World's Top 30 Customer Experience Professionals for 2022

Guru #1

Ron Kaufman

For over three decades Ron Kaufman has helped companies on every continent build a culture of uplifting service that delivers outstanding business results year after year. Making transformation his mission, Ron is one of the world’s most sought-after educators, consultants, business thought-leaders and one of the best customer service motivational keynote speakers on the topic of achieving superior service.

Any business can say the customer is king, and many spend a lot of time and money on incremental service improvement. But Ron understands the only reliable way for a company to achieve and maintain a competitive edge is to build a culture that empowers every employee to surprise and delight customers and colleagues every day with truly uplifting service.

Ron is the Founder and Chairman of Uplifting Service, one of the world’s best customer service culture building programs, currently translated into 15 languages for use by clients in every major industry. Ron works with a successful clientele of government agencies and multinational corporations including Singapore Airlines, HP, Nokia Networks, Marina Bay Sands, and Changi Airport. He delivers powerful business insights and global best practices enabling organizations to gain a sustainable advantage through service.

Ron’s methodology includes a set of proven service principles, leadership rules, culture-building blocks and implementation roadmaps that apply effectively across all industries and cultures. This methodology is easily customized to suit the unique needs of each organization, including all departments and team members from leadership to frontline.

Ron is a columnist at Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Uplifting Service and 14 other books on service, business and inspiration. Ron has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. Ron’s proprietary architecture for building an uplifting service culture is now available in one comprehensive volume, Uplifting Service.

Finally, leaders at all levels have a blueprint for making uplifting service a part of everything they are and everything they do.

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Guru #2

John Tschohl

John Tschohl is the guru when it comes to customer service, service strategy, empowerment, service recovery and helping organizations create a service culture. John speaks all over the world. He has  developed a 3 -4 year service culture plan for organizations serious about creating a service culture from his suite of 29 customer service programs of which 12 are available online. Available in 7 languages. John Tschohl is the author of eight best-selling books, which are also available in in a variety of languages. Relentless, is his new book, Achieving Excellence Through Customer Service now in its 13th version. Empowerment: A Way of Life. Loyal for Life (Service Recovery), Ca$hing In, The Customer is Boss; e:Service,  and Moving Up.

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Guru #3

Claire Boscq-Scott

International Award Winning Customer Experience Expert, The BizShui Creator, Keynote Speaker & Consultant

Awarded No 3 Top Global Customer Service Guru with three decades of expertise, Claire, is an authority in the Customer Experience Industry.

Author of 4 books; with a No 1 Amazon Best Seller and her new release, BizShui, 9 Keys to Feng Shui your Business for success, is a totally new, more holistic approach to Employee and Customer Experience. She is an international media influencer and her work has been published in Brazil, Philippines, India, US &Europe.

Claire has spoken in over 20 countries, sharing virtual stages with CX celebrities like Ron Kaufman and Shep Hyken.  Winner of the Institute of Director award, she is also a former Director on the board of BAG & MSPA.

She brings a more holistic and comprehensive approach to organisations and individuals with her BizShui™ Method; creating better flow in businesses by integrating a blend of the traditional Feng Shui principles with modern business & personal needs, reducing physical and emotional stresses to increase productivity, loyalty and profitability.

When she isn’t in a Zoom room, you will find her walking on the coasts of her beautiful island of Jersey!

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Guru #4

Luke Williams

Luke Williams is coauthor of Why Loyalty Matters (2009), a national best-seller, and The Wallet Allocation Rule (2015). Luke is a passionate, progressive and curious researcher, finding joy in the pursuit and unraveling of complex strategy and research problems. His motivation is intimately tied to making a difference for companies, enabling them to understand their customers better, create better strategy, and make decisions witth a direct linkage to financial improvement.

Luke is currently a vice president at Ipsos Loyalty, where he leads the day-to-day activity of large-scale research engagements for the firm. He specializes in research methods and design, analytics planning, and activating strategy beyond mere research results.

Mr. Williams has co-authored four book chapters in scholarly books and co-written a Harvard Business School case study. Luke also has also authored numerous articles that have appeared in publications such as: The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Database Marketing & Customer Strategy Management, Quirks Marketing Research Review, Marketing Management, Training & Development, and The Wise Marketer.

He was a core member of the research team that discovered and developed the Wallet Allocation Rule. The Wallet Allocation Rule has won the NextGen Disruptive Innovation Award and was introduced in the Harvard Business Review. He was also a finalist for Best Practitioner at the annual 2014 Frontiers in Service conference.

