NSA Certifies 25 Speaking Professionals

The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for professional speakers, is proud to announce that 25 professional speakers have earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 2012.

Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) only on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior. The 2012 class of CSPs will be honored during a ceremony on July 15 at the Annual NSA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

“The Certified Speaking Professional certification is recognized by the meetings industry as a measure of platform competence,” says 2011-12 NSA President Laura Stack, CSP, MBA. “If you hold the CSP designation, meeting planners know you are a top-notch speaker and have a track record of professionalism and success.”

The 2012 Class of Certified Speaking Professionals:

Eric Adler, CSP, Grub im Wienerwald, Austria

Randy L. Anderson, CSP, Lubbock, Texas

Emily M. Ballance, CSP, MEd, Raleigh, N.C.

Christopher G. Bauer, CSP, Ph.D., Nashville, Tenn.

Gerard Braud, CSP, Mandeville, La.

Graeme Codrington, CSP, DBA, London, United Kingdom

Justin Cohen, CSP, Johannesburg, South Africa

Zach Davis, CSP, Gerestried, Germany

Ubong Essien, CSP, Lagos, Nigeria

Susan G. Fitzell, CSP, Manchester, N.H.

Laurie Flasko, CSP, Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada

Shari L. Harley, CSP, M.A., Denver, Colo.

Patrick W. Henry, CSP, Burlington, N.C.

Chris Johnson, CSP, Haslett, Mich.

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, CSP, Ph.D., Atlanta, Ga.

Ghislaine Labelle, CSP, M.Ps., CHRP, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Judson P. Laipply, CSP, Lakewood, Ohio

Lisa Leitch, CSP, CSP (Certified Sales Professional), Norwich, Ontario, Canada

Chris McIntyre, CSP, San Diego, Calif.

Christine Morlet, CSP, Paris, France

Jessica Pettitt, CSP, Eureka, Calif.

Jon Petz, CSP, Powell, Ohio

Kathleen M. Randall, CSP, Cameron, Mo.

Wolfgang Riebe, CSP, Ph.D., Cape Town, South Africa

Liz Weber, CSP, CMC, MBA, Greencastle, Pa.

For more information on the CSP designation, please call NSA headquarters at (4480) 968-2552, or visit our website at www.NSASpeaker.org.

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.

Contact: Stacey Magneson
Phone: (480) 968-2552
Email: Stacey.Magneson@NSAspeaker.org