Desi Williamson beat the odds. Despite growing up in a world surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence, he overcame a myriad of obstacles to realize his dreams of becoming a successful businessman, professional speaker, and author. The former scholar-athlete at the University of Minnesota transforms 25 years of sales, sales/management and marketing experience into high content programs that deliver results. He’s been on the front line, building multi-million dollar businesses, managing multimillion dollar budgets, and developing the potential in people for powerhouse companies.
Desi began his career with Johnson & Johnson where he was second in the country in total sales production, he then dedicated 7 years to wholesale distribution with Rain Bird where he built a business from $800,000 in sales to more than $10 million during his tenure. He continued his business building success with Pepsi-Cola Company where he managed a franchise-bottling network generating more than $85 million dollars in sales. He was then promoted to a general sales manager capacity where he lead an organization of 250 employees consisting of both union and exempt employees generating $75 million dollars in business. Before starting full-time in his speaking career, Desi spent his final 2.5 years as an executive with Cadbury Schweppes where he was responsible for generating more than $1,000,000 in new business, and directing a $35 million dollar business.
Although Desi had achieved success in the business arena, there was something more compelling that he wanted to do with his life. With a burning desire to help others, he founded Impact!! Seminars Unlimited, Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations increase sales, increase customer service, and increase their bottom-line through empowering their people. His broad range of experience as a corporate executive and entrepreneur allows Desi to present on various issues with equal efficiency and effectiveness.
Desi delivers with high impact! His dynamic magnetic presentation style serves to empower audiences, so they will take what they learn and apply it directly to their personal and professional lives. Customizing each presentation to fit the specific audience, he discusses your industry and “real world” solutions to the challenges your business faces. Clients rave about Desi’s unique ability to weave their mission and strategic initiatives into the core of his presentation. He is the author of a popular video training series now used by more than 150 correctional facilities across the country, four audio cassette programs and a book titled, "GET OFF YOUR ASSETS!...How to Unleash the Power in You." His client list includes Fortune 500 corporations, civic organizations, and trade associations.
Whether delivering a keynote presentation, a half day workshop, or full scale training session, Desi Williamson’s in-depth, content driven programs will empower your people to continuously reach for higher levels of performance and make the changes necessary to produce results.
- Where There's a Will, There's a Way! Succeeding in the Face of Turbulent Times
- The Challenge of Change - Tools for Transformational Thinking
- Leadership for the 21st Century - Influencing with Impact
- Impact!! Sales Strategies - Secrets of Successful Selling
- Creating Franchise Success: Grow Your Business, Develop Leaders, Keep Your Customers Loyal (offered with additional speaker)
- The Leadership Success Factor (breakout)
Motivation, Performance, Change, Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Minority
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