Luke received a master’s degree in Social Research Methods from the University of Durham (UK) and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University (USA).

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Guru #5

Joseph A. Michelli

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Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D., C.S.P., C.C.X.P is an internationally sought-after speaker, author, and organizational consultant who transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives.

Dr. Michelli is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson BookScan, and New York Times #1 bestselling author.  In 2020, McGraw-Hill published his 10th book titled Stronger Through Adversity: World-Class Leaders Share Pandemic-Tested Lessons on Thriving During the Toughest Challenges, which features leadership insights Dr. Michelli garnered from his clients and more than 140 global CEO’s, Presidents, and C-Suite executives at companies like Microsoft, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Target, and H&R Block.

During 2020, Dr. Michelli was certified as a virtual presenter by espeakers and has served on many COVID-19 senior leadership taskforces.  He has offered keynote presentations and consulted for leaders and entrepreneurs across Africa, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Michelli continues as a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is an opinion columnist for CEO World.

In addition to published articles for both Forbes and CEO World, in 2020 Dr. Michelli wrote hundreds of thought leadership articles and appeared as a guest on countless podcasts and traditional media interviews.  Throughout 2020, Dr. Michelli leveraged his background as a psychologist to help strengthen resilience and effective, pandemic-tested, customer experience leadership.

Joseph’s past customer service books include The Airbnb Way: 5 Leadership Lessons for Igniting Growth through Loyalty, Community, and Belonging, Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way, Leading The Starbucks Way: 5 Principles for Connecting with Your Customer, Your Products, and Your People, The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire Engage and WOW, Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System, The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary, The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace which was co-authored with the owner of the “World-Famous” Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.

Joseph holds the Certified Customer Experience Professional designation from the Customer Experience Professional Association and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA). He is a member of the Authors Guild, an editorial board member for the Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience Journal (PXJ) and is on the founders’ council of CustomerExperienceOne. He sits on the board of M-ize, an award-winning warranty and service management company with operations in the United States and India.

His other achievements include winning the Asian Brand Excellence Award and being named as one of the Top 2 thought leaders in Customer Service by Global Gurus. He received his master’s and doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Having journeyed with a close family member through a six-year battle with breast cancer, Dr. Michelli is committed to social causes associated with curing cancer and abating world hunger.

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Guru #6

Chip R. Bell

Chip R. Bell is a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, writing over 650 articles for many business journals, magazines, and blogs.  In 1989, with his co-author Ron Zemke, he invented what is now practiced universally as customer journey mapping. In 2005, he created the now patented practice of customer forensics. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, ABC, NPR Radio and his work has been featured in Fortune, Businessweek, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, Success, CEO Magazine, and Entrepreneur. He has authored nine national and international best-selling books including: The 9 ½ Principles of innovative Service; Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It; Managing Knock Your Socks off Service; Customers as Partners; Magnetic Service; Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers,  Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service and Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles which won a 2017 Best Book Award and a silver medal at the North American Book Awards. His newest book Inside Your Customer’s Imagination will be released in 2020.  Many of his books have won major awards and been endorsed by the CEO’s or presidents of such service greats as Zappos, Four Seasons Hotels, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Wolfgang Puck, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Kimpton Hotels and Southwest Airlines. Leadership Excellence Magazine listed him among the top 30 thought leaders in North America. ICMI ranked him in the top 10 top bloggers on customer care. HR.com awarded him a Leadership 500 Excellence Award in 2016 for his innovative customer service training programs.  One program won a 2018 Stevie Award for “Most creative classroom training program.”

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Guru #7

Marilyn Suttle

Marilyn Suttle, CVP works with companies that want to stand out as a provider of choice, and with teams that want to work well together. She’s a leading authority on customer service and employee wellbeing – a killer combination that keeps teams resilient and customer-focused. After working with Marilyn, her clients have won industry awards, raised customer satisfaction levels, and improved employee engagement.  She’s the CEO of Suttle Enterprises, LLC a personal and professional growth training company based in Metro-Detroit.

Company leaders have made her presentations available to thousands of employees, improving the way they communicate with difficult people, while raising their quality of life and passion to excel in their professions.

Marilyn presents virtual and onsite keynotes, training, and coaching with professionals at Fortune 500 companies, universities, medical, and mid-sized companies. She also works directly with entrepreneurs.

