Athletes

Brian Boyle

Brain Boyle

Brain Boyle

Patient Advocate, Ironman Triathlete and Spokesperson for The American Red Cross

It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice in 2004, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident.

He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard worlds like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

In 2007 Brian Boyle staged what many consider to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman just three years after leaving the Intensive Care Unit.

In 2008, he competed in the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida and Men’s Health magazine named Boyle one of its twenty heroes. In 2009, he published his first book, Iron Heart, and he was presented the spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. In 2010, he graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, ran his first 50 mile ultramarathon, completed his third Ironman in 10:14, and also made his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence from the President of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern. He launched the Red Cross Iron Heart Campaign to help raise blood donation awareness on a national level, and was recognized by the President of the United States of America as a “Champion of Change” at the White House for his Red Cross volunteer work.

After graduating from college, Brian pursued a professional career in public speaking on a national level that range from keynote topics of inspiration, overcoming adversity, and his efforts as a healthcare advocate. He is currently studying at Johns Hopkins for a Master’s of Health Communications, and he has a column with The Huffington Post.

His story has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and several other programs throughout the country that have earned Emmy nominations and awards.

His journey of courage and determination has touched the hearts of many and his story and the message it carries has been celebrated around the world.

To book Brian, please contact Denver Speakers Bureau at 303-478-6652 or Karen@old.denverspeakersbureau.com

Ruben GonzalezRuben Gonzalez

Business Author – Incredible Olympic Story – Award Winning Speaker

A seemingly “ordinary guy,” Ruben Gonzalez wasn’t a gifted athlete. He didn’t take up the sport of luge until he was 21. Against all odds, four years later he was competing in the Winter Olympics. At the age of 47 he was racing against 20-year-olds in the Vancouver Winter Olympics! Ruben speaks from Olympic experience. He teaches the personal effectiveness system he used to achieve success again and again in both the Olympics and in business.  He is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they will follow a few simple steps.

From Dubai to Toronto, from Hanoi to Cancun, from Singapore to Africa, Ruben has inspired and motivated audiences around the world. His client list reads like a Who’s Who of Corporate America: Dell, Coca-Cola, Farmers Insurance, Ortho McNeal, the Million Dollar Round Table, Oracle, Wells Fargo, Century21, and even the U.S. Treasury Department!

Ruben has shared the stage with speaking legends Zig Ziglar, Denis Waitley, and Tom Hopkins. They’ve hailed him as a leader of a new generation of personal development speakers.

As a Four-Time Olympian and internationally recognized expert on developing mental toughness, Ruben Gonzalez knows how to achieve success again and again. A master storyteller, Ruben uses his Olympic experiences to inspire audiences to think differently, live life with passion and have the courage to take the necessary steps toward their goals – to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to produce better results!

Ruben’s appeared nationally on ABC, CBS, and NBC. He’s been featured in Time Magazine, the NY Times, as well as publications around the world. His articles on peak-performance are read on every continent. His book, “The Courage to Succeed,” has been endorsed by Lou Holtz, Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Brian Tracy, and Dr. Robert Schuller.

Armed with the same energy and dedication that he put into his athletic career, Ruben Gonzalez brings to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds a truly unique, truly memorable performance that teaches as it entertains, and inspires as it motivates. Because of his powerfully inspiring story, Ruben was selected to carry the Olympic Torch at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Ruben’s story of overcoming incredible challenges on the road to competing in four Olympic Games over the span of four decades goes right into the core of his audiences psyche, filling them with the inspiration and self belief they need to achieve their goals.

Ruben will inspire and equip your people to achieve more than ever before.  People walk out of Ruben’s keynote presentation  knowing they have what it takes to achieve sustained success.  Ruben will inspire your people to reach their full potential, to make bold decisions and to take action – creating long lasting success for your organization.  He will change you.

“If you will listen to Ruben speak, your life will change.” – Lou Holtz- Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach

“Ruben’s incredible story inspires people to be their best.”  – Howard Putnam – Former CEO Southwest Airlines

“Invite Ruben to speak to your group and you’ll be glad you did.”  – Zig Ziglar

To book Ruben, please contact Denver Speakers Bureau at 303-478-6652 or Karen@old.denverspeakersbureau.com

Mark JacksonMark Jackson suit with football and helmet

Former Pro Football Player, The Three Amigos

“Speed is the thing that scares you to death,” Broncos coach Dan Reeves said of Mark Jackson and the 3 Amigos.  “Anytime they touch the football, they have the chance to go all the way.”

Mark Jackson was drafted in the 6th round of the 1986 draft after an All-Big Ten Conference college career for Purdue University.  At 5-10, 180lbs, Mark was the guy that Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway looked for whenever a play broke down.  In his rookie season, Jackson caught two crucial passes in “The Drive”.  First was the 3rd and 18 strike that gave the Broncos a 1st down and breathing room, and of course the Touch Down reception in the Dawg Pound that silenced the crowd and sent the 1986 AFC Championship game versus the Cleveland Browns into over-time. The Broncos won that game and went on to the Superbowl.  “The Drive” is the most memorable series in NFL History and the only series that is affectionately referred to as “The Drive”.

