Eric Moss was not always a “strongman.” As a kid he battled eczema and turned negative comments from others into a career as a strongman and inspirational speaker. Moss speaks about how a strongman mindset can also be applied to business and life. His main programs include: Steel Forged Self-Esteem, Becoming Strong Enough To Lead From The Front and Witness the Power of Our Potential. The programs focus on self-esteem enhancement, leadership cultivation, overcoming adversity, resilience and perseverance.

Moss will work with meeting and event planners to customize each event to fit their needs. Along with inspirational speaking, he incorporates one-liners in his strongman routine, which can include bending a thick steel bar, bending a 6-inch spike, twisting a horseshoe into a heart, rolling up a frying pan and driving a nail through a board in one strike with only a rag to protect his hand. These acts serve a larger purpose than simply entertainment. For example, “to illustrate setting and achieving goals,” Moss will rip a deck of cards in half. Moss says, “The audience will leave with a newfound mindset of self-belief of the power within, and reveal the secrets of the steel-bending super humans that lead to success in business and life.” 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

A lifelon New Yorker, Emily Schmalholz was a TV producer at VH1 before moving into the events industry and landing at Westchester’s The Capitol Theatre. As director of special events at the historic space and its bar, Garcia’s, she says creating events and working in television have lots in common. “The ultimate goal for both is to tell a great story and create memorable moments.” Schmalholz, a self-described “event therapist,” had more to say about her work.

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From Baltimore to Boston to brainