Every day, we gain valuable inspiration and
direction from outstanding role models.
That’s why I have begun an incredibly productive affiliation—which I
am now making public—with distinguished leaders I call
What the Name Implies
Why that name? That’s easy:
Pinnacle implies the top, the summit, the peak, the ultimate in
achievement—both in professional and personal life.
Seeker recognizes that you haven’t gotten there yet, not entirely.
Big goals remain. You realize you haven’t learned it all or done it
all—or helped as many people and organizations as you want to.
In fact, you never will say “No more challenges ahead of me.” You
will keep seeking new service options, and that’s what excites you
about the start of each new day.
What benefits will you experience from
getting to know my Pinnacle Seekers?
Your potential benefits are limitless. As I have done, you can learn
plenty from these remarkable professionals. And I guarantee each one
will inspire you. Use their Web sites to explore their offerings,
and then connect with them to enrich your life.
Now. . .Meet the Pinnacle Seekers
the Internet and you’ll find hundreds of people who claim they can
improve your life dramatically. What makes Edie Galley highly
distinctive among that list? Before she said she could change
others, first she changed herself.
In her words, she went from being “overweight, sick, and unhappy” to
becoming “vibrant, healthy, and happy.” The before-and-after photos
on her Web site confirm her weight loss of more than 50 pounds.
Those who read her Social Media postings note her frequent jogging
outings on the beach near her home—impossible in earlier years.
Professionally, she fostered self-transformation too. She left her
successful corporate post to launch her own company, convinced that
she could help others “step into their greatness.”
“I specialize,” she explains, “in courage for increased business and
personal success.” Again: “I empower people to live their bigger
life.” Her most provocative question: “What dream is in you ready to
come alive in the world?”
More succinctly, she enables her clients to experience “power,
passion, and purpose.”
As a result of her one-on-one coaching, articles, blogs, media
interviews, and hosting a radio program, hundreds of individuals
“develop more focused, balanced, and fulfilling lives.”
As a speaker, seminar leader, coach, and consultant she serves top
level corporate clients, such as Verizon, Accenture, and Cadbury
To talk with Edie Galley for a mere minute assures you she has
earned a fitting title: “The Transformer.”
You’ll want to enlist in her newest life-changing program, bringing
you revolutionary weight/health information that will help you enjoy
the startling revisions Edie discovered herself:
Body Transformation 2013”
For additional resources about this remarkable life and business
Her Web site: http://ediegalley.com
Her “About Me” page:
My blog feature about her:
Steele serves as the Chief Development Officer for Hunter Technical
Resources in Atlanta, Georgia, a premier IT staffing and recruiting
Throughout his professional career, he has established mutually
beneficial relationships through his renowned networking skills. His
book–The Heart of Networking, Second Edition–reveals his view
of life. Here’s my video review:
Ricky embodies what he advocates—a balanced,
“servant leadership” life. He holds leadership roles in United Way,
High Tech Ministries, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, and the Ron
Clark Academy. Yet his packed schedule includes tireless dedication
to his family and his faith.
For business, relationships take center stage with Ricky. He
replaces the “ABC” sales formula (Always Be Closing)
with “having a relationship with somebody, because this transforms
the sales process. (Always Be Caring).” He
explains: “Given the opportunity, people buy from people they like.”
Steele spotlights giving, too: “When you give, demanding nothing in
return, the return you get often occurs in a way you could not have
imagined at the beginning. When you give expecting something in
return, that is not a gift but a bribe”. He declares, “Being a giver
is a winning strategy in every aspect of our lives.”
If there were one word to describe Ricky it would be passion. His
passion for his faith, family, the community, and his career have
defined his actions for over 40 years.
Not surprisingly, many audiences benefit annually from Ricky’s
Visit Ricky Steele’s Web site for additional information:
And take careful notes on his advice about
maximizing the power of the Social Media, offered in these brief
East Freetown, Massachusetts
Chace has established herself as a dominant figure in one of the
oldest and most revered forms of communication: storytelling. Among
her prestigious awards--the coveted Brother Blue-Ruth Hill Award
from LANES, given in recognition of "the extraordinary commitment
and efforts to promote a broader understanding of the art of
storytelling and the support of storytellers in the development of
their art.” It serves, as Brother Blue, has said, “To honor those
who give their lives to storytelling to change the world.”
