Sports & Adventurers
Crossing the Ditch is a motivational presentation formed by Australian adventurers and keynote speakers James Castrission and Justin Jones. Together they attempted the world's first Trans-Tasman kayak expedition from Australia to New Zealand. Through committing to achieving one of "Australia´s last great first" adventures, they wish to inspire others not to be afraid of pursuing their own adventures and dreams.
Rick Pitino, one of the most brilliant minds in coaching, is also one of America's top motivational speakers. He began a new era in University of Louisville men's basketball when he was named head coach of the Cardinals on March 21, 2001. And as he successfully accomplished at his previous three collegiate coaching stops, it is clear that there couldn't have been a finer choice to lead Louisville back among the nation's elite teams.
Bill Clement is a two-time Stanley Cup championship player, and former National Hockey League All-Star who played 11 years in the NHL, and is the lead game analyst for ESPN's NHL telecasts. He also announces the Great Outdoor Games and the Bassmaster Classic for ESPN. In addition to his experience with on-air commentary, Bill is also a trained actor, making his corporate presentations based not only on his sports background but also his strong presentation and speaking skills. He has appeared in more than 250 television commercials as well as on the ABC soap opera "All My Children."
Robyn Benincasa accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. Revered as one of "California's Fittest Women”, she spent her youth competing at the state and national level in gymnastics, diving, cross country, and judo in which she became a national champion. Soon after earning a Marketing degree from Arizona State University, Robyn started at the top Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company where she earned the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award.
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Following his successes as an NFL quarterback, Rose Bowl Champion, Pac-10 Conference “Player of the Year”; Tom Flick now applies his winning ways as a dynamic and highly sought-after speaker to companies that include Microsoft, Marriott, Starbucks, Merrill Lynch, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Shell Oil, Boeing, NAPA Auto Parts, Safeco Insurance and the US Army Rangers.
Mike Eruzione served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory at Lake Placid. The highlight of the games for Mike was his winning goal against the Soviet Union in the games that stunned the world. For the past several years, Mike has traveled throughout the United States for major corporation and organizations as a motivational speaker and spokesperson.
Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Bruce was raised in the Westchester County area. In high school he excelled in football and basketball as well as on the track, where he was an all-state pole vault and high jump champion. Bruce Jenner captivated theworld when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal and earned the title, "World's Greatest Athlete".
Growing up poor and one of fourteen children in rural Louisiana, Bob Love had a dream to play in the NBA. Not able to afford a basket or basketball, Bob nailed a coat hanger to the side of his grandmother’s house and used his imagination. Despite his great success as an athlete, Bob was not able to do something we all take for granted: speak without stuttering. As a child, he dreamed of speaking without a sever stutter; to overcome the long periods where he could not speak at all and not stumble over his words. Forty years later, Bob would realize his dream not only to speak clearly but also to become a professional speaker.
Gary W. Moore is the author of "Playing with the Enemy" currently being made into a film starring Oscar-winning talent. The film cast includes Gary's son, Toby Moore, who will play Gary's father. The film and the book is about Gene Moore, a baseball prodigy who lost his dream of becoming a major league ballplayer to war and injury, but overcame heartbreak and adversity to become a successful businessman and father. Gary's father taught him so much but hid his baseball career from Gary until the day before he suddenly passed away from a heart attack. It is often said that we are the product of all our experiences- Gary's honest portrayal of his father reminds us about the importance of communication.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, international bestselling author and cancer survivor, Alan Hobson reached the top of Mt. Everest on his third expedition only to face an even bigger mountain. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia, a cancer of the blood, and given less than a year to live -- unless he survived intensive chemotherapy cancer treatment, a perilous adult blood cell transplant and climbed back to share his triumphant cancer survivor story with the world. As it turned out, that is exactly what he did.
Larry Csonka and power running became synonymous in the NFL of the 1970's. As a player with the powerhouse Miami Dolphins he charged so tenaciously through defenses that his name became a household word and his nickname, Zonk, became a new American verb. From 1971-1973, he led theDolphins to three Super Bowl appearances, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors along the way.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable business luminaries in the world, in 1999 Richard Branson was knighted for his "services to entrepreneurship". The Rebel Billionaire continues to grow the Virgin brand worldwide, and his unconventional strategies are an inspiration to businesses and individuals alike.
Stanford All-American and five-time NFL All-Pro Brian Holloway excelled as the team captain of the 1985 New England Patriots, AFC Championship Team. In 1986, at age 26, Holloway was one of the principal architects of the NFL's growth strategy that produced a landmark $18 Billion TV contract in 1998.
Keynote speaker Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for every American, young or old: "Just because you can't stand up, doesn't mean you can't stand out." As president of Mike Schlappi Communications, and confined to a wheelchair, he is spreading that word to audiences ranging from students to chief executive officers, from rookies to Olympic champions, and from small gatherings to major conventions.
Jeff Salz has made a lifetime of adventure. An acclaimed explorer with a Ph.D. in anthropology, he has traversed most of the remaining blank spots on the globe. The author of The Way of Adventure: Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision, Jeff creates the foundation for creative thinking in any organization by presenting a unique perspective on risk-taking and innovation. Jeff has spent 30 years as a mountain guide, and 10 years as a university professor. For the last 20 years, he has been safely guiding executives at organizations like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, and eBay through the turbulent seas of change while facilitating enhanced teamwork, innovation and creativity.
Audience members will recognize Jeff from his frequent appearances as program host on the on the History Channel and the Discovery Network. His freewheeling humor and profound sense of humanity turn every meeting into a memorable event. With remarkable adventure tales and thought-provoking concepts, Jeff continues to instill his audiences with fresh strategies and enthusiasm for life and career.
Never before has the world economy faced such challenging times, from Wall St, banking, finance, healthcare, government - corporations and associations all over the globe – and it going to get worse before it gets better. There is no better time or message than Neal Petersen’s “No Barriers- Only Solutions” keynote. Audiences are faced with choices everyday– “how do we survive and excel?” Neal’s keynote has never been more sought after and necessary - he challenges and empowers his audience to think differently, outside the box, with responsibility and accountability.
Brian O’Malley’s adventures have taken him from the slopes of Mt. Everest to the jungles of Africa. He’s an adventurer, author, award-winning photographer and a professional motivational speaker and presenter on the values of adventure and how they apply directly to the workplace. As a professional speaker, he draws parallels on his experiences from setting goals, taking risks and living your dreams.
Cary Mullen, Olympian and World Cup Champion currently holds the World Downhill Speed Record for skiing 97 MPH (151 KMH) down the world’s most famous ski course in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Cary was a non-prodigy, an underdog, who placed last in his first World Cup race. He followed 5 key winning strategies to go from ‘worst to first’ and to ultimately become a two-time Olympian and World Cup Champion.
A longtime resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, John Amatt is President of One Step Beyond WorldWide, an innovative educational and motivational company, whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
Rocky Bleier's life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.
An award-winning inspirational speaker and athlete who equips audiences to break through self-imposed limitations, embrace change and reach new levels of achievement. Best-selling author and inspirational speaker, Roger Crawford has helped more than 3,000 organizations break through self-imposed limitations and reach levels of achievement previously thought to be impossible.
Bob Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979, and has also hosted HBO Sports & Entertainment programs since 2001. Bob has covered every major sport, but is perhaps most indentified with the Olympics and baseball. If you are looking for an outstanding Olympic speaker for your event in 2008, look no further than Bob Costas.