123 – Thomas Kolditz: Leadership Professor, Yale School of Management; Author of “In Extremis Leadership”

kolditz_thomasThomas Kolditz is a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management & Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. His experience as a leading development expert spans four decades in the public, private, and social sectors.

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A retired brigadier general and titled Professor Emeritus by the U.S. Military Academy, Tom led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in management, leader development science, psychology, and sociology. A highly experienced global leader, General Kolditz has more than 26 years in leader roles on four continents. His career has focused both on leading organizations and studying leadership and leadership policy across sectors. He served for two years as a leadership and human resources policy analyst in the Pentagon, and a year as a concept developer in the Center for Army Leadership, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. He was instrumental in the design and formation of the Thayer Leader Development Group, and is the managing member of Saxon Castle LLC, a leader development consultancy.

Professor Kolditz is an internationally recognized expert on crisis leadership and leadership in extreme contexts and in the development of programs to inculcate leadership and leader development in everything from project teams to large organizations. He has published extensively across a diverse array of academic and leadership trade journals, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Academy of Management. In 2007, while still on active duty, Tom was appointed a visiting professor at the Yale School of Management, where he designed a crisis leadership course and taught in the school’s MBA curriculum for three years

His most recent book, In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named as a leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence. In 2009, he was named to the Council of Senior Advisors, Future of Executive Development Forum, and currently serves as the Academic in Residence for the Global Leadership Strategy Network.

122 – Alison Levine: Adventurer, Explorer, & Mountaineer; Author of “On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership”

ALISON-LEVINEAlison Levine is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed the highest peak on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole.

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In January 2008 she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. In May 2010 she completed the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent) and skiing to both Poles, an accomplishment fewer than 30 people in the world can claim. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she has had 3 heart surgeries and suffers from a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather, leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite.

Levine’s expeditions have been documented by more than 450 media outlets. She is the subject of the PBS documentary Living Courageously (2007) and has made numerous appearances on The Today ShowGood Morning America, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS’ Evening News, and other national programs. She is featured prominently in the book More Than 85 Broads (J Hanson, McGraw Hill), the book that captures the efforts of women on Wall Street to find success and take risks on their own terms.

Her accomplishments are also featured in other books including Smart Moves (Curran & Greenwald, Ten Speed Press) and In Extremis Leadership (T Kolditz, Wiley & Sons). Her story has been the subject of articles in Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated, Outside, and other publications.  In addition to having tackled some of the most extreme environments in the outdoors, Levine has also spent more than two decades in the business world. Her professional career has encompassed healthcare, technology and finance. After earning her MBA from Duke University she moved to New York to work for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left Wall Street to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California.

Levine spent three years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Having spent months at a time in some of the world’s most dangerous and extreme environments, Levine focuses on the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty. She serves on the advisory board of the CoachK/Duke University Center on Leadership & Ethics and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

In 2005, she founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so they will have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism

Check out her website: Alison Levine

Check out her latest book: On the Edge

121 – Dr. Stacia Pierce: Award Winning Life Coach, Speaker, & Entrepreneur

stacia-pierceWhen you first get a glimpse of what a single day in the life of Stacia Pierce entails, you begin to wonder if she somehow has more than 24 hours in her day. Your first encounter with this award-winning Life Coach is guaranteed to be a whirlwind of passion, excitement and motivation bundled up into a highly-acclaimed business woman, paving the way for the limitless success of her clients.

With a contagious energy and an impressive roster of motivational and entrepreneurial successes, LifeCoach2Women.com Founder and CEO Stacia Pierce has taken empowerment to an entirely new level by helping others turn obstacles into opportunities.

A living example of success, Pierce was named Top Women Who Mean Business by the Orlando Business Journal for her system of turning passions into paychecks, enabling her to motivate fellow entrepreneurs worldwide. Pierce has worked with everyone from the Hollywood elite, to Grammy- and Emmy-winners, to television personalities, several successful business owners, lawyers, doctors and government officials throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.

Her ‘No Excuses’ business philosophy encourages clients to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives and businesses. Pierce has also developed her highly-acclaimed ‘Success Attractions Strategies’, a vast collection of success tools, seminars and conferences triggering exploration of self-creativity, while embracing the possibilities of a better, more fulfilling and healthier way of life

And it doesn’t stop there! Pierce also created several additional success tools to encourage the adaptation of reaching your highest potential. Dubbed a ‘Whole Life Coach’, she has mastered the art of overhauling the lives of clients, leading them to discover their true selves, as well as their true potential.

With the use of straight-to-the-point, candid stories and highly-charged anecdotes, she inspires people to find their inner ‘Dream Driver’Regardless of the goal, Pierce focuses her unwavering dedication to empower women to freely and smartly chase their greatest desires with confidence and knowledge.

Her educational successes are equally impressive having earned a Doctorate of Philosophy and Religious Studies from Friends International University, as well as a Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas College. Outstanding community service projects like the Women Caring for Women event, and the entrepreneur economic improvement program’s Shop and Swap Professional Empowerment event, have earned her additional honors.

With books, newsletters, retail products, appearances and countless online outlets as part of her growing empire, Pierce is able to inspire over 100,000 people weekly and shows no signs of slowing down.

Career Highlights & Honors
Congressional Tribute for Service as Exemplary Life Coach, Rep. Congressman Mike Rogers
Founder of the Women’s Success Conference
Women’s Success Conference Weekend, declared May 24-26th, Lansing MI
2012 Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America
2010 Winner, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN contest
2009 Stacia Pierce Day named on May 22.
2006 Most Valued Member in the Community, Key to the City, Lansing MI

Creator Of:

LifeCoach2Women.com, Founder and CEO
Author of 21 books
The Go Big Coaching Program
37 Journaling Secrets to Success Attraction Course
Success Mastery Coaching Program
Inspire Perfume
Superstar Nail Lacquer

As Seen On: UPN, ABC, FOX CW, NBC and the Word Network

As Seen In: Essence Magazine, Glamour Magazine, In Touch Magazine, In Style Magazine and OK! Magazine

120 – Frank Gustafson: Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Host of “Lead Like a Marine” Podcast

Frank GustafsonFrank Gustafson is a start-up entrepreneur & business fanatic on a mission to educate the public about the power of Marine Corps Leadership.

