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Curtis Zimmerman Group works with clients to develop and create success strategies for their organization. Current and past clients are national universities, corporations, associations and nonprofits.

"We are living the dream here! It has been a year since Curtis spoke and his message still resonates with the team and the company. The morale and culture has been extremely positive and we are highly motivated and able to face challenges together based on the tools and tactics Curtis laid out for us."

Keith Kamalich, Vice President of Sales, Tura Eyewear

"Having attended many events and hosted dozens myself, Curtis is one of a few exceptional speakers that I would recommend to anyone. His message is one that reaches all and challenges us all on a personal and professional level to identify our goals and make the corrections necessary to attain those goals."

Matt Lauck, Director, Retail Solutions, Emerson Client Technologies

Success Stories

Bacardi

 

During his full-day retreat with Bacardi U.S.A’s marketing department, Curtis effectively dissolved silos, opened communication, and brought the passion back to Bacardi. Juan Rovira, Bacardi’s CMO, said, “Curtis’ passionate and provocative approach created an environment which increased collaboration and creativity among our different brand groups. His clever exercises broke down silos and effectively highlighted the benefits of trust and collaboration. After two days with Curtis, our Bacardi Marketing department team members left feeling inspired and empowered in their leadership positions…and ready to Live the Dream at Bacardi.”


Universal Studios

When Universal Studios Orlando’s Senior Director began his search for a keynote speaker for their upcoming YoUninversal conference, one of his team members recommended Curtis, remembering having seen Curtis speak two years prior at their child’s Florida State University Orientation. Intrigued, the Director asked everyone who had a child at FSU to ask their spouses and students what they had thought of Curtis’ keynote, and he was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Curtis was invited to speak at YoUniversal, and Universal Studios EVP of Marketing and Sales, Alice Norsworthy, responded, saying, ” A great big THANK YOU for an awesome close to our conference!   The message was timely, relevant and really inspired the team.   You may not have realized it, but you received a standing ovation – and that’s a tough crowd.”


 

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Swiss Army experienced a cultural transformation after Curtis’ full-day retreat reinforcing their theme: Passion Inspired Leadership. After inspiring Swiss Army’s leaders, Curtis was asked to facilitate an executive leadership and management program, during which he guided Swiss Army’s finest to improve their employee relations and company morale.


 

Jones Lang LaSalle is the world’s leading real estate services and money management firm. Curtis opened the Retail Manager’s Annual Conference with his keynote, Living Life at Performance Level™ for shopping center managers, marketing managers, and salespeople. Due to Curtis’ success in transforming his audience during his keynote, Curtis was booked to deliver an all-day leadership seminar tailored to General Managers from across the nation. At this seminar, Curtis’ program was rated in the top percentile.


 

After seeing how Curtis inspires his audience during his keynote address, the leaders of Clayton Homes were eager for Curtis to share his powerful message at Clayton Homes events across the country. They invited him to embark on an eight state tour to give over 10 keynote addresses during their Spring Fever Sales Rally. This valuable collaboration culminated at their national headquarters, at which Curtis addressed more than 2500 executives and employees. Like many other companies, Clayton Homes has embraced Living Life at Performance Level™ by providing every employee with the opportunity to experience Curtis’ strategies and hands-on learning tools.


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For ten straight years, Curtis inspired the incoming freshmen and their parents at Florida State University, speaking to a total of over 100,000 students and parents. Patrick Heaton, the Director of New Student and Family Programs, said, “Your energy and message re-energizes our staff and holds us accountable for the important role we play in helping students maximize their potential. Our orientation program would be good without your involvement, but I know it is truly AMAZING because you are our partner in that process.” Countless students and parents have emailed Curtis over the years, describing the impact he had on their lives, including Candy Miles-Crocket, who emailed Curtis two years after seeing him speak at her child’s orientation, writing, “Your interaction with the audience was so on point and you made us question our self-talk, our goals and our determination. I came back from that wonderful experience and shared it with my office. You have an incredible gift and I will never forget what you taught me.”


 

During a two-day summit, Curtis’ opening keynote in Puerto Rico for over 80 retail owners was rated as the highest of any program. Stressing the importance of sharing best practices between owners and operators, Curtis used his experiential and innovative learning methods to show them that their organization could continue to grow on its own while networking with others. Curtis used his gifts as a facilitator to break down silos and to increase and improve communication across departments.


 

A world leader in metal cutting and manufacturing technology, the company experienced over 30 percent growth after Curtis customized a program incorporating leadership, team-building and sales cooperation. After witnessing this incredible transformation, Makino leaders invited Curtis back for three consecutive years to share his insights and to inspire the Makino team.


 

After hearing Curtis at one of over 50 keynote addresses at Florida State University, a board member from the Retail Advertising Association saw that Curtis was the perfect speaker to set the tone for the upcoming Retail Advertising Conference with over 2000 attendees from the nation’s largest retailers. That board member was right: Curtis was rated in the top one percent and he was named as the highest scoring presentation at the conference. Curtis has since been invited to speak at two other RAC events.


