Speakers

The Faculty at the EPIC summit is hand selected to represent the finest and most astute business and industry experts. EPIC’s educational opportunities are invaluable because of the real knowledge and actionable steps attendees will be given. Read below to learn more about our faculty. New faculty members are being added soon so keep checking this page.

Alan Berg

Author, Speaker & Small Business Marketing Expert

With more than 20 years in wedding related sales and marketing, Alan Berg is uniquely qualified to help local wedding businesses achieve their goals. Alan spent 11 years at The Knot, the leading lifestage media company, most of them as vice president, overseeing the sales, education and training of the local sales team and local wedding pros around the country.

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Alan is the author of the new book “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?“, published by his company Left of Center Marketing & Publishing… ideas for when business isn’t right. He is the founder of The Wedding Industry Leaders Conference, an organization dedicated to the educating and consulting of highly motivated individuals and businesses. He is a professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, the leading organization for professional speakers. He speaks to thousands of local business professionals every year through webinars and live presentations. Visit his website at www.alanberg.com.

Natalie Bradley

Bride Attraction Expert

After owning and operating a very successful 6 figure wedding planning business at a very young age, Natalie was asked by hundreds of wedding professionals to teach them how she rose to success so quickly and easily. From that, the “Bride Attraction System” was created, and Natalie has now become known as the “Bride Attraction Expert,” educating over 20,000 wedding professionals all over the world on how to attract more brides, make more money and have more freedom to enjoy it all! Visit her website brideattraction.com and follow her on Twitter @brideattraction.


Donnie Brown

Celebrity Wedding Planner

The wedding day, for most people, is one of the most stressful of their lives. So how has wedding planner W. Donnie Brown, JWIC survived more than 2,500 of them? He has a secret weapon. “I try to use humor on a day-to-day basis,” he says. “I think humor makes the day far more fun.”

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Brown’s career as wedding guru began at age 16 in Lubbock, Texas, by helping out some family friends who owned a floral shop with weekend weddings. “It was different and fun, and it was doing something for someone’s special day,” Brown says. In 2001, Brown landed a high-profile celebrity client when country star LeAnn Rimes and fiancé Deane Sheremet hired him to create their internationally published wedding day. The couple had been impressed by his enthusiasm and positive energy, which they knew he’d need for their star-studded nuptials. “Clearly, a low-key wedding is much simpler to get through,” says Brown, who has also worked with actresses Dixie Carter and Emma Thompson as well as the Democratic National Committee and The Dallas Cowboys to show his amazing versatility. “One thing to note is that there is so much excitement surrounding a high-profile wedding or event.”In 2003, Brown became a celebrity himself when Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? debuted and quickly became a cult hit. Fans of the Style Network’s top-rated reality show tune in regularly to watch Brown and other big-city wedding planners pull out all the stops to give couples the weddings of their dreams. By the sixth season, Brown was the only original planner left. When the network launched another wedding-related series, Married Away, in 2006, Brown was back, to the delight of viewers, helping couples plan and execute destination weddings. Since his premier of Whose Wedding he has also added many other appearances to his resume including “Platinum Weddings” on WE, “A-List Dallas” on Logo, “Extra”, and many more. He has been featured in magazines including Glamour, Brides, In Style, Life and Style, Woman’s World, New York Daily News, Dallas Morning News, In Touch, & US Weekly.

Brown has one book on the market, “Donnie Brown Weddings: from the Couture to the Cake” and is currently writing his second. He is also compiling his list of proprietary recipes into a cookbook that is sure to resonate with today’s entertaining set. Also in development are several new television shows, which, like his hit Style shows, will draw on both his seasoned experience as a planner and his larger-than-life persona. Because, as the man who once dreamed of being a banker has learned, given enough time, life tends to lead you down the path where you most belong. And for Brown, that’s undoubtedly in front of the cameras. “I was made for this!” Brown says, laughing. “I have this internal switch that comes on all by itself when I get in front of a large group of people — and I just turn into this crazy personality!” Visit his website at www.donniebrown.net.