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MDRT - Keynote Speakers

W Mitchell

Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, W Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy -- that most limitations are self-imposed. Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change, and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.

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.

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.

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.

Tony Alessandra

Dr. Tony Alessandra offers a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having fought his way out of Hell's Kitchen in NYC, eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, entrepreneur, business author, and consultant. Dr. Tony Alessandra helps companies achieve market dominance through specific strategies designed to outmarket, outsell, and outservice the competition. A leading authority on bottom-line marketing techniques and on building strong business relationships, Dr. Alessandra is not only an expert in his field, but an extremely interesting and colorful speaker. He has been recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as “one of America’s most electrifying speakers”, and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985, making him a member of the Speakers Roundtable, a group of 20 of the world's top professional speakers. Tony's polished style, powerful message and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earns rave reviews.

Barry Asmus

Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a conference on privatizing Social Security for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China, and Peru, he encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas and sharp analyses in enthusiastic and energetic presentations.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford impacted the game of tennis and does the same as a motivational speaker when he instills passion into each of his audience members. His compelling storytelling skills tell the journey of becoming an NCAA Division I college athlete despite having four impaired limbs. Sports Illustrated calls Roger one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world and he holds certification from the United States Tennis Association. Roger’s speaking skills are perfect to motivate and captivate any audience and help them realize they can achieve goals they never thought possible. With Roger as your keynote speaker you have the opportunity to break through your industry’s barriers and revolutionize the way your company does business.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus is one of the world’s leading technological forecasters and business strategists, author of the highly acclaimed Technotrends, and corporate speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients create untapped opportunities. In his keynote presentations, Burrus tailors his message to each audience through his humor and motivation. He addresses relevant trends and offers guidance for turning rapid technology-driven change into a competitive advantage. Burrus has developed a new interactive breakout session called “Competitive Advantage” which raises the bar on take-home value and increases the impact of his presentation.

Christine Cashen

A motivational speaker with a killer sense of humor, Christine Cashen enlightens every audience she is in front of. Her content-rich, interactive, and humorous motivational speeches bring her audiences wanting to come back for more. It is no wonder that Christine is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which fewer than 7% of speakers hold the title of. Christine provides her audiences with tools to improve communication, reduce stress, and resolve conflicts in and out of the workplace. Through her relatable stories and well-thought-out presentations, Christine gives her listeners an experience that they can reference to for the rest of their lives.

John Cassis

John Cassis brings a rare blend of humor, entertainment and content to being a motivational speaker. He shares his own experiences to show how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on! From being a professional baseball player to a minister, and the former inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears, John uses his wide-ranged background and numerous stories to inspire listeners. He is a genuine and passionate professional speaker that truly wants to change the lives of his audience and guide them toward a path to re-energize their lives, careers and relationships.

Jim Cathcart

Jim Cathcart is the founder and CEO of Cathcart Institute, Inc., a for-profit think tank of advisors to business owners, leaders and executives in the areas of executive development, professional speaking and sales improvement. Jim is the author of thirteen books including "Relationship Selling", and the newly released "The Eight Competencies of Relationship Selling", which is setting the new standard for selling in this hyper-connected era. He is a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable, 20 of the most popular speakers in the world. As cofounder of MentorU.com and ProfessionalSpeaker.com, he is leading a new wave of digital learning. Jim is the recipient of The Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International for 2001, winner of the ghtt Award and Past President of the National Speakers Association (NSA). Among professional speakers worldwide Jim Cathcart is an industry leader. He has risen to the top of his profession through 30 years of presentations to a worldwide audience and decades of unselfish service to his profession. He believes in serving his industry and community as well as his customers.

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

Bob Davies

As a keynote speaker, author, trainer and coach, Bob Davies has drawn upon the lessons he has accumulated, from his humble childhood roots to his successful career as a college football coach, in order to develop a system for improving lives based on clarity, focus and accountability. Using his coaching background and academic studies, Bob has studied and formed systems around strategic planning, time accountability, tracking, and creating systems that enable individuals to tap into the highest level of their potential. Bob helps audiences implement these lessons both for themselves and for others as a system of specific declarations resulting in elite performance and the ability to achieve declared goals. By learning from Bob’s experience of overcoming fear, the audience will be able to identify and overcome the obstacles that presently stand in the way of success in sales and in life.

Roy Firestone

You cannot call Roy Firestone a typical sports speaker. His keynotes are collaborated with his talents as a singer and sports journalist to provide an entertaining and unforgettable performance. Roy has won seven prestigious Emmy® Awards spinning his own brand of magic with more than 5,000 men and women from the worlds of art, politics, and popular entertainment. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called Firestone, "the best interviewer I've ever seen. That's not the best interviewer in sports, that's the best interviewer period." Roy’s talents are not limited to being a thoughtful interviewer. His successful one man multi-media show has appeared from Las Vegas to corporate meetings and conventions all over the country. Roy moves, inspires and uplifts audiences with storytelling, music, spoken word narratives and inspiring life experiences.

Ken Dychtwald

Dr. Ken Dychtwald is North America’s expert on lifestyle, marketing, and workforce implications of the age wave. He has over 35 years of experience as a psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. His customized innovative solutions for any business fertilized their expansion in their field. Ken has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity. His ability to blend cutting-edge social science and marketing brings a unique look at business to his audiences.

Mack Dryden

From humble beginnings as a blue-collar paper mill employee in Mississippi, Mack's path to becoming one of the top corporate comedians and humorous motivational speakers in the country was a circuitous one to say the least. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter, taught karate after earning a black belt, and finally made a career of his true love, making people laugh and having a positive impact on their lives. As a performer, he's appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as acting roles on many dramas like ABC’s The Guardian and JAG. As a writer, he's won a prestigious fiction-writing contest, and was handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC'S Politically Incorrect. He's a two-time cancer survivor who speaks at dozens of survival celebrations every year, and has also survived a harrowing stay in an African prison, not to mention “the sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front!" Instead of brooding about his misfortunes, he does the opposite and shares his goal-achieving secrets with hilarious, moving stories about the challenges he's overcome to reach his goals.

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