First & Only Blind Person To Hike The Appalachian Trail Alone
"Everyone was touched by your inspiration and enthusiasm embracing your message and hopefully incorporating it into their own lives. You were definitely one of the highlights of the Lifestyle Program and made my part of the NADA Convention & Exposition a huge success!" Ann Cate Convention Programs & Expositions Coordinator National Automobile Dealers Assoc.
"This was one of the most fascinating true-life adventures I have ever covered. It is a powerful story of a blind man who walked more than 2,000 miles over some of the roughest terrain in America" Al Dale, Correspondent ABC News
"Bill Irwin's incredible trek probably received more newspaper coverage across the country than any other feat by an individual in 1990. But Bill did more than just achieve the unbelievable; he touched and inspired countless others with his example of courage and perseverance." Tom Watson, Special Correspondent USA Today
"Bill Irwin’s speaking style is comparable to a cross between Lewis Grizzard and Garrison Keillor". Don Silverman Emmy Winning Hollywood Producer
Members commented this was the best keynote address they'd ever heard and we've heard from the likes of Brig. General Chuck Yeager and the late Charles Kuralt! The Denny's Franchisee Association counts on us to support them with the highest quality programs and the most up-to-date industry information. Consequently, we are very selective regarding our choice for a guest speaker every year. I was confident that you were the right choice for this year’s convention. Your inspiring performance confirmed my decision. I have been personally thanked by dozens of Denny's franchisees for bringing you to the Denny's annual convention. Raymond Boland, Senior National Account Executive Cola Cola
This was my first convention with Great Harvest as President and CEO. As an owner in this company I and the other board members wanted to share the message "be excellent in all you do". We wanted to challenge this group to the and we wanted to reassure our group that the social culture of Great Harvest would not change under the new ownership. Bill Irwin helped us re-enforce that message. Bill is real. Bill's message was real and it made a great impact on our group. Mike Ferretti, President CEO of Great Harvest Bread Company
Your talks were captivating, motivating and heart felt. You touched so many people in two short days. In addition to your amazing presentations during the weekend, your level of organization and attention to detail in preparing for the event were also outstanding. Kelly Gold Somers, Promotional Developer L. L. Bean, Inc.
Thank you for participating in our FDIC Atlanta Training Conference in San Destin, Florida. Your presentation was inspiring and motivational. We enjoyed learning from your life experiences and found you to be a man of incredible courage. Your willingness to share these experiences to influence others contributed greatly towards the success of our conference. Nancy Hall, Regional Director Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The Executive Board of Lost Angeles County Management Council would like to thank you for your participation at our annual spring Management Conference in Lake Arrowhead. your contribution to this conference provided valuable information and insight as the attendees addressed the conference theme of "organizational Effectiveness Through Courage and Commitment." Victor Rampulla, Assistant Division Director Los Angeles Country Management Council
It is truly a rare experience to find an individual who is both articulate and significantly motivated to convey his personal experiences in overcoming personal limitations on a truly heartfelt level. Indeed all of us who need to deal with the challenges of life and working career can greatly benefit from such an individual and his personal capacity to convey meaningful aspects of one's life experience. Kevin Baack, Ph.D., Executive Director Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
"To ensure that our needs would be met, Bill set up time to chat with me and find out more about our organization and its needs. He made every effort to make his presentation specific to the needs of SMMC and the health care system. The presentation was everything we could have asked for; his story was not only inspiring, but his focus on lead management was right on point. The evaluations from the participants were very positive, and our CEO/President was so enthused that he purchased a copy of Bill's book for each participant. Not only did Bill set the tone for our workshop, but also we are currently working with him for some further consultation with our leadership team." "Working with Bill on this project was a delightful experience. Not only is Bill a consummate professional focused on meeting your organization's needs, but you also get his fabulous wife Deb as part of the bargain. Working with the two, Bill and Debra provided not only insight into Bill as a speaker, but as a husband and man. Together, they are a powerful team meeting the challenges of professional speaking with aplomb. Not only has our organization been blessed by his presentation insights, I feel personally blessed with my opportunities for interaction. Bill is an accomplished speaker and business manager with valuable insights. He shares an inspiring story and touches not only your intellect, but also your spirit. We are richer for having shared time together." Susan Goran. Leadership Coordinator Southern Maine Medical Center