July 05, 2011
When Successful Meetings interviewed speakers bureau owners for our July cover story we asked them to recommend a couple of potential keynoters who can engage and capture an audience and have track records of reliability.

Here are a just a couple of the many speakers represented by Gail Davis, president of Colleyville, TX-based Gail Davis & Associates and president of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus, and Andrea Gold, president of Tuscon, AZ-based Gold Stars Speakers Bureau. 

Robert Stevenson
Recommended by: Gold Stars Speakers Bureau
Fee range: $7,500-$9,999 

A speaker for 20 years and author of the bestseller How To Soar Like An Eagle In A World Full of Turkeys, Stevenson is a former All-American athlete and CEO who has shown he can connect with groups ranging from a small group of senior executives to a meeting of 20,000 salespeople. He has spoken for companies including Chevron, Harley-Davidson, and Berkshire Hathaway. His topics are motivation, sales, change, strategic planning, customer service, and teambuilding.

Neal Petersen
Recommended by: Gold Stars Speakers Bureau
Fee range: $15,000 or more

An award winning author and adventurer, Petersen spent nine months by himself in a boat he designed and built himself, racing solo around the world in the 27,000-mile Around Alone yacht race. The first black man to achieve this, Petersen’s No Barriers ~ Only Solutions keynote focuses on motivation, taking risks, and overcoming challenges, among other things. 

Tim Sanders
Recommended by: Gail Davis & Associates
Fee range: $15,001-$25,000

A former Chief Solutions Officer and Leadership Coach for Yahoo!, Sanders is a consultant focusing on business trends, new media, and human behavior, as well as the author of four books, including New York Times bestseller Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business and Influence Friends. He speaks on the future of business, leadership, marketing and branding, and motivation and inspiration.

Nando Parrado
Recommended by: Gail Davis & Associates
Fee range: $40,001 and up

You may not immediately recognize Nando Parrado’s name, but you know his story. One of 16 members of the Uruguayan rugby team that survived a 1972 plane crash in the Andes, his harrowing tale of survival was told in the movie Alive, in which he was portrayed by Ethan Hawke. His own account of the ordeal, Miracle in the Andes, was a New York Times bestseller. The CEO of four companies as well as a successful television producer and host, and stock car driver, Parrado speaks on motivation and inspiration, and leadership.