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Dr. Randy Ross

Randy is founder and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Remarkable! Randy is a “craftsman of culture and a catalytic coach,” who inspires elevated performance. A master of cultural transformation, Dr. Ross has a unique understanding of employee engagement and offers practical solutions for increasing both the morale and performance of your teams.

If you want to move your organization beyond Great to Remarkable!, where personal initiative and innovation are characteristic, then Dr. Ross can help your team members understand how they can create value in every endeavor. Randy is the author of Remarkable!, a leadership parable that illustrates the power of applied axiology to guide organizations toward the creation of a more compelling and collaborative culture, based upon Value Creation. Randy wrote the book with David Salyers, VP of Marketing, Chick-fil-A.

Spending time in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, he has traveled throughout the United States and internationally as a speaker, consultant and coach, building teams and developing leaders. A compelling communicator, Dr. Ross has the keen sensitivity to speak to the heart of leaders and inspires elevated performance among teams.


 
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Terri Sjodin        

Terri Sjodin is one of America's most highly sought after female speakers and has trained and motivated thousands of people from all over the world. Her unique specialization is advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals.

Over 20 years ago, Terri went into business for herself, building Sjodin Communications from a spare room in her home.  Today, Terri’s clients include an impressive list of Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, and academic conferences.  Her consulting practice has taken her from her house, to the US House of Representatives, where she has served as a keynote speaker and/or consultant for Members of Congress on multiple occasions.

Author of the national bestselling book, Small Message, Big Impact, Terri is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows throughout the country appearing on The Today Show, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, and in July of 2012, Terri was inducted into the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame.

You will find that her approach is fresh, real-world, and her style is relatable and practical.  Loaded with street-worthy ideas, methods, and tips that you can use immediately to get results.


 

Dean Lindsay

With over seventeen years of experience helping build Engaged, PROGRESS-Based Sales Leadership and Customer Service Cultures, Dean Lindsay has been hailed as a ‘Outstanding Thought Leader on Building Priceless Business Relationships’ by Sales and Marketing Executives International as well as a ‘Sales-and-Networking Guru’ by the Dallas Business Journal.

  • HAILED AS ‘THE DEAN OF SALES & SERVICE!’
  • SPOTLIGHTED AS OUTSTANDING SPEAKER BY IASB
  • RECOGNIZED SALES & NETWORKING GURU

His books, Big PHAT Goals, CRACKING THE NETWORKING CODE & THE PROGRESS CHALLENGE have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Dean has had the privilege of sharing his sales leadership and customer service insights in numerous countries including: Sweden, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ecuador, Venezuela, and the islands of Aruba and Jamaica. Dean’s clients include: New York Life, Ericsson, Gold’s Gym, Aramark Canada, International Customer Management Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Management & Haggar Clothing.


 

Waldo Waldman

Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo.  He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. 

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is an inductee into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 190 speakers worldwide. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, American Express, Siemens, The Denver Broncos, and Johnson & Johnson.


 
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Carrie Locklyn

As a host, comedian, and expert home maker Carrie has a fresh and unique outlook on decor, the home, and the life we live. With her innate and ever-evolving sense of style, sass, and sensitivity, Carrie would like to say she has a bit of everything for everyone. Carrie and her designs have been featured on HGTV, DIY, and VH-1. Her clients include celebrities, business owners, top realtors, and investment home buyers. She can currently be seen on The Travel Channel as a head designer for their hit show Hotel Impossible. She is a proud member of NAPO (National Association of Personal Organizers) and is a certified home stager (HSR certified).

Carrie Locklyn is an actress, known for Hotel Impossible (2012), As Advertised (2009) and Don't Sweat It (2007).


 
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Jonathan Roche

Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Health, Inc.  He is an Award-Winning Fitness Expert, Best-Selling Author, a 12-time Ironman Triathlon Finisher, a 22-time Boston Marathon Finisher (running 21 straight to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and he holds two patents on Personalized Interval Training.

Jonathan’s first book “The No Excuses Diet: The Anti-Diet Approach To Crank Up Your Energy & Weight Loss!” was featured on the Today Show and hit # 3 on the Amazon Best Seller List.  His second book titled “The Beat Diabetes Diet: The Anti-Diet Approach To Beat or Control Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes while Cranking Up Your Energy & Weight Loss!” will be released on 2/1/18 and is being published and endorsed by The American Diabetes Association.

Jonathan has been featured on NBC, ABC and Fox as a guest Fitness Expert and he has been featured in the L.A. Times, Skiing Magazine and Women’s Health & Fitness.  In addition, the American Diabetes Association has asked Jonathan to be one of their official spokespersons.


 
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Ryan C. Lowe

Ryan is a professional motivational keynote speaker, sales trainer, consultant & author, who’s passion is to work with organizations that want to inspire and motivate their leaders and team members with principles that will help create a positive culture and mindset to achieve excellence. Ryan’s keynote presentations are intertwined with professional and personal experiences, including several personal tragedies and a near death experience. He also shares his key message: success isn’t determined by background, experience, or anything else. It’s all in your attitude. In his seminars and his own life, Ryan inspires people to believe in themselves, that they can and will live the life they’ve envisioned by using one major factor: a positive attitude. He writes articles for several magazines and is the author one of the most talked about books in the market today, “Get off Your Attitude.” Ryan and his book have been featured in print, radio and television all over the country. He and his book were highlighted in Selling Power Magazine and were featured by Success Magazine in their Success Book Summary program.


