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Mike Abrashoff Featured Former US Navy Commander of USS Benfold, Author, Leadership Consultant

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“Everyone loved Mike. He got a standing ovation. First time I've seen a keynote receive one in my history with ADESA.”

ADESA (Automotive Dealer Exchange Services of America)

“… we really enjoyed your insights and perspectives on leadership. The principles and priorities you honed while commanding the USS Benfold resonated among all of us. Your commitment to the frontline has tremendous application to our business and lives ... and I greatly appreciate your sharing the experiences and enthusiastic passion that work so well.”

CEO, Aramark

“Your talk was inspiring to our sellers and your message clearly resonated with the group. The feedback from the meeting was overwhelmingly positive and we couldn’t have done it without your involvement and enthusiasm.”

Chief Growth Officer, Aramark

“We have asked Mike Abrashoff to speak to our team twice now and he is in high demand for a third appearance. His message and coaching around leadership is perfect for every level of management in our organization ranging from the General Managers of our stores right up to our CEO.”

Chief Operating Officer, FIVE GUYS

“In the close to four years I have been here Mike's presentation was widely recognized as the best by far. He spoke for 75 minutes …no notes… no overheads…. No podium…right out front. His Q/A was outstanding… our managers appreciated that we brought in someone that good. He does not try to impress people with any gimmicks or trendy expressions. I will call on him again and trust him with our most valuable asset…our people.”

Chief Operation Officer, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

“It was a pleasure working with you – and it's always the best news when our audience responds so well to a speaker. Your average score over 9 meetings was 4.9 out of 5.0 – wow!”


“You set the tone for the meeting and hit a home run with our group! The feedback was extremely positive. I had my meeting today at 17:30 and it took us 1 minute to report a job very well done! Thank you very much for starting the program on such a great note and providing the momentum for another very successful conference! It made my job as director for this conference a pleasure over these two days!”

Conference Director, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers

“The excitement you generated was overwhelming. All during your presentation, my chat was lighting up with how great it was and different people posting their different takeaways.”

EVP & GM, Upland Software

“Your message to the team was spot on! I received a lot of feedback from the team and universally they felt your message helped them think about leadership differently and help put them even more firmly in the Ownership Mentality. I thought you nailed it and helped 1) land the message of Own It 2) help them focus on their Leadership and 3) Help them think about managing through change. I am so glad that you were our speaker and I think it helped us at this critical point in time.”

Executive Vice President, Retail | Office Depot, Inc.

“We received great feedback on your presentation from the attendees at our convention - both franchisees and members of our Board of Directors. Several franchisees told me afterwards that they found your talk authentic and down to earth - which fit nicely with our broader message. Many also told me they related to your story because they have been handed a bad situation at some point in their careers and had to overcome it. You clearly connected with them! Thanks for making our convention a success.”

Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, Choice Hotels

“HOME RUN!!! Mike Abrashoff was a bases loaded home run! I believe he is the best that we have ever had. Wow!!!!! Wonderful feedback from the members. All future speakers will be judged against a very high bar that he set!!”

First Financial Resources

“Mike was everything we had hoped for when we booked him. He had instant credibility with our attendees due to his background and accomplishments. He did a great job of relating how the leadership skills he honed in the Navy translate to leadership in the business world. He does it all through a very laid-back style of speaking that is authoritative without being didactic.”

President, Pet Industry Distributors Association

“Mike, you hit it out of the park, as I knew you would. Your message was on point and was exactly what I was looking for. It emphasized some of the things we were already working on and provided a good foundation for us to build on.”

President/CEO, Empire Caterpillar Southwest

“He knocked it out of the park. He was so good and on point that it almost looked like we wrote his script. The group loved him and the parallels to managing a ship and mill are remarkable.”

Public Relations and Communications, International Paper

“Mike was super! He was a great storyteller, funny, and tied the message to our business throughout. It was so relevant to exactly what our org needs right now--leadership at the GM level-- and I have received nothing but rave reviews. In fact, several of our vendor suppliers and audience members from other companies have asked me for info about Mike to possibly speak for their organizations. It was awesome!”

SVP Marketing/Creative Director, Houlihans