Guy is a published Motivational Speaker on four primary topics:
* Forgiveness: when it's hard to forgive
* Teamwork: when the going gets tough
* Leadership: when it's hard to be a leader
* How I found my God in the prison camps of North Vietnam
Recent Corporate Clients/Sponsors (keynote or primary speaker) include:
Shell Oil Corp.
Southern Electric Corporation
MBC Holdings (Construction)
A to Z Meats
ILCA (National Insurance Loss Control Association)
There have also been numerous speeches given this past year to schools, military bases, and churches domestic and overseas (>35).
Guy Gruters is a F-100 Fighter Pilot and former Prisoner of War (POW), who specializes in Forgiveness/Teamwork/Leadership/Conversion themes. He speaks positively and enthusiastically on lessons learned during the more than five years he spent as a POW in North Vietnamese Communist prison camps, on his more than four hundred combat missions flown in South and North Vietnam before capture, and on business and family experiences after release. He was awarded more than 30 combat medals, including two silver stars, two distinguished flying crosses, two bronze stars for heroism, two purple hearts, and 20 air medals. His fighter aircraft was shot down twice over North Vietnam. He was rescued by Jolly Green helicopters after the first ejection and captured after the second. The suffering in prison camp was intense, 24/7, year after year without any end in sight. Time crawled. Six out of seven men in Guy's situation were tortured to death or killed in one way or another by the Russians and North Vietnamese during those years. Guy describes the various aspects of his combat and prison camp experiences, ranging from the specific conditions of his imprisonment to individual tales of heroic courage and leadership, in his recent book, "Locked Up With God." One such tale is that of Capt. Lance P. Sijan. Capt. Sijan was a Medal of Honor recipient who was tortured to death while with Guy in prison camp. Upon return to the United States, Guy was a successful CEO of a small computer business for 13 years, then he was a Director and VP-MIS for billion dollar corporations. Guy and his wife, Sandy, who waited faithfully for six years until his return from Vietnam, raised seven children and survived twenty-five family moves throughout the US during those years. This unique combination of experiences has given Guy versatility for a relevant approach to your organization's theme or requirements. Guy has addressed hundreds of audiences throughout the United States and overseas from Okinawa to Germany over the past fifteen years.
Examples of previous talks include:
"Leadership is Character" National Character and Leadership Symposium, USAFA, Colorado
"Leadership/Teamwork and Perseverance" USAF Leadership Summit, Jacksonville, Florida
"Leadership in the Home and Family" (First given at a National Homeschool Conference) Washington, D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania
"Air-Sea Rescue: The Bravest in the World" (First given to a World-Wide International Air-Sea Rescue Conference) Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Alabama
"How I Found God in a Communist Prison Camp" (Available from Lighthouse Communications) Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Texas
"Leadership/Teamwork Comparatives in Combat and Business" (Speaking to over 75 CEOs in various states and cities) Oregon, Nevada, Ohio
"The Great Love I Have Witnessed in War" (Stories of great heroism for others in South and North Vietnam) Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Nevada, South Carolina
"Stories of Infantry and Air Combat in South Vietnam, First Shoot Down, Second Shoot Down and Capture" (Speaking to F-16, F-15 Fighter Units, ROTC Cadets, Air Force Bases) Florida, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Okinawa
"Conditions, Conversion and Forgiveness in a Communist Prison Camp" (Speaking at various Catholic Men's Conferences) Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts
"The Grace and Blessing of Suffering" (Speaking to a conference for the permanently disabled) Ohio
"Outstanding Teamwork/Leadership in a Communist Prison Camp" (Speaking to various military and corporate audiences) Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Dakota, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida
"Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam, Sijan's Code" (First given at the US Air Force Academy) Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, North Dakota, Nevada
"Heroic Love: Keynote for Memorial Dedication for Medal Of Honor winners Colonel Bud Day and Colonel Leo Thorsness" Texas
July 4th Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Saint Patrick's Day Parties
Valentine's Day Parties
$500 - $5000
Convention in Wisconsin Dells, WI on 04/27/2013
"Capt. Guy D Gruter's presentaion was one felt by all. We got way more out of his presentaion than we had ever expected! He made you feel as if you were family and his story was one could hardly be imaged. I would highly recommend him as a speaker!"
- Jeremy K.
Private Party in Highland Heights, OH on 01/12/2013
"Great speaker, very professional."
- Carol S.
Corporate Function in Vincennes, IN on 11/15/2012
"Guy was excellent. He tailored his presentation to fit the group of exectutives in our meeting. The presentation was upbeat, positive and motivating.
- Tony B.
Christmas Party in Toledo, OH on 12/07/2012
"Capt. Gruters was very professional and a true gentleman. His dialouge with us around the lunch table before he spoke to our group was fasinating. He held our group of 100+ captivated as he spoke of his time in the POW camp and his faith in Jesus Christ. He reminded us of the true reason for the Christmas and it was very much appreicated. God Bless the Captain and his family!"
In addition to Sidney, Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs will also travel to Fletcher, Port Jefferson, Conover, Pemberton, Casstown, Kettlersville, Piqua, Saint Paris, Christiansburg, Osgood, Quincy, Troy, Saint Johns, Maplewood, De Graff, North Star, Uniopolis, Covington, Houston, Montezuma
and many other locations in and around the Sidney area.
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