Marilyn’s three bestselling books include, “Who’s Your Gladys? How to Turn Even the Most Difficult Customers into Your Biggest Fans”, “Taming Gladys! The Busy Leader’s Guide to Fierce Customer Loyalty”– co-authored with Lori Jo Vest, and most recently she authored the activity book “Color Their World: The Art of Creating Strong Customer Loyalty.” Marilyn was handpicked from over 150 of North America’s top speakers to be featured in the online course The Customer Service Roadmap.

Regularly featured on TV news, radio, and press, Marilyn Suttle helps teams make “Suttle” Shifts for breakthrough success with customers. Marilyn is a triple-certified virtual presenter with 20 years of experience speaking to multi-cultural audiences.

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Guru #8

Jeanne Bliss

Jeanne Bliss pioneered the role of the Chief Customer Officer and is an architect of the customer experience movement. Since 1983, she’s been a five-time Chief Customer Officer, holding the first ever CCO role for over 25 years at Lands’ End, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker and Allstate Corporations. Reporting to each company’s CEO, she moved the customer to the strategic agenda, creating transformational changes to each brands’ customer experience. She has driven achievement of 95 percent loyalty rates, improving customer experiences across 50,000-person organizations. As CEO of CustomerBliss, Jeanne has coached over 15,000 global executives on how to earn admirable growth by improving lives, delivered over 1,500 keynotes, written four international best-selling books on Customer Experience, and cofounded the Customer Experience Professional’s Association. Her CCO books and podcasts are often the first resources executives in customer leadership roles acquire, and they look to Jeanne to guide them and their C-Suite to success in their business transformations.

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Guru #9

Shep Hyken

Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE is the Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations. As a speaker and author, Shep works with companies and organizations who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. His articles have been read in hundreds of publications, and he is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling business author of “Moments of Magic,” “The Loyal Customer,” “The Cult of the Customer” and “The Amazement Revolution.” He is also the creator of The Customer Focus program, which helps clients develop a customer service culture and loyalty mindset. Shep Hyken’s most requested programs focus on customer service, customer loyalty, internal service, customer relations and the customer experience. He is known for his high-energy presentations, which combine important information with entertainment (humor and magic) to create exciting programs for his audiences.

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Guru #10

Lior Arussy

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Lior Arussy spent the first part of his career in various executive positions at world-leading firms, such as Hewlett-Packard. It was at this stage that he recognized that the old, traditional methods of change management were flawed, and simple didn’t work for most companies. Lior took it upon himself to create a different methodology – one which recognizes that the key to truly driving a company’s change for success, is in putting its most important resource at the center of its transformational efforts: its employees. The idea being that, in order for customers to choose your product and get the most out of it, you not only have to have an exceptional product, but a great, dedicated, happy team that stands behind that product’s success.

Today, Arussy is one of the leading global authorities in the fields of Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, and Strategy Execution. He is a Corporate Culture expert, a ‘success accelerator’, and a proven, passionate change agent. Called “a triple threat of transformation” by William Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, Arussy has helped many of the world’s top brands achieve unprecedented goals in customer satisfaction, growth, and profitability. Among these are Mercedes-Benz, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, FedEx, SAP, and the University of Pennsylvania, to name a few.

Lior’s methodology enabled Mercedes-Benz to reach the much-coveted #1 position in customer satisfaction. Another client, a European logistics corporation, leaped from 3% annual organic growth to 44% annual organic growth in just two years!

In 2003, Arussy founded the Strativity Group, a strategy firm specializing in customer experience consulting, employee engagement programs, journey mapping, and business growth. In addition, Lior has written seven books on business strategy, customer experience optimization, and achieving the ultimate success. He has also written over 300 articles for publications around the world, including the Harvard Business Review, and Chief Executive media, for which he is a regular contributing author.A recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Arussy’s accomplishments, insights, and publications have been cited and recognized by leading media, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Times of London, Smart CEO Magazine, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and MSNBC.

Mr. Arussy currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and five children. He completed his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University, and received his MBA from Weatherhead School of Management

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Guru #11

Steve DiGioia

With 20+ years in the hospitality industry and a lifetime of customer service experience, Steve DiGioia uses storytelling to share real-world tips and tactics to improve your customer service, increase employee morale and provide the experience your customers’ desire.

A certified trainer, coach, author, speaker, and known as “the ops guy” during his tenure at Hilton Hotels, Steve has redefined the operational and service standards for multiple food and beverage departments for some of the best names in the industry. Using a hands-on approach, he has developed numerous training programs and personally mentored countless employees who have successfully moved on to senior management and leadership positions. He is also a featured contributor to the leading hospitality and customer service websites.

