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 Susan Rider is President of a firm specializing in Supply Chain, Operations and Marketing Consulting. The firm also specializes in sales, leadership and software training. She is a dynamic passionate speaker, Lead Dynamo, full of energetic and fun anecdotes. She engages the audience and inspires life changing action.  She developed the “Snowflake” Analysis of Creating Your Life Plan.


Previously Executive Vice President of the leading Supply Chain Software Company, Susan has been in the warehousing/logistics industry for twenty years and is Past-president of WERC after serving on the board for 8 years and CSCMP, the preeminent industry association. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Modern Materials Handling, Distribution Center Management and is a featured brain trust panelist for RetailWire.  Susan is a contributing editor to several publications and is currently finishing a new book.  Susan is co-founder of Speakers With Spark, a motivational speaker bureau, and is a motivational speaker sought out by many organizations across the country and internationally. 



  Sheila O'Mara has been called a "fireball" and "dynamo".  Her presentations are delivered with passion and commitment.  Sheila is multi-talented and committed to changing the world one person at a time. Sheila is sought out by others as a Coach and confidante.  Published in many blogs and programs she is a contributing author in local newspapers. She owns Staged SO Right, and continually assists people stage their offices, homes, small businesses, and often their lives.


  Sheila previously served as a Special Events Coordinator and Family Programs Manager for the US Army.  Sheila spent twelve years in the speaking arena as an Instructor and Professional Development Coordinator across the country.  Previously a middle school educator she is adamant about the vast need of programs to assist young people in building confidence and staging their life for success.   She has created and implemented the "SPARC" program for students, a highly successful and touted program for young people.




  Denise Taylor is an animated, delightfully inspirational speaker anxious to share the inner glow of peace and gratitude with your audience. Author of "Heavenly Birth",  Denise lives in Sellersburg, IN with her husband John and four of their five children. (After fifteen years on earth and a three year bout with leukemia, their oldest daughter, Jonnae, experienced her "Heavenly Birth" in June of '08.)

With Jonnae, Denise learned to focus on the positive, even when it appeared to be outweighed by the negative. The more challenging it is to find the gift in adversity, the more power one will find when they choose to stay in gratitude. Her delivery is extraordinarily upbeat and impactful, Denise encourages audiences all over the world to choose victory over victimhood. Written or spoken, her words are full of encouragement and hope.
 

                                                                

     
Sarah Hart
is driven by the passion she feels for the aging community.  As a certified Senior Move Manager, Sarah began a legacy of caring for the needs of people as they reach their golden years.  Spurred by the desire to assist seasoned citizens remain in their homes as long and as safely as possible, Sarah pursued certification in Home Modifcation and Aging in Place Planning.  She is an expert in the field that is becoming more and more needed in today's world.

Sarah believes that knowledge is power and strives to educate about the options  available as we age.  Her previous career in operations and marketing help her create thoughtful and practical plans for those who employ her services.  Sarah is a champion for a multitude of issues involving senior citizens including Elder Abuse.  She has been instrumental in helping to shape legislation that affects Home Modification and Aging in Place Process.  Her sincerity and genuine concern for those she serves and educates inspires and moves her audiences to action.



 Al Rider is recognized for his solutions-oriented leadership and vision.  He has held leadership positions in banking, broadcasting, economic development, institutional advancement, non-profit and retailing.  Currently the CEO of North Central Education Foundation he works tirelessly to promote educational opportunities that enhance the region’s quality of life.


 He was a founding board member of a Challenger Learning Center and spearheadedd the development of a Regional Learning Center that clustered six post secondary educational institutions. Al was recently recognized by the state of Kentucky with the Joseph W. Kelly Award.  An award given by the Kentucky Board of Education to business people who have exhibited exceptional leadership abilities in promoting educational advancement and equal opportunities for students. Al has won many Toastmaster’s and Jonathan Club awards for his dynamic presentations.

 


Diana Sullivan   Diana Sullivan
 Diana Sullivan devoted years to studying the essence of God and the nature of reality.  But it was a single event, in which she was in imminent danger, that the secret to affecting reality was miraculously revealed to her.  Through this single experience she discovered the way to turn bad experiences into good ones in an instant.  Since that momentous event, Diana has used her special knowledge and energy to create a joyous life and a successful real estate career. 

 

“I had prepared myself for this revelation,” says Diana.  “Through my studies at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School and eventually through exploring the heart of religions throughout the world.”

 

Recently Diana, along with a core group of like-minded friends, focused her energy and ardor on New American Villages.  The group develops people-and Earth-friendly sustainable communities including the unique concept of building a village on a farm in the city. 

 

Her story is inspiring, uplifting, informative and appropriate for any group desiring to expand consciousness and opportunity.




