Everywhere I go I continue to meet people who are inspired to do their best because of Erik’s desire to be better.

Tony Horton ~

Indiana University

His ability to connect with and draw in students was undeniable. Erik’s presentation was motivational and inspirational, but it was more than that. Erik managed to affect people on a personal level and softly challenge their preconceived notions about what it means to be a person with a disability. It was exactly the outcome we sought after, and Erik delivered.

Martha Engstrom ~ Director, ODSS

Colgate University

The Robert Fox’59 Leadership Institute invites multiple speakers each year to share their message with our students.  Erik’s story and focus on irrational determination and foolish perseverance fit so well with our mission of inspiring students to motivate change in the world.  Through his sincere and disarming approach he truly reached our entire audience with his message provoking thought and providing inspiration.  Our students loved it and I look forward to having Erik return to our campus in the future to share his message with a new crop of students.

Fouad Saleet ~ Assistant Dean for Campus Life


Erik was, without a doubt, a tremendous hit and delivered his message with the perfect blend of humor, humility and inspiration. During my time at the NCAA, I would confidently say that Erik was in the top two or three all-time as a keynote speaker.

Russ Yurk ~ Assistant Director of Championships

Cox Communications

Erik served as a living reminder of how leadership agility and adaptability are key indicators of a company’s (and our employees’ personal) success. We appreciate the humor – and real-world advice and experience – that he shared with our team.  I would recommend his services highly.

Keith Gregory ~ Senior Vice President & General Manager