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He is the Founder OneBoldMove; a project that serves current and prospective small business leaders.

The goal is to add value by sharing insight from entrepreneurs who have “been there and done that”. His ultimate vision is to be a “go to” resource for answers and advice from folks who have the entrepreneurial spirit and have successfully navigated the narrow path to business ownership.

Frank is also the creator & host of the Lead Like a Marine Podcast; a podcast in support of Marines with a two fold purpose:

  1.  To help Marines prepare as they transition off of active duty by helping them translate their unique, world-class leadership skills and abilities into something that the civilian market can easily understand and embrace. He does this thru conversations with Marines who have successfully made the transition into the civilian marketplace. He talks to Marines in leadership positions and to Marines who have become business owners.
  2. To help HR professionals, hiring managers and business owners who have leadership positions to fill… REALLY understand the value of Marine Corps leadership training… and exactly what a Marine leader will bring to the table for their organization.

119 – Don Hutson: Selling & Entrepreneurship Expert, Best Selling Author

don3-thumb225x325Don Hutson’s careers in speaking, management and sales have brought him many honors. He successfully worked his way through the University of Memphis, graduating with a degree in Sales. After becoming the #1salesperson in a national training organization, he established his own training firm and was soon in demand as a professional speaker.

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Don’s client list includes over two-thirds of the Fortune 500, and he is featured in over 100 training films. He is CEO of U.S. Learning, Chairman of Executive Books, and makes some 75 speaking appearances per year. Perhaps you have seen him on national television where he has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

Our speaker is the author or co-author of twelve books, including The Sale, and his two Wall Street Journal and New York Times International best sellers, The One Minute Entrepreneur and The One Minute Negotiator.

Don is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable. He was elected by his peers to the presidency of the National Speakers Association, and has received its coveted “Cavett Award,” as member of the year. He has also been inducted into NSA’s Speakers Hall of Fame.

In preparation for each presentation, Don does extensive research into the needs and opportunities for your company or association. He requests teleconferences with key executives and even customers to discuss the objectives and the current state of your industry.  Don has also been known to ride along on sales calls prior to the speech or seminar, if applicable. Don and his staff will work closely with your technical, audio and video personnel to make sure all the details are covered. With over 5,000 speeches and seminars to date, you can rest assured he will be professional in every way.

Don Hutson is the recipient of the following awards and honors:

  • Past President, National Speakers Association
  • Cavett Award (NSA Member of the Year)
  • 1999 Consummate Speaker of the Year Award
  • SMEI’s International Speaker Hall of Fame
  • St. Jude Hospital Humanitarian Award
  • Member, Speakers Roundtable
  • CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

118 – Guy C. Hachey: President & Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace

Guy HacheyGuy C. Hachey was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer on April 18, 2008.

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Mr. Hachey heads the leadership team responsible for Bombardier Aerospace, a world-leading manufacturer of innovative products and services for the business, commercial, specialized and amphibious aircraft markets.

He started his career 30 years ago in the automotive industry with General Motors (GM) where he held positions of increasing authority and complexity, first in Canada, then in the United States. In 1998, Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from GM and he joined the Delphi Corporation as President of its Chassis Systems Division. Before joining Bombardier, he held the combined positions of Vice-President, Delphi Corporation; President, Delphi Powertrain Systems – a $5.5 billion U.S. business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000 employees; President, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Executive Champion for Delphi Corporation’s global manufacturing operations. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of lean enterprise processes and common systems across more than 150 plants worldwide for all Delphi products.

He acts as member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing major aerospace and defense manufacturers in the United States, and a member of the Desautels Faculty Advisory Board at McGill University.

A native of Charlemagne, Québec, Canada, Mr. Hachey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B. Comm.) from McGill University (Montréal) and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Concordia University (Montréal). He also completed the Tuck Executive Development Program at Dartmouth (New Hampshire).

117 – Allen West: Retired Army Officer, Former US Congressman, Conservative Political Activist

meet-allen-westAllen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.

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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.

After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.

In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

He is a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets including Communities at the Washington Times and PJ Media.

About the Allen West Foundation

The primary mission of the Allen West Foundation is to educate and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders among the minority and veteran communities. In addition, the Foundation actively supports organizations such as JROTC, Young Marines and NROTC.

About the Allen West Guardian Fund

The Allen West Guardian Fund was established as a PAC to support conservative military veteran and minority Republicans running for state and federal office, in the same vein as Allen West.

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116 – Dave Kerpen: Speaker, CEO of Likeable Local, Chairman of Likeable Media, & New York Times Best-Selling Author

dave-kerpen-headshotDave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software startup for small businesses, as well as the chairman and former CEO of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm with triple digit revenue growth for 4 consecutive years.

 Likeable Media was named to both the 2011 and 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. In 2012 Likeable Media was named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City.

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Following a sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, Dave and his wife Carrie started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, 1 of Facebook’s Top 65 Preferred Developer Consultants as well as the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for both 2011 and 2012.

Dave is now part of LinkedIn’s new Thought Leader Program and has been featured on CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. Dave has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe and webinars for organizations such as WOMMA, TEDx, SXSW, and the American Marketing Association. Dave is backed by a team of 60 social media thought leaders who collectively have managed over 250 accounts on Facebook and other social networks, for brands such as Verizon, 1-800 Flowers.com, Neutrogena, Logitech, The Pampered Chef, G.E, Medtronic, Restaurant.com, and Heineken.

Dave is also a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y.

 Dave’s 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and other social networks. His 2nd book, Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver, debuted November 2, 2012.  His latest book Likeable Leadership was released October 2013.

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115 – Tim Elmore: Founder & President of Growing Leaders

Tim ElmoreDr. Tim Elmore is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.

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Tim and his team provide public schools, universities, civic organizations, and corporations with resources that foster the growth of young leaders who can transform society. For over 30 years, he has taught leadership through the power of images and stories that enables young adults to influence others in a positive way. Tim is dedicated to helping:

  • Create students who take initiative to improve their school’s culture.
  • Enable teachers and parents to understand why today’s teens act
    the way they do.
  • Correct crippling parenting styles and disengaging teaching styles.
  • Gain the attention of a younger generation so that they listen.
  • Equip students to think and act like authentic leaders.
  • Guide unprepared adolescents toward productive adulthood.

