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Motivational - Keynote Speakers

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.

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.

Frank Miles

Forget the PowerPoint. Frank Miles uses juggling, magic, gymnastics and humor to make his keynotes unforgettable. Juggling half-million volt stun guns, knives and torches, he makes a dramatic point about what they have in common. His fear-busting message is this: grab life by the handle, and the other end takes care of itself. He brings to life the simple ideas that help shatter the self-imposed limits of fear. He inspires audiences while using concrete examples of facing and overcoming fears and obstacles. Frank recently appeared multiple times on the hit show America's Got Talent. His performances went out live to fifteen million viewers, and were praised by the judges as amazing, funny, unique, and death defying.

Gary Kunath

Gary M. Kunath is a highly sought after keynote speaker. His most recent book, Life…Don’t Miss it, shares with people of all ages the secrets to achieving maximum joy and contentment in life and guidance for how to live your life to the fullest. Due to the success of his book, Gary has been speaking extensively on this topic of how companies can positively impact their employees’ lives OUTSIDE of the office walls to elevate their natural productivity and company loyalty. It is no longer about work/life balance; it is about work/life fulfillment and loving your whole life. Gary's highly energetic, humorous and authentic delivery style makes him one of the most successful and recognized leadership speakers on the circuit today.

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln), and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. How does Brad thrive in these different professions? His belief that ordinary people change the world. It is this core belief that runs through every one of his projects. He shares with audiences to dream big, work hard, and stay humble.

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