csp logo For Immediate Release
Sarah Best, Education Specialist
(480) 968-2552

The National Speakers Association Certifies 53 Speaking Professionals

(TEMPE, Ariz. – May 13, 2016) The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for the professional speaking industry, is proud to announce 53 professional speakers have earned the CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 2016.

Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Little more than 12 percent of the speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is conferred by NSA on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise, as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior. The 2016 class of CSPs will be honored during a ceremony on July 23 at Influence 2016, NSA’s annual convention in Phoenix, AZ.

“The CSP is the highest designation that can be earned by a member of the National Speakers Association or member association of the Global Speakers Federation,” says 2015-2016 NSA President Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP. “Achieving the CSP is no easy task. To earn the designation, professional speakers must show documented proficiency over a minimum of five years with positive evaluations from clients and be affirmed by a peer-to-peer review process. When meeting professionals hire a Certified Speaking Professional, they can be assured the speaker brings to the table a high level of competence, a top-notch speaking ability and a track record of professionalism and success.”

Introducing the 2016 Class of Certified Speaking Professionals:

CSP color logo Jay Baer, CSP, Bloomington, Ind.
Pierre Battah, CSP, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Jasmin Bergeron, CSP, Candiac, Quebec, Canada
Joel Block, CSP, Agoura Hills, Calif.
Nikki Bush, CSP, Johannesburg, South Africa (10th South African and 4th SA woman to achieve this designation)
Tracy Butz, CSP, Menasha, Wis.
Michael Canic, CSP, Denver, Colo.
Amy Castro, CSP, Friendswood, Texas
Mary Charleson, CSP, North Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
Allison Clarke, CSP, West Linn, Ore.
Rita Craig, CSP, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Don Crawley, CSP, Normandy Park, Wash.
Darryl Davis, CSP, Wading River, N.Y.
NIKKI BUSH AUG 2012 3 Steve Diggs, CSP, Brentwood, Tenn.
Elaine Dumler, CSP, Westminster, Colo.
Shawne Duperon, CSP, Novi, Mich
James Feldman, CSP, Chicago, Ill.
Dennis Gilbert, CSP, Montoursville, Pa.
David Grossman, CSP, Chicago, Ill.
Ilja Grzeskowitz, CSP, Berlin, Germany
Mark J. Hunter, CSP, Omaha, Neb.
Nathan Jamail, CSP, Temecula, Calif.
Justin Jones-Fosu, CSP, Clinton, Miss.
Boris Nikolai Konrad, CSP, Munich, Germany
Kenneth Kwan, CSP, Singapore, Singapore
Lutz Langhoff, CSP, Hamburg, Germany
Wayne Lee, CSP, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Catherine M. Lewis, CSP, Norfolk, Va.
Carey Lohrenz, CSP, Chanhassen, Minn.
Melinda Marcus, CSP, Dallas, Texas
Josef Martens, CSP, Potomac, Md.
Sierra Modro, CSP, Portland, Ore.
John Palumbo, CSP, Jacksonville, Fla.
Sarah Petty, CSP, Springfield, Ill.
Vincent Ivan Phipps, CSP, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Meridith Elliot Powell, CSP, Asheville, N.C.
Brian Rabon, CSP, Hoover, Ala.
Marianne Ragins, CSP, Centreville, Va.
John Register, CSP, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Scott Schwefel, CSP, Excelsior, Minn.
Jim Smith, Jr., CSP, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Karen Snyder, CSP, Gaithersburg, Md.
Colleen Sweeney, CSP, Ruskin, Fla.
Wendy Tan, CSP, Singapore, Singapore
Ann Tardy, CSP, Red Bank, N.J.
Tony Troussov, CSP, Greenfield, Minn.
Douglas Van Dyke, CSP, Bradenton, Fla.
Candy Whirley, CSP, Waverly, Mo.
Pamela Wigglesworth, CSP, Singapore, Singapore
Greg Williams, CSP, Roselle, N.J.
Mike Wittenstein, CSP, Marietta, Ga.
Verl Workman, CSP, Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Don Yaeger, CSP, Tallahassee, Fla.

For more information on the CSP designation, please call NSA headquarters at (480) 968-2552, or visit our website at www.NSAspeaker.org.

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession. Visit NSA’s website at www.NSAspeaker.org.

For more information about Nikki Bush, speaker and author, click here.