Recognition

NSA is proud to recognize the men and women who have made a difference in the lives of their audiences and other professional speakers. NSA's Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, was known to say, "It’s amazing how much people can do when they divorce themselves from concern over who gets the credit."

From guiding and inspiring other members to defining excellence on the platform, from exemplifying ethical behavior to selflessly devoting time to make NSA the premier organization it is, these members and non-members stand out as extraordinary and deserve a big standing ovation!

Click on an award for complete information, including criteria and a list of past winners:

In February 1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame® to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in five categories: message, presentation/delivery, experience, professionalism and collateral material. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, or amount of income.

To date, 232 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®. Up to five new inductees are named each year at a gala celebration held in conjunction with the NSA National Convention. There are currently 172 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®. Additionally, NSA conferred an honorary CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® award on Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981; General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) in 1999; D. John Hammond in 2007; and Joe Larson in 2012.

2015 Inductees
Simon T. Bailey, CSP, CPAE
Walter Bond, CSP, CPAE
Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE
Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE
Laura Stack, CSP, CPAE

The Members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® are:
Tony Alessandra, CSP, CPAE
Ralph F. Archbold, CSP, CPAE
Stephen F. Arterburn, CPAE
Michael A. Aun, CSP, CPAE
Emory Austin, CSP, CPAE
Bill Bachrach, CSP, CPAE
Simon T. Bailey, CSP, CPAE
Patricia Ball, CSP, CPAE
Sheila Murray Bethel, CPAE
Jeff Blackman, CSP, CPAE
Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE
Kenneth Blanchard, CPAE
Walter Bond, CSP, CPAE
Dianna Booher, CSP, CPAE
Ty Boyd, CSP, CPAE
Terry Brock, CSP, CPAE
Marjorie Brody, CSP, CPAE
Les Brown, CPAE
W. Steven Brown, CPAE
Frank C. Bucaro, CSP, CPAE
Daniel A. Burrus, CSP, CPAE
Karyn L. Buxman, CSP, CPAE
Joe Calloway, CSP, CPAE
George W. Campbell, CSP, CPAE
Jack Canfield, CSP, CPAE
Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE
Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE
Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE
Eric Chester, CSP, CPAE
Daniel Clark, CSP, CPAE
Gerald L. Coffee, CSP, CPAE
Danny Cox, CSP, CPAE
Roger W. Crawford II, CPAE
Ron Culberson, CSP, CPAE
Robert Danzig, CPAE
Rita Davenport, CSP, CPAE
Roger Dawson, CSP, CPAE
Bert Decker, CPAE
Richard DeVos, CPAE
John Patrick Dolan, CSP, CPAE
Charles B. Dygert, CSP, CPAE
Gil Eagles, CSP, CPAE
Roxanne Emmerich, CSP, CPAE
Robert Mayer Evans, CSP, CPAE
Lisa A. Ford, CSP, CPAE
Ed Foreman, CPAE
D. Michael Frank, CSP, CPAE
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE
Randy Gage, CPAE
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE
LaDonna Gatlin, CSP, CPAE
Bobbie Gee, CSP, CPAE
Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE
Jeffrey Gitomer, CSP, CPAE
Barbara Glanz, CSP, CPAE
Dave Gorden, CPAE
Amanda Gore, CSP, CPAE
Warren Greshes, CPAE
Joe Griffith, CPAE
Tom Haggai, CPAE
Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE
Carl A. Hammerschlag, CPAE
Jane Handly, CPAE
Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE
Lou Heckler, CSP, CPAE
James F. Hennig, CSP, CPAE
Liz Curtis Higgs, CPAE
Sally Hogshead, CPAE
Art Holst, CPAE
Tom Hopkins, CPAE
Suzie Humphreys, CPAE
Carl E. Hurley, CPAE
Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE
Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE
Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE
Dale Irvin, CSP, CPAE
Elizabeth Jeffries, CSP, CPAE
Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE
Dewitt Jones, CPAE
Craig Joseph Karges, CSP, CPAE
Danielle Kennedy, CPAE
Kurt Kilpatrick, CSP, CPAE
Victoria Labalme, CPAE
Janet Lapp, CSP, CPAE
John W. Lee, CPAE
Peter Legge, CSP, CPAE
Florence C. Littauer, CPAE
Giovanni Livera, CPAE
Layne A. Longfellow, CPAE
Mary LoVerde, CPAE
Harvey Mackay, CPAE
Loretta A. Malandro, CPAE
Mark Mayfield, CSP, CPAE
Carl Mays, CSP, CPAE
Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE
Lisa McInnes-Smith CSP, CPAE
Scott McKain, CSP, CPAE
Michael P. McKinley, CSP, CPAE
David McNally, CPAE
Hope Mihalap, CPAE
W Mitchell, CSP, CPAE
Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE
George L. Morrisey, CSP, CPAE
Owen Morse, CPAE
Ken Olson, CPAE
Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE
Alan J. Parisse CSP, CPAE
Kathleen Passanisi, CSP, CPAE
Terry L. Paulson, CSP, CPAE
Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE
Ian D. Percy, CPAE
Charles V. Petty, CSP, CPAE
Robert "Bob" Pike, CSP, CPAE
J. Charles Plumb, CPAE
Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE
Vince Poscente, CSP, CPAE
Colin L. Powell, CPAE
Fred H. Pryor, CPAE
Howard Putnam, CSP, CPAE
Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE
Chuck Reaves, CSP, CPAE
Norman K. Rebin, CPAE
Naomi R. Rhode, CSP, CPAE
Bob Richards, CPAE
Steve Rizzo, CPAE
Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
Grady Jim Robinson, CPAE
Eden Ryl, CPAE
Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE
Jeff Salz, CPAE
Mark H. Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
Barbara Sanfilippo, CSP, CPAE
Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE
Ross Shafer, CPAE
Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE
Peter Sheahan, CSP, CPAE
Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE
Steve Spangler, CSP, CPAE
Laura Stack, CSP, CPAE
Philip D. Steffen, CPAE
Lyman K. "Manny" Steil, CSP, CPAE
Carl G. Stevens, CPAE
LeAnn Thieman, CSP, CPAE
Don Thoren, CPAE
Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE
Brian Tracy, CPAE
Jim Tunney, CSP, CPAE
Marilyn VanDebur, CPAE
Susie Vanderlip, CSP, CPAE
Phillip Van Hooser, CSP, CPAE
Peter Vidmar, CPAE
Rob "Waldo" Waldman, CSP, CPAE
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
Joanne M. Wallace, CPAE
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE
George R. Walther, CSP, CPAE
Jon Wee, CPAE
Matt Weinstein, CPAE
Alan Weiss, CSP, CPAE
Joel H. Weldon, CPAE
Gail Wenos, CSP, CPAE
Phillip S. Wexler, CPAE
C. Richard Weylman, CPAE
Somers H. White, CSP, CPAE
Floyd Wickman, CSP, CPAE
Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE
Desi Williamson, CPAE
Larry Winget, CPAE
Thomas J. Winninger, CSP, CPAE
Dave Yoho, CPAE
David Yoho Jr., CPAE
Alan R. Zimmerman, CSP, CPAE

In Memory of...
John W. Alston, CSP, CPAE
Bob Bale, CPAE
Joe Batten, CPAE
Jay Beecroft, CPAE
Art E. Berg, CSP, CPAE
William T. Brooks, CSP, CPAE
Arnold "Nick" Carter, CSP, CPAE
Joseph J. Charbonneau, CSP, CPAE
Alan Cimberg, CPAE
Charles Cullen, CPAE
Dorothy DeBolt, CPAE
Sam Edwards, CPAE
John H. Furbay, CPAE
Dick Gardner, CPAE
William H. Gove, CSP, CPAE
Tennyson Guyer, CPAE
D. John Hammond, CPAE
Keith D. Harrell, CSP, CPAE
Roy Hatten, CPAE
Ira M. Hayes, CPAE
Christopher J. Hegarty, CPAE
Robert H. Henry, CSP, CPAE
Fred Herman, CPAE
Newt Hielscher, CSP, CPAE
Cecil "Sam" Hunter, CPAE
Charles W. Jarvis, CPAE
Charles E. "Tremendous" Jones, CPAE
Joe Larson, CSP, CPAE
Art G. Linkletter, CPAE
Og Mandino, CPAE
Kenneth McFarland, CPAE
Bill McGrane, CPAE
Arthur "Red" Motley, CPAE
Bob Murphey, CPAE
James W. Newman, CPAE
Earl Nightingale, CPAE
Thom Norman, CPAE
Norman Vincent Peale, CPAE
Ray Pelletier, CSP, CPAE
Rosita Perez, CPAE
Ronald Reagan, CPAE
Cavett Robert, CPAE
Jim Rohn, CPAE
Arthur Secord, CPAE
Dick Semaan, CPAE
Lewis R. Timberlake, CPAE
Bryan Townsend, CSP, CPAE
Herb True, CPAE
Mort Utley, CPAE
Pat Vivo, CSP, CPAE
Charley H. Willey, CPAE
Larry Wilson, CPAE
W. Heartsill Wilson, CPAE
Carl Winters, CPAE
John Wolfe, CPAE
Bill Woodruff, CPAE
Zig Ziglar, CPAE

Since it was established in 1973, NSA's strength has sprung from its Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE. His love, encouragement, generosity and wisdom embody the spirit of NSA today and continue to guide the Association as it grows in number and diversity.