Tim believes that “every kid can be a leader, because leadership is about influence.” He trains high school and college students with skills to serve at school, work, home, and the community. Since founding Growing Leaders, he has spoken to more than 350,000 students and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country, including Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor University. Tim has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the U.S. and provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and major athletic programs, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, Virginia Tech and the San Francisco Giants.

Tim’s Teaching

  • Every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence.
  • The point of leadership is to equip our young people to do things without help.
  • Leadership can be spotted and cultivated in students as early as elementary school.
  • Good parenting and teaching is a balancing act between being responsive
    and demanding.
  • Over-parenting can do more damage than under-parenting.
  • Talent and giftedness do not equal success for today’s students.
  • Today’s culture devalues masculinity, which can stifle a young man’s
    maturation process.
  • You can motivate the younger generation by equipping them more than entertaining them.

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today means equipping young people to do things without help, which translates into well-balanced adults and successful professionals at work. In this vein, Tim has taught leadership courses at corporations, such as Cox Communications, The Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Chick-fil-A, and the Atlanta Braves. He is committed to developing young leaders on every continent and spoken in over 40 countries, including India, Russia, China, and India.

Tim has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling,  Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes®Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their FutureLife Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child. His sought-after parenting expertise includes insightful blog articles, such as “3 Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids and How to Correct Them,” which went viral on Facebook and received over 600,000 shares.

Tim’s expertise on emerging generations and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, MSNBC.com, The Washington Post, WorkingMother.com, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and Portfolio.com. Tim has appeared on CNN’s Headline News and FOX & Friends discussing parenting trends and advice. Most recently, Tim has become a regular contributor on Huffington Post.

114 – Scott Gerber: Serial Entrepreneur, Author of “Never Get a Real Job”

Scott-Gerber-PhotoScott Gerber is a self taught serial entrepreneur, sought-after public speaker, internationally syndicated business columnist, television commentator, and author of the book ”Never Get a “Real” Job”. He is the producer and host of “Founders Forum with Scott Gerber” on Inc.com.

He’s been widely recognized as the world’s most-syndicated columnist on the subject of entrepreneurship. His columns appear regularly on TIME, Inc., MSN, CNBC, CNN, Mashable, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. Scott is also a regular contributor on MSNBC, Fox Business and CNN.

Scott is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of many of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. He has been a featured speaker at the White House and has rung the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell. In 2011, he was named one of Mashable’s “4 Young Social Good Entrepreneurs to Watch. In 2012, he was named a “generation Y employment champion” by Fortune Magazine. In 2013, Fast Company named him a “superconnector” and the “Pandora of Gen Y networking”.

He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.

The Young Entrepreneur Council

Described as “America’s most elite entrepreneur organization” by Forbes,  The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), founded by Gerber in 2010, has several hundred members, all successful entrepreneurs and business owners, ages 21-40 – a group that includes the founders and leaders of Hootsuite, Chegg, Indiegogo, Rent The Runway, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Modcloth, Meet.me, Thrillist, Yodle, iContact, 2U (formerly 2tor), Threadless, Grasshopper, Likeable, Kissmetrics and Blip.tv. The YEC provides its members with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business’s development and growth.

113 – Andrew Bryant: Renowned Motivational & Inspirational Speaker, Author of “Self Leadership”

Andrew BryantAndrew Bryant, CSP PCC, has wowed audiences of 12,000+, facilitated breakthrough learning sessions and transformed leaders through 1 to 1 coaching. He is the author of ‘Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient and Effective Leader from the Inside Out’ (McGraw-Hill 2012).

Andrew Bryant is famous for his ability to inspire people, to question conventional wisdom and embrace change resulting in positive outcomes. His unique presentation style blends constructive realism with humor to entertain and engage his audiences.

Living in Asia for the last 10-years and working Globally, Andrew has insights and perspective on what it takes to be an effective leader of people in a multi-cultural world.

Through coaching, facilitation or leadership retreats, Andrew helps managers and ‘C level’ executives to face their tough challenges and organizations to create leadership and coaching cultures.

Andrew is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) which means that he has been independently audited in terms of professionalism and client satisfaction. Less than 8% of professional speakers achieve this designation. He is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and upholds the ethics of the International Coach Federation.

Andrew is the founder of Self Leadership International, a provider of Leadership Development Consulting and Coaching. He works globally with his clients to align leadership and behaviors with corporate culture to create business results, high performing teams and empowered employees.

Andrew Bryant is a masterful, inspirational speaker on such topics as;

– “Self-leadership as a Strategy for Success”
– “The Cost of Arrogant Leadership”
– “Developing a culture of innovation”
– “Ask Don’t Tell – The Leader as Coach”

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112 – Chester Elton: Leadership Author of the “Carrot Principle” and his latest NYT best seller “All In”

Chester EltonCalled the “apostle of appreciation,” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books and is an in-demand speaker the world over.

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Elton’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold more than a million copies worldwide. The Carrot Principle by Simon & Schuster has been a regular New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, and 24-Carrot Manager has been called a “must read for modern-day managers” by Larry King of CNN. The Orange Revolution was the number one selling business book in the United States according to the Wall Street Journal.

As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in The Financial Times,Washington PostFast Company and the New York Times. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC’s Money Matters, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

Chester has spoken to delighted audiences from Seattle to Singapore and from Toronto to Istanbul. He holds the acclaim of being the highest rated speaker at the national Society for Human Resource Management annual conference (Bill Cosby was the number-two rated speaker). He serves as an employee engagement consultant to firms such as Pepsi, American Express, Madison Square Garden, Avis Budget Group and Texas Roadhouse.

However, he is most proud to be the father of four exceptional children.


Chester can be reached via email at chester@chesterelton.com or by phone at 908-230-0988.

111 – Adam Carolla: Comedian, Author, Host of “The Adam Carolla Show”

Adam CarollaAdam Carolla is an American comedian, radio personality, television host and actor. He hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast which set the record as the “most downloaded podcast” as judged by Guinness World Records.

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Carolla co-hosted the syndicated radio call-in program Loveline from 1995 to 2005 as well as the show’s television incarnation on MTV from 1996 to 2000. He was the co-host and co-creator of the television program The Man Show (1999–2004), and the co-creator and a regular performer on the television show Crank Yankers (2002–2007). He hosted The Adam Carolla Project, a home improvement television program which aired on TLC in 2005 and The Car Show on Speed TV in 2011.

