Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Kathy Buckley

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Kathy Buckley is a five-time American Comedy Awards Nominee as Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne and the winner of countless other awards for her work. She is also an actress, writer and producer, author, humanitarian, and one of the country’s leading motivational speakers.

Her television appearances include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Inside Edition, CNN, HBO, VH1’s Stand-Up Spotlight, Comic Strip Live, Evening at the Improv, and Caroline's Comedy Hour. E! Entertainment even named her one of the "World’s Most Intriguing Women" in their original special.

In addition to comedy, Kathy is an actress who is also known for her co-starring roles in TV series such as Touched by an Angel, and starred in her own original, award-winning PBS special, No Labels, No Limits. Additionally, Kathy is an active volunteer for causes close to her heart. She cherishes the time she spends helping numerous children’s charities such as No Limits, a non-profit organization for children who are hard of hearing or deaf.

A sought after motivational speaker, she has inspired people around the nation, speaking at corporate events, conferences, universities, and more. She is the author of the heartfelt and hilarious book “If You Could Hear What I See.” She has also been recognized by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army for outstanding efforts toward disability employment awareness and is a key speaker for Anthony Robbins' Life Mastery Classes.

Whether performing in a comedy club, appearing on television, speaking publicly, teaching at camps for children, or appearing in any number of other settings, Kathy Buckley bears her message that anything can be achieved when the heart and the mind work together. Her extraordinary story is truly amazing to all who experience it.

 

Story Musgrove

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Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls. He has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.

Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Today he operates a palm farm in Orlando, FL, a production company in Sydney and a sculpture company in Burbank, CA. He is also a landscape architect, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia presentations on topics such as vision, leadership, motivation, safety, quality, innovation, creativity, design, simplicity, beauty and ecology. He has 7 beautiful children: Lorelei, Scott, Holly, Todd, Jeff, Lane and Story, ranging from age 48 to 2 years; 3 beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife Amanda.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kevin Elko

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Dr. Elko received his Bachelors in Biology Education and Coaching from California University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to West Virginia University where he received two Masters and a Doctorate and was later inducted into West Virginia University Hall of Fame.

He went on to intern at the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. In Sports, he has consulted with various successful NFL teams including The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Dallas Cowboys, The Philadelphia Eagles, The Miami Dolphins and The New Orleans Saints.  In college sports, Dr. Elko has worked with seven BCS National Championship Football Teams including The University of Miami, L.S.U., The University of Alabama and Florida State University.

In the business world, Dr. Elko focuses on helping organizations in the areas of Leadership, Goal Setting, and various other motivational topics. His corporate clients have included ING, Tyson Foods, Abbott Labs, LPL Financial, The Hartford, Genworth, Jackson National Life, Pioneer Investments, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Sun Life just to mention a few.

Dr. Elko is the author of four books, Nerves of Steel, The Pep Talk, True Greatness: Mastering the Inner game of Business Success and Touchdown: Achieving Your Greatness on the Playing Field of Business and Life.

Chad Hymas

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On April 3, 2001, Chad was involved in a serious accident leaving him a quadriplegic. Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day. Since that fateful event Chad has done the following:

 

• Started Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., a professional speaking company, designed to motivate businesses and corporations to “use their wings and reach seemingly impossible heights.”

• The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world! Click Here and read the article where Chad was featured.

• At 37 years of age Chad is the youngest ever to receive the CPAE award and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall Of Fame.

• Last year Chad spoke at 220 different events traveling just over 300,000 miles. Speaking on 5 Continents and 4 Countries

• Chad has shared his personal message and entertained many audiences from organizations such as Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shields, Ford, IHC, Coca Cola, and the Utah Jazz.

• He is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). A designation achieved by fewer than 8% in the speaking industry. He was most recently inducted into the Speaker Hall Of Fame.

• The past president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter.

• Maintaining his hobby and dream of managing a 5100 acre elk preserve with his father, Kelly.

• He has raced in marathons, and in the summer of 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles). Click Here to read more about this record setting event.

• Participating in wheelchair athletic competition including basketball, rugby, wheelchair racing, and officiating basketball (a dream come true).

• Spending many hours with other injured individuals in therapy, encouraging them to overcome their challenges, focus on dreams and make them a reality, and to love life for all that it has to offer. To achieve the unachievable and to reach for the unreachable.

• Chad’s greatest accomplishment is that he remains a devoted husband to his loving wife Shondell, and proud father to their three children Christian, Kyler, and Gracee! Click here to read more about Gracee.

 

 

 

 

 

David Browning

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“The Mayberry Deputy,” “Abe Lincoln,” and “Ebenezer Scrooge” are just a few of the aliases of David Browning from Bristol, Virginia.  As an impersonator, improvisational master and speaker, Browning uses costuming, gestures, facial expressions, and audience participation to bring out the flavor of the characters and to provide an atmosphere of good, clean fun. He provides a bit of Americana which is worth preserving and celebrating.

“The Mayberry Deputy” is the most noted of his characters and started in 1988 when a friend of

Browning hired The Dillards, known to watchers of “The Andy Griffith Show” as the “Darling boys”, to play bluegrass music in Bristol, Tennessee.

Browning, who started out in community theatre, put together a “Barney Fife” type act based on a sense of recall (since Browning has seen all the Mayberry shows at one time or another) which made that first performance a hit. At that time, he discovered that he could make a statement as David Browning that was not funny at all but the same statement made in uniform as “The Mayberry Deputy” had audiences falling out of their seats.

Soon after, Browning was asked by “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC) to perform at a Mayberry Reunion held at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. TAGSRWC founder, Jim Clark, saw Browning’s act and began mentioning his name across the country. Browning has been embraced as “The Mayberry Deputy” by small and large groups in 35 states with continued referrals and request every where he goes.

Browning traveled to Nashville to appear in Confederate Railroad’s video, “Elvis & Andy.” He feels that video is as good to an actor as a book is to an author. Browning has also appeared with many of the original stars of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Another connection to country music is Browning appearance at the “60 Million Sales Party” thrown for musics all-time sales leader, Garth Brooks.

At an international event an officer from Scotland remarked, “I’d never seen “The Andy Griffith Show” but I still had tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks…this was a great way to have fun & fellowship and build a feeling of togetherness – through shared experience.”

People are entertained and enlightened by the Mayberry Deputy character because it reminds them of a time gone by. “We live in a world where people are searching for their own Mayberry,” Browning says. “I value this character for what it gives people today….a laugh, a lift and memories.”