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Author - Keynote Speakers

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.

Calvin Trillin

Trillin Calvin is acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. He has published pieces in The New Yorker for forty years and his wry commentary on the American scene and his comic novels have earned him renown as "a classic American humorist." His books include three comic novels (most recently, "Tepper Isn't Going Out") and a collection of short stories, a travel book and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Three of his antic books on eating "American Fried", "Alice, Let's Eat" and "Third Helpings" were compiled in 1994 into a single volume called "The Tummy Trilogy". He lectures widely and has appeared often as a guest on such television programs as "Good Morning America", "The Today Show" and "Latenight with David Letterman". He has written and presented two one man shows at the American Palace Theatre in New York- both of them critically acclaimed and sell-out. In reviewing the second show, The New York Times called Trillin "the Buster Keaton of performance humorists".

Peter Hillary

With great adventures comes great stories, and with great stories comes Peter Hillary the ever inspiring motivational speaker. Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt. Everest and has reached the South Pole overland. Through his dynamic public speaking he takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent in a vicious storm on K2. His presentations combine humor and heart-stopping excitement with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. Re-live Edmund’s adventure and be inspired to have your own.

Richard Weylman

Richard Weylman is one of the leading global authorities on how to create a business of distinction who draws from his extensive experience in sales, communication, and marketing to help organizations understand today’s marketplace, overcome obstacles, and grow a profitable business. He is the author of three international best sellers including his latest, the CEO Reads bestseller, The Power of Why; Breaking Out in a Competitive Marketplace. Richard is committed to ‘elevating the business performance of every individual and business with whom he has the privilege of working with. This is not a slogan or tag line, rather it is his promise of outcome. Richard teaches audiences actionable strategies and tactics that will elevate business performance in today’s marketplace.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Winning Works, and has been honored multiple times as a top speaker by Fortune 1000 meeting professionals and MeetingsNet.com. It is through her harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Lynn Brewer

Lynn Brewer is a former Enron executive and author of Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower Story, a riveting account of her career at Enron and her decision to blow the whistle. Described by the Economist as the real whistleblower, she is the last to meet with former CEO Ken Lay -- just two weeks before his death. In her nearly three years at Enron, she was responsible for risk management in energy operations, the e-commerce initiatives for Enron’s water subsidiary, power trading in the California markets at the height of the crises, and oversaw competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. Prior to joining the energy giant, Lynn worked in forensic accounting and spent 18 years as a legal professional in private practice. Today she is the Founder and CEO of The Integrity Institute, Inc., which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their
stakeholders. She holds a Certification in Business Ethics from Colorado State University. Lynn is also the co-author of Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive an Ethical Misconduct Disaster and author of SportsVision: Athletic Excellence through Visualization, (foreword by Lou Holtz and Mike Ditka), based upon her 15 years as a competitive and professional figure skater, as well as a coach.

Kate Adamson

Author and speaker Kate Adamson shares her unique perspective on the relationship between healthy habits and survival from the most acute medical crisis. Kate recovered from a serious stroke, including a period of hospitalization during which she suffered total paralysis, also known as Locked-in Syndrome. Only able to blink her eyes, she managed to communicate messages through a system of blinking the alphabet, which allowed her to set up a rehabilitation program that almost everyone thought would be impossible. Kate used her training, determination, and persistence to do the impossible. Partially paralyzed as a result of her stroke, Kate has developed her own unique capabilities and has discovered and proven that "paralyzed" does not have to mean "powerless." Kate’s experience will fascinate and inform anyone involved with health care. Her incredible pre-morbid level of fitness and health allowed her to survive one-in-a-million odds. She learned how your health can work for you even in the most severe medical crisis.

Hal Becker

Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. Hal is the author of "Can I have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?" which is now in its 18th printing and is used by many corporations as their "Sales Bible." He has also authored two other best sellers "Lip Service," one of the nations foremost books on customer service, and "Get What You Want," a fun, upbeat and fresh approach to negotiating. He has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business and hundreds of newspapers and Radio/TV stations around the world, and is currently syndicated in over 45 newspapers and magazines.

Bob Beaudine

Bob Beaudine manages the nation’s leading executive search firm in sports and entertainment. He has helped shape the leadership teams of some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic businesses: NBA, Major League Baseball, Hockey, Tennis, Rodeo, PGA Tour, Arena Football, US Olympics, NASCAR, Horse Racing, and Ultimate Fighting Championships. He has interviewed and coached senators, governors, generals, CEO’s, university presidents, top athletic coaches, and studio presidents. Sports Illustrated named Bob "the most influential man in sports you've never heard of." Bob is the author of The Power of Who and The Power of Who Workbook, which provide a step-by-step plan to help you find your dream through the Power of Relationships. Based on his books, Bob's dynamic presentations will challenge your audience to rethink, rework, and enhance their abilities to network, connect, sell, and succeed!

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.

Shawn Achor

Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that Happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won over a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to be founder of Good Think Inc. which allows him to share his research. Shawn speaks to his audiences on how to create a positive transformation that can have a rippling effect on an organization’s culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, in our lives, and in our organization's bottom lines. Shawn has spoken to many types of audiences that have all benefited from listening to his research on organizational achievement and happiness.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

Andy Boynton

In today’s competitive world, the old tried and true approach to customers, clients, innovation, and strategy simply doesn’t work as well as it used to. Andy Boynton understands the new rules and can educate leaders, managers, and organizations on how to renews themselves and succeed. Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, author, and co-creator of DeepDive, the world’s largest methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation, and results. As a leadership speaker he brings his 20 years of experience as a researcher, speaker, and designer of powerful executive education sessions to firms around the world. He communicates his message in a powerful, engaging way to offer actionable strategies for organizations. He shares the insights he has learned through research into what it takes to win today across all dimensions for any organization.

Robert Ballard

The Titanic may have sunk, but Robert Ballard was able to discover the ship and float its history back to the world. His expeditions and findings have revolutionized our understanding of the origin of life on our planet and are shared to rally company teams to take on their biggest aspiration. Robert’s motivational speeches bring audiences onboard his underwater adventures and immerse them into the waters of his riveting stories. Once your employees hear Robert’s keynotes your organization will be compiled of innovative and passionate people who will steer your company to Success Island.

Sheila Murray Bethel

Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel's client list reads like a Global Who's Who of Business, Trade Associations, Education and Government. With over 3,000 presentations to over two million people in 20 countries, she brings; a broad view of current trends and relevant issues that maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, Sheila understands how and why people perform at their best and what it takes to build and sustain a successful business. She is a thriving entrepreneur, a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute whose mission is "…expanding the global dialogue about 21st century leadership and change." She is a currently a member of the Advisory Council for Amsted University based in Malaysia. Her books are used as course material and are in libraries in 127 universities and colleges worldwide. Her latest of five books, A New Breed Of leader, 8 Qualities That Matter Most In The Real World, What Works, What Doesn't and Why is published in English and Chinese and is winning global praise.

Chip Bell

Chip Bell is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation. He has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Chip reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. He has authored several best-selling books including The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service and Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers. His most recent book released in 2017 is the best-selling Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.

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