Denver 2023

Opening Ceremony Keynote

Sunday June 25th, 2023 at 3:00 pm


John Register

John Register is a two-time Paralympian, Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Persian Gulf War veteran and TEDx Motivational Speaker. He embraced a “new normal mindset” in becoming an amputee following a misstep over a hurdle while training for the 1996 Olympic Games after participation in two consecutive Olympic trials.

An Oak Park, Illinois native, Register discovered how to “amputate his fear of disability” and founded the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Military Sport Program in the early 2000s. He launched a book titled: “10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success,” as business leaders and their staff returned to work amid stressful circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the recent unrest in our urban cities.

Register teaches business professionals through his “Hurdling Adversity” speeches and podcasts to “amputate fear and embrace their new normal” as they discover “stories within themselves.” He finds that “it is the personal stories that inspire teams more profoundly with greater impact.” Register is a four-time all-American graduate of University of Arkansas. He served six years in the U.S. Army — including in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and in active duty with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, winning nine gold medals in the Armed Services Competition and two World Military Championships.

Register’s left leg amputation from the hurdle accident changed his life. Register hyperextended his knee and severed the popliteal artery. He started swimming to aid in his recovery and eventually made the U.S. Paralympic Team in 1996, later winning a silver medal in the long jump and setting an American record. He also sprinted to fifth in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the U.S. Paralympic Games in Sydney.

Register resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Alice. The couple have three children — John Jr., Ashley and Ronald.

Awards Ceremony Emcee

Monday, June 26th, 2023 at 11:30 am


Brad Montgomery

Brad teaches how to Embrace Your Awesomeness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation and profits. He turns typical meetings into transformational events using humor and story. Oh, and he’s pretty funny.
Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents. He’s spoken to dozens of banks, insurance companies, associations, hospitals and Fortune 500 businesses. His past clients include Microsoft, Verizon, the FBI (yes, that FBI) the CIA (yes, that CIA) and the IRS (where he withheld 30% of his best strategies).

Brad specializes in using uses humor, interactivity, sound, music and visuals to ignite audiences so that they can get more out of themselves and those people around them improve their lives and their jobs. Audiences and meeting planners describe Brad as “authentic.” He’s a real guy on stage and off. Thinking of a canned and over-polished motivational speaker? Brad is the polar opposite.

Other speakers TALK about engagement. But Brad SHOWS you how to harness the power of your own AWESOMENESS in ands-on experiences that you’ll remember and implement. It’s the difference between a “speech” and an “event.”

Brad graduated from Brown University and has earned his Certified Speaking Professional designation, which is the highest earned award from the National Speakers Association (fewer than 7% of speakers worldwide have earned the CSP). He was inducted to the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, which is a big deal. Like an Oscar but without the movie stars.

Brad joined John Gray (of Mars/Venus fame) and Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup renown) to write Mission Possible. He has also produced and published “Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter,” as well as “Humor Us: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.”

Brad lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife, three kids and one neurotic dog. Although he is proud of his many awards and national credits, he’s convinced that his best feats so far are his kids.
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