Also, Karen received the National Storytelling Networks Oracle Award
for Service and Leadership in the Northeast.
She has been writing a column, “Stor E Telling,” for the national
Storytelling Magazine for 10 years. She researches storytelling
sites from around the world, evaluates them, and then writes a short
synopsis. To date, she has produced 96 pages of published research.
How did she get her start professionally? She says: “In 1999 I
attended a conference for Talented and Gifted Children in New
Hampshire. During our lunch break we were entertained by a
remarkable storyteller. I was immediately entranced and intrigued;
when I returned home I began to research my new passion and slowly I
began my new journey.”
Since then, she has shared compelling stories with a wide range of
audiences. Her performances and workshops prompt rave reviews from
teachers, children, parents, librarians, and event planners.
Karen describes how storytelling thrills her: “Nothing excites me
more than finding just the right story to share! Storytelling has
given so much to me. There is no greater joy than being able to do
what you love!”
You will want to sign up for her e-mail newsletter and her
story-packed blog. You can do that on her website, whose title fits
this masterful storyteller perfectly:
To hear my 60 minute radio interview with
Karen, click here:
and I met through our participation in the Georgia Chapter of the
National Speakers Association. Ever since, I have marveled at her
ever-expanding list of professional skills and accomplishments—which
led to the moniker I gave her, “Genius Gina.”
Gina has excelled in real estate, magazine publication, speaking and
directing seminars internationally, and consulting with individual
About her role as a business growth strategist, she says: “I help
passionate people build powerful tribes of raving fans by leveraging
social media for more power, influence, and authority.”
She identifies herself as a “Chief Tribe Builder,” which she defines
energetically in my video interview with her:
How did she achieve so much so quickly? From
what I have observed, the answer is simple. She has surrounded
herself with experts, absorbed what they teach, and reshaped their
information to suit her communication style and the needs of her
clients. Years ago, I told Gina that she had attended more top-tier
training sessions than anyone I know. Clearly, her unparalleled
commitment to learning has placed her in the forefront of innovative
thinkers and doers.
Most recently, she has emerged as the “go to” Social Media expert.
No wonder she has attracted thousands of Facebook fans, Linkedin
connections, and Twitter followers.
Aside from her work, for decades, Gina has been a voice for the
voiceless – homeless pets.
For additional information, including contact details:
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Linda Sztanko describes her life this way: “Life is grand,
and I am grateful every day.”
If you assume that her life has been easy and exciting all along,
your guess would be way off base. How exciting was her life during
the 27 years she worked on an assembly line in an automobile plant?
How easy was her life when she endured cervical cancer twice?
Additionally, Linda still confronts the challenge of Epstein Barr,
an immune deficiency syndrome.
Yet Linda took control of her life when she retired from her
assembly line job. She reads books, attends seminars, and listens to
educational and motivational CDs. In her words, “I am building my
self esteem and confidence.”
Three years ago she became a passionate representative for
SendOutCards, an innovative greeting card service that operates
online. She helps her clients walk through the simple process of
customizing cards that surprise and thrill recipients. Linda asks,
“How can I not love my job? I make people smile every day.”
Linda and her husband Dan work together as a team professionally.
She feels blessed. In her words: “Making someone else feel special
is always a good thing.”
Quietly yet steadily, she points to her religious belief as central
to her success in business and in life.
You’ll find more information about her, including her contact
information, on Facebook:
Also, check her highly creative SendOutCards business on this site:
Kristina Rhoades amazes me with her courage
and perpetual vitality. Her life started out quite differently from
the lives of most children. When she was ten months old, an accident
paralyzed her legs permanently. That incident could have led to a
life of self pity and bitterness. That didn’t happen though.
Her favorite activities include spending time on the beach, wake
boarding, basketball, swimming, dancing, working out with her
personal trainer-- and even rock climbing. Not wanting a motorized
wheelchair, she propels herself, sometimes with a helping tug from
Chevy, her beloved dog who has been with her for eight years.
