Richard Laible has been working with local, national and international companies, including many Fortune 500 companies, for more than 20 years.

Featured Clients



Motivational Keynote Speaker

3 Com
Abbot Labs
Anheuser Busch
Baker’s Square
Bally’s Health and Tennis
Baxter International
Burger King
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Tribune
Dryer’s Grand Ice Cream
Eddy’s Ice Cream
Fannie Mae

Fruit of the Loom
Fugi America/Japan
Harper Collins
ITT Sheraton
Kenny ConstructionKraft Foods
Lennox Heat
Leo Burnett
Malory Factor, Inc.
Miller Brewing Co.
Miss USA
Mutual of Omaha

New Horizons Home Video
Ore-Ida Brands
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Quaker Oats
Rich Foods
Ruby Tuesdays
Sara Lee
Self Magazine
Sony Inc.
Spring PCS
TV Guide
United Airlines
Unite Way
W.W. Grainger
Western Union

Corporate Emcee

  • AGCO’s Dealer Business Meeting 2018
  • IBM Mainframe Users Group (SHARE) 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Applied Client Network Leadership Summit 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • SmithBucklin’s Leaders Forum 2016 & 2017
  • AGCO’s Parts & Dealers Meeting 2017
  • Becker Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference 2016 & 2017 
  • Lincoln Financial Advisors/Resource Group 2004 thru 2017 National Meetings
  • Becker’s ASC Annual Meeting 2016 & 2017
  • Essendant’s National Sales Meeting 2016
  • Independent Oracle users Group 2016
  • ORS-Nasco Supplier Summit 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Discover Cards 2016 Presidents Plate Awards Show
  • Toyota Forklifts Sales and Marketing Meeting 2015
  • National Wallcoverings Association Meeting 2015
  • CooperVision’s Annual Sales Conference 2014 & 2015
  • Folds Honor Benefit for Fallen Soldiers Families 2012-2015
  • VeeamOn – Veeam Software’s International Availability Software Event 2014 & 2015
  • The Market Research Event 2014
  • InvisAlign’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Nat. Sales & Marketing Meetings
  • AGCO 2014 Dealer Business Meeting & Parts Expo
  • LagasseSweet 2013 & 2014 National Management Conference & Supplier Summit
  • Dow Plastics 2012 & 2014 National Sales Meeting
  • Discover Card’s Town Hall Meetings 2011, 2012 & 2015
  • International Association of Speaker’s Bureaus 2012 Conference
  • Arcadis-US 1st Annual Client Development Meeting
  • Kraft Foods NA 2011 Finance Leaders Conference
  • ShoreTel 2008, 2010 & 2011 Champions Conferences
  • InvisAlign’s 2009, 2010 & 2011 Summer Sales & Marketing Meeting
  • PepsiCo/Quaker “Go Humans Go” Kick-Off Party 2009
  • exlPharma’s 5th Pharmaceutical Meeting Planners’ Summit in 2009
  • Conde Naste-Herst-CMG 25 Year Club Dinner & Awards Banquets in 2009
  • Abbott Laboratories 2009 Immunology Pharmaceutical Products Division Awards Dinner
  • Aladdin Technology’s 2009 US Sales & Marketing Meeting
  • National Restaurant Association’s 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Gala & Awards Banquet
  • Santarus Pharmaceuticals 2008 National Sales Meeting
  • Johnsonville Sausage’s 2008 National Sales Meeting
  • Cisco IP Telecommunications Users Group 2006, 2007 & 2008 Conferences
  • Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 2007 & 2008 National Sales Meetings
  • Stratus Technology’s 1999 thru 2008 (10 straight years) Nat. Sales Meetings
  • Jefferson Pilot Financial Network’s 2007 & 2008 Elite Performers Meetings
  • Merchandise Mart Properties 2008 “Big Night” Gift Show Kick-off Party
  • Stratus Technology’s 2000 thru 2008 Corporate Kick-Off Meetings
  • Honeywell’s 2006 & 2007 Defense & Space Sales & Marketing Meetings
  • Schneider Electric/Square D’s 2006 & 2007 Leadership Forums
  • SAP’s 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2007 Global Marketing & Field Kick-off Meetings
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals 2006 & 2007 National Sales Meetings
  • Sysmex 2007 National Sales Meeting
  • Otsuka Pharmaceuticals 2007 Year-End meeting and Holiday Party
  • Hyperion Solutions 2006 Global Conference
  • Conde Naste-Herst Publications 2002 & 2006 National Sales Meetings & Awards Banquets
  • Fisher-Price’s 2000, 2001 & 2006 National Summer Sales Meetings
  • Bally Total Fitness’s 2006 & 2007 Elite Performers Awards Banquet
  • United Stationers 2005 & 2007 National Sales Meeting
  • Kellogg’s Canada 2005 Nation sales Meeting
  • The Boyd Group-Gerber Collision’s 2005 Kick-off Meeting
  • Dermik Laboratories 2004 National Sales and Marketing Meeting
  • Sara Lee’s coffee (Douwe-Egberts) 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 National Sales Conferences
  • Bio Merieux’s 2003, 2004 & 2005 National Sales Meetings
  • Conde Naste-Herst 2004 & 2005 “25 Year Club” benefit Dinner and Auction
  • HP ProCurve Networking 2003 & 2004 National Sales Meetings & Elite Partners Events
  • ConAgra Foods 2003 & 2004 RFD National Sales Meetings
  • ACE Hardware’s’ 2002 & 2003 Annual Headquarters’ Kick-off
  • Abbott Labs 2003 Depokote Sales Meeting
  • American Management Systems 2003 Annual Vice Presidents Meeting
  • Hereaus Kulzer-Jelenko’s 2003 National Sales Meeting & Awards Banquet
  • Roche Pharmaceutical’s 2003 National Sales Meeting
  • Starbucks FS 2002 National Sales Meeting
  • Fisher-Price Toys 2002 Fall Sales Meeting
  • Absolut & Jim Beam’s (Future Brands) 2002 National Sales Meeting
  • Fugi America/Japan’s 30th Anniversary Party & Building Dedication
  • ACE Hardware’s 2000 & 2001 National Sales Meetings
  • Allegiance Healthcare’s 2000 International Sales Meeting
  • Fannie Mae Mortgage’s ’99, ’00, ’01 & ‘02 National Sales Meeting and Awards
  • TV Guide’s National Sales Meeting (6 years in a row)