Humility, generosity and teamwork are just a few of the qualities Cavett possessed, and in fine professional-speaking style, expressed so eloquently. Cavett once said to NSA Past President Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, "You guys have done so much more with this (NSA) than I ever imagined." The truth was that NSA members have simply built upon the legacy that he humbly established for us.

Likewise, Cavett displayed an uncanny ability to inspire others and share his wisdom and expertise. "A desire to help others is our most noble attribute; it gives immortal momentum to life and is our only certain path to heaven," he would say. Hence, the Cavett Award, the highest award bestowed by NSA, was created to celebrate and honor those members whose careers demonstrate the spirit of sharing, guiding and inspiring other professional speakers.

The Cavett Award is NSA's most cherished award. It is presented annually to the member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the Association and the speaking profession, and whose actions (in terms of sharing, guiding and inspiring other members) most closely parallel the illustrious career of our Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE. Recipients of the Cavett Award are:

Gary Rifkin, CSP, 2015 Cavett Award Recipient

1979 Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
1980 William H. Gove, CSP, CPAE
1981 Dave Yoho, CPAE
1982 Ty Boyd, CSP, CPAE
1983 Joe Larson, CSP, CPAE
1984 Ira M. Hayes, CPAE
1985 Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
1986 Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE
1987 Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE
1988 Robert H. Henry, CSP, CPAE
1989 Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
1990 D. Michael Frank, CSP, CPAE
1991 Rosita Perez, CPAE
1992 D. John Hammond, CPAE
1993 Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE
1994 George Morrisey, CSP, CPAE
1995 Thomas J. Winninger, CSP, CPAE
1996 Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
1997 Naomi R. Rhode, CSP, CPAE
1998 Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
1999 Edward E. Scannell, CSP, CMP
2000 Jim Tunney, EdD, CSP, CPAE
2001 Zig Ziglar, CPAE
2002 Bob Murphey, CPAE
2003 Pat Vivo, CSP, CPAE
2004 Terry Paulson, CSP, CPAE
2005 Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE
2006 Charles E. "Tremendous" Jones, CPAE
2007 Mark H. Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
2008 Michael McKinley, CSP, CPAE
2009 Louis Heckler, CSP, CPAE
2010 Jim Rhode, CSP
2011 W Mitchell, CSP, CPAE
2012 Stephen Tweed, CSP
2013 Scott Friedman, CSP
2014 Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP

This award is given annually to those who have provided exceptional service and demonstrated dedication to the Association.

  



1982
Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE
D. Michael Frank, CSP, CPAE
Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
1984
John Hammond
Richard Hubbard
Ron Horner
1985
George Morrisey, CSP, CPAE
Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
Edward E. Scannell, CSP

  



1986
Carolinas Chapter
Robert H. Henry, CSP, CPAE
Ed Kelsay, CAE
1987
Joe Jeff Goldblatt
Natalie Tunney
Steve Tyra
1988
James F. Hennig, PhD, CSP, CPAE
John Lee, PhD, CSP, CPAE
Jerry Simmons, JD, CSP

  



1989
John Lee, PhD, CSP, CPAE
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
George Walther, CSP, CPAE
1990
Francine Berger, CSP
Michael P. McKinley, CSP, CPAE
Thomas J. Winninger, CSP, CPAE
1991
Judith Briles
D. Scott Friedman, CSP
Michael P. McKinley, CSP, CPAE

  



1992
Patricia Ball, CSP, CPAE
Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE
Joseph J. Charbonneau, CSP, CPAE
1993
Larry Baker, DBA, CSP
Sarah Layton, PhD
Bette Price
1994
Liz Curtis Higgs, CSP
Nancy McKinley, CCC-Sp
Jim Rhode, CSP

  



