NSA Announces 2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame

NSA Announces the 2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® Inductees

The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for professional speakers, inducted five professional speakers into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® at its 2013 Convention, July 27-30, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Established in 1977, the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) is an award for speaking excellence and professionalism given to speakers who have mastered seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income, or involvement in NSA.

“We had the privilege of inducting five exceptional candidates into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®,” said Ron Karr, 2013-2014 NSA president.Each candidate brings unique talents, experience and passion to the speaking profession; and all of them have tremendously impacted audiences world-wide. I personally congratulate each individual on this incredible achievement and milestone in their lives and professional careers.”

The 2013 inductees are: Randy Gage, CPAE, of Miami, Florida; Jeff Salz, CPAE, of Encinitas, California; Rob “Waldo” Waldman, CSP, CPAE, MBA, of Atlanta, Georgia; Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, of Chicago, Illinois; and Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, of Issaquah, Washington.

“It’s always exciting to see a group of very deserving speakers inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame®,” said Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, 2012-2013 NSA president. “When I looked on the stage at this year’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® inductees, I was thrilled to see five very deserving individuals, and even more excited to see long-time friends receive this great honor. These CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® inductees represent some of the best speakers in the world. I’m honored to have seen them inducted and even more honored to call them my friends and colleagues.”

Randy Gage, CPAE, has been helping people transform self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their dreams.  Randy is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best-seller, Risky Is the New Safe.  He has spoken in 48 U.S. states, all Canadian provinces, and 48 other countries, to more than two million people.

Jeff Salz, CPAE, is a leading keynote speaker, anthropologist, thought leader and explorer and guide. Spurred on by the support of a loving family and his natural passion for learning, Jeff received his Doctorate in Anthropology. Along the way, some accidental and extraordinary adventures, magical characters, and brushes with Lady Luck and the Grim Reaper have transformed Jeff into one of the world’s most sought after experts on the subject of adventure. When Jeff isn’t leading a trek in a distant land, presenting to an auditorium jammed with executives, or dangling from some rope on a snow-capped peak, you’ll find him enjoying his friends and family in lovely Encinitas California.

Rob “Waldo” Waldman, CSP, CPAE, MBA, also known as “The Wingman,” is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, Never Fly Solo. An inspirational sales and leadership keynote speaker and consultant, Waldo overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a highly decorated fighter pilot with over 65 real-world combat missions. High energy and interactive, his programs help his clients adapt to change, break performance barriers, and build trusting partnerships with their co-workers and clients.

Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, is an explorer of life, people, and especially of herself.  A lady with eclectic tastes and a multitude of talents, she is an inspirational humorist and business motivator specializing in business dynamics and human potential. Mikki is known for her flamboyant style and infectious energy, and is a one-of-a-kind talent, who is original, refreshing, outrageous and smart. A few of Mikki’s well-known quotes include, “Slip ‘em a Mikki” and “Be outrageous. It’s the only place that isn’t crowded! ™”

Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, is the founder of Extreme Meetings Inc.  He is a communications consultant, speaker, infotainment expert and multi-media producer. For over 25 years, in three careers, nine jobs, and five companies, he has specialized in transforming boring into compelling. In 2007, Brian created the Verbal Ping Pong elevator speech system, which is used by companies, non-profits, and solo-preneurs to answer The Question (“What do you do?”) in a compelling, conversational way. A few of Brian’s past clients include Starbucks, WaMu, Costco, PepsiCo, Pitney Bowes, Best Western and Wells Fargo.