“Richard, congratulations on the best National Sales Marketing/Kick-off I have ever participated in- EVER. That is not hyperbole. Over the last 25-30 years I have seen it all … well done!”

Tom Prescott
President & CEO, InvisAlign

“The best meeting I’ve ever seen! We look forward to continuing to work with Richard.”

Roger Hochschild
President and COO, Discover Financial Services

“Richard Laible performed with boundless, senseless, and shameless energy.”

Wired News

“Thanks for a great job hosting our event. Your lighthearted comedic touch made the long meeting day bearable for all!”

William C. Babb
President, Lincoln Financial TRG

“You did an outstanding job! I can’t tell you how many people over the past week said it was the best event they ever attended.”

Jim Kenny
Owner, Kenny Construction Company

“Thanks once again for being a part of our kickoff event. It’s difficult to express the uplifting effect you have on all of us. You are really good at your craft. I look forward to next year’s event.”

Dave Laurello
President and CEO, Stratus Technologies

“You did an excellent super great job on both events. If you ever need any recommendations please know that I would be more than happy to tell anyone how you part the oceans and walk on water. Thanks!”

Patty Laca
Marketing Manager, Hewlett Packard

“I want to express my appreciation for your generous contribution in helping make this year’s Elite Performer’s convention a huge success. (Hand written note: Couldn’t have done it without you. You were great! Thanks for everything)”

Paul Toback
President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Bally’s Total Fitness

“Thank you again for doing such an AWESOME job at our National Sales Meeting last week. It was a blast and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with you. I have no doubt that you could make an insurance seminar provocative and entertaining.”