Carolla has also appeared on the network reality television programs Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice. His book, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks, debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2010, and his second book, Not Taco Bell Material, also reached New York Times bestseller status and received widespread acclaim for its cutting social commentary and humor.[4]

An outspoken commentator on various social, political, and religious issues, Carolla has made numerous guest appearances on political talk shows, ranging from Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect to Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor, on which he headlines the weekly segment Rollin’ with Carolla.

110 – Pat Williams: Co-Founder & Senior VP of the Orlando Magic; Motivational Speaker

PatWilliams_175Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer, currently serving as co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. As one of America’s top motivational speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits.  Clients include AllState, American Express, Citrix, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Tyson Foods to name a few.  Pat is also the author of over 80 books, his most recent title being The Difference You Make: Changing Your World Through the Impact of Your Influence.

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Since 1968, Pat has been in the NBA as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia—including the 1983 World Champion 76ers—and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995 and 2009. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett’s, a national publication. In 2012, Pat received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pat has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando.  He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway. He has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins.  He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches while seven have become assistant NBA coaches.

Additionally, Pat served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization—two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office—and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization.

Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 26 to 40. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. Currently, Pat has 12 grandchildren and counting…with twins due in July. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Focus on the Family as well as all of the major network and cable television news channels.

Pat was diagnosed in February of 2011 with Multiple Myeloma.  After several rounds of chemo treatments, Pat received a bone marrow transplant where the doctors injected him with almost 5 million of his own stem cells.  Pat’s recovery from the stem cell transplant has been remarkable and the doctors are extremely pleased.  While Multiple Myeloma is incurable the goal is to get the cancer into remission (Pat’s personal slogan has been “The Mission is Remission”); Pat’s doctors have told him that they are unable to detect any myeloma in his body.  Pat has accepted positions on several boards for different cancer groups, including an appointment on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Pat spends many hours each week responding to emails and phone calls of others affected by cancer, offering hope and words of encouragement.

Pat teaches an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts three weekly radio shows. In the last 15 years, he has completed 58 marathons—most recently, the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon—and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weightlifter, Civil War buff and serious baseball fan. Every winter he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver and Goose Gossage.

Pat was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University, and his master’s degree at Indiana University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of six other hall of fames around the country.

109 – Shawn Achor: Happiness Researcher, Author of “The Happiness Advantage” & “Before Happiness”

Shawn AchorShawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

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Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.  In 2007, Shawn founded GoodThinkInc to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in more than 50 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness.

In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year.

Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013) as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange FrogHe is featured in PBS’s The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor special. Watch Shawn’s very Popular TED Talk.

108 – Fawn Germer: Leadership Speaker, Best Selling Oprah Author

FawnGermerFawn Germer is the global leadership speaker who wakes people up to their true leadership potential. Fawn personally interviewed more than 300 famous leaders and trailblazers for her bestselling books and learned that the only thing separating the leadership superstars from the rest of us is courage. Her life’s work as a leadership speaker and author is to get others to move beyond their insecurities and into their discomfort zones where they will take risks, bet on themselves and succeed regardless of their inevitable obstacles.

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Fawn began her career as a journalist but eventually ran into a boss who told her she’d never amount to any more than what she was right then: a reporter.

Her trademark is that she is the only leadership speaker and motivational speaker who has interviewed hundreds of the most visible, accomplished leaders of our times. In the decade since she left journalism, she has written seven books — six nonfiction books on leadership and one popular novel. Her first book was rejected everywhere, but became a bestseller and then an Oprah book. Oprah called it “very inspiring.”

She’s been a speaker at the Harvard Business School’s leadership conference, did a speaking tour of Asia, and presented for major companies all over the world. She’s been the keynote speaker for scores of Fortune 500 companies at their leadership conferences.

Her recent speaking and conference clients include: Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., Kraft, Cisco, Novartis, PepsiCo, ADP, the CIA, NASA, Boeing, Motorola, Brown Forman, Genworth, State Farm Insurance, the U.S. Department of Defense, State Street Financial and many, many others.

She’s one of the nation’s most sought-after women’s leadership speakers, and is active in promoting women in leadership around the world.

Check out Fawn’s Website: FawnGermer.com

Check out her books: Fawn Germer Books

107 – Professor M.S. Rao: International Leadership Guru, Author of 25 books on leadership, Founder MSR Leadership Consultants

MS RaoProfessor M.S.Rao is an international management guru, author of 25 books on leadership, and an internationally acclaimed leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He has 32 years of experience in leadership development and conducts training programs for various corporates and educational institutions. His areas of interest include Leadership, Learning and Development and Coaching.
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His vision is to build one million students as global leaders

He is the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is the author of 25 books including the award-winning – 21 Success Sutras for Leaders that has been selected as one of ten finalists for the Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award – 2013 at the University of San Diego. He has published more than 250 papers and articles in international publications including Leadership Excellence, Leader to Leader, ASTD, Emerald, and Sage.

He has been honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Global Top Gurus 30 Leadership. He has been included as one of the leading achievers from around in Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2013. He coined an innovative teaching tool Mekas Method; created 11E Leadership Grid and Soft Leadership Grid and coined a new leadership style, Soft Leadership. He is the Advisor and Board Member for several international organizations including American Institute of Business Psychology (AIOBP), USA, and Global Leadership Awards Committee Malaysia and was honored as a judge for Global Leadership Awards 2011 and 2012 Malaysia. Honored as a Member of International Leadership Association USA, and Ranked as No.1 among the speakers in India as per reviews on Speakermix.org:http://speakermix.com/professor-m-s-rao

He serves on the editorial boards of various prestigious international journals including Development and Learning in Organization, Industrial and Commercial Training of Emerald, U.K, International Journal of Business Administration, Canada and Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, USA. He is the book reviewer for Training and Management Development Methods, Emerald, U.K. His Amazon book URL:www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A16SKI0396UBRP He can be reached at: msrlctrg@gmail.com, and additionally maintains three popular Blogshttp://profmsr.blogspot.com/ (Where Knowledge is Wealth)http://professormsrao.blogspot.com/ (Born for the Students) andhttp://professormsraoguru.blogspot.com/ (Knowledge Grows When Shared).