 

Curtis’ first address to their sales and executive teams was received with such a positive response that he was invited to keynote at the National Merchandisers Seminar. At this event, Curtis customized his Living Life at Performance Level keynote to create a three-hour high-impact experiential training event.


 

Following Curtis’ presentation for the top executives at Tropical Shipping in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Hotel Association invited him to speak at their annual convention as the sponsored guest speaker. Inspired audience members at the Caribbean Hotel Association convention then ask Curtis to share his powerful keynote with other exotic lands in the southern hemisphere, including Anguilla in the Caribbean and then back to Puerto Rico for their Hotel and Tourism Association’s Convention.


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After eight years of speaking on the campus of Savannah College of Art and Design as the New Student Orientation speaker and in collaboration with the Architecture Department, Curtis was invited to facilitate the 2013 Academic Leadership Retreat. Paula Wallace, President and Founder of  the Savannah College of Art and Design, said, “With passion, wit, and wisdom, you engaged our retreat participants in dynamic group sessions – and by sharing your own story, you underscored an indelible message of positivity and purpose. What a brilliant start to SCAD’s 35thyear!”


 

Curtis tailored his keynote to DCH’s needs when he unveiled the new slogan and brand image, “The DCH Way.” After presenting four similar keynote addresses across the nation, Curtis was ranked as “excellent” for each performance. The general managers and sales leaders benefitted from the combination of their branding and Curtis’ memorable message, discovering their own success strategies through Living Life at Performance Level™.


 

Curtis opened the annual advertising marketing conference with his high-energy keynote, igniting  food-industry key executives and managers  with energy and interest in the conference ahead. With the impact of this event in mind, the same organization invited Curtis back a few months later to share his keynote and to close their Human Resources and Training Conference on a high note.


 

With years of entertainment experience and a knowledge of amusement park culture in his wheelhouse, Curtis’ message made the perfect keynote at a Leadership Training Forum for the global leaders from Disney parks all over the world. Curtis’ program was so well received that he was recently invited back to share his message with the creative services team in Orlando.


 

The Vice Wing Commander at Shaw AFB invited Curtis to share his keynote encouraging Airmen to Live Life at Performance Level during their Wingman Day event. After witnessing how Curtis masterfully adapted his message to a military audience, Curtis was invited to give five more appearances, impacting over 20,000 Airmen with his message.

 


Success Stories

Bacardi

 

During his full-day retreat with Bacardi U.S.A’s marketing department, Curtis effectively dissolved silos, opened communication, and brought the passion back to Bacardi. Juan Rovira, Bacardi’s CMO, said, “Curtis’ passionate and provocative approach created an environment which increased collaboration and creativity among our different brand groups. His clever exercises broke down silos and effectively highlighted the benefits of trust and collaboration. After two days with Curtis, our Bacardi Marketing department team members left feeling inspired and empowered in their leadership positions…and ready to Live the Dream at Bacardi.”


Universal Studios

When Universal Studios Orlando’s Senior Director began his search for a keynote speaker for their upcoming YoUninversal conference, one of his team members recommend Curtis, remembering having seen Curtis speak two years prior at their child’s Florida State University Orientation. Intrigued, the Director asked everyone who had a child at FSU to ask their spouses and students what they had thought of Curtis’ keynote, and he was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Curtis was invited to speak at YoUniversal, and Universal Studios EVP of Marketing and Sales, Alice Norsworthy, responded, saying, ” A great big THANK YOU for an awesome close to our conference!   The message was timely, relevant and really inspired the team.   You may not have realized it, but you received a standing ovation –  and that’s a tough crowd.”


 

success_victorinox

Swiss Army experienced a cultural transformation after Curtis’ full-day retreat reinforcing their theme: Passion Inspired Leadership. After inspiring Swiss Army’s leaders, Curtis was asked to facilitate an executive leadership and management program, during which he guided Swiss Army’s finest to improve their employee relations and company morale.


 

Jones Lang LaSalle is the world’s leading real estate services and money management firm. Curtis opened the Retail Manager’s Annual Conference with his keynote, Living Life at Performance Level™ for shopping center managers, marketing managers, and salespeople. Due to Curtis’ success in transforming his audience during his keynote, Curtis was booked to deliver an all-day leadership seminar tailored to General Managers from across the nation. At this seminar, Curtis’ program was rated in the top percentile.


 

After seeing how Curtis inspires his audience during his keynote address, the leaders of Clayton Homes were eager for Curtis to share his powerful message at Clayton Homes events across the country. They invited him to embark on an eight state tour to give over 10 keynote addresses during their Spring Fever Sales Rally. This valuable collaboration culminated at their national headquarters, at which Curtis addressed more than 2500 executives and employees. Like many other companies, Clayton Homes has embraced Living Life at Performance Level™ by providing every employee with the opportunity to experience Curtis’ strategies and hands-on learning tools.


