Making the Speaking Business More Customer Focused

Michael Kerr Speaker

Michael Kerr

Entertainer and speaker on health, reducing stress, and using humor in the workplace.

 About

Michael Kerr, Speaking Hall of Fame member, is an award winning,
Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six
books. He is known as one of North America's leading authorities on
how to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and
more
inspiring
workplaces. His
humorous
, inspiring and thought provoking
programs are often rated as having the greatest impact of
any presentation at a conference. Michael Kerr's message of injecting humor into the workplace helps build strong
teams
and
leaders
by encouraging a new kind of
communication
.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and
training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas,
from Austria to Honolulu. Michael's programs offer relevant,
practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy,
clean humor. Inspiring, hilarious, energizing, fabulous ideas,
and incredibly relevant and timely content, are phrases clients
repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.

One of Michael's books, Putting Humor to Work, has been described
as the bible of humor in the workplace, while his book Inspiring
Workplaces - Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants
to Work
has been called an inspiring blueprint for workplace success.

Michael lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.

Jeremy Kingsley Speaker

Jeremy Kingsley

Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Team Building & Communication

 About

Jeremy Kingsley is President of OneLife Leadership and a best-selling author, leadership expert and one of the most sought after speakers in the country. Since 1996 he has spoken to over 500,000 people, primarily at conventions, conferences and special corporate events, and given over 2,000 keynote presentations - with a focus on team building, communication, ethics and principles. Jeremy is a rare communicator who not only speaks to the mind, but to the heart. His unique understanding combined with humour, an amazing ability to inspire, challenge, and entertain audiences makes each program a valuable experience. Jeremy realizes that each event is unique and tailors every speaking engagement to help achieve your goals and purposes.

You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Fox Business, Forbes, International Business Times, Wall Street Business and many more large media outlets. He has endorsements from Fortune 500 companies like YUM! Brands and Whirlpool. Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has said, “Jeremy Kingsley drives home principles that all leaders need to know and apply.” His messages have reached millions through radio, television and the internet.

Jeremy is the author of four books, his latest best-seller titled Inspired People Produce Results (Published by McGraw-Hill). He is a master storyteller and connects with audiences through the perfect blend of humour, content, inspiration and relevant principles to help each individual. He believes that inspired people produce results - and that people can change, grow, and fulfill their personal and professional goals.

His early years were spent in the frigid winters of Wisconsin and his teen years in the politically charged environment of Washington, D.C. In both places Jeremy learned a lot about character, integrity and passion. After playing three years on the varsity basketball team in high school, he scored over 1,000 points and was named Conference Most Valuable Player in his senior year. Jeremy has the heart of an athlete and understands the importance of commitment, determination and purpose. He then went on to college and graduate-school, Jeremy holds bachelors and masters degrees from Columbia International University.

Jeremy and his wife Dawn, live in Columbia, South Carolina with their sons, Jaden and Dylan.

Joan Kuhl Speaker

Joan Kuhl

Early Talent Career Expert and Consultant

 About

Joan Kuhl is the Founder and President of Why Millennials Matter. She is also an international speaker, consultant on career and leadership trends, and author. Prior to Why Millennials Matter, Joan worked in sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness - and training & development for global healthcare organizations such as Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories, and Actavis (now Allergan). In total, she has had over 13 years of corporate management experience, receiving recognition for her turnaround tactics - that led teams to high-performance results.

After a decade of mentoring and coaching thousands of Millennials from around the world to help them achieve their potential, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter - a training, research and consulting agency based in New York City. The agency's focus is on raising awareness to employers about the value of investing in their future workforce - and the millennial customer segment. Our mission is to empower young men and women to achieve their highest potential and cultivate confidence around their career and future.

Organizations across the world are struggling to attract and retain Millennials (Gen Y) - as both employees and consumers. They lack the insights needed to understand what this generation wants out of their employers, what benefits will inspire their loyalty - and what their values are. Joan bridges this understanding gap by providing practical strategies for connecting clients with the younger generation, especially on how to engage, onboard, and develop them in order to earn their loyalty.

As a sought out keynoter and panelist, Joan helps inspire businesses to develop a relevant and scalable strategy - to drive engagement and loyalty with Millennials as consumers and employees. Joan’s coaching and leadership trainings have impacted diverse audiences of Millennials across the U.S. - and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.

Victoria Labalme Speaker

Victoria Labalme

Performing Artist and Performance Strategist for Top Leaders & Brands

 About

Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by unlocking their hidden genius and unleashing their unique creativity.

