Paddle to the Amazon - Dana Starkell

Motivational Speaker from Orland Park, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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The book "Paddle to the Amazon" is a true adventure story. First released in North America, it quickly became an international best-seller and is today considered one of the greatest canoe adventures of all time. Promotional tours across the U.S. and Canada led to personal appearances on more than two hundred television and radio programs.  Most notably:  The Today Show, The Larry King radio show, The Morning Zoo in San Francisco, Canada AM, The Fifth Estate, The Dini Petty Show, and Front Page Challenge.  Dana was also a winning contestant on the Hollywood game show To Tell The Truth which featured him as a Guinness World Record holder. Insight Productions recently purchased the film rights for “Paddle to the Amazon” and the screenplay for a motion picture is under development.

Dana Starkell was 19 when he undertook the two-year odyssey with his father and brother.  In the course of the adventure he cured his asthma, honed his skills as a classical guitarist, and learned a great deal about the people he met throughout the 13 countries they traveled.

As a professional speaker for many years, Dana has spoken to a wide range of audiences.  He has given presentations at hundreds of schools, professional groups, and adventure organizations.  His unique speaking ability and slide presentations have captivated audiences throughout Canada and the United States. Dana's "Paddle to the Amazon" slide presentations are renowned for their emotional impact.

Drawing from his personal experiences and utilizing his skills as an entertainer and teacher, Dana offers keynote presentations that will inspire and motivate your audience.  Dana's "Paddle to the Amazon" presentations are adaptable for groups of any size and a wide range of venues. Dana is always willing to work with organizers to highlight a desired focus or theme for the event.

***WINNER OF "Rising Star Award and Best of 2012-2013" GIGMASTERS***
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Dana had the full attention of 1000+ Simmons Middle School students for over an hour. Dana's stories of his adventure, his guitar playing, photographs of the journey, and his message that persistence leads to success resonated with our students. Teacher comments included, "this was the best guest speaker we've had in years" and "I have never seen our students pay this much attention to a speaker before."  Thanks, again, for coming to Simmons and presenting to our students! Molly Cox

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Thank you Dana, your music was exactly what we were looking for. We can’t wait to have you play for us again!

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