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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Rob "Waldo" Waldman

In today’s highly competitive and constantly changing business world, Waldo teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experience as a combat decorated F-16 fight pilot and sales manager. Waldo is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Never Fly Solo. He was also voted one of the Top Speakers in 2015 by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. Waldo has real world sales and business experience and is an expert on creating cultures of commitment, collaboration and trust. The key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen- those who help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. He believes that by placing trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to others, there is no mission you can’t compete.

Tony Jeary

When many of the World’s top executives want to grow their organizations, change thinking, and execute for better results, they are eventually led to The RESULTS Guy, Tony Jeary. Jeary has invested his life and career in helping others discover new clarity for their vision, develop focus on direction and create powerful execution strategies that strategically impact achievement and accelerate results. It doesn’t matter if the meeting participants are business leaders, business development people, sales team members, reps, management groups, or the entire organization. Tony has been described as a ‘gifted encourager’ who facilitates positive outcomes for others. The development of Tony’s Strategic Acceleration Process resulted from his obsession with studying distinctions that characterize top-performing high-achievers and organizations. Tony’s signature book, Life is a Series of Presentations, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2004. His latest major publication is Strategic Acceleration: Success at the Speed of Life, published by Vanguard in 2009.

Shep Hyken

Shep Hyken is a speaker and author who works with companies who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books are Moments of Magic®, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution and Amaze Every Customer Every Time. He is also the creator of The Customer Focus ™ program, which helps clients develop a customer service culture and loyalty mindset. Shep mixes important information with humor and magic to create exciting programs for his audiences. Shep’s energy and enthusiasm will motivate and teach audiences the important lessons of customer service.

John Hersey

Thirty years as a successful corporate executive and entrepreneur have given John Hersey a unique perspective on human behavior, leadership, motivation and change. This foundation allows him to offer speaking, coaching and consulting programs that are rich with content and packed with actionable fresh insights. He knows about leadership because that is exactly what he has done throughout his career-lead organizations and teams. His experience ranges from middle to senior management, from large to small companies, in a variety of industries. The benefits of John's programs are powerful, they include: “Truly engaged employees create engaged, loyal and involved customers”; “Involved customers take you beyond brand loyalty”; and “Involved customers help companies grow and prosper”. John is a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst. He brings his expertise regarding the impact of behavior on communication, sales and leadership to every program and event. John offers clarity and simplicity to the challenge of cultivating and spreading companywide leadership. His latest topic is "Stop Selling and Help Me Buy".

Jon Gordon

Everyone faces challenges, and every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity to define themselves and create their success. Jon Gordon presents a powerful roadmap to overcome common life and work obstacles and bring out the best in yourself and your team. Jon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired people around the world and his principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and non-profits. He has authored The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, The Carpenter, and several others. Jon is passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations, and teams. Whether you are looking to enhance your leadership, teamwork, sales performance or customer service, Jon provides the tools you need to achieve success.

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones can rekindle anyone’s creative side through his personal growth speeches. Dewitt is one of America’s top professional photographers and motion picture director of two nominated Academy Award movies. With twenty years as a freelance photographer for National Geographic he earned the reputation as a world class photojournalist. His keynotes communicate to listeners how they can look deeper for answers to the questions that we are faced with every day. Dewitt is able to change the attitudes of his audiences and bring them to a more open and curious state.

Mike Hourigan

Mike Hourigan is known for the satirical, real-world wisdom he brings to his audiences. His original material draws from his international education, early blue-collar jobs, executive positions with Cargill Incorporated and Olympus Corporation and years of interacting with his audiences. These well-rounded experiences produce high-energy messages that captivate his listeners and provide Mike with an uncanny ability to plug into individual situations while relating with understanding and humor. Mike is co-author of Riding the Waves Without Getting Wet; A Journey to Leadership, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, and Motivational Selling. Mike engages his audiences and keeps them alert through quick insights, lively participation, and memorable and humorous stories. Audiences leave his programs enlightened, entertained, and ready to face new and challenging situations head on.

Patrick Houlahan

Patrick "Lips" Houlahan was a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and has flown the A/OA-10 Warthog with the United States Air Force Reserve accumulating over 2600 hours of flight time. In 2003, Lips was selected as the Instructor Pilot of the Year and was nominated for the Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. Lips has also received numerous awards recognizing his unequalled ability to instill tactical readiness in his students and directly contributing to the training and readiness of all Marine and Navy F/A-18 Squadrons. After leaving active duty in the Marine Corps in 2004, Lips brought his wealth of instructional experience to the Afterburner team and immediately made a significant impact. An expert at teaching and applying the Flawless Execution model, he quickly became one of Afterburner’s dynamic speakers and breakout facilitators. Lips has been requested by a number of clients because of his ability to connect with their teams.

Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley - a small-town bartender - launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for cleanwater projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Doc was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 and has written a book about his experience, Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World. He is an expert on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Joel Sartore

There’s no clocking out early when you’re a photographer for National Geographic. Joel Sartore has been with the magazine for over fifteen years, building teams everywhere from Alaska to the Atacama Desert. With guidance from the magazine’s editors, Sartore works independently in the field to deliver the goods despite language barriers, tightening budgets, skittish subjects, and loitering killer pigs. Nature doesn’t give many second chances so attitude, teamwork and creativity are as essential as the camera in creating good pictures. The far corners of earth aren’t all that different from the conference room, the sales presentation or the cubicle; going the extra mile can and does mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. As a speaker, Sartore uses humor and candor to energize audiences and empower them to take pride in and excel at their work.

Warren Greshes

Warren Greshes is an entrepreneur. As an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, bestselling author, broadcaster, podcaster, educational products producer, and former minor league baseball team owner, Warren has been travelling the world for the past 23 years building his brand. Warren is an expert in the areas of sales, motivation, and personal and professional development. Warren has produced many audio and video programs in the areas of sales, success, customer service and time management. He is also the author of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever: 16 Rock Solid Rules for Achieving Sales Success.

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Dick Hoyt

This is not your typical motivational experience when you have Team Hoyt as your keynote. The father son duo of Dick and Rick has transformed the lives of many. They tell their compelling story of how they have completed over 1,000 athletic events around the world while fighting the challenges they faced with Rick’s disabilities. Rick was born as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, but his spirit and mind have always been strong. Rick’s father, Dick travels the country with him to speak for corporate and community events to educate them about disability awareness and to promote their inspiring motto: “Yes You Can.” After hearing their motivational seminars you will walk away with a greater desire to achieve.

Amanda Gore

As a keynote speaker for over 25 years, organizations and individuals hire Amanda Gore to help people reconnect to what really matters- the energy and emotional layers that drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in business and life. Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change. People who are happy at work make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged. Amanda uses the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence to help businesses achieve the results they need to align with their goals.

Tim Sanders

Wireless communication transformed the way our world operates today, and through the quality, marketing, and sales expertise of Tim Sanders--once we were exposed to it we haven’t been able to put it down. Tim is the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds, founder of research firm Deeper Media Incorporated, and author of four books including the global best seller Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. He is such a unique leadership speaker that rather than call him a speaker, Time Magazine referred to him as "a public consultant" – someone who uses keynotes as a means to elicit changed behavior in his audiences. Tim achieves this through his rare hybrid of business expert, motivational speaker, and people expert.

Greg Gumbel

It is very likely that you know that face and voice to the name of Greg Gumbel. As one of the most outstanding and seasoned broadcaster in the sports entertainment industry, Greg has covered the NFL and college football, Major League Baseball, the Daytona 500, the World Figure Skating Championships, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. When he is not being a sports journalist, Greg is a motivational speaker to groups across the nation. Sharing his thoughts and stories to his audiences have inspired many as they listen to his vibrant and passionate anecdotes.

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic is not just Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, he is also America’s distinguished motivational and business speaker who educates businesses and organizations around the world. He also develops real estate in Chicago and produces and appears in several television programs. Bill is the published author of a New York Times best-selling book, How to Succeed in Business and Life. Today he is one of the most sought after motivational speakers because of his engaging and entertaining lessons that are combined with his ability to inspire audiences to seize opportunities and think creatively.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winner and New York Times Best Selling author. She is known to millions as the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine. Deborah is also the author of a number of books including the New York Times Best-Seller, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, which was followed by The Power of Respect, detailing the measurable benefits that result from respectful behavior. In 2016, Deborah, the longest serving anchor on American television, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, she markets the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection. The line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Deborah is a Director of the Viacom Corporation where she serves on the Compensation Committee. She regularly addresses businesses about the power of gratitude increasing the bottom line- both in literal dollars increased, as well as in enhanced productivity and creativity.

Loretta LaRoche

For over 30 years Loretta LaRoche has raised the humor potential in all her audiences as an international stress management and humor consultant. She is the founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. As a business speaker, Loretta shows her audiences how to use humor to reframe a stressful situation by thinking about it in a different way. She enables people to see their lives in a new and happier perspective so that they can deal with stressful situations in a better way. Her wit and entertaining speeches keeps audiences laughing their way to a more optimistic life.

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