Al and Susan Rider are committed to helping others derive the most out of their relationships.  Married since 1984, Al and Susan have ridden the marriage train.  They have experienced the lows in the deepest tunnels and have risen to enjoy the ultimate in a loving, sharing and inspiring partnership.  They together in a high energy, fun and engaging way will share some of the tools that helped them achieve the  fulfilling "Dream Marriage" they always wanted.  Their promise to each other, to help as many as possible.  So ride the train of smiles, peace and joy!  


Jeff Peden, Speaker With Spark Jeff Peden, The Great Ideas! Guy SM For over two decades Jeff Peden has inspired thousands of people with great ideas on leveraging the power of relationships, creating business success, and achieving their goals. In addition to 30 years of hands-on experience,  he has graduate degrees in Occupational Training and Development and in Counseling.  Jeff brings clarity to initiatives, helping turn them into results.  His practical message can benefit anyone who is willing to work toward becoming more effective every day.

 

His Moment of Success can be heard on radio station WKJK 1080 in Louisville on Mondays at 6:00pm.  A member of the National Speakers

 Association, he is also Past President of the Kentuckiana Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development, Vice-President of National Speakers Association

 

-Tennessee, and Vice-Chair of the University of Louisville Libraries.

Jeff has authored book called, Take It To The Max.    

 

 

                                            
    Michael Crooks, Speaker With Spark                                            
  
Michael Crooks’ unabashed view of the world around him and promotional marketing in particular is refreshing. His insights strip away the status quo and reveal the obscure obvious - causing the reader to wonder how they missed something so apparent," says MaryAnne Morrill, Editor In Chief of Brilliant Results Magazine when describing Michael Crooks, an award-winning, 26-year veteran advertising copywriter and promotional marketer. 

A
regular contributor for Brilliant Results magazine, Crooks has written more than 60 articles on the subjects of promotional marketing and better business practices, and authored the ebook, “ReThinking Trade Show Giveaways: Stop Simply Giving Stuff Away.” His articles have been published by marketing venues in the US, Canada, Australia and across Europe. Promotional Products Business Magazine named him one of five Innovative Pacesetters in August of 2010.  

Michael’s advertising career began in radio writing and producing radio commercials. After a short stint writing television and newspaper ads, he joined a Republican political-marketing agency. He spent the next 7 ½ years as a writer, creative director and print production manager, deep in the trenches of political marketing overcoming creative, production and logistical challenges that simply do not exist in other marketing arenas.  Michael then founded Crooks Advertising Alliance, a creative strike-force specializing in creative problem-solving.

A battle-tested public speaker, the former Toastmasters International member and local chapter officer has made presentations at PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Promotions East in Atlantic City, Canada and other U.S. venues.
 

                   Michael Cofer, Speaker With Spark                                   
Michael Cofer
-Teacher and Basketball Coach. “ I’m the generation that felt they could change the world. I still do. We were given everything our parents didn’t have and grew up expecting life not to change.  Young people today need an anchor a center to come back to when things go wrong. “  He uses real life examples of well known sports stars and regular people to relate stories of perseverance and determination in a world that no longer caters to just them.  What do you do when you hit rock bottom?  Michael gives 20 eye opening suggestions for crawling back up a deep dark hole.  He uses his love for basketball and plays from the game to relate to young people on life’s best plans.

 Michael’s a graduate of Bellarmine University with a master’s in education.

  
              

    Tim Connor, Speaker With Spark
Tim Connor, Tim is the President and CEO of Connor Resource Group and Peak Performance Institute.  He has been a full time professional speaker, trainer, coach, consultant and best selling author for 36 years. Since 1973 he has given over 4000 presentations in twenty-one countries around the world to a wide variety of audiences. 

 

Each year over 85% of his presentations are return engagements for the same clients on such topics as peak performance management, effective leadership, customer focused sales strategies, personal motivation, value driven customer service and building positive business and personal relationships. 

 

Each year he also facilitates a number of strategic planning events and meetings for many of his clients and presents several public Boot Camps.  He is a results oriented business coach and consultant working with a select few clients each year helping them improve their individual and organization performance.  Tim has been a member of the National Speakers Assn. for 30 years and he is one of only 350 Certified Speaking Professionals in the world.

He is the best selling Author or over 70 books including several international best sellers,
Soft Sell (The Number One Best Selling Sales Book In The World Now in 21 Languages), 81 Management Challenges, Your First Year in Sales, 91 Mistakes Smart Salespeople Make and SOLD and Above Ground.

Tim's international clients range in sales from 5 million to over 50 billion a year and come from a wide variety of industries including food, manufacturing, and distribution, housing and construction, financial services, hospitality, technology and communication, and personal and professional services.  His presentations are filled with insightful and contemporary ideas and are presented in a riveting and enetertaining style.

 

  

 

 

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