President – Paratus Group, USAF Retired Commander + Combat Veteran, Creator of "Left of Bang Situational Training"
Brian Searcy is the President of The Paratus Group. His vision is to “Redefine How Safety is Learned” to make Schools, churches, the workplace, and our communities as safe as possible. His unique experience and expertise have revolutionized how situational awareness is trained and learned allowing the opportunity for every single member of our communities, the true first responders, to be “Prepared to Survive.”
Following a decorated senior leadership career in the USAF as a commander and combat veteran, Brian transitioned into executive roles as a business entrepreneur, writer, publisher and public speaker.
• Community Leadership
"Brian is an amazing speaker. His talk on "Safety and Situational Awareness" has never been more timely. He's the type of speaker who engages his audience from the minute he takes the stage and leaves them ready to take action!"
— JEFF CRILLEY, CEO Real News Public Relations
CEO, Raindrop Branding + Advertising, Author, "People Love Turkey Sandwiches – Marketing Parables to take Your Business to the Next Level"
Jacques is a contagiously positive and entertainingly animated speaker who ups the energy in the room from the minute he says, “Hello.” His experience as a sought-after moderator led him to discover an affinity for sharing his perspectives and helping people reach the elusive next level.
• Find Your Next Level
• Shape Your Personal Brand
• Marketing to Millenials
Former CEO of Burger King USA, CEO Chairman's Roundtable – JJC Coaching, Cross Generational Communications Specialist
Jeff Campbell has evolved from corporate leader (Former CEO Burger King U.S.A.) to educator, speaker, writer and connector. In addition to his professional engagements, Jeff channels his experience, intellect and genuine passion for helping leaders succeed into JJC Coaching.
• Strategic Business Planning
• Mentorship & Coaching
• Building a Learning Organization
Celebrity Golf Instructor, Founder – Rancho Park Golf Academy LA, CEO of Alan Pacific Group
For over thirty years, seasoned golf pro Derrick Allen has been teaching the game to clients ranging from former President Bill Clinton to actors Morgan Freeman and David Duchovny. Audiences will leave his interactive keynotes with actionable communication skills they can put into practice immediately.
• Task Management/Multi-Tasking
• Bullying Prevention
“Not only did the audience have an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of golf, they were also given instruction about how the principles of golf apply to life.”
— ALICIA PAINTER, Sr. Unit Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
Award-Winning Television News Anchor, Director of External Affairs for Scripps Health, Media + Presentation Trainer
Director, External Affairs for Scripps Health, Emcee, Keynote Speaker, Moderator, Podcast Host and award winning NBC news anchor/reporter/producer. With more than 3 decades of television news experience, Susan is expanding her expertise through media consulting and live events to help others strengthen their message and voice.
As Director of External Affairs, Susan plays a critical role in raising awareness and understanding of Scripps’ programs, facilities and services. Susan serves as a member of the Scripps Medical Response Team.
• Navigating Career Change
• Gadgets Gizmos & Good Health
• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Ultra-Endurance Event Athlete, Named "The Fittest and Mentally Toughest 68-Year-Old in the World," Author of "Beyond Average – Developing Yourself Through the 20x Principal"
Robert Hamilton Owens has been a radio and TV personality, minister, philanthropist, triathlete, and Special Ops Pararescueman – to name a few. But one title best describes this literal force of nature: The Fittest 66-Year-Old in the World.
For more than 25 years, Robert has been speaking before audiences as large as 50,000. His past clients include the Navy SEALs, Baltimore Ravens, and South African Parliament. For more, visit his website.
• Making Life Changes
• Developing Winning Habits
• Developing Mental Toughness
“Robert Owens is the most interesting triathlete in the world.”
— TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE
Psychotherapist, Family Preservation Specialist, Author of "Contentious Custody"
Dr. Marlene has committed her professional life to working with children and families who are going through divorce or separation. As a professional speaker, Dr. Marlene teaches her negotiation process to professionals in the family court system as well as to separating and divorcing parents, operating under the philosophy to "love your children more than you hate your ex."
A professional speaker and compelling storyteller, Dr. Marlene has presented at a number of Continuing Law Education Conferences and Family Law Institute events.
• Conflict Resolution
• Contention in Family Court
• Reaching Mutual Agreement
“Dr. Marlene's demeanor towards all parties remains friendly and positive, frankly, in a role that I am not sure many of us could remain as friendly and positive.”
— DIANNA HARRIS, ATTORNEY
CEO, Westwood International, Inc., 25-Year Executive Leadership Development Coach, 4x Amazon Best Selling Author of "Resilience – Turning Your Setback into a Comeback"
With over 25 years of experience in executive leadership development and education, Greg Zlevor has served as a coach, consultant, and facilitator for companies across the globe. A four-time #1 Amazon Best-Selling author and regular participant for industry webcasts and conferences, Greg’s insights and tools change lives, workforces, and deliver results.