 
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Erik Wahl

Today’s leaders face a pressure to innovate—or else perish—unlike any other time in history.  Advances in social, mobil and cloud technology, coupled with fierce global competition has made the business landscape nearly unrecognizable from what it was a mere 10 years ago.

Erik Wahl’s entertaining and invigorating Art of Leadership presentation paints a compelling new portrait for what the successful leaders of tomorrow will look like. He inspires audiences to shed old ways of thinking and “business as usual” processes that are outdated, inefficient and detrimental to productivity. Audience members learn new ways to build an emotional connection to drive future employee engagement.  Erik’s presentation stretches traditional assumptions on leadership. The end results include:

– innovative solutions to further your organization

– attracting and engaging quality employees

– new efficiencies and the end of detrimental redundancies

Growth and comfort cannot co-exist. When leaders come from a place of authenticity, curiosity, exploration and purpose, this leads to more meaningful connections among team members and with clients and customers—and ultimately, a more profitable organization. An engaged employee equals an engaged customer.


 

Sebastien Sasseville

Already a veteran motivational speaker and bilingual speaker with over 300 presentations throughout North America, including a TEDx talk, Sébastien Sasseville worked for large companies during the first 10 years of his career. His accomplishments include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running across Canada. They are made all the more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

Turning his incredible experiences into concrete lessons applicable to the business world, Sebastien Sasseville’s customizes each speech to each client. He marries business with inspiration to speak on change management, peak performance and leadership. His inner fortitude, key insights and authenticity come from an ability to draw from lessons provided by seeking great personal challenges and to apply them to today’s most pressing and complex business concerns. His message connects with audiences worldwide from his exceptional storytelling, energy and humor.


 

Jason Richardson, PsyD., MBA

Dr. Richardson is no stranger to danger or high pressure situations.  World Champion and Pan Am Games Gold Medalist, Jason takes the “extreme” lessons learned as a Pro BMX Cyclist and translates them in to the Psychological principles we all can use for success in business, sport, and life.

Jason is known for wit, wisdom, and rubber-hits-the-road way of delivering the application of psychology for success. His original material draws from his Experiences as a laborer on his dad’s construction sites, his years as a professional athlete, and his formal education in business and psychology. This unique blend of experiences produces high-energy messages that bring in his listeners and provides Jason with opportunity to relate to individuals in the audience on a personal level that resonates with everyone.  People leave his talks inspired, motivated, and equipped to take action immediately


 

David Nico, PHD

As a bestselling author, communicator, entrepreneur, growth accelerator, and strategy coach, David will capture and speak to the heart of your event. He will invest quality time to make the most impact for your audience. His desire is for participants to not only learn valuable insights, but walk away with Transformational Action Steps.

"Dr. Healthnut" did not develop healthy habits overnight. He has experienced both triumph and tradegy like everyone, and has participated in unhealthy habits before understanding that Lifestyle Is Real Medicine. Having been diagnosed with Kienboch's Disease with constant pain for years prior to a progressive healing, he compassionately understands the journey of transformation is filled with highs and lows, all throughout life.

It is vital he connects with every audience on a deeper level. That's why David believes Communication without Transformation is Misinformation. David will target your event to hit your goals everytime.


 

Darren Hardy

Darren is today's preeminent Success Mentor, a highly sought after keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author - The Compound Effect, Living Your Best Year Ever,  and The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster- as well as former Publisher and Editor or SUCCESS Magazine.

Darren has been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years.  He has led three success television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our times.  Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind behind the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine as its publisher and editor.  These positions have given him unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet including the likes of Richard Branson, Colin Powell, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Harold Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more.  He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now uses them to empower millions of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders globally.


 

Steve Shenbaum

Steve has become a nationally recognized expert on communication, leadership, character development, and media training. He has revolutionized the way athletes, coaches, and executives train through the game on groundbreaking MILE™ curriculum, fueled by the power of Game Dynamics. 

Founded by Steve Shenbaum in 1997, game on Nation has become one of the most respected firms in communication, character development, leadership, and teambuilding training. Through a groundbreaking, game-based training technique, called MILE™, the game on program harnesses the positive power of Mystery, Incentive, Laughter, and Empowerment to create immediate improvement people can see, feel, and measure.  game on was based at IMG Academy from 2003-2012 where Steve and his staff oversaw all communication, leadership and media training programs. Since departing from IMG in 2012, some of his clients include the NBA Rookie Transition Program, NASCAR, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2015 USWNT World Cup Champions, US Olympic Committee, FSU football & FSU women’s soccer, Kentucky Basketball, Honda, the SEC, Ernst & Young, USO and the Wounded Warrior Project.


 

John F. Carter

John is chief executive officer and vice chairman for Carter Brothers Management Services, LLC. As CEO, John leads one of the nation’s top integrated facility management firms specializing in project and program management. Although John was raised in the projects, this is not another rags-to-riches story. John’s unconventional yet highly effective approach to building a successful business through the winning combination of hard work, integrity and excellence while leveraging the strengths of diversity and partnerships offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers unparalleled insight. The son of a single parent raised in a family of seven overcame the odds through hard work, determination, and the belief that he was destined to do more. From the projects to the corporate boardroom, John’s gift for storytelling lures the audience as he gradually reveals his journey, dreams and inspirations.


