Friday Night Opening Performer
Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients and delivered thousands of presentations worldwide. Dan helps organizations and individuals implement actions plans and move confidently through transitions.
He began his performance career at eleven years old, crafting a one-man-show incorporating comedy, juggling and acrobatics. This enabled him to, at a very early age, develop a strong work ethic and learn fundamental lessons about performance excellence. Dan graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and Management. He has also extensively studied Personal Development and developed a unique methodology he teaches to audiences and clients.
As a speaker, Dan Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner. He incorporates his lifelong performance skills to create high impact events. His programs have educated and uplifted Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and even the troops on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dan’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his book, "Off Balance On Purpose". He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth. Also, we should go beyond the pursuit of “success” and enhance our life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.
Special Appearance at the National 4-H Congress Gala on Monday Night
MISS AMERICA 2011 - TERESA SCANLAN
Teresa Scanlan was only 17 when she was named Miss America of 2011. Teresa Scanlan was born in Colton, California, and then grew up in Gering, Nebraska, according to information from the Miss Nebraska pageant. She was homeschooled through her junior year in high school, then graduated from Scottsbluff High School in May of 2010. A month later, competing as Miss Southeast, she won the Miss Nebraka pageant. She went on to win the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas on 15 January 2011. Her talent was playing the tune "Whitewater Chopped Sticks" on the piano, and her platform issue was "Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk." Scanlan is one of the youngest women ever to win the pageant, and is the first Miss Nebraska ever to win the Miss America title.
Tuesday Morning Closing Motivational Assembly Speaker
Dan Clark is CEO of a multi-million dollar High Performance Consulting Firm, an Internationally Recognized Speaker, New York Times Best Selling Author, University Professor, Songwriter/Recording Artist, and Award Winning Athlete who fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career!
In 1982, Dan was named An Outstanding Young Man Of America. In 1999, Achievers North America and Achievers Europe named Dan one of the Top Ten Speakers In The World. And in 2005, Dan was inducted into the National Speakers Hall Of Fame!
As a businessman, Dan started and sold two companies, and is the author of twenty books on leadership, management, and personal development, has worked with half of the Fortune 500 Companies, NASA, and Super Bowl Champions, and has conducted United Nations leadership training in Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union.
As an adventurer, Dan has flown fighter jets with the Air Force Thunderbirds, skydived with the Army Golden Knights, raced automobiles in Germany and dog sleds in the Arctic, and carried the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games!
Dan is also a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup For The Soul series, and author of "Puppies For Sale" which was made into a film at Paramount Studios starring Jack Lemmon. As a master storyteller Dan has been published in 30 million books in 30 languages worldwide; has spoken to over 4,500 audiences, to more than 4 million people, in all 50 states and 40 countries; has appeared on 500 television and radio shows including Oprah and Glenn Beck, has been featured in Entrepreneur and Mayo Clinic Magazines and as the cover story in Millionaire Magazine!