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Dave Pelzer        

Motivational Leader; Best-selling Author of "A Child Called 'It'," "The Lost Boy," & "A Man Named Dave"

In a word, Dave Pelzer embodies Esprit: Spirit, Humor & Wit. As a child his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 25 years, his inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions. As an adult, Pelzer’s inspirational work has encouraged countless individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions.

Pelzer has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother. Years later it was determined that Dave’s case was identified as one of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse in California’s then history.

At age 12 Pelzer was finally rescued and placed in a series of foster homes until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 18. Even with all that was against him, Dave was determined to better himself - no matter what the odds. Some of Pelzer’s distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group including: John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft and Christopher Reeves. In 1994, Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World! In 1996, he carried the coveted Centennial flame for the Olympic Games. Dave was paid tribute as the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award. Other alumni of this award include Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor and Bob Hope.

Pelzer is the author of seven inspirational books. His 2009 book, Moving Forward deals with helping people take the lead in their lives. His first book, A Child Called “It”, was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for over 6 years and his books have been on the same Best Sellers List approaching 13 years combined. As an author, Pelzer is the first to have four # 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Pelzer is a living testament of a self-made man, who as an optimist strongly exudes resilience, service to mankind, personal responsibility and faith in humanity. His unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his “Robin Williams” like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage all of us to truly commit to overcome any challenge, while living life to its fullest.

For over two decades, Pelzer has dedicated his life helping others . . . to help themselves. While many make excuses and seem pessimistic, he carries the banner in a nation where opportunities are endless in what he calls “The Greatness of America”. And through his work, you will too.

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