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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Juliet Funt

Juliet helps overloaded individuals and companies reclaim the time to think and focus during their busy, busy days. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. Juliet is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consultancy firm that brings companies a measurable method to reclaim simplicity and thoughtfulness. She is passionately committed to helping overloaded professionals change the way they work for the better and her clients include companies like Costco, American Express, Nike and P&G.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Red Book of Selling, The Sales Bible, and Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless". He is a creative, on the edge writer and speaker whose expertise on sales, customer loyalty and personal development is world renowned. Jeffrey is well known for his insightful presentations that are funny, insightful, real world, and in your face, he gives audiences information that they can immediately take back to their jobs and turn into sales revenue. Jeffrey's syndicated column, "Sales Moves", appears in scores of business journals and newspapers in the United States and Europe, and is read by more than four million people every week. He is known for presentations, seminars and keynote addresses that are funny, insightful, and in your face. He'll gives audiences information they can take out in the street one minute after the seminar is over and turn it into money.

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.

Kevin Freiberg

Kevin Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Kevin helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. He is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. He inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Kevin is known for his passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

Jim Craig

Olympic history would not been made if it was not for Jim Craig. In 1980 Jim was the goal tender for the “Miracle on Ice” Team that brought the gold medal to America beating out the Soviet Union and Finland. His accomplishments did not stop there though. Jim then went on to be a professional hockey player and when retiring from the sport moved on to a career in marketing and later became president of Gold Medal Strategies, a promotion and marketing firm and a motivational speaker that inspires people from around the world. As a keynote speaker Jim uses his storytelling skills to motivate those around him. His topics on his Olympic Gold experience and current business success motivates his listeners and provides examples of how successful teambuilding can create more opportunities.

David Zach

David Zach’s customized futuristic keynotes have helped businesses prosper so much it might be safe to say that he can predict the future. One of the few people on this planet with a master's degree in Future Studies, David created his company, Innovative Futures, to provide insight to organizations to continually make the right choices in this always-changing environment. You will need to buckle up for this mind blowing expedition that David’s keynotes take you on where your company thrives by dynamically shaping itself around futuristic trends.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander has transmitted his eloquent way of connecting with people from conducting famous symphonies, like the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, to inspiring audiences as a leadership speaker. Co-author of The Art of Possibility, Zander incorporates his breathtaking pianistic skills with his uplifting messages that teach leaders the “art of possibility.” His keynotes provide an experience that takes you through stories, music and concepts to provoke a radical shift in perception. This brilliant symphony conductor uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how your organization can come together as a team to unleash your full potential.

Anthony Galie

An author, business speaker and trainer, Anthony Galie is a psychotherapist who reaches audiences through his motivational talks. His program is geared to defy logic because that is what stands in most people’s way. In the last 27 years, Anthony has trained thousands of business people to get and stay focused on their goals with simple, practical, hands-on techniques that work! Each participant will be shown how to focus on daily, monthly and long term production goals and given the tools with which to accomplish them. As a motivational speaker he is able to give his audience an experience that they will be able to reference to for years to come.

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.

Kevin Elko

Dr. Kevin Elko is the motivational Gatorade to the sports and corporate world who inspires breakthrough success by building it one brick at a time. He is a nationally renowned performance consultant, professional motivational speaker and author of two books: Nerves of Steel and The Pep Talk. Dr. Elko’s uplifting keynotes have quenched the motivational thirst of individuals and teams from the performance of collegiate and professional sports teams. His passion and desire to better every audience member’s life has created a craving for success that is undeniable once you leave.

Joel Zeff

As an improvisational humorist, Joel Zeff's interactive performances invite members of the audience to participate in hilarious improvisational skits that reinforce Joel's central message: That organizations and individuals should CELEBRATE every day successes if they want to increase long-term productivity and innovation. Joel expands on the teachings of his book, Make the Right Choice and trains employees on how to make the right choices to pursue a life with more creativity, passion, and productivity. Joel is an innovative and creativity speaker who gives you the chance of a lifetime to see your boss play a world famous rapper who has lost his ability to rhyme while the person who works at the desk next to you is delivering moment-to-moment sound effects. There is no doubt that Joel will make you laugh, but most importantly he will make you think.

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.

Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970's. As a player with the Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. Larry continues to work in the “public eye” as host and producer of the outdoor adventure series, “North to Alaska". Larry has a tremendous story to tell and backs it up with a warm sincere and motivational approach that will have listeners on the edge of their seats. Larry will speak about the game, the players, coaching and starring moments of a great career. His audiences delight in his humor and leave feeling that they have always known him. Larry is more than a retired football player; he is a legend. He will leave your group with a renewed confidence to strive for perfection in any endeavor.

Mitch Gaylord

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its gold medal victory. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mitch went on to create Gold Medal Fitness, LLC and the "Melt it OFF! with Mitch" workout program, which has been on-air for the last four years. Through this project, he personally motivated, trained, and inspired over 100 people to achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching them to "Embrace their Greatness." Mitch has been motivating and inspiring audiences worldwide for over 26 years; he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, associations, and students across the country. Mitch's personal mission is to inspire others to greatness through his presentations and products.

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.

Clyde Fessler

If you are looking for someone to rev up your engine and motivate you then Clyde Fessler is your man! As former Vice President of Business Development for Harley-Davidson, Clyde played an integral part in the company’s dramatic turnaround on being the last remaining motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S., on the verge of bankruptcy, to competing against global giants in the marketplace. Fessler and his team of creative hands-on people turned their company into a Fortune-500 success story through their use of unique strategies, clever positioning, hard work, and passion. Now a motivational speaker, Clyde’s powerful presentations capture audiences, ignites their passion and may even excite them to become a Harley-Davidson rider!

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.

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