Iowa Speakers

Terry Rich
Terry Rich is a current CEO with many business successes. He is currently the President of the North American Lottery Association and CEO of the Iowa Lottery. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Blank Park Zoo; President and CEO of Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company which produced shows for HBO, ESPN and Comcast, among others; and Vice President of Marketing for Heritage Communications Inc.

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Richard Rowe
Richard Rowe served over 20 years in the U S Navy, living in Australia, Bahrain, and Japan while also visiting over 50 different countries. He has experienced leadership and human behavior on all levels from the entry level military person to noted government leaders, and different religious leaders throughout the world; transfusing not only his knowledge but giving him insight into human behavior.

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Brenda Clark Hamilton
Brenda Clark Hamilton is a fun, dynamic keynote speaker and workplace trainer who provides fresh perspectives in leadership, communication skills, customer service, team-building, and offering one's personal best to life, relationships, and career.

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Deadra Stanton
Deadra Stanton will make you laugh until you cry. Her message of humor and inspiration has been enjoyed by thousands of people across the United States. As she shares her stories of "life lessons", she will inspire you to enjoy life, laugh at life's situations.

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Richard Deming
Dr. Richard Deming is a radiation oncologist and the medical director of the Mercy Cancer Center. In 2011 Dr. Deming led a group of 23 cancer survivors and caregivers on a transformational journey to Mount Everest Basecamp, and later that year launched Above + Beyond Cancer, a cancer survivorship nonprofit which elevates the lives of those touched by cancer to create a healthier word.

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David Thoreson
With his many extreme adventures exploring the planet, physical boundaries and human potential, photographer and sailor David Thoreson has a unique and entertaining story. David grew up near a lake in Northwest Iowa, learned to sail and love the water as a boy, and then took these experiences with him to lead a life of exploration and discovery at the far reaches of the globe. He is the first American sailor in history to accomplish the Arctic's infamous Northwest Passage in both directions. David combines stunning photography with riveting stories to illustrate how exploring your potential leads to discovery and success, whether in life or business.

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Mike Pace
Mike is a popular media personality. In his 30-plus-year career, Mike has represented hundreds of companies, both locally and nationally, as an on-camera spokesman, narrator, emcee, and speaker. He has performed as an actor in numerous corporate films and videos, and was named Best Actor at the Iowa Film Awards for a dramatic role. Mike made his stage debut in his 60s, in the Grandview College production of "The Sunshine Boys." He is also an accomplished writer-producer of radio and television commercials, as well as films and videos.
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Celina Peerman
Dr. Celina Peerman serves as an organizational psychologist through training, coaching and instructional design activities that focus on creating sustainable learning cultures at work. For over twenty years she has specialized in organizational behavior and human resource management-related issues. Her experience includes senior leadership roles in human resource, organizational development and operations positions in both profit and non-profit organizations where she was accountable for quality service, effective processes, diverse staff and achieving results. Her passion is for how people behave at work; the good, the bad and the worst.

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Ray Cole
Ray Cole is president and chief operating officer of Citadel Communications LLC. The Citadel group of properties includes television stations KLKN-TV (ABC) in Lincoln, NE; WLNE-TV (ABC) in Providence, RI; and WSNN-LD (Independent News) in Sarasota, FL. He was previously responsible for the oversight of WOI-TV (ABC) in Des Moines, IA; KCAU-TV (ABC) in Sioux City, IA; and WHBF-TV (CBS) in Rock Island, IL prior to their sale to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group in March, 2014.
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Chuck Long
Chuck Long's name has been synonymous with University of Iowa football for thirty years. As a former player and coach, his combination of charm, charisma and a winning attitude has motivated hundreds of young athletes and influenced multitudes of fans across the state of Iowa and beyond.
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Rick Hartzell
Rick Hartzell believes in family values. He believes that there is a certain way to live and conduct one's self in order to be successful in a family, in an organization and in a team. His IOWA "farm boy" upbringing and a strong family unit taught him many valuable lessons which he shares in a way that tugs at your heartstrings. Further, he knows the "SECRET" to bringing these values to an organization, to a team and to a group of people in order to help them do better, be more productive and to do more with less. He will inspire you. He will make you laugh, cry and think. He will make you objectively reevaluate your personal way of doing things. He will make you better.
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Desmund Adams
With over 15 years of professional speaking and retained executive search experience Desmund Adams brings unique insights to the leadership demanded by consumers and employees alike. In 2012, after closing Talent Acquisition Group, an award-winning, retained executive search firm, Desmund sought a position of public leadership. He made headlines in 2013 when he received a Tribute on the floor of The U.S. House of Representatives by The Honorable Tom Latham. The Honorable Member of Congress stated in the U.S. Congressional Record "Desmund Adams is the epitome of an American success story." In 2016, Desmund decided to leverage his leadership experience and opened Focus & Find, a socially responsible, retained board and executive search firm.
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