2018 NWCA Convention Honors Luncheon Keynote Speaker Announced

2018 NWCA Convention Honors Luncheon Keynote Speaker Announced

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Former Lock Haven University wrestler, successful business leader, and Board of Governor for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Austin Shanfelter will be the keynote speaker at the NWCA Honors Luncheon on Friday, August 3 during the annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Convention at the Hilton Dayton Beach Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida from August 3-5 sponsored by ASICS, Cliff Keen and Resilite.  “Austin’s many unique experiences in the corporate world will make for an entertaining talk for our member coaches,” said Executive Director Mike Moyer.  “I was very excited when he graciously accepted our invitation to share his story and successes with us during our Honors Luncheon.”

Shanfelter holds many important roles in both the business and wrestling world.  Not only does Shanfelter currently serve as the Board of Governor for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, but he also serves as Board of Director for both the Orion Group (NYSE: ORN) and Sabre Industries.  As a consultant to a number of private and public companies, Shanfelter knows from experience that building a successful wrestling program is just like building a successful company.  In addition to his work in the private and public sectors, Shanfelter sought out ways to help those in need by founding Champion4Children, a foundation which helps to feed over 1,400 K-5 students in Southwest Florida every weekend throughout the school year.

As no stranger to leadership roles in his community and beyond, Shanfelter is also former Chairman of Global HR Research and served as President/CEO/Board Member of MasTec (NYSE: MTZ) which is currently a Fortune 500 company with over 6 billion in annual sales. Shanco Cable, sold to MasTec in 1997, benefited from Shanfelter’s service as President/CEO as well.

Shanfelter’s roots in the world of wrestling created a solid foundation on which to build his many successes in the world of business.  Upon graduation from the Hershey High School- Pennsylvania wrestling program in 1975, Shanfelter continued his wrestling career at Lock Haven University.  Shanfelter graduated and continued to serve for the Bald Eagles, as an Assistant Head Coach in 1981.

Austin knows that his time in wrestling not only prepared him for business but it drove him to always reach for success. He is once again happy to address this conference. The same effort that goes into being able to compete on the mat, goes into driving a business. As he speaks with companies and leaders here are some of the current topics

  • It’s about your team
  • If you want to be the best, make no mistake you have to find the best
  • Remember you don’t change people’s thinking but you can change their behavior
  • How building a successful wrestling program is just like building a successful company
  • The importance of making a plan / executing the plan / holding people accountable to the plan

Grand Prize Announced

The NWCA  announced Tuesday that attendees who register for the convention prior to July 21, 2018, will entered into the drawing for the Convention Grand Prize. The prize will be airfare for two and two tickets for a Carnival Cruise Line trip. The winner and a guest will be able to sail on any seven-day cruise with a balcony stateroom on Carnival Cruise Line departing from any port destination in the U.S.

 Carnival Cruise Line is the largest single cruise line in the world with a majority of its ports throughout the U.S. within driving distance.  “The NWCA is fortunate to have so many supporters in business, without their extreme generosity, we would not be able to offer such a great opportunity to our member coaches,” said Moyer regarding the Carnival Cruise tickets. He went on to say, “Last year was a record-setting year in total attendance, the number of high school coaches in attendance, and included a record number of exhibitors; our expectation is to continue to build on these successes and offer our attendees a first-rate experience as soon as they arrive in beautiful Daytona Beach, FL.”

In addition to the two keynotes tthere are a total of over 15 hours of education time at the convention including coaching development presentations, technique session, panel discussions and growing wrestling forums. In addition, there will be a trade show with over 30 of the leading companies in wrestling. For the full schedule, the complete list of presenters and how to register, please visit the NWCA website at the link below.

WHAT: 2018 NWCA Convention sponsored by ASICSCliff Keen and Resilite
WHEN: August 3-5, 2018
WHEREHilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Daytona Beach, Florida
Full information and schedule: http://www.nwcaonline.com/news-events/events/nwca-convention-2018


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