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Joe Sweeney        

Entrepreneur, sports agent, author, speaker, & investment banker

Joe Sweeney is a former owner and now a strategic director at Corporate Financial Advisors, LLC, a middle-market investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, capital sourcing, exit planning, and general corporate advisory services.

Joe has had a unique and interesting career. He has successfully blended his love of business and his passion for sports to accomplish positive results for himself and for his clients. He has a wealth of hands-on business experience. Joe has owned and operated four manufacturing companies and has more than three decades of experience in the business and sports worlds. Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, he was founder and president of SMG, a sports marketing and management firm that specializes in assisting and representing dozens of coaches and pro athletes (including three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre) in securing lucrative contracts and marketing deals. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has served on 28 boards of directors over the past 30 years and is currently active on six including Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC), the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, The University of Notre Dame Graduate Alumni Board for the Mendoza College of Business, Dielectric Corporation, DMT Corporation, and Town Bank. Joe received his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he graduated with honors in Industrial Psychology and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Based on the success of his New York Times bestseller, #2 Wall Street Journal and #1 USA Today top selling business book, Networking Is a Contact Sport (BenBella Books), Joe has given hundreds of keynote addresses worldwide to a variety of businesses and top corporations such as CUNA Mutual, General Electric, Manpower Group, Marquette University men’s basketball program, Merrill Lynch, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Wild NHL team, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, RBC, Rockwell Automation, Travelers Insurance, UBS, U.S. Army at Ft. Sheridan, U.S. Navy SEALs, Wells Fargo, WI Air National Guard, and numerous universities. Joe was also the keynote speaker for the GE World Leadership Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a result of the feedback Joe received from his talks and training in the corporate world, he has written the book, Moving the Needle (Wiley) released in November, 2014 and rated on Forbes as one of The 6 Best New Career Books for 2015. Moving the Needle is a transformational guide to help individuals and businesses get clear, get free, and get going in their career, business, and life.

Additionally, Joe serves in the capacity of advisor to a number of privately held businesses nationwide, is an active private equity investor in several Midwest-based middle market companies, and serves on the faculty at The Honor Foundation in San Diego and Virginia Beach. He has used his 30+ years of business experience to become a successful businessman, master networker, and worldwide speaker and trainer.

Speech Topics

After Further Review: Turn Your Somedays Into Today

Joe Sweeney, entrepreneur, sports agent, author, and speaker shares fourteen transformational strategies that will show audiences how the power of reflection will help them discover greater meaning and purpose in their lives.

We get up, go to work, come home, watch the news, check our social media, catch a game on TV, maybe prepare for work the next day, then go to bed. And the next day? The same. Nothing wrong with same, except for that still, small voice that haunts you with this undeniable truth: you could experience so much more out of life. More energy, more influence, more impact. But how? Joe Sweeney uses his own experiences as a successful business owner and sports agent to offer a new and exciting path to a life that counts; that makes a difference. As the title reflects, and as the 100 million NFL fans readily recognize, sometimes what we think is the “right call” gets reversed. By stopping the game to take a closer look at what just happened—what initially seemed so obvious—the officials gain a new perspective that could eventually change the outcome of the game. Joe Sweeney will help individuals do the same thing: pause, reflect, review, and then make the right call which is the choice to consistently live a life of meaning and purpose. According to Sweeney, as men and women rush through the earlier years of their careers they have little time to stop and reflect on what they’re doing, where they’re going. They are so focused on the now that they are unable to see the bigger picture of their lives, their legacies, their truest loves.

Unfortunately, this pattern becomes so ingrained in most people that they never live the way they always hoped they would live.; the way they were uniquely designed to live. Their lives are fine enough and they experience various levels of success both in their careers and in their personal lives. But something’s missing, Joe will show how that missing ingredient is within reach. It’s the elusive and sometimes hidden force within that seeks a higher purpose, a greater destiny. Or as the Bob Buford, author of the best-selling book, Halftime, puts it, most people reach a point in their lives when they want significance rather than success. After Further Review takes eternal truths and makes them relevant and practical. Joe will share the same principles and strategies that gave his life more clarity. He provides tools anyone can use to experience greater meaning and purpose—to live each moment as if it really mattered.

Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life

Joe’s latest book released in 2014, Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life, is about changing human behavior. Whether you’re a business leader, manager, employee, teacher or parent, we oftentimes feel unsure of the path ahead and the steps needed to move forward in our personal and professional lives. Moving the Needle is designed to help you define your goals, focus your efforts, and give you the tools needed to create a system that will help you get clear, get free and get going. Joe will show you how put action plans into place, become accountable and ultimately, achieve your goals. If you’ve been hoping to gain much-needed traction at work and in your personal life, then Joe Sweeney will show you how to move forward.

A master networker, Joe has delivered hundreds of keynote talks to large corporations like General Electric, Wells Fargo, and Northwestern Mutual since the release of his New York Times best-selling book, Networking Is a Contact Sport in 2010. He has heard a consistent refrain from CEOs, vice presidents, businessmen and businesswomen, military personnel, and college graduates following his presentations: “Can you help move the needle at our company and improve performance on a consistent basis?” What Joe noticed was that these companies and their employees were having a hard time getting clear, getting free, and getting going in their professional as well as their personal lives. Sensing a vital need, Joe is traveling the world speaking on Moving the Needle, Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life for all those looking to work his or her way out of a rut or make key transitions in life.

Networking Is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence - or Even Land Your Next Job

When Joe Sweeney wrote his New York Times bestseller, Networking Is a Contact Sport, his goal was simple: help others benefit from all he has learned about building rewarding relationships and successful businesses. For more than 30 years, Joe has traveled the world asking questions, giving of himself, and doing his best to discover what motivates people. And now you have an opportunity to learn the simple skills Joe has perfected to grow your business, expand your influence, and take both your professional and personal success to the next level.

Joe's keynote can help lay the foundation for great leadership, business, sales, and personal development. His talk will inspire, motivate, and change the mindset of how your team looks at networking, sales/marketing, leadership, and business development. Through his workshop, Joe can provide team members with additional tools to sharpen their networking skill set, which they can start implementing immediately. Here are some of Joe can be modifiy his keynotes and workshops to meet each individual client’s program and agenda needs.

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