Mountain Climber and Inspiration for the Film 127 Hours
In 2003 Aron Ralston’s story made headlines worldwide. After being pinned by a half-ton boulder for nearly a week in a remote three-foot-wide slot canyon in southern Utah, Ralston narrowly escaped death by severing his right forearm with a dull pocketknife. After applying a tourniquet, he hiked and rappelled for five hours through Blue John Canyon before searchers in a helicopter miraculously rescued him. Ralston documented the life-altering experience and his remarkable will to survive in his New York Times best-selling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. His story has been adapted into a movie by Oscar®-winning director Danny Boyle.
Ralston graduated as Carnegie Mellon University’s top student in mechanical engineering in 1997, with Phi Beta Kappa honors for a second degree in French. He left his job as a mechanical engineer with Intel in 2002 to follow his passion for outdoor adventures in Colorado. Aided by radical prosthetic devices that he helped design, Ralston has expanded his adventures to the world’s great peaks, deserts, and rivers. He is the only person to have solo-climbed all 59 of Colorado's 14,000-foot-high mountains in winter; the only person with a disability to have skied from the summit of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain; and in April 2009, he became the first amputee to row a raft through the Grand Canyon.
Richard Flint, CSP is Chairman and CEO of Flint, Incorporated, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals, companies and associations. Richard has had the opportunity to address people in talks and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 200,000 people each year.
Richard has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in his field of expertise – human behavior and development – through his programs in Leadership, Management, Customer Care, Sales, Ethics, Motivation, Organization, Personal Relationships and Human Behavior. He has made appearances on over 100 radio and TV shows, as well as hosting his highly acclaimed internet radio show, Achieving a Positive Life. He has also written 13 books and produced more than 100 audio and video learning programs, including being a finalist for The Top Self-Help book of 2005.
Richard speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of North America's largest corporations. His humorous and poignant talks and seminars on Leadership, Sales, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success bring about immediate changes and long-term results. Not to mention that his 100% success rate with his Private Coaching clients speaks for itself and is a continual testimony to his desire to challenge people and show them the pathway to accomplishing the highest level of achievement for their life.
Stefan Swanepoel’s life has been a “Serengeti journey”—from his birth in Kenya to schooling in Hong Kong and South Africa eventually running a New York-based global franchise network with 25,000 sales associates in 30 countries. In all he has served as president of seven companies and two non-profit organizations.
Now for the first time he has combined his love of wildlife and nature, his ability to captivate audiences, and his comprehensive life experience into a captivating message in an inspirational fable for everyone. In the New York Times bestseller Surviving Your Serengeti:7 Skills to Master Business & Life he vividly portrays how this larger-than-life metaphor can provide guidance and inspiration for individuals and companies in today’s fast, busy and complex world. Stefan has authored 19 books and reports on business trends, real estate and social media.
Beginning in the late '70s, Walter Sanford re-wrote the record book in the real estate industry, particularly in number of transactions generated and dollar volume sold. Some industry decision-makers believe he was one of the top agents in North America during the ‘80s and early ‘90s achieving his best year in 1992 with $72 million in sales. In today’s economy, that would equal over $133 million dollars per year in personal production sales! He sold a house a day for seventeen years.
Now he is one of the most requested trainers in real estate. Franchises request and mentor his systems to their agents. Delegation, net-profit strategies, working hard and still having a life are a few of the easy-to-implement, low-cost strategies that Walter has developed.