Virtual Connections 2020 Speakers


David Holloway,

Peak Performance Expert

David ‘HollyRock’ Holloway has traveled over half a million miles, inspiring many teams, universities, and FORTUNE 500 companies with his epic story of courage and determination. David, was a former 6th team walk-on who beat the 1 in 1.5 million odds to become a University of Maryland Hall of Famer and NFL All-Star front line competitor.

Today, David brings the most important messages and his compelling story to leaders who are committed to an extraordinary future and for organizations who must outperform the competition and win. He has set himself apart by delivering high performance value for hard-charging corporate competitors.

As an international and motivational futurist, his speaking engagements reach tens of thousands of people worldwide. He gives audiences a look into the future of highly successful world-class competitors who will consistently outperform the competition.

David is more than just another pro athlete - he is an engaging speaker, an expert on leadership, peak performance, and an expert strategist. His credibility and bottom line results are based on the fact that turning around underperforming teams, building championships, and transforming organizations is something he’s done first hand.


John Hickman,

Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

John Hickman is a pioneer in compliance issues for employer sponsored health plans. His 25-plus years of experience with HSAs, consumer directed health care and HIPAA enable him to spot issues and opportunities that save his clients money and avoid long-term administrative headaches. As the author of major treatises on health care related issues, he practically wrote the book on health benefits compliance.

Hickman is head of Alston & Bird’s Health Benefits Practice, where he leads a team of attorneys devoted exclusively to health care reform issues under the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA privacy, health savings accounts (HSAs) and consumer-directed health care, flexible benefit plans and related health benefit issues. 

He has been inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White) and Who's Who Legal. He is co-author of the following health benefit treatises published by ThomasReuters/EBIA: Cafeteria Plans Manual, Health Care Reform, HIPAA Portability and Privacy and Consumer-Driven Health Care.

Hickman is head of the Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). He has also been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law.


Jon Harrison,

Founder, VIP2

At the peak of a successful 25 year career at Caterpillar Inc. (including director level positions in Australia, Japan, and most recently, serving as General Manager for their new world class manufacturing facility in North Little Rock), Jon left corporate America to follow his calling of serving people that are often overlooked and under appreciated. This transition from a career focused on “success” to one that focuses on “significance" was an easy one for Jon. 

Through his many years of experience in all corners of the world, Jon has proven that the only sustainable competitive advantage for any organization is to become relentless in developing a team of values driven, informed and passionate people.

Driven from this passion, Jon founded his own company, VIP², (which stands for Values-driven, Informed, Passionate People). VIP², through several avenues, assists organizations with this critical journey, resulting in successful organizations and transformed lives.