefits. He provides technical advice related to health and welfare benefit
plans to Lockton Benefit Group professionals and their clients throughout the country. His expertise is in a variety of compliance-related issues, including health
reform, HIPAA, COBRA, Section 125, discrimination testing, FMLA, state insurance laws, and legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal levels.

Prior to joining Lockton, Mark was a senior vice president in Aon Consulting’s Health & Benefits division and served as a senior vice president in Aon’s Research &
Technical Services division.

Mark is a well-known and frequent speaker on many employee benefit topics. He was a keynote speaker at the Health and Welfare Plan Management Conference for
Mid-Sized Employers.

Click here to read his full bio.

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Nicole Roedel

Executive Director, First Choice Background Screening

TOPIC: Background Screening Compliance - Mitigate your risks



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Patrick Miller 

President, Invictus

TOPIC: Training and Development - Staffing a Cyber Security Workforce

Patrick oversees all consulting, business development and marketing strategies for Invictus. Patrick utilizes unique approaches to budget creation, personnel recruitment initiatives, and emerging market creation. Patrick served six years with the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Company, and is a Combat Veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. After being honorably discharged from the U.S Military, Patrick provided mobile security as a contractor with the Diplomatic State Security, Coalition Provision Authority and the Department of Defense in Iraq and Israel. Patrick is currently serving as the Vice Chairman for ASIS Palm Beach 254 Chapter and a Board Member for the Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

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Jennifer Gunter

Secretary, HR Florida State Council, Inc.

TOPIC: Transforming your employee experience into a Culture of Engagement

Jennifer Gunter, M.S., SHRM-CP, PHR is a dynamic HR Practitioner with over 10 years of experience specializing in corporate recruiting, employee benefits and retirement administration. Jennifer is currently a Total Rewards Consultant with the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in Boca Raton, FL.  Prior to starting with NCCI in 2005, Jennifer was a member of the Human Resources Division of the Broward County Clerk of Courts. She holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors of Public Administration Degree from Florida International University. She is an active member of the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC) and served as the chapter president in 2013.  Jennifer was appointed to serve as the Southeast Area District Director for the HR Florida State Council in 2014/2015 and served as the 2016 HR Florida Leadership Conference Chair.  

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Connie Chiara

President, Corporate Benefit Partners

TOPIC: Group Health Insurance - Negotiate your Best Possible Price

Connie Chiara is President and CEO of Corporate Benefit Partners an employee benefits brokerage & consulting firm. CBP offers an extensive service platform with specific expertise in helping clients to create greater value from their employee benefit programs.

An insurance industry executive with over 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience Connie has held leadership positions with some of the country’s largest insurance brokerage & consulting firms. In pursuit of her passion to provide excellence in customer service Ms. Chiara founded Corporate Benefit Partners in 2015.

Throughout her career Connie has served on many professional and non-profit boards including: President , Gold Coast Association of Health Underwriters – Secretary, Florida State Association of Health Underwriters – President, South Florida Compensation & Benefits Association - Executive Board Member, CBIZ Women’s Advantage - Board President, Dress for Success Palm Beaches.

In recognition of her professional accomplishments and service to her community Connie was selected by The South Florida Business Journal in 2010 as one of South Florida’s “Most Influential Business Women”.


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Craig Freedman

Registered Fiduciary Managing Director, The Retirement Readiness Institute

TOPIC: Getting it Right - Know your Fiduciary Responsibilities

Craig Freedman is the founder of The Retirement Readiness Institute, an advocate for plan sponsors and employees alike. The Retirement Readiness Institute provides Trustees with the highest level of moral, ethical and prudent decision-making processes. The Role of the Fiduciary is Active, Not Passive. While the Trump presidential win raises the probability of the new “Fiduciary Rule” being modified, hard working Americans have come to learn that their employer is responsible for operating their retirement plan in their best interests and can be held accountable if they don’t. No plan is to small to be sued. 

Before devoting his career to helping employers as a professional fiduciary, Craig built a successful retail investment advisory practice spanning 25 years. Craig was first hired in November 1986 by Kidder Peabody & Co. Craig completed his training in NYC the day the market crashed in 1987. While at Kidder Peabody, before retirement planning became an industry buzz word, Craig worked with a group conducting retirement and preretirement programs. In 1993 he left the group, going on his own to provide programs for some of the country's largest employers like AT&T, Bellsouth and GE Autec.

In 2000 Craig was inspired by Tom Dorsey, owner of Dorsey Wright & Assoc., to become a craftsman in point and figure (PnF) technical analysis. Spending the better part of the next three years honing his PnF skills he witnessed how it provided the tools to significantly minimize losses during the collapse of the 2000 tech bubble. Since then he has embraced this risk management process to manage his client's accounts.

Craig has written many articles educating plan sponsors on the most recent fiduciary rule. His white paper "Unscrambling Fiduciary Confusion" has become an educational guide for both employers and investment professionals.
Craig's greatest accomplishment, being a parent to his 20-year-old daughter. His biggest challenge, encouraging her to adopt healthier spending and savings behavior and recognize the importance of starting to “buy her retirement” now. Using the same approach and technology to educating plan participants to promote healthy financial behavior, she now uses to control her spending and contributes 20% to her 401(k) while working part-time and going to school.

In his free time, Craig likes spending time with, family and friends, his English Yellow Labrador Retriever and playing golf when time permits.


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