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Author - Keynote Speakers

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

Bill Stainton

As a dynamic leader, a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer, an author, a business humorist, and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert, Bill Stainton offers insight that is guarenteed to inspire and motivate. He blends the business smarts he gained from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences from around the world!

Frans Johansson

After publishing the bestselling book The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson speaks to organizations about his insights to having a successful group of employees. In his keynote presentations, Johansson passionately speaks about how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, backgrounds, and cultures. Making the business case for diversity, his programs teach audiences how to break down barriers and bring out the best that everyone has to give to every challenge or opportunity. Help your business reach greater potential by transforming Frans’ guidelines into reality.

Dan Lier

Known as “America’s Coach” on Home Shopping Network, Dan Lier is a bestselling author, executive coach, business consultant, and former top speaker with Tony Robbins. With two decades of experience and over 3,500 customized presentations under his belt, Dan’s successful track record speaks for itself. He has been featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition and is the author of The 10 Minute Coach. Dan's TV show, Your True Potential, has inspired millions of people to take their life and business to the next level. The relevant content of his presentations, combined with his charismatic delivery, allow Dan to connect and impact audiences from any industry as he provides both inspiration and the tools to “raise the bar.”

Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national training and consulting firm focused on bringing common sense solutions to business and life. A two-time recipient of the ASTD Professional Trainer of the Year Award, Teresa is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty and is author of Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines. Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed programs on customer service, sales, communication, and life balance for businesses and associations across the U.S. and abroad for over 18 years. She has been a guest host of local television programming and has appeared in several motion pictures.

Sung Won Sohn

Dr. Sung Won Sohn is Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and a Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles. He also teaches at California State University Channel Islands and serves on numerous corporate boards. Previously, Dr. Sohn served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Prior to his tenure at Hanmi, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks and served as a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, where he was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has received much recognition for his business leadership and economic forecasting. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal named him as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2012, he remained in the top three. Dr. Sohn has also been named among the most accurate forecasters by Blue Chip Publications and Bloomberg News. He is the author of Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

Mitch Anthony

Mitch Anthony is the founder and president of Advisor Insights and the Financial Life Planning Institute, the leading provider of financial life planning tools and programs for the financial services industry. For almost two decades, Mitch and his team have provided training and development for both individual advisors and major organizations throughout the world. Mitch personally consults with many of the largest and most-recognizable names in the financial services industry on both financial life planning and relationship development. He has been named one of the financial services industry’s top “Movers & Shakers” for his pioneering work, and is interviewed by the media on a regular basis. Mitch is also the author of many groundbreaking books for advisors and consumers, including StorySelling for Financial Advisors, The New Retirementality (now in its 4th edition), Defining Conversations, and several others. Mitch is one of the most trusted guides for financial planning as he fills his presentations with compelling stories and wise counsel.

Ken Blanchard

Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients alike as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone together. He is a polished storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. Some of his topics include; Leadership in Tough Times: Ethical Dilemmas, Whale Done!, Teambuilding—High Five! and Creating Raving Fans. Ken is innovative, and insightful, with the ability to make meaningful and lasting impressions on his clients.

Robert Krumroy

Often referred to as “America’s Prospecting Coach,” Bob Krumroy is the founder and CEO of Identity Branding and e-Relationship.com, a successful author in the financial and insurance industry, and a professional speaker and trainer. Earlier in his career, he also built and managed one of the nation’s 100 largest insurance and financial firms. With an impressive background in financial services, sales, and management that has spanned over 30 years, Krumroy offers presentations and workshops that provide powerful prospecting strategies to help financial services professionals around the world dramatically improve prospect access, sales, retention, and recruiting. His “prospecting made easy” model will teach you audience how to "turn a 'no' into a 'not yet,'" encourage and maximize referrals, and create a market distinction for incredible results. His books include Identity Branding Revisited, The Prospect Relationship Ladder, and his most recent title, Prospecting Made Easy…It’s just not that hard.

