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Testimonials

Direct Sportslink has earned the trust of clients based on our detailed work, credibility, and reputation for saving clients money when securing a celebrity! Below are a few testimonials from various clients regarding our capabilities and expertise.

FedEx Corporation

Gary McCord was a big hit last night - he can really tell a story. He was very interactive with our customers and they enjoyed him. Thanks again!


- FedEx Corporation
Transamerica Capital, Inc.

Thank you so much - the speech went great and Ronnie Lott is the nicest and most interesting star I have ever met. Good job! Thanks too for the footballs. You guys were great.


- Transamerica Capital, Inc.
Cabela's Inc.

At Cabela's, we have extremely high standards of customer service with the vendors we work with. Direct Sportslink provided the quality we expect and the customer service we demand. Cabela's seeks to bring our employees something new and exciting every year at our company picnic and the feedback we received from bringing Bo Jackson to our event has been awesome. The energy at the office is at an all time high thanks to you. I would recommend Direct Sportslink to anyone looking for an expert in the sports celebrity marketplace.


- Cabela's Inc.
The National Wood Flooring Association

What a wonderful experience Direct Sportslink provided the National Wood Flooring Association and our attendees in booking John Elway as the keynote speaker for our annual convention and expo. The personal attention to detail and outstanding customer service every step of the way made our job so much easier. Not only was it a pleasure working with you - it was fun too. We look forward to working with you again this year and in years to come.


- The National Wood Flooring Association
H & R Block

Direct Sportslink really helped us out of a jam. Our speaker for an awards banquet cancelled at the last minute. Our theme for the banquet was basketball so not only were we in need of a replacement but the sports speaker needed to be in the professional basketball field. Direct Sportslink saved us - not only did they come through with a well-known basketball player, but they gave us several options. Our employees couldn't stop raving about Muggsy Bogues. Direct Sportslink made it easy to do business at the last minute. Their professionalism and willingness to help us during a pinch is invaluable. We won't hesitate to do business with them again.


- H & R Block
Retalix, Inc.

We were very pleased with your service - providing a quality keynote speaker for our customer conference. Direct Sportslink was extremely responsive, professional, and delivered on everything promised and then some. I would hope we could do business again.


- Retalix, Inc.
Illinois Institute of Technology

Thank you Direct Sportslink - The Ben Gordon event was one of the most successful events ever for the Illinois Institute of Technology's Union Board!


- Illinois Institute of Technology
Herb Brooks Foundation

It was a great pleasure working with Direct Sportslink. They made my job of planning the Herb Brooks Foundation gala much easier with their expertise, ideas and organizational skills. Direct Sportslink was able to secure our speakers (Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull) in a timely manner, and they even came to our event to ensure the success of our gala! I will definitely work with them again, and I now consider Ward Headley, President of Direct Sportslink, a great new friend. Thank you.


- Herb Brooks Foundation
Herb Brooks Foundation

It was a great pleasure working with Direct Sportslink. They made my job of planning the Herb Brooks Foundation gala much easier with their expertise, ideas and organizational skills. Direct Sportslink was able to secure our speakers (Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull) in a timely manner, and they even came to our event to ensure the success of our gala! I will definitely work with them again, and I now consider Ward Headley, President of Direct Sportslink, a great new friend. Thank you.


- Herb Brooks Foundation
Magnifi Group, Inc.

Thank you for making our event a success. We were very appreciative of your preparation, and hands-on help - making sure all details of the event were handled smoothly. Coach Mike Ditka more than delivered his part - 100% of the surveys we received showed that attendees would come to another event. We will be working with you again to plan our next event.


- Magnifi Group, Inc.
Edward's Lifesciences

Coach Pete Carroll was an outstanding speaker who was perfect for our audience. A big thank you to Direct Sportslink for helping us secure Coach Carroll and working with us from start to finish, including your presence on-site, to make sure our event was a huge success.


- Edward's Lifesciences
Agrium Inc.

Thank you Direct Sportslink for all your work on our behalf to secure Richard Childress. You made us feel very comfortable throughout the entire process and took care of all of the little details that resulted in a terrific speech. Richard was fantastic and a big hit with our group. Thanks again for all your efforts.


- Agrium Inc.
PDCA

Dan Hampton did a great job for us at the PDCA Annual Membership Meeting. He arrived right on time, enjoyed dinner at our President's table, gave a great talk, fielded questions, and stayed afterwards to sign autographs. He helped make it one of the best meetings we've had in years. You were absolutely correct - he was the ideal speaker for our audience. Thank you for all your help.


- PDCA
VIP Sports Marketing

A big thank you to Direct Sportslink for all of your help in coordinating the Joe Greene and Thurman Thomas appearances. The group loved them! Thanks again for everything.


- VIP Sports Marketing
Jack & Jill Ice Cream Company

The meeting went great. Jaws added the Philly touch!! - thanks again.


- Jack & Jill Ice Cream Company
MWP, Vice-President and General Manager

I want to thank Direct Sportslink for coming thru in the clutch for me! Working with a very short time line and limited budget you worked overtime to provide a quality speaker for my most recent corporate golf outing. Direct Sportslink, without question, proved to me that they are the experts in the sports celebrity marketplace!


