8:30 a.m. Pacific standard time
Chasing their dream, moderated by Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award winners join Deborah Norville, who will explore their fascinating personal journeys, perspectives on achieving success and what's next for entrepreneurship.
Deborah Norville is the Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, seen by 4.69 million daily. Throughout her tenure as Anchor, the show has consistently ranked in the top 10 television shows in first-run syndication. Norville is a best-selling and prolific author. Her book Thank You Power was a New York Times best seller. She is also the author of The Power of Respect, Back on Track, two children’s books and Knit with Deborah Norville. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, Norville is behind the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts.
Sheila C. Johnson
Salamander Hotels and Resorts
Sheila C. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties as Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts. In August 2013, the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa opened in Middleburg, Virginia. Ms. Johnson is Vice Chairman and Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is a partner in ProJet Aviation, an aircraft management and charter company. Ms. Johnson also launched the Sheila Johnson Collection for which she designs luxury scarves. Ms. Johnson was a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television, and is a producer of documentary and feature films.
Chairman & CEO
Hamid Moghadam is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Prologis. In 1983, Moghadam co-founded the company's predecessor, AMB Property Corporation, and led the company through its IPO in 1997 and merger with ProLogis in 2011. Moghadam is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the executive committee of its board. In the past, he served as Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the REITPAC. He is also a trustee of Stanford University and served previously as Chairman of Stanford Management Company. Moghadam received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
President and CEO
Varel International Energy Services
Jim Nixon is the President and CEO of Varel International Energy Services, the parent company of Varel International Oil & Gas, Varel International Mining & Industrial and Downhole Products. Nixon’s combination of engineering, technology and entrepreneurial skill, along with his extensive international business experience, helped lead Varel from being a small, low-end producer of drilling consumables into a global leader in drilling and completion technology, now 10 times larger in revenue and 20 times larger in enterprise value compared to 13 years ago. Nixon was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 National Manufacturing and Distribution Award.
Andra M. Rush
Chairman and CEO
Rush Group Family of Companies
Andra M. Rush is the founder and Chairperson of the Rush Group Family of Companies, which includes Rush Trucking Corporation, Dakkota Integrated Systems and Detroit Manufacturing Systems. This consortium of manufacturing and logistics is one of the largest Native American-owned businesses in the US. Rush has received numerous accolades and serves on many national, state and community boards. She is an appointee to the United States Manufacturing Council. In January 2014, Rush attended the State of the Union Address as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. She was highlighted in the president’s speech as an example of business ingenuity.