Steve continues his pursuit of excellence on his award-winning blog sharing his best strategies on customer service, management, and leadership. Follow Steve on Twitter @Steve DiGioia.

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Guru #12

Teresa Allen

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Teresa Allen a recognized customer service expert for over 20 years, is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a customer service training and consulting firm focused on bringing profitable common sense customer service strategies to business organizations. Teresa Allen is author of two customer service books: Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines, and is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty. A thought leader in the world of customer service, Teresa is often asked to share her expertise as a customer service keynote speaker for business and association events across the U.S. and abroad. Her Get Common Sense Blog and timely customer service updates in social media are followed by thousands of customer service professionals worldwide. Teresa is a 2015 recipient of the Customer Service Training Practice of the Year Award from the International Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service.

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Guru #13

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Jeff’s first customer service interaction ended in a service failure. Vowing to learn from that experience, he became obsessed with customer service.

Today, he is an author, consultant, and trainer who helps organizations develop customer-focused cultures.

He’s written four books including The Service Culture Handbook. More than 10,000 customer service professionals around the world subscribe to Jeff’s Customer Service Tip of the Week email. More than one million people on six continents have taken one of his video-based training courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Jeff has been recognized as a top influencer by many organizations:

  • Top 30 customer service professional in the world (Global Gurus)
  • Top customer experience influencer (Unymira and Panviva)
  • Top contact center influencer (ICMI and ProcedureFlow)

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Guru #14

Stacy Sherman

Stacy is HUMANIZING BUSINESS & differentiating brands beyond price every day. She doesn’t just talk about it. She is leading Customer Experience, Employee Engagement & Culture Transformation at a Global Corporation. And, when not at work, she’s writing for Forbes, speaking & mentoring people about DoingCXRight®, a journey-based customer framework that maximizes satisfaction through a practical approach. It entails both HEART & SCIENCE — combining proven methodologies to create brand affinity, loyalty & competitive edge that delivers results.

Learn about Stacy’s CX mission to help people like you ➡️www.DoingCXRight.com

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Guru #15

Donna Cutting

Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She leads a team of customer service experts that train organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers; and delighted customers into raving fans.

Rolling out the red carpet for others is as natural to Donna Cutting as breathing. Her fondest memories from childhood include the occasions when her mother and Memére, her French grandmother who was the mother of fourteen children, would roll out the red carpet for family members “returning home” to Fall River, Massachusetts. This tradition made a lasting impression on Donna and resonates with her to this day.

A stage actress and dynamic keynote speakerDonna’s mission is to inspire you to experience the “thrill of the red carpet,” where your customers matter, your work matters and you matter. Her passion for rolling out the red carpet and creating exceptional customer experiences moved her to found Red Carpet Learning Systems, Inc., through which she and her team help organizational leaders turn prospects into customers and customers into raving fans!

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Guru #16

Jason Bradshaw

At 14 years old, Jason Bradshaw started his own telecommunications and hardware distribution business. It was there he began a lifelong passion for customer experience – even if he didn’t exactly know what it was called at the time. It didn’t matter, because this first foray into entrepreneurship gave him a taste of how to offer customers an experience, not just a product.

Since that humble start, Jason has transformed the way people interact with organisations across a litany of sectors. He is currently Chief Customer Officer at Volkswagen Group Australia.

With a deep empathy for customer needs and expectations, Jason has worked with some enduring and essential organisations – such as Telstra, Fairfax Media Limited, Target Australia and the New South Wales Government. No matter the sector, Jason has led customer and employee experiences that have defined organisations. 

The idea that underscores Jason’s work today – and at age 14 – is this: organisations have the potential to vastly improve individual lives.

Whether building on an employee’s skills, or offering customers a seamless interaction, the ability to care for your customer matters to more people than just your customer. 

In addition to his customer experience work, Jason is extremely pleased to have acted as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and as Board Director of Australia’s largest LGBTI health promotion and services organisation, ACON Health Limited.

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Guru #17

Don Peppers

Don Peppers is a best-selling author, blogger, widely-acclaimed keynote speaker and global CX authority.

A marketing futurist and accomplished trend spotter, Peppers has educated and motivated audiences worldwide with presentations and workshops focused on how businesses can compete in a dynamic, technologically fast-moving world. His latest book Customer Experience: What, How and Why Now (2016), provides insights and “how to” recommendations for building and maintaining a truly customer-centric business.