106 – John Baldoni: Chair of N2Growth, Internationally recognized leadership author, executive coach, & speaker

john baldoniJohn Baldoni, serves as the chair of the leadership development practice at N2growth. John is an internationally-recognized leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and author. John has authored eleven books on leadership, with three of those books, Lead With Purpose (2011), Lead Your Boss (2009), and Lead By Example (2008) belng selected as best leadership books in their respective years. Prior to joining N2growth, John was the president of Baldoni Consulting, which he operated for 12 years.

[saf feature=”itunes” cta=”Subscribe & Listen in iTunes”] His leadership and coaching work centers on how leaders can use their authority, communications and presence to build trust and drive results. By focusing on the concept of personal leadership which he defines as moving from the I can to the I will, John shows how leaders can guide and inspire their people through every phase of the leadership cycle, from character and vision through planning, coaching, motivation and supervision

105 – Arthur Carmazzi: Founder of the Directive Communication™ Methodology and Global Top 10 Leadership Guru

arthur-carmazziRanked as one of the Global Top 10 most influential Leadership Gurus by Gurus International, Arthur F. Carmazzi has 21 years experience specializing in psychological approaches to leadership and corporate culture transformation.

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He is a renowned motivational leadership keynote speaker and trainer in the Asian Region and has advanced Corporate Training with innovative techniques and tools that have been acknowledged by some of the world’s greatest organizations. He is a bestselling author with book titles like: “The 6 Dimensions of Top Achievers”, “The Colored Brain Communication Field Manual”, “Identity Intelligence”, “Lessons from the Monkey King” and “The Psychology of Selecting the RIGHT Employee”.

Arthur is the developer of the CBCI (Colored Brain Communication Inventory) and HDMA Emotional profiling tools used for “Psycho-Productivity” management as well as the CCEE (Corporate Culture Evolution Evaluation). These tools have been implemented across a variety of HR and Leadership disciplines by numerous multinationals to generate greater efficiency of human capital. The unique “linked implementation” structure of Arthur’s training tools and methods have earned him and the Directive Communication methodology accreditation from the prestigious American Institute of Business Psychology.

104 – Ken Coleman: Host of The Ken Coleman Show; Author of “One Question”

Ken ColemanKen is the Host of The Ken Coleman Show weekdays from 5-7 pm EST on North Georgia’s Newstalk Am 550 WDUN and the author of the book, One Question: Life Changing Answers from Today’s Leading Voices.

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Ken has been called a “young Charlie Rose” by legendary Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski and talk radio superstar Dave Ramsey has labeled him “one of the best interviewers in the country.”
Ken’s invigorating and insightful commentary combine with acclaimed interview skills to make him on of broadcasting’s rising stars.
A short list of Ken’s notable interviews includes President Jimmy Carter, Tim Tebow, Coach K, Senator John McCain, Tony Dungy, Pat Summitt, Lou Holtz, Tony Robbins, Mike Huckabee,  Michele Bachmann, Josh Hamilton, Rev Run, Tony Hawk, Jim Collins, Mitch Albom,T.D. Jakes, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin & Dan Cathy.
Ken’s exclusive interview with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy created a national story landing Ken’s radio show on and in Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNN, CBS This Morning Fox & Friends, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post and many more news outlets.

Most importantly, Ken is husband to Stacy and Daddy to Ty, Chase and Josie.

About The Ken Coleman Show

Setting the pace on the pursuit of happiness, The Ken Coleman Show is rising from the political clutter on talk radio by convening conversations that matter. Real life conversations that meet us where we are everyday.

While most talk radio hosts are pontificating their political monologues, the rest of us are striving to succeed as professionals, business owners, spouses, parents and students. We are pursuing a life of passion and significance.

The Ken Coleman Show meets this felt need by creating a dialogue that features Ken’s invigorating, inspiring and insightful commentary highlighted by his refreshing conversations with experts, celebrities, ordinary heroes and the audience. This refreshing mix results in the best conversation on radio.

Join the best conversation on radio Live each weekday from 5-7 pm EST and on demand via the Content LibraryFaceboook or iTunes

Ken’s Speaking Information

An insatiable student of success, Ken dispenses the invaluable wisdom he has acquired to audiences of hundreds to thousands, from Atlanta to Singapore. Ken’s engaging storytelling and passionate speaking style make Ken a popular speaker for event planners and audiences.

Speaking Topics:

  • The Sweet Spot of every person lies at the intersection of our greatest strength and greatest passion. “Get in your sweet spot” is the answer to the question we all ask, “What should I do with my life?” Ken helps audiences discover how to find their sweet spot and what to do when they find it.
  • Are We There Yet? The age old question that every kid asks on a road trip is also being asked by the people we lead.  Ken shares with leaders how to answer this question to enhance leadership effectiveness and employee engagement.
  • Harnessing The Power of Questions to learn, live and lead to your full potential. Ken reveals the process for creating a habit of inquiry in every area of our lives.
  • Customized Talks on leadership, teamwork, personal growth & culture. One speech does not fit every event.

Ken’s experiences and observations of what makes successful individuals and organizations create a wealth of content that can be tailored to share the specific message to meet the felt need of your audience.

Download PDF of Ken’s One Sheet HERE

103 – Lucas Boyce: Director of Business Development for the Orlando Magic; Author of “Living Proof”

lucasboyceLucas Boyce is the Director of Business Development and Legislative Affairs for the Orlando Magic. He was appointed to this new role in July 2013. His responsibilities include strategic business planning with a focus on developing a new sports and entertainment district (SED) in downtown Orlando. He also oversees the company’s efforts in statewide legislative and government affairs.

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Prior to this role he served as Director of Community Relations, Multicultural Insights, Cause Marketing and Government Affairs.  Lucas joined the organization in July 2008. From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, published in January 2011. He travels throughout Central Florida and across the country giving speeches centered around leadership, team work, overcoming obstacles and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Prior to the Magic, Boyce served at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs where he monitored political activity and tracked key races across the Plains-Southwest region of the United States.  Boyce also coordinated proactive communication, public relations and education outreach across diverse communities, constituencies and issues on behalf of the President.

