Not Your Typical Motivational Speaker
Vinny's message is simple, the effects are profound. Vinny
doesn't look like your typical motivational speaker. He
doesn't sound like your typical motivational speaker. And don't expect
him to warm the cockles of your heart.
WHO IS VINNY VERELLI?
Vinny was born in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still in town and he received his education on the streets of New York. Vinny’s life was going nowhere fast until, at the age of 42, a homeless man (and a robbery conviction) turned his life around. Vinny overcame a total lack of ambition and left the “family” business to become a successful motivational speaker. He breaks down the motivational metaphors and profound parables into one big chunk of Gorgonzola. He takes on the sacred cows and tells it like it is: “You don't touch my cheese, let alone move it.”
THE GOOMBA GURU OF NEGATIVITY MANAGEMENT®
How did Vinny Verelli get to be the foremost expert on Negativity Management? "That's easy", Vinny says. "I started with a short term plan to address long-range goals on a wide variety of narrowly-focused issues. In other words, I Made up." Managing negativity is easy with the Bada Bing Philosophy and the three simple tools that make up the F-Factor.
WHAT IS THE F-FACTOR?
F-Factor stands for Fun - Focus - Fervor. These three simple tools will allow you to accomplish anything … or at least be happy with what you've got. After all, if you’re having fun where you are, who’s to say you should be somewhere else?
IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG
About now, you're saying to yourself, “Is this guy for real?” Okay, we're coming clean. Vinny Verelli is actually Jonathan Schwartz, a character actor with over 35 years of professional performing experience.
Some highlights of Jonathan’s performing career:
• Tour of Samuel Becket’s Waiting For Godot to 12 Florida State Prisons
• Classes with the Polish Mime Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland
• Master class with Marcel Marceau in New York City
• World premiere production of Tiger Tail with artistic supervision by Tennessee Williams
• National tours with the Claude Kipnis Mime Theatre, including a week at Carnegie Hall
• 11 years on and off cruise ships as entertainer, port lecturer and Cruise Director
• Still receives residuals 11 years after taping an episode of, "Wildest Police Videos."
For 18 years Jonathan and his wife, former Broadway performer Ginny King, produced shows for the event business in Atlanta. Jonathan has written, produced and directed fourteen interactive mysteries that have been produced at over 350 corporate events. Jonathan is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA).
• Winner NSA Comedy Idol Competition in St. Louis - 2004
• Winner Toastmasters Georgia Humor competiion - 2006
• Winner Toastmasters Georgia Table Topics competition - 2007
• Winner NSA Georgia Chapter Member of the year - 2007
• President NSA Georgia - 2008-2009
• Winner NSA Georgia Chapter Member of the year - 2010
Vinny didn't have to break any arms to get these quotes:
There's not much to laugh about in health care these days, but you helped put difficult situations in perspective with your no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners, street-smart approach. My members are still talking about the 3 F's.
-- Toni M. Fatone, Executive VP, Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities
Your presentation was an absolute RIOT! I am still hearing from participants about your performance.
-- Penny Murphy, President & CEO, Empire State Society of Association Executives
Jon's performance at our annual conference as Vinny Verelli was second to none. He was an event planners dream to work with as he was very accommodating when the schedule shifted or he had to do some quick thinking on his feet. I would recommend Jon as a speaker to anyone looking for a professional and entertaining MC.
-- Kristi Conti, Event Coordinator, SHNIER, Gesco
Many thanks for a great performance! Also, kudos for putting up with our “back and forth” on content. Vinny Rules!
-- Catie O’Keefe, Vice President, O’Keefe Communications
The time (Vinny) spent researching our company definitely showed in his presentations! He was able to incorporate ideas and humor concerning our business to keep our conference lively and interactive. This set the tone for sharing information in an open and collaborative atmosphere ... he had us laughing all day long. I highly recommend him.
-- Patrick McHugh, Vice President of North American Operations, Scientific Games International
Having years of experience listening to motivational speakers (ZZZZZzzzzzzz), I found Vinny Verelli to be the most interesting, relevant, fall-out-of-your-seat funniest of them all. You far exceeded my expectations and you definitely won over the Prewett family. Your delivery, honesty, humor and simplicity of message caught the attention of what is normally a very tough audience. Even my 3 kitchen designers, Pauly, Silvio, and Dom got it.
-- Bob Rosenzweig, Showroom Manager Atlanta Kitchen & Bath
... a fabulous addition to our worldwide franchise partner conference ... Vinny delivered an inspirational message, with his own sense of style that was right on target and very well received. So get off your butt and hire Vinny!
-- Steve Romaniello, President and CEO, FOCUS Brands
We appreciate Vinny taking the time to prepare and customize his presentation for our team. Everyone was amazed at how much he knew about our organization. The presentation was informative and had the appropriate amount of humor to keep everyone's attention throughout the entire presentation.
-- Steve Johnson, Distribution Control Center Supervisor, Georgia Power
I appreciated the way you took the time to get to know us before your presentation. That tells me you were sincere in your efforts and knew how to “get through to us.” Your “roasting” of me was a riot; although done in a humorous manner, it was tasteful and right on target. My people just loved it.
-- Doug Peetz, Director of Financial Services, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Vinny not only customized his program to relate to my staff's everyday stresses, but he made them laugh about things that they were complaining about just days before. I highly recommend Vinny for a fun, relaxing stress buster and your staff will return to their everyday routine with a whole new outlook on life!!
-- Tim Haller, Lima City Schools
We appreciate the time and effort that you took to get to know our business, our “lingo,” and our “darkest secrets.” Your speech was not only motivating and captivatingly amusing, but heartfelt.
-- Ann Emmerson, President, Connecticut Apartment Association
Your simple approach to motivation by way of Negativity Management was enjoyable and easy for us common Southern folks to grasp. You brought us laughter, which is a motivational tool all its own, allowing us to relax and our negative thoughts to dissipate.
-- Jillian Jones, Chair, Professional Development, Clayton State University