Keynote Speaker: Jim Craig
1980 Olympic Gold Medalist; President, Gold Medal Strategies
Jim Craig has been called the backbone of a team that accomplished one of the most extraordinary and memorable sports victories of all time. He went on to play professionally and transitioned to tremendous success in the business world which he still enjoys today.
An All-American goalie at Boston University and standout for the Terriers’ 1978 NCAA championship squad, Jim was selected as the starting goaltender for the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team. At the Lake Placid games his performance was phenomenal. Indispensable to Team U.S.A.’s epic – what some have called miraculous – upset of the Soviet Union was the play of Jim Craig. In the game against the Soviets, the Americans were outshot 42-16, but Jim made 39 saves, many of the spectacular variety, and his teammates scored four goals to secure the victory. Two days later, against Finland, Jim was again superb, and Team USA won, 4-2, to take home Olympic gold.
For more than 30 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 500 organizations, including AbbVie, AFLAC, Bank of America, Bayer Corporation, Caterpillar, Conagra, Dell, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, GE Access, John Hancock, Kellogg's, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ocean Spray, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Santander Bank, Walt Disney, Welch’s – and other companies that hold some of the world’s most recognized and respected brands.
Jim is the co-author of the highly acclaimed business book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America's Miracle Team (2010, John Wiley & Sons); he wrote the forward for The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (2005, Crown Publishers), the New York Times bestseller written by Wayne Coffey. He is president and founder of Gold Medal Strategies, a promotions and marketing firm that also manages and represents Jim and his appearance business.