Speakers Bureau

Leadership Monroe County provides a resource to our Florida Keys community by keeping an up-to-date list of distinguished speakers from our alumni who speak free of charge on a variety of topics.  If your organization is seeking a qualified speaker in a variety of topics relevant to the Florida Keys, contact Michael Shields, LMC Program Coordinator at info@leadershipmonroecounty.org. 

 

NAME: Roman Gastesi

TITLE: County Administrator, Monroe County

TOPIC: Government

LMC CLASS: XVIII

PRESENTATION: State of the County, or can be customized to particular group and/or topic

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:

CONTACT INFO: direct 305-292-4442; or Aide to County Administrator Connie Cyr, 305-292-4443

 

NAME: Ron Saunders

TITLE: Former Florida State Representative

TOPIC: Government

LMC CLASS: XVI

PRESENTATION: State Government

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 5-10 minutes

CONTACT INFO: (305) 853-1947, ron.saunders@myfloridahouse.gov

 

NAME:  Keith Bland

TITLE(S):  Artist (Oil Paintings, Photography); Board of Directors, Leadership Monroe County; Advisory Board Member, Florida Keys Council of the Arts;

TOPIC: Arts

LMC CLASS:  XVIII

PRESENTATION TITLE:  SACRED SPACE dawn dusk; a photographic slide presentation of a complete one-year cycle of Florida Keys’ morning and evening twilight skies, with emphasis on reuniting each of us with the power and beauty of the sublime found in our environment.

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:  20-30 minutes

CONTACT INFO:  305-304-6335; keithbland@me.com

 

NAME: Kerry G. Shelby

TITLE: Vice Chairman, The Studios of Key West

TOPIC: Arts

LMC CLASS: XVI

PRESENTATION: The Studio's of Key West's Role in the Key West Arts Culture

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 30 minutes

CONTACT INFO: kshelby@kwkitchen.com

 

NAME: Michael Shields

TITLE: Program Coordinator, Leadership Monroe County; Chair, Key West Art in Public Places Board; Florida Keys Council of the Arts Advisory Board; Chair, Monroe County Library Advisory Board; CEO, Java Studios – Media & Community Development

TOPIC: Arts

LMC CLASS: XVI

PRESENTATION: The Arts and Community Development

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 15 minutes to an entire day session, based on setting, scale, and organization

CONTACT INFO: 305-394-3804; javastudios@gmail.com

 

NAME: Cheryl Roll 

WORK OR BOARD TITLE: Director of Sales

Topic: Business and Motivational

LMC CLASS: V

PRESENTATION: Motivational, sales, marketing, leadership

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 7-45 minutes

CONTACT INFO: Cheryl Roll, 8260 Aviation Blvd., Marathon, FL 33050, Mobile 305-731-0135, CherRoll@BellSouth.net.

 

NAME: Daniel Samess

TITLE: Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce; Vice-Chair, FL Keys Economic Development Council; Vice-Chair, Fishermen’s Hospital Board of Trustees.

TOPIC: Business and Motivational

LMC CLASS: XVII

PRESENTATION: Business Management (anything related to running the Chamber of Commerce); Performance Management (effectively managing employees, influencing employee performance, quality of work, satisfaction, team building/cohesion, cust. Service, etc.); Sports & Performance Psychology

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: as needed 15 minutes – 2 hours

CONTACT INFO: 305-289-5848; ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

 

NAME: Mary Schmidt

TITLE: Commissioner Key Colony Beach; extensive background in advertising & sales

TOPIC: Business and Motivational

LMC CLASS: XVIII

PRESENTATION: “Nothing Happens ‘til Someone Sells Something” (Negotiations and Sales – Everything has to be sold)

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:

CONTACT INFO: 305-743-5443

 

NAME:  Sarah A. Cizmas; MBA, AAMS 

TITLE:  Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

TOPIC: Business and Motivational

LMC CLASS:  XIX

PRESENTATIONS:  Foundations of Investing, Rules of the Road, Protecting What's Important-Insurance, Paying for Education, Annuities and Your Retirement, Family Matters with Long Term Care, Making Sense of Retirement, Put Your Retirement to Work, Roll It, Leave It, Move It: Know Your Retirement Plan Options, Roth IRA's: Retirement Can Be Less Taxing, Smart Choices in Retirement, Defining Your Legacy: Estate Considerations, A Woman's Guide to Money Matters, The Entrepreneurial Equation, Finding Balance in Your Budget, How to Raise a Money Smart Child, Take Stock in the Market, Tax-Free Investing: It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep. 

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:  All seminars run 30 minutes to 1 hour and can be customized upon request.

CONTACT INFO: sarah.cizmas@edwardjones.com; 305-743-6121

 

NAME: Cale Smith

TITLE: Managing Partner, Islamorada Investment Management

TOPIC: Business and Motivational

LMC CLASS: XVIII

PRESENTATION: Value Investing 101 – Learning How to Invest in Stocks for the Long-Term Using the Principles of Warren Buffett

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 30 minutes to 1 hour

CONTACT INFO: 305-522-1333; csmith@islainvest.com; www.islainvest.com; blog: www.caleinthekeys.com

 

NAME: Phyllis May

TITLE: Before retiring, 34 years in education…last as a Supt of Schools in north Florida. Since retiring, presenter for a national seminar company; former President of the Florida Speakers Association and member of National Speakers Association; Highest Recognition Award , “Distinguished Toastmaster”, Toastmasters International; Elderhostel and Cruise Ship Speaker; Author, and known as “The Fiery Retiree”™. (www.refiredretired.com) Locally, concierge at large resort, front desk at B &B, gift shop, copy editor and small event planner. Member and President of several local non-profit boards.

TOPIC: Diversity; Educational, Personal Wellness, Team Building

LMC CLASS: VIII

PRESENTATION:

  • Carrying your baggage on the cruise ship of life…and hopefully throwing it over
  • How to create effective presentations  
  • How to create ‘knock your socks off’ Power Point presentation
  • Which Direction is your deck chair facing? (Pre-retirement)
  • Listen Up! (Listening Skills)
  • Adding Personal Accountability to Customer Service…and Life!
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Netiquette and Celliquette with a Little Voice Mail Thrown In (etiquette for all 3)
  • When did we all quit holding hands? (Teamwork)

 

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: 30-60 minutes, including Q & A.

CONTACT INFO: Phyllis May; 305-295-7501; pmaykeys@bellsouth.net

 

NAME: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Feeser 

TITLE: Manager, BHSF Community Health Ministries in the Upper Keys

TOPIC: Personal Wellness

LMC CLASS: XIX

PRESENTATION: Religion/Spirituality in the Keys and otherwise, Domestic Violence Prevention for Leadership, Wellness and Spirituality/Religion, Music, Community Networking (Secular and Sacred) for the Health of all.

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: determined by whomever I’m speaking for

CONTACT INFO: pamf@baptisthealth.net; 305.852.1612