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Overcoming Adversity

Adrienne Bulinski

Adrienne Bulinski

Unlock Your Potential
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Award-winning speaker, acclaimed entertainer and author, Adrienne Bulinski will show you how to walk and chew gum all the way up your staircase of life. Stop with the excuses, get off your tush, grab ahold of your dream… and LIVE your BEST life! It's time to Think Big, Dream Big, and Achieve Big. If you are looking for a game changer for your organization then look no further. You have found your secret weapon. With more than a decade of experience on the stage, and multiple decades working the trenches, Adrienne is creating a movement of positive change, one attitude/speech ...
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Adam Carriker

Adam Carriker

Former NFL Football Player & Host of the Carriker Chronicles
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Adam Carriker was born in Hastings, Nebraska to Dave and Nancy Carriker. Adam, an avid Husker fan, was born and raised on a family farm in the small town of Giltner, Nebraska. Despite moving halfway across the country at a young age because of his parents' jobs, Adam grew up with strong country values and a lifelong dream of playing for Nebraska, and one day, wearing a Blackshirt. The story of his career was in serious doubt, however, considering he wasn't allowed to play football for much of his young life. He was also more skilled at baseball and when ...
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Richie Contartesi

Richie Contartesi

Plan. Attack. Win!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Meet Keynote Motivational Speaker, #1 Best Selling Author, and former professional football player, Richie Contartesi. Standing a stellar 5'7" and weighing in at a magnificent 155 lbs, you wouldn't think he'd be much of a football player. Instead, he looks more like a chess player. Don't laugh, he's good at chess too! Despite the odds and naysayers, Richie Contartesi walked on at Ole Miss and eventually received a football scholarship, started every game his senior year, and earned the Scholar- Athlete award twice. His inspirational book, "In Spite of the Odds” tells of the triumph and determination. Born on December ...
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Troy Evans

Troy Evans

From Desperation to Dedication
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@On November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal Prison. He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in three states, over a six-month crime spree, and was sent to the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. His neighbors included such notorious criminals as Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Troy was released on December 13, 1999, over seven and one-half years later. Despite the obstacles that only prison can produce, Troy was determined that his time behind bars would not be wasted time. Education would be his saving grace. After six months of filling out applications, ...
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Ron Gustafson

Ron Gustafson

Turning a Set-Back into a Come-Back
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@ Raised on a farm in Lyons, Nebraska, Ron "Gus" Gustafson was a standout basketball player in high school in spite of having lost his right arm and shoulder in a tragic childhood farm accident. After a knee injury ended his collegiate basketball career, he was devastated. But, once again, his faith and courage sustained him and he redirected his energies, building outstanding academic and business careers. Gus is founder and president of Ron Gustafson - My Story, located in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Isaac, Josiah and Hannah. When you face an obstacle in ...
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Neil Halford

Neil Halford

From Victim to Victor - The Sound of Sight
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Neil Halford is one of the premier motivational and inspirational speakers in the speaking industry today. At the age of 2 Neil was involved in a near fatal accident which left him totally blind and forever changed his life and that of his family.Neil's fearless will to succeed in a sighted world has taken him to heights unimaginable to most listeners. In high school Neil was one of the top wrestlers in the State of Nebraska. He twice qualified for the Nebraska state high school wrestling tournament, and as a senior brought home a 4th place metal from state. As ...
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Todd Huston

Todd Huston

More Than Mountains
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Todd Huston knows how to overcome incredible challenges. When his legs got caught in the propeller of a boat at age 14, his life was radically changed. He battled to keep his legs with numerous surgeries, but bone disease eventually forced him to have one leg amputated. Todd became a psychotherapist and clinical director of the Amputee Resource Center in California. He also worked in psychiatric hospitals for adults, adolescents and children. He used his professional skills and personal experiences to help patients achieve more in their lives. He also trained health-care professionals and authored articles in working with individuals ...
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Jeff Koterba

Jeff Koterba

Cartoonist, Writer, Musician and Creativity Advocate
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Jeff Koterba is a globetrotting creative. Honored by the National Cartoonists Society, National Headliner Awards, and Great Plains Journalism Awards, his cartoons are syndicated to 850 newspapers and have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. His cartoons have flown aboard space shuttle Discovery. Back on earth, his work has been included in multiple exhibits in the U.S. and Europe, including alongside Picasso. Entertainment Weekly called his memoir, Inklings: “…a powerful and moving portrait of an artist.” A two-time TEDx speaker, he’s also a two-time nominee for a Heartland Emmy Award. He ...
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Dan Meers

Dan Meers

NFL Mascot - A Character with Character
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Dan Meers goes to work each day like many other men, dressed in a suit. The only difference is that instead of wearing a tie with his suit, Dan wears a tail. You see, Dan is a professional mascot. Dan began his career in 1986 at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dressed as the school mascot, Truman Tiger, it didn’t take long for Dan to establish himself as one of the top college mascots in the nation. After finishing second in 1988, Dan was selected the nation’s #1 college mascot at the 1989 National Collegiate Mascot Championships. As graduation ...
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Marc Mero

Marc Mero

Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Marc Mero experienced his first crisis at age eight when his parents divorced. He grew up in a single-family home in a poor section of New York, but wrote down his dreams and goals, setting his sights on athletics. Marc worked hard to achieve success in hockey, football, boxing and professional wrestling. Former WWE Wrestling Champion and Author of “How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet,” reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment success – then lost it all — but in the process discovered what’s most important in life. Everyone faces adversity. “It’s not how many times you get ...
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Art Mortell