 
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Shaunti Feldhahn

Shaunti received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher, best-selling author and popular speaker.  Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace.  Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than 2 million copies in 23 languages and are widely read in homes, counseling centers and corporations worldwide.

Shaunti's best selling book, "The Male Factor," investigates and quantifies the private thoughts that men almost never publicaly reveal or admit to, but that every woman will want to know.  Whether as a keynote speaker or two day seminar, Shaunti shed's light on how subtle and not-so-subtle gender communication differences can thwart a woman's rise in the workplace. 

Shaunti’s findings have been featured in media as diverse as The Today Show, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and MomLife Today. 


 

Vital Germaine

Vital has become a standout personality in the world of public speaking, training and team building. He uses his 25 years of leadership experience to inspire relevant and meaningful change, and has worked with endless corporations in the past ten years in the US and abroad.

His unique style of delivery is captivating and inspiring.

His keynotes are impactful, memorable, effective and motivational. The results are always the same: very happy repeat clients who experience improvement in culture, elevated customer experience and increased sales.

His positive attitude and ease of connecting with any audience build a platform that stimulate growth, expand horizons, disrupt and broaden perspectives. His passion and energy are infectious and inspirational, stimulating relevant paradigm shifts, elevating customer experience, and promoting strong leadership, creativity, connectivity and employee engagement.

Vital received a Languages and Communications Degree from Syntra West College in Belgium and is currently earning a Business and Fine Arts Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Community College of Southern Nevada. He is fluent in English, French, and Dutch.


 
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Bearj Jehanian

A trained teacher and natural motivator, Bearj offers a unique perspective, incorporating motivation into his teaching and teaching into his motivation, giving his audience an exclusive arsenal of tools to use in their climb to success.

Bearj is a highly sought-after Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader who can speak for groups ranging from 20 – 20,000+!  He will inspire, motivate and equip your Leaders and Team to have World Class Success! Bearj believes that Breaking Down the Walls to Success is the key in every area of business, leadership and life.

Dynamic, Exciting and Engaging, Bearj discovered his unique style of motivating and empowering others while leading young people, parents and educators as a high school band director, using music as the vehicle to inspire the students in his high-powered band program to achieve lofty goals.


 

Philip Nicaud

Phil is the founder of PJN Consulting Group, located in Mandeville, Louisiana. As a Chief Strategist, Phil coaches over 70 founders, CEOs and leaders around America.

JN Consulting Group was started to address the needs of organizational leaders who want to lead a balanced, healthy life.

All services are designed to assist founders, CEOs and leaders, giving them the ultimate advantage of healthy life and leadership. Phil understands the unique pressures and stressors that leaders carry.

Phil uses processes and tools that have been developed over 20 years to assist leaders in clarifying their desired outcomes, developing their strategies and executing their plans with accountability… in every area of their life.


 
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David Ubeda

As a sought after national level speaker, David is a uniquely gifted communicator, crafting customized messages integrating humor, media, and real life experiences. He has shared the stage with nationally/internationally featured artists such as Tye Tribbett, Veronica Petrucci (Angelo & Veronica), Carmen, Israel Houghton, Freddy Rodriguez, Brandon Roberson, and more.

David has inspired thousands as a media personality hosting the popular 1stamendmentmedia.com online show and Leadeship On FIRE.TV. He has been featured on sydicated radio and television programs for TBN, WGN, PBS, CLTV, N’Digo Magazine, TBT, WVON Radio, Indybuild.com, The Strausburg Report, and more

David Doesn’t just give speeches, he designs and delivers a customized, inspirational message that engages your audience. Each message contains funny videos, soul stirring stories, and practical advice backed by research.


 

Anthony Iannarino

Anthony is an international speaker, an author, and entrepreneur.

Anthony is the Managing Director of B2B Sales Coach & Consultancy, a coaching and consulting firm he started in 2007. Anthony has worked for—and spoken to—global giants like Accenture, Abbot Laboratories, Toro, TransUnion, Wells Fargo, GE, RR Donnelly and CH Robinson.

Anthony is internationally recognized as a thought leader in sales, with his award winning The Sales Blog being read by 65,000 people each month. His Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people each week.

Anthony has been named one the 50 most influential people in sales by Top Sales World. He was also named one of the 25 most influential people in sales by Open View Partners.

In addition to writing daily at The Sales Blog since 2010, Anthony is also a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine and ThinkSales Magazine. He also writes an occasional column for Forbes. Anthony’s first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, released in October, 2016 is a national bestseller. His second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the Ten Commitments ThT Drive Sales will be released on August 8, 2017.


 
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Jon Vroman

Jon is on a mission to show you how to Live Life In The Front Row™ through the transformative art of moment making. He is a social entrepreneur, committed husband, father of two, and an ultramarathon runner.

Jon is the founder of the Front Row Foundation, a charity established in 2005 that creates unforgettable moments for individuals who are braving life-threatening illnesses. The organization empowers individuals to “live life in the front row™” by providing recipients a front row experience at the live event of their dreams.