Mark C. Rogers
District Manager, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

“You really “get it” in terms of business meetings: you have taken the time to understand what we do (in broad terms), you are funny as hell, and you really understand the mechanics of “show business” at conferences of this type. You have rescued us from sure disaster many times thanks to your great instincts. You’ve offered great advice as to program flow and places to improve. You’ve worked expertly with the production team and crew to maximize the impact of the staging and resources we have. And best of all, you have made our audiences laugh in the midst of long, dry meetings.”

Kevin Butler
MarCom Manager, Stratus Technologies

“Thank you very much for helping to make our celebration such a tremendous success. You helped make our party extraordinarily fun and definitely memorable. Everyone is still talking about your show.”

Diane Fitzgerald
Director of Corporate Communications, Fruit of the Loom, Inc.

“Your presentation at our sales meeting was the highlight. In fact, at our debriefing meeting the EVP said he would like more of you and your kind of entertainment at next year’s meeting.”

Laurie Alire
VP Marketing Communications, Varian

“Thank you so much for your excellent performance today. It was a HUGE hit with the Allstate people, and it really made our presentation. You were great.”

Jeanie Caggiano
SVP/Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett, USA

“If you need a comedy host for a live event go with Richard Laible … funny enough to cause seizures.”

Screen Magazine

“Your performance helped to make our event a big success. Thanks for sticking it out through less than ideal conditions. You’re a true pro.”

Katrina Gamella
Northwestern University Alumni Association

“Thanks, Richard – you did a spectacular job; this was indeed our best conference ever.”

Tom Hamilton
Sr. Director WW Channel Marketing, ShoreTel, Inc.

“A professional who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to provide better service and excellent work.”

Exhibitor Magazine

“Thanks so much for a job well done at today’s meeting – you were a hit! Plus, it was a pleasure working with you – so many laughs!”

Cindy Mufarreh
EVP, Harris Bank N.A.

“We’ve gotten great responses to the show. We will be calling you again, count on it!”

Nancy K. Monahan
Senior Group Product Manager, Dermik Laboratories

“It was a pleasure working with you at UNIX Expo. Thank you for an A+ job! I almost believed that you were an IBM’er except that you have a great sense of humor. We certainly met our objectives for the show, and you brought in the crowds for us. I’m glad you were part of my team.”

Larry Stein
Manager Marketing Events, IBM 

“Thanks Richard — the feedback is in, and everyone was most impressed with the job you did and how much this livened up the sessions delivered at SAPPHIRE! Your approach was spot-on, and will be the model going forward on how to do sessions and events like this — the crowd was so much more engaged, and therefore retained the content and key messages”

Fred M. Isbell
Senior Director, SAP 

“We went from having 200-300 guests in our booth to 1500 guests in 3 days largely due to Richard’s outstanding talents. Not only does he entice the audience to enter our booth, but he sustains their attention with his wittiness until we get a chance to talk with each client. He also impressed us with his knowledge of our products and threw out fun facts about our properties which was an added plus that we were not expecting. We would love to have Richard in our booth every year.”

Shelly Samuels
National Sales Manager, Mandalay Bay Resort

“Richard Laible did an incredible job at keeping customers entertained during the presentation. The Cisco booth had constant traffic flow that rarely died down … a great show for Cisco.”

Charlotte Montemayor
Trade Show Manager, Cisco Systems

“Marketing budgets are always tight but creating demand, establishing a user community, and brand recognition are expensive. If you are going to spend the resource on an activity you’d better consider a draw to get the conversation started and moving in the right direction. Richard is more than a draw he is aggressively proactive. We gave him a target list and every target was captured, we gave him a solutions briefing and it was weaved into the introductory conversation with the target, more importantly he weeded out the tire kickers so that our subject matter experts weren’t wasting their time. He is much more than a contracted resource, he is a member of the team participating and collaborating from the onset with a very experienced voice.”

Bill Carney
Director of Marketing – TIBCO Spotfire

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