With more than 20 years in the Performing Arts - from Broadway to comedy clubs, landmark films to high-profile television - Victoria’s electrifying, custom-crafted Keynotes awaken innate talents in individuals and teams.

Her proprietary systems and strategies have been embraced by C-suite executives at Starbucks, Microsoft, PayPal, as well as Hollywood celebrities, best-selling authors, and top teams in over 700 organizations.

With breathtaking stage skills, gripping stories, and comedic highlights, Victoria takes audiences through a profound experience they'll never forget. Along the way, she shows people how to distinguish their brand, gain competitive advantage, focus their communications and achieve sustainable growth through a surprising blend of art and business.

Her creative projects have been recognized by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, and ABC Good Morning America.

A graduate of Stanford University, Victoria is also a director and critically acclaimed film producer, the creator of two online learning programs, and an inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Adam Leipzig Speaker

Adam Leipzig

Former President of National Geographic Films and Visionary Film Producer

 About

Adam Leipzig is one of those rare leaders who inspires and has the ability to truly deliver. As a game-changing visionary and leader, Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 25 films that have disrupted expectations - including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards - and 4 Independent Spirit Awards.

Adam Leipzig is currently the COO of CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of the creative community. He is the author of Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers and co-author of Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft - the premiere college textbook for emerging filmmakers (both books published by Macmillan).

Previously, he was CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a senior executive at Walt Disney Studios - and president of National Geographic Films. He is also the publisher and managing editor of Cultural Weekly - which is a popular online magazine covering our entire creative landscape.

Patrick Lencioni Speaker

Patrick Lencioni

Best-Selling author and speaker on leadership, organizational health, teamwork and corporate culture.

 About

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement.

Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with over five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After sixteen years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Released in 2016, The Ideal Team Player is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book and also a Wall Street Journal best-seller. In his latest book The Motive Lencioni shifts his attention toward helping Leaders understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.

The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.

Pat addresses thousands of leaders each year at world-class organizations and national conferences. Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major events, Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.

Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.

Doug Lipp Speaker

Doug Lipp

Former Head Trainer Walt Disney University and author of The Changing Face of Today’s Customer. Customer service speaker.

 About

Candid. Passionate. Relevant. Doug Lipp is on a crusade to help organizations strengthen their corporate culture, boost business performance, and unapologetically, have fun while doing it.

Doug is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. His latest book is the best-selling Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees.

At age 29, Doug’s celebrated talent catapulted him to the helm of the legendary Disney University training team at Walt Disney corporate headquarters.  Fluent in Japanese, Doug also helped Disney open its first international theme park as a member of the Tokyo Disneyland start-up team.

Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Doug inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. In presentations, he shares how Disney overcame spectacular strategic challenges to unleash one of the most improbable success stories in corporate history. 

?Through riveting examples and powerful, relevant stories about innovation, service, value and leadership, Doug pulls back the curtain and reveals the behaviors, tools and attitudes that are representative of cultural excellence at Disney and other great institutions. He also discusses common organizational traps that undermine companies and impede their ability to build a thriving and sustainable culture.

Carey Lohrenz Speaker

Carey Lohrenz

First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Author and Motivational Speaker on Leadership & Teamwork

 About

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging leadership, high performing organizations and diversity training - that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on women’s leadership issues.

Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey Lohrenz's timely message about high performing teams and developing a culture of learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The process 'prepare, perform, prevail' helps businesses manage risk while becoming a high performing organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Dell, TEVA, Deloitte, Underwriters Laboratories, Verizon, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, State Farm Insurance and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Dr. Joe MacInnis Speaker

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Keynote speaker, scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. Advisor to the Titanic discovery team.

 About

Dr. Joe MacInnis C.M., O. Ont., M.D., DSc. (Hon.)
Dr. Joe has spent a lifetime analyzing leadership and teamwork in high-risk environments including the deep ocean, the battlefield, governments and corporations.“ In this beautiful, broken world of collapsing ecosystems, failed states and toxic lies,” says Dr. Joe MacInnis, “ we need dynamic tools to navigate personal and professional change.” 

Dr. Joe is a medical doctor, author and storyteller who’s pioneering research on undersea science and engineering projects earned him his nation’s highest honour—the Order of Canada. He has shared his hard-won knowledge about deep leadership and team genius with more than three hundred Fortune 500 audiences.

