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Gary Garfield  

Former CEO of Bridgestone Americas

Former CEO of Bridgestone Ameriacs, Gary Garfield has engaged and educated audiences with his unique insight on corporate culture and policies.

In 2010, he was promoted from General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to the CEO of Bridgestone Americas, overseeing more than 55,000 employees. Through his innovative approach to improving the workplace culture, Garyfield was able to change the focus of the ogranization, drive innovation and collaboration, and break down silos. This resulted in hitting record profits each year, growing more than 30% and earning more than $15 billion.

Garfield has established himself as an expert in creating change and improving corporate culture. He not only shares his decades of insight, but does it in a way that both captivates and motivates the audience, while ensuring that his messages and insight hammer home the key points senior management wants from a keynote speaker. He prides himself on the ability to help management navigate the pitfalls and hurdles involved in cultural change and provides concrete steps ensuring widespread success.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Garfield has been a guest speaker in classes at the Yale Management School, Wharton, Vanderbilt University, and Belmont University. He is a writer and op-ed contributor, a leader in pushing Nashville and Middle Tennessee to adopt a comprehensive mass transit system, on the board of Meharry Medical College and a member of the audit committee for the newly formed Center for Interoperability in Nashville, Tennessee.

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