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A morning of professional & personal development
Thursday, April 29 • 9AM – 12PM

Network with other leaders and professionals in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area.
Networking opportunities from 8-9AM & 12-1PM



April 29, 2021
9AM – 12PM
Networking opportunities from 8-9AM & 12-1PM

Conference Schedule


City First Church Cape Coral

121 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990

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Individual – $25

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Jeremy Deweerdt
Senior Pastor // City First Church

Jeremy DeWeerdt serves as the Senior Pastor of City First Church, a church focused on introducing everyone to Jesus and teaching them to follow Him. Jeremy, along with his wife, Jen, were placed in leadership of the church in April of 2007. Previously, they had been on staff at City First Church for 16 years in the role of Student Ministries Pastor and Founder/Director of the post-high school ministry, Rockford Master’s Commission (now City First Leadership College). Jeremy holds an M.A. in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University and is currently working on his Doctorate in Semiotics, Church, and Culture. Jeremy and Jen have been married since 1995 and have three amazing sons, Caden, Connor, and Paxton.

Ryan Leak
Executive Coach // The Ryan Leak Group

Here’s what you need to know about Ryan Leak: He’s a husband to Amanda and dad to Jaxson and Roman. After that, he’s a speaker, executive coach, podcaster, and author that trains 15,000+ leaders and speaks to over 200,000 people each year. He’s the CEO of the Ryan Leak Group that is a leadership development firm in Dallas, TX. He’s known as an ultimate risk taker from his two documentaries: The Surprise Wedding and Chasing Failure. Ryan proposed to his wife and married her on the same day, having planned their wedding in secret for two years. That documentary went viral in 2013 and the Leaks have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and many other various media outlets. Ryan’s second documentary is called Chasing Failure where he went on a journey to conquer his fear of failure by trying out for an NBA team. Ryan travels the country and teaches people how to remove the limitations that keep them from growing.

Derek Staaland
Wealth Management Consultant

Derek is a wealth management consultant and has worked with Edward Jones branches since 2002. For the last three years, he’s held the title of the #1 wealth management consultant in the firm and holds the record for the highest production ever done in any territory across the U.S. Derek excels in teaching others how to strategically improve their business practices. Derek has been married to Kari for 22 years and they have three children. Together, they oversee the Marriage Ministry at City First Church and Derek co-leads the Legacy Team at City First Church.

Dusty Gardner
Managing Partner // Schooner Bay Realty/Builders

Dusty Gardner has held his license with Schooner Bay Realty, Inc. since 2004 and became the brokerage's Director of Operations in 2010. Dusty along with the firm’s other managing partners has serviced the Southwest Florida region since 1975. Their company is deeply rooted in the local community and through decades of active civic participation and leadership, they have become one of the most recognized and respected brokerages in the region. As a result, they are uniquely capable of offering a superior local expertise to both individual and corporate clientele. Adding greater depth to Schooner Bay’s services Dusty and partners began Schooner Bay Builders in 2018 offering affordable residential homes uniquely designed to maximize the SW Florida lifestyle. Today Schooner Bay Builders offers a wide array of floorplans to accommodate the general consumer as well as delivering volume production to meet the needs of several investment funds they're associated with. Additionally, Dusty and his team actively acquire, broker, and develop unimproved parcels throughout Lee County. In fact, the team is thrilled to have recently transferred the remaining lots within one of Southwest Florida’s premier communities Riverside Avenue Villas. They also recently oversaw the selling of roughly 196 acres of riverfront property to Conservation 2020 for the purposes of preservation and community recreation. Dusty believes that great teams achieve great success and his group lives by the mantra Together Everyone Achieves More (T.E.A.M). In acknowledgment of that principle, these undertakings are made possible by not only the managing partners of Schooner Bay but also by their support staff of employees and the 60 plus licensed agents that call Schooner Bay home! Their staff size allows for management of a large volume with quality service, and rapid response times to their client's needs.
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