Joe Sweeney is a former owner and now a strategic director at Corporate Financial Advisors, LLC, a middle-market investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, capital sourcing, exit planning, and general corporate advisory services.
As a dynamic and down-to-earth professional, Joe’s keynote addresses and Winning Game Plan training program help grow businesses, expand influence and will make your life richer and more meaningful. His programs will inspire, motivate, and change the mindset of how your team looks at networking, sales/marketing, leadership, and business development. Through his workshop, Joe can provide team members with additional tools to sharpen their networking skill set, which they can start implementing immediately.
Much like the guiding principles he explores in his books, Joe develops relationships wherever he delivers a keynote – he is not a transactional speaker. In addition to doing his “homework” prior to an event, Joe likes to arrive early and gets to know the people and organization firsthand so presentations are as personal as possible.
Audiences will laugh and cry with his self-deprecating humor and real-life stories. You and your colleagues will be engaged by Joe’s relaxed, conversational, and motivating approach to life and business development.
For more than 30 years Joe has traveled the world asking questions, giving of himself, and doing his best to discover what motivates people. And now you have an opportunity to learn the simple skills Joe has perfected to grow your business, expand your influence, and take both your professional and personal success to the next level. Here are some of Joe’s keynote presentation topics which can be modified to meet each individual client’s program and agenda needs.
“Joe Sweeney’s drive and enthusiasm are inspirational and contagious. The tools and practices in this book have helped me to move the needle and improve my business everyday.”
Ed Zore, Former Chairman of the Board, Northwestern Mutual
“Joe’s address to our leadership group at CUNA Mutual was a moving and inspirational experience for our team. He knows how to coach, lead, and inspire leaders.”
Bob Trunzo, President of CUNA Mutual Group Insurance & Financial Services
“I preach Joe Sweeney’s networking advice to all of my employees. I know that if they practice his rules of networking in our work environment, then our company will continue to enjoy success.”
John Shiely, Chairman and CEO of the Briggs & Stratton Corporation
“Last fall Joe implemented The Winning Game Plan with our commercial banking team. It was so successful that we asked him to come back this year and repeat the program with our retail bankers. The program has made a real difference in the professional and personal lives of our employees.”
Jay Mack, President & CEO of Town Bank
“All teams can benefit from Moving the Needle, which is a simple and practical system for improving human performance.”
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Former Commissioner of Baseball
“Through my decades of experience in the military and in business, I have found that effectively serving others in leadership roles is not accomplished by doing big things; it is accomplished by developing the necessary habits that enable one to consistently do the right things on a daily basis. Moving the Needle provides the tools to steer you on the course to effectiveness and influence.”
Dirk Debbink, Retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy and former Chief of the Navy Reserve
Joe has had a unique and interesting career. He has successfully blended his love of business and his passion for sports to accomplish positive results for himself and for his clients. He has a wealth of hands-on business experience. Joe has owned and operated four manufacturing companies and has more than three decades of experience in the business and sports worlds.
Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, he was founder and president of SMG, a sports marketing and management firm that specializes in assisting and representing dozens of coaches and pro athletes (including three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre) in securing lucrative contracts and marketing deals. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has served on 28 boards of directors over the past 30 years and is currently active on six including Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC), the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, The University of Notre Dame Graduate Alumni Board for the Mendoza College of Business, Dielectric Corporation, DMT Corporation, and Town Bank. Joe received his BA from from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he graduated with honors in Industrial Psychology and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Joe is a successful investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions, a very active private equity investor, and a nationally renowned speaker and author.
Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has served on 28 boards of directors over the past 30 years and is currently active on six including Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC), the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, The University of Notre Dame Graduate Alumni Board for the Mendoza College of Business, Dielectric Corporation, DMT Corporation, and Town Bank. Joe received his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he graduated with honors in Industrial Psychology and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Joe is a successful investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions, a very active private equity investor, and a nationally renowned speaker and author.
Based on the success of his New York Times bestseller, #2 Wall Street Journal and #1 USA Today top selling business book, Networking Is a Contact Sport (BenBella Books), Joe has given hundreds of keynote addresses worldwide to a variety of businesses and top corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, General Electric, Wells Fargo, CUNA Mutual, Manpower Group, Merrill Lynch, Minnesota Wild NHL team, Morgan Stanley, Rockwell Automation, Travelers Insurance, UBS, the U.S. Navy SEALs, and numerous universities. Joe was also the keynote speaker for the GE World Leadership Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In his New York Times best-selling book and corresponding speaking program, Networking Is a Contact Sport, Joe Sweeney has combined his love of business with his passion for sports to tell the story of his very early networking finesse (even as a boy) and how others can easily learn what he has applied so successfully to his own life, business and relationship. Joe is a firm believer in the importance of staying connected with people who cross your path in life.
With Networking Is a Contact Sport, Joe’s goal was simple: help others benefit from all he has learned about building rewarding relationships and successful businesses.
For more than 30 years, Joe has traveled the world asking questions, giving of himself, and doing his best to discover what motivates people. And now you have an opportunity to learn the simple skills Joe has perfected to grow your business, expand your influence, and take both your professional and personal success to the next level.
Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life, is about changing human behavior. Whether you’re a business leader, manager, employee, teacher or parent, we oftentimes feel unsure of the path ahead and the steps needed to move forward in our personal and professional lives. Moving the Needle is designed to help you define your goals, focus your efforts, and give you the tools needed to create a system that will help you get clear, get free and get going.
Through his new book and his training program, the Winning Game Plan, Joe will show you how put action plans into place, become accountable and ultimately, achieve your goals. If you’ve been hoping to gain much-needed traction at work and in your personal life, then Joe Sweeney will show you how to move forward.
A master networker, Joe has delivered hundreds of keynote talks to large corporations like General Electric, Wells Fargo, and Northwestern Mutual since the release of his New York Times best selling book, Networking Is a Contact Sport in 2010. He has heard a consistent refrain from CEOs, vice presidents, businessmen and businesswomen, military personnel, and college graduates following his presentations: “Can you help move the needle at our company and improve performance on a consistent basis?”
What Joe noticed was that these companies and their employees were having a hard time getting clear, getting free, and getting going in their professional as well as their personal lives. Sensing a vital need, Joe has written Moving the Needle, Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life for anyone looking to work his or her way out of a rut or make key transitions in life