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Teambuilding - Keynote Speakers

Larry Brudnicki

Captain Larry Brudnicki was the leader of the US Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in over 100 years - the storm that became known as “The Perfect Storm,” inspiring the book and blockbuster movie. As a leadership speaker, Captain Brudnicki reflects on his experience managing teams through challenging circumstances to help organizations become more successful. He delivers steps that can help audiences make decisions under pressure and risk management tactics that help them avoid pitfalls. He has a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama that keeps his audiences intrigued till the end.

Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler is able to lift audiences' ambitions by showing them how hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence can pay off in reaching seemingly impossible goals. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, CenturyLink and FedEx Office. She’s led teams to sales records and along the way has earned 11 annual President’s Club awards - for leading teams to peak performance. During that era of corporate achievement, Susan and her husband became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits- the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. Susan tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals. As a history-making mountain climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success.

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.

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.

John Foley

John Foley knows first-hand what it means to take high performance and excellence to an extreme level. John delivers an actionable framework for high performance that combines the unique experience as lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels with a master's degree in strategic management from Stanford School of Business. John founded the Glad to Be Here Foundation which has impacted 100 charities and donated 1 million dollars helping thousands of lives globally. His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John's keynote presentations leave audiences with just one question: How good do you want to be?

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.

Derek Daly

Derek Daly epitomizes the complete champion. As a legendary Hall of Fame race car driver and network television color analyst, Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of motorsports. For 17 years he was among the best professional drivers. Daly was almost killed in 1984, surviving the hardest crash impact a race driver has ever survived. After 14 surgeries and three years of therapy, he came back to win the biggest international races of his career. Daly then moved to a 20-year television broadcasting career. He now uses the analogy of racing to address business success and to identify the skills of winners. Daly is the best-selling author of Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion.

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.

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.

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is a valuable business speaker who shares his formula for making your way to the top through a powerful, balanced combination of marketing acumen and networking savvy. Keith is now the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, which provides market leaders with advanced strategic consulting to increase company sales and enhance personal careers. He is also the author of the bestselling book “Never Eat Alone. Never Eat Alone.” Both Forbes and Inc. Magazines have designated him one of the world's most "connected" individuals. If you are ready to succeed as an organization or personally going to listen to Keith will help bring you to your goal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill Herz

Bill Herz astonishes and amazes every audience he is in front of. As a corporate magician he can liven up any meeting, dinner or cocktail party with his sleight of hand. In 1987 he started Magicorp, to handle the increasing demand for his performing expertise and special event know-how. He currently performs at over 200 corporate events each year and designs and creates special effects for Broadway shows, major motion pictures and much more. Bill uses a unique mix of customized comedy and magic that has captivated audiences from around the world. If your next meeting or event needs an unforgettable twist to it, Bill’s wizardry can make any boredom disappear.

Hattie Hill

Hattie Hill’s management expertise has been shared with major organizations throughout North America and 42 other countries. She is highly regarded not only as a management and human relations consultant and trainer, but also as a professional speaker and author. She is frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Dallas Morning News. As an author of three books, Hattie has helped thousands deal with change. She is a popular choice on the professional speakers circuit, with Successful Meetings magazine naming her one of their national “Hot 25 Speakers.” Hattie is committed to delivering quality programs and services customized to her client’s needs. Her vision is to strategically partner with her clients to help them achieve their objectives concerning human potential and productivity. She listens to the client, maintains a global perspective through local understanding, serves the client with integrity and honesty, and makes learning and change an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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