Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxing Legend, Successful Entrepreneur and Author, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. The winner of three National Gold Gloves titles, an Olympic gold medal and six world titles at five different weight classes, Leonard’s name is synonymous with success. For this reason he is among the most sought after motivational/inspirational speakers in the world today.
In 2011, Leonard published his first autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. Leonard's brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail the complex man behind the boxer. With honesty, humor and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle—and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage and resilience, both in and out of the ring.
In fall 2013, Leonard debuted his new contemporary athletic men's collection with Starting Lineup available at Saks 5th Avenue and startinglineupclothing.com. Through his online community www.sugarrayleonard.com Leonard connects with fans through the sport of boxing, general fitness and philanthropy.
Leonard's sincere, charismatic personality coupled with his ring experience led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN. His television credits also include competing on the hit ABC series, Dancing with the Stars.
Successful business ventures aside, Leonard and his wife Bernadette have always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need. For many years, Leonard has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. He also participates in and speaks on a variety of national and international causes benefiting children's charities.
Rob Bass, SVP Supply Chain, Best Buy
In our general session on Tuesday, Rob will share what he’s learned on the journey to get Best Buy on the right track to omni-channel success.
Rob Bass is senior vice president of Supply Chain for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of Best Buy’s Global Supply Chain, including eight Regional Distribution Centers and 15 Delivery Distribution Centers that fulfill 1,050 stores, appliance home delivery and e-commerce fulfillment. He also oversees the company’s transportation, global compliance and trade teams.
Prior to joining Best Buy in August 2015, Mr. Bass served in various supply chain and retail positions at Target Corp. for 12 years. Before that, he was a commercial airline pilot for 12 years.
Mr. Bass attended the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves on the board of directors for Minnesota Life College, a nonprofit that teaches life skills to young adults on the autism spectrum, and leads the logistics subcommittee for the Super Bowl LII Host Committee.