Supported by the Canadian government, Dr. Joe led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean. The first person to explore the freezing waters beneath the North Pole, he was among the first to dive to the Titanic. Recently, he was a medical advisor and journalist on the James Cameron-National Geographic seven-mile, science dive into the Mariana Trench.

Dr. Joe has worked on more than fifty undersea science and engineering projects with the U.S. Navy, the French and Canadian governments and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Along the way, he spent two years as a consultant to Canada’s Privy Council Office and seven years as a consultant to the TD Bank Group.

He has written nine books. His latest, Deep Leadership: Essential Insights from High Risk Environments, was published by Random House.

Career Highlights

  • Medical director, American Man-In-Sea project
  • Consultant to US Navy Sealab 3 project
  • Team leader of Sublimnos the first Canadian underwater science station
  • Team leader of the first science dives under the North Pole
  • Consultant to Canada’s Privy Council Office on the first national ocean policy
  • Team leader of the world’s first polar undersea station
  • Team leader of the discovery of the northernmost known shipwreck
  • Co-leader of a $5-million expedition to film Titanic in Imax
  • Consultant to the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes
  • Host and writer of twenty radio and television shows for the CBC
  • National chair TD Bank Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • Author of articles for Scientific American, Wired and National Geographic
  • Three hundred motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies
  • Author of books for Penguin, National Geographic and Random House
  • Founding member of the Trudeau Foundation for the humanities
  • Recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and seven honorary degrees

Matt Mayberry Speaker

Matt Mayberry

Former NFL Linebacker and Healthcare Business-Development Professional, Entrepreneur Magazine Columnist, Peak-Performance Strategist

 About

Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most-read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine - as well as an acclaimed keynote speaker, author, and peak-performance strategist. Using a real-world approach, he specializes in maximizing the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals all over the world.

As an athlete and business professional, Matt has a real-world understanding that success is based on the key areas of peak performance, overcoming adversity, motivation, culture, and teamwork. From the football field to being the head of business development for a multi-million dollar healthcare company, to becoming a successful entrepreneur - Matt has the credibility to deliver a keynote speech with a strong focus on actionable ideas and strategies designed to maximize business and personal performance.

Matt is Indiana University’s current record holder for most sacks in a single game - and was the team recipient of the prestigious Howard Brown Award, which exemplifies leadership, courage and work ethic. Because of his world-class speed, on-field success, and superb leadership background, Mayberry was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2010. However, after reaching the pinnacle of his sport, he suffered a life-changing injury against the San Diego Chargers - which cut his dream career short.

Matt created success after football, earning his way to becoming the head of business development at Infinity Healthcare, where he put the fundamentals he learned as an athlete and in life to practice. Soon after, Matt embraced his true passion - taking his personal story, with a smart mix of football and business - and began his training and consulting company, Matt Mayberry Enterprises, to help others achieve massive success by learning how to lead through change and create transformational breakthroughs.

Matt has been featured on numerous media outlets including Forbes, NBC, Fox News, Business Insider, MSN Lifestyle, Fox Business, ABC, and ESPN to name a few. A partial list of his clients include the FBI, National Kitchen & Bath Association, Fifth Third Bank, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Cosentino, NAPA Auto Parts, USA Hockey, DuPont, Union Pacific Railroad, and Lowe’s.

As a keynote speaker, Matt provides strong take-home value, as well as an inspiring experience, for every attendee. With a combination of powerful and personal stories, along with current research - attendees leave with a detailed action plan for their own success. Matt has been rated one of the top speakers at every event he’s keynoted.

Matt’s first book, Winning Plays, is available in stores everywhere.

He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. His personal interests include sports, fitness, golf, reading, the arts, spirituality, and spending time with his family and friends.

Alden Mills Speaker

Alden Mills

Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Co-founder/Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness

 About

Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills' inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five #1 ranked infomercials, and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything.  Alden's latest book Unstoppable Teams: The Four Essential Actions of High-Performance Leadership (Harper Business) addresses how to build CARE-based teams to help people achieve more than they thought possible.

The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000%+ growth-rate from $500k to over $63M in just three years.

His mantra is “Success is a team sport.” Mills learned his mantra early in life as an uncoordinated, asthmatic who persevered to be a one-time Olympic rowing hopeful before going on to be a three-time #1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. He applied his lessons learned in motivating and leading SEAL platoons to building and leading a hyper-growth company. He has over 25 years of military and business leadership experience building, leading and innovating with teams.

Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day “Zig Zigler” because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high functioning team players and leaders that can innovate. His sought-after Unstoppable speaking series is transformative and scalable to those organizations seeking continuous improvement. He works with clients to tailor presentations for lasting results. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible.

Mike Mullane Speaker

Mike Mullane

Retired NASA Astronaut, Author, Member of the International Space Hall of Fame and Inspiring Leadership Speaker.

 About

Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.

Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. 

Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.

Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.

Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.

Jim Murphy Speaker

Jim Murphy

Founder of inspiring ‘Afterburner’ fighter pilot corporate speaking group. Speaks on leadership, teamwork and execution.

 About

Jim 'Murph' Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. He has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.

After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996.

Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs.

Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution through Harper Collins publishing and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Roger Nierenberg Speaker

Roger Nierenberg

Maestro and Leadership Speaker

 About

Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  Abroad he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.

During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was born The Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in twenty-four different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening which was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.

Andy Papathanassiou Speaker

Andy Papathanassiou

Pit Crew Coach & Speaker on Teamwork and Personal Leadership

 About

Andy Papathanssiou is nearing a twenty-seven year career with Hendrick Motorsports – NASCAR’s modern day dynasty. Andy's team building techniques and Over The Wall philosophy have transformed the paradigm of how all NASCAR pit crews operate. Andy employed an athletic mindset which centered on practice and repetition, coaching and review, innovation and process improvement - to result in peak performance. An accomplished communicator, motivator and presenter, Andy's keynotes are about creating hyper-successful teams, innovative thinking and transformational leadership.

Andy has a bachelor's degree in Economics, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Stanford. After college, he discovered NASCAR by sneaking into the garage area and volunteering with a team at the Sears Point (Infineon) Raceway in Sonoma, CA in 1990 - where he saw his first pit stop. He joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1992 as the #24 DuPont team's pit crew coordinator; a first in NASCAR. 

Papathanassiou sought pit crew members with athletic experience. He had them practice frequently and undergo teambuilding exercises as well as strength training. Under his guidance, Jeff Gordon's 1995 pit crew frequently had the fastest pit stops, which contributed towards the team's championship. Other teams took notice, and by the late 1990s most teams had adopted Papathanassiou's methods. Teams now recruit and employ many former college athletes, and pit stop times have decreased from 18 or 19 seconds in the early 1990s to 11 seconds today.

Papathanassiou remains with Hendrick Motorsports as Director of Human Performance, a role similar to a collegiate athletic director. The Hendrick pit program encompasses scouting and recruiting, practice and training, injury rehab, nutritional and sports psychology support for the crew members. In 2006, in addition to his Hendrick duties, he was elected as Executive Director of the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA), a position he held until 2012. The NCMA promotes the state’s six billion dollar motorsports industry through events, business development, education programs, workforce development and public policy. He currently sits on the board of directors. Papathanassiou regularly gives keynote speeches and conducts teamwork/team building seminars about the techniques he has developed and how universally they can be applied.

The Passing Zone Speaker

The Passing Zone

Award-winning Entertaining and Inspirational Duo with a Focus on Performance, Teamwork & the Power of Partnership

 About

The Passing Zone, Jon Wee and Owen Morse, know that you put on a great meeting last time, but now you have to top it. You need something unexpected, unique, fresh, not just the same old speaker, comedian, magician or band. Look to The Passing Zone and you will find two grown men who demonstrate teamwork by leaping around the stage in fuchsia leotards, with rapid-fire banter, throwing sickles around the body of someone from the audience (or your CEO) - as they receive a standing ovation. The audience will cheer on in delight - as they witness roaring chainsaws, flaming torches and knives flying through the air! You found an inspirational and unforgettable experience. You found a surprise. You found genuine laughter, the kind that makes your face hurt.

Jon and Owen have been educating and entertaining audiences together for over 20 years; they have one of the longest standing partnerships in corporate entertainment - a true demonstration of The Power of Partnership. They met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to graduate from college first, which they both did. Rather than pursue careers in Economics and Psychology, they lit some torches, and started throwing stuff into the air. Two weeks after their first performance together they won the Silver Medal at the International Juggler's Association teams competition. The next year they won Gold.

They have appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show and were finalists on America's Got Talent. They are at the top of their craft, with performances at the White House and in London for Prince Charles. Their first feature film was The Addams Family Movie, where Jon and Owen doubled for Gomez (Raul Julia) and Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) in the climactic Mamushka dagger-passing scene. More recently, they appeared in the award-winning comedy documentary, The Aristocrats.

