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The Business Breakfast

The Business Breakfast Series brings together business and academic leaders providing a platform for national, state, and local speakers to present on cutting-edge topics relevant to our community, as well as topics to enhance your business operations. These informative presentations give you and your colleagues a chance to network with leaders around the River Region. AUM has hosted the Business Breakfast for more than 30 years. AUM hosts breakfasts in both Montgomery and in Prattville, and each year holds one joint breakfast, featuring a particularly well-known speaker.

The 2017/18 Series will kick-off in October and run through March.  CLICK HERE to sign-up to receive updates on the series or email for information on sponsorship opportunities.

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January 23

Phil Bush, Director, MavRen Marketing and Sales

The Industrial Internet of Things: The Opportunity is Vast and Omnipresent

Tuesday, January 23 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club

With 30 years of experience in Sales, Sales Management, Alliances and Channel Marketing, Bush has been very successful handling a wide variety of assignments in the area of Sales, Sales Management, Business Development, Channels, and Strategic Alliances. Phil has spent the last 13+ years focused on the combination of Account Execution Planning™ and Sales Performance for Cisco, IBM and Oracle. The focus is to drive revenue for different parts of the organizations. Bush continues to focus on the big picture of Sales and Sales Performance as a way to improve revenue attainment.

By attending this session, you will gain understanding:

  • That the Internet as a Business Vehicle is in its Infancy
  • The Internet of Things as it is Defined by the General Public
  • The Internet of INDUSTRIAL Things as the real place the Internet is going as Business Vehicle/Tool


February 27

Peggy Brockman, Author, Inspirational Speaker and Business Coach

Growing from Stuck to W.O.W (Watch Out World)

Tuesday, Febuary 27 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.

The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville

Have you ever felt stuck in life or business? Everyone does – whether you want to admit or not!  Peggy Brockman, inspirational and Business Coach will help you and your employees learn tips on how to go from ordinary to extraordinary, how and why you need to break through your comfort zone and challenge yourself  and employees to be better.  She will give tips on importance of improving your attitude, eliminating old beliefs and making choices that propel you forward in business and life.  After attending this breakfast, you and your employees will be empowered to create and concentrate on your purpose, vision, and goals.

OutReach at Auburn Montgomery is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


February Workshop with Peggy Brockman

Tuesday, Febuary 27 | 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville

Topic:  "Oh No They Didn't!"

Get ready to laugh and learn! How many times have you or someone around you made the bold statement "Oh No They Didn't!!"? Wonder why on earth some people behave the way they do…say things they do? And are they really behaving "badly" or are you just looking through your lens of what may be a VERY different personality behavioral style? When you can truly understand people, you can truly create great success in life & business! People are unique. Our keynote speaker, Peggy Brockman, is an expert in behavioral and interaction styles. Not only is she an engaging author, corporate trainer, and inspirational speaker, she also owns a distributorship of The Assessment & Development Group, International. In fact, Peggy will make arrangements for EACH ATTENDEE to take the assessment and receive a personal review of the results (a $200 value). Her company, Brockman Enterprises, Inc., develops programs and a system for companies to improve employee engagement and better manage their employees by understanding each at a glance. The system helps them hire the perfect person the first time saving 10's of thousands of dollars in employee replacement costs. They also provide leadership training and business coaching as a member of The John Maxwell Team. So, if you ever DREAM of better communication with family members, organization or business co-workers, you are going to LOVE this interactive program!


  • Understanding different personality/behavioral styles to improve both internal (employee to employee) and external customer relations.
  • A system for objective hiring and managing of employees.
  • Key clues to recognizing the different styles.
  • Two communication truths and how we listen based on our individual style.
  • How to FINALLY understand yourself, your spouse/partner, kids, team members & customers.

OutReach at Auburn Montgomery is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 2 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


March 20

William Espey, Branding Visionary, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Consumer Engagement: The Power of Creating a Transcendent Experience

Tuesday, March 20 | 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club

William Espey serves as lead of Branding and Marketing for Chipotle, a breakout success restaurant that went from a small set of restaurants in Denver to a publicly traded international brand with more than 2,000 restaurants worldwide. He started with Chipotle over 15 years ago as the sole branding visionary when it had fewer than 20 locations. William Espey, a leading expert with real life experience will share with the audience on how to create a lasting connection with customers; companies need to create an over-all brand experience that engages the audience in a way that, for at least a moment, is transcendent. Like getting lost in a good film or a book’s plotline, a complete brand experience can have the same effect—captivating customers and leaving them craving more. William explores what he calls Transcendental Motivation and how it can create consumer engagement that goes beyond a single transaction. William Espey also led the branding and marketing efforts of the survival and recovery of the food safety crisis that Chipotle experienced in 2015.  


March Workshop with William Espey

Tuesday, March 20 | 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club

Topic:  Maintaining Brand Integrity Through Crises

Is your team ready? Something negative happens to your product, company, or employee - are you ready to handle it? William Espey, Branding and Marketing Visionary for Chipotle will ask you this very question….. Whether you are in the burrito business or something else - can you survive a public image crisis? In 2015, he was confronted with a food safety crisis and the brand suffered. He was in full crisis mode! Espey will go in depth on how "Every action, whether you know it or not, speaks to your company or organization's core values." He will share one of his missteps with one decision and how he quickly had to recover. Is your organization ready to respond to a situation that could become a crisis? Join William Espey for a more in-depth conversation with as he walks you through steps of your plan now, recovery, and survival. If any part of your job is taking care of customers, public relations, marketing, leading and managing staff for your company or organization - you don't want to miss hearing from one of the most admired branding and marketing guru.


Business Breakfast Details 

7:30am Buffet Opens
7:45am Welcome and Introductions
7:50am Speaker Begins
8:45am Conclusion

Who Attends
Business owners, legislators, political officials, corporate presidents and CEOs, military leaders, academic faculty

Past Speakers

Our speakers are well known on local, state, and national levels.  Some of our past speakers include:

  • David Wasserman – Election Analyst
  • Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, Apparel Designer & Charismatic Entrepreneur
  • Martin L. King III– American human rights advocate and community activist; eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Liz Huntley – Child Advocate and Litigation Attorney
  • Andy Andrews– Author
  • Mark Eaton– Former NBA All-Star
  • Bill Rancic– Winner of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy– Inspirational Subject of “The Blind Side” and Best-selling Author of Making it Happen
  • Mr. Patrick Kennedy– former member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Become a Sponsor
Sponsor the Business Breakfast Series and raise your exposure within the River Region business community, network with leaders in the community, and provide professional development to your staff and clients

River Region Sponsor:

Table for eight (8) at all breakfasts
Three (2) breakfasts in Montgomery, three (2) in Prattville, and one (1) joint breakfast
Company name listed in each breakfast program
Company recognized during each breakfast\

Community Sponsor:

A table for eight (8) at either the Montgomery or Prattville breakfast
Three (2) breakfasts and one (1) joint breakfast
Company name listed in each breakfast program
Company recognized during each breakfast
Table Sponsor:

A table for eight (8) at the breakfast of your choice
Company name listed in the program of the breakfast you sponsor
Company recognized during the breakfast you sponsor


Montgomery Sponsors

Prattville Sponsors