Our Team

 

The GDA Speakers Team is committed to providing our clients the ultimate speaker experience. Beginning with informative, creative agents to assist with speaker selection, we follow your event every step of the way.

Once you book a speaker, our logistics experts ensure a detailed travel and event itinerary is formulated and adhered to. Down to the accounting and post-event follow up, we want to be your trusted partner. No call or request is too small and we will always be committed to quickly responding to your needs.

 

Our Mission

GDA Speakers provides value by recommending world-class speakers for events while employing keen attention to detail from the initial consultation to the final standing ovation. 

 

Our Vision

We picture a world where lives are improved one speech at a time.

 

Our Values

We have six core values that are the basis of how to conduct ourselves and our business.

 

  • Integrity: We strive to be an ethical partner in all relationships.
  • Collaboration: We recognize that to provide maximum value we must first listen and understand your objectives.
  • Innovation: We believe in disruption and have invested in a state of the art system to give you every tool needed to manage all speaker related activities.
  • Passion: We have a zeal and drive for getting the right message in front of your audience.
  • Responsiveness: We operate with a sense of urgency. As a service business, we respond on your timeline.
  • Quality: We are committed to accuracy and quality of information.

Gail Davis - Founder & President

As Founder and President of one of the country’s premier speakers bureaus, Gail Davis makes CEOs, authors, educators, inventors, gurus and inspirational luminaries shine. She helms her namesake bureau, which began as Gail Davis & Associates, and has created a company known for its focus on the client.

Read more: Gail Davis - Founder & President

Julie O'Keefe - Senior Vice President

Julie O'Keefe is Senior Vice President of GDA Speakers. In her role as Senior Vice President, Julie is the company’s leading sales agent and provides insight into all company functions, from operations to speaker relations. Her customer-centric approach and deep speaker relationships are hallmarks of the leadership she brings to the company.

Read more: Julie O'Keefe - Senior Vice President

Kathryn McCoy - Sales Associate / Bureau Liason

Kathryn McCoy is a Sales Associate at GDA Speakers. Kathryn graduated from Southwestern University with a Communications major and Business minor. Raised in a family of business owners, Kathryn has been exposed to all aspects of a successful business, resulting in experience in sales, marketing, and communicating with clients from a very young age. She also worked in account management, marketing and sales positions during and out of college. Her strong background in marketing, managing, and planning, coupled with her keen attention to detail are all valuable qualities that she brings to the GDA team.

​Brooke Farmer - Sales Associate

Brooke Farmer is a Sales Associate at GDA Speakers. Brooke graduated from Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, then began her marketing and sales career in Dallas, Texas.​ Her drive, attention to detail, and ability to maintain positive relationships with clients is what makes her ​a valuable asset to the GDA team.

Kelley Copeland - Sales Associate

Kelley Copeland is a Sales Associate with GDA Speakers.  Kelley brings over 20 years of experience in B2B sales and management from the corporate world.  Her years of experience in building relationships and customizing programs to the needs of the client give her the advantage in bringing value that builds strong, longstanding partnerships. Her goal is to give the client a positive, professional experience from start to finish! 

Drusilla Blakey - Accounting and Office Manager

Drusilla Blakey is the Accounting and Office Manager for GDA Speakers.  Drusilla graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked in the public accounting industry for over 14 years. Additionally, she worked for 6 years as an International Meeting Planner, and is thrilled to bring that knowledge and experience to the GDA team. Although the saying may be old, Drusilla believes that 'service with a smile' never goes out of style.

Dana Swann - Events Manager

Dana Swann is the Events Manager at GDA Speakers. Dana graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, and then began her career in public relations and communications in Dallas, Texas.​ Her extensive experience in event coordination across multiple industries; patience and professionalism; and attention to detail all make her ​a valuable asset to the GDA team.

Zach Jones - Operations and Marketing Associate

Zach Jones is an Operations and Marketing Associate at GDA Speakers. As well as being the point of contact for speaker relations, Zach assists with the daily functions at GDA including marketing efforts, database optimization, and company operations. Zach is graduated in May, 2018 with a Bachelor's in Accounting from Southern Methodist University. 

Adrienne Metzig - Executive Assistant

Adrienne Metzig is the Executive Assistant to Gail Davis as well as an Event Manager for GDA Speakers.  Adrienne has a broad set of skills and experience that make her a versatile addition to the team.  Having assisted many high level executives along with managing large events and projects for her own business, Adrienne enjoys tending to the details that help create an experience of lasting impact for others.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Texas Tech University and her Master's Degree from Abilene Christian University.  Adrienne is active in her community, lives in Denver and represents GDA while enjoying the mountain life of Colorado. 

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