Laura Stack

Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve results, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field. Laura is the president and CEO of The Productivity Pro, a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time, details how today’s leaders can be more successful by managing their effectiveness and efficiency. Funny, engaging, and full of real-life strategies that work, Laura will change mindsets and attitudes. With Laura's help, your team can maximize its productivity, increase market share, strengthen performance, increase sales, and get the job done right!

David Allen

David Allen is an author, consultant, international lecture. He is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world's highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes' recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the "Top 100 thought leaders" by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen "One of the world's most influential thinkers" in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as "the defining self-help business book of the decade." David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity ("GTD" as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. Brian is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

Marc Freedman

Marc S. Freedman CFP® is the President of Freedman Financial, Inc. A second generation financial planner, Marc has almost two decades of experience in the financial industry and has received national recognition and accolades. Marc's expertise has made him a sought after speaker. He's lectured both internationally and domestically on trends in the financial planning profession and practice management issues. In 2009 he appeared on the CBS Early Show to perform a financial makeover for an audience member. In 2008 he authored the book Oversold and Underserved – A Financial Planner’s Guide to Serving the Mass Affluent. Marc is passionate about educating the public - as well as those who present themselves as financial advisors - about the enormous differences between investment advice and integrated financial planning. He believes that communication is the cornerstone of a good relationship, and that planning is the most important step toward a solid financial future.

Scott Christopher

Scott Christopher is author of the best-selling People People: Who They Are, Why They Win and How to Become One, The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and contributing author of The Daily Carrot Principle and A Carrot A Day. As VP of Speaking and Training at The Culture Works and a consultant on strengthening work culture with recognition and fun, Scott has circled the globe entertaining and motivating thousands of audiences. Scott's unforgettable messages and off-the-cuff humor illustrate firsthand how levity, humor and becoming a 'people person' enrich lives at work and at home. His unforgettable presentations leave people with a new perspective on life and prepared to face any challenge.

Daymond John

Daymond John has evolved from a man who sold his own hand made hats to his neighborhood friends into a well-known fashion designer and one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country. Daymond shares his knowledge and vast experiences as author, creator of FUBU clothing, and cast member of ABC’s entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, with his audiences to inspire and motivate them to overcome their challenges. Daymond tells his stories with the desire to transform people’s lives and help them succeed and reach their goals either personally or as an organization.

Ron McMillan

Through his company VitalSmarts, hundreds of Fortune 500 companies have hung onto every last word Ron McMillan has advised, because the customized strategies he shares leads to attaining their company’s goals. Ron cofounded the Covey Leadership Center where he served as vice president of research and development and contributed to the development of numerous training programs, including Principle Centered Leadership and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. As a communications speaker, Ron can teach your company’s executives, leaders, and managers on topics such as team development, personal vitality, quality, communication, and results-oriented leadership. With Ron as your keynote your company would have the tools to excel to new levels.

Rick Barrera

Rick Barrera is a nationally acclaimed marketing consultant and author, known throughout the financial services industry for his extraordinary speaking skills and his ability to help advisors differentiate their practice, generate referrals and retain clients. He is a partner at Prosperous Practice, the practice management firm that defined fully comprehensive financial services and teaches advisors how to consistently deliver the highest levels of service in the industry. His consulting focuses on delivering unique client experiences that drive high levels of referrals. His newest book, “Overpromise and Overdeliver: How to Design and Deliver Extraordinary Client Experiences” is both a Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller.

Ed Rigsbee

Ed Rigsbee is unique in the fact that he holds both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and that of the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). He has been referred to as, the dynamite that blew up the log jam. If your organization is ready to take a definitive step toward growing your organization, Ed is ready to help you through the maze or land mines, road blocks, and subversives. He is available to help non-profits “move the needle” toward accelerated membership growth.

Mark Allen

Since retiring from racing as a professional triathlete in 1996, Mark Allen has become a highly regarded inspirational speaker. The Ironman Triathlon is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. Mark’s first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman Champion. Finally on his seventh attempt Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon’s greatest race ever. Allen went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. Mark completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90% top-three finish record and going undefeated in 20 races over a three year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times, and after retiring in 1996 was called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine. Mark was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from the Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark is also an award winning author for the recently released book titled Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You that he co-authored with Brant Secunda. They received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.

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