1995
Terry Brock, CSP
Warren Greshes, CPAE
Barbara Sanfilippo, CSP
1996
John Haskell
Robert Chesney
NSA Staff
1997
Ronald E. Karr
Edward E. Scannell, CSP
Marc Hardy & Susan A. Friedmann, CSP

  



1998
Michael Landes
Sue Pistone
Dale Irvin, CSP, CPAE
1999
Ken Braly
Rick Jakle, CSP
Rebecca Morgan, CSP
Edward Primeau
2000
Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center
Betsy Buckley
Kathleen Hessert, CSP

  



2001
Beverly Babb, CAE
Sam Silverstein, CSP
2002
Rick Jakle, CSP
Bette Price, CMC
Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
2003
Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC
David Yoho, CPAE

  



2004
Randy Pennington, CSP
Laura M. Stack, MBA, CSP
Stephen C. Tweed, CSP
2005
Jerry Gitchel
Sue Hershkowitz-Coore CSP
Laura M. Stack, MBA, CSP
2006
Sam Silverstein, CSP
Michael Lee, MBA, CSP
The NSA Staff

  



2007
David L. Avrin
Pam Burks
Tracy Brown
Ed John Primeau
Bonnie C. Budzowski, MA
2008
Ron Karr, CSP
Dan Thurmon, CSP
Jean Houston Shore, MBA, CPA, CSP
2009
Kirstin Carey, CSP
Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE
Sarah Michel, CSP

  



2010
Gerard Braud
Jolene Brown, CSP
Ronald P. Culberson, MSW, CSP
2011
Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE
Randy Gage
Neen James, CSP, MBA
Gina Schreck, CSP
2012
Kristin Arnold, CMC, CPF, CSP, MBA
Janelle Barlow, CSP, PhD
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

  



2013
Liz Weber, CMC, CSP
Steven Iwersen, CSP
2014
Anna Liotta, CSP
Jon Schwartz "Vinny Verelli"
Bruce Turkel
Randy Gage, CPAE
Karen Post
Katrina Smith
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE
2015
Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE
Michael Hoffman, CSP
NSA's Board of Directors has singled out individuals for their contribution to the profession of speaking and honored them with the Lifetime Members award.

  • Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE
  • D. John Hammond, CPAE
  • Bill Johnson, CSP
  • George L. Morrisey, CSP, CPAE
  • Norman K. Rebin, CPAE
  • Suzy Sutton, CSP
  • David Yoho, CPAE
During his presidency in 1992-1993, Al Walker, CSP, CPAE and NSA's Board of Directors saw the need to establish a form of recognition for anyone who had a positive global impact through their speaking, whether or not they were a member of NSA. As a result, the Master of Influence was created and is presented to speakers who have significantly influenced generations of speakers and whose distinguished careers have brought honor and recognition to the speaking profession.

1993 Art G. Linkletter, CPAE
1994 Jack Kemp
1995 Ruth Stafford Peale
1996 Og Mandino, CPAE
1997 Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
1998 Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
1999 Zig Ziglar, CPAE
2001 Barbara C. Jordan
2002 Lou Holtz
2003 Kenneth H. Blanchard, CPAE
2004 Jim Rohn, CPAE
2005 Ty Boyd, CSP, CPAE
2006 Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
2007 Deepak Chopra
2008 William E. Strickland Jr.
2009 Dave Yoho, CPAE
2010 Wintley Phipps
2011 Brian Tracy, CPAE
2012 Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
2013 Robert Orben
2014 Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE
2015 Immaculée Ilibagiza

Nido-QubeinThe Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution in our world by being examples of philanthropy and stewardship. It's purpose is to acknowledge those individuals inside and outside of NSA who demonstrate the power of giving for the sake of giving with no expectation of getting anything in return. Nido Qubein, CSP, CPAE, is the founder and chairman emeritus of the NSA Foundation and is dedicated to further this and other programs designed to help and educate people.

The inaugural award was presented to Nido Qubein, CSP, CPAE, during the 2003 NSA Convention.

2004 Robert J. Danzig
2005 Peter Legge
2006 Charles E. "Tremendous" Jones, CPAE
2007 Jim Tunney CSP, CPAE
2008 Jim Rhode, CSP
2008 Naomi Rhode, CSP, CPAE
2009 Keith Harrell, CSP, CPAE
2010 Roxanne Emmerich CSP, CPAE
2011 Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE
2012 Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
2013 Randy Gage, CPAE
2014 Jim Tunney, CSP, CPAE
2015 Ty Boyd,CSP, CPAE