As an award-winning speaker, Jon has given more than 750 keynote presentations for many companies, organizations, universities, and associations. Jon brings a refreshingly effective and modern motivational edge that genuinely connects with his audience as he ignites their enthusiasm, and challenges their status-quo.


 

Dave Berke

Dave is a retired Marine Corps officer and combat veteran. As an F/A-18 pilot he deployed twice from the USS John C Stennis in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent three years as an Instructor Pilot at TOPGUN where he was dual qualified in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and served as the Training Officer, the senior staff pilot responsible for conduct of the TOPGUN course. He then served as an ANGLICO Forward Air Controller supporting the Army’s 1st Armored Division during extensive urban combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. He was the only Marine selected to fly the F-22 Raptor having served as an exchange officer at the Air Force’s 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron as the Division Commander. He became the first operational pilot ever to fly and be qualified in the F-35B, serving as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ first F-35 squadron from 2012-2014. He earned his Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in Strategic Studies. He is now a leadership consultant at Echelon Front.


 

Jeremiah "J.P." Dinnell

Jeremiah is a decorated former Navy SEAL, training instructor and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front. Jeremiah served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. Sent to the violent terrorist stronghold of Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 with SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, Jeremiah served as point man, machine gunner, and lead sniper for Delta Platoon opposite the American Sniper, Chris Kyle, in Charlie Platoon.

He worked closely with SEAL Officers Jocko Willink, his Task Unit Commander, and Leif Babin, with whom he had graduated from the advanced SEAL Qualification Training course, and was the driving force on many of the daring combat operations Jocko and Leif wrote about in Extreme Ownership. Upon his return, Jeremiah again worked directly for Jocko Willink as a training instructor at Naval Special Warfare Group One Training Detachment, where he orchestrated realistic and challenging Special Operations Urban Combat and Close Quarters Combat training to better prepare SEAL units for the real-world battlefield. He also served as Combatives and Marksmanship Instructor and earned his Master Trainer Specialist qualification while helping Jocko rebuild and enhance these training programs into the highly effect platforms they are today.


 

Jeff Kaylor

Jeff has been on a tour of the world performing in over 300 cities in 22 countries. For the past 8 years, he has created award winning magic illusions used by the top magicians in the world. He is the co-founder of The Magic Estate in Orlando, FL. A collaborative community that is currently home to a Magician, an Illusionist, a Mind Reader, A Keynote Speaker, an Inventor, A Lawyer/Hypnotist, and a Dolphin Trainer. He has performed and been a Keynote speaker for Disney, Wayfair, The Rising Tide Society, Give Kids The World Village, Cornerstone Hospice, Best Year Ever Live, as well as many other organizations and colleges.

During Jeff's signature speech "Creating Magic Moments," he will entertain and amaze your audience, then reveal some of the best kept secrets of world renowned magicians and your audience how to apply it to their business, lifestyle and relationships.


 

Hal Elrod

In addition to being one of the highest rated keynote speakers in America, Hal is the #1 best-selling author of one of the highest rated books in the world (with over 1,500+ five-star Amazon reviews), The Miracle Morning and creator of The Miracle Morning book series.

He is also a Hall of Fame business achiever, ultra-marathon runner (that’s 52 consecutive miles), host of the top rated Achieve Your Goals podcast, creator of the Best Year Ever [Blueprint] live event, and grateful husband & father of two.

Known as “Yo Pal Hal” since his mom gave him the moniker to use while hosting his first radio show at age 15, his greatest triumph came at age 20 after he was hit head on by a drunk driver (at 70 mph) and found dead at the scene…

Despite being dead for 6 minutes, in a coma for 6 days, breaking 11 bones and being told he may never walk again, Hal defied the logic of doctors and the temptations to be a victim, and he bounced back to prove that ALL of us are capable of overcoming extraordinary adversity to create extraordinary results in our personal and professional lives.

Hal has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows across the country, and he’s been featured in numerous books, including The Education of Millionaires, the all-time bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Cutting Edge SalesThe Author’s Guide To Building An Online Platform, The 800-Pound Gorilla of SalesReleasing the Chains, and Living College Life In the Front Row, to name a few.


 
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Rene Godefroy

Every now and then you come across an individual who lives a humble life. Yet, his very presence strikes a chord within you. Rene Godefroy’s story is one that moves, touches and inspires. It’s a story about determination and personal accountability, a poor Haitian immigrant living the America Dream. Although he has risen to the high levels of success as an acclaimed author and keynote speaker, it’s his down-to-earth personality that endears him to those that come across his path.

His message is very simple… Change Is A Gift! Rene defines change for his audiences this way: “Change is innovation crying for attention. It is not a stress generator. It’s how it occurs to us that makes it so.” 

He has appeared on CBS 60 minutes along with Colin Powell, Anthony Robins and Zig Ziglar. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls him a “motivational hit.” And the Miami Times calls him a “motivational guru.”

Successful companies such as At&T, Aflac, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Hyatt Hotels are among the many companies that bring him in to help inspire their employees to embrace change and do more with less. His award-winning book Kick Your Excuses Goodbye is transforming lives the world over.


 

Kevin Clayson

International Keynote Speaker, successful business owner and entrepreneur, and bestselling Author, Kevin is known as The Chief Officer of Awesome, will provide your group with a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful, entertaining, and motivational experience that is guaranteed to produce lasting, and REAL results.