Peppers has written nine books with business partner Martha Rogers, collectively selling well over a million copies in 18 languages. Most recently Extreme Trust: Turning Proactive Honesty and Flawless Execution into Long-Term Profits (Penguin, 2016) uses real-world examples to show how rising customer expectations in a more transparent age have permanently altered the competitive landscape. And Managing Customer Experience and Relationships (Wiley, 2017) is the third edition of their graduate-level textbook, originally published in 2003.

Peppers’ and Rogers’ first book, The One To One Future (Doubleday, 1993), put forward a paradigm-shifting idea about the business implications of interactivity that soon evolved into the global CRM movement. BusinessWeek said their book was the “bible of the new marketing,” while Tom Peters chose it as “book of the year” and Inc. Magazine’s editor-in-chief called it “one of the two or three most important business books ever written.”

On the strength of the revolutionary ideas cited in The One to One Future, the Peppers & Rogers Group soon grew into one of the world’s leading customer-centric management consulting firms, helping clients in a variety of industries and geographies make money by using data and interactivity to deliver more reliable and relevant customer experiences.

Now, Don and Martha have once again joined forces to form CX Speakers, designed to deliver keynote presentations, workshops, and thought-leadership consulting focused exclusively on the customer experience and its related topics, which range from digital technologies, disruption, and innovation to customer metrics, social selling, customer success, customer advocacy, trust, and corporate culture. View Speaking Topics

Prior to founding Peppers & Rogers Group and then CX Speakers, Don served as the CEO of Chiat/Day’s direct marketing unit and was a celebrated ad agency “rainmaker” – exploits he celebrates in his entertaining book Life’s a Pitch: Then You Buy (Doubleday, 1995).

Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in astronautical engineering (seriously!), Don claims he was the only actual rocket scientist in the advertising industry. He also has a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.  An avid runner and father of five, he is happily married to Hollywood’s Julia Roberts.*

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Guru #18

John Dijulius

John DiJulius is redefining customer service in corporate America today. He didn’t read the books on customer service, he wrote them: Secret Service, Hidden Systems That Deliver Unforgettable Customer ServiceWhat’s The Secret? To Being a World Class Customer Service OrganizationThe Customer Service Revolution,  The Best Customer Service Quotes Ever Said, and The Relationship Economy One of the most captivating and charismatic speakers today, John’s keynotes and workshops are used by world-class service companies to provide unforgettable customer service every day. In his high-energy presentations, he uses powerful visuals as he discusses the 10 commandments of customer service and explains how to improve the service aptitude of employees at all levels.

As the authority on world-class customer experience, organizations across America use his philosophies and systems for creating world-class service. He has worked with companies such as the The Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Panera Bread, Nestle, Marriott Hotel, PWC, National City Bank, Cheesecake Factory, Progressive Insurance, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Chick-fil-a, and many more, to help them continue to raise the bar and set the standard in service that consistently exceeds customer expectations.

John is not just telling others how to do it. His strongest attributes may not only be that he has the experience of working with extremely large companies, but knows how to translate those processes to fit small business models as well. Not only is John the Owner, President and Chief Revolution Officer of The DiJulius Group, he is also the Founder, President and Owner of John Robert’s Spa; Named one of the Top 20 Salons in America with multiple locations (and over 150 employees), which he uses as living laboratories to test his findings and theories.

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Guru #19

Jay Baer

Jay Baer, CSP has spent 24 years in digital marketing and customer experience, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 34 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides digital marketing advice and online customer service advice and counsel to some of the world’s most important brands.

His new book, Hug Your Haters, is the world’s first modern customer service manual, showing how companies large and small can benefit from the enormous increase in online complaints and customer feedback.

His second book, Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype, was #3 on the New York Times business best seller list, and a runaway #1 Amazon best seller.

Jay speaks approximately 60 times per year world-wide, often with lessons about how businesspeople can use today’s shifts in technology and consumer expectation to gain or keep more customers.

Jay’s Convince & Convert blog was named the world’s #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute, and is visited by more than 250,000 marketers each month. Jay also hosts and produces the Social Pros podcast, which is downloaded 65,000 times monthly and was named 2015’s best marketing podcast by the Content Marketing Awards.

A fixture in social media, Jay is the most retweeted person in the world among digital marketers, and the second most retweeted person in the world among B2B marketers. He is also an active venture capitalist, and is an investor or advisor to 25 early stage technology and social media companies.

