Featured Speakers 2019
Steve built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences. If you continually learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself, you will always be a leader. You will be purpose-driven rather than process-driven, and you will make a difference. His motto is straightforward: “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” He has been recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and The Pittsburgh Business Times named his company one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the region.
A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff & Larry's Comedy Roundup. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to more than 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker."
Mitch Holthus has been the Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1994. He is the longest tenured play-by-play voice in franchise history. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Holthus also hosts the “Minute with Mitch” television series seen and heard in five states. Holthus also hosts the “Chiefs Insider” television show.
Following the NFL season, Holthus is a television play-by-play talent for select college basketball games. His talents have been featured on ESPN, FOX and other national outlets. He is the number-one announcer for the Missouri Valley Conference. He also received the prestigious John Sanders Spirit of the Valley award in 2007.
For 13 years, Holthus was the play-by-play voice of the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference. He has been named “Kansas Sportscaster of the Year” eight times. He has also been named the top play-by-play sportscaster in Kansas nine times by the Kansas Association Broadcasters. In 1996, he was awarded the Hod Humiston Award of Excellence in Kansas Sportscasting. As a result, he is the youngest sportscaster in Kansas history to receive every major sportscasting award. For 10 years, Holthus was also the sales manager of the Wildcat Sports Network. He currently owns his own company that features talent, marketing and motivational services.
He is a past President of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. In addition, he is on the Board of Trustees of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Mitch was also inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Holthus is a 1979 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in journalism. He received a degree in business administration from K-State in 1980. He is married to the former Tami Johnson of McPherson, Kansas, a former K-State women’s basketball player. They have two children, Brian and Hayley. Holthus is a native of Smith Center, Kansas.
Jeff has provided over one thousand presentations on the topics of cybercrime, leadership, crisis communication, ethics, identity theft, body language and more. His clients include 20th Century Fox Entertainment, UBS, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Citigroup, The Young Presidents Organization, American Century, Hallmark, H & R Block, Hess Oil, Standard and Poor’s, Financial Executives International, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and others. He developed and presented a program on identity theft prevention which was used to educate a nationwide audience of Citigroup employees. His program on the topic of leadership integrity has been certified for education credits across the United States. Jeff was the 2017 International Keynote Speaker for a cyber security road show in Australia, during which he spoke to businesses about cyber crime prevention. Jeff was head of operations security for the Kansas City FBI and a graduate of the world-renowned John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation. He is a certified FBI instructor and has trained numerous government agencies and corporate clients on how to interpret and project body language for more effective interpersonal communication. In addition to his latest book on the topic of cyber security, Jeff authored speeches for FBI executives and has been published in The Kansas City Star, Ingram’s Magazine and on the FBI National Web site. Jeff consulted for academy award winning director Ang Lee during the production of “Ride with the Devil”, and he has provided regular consulting services for television and movie production in Hollywood at Steele Films and Granfalloon Productions. Jeff was a major contributor and appeared on camera in a recent episode of The History Channel’s, “America’s Book of Secrets”. He was featured in the companion documentary to the major theatrical release “Runner - Runner”, which stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Jeff has been featured in television commercials on the topic of fraud prevention. Jeff was recruited by the FBI from Xerox Corporation, where he was a Computer Systems Analyst. He has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven (Connecticut) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas
Paul J Long has challenged the traditional corporate landscape since 2004. With his fun-loving attitude, infectious spirit, and philosophy of “fundamism,” Paul has provided memorable experiences for countless engagements including workshops, trade shows, keynotes, and more. His shenanigans have been featured on outlets like ESPN, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Many years ago, Paul decided to motivate and engage others to help them create memorable experiences for themselves—all these years later, he’s still going strong, with no signs of slowing down.
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