Add the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, MADtv, AOL's TV's Top 5, The Wall Street Journal, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, four Guinness World Records, their own theater show, Gravity Attacks! and you have one of today's top comedy acts in the world.

Captain Charlie Plumb Speaker

Captain Charlie Plumb

Inspiring Story of Survival from a Vietnam P.O.W.

 About

Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.

Captain Plumb personalizes for each audience a highly motivational message of overcoming adversity - his and yours. Having emerged as a Prisoner of War after almost 6 years, Plumb tells a tale of inspiring self-reliance. In an upbeat, humorous, and dynamic style he draws upon this experience to demonstrate how to turn adversities, the hard times each one of us faces, into assets in today's market place and in daily living. The focus of his presentations center on Choice, Adversity, Teamwork, Empowerment and Change.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as TOP GUN. The next year, Plumb's squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy's hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named Plumber - Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Viet Nam and made over 100 carrier landings. On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War.

An expert at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience, Captain Plumb shares his insights on coping with the challenges of every day life, and business competition, in the 21st century. He helps audiences break free of their own self-constructed prisons of doubt. He helps them uncover a new sense of purpose and potential. He gives each participant the strength to rise above the daily challenges of work and home - and to recognize the opportunities that surround them. He leaves his listeners wanting to achieve and excel, no matter what the obstacles.

Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

To this day, Captain Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.

Clint Pulver Speaker

Clint Pulver

The Ultimate Experience to Engage, Retain, and Inspire Your People

 About

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Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. He’s also fun, dynamic, entertaining – and the no-stress speaker clients love to work with.

A professional drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015.

Clint was featured in Business Q Magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” as a premiere Corporate Keynote Speaker. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in feature films with actors such as Jack Black (School of Rock) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

Known as the Leading Authority on Employee Retention, Clint helps organizations retain, engage - and inspire their team members from the front desk to the board rooms and everyone in between. He expertly helps audiences navigate generational complexities, communication challenges, leadership mis-steps, and culture cues.

As the president and founder of The Center for Employee Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”. For over a decade, he has been a self-motivated Entrepreneur who is well versed in business start-up, leadership, change, sales management, management training, and helping teams grow multi-million-dollar accounts. He uses that experience to create teachable relationship and business strategies based on trust, service, support, connection, and consistent follow-through.

Clint strongly believes that a single moment in time can change a person’s life. He has traveled the world speaking to a wide spectrum of diverse audiences, challenging them to dream, excel, connect, and believe - both in themselves and in the power of others. For over a decade, Clint has dedicated his heart to helping organizations understand the younger generation and helping the younger generation better understand themselves by living a life of significance - rather than just a life of success. His mantra? “It’s not about being the best in the world… it's about being the best FOR the world.”

Mike Robbins Speaker

Mike Robbins

Former Baseball Player and Motivational Speaker on Teamwork & Leadership

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Mike Robbins is an expert in leadership, emotional intelligence and teamwork - who delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people, teams and organizations to develop a culture where they work together effectively and become more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fifteen languages.

His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Twitter, and many others.

He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Mike is host of his own radio show, “Nothing Changes Until You Do” on Hay House Radio.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford - and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and he was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion - empowering and inspiring people - and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

Mark Sanborn Speaker

Mark Sanborn

International Speaker and Best-selling Author of 8 Books on Leadership Development and Team Building.

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Mark Sanborn is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Mark is an international best-selling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. GlobalGurus.org lists Mark as one of the top leadership experts in the world.

Mark has given over 2,600 presentations in every state and 14 countries. He has authored eight books and more than two dozen videos and audio training programs. His programs are taught by Crestcom International in 90 countries and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis.

Mark’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary is an international best-seller and was on the New York Times, Business Week and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. His other books include 1) You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference, 2) The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do, 3) Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad or In Between, 4) Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results and 5) The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be and his newest 6) The Intention Imperative: 3 Essential Changes That Will Make You a Successful Leader Today (anticipated release, Oct 2019).

Mark is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable representing 20 of the top speakers in the country today and a past president of the National Speakers Association.

Mark’s list of clients includes Costco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Cisco, KPMG, Morton’s of Chicago, New York Life, RE/MAX, ServiceMaster, ESPN, GM, IBM, Avnet, Sandvik and John Deere.

