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2019 Career Advancement Conference Keynote Speakers
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Kim Chambers
Kim Chambers is a record-breaking athlete, inspirational speaker, empowering feminist, a leader and a dreamer. After graduating from Berkeley with a Masters of Science, Kim worked for several big technology firms and was very much the "corporate woman." Just when she thought she had it all, her life turned upside down.

After falling down a staircase and nearly losing her right leg, Kim was diagnosed with a rare condition called Acute Compartment Syndrome. This condition left her with a dire prognosis of a 1% chance of walking unassisted.

After deciding this prediction was unacceptable, Kim took control of her life. She underwent years of physical therapy and was eventually challenged to swim in 53 degree water of the San Francisco Bay. Not one to shy away from a dare, Kim took the plunge. She has now swam Ocean's Seven, the Farallon Islands and The Dead Sea. To learn more about Kim's swims, please click here!

John Demboski, CFP
John Demboski is a 14 year member of MDRT® with six Top of the Table qualifications and is a Silver Knight of the MDRT foundation. His coaching practice in beautiful Santa Barbara invests in the sovereign epic awesomeness of small business entrepreneurs.

He lives each day with intention, discipline and passion, working to unleash the greatness that is lurking just below the surface within all of us. His team of financial professionals are equipped to-the-teeth, to rip through the investment and insurance distractions that one may face as we boldly dare to convert the LIFE that COULD BE; into the LIFE that IS. John’s blurred life of financial advising, speaking, authorship and coaching will inspire and motivate you to seize an Extra-Ordinary Life - RIGHT NOW.

Jill Judd, LUTCF, FSS
Jill Judd, a State Farm agent, recognized the importance of surrounding herself with successful professionals and joined NAIFA in 2001. She was immediately recruited to the board as the IFAPAC Committee Chair of NAIFA-Santa Cruz (now NAIFA-Monterey Bay). As NAIFA-Santa Cruz President in 2005-2006, the association earned the Jack E. Bobo Award and the highest score to date in California for the Association Achievement Award.

On the state level, Jill served two terms as Membership Chair, moderated LILI, chaired the NAIFA-California Long Range Planning Task Force, the Annual Career Advancement Conference, Personnel, Government Relations and Finance Committees. In addition, Jill was President of NAIFA-California in 2012-2013.

Jill became a NAIFA Trustee in 2013, and was elected as President of NAIFA in September 2018.

Shari McHugh
Shari McHugh has over 16 years of successful experience in government affairs and public relations. She is currently a partner in the lobbying firm of McHugh, Koepke & Associates. Shari’s lead clients include the California Credit Union League, the Hartford, NAIFA-California, the Pacific Association of Domestic Insurance Companies and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

Shari has worked diligently over the years to develop and maintain working relationships with legislators, legislative staff, regulatory officials, administration representatives, lobbyists, media personnel and industry representatives.


David McKnight
David McKnight graduated from Brigham Young University with Honors in 1997. Over the past 20 years, David has helped put thousands of Americans on the road to the zero percent tax bracket. He has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, The New York Times, Bloomberg Radio, MarketWatch, CBS Radio, CNBC, Yahoo Finance,, Reuters, Investor’s Business Daily and numerous other national publications. David was a Focus Speaker at the worldwide annual meeting of MDRT in Toronto, Canada and is a multiple Top of the Table qualifier. His bestselling book, "The Power of Zero," has sold over 150,000 copies and the updated and revised version was published by Penguin Random House. When it was launched in September of 2018, it finished the week as the #2 most-sold business book in the world. This book was recently made into a full-length documentary film, also entitled, "The Power of Zero." As the President of David McKnight & Company, he mentors hundreds of financial advisors from across the country who specialize in The Power of Zero retirement approach.

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