Tuesday, February 21 l 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Todd Buchholz 

2023 ACE Summit Economy Keynote 

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM 

Economist Todd Buchholz, will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing today's healthcare organizations and offer clarity on the current global and financial markets which will help the decision-makers in the industry.

With the 2022 midterms in the rearview and the U.S. heading toward the 2024 elections, Todd Buchholz will put the world in perspective, highlighting areas of progress and what needs attention. He will discuss the forces that influence the economy and what it means for the healthcare industry by

  • Pinpointing the signs of stock market rallies and the warning signs of slumps 
  • Identifying the political pressures on trade, debt, and interest rates globally
  • Finding hope in world politics 
  • Providing a quick world tour to highlight "hot spots” that are on the cusp of economic and political change 
  • Sharing how presidents and prime ministers – from Washington to Beijing to New Delhi– make crucial decisions 
  • Breaking down how globalization has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty while sparking protests about Brexit, big banks, and NATO 

As a former White House director of economic policy; a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund; and a Harvard economics teacher; Buchholz will apply this experience to the forefront of economics, fiscal politics, finance, and business strategy. 

An experienced media personality, Buchholz is an inventor as well as a critically acclaimed and best-selling author. 

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Michael Lombardi 
American Football Executive

2023 ACE Summit Executive Leadership Keynote

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM    

Everyone can see what is essential and obvious. Still, those that can find the crucial non-obvious factors that determine victory will stay far ahead of their competition—being able to see what others do not produce results.

Michael Lombardi, a thirty-year veteran of professional football, will share how healthcare organizations can apply this same philosophy to leadership development on all levels.

Lombardi’s body of knowledge was gained through firsthand experience as he has held every position in professional football - from scout to executive to coach. He embodies the leadership style described in his book, Gridiron Genius, and his lessons are as applicable in the healthcare industry as they are on the football field.

Michael is a television commentator; hosts the top-ten sports podcast, GM Street; and has written extensively for numerous print and digital media platforms, including NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, and VSIN.

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Shawn L. Daniel

Colonel, USA, Ret.
President, Darby’s
Warrior Support

2023 ACE Summit Inspirational Keynote

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

According to the Special Operations Association of America, here’s the life that Special Operations Soldiers sign up for: operators can expect to spend nine months or more of each calendar year deployed or away from home training, sustaining this pace for 12 - 20+ years, often racking-up eight - 20 deployments. Since 2001, a special operations soldier with a 15-year-old child has only been home for about five years of their child’s life.

Those seeking post-service care often report more than 10 orthopedic surgeries, 2,000 - 3,000 airborne jumps, toxic exposures, and career blast wave exposures several orders of magnitude higher than conventional counterparts. These hazards have a lasting and cumulative impact on body and brain, and they influence how special operators understand and access care.

These stressors differ in such a degree to other Service members that medical professionals identified a unique syndrome, currently termed, Operator Syndrome. This refers to the sum total of unique medical, psychological, and social healthcare needs that include traumatic brain injury, endocrine (hormonal) dysfunctions, sleep apnea, sleep disturbance, chronic pain and headaches, marital and sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairments, vestibular problems, and existential challenges, as well as substance abuse, psychiatric disorders. And, unfortunately, a higher risk of suicide.

All done, to provide us the freedom we enjoy today.

Stepping up to help his fellow Special Forces veterans involved in combat since 9/11 is Colonel (ret.) Shawn Daniel. Shawn created Darby Warriors Support (DWS) to provide physically and emotionally injured post 9/11 Special Operations Combat veterans with all-inclusive Arkansas hunting and fishing opportunities in an environment that comforts, encourages and fosters rehabilitation, recovery and transition.

Named after William Orlando Darby who organized the First Ranger Battalion during World War II and who started his military career at West Point, graduating in 1933 as a second lieutenant. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Darby served gallantly leading many Ranger unit’s in battle throughout World War II until April of 1945 when a German shell exploded near Darby’s location and minutes later, Darby passed away. After his heroic death, Darby was promoted to brigadier general on May 15, 1945. Learn More

Listen as Shawn discusses how Special Operations Soldiers live by a creed – committed to professional excellence, their teammates and the mission; though they be the lone survivor.

Shawn will share incredible stories of the evolution of DWS over the course of a 20-year war and some of their inspirational participants as the organization lives up to a phrase borrowed from the Ranger Creed - “Never shall I fail my comrades.” To understand what makes these Special Operations Heroes unique is to understand the uniqueness and importance of DWS mission.

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