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His modest, upbringing started at the bottom and has led to the prestigious positions he holds today; making it easy for him to relate to corporate business and entrepreneurs alike.
With a challenging learning disability and his background in the business world, Michael Ray has established himself as a true inspiration to others. His relentless pursuits of building up his team and running smarter, more efficient operations, along with his out of the box ideology and turning those ideas into multi-million dollar companies, has put him on the map as a prominent entrepreneur.
Michael’s belief is “If you have a procedure based methodology for your team and you focus on continually building up your people, then you will succeed!” and success breeds confidence. This in turn encircles us with a positive ‘can do’ attitude that not only elevates our people and business, but our personal relationships as well.
Considered one of the most authentic and engaging motivational speakers in America today, Michael, despite his high profile accomplishments, connects with the audience in a manner that gives them true hope and a clear vision for their own potential. His fearless ‘never give up’ attitude, transparent enthusiasm, and time tested wisdom are the reasons that Michael Ray has become one of the most sought after coaches, trainers and keynote speakers today.
“People won’t always remember what you say…but they will always remember how you made them feel, so be nice!”
Leigh’s biggest award came when she earned the Small Business of the Year award presented by Ernst & Young for the city of Memphis in 1997. At that time, she was the youngest woman to win that award.
There were many struggles and learning lessons that came with owning a business, and so Leigh created business systems that would simplify her life. However, in 2005 Leigh was diagnosed with breast cancer which changed her life forever. Her faith and fighting attitude helped her successfully win the battle against cancer, and Leigh decided to make several life changes including her career. She built a franchise with Beltway Business Brokerage, attained her real estate license, and merged her staging company into the Nashville market.
In 2009, she had the opportunity to join the top-selling dermatologist’s and started traveling the world as she built a multi-million dollar business. This platform became the ultimate vehicle to use for all her gifts.
Leigh now has SEE Global Systems and SEE Events, where she teaches business owners and entrepreneurs how implementing simple systems can make major adjustments in their business and life. Today, she enjoys financial freedom, a stress-free life, as well as, ample quality time with her husband and two daughters.
Leigh looks forward to empowering YOU to make those changes in pursuit of financial freedom and personal growth. Leigh has inspired thousands to empower themselves to make changes in their lives in order to create the life they desire. She loves to teach them how they can have it all by making minor adjustments in their daily attitude toward living a happier and fuller life. Leigh has always lived by what Andy Rooney says “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
Edwin Britt has been recognized by Fortune 500 corporate executives and small business entrepreneurs alike as the leading resource sales and leadership trainer to catapult employees to perform at record levels. With a prestigious list of clients like Coca-Cola, Miller Brewing, The Walt Disney Company, Tommy Hilfiger, NAPA, BB&T, Harley Davidson, QVC, and many others, Edwin knows what it takes to motivate key employees to achieve higher purpose.
As Partner and Executive Vice President of Edge Global, Inc., Edwin continues his journey to lead a life of significance that began when, inspired by Zig Ziglar himself, he created a Self-Help Card for his oldest daughter Savannah, containing 36 words that forever influenced Edwin’s life:
“I, Savannah, was born to win. God and my family love me. I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I am special, valuable and always respectful. Today, I will do my best with an attitude of gratitude.”
Zig Ziglar recognized Edwin at a Born to Win event in Dallas. Edwin presented Mr. Ziglar with his Self-Help Card, as a show of gratitude and appreciation, but Mr. Ziglar turned the tables and credited Edwin as teaching him an important life lesson about the effect you can have on others.
Edwin brings 30 years of sales expertise to the table, having represented product lines for Michael Jordan, NASCAR, and the National Football League. Combined with 14 years as a leading keynote speaker and certification as a Ziglar Legacy Trainer, Edwin shares Mr. Ziglar’s renowned T.R.U.S.T. Process with audiences nationally and internationally through his sales training presentations. Part of Edwin’s charm is his ability to sprinkle familiar references to sports and real life events, creating relatable and memorable lessons in leadership and life.