Convince & Convert is the fifth multi-million dollar company Jay has started from scratch. Before his move into digital marketing in 1994 he was a brand marketer and a political consultant, with major roles in state, federal and presidential electoral campaigns.

Befitting his roots in Arizona, Jay is a tequila collector and maintains his allegiance to the teams of his alma mater, the University of Arizona.

 

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Guru #20

Lisa Ford

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Lisa Ford is a speaker with over 20 years of experience presenting to businesses, associations and government. She speaks throughout the United States and internationally on topics of customer service, leadership, team issues and change. Lisa is best known for her work in the areas of customer service. She is the author of the videotape series How to Give Exceptional Customer Service, the #1 selling business tapes in the U.S. for over 3 years. Her other videos and audiotapes include: Developing a Customer Retention Program, Building a Customer Driven Organization: The Manager’s Role and Personal Power. Her recent book is Exceptional Customer Service Going Beyond Good Service to Exceed the Customer’s Expectations. Lisa designs content personalized to the audience and issues they face. She has also customized numerous videos for clients to use in their ongoing education efforts. Lisa’s experience includes working with Pfizer, Viacom, Edward Jones, CSX, Kaiser Permanente, Morton’s of Chicago, Citgo, American Gas Association, American Diabetes Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2002, Lisa was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association. She is one about 200 speakers who have been honored over 30 years. She also serves a Board Member of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

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Guru #21

James Dodkins

James used to be an actual, real-life, legitimate, award-winning rockstar. He played guitar in a heavy metal band, released albums and tore up stages all over the world, James is now the CX Evangelist at Pegasystams where he researches extreme fandoms to understand how companies can create their own ‘Hyperfans’. He shares those strategies through transformative training, engaging video content and inspiring keynote talks.

Pegasystems is revolutionising how leading organisations optimise customer experience and automate operations. A worldwide leader providing ‘Better Business Software’ which enables Digital Transformation across a range of key industries including Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, Public Sector, Manufacturing and Life Sciences.

James was awarded The UK’s #1 CX Influencer by Customer Experience Magazine in 2020, The UK’s Most Outstanding CX Keynote Speaker by Corporate Vision Magazine in 2021, The World’s #10 Customer Service Guru by Global Gurus in 2021, as well as countless other notable mentions in industry publications like Business Insider, The Times and Forbes.

James is also a two time #1 Best Selling Author and the Ex-host of Amazon Prime’s weekly topical CX show, ‘This Week In CX’.

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Guru #22

David Brownlee

David Brownlee is the world’s most viewed customer success expert in the world.  He is a number one, best-selling author, speaker and coach.  He has trained over 1 million individuals and businesses through his online courses, live events, coaching programs and consulting.  His clients include from small businesses to Fortune 500 Companies across various industries.  From Google and LinkedIn in the tech world, to Amazon and Walmart on the retail side, David’s passion is helping you and your organization succeed.  He is one of the top LinkedIn Learning Instructors with over 100k students on the platform.

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Guru #23

Nicholas Webb

For over 30 years Nicholas has worked with some of the top brands in the world to help them achieve customer experience and customer service mastery. His number one best-selling book, What Customers Crave is used by some of the Top Organizations in the world to Design their Customer Experience Strategies. His training organization, LearnLogic provides Certification Training to organizations across dozens of B2B and B2C Industries. His training programs include, The Certified Master of Customer Experience, Certified Customer Experience Advocate, and the Certified Customer Champion Training Program. Nicholas also provides Custom Customer Service Boot Camps and Virtual Customer Experience and Customer Service Training.

His upcoming book for 2022, What Customers Hate, will be in bookstores worldwide in paperback and in audio formats. In this powerful book, Nick describes the 10 things that customers hate and how to avoid them to deliver exceptional customer service across the entire customer’s journey throughout a range of customer personas. As a Keynote Speaker, Nicholas speaks at more than 70 major events worldwide on the importance of delivering exceptional Customer Experience and its impact on Growth and Revenue. Nicholas is listed with every major speaker bureau in the world, and his new virtual studio allows him to deliver Virtual Keynotes and Workshops. Nick is well known as one of the Top Experts in the world on how to architect the right strategies, systems, tools and processes to drive measurable improvements in Customer Satisfaction and Growth. He has been featured in Fox News, CNBC, CNN and other major news outlets. Nick is also an Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and successful innovator. His Award-winning Inventions include Consumer and Healthcare Technologies. He has been awarded over 40 US Patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Nicholas realized that his expertise in innovation was precisely what the Customer Service Ecosystem needed. As it turns out, Customer Experience and the things that need to be created to deliver it, is in fact, an Innovation Activity.

