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Dave Pelzer          

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

As a child, Dave Pelzer 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.

Pelzer has dealt with numerous personal struggles and including surviving domestic violence and living in the foster care system. 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.

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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