As upbeat as she is, she rejects the word “handicapped,” and prefers
“challenged” instead, as “disabled” doesn’t fit her either.
More than once when the truck she drives has had engine trouble,
Kristina has taken care of that herself by opening the hood and
pulling herself up to make the needed repair.
Not only does she produce the WBCX-FM weekly one hour interview
program I host, she produces several others and hosts her own,
titled “Ocean Breeze.” Plus, she’s General Manager of the station,
“The Voice of Brenau.”
She is married to her childhood best friend, Jacob
Little wonder she says “There is nothing more valuable than a
Little wonder she was named “Miss Wheelchair California” in 2005.
Little wonder that she represents a major clothing manufacturer and
a wheelchair company and a company that produces independent living
aids—and that she has been featured in print and runway modeling, as
well as on film.
Little wonder that her motto is: “Happiness is yours to choose or
reject–so embrace it. Sing out loud, give somebody a hug, smile for
me, and don’t forget to dance to the music.”
Kristina can’t walk—yet she stands taller than most people you will
For grand inspiration, visit her Web site:
Want to guarantee dynamic motivation for your next meeting or
convention? Then bring Kristina in as your keynote speaker.
I invite you to listen to my sixty minute interview with her on WBCX-FM:
Lori Davila offers an amazingly valuable
service. In her words:
“I’ve discovered why some people achieve more than others and I want
to share that with you.”
Several years ago, her resume reflected an enviable corporate
career, as she built a stellar reputation leading marketing and
sales for IBM, MasterCard, and MCI, winning company recognition
Eventually, though, Lori “knew deep down inside there was so much
more I was supposed to be doing.”
So when a layoff came, she didn’t grieve. Instead, she established
herself quickly as the go-to person for career advice. The Wall
Street Journal started interviewing her, and before long she became
a regular contributor.
Additionally, McGraw-Hill published two of her books, How to Choose
the Right Person for the Right Job Every Time and Perfect Phrases
for Perfect Hiring. Clearly, in addition to helping job seekers she
helps companies hire the right people.
Her massive client list includes hundreds of satisfied individual
clients, along with corporate giants like Delta, Coca Cola, General
Electric, and IBM.
Through her blog, speeches, seminars, coaching, books, articles, and
media appearances, Lori Davila steers job seekers away from common
mistakes. Under her mentoring, they give powerful professional
impressions when pursuing potential employers.
Here’s how she explains her calling: “To help hundreds of thousands
of people around the world accomplish their burning desires and have
You can sense why Lori Davila merits inclusion in my prestigious
Pinnacle Seekers honor group.
“Well,” you may wonder, “is there a lighter side to this high
achiever?” For the answer, watch her brief “Laughter Yoga” video on
her Web site.
And you’ll find terrific products and services on her Web sites,
Recently I interviewed Lori—based in Atlanta, Georgia-- on my weekly
radio program, “The Complete Communicator,” on WBCX-FM. On this blog
entry, you’ll find our photo, the write up featuring her, and the
entire 60-minute audio podcast:
Get connected with Lori. . .and she’ll help
you identify your personal pinnacle.
Terry Brock has come a long way. He admits to
audiences that he made a “D” in an accounting course at Georgia
State University. Not only did he repeat the course successfully, he
earned his M.B.A. and went on to teach thousands of accountants
worldwide as an expert in their field. He has been recognized
internationally as an expert in marketing, technology, and building
Also, he has come a long way from the Michigan farm country where he
grew up. How far? Well, he has spoken, directed seminars, and
provided consulting for individuals and top-tier corporations in 25
countries since 1983, including Japan, Bermuda, Canada, Norway,
Nigeria, and Australia.
Terry honed his language and presentation skills as a newspaper
columnist and radio personality—which you will believe the minute
you talk with him for the first time. He started this process when,
at age 16, he was asked to cover Richard Nixon’s inauguration for
the newspaper where Terry worked at the time.
