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I woke up on Aug. 4, 2020 as a member of the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame, winner of the Council of Peers Award for Excellence. If there’s anything that can make you reflect on the first 21,620 days of your life, it’s winning something described as a “lifetime” award.

From the projects of Minneapolis to the Hall of Fame. It feels like I’ve lived several lifetimes already.

The Hall of Fame is the culmination of those 21,000 days and motivation to continue building a legacy. Such an incredible achievement wouldn’t have happened if every moment leading up to it hadn’t gone exactly the way it did. It also wouldn’t have happened without inspiring colleagues who became friends and a loving family, my wife Alesia and my late son, Logan.

Thank you to the meeting planners and speaking bureaus who placed their faith in me, especially Katrina Mitchell of FranchiseSpeakers and Rich Gibbons and his team at SPEAKINC. Thank you to my team at Prime Concepts Group for your innovation and creativity. And a most heartfelt thank you to my partner, mentor, and friend, Randy Gage.

I’m proud of the body of work that enabled me to enter the Hall of Fame. I’m proud of the support from my peers. Most of all, I’m proud of how my speaking career has helped so many people, showing them that they can be just as successful as I have been.

Part of me feels like I’ve finally made it, but I know I’m just getting started. I continue to work creatively and collaboratively with amazing clients, some of whom are fellow Hall of Famers, while empowering franchises, business owners, and executives to accelerate growth and success. It’s what I love to do, and I can’t wait to do it for the rest of the lifetimes I have left.

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