Michael George - CEO, Continuum Managed Services
"Peter was the
keynote at our first annual user conference, aptly named Navigate -
where 450 of our top partners from around the globe attended. Peter
invested considerable time and effort to meet with me and other members
of my team to understand the audience and environment – so he could
tailor his presentation to maximize the benefits. He did an
extraordinary job sharing some riveting stories and experiences, through
words and video, to capture the hearts and minds of our audience – and
translate that into appropriate and relevant business parallels. Our
audience left to auditorium exhausted and exhilarated at the same time!
People felt Peter tied the principals of high-performance sail racing
with the team efforts and needs of all businesses large and small."
David Jimenez- General Manager,
Janssen Puerto Rico:
“Peter was able to connect many of his learnings on sailing to
Ethical business principles, It’s really amazing to see how these
different rules when sailing in a boat make so much sense also in
Brian Young - President & General Manager, 3M Canada:
"First, let me thank you for making such a
special day possible for the 3M Canada
sales team. It was a truly unique experience and one that our team
The presentation was just the right blend of "sailing for dummies",
story telling and
tailored motivational message , and the on the water experience was
because my boat won, of course. Thank you , as well for engaging with
our team, posing
for photos, and signing autographs. I know it meant a lot to our
Marjorie Muldowney - West Coast Director, The American
"Thank YOU!!! I've received so many
messages of appreciation and enthusiasm for your role in
our Fall Reception on Wednesday. If
this had been a Facebook posting, we would have been
deluged with "Likes"! You did an
outstanding job as Guest Speaker, sharing your gripping story
and captivating a spellbound audience.
Wow! I thought you'd be a great candidate and you totally
Bob Kreger Vice President, Sales, NEXTLINK Communications:
""On behalf of NEXTLINK and the nearly 250 NEXTLINK employees who
listened with great interest
to your presentation, Thanks!! The parallels you draw between your success
in sailboat racing
and success in our day to day business, both in your live presentation and
your book, AT THE HELM,
Jarl Dahlfors, President & CEO Loomis US:
"On Wednesday, September 8, I had the pleasure
of surprising my senior management
team - my "crew" - with a presentation by Peter Isler.
As an avid sailor, I had known about Peter for some time, and understood
that he did an
excellent job intertwining the principles of sailing with effective
business management. In
anticipation of the event, we sent Peter a great deal of information
about Loomis US, one
of this country's largest cash handling companies and, as part of Loomis
AS, the world's
premier cash handling company.
Peter did not disappoint. Throughout his two hour presentation, which
with exciting sailing videos to make his points, Peter did a wonderful
job incorporating the
principles of our business model with nautical terms and situations.
unfortunate among us who do not understand much about sailing got the
I was particularly impressed that Peter did his homework beforehand. It
was clear to us
that he had taken the time to know us rather than making a "cookie
I would recommend Peter without qualification."
Michael Liebsch, EVP and Chief
Sales Officer, Macquarie Equipment Finance:
"Excellent! Peter's experience and accomplishments
at the highest level of sailboat racing coupled with his keen
understanding of current business issues enabled him to effectively
communicate the common traits required to win in both arenas. His
ability to create a vivid picture through his communication skills kept
the audience captivated and focused on his message. Peter is a must have
speaker for companies facing challenges in extremely competitive
Scot Williams, Vice President New
Business Development, DSM Nutritional Products:
"We all very much enjoyed and appreciated
your presentation. One quick thing that really resonated with the
Team was your comments about
importance of the ''F'' word..."fun"
for a team. I think no less than 50 people must have
mentioned that to me.
Keith Markley, President, Eastern Region, Covad
"Thank you for an excellent presentation on "Navigating Rough Water's"
during Covad's Eastern Region Sales & Marketing conference... The rules and strategies
employed in grand prix sailing are indeed very transferable to business, and to our
industry in particular. Feedback on the session has been very positive and the
presentation helped to end our meeting on a high note.
We also truly appreciate the high level of effort you took to insert Covad and
industry-specific references into the presentation. This is often the most important
element to drive home the relevance of the analogies and parables in an inspirational
Michael Whitesage - Cottonwood Management:
“Peter’s presentation brought the
challenges of sailing and the America’s Cup to life. The lessons shared
motivated my team to strive for our own ambitious goals. I would
recommend Peter’s talk to anyone seeking to reinvigorate their own
motivational speech to a group of attorneys could not be better.
He talked about being prepared, adapting to change, leadership and
winning. All of which apply to winning but our profession as well.