One of Terry’s most significant contributions to his colleagues: He
attends computer and trade shows worldwide, to keep up with the
latest developments in technology. Immediately, he advises his
newsletter subscribers, blog readers, Web site visitors, coaching
clients, and audiences about what they should learn and what they
Recently Terry was asked by Skype, the international
telecommunications company, to be their chief blogger in matters of
business. As such, Terry works closely with leaders in the field of
technology around the world interviewing, getting inside
information, and learning how businesses can transform their
technologies into solid business results.
Speaking personally, Terry has been one of my key role models since
I first heard him speak at the National Speakers Association. So
when I wanted to strengthen my speaking, coaching, technology, and
marketing several years ago, I made one of the finest professional
investments anyone could make. I enrolled in Terry Brock’s “High
Achievers Coaching System.” The months I worked with Terry
challenged me, educated me, and definitely motivated me. Soon, my
audiences noted highly visible improvements.
Visit Terry Brock’s Web site—a proverbial gold mine of useful
And if you ever have the privilege of meeting Terry, right away you
will consider him one of the most personable, genuine high achievers
you have ever met.
Santa Barbara, California
one would have predicted a leadership position in technology for
Lorrie Thomas in 1991—not even Lorrie. She didn’t own a personal
computer, and she “was by no means Web savvy.” Yet she quit college
because a persistent acquaintance told her “there are great
opportunities working in online marketing.” Amazingly, she landed a
position on the founding team of ValueClick Media.
Fast forward to now. Lorrie serves as CEO of Web Marketing Therapy,
lectures at the University of California Berkeley, speaks and
directs seminars for major corporations, and wrote a smash-hit book
titled Online Marketing, part of The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course
series. Check my video review of her book, posted on Amazon:
Repeatedly, she emphasizes that the “true meaning of marketing is
maximizing relationships.” Additionally, she doesn’t expect her
top-tier clients to master technology instantly. Her advice: “Start
small, then snowball.”
Among the leading publications that have featured her: Inc, Forbes,
Connect with her on Social Media, and you’ll find her refreshingly
creative and witty. For instance: She affirms that “the meek may
inherit the earth,” but if they are in business they will probably
Regarding people who talk about themselves too much in e-mail:
they’re really guilty of using “me mail.” Tempted to fill your Web
site with glitter? Then note her counsel that “flash can be trash.”
Devour Pinnacle Seeker Lorrie Thomas’ book, apply her advice, and
invite her to speak for your organization. Here are her highly
valuable Web sites:
Monica Yaneth Loeb Willis
Cali, Colombia, South America
I became acquainted with Monica Yaneth Loeb
Willis when she e-mailed me in 2007, requesting permission to post
some of my articles on her Web site. I agreed immediately.
As I became better acquainted with multi-talented Monica, I
nicknamed her “Monica Angelo,” since she reminded me of
Monica can be defined as an "eternal student," as she always seeks
to learn, and to apply that knowledge helping people. Monica is also
an "eternal creator." You can find her creating new elements, from
software to Web sites that help others to improve the quality of
Skills: IT and Management Consultant and Trainer, Webmistress, Self
Published Editor and Author and Christian Pastor
Monica has served many clients in her 26 year career. Her clients
include organizations such as: Rohner and Associates in USA, Xerox
Colombia, Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia de Colombia,
Contraloría Municipal de Cali, Centro Médico Imbanaco, Tecnomedicas,
Etagro and many additional companies.
Languages: Spanish, English, German, Italian
2004, when I spoke at the Legends Business Owners meeting, I met
DeWitt Weaver, a dominant golf force in the state of Georgia and a
superlative golfer on the national scene. Having admired him as a
great golfer and a person of high character, meeting him was a
special privilege I continue to cherish..
Among DeWitt Weaver’s athletic highlights:
- PGA Tour Player, 1967-89, won two tournaments
- Champions Tour Player, starting in 1989, won one tournament
- Won Georgia PGA Championship 7 times
- Won Georgia Open Championship 4 times
- Georgia Player of the Year, 1980, 1981
- He and son DeWitt III only father-son winners of the Georgia Open,
they scored world record 55 in a two-man competitive scramble
- In 1969, IBM statistics ranked DeWitt longest driver on the PGA
averaging 279.8 yards, one yard longer than Jack Nicklaus
- Inducted into Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, 1998
- Inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 2003
- Inducted into Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 2004
- A multi-sport athlete at SMU
Yet with all of these enviable sports records and honors, DeWitt
“considers his personal commitment to Christ, the marriage to his
wife Sheri, the birth of his four children and his twelve
grandchildren his greatest moments.”
