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Entertainment - Keynote Speakers

The Travel Guys

Imagine if your job were to hop a plane and travel the globe. Climbing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge? Check. Riding an elephant in Thailand? Been there, done that. One month, you’re harvesting grapes in an Italian vineyard. The next, you’re kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. It’s all in a day’s work for Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, who have achieved all that and more as the stars of Shaw TV’s The Travel Guys. In nearly ten years, the duo has filmed 90 shows around the world. Both former radio personalities, they each write entertainment columns for local publications; Gordon is also a movie critic for CTV. The TRAVEL GUYS have interviewed the biggest stars in the world – including Clint Eastwood, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Brad Pitt – and experienced strange adventures in 10 years, like: betting on coconut-plucking monkeys in Northern Malaysia; tumbling down a steep hill inside a giant ball, all for a sport New Zealanders call “zorbing”; petting a panda bear in Xian, China; drinking Guinness while singing with folks songs locals in a 500 year old Dublin pub, Ireland’s oldest; seeing the stunning sites 50 feet below the water’s surface while skitubing in Borneo; Climbing above the clouds, seeing snow, and witnessing a stunning sunset on The Big Island of Hawaii; snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; dressing as samurai warriors in Osaka, Japan; Enjoying a true Bellini at its birthplace, Harry’s Bar, Venice, Italy.

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Brian Pavlet

In 1993, the golf world familiarized itself with a new prodigy in Brian Pavlet. After launching a 435 yard blast in Salt Lake City, Utah in a regional competition, Brian went to the National Long Drive Championship and won it all. Since winning he has not looked back. He has made a record eight “Final 8” appearances in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship and has been the LDA’s most consistent performer the past decade. He held the #1 ranked position for more than 20 months and was featured in Golf Digest for having one of the best power swings in golf. Brian has performed more than 1,200 shows worldwide and even entertained the troops in Iraq with the USO. His engaging personality and performance make him one of golf’s premier showmen.

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is a 6-time Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, and TV host. In 1994, Ross began studying the cultural influences that cause some organizations to experience wild success – while others suffer embarrassing failures. Human nature and the human condition have always been fascinating to Ross, and as a result, he specializes in the study of customer urgency and empathy, personal motivation, leadership, and business relevance. Ross is also the author of nine business books, his most recent being Behave Like a Start-Up and Success: It’s On You. Ross is a National Speaker Association Hall of Fame recipient and has spoken at over 2,500 events worldwide. Unconventional and engaging, Ross can educate and motivate employees from all job types and levels.

Dan Boever

Dan Boever ranks among the most popular performers on the golf exhibition circuit. Known for his quick wit and amazing repertoire of trick shots, Boever can light up an audience like few others in the golf entertainment business. There’s a bounce in his step, a sparkle in his eye and impish grin on his face as he works his magic through the bag. Whether Boever’s blasting his driver nearly 400 yards or his putter nearly 300 yards, he keeps the one-liners coming. His showmanship is infectious – and unforgettable. He’s sure to keep the gallery in stitches and fans on his side. Dan Boever never met a stranger he didn’t convert into a fast friend. That explains why hundreds of corporations and charities, when booking a headliner for their golf outings, borrow a page from old-time television: They leave it to Boever.

Adam Christing

As one of the world's premiere interactive entertainers, Adam Christing has amused, mystified, and delighted more than 3,000 audiences across North America. Hailed as a "meeting planner's dream", Adam has become a favorite guest performer, emcee, and after-dinner entertainer/speaker for hundreds of the top companies and organizations in the world, including Toyota, Microsoft, Stanford University, and scores of others. He has been ranked among the top 5 after-dinner speakers in America. Success magazine highlighted him as "one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in America." Adam is the author of "Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Jokes, Quotes, and One-liners". Adam also holds a degree in public speaking and is a master at customizing his message around event themes. His keynote topics include: 'Say YES to Your Dreams', 'Laughing Your Way Through Difficult Times', 'Dynamic Diversity' and 'It's a Sin to be

Jeff Civillico

Jeff Civillico is a Vegas-based headline entertainer who blends his perfected art of juggling with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy. Jeff is thrilled to perform daily on the Las Vegas strip. He has his own show at Imperial Palace Casino at 2PM. He also works regularly as a guest performer in Nathan Burton: Comedy Magic at The Flamingo. Jeff currently serves as the Membership Chair for the National Speakers Association of Las Vegas, and President of the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Las Vegas. His latest endeavor is Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit Jeff recently created which pairs performers willing to donate their time and talent with charity organizations in need of entertainment. He is excited to be on the membership committee of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Southern Nevada, and to get more involved in the non-profit space. His zany lifestyle, boundless energy, and contagious spirit create an unforgettable entertainment experience.

Gerard Senehi

Gerard Senehi is driven by a passion for expanding what we consider possible. He is an entertainer and activist who performs as a mentalist and uses his talent for creating mystery to provoke deeper questions and inspire innovative thinking about the future. Gerard’s presentations bring people together to participate in unique, evocative, and mystifying events. Audience members witness apparent displays of telekinesis, thought reading, and telepathy. Then, perhaps most mystifying of all, Gerard has them perform these seemingly impossible acts themselves! Through playful and captivating demonstrations of impossible feats, Gerard’s work disarms even the most resolute skeptics and inspires people to consider themselves and their world in a more expansive way.