Edwin’s dedication to his wife of 23 years and three daughters pours from his very soul in every presentation. He draws from his vast professional selling experiences that have taken him from an humble beginning as a presenter to small businesses in the Southeast to Fortune 50 companies on Madison Avenue in New York. Edwin has appeared in prime time on QVC, and live in Michael Jordan’s restaurant in Chicago. He has been interviewed for his expertise in leadership and professional relationship selling in numerous national trade journals and been filmed for leading speaking and training videos and delivered hundreds of live international appearances on social media platforms.
A member of the Elon College National Championship Football team in 1981, Edwin continued his love for sports by ultimately becoming National Sales Manager for several Sports Marketing Companies that represented NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, Arnold Palmer, Michael Jordan and Dale Earnhardt. This is where he honed his presentation skills traveling the country providing sales training and motivation, and his dream to become a professional speaker was born.
Today, Edwin is recognized as one of the leaders in his field. He has spoken in 44 of the 50 states and throughout Canada delivering inspiration, hope and the power of a positive attitude to companies and individuals who seek the mindset of a champion. He believes that gratitude is the healthiest of all of our attitudes and he ends each speech by pointing his audience to their highest potential and expressing his gratitude by saying “today I gave you my best, I left a piece of my heart with you, and take a piece of your heart with me on to the next city with love and appreciation”.
Education: Lumberton High School 1981, Elon College 1981-1983,
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, B.A., Speech Communication and Rhetoric, 1986
In many ways Krish Dhanam is the epitome of the American Dream. A native of India , he arrived in the United States with nine dollars in his pocket and a vision of promise in his heart. The American Dream from an Indian Heart is the unfolding of that journey and its hidden promise. In a practical and informative way, Krish showcases how the American Dream is still alive and well. He tackles the issues of faith, freedom, discipline, dignity, pride, possibility, work ethic and relationships with word pictures that will resonate with readers long after they put this book down.
The advice Krish offers will stir you to the foundation of your belief in this great and awesome land. He reverently pays homage to “the land of the free and the home of the brave” as only a grateful immigrant can do. With a glowing foreword by his mentor Zig Ziglar, this book has also received accolades from communication giant Nido Qubein, sales master Tom Hopkins, and spiritual philosopher and theologian Dr. Ramesh Richard.
Howard Partridge grew up on welfare in Mobile Alabama and left home at 18. He arrived in Houston, Texas on a Greyhound bus with only 25 cents in his pocket. At age 23, he started his first business out of the trunk of his car and built it up to a multi-million dollar enterprise. He has owned 9 small businesses altogether and owns 3 companies at the time of this printing.
He is president of Phenomenal Products, Inc. which helps small business owners stop being slaves to their business by transforming it into a predictable, profitable, turnkey operation. For the past 17 years Howard has helped small business owners around the world dramatically improve their businesses. He currently has coaching members in 52 industries and 7 countries.
Howard Partridge is the best selling author of “7 Secrets of a Phenomenal L.I.F.E. (April 2012) and “5 Secrets of a Phenomenal Business (Feb 2014)”. He will be releasing his third book “Think and Be Phenomenal, The 5 Levels of Being Phenomenal” in August 2014.
Howard has led hundreds of seminars, webinars, workshops and holds his own live multi-day events which have featured some of America’s top business trainers including John Maxwell, Michael Gerber, Bob Burg, Dr. Joseph A. Michelli, and American legend Zig Ziglar. He is the first Zig Ziglar Certified Legacy speaker in the world, the first founding member of The John Maxwell Coaching Team, the exclusive small business coach for the Zig Ziglar Corporation, RestaurantOwner.com
Howard is married to Denise and has one beautiful son, Christian who lives in Austin, Texas
Mamie McCullough was in an audience of over 4,000 eager, energetic saleswomen. The speaker of the day was Mr. Zig Ziglar. When Mr. Ziglar presented the concept of the stairway to the top from his book, See You at the Top, she realized having a healthy self-image could be learned, along with how to get along with others, having a positive mental attitude, and goal setting.
