Tony Hawk (1)Tony Hawk – professional skateboarder, entrepreneur and philanthropist – has been added to the QuickBooks® Connect program as a main stage speaker. The event takes place Oct. 24-26 in San Jose, Calif., and is designed to unite thousands of diverse audience members under one roof to connect, learn and be inspired by powerful, relevant speakers.

Accountants: Check out this story out for a rundown of our expert lineup of speakers for our accountant track.

A QuickBooks customer for more than 20 years, Hawk is one of the most recognized action-sports figures in the world. His business skills have helped create a brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise and successful businesses such as Ride Channel, Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys.

A savvy marketer with social networking, Hawk has gained millions of followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He regularly appears on television and in films and hosts a show on Sirius XM radio’s Faction channel. His autobiography, “Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder,” was a New York Times bestseller, and in 2010 he released “How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.”

The Tony Hawk Foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas in all 50 states and other parts of the world. The foundation has given away over .3 million to 560 skatepark projects throughout the United States and recently aligned with Skatistan for global work. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve over 3 million kids annually.

Evening Celebration

Rock band and platinum recording artist Third Eye Blind will perform at Connectfest, the QuickBooks Connect evening celebration on Oct. 25. The band, which originated in San Francisco in 1997, has recorded four best-selling albums, continually evolving its music while attracting a growing, dedicated fan base. Third Eye Blind will be joined by The Spazmatics, a renowned cover band from Los Angeles.

Registration Details

A two-day pass is available for 9, while a full three-day pass for accountants – which includes all certification preparation courses, the ability to obtain up to 15 CPE credits, access to more than 40 breakout sessions and an accountant-focused event on Oct. 24 – is available for 9. To register or receive more details, visit www.QuickBooksConnect.com.

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