Dallas, TX

April 28th - 29th 2017

Courtyard Marriott Allen, 210 E. Stacy Road, Allen TX 75002


We brought together a group of people that have devoted their time and energy into helping entrepreneurs and business leaders connect, share and prosper.

Chas Wilson A born entrepreneur, Chas started his career selling college team logo hats out of his locker in high school.  Since then, he has been an owner or partner in over twenty businesses, including R.E. PhoneBurner, a real estate telephone marketing dialer he still owns today. Chas has also been a successful realtor and team leader at Keller Williams Realty and a Certified Real Estate Coach. Four years ago, he co-founded Dallas-based Master Networks, the fastest growing business networking organization in the country with thousands of members across the U.S. This year, Chas released his new book: Five + One: The Entrepreneurs Formula for Success which details how five business disciplines plus the power of networking are critical skills to master in order to sustain and grow your business.

Chas Wilson

President and Co-Founder of Master Networks, Author and Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Logan Stout is a lifelong entrepreneur, former professional athlete and seventeen-time World Series player and coach. His accomplishments as a successful business leader, coach, motivational speaker and author stem from a desire to break down barriers that stand between people and the things that they want most in life. His most recent business venture is directed in the area of health and wellness. Since its launch in May 2014, IDLife, LLC has grown exponentially with partners such as Troy Aikman, celebrity trainer Jen Widerstrom and billionaire Darwin Deason. They are joined by nationally recognized authors and fitness ambassadors, as well as motivational speaker and leadership mentor, Keith Craft, on a journey to educate people on the importance of health and wellness and to provide the highest quality nutritional products. In 2016, IDLife was named one of the 100 Solid Top MLM Companies in the world. Logan is passionate about helping others build quality leadership skills. In 2013, he published “Stout Advice: The Secrets to Building Yourself, People, and Teams” with intent to empower and inspire readers, while leaving a lasting impact on those striving to reach their God given potential. This book was endorsed by renowned entrepreneurs Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John from ABC’s Shark Tank.


Each ticket includes 200+ participants, 20+ Breakout sessions, 4+ keynote Speakers.


CONNECT 2017 will be held at the the Courtyard Marriott Allen, 210 E Stacy Road Allen TX 75002


Thank you to all our sponsors that made this day possible.

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All talks will be held at the Granville headquarters at Madison 36th, New York City.

More speakers to be announced!







Friday, April 28, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 Registration

7:30 - 8:30 Expo Hall

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome

9:00 - 10:30 Keynote

10:30 - 11:00 Break/Expo Hall

11:00 - 12:15 Keynote

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch/Expo Hall

1:30 - 2:15 Breakout Sessions

2:30 - 3:15 Breakout Sessions

3:15 - 3:45 Break/Expo Hall

3:45 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions

4:45 - 5:30 Keynote

6:30 - 8:00 Awards & Recognition Reception

Saturday, April 29, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 Expo Hall

9:00 - 10:30 Keynote

10:45 - 11:30 Breakout Sessions

11:30 - 1:00 Lunch/ Expo Hall

1:00 - 1:45 Breakout Session

2:00 - 3:00 Keynote

3:00 - 4:00 What's Next?

Tentative Schedule for CONNECT 2017

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The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!” Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council Of Peers Award For Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall Of Fame. In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible. Chad is a best selling author, president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles). Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.

Logan Stout

CEO of IDLife, Speaker and Author

Keynote Speaker

Chad Hymas

Speaker and Author

Keynote Speaker

Johnny Quinn

Olympian, Speaker and Author

Keynote Speaker

Johnny Quinn is a professional speaker and travels the globe to inspire audiences by delivering thought-provoking and action-packed speeches to businesses, schools and organizations. He is a U.S. Olympian in the sport of bobsled and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Johnny is also a former pro football player spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He is one of three people to have played in the NFL and competed in the Winter Olympics. Johnny is the founder of, an online platform that helps student-athletes and their families search for scholarships. Johnny and his wife Amanda reside in McKinney, Texas.

*If you call for reservations, the Corporate Reservations Desk can help you.  Please tell them the room block is under CONNECT*

Michael Haynes

Former NLF Player and Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Michael was a two-time Big Sky Conference Champion in the 100 and 200 meters, and also headed NAU’s 4 x 100 meter relay team. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of these events. Michael compiled an astonishing 27 first place finishes out of 27 events, and was clocked at 10.15 in the 100 meters to qualify for the 1988 US Olympic Trials, won by Carl Lewis. 

Michael was a seventh round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1988. He spent his first six years with the Falcons before signing a free-agent contract with his hometown team the New Orleans Saints. He played three years with the Saints before returning back to  play his Tenth and final year with the Falcons

Michael holds a number of Falcon and Saint records, but the two he is most proud of are, (Falcon club record 98-yard TD) (First TD in the Ga. Dome).

Born in New Orleans, Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1988. 10yrs in National Football League (Falcons, Saints). Married to Cookie Haynes 3 kids (Logan, Maurgan, Evan). Owns and operates Str8upSports (A Sports Management & Marketing Service)


Check In: Be sure to check in to receive your lanyard and welcome bag in the conference area just past the Hotel Front Desk. Registration will be open: Thursday, April 27th from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, April 28th from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Awards: Friday evening will be a special night of recognition, so dress to impress with cocktail/semi-formal attire. 

Food Restrictions: If you have any dietary restrictions due to allergies, etc., please email with the accommodation you need by Tuesday, April 18th.

Social Media: To share your excitement and experiences at CONNECT, please use #mnconnect2017 on your social media postings (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). This year, we will again use an app called: MNI CONNECT. Watch for an email inviting you to download and sign-in to gain access to all the great features!