- MWP, Vice-President and General Manager
MBGC

Thanks for all your help securing "our best speaker ever" in Bill Walton. His speech was inspiring and brought many to tears. His gracious demeanor was remarkably kind and his generosity in offering the 3 dinners made our event a huge fundraising success. We will continue to work with you and try to top our events with Dwight Clark and Bill Walton.


- MBGC
JBGC

We had a great event! Antonio Freeman was very accommodating with his time. He did a nice job as our keynote speaker and really spoke from his heart about his community recreation involvement as a youth. Thank you for your assistance securing Antonio for our event.


- JBGC
Notre Dame University

We worked with Direct Sportslink to hire Pam Oliver for the University of Notre Dame’s, “Race and Sport in American Culture" program. Pam is a very personable and passionate sports analyst. Her character and her shared experiences were a terrific boon to our program and our series. We appreciate the ease with which we were able to make this program a tremendous success with Direct Sportslink.


- Notre Dame University
Richmont Graduate University

Thanks for all your help in securing Coach Bobby Bowden for our event. Your work from start to finish, including being at the event on-site for u was much appreciated. It was a true privilege for our students, board of trustees, faculty and donors to be able to learn from Coach Bowden's valuable life experiences. His advice and timely stories were meaningful to us all.


- Richmont Graduate University
Franciscan Sisters of Poor Foundation

What a stroke of luck that our paths crossed when the Foundation was in need of help with our 2011 Yankee Stadium event. Direct Sportslink was sensitive and responsive to our needs and provided the expertise and support to make our evening a success. We especially appreciated the hands-on site support before and during the actual event. It was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to working with you in the future.


- Franciscan Sisters of Poor Foundation
Finance Authority of Maine

Seth Wescott was great; articulate, authentic, eloquent and completely gracious as he stayed long after the keynote to sign autographs. Thank you for all your assistance.


- Finance Authority of Maine
Waddell & Reed

Coach Majerus was terrific. Our team of leaders enjoyed his observations on leadership and coaching. He was fun, funny, energetic and insightful. We continue to enjoy working with you to secure our sports celebrity talent.


- Waddell & Reed
Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Working with Direct Sportslink was straightforward and effective. Our nonprofit was gearing up for it's first large-scale fundraiser, and with Direct Sportslink's help, we were able to secure Pete Rose immediately. I would recommend Direct Sportslink's services to anyone seeking a true sports celebrity talent agency.


- Ohio Justice and Policy Center
The Parenting Center

Everything was wonderful! Drew Pearson was such a friendly, outgoing person and I had some great conversations with him. He is probably the most friendly, down-to-earth celebrity we've ever had at our golf tournament! Thanks for everything.


- The Parenting Center
Ostrom Painting

Our event with B.J Armstrong was great. B.J. is a good sport and played along with everything we asked. He is very well spoken and delivered a great message about working hard and its benefits. Thanks again for all your help.


- Ostrom Painting
Riviera Casino

"Dwight Clark was the perfect sports celebrity for our event. Our customers were huge 49ers fans and he was an absolute gentleman the entire evening. Thanks so much for the great recommendation."


- Riviera Casino
Snyder Lance

It was a pleasure working with Direct Sportslink to secure our guest speaker. We asked for the process to be simple without increased fees and you delivered. Thank you for your attention to the event details to ensure a successful event.


- Snyder Lance
Athens Chamber of Commerce

Thank you Direct Sportslink for helping us secure Lou Ferrigno as speaker for our annual fundraising dinner. Throughout the entire process you made sure the details were covered, and provided us with the assistance we needed to make sure that our event was successful. I highly recommend Direct Sportslink as you plan your upcoming fundraisers.


- Athens Chamber of Commerce
City of Hope

Thank you for working so quickly and effectively to secure Lee Corso for our event at Kiawah Island. Lee was a hit! Our guests enjoyed meeting him and hearing him speak. I look forward to working together again.


- City of Hope
Western Oregon University

A.C. Green was great at our auction, he interacted with our guests and student-athletes.  He took the time to listen and talk to as many people as he could while taking pictures with guests. He was a great addition to our event and we would recommend him to other universities or groups.


- Western Oregon University
Parker Hannifan Corporation

Thanks so much for all of your help in securing Coach Calipari for our meeting. He did an excellent job and was of great help kicking off what was our best ever sales and distribution meeting!


- Parker Hannifan Corporation
Cooper-Electric Supply Company

Mike Schmidt's appearance made for a fantastic event! We had an awesome crowd and everyone enjoyed meeting him! Thank you very much for your support and help. Your company was reputable, easy to work with and most important, accommodating from start to finish.


- Cooper-Electric Supply Company
DFWHC

I want to thank Drew Pearson for his excellent work at yesterday's luncheon. We've received nothing but rave reviews from his appearance and we appreciated his efforts in honoring the healthcare employees of Dallas-Fort Worth. His presentation was enlightening, comedic and captured the right tone for the event. Your generosity with the many fans was very impressive. One of the best speakers we've ever had for this event. Thank you Direct Sportslink for all your help


- DFWHC
P2P

It was a pleasure to work with you for our 2012 Leadership Conference. Herschel Walker exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased with everything. Thanks again for being on-site in Florida to make sure everything went so well.