Also, DeWitt has supported his church and numerous civic and
charitable causes for decades, and participates in the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes. DeWitt plays in several charitable golf events
On May 4, 2009, DeWitt hosted the fifteenth annual DeWitt Weaver
Eagle Ranch Golf Classic, held at Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA.
During that decade and a half, the tournament has raised more than
$400,000 for Eagle Ranch, which partners with families to pursue
restoration and reunification for boys and girls in crisis.
DeWitt represents The Legends at Chateau Elan and the PGA SUPERSTORE
on the Champions Tour. He has lived at Chateau Elan for fifteen
His Web site:
JAN WHYTE, CPC
Vancouver, BC, Canada
I prepared my presentations for the British Columbia Legal
Management Association’s Convention in 2008, board member Jan Whyte
acquainted me with the association’s purpose and direction, and the
responsibilities of legal managers. Then throughout my day-long
speech/seminar, Jan participated actively in the discussions, which
encouraged others to share their ideas.
Immediately after the sessions, Jan joined me
for a video interview about Coaching, which you can watch on my
A couple of months later, Jan wrote an article
about goal setting, explaining her goal setting formula for 2009.
You can read this article on my blog:
A 26-year veteran of Vancouver’s civil
litigation industry and law firm management, Jan holds the unique
title of Administrator and Director of Player Personnel for Murphy
Additionally, Jan is a Certified Professional
Coach (EQi, SDi), specializing in social/team dynamics and emotional
intelligence. Jan serves on the International Coach Federation Board
and is Vice-President of the BC Legal Management Association in
Vancouver, where she promotes leadership and custom system design
for law firms, using her specialized coaching techniques. Among her
group programs: Team Dynamics, Interviews and Feedback and the Young
Professionals Lecture Series. She also offers volunteer support to
legal staff as well as to youth sports teams and families in her
community. An active representative of the international My Life
Compass coaching program for professional women headed by Kim
Fulcher, she is partnering with Compass and other professional
organizations to sponsor a benevolent fund for coaching support for
those professionals in need to help them through tough economic
times, personal loss or tragedy, and other difficult circumstances
where their employment has been lost or is at risk due to
unfortunate external influences.
A firm believer in the power of strong
foundations and well-directed organizations, Jan states: “I believe
anything can be accomplished with the right team and strategy.”
I recommend her Coaching service as a
guaranteed step toward improving your life and your professional
performance. Her Coaching Web site:
Don and I became acquainted when he asked me
to review one of his just-published books for Amazon. Soon I
realized that I had met a literary giant.
He is an author, professor at Rushmore University, internationally
recognized business consultant (CEO of Mitchell and Company), and
humanitarian—wanting to increase literacy and reduce poverty, while
fostering spiritual growth worldwide.
In his book Adventures
of an Optimist, Don explains the “400 year project,” encouraging
people to make improvements in their lives and in the world at 20
times the normal rate.
Among the books he has
authored or coauthored: The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Ultimate
Don asserts that “no matter how successful your organization is, it
is performing way below its easily achievable potential. If your
organization is like most, it is probably functioning below average
in many activities.” He adds: “Complacency is the primary reason for
this frequent, significant gap between potential and achievement.”
Through his writing and consulting, he helps organizations shake off
One of his most amazing
achievements—ranking in the top 10 among Amazon.com’s book
reviewers, having written 3,739 reviews.
How does he accomplish
so much? As a high school sophomore, he learned rapid reading
skills, covering 2,000 words a minute with excellent comprehension.
Habitually, he reads 2-3 hours daily.
Don is also a delightful
dinner partner, as I learned when he hosted me in Boston while I was
providing communication coaching for Gillette.
His Web site:
Email to: Bill
“Speech Coach for Champions”
Write him at:
P.O. Box 908267
Gainesville, GA 30501-0920