Rick Pitino is no ordinary college basketball coach. His energy and charisma have earned him championships in NCAA Division I, America East, the SEC, Conference-USA and the Big East. He has been voted coach of the year in the SEC, C-USA and NABC. Not only does Pitino have an exemplary coaching record, but he has translated the motivation he provides to his team into an inspirational speaking career.
With all of these accolades and accomplishments, Pitino still finds time to inspire off the court. He applies the same methods he uses with his team to motivate his audiences to achieve their goals. Pitino has developed a 10-step process, Success is a Choice, which helps his audience become winners. He has worked with large companies like Pepsi, Marriott Vacation Club, Hyundai, RE/MAX, World Financial Group, JP Morgan, Morton’s Steakhouse and Microsoft.
The word “hero” could not more aptly describe New York City Fire Department veteran, Lieutenant Joe Torrillo.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. Torillo was en route to a press conference to introduce a children’s NYC firefighter action figure, Billy Blaze.
When the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, Torrillo rushed to aid his comrades in Engine Co. 10 and Ladder Co. 10. After Torrillo dressed in borrowed bunker gear, the second plane hit the south tower.
During his rescue efforts, Torrillo was buried alive in the north tower, and then again in the south tower. After finally being rushed to the hospital, Torrillo was declared missing for three days because his borrowed gear had a different person’s name on it.
Now a professional speaker, Torrillo uses his miraculous survival story to inspire audiences of all ages. His mission to promote the Re-United States of America encourages patriotism and dreaming big.
At the young age of nine, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, with a 50 percent chance of survival. After a year of chemotherapy treatments and the amputation of his left leg, doctors declared Sundquist cured at age 13. The loss of his leg did nothing to deter Sundquist from taking up ski racing. He trained for six years and was named to the U.S. Paralympic Ski team for the 2006 Paralympics in Italy.
Sundquist uses humor and wit to bring a message of determination and optimism to audiences across the globe. He served for two years as the national spokesperson for the Combined Federal Campaign, which raises more than $300 million a year for various charities. He has gained notoriety through his YouTube videos and best-selling book, “Just Don’t Fall.”
Sundquist coined the phrase “one more thing, one more time,” as a way to inspire himself and others to dust themselves off and keep trying despite adversity. Sundquist lives this phrase every day and shows others what they are capable of achieving.