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Guru #24

Scott McKain

Scott McKain is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction and achieve iconic statusthrough the “Ultimate Customer Experience.®

  • Scott McKain’s iconic keynote presentations benefit from three decades of experience. He has spoken before and consulted with the world’s most influential corporations.

Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers.He teaches how to attain iconic status with your customers to not only stand out in your industry, but transcend your category based upon your level of customer experience delivery.

  • Scott has presented his business strategies on platforms in all fifty states and seventeen countries…from Singapore to Sweden; from Mexico to Morocco…from the White House with the President in attendance; to conferences from Budapestto Abu Dhabi.
  • He has been honored with induction into the “Professional Speakers Hall of Fame” and the “Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame.”
  • He is a member of “Speakers Roundtable” — an elite, invitation-only group of twenty business speakers, considered by many to be among the best in the world.

Scott is the founder of a consulting and training company that explores the role of ultimate customer experiences in creating enhanced client retention and revenue — and is the author of three Amazon.com #1 business bestsellers, most recently, “ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Ultimate Level of Distinction.”

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Guru #25

Louie Gravance

Louie Gravance, a native Californian, is literally changing the consciousness of business in America through his speaking and consulting skills. A premiere example is the work he has done is helping Bank of America navigate what he calls a “culture shift.”

MONEY MAGAZINE credits these efforts with “making the banking experience more pleasurable with changes that have improved customer satisfaction.” This was done through an initiative Gravance introduced to high level executives and employees entitled “The Bank of America Spirit.” Gravance was a perfect fit for this project, thanks to skills learned and honed during twelve-year tenure at The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. Beginning with the training and orientation program “Traditions” at The Disney University, Louie designed, developed, and delivered countless presentations. First, at the University for literally thousands of Disney World employees from all disciplines, and then for visiting corporate clients through the Disney Institute Professional Development Programs. He has also traveled North America , teaching “Showmanship in the Workplace” to large companies like Mutual of Omaha, Fisher Scientific, Toys ‘R Us and BMW of Canada, just to name a few.

“You have to do what you DON’T have to do, in order to win,” is a quote that represents much of the philosophy behind a Louie Gravance presentation.

Prior to moving to Florida, Mr. Gravance began a show business career at the age of twelve. He spent the next two decades in Los Angeles appearing in stage shows, sitcoms, motion pictures and over 35 national television commercials. While at Disney, he led, trained, and performed with the improvisational comedy show “Streetmosphere” at the Disney / MGM Studios from the first year of its inception in 1989. It is now the longest running show of its kind in theme park history.

Currently, Louie Gravance Creative Concepts provides consulting and motivational talks to companies and municipalities all over the world, and is based in Orlando, Florida.

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Guru #26

Steve Towers

A seasoned practitioner with over 35 years of hands-on experience, Steve is one of industry’s noted experts in Customer Experience, Advanced Business Process Management (BPM) and Performance Transformation. He heads the Research & Professional Services network within the BP Group.

As a co-founder of www.bpgroup.org in 1992 Steve developed the world’s first and premier network for Business Process Management & Performance professionals. Now in 118 countries with membership of 95,000+ and 25+ global partners.

A noted leader Steve works as a mentor, coach and consultant and has helped pioneer through research and ‘hands-on’ exposure to the world’s leading companies the evolution to Advanced BPM aka ‘Outside-In ‘. Recently recognised as a global thought leader in ‘Outside-In’ Steve continues to evolve process thinking towards a customer centric view of business.

An inspirational speaker (he has chaired and keynoted at more than 25 international conferences since 2001), contributor to leading journals and author of several books including
– A Senior Executives Guide to BPR (1994)
– In Search of BPM Excellence (2004)
– Thrive! How to Succeed in the Age of the Customer (2005)
– CEM – Success without Exception (2006) and
– Outside-In. The secret of the 21st century leading companies (2010)

Steve previously worked for Citibank where he led restructuring and business process transformation programs both in the US and Europe.

Advisor to several boards across the globe and sits on the steering panel of the influential California based BPM Forum, a group of distinguished ‘C’ Levels heading up Global 500 companies.

