I would like to thank Mrs. Carole Barnes for her exceptional hard work and commitment to customer service during the planning of our Lockheed Martin Veterans Night Ceremony. Carole’s professionalism was immediately evident during the first phone call; she kept us well communicated of all deadlines and logistics. Her timeliness to our questions and concerns was priority #1 for her. She recommended the perfect guest speaker for our event after I explained the purpose and concept of our ceremony. Carole’s ability to instantly create a cohesive relationship with my company was incredibly unique. Rarely did we communicate via e-mail; our communications seemed to start with a phone call. She is just an absolutely great person to work with. For future planning of our events I prefer to only work with Carole.
– Samson M. Kelly, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
“For more than 20 years, I have relied on Carole Barnes to provide guidance during the selection process for guest speakers at our meetings and conferences. She listens to our needs and provides us with creative and realistic recommendations. Her valuable advice during the selection and negotiation process has helped us to save time and money. Carole’s attention to detail throughout the process helps provide peace of mind knowing that our speaker’s needs, as well as those of Best Western, will be met.”
– Todd Thrall, Best Western International
Over the last 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with CBA Speakers Bureau both as a 25 year member of the National Speakers Association and as the conference coordinator for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. CBA Speakers Bureau has provided the OHSAA with outstanding speakers that focus on the important qualities of leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and a commitment to our communities. Carole has worked shoulder to shoulder with me and the Ohio High Schools Athletic Association to provide a culture of excellence in our program and push the boundaries of the conference. The feedback has always been very positive about the previous years and we have continued to strengthen and grow our program. Our success is tied to the commitment of CBA Speakers Bureau and their staff who believe in the impact power of leaders. I have found the CBA Speakers Bureau very accommodating and easy to work with. I am looking forward to working with Carole and the staff for all of our conference needs. I want to thank the CBA Speakers Bureau for being a part of a family of people who are passionate about helping others.
– Harvey Alston, Best Inc
I strongly recommend CBA Speaker’s Bureau for any motivational speaker. Carole Barnes has exemplary customer service; she anticipates our needs and proactively suggests speakers for our events. She is easy to work with and clearly establishes positive, professional relationships with her clients. We have accessed both Jason Schechterly and Devon Harris, both inspirational speakers who received excellent feedback from our staff. During both events, Carole Barnes supported the event by attending and assisting our team. I will be working with the CBA Speakers Bureau again!
– Dr. Kendra Bell, Peoria AZ Unified School District
I’d like to thank CBA for the wonderful customer service provided to our agencies over the course of the past few months. You’ve worked tirelessly in assisting USAID & DOC in securing Colonel Gregory Gadson (Ret) as our keynote speaker for our up-coming Veterans Day Program. Federal Agencies with low budgets have a hard time attracting high profile speakers to participate at Federal Government events, but Ms. Barnes worked very hard in assisting our agencies to obtain the services of the Colonel. Not to mentione the countless times I have called you to ensure the contract outline met our specific needs! Kudos for CBA!
-Dennis Hicklin, U.S. Office of Veterans Employment
“I can’t say enough about how great Carole has been to work with! She has the ability to pull rabbits out of hats for her clients!! From my first phone call to Carole she was able to pull together exactly what I needed, and when I needed it! Carole is very accessible at all times. I feel like I’m working with a friend when I work with Carole, and she has taken away my stress from thousands of miles away!”
-Barb Steitz, Trinity Breast & Cervical Grant Program
What a pleasure it is to work with the folks at CBA Speakers Bureau. CBA has become our defacto agent and we couldn’t be more pleased. Every transaction is done in a timely, efficient and friendly manner. They work 24/7 for their clients. Even if the attraction you seek isn’t listed on their roster, give Jeff Barnes a call at CBA, and give him a chance to get your dream attraction. You’ll be glad you did. Bravo to CBA, five stars!
– Dan Geeting, California Lutheran University
“It was a pleasure working with CBA Speakers Bureau to find the perfect speaker for our National Retail Federation Conference. They worked diligently with us throughout the entire process to assure our needs were met and all details were addressed. The CBA team was responsive and professional and I would highly recommend them.”
– Susan Newman, Sr. Vice President Conferences, Nat’ Retail Federation
“We have worked with CBA Speakers Bureau to procure speakers for our District Conferences . They guided me in the right direction and were able to find a perfect fit with what we needed. They have been in contact throughout each process to make sure things were on track. I certainly recommend them for other companies and organizations.”
-Mike Visconti, Rotary District Conference
“I would heartily recommend retaining CBA Speakers Bureau for obtaining speakers. As Chairman for the AZPCA’s Anniversary, I needed a speaker widely renown in the sports car racing world. I relied on Carole to find such a person. She canvassed many candidates to find us the perfect fit. After the final decision was made, Carole then handled all details flawlessly, such as transportation, lodging, and more importantly the contractual document which our board praised for its thoroughness. I would not hesitate to use her services for our next event.”
