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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Seth Davis

Seth Davis is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and bestselling author who has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts on college basketball. He is currently a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, and contributor to SI.com where he writes his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column during college basketball season. Since 2004, Seth has served as an on-air analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball. Seth is also the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wooden: A Coach’s Life, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball. Seth draws upon his own experiences to provide audiences with a heartfelt and humorous motivational message on what it takes to become successful.

Jim Davidson

Jim has climbed high mountains around the world. He’s led expeditions and rescues in perilous conditions. As a keynote motivational speaker, Jim distills the lessons he’s learned on the mountains and applies them to challenges in business and life. Jim’s experience as a resilience expert, mountain climber, and co-author of the bestselling and award winning memoir “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival”, provides his audiences with relatable lessons to be used in the workforce. On April 25, 2015, Jim was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when the earthquakes tragically struck Nepal. His intense reporting, photos and videos from Everest were closely covered by CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC and other news agencies.
Jim’s passion for teaching resilience and his aptitude for storytelling will inspire you. Jim becomes not just your normal keynote speaker, but a man who truly sparks your desire to improve. There is no event that has had Jim as a speaker that has not left feeling prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.

Jackie Freiberg

Jackie 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. Jackie helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. She is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. She inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Jackie is known for her 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.

Danny Cox

Danny Cox is an "accelerationist", or one who causes faster movement, higher efficiency and increased productivity. He is a best selling author of several books, including "Leadership When the Heat's On". Danny is one of America's busiest speakers due to both his material and his engaging, energetic, humorous style of presentation. With his experience in sales and management and his innovative leadership and teamwork techniques, he has inspired hundreds of audiences across the nation. After leaving the Air Force and entering the private sector, Cox learned quickly that in order to succeed you have to be able to work on yourself before you can be the best. His entertaining anecdotes about achieving personal success are informative and are perfect to motivate any audience.

Sam Glenn

Sam Glenn is all about attitude! Sam’s topics revolve around attitude, empowerment, leadership, peak performance, employee engagement, transformation, customer service and teamwork, all of which ignite personal and professional positivity. His programs are rooted in the belief that keeping a positive outlook in any situation is essential to finding success and fulfillment in work and in life. His customized performances are set to captivate, challenge, and inspire everyone in the room. Sam has changed the lives of millions with his simple, heartfelt stories, impacting people to make huge changes, with effects that trickle into all areas of life. Sam is an accomplished artist, author and operates his highly successful speaking businesses.

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.

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.

Jack Singer

Dr. Jack Singer is a professional psychologist, author and a Professional Speaker, who has been practicing the specialties of Clinical, Sport, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology for 33 years. He is renowned across the U.S. for his innovative work in stress mastery, bringing joy to the workplace and developing a champion mindset, to enhance success in work, and in life. With the release of his new book,“The Financial Advisor’s ULTIMATE Stress Mastery Guide” his speaking presentation “Developing & Maintaining the Mindset of a Champion” has been focusing on audiences of financial professionals.. Referred to by many of his attendees as the “Patch Adams and Will Rogers of Psychology,” Dr. Jack's amazingly successful interventions have even been featured in USA-TODAY. Dr. Jack Singer "has couch and will travel."

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.

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.

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.

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.


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