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    Eric Saperston is the founder and president of Journey Productions, Inc. He is instrumental in developing and executing the company′s vision and mission: “To bring people together through entertaining stories of wisdom, humor and inspiration.”

    Saperston was born in Chicago where he lived with his family until the age of 10 when they moved to San Diego, and he attended junior-high, high school and college. Saperston earned his bachelor of arts Degree in speech communications from San Diego State University, where he was also a resident advisor, president of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and was a member of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). He also earned an Associate Arts diploma from Grossmont College where he was Student Body President.

    After college, Saperston bought a 1971 Volkswagen Bus, took his golden retriever Jack, and set out to follow the Grateful Dead and work a ski season in Aspen. Challenged by his mentor to make his trip more meaningful, Saperston decided to call up some of the most powerful people in the world and ask them out for a cup of coffee.

    What started out as a personal journey to find the answers to life′s biggest questions–Why am I here? How can I find happiness? What is success?–quickly turned into something much bigger than he ever had imagined.

    As his journey unfolded, it attracted the attention of three others: Dave Murcott, Paige O′Brien and Kathleen Kelly. They too were searching for purpose and meaning in their lives. So they quit their jobs, risked it all and jumped in the bus.

    Saperston′s summer vacation quickly became four people′s vocation. This team of eager travelers meandered across the country, from Atlanta to Seattle. They bought a video camera, shot 500 hours of footage and interviewed more than 200 people in search of wisdom and inspiration from the famous and not so famous. These interviews resulted in a development deal with Walt Disney Studios, an award winning feature film, speaking engagements and a tour with a rock star.

    The Journey is about four young people in search of the meaning of life. The Journey made its world debut at the 2001 South By Southwest Film Festival and was the Audience Choice Award Winner for the 25th Annual Atlanta Film & Video Festival. Since then, 20,000 people have paid to see the film at AMC Theatres in Atlanta, and Phoenix, Loews Theatre in Washington, D.C., and The Pioneer Theatre in New York City. In addition to these theatrical runs, the film has also screened for such corporations as Coca-Cola, Fast Company and Nike.

    In addition to the film, Saperston also has addressed thousands of people at conferences and events across America. He has provided keynotes, workshops, leadership seminars, and interactive events and productions to organizations including the following: UC Santa Barbara, Georgia Tech, University of Oregon, University of Texas, University of Florida, UCLA, The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Conference, Coca-Cola, Fast Company, NIKE and the Americorps.

    In addition to his successful speaking career, Saperston recently teamed up with Atlantic Recording Artist Edwin McCain in the critically acclaimed Do Your Thing Tour. It is one of the top collegiate tours in the country and was featured by Campus Activities Magazine as the Best College Act of 2001. The performance masterfully interweaves Saperston′s captivating stories with several of McCain′s Top 10 hits, including I′ll Be and Just Do Your Thing. In addition to Saperston′s live performances, he also is a leading author of Chicken Soup for the College Soul.


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    ERIC’S VISION
    PERSONAL MISSION
    To build a community of kindred minds and hearts through entertaining stories that capture the human spirit and inspire all of us to live extraordinary lives.

    WHAT ERIC WILL SPEAK ABOUT
    How to sell an idea, product or vision with a tenacious spirit and produce extraordinary results. How to build a phenomenal team of people who are excited, passionate and committed to your organization, themselves and to enrolling others in helping the company ensure a successful and profitable journey.

    Why no matter how big the organization, never underestimate the power of the individual to make a difference.

    Eric looks forward to coming to your organization and is able to provide the following performance options:

    Show the award-winning feature film “The Journey” and have Eric talk afterwards (2 hours)

    Have a special evening of music and storytelling with Eric and multi-platinum recording artist Edwin McCain on their award-winning “The Journey Unplugged.” (2 hours)

    Show the award-winning short film “Reflections from the Road” and have Eric build a talk around your event theme. (45 min. – 1 hour and 15 min.)

    Eric Saperston’s keynote address (20-40 min.)

    In addition, if you have a special need, tell us about it and we’ll work with you to create an entertaining and impactful event for your organization.



