The NextGen™ Speaker Series

Brings together business and community professionals to encourage Leadership, Mentorship, Empowerment and Philanthropy. Connect with business leaders in the community and hear inspirational stories of achievement from world-renowned entrepreneurs and CEOs.

About the NextGenTM Speaker Series

The prestigious NextGen™ Speaker Series is a gathering of America’s most distinguished business leaders, right here in Naples, Florida. Keynote speakers are world-renowned entrepreneurs and CEOs who share their extraordinary life journeys with an exclusive invitation-only audience.

The NextGenTM Speaker Series started with a simple question. Michael Benson, CEO of Benson Blackburn, asked industry leaders to visit his office for a mentorship session with his team. His team was so fascinated by what they heard, they decided this information and these life journeys should be shared with the community. This led to the establishment of the NextGen™ Speaker Series, held two to three times per year at a private venue by invitation only.

To date, Benson Blackburn has hosted 21 NextGen™ Speaker Series events, with over 3,500 attendees. The speaker series was established to encourage Leadership, Mentorship, Empowerment and Philanthropy.

As part of a community outreach and mentorship process, the NextGen™ Speaker Series partnered with FGCU, Hodges University, Florida SouthWestern State College, The Immokalee Foundation, Imagine Solutions, Leadership Collier Foundation, Community Foundation of Collier County and Champions for Learning, to encourage deans and students to attend and learn from these industry leaders.

Each session, Benson Blackburn nominates a “focused charitable organization” in honor of the featured speaker. Focused charities have included The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, The First Tee of Naples, The Immokalee Foundation, American Cancer Society, NCH Healthcare System, the Naples Children & Education Foundation and Leadership Collier Foundation.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events


Arthrex President and Founder

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST | Arthrex One Building
1 Arthrex Way, Naples, FL 34108
Registration Opens at 8:00 AM. Event Begins at 9:00 AM

Reinhold Schmieding is President and Founder of Arthrex Inc., a worldwide leader in minimally invasive orthopedic surgical implant and device design and manufacturing. His wealth of surgical device industry experience spans more than 40 years, beginning in Germany as the European Manager for Richards Medical before founding Arthrex Inc. in 1981. Reinhold is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology in 1977.

Arthrex Inc. has operated out of its Naples, Florida headquarters since 1991, beginning with two employees. The company now currently employs more than 4,000 corporate and manufacturing staff in the United States, as well as 1,800 additional employees in worldwide subsidiaries, and exports to over 100 countries around the world.

Reinhold has led the product development and marketing of over 18,000 surgical products and related surgical techniques with leading orthopedic surgeons and has led the issuance of over 1,800 patents and patents pending. The Arthrex Medical Education division successfully hosts hundreds of surgical skills training programs for orthopedic surgeons and other health care providers from around the world at Arthrex’s many medical education facilities.

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Chairman of the Hoffmann Family of Companies


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Former President and General Manager of the Atlanta Braves


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Founder & CEO of Proforma

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Michael D. Benson

Visionary Sponsors

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Dennis O’Keefe

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Michael G. Dana

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Sharon Hood

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Gustavo Botura

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John R. Wood Properties

Bill Benson

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Brian May, EA

Mark  Rupolo, CPA, ABV, PFS

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Patrick M. Trittler

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Michael Wynn

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Russell Beckner

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