CZ-FSU

For ten straight years, Curtis inspired the incoming freshmen and their parents at Florida State University, speaking to a total of over 100,000 students and parents. Patrick Heaton, the Director of New Student and Family Programs, said, “Your energy and message re-energizes our staff and holds us accountable for the important role we play in helping students maximize their potential. Our orientation program would be good without your involvement, but I know it is truly AMAZING because you are our partner in that process.” Countless students and parents have emailed Curtis over the years, describing the impact he had on their lives, including Candy Miles-Crocket, who emailed Curtis two years after seeing him speak at her child’s orientation, writing, “Your interaction with the audience was so on point and you made us question our self-talk, our goals and our determination. I came back from that wonderful experience and shared it with my office. You have an incredible gift and I will never forget what you taught me.”


 

During a two-day summit, Curtis’ opening keynote in Puerto Rico for over 80 retail owners was rated as the highest of any program. Stressing the importance of sharing best practices between owners and operators, Curtis used his experiential and innovative learning methods to show them that their organization could continue to grow on its own while networking with others. Curtis used his gifts as a facilitator to break down silos and to increase and improve communication across departments.


 

A world leader in metal cutting and manufacturing technology, the company experienced over 30 percent growth after Curtis customized a program incorporating leadership, team-building and sales cooperation. After witnessing this incredible transformation, Makino leaders invited Curtis back for three consecutive years to share his insights and to inspire the Makino team.


 

After hearing Curtis at one of over 50 keynote addresses at Florida State University, a board member from the Retail Advertising Association saw that Curtis was the perfect speaker to set the tone for the upcoming Retail Advertising Conference with over 2000 attendees from the nation’s largest retailers. That board member was right: Curtis was rated in the top one percent and he was named as the highest scoring presentation at the conference. Curtis has since been invited to speak at two other RAC events.


 

Curtis’ first address to their sales and executive teams was received with such a positive response that he was invited to keynote at the National Merchandisers Seminar. At this event, Curtis customized his Living Life at Performance Level keynote to create a three-hour high-impact experiential training event.


 

Following Curtis’ presentation for the top executives at Tropical Shipping in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Hotel Association invited him to speak at their annual convention as the sponsored guest speaker. Inspired audience members at the Caribbean Hotel Association convention then ask Curtis to share his powerful keynote with other exotic lands in the southern hemisphere, including Anguilla in the Caribbean and then back to Puerto Rico for their Hotel and Tourism Association’s Convention.


CZ-SCAD

After eight years of speaking on the campus of Savannah College of Art and Design as the New Student Orientation speaker and in collaboration with the Architecture Department, Curtis was invited to facilitate the 2013 Academic Leadership Retreat. Paula Wallace, President and Founder of  the Savannah College of Art and Design, said, “With passion, wit, and wisdom, you engaged our retreat participants in dynamic group sessions – and by sharing your own story, you underscored an indelible message of positivity and purpose. What a brilliant start to SCAD’s 35thyear!”


 

Curtis tailored his keynote to DCH’s needs when he unveiled the new slogan and brand image, “The DCH Way.” After presenting four similar keynote addresses across the nation, Curtis was ranked as “excellent” for each performance. The general managers and sales leaders benefitted from the combination of their branding and Curtis’ memorable message, discovering their own success strategies through Living Life at Performance Level™.


 

Curtis opened the annual advertising marketing conference with his high-energy keynote, igniting  food-industry key executives and managers  with energy and interest in the conference ahead. With the impact of this event in mind, the same organization invited Curtis back a few months later to share his keynote and to close their Human Resources and Training Conference on a high note.


 

With years of entertainment experience and a knowledge of amusement park culture in his wheelhouse, Curtis’ message made the perfect keynote at a Leadership Training Forum for the global leaders from Disney parks all over the world. Curtis’ program was so well received that he was recently invited back to share his message with the creative services team in Orlando.


 

The Vice Wing Commander at Shaw AFB invited Curtis to share his keynote encouraging Airmen to Live Life at Performance Level during their Wingman Day event. After witnessing how Curtis masterfully adapted his message to a military audience, Curtis was invited to give five more appearances, impacting over 20,000 Airmen with his message.

 

 

 

 

"We are living the dream here! It has been a year since Curtis spoke and his message still resonates with the team and the company. The morale and culture has been extremely positive and we are highly motivated and able to face challenges together based on the tools and tactics Curtis laid out for us."

Keith Kamalich, Vice President of Sales, Tura Eyewear

"Having attended many events and hosted dozens myself, Curtis is one of a few exceptional speakers that I would recommend to anyone. His message is one that reaches all and challenges us all on a personal and professional level to identify our goals and make the corrections necessary to attain those goals."

Matt Lauck, Director, Retail Solutions, Emerson Client Technologies