Kevin's incredibly high energy, is perfectly balanced and blended with laugh out loud comedy, and inspiration that will have your audience tearing up in more ways than one.

Kevin's message is guaranteed to inspire your people through stories of real life experiences as a husband, a father, a multi-million dollar business owner and entrepreneur and the world's ONLY Chief Officer of Awesome!

“Kevin Clayson is the ultimate motivational speaker! He is sharp, entertaining, and relatable! he delivers a powerful message that changes your entire perspective! - Courtney W, Rodan + Fields
“Kevin’s book and the principles he teaches have opened my eyes to the wonders around me, assisted me with finding positive aspect in all situations I get involved in, and it’s making my life more more pleasurable.” - Greg Z., Realtor

 

Dr. Shirley Raines

Dr.  Shirley Raines, the first woman president of the University of Memphis, served for 12 years in the role. Now, as president emeritus, she is a speaker, consultant and author.  Growing up on a small cotton farm in West Tennessee, her career journey went from preschool teacher to the first woman president of the University of Memphis.

Shirley uses humor, examples, insights, challenges and concrete strategies to inspire and inform audiences from the podium, the classroom and the boardroom.  Described as "powerful, prepared and personable," her two focus areas are leadership development and the value of education in society.

Based on her wealth of experiences, Dr. Raines is the consummate energizer of leaders and their teams. For seven years, she shared her leadership stories, challenges and pitfalls at Harvard’s Institute for New Presidents and Chancellors. Now, Shirley is in demand to work with non-profits, corporations, foundations and professional associations to inspire, inform and challenge leaders, team members and citizens.  Whether in the board room or from the conference podium, she conveys her leadership stories with humor, dignity and style.


 
 
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Gabriel Giron

From an angry and explosive teen to an Award Winning Keynote Speaker, Gabriel has learned that it is how we reflect on our past experiences that defines who we are and how we view the world around us. After barely graduating from high school, Gabriel enlisted in the US Army, seeking a fresh start and hoping to find some self-discipline and a new direction in life.

Gabriel brings an amazing and rare perspective of the world, having lived in three countries and seven US States. His travels, combined with his reflection of cancer survival, military experience, and life experience have enabled him to write on topics with unique vulnerability not commonly explored or talked about by other speakers and performers. Gabriel has discovered that by simply sharing his stories and speaking the truth he sees around him, others are inspired to share their own stories, making his presentations very real, honest, and accessible regardless of age, class, gender or nationality.

Kirk Latimer

Now dressed in slacks, dress shirt and tie, few would recognize the history of a violent fighter in Kirk Latimer. Kirk’s transformation from a violent boxer to a highly awarded English Education major at Western Michigan University, enabled him to write poetry that reflected on life as an open learning experience, one in which everyone is a student and no one is without fault. His style of writing evolved from his dedication to academics, the explosive power required of a boxer, and the unique juxtaposition of a prankster loving nature. Kirk discovered a way to convert his inner turmoil and aggressiveness into a passionate and impacting learning experience. His fiery energy now fuels the learning of his students and is channeled into the creative power of his writing and dynamic performance.


 

Mike Merriam

Mike is a keynote speaker, “masterminder,” coach and course creator, and is the founder & CEO of Appreciative Intelligence Inc., where he leads organizations and communities through his whole-system summits and leadership programs.

Mike is the author of the #1 bestselling book Closer Than You Think: Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution.

Mike teaches individuals, as well as entire systems of people in a company or community how to create the foundation and the framework to develop new configurations of strengths, talents, wisdom, experiences, and perspectives that render their weaknesses irrelevant.

Inspired by the abundance of research and breakthroughs in Systems Thinking, Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, Design Thinking, Neuroscience, and Biomimicry, and guided by the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Cycle and Positive Core Mapping, Mike teaches how to create a flourishing cycle of inquiry and innovation in all aspects of your organization, your community, or just simply, in yourself.


 

Kelly Talamo

My biggest insight as a communicator came when I realized the people who hire me are more nervous than I am! That bothered me, but made perfect sense. The success of their event was riding on the quality of their speaker. They were counting on me to deliver. An audience might forget a bad meal but they won’t forget a bad speech.

In order for that to change I created a process that puts my clients at ease before I ever take the stage. And if they agree to walk through the process, I will make them a promise. If I don’t meet their expectations, they don’t pay me. Simple as that.

I don’t make that claim lightly. I can’t. I make it because I know what my clients want. The process clearly defined their communication objectives and painted a bullseye that I could hit — every single time.


 

Bob Rathbun

As a motivational speaker, Bob Rathbun literally talks the talk. His life has become the reflection of his message. When he was a pre-teen, he identified his dream to become a sportscaster.

Then he found ways to fulfill that dream... and how is that dream working out for him?

He has earned nine Emmy awards, eight Sportscaster of the Year honors, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference. His Alma Mater, Catawba College, presented to him the distinguished Alumni Award and inducted him into their Sports Hall of Fame. He is the voice of the NBA Atlanta Hawks, the WNBA Atlanta Dream, SEC Football as well as ACC Basketball and Baseball.