Mamie is from Dixie, Georgia and was born to a sharecropper’s family. Her daddy died when she was only three years old. The youngest of nine children, Mamie Claire knew she wanted to “be better.”
When Mamie was 19 years old she heard about Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Hearing she could “work her way” through college, she stepped onto a Greyhound bus for the 32- hour trip to Texas.
Supplied with a sack of fried chicken, two flour sack dresses, and $25, Mamie began her journey and new life. Facing many unknown hardships with courage and determination, Mamie discovered her love for business while putting herself through college.
With her strong business wits, education, and entrepreneur spirit, Mamie went back to her home state of Georgia to begin her teaching career. It was during this time as a high school business teacher Mamie realized something was missing in the business curriculum. Students were not being taught “basic education” – how to get along with each other, work ethics, character, manners and goal setting, to name a few.
Recognizing the needs of her students to learn what Mr. Ziglar was teaching, she approached him with the notion of using his book, See You at the Top, as her textbook.
Mamie McCullough introduced See You at the Top to her business students at Central High School in Thomasville, Georgia, making this the first school to teach Mr. Ziglar’s book.
Student after student achieved dramatic improvement in performance and self-image. The local business leaders responded enthusiastically to the graduating students who applied the teachings of Zig Ziglar.
One morning Mamie received a phone call from Mr. Ziglar. The chipper voice on the other end of the phone sang out, “Miss Mamie, I talked to the Lord this morning, and He said you were going to come to work for me.” Without hesitation Mamie’s reply was, “That’s interesting, I talked to Him this morning, and He didn’t mention it!”
Mamie did go to work for Mr. Ziglar and became the president of the Positive Life Attitude “I Can” division of Zig Ziglar Corporation. Millions of students have benefited from the curriculum Mamie wrote based on the book, See You at the Top.
Julie Ziglar Norman shared the Get Motivated platform with her legendary father, motivational icon Zig Ziglar, for several years before becoming the dynamic, disarming and refreshingly transparent inspirational speaker and author she is today. She is comfortable speaking to a small group of 25 or a venue of 25,000. Her unique experience of being raised by the motivators’ motivator has given her a perspective on life and work that keeps her audiences laughing, crying and taking notes. Continuing her father’s Legacy of Encouragement is an honor and a privilege that Julie never expected or sought but her willingness to accept the challenge is inspiring audiences in America and abroad. Her vibrant style of delivery, her honest and transparent assessment of life, and her willingness to share intimate details of personal failures, as well as personal triumphs, has made her a popular crowd favorite.
As her famous father once did, Julie has shared the platform with greats like General Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Dr. Robert Schuller, Joe Montana, Lou Holtz, Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Goldie Hawn, Bill Cosby and many others. Julie’s client list includes Fortune 500 Companies, Non-profits, Network Marketing Firms, Christian Women’s Ministries, Pregnancy Centers, Post-abortion Trauma Groups, Foundations and Associations. Julie was her father’s editor for almost 20 years and is a winner of the coveted Guideposts Writers Workshop contest.
Her background in sales, business management, and the service industry allows Julie to share principles, tools and concepts that foundationally change and improve a company’s bottom line potential. Her life experience as the poster child for bad choices enables her to minister to women seeking to trade a life peppered with guilt and shame, addiction, failure, fear, regret and anger for a life filled with love, joy and peace!
Her latest book Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Path from Heartache to Hope, was released by Guideposts Publishers in May of 2012. Julie lives in the sleepy little town of Alvord, Texas with her beloved husband of 29 years, Jim Norman. They have four wonderful children, twelve amazing grandchildren, one precious great-grandson, three rescued cats, four rescued dogs and three on purpose horses.
Cindy Cashman’s strong inner drive began very early for her and even as a child, her goals and achievements were astounding. At the age of 7, Cindy and her twin sister were entertaining the locals during halftime shows by walking across football fields on their hands! Always an outstanding athlete, she was involved in every sport available in high school, including tennis, golf, track and field, gymnastics and diving.
