Encore: The 'Miracle on the Hudson' as told by the last passenger off the back of the plane

March 23, 2017
Hosted by Ronald Graves

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When US Airways Flight 1549, or the “Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission to encourage others to do the right thing. Today, he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives. Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker, and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him an internationally sought-out speaker. Join us as Dave shares his story and reveals how one defining moment can create a lifetime of purpose.

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Ronald Graves has over 30 years of experience in business consulting with 20 of those years being in leadership positions. He has consulted for organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, staffing, food processing, logistics, construction, transportation and food service. He has also worked with many public sector employers including cities, counties and school districts.

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A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Rutgers School of Law, Jack has been a successful entrepreneur from a very young age. He started with managing the family retail stores in high school and college and eventually to developing and overseeing successful enterprises in real estate, finance and law where he has been able to use his skills to help his clients achieve their goals.
For the past 35 years, Jack has been extensively involved in a number of successful businesses that were innovative and produced remarkable results for clients and his investors. He is a sought after speaker leading seminars in management, conversion and financial stability.
A father of four, Jack has a deep respect for community and family. “We are here to support and advance our clients, team members, stakeholders and their communities in any way we can. We want to point with pride as to how we are improving the lives of everyone we touch,” he says. View Guest page

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Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President. Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann has sold over half a million copies and it has been translated into 21 languages. It has been released in a new, expanded edition, with a foreword by Huffington Post founder and publisher, Arianna Huffington. Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve. He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic in his town of Jupiter, Florida. View Guest page

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Teddy Burriss of Burriss Consulting, Inc., is a LinkedIn Coach, Trainer, Consultant, Public Speaker and Author. In 2005 Teddy embarked in a new role as a business development professional. During this work Teddy discovered the power of LinkedIn as a business tool which he used to become even more successful in his sales role.
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Ty Crandall


Ty is an internationally known speaker, author, and business credit and financing expert. He is the CEO at Credit Suite where he oversees the biggest business credit coaching operation in the United States. With 16 years of financial experience, Ty is widely recognized as an authority in business credit building, credit scoring, and business financing. He is the author of two popular books, Perfect Credit and Business Credit Decoded. Ty is a frequent contributor to radio, news shows, and TV programs, having appeared on Fox, ABC, and CBS. He has also been featured in magazines including Inc., Entrepreneur, and Forbes. He is the host of the popular podcast, The Business Credit and Finance Show. View Guest page

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Gary A. DePaul


Gary A. DePaul has two decades of experience as a manager and scholar of management, has worked as a manager in fortune 500 companies, and consults with organizations to improve leadership practices. He is the author of Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide to Inspiring Creativity, Innovation and Engagement, published by CRC Press. In February 2017, He will self-publish his next book, Crack the Leadership Development Code, though CreateSpace. In the Fall of 2017, he plans to publish his third book, Culture Growth.
Gary has worked for Arthur Andersen, Johnson Controls, Fidelity Information Services (FIS) Global / Certegy, Ceridian, and Lowe's Home Improvement. He has a Ph.D. and Ed.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gary presents on leadership to companies, firms, and nonprofits. View Guest page

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Marcy Ettlinger


Marcy Ettlinger was born and raised in the Midwest, receiving her BS in Communications and MS in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1989-1995, Marcy worked as a consultant in both St. Louis, MO and Boulder, CO, traveling internationally to support her clients’ strategic sales and marketing needs. After meeting Paul just weeks before his graduation from chiropractic school, they decided to launch careers for both of them back in the Baltimore area. Following three years as Communications Coordinator for TekSystems, Marcy left to join Paul to manage and market his newly opened chiropractic practice. Together, they have grown the practice significantly, adding two associate doctors and 10 support staff and landing them in the top 5% of the most successful chiropractic practices in the country. View Guest page

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Paul Ettlinger


Dr. Paul Ettlinger, DC with PT privileges, actually began his professional career not in medicine, but in music, playing violin with the New World Symphony. After two years with the Symphony -- and repetitive strain injuries from playing his instrument -- Dr. Ettlinger turned his interests to health care earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology and then his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College in St. Louis, MO. After working as an associate for several years, Dr. Ettlinger opened Health Quest Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in 1998. Dr. Ettlinger has received extensive continuing education to reinforce his clinical experience with a wide spectrum of patient conditions, including soft-tissue injuries, neuromusculosketal conditions and lifestyle-related illnesses. His trademark is treating his patients as people, establishing a professional yet compassionate relationship with everyone. He is currently completing certification as a whiplash and soft tissue injury specialist. View Guest page

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Jay Izso


Call Jay Izso what you want: Social Mediologist, Psychological Business Consultant, Consumer Analyst, Conference Speaker, Researcher, Educator, or Motivator for business in both internet and face to face environments. Jay understands that businesses today are in need of something more than a new marketing plan. They need to better understand their consumer and how environments change the way consumers interact with business or want to be interacted with. Your consumer is changing as a result of the internet and social media environments. They have a different expectation of business; the traditional methods of contacting them and connecting with them have changed. Every single day, Jay researches the consumer. He is interested in their behavior both in the online social media world and in the world you call your business. He is not only a researcher in these environments but he is an active user and member of them. He has seen and built business in these online environments since 1997 View Guest page

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Damion Lupo


Over the last quarter century Damion Lupo has started and owned more than 30 different companies including an insurance agency, a precious metals firm, a venture capital company, a financial consulting firm, and more than a dozen real estate investment and development companies. Damion is a 5 time author and sought after financial consultant for accredited investors and business owners. Using a vast knowledge of financial markets, money psychology and pattern recognition he’s an expert at quickly diagnosing hidden financial cancers with clients and their organizations and rewiring both for success. Damion’s personal philosophy centers on Self Responsibility and a conviction that the only path to freedom is through candor, growth and a big vision. That big vision ideal is what drove him to found Total Control Financial in 2016 and design everything around 10X growth and 10X impact for the client, the team, and the shareholders. View Guest page

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Michael is the Founder and CEO of Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) which is a multiple award-winning publisher of hobby board games. In this capacity, he has grown TMG from a side business into a company approaching $2,000,000 in annual revenues with a team of 10 people, all without any outside investment. TMG has received over $2.5 million in funds from backers on Kickstarter from 26 individual hobby board gaming projects.
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Dave Sanderson


Since the Miracle on the Hudson, Dave Sanderson has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author. In his presentations, he shares and teaches “The 12 Resources to create your own Personal Flight Plan TM,” precepts that enabled him to become a top producer in some of the largest sales organizations in the world and ultimately enabled him to survive the plane crash.
Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from the first person he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.
In his new book, Moments Matter, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how to take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and “create your own flight plan.” View Guest page

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Jason Treu


Jason graduated with a law degree and Masters in Communications from Syracuse University. He spent seven years in Silicon Valley working with transformational leaders such as Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Mark Hurd and others at companies such as Apple, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, Pixar, Yahoo! and many others. He has helped clients meet top influencers such as Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Peter Diamandis, Chris Anderson and others.
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