As impressive as his sportscasting awards and career are, that’s not all there is to Bob’s story. The obvious inspirational call on his life extends beyond sportscasting. During his career, Bob has worked with and interviewed hundreds of athletes, coaches and administrators and as a result, Bob was able to identify and achieve an additional dream – that of being a motivational speaker.


 

Debby Stone

Debby Stone is an executive coach, a former practicing attorney, an entrepreneur, a mother, a volunteer and a business leader. She is also the author of The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career.  Debby brings this breadth of experience in business and in life to her speaking, delivering messages that are practical, powerful and engaging.

Over the last decade, Debby has spoken at corporations, law firms, universities and industry conferences.  Her warm and witty personality allows her to build quick rapport with audiences, and her breadth of experience gives her the ability to speak to a wide variety of people in a multitude of industries.

Debby is a leader in the world of professional and personal development.  She has been featured in numerous podcasts, quoted in a variety of publications and has hosted her own radio program.  Whether speaking to a large audience or facilitating an interactive workshop with a small group, Debby delivers immediately inspiring speeches that leave her audiences ready to take steps toward greater professional and personal success. 


 

John Ruhlin

John is the founder of the Ruhlin Group. John company’s is trusted by the leaders of fast growing companies to develop relationship building strategies and VIP gifting programs to increase referrals and strengthen retention with their most important clients, employees, and prospects. Their clients include the Chicago Cubs, San Antonio Spurs, DR Horton, Morgan Stanley, St Louis Blues, and hundreds of other industry leaders and high end service firms.

He lives just outside of St Louis with his wife Lindsay and three daughters. His second book, " GIFTOLOGY: The Art & Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Drive Referrals and Strengthen Retention,” was released on June 20th, 2016.


 
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John Mason

John Mason is a national best-selling author, noted speaker and executive author coach. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight Publishing Group.

He’s authored twenty books including An Enemy Called Average, You’re Born An Original-Don’t Die A Copy, and Know Your Limits—Then Ignore Them which have sold two million copies and are translated into thirty-eight languages throughout the world. His books are widely known as a source of real-world wisdom, hopeful inspiration, and practical principles.

His writings have twice been published in Reader’s Digest along with numerous other national publications. Seven of his books have reached the #1 spot on an Amazon best-seller list.

Known for his quick wit, powerful thoughts and memorable humor, he’s spoken to audiences of 50 to 15,000 for more than twenty-five years.


 
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Lee Ellis, CSP

Over forty years ago, America welcomed home Col. Lee Ellis and his fellow prisoners of war. When Lee got out of the Hanoi Hilton after 1,955 days of captivity, there was a stark realization that society had shifted while he was away. Honorable values and morals had declined in politics, academia, entertainment, and our homes. This issue has been a burden ever since his return and he has consistently taken a stand for strong personal values such as character and courage as a means for building healthy organizations and culture that produce long-lasting results.

With the release of his latest award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, Lee has brought new light to the subject of honor and values. Through his research, writing, and speaking, he now shares his story and leadership wisdom throughout the world. Your audience will hear about the dramatic story of Lee’s POW experience and the senior leaders that led them through unbelievable trials. They will be challenged and inspired to lead with selfless honor, integrity, and character as the foundation for their daily decision-making. Breaking free from the shackles of fear, shame, pride, and self-preservation is the key to authentic leadership, and it’s a call to Leading with Honor.

Lee is available to share his 40+ years of experience and expertise, and his biography of experience in a variety of industries provides a well-rounded perspective for your industry or event.  


 
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Greg and Julie Gorman

Whether scuba diving, surfing, or driving the kids to practice, Greg and Julie Gorman venture through life hand in hand, firmly believing that Two Are Better than One. Together they speak, write, and host a weekly broadcast helping couples live purpose-focused, not problem-focused. Greg and Julie are students and practitioners of biblical leadership and human behavior, holding certifications from a variety of organizations including (the Patterson Center, John C. Maxwell, and Personality Insights Institute). As executive coaches, trainers and speakers, Greg and Julie love inspiring individuals and couples to maximize their potential and live their purpose. As a team, they build upon core values of authenticity, intentionality and unity, the same values they carry in life and marriage. Their relationship is an example of strength and a model for making marriage and business thrive. They, along with their children, make their home in southern Florida.


 

Laurie Calzada

Laurie Calzada is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, former television host, and management consultant with more than 25 years of experience. She has hosted a monthly TV Talk Show, “The Big Money Idea,” and has written and presented on many topics such as leadership, mastering change, coaching, team building, and finding your purpose in life. Her focus is to motivate those who have a desire to excel, and she is a believer that you can accomplish anything with enough determination and ambition.  Laurie’s outstanding career has allowed her to consult and present for hundreds of Fortune 1,000 companies, as well as numerous non-profit organizations. She has hosted and emceed many fundraising events for causes she believes in so dearly, and has dedicated the last several years to child advocacy, child abuse prevention, and rape prevention.

As an International Author and Speaker, Laurie helps people find their passion in life, teaches them to embrace change and opportunities, and lets them know they leave a fingerprint on other people’s lives. She believes you should never give up, and never let the trials of your past dictate the blessings of your future. She is the author of “Inspiring Passion in Others” and “180 Ways to Effectively Deal with Change.” 