-Dick Petticrew, Porsche Club of America
“Carole Barnes from CBA Speakers Bureau is a dream to work with. She worked so quickly to obtain the speaker of our dreams for our very special 50th Anniversary of Maverick Region Porsche Club in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Although we had a very specific speaker in mind for our event, Carole had several other candidates lined up that would fit our needs as well. She has been in constant communication with me about all of the details and our Board members were thoroughly impressed with the flawless contract CBA Speakers Bureau put together. I look forward to working with Carole for many years to come.”
– Lisa Steele, Porsche Club of America, Maverick Region
I had the pleasure of working with Carole, and she was instrumental in helping us to put together a successful leadership conference at Arizona State University, featuring President George H.W. Bush. I look forward to working with her again . She is amazing, and I highly recommend her to everyone!!
– Andrew Ortiz, Ortiz Leadership
“Carole, Thanks again for coordinating our guest speaker at Fenton School. It was an awesome experience, and CBA did an outstanding job of meeting our needs!! “
-Todd Becker, Fenton School
We worked with the CBA Speakers Bureau to book a keynote speaker for our Veterans Day event and could not have been more satisfied with their professionalism and service. We greatly appreciated their flexibility and patience during the reservation process.
-Sean Lenahan, United States Department of Commerce
As the Special Events Coordinator for Siskin Hospital, it has been my pleasure to work closely with Carol Barnes and CBA Speakers Bureau for our annual community-wide fundraising event, the Siskin Hospital Possibilities Luncheon. We began working with Carole in 2013, when we were seeking a potential speaker for our 2014 event.
As a physical rehabilitation hospital, we were highly interested in a speaker who embodies our philosophy of celebrating life beyond disability. Carole highly recommended Colonel Greg Gadson, a double amputee and 25-year U.S. Army Commander at Ft. Belvoir. Colonel Gadson lost both legs above-the-knee due to an lED explosion in Iraq. Thanks to Carole’s recommendation and hard work, Colonel Gadson turned out to be the perfect speaker for our event.
Not only did Carole work diligently to facilitate the contract and multiple conference calls directly with the speaker prior to signing the contract, she was instrumental in handling all phases of planning for the event. We worked closely with her to schedule and confirm travel arrangements, the Colonel’s itinerary, media interviews, and other items as needed.
In addition, Carole showed tremendous initiative when she took it upon herself to reach out to Universal Studios with a request for copies of the 2012 sci-fi movie, Battleship, in which our speaker had played a starring role. Carole went above and beyond in reaching out to Universal Studios and saved our organization several thousand dollars, which in turn provided additional funds for patients without insurance in need of charity care.
We are already working with Carole again this year, and she has just secured our speaker for the 2015 Possibilities luncheon – She makes the process of finding the right speaker smooth and carefree. Her initiative, drive, determination, careful negotiation and planning skills have enabled us to secure excellent speakers. As you consider speaker options for your next event, we highly recommend that you contact Carole Barnes and CBA Speakers Bureau. With their help, your next event will be a great success!”
-Sandy Howell, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
“As the Executive Director managing the speaking business for Stephen M. R. Covey, I had the pleasure of working with Carole Barnes. Her aptitude, integrity and attention to detail before, during, and after speaking events were exemplary. Carole comes from a place of high trust based on the relationships she creates that allows her to deliver beyond the contract and consciously enroll all parties to create the best experience. I give my highest recommendation of Carole Barnes for the clients she represents, and also for the speakers and talent she liaisons. Carole, thank you for your extension of trust to our organization. You are a gift to all that have had the pleasure to work with you.”
– Suzanne Leonard, Former Exec Director, Franklin Covey’s Global Speed of Trust
“Carole, thank you for making our experience booking Gary Suson so easy. You and your team were exceptionally responsive to our needs and very patient with us since we so rarely book speakers. On behalf of all those who attended Mr. Suson’s presentation, thank you for working with us to bring him to Auburn.
-Mark Armstrong, Auburn University
“Carole and her team at CBA are superb – focused on exactly what her clients need and with the experience and depth-of-knowledge to find just the right high-content, high-energy, high-value speakers to make for out-of-this-world events!”
– Rick Searfoss, Astro Success Programs
Carole is a first class professional. She works tirelessly on behalf of her clients to match the perfect speaker to each and every event. Carole provides terrific customer service and attention to detail that serves both the client and her speakers. Carole has my highest endorsement and strongest recommendation!
– Bob Higa, The Higa Group