- P2P
Notre Dame University

The Multicultural Student Programs and Services at the University of Notre Dame hired Direct Sportslink to secure Dwight Gooden for our speaker series to discuss the impact of race on baseball and the sporting world. Direct Sportslink was great to work with and Dwight was one of the most laid back, personable sports figures we have ever had to Notre Dame for this series.


- Notre Dame University
Kraft Foods

Working with Direct Sportslink on our Mark Cuban booking was easy, efficient, and professional. Their assistance with prepping Mark prior to the event and on-site presence at our event helped to ensure that was very beneficial to make sure everything went smoothly. 


- Kraft Foods
Cross Training

Thanks for all your work securing Chris Duhon for our basketball camp. Even with a cancellation from another player with short notice Direct Sportslink came through for us with Chris and he was one of the best NBA guests we had over the years. Thanks for all your work over the years securing Ty Lawson, James Jones and Shannon Brown and other NBA stars.


- Cross Training
TLTA

Colt McCoy was great, so nice, articulate and engaging – he really did a wonderful job on the moderated Q&A and the informal Q and A with our audience. He also stayed and signed all 100 books so we were thrilled with his appearance. Thanks for all your work in past years and this year with Colt. We are looking forward to working with you again.


- TLTA
Philips Lighting

A big thank you to Direct Sportslink for coming through in the clutch. Our sports celebrity cancelled the day before our event and you did not flinch. You delivered a Hall of Famer in Tony Dorsett - negotiating with him, paying him and booking all his travel within 24 hours. Our booth was full the entire time of our event and his appearance was well received by our customers. Thanks again for being true professionals - we value your service.


- Philips Lighting
OCF

Orangewood Children’s Foundation had the true honor of having Eric Dickerson present as the keynote speaker at our 16th Annual Ambassador Luncheon. This luncheon was attended by over 600 guests from Orange County’s business and philanthropic community and is a major fundraiser for our non-profit. Eric was the consummate professional from start to finish. He was fully engaged and took the time to really understand who Orangewood is and drew so many relative parallels between his life experience and our mission.  We received so much positive feedback on how accessible, friendly and engaging Eric was at our VIP reception, during the luncheon and even post event. His presentation at the podium was an amazing mix of childhood, college and NFL experiences that took the audience from moments of awe to bouts of laughter.  As a person who has booked many speakers for events over the years, I can honestly say that Eric is among my top 3! A big thanks to Direct Sportslink for your advice and efforts.


- OCF
UDT

Derrick Brooks was amazing, inspiring, entertaining and friendly. Our Management team enjoyed having him as our main speaker, he was professional, engaging and punctual for the event, this was our first time having a celebrity as main speaker and he was great! Thanks again for helping us with this.


- UDT
Vision Wireless

Steve Largent was the ideal speaker for our wireless symposium conference. Steve's telecommunication background and wireless association involvement combined with his notoriety as a sports celebrity and U.S. Congressman added the credibility we were seeking in a keynote speaker. He was great with the guests, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone. Thanks so much for all your assistance in helping us secure Steve!


- Vision Wireless
Albemarle

Direct Sportslink was fantastic to work with helping us secure legendary college football coach Dr. Tom Osborne for our dinner event. Your timely responses and always being there ready to help us was very important in our planning process. To top it off, you had a representative at our event to make sure everything went smoothly. Dr. Osborne more than delivered on his part and was a great speaker. Thanks again for all of your help.


- Albemarle
Lexus

Steve Garvey definitely exceeded our expectations in every way!  He stayed afterwards and took photos and just hung out and visited with everyone.  What an amazing man!  Thank you for everything!


- Lexus
Phillips 66

Robert Horry was fantastic! Everyone loved him…he made the front page of our local newspaper! Thanks for all your help and suggesting him as the best speaker for our Student Scholar sponsored event!


- Phillips 66
Boeing

Bobby Wagner was an amazing speaker. The positive feedback we have received has been overwhelming. Those fortunate to have been included were clearly inspired. A big thanks to Direct Sportslink for helping us make this diversity event such a success. We could not have done this without you!!


- Boeing
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce

"A big thanks to Direct Sportslink for helping us secure Butch Jones for our annual event. You made this an easy process and were there for us from the moment we secured Coach Jones until the end of our event. He was an excellent speaker, great with the guests during the meet and greet, and signed all of our items. The event was a huge success."


- Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
LSI

Anthony Munoz speaking engagement went over very well and we had many positive comments. His message was honest, heartfelt and drove the point home to accountability. This was excellent for our sales group. Thanks for all your help and for being at the event to make sure everything went smoothly.


- LSI
NECA

Coach Roy Williams was fantastic! His topic “Motivating Your Team” was very appropriate for our audience of electrical contractors. Everyone was talking about Coach Williams at our closing dinner that night. Thanks so much for all you did and for being on site to help us with the event."


- NECA