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Gary Kunath  

CEO of the Summit Group, Author & Workplace Happiness Speaker

Gary M. Kunath is the founder and former CEO of the Summit Group. He grew it to a global enterprise and was ranked as one of the top sales training companies in the world in the field of value creation by Selling Power magazine. Recognized as a thought leader in the area of creating business value, he was named Businessman of the Year for the United States and was formally recognized for this achievement at a dinner hosted by the President of the United States.

He has lectured in the Executive Education and MBA Programs of Duke University, University of Miami (Ohio), Emory University, Cornell University, Arizona State University, University of Georgia and the Citadel. He was a faculty member in the executive leadership programs of MARRIOTT, Lockheed, P&G, AT&T, and 3M. He is an equity partner in Bite Tech; exclusive makers of the Under Armours’ high performance mouth wear and was ranked by Fast Company in the top ten most innovative companies in sports in the last 100 years, just behind ESPN.

He is part owner of multiple professional minor league baseball teams, with partners Bill Murray, Jimmy Buffet and Mike Veeck. Ranked as one of the top ten best service companies in North America, they are famous for innovation around creating fun and redefining the customer experience. Their winning formula was so admired that they were invited to become part of the ownership group of the Chicago Cubs baseball organization.

He is author of the book “Life…Don’t Miss It” which shares with people and businesses how to maximize happiness, joy and contentment in life. He leads initiatives for top companies around maximizing workforce happiness and sales enablement/engagement. His most current work centers on workforce happiness and how to achieve greatness at home and at work has been installed at top businesses to support such key people initiatives as elevating employee innovation, promoting employee/family well-being, maximizing employee engagement and to maximize the overall health and wellness of their people. He was featured in major media outlets to a circulation of over 75 million people worldwide.

Speech Topics


Sales Talk Topics

  • Mastering Life Balance

  • How To Matter More Through Creating Business Value

  • Sales Innovation

  • Executive Engagement

  • How Great Leaders Lead

What the audience learns

These talks leverage the Best Practice approach Gary created around Value Creation that was awarded “Innovative Practice of the Year” by 3M and was acknowledged as a key factor in companies such as Ritz Carlton, Cisco Systems, MARRIOTT, HP, Xerox and 3M winning best sales practice of the year awards from the Strategic Accounts Management Association.

  • What the top sales people do better than others

  • Sales skills your competition is investing in to beat you

  • How to drive higher orders of value to your customers to increase margin and share

  • How to anticipate customer needs and bring them your best ideas and concepts before they know they need them

  • How to leverage organizational value into the offer

  • How to gain competitive immunity

  • How to elevate your level of business acumen

  • How to gain executive access and build relationships higher, wider & deeper

Book Talk Topics

  • Leading From Within: How To inspire greatness in yourself and in those you lead

  • Mastering Life Balance….Achieving Greatness at home and at work This talk is based on the book written by Gary Kunath entitled, Life....Don't Miss It. It shares with people how apply the life concepts Gary has learned and written about in his book directly to their own lives and to the lives of those they may lead and bring humanity back to the workplace.

  • How to dramatically maximize the joy and contentment in your life

  • The “Ten Points of Life” on how to achieve a high life worth and reconnect to what truly matters and how to apply them to your own life.

  • Threes greatest gifts to give your family

  • What factors drive high life worth, happiness and how to reduce the stress of life itself

  • Leaders learn how to increase the innovation, emotional loyalty and natural productivity of their people by positively impacting their lives “outside” the walls of the company.

  • How great leaders inspire action and greatness in their people at home and on the job.

  • The secrets to balancing work and home life

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