Bruckner Chase

Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton, at the age of 13 survived a 14-foot tiger shark attack off the shores of her hometown Hawaii was left with one arm and only 26 days later she courageously overcame all odds and began surfing again. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast faith spurred her toward an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Bethany is a true champion who inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith. Read more

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford

For more than 25 years Roger Crawford has energized audiences with specific peak performance strategies enabling them to break through self imposed limits. He delivers high impact presentations filled with cutting edge ideas that inspire others to sustain a positive mindset and maintain prevailing motivation.

Crawford is the first and only person in American history to be a United States Professional Tennis Association athlete and play a Division I college sport with a severe disability. Read more

Larry Dierker

Larry Dierker

Larry Dierker pitched for the Houston Astros from 1964 to 1976. He made his debut on his eighteenth birthday and in his first inning struck out Willie Mays. In 1969 he became the Astros’ first 20-game winner. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 1969 and 1971. As a pitcher he remains the franchise career leader in innings pitched and complete games, and is second in wins. Read more

Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann

2012 Paralympian Mallory Weggemann had her life changed on January 21, 2008. A routine epidural to help treat back pain left the college freshman paralyzed from the waist down. Having been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven, and still coping with her new disability, she found one thing unchanged – her love for swimming. On April 8, 2008, Mallory returned to the pool, and has been breaking national and world records ever since. Mallory is currently ranked first in six of the seven Paralympic events and has her eyes set on nine gold medals in London. Read more

Chi Chi Rodriguez

Chi Chi Rodriguez

What separates Chi Chi Rodriguez from the rest is that he has coupled his success on the golf course with a strong personal desire to make a positive impact through his Chi-Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. Chi Chi’s foundation is home to troubled and abused youngsters, and its mission is simple: to give kids a chance. “I figure kids are the future. If I made it, anybody can do it. I think I can be a good role model for them because they can look at me and say, ‘Look, he’s a small guy, very poor, and he worked hard and made it.’ If I can help one kid become successful, that’s all I ask for.” Chi Chi Rodriguez’s philanthropic activities on behalf of indigent children through his youth foundation have shown that he is not only a champion in golf, but a champion in life. Legendary on the course for his famous sword dance when he holes a putt, Rodriguez has demonstrated time and again that he’s a great golf champion, and an even greater champion to underprivileged youths and the Hispanic community.

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Peter Vidmar

Peter Vidmar

If organizations and individuals are going to thrive in any environment, they will need to take calculated risks, continually innovate and take their products or service to entirely new levels of performance. This process never ends. For over 20 years, Olympic Champion Peter Vidmar has effectively communicated these principles to tens of thousands of people, in virtually every industry in America. Using his effective trademark concept of “Risk, Originality and Virtuosity,” Peter’s unique presentations give audiences a fresh perspective on how to motivate employees, improve morale, and encourage new ways of thinking. Successful Meetings magazine has listed Peter as one of the top ten corporate speakers in America. He is the author of the book, Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity: The Keys to a Perfect 10. Peter is also a member of the National Speakers Association’s Speaker’s Hall of Fame. Read more

Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka

Legendary NFL player and coach Mike Ditka understands the mental attitude necessary for success. In his first year in the NFL, he caught 56 passes for the Chicago Bears and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Twenty years later he returned to the Bears as head coach, guiding the team to six NFC title games and a Super Bowl victory. Twice named Coach of the Year, Ditka is one of only two athletes to have won Super Bowl rings as head coach, assistant coach and player. Today, Ditka shares his team-building skills and drive to be the best with audiences across the country. Read more

Brian Billick

Brian Billick

From 1999-2007, Brian Billick served as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, a new franchise with some of the youngest players in NFL history. In his first year as head coach, Billick guided the Ravens to their first non-losing season (8-8), and in 2000, he led the Ravens to a decisive 34-7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants. Currently an analyst for FOX TV Sports and a contributor to the NFL Network, Billick shares his methods for bringing teams together to focus on achieving common goals. Author of several books including Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success (with Dr. James A. Peterson) and More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL (with Michael MacCambridge), Billick’s engaging presentations challenge us all to strive for a “we” environment that holds everyone on a team accountable in the pursuit of victory. An expert motivator, NFL coach and strategist, for over 30 years Brian Billick has demonstrated an exceptional ability to take individual players to their highest potential, while keeping his teams unified and focused. Read more