 

Randy Walton

A highly sought after speaker, consultant, and leadership expert, Randy Walton has been challenging the norms of business thought for over 20 years. Randy is a pioneer in developing compelling and profitable market strategies through the use of a unique, core value assessment and ideation process. He has extensive experience in corporate strategic planning, operations management, marketing, technology operations, business consulting, and organizational leadership. Mr. Walton works and travels extensively throughout North America and Western Europe mentoring and advising senior leaders and executive teams. An expert on the human motivation and organizational performance, Randy provides highly entertaining keynote presentations that challenge the way audiences view the world around and unlock the secrets of human interaction. These humorous and highly interactive presentations are powerful and actionable to affect the performance of teams both large and small.

Randy is also a noted social entrepreneur leading efforts to create life changing impact in the local and global community around economic and community development. He is the co-author of: Enhancing Your Business Value… The Climb To The Top… Smart Strategies for a Successful Expedition


 
Dennis Mansfield

Dennis Mansfield

Dennis is a business and executive coach for a billion dollar company in the Pacific Northwest. He's been interviewed on Focus on The Family,  Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News. Hosted Balance Point Radio for years and was embedded nightly with CBS affiliate news Point 2 Point as the conservative commentator for many years, as well.

From the storied halls of West Point class of 1978 to a bid for US Congress in 2000 to author and consultant; Dennis’ journey has taken him where few men are blessed to go. His unique clarity on life comes from being a lifelong learner and living each adventure to its fullest potential. Dennis has an inborn love for history and, due to his path in life, has a deep seeded drive to see honor lived out. Dennis has a deep love of creation and of the Creator.

Dennis is an award winning author of Cocoa: The Blind Dog, Beautiful Nate, Finding Malone, Benghazi and Beyond, as well as co-author of other books and written three motion picture screenplays. Dennis is a sought after conference speaker and business coach.


 

Joel Epstein

Joel is the author of The Little Book on Big Ego, as well as the founder and CEO of Friction Factor, Inc. Through Friction Factor, Joel holds training, sales, management, and leadership seminars and workshops for diverse corporations throughout the United States. Joel has been speaking and holding these career and life changing events for over 14 years. In this capacity, he has learned that controlling ego - yours and others - is the foundation for a successful life, both personal and professional.

Joel has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S. and Canada discussing ego, including nationally on CNN, Fox, Access Hollywood, NBC, ABC, CW, Sirius Satellite Radio, ABC Radio Network and USA Radio Network.

  


MORTGAGE and REAL ESTATE SPEAKERS


 

Katey Dallosto

Katey is a national trainer, business coach and sales consultant, with over 25 years of business, sales and leadership experience. Her areas of expertise include: lead generation, relationship building, productivity training, personality profiling, recruiting, sales training, public speaking and business planning.

Over her career, Katey has been responsible for developing profitable relationships by empowering her partners through growth and understanding. Katey utilizes a fun and engaging style of training to achieve the desired results for her clients with an emphasis on accountability.

Katey is an active member of Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), Contra Costa Association of Realtors (CCAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR) and the Bay East Association of Realtors. Katey also founded, and was the first President, of CCAR’s chapter of the Young Professional’s Network. Katey prides herself on her ability to connect people to people and people to opportunities.


 

Jennifer Du Plessis

Jennifer, CMPS, CME, CDLP is the Principal and CEO of Kinetic Spark Consulting.  With over 30 years of experience in mortgage lending, Jennifer has been named in the Top 200 Loan Originators in the US over 5 times and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and on Good Morning America, XM Radio and Federal News Radio. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Kirney Group, Inc., a commercial lending firm and Black Fox Investments, LLC a real estate management company.

Kinetic Spark Consulting, LLC evolved from Jen’s desire to help others in her industry, as well as real estate agents, small business owners and Executives by offering and developing educational training, consulting and coaching. Jen is a highly sought after speaker as a member of the National Speakers Association and is the host of Mortgage Lending Mastery podcast, and she has helped numerous clients achieve their personal, professional and management goals. In every interview, Jen shares strategies for success she has applied in reaching her professional goals every year, while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.


Michael J. Maher

Michael designed a system, the (7L) System, based around a philosophy of generosity. He, and those who have implemented the system, have found that a business based on generosity leads to reciprocity in the form of referrals, help, and good will far beyond anything they could ever imagine. As Michael says, “It’s a living worth living. It’s a living worth loving.” After sharing this philosophy and system in the International Bestseller (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication: Go from Relationships to Referrals, Michael with no plans for speaking, coaching, or training was instantly inundated with requests to teach the system. Now thousands upon thousands of professionals see him speak, attend his events, and go through this trainings every year.


 

Kristin Messerli

Kristin is the Founder and Managing Director of Cultural Outreach Solutions, specializing in helping companies in the mortgage industry better reach and serve multicultural and Millennial homebuyers. Her expertise is in multicultural marketing, Millennial homeownership, and compliance with diversity regulations in the Dodd-Frank.

Kristin is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the industry and has written for numerous publications. In addition to her business, she consults with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Consulting Services, and she is the co-author of the MBA’s Section 342 Compliance Essentials Toolkit.

Kristin started her career in the mortgage industry and later worked as a social worker both locally and abroad, training providers on culturally competent practice. Prior to starting her own business, she consulted with former McKinsey consultants at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth to develop international social enterprises.


