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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

Don Hutson

Don Hutson, CPAE, CSP, is in the business of making people believe they can do better--and he gives them skills to do it. For over 30 years, Don has energized his audiences into action. Throughout the business world, he is known as one who delivers real solutions for business professionals. Don's dynamic and engaging programs have garnered him many honors and awards over the course of his career. He is the author of The Sale, The Contented Achiever, The One Minute Entrepreneur (co-written with Ken Blanchard) and The One Minute Negotiator (co-written with George Lucas). Don has addressed over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies, and has been selected by a number of them to help develop their own corporate university. Currently, Don is the Chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning, the Chairman of Executive Books, and has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

Mike Rayburn

Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE does what no other speaker can. In addition to being a brilliant guitarist and entertainer, Mike is an expert on personal development and human potential. What this means for your audience is a speaker who doesn’t talk about what he’s studied or heard about success—Mike shares what he knows from having done it! … having achieved mega success. He has headlined Carnegie Hall, given two TED Talks, achieved entrepreneurial success as a small business owner, and sold half a million records on his own independent label. Mike has and knows what it takes. Mike uses his amazing guitar work and comedy to actually prove it before your eyes and ears. This is a message of purpose, possibility and peak performance which Mike lives and breathes daily; a message which can transform your team and conference because it works for anyone. “What If…?” is perfect for setting the tone for success as an opening keynote; for inspiring attendees to make real change in a closing, or anywhere you need a re-energizing shot of adrenalin.

Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens has the unprecedented ability to deliver high-quality education in an undeniably entertaining way. He believes that education is the only way that we improve at anything and we will all improve better and faster if the learning process can be enjoyed. By combining the content of the traditional presentation with the entertainment value of a comedy show, Jeff has found enthusiastic audiences in government, academia, small businesses and several Fortune 50 companies. Whether you want to improve your leadership or change management strategies, elevate your corporate culture or eliminate generational tensions- if it’s important to you, Jeff will make it fun.

Mark Gungor

Mark’s speaking is refreshingly free of psychological lingo. Laugh Your Way and The Tale of Two Brains are about helping people get it right, get along, have fun, and achieve a successful relationship. Mark is CEO of Laugh Your Way America and has been featured in the Washington Times, on national broadcasts such as Focus on the Family and ABC News. His daily radio program is heard on over 250 radio stations nationwide and he has been featured in television specials broadcast throughout the world. He is the author of the bestselling book “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” and the creator of a new television series, Love, Marriage and Stinking Thinking.

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.

Michael McKinley

Mike McKinley is a businessman, motivational speaker, consultant, author, business owner, and developer of a showcase garden destination. For over 25 years, he has been involved in the daily operations of the multi-million dollar educational publishing house that he founded. Presenting hard-hitting business content delivered in a fun way, Mike entertains while he teaches – presenting as the keynote speaker, at corporate trainings, to in-house programs, and for professional association meetings. Business Entrepreneur, Mike McKinley uses a fun-but-results-oriented approach to transform today's challenges into tomorrow's business. From owning his own garbage-hauling business at the age of 15 to becoming president of a manufacturing chain to owning and serving as president of a multimillion-dollar publishing house and professional-speaking and consulting business, Mike's experience and expertise will help you succeed. Mike wants you to recognize the challenges to success and to open your mind to new ideas and methods to maximize performance and profitability.

Will Miller

Dr. Will Miller’s unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author - along with his five graduate degrees - make him one of the most popular and insightful presenters you’ll ever invite to your stage. His presentations are packed with a shrewd understanding of the human psyche supported by delightfully humorous stories that turn critical concepts into applicable ideas that stick. A recognized authority on modern life and culture, Dr. Will’s gift is helping audiences negotiate the staggering changes brought about by media, technology, and the loss of close relationships. Don’t expect another typical “stress management and work/life balance” presentation here. Dr. Will’s expertise backed by decades of research will help your audience rediscover the value of creating meaningful connections and restoring relationships to excel in work and after hours.

Janet Lapp

Over the past 25 year, Dr. Janet Lapp has established a global reputation for turning problems into opportunities, and is called on for the most challenging of change efforts. From the government of the city of St. Petersburg Russia, to executive CFO’s in Argentina, Dr. Lapp’s firm has had a 100% success rate in meeting client objectives. Dr. Lapp is a specialist in areas of fast personal and cultural change, well known to audiences around the world for her challenging, in-your-face ideas and her endless humor, energy and ability to connect with audiences. Her presentations outline bold, innovative strategies and practical guidelines for excelling in rapidly changing, intensely competitive times. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, internationally known speaker and author, and creator and host of the award-winning CBS series 'Keep Well.' As editor of the Change Letter and author of three best-selling books: "Dancing with Tigers," "Plant your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air," and "Positive Spin," she has received critical acclaim for her forward-looking ideas. As one of North America’s most in-demand presenters, she has been admitted into the prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame, and has been rated by TI as one of the top three speakers worldwide. The powerful messages in her high-impact, humorous and inspirational programs, is sure to inspire any audience to turn fast change into competitive advantage.

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