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Musicians - Keynote Speakers

Edward Cumming

Edward Cumming is Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at The Hartt School. For nine years, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure. His appointment came after a two-year search process involving nearly 300 applicants from around the world. As an orchestra leader, Mr. Cumming has distinguished himself for his remarkable ability to connect directly with listeners. Cumming believes that leadership does not begin with leading; it begins with a human connection. Everything that we do stems from our relationship with others. Whether it be a spouse or partner, a staff of ten, or a corporation with thousands -- your success in life and work hinges on how well you relate to others. As a speaker, Edward Cumming will celebrate those who not only think and act big on large stages, but those who champion the largely unseen.

North Shore Acappella

For the last 24 years, North Shore Acappella has entertained and excited thousands of listeners throughout the Boston area, adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo to songs from the 40's right up through today. This award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire of hundreds of popular hits that cover the last five decades. Each number and performance are arranged in a way that showcases each member in the a role of lead singer – a trait that very few acappella groups in the country can claim. North Shore Acappella has appeared as the opening act for such legends as: The Temptations, The Platters, Ben E. King, Johnny Maestro, Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack. North Shore Acappella offers a continuously refreshing collection of hundreds of popular hits, and never leaves an audience disappointed.

Robin Crow

Robin Crow has forged a remarkable career on his journey from RCA recording artist to successful entrepreneur and has built several world-class businesses from scratch. As a successful business owner & bestselling author Robin knows what he’s talking about. Robin doesn’t just talk business; he lives it! His company, Dark Horse Recording, is a four-studio complex and resort that has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence for years, and is still expanding. His recording and music business school The Dark Horse Institute (DHI) was founded by Robin in 2010, and has become so successful, they are now creating & expanding exponentially as one of the most compelling educational models of the 21st century. Robin's core message of leadership and customer service comes from hard-won, first-hand experience and when requested he uses his guitar playing as a metaphor to drive home his points and take-aways. His presentations can be an extraordinary blend of life-lesson's learned combined with high-octane entertainment. Robin's event are the result of 30 years of experience and a love of delighting audiences and his last book, Evolve or Die: Seven Steps to Rethink the Way You Do Business, was a USA Today Best-Seller.

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley - a small-town bartender - launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for cleanwater projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Doc was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 and has written a book about his experience, Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World. He is an expert on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Mike Rayburn

Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE does what no other speaker can. In addition to being a brilliant guitarist and entertainer, Mike is an expert on personal development and human potential. What this means for your audience is a speaker who doesn’t talk about what he’s studied or heard about success—Mike shares what he knows from having done it! … having achieved mega success. He has headlined Carnegie Hall, given two TED Talks, achieved entrepreneurial success as a small business owner, and sold half a million records on his own independent label. Mike has and knows what it takes. Mike uses his amazing guitar work and comedy to actually prove it before your eyes and ears. This is a message of purpose, possibility and peak performance which Mike lives and breathes daily; a message which can transform your team and conference because it works for anyone. “What If…?” is perfect for setting the tone for success as an opening keynote; for inspiring attendees to make real change in a closing, or anywhere you need a re-energizing shot of adrenalin.

Philip Myers

Philip Myers is a professional entertainer and pianist who specializes in corporate entertainment. His versatility and ability to connect with an audience, combined with his extraordinary vocals, have made Philip a highly sought after entertainer. He has opened shows for many of today's top entertainers and has numerous stage credits. Philip offers show options to fit every budget and need: from intimate acoustic shows and dueling pianos to full bands with The Elton John & Billy Joel Tribute Show and a Broadway Tribute.

Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola is one of top guitarist in the world today. His playing style has made him the guitarist of choice to perform with top musicians including, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitar List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest...stars of the guitar". Whether performing a solo, as a duet, or with a full band, Frank will amaze audiences with his dramatic technic and engaging style.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner- who started his career as a jazz guitarist- personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Jeff Pevar

Jeff Pevar is a guitarist, composer, producer, performer and multi-instrumentalist who has brought his unique style on stage and in the studio to such world renowned artists as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz Is Dead, CPR (w/ David
Crosby & James Raymond) and many others. Jeff is a sought after session musician who recently completed his ?rst independent movie currently scoring music for a world class photographer/environmentalist/activist named John B. Weller on his movie on the Ross Sea, "The Last Ocean." Jeff is constantly involved with many such projects for ?lm and recording.

Kaplan Mobray

Your chance has finally come to hire an acclaimed author, thought leader, career coach and motivational speaker whose presentations change the lives of every audience he is in front of. Kaplan Mobray brings insight and wisdom that inspire new ways of personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success. For more than fifteen years he has led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Kaplan speaks to a variety of audiences, including professional organizations, colleges and universities, sales forces, and corporations. He will bring strategies to connect your personal brand and life outcome so that you can achieve real success.

Liz Brunner

Award-winning journalist Liz Brunner is using her 25+ years of broadcast experience to help others build brands, businesses and relationships. Brunner's polished professionalism shines brightly in a crowd. Learn how to command attention with engaging conversation and an undeniable presence. Brunner is now recharging clients ranging from business leaders to on-air talent to professional athletes by helping them find their inner strength, stronger voice and confidence to lead. Her message and story are motivating and inspiring.

Ronan Tynan

Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations.

Jade Simmons

How do you get to be named Classical Music's "No.1 Maverick?” Just ask Jade Simmons. By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances and innovating at every turn, Simmons is one of the most versatile concert artists on the scene today. Simmons, however, doesn’t simply play the piano to impress audiences. She uses the piano as an instrument for providing inspiration, information and entertainment in order to profoundly move people. Listed as one of Ebony magazine's Top 30 Leaders under 30, Simmons’ impressive musical background and diverse cultural experiences have made her a pioneer and source of inspiration for her legions of fans. In her truly unique keynotes, Jade Simmons offers her inspiring messages alongside her world renowned piano performances. Her expertise has been called upon by an array of organizations looking to create a culture of excellence and foster meaningful change. A gifted speaker, her presentations give powerful insights into how creating a unique leadership brand can inspire the creation of ideas that will have a lasting impact on the world. With boundless energy and intellect, Jade Simmons teaches audiences not only how to lead, but how to start achieving beyond what they ever thought possible.

Mark Schulman

Having performed for over a billion people, Mark incorporates unique and valuable content with blazing multimedia and drum performances to empower, inspire and elevate audiences to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance. With Mark’s extremely high-energy speaking style, business relevant content, drumming and interactive activities, attendees get to express their own rhythms, fortify individual strengths and enhance emotional connections with their colleagues and families. What makes Mark different is that his presentation has the excitement of a rock show with the transformational aspects of a cutting-edge keynote. Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo with live drumming, interactive performances, compelling and emotional stories of his intimate experiences with P!NK, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Cher and other world-class artists. Mark’s presentations inspire audiences to take immediate action toward increased performance.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a music biz insider who will change the way you think about business, marketing, creativity, and customer service. As the author of two highly-acclaimed business books, Steve draws upon his 30 years in the music industry to demonstrate how the essential lessons of business can be learned from the bands, songs, and albums we love. He will show you how to build a brand as consistent as AC/DC, as immediately recognizable as Kiss, and as resilient as Fleetwood Mac. His concert-like presentations are filled with music, humor, and engaging backstage stories from the music business. Steve is the author of Brand Like a Rock Star (2011) and Start You Up (2014). He has spent over three decades in music and media, witnessing the rise (and sometimes fall) of countless rock legends. In addition to being a popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Steve also works with media brands and companies in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean to turn their customers into raving fans.

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