He received the “Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Business” at Gartners Annual Summit in 2007.

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Guru #27

Dan Gingiss

For 20+ years, Dan led marketing teams in nearly every marketing channel — from direct mail to email to social media. He also served in multiple customer service and customer experience leadership roles. Dan combines his professional experience at brands like Discover, McDonald’s and Humana with tons of real-life examples from B2C and B2B companies of all sizes to recommend actionable, profitable CX solutions.

Many customer experience speakers and consultants have never actually experienced life “in the trenches” at a company. Dan understands those dynamics and challenges and provides unique credibility, including leading a team that won the J.D. Power Award for Customer Satisfaction.

Dan is a sought-after commentator on all things marketing, social media, customer experience and customer service. His Fortune 300 professional experience and independent client work have equipped him with the knowledge and insights to educate others in the field.

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Guru #28

Matt Watkinson

Matt is an internationally renowned author, speaker and consultant on customer experience and business strategy. He won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year for his first book, The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences, considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject. His second book, The Grid, was published by Random House in 2017 to critical acclaim.

He has been cited and interviewed by the world’s leading research firms, has written for Wired Magazine and The Guardian amongst others, and as a speaker has addressed industry leaders at every kind of organization imaginable from Microsoft to the FBI.

Matt is the CEO of Methodical, a customer experience and strategy consultancy based in London and San Francisco. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London.

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Guru #29

Heverton Annunciacao

Heverton Anunciacao was born in Brasilia, lived in São Paulo for 20 years, and now living in Curitiba/Brazil.

He is a Consultant in Systems Requirements and Project Manager / Project Leader with experience in designing, managing projects for Integrated Systems (ERPs), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Social CRM and Customer Service; Digital Marketing, computer networks, Web sites, Call Center Solutions, and integration of different technologies. Scrum Master Certified.

Heverton has experience in Technologies to attend Backoffice, Frontoffice, and Marketing Digital.

He is a Writer and author of many books since 1995 regards Project Management for CRM, Unix, Linux, Uniware, Corporate Social Responsibility, Family, and Charity.

He had many famous articles published in important Brazilian magazines. He acted as a Lecturer and Teacher for CRM. More details at www.heverton.com.br

He was Honorary chair (Jurado) to select 3 best cases in Brazil for CRM by ABT Association in 2013, and He was Honorary chair to select the best case in 2018

For the past three decades, Heverton Anunciação has helped companies of all sizes to differentiate themselves based on information technology and excellent customer service. Its mission is to make companies profit from their data and offer excellent experiences to their customers, whether in pre or after sales.

His books published in Brazil and abroad are references in Universities and in the training of new or already experienced professionals. Heverton had its innovations and articles published in magazines and newspapers, such as Exame and Veja SP.

In addition to its vast knowledge in Information Technology, Heverton manages to unite with its vision of project management using the most up-to-date methodologies to guarantee quality, cost and satisfaction of its customers.

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Guru #30

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is globally recognized independent digital analyst and anthropologist. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger/writer, and world renowned keynote speaker. Contact him via email.

Brian Solis is Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, the global leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Brian’s work at Salesforce focuses on thought leadership and research that explores digital transformation, innovation and disruption, CX, commerce, and the cognitive enterprise.

Brian Solis has been called “one of the greatest digital analysts of our time.” Brian is also a world renowned keynote speaker and an award-winning author of eight best-selling books including, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, What’s the Future of Business and The End of Business as Usual.

In his latest book, Lifescale: How to live a more creative, productive and happy life, Brian tackles the struggles of living in a world rife with constant digital distractions. His model for “Lifescaling” helps readers overcome the unforeseen consequences of living a digital life to break away from diversions, focus on what’s important, spark newfound creativity and unlock new possibilities.

For almost 30 years, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business and society. His research and books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on people and also the role we each play in evolution. As a result of his work, Solis also helps leading brands, celebrities, and startups develop new digital transformation, culture 2.0, and innovation strategies that enable businesses to adapt to new connected markets from the inside out.

With a loyal online audience of over 700,000 people online, his work makes him a sought-after thought-leader to leading brands, celebrities such as Oprah, Shaq and Ashton Kutcher and over 1,000 startups around the world.

Brian also hosts (r)evolution, a popular online video series that examines technology, trends and best practices and introduces viewers to the thought leaders who are blazing the trail. Guests have included Katie Couric, Mark Burnett, Shaq, Billy Corgan, and Adrian Grenier.

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