Ty Bennett, Gilda Bonanno, Dick Bruso, Bill Cates, Molly Cox, Lois Creamer, Lou Heckler, Sam Horn, Shep Hyken, Nancy Juetten, Darren LaCroix, Ruby Newell-Legner, Kevin O’Connor, Corey Perlman, Jessica Petett, Dr. Nido Qubein, Scott Stratten, Bruce Turkel, Michelle Villalobos, Cy Wakeman



Ty Bennett

With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. Ty was recently featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40.

Ty is a young, fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. His clients include some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Coca-Cola, AT&T, Home Depot, NY Life, Delta Airlines and Remax. Ty has shared the stage with celebrities, Olympians and world-renowned thought leaders such as President Bush and President Clinton.

Ty’s best-selling books – The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication – are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Ty is also the co-author of The Two Most Important Days of Your Life.

Gilda Bonanno

Improve your ability to communicate with confidence  and lead with influence so you can be more successful than you thought possible.  Gilda Bonanno partners with executives, organizations and entrepreneurs to create customized and practical strategies and tactics for communication and leadership success.

Her expertise is based on her global experience working with clients throughout North America and in Europe, China, India, Thailand and Brazil and her real-world work experience in corporate, academic, government, nonprofit and entrepreneurial environments.

Dick Bruso

Dick Bruso, founder of Heard Above The Noise, is an accomplished professional speaker and internationally acclaimed branding/marketing expert. He presents entertaining high-content keynote speeches and workshops with emphasis on creative branding, marketing and strategic networking. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), NSA/Colorado and the Global Speakers Federation.

Dick served as president of the NSA/Colorado Chapter for 2005-2006, and was a member of both the NSA National PR Advisory Task Force and the Biola University Studio Task Force. He is, also, the recipient of the NSA/Colorado 2007 Sabah Award and the CSAE 2003 Associate of the Year Award. In addition, Dick chaired the 2011-2012 NSA National Speakers Academy and was the co-chair of the NSA Cavett Institute.

As a highly regarded branding consultant Dick has served numerous organizations and professionals throughout the United States and Canada for over two decades. He creates and helps implement powerful branding, media, and relationship-building strategies to help position his clients to be “heard above the noise” in the marketplace.

Bill Cates

Founded by Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE, Referral Coach International works with organizations and individuals who want to acquire more clients/customers through word of mouth, referrals, and personal introductions.  All of our systems and programs have one overall goal in mind – to increase your revenue without increasing your marketing expenses.

We produce results! From needs assessment, to program development, to program delivery, to follow-up and reinforcement, Referral Coach International is committed to teaching our proven referral system, strategies and tactics, in a manner that actually changes beliefs and behaviors – producing tangible results.

Bill Cates’ Referral Marketing System™ is a comprehensive and client-centered approach that creates strong client engagement, consistent leverage for new opportunities, and solid connections that lead to new business.

With the right culture in place, results can be sustained indefinitely.

Molly Cox

Rarely do you find a combination of original material, solid content, and hysterical delivery. Molly delivers.

As the former director of sales and marketing for two hotels, the general manager of an upscale athletic club and the co-founder of an improv and sketch comedy company, Molly understands business and people.

Her perspective and experience on what it takes to inspire people to outstanding results in a range of businesses. Molly specializes in humor and stress management in healthcare, and has done keynote presentations, and workshops for hundreds of healthcare organizations from hospitals to assisted living and healthcare providers.

Lois Creamer

“I work with professional speakers who want to book more business, make more money and avoid costly mistakes.”

Get the results you’re looking for in your speaking business…

  • Increase bookings
  • Develop a memorable positioning statement
  • Create outstanding promotional materials
  • Identify target markets
  • Qualify prospects faster and easier
  • Answer sales objections and close more sales
  • Find the decision maker
  • Develop other revenue streams
  • Develop your “sales speak”
  • Gain the competitive edge
  • Discover how Lois can help you to Book More Business! Learn how to quantify prospect’s interest, close more sales, and effective “sales speak”.

Bold claim? YES! But I’ve been working with professional speakers to do just this for years. You can benefit from that combined knowledge and take your business to the next level! What’s more, I guarantee it!

Lou Heckler

With 15 years of on-air television experience and more than twice that number in professional speaking, Lou Heckler will deliver and deliver and deliver. The most frequent comment he hears from meeting professionals goes something like this: “You combined solid, usable content with fantastic and funny stories from real life and really hit a home run for our members.”

