2014 Keynote Speakers

Andy T.Andy Thibodeau

Since 1992 Andy has been to over 2000 junior & senior high schools, conferences, universities & colleges in every Canadian province and 38 states!  Every year, over 105 schools, over 40 youth leadership conferences, plus 50 or more university, college, camp, and community organizations are inspired by Andy! He has appeared at all 10 provincial student leadership conferences & 34 state conferences! Andy has appeared at two US national youth leadership conferences and eight Canadian national student leadership conferences. Through his hilarious comedy and true-life stories, Andy delivers a message that everyone can relate to. His presentations are unique due to his international experience and high-energy style. His message is complemented by his experiences as a leader in high school & university, as a past director of a leadership camp, and his active community involvement. Active in the London, Ontario community with organizations such as the Terry Fox Run to beat cancer, Easter Seals for disabled kids, South London Neighbourhood Community Centre, Cystic Fibrosis Society, the University of Western Ontario, King’s College, Laurier SS, Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation, Rotary Youth, the Clan Ross Scottish Society and Chalmers Presbyterian Church. Andy talks about leadership, caring and community involvement because he is a caring leader involved in his community! He married his best friend Elizabeth in 1998. She is a high school French teacher now on extended leave. She is taking care of the loves of their life, their girls Torry & Isla. To learn more about Andy, visit www.andypresentations.com


 

Rob Waldo WingmanRob ‘Waldo’ Waldman

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman – The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker 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. In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need. He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals. 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. A member of the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame, he is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), member of the board of the National Speaker’s Association, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Home Depot, Aflac, and Johnson & Johnson. Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, he’s been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The Harvard Business Review, Investor’s Business Daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, INC. Magazine, and Business Week. For more info about Waldo’s programs or his bestseller Never Fly Solo, visit www.yourwingman.com, e-mail info@yourwingman.com, or call 770-333-9867.


 

Jason LatimerJason Latimer

 

Jason Latimer was born with a wrench in hand and a lot of questions. By nine years old, Latimer began chasing down what he thought magic could look like with the simple question of, “What is possible?”

 

“I went into science to understand that; first mathematics, then physics, chemistry, and then applied sciences …engineering, design, psychology, even economics …anything to understand the world better. And now, I am absolutely confident in saying ‘I have no idea what’s going on’ …All I’ve found is that the right question…Changes everything.” – Jason Latimer

 

That one question of “What is possible?” has led to his incredible live effects of shaping water into solid forms and popping them, bending laser beams with his bare hands, animating art on his own skin or teleporting people across time and space and many other amazing creations. By applying his background with his passion of illusion design Latimer has received three World Champion of Magic titles and an astonishing seventeen consecutive championship wins and awards for his performance in the art of magic. His personality and high-energy performances recently won the hearts and minds of the UK audience of television series “The Magicians” (BBC1) voting him the winner and series champion. Competing each week in the United Kingdom against two established British acts was a huge challenge but it allowed Latimer to showcase his imagination and the public’s response was overwhelming.

 

Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight on multiple occasions as “one of magic’s most gifted creators” (Genii Magazine). His love to wonder and passion to build the impossible has led to magic’s highest honor as he was named the “Grand Prix ‘Best Overall’ World Champion of Magic.” By combining technology with performance, pure sleight of hand skill and applied sciences Latimer has not only ushered in a new genre of magic for the twenty first century but has inspired millions people to wonder. To learn more about Jason Latimer, visit his website at www.jasonlatimer.com. (bio from TEDxWallStreet)


 J. SprinklesJonathan Sprinkles

Jonathan Sprinkles was voted Speaker of the Year (APCA), Mentor of the Year (Disney/Eastman Kodak) and Marketer of the Year (JMI, Inc).

Here’s why: he’s funny; his energy keeps audiences fully engaged, and he “keeps it real” about how anyone willing can achieve the success and lifestyle they deserve. Throughout his 10 year career, Jonathan has been consistently recognized as a well-respected and sought-after expert on elevating morale and Leading Beyond the Meeting™. The author of several books, his writings have been published internationally and are frequently quoted by industry experts. Jonathan shares his message as the featured speaker in meetings of 60 people in a conference room to 6,000 in a standing-room-only hockey arena.

Jonathan’s passion for helping people perform at their best stems from the agony that he felt when he lost his father to cancer at the age of 15. Attempting to mask the pain, he gave into peer pressure and the low expectations that surround many African-American men. However, Jonathan’s spirit wouldn’t allow him to stay down. Refusing to settle for life’s second best, he graduated college from the fourth-ranked marketing program in the country. At graduation, he was awarded the two highest leadership designations given to any student out of an enrollment of over 53,000.

After college, Jonathan enjoyed a thriving career as a top salesman at Dell, Inc. Jonathan was hand-picked by senior management to join an elite group of Senior Account Managers who were responsible for acquiring new business in the fastest-growing segment of the company. Because of the leadership, customer service, and team-building skills that he developed within a high-stakes sales environment, Jonathan was bestowed with the coveted title as the “Significant Achiever” among a pool of 400 of the corporation’s best sales reps.

After just a few minutes with Jonathan, his quick wit and down-home style of “teaching beautiful people to act like it,” will make you feel like you’ve known him your entire life. He inspires corporations, association members and students to aim high and reject excuses. Jonathan Sprinkles’ life is one that we can all celebrate as proof that success isn’t about where you start, it’s where you choose to finish!

To learn more about Jonathan, visit: www.GetandStayMotivated.com


Patrick Combs

Patrick Combs

With zero connections into the speaking world, at 26, Patrick set out to become a speaker and author. It was hard and he accumulated $45,000 of credit card debt. He worked from a desk made of milk crates and a board he found in the alley.

Today, Patrick is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, who has presented more than 1,250 outstanding speaking engagements for companies, associations, and universities. His client list includes world class organizations such as Google, Visa, Shell, Boeing and Motorola and universities such a Penn, Babson and NYU. By 35, he was sitting across from Barbara Walters being interviewed on national television.

Additionally, Patrick is a bestselling author of three books (Major in Success, Gearing Up for a Great Life, Man 1 Bank 0). Major In Success, helps college student identify and succeed at their passions, and has been selling well for 15 years with 120,000 copies sold, and counting.

Patrick helps people win by helping them Be who they were Born to Be, and Do what they were Born to Do. For 20 years, he’s been passionately committed to helping individuals move from stuck, uncertain, or unsuccessful into a life that is big, brilliant and blissful. To learn more about Patrick Combs, visit his website at www.patrickcombs.com.


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