April 28-29, 2021
Innovate | Impact | Inspire
2021 Keynote Speakers
Founder & CEO of World Class Teams | Founder of Project Athena
When the challenges are steep, and the competition fierce, Robyn Benincasa gives individuals and organizations the tools they need to inspire themselves and one another to their greatest heights and across their most challenging finish lines.
For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth--The jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia, studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in Extreme Teamwork. It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world's most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of world class teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better TOGETHER than we ever would have been alone!
Robyn has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business; her keynotes are powerful, impactful, and packed with practical, real-world takeaways that inspire peak performance and exceptional leadership. As a 20+ year veteran San Diego firefighter, a World Champion Adventure Racer, a 2014 CNN Hero, a Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker, a best-selling author, and founder of The Project Athena Foundation, Robyn Benincasa *definitely* knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy---or as Robyn puts it, "that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together".
Robyn's multi-faceted experience inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to achieve audacious goals that they could never accomplish alone. She is the expert that companies call on to build world class teams, inspire peak performance and create a culture of champions. Robyn has successfully translated the lessons learned from extreme team sports to the corporate world, with compelling keynotes that show how groups of ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things together!
Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of NASCAR
Craig Neeb is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR”). Neeb oversees the company’s information technology, corporate development, the Motor Racing Network (MRN), NASCAR Productions, Racing Electronics and strategic growth initiatives including eSports, OTT and sports betting.
Previously, Neeb served as Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Development Officer of NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a motorsports entertainment company acquired by NASCAR in October 2019.
As Chief Development Officer, Neeb managed ISC’s business development maximizing use of over 13,000 acres of company-owned and operated real estate and content at 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. He sought strategic opportunities and generated creative partnerships that drove revenue and yielded the highest value, positioning ISC for growth within its core motorsports business and beyond.
Neeb helped lead the strategy and oversight for the Company’s largest development project – a $400 million redevelopment of NASCAR’s flagship track Daytona International Speedway, revolutionizing the sport and fan experience. Neeb guided ISC’s opening of ONE DAYTONA, the Daytona Beach area’s newest lifestyle and entertainment destination featuring nearly 300,000 square feet of premium retail, dining and entertainment across from Daytona International Speedway.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Neeb oversaw consumer innovation strategies identifying solutions to strengthen customer engagement. He helped spearhead NASCAR’s youth Esports series on iRacing and directed other strategic opportunities with key media partners. Neeb also oversaw MRN, the nation’s largest independent sports radio network.
His multi-faceted and insightful approach comes from serving as ISC’s Vice President of Multi-Channel Marketing and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for 13 years. As CIO, Neeb successfully developed and implemented strategic initiatives including consumer-centric technology solutions, a centralized contact center and venue content options.
Prior to joining ISC, Neeb was Vice President of Information Technology at AmeriServe Foodservice Distribution, a $9 billion food service distribution business based in Coral Gables, Fla. At AmeriServe, Neeb was responsible for the company’s information systems.