“Mario spoke at our annual conference on the topic of digital marketing.  Our participants loved him!  His topic was relevant and his presentation was festive, well-structured, thought-provoking and timely.  Mario has a way with words and a style that resonates with an audience.  We’d have him back in a red-hot second!”        

-Sheri Jarvis, Director, Montana Artrepreneur Program

I get asked quite frequently to speak to audiences large and small. Sometimes I charge for those engagements (for companies and conferences)  while other times I do it for free (Universities, nonprofits).  All my talks contain a fair bit of humor as I get nervous when people don’t laugh. My first major keynote was actually a college graduation speech at the age of 24. What should have been the start of an amazing career as a professional public speaker led to the opportunity to give a talk to 1,000+ Portland business folks. I chose the topic of “Why Deutschland loves David Hasselhoff” and haven’t given a college graduation speech since. I also marry people. To each other, not myself.

Most of my talks are about the future of marketing, how to successfully start your career or entrepreneurship.  Here are a number topics and places that I have covered in the past few years. 

  • CASE Conference, Calgary – spoke about building and running marketing teams in education

  • Montana Artpreneur Program Annual Event – spoke about how artists can grow their business online

  • Montana Economic Summit- organized and led 75-minute session with Montana entrepreneurs

  • Kauffman Foundation – Entrepreneurship

  • Ignite Portland, Hasselhoff

  • Drucker School of Management – Future of Marketing

  • IdeaMensch Las Vegas – Our 48-state road trip

  • Portland Art Institute, College graduation speech

  • RISE Entrepreneurship Conference – Entrepreneurship, Emcee

  • YC Interconnect – Future of Marketing, Keynote

  • Missoula Barcamp – Future of Marketing, Lightning Keynote

  • Team One (Lexus’ awesome ad agency) –   Entrepreneurship, Innovation

  • Pepperdine University – Future of Marketing

  • University of Southern California – Future of Marketing

  • UC San Diego – Future of Marketing

  • UCLA – Future of Marketing

  • University of Montana  – Future of Marketing, Careers


 His idea of creating a “marketing agency” within the university to hire and give students real life experience was brilliant. What better way to market to students then by students. You continually get fresh, young and eager students who are proud to go to the very school you’re trying to sell do exciting and connected marketing pieces. I’m already looking at ways in trying to implement a similar model when it comes to various video and online pieces here at Mount Royal.

Michal Waissmann, Mount Royal University