“We each know how good we have become,” Mark says, “but none of us knows how good we can be. One of the most exciting opportunities we get each day is to pursue our potential.” Mark Sanborn challenges his audiences with this message and provides insights for extraordinary living.

He lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his wife Darla and sons Hunter and Jackson.

Eric Saperston Speaker

Eric Saperston

Critically Acclaimed Film Director and Producer, Author, Speaker and Storyteller

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Eric Saperston is a critically acclaimed film director and producer, successful author, as well as an award-winning speaker and storyteller. A prolific public speaker, Eric has inspired people the world over.

Eric is Chief Creative Officer of Live In Wonder, a global lifestyle company on the cutting-edge of communication, film and interactive events designed to cause and create wonder in the world. Live in Wonder celebrates eco-friendly practices, social entrepreneurism and global citizenship.

Eric's audiences include Nike, Million Dollar Round Table, Coca-Cola, Wachovia, General Mills, Kaiser Permanente, Hilton, Toyota - as well as Harvard, MIT, Emory, Georgia Tech, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Miami of Ohio, San Diego State and Notre Dame.

He's been a featured guest on The Today Show, CNN, CNN Headline News, PBS - and interviewed and published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Spin Magazine, Fast Company and National Geographic.

Terri Schneider Speaker

Terri Schneider

Inspiring speaker, extreme endurance athlete and sports psychology consultant.

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One of the most diverse and accomplished extreme ultra-endurance athletes, Terri Schneider translates her athletic experiences into an epic adventure that will enthrall audiences while inspiring your entire company to explode past perceived limitations and deliver breakthrough performances. Terri uses her experiences as an inspiring keynote speaker on teamwork, adventure, and motivation.

Terri's competitive record in multi-sport and endurance events spans over 65 countries and is as impressive as it is endless. Here are some of the highlights: In the first stage of her athletic career, Terri achieved the ultra-elite status of 2nd ranked woman in the international field of Ironman Triathlon competitors. She completed an unbelievable 22 Ironman Triathlons, which, among other outstanding finishes, included three top 5 finishes at the sport's most prestigious event, the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships.

In 1995, Terri put her years of physical and mental conditioning and her expert motivational and team-building skills to the ultimate test in the extreme sport of adventure racing. A multi-sport and often multi-day endurance event, adventure racing blends a variety of sports such as kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking, mountaineering, canoeing, and rafting. The events chosen are dependent upon the venue. Non-stop wilderness navigation, lack of sleep, and constant physical and mental strain requires tremendous team strategy; teams must finish the race together.

Terri has competed in seven Eco-Challenge Expedition competitions, the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest in China, the ESPN X-Games Adventure Race, and the Raid Gauloises in Tibet and Nepal. She has also raced La Ruta de Los Conquistadores a multi-day mountain bike race across Costa Rica as well as many 50 to 100-mile endurance runs and several seven-day running stage races in Costa Rica, the Gobi Desert in China and the Sahara Desert in Egypt. She has climbed peaks on four continents, while sharing the fruits of these experiences with others. In her various athletic endeavors as a world class triathlete, elite adventure racer, and ultra runner, Terri regularly engages in physical, psychological, and emotional challenges that most people can only imagine. She thrives in the extremes of deserts, jungles, and mountains and finds comfort in the uncomfortable life lessons those landscapes offer.

Terri has persevered through challenging team dynamics and hardship on all levels. She offers her insight gained from these experiences, as well as her expertise achieved through her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and her M.A. in Sports Psychology, with an emphasis on team dynamics and risk taking, to help others push through and past pre-constructed finish lines.

Tony Schwartz Speaker

Tony Schwartz

Founder, president and CEO of The Energy Project, leadership and management expert.

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Tony Schwartz is founder, president and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance.

Tony's most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was published in May 2010 and became an immediate New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages.

Tony is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is one of HBR.org's most popular bloggers. His most recent HBR article, The Paradox of Productivity: How Sony Pictures Gets More Out of Employees By Demanding Less, was published in May, 2010. He also writes for numerous other publications, including the New York Times.

Beginning his career as a journalist, Tony has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, Ernst and Young, Intel, Oracle and Kraft, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency.

Dr. Rhea Seddon Speaker

Dr. Rhea Seddon

NASA Astronaut, Doctor, Author and Speaker on Leadership & Teamwork

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Dr. Rhea Seddon is a woman of many firsts, was one of only six women in a class of 100 in medical school - and the first woman ever accepted to her General Surgery Residency Program. As one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, her marriage to fellow Astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson produced the first astronaut couple - and the two of them produced the first official “astrotots.” She was the eighth woman accepted to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Besides her space career, Rhea’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, business owner, author and now inspirational public speaker.

Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first Astronaut classes to include women. She served as a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle flights in 1985 and 1991 - and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days.

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative to improve patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She then helped to found LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology - Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery.

She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005, the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the National Football Foundation Nashville Chapter’s Fred Russell Distinguished American Award, the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir Go For Orbit: One of America's First Women Astronauts Finds Her Space and the Athena International Leadership Award (Rutherford County) and a University of Tennessee Centennial Top 100 Alumni Award. She was the co-recipient of the Great American Leadership award - which was presented to her along with her husband Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson at Awakening 2017.

Rhea and her husband currently reside near Nashville, TN. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Stephen Shapiro Speaker

Stephen Shapiro

International Best Seller and Innovation Evangelist

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Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation.

During the past twenty years, his message to hundreds of thousands of people in over 40 countries around the world has focused on how to enable innovation by bringing together divergent points of view in an efficient manner. 

Over the years, Stephen Shapiro has shared his innovative philosophy in books such as 24/7 Innovation, The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas and Goal-Free Living. He led a 20,000 person process and innovation practice during his 15 year tenure with Accenture. And his Personality Poker - system has been used by more than 50,000 people around the world to create high-performing innovation teams.

His latest book, Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out Innovate the Competition (Portfolio Penguin), has been featured on ABC News, CBS Interactive's BNET, Southwest Airline's Spirit Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, and more. It was selected as the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ. And it is an international #1 best selling business book.

His work has been featured in Newsweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, O-The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His clients include Nike, Microsoft, Staples, GE, NASA, BP, Johnson & Johnson, The United States Air Force, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestle, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Darryl Sittler Speaker

Darryl Sittler

Legendary Toronto Maple Leaf. Speaker on sports, lessons in leadership and teamwork.

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Darryl Sittler is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leaf uniform. The former centreman was Toronto's first choice in the 1970 Amateur Draft, and he embarked on a career that led him to the top of the Leafs' All-Time Points and Goal Scoring List.

The native of Kitchener, Ontario may well be remembered for two of the most historical performances in the history of the National Hockey League. On February 7, 1976, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists for an NHL record total of 10 points in a game versus the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens. That spring, the team leader joined Maurice Richard in hockey history by recording five goals in one playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Darryl's place among the sport's all-time greats came in 1989 with his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame and in 1995-96, Darryl was voted by fans as the centreman on the All-Time Leafs Team.

After hanging up his skates, Darryl took on a new professional role as special consultant to the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the areas of marketing, public relations, alumni relations and hockey operations. He is now a marketing and community consultant. Darryl's place among the NHL's all-time greats came in 1989 with his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1995-96, Darryl was voted by fans as the centreman on the All-Time Leafs Team, and on February 8, 2003, Toronto retired Sittler's No. 27.

Laurie Skreslet Speaker

Laurie Skreslet

First Canadian to climb Everest, inspirational and motivating speaker on commitment and teamwork.

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Laurie Skreslet captivates, inspires, and entertains as he imparts his remarkable wisdom, gained from a lifetime of adventure and achievement. Enhanced with spectacular multimedia visuals, his presentations convey the importance of personal commitment, teamwork, preparation, and dedication to excellence -- keys to success on Mount Everest, and keys to success in business.

On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. Since then, he has revisited the challenge again and again, continuing to climb from various directions and with alternate equipment. Building upon his life as an adventurer, he has also become renowned for his spectacular presentations to corporate and professional groups. Helping individuals and organizations to uncover and explore the parallels between their business environment and that of high-risk adventure and exploration comes naturally to Laurie.

In order to attempt climbing Everest, Laurie and his team spent over five years planning and raised more than three million dollars. Still dealing with the horror of four team members deaths in the infamous Khumbu Icefall, Laurie personally had to recover from three cracked ribs incurred in a fall early in the climb. Despite these and countless other adversities he had accomplished mountaineering's ultimate achievement - and made history in the process.

Laurie brings to life the principles of personal best and beating fear of failure that enabled him to reach his Everest goals, and which can be applied by anyone trying to achieve difficult goals of their own. Participants learn that achievement is not a matter of luck or destiny, but a philosophy and a process that can be applied to any situation.