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".

The Arrangement

The Arrangement is a five-piece jazz band that puts a sophisticated spin on familiar favorites like "Things We Said Today" by the Beatles and "Up From the Skies" by Jimi Hendrix. They feature songs from Diana Krall, Madeleine Peyroux, Eric Clapton, Norah Jones and more. Consisting of singer Stacey Dyer, guitarist Doug Kupper, drummer Ben Bilello, bassist Chet Zaslow, and pianist/saxophonist Geoff Fitzgerald, The Arrangement provides upscale jazz entertainment for a wide variety of events.

Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman is an utter fraud - a stand-up comedian whom dozens of companies have asked to pretend he’s an industry expert or a newly hired executive to bring humor to annual meetings or conventions. With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated 'best speaker' at conferences. Harry will create the perfect expert for your group until they are roaring with laughter! With over two decades of professional experience, he has performed put-ons for hundreds of top companies, has performed regularly on national television, and has worked with everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Ray Romano. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!

Richard Laible

With over two decades of corporate hosting experience, Richard Laible is corporate America's first choice for entertainment. He is widely sought after for his unique ability to improve tradeshows, sales meetings, promotions, and other business events. Richard began his career with Chicago's famous The Second City comedy troupe, so he will definitely get your audience laughing. But even more importantly, he will also get them—and keep them—listening closely to the messages you wish to communicate throughout your program. Working as the Host, Master of Ceremonies, or Spokesperson for your event, Richard will prepare by researching your company, speakers, and messaging to assure that his contribution is targeted to the strategic goals of your program. He will also open your event in a fun and upbeat manner; provide entertaining introductions for speakers, segments, and topics; maintain a dynamic and engaging pace for your schedule; and sustain audience involvement and interactivity. With clients that range from Cisco to Starbucks to Sara Lee, Richard has the experience to guide your event to success!

Gerry Dee

Award-winning comedian, Gerry Dee is one of the hottest talents in the business. With a style reminiscent of early Bill Cosby routines, Gerry Dee is one of those rare comedians that can be funny while still being clean. He has appeared multiple times on CBS, HBO, NBC, The Comedy Network, and performed coast-to-coast in Canada and internationally. NBC describes Gerry as "one of the next generation of Canadian comics to make it big". And they're probably right: Gerry was the first Canadian in 27 years to win the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the same competition that launched Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Ellen DeGeneres to superstardom. In the summer of 2007 Gerry Dee became a household name with his impressive 3rd place finish on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Back home the following year he won the 2008 Canadian Comedy Award as "Best Male Comic in Canada'. Gerry is known for his clean, original material, and his outrageous, sometimes frantic, always likeable style. His signature stories of the absurdities of life at the front of the classroom and growing up the son of Scottish immigrant parents have become famous to his fans. His delivery is natural and seamless, described as "masterful and flawless."

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.

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.

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.

Michael Broome

Michael Broome is one of our nation's most inspiring, original and comedic speakers. His audiences rolls with laughter & applauses with inspiration, at this man who does more than entertain & educate; he touches people's lives. More than a speaker, Broome is also the founder and president of the Broyhill Leadership Conference, where over 28,000 participants throughout North America have attended. These weeklong conferences help teach the principles of success, a truly life changing experience for all that attend. He chose a career in professional speaking because he has a sincere passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, serve others, enhance their sense of gratitude, and achieve a life balance. Michael believes that "success is when we have some of the things that money can buy and lot of the things that money can’t buy." As a speaker, his topics include: A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional and Family Success; You’ll See It When You Believe It, Be a People Power Person!; and Killing Stress Before It Kills You.

Jason Alexander

"An Evening/Morning with Jason Alexander" - Jason Alexander is getting standing O’s for his new show. In a comedy/variety show he performs stand up material, as well as songs on the piano, audience participation bits, clips from Seinfeld and a hysterical Q & A…with himself! This material can all be custom to your audience and meeting.

Boris Brott

Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. Thousands of people across corporate America have heard Boris Brott's interactive presentation — he draws comparisons between business organizations and symphony orchestras. Both have common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve those goals, and each continually strives for perfection. Often, both attempt to be innovative and creative. Boris draws out the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership, the need for creativity within an organization; the joy of communication and the achievement of success, all which are also explored through the medium of music. The audience is thrilled to be playing a significant part and to make music under the direction of a symphony conductor. Boris delivers nothing but memorable and unique presentations, sure to captivate any audience.

Chris Bliss

Speaker, comedian, variety artist, and Bill of Rights proponent Chris Bliss delivers intelligent and timely commentary about our world. The through line connecting all these dots is Chris’s passion for communication. Whether it’s his unique approach to juggling as a musical art, his scathingly funny comedy about the absurdities of our modern world, or his commitment to spreading awareness of our founding principles, Chris Bliss is continually searching for new approaches to old conventions, and fresh ways of expressing them. The result is engaging presentations that inform as well as entertain. Chris’s unique skill set and years of experience, along with his personal commitment to every client and event, is an unbeatable combination. To paraphrase his write-up in the Washington Post, if you’re looking to laugh and think, you can’t do better than Chris Bliss.

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