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Excellence - Keynote Speakers

Mike Evans

Mike Evans is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker who works with clients to design and implement solutions that drive large-scale organizational transformations while achieving desired results quicker and with a greater degree of impact. He works with clients around the globe to help build change leadership competencies, accelerate execution of strategic intent, drive cultural transformation adeptness, build exemplary leadership practices, and heighten employee alignment and accountability. Mike's presentations on these topics reflect both his focus and passion for providing participants with ideas, tools, and principles that can be utilized immediately. Mike plays a key role in developing custom solutions that produce clients’ desired results that are sustained over time. With his engaging, upbeat, and thought-provoking style, combined with his experience and expertise, Mike will guide your audience to achieve and exceed desired business results.

Terry Savage

Are you ready to talk about money? Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and markets. Her expertise comes from experience as she started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member and first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Terry is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance, including The Savage Truth on Money and The Savage Number. She currently writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Terry is also seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. Her innovative ideas about the global economy, investing techniques, and personal finance inspires her audiences to secure their own financial future.

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Neal Petersen

With his help as a business coach, Neal Petersen has driven thousands of people to overcome their insurmountable barriers. As a motivational speaker Neal has changed the lives of many through his enthralling life story of growing up in poverty with a physical disability and excelling in a single-handed yacht race around the world with a boat he built. Neal alters people’s attitudes by sharing his powerful message that, “in life there are no barriers, only solutions!” In today’s business world people feel like a solo sailor, alone with all their problems but after listening to Neal’s keynotes they no longer feel abandoned but are empowered to be triumphant in their journey.

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

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.

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.”

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.

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI. In her motivating and engaging presentations, Carey shares the story of her journey to the cockpit along with her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world and feel inspired to move to higher levels of performance. She uses the processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting to help businesses manage risk while becoming High Performing Organizations. In October 2014, Lohrenz released her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Lohrenz provides bottom-line expertise, clear takeaway items, and an ability to connect with the audience to make her a highly sought after speaker.

Jim Murphy

Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has demonstrated a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. Through his leadership, Afterburner has been listed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph was also named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. Murph and Afterburner have shared the podium such notable speakers as Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Marcus Buckingham, Colin Powell, J.W. Marriott, Sr., and Terry Bradshaw. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

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.

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.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is called “Mr. Accountability” because as a leadership and motivational speaker he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for whatever situation they are in. Through his programs, workshops, and books he teaches that personal accountability, confidence, and success are possible for all who desire it. Walter will captivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories, teaching them the lessons learned from his experience in selling, as an entrepreneur, and being an NBA team player. He helps his audience see how they can transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into testimonies, and that success is a matter of personal choice. In 2013, Walter became the host on the Food Network's Giving You the Business – a new reality show featuring exceptional employees who vie for the chance to win their own food franchise.

Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, ultimately helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and was a recipient of the Golden Gavel Award. Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights, Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire, and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.

Simon T. Bailey

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Are you ready to improve your life? Then get ready to experience Simon T. Bailey. He has helped more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking, and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s Top 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. Simon has authored seven books including Release Your Brilliance and Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You Inc. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon brings a fresh voice that challenges and teaches organizations to overcome obstacles that can lead them to higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity.

Jim Abbott

Famed baseball pitcher Jim Abbott uses his past experience of battling the odds to be an inspirational motivational speaker. Born with only one hand, Jim had to adapt to his own style of baseball in order to play. With his determination he was able to exceed by winning the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in 1993. Through his stories and anecdotes Jim motivates people with his ADAPT acronym to relate to every type of audience. Jim inspires people to overcome adversity and limitations so they can reach their dreams.

Lior Arussy

Lior Arussy is a passionate professional who helps companies deliver exceptional experiences in everyday customer contacts. One of the world’s leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe’s leading brands - Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth. Named “Influential Leader” by CRM Magazine, Arussy is the Founder of Strativity Group, a consulting firm dedicated to customer centric transformation. Lior Arussy is an author, visionary, consultant, and creative catalyst in the areas of creating delightful customer experiences and executing profitable customer strategies. Arussy led the internet security division at Hewlett-Packard where he grew the business by 50% per quarter for 3 consecutive years. His strategy of enabling eBanking access to consumers via mission critical security was a new concept at the time. Author of five books including "Customer Experience Strategy" (2010), Lior Arussy will show your audience how to stop being boring and how to give exceptional customer experiences. His accomplishments were recognized by leading analysts and press including ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Times of London, and Gartner Group.

Eric Boles

Eric Boles is President of The Game Changers, Inc., a training and consulting company whose leadership, team, and personal development processes are used by some of the most recognized and successful companies in the world and have helped to shape over a half a million successful leaders, managers, and employees. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, and executive coach who addresses thousands of men and women each year. His clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Boeing, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, AFLAC, Dunkin Brands, State Farm Insurance, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Rangers--to name a few. Prior to becoming an authority on teamwork, leadership and personal development, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics, leadership, and peak performance from his experience as a player in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. His presentations draw on both his sports and business backgrounds to deliver dynamic, inspiring, and practical messages for success.

John Jenson

John A. Jenson is an expert on how to present yourself and represent your organization at the highest possible level. He has helped thousands of professionals and has written five books on the subjects of change, perspective, and influence. John provides insight from his own experiences to show the importance of “consistent messaging.” He emphasizes that organizations prosper when there is a consistent understanding of “what we do,” “our culture,” and “our direction.” John hones in on everyone’s own purpose and meaning to the organization to highlight their strengths to bring out the best in them. With John’s help organizations have the tools to sell more, build a stronger brand and have more cohesive teams.

Tom Flick

Dynamic leadership expert Tom Flick has garnered a reputation around the world as an authority on developing leaders, leading effective change and accelerating personal, team and organizational performance. Tom has the unique gift to connect with the audience’s heart as well as their head. He understands that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Tom has worked with a list of clients that includes Microsoft, Google, American Express, Amazon, NASA and the Pentagon. Tom draws on his leadership experience as a former NFL quarterback for seven seasons, his extensive work in corporate America, and his alliance with leadership guru, Dr. John Kotter. Tom provides actionable solutions to develop leaders, lead change, and drive performance. Tom has an exceptional ability to communicate clear business solutions combined with humor, wit and razor-sharp insight.

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