Eric Saperston Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "The standing ovation at the end was a response that Eric earned - he′s the real deal."
    --Alan Weber
    Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine

    "A year after brining Eric Saperston and his great film, ′The Journey′ to The Coca-Cola Company, people still thank me for sharing this powerful story of leadership, vision and persistence."
    --Arlene Glaser
    Controller, Customer and Alliance Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company

    "Thanks for sharing ′The Journey" with us. The overwhelming response from Nike employees has been unbelievably positive."
    --Les Badden,
    Nike Design

    ”Eric Saperston′s personal vision and tenacious spirit ignited the room. Bring him to your company. I did and I′m still being thanked.”
    --Ronda Rogers
    Human Resources, TBWAChiatDay

    ”Eric′s story is one of adventure, risk, intrigue and personal success. His message is one of insurmountable obstacles being overcome with hope, hard work, passion, perseverance and love. It is with great pleasure I recommend this outstanding and captivating storyteller and inspirational speaker."
    --Brian Tenclinger
    Director of Greek Affairs, Iowa State University

    "Clearly, you are committed to challenging students to use their gifts and to realize their dreams. ′The Journey′ will live in the hearts and souls of our students for a long time to come."
    --Kimberly Tittle
    Program Coordinator, Loyola Marymount University

    ”Eric Saperston is a charismatic speaker with a very important message to be heard. I highly recommend his presentation for college students, parents, politicians, teenagers- basically for anyone with a heart.”
    --Jennifer Foley
    Community Alternative Spring Break Coordinator, The University of Georgia

    "The students are continuing to carry on ′conversations′ with each other about your presentation. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious!"
    --Shirley Fox
    Student Center Director, North Dakota College of Science

    "Your passion, enthusiasm and commitment to your journey are definitely inspirational."
    --Elisabeth Broughton
    Assistant Dean of Students, University of Florida

    "You will not want to miss seeing "The Journey"! This program will motivate people to look at their lives in a significant way and desire to make a difference."
    --Patty Aijian
    Coordinator for Training and Development, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Partial Client List:

    Hospital Association of Southern California
    Prudential Fox
    Sharp Healthcare
    Tennessee Hospital Association
    Nat′l Assoc of Catering Execs
    Hilton Hotels- Phoenix, AZ
    AIG SunAmerica
    Million Dollar Round Table - San Diego, CA
    United Jewish Fed - Pittsburgh
    HD Vest
    Kaiser Permanente
    Wausau Insurance
    Fairview Health Services
    California Association of Directors of Activities
    Wachovia - Cincinnati, OH
    Coast Hotels
    Hilton Hotels- Houston, TX
    Wachovia - Grand Rapids, MI
    Longwood University
    Concepts Worldwide
    General Mills
    Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Conference
    Iowa Assoc. for Business & Industry
    Coca-Cola Company
    United Jewish Federation
    TBWAChiatDay
    Illinois Home Care Council
    Assurant Solutions
    University of New Hampshire
    Iowa State University
    Iowa Chamber of Commerce
    Suffield Academy
    Texas Credit Union League Conference
    Asst. Club Mgr. Assoc.
    Western Illinois Univ.
    Houston MPI
    Accenturen
    Toyota Community Scholars
    Coast Hotels & Resorts
    Fast Company Magazine
    Northern St. Univ.
    Syracuse Univ.
    College of DuPage
    Springfield College
    LOMA Conference
    AFFLINK-Univ. of Alabama
    Northern Illinois Univ.
    Loyola Marymount University
    Nike




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    "The standing ovation at the end was a response that Eric earned - he′s the real deal."
    --Alan Weber
    Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine

    "A year after brining Eric Saperston and his great film, ′The Journey′ to The Coca-Cola Company, people still thank me for sharing this powerful story of leadership, vision and persistence."
    --Arlene Glaser
    Controller, Customer and Alliance Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company

    "Thanks for sharing ′The Journey" with us. The overwhelming response from Nike employees has been unbelievably positive."
    --Les Badden,
    Nike Design

