KEVIN SAUNDERS: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
If you're not familiar with the name Kevin Saunders, chances are you may not be familiar with one of America's greatest success stories. No, he's not another Steve Jobs, revolutionizing the computer and smartphone industries; Kevin Saunders keeps company with American Presidents. He hangs out with action heroes – and he's even created a few in his time. Best of all, he's become a living example of what it is to overcome the worst odds and end up becoming the person who inspires others to aim beyond previous limitations to reach new levels of excellence and achievement that have never been achieved before.
He became the world's greatest wheelchair athlete, one of world's top motivational speakers, and a best-selling author who serves as the motivational Coach for the Kansas State University football team. Kevin is a top health and fitness speaker, and a sought-after sports speaker for motivational programs.
Kevin is also a Safety Champion, speaking to audiences at corporations and production plants about the critical role of workplace safety for employees, the company, and its mission.
As a federal inspector for the USDA, Kevin was nearly killed on the job due to a mix of equipment failure and human error. These factors caused a violent explosion that completely destroyed the building he was in, killing 10 coworkers in an instant. When the explosion reached him, the wall of the building blew out in his face and threw him through the roof, over a two story building. He flew over 300 feet (over the length of a football field), landing hard on the back of his head and shoulders on a concrete parking lot. The force of his blast blew his legs over his torso, breaking his ribs, collapsing his lungs and severing his spine over at his chest. This personal experience has made him a renowned safety speaker among companies that need to inspire their teams to greater safety awareness and accountability.
Former President George H. W. Bush once said of Kevin Saunders, "Each time (I encounter him), I'm more impressed with his perseverance and courage. (But) what fuels my admiration (about Kevin) is the knowledge that the most frightening moments of my life – and I was shot down twice in World War II – are not equal to what Kevin experiences on a regular basis."
World famous Uber-man Arnold Schwarzenegger concurs, saying, "You have inspired me with your positive attitude and determination, you continue to raise the bar for everyone, to show people of all ages that you can turn dreams into reality. Thank you for teaching the rest of us what it means to be a real winner in life!"
Kevin Saunders' life changed forever after that workplace accident, when everything he considered normal and sacred in life changed in fractions of a second. He was a victim of a terrible catastrophic event, his injuries were so great the medical profession considered it a miracle that he even survived. He spent an entire year in one hospital or another, most all that time in a body cast, and many days, weeks and months in the throes of depression. What he came to find out as a result of this overwhelmingly dire process that changed the course of his life, was that his personal worth was far greater than the sum of the use of his limbs; that he offered the world more than just a body.
Kevin is a seasoned speaker with over 25 years of experience, with more than 5,000 speeches under his belt to Fortune 100 companies, industry giants, universities and schools. As a motivational speaker, he takes the stage each time knowing that he can inspire the audience to greater self-confidence, to optimal performance, to better collaboration, and ultimately toward their greatest personal and professional goals. Kevin prepares for each audience, customizing his message to best address the challenges, goals and opportunities confronting those in attendance – no "canned" speeches. It's sometimes said that motivation doesn't last, but Kevin shares a compelling framework and proven strategies to equip audiences with the tools they need to take continued action toward success.
Kevin was inducted into the Hall of Fame for wheelchair athletes in November 2016 as a multiple world champion, world record holder and multiple Paralympic medalist and Paralympic record holder.
Wishing you continued success,
KEVIN'S TOPICS INCLUDE:
- Motivation & Safety Speaker
- Sales & Professional Excellence
- Peak Performance & Productivity
- Athletic Excellence & Achieving Greatness
-"Kevin Saunders can touch any audience. He's got a story no one will ever forget, and it's a true story. A story of going from unbelievable tragedy to the heights of success that most people never dream of, and he does it all with incredible amounts of courage and determination." – Anthony Robbins, Bestselling Author and Speaker
"If everyone had 2% of your motivation the world would be a better place!" - Oprah Winfrey