This year’s Keynote Speaker is Harold Lloyd, with a special guest appearance by George Foster, former player of the Cincinnati Reds.
Harold Lloyd was the President and C.E.O. of a 14-unit retail organization for 10 years. The company consisted of 10 convenience stores with gasoline, two combo supermarket/discount stores, one conventional supermarket, and one deep discount health and beauty aid supermarket. His team of 1000 associates were market leaders. They were innovative and dedicated to superior customer relations.
MENTOR & AUTHOR
For more than two decades Harold has worked very closely with small and large businesses to provide a “powerful push in the right direction!” His mission is to provide qualified, executive level assistance to companies on a “temporary basis.” To further assist his clients, Harold authored the books “It’s About Time,” which focuses on time management and was published by Cornell University. Harold’s most recent publication, “Am I The Leader I Need To Be?” is the first book to quantitatively assess one’s ability to lead others.
After 14 years of coaching others, Harold decided to return to the business world in a more “hands-on” capacity… partly to test the theories he has been espousing for over a decade. Harold and Deanna Lloyd became the area franchise developers for Friendly’s Restaurants in the Tidewater Virginia area. Their first store was voted Norfolk, Virginia’s #1 Casual Dining Restaurant for 3 consecutive years.
STUDENT & TEACHER
Harold completed his formal education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and went on to earn his MBA with Honors in Marketing from the University of Chicago. His appreciation for the formal education process motivated him to teach part time at two community colleges over an 8-year period. This “community service” rewarded Harold and his company with the opportunity to instruct, observe, and recruit some of his best students.
Harold’s practical, exciting ideas and dynamic presentation style have combined to earn a highly regarded reputation. Harold creates two new presentations each year which keeps his subject matter fresh. And his audiences seem to appreciate new solutions to their new problems.
Though Harold has a lot going on in his business life, his family comes before all. His wife, Dee, daughters Deanna and Randee, and son Alex are his passion. His ultimate goal in life has always been to be the best father possible. If you were to have the opportunity to meet his family you could safely say he has achieved his goal.
During the late 1970’s, George Foster was one of the most powerful sluggers of the game. In 1976, he hit 29 homers for the Big Red Machine and batted .429 in the 1976 World Series. The 1977 season was his career best. He hit 52 home runs; the most by any player in a season in the 1970’s and was named the NL MVP.
Since his baseball retirement in 1986, George instructs at baseball camps and clinics for boys and girls from age 7 to the Minor League baseball level. He was the roving Minor League hitting instructor for the Cincinnati Reds from 1997-1998.
Currently, George speaks to corporate groups and attends adult fantasy baseball camps and celebrity golf tournaments. He also hosts youth baseball camps and clinics across the United States.
San Francisco Giants 1968-1971, Cincinnati Reds 1971-1981, New York Mets 1982-1986
PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
NL Most Valuable Player – 1977
All-Star Game Most Valuable Player – 1976
348 Career Home Runs
13 Career Grand Slams
1976-78 NL RBI Leader
1977-78 Home Run Leader
11th Player to hit 50 or more Home Runs in one season
.300 or better batting average – 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
Reds RBI leader – 1976-1981
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame – 2003
George talks to your group and tailors his speech to meet your topic. He has spoken to many business and parent groups from business to supporting your children in sports. The two most popular topics in business are management and sales. The following speeches include parallels between sports and the business industry.
Building a Team (Corporate Management)
Discussion and facts about the Big Red Machine and how each player had a role in winning the 1975 and 1976 World Series.
Game On (Business Sales)
Describes George’s personal preparation for a major league baseball game and how it can translate to prepare for any selling position.
YOUTH BASEBALL CAMPS AND CLINICS
George travels around the country providing a quality baseball camp or clinic.
Baseball to you – If you have 100 kids in your area, you qualify for George Foster Baseball Clinic. George does not lend his name to a group of individuals to run the clinic. He is in attendance and works with all campers. He tailors each clinic to the ages and skills of each group. These clinics are year round, using indoor facilities for winter weather. His staff coordinates community involvement with sponsorships and prepares a Press Packet for maximum exposure.
Foster Safe Youth Network Foundation (FSYN)
Teaching children and young adults life lessons through baseball.
Foster Baseball Boot Camp – (2006-Present)
A baseball camp with lessons including US Army character traits and baseball drills. Retired US Army Staff Sergeant, Paul Brondhaver and Army Reserve volunteers teach the discipline needed to improve in baseball. FSYN scholarships inner city at-risk youth and children of soldiers deployed over seas during this war time.