RootsTech 2017 Speakers
Drew and Jonathan Scott
Television Personalities |
Twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott have been reaping the rewards of an impressive work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit from the tender age of seven—the age they started their first business. At age seventeen they purchased their first fixer-upper, completed renovations, and sold it one year later for a $50,000 profit. Today, “The Property Brothers” have built a highly successful entertainment empire—Scott Brothers Entertainment. Together, they follow their mutual passion for film, entertainment, and home renovation, and are always on the look-out for new exciting opportunities. Their popular TV shows garner HGTV’s highest ratings, and are syndicated to networks worldwide.
Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro
Owner of Carlo's Bakery and Star of Cake Boss |
For New York Times best-selling author Buddy Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss. For this best-selling author, cake expert, and successful businessman, family is a top priority. When Buddy was 11, he began working at the family bakery alongside his father. “My dad was my best friend and idol, anything to spend more time with him was important.” In the precious years they worked together as a father and son team, his dad passed on his wealth of baking knowledge and instilled in him a cast iron business sense and a drive for success. Now a father himself to a daughter and three sons, Buddy continues to pass on Valastro family traditions.
Actor, Presenter, Director, and Author |
LeVar Burton is known by millions as the face of Reading Rainbow, the beloved, long running PBS children’s television series, and for his role as Geordi La Forge, Chief Engineer in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Many also remember seeing his talent debut in 1977 when he was cast in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television miniseries Roots. In addition to his familiar talent as an actor, he is an accomplished director, producer, writer, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. He is the honored recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards. Burton has experienced continual success in his innovative efforts to promote his passion for literature, storytelling, and imagination. He is the Co-Founder and Curator-in-Chief of RRKIDZ, the online home of Reading Rainbow and Skybrary. With millions of fans throughout the world, he continues his mission to inspire, entertain and educate.
Genetic Genealogist | The DNA Detectives
CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant. She’s passionate about her daily work, and combines her extensive knowledge of the latest DNA research and testing with modern genealogical technology to shed light on family history mysteries—truly detective work at its finest. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is helping individuals, such as adoptees, discover their genetic heritage. CeCe’s knowledge and unique talents have afforded her many opportunities to share what she’s learned on screen, in writing, and in person as a popular speaker.
President of the Wiseman Group |
Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, Salesforce.com, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the biennial Thinker50 ranking for 2013 and 2015, and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford University.
CEO | FamilySearch
Steve Rockwood’s experience, natural business sense, and entrepreneurial spirit have made him the perfect fit for FamilySearch. Serving as President and CEO since October of 2015, Steve has made it his mission to emphasize the emotional side of family history work, make family history exciting for everyone by involving people of all ages, and encourage the sharing and development of new technology to make records, photos, and memories more accessible.
Host | Entrepreneur and Genealogist
President AAHGS | AAHGS
Genealogist and Author
Springfield-Greene County Library District Local History and Genealogy Department Manager
Senior Genetic Genealogist | Ancestry ProGenealogists
Angie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), BS (Molecular Biology) is a professional genetic genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists and Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society. Angie specializes is using DNA and traditional genealogy to answer questions of biological kinship and identity. She has worked with adoptees, foundlings and many others to help them find answers to where they come from.
Dr Bruce Durie
Dr. Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation for teaching, for his BBC series, and as author of over 30 books. Bruce founded the acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He was Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar in 2016, researching at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. More info at:www.brucedurie.co.uk
Local History & Genealogy Department Manager | Springfield-Greene County Library District
Brian Grubbs is the Local History & Genealogy Department manager at the Springfield-Greene County Library District in Missouri. He has a MA in museum studies and BS in history. Grubbs has led several digitization projects; most recently a statewide WWI project, Over There: Missouri and the Great War, which received the 2016 Award of Merit from American Association for State and Local History. For his work in the digitization field, Grubbs was named one of Library Journal’s 2016 Movers & Shakers.
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.
I am a retired employee of The Regional State Archive of Trondheim. My primary obligations was helping users and give lectures about the archive.The main association for genealogists in Norway is The Genealogical Society of Norway (DIS-Norge) were I was the elected chairman for the national board. I am a frequently used speaker at the meetings for members and others. I have been one of the main researchers and presenters in 4 episodes of the Norwegian Who Do You Think You Are.
Jacques Le Marois
Speaker | Geneanet
Angela Packer McGhie is a Certified Genealogist® who has focused her career in genealogical education. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at IGHR, and the coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at SLIG. Angela lectures at GRIP, GenFed, and national and regional genealogy conferences. Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors.
Founder/CEO | Startup Ignition, LLC
John E. Richards is an entrepreneur, venture investor, mentor, and educator. His activities have included founding, running, selling, and investing in several enterprises. He mentors entrepreneurs frequently. He founded Startup Ignition, an entrepreneur bootcamp. John is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. He and his family reside in Utah. https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrichards
Judy G. Russell
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time instructor in genealogical topics. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the advanced land course offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, federal and state land records, military records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents
Chairman, Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV) |
Chairman of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbaende (DAGV = national German umbrella organization of the genealogical societies) since 2012, President of the Federation of Family Communities, BdF since 2007.
CEO | Grow Utah
Mr. Bott serves as the President and CEO of Grow Utah Ventures, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Utah’s high growth emerging economic clusters. He helps innovators successfully launch new products and services by providing mentorship, accelerator programs and facilitating direct investment. He is a strategic adviser to industry, government and academic leaders advising on effective initiatives that drive innovation and foster new economic sector development.
CEO, WhiteClouds |
Jerry Ropelato founded WhiteClouds, a cloud-based 3D Printing company, in 2013 and serves as the company’s CEO. Mr. Ropelato has over 30 years of technology and internet media experience. Prior to founding WhiteClouds, Mr. Ropelato served as the Founder and CEO of Purch, an Internet Technology Media Company. He has been involved with 14 company acquisitions and has founded 8 startups.
Family Discovery Day
President Russell M. and Sister Wendy Nelson
Join us as President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson will be kicking off Family Discovery Day with inspirational messages about family stories and the connection they have across 7 generations.
President Russell M. and Sister Wendy Nelson
After playing in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles for five years, Reno retired and moved on to share his love of the game through coaching. He is currently an assistant coach for the BYU Cougars overseeing the running backs. He and his wife, Sunny, are the parents of eight children.