Her focus on athletics was so myopic that other areas of her life suffered tremendously-especially academics. At the age of 21, she tested only at the third grade reading level. An accident that kept her housebound in a neck support for 6 months was her much needed wake up call. She realized how out of balance her life had become, and set out to correct it, using the same skills that had taken her so far in the athletic field. Cindy focused on improving her reading and writing ability, as well as increasing her already outstanding marketing skills.
Cindy not only improved her reading and writing skills, she self-published and marketed 10 of her own books written under different pseudonyms selling over a million copies to become one of the most successful self-publishers in the country. Imagine the type of creativity it takes to sell over a million books. That creativity is embodied by Cindy Cashman, entrepreneur, businesswoman, and public speaker.
She lives an active lifestyle including jumping on the trampoline, boating, hiking, swimming, motorcycling, dancing and flying.
She is involved in community and civic activities and rejoices in being able to give back what she has become so blessed to have.
Rick Roussin was a member of a “family of drinkers” and started drinking himself when he was only 12 years old, and eventually turned to drugs.
After years of alcohol and drug addiction, Roussin began to have suicidal thoughts and when he hit bottom a light shined in his life through the voice of Zig Ziglar.
He then gave his live to Christ and began a recovery. Roussin began a business with nothing more than a phone and a business directory. After months of cold calling, Roussin was in a position to hire, and asked other members of the recovery program to join him at the kitchen table of his rented home office.
Today, Coast to Coast sells digital imaging supplies to the federal government, Firestone Tires, a number of major hotel chains, and many of the Fortune 1000, though it primarily serves companies with between 50 and 500 employees. Providing a low-cost alternative to industry leaders like Cannon, Epson, and HP, the company hit $63 million in revenue in 2014.
Dr. Joe Vitale is the author of many bestselling books including The Attractor Factor, Life’s Missing Instruction Manual, The Key, Faith and many more.
Joe has also been in several movies, including the blockbuster The Secret. He’s been on the following TV shows: Larry King Live, Donny Deutsch’s “The Big Idea,” CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News: Fox & Friends and Extra TV. He’s also been featured in The New York Times and Newsweek.
One of his most recent accomplishments includes being the world’s first self-help singer-songwriter as seen in 2012’s Rolling Stone Magazine®. To date, he has released 6 albums! Several of his songs were recognized and nominated for the Posi Award, regarded as “The Grammys of Positive Music.”
A small town girl who was able to think beyond the city limits, Carrie Wilkerson is a best-selling author, and international speaker, an award-winning podcaster, and a sought-after radio guest. Featured on CNN and Fox Business News and named by Forbes as a top small business influencer, she’s also consulted marketing and launch teams of Dr. John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Google small business and other influential business leaders on business strategies and current trends. However, Carrie mostly enjoys helping ordinary people lead extraordinary lives.
Carrie speaks from the experience of a former corporate clock puncher, high school teacher, direct sales representative, growth consultant, and business coach. She got her “big start” in high school bagging groceries for tips only on a military base and now she makes her living by giving tips to over 100,000 men and women as The Barefoot Executive ™. She can help you build the business you need so you can live the life you want by connecting the dots between your WHY and your DO.
Dr. Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic congregations.
When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style.
Now thriving with more than 40,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow. In 2006, the church began a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano, and the church also has a flourishing Spanish ministry, Prestonwood en Español.
Dr. Graham is a noted author of numerous books, including Man of God, Unseen and a new book, Angels: Who They Are, What They Do and Why It Matters, will be published soon. His passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, Dr. Graham addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.
He recently served as Honrary Chairman of the 2015 National Day of Prayer and he has served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country with 16 million members.
Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success.
Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered “RU-DY, RU-DY,” he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career.
He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.
In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.
