Speakers and Sponsors


Steve Gilliland (Keynote Speaker), Hall of Fame & Million Dollar Speaker

Steve Gilliland

While some speakers market themselves as the most sought-after, Steve Gilliland’s proof is in the numbers. On April 17, 1999, Steve delivered his first paid presentation. In 2008, Steve earned over $1 million speaking. Since 1999, Steve has delivered over 2,000 paid speaking engagements and generated over $10 million of revenue from speaking. His client list spans 39 industries and he averages 120 paid speaking engagements annually. A member of NSA’s Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve is recognized by his peers as a forerunner in the speaking industry. His books Enjoy The Ride®, Making a Difference™, and Hide Your Goat™ are consistently on the publisher’s best-seller list.

Steve Rizzo (Emcee)

Steve Rizzo

We are honored and delighted that former national headline comedian Steve Rizzo will serve as the Emcee at the 2016 Speaker Master Series. Steve’s opening acts were comedians such as Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell and Dennis Miller. He shared the marquee wit, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld and starred in his very own Showtime comedy special, earning him honors as a Showtime Comedy All-Star. At the pinnacle of his stand-up career, Steve walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion—to teach people how to be happy and successful no matter their circumstances. He traded his standing ovations as a stand-up comedian for more fulfillment (and yes, more standing ovations) as a motivational keynote speaker. He is a member of the prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame—an honor bestowed on fewer than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977.

Rusty Shelton (Host), VP of Advantage Marketing, Advantage Media Group

Rusty Shelton, VP of Advantage Marketing

Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. In 2010, Rusty founded Shelton Interactive, a full-service digital agency that integrates design, social media, website development and PR—services that are normally handled by multiple agencies—under one roof. An active NSA speaker, Rusty regularly keynotes at top conferences and leads workshops for businesses of every size.

Bill Stainton

Bill Stainton

Bill is a 29-time Emmy Award winning Executive Producer and respected leader in the Seattle business community. He is a regular contributor to Seattle Business magazine, and his expertise has been cited by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Bill has also authored nine business training video programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. His programs have been used by many organizations, from IBM and Boeing to Paramount Pictures and the CIA. For fifteen years, Bill was the Executive Producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show, Almost Live! (which also enjoyed a two and a half year run in national syndication on Comedy Central). Along the way, he led his team to more than 100 Emmy Awards as he became a sought after Innovation Driver, working with companies such as Nike, Microsoft’s Small Business Summit, Godiva and Harley-Davidson. Bill’s leadership gave birth to such personal success stories as Joel McHale, star of NBC’s Community and E’s The Soup; Academy Award nominee Bob Nelson; and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill led his team to more than 100 Emmy Awards and 10 straight years of #1 ratings. Today he helps leaders achieve those kinds of results–in their world and with their teams. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno.

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