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Attendees at the NAREN 10th Annual Conference held February 19th–21st, 2013 in Panama City, FL left recharged!


NAREN was proud to present Harvey Alston as Keynote Speaker for the 10th Annual Conference!

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.

Harvey Alston’s unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. His powerful and soul-searchingpresentations uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings.

As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Harvey Alston’s career has spanned positions from head football coach of Columbus East High School in Ohio in 1968, to assistant director of student financial aid at the university level. As an educator he’s taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula. Over the years, Harvey Alston has received recognition and awards from such diverse groups and organizations as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens, the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day, and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, and has received numerous national recognitions and awards. However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. People walk away from Harvey Alston’s presentations knowing they have just heard someone who “has been around the track a few times” and one who shares it in a way that people do not forget. He has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

Harvey Alston’s enterprise is called Best Inc., based on his philosophy and his book titled Be the Best. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and serves on the advisory board to the Olentangy School District, the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School,and many civic boards, panels, and commissions.

“I’ve seen Harvey not just excite,
but ignite, those who have long cashed it in.”
— Todd Alles

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We are pleased to announce the Australian organization of Drumbeat, led by Simon Faulkner, will be on hand to lead us through drumming sessions which will inspire and uplift you!

Simon Faulkner is the developer of the DRUMBEAT early intervention program and an addictions counselor specializing in group work. He is currently manager of DRUMBEAT for Holyoake, The Australian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Resolutions. For 12 years he practiced in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia working predominantly with young Aboriginal men.

In 2005 Simon was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study rhythm based interventions with ‘at risk’ youth across North America. During this study tour Simon worked in Native American communities, Juvenile detention facilities, drug & alcohol facilities and schools. Simon is the author of the resource – The DRUM as a Healing Tool in Therapeutic Practice.

Simon facilitates drumming for the Hills Community Drum Circle every Wednesday evening in Darlington and regularly facilitates community groups across the Perth metropolitan region in rhythm based fun.

Simon is a father of three young men and a passionate advocate for the rights of young people.

For more information on the Drumbeat organization, please visit their website at


ALSO – Some of your favorite keynote speakers returned for our 10th anniversary!  We were pleased to welcome back the following speakers:

Angela Engel, Marcus Gentry, Frank Kros, Steve Parese, and Stephen Sroka!


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