I heard it said once that, “Some people enter our lives and leave almost instantly. Others stay and forge such an impression on our heart and soul that we are forever changed.” That’s Zig Ziglar for me! He’s a National Treasure! He wasn’t just a speaker; he spoke to you with love and grace! If you had a moment with him, it seemed magical! He had a specific word, a story just for you and intentionally encouraged and reminded you WHO you are, Whose you are and the path you’re uniquely called to walk. Showing love and living that as Zig Ziglar did every day, has marked my life! Made me want to do the same!
Bob Beaudine is the President and CEO of Eastman & Beaudine and serves as the firm’s lead principal for all sports and entertainment searches. Bob is also the bestselling author of The Power of WHO!
Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time.
Born Louis Leo Holtz on January 6, 1937, Holtz grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio, just up the Ohio River from his Follansbee, West Virginia, and birthplace. He graduated from East Liverpool High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Kent State in 1959 and a master’s degree from Iowa in arts and education in 1961. He played linebacker at Kent State for two seasons before an injury ended his career. He has received 14 honorary doctorate degrees. Holtz also proudly served as an officer in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant.
Zig Ziglar sites Coach Holtz in 3 of his books. They later developed a long lasting friendship and share the stage over 60 times.
For many years Lou Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them. He has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work.
Seth Godin is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.
In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.
In 2013, Godin was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, one of three chosen for this annual honor.
Recently, Godin once again set the book publishing on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His latest, The Icarus Deception, argues that we’ve been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in.
I have an unusual way of looking at the world. My wife, Sharon, says I’m weird, and truthfully I am weird. But there’s a reason. Starting from nothing, by the time I was 26 I had a net worth of a little over a million dollars. I was making $250,000 a year. That’s more than $20,000 a month net taxable income. I was really having fun. But 98 percent truth is a lie. That two percent can cause big problems, especially with $4 million in real estate. I had a lot of debt — a lot of short-term debt — and I’m the idiot who signed up for the trip.
The short version of the story is that debt caused us, over the course of two and a half years of fighting it, to lose everything. We didn’t tell anyone what was going on, but if we had to do it again, we would learn from the wisdom of others who have been through it. We soon learned that we were not the only ones at the bottom. Barbie and Ken (you know, the couple who appear to be perfect—perfect clothes, perfect car, perfect house) are broke, and I don’t take financial advice from broke people anymore.
After losing everything, I went on a quest to find out how money really works, how I could get control of it and how I could have confidence in handling it. I read everything I could get my hands on. I interviewed older rich people, people who made money and kept it. That quest led me to a really, really uncomfortable place: my mirror. I came to realize that my money problems, worries and shortages largely began and ended with the person in my mirror. I also realized that if I could learn to manage the character I shaved with every morning, I would win with money.
I went back to my first love, real estate, to eat and to get out of debt. Along the way, I began another path—the path of helping others, literally millions of others, take the same quest to the mirror.
I formed The Lampo Group in 1992 to counsel folks hurting from the results of financial stress. I’ve paid the “stupid tax” (mistakes with dollar signs on the end) so hopefully some of you won’t have to. I wrote the book, Financial Peace, based on all that Sharon and I had learned, and I began selling it out of my car. With a friend of mine, I started a local radio call-in show called The Money Game, now nationally syndicated as The Dave Ramsey Show.
Our company history is full of landmarks including 6 best-sellers on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists —and we’re not slowing down. The Lampo Group now has more than 400 team members and a variety of products and services to help you reach your financial goals.
Many companies define success based on the dollars coming in, but at The Lampo Group we define our success by the number of lives changed: listeners getting out of debt, readers taking their first Baby Step and saving $1,000, FPU graduates investing for their future. We learned early on that if we help enough people, the money will come. Our mission statement isn’t just lip service—it’s our mantra:
“The Lampo Group provides biblically based, common-sense education and empowerment that gives HOPE to everyone in every walk of life.” Thank you for visiting our website! Wherever you are in the process — making the quest to your mirror, struggling to get your budget to work, paying off that last debt or debt-free and looking for places to give — let us know how we can help you take that next step in your money makeover. That’s what we’re here for!