During his tenure at the White House, Boyce also served in the Office of Public Liaison. In this role, he directed African-American and Professional Sports Outreach in addition to event related work in the fields of healthcare and economic policy.  Prior to this, Boyce worked for Direct Impact, a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Virginia, and served in the Vice President’s Political and Communications Office.

Lucas is the author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, published in January 2011. Learn more by visiting www.LucasDanielBoyce.com. He travels livingproofthroughout Central Florida and across the country giving speeches focused on leadership, team work, overcoming obstacles and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Lucas was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott as a Trustee of Valencia College in August 2013.  Governor Scott appointed him to chair the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group in July 2012.  He also serves on the Orange County Library Board, TSA Services Advisory Committee, Central Florida Fairgrounds, the National Coalition for Adoption Institute, Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida and on U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Service Academy Nomination Board.

Lucas was honored by the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association as the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus.  In 2011, the Orlando Business Journal recognized Lucas as the 40 Under 40 Man of the Year.

Boyce received his bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from the University of Central Missouri and graduated with his Executive MBA from Rollins College in May 2013.

102 – Gregg Marshall: Head Basketball Coach for Wichita State Shockers

Gregg_Marshall_Mens_Basketball_coach_at_Wichita_State_50353Gregg Marshall, whose teams have gone to the NCAA tournament nine of the last 15 seasons, including the Final Four in a record-breaking 2012-13 season, was named the 25th head men’s basketball coach at Wichita State on April 14, 2007.

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In 2012-13, a Final Four appearance by the Shockers topped a six-year reconstruction at Wichita State under Marshall. En route, WSU defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, La Salle, and Ohio State before losing to eventual National Champion Louisville in the National Semifinal game in Atlanta. The voters in the USA Today Coaches poll rewarded the Shockers with a final No. 4 ranking, their highest final ranking ever.

Marshall has also coached WSU to the richest four-year stretch in school history as the Shockers have won a record 111 games.  Marshall earned the Valley’s Coach-of-the-Year award in 2012 and 2013, while his teams earned the Valley’s Defensive Team of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Marshall carries a 139-70 record in six years at Wichita State, and a 333-153 record in 15 seasons as a head coach.wushock

The back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2013 were the first for the school since 1987 and 1988, the first in 24 years, while WSU’s 2012 Missouri Valley Conference championship was the first since 2006.

Entering the 2012-13 season, the Shockers had the best two-season record in WSU history after taking WSU back to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2006, while they also won the 2011 NIT Postseason Tournament with a 5-0 record that included a finals trip to Madison Square Garden where WSU defeated Washington State and Alabama.

The reconstruction brought WSU from 11 wins in Marshall’s first season to a school-record 30 wins in 2013 that ended with the Final Four trip, the second for the Shockers, but the first in 48 years.

Marshall also coached the Shockers to the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Portland, Ore., where WSU lost to VCU in the Second/Third Round game.

Marshall’s 2009-10 team played in the postseason NIT, received votes in the AP poll and advanced to the MVC Tournament title game, while the 2009-10 team played in the CBI.

Marshall, who reached 300 career wins in 2012, came to WSU after completing his ninth year at the Winthrop helm, as he led the Eagles to their finest year with a third-straight Big South Conference championship, a seventh NCAA appearance and the school’s first win in the NCAA tournament.

The Eagles were ranked No. 22 in the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls. Marshall was named the Collegehoops.net 2007 Mid-Major Coach of the Year for his efforts, and also received the Collegeinsider.com Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award.

In 2006-07, Winthrop finished 29-5 and was the first team in Big South history to go undefeated during the regular season as the Eagles went 14-0 in loop play, and swept the Big South Tournament in three games. With the 29 victories, Marshall became the all-time winningest coach in Big South history, surpassing former Radford head coach Ron Bradley who compiled 192 wins in 11 years. In addition to the two National Mid-Major Coach of the Year awards, Marshall was voted the 2007 Big South Conference Coach of the Year, marking the fourth time he has received the award (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007).

Under Marshall’s leadership, Winthrop had six 20-win seasons and averaged more than 20 victories per year. He led the Eagles to seven NCAA tournament appearances during his nine seasons, including four consecutive trips during his first four years at the helm. His 2006-07 team established new Big South Conference and school records for victories with the 29-5 record. The 2005-06 team compiled a 23-7 record and came within a basket of capturing its first victory in the NCAA tournament.

During the 2005-06 season, Marshall became the winningest coach in Winthrop men’s basketball history, passing Nield Gordon’s mark of 161. In 1999, his first year as Winthrop head coach after being named to the position in April, 1998, he led the Eagles to a 21-8 record, their first-ever Big South Conference regular-season championship, the conference tournament title and the school’s first trip to the NCAA tournament. Winthrop’s improvement of 14 victories over the 1997-98 season was one of the biggest turnarounds for NCAA Division I programs.

Winthrop received a No. 14 seed, the highest ever by a Big South Conference member, as the Eagles faced Oklahoma in the West Region at Tucson, Ariz. Sports Illustrated’s NCAA preview picked the Eagles to defeat the Sooners, but that didn’t come to fruition. Winthrop finished the year with a 21-9 record to give Marshall a 42-17 head coaching mark after two years. He led the Eagles to another Big South Tournament title in 2000 and a second trip to the Big Dance, and then made it a three-peat in 2001 as his coaching skills were put to the test. WU was hit hard by the injury bug, but still managed to compile an 18-13 record and make its third-straight Big South title and trip to the Big Dance.

His 2001-02 team also overcame a series of injuries to win a fourth-straight conference title and earn the right to face top-ranked Duke in the NCAA tournament and finished 19-12. The following year, Marshall again reached the 20-win plateau, but missed the NCAA Tournament with a 20-10 record, 11-3 in the BSC, after dropping an 81-80 overtime semifinal game to UNC-Asheville in the Big South Tournament.

Winthrop went 16-12 in 2003-04 before returning to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05 with a 27-6 record, after defeating Charleston Southern to win the BSC Tournament.

During the two years leading up to his arrival at Winthrop, Marshall served as an assistant coach at Marshall University where he helped guide the Thundering Herd to the 1997 Southern Conference championship.