Art Mortell

Changing The Way We Do Business
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Art Mortell, at the Project Leadership Conference in Paris, France, was billed as “America’s number one technology motivational speaker.” Of over thirty speakers at the Wharton School Security Industry Institute he was rated number one. Selling Power magazine has listed Art as one of the top ten speakers in the United States. Art has recently presented in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, England, France, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Singapore and Spain. As a professional speaker since 1967 he has given over six hundred presentations for IBM, five hundred for Smith Barney, four hundred for Coldwell Banker, three hundred for Morgan Stanley and ...
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Rohan Murphy

Rohan Murphy

Motivating People By Actions
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@ Rohan Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, started to wrestle his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State University. In addition to wrestling, Murphy is also an accomplished powerlifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA. Rohan has been featured in publications such as ABC’s 20/20, Sports Illustrated and Muscle & Fitness Magazine, among others. He was even featured in his very own Nike commercial to motivate and inspire people to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. In November of 2010 ...
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John O'Leary

John O’Leary

Live Inspired
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@John O’Leary, lived through worse than most can imagine. At the age of nine, a fire exploded and burned 100% of his body. Given a one-percent chance to live, he fought extraordinary odds. John spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of his fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write, and feed himself. He endured, persevered, and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired. He now lives to share the life-giving lessons from his story in the hope that he can Spark! the extraordinary possibility of your story. John shares ...
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Mark Potter

Mark Potter

Coach and Advocate for Mental Illness
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mark grew up in Sedan, Kansas, where he was a basketball and baseball fanatic! As a stand-out in both sports, he was recruited to play at the collegiate level. He first attended Cowley County Community College and then went on to finish his playing career at Kansas Newman College where he earned a degree in Secondary Education. From that point on, Mark became known as “Coach Potter." After teaching and coaching at the high school level for 11 years, Mark accepted the challenge of re-starting the men’s basketball program at his Alma Mater, now called Newman University. He remained at ...
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Mike Schlappi

Mike Schlappi

If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out!
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Mike Schlappi is an entertaining and remarkable speaker. Many inspirational and motivational speakers are accomplished athletes, authors, celebrities, and businessmen. Mike is too! He has instant credibility with any audience because he has earned these accolades following a shooting accident that left him paralyzed for life. He won't challenge his listeners to venture anywhere he hasn't been. Mike is a master of dealing with change through enhanced focus and revitalized energy. Gold medalist, author, businessman, husband and father of five – Mike Schlappi understands the need for consistent energy and constant focus. Mike earned an MBA and authored two successful ...
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Ricky Simmons

Ricky Simmons

Addiction to Redemption
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Ricky was born on January 29, 1961 to Bertha and Clyde Simmons in Greenville, Texas. His parents were both schoolteachers with master’s degrees. Ricky considered his family “very traditional.” Both parents in the home, hands on, always available for him to talk to, and they attended church weekly. Ricky started playing football in the 5th grade as a deal with his father. At the end of high school, his success in football brought him several scholarship offers from all over the country. In 1979, Ricky signed a full-ride scholarship to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Ricky played wide receiver from ...
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Aaron Thomas

Aaron Thomas

Living as a "True Difference Maker"
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Aaron Thomas' father, Ed, was a beloved high school football coach, who not only trained generations of players on the importance of hard work, dedication, excellence, and commitment, but personally put those values into action as the community leader who inspired his town to rebuild in the wake of a deadly EF5 tornado. Not long after the community withstood the disaster of the storm, the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa endured a far worse tragedy…the fatal shooting of Coach Ed Thomas by a former player with mental issues. Following his father’s murder, Aaron was approached to return home to take ...
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Joe Torrillo

Joe Torrillo

World Trade Center Collapse Survivor
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Joe Torrillo was a 25 year Lieutenant with the NYC Fire Dept. who is now retired on disability. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Engine Company # 10, across the street from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. While recuperating from a severe injury on New Years Eve of 1996 going in to 1997, Joe was assigned to convalesce in the office of fire safety education. Eight months into this "light-duty" position, Joe was ultimately named the Director of this public-based program. In his new position, Joe would co-design a children's state-of-the-art fire safety ...
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Jim Weeks

Jim Weeks

NO EXCUSES – CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Jim was born and raised in southeast Nebraska. He and his wife Kim have 5 children. He was the coach of the Beatrice Orangemen basketball team for 24 years before being named the head coach at Doane College in 2012. He graduated from Fairbury High School and Doane College, where he competed as a decathlete on the Doane track team. Both of Jim’s parents were teachers, and he knew from a very young age he wanted to be a teacher and a coach. His successful experiences in teaching and coaching have led to a passion for learning and sharing all ...
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Dave Zimmer

Dave Zimmer

Leading a Significant Life
@ET-DC@eyJkeW5hbWljIjp0cnVlLCJjb250ZW50IjoiY3VzdG9tX21ldGFfc3ViX3RpdGxlIiwic2V0dGluZ3MiOnsiYmVmb3JlIjoiIiwiYWZ0ZXIiOiIiLCJlbmFibGVfaHRtbCI6Im9mZiJ9fQ==@Dave Zimmer grew up in Hartington, Nebraska where he spent much of his youth working at his parent’s drive-inn restaurant. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He later went on to earn his Masters Degree from Wayne State College in School Administration. Dave resides in Kearney and is married to his sweetheart Renae. The Zimmers have two grown children. Dave is currently employed by the Kearney Public School District. He has twice been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He has also served on the Nebraska State Steering Committee on ...
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