In 1978, James MacGregor Burns wrote, “Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.” This statement continues to plague society today, as the realization of leadership rarely rises to its full need.
Scott Turnbow has dedicated his life to understanding leadership and helping people rise to its full need. His life mission is to grow leaders, teaching them how to grow more leaders.
Scott is a native of Tennessee, where he resides with his high school sweetheart (wife) and two handsome sons. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Auburn University, where he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration, respectively. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership.
Scott actively builds leaders as a general manager in the power generation sector. Turnbow has more than 24 years of experience in leadership roles throughout the power industry. His background is diverse, as he has also served as an independent consultant and inspirational speaker with the Zig Ziglar corporation and the John Maxwell Team.
“The /nside Edge brings a unique opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals that are interested in becoming better people and better leaders.I am looking forward to helping people transform their thinking from being a manager to be being a leader, while building a balance between the application of management and leadership. I will intertwine both theoretical and practical information relative to emotional intelligence, management, follower-ship, and leadership to guide people through the day to day challenges of building a high performance team.”
Michelle May O’Neil has 25 years of experience in litigation related to family law matters including divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty,” Michelle exudes genuine compassion for her client’s challenges, yet she can be relentless when pursuing a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed or out-lawyered!”
Michelle became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997. Although representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Michelle also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court.
From 2016-2018, Michelle has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in U.S. News and World Report for family law and appellate law. The firm has also received honors as one of the Best Law Firms in America for 2017 and 2018. Every year since 2011, Michelle has been named a “Texas SuperLawyer, which is a peer-voted honor given to only 5% of the lawyers in Texas.
Meantime, from 2014 to 2017, Michelle received special recognition from Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. And D Magazine named Michelle as one of the best lawyers in Dallas from 2016 and 2017 in family law and appellate law. A noted author, Michelle in September 2017, released her third book, What You Need to Know About Divorce in Texas, which is available on Amazon. She is also the author of Basics of Texas Divorce Law and All About Texas Law and Kids.
Michelle welcomes the opportunity to be a part of the /nside Edge. She has helped countless women in Texas “Be their own Blaze” and looks forward to sharing her #hellonheels perspective with members of the /nside Edge community worldwide.
David Keeler is Senior Vice President of Business Development at IHC Specialty Benefits with 35+ years of industry experience, 10 of them as part of the IPA Family, a member company of the IHC Group, and is a certified black belt in Six Sigma. While attending college at night, Mr. Keeler started selling insurance straight out of high school and within a decade took a pivotal role in establishing Cornerstone Marketing, which was bringing in $400 million per year in annualized sales at the time he retired in 2004.
That retirement would be short-lived. His good friend, renowned salesman and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, would soon invite Mr. Keeler to join him at his organization as his Executive Vice President of Business Development, as well as, sharing the stage with him as a certified speaker and trainer serving individuals and companies across North America Mr. Ziglar’s mentorship prepared Mr. Keeler to help transform IPA Family from a small, privately owned company to a fully owned subsidiary of The IHC Group.
Mr. Keeler values authentic interpersonal connections and views trust and respect as the basis for successful partnerships. Due to his path through the industry, he understands the impact decisions have for those on the frontline and strives to conduct business with this in mind. In his current role with IHC Specialty Benefits, Mr. Keeler continues to seek and form business partnerships that will help all companies involved flourish and better serve consumers.
I joined the /nside Edge team because I have a genuine passion to be a strong source of significance and helping others go and grow from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow.
Jeff Goldblatt finds stories. He tells them straight from the heart. And he makes people care, creating storylines as a 3-time Emmy Award winner with 25 years of on-air, TV news experience, and as the Managing Member of a strategic communications LLC he launched in 2016, Jeff’s Journeys.