Prior to that, he was an assistant on John Kresse’s staff at the College of Charleston for eight years from 1988-1996 when the Cougars made the most successful transition ever from NAIA to NCAA Division I. During Marshall’s years at the College of Charleston, the Cougars received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in 1994, and consecutive NIT invitations in 1995 and 1996.

While at Marshall, he recruited 1998 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Travis Young, along with MAC All-Freshman team member Joda Burgess. The 1997 recruiting class at Marshall was ranked by ESPN as the best in the MAC and among the Top 40 in the nation.

While at the College of Charleston, Marshall was instrumental in the recruitment of NBA-caliber student-athletes from the state of South Carolina that include Anthony Johnson, a current member of the Atlanta Hawks, Marion Busby and Thaddeous Delaney. All three players were voted Trans-America Athletic Conference Players of the Year.

Prior to joining Kresse’s staff in Charleston, Marshall spent one year as an assistant at Belmont Abbey College (1987-88), and two years as an assistant at his alma mater at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, (1985-1987).

In 13 years as an assistant coach, the schools that Marshall was associated with compiled a record of 268-129 for a success rate of 68 percent.

Marshall received a B.A. degree in economics/business in 1985 from Randolph-Macon and earned the Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Richmond in 1987.

He is married to the former Lynn Munday of Bellingham, Wash., who earned her master’s degree from the College of Charleston. They are the parents of a son, Kellen, and a daughter, Maggie.

101 – Chris Carneal: Entrepreneur & Founder of Boosterthon

chriscarneal28129Chris Carneal is an innovative leader who is not only impacting his organization, Boosterthon, but also the next generation of leaders by growing a national fundraising company from one elementary school in Alabama to thousands of schools in 21 states across the U.S.

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Since 2001, the Boosterthon Fun Run team has been serving schools across America, providing a fun, healthy alternative to sales-driven fundraisers. The Boosterthon Fun Run is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and this year we’ll serve more than 700,000 students at 1000 excellent schools in 22 states across the U.S. Boosterthon works to transform the way schools go about fundraising.

Where traditional product sales are purely transactional in nature, they’ve designed the Boosterthon Fun Run to be first and foremost, relational. Transactions don’t make schools great. People make schools great.

Chris believes that if you want to strengthen schools, you start with the people. While the funding matters, he views the greatest impact happens by pulling alongside our schools and serving each person we meet.  Boosterthon strives to:

  • Serve administrators by helping them forge a positive, energetic school culture where students love to learn.
  • Relieve teachers of the stress of fundraising, freeing them up to do what they do best—invest in their students.
  • Energize parent organizations with a hassle-free event that rallies families to get involved and provides the resources to fund their budget.
  • Impact students with an unforgettable nine day experience that leaves the lasting value of an engaging character and fitness campaign.

Since Chris started the Boosterthon Fun Run in 2001, he’s been working to provide a remarkable experience for each school they serve. Chris founded the Boosterthon Fun Run on four values:

  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Leadership
  • Results

After a decade of school funding experience, the values are still the same. Now 11 years since the first Boosterthon Fun Run, Chris spends his year traveling the country visiting his hundreds of team members, imparting best practices to them and celebrating the continued growth and successes of the team.

100 – John Lee Dumas: Founder & Host of EntreprenuerOnFire

John-Lee-Dumas-Entrepreneur-On-FireJohn Lee Dumas is the Founder & Host of the very popular EntrepreneurOnFire; a daily podcast interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs. Since his launch in September of 2012, John has had the pleasure of featuring entrepreneurs like Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss and over 300 more.

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EntrepreneurOnFire is all about Inspiring Millions. John is committed to helping you find the inspiration you’re looking for to launch into your own entrepreneurial journey.

During the 30ish-minute interviews, John’s spotlighted entrepreneur tells him about their journey, sharing early failures, AHA moments, and providing insights about the techniques that are working for them right now. Each show wraps with a five-question “Lightning Round” that pulls priceless nuggets of information from these successful Entrepreneurs, encouraging listeners and fans to take action.

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In this interview John & Richard reflect back on John’s amazing 1 year journey & the lessons learned launching his spectacular brand.  John also talks about the future of podcasting, how to obtain the Entrepreneur mindset, & how to bounce back from setbacks.

99 – Chris Widener: Motivational Speaker, Author, Businessman, Coach & Mentor

ChrisWidnerChris Widener is widely recognized as one of the top speakers in the world today. He has spoken all over the world in places like Germany, Spain, Russia, China, Egypt, Singapore, Australia and of course, all over the United States and Canada. Chris speaks to groups as small as 100 and as large as 25,000 people. His clients are a “who’s who” of American businesses and organizations, including notables like General Electric, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and the Harvard Business School. Chris’ dynamic, practical and engaging speeches will have your audience laughing one minute and learning timeless truths of success the next.

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Chris was hand selected by two of the legends of the speaking world to work with them and he now carries on their legacy. Jim Rohn, one of the most successful speakers of the last 50 years, and also known for being Tony Robbins first mentor, made Chris his last protege and worked with Chris the last seven years of his life. Chris and Jim co-authored the Jim Rohn One Year Success Plan as well as Jim’s last book, The Twelve Pillars, which has become an international best-seller. Jim called Chris “The Leader of the next generation of personal development and leadership experts.”

Zig Ziglar, considered to be the greatest motivational speaker of the 20th Century, personally chose Chris to co-host his television show, True Performance. Chris’ two books, The Angel Inside, and The Art of Influence are the only two fiction books Zig Ziglar endorsed in his entire life.

Along with co-hosting True Performance, Chris also hosted his own show, Made for Success, where he interviewed some of the top business achievers and thought leaders of our time.

Chris considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people and help them lead successful lives,and to become extraordinary leaders and masterful salespeople.

Transformational Leadership Academy

I’m proud to be associated with Chris and his new Leadership Academy.

Chris is passionate about teaching all of us to become Transformational Leaders.  Chris’s program teaches us how to:

– Create greater wealth
– Increase productivity
– More effectively influence others
– Gain greater respect
– Leave your impact on future generations
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98 – Greg Link: Leadership Consultant, Speaker, Co-author of “Smart Trust”

Greg_LinkGreg Link is the co-founder of the Global Speed of Trust Practice, a fast-growing consultancy committed to influencing people to grow their careers and their organizations at The Speed of Trust.