Dr. Geoff Smart Speaker

Dr. Geoff Smart

Best selling author, talent management expert, and social entrepreneur 

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Geoff’s professional mission is to help leaders hire and develop talented teams that deliver results. 

Geoff is Chairman & Founder of ghSMART, a leadership consulting firm whose Credo begins, “We exist to help leaders amplify their positive impact on the world.” The firm was named one of the "world’s top firms" in Broderick’s The Art of Managing Professional Services, and was profiled in Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, Tom Peters’ The Little Big Things, and George Anders’ The Rare Find. ghSMART is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases, titled "ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services."

Geoff is co-author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. Shanghai Daily named Who a "Top 5 Business Book in China" and Canada's Globe and Mail named it the "#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009." Geoff is author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government, which won the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Business Book of the Year. In the 1990s, Geoff co-created the Topgrading brand for talent management.

As a social entrepreneur, Geoff is the Founder of two 501c3 not-for-profit organizations. SMARTKids Leadership Program™ provides a customized program of 10 years of leadership tutoring and a $100,000 scholarship to top students with leadership potential from low?income communities. Second, The Leaders Initiative™ seeks to elevate humanity by identifying, developing, and deploying society's greatest leaders into government. Geoff and his ghSMART colleagues volunteer as leadership advisors in the fields of education, public health, and government. Geoff has also served as Leadership Advisor and Chief Talent Officer for the State of Colorado, a 33,000+ employee, $24b organization.

Geoff earned a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he was mentored by Peter F. Drucker. Geoff was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for holders of doctoral degrees, and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Ray Smith Speaker

Ray Smith

Former Navy SEAL and keynote speaker on leadership.

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Widely regarded as one of the Navy's most inspirational leaders, Rear Admiral Ray Smith has spoken extensively on his leadership experiences to a wide range of audiences including corporate, political, military, and civic leaders.

A Navy SEAL for almost 39 years, he achieved extraordinary success through focused, participatory leadership. During his four-year tenure as Commander of the 2300-men SEAL force, he raised personnel retention to a level three times the Navy average. As a Navy Captain, he led the Navy SEALs in Operation Desert Storm, conducting over 200 operations of strategic significance while incurring no casualties. Earlier in his career, Admiral Smith directed Navy SEAL training, generally considered to be the most challenging military training in the world.

Admiral Smith has been recognized in Newsweek, Fortune, Reader's Digest, and on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and CBS This Morning. He published two highly successful Navy SEAL manuals, one on nutrition and one on fitness. He was awarded the California Distinguished Service Award while a member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Admiral Smith holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Admiral Smith successfully completed the 350-mile Beast of the East Adventure Race in 1998 and 1999, finishing with his three Navy SEAL teammates in 9th place out of 34 teams.

Ed Viesturs Speaker

Ed Viesturs

Veteran World-class Climber and Bestselling Author

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Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He is familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary and in 2002, he was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer’s Club for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. In winning the award, he joined an elite group of climbers including Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1992 he was awarded the American Alpine Club Sowles Awards for his participation in two rescues on K-2.

Viesturs is a professional mountaineer and works as a design consultant for several prominent outdoor equipment manufacturers such as Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and Grandoe Gloves. He also represents companies such as Rolex and the Seattle Seahawks. He does corporate motivational speeches as well, touching on subjects such as Risk Management, Leadership, Team Work, Overcoming Major Obstacles, and Decision Making Under Pressure.

During the 18 year span to climb the world’s highest peaks he went on 29 Himalayan expeditions and reached the summit on 20 of these occasions and stood on the top of Everest seven times. He climbs without benefit of an oxygen tank, which he feels can be burdensome and potentially troublesome. Only a superior conditioned athlete can scale heights above 25,000 feet without artificial oxygen – a fact Viesturs has turned into an important metaphor for his audiences.

In October 2005 Viesturs best selling autobiography No Shortcuts To The Top was published and released by Broadway Books. The book covers in detail Ed Viesturs’ career as a mountaineer, how he prepared for his expeditions and his philosophy about how he managed the inherent risks.

In 2008 Viesturs published his second book K-2, LIFE AND DEATH ON THE WORLD”S MOST DANGEROUS MOUNTAINS, as by Broadway Books. This book chronicles 6 historic expeditions on the world’s second highest peak, and discusses the risks of success and the costs thereof. Risk management is a key theme throughout.

Viesturs third book The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak was released on October 4, 2011.