    ”Eric Saperston′s personal vision and tenacious spirit ignited the room. Bring him to your company. I did and I′m still being thanked.”
    --Ronda Rogers
    Human Resources, TBWAChiatDay

    ”Eric′s story is one of adventure, risk, intrigue and personal success. His message is one of insurmountable obstacles being overcome with hope, hard work, passion, perseverance and love. It is with great pleasure I recommend this outstanding and captivating storyteller and inspirational speaker."
    --Brian Tenclinger
    Director of Greek Affairs, Iowa State University

    "Clearly, you are committed to challenging students to use their gifts and to realize their dreams. ′The Journey′ will live in the hearts and souls of our students for a long time to come."
    --Kimberly Tittle
    Program Coordinator, Loyola Marymount University

    ”Eric Saperston is a charismatic speaker with a very important message to be heard. I highly recommend his presentation for college students, parents, politicians, teenagers- basically for anyone with a heart.”
    --Jennifer Foley
    Community Alternative Spring Break Coordinator, The University of Georgia

    "The students are continuing to carry on ′conversations′ with each other about your presentation. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious!"
    --Shirley Fox
    Student Center Director, North Dakota College of Science

    "Your passion, enthusiasm and commitment to your journey are definitely inspirational."
    --Elisabeth Broughton
    Assistant Dean of Students, University of Florida

    "You will not want to miss seeing "The Journey"! This program will motivate people to look at their lives in a significant way and desire to make a difference."
    --Patty Aijian
    Coordinator for Training and Development, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Partial Client List:

    Hospital Association of Southern California
    Prudential Fox
    Sharp Healthcare
    Tennessee Hospital Association
    Nat′l Assoc of Catering Execs
    Hilton Hotels- Phoenix, AZ
    AIG SunAmerica
    Million Dollar Round Table - San Diego, CA
    United Jewish Fed - Pittsburgh
    HD Vest
    Kaiser Permanente
    Wausau Insurance
    Fairview Health Services
    California Association of Directors of Activities
    Wachovia - Cincinnati, OH
    Coast Hotels
    Hilton Hotels- Houston, TX
    Wachovia - Grand Rapids, MI
    Longwood University
    Concepts Worldwide
    General Mills
    Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Conference
    Iowa Assoc. for Business & Industry
    Coca-Cola Company
    United Jewish Federation
    TBWAChiatDay
    Illinois Home Care Council
    Assurant Solutions
    University of New Hampshire
    Iowa State University
    Iowa Chamber of Commerce
    Suffield Academy
    Texas Credit Union League Conference
    Asst. Club Mgr. Assoc.
    Western Illinois Univ.
    Houston MPI
    Accenturen
    Toyota Community Scholars
    Coast Hotels & Resorts
    Fast Company Magazine
    Northern St. Univ.
    Syracuse Univ.
    College of DuPage
    Springfield College
    LOMA Conference
    AFFLINK-Univ. of Alabama
    Northern Illinois Univ.
    Loyola Marymount University
    Nike


    ERIC’S VISION
    PERSONAL MISSION
    To build a community of kindred minds and hearts through entertaining stories that capture the human spirit and inspire all of us to live extraordinary lives.

    WHAT ERIC WILL SPEAK ABOUT
    How to sell an idea, product or vision with a tenacious spirit and produce extraordinary results. How to build a phenomenal team of people who are excited, passionate and committed to your organization, themselves and to enrolling others in helping the company ensure a successful and profitable journey.

    Why no matter how big the organization, never underestimate the power of the individual to make a difference.

    Eric looks forward to coming to your organization and is able to provide the following performance options:

    Show the award-winning feature film “The Journey” and have Eric talk afterwards (2 hours)

    Have a special evening of music and storytelling with Eric and multi-platinum recording artist Edwin McCain on their award-winning “The Journey Unplugged.” (2 hours)

    Show the award-winning short film “Reflections from the Road” and have Eric build a talk around your event theme. (45 min. – 1 hour and 15 min.)

    Eric Saperston’s keynote address (20-40 min.)

    In addition, if you have a special need, tell us about it and we’ll work with you to create an entertaining and impactful event for your organization.



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