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As co-founder and Senior Vice President of the Covey Leadership Center, Greg orchestrated the strategy that made Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the two best-selling business books of the twentieth century according to CEO Magazine. The book sold over 20 million copies in 38 languages.

He also created the marketing momentum that helped propel Covey Leadership Center from a start-up company to a $100+ million-dollar enterprise with offices in 40 countries. In addition, Greg managed the publication of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Japanese, leading to over 1 million books sold.

Greg, his business partner Stephen M. R. Covey, and the team at The Speed of Trust Practice, equip people and organizations to measure and uncover the overlooked and underestimated power of trust and harness it as a performance multiplier. Greg challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and convincingly demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver — a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing.

Greg co-authored the book of SMART TRUST with Stephen M.R. Covey; this book is a must read and I highly recommend this book.

The paradox of trust is that we don’t give it until we receive it, but we cannot receive if we do not give. Stephen and Greg do an outstanding job at describing how to create a trusting environment and the five actions of SMART TRUST:

Action 1: Choose to Believe in Trust
Action 2: Start with Self
Action 3: Declare Your Intent
Action 4: Do What You Say
Action 5: Lead Out in Extending Trust to Others


97 – Scott M.Fay: Vice President of the John Maxwell Team, Author of “Discover Your Sweet Spot”.

Scott Fay

Scott M. Fay is a student, practitioner, and teacher of leadership and business practices.

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His content is hewn from the experience of acquiring more than a dozen failing landscape & irrigation companies and rolling them into two industry-leading, award-winning organizations. Scott knows the importance of choosing the correct leader.

The right one sets the stage for success and the wrong one for disaster. Scott’s authentic approach combined with rich experience positions him as a top choice for many businesses and organizations. He works with select clients and customizes each experience to exceed their expectations.

Besides speaking and training internationally, Scott serves as Executive Vice President of the John Maxwell Team.

Scott is the author of Discover Your Sweet Spot; a book that equips you to create the life you want. Using a landscaping metaphor and written in a conversational tone, author Scott Fay reveals seven proven steps that enabled him to achieve a unique blend of personal and professional success.

Imagine if you discovered your Sweet Spot. What results would you experience? Better finances? Better focus? Better relationships? Discovering his Sweet Spot equipped Scott to do all three and much more. Specifically, it helped him acquire fourteen distressed businesses and turn them into profitable environments for leadership and commerce. It prepared him to forge a partnership with the No. 1 leadership guru in the world and create the world’s fastest-growing speaking, coaching, and training team. It primed him to start several other ventures, projects, and initiatives related to his core strengths. And finally it enabled him to create a robust life with a variety of options.

If this can work for Scott—a guy who wears jeans and boots and drives a pickup truck—then be encouraged; it can work for you too. In fact, it can work for any individual or organization serious about creating a growth environment. Discover Your Sweet Spot and discover the life you’ve always wanted.

You can check out his website here: thesweetspotsystem.com

96 – Mark Miller: Best Selling Author, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness for Chick-fil-A Restaurants

mark millerMark Miller began writing about a decade ago when he was fortunate to team up with Ken Blanchard to write The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. In 2011 Mark released The Secret of Teams outlining the key principles that enable some teams to outperform the all the rest. Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life came next in 2011. His upcoming book, The Heart of Leadership is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.

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In addition to writing, Mark really loves speaking to leaders. Over the years, he has traveled extensively around the world teaching for numerous international organizations. His theme is always the same: encouraging and equipping leaders.

Mark also sells chicken. He started his Chick-fil-A career working as an hourly team member back in 1977. In 1978, he joined the corporate staff working in the warehouse and mailroom. Since then, he has provided leadership for Corporate Communications, Field Operations, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Training and Development. Today he serves as the Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness. During his time with Chick-fil-A, annual sales have grown to over $5 billion and the company now has more than 1,700 restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

You can check out Mark’s Blog here: greatleadersserve.org

95 – Jessie Jane Duff: Veterans Advocate – Spokesperson for Concerned Veterans for America

Jessie Jane DuffJessie Jane Duff is on the Organizing Committee for Concerned Veterans for America.

Jessie served 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired a Gunnery Sergeant. Along with multiple overseas deployments and combat related exercises, she provided logistical support to combat arms and wing units throughout her career, including Desert Storm and the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. In a collateral duty, Jessie served on the Executive Staff as the Equal Opportunity Advisor to the Commander of Marine Forces Pacific, the largest operational command in the Marine Corps prior to her retirement. She completed her career as a Motor Transport Operations Chief at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Jessie’s personal awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and two National Defense Medals in addition to various awards for excellence during her time on active duty.

In 2009-2012, Jessie was the spokesperson for Military Voting Rights USA, a national network dedicated to ensure active duty military voters have their votes cast and counted on time. She made national media appearances and advocated for timely and expedited mail delivery of ballots to American service men and women stationed overseas. Jessie testified before Congress’ Elections Subcommittee, Committee on House Administration based on her first-hand experience and concerns about voting rights for active duty military overseas personnel. She also was a highly visible advocate for Military and Overseas Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), which became federal law the same year.

In 2005-2006, Jessie was Chairman for Americans for Dr. Rice, a national political 527 focused on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her political future. As Chairman, she traveled extensively to numerous state party conventions and provided political analysis for Fox News, “Fox and Friends,” MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” and CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

Jessie currently works as an independent consultant in the cyber security industry. She has a Bachelor Science degree in Business Management and is a member of Disabled American Veterans, The John Carroll Society, Women in Defense, and Woman Marines Association.

94 – Taylor Vogt: Business Leader Coach with Vera Claritas

taylor-vogt-400x320Taylor Vogt is a business coach. But he’s not going to help you with business plans, strategies, or logistics. There are plenty of people offering great advice covering those topics. He helps you with something different, but of equal importance to a solid business plan. That is the business mindset.

Here’s why this is critical. All the time people start businesses and work out all the logistics. On paper, their businesses should be thriving, but many aren’t. What they’re missing is the business mindset. They don’t have their head in the game, and so no matter how great their business plan is, their business won’t grow, because they aren’t growing. Taylor helps you overcome limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, and lack of clarity when it comes to your business. He helps you grow and be certain that the business plan you’re implementing is right for you.