Greg is a frequent speaker and facilitator at the Global Institute of Leadership Development, and his areas of expertise include teaming, effective communication, mindfulness, resilience, and leadership presence.
Former Duke University Women's Basketball Coach, Athlete-Actor Sports Trainer, Host of "Be Contagious" Podcast
One of the world’s most well-traveled and experienced coaches, Hernando Planells has built a career and reputation on constructing teams and working with them to unlock their inner potential. He has spent the past 20 years working with some of the best athletes and actors on the planet (including Adam Sandler, Channing Tatum and more). Hernando has learned to #EmbraceTheStruggle and teaches organizations how to use the same mindset that world-class actors and athletes use to perform consistently at a high level.
“How many speakers allow you to learn as you can grasp in addition to allowing opportunities for application? Learning means nothing without the applying of content in our daily lives. Hernando and staff take one from the “talking plan” to “action plan” in less than half of a day.”
— TYLER DIETZ, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Lakota East High School
Former Denver Broncos All-Pro Linebacker, Three NFL Super Bowl Appearances, Author of "Heart of a Student Athlete"
Former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL’s most versatile player, Karl played all seven defensive front positions.
As a highly regarded speaker, Karl tailors his presentations to the needs of the group while teaching and inspiring his audience. His legendary NFL career draws many attendees to events, and the content and delivery of his presentation sends his audience home with a renewed commitment to their goals.
“Karl invoked a true human response for us to achieve success and failure along a path for a greater purpose, and that resonated with people's desire not only at the conference, but for action at home in their relationships, their jobs, and their greater endeavors.”
— ROGER SERRETTE, Continuous Feed Inkjet Global Product Marketing Manager
25 Year Disney Institute, Guest Service Trainer, Author of "Service is a Superpower – Lessons Learned in the Magic Kingdom"
Louis Gravance is often referred to as "the guy that can make the Disney service concepts work outside of Disney." Louie enjoyed a 25-year career with Disney theme parks, designing everything from live-entertainment experiences to customer service training programs through the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida.
Following his tenure in Orlando, Gravance left Disney to pursue other opportunities and soon found success as a consultant, customer service speaker, and corporate culture guru. Louie has designed multi-million-dollar service campaigns for companies such as ING Financial, Choice Hotels, Microbac Technologies, Nikon and The American Council of Independent Laboratories.
• Customer Service
• Corporate Culture
• Creating a lasting impression
"You had me in the palm of your hand... I was enthralled by your presentation... I was inspired, and I learned a few things I can apply right here in Columbia S.C."
- BEVERLY SHELLEY SC DEPT. OF PARKS, RECREATION $ TOURISM
40-Year Journalist, Founding Editor, MSNBC.com, Cannabis History and Business Expert
Al Olson is a veteran journalist, story-teller, truth-seeker, and a pioneer of harnessing the power of the internet to deliver news and information. As one of the first digital journalists, Al thrives on reaching and motivating teams. And, he has had the privilege of being a key member of teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, Peabody Awards, and Emmy Awards.
Al’s areas of expertise include: Cannabis Science, Marijuana Legislation, News, Business, Blockchain, Technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Sports, Travel, Food & Wine, and the Outdoors.
3x Gold Medal Wrestling Champion, ESPN Commentator, Subject of Feature-Length Documentary "Wrestled Away"
Lee Kemp, known as one of the greatest wrestlers in United States history, was a three-time Gold Medalist in the World Championships, a four-time Gold Medalist in the World Cup of Wrestling, a two-time Gold Medalist in the Pan American Games, a seven-time national champion, and was named the United States Wrestling Federation “Man of the Year” in 1978. He was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1989.
Now a keynote speaker, educator, author and seminar presenter, Lee has spoken in athletic and non-athletic settings in the US as well as internationally. He is also a frequent on-air commentator for ESPN and other cable networks providing analysis for major wrestling events.
“The ability to communicate what it takes to be a leader and a winner is also a rare talent. Lee Kemp is a member of both exclusive clubs. Alternatively stated, Lee has been there and done that in the field of excellence both as a wrestler and as a motivational speaker. Lee Kemp is highly recommended as a winner.”
- TERRY SHOCKLEY, PRESIDENT, THE SHOCKLEY GROUP
Award-Winning Marketing Executive, Vietnam War Veteran, Author of “Rock the Cosmos”
Founder of the Hardee Group, Douglas Hardee has enjoyed an award-winning career as a copywriter and creative director at a number of high-profile advertising agencies. Doug has led powerhouse advertising campaigns for well-known brands including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Gate Petroleum, Hersey’s, and Outback Steakhouse, and he has won numerous awards including the top prize for the International Broadcasting Awards “World’s Best Commercial.”
Doug is an author, a Vietnam veteran, and a motivational speaker with unparalleled insight and experience in branding and marketing.