National Speakers

Meet the National Speakers Association, Michigan Author’s

Author Bios for The Better Bottom Line  (Alphabetical Order)

Robert Bradford has significant experience in strategic planning, management, and business consulting. Co-author of "Simplified Strategic Planning" and "The Simplified Strategic Planning Manual" and CEO of the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, Robert brings keen executive insights to life with incredible energy and real-world experience.
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning
2219 Packard Road, Suite 13
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Phone: 734.665.2971

Laurie Brown With more than eighteen years of experience as a trainer/consultant, Laurie has earned a reputation as a highly engaging and effective professional who gets results for her clients. She has provided training on sales skills, branding, diversity and presentation skills. Laurie’s work has taken her across the United States and abroad to places such as Thailand, Japan and Panama, working with culturally diverse audiences at all corporate levels. Her excellent communication skills and supportive approach to learners have earned her the highest evaluations from trainees and clients alike.
The Difference
541 W. Oakridge
Ferndale, MI 48220
Voice: 248 761 7510
Toll Free:  1 877.999.DIFF
Fax: 248 545 7528

Leonard F. Charla is President of Countinghouse Press, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is an author, publisher, and attorney. Len has written and lectured widely on legal challenges facing artists, writers, and other artistic creators, and on self-publishing options available to authors and professionals. Len’s other passion is cooking, and he is author of Never Cooked Before/Gotta Cook Now! and of the forthcoming How Many Italian Grandmothers Does It Take? Each is a cookbook for beginning cooks. His company publishes several titles by other authors.
Leonard F. Charla, President
Countinghouse Press, Inc.
6632 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.
Phone: 248.642.7191.
Fax: 248.642.7192.
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Shawne Duperon This international media dynamo produces and hosts television programming around the world. After ten years in news at ABC and NBC, Shawne Duperon started her own company, ShawneTV. Today, she produces television for the likes of The Science Museum in London, Ford Motor Company, and PBS. She can be seen nationally on, Healthology, the History Channel, and Alexander Haig’s  “World Business Review.”  When she’s not producing television, Shawne trains companies to generate amazing relationships with media, teaching them how to on-goingly create free publicity. Nobody does what Shawne does!
29558 English Way, Novi, MI 48377
Phone:  248-669-1868
Home Page: 

Doug Freelandis an author, speaker, and facilitator based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Utilizing skills and techniques developed in more than 20 years in the IT and pharmaceutical industries, Mr. Freeland provides methodologies for including motivation and productivity into a company’s strategic plan. Mr. Freeland’s experience with small firms to Fortune 50 enterprises has provided a strong background in workplace opportunities, challenges, and interpersonal dynamics. He has authored hundreds of articles and manuals, presented seminars in the United States, Europe and Central America, and is the founder of Great Lakes Productivity Group, LLC. 
Doug Freeland Communications, LLC
3262 Lost Pine Way, Portage, MI  49024
Voice: 269.323.8546   
Fax: 269.323.8959

Michael Scott Karpovich Certified Speaking Professional. A contributing author to five books, in 2002 Michael represented the United States at the first International Sales Symposium in Adelaide, Australia, where he presented his program titled “Contagious Leadership.” Described as “half Robin Williams and half Mister Rogers,” Michael was diagnosed with “brain damage” at age four, called a “nerd” by his peers, beaten up by bullies, and is severely dyslexic! Michael has discovered strength comes from challenges, or as he puts it . . . “Yuk makes you stronger!”
A successful Certified Speaking Professional, Michael presents to over 300,000 individuals annually in corporations, associations, schools and human service organizations. Incorporating personal stories with humor and priceless information, he is asked back again and again to speak on leadership, wellness, avoiding burnout, mental health, and violence prevention! (Not bad for a brain-damaged Nerd!)
The Meeting Partner
Michael Scott Karpovich, Certified Speaking Professional
220 N. Almer Street
Post Office Box 772
Caro, MI 48723-0272
Phone: 989.673.3036
Fax: 801.459.4696
Mobile: 989.529.5070

Geraldine Markel, Ph.D Creator of Managing Your Mind® seminars, coaching programs, and products, Geri Markel is an educational psychologist specializing in enhancing performance. Geri served as faculty and staff at the University of Michigan School of Education, Reading and Learning Center; and at U. of M. School of Dentistry. As seminar leader of the Instructional Design Workshop at the Executive Education Center, School of Business, she helped corporations around the world create cost-effective training programs and appraisal systems. Geri is co-author of several books applying behavioral research to performance, and serves as a performance coach and speaker in business, industry, healthcare and educational institutions. Her client list includes Pfizer, Ford Motor Company, Domino’s Pizza, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Michigan State University School of Osteopathy, General Television Network, AT&T, Hills Pet Nutrition, McAuley Health System, and Liberty Mutual, among others.
Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.
Managing Your Mind
Coaching and Seminars
3975 Waldenwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone and Fax: (734) 761-6498

Donna Marie is president of Donna Marie Consulting. she has over 20 years experience in Corporate America with a variety of expertise.  She helps others to communicate realistically with a purposeful intent.  Donna creates a learning forum that teaches people how to Adjust to change, to Let go, and to transform perceptions and assumptions.  She lives in Northville, Mich., with her husband Greg.  Donna has two sons and one stepson.  She loves family, friends, golfing, reading, traveling, fun, work and life.
Phone: 734-420-2935

Richard Paul is an award winning speaker, ventriloquist and founder of  Duck Sense Educational Programs. Over the past twenty years he has spoken to more than 600,000 business professionals, students and educators throughout the United States and Japan. He mixes humor with substance. Richard’s topics include Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Team Building and Positive Employee/Customer Relations. His clients claim that his presentations are the "highlight of the conference" and that "he transforms a tedious subject into a fun learning experience." His new audio book “Duck Sense” is an exhilarating, entertaining, character building, stress reduction program that unlocks the secrets of how to conquer fear, and work through conflict and change.
Phone: 800-579-8051
Email: or
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Marilyn Suttle When it comes to work/life balance, there's nothing subtle about Marilyn Suttle. This communication pro and columnist has been impacting audiences for more than a decade. Marilyn gets to the heart of the matter, teaching people to jumpstart their communication skills with colleagues, staff and even their children! Marilyn speaks to organizations providing a cutting-edge approach that improves relationships in every arena of your life.
Marilyn Suttle
Suttle Enterprises LLC
Personal & Professional Growth Seminars
(248) 348-1023

John Tenzaworks with business and sales professionals who want to improve performance and achieve outstanding results. John's customized presentations are packed with high content communication skills and dynamic sales strategies that land his message in a meaningful way. Participants agree, "John is unique, caring, compelling and entertaining! He knows how to cause people to take action."
John Tenza is a 20 year veteran sales trainer, professional speaker and performance coach. He is a past chairman of the National Speakers Association's Sales Professional Experts Group, past president of the National Speakers Association's Michigan chapter and an industry celebrated Question-Master on how to use better questions to be your best in business and in life.
John Tenza, President
Question Masters, Inc. "Helping you master effective communication and the thrill of high sales skills."
Phone: (734) 994-8400
Fax: (734) 662-5355


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