Lou has made a living from the written and spoken word since he was 14 years old. He has been a major university adjunct faculty member, host of his own television talk show, essayist for the national PBS show, “Nightly Business Report,” and Hall-of-Fame professional speaker who has traveled the globe, helping audiences more fully focus on the people side of business.

Sam Horn

Founder, and CEO of the INTRIGUE AGENCY helps people create respectful, collaborative, compelling, one-of-a-kind communications and projects that scale their income and positive influence – for good.

Her work  has been featured in New York Times, Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, BusinessWeek, Forbes, INC, Foreign Service Journal, Huffington Post and on MSNBC, Bloomberg, Sirius, and NPR.

Her books  – including POP! Tongue Fu!®, ConZentrate, What’s Holding You Back? and Washington Post bestseller Got Your Attention? – have been endorsed by dozens of thought leaders including Stephen Covey, Dan Pink, Tony Robbins, Miki Agrawal, Keith Ferrazzi, Ken Blanchard and Marshall Goldsmith.

Her 20+ year track record of results includes speaking for such clients as National Geographic, Cisco, SXSW, Fortune 500 Forum, Intel, American Society of Association Executives, Capital One, NASA, Young Presidents Organization, Boeing, KPMG, Accenture,  the U.S .Navy and Four Seasons Resorts.

Shep Hyken

Shep Hyken is a customer service and experience expert and the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations.  He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession.

Shep works with companies and organizations who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. His articles have been read in hundreds of publications, and he is the author of Moments of Magic®, The Loyal Customer, The Cult of the Customer, The Amazement Revolution and Amaze Every Customer Every Time. He is also the creator of The Customer Focus™, a customer service training program which helps clients develop a customer service culture and loyalty mindset. (Now available as an online/web-based training program!)

Nancy Juetten

Get Known Get Paid Mentor and Business Building Expert Nancy Juetten inspires and guides coaches, experts and authors to get seen, heard, celebrated, and COMPENSATED for their brilliant work. She started out in 2009 by building buzz around her ‘bye-bye boring bio’ expertise. By guiding clients to solve this universal and urgent problem, she has since grown her business into a global and thriving enterprise that serves luminaries and aspiring luminaries around the world.

Nancy encourages clients to embrace their quirks, raise their voices, inspire and lead. That means showing up at first glance by being the BEST version of who they are and building rock solid businesses that fuel ongoing profits. Thousands of coaches, consultants, solopreneurs, speakers, infopreneurs, and aspiring and thriving authors around the world attract clients, speaking gigs, and media attention to fuel their profitable businesses as a direct result of lessons and proven ways she shares to support their success. Start first by downloading www.sizzlingspeakersheet.com.

Darren LaCroix

Now, Darren is in high demand as a speaking coach. The new standard for advanced presentation skills was created when he co-created How Professional Presenters Can Own the Stage. There is no other program on the market that even comes close to this transformational program. Viewers witness exactly how coaches can create lasting significant improvement in just two days

As co-founder of The Humor Institute and a co-creator of The Humor Boot Camp®, Darren directs seminars that help presenters wisely use the power of humor to “lighten up” their presentations. He is also an award-winning producer of the film Healing, Hope, and Humor.

Ruby Newell-Legner

Since 1994, Ruby has consulted with and designed customized training programs for more than 28 professional sports teams from the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the Canadian Football League (CFL). No other staff development provider can claim this level of experience. She is a frequent presenter at league meetings where leaders strategize how to enhance every aspect of the fan experience.

From the only 7 star hotel in the world to amusement parks, from stadiums to camp grounds, Ruby has been transforming service at leisure facilities and sports and entertainment venues for decades. As a certified speaking professional, she has presented thousands of programs in more than 22 countries, in person or virtually. She trained guest relations and hospitality staff to enhance the visitor experience at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the 2010 Olympics, Super Bowl XLI, the 2008 US Open (tennis), and the 2006 and 2013 Grey Cup.

Kevin O’Connor

Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP is an author, executive coach, businessman, and professional speaker. He specializes in working with professionals–particularly technical professionals–who have been promoted to leadership positions where they now lead their former peers. Kevin holds three masters degrees and his expertise focuses on the challenges of leadership, business relationships, and the effectiveness of teams.

