2019 Speakers & Celebrities
Eric and Lindsey Bennet of HGTV's Desert FlippersEric and Lindsey Bennett have been transforming outdated Palm Springs, California properties for more than a decade. Originally from the Midwest, the property power couple moved across the country in 2006 to pursue their dream of building a real estate empire. They started with nothing and have built their business together, in just 10 short years, selling real estate, originating loans, acquiring rental property and flipping over a 100 homes.
Eric and Lindsey want to share their success by educating and inspiring others to get in the game of real estate investing and renovation. You may know them from the hit HGTV’s DESERT FLIPPERS. Since 2015 the property power couple have been hosts of their own HGTV show.
Eric, a savvy real estate entrepreneur and financier; Lindsey, a construction planner, manager and designer. In each episode Eric and Lindsey bravely defy triple-digit desert heat and renovate dilapidated homes while raising three rambunctious small children.
Pair Eric’s flirtatious humor with Lindsey’s adoring girl-next-door charm and there’s rarely a dull moment. Juggling diapers, demo’s, date night and everything in between, this humble duo keep their hands and hearts full. It’s rare to find a dynamic duo like Lindsey and Eric willing to take the time to educate and share the ins and outs of the real estate business.
Appearing on the Inspiration Stage.
Chef Erika Cline of Top Chef Just Desserts
Over the past 25+ years, celebrated pastry chef Erika Cline has crafted some of the countries most scrumptious desserts and chocolates.
Cline was one of the original cheftestants on Bravo’s "Top Chef Just Desserts" in 2010. She won three competitions while receiving great acclaim from the "Top Chef" judges for her cookies and tequila bombs. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Pastry Arts Magazine, Afar Travel Magazine, Black Enterprise and others. Chef Erika has made numerous television cooking appearances and has served as a judge for the Food Network’s Rock N Roll Pastry Challenge.
Erika’s career started in Detroit Michigan as a pastry cook under the country’s first Master Chef Milos. From there, Chef Cline’s passion for the culinary arts spanned the countryside including renowned places like The Peabody Hotel in Memphis Tennessee and Ponte Vedra Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. In July 2012, Erika opened and developed the chocolate program for Graycliff Chocolatier in Nassau Bahamas. Also in the fall of 2012, Erika became one of a select few celebrity chefs to spokesperson “Sunday Dinner Chefs” for Publix Supermarkets showcasing holiday entrees and desserts for the holiday season.
Throughout the years, Chef Cline showcased her culinary talents at Epcot Food and Wine in Black EXPO located in several cities across the southeast United States and also.
In 2008, as a devotee of the pastry arts Chef Erika created a non-profit organization entitled Culinary Wonders USA. Culinary Wonders USA’s mission is to introduce, share, and cultivate the culinary arts to minorities. As president of CWUSA, Chef Erika believes that mentoring, scholarships, and volunteerism is a great avenue for providing direction in the culinary world.
While living the life of pastries across the country and Caribbean, she has supported various charity events such as The Kidney Foundation (Memphis Tennessee), Sulzbacher Center & Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center (Jacksonville, Florida), Food as Art, the United Negro
College Fund (Seattle Washington) where she has raised over $36,000 over the last 5 years by auctioning her desserts for the beloved charity, The Service Board (Seattle Washington) and Minority Chef Summit 2014 (Nassau Bahamas) (Port au Prince, Haiti 2015) and (Tortola BVI 2017).
In 2015, Chef Erika married Chef Neil Cline where she worked along side him and also opened a chocolate boutique named Bleu Chocolat. Now after the hurricanes in fall of 2017, Chef Erika is rebuilding her chocolate brand in Jacksonville, Florida and with much support she will reopen in the BVI.
Appearing on the I Know Jax Cooking Stage