Josh Linkner.

Josh Linkner.

ST. PAUL, MN – The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) announced that New York Times Bestselling author Josh Linkner will be the keynote speaker at the association’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas.

Linkner is the author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, which was named one of the top 10 business books of 2011, AFLA stated. He is also the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Together with business partners Earvin "Magic" Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, this company focuses on rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. Linkner is the Founder, Chairman, and former CEO of ePrize, which is the largest interactive promotion agency in the world and provides digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands.

Prior to ePrize, Linkner was the founder and CEO of three other successful technology companies. He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Linkner is a columnist for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and The New York Times. In addition to his business experience, Linkner is Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States.

For AFLA’s 2012 conference, the schedule changed to Monday through Wednesday to accommodate attendees. You can find out more about the 2012 conference here.