Meet the Faculty

About Darren LaCroix


In 2001, Darren LaCroix, the World Champion of Public Speaking, outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win that title. That was just a benchmark. Since that victory Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

About Vince Antonucci

Vince Antonucci has written a new 35-minute speech forty times a year for the last 17 years. He has given those speeches to over 100,000 people at churches and conventions. Currently, he is the pastor and speaks weekly at Verve, a church for people who don’t like church. Vince has also done stand-up comedy on the Las Vegas Strip. He's written five books and has helped a New York Times Best Selling author write one of his books. He will share why ambiguity is the enemy, and the 3 essentials we must have clarity on in every speech. He'll help you think about creative ways to create tension in your opening. And you'll leave knowing why if your audience only leaves knowing what you want them to know, it's not enough.

About Mark Brown

Nationally acclaimed speaker Mark Brown is the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking. He defeated more than 20,000 other contestants from 14 countries, in a grueling six-month long competition sponsored by Toastmasters International, the largest public speaking organization in the world. He has dedicated his career to delivering uplifting messages to people all over the world. With his “tell it like it is” approach, he challenges some of the most serious issues facing schools today. He uses a unique combination of humor and poignancy to reach the most diverse audiences, and he is committed to continually inspiring people from all walks of life.

About Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke, Las Vegas Headliner, Entertainer of the Year. He is the star of the Vegas comedy show, Defending the Caveman. This show holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history and the longest running Broadway play in the history of Las Vegas!

A native of Chicago, Kevin has been featured on OprahThe CBS Morning News, NPR's Talk of the NationThe Dr. Laura Berman Show on XM Satellite Radio, NBC-TV's Friday Night, and ABC-TV's America's Funniest People which awarded Kevin its grand prize.

About Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is considered by many to be the funniest business speaker in America. He is the co-founder of Funnier U which specializes in teaching presentation and humor skills throughout the world.

Experience why Tim is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, an elite honor shared by fewer than 145 other speakers worldwide. Discover how anyone can develop and apply their Comic Vision™ to become a much more engaging presenter.

About Patricia Fripp

Patricia-HeadshotPatricia Fripp is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, sales presentation skills trainer, and executive speech coach. She coaches executives on how to deliver dynamic and inspiring presentations, transforms sales teams, and delights audiences. Meetings and Conventions magazine calls Patricia, “One of the country’s 10 most electrifying speakers.”

About Mike Rayburn

Always on the cutting edge, international keynote speaker Mike Rayburn is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE),  two-time TEDx presenter, has performed more than 4,000 presentations and his comedy remains in heavy rotationon Sirius/XM radio. Mike has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard,American Entertainment, Gig, and Successful Meetings magazines.

About Michael Hauge

CHARACTER IS EVERYTHING. Using this powerful principle, Michael Hauge’s collaborative process has consistently enabled Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Novelists, Public Speakers, Marketers, and Attorneys to: Elevate their stories, Reduce the time it takes to create and develop their projects, Greatly increase their projects’ financial potential, Discover ideas, emotions and talents these storytellers didn’t know they had, and Ignite their passion for storytelling.

About Ford Saeks 

Drawing from more than 25 years of “street smart” experience, Ford Saeks specializes in helping his clients increase performance… double, triple and even quadruple sales… and reach greater success in their business and personal lives.

Ford has successfully founded 17 companies, received three U.S. Patents, sold millions, serves on the board of the National Speakers Association, and is a best-selling author.

About Ed Tate

Ed Tate is a former training director for Rocky Mountain News. He started his professional speaking career working for a popular seminar company. Ed’s success in business has spanned more than two decades. For 14 years, he was a successful national account executive, selling over $500 million in products and services to corporations and entrepreneurs throughout the United States. In 1998, he formed his company, Ed Tate & Associates, LLC, a professional development firm that provides keynote and endnote presentations and workshops. His tools and expertise are in the areas of leadership, executive presentation skills, challenges of change, management, and sales presentation skills. He is known as “the speaker who energizes, educates, and entertains.”

About Craig Valentine

Craig Valentine

Craig Valentine, MBA, award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping speakers, executives, and salespeople turn their presentations into profits. Craig is also the former Mid-Atlantic 3-time Salesperson of The Year for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. He has received the Congressional Award from the United States Congress for “Excellence in Communications.”