Maritime Conference Center | 692 Maritime Boulevard | Baltimore, MD 21090

©2019 by the National Conference for Reflexology & Bodywork Practitioners

Speakers & Topics

A sneak peek at a few highlights at the 2019 conference.

Sam Belyea is the owner and Training Director of The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute in Tampa, FL, as well as an internationally recognized author and lecturer. After becoming a massage therapist in 2009, Sam specialized in Reflexology because of the wonderful insights and results the feet and hands gave during his sessions. After becoming Dual-Nationally Certified through the American Reflexology Certification Board, Sam developed his own Face and Ear Reflexology techniques and maps to complete the four classic schools of Reflexology from a Western perspective, which he has now become famous for teaching. Always integrating humor and respect for the mental/emotional components of pain during his classes, Sam is a beloved live and online bodywork teacher with backgrounds in Physical Therapy, Yoga, Herbalism and energy related health modalities.

Sam Belyea
Featured Speaker

Bob Wolfe, founder of HealthTouch Body-Mind Therapies, is a Nationally Certified Reflexologist through the American Reflexology Certification Board, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and Certified Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher. He has been teaching and practicing professional mind-body therapies for over 20 years and has taught nationally and internationally. Bob has taught his Reflexology Certification Program at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and at a variety of massage schools and holistic wellness centers throughout the United States.

Bob Wolfe
Featured Speaker

Jennifer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate and Rhodes Scholar candidate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with three areas of focus, one of which a Bachelor's degree, Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which led her to study reflexology 15 years ago. She has enjoyed working alongside fellow reflexologists ever since, building and maintaining websites for individual practitioners, state associations, national events and organizations. She has held positions as a National Marketing Manager, Director and Trainer for the nation's largest scholarship-based empowerment program for teens and pre-teens, and has worked behind the scenes as a Marketing Director, Event Coordinator, and Public Relations Manager for small businesses. She now has a new title.....”mom.”

Jennifer Schwab
Featured Speaker

Lawrence R. Smith (Larry), President of Cornerstone Accounting Solutions, has over 40 years of experience as a tax preparer, business advisor and estate consultant. Cornerstone services clients in more than half of the 50 states. Larry enjoys golf and is a dedicated Ravens fan.

Lawrence R. Smith
Guest Speaker

William P. Dodd (Billy), a graduate of the University of Maryland, joined Cornerstone accounting in 2012. He enjoys family, friends, and all things sports-related.

William P. Dodd, CPA
Breakout Host

Paul is the team President of Sortino Financial Group, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Equity Services, Inc. offering securities in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He is also insurance licensed in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina. He has been working in the financial services industry since 2006 and enjoys the opportunity that the career provides him to help others. He finds one of his most important roles to be that of an educator, helping clients, potential clients, and other advisors understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various financial planning options available. He finds joy in assisting others through the retirement planning and business succession process and the opportunity it provides him to make a difference in the lives of others. His primary focus is on the small business market, helping clients navigate the various tax reduction strategies, retirement plans, and employee benefits programs available to them.

Paul was born and raised in the Baltimore area, graduating from Calvert Hall College High School. He attended University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He continues to live in Towson with his wife Shannon the same street where he grew up. He enjoys the chance that this gives him to spend time with his and his wife’s family. Although he is not an expert in either, Paul enjoys skiing and golfing. He is also actively involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Paul Sortino is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. and offers securities in AZ, DC, DE, FL, KY, MD, ME, MS, NH, PA, SC, VA, WV. Paul Sortino is life and health insurance licensed in MD, DC, DE, PA, VA, TX, NC, NJ.

Paul Sortino, CFP
Guest Speaker

Jim is a financial advisor with Sortino Financial Group and a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with Equity Services, Inc. offering securities in Maryland. He is also insurance licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, having founded his own CPA firm in 1983. He also has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, transitioning from accounting to focus on financial services after a number of years running his own tax practice.

Jim thrives in the investment planning process, working with both businesses and individuals. He uses his experiences in the tax field along with his numerous years of advising businesses in his goal to provide the most efficient and effective financial tools to achieve his client’s goals.

Jim was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, biking and snow skiing, traveling, reading, and volunteering in the community.

Jim Foster is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. and offers securities in MD, PA, WV, VA, FL, DC, AZ. Jim Foster is life and health insurance licensed in MD, PA, WV.

James H. Foster, Jr., CPA
Guest Speaker

Hand and Thumb Health

How to preserve your most important instruments for a long career.

Advanced Technology

Websites, Algorithms, SEO,

and eCommerce. 

Social Media

How to design your internet reputation.

Marketing & Branding

Inexpensive ways to be seen in order to acquire new customers.

SOAP Notes

How to maintain valuable, legal records of your client base.

Business Accounting

Basics on profits, losses, revenue and expenses.

Body Mechanics

Principles for practitioners -taking care of your body throughout your career.

Designing (or Redesigning) your Practice

Are you working for yourself or working for others?

Client Communication

Sustaining the practitioner/client relationship and building boundaries.

and more...