Jackson was named Denver’s most valuable player for his performance in the 87’ AFC Championship Game vs. Cleveland, catching four passes for 134 yards including an 80 yard touchdown reception. He was also the leading receiver in Superbowl XXII that year.

Jackson is eighth in Bronco history in both receptions and yards and his 16.3 average per catch is ranked 3rd. He also established the record for the longest reception in postseason play, 80 yards. A tough, smart receiver with an uncanny ability to get open, he played seven seasons with the Broncos. Jackson also played for the NY Giants and the Indianapolis Colts before retiring in 1995.  He has 334 receptions for 5,454 yards, a 16.3 average and 28 touchdowns and played in three Super Bowls for the Denver Broncos.

Mark Jackson has always had a presence in the community.  He’s done work with Big Brothers, Bonfils, Children’s Hospital (Red Wagon Race), D.A.R.E., Ronald McDonald House, Exempla Saint Joseph, The Center for African American Health, Muscular Dystrophy Association (Muscle Team), Shaka Franklin, Colorado Prevention Center’s Healthy Heart Program, Sisters of Color, Metro Denver’s Rebuild Together, Denver Street School, Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives and March of Dimes (Walk America/Mud Volleyball) just to name a few.  Mark has always welcomed the opportunity to lend his name, a strong hand and a glowing smile to those in need.

Now Mark “The Drive” Jackson is a “Lifestyle Trainer”.  “Never before have I more enjoyed going to work”, Jackson said in an article found in the Rocky Mountain News Business section.  Jackson is helping common people to obtain uncommon results through his Lectures and Trainings.  Recognizing the need by many for supplemental income in this down economy, he founded Jack & Associates in 2007 to assist people in making money from home.  He implements proven strategies for wealth preservation and growth. He believes EVERYONE has a Champion inside just waiting to be discovered!!

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

To book Mark, please contact Denver Speakers Bureau at 303-478-6652 or Karen@old.denverspeakersbureau.com

Chris Natzke

Chris Natzke

Chris Natzke

Leadership through Black Belt Excellence

When most people think of martial arts, visions of fighting, competition and action movies may come to mind.  However, at the core of martial arts training is a deep sense of commitment to personal excellence and giving back to the community and world.

Seventh Degree Black Belt/Master Instructor Chris Natzke, uses martial arts as a metaphor for life.  In sharing his “7 Qualities of Black Belt Excellence” with businesses, organizations and their leaders, Chris demonstrates how following these principles can positively impact the lives of others and set one free to experience the success and happiness they deserve.  In his programs, participants learn to:

  • Create purposeful visions to direct their lives and organizations
  • Be the change they wish to see in the world though their own personal leadership
  • Embrace personal and organizational integrity as a way of life
  • Use conscious persistence to move past fears to achieve their goals and aspirations
  • Demonstrate compassionate service to enhance the lives of others
  • Let go and surrender the beliefs that no longer serve them
  • Take inspired action to make their dreams a reality and make a meaningful impact in their world

Biography

For almost 40 years, Chris Natzke has been a dedicated student and teacher of the martial arts, achieving the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt/Master Instructor, ranking him in the top 1% of all martial artists in the world.   Also an accomplished national competitor, Chris won the United States National Taekwondo Championships in 1999.  In 1995, he left a very successful career in corporate sales to create his martial arts organization, the Colorado Alliance of Martial Arts (CAMA).  Since that time, the lives of thousands of students (both children and adults) and their families have been positively impacted through his teachings, with over 600 students reaching junior and advanced ranks of Black Belt.

Now Chris is taking his impactful message beyond the walls of the martial arts school and out into the world.  Businesses and organizational leaders are positively impacted by his message highlighting his “7 Qualities of Black Belt Excellence”.  These qualities represent his journey over four decades in martial arts, personal development, motivation and leadership.  In addition to his work with companies and organizations, Chris has also impacted thousands both in the Denver area and nationally through his “Kindness Counts” program.  Through his programs, school-age children are taught bully-proofing verbal self-defense skills as well as the benefits of non-violent conflict resolution.  As a result, over 250,000 documented random acts of kindness have been generated in the Denver community since 2005.

Chris Natzke’s principles of success and leadership have transformed the lives of literally thousands of students, business professionals and organizational leaders. His message of inspiration, empowerment and belief in one’s self, leaves audiences moved and inspired to take decisive action in creating the lives and careers of their dreams while making a positive, profound and lasting impact in their world.

To book Chris, please contact Denver Speakers Bureau at (303) 478-6652 karen@old.denverspeakersbureau.com

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