Jeff gives a new and dynamic edge to Zig Ziglar International as our Director of Operations by using video and social media to tell the stories of clients to grow engagement and ensure loyalty to brand. This is an exciting addition for ZZI considering the myriad adventures taken by Jeff as a journalist.
Jeff was one of the most travelled correspondents during his 9 years with the Fox News Channel from 1999-2008. He took stories and used them to build trust, deepen understanding and nurture relationships, whether it be in the Midwest or in war zones in the Middle East.
The stories he most remembers often came from his willingness to fly right into danger just when everyone else was flying out. Hurricane Katrina. Afghanistan. Iraq. The 2001 Anthrax Attacks.
The DC Sniper Shootings. He learned if you don’t take risks, you miss the stories that matter most–like how people struggled to clean up New Orleans, or New York City rising from the ashes with resilience after 9/11, or how violence rocked the Middle East as missiles flew overhead in Israel, all of which he saw and reported first hand.
Jeff has consulted Fortune 500 C-suite executives in the health care and aerospace/defense industries on public speaking, stronger communication and presentation and conversation strategy. ZZI intends to tap into Jeff’s wide range of skills and his expertise as a communicator and a story teller to help clients diversify and grow their scope of business. There are two things he loves about the stories he has told over the years: they often give a voice to the voiceless and every once in awhile, one of these stories has made a real difference.
Crystal I. Berger author of “Be Extraordinary: Claiming a Life of Purpose, Passion and Prosperity” is an inspirational speaker and producer for FOX News in New York. Crystal hosts “Extraordinary”, an inspirational podcast on FOX News Radio distributed to more than 1,000 FOX affiliates nationwide. She writes for FOX News Opinions and is a contributor for Black Enterprise Magazine.
She also serves as a fill-in host for Joy In Our Town on the Trinity Broadcasting Network–a global network reaching more than 100 million homes internationally. Crystal can be seen regularly on the Dr. Oz Show and headlining speaking engagements for Zig Ziglar International. In 2013, Crystal was named one of 40 corporate representatives for News Corps’ Diversity Initiative. That same year, she was awarded the NAACP–Baltimore Chapter–Freedom Fighter Award for her work in journalism and n the community.
Crystal is a proud member of the Association of Women in Sports Media, the National Association of Professional Women, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Crystal is a former a high school English teacher, and the co-founder of a non-profit organization in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Region. In her free time, Crystal enjoys being a Social Media Ambassador for the United Nations Foundation and takes pride in knowing that her work has inspired many to be agents of social change.
Julie Ann Lucky is a leadership coach, network marketing executive, and lifelong student of personal growth. Her passion is in leadership with a specific emphasis on coaching entrepreneurs from all walks of life to reach their full potential in their personal life and in business.
Julie is a founding partner with Monat Global, an anti-aging hair care company based in Miami. Her team sales now produces more than 1.5 million dollars in revenue in just 2.5 years in business with a network of 26,000 distributors and customers. Julie attributes the rapid growth of her team to the foundational principle of Zig Ziglar which states, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Julie has served on the leadership council with Monat Global in both March and July of 2016. In 2016 and 2017 she was a speaker at the Monations United International Convention. She has facilitated mastermind groups on personal growth with entrepreneurs, as well as conducted Bible studies in the marketplace. From 2012-2014, she was a Director for a local tutoring service for homeschoolers called Classical Conversations. She is a certified coach with The John Maxwell Team and has studied sales coaching with the Direct Sales World Alliance. She holds a BS degree in elementary education in which she taught 6th grade in 1997-1999. Her mission in life is to inspire others to reach their full potential and live a life of significance.
Julie believes strongly in the mission of the ZZI team, and she is a student of their coaching and mentoring. She has attended ZZI workshops, public events and participated in a ZZI virtual course.
When she was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the N’Side Edge, Julie stepped forward without hesitation. Coaching others to live significantly is Julie’s guiding principle in her life, and she says the ZZI Team shares the foundational philosophy. Julie says she looks forward to helping spread the word to the masses that life is richer when you pay it forward with no strings attached and no expectations