Testimonials

Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines
Author of “The Winds of Turbulence”

“Stephen Hopson’s presentation skills are amazing. Although he has never heard a sound in his life, he articulates clearly and with warmth his unparalleled accomplishments in overcoming adversity, and becoming the world’s first deaf instrument rated pilot.”

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Mark Sanborn
Best-selling author of “The Fred Factor”

“You did a terrific job speaking to the aviators – I really enjoyed. You are an inspiration and your future audiences will benefit.”

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Ray Hexamer, CEO
First Communications

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Cathy Dial
Frito-Lay Corporation

"I loved how you shared what is like to live day-to-day without hearing and how you overcame the challenge through your determination!! The personal stories were great - the hotel story was hysterical! I liked how you stepped off the stage and got closer to the audience with your message. Overall, it was just great and perfect for the conclusion for our EnAble celebration."


Lori Knox
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

"Stephen is a riveting speaker! I found myself very much drawn to him. The stories that he told of his life from being a toddler to being on Wall Street were very captivating. Stephen is a man that is very compassionate to let others see that what may have materialized in our lives is by fate. I learned that lif e is not all by chance but fate, and we can embark on an amazing journey, like Stephen has if we have the desire to do so. I am anxious to start reading his book Obstacle Illusions so that I may here more of his life and what has made him the engaging speaker he is."


Gina Cuffari, MA, VP/Director
University of Phoenix, Ohio Campuses

"Your presentation was exactly what we needed... The feedback afterward was exceptional. I am so glad that I followed my instincts when I happened across your website. We have faculty meetings yearly and plan to contact you for another event sometime in the future, if you are interested. I really liked the way you tied our mission and goals into your message. It made a real impact on our staff."


Howard Putnam, Speaker, Author
Former CEO Southwest Airlines

"I met Stephen in 1996 at the National Speakers Assn. in Orlando. He had a dream to be a pilot, even though he was born deaf. He pursued his dream and nearly ten years later he became the world's first instrument rated deaf pilot. An amazing accomplishment! I asked him to speak at the SpeakingEagles session of the National Speakers Association. Stephen did a fabulous job in front of professional speakers who have aviation in their blood and backgrounds. I highly recommend Stephen as a speaker. His message to overcome adversity and achieve his goal against all odds is very motivational as well."


Michael Werner
CEO InfoSource

"As the CEO at InfoSource Learning, I invited Stephen to share his background and how he overcomes problems and issues so that he can be a more productive person. As a former stockbroker, he went from $16,000 to over $300,000 plus in four years on Wall Street and I wanted him to speak to our 35 or so sales and marketing employees. The guy just flat out blew me away! He’s funny, poignant, and meaningful . . . and he’s lived it . . . the accepting-yourself and overcoming-adversity part. If you’re involved with an organization that might need a keynote speaker, I simply cannot recommend Stephen enough."


Kathryn Troutman, President
The Resume Place, Inc.

"I saw Stephen speak in Washington, DC at a Federal Employee conference at George Washington University. People were totally engaged and hooked on his story of being the first hearing-impaired (deaf) pilot and how he was a stockbroker in NYC. At the end, at least 20 people flocked to the front to talk to him, very excited about his story and concepts. They were thrilled with history and his energy and enthusiasm for success and challenge."


Sandra Reid
Ohio Administrative Professionals

"Stephen presented at the local Administrative Professionals Day luncheon. He was easy and accommodating to work with in the pre-event phase. I enjoyed meeting him at the luncheon. Both during lunch and during his presentation he gave all attendees a great deal to think about. His presentation topic was certainly an inspiration!"


Marcus J. Boyle, Deputy Director for Human Development
National Imagery and Mapping Agency

"I thank you for the inspiring remarks as keynote speaker. Your message was relevant to our workforce given the recent changes that the agency has undergone. Your remarks were timely and important."

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