 

Gibran Nicholas

Gibran is the founder, Chairman and CEO of the CMPS Institute, a national organization that has trained, coached and certified over 8,000 of the nation's top financial and housing professionals since 2005. He’s also the founder and CEO of Relationship Planner, LLC, a CRM and technology platform.  Gibran is the creator, author and lead instructor of Relationship Influencer, a learning experience focused on helping executives, leaders and influencers unlock the hidden value in their relationships. Gibran is a life-long student of human nature and human relationships.  His primary focus is helping people transcend their challenges and improve their relationships. 

Gibran is a lifelong entrepreneur.  At 16 years old he entered law school, and at 20 years old, he started his own mortgage planning firm.  The business quickly became one of the highest volume private mortgage companies in Michigan, with additional licenses in Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts.  In 2005, Gibran became the Chairman and CEO of the CMPS Institute.  Through his involvement in CMPS, Gibran empowers banks, credit unions and mortgage companies to increase sales and improve their customer experience. Gibran frequently teaches continuing education courses for CPAs, Certified Financial Planners, attorneys, real estate agents, and mortgage lending professionals. He’s regularly quoted as a financial and housing expert in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, MarketWatch, Business Week and the Washington Post and has been featured on Fox and ABC News.


 

Gary Nielson

Gary has spent his entire professional life developing sales and training programs that work. With over 35 years in sales and management, Gary has assembled a wealth of knowledge and experiences in sales tactics, behaviors, and achievements. Learning through observation, experience, training, and old-fashioned trial-and-error, Gary has learned what makes salespeople successful in nearly any industry.

An energetic go-getter at his core, Gary built his career from the ground up, starting as a loan originator at Citibank where he quickly climbed the ranks to branch manager and regional manager over the mortgage division. Later, as a regional manager with Norwest Mortgage, Gary oversaw the development of seven new offices–from planning to building to managing. For nearly two decades, Gary served as part owner and Vice President over Retail Sales of Republic Mortgage, one of the leading home loan organizations in the western United States.

Gary grew up in Sacramento, California where he developed an intense passion for music and played the drums beginning at age eight. Gary and his wife Stefani are the proud parents of three kids and grandparents of twelve and are die-hard San Francisco Giants fans.


 

Ken Perry

President and Founder of The Knowledge Coop™  

Since diving into the industry in 1998, Ken Perry has been a relentless innovator in the mortgage and real estate world. His company was one of the nations first training companies to be approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) to provide pre-licensing and continuing education for originators, Ken has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of thousands of professionals throughout the country on topics including mortgage and real estate compliance, title and escrow laws, economic and industry updates and forecasts, business development and strategy, and social networking and media.  

Ken is madly in love with, and quite addicted to, reading laws. He researches and analyzes every law, rule, and regulation he can get his hands on and has become famous for bringing a unique, not-what-you-expect style of education to his clients by mixing passion and humor with extreme knowledge.


 

Joe Puthur

Joe, president of Mortgage Coach, has been reinventing the industry’s most trusted selling strategy to embrace the internet and mobile revolution.  

Throughout the past 15 years as a technology leader, in the mortgage industry, his designs have always pushed the envelope of what software and systems can do for mortgage professionals. Joe was the founder and former CEO of Lasso Technologies, a start-up that pioneered bringing Loan Origination Software online. In 2005, Ellie Mae, acquired Lasso Technologies to create Encompass Anywhere, hands down the largest SaaS offered LOS. 

Joe is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive sales, management, marketing, and technical experience. He has been selected multiple times among the “40 Most Influential Leaders in the Mortgage Industry Under 40” by Mortgage Professional magazine. He’s a passionate leader and a public speaker with the ability to effectively inspire mortgage professionals to tap into their full potential, with a little help from technology – and has more then a decade of success to prove it. 


 

Dave Savage

Dave, Founder of Mortgage Coach, has over twenty-eight years of experience as a mortgage executive, business leader, and mobile technology pioneer.  By launching Mortgage Coach, Dave has helped tens of thousands of loan officers and millions of homeowners make confident, informed, mortgage decisions. 

Dave is passionate about leveraging mobile technology to help evangelize the Mortgage Coach mission of reinventing the mortgage experience for borrowers, lenders, and Realtors.  Mortgage Coach,  recently ranked 1 of 5 must-have real estate apps by USA TODAY, allows you to connect with families and partners, ensuring a confident mortgage decision can be made. 

Dave is a recognized leader in the mortgage industry for his contributions to improving the professionalism and quality of advice that originators provide homeowners. As a mortgage industry leader, Dave has been a speaker at many major industry events, and before Mortgage Coach, Dave was one of the nation’s top loan originators and President of a national mortgage company. 


 

Tom Ward

Tom is a professional speaker and author of The Empathy Effect who gives keynotes and seminars around the country.  Tom's rags-to-riches story, a rise to wealth and success is one that he credits to the empathy for others which his parents instilled in him at an early age. Tom has a knack to make complex things simple and inspires his audiences to prosper in their own life and business by seeing what's important to others. Tom gives insights how "empathy-based, unique-selling propositions" lead to higher profitability, and the importance of empathy for company culture, leadership, negotiating, and more. 

Tom is CEO and founder of Majestic Consulting and Marketing as well as founder of Path2Buy, a free educational resource created to help people prepare, over time, to become tomorrow's homeowners. 


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