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Keynote Speaker Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
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Mick Fleetwood

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Founding member and drummer of the wildly popular and generation transcending band, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood is truly an American icon in the music industry. Mick's presentation is steeped in iconic stardom and his charismatic presence and humorous punctuation never fails to delight. He is a topical celebrity presenter, sharing thoughts on creativity, branding, transitions, and about his life and times. His style with the audience is entertaining and informative. In this keynote speech, Mick speaks about the success he has enjoyed by blending art and business, and always focusing on the future while remembering lessons learned in the past. Mick parallels his own experiences with what it takes to make an individual successful in today's competitive marketplace. For decades, Mick has proven to be one of rock’s greatest drummers, a Fleetwood appearance often has deep emotional and lasting impact on attendees.

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Mick Fleetwood, legendary drummer and co-founding member of Fleetwood Mac was born June 24, 1947 in Cornwall, England. He began his professional drumming career at the age of 16 and has remained at the forefront of the music industry for over 40 years. In 1967, Fleetwood, along with Peter Green and John McVie formed the original Fleetwood Mac, a band that subsequently became one of the leading blues bands of that era. A later incarnation of Fleetwood Mac including Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie released the band's 1977 multi-Grammy Award winner RUMOURS, which remains one of the biggest selling albums in music history. In 1998 Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. From 2003 through 2004 the band once again embarked on a world tour and released their critically acclaimed album "Say You Will." Mick and his band, Fleetwood Mac, plan to continue making great music long into the future.

For decades, Mick Fleetwood has proven to be not only one of rock's greatest drummers but also an astute discoverer of great talent. In 2000, Mick formed his own record label, TallMan Records, a company he created to debut new artists and share important music to an ever widening audience.

In Fleetwood's forty year career as the man behind Fleetwood Mac's success, he has empowered both himself and his fellow band members. He has encouraged the people around him to greater heights of creativity, while maintaining a vibrant passion for the career he loves. As the driving force of Fleetwood Mac, he has learned to be a leader who knows how to nurture the talent of individuals while creating a successful and productive team.

Mick has had fun with an acting career and has also co-written two books, the NY Times Best Seller, My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac and the coffee table book, My Twenty-Five years in Fleetwood Mac. In addition to these other projects Mick manages his own wine enterprise, Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar. As with everything else in his life, Mick uses a hands-on approach to selecting, blending, critiquing and ultimately creating any wine that earns the distinction "Mick Fleetwood "“ Private Cellar." Fleetwood explains"¦. "I find so many parallels between the wine blending and creating music. Just a little change to either mix can make all the difference. It's so much about really caring and paying attention in the process."

An avid golf player, Mick has channeled his enthusiasm for the game into helping create awareness for many worthy causes. By involving himself in fund-raising tournaments Fleetwood has aided such causes as the ALS Project, SIMA Environment Fund, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and KCET.

A devoted family man, Mick has four daughters (including a set of twin toddlers) and two grandchildren. He and his family divide their time between homes in California and Hawaii.

During 40 years of guiding Fleetwood Mac through multiple incarnations and generations - Mick has become a master at conquering challenges and adversities. From managing his businesses to managing the delicate balance between "Rock n' Roll" and family life, Mick has overcome many obstacles while maintaining the truth of his "brand." Whether behind his drum set, a podium or exploring his other passions, Mick Fleetwood brings a unique drive, spirituality, and vision to the many facets of his life.

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