Kevin customizes his message by communicating with his audiences in advance. He facilitates his message with their knowledge through his interactive presentations. He follows up with audiences through a unique and simple program designed for long-term learning.

Most of his professional work is for Pharmaceutical and Medical professionals. He works with and has worked with Medical Affairs for Searle, OhioHealth, Pharmacia, Sanofi-Aventis, Amgen, ISTA, Takeda North America, Novartis, ONYX, Intermountain Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Baxter, Gundersen Lutheran Health System,Baxter BioScience, USAF Medical Command, Eli Lilly, The American College of Physician Executives, MDAnderson, Underwriters Laboratories, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, The Joint Commission, Loyola University of Chicago (A member of the faculty), Columbia College (A member of the faculty), The American College of Healthcare Executives, and The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Corey Perlman

Social Media eBoot Camp: A hands-on, tactical deep-dive into the latest digital marketing best practices.

Tired of social media overviews with no actionable takeaways? Would you prefer that your attendees leave with a specific to-do list they can immediately implement? Put them through an eBoot Camp and watch your conference evaluations soar!

Session objectives:

  • 5 ways to makeover your LinkedIn profile and impress visitors.
  • The proper way to use your Personal Facebook Page for business.
  • The new rules of company Facebook pages and how to capitalize.
  • How to properly use Instagram for maximum business impact.
  • A strategy for creating compelling content that will engage your audience.
  • How to use Video and Images to rise above your competition!
  • Interactive, engaging and fun!

Jessica Petett

I have been in your shoes:

I got the Student Affairs bug while working as an RA and running orientation at a small private liberal arts college in Arkansas. I told my hall director my senior year that I just wanted to be an RA when I grew up. So I went to South Carolina and got a Masters in Higher Education Administration completing internships and practica in every student services office on campus including the First Year Experience Center, Greek Life, International Student Services, Residence Life, and Campus Activities. I then worked as a Hall Director in Oregon, Programming Advisor for LGBT Center, started LGBT and Women’s support services inside a Multicultural Office and established a Center for Social Justice Leadership in Arizona, worked as a Presidential advisor for Diversity in California, and taught some intercultural communication classes along the way.

Dr. Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His journey has been an amazing success story. The Biography Channel and CNBC aired his life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,300 students from 40 countries. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide.

As a business leader, he is chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $185 billion in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide), and Dots Stores (a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country).

As a professional speaker, Dr. Qubein has received many distinctions including the Golden Gavel Medal, induction into the International Speaker Hall of Fame, and as the founder of the NSA Foundation in Arizona.

Scott Stratten

Scott and Alison Stratten are co-authors of 4 best selling business books, co-owners of UnMarketing Inc and co-hosts of not only The UnPodcast, but five children, two dogs and two cats. This site, the show and the books all represent their thoughts on the changing world of business through their experiences of entrepreneurship, two degrees (Alison), not lasting long as an employee (both) and screaming at audiences around the world (Scott, Alison is more polite).

They were put on this earth to remind the world that not all Canadians are passively polite. Businesses like PepsiCo, Saks Fifth Avenue, IBM, Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft and others have been brave enough to want their advice, to the point that Scott has been named one of the Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the world by Forbes.com. They now spend their time keynoting around the world and realize they rank 10th and 11th in order of importance in their home.

Oh, and they met on Twitter. How’s that for ROI?

Bruce Turkel

Bruce has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands including Miami. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, Bacardi, Sol Melia Hotels, Azamara Club Cruises and many more great companies.

A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, and AdWeek

Michelle Villalobos

No matter what you do, or who you do it for, knowing how to present, position and promote yourself is crucial for success. Michelle Villalobos helps entrepreneurs and professionals creatively package and strategically market themselves to achieve visibility and credibility, so that they – and the world – can benefit from their unique talents, story, mission and message.

Michelle has delivered programs and keynotes for both corporate and entrepreneurial audiences, such as American Express, Adidas, Burger King, Univision, Audi Latin America, Lexis-Nexis, Lloyd’s of London, and many more.

Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author who has spent over 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership and work. Her Reality-Based Philosophy helps leaders and their teams ditch the drama, turn excuses into results, and find opportunities in every challenge they face.

Cy’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, traditional management practices into her workplace, she began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset. What she found was inspiring. Her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adapt to change, and emanate happiness on the job.

Inspired to help others transform their company and their work, Cy began consulting, training and speaking—empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.