Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 

Andy Andrews – October 28

Andy Andrews, New York Times Bestselling Author

Andy Andrews, author of the New York Time’s bestselling The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer, and now How Do You Kill 11 Million People? has impacted millions with his creative writing and speaking. An international sensation, Andy’s challenging personal message contains truths for those in all walks of life.

What call to action can possibly challenge four US Presidents, the Commander of the Allied Air Forces, General Schwarzkopf and Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez? Could this same message cause every senior leader of the United States Air Force in Europe and the Middle East to assemble in one room – at one time – to listen? What life-changing thoughts could cause ninety-one year old Bob Hope to summon a writer to chat by the backyard swimming pool?

For 17 weeks, The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, remained on the New York Times bestseller list. It has been translated into 10 languages, featured as ABC’s Good Morning America’s book of the month and sold millions of copies. The author, Andy Andrews, was hailed as a “modern day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America” by the New York Times.

In his tale of one man’s search for meaning and success, Andrews captures three qualities most important to an individual’s growth – hope, faith, and perseverance. As the main character travels in time encountering seven historical figures, knowledge is imparted to the character and the reader. The Traveler’s Gift’s wisdom has spurred a teen version (The Young Traveler’s Gift) journal, home study audio program and life-study curriculum now used in schools, mental health organizations and prisons.

Andy Andrews’ life was a typical American story until the age of 19. The loss of both parents – his mother to cancer and his father to an automobile accident – forever altered Andrews’ path. He recalls, “I took a bad situation and made it much worse.” Within a short span, he found himself homeless, a pier or garage often provided bed, and without direction. The dramatic change in circumstances forced Andrews to ask himself a simple question: “Is life just a lottery ticket or are there choices one can make to direct his future?” This very question fueled a search that led him to the local library.

After reading biographies of over two hundred great men and women, Andrews was challenged to consider, “Were they simply born this way? Or were there decisions made at critical junctures in their lives that led to success?” He resolved to determine the common denominators between each historical figure. The Seven Decisions were born, and the rest is history.

Many authors and communicators speak from their personal experience. Andy Andrews is shaped by his life path, but his message also carries the weight of hundreds of lives. Each of these past successes adds credence to the simple yet profound wisdom entertainingly presented by Andrews. With the wit of an entertainer and the gravitas of a powerful communicator, Andy Andrews is unique in today’s media driven world. He communicates to audiences from the heart.

Andy Andrews lives in Orange Beach, Alabama with his wife Polly and their two sons.

Mark Anthony Garrett – October 29

Mark Anthony Garrett, Motivational Speaker Teachers are Heroes

Mark Anthony Garrett grew up in the tough inner city of Dayton, Ohio as a foster child and was then later adopted. Throughout his childhood he faced many hardships such as being a special needs child, poverty, neglect, homelessness, abandonment and abuse, both physical and sexual. At 14, he lost his adopted mother to cancer, dropped out of school, joined a gang, became addicted to drugs and was in and out of juvenile jail.

Although his surroundings were negative, Mark was encouraged by a teacher to never give up on life and to always strive for excellence. He knew he had to take destiny into his on hands. After receiving guidance from influential mentors, Mark enrolled in college and majored in wildlife biology and went on to become a two-time U.S. Achievement Academy Award Winner, recipient of the National Collegiate Minority Leadership award and received the highest honors given by his college, which were the President’s and Trustee’s awards.  Mark also returned to college and earned a degree in entrepreneurship.

This experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within them. Mark is extremely passionate about helping raise the mental consciousness of people all across the nation and abroad.

For over 18 years Mark Anthony Garrett has motivated audiences from all over the world through his electrifying speeches, training and transformational seminars. Mark is a leading expert within the child welfare and K-12 educational industry on such topics as Employee Retention, Empowerment, Leadership, Goal Setting, Service Excellence, Overcoming Adversities, Youth Empowerment and Maximizing Human Potential. He is best known for his premium professionalism, high-energy programs, humor, enthusiasm and the ability to captivate audiences of all types.

Mark is the owner of three successful businesses, a former international radio talk show host, actor and author of three inspirational books. He has contributed and published articles for various newspapers and publications around the country and has delivered well over 2,500 paid speeches and seminars. He is also a leading columnist for Fostering Families Today magazine. Mark is one of the most requested speakers within the child welfare and K-12 educational industry.



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