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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Country music sensation LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. She is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category.
LeAnn has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top 10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” which went to #1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Having released more than 10 studio albums, three compilation albums, and two greatest hits albums in her illustrious career, she recently released her most personal album yet, Spitfire, in Spring 2013.
LeAnn is an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children’s books Jag and Jag’s New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart, and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change. She also has a new book in its beginning stages focusing on life’s crossroads.
LeAnn Rimes has long supported a variety of charity organizations including advocating for the National Psoriasis Foundation, The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Stand Up for Kids.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
John Pinette was born outside of Boston and has been entertaining audiences around the world for over twenty years. He has enjoyed a long career in stand-up, television, film and stage. His big break came in 1991 when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra. In 1999, he was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards.
In 2004, John took his comedic talents to Broadway starring as Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray. His film credits include Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Dear God, starring Greg Kinnear, Junior, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Punisher, starring John Travolta. In his most recent film, The Last Godfather, he starred opposite Harvey Keitel. His television credits include Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, the final episode of Seinfeld, and multiple guest appearances on The Tonight Show and The View.
His Comedy Central special and DVD, I’m Starvin’! was released in 2007 as a follow-up to his enormously successful comedy album Show Me The Buffet. His eagerly anticipated stand-up special John Pinette: Still Hungry premiered in July 2011.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Olympic champion. National champion. World champ. Discover the wisdom of one of the world’s great Olympians and coaches, Dan Gable, during Monday’s Recognition Lunch at SMACNA’s 71st Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
It’s safe to say that this Golden Olympian—an honor bestowed upon the top 100 U.S. Olympians of all time—knows something about winning on a massive scale. This unstoppable wrestling champion and coach has learned something about excellence, perseverance, and determination. You’ll hear what Mr. Gable has to say about this and overcoming setbacks, individual and team domination—and more.
“Eventually I will find ways to learn and be better from whatever happens in my life,” Mr. Gable notes, “understanding that on every setback, there is one less chance of having another that is similar. Of course, this means fewer setbacks and more of an opportunity for success.”
Compiling an unbelievable record of 182-1 during his prep and college careers, he was a two-time NCAA National Wrestling Champion, three-time All-American, and three-time Big Eight champ. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics without surrendering a single point to any of his opponents.
As a coach, he taught his wrestlers how to be great. As the University of Iowa's all-time winningest coach, he won 15 NCAA National Wrestling Team titles while compiling a career record of 355-21-5. Leading U.S. teams in international competition, Mr. Gable is a three-time Olympic head coach, six-time World Team head coach, and led 10 World Cup teams to gold medals.
He was named the top wrestler of the 20th Century by Gannett News Service and listed as one of the top coaches of the 20th Century by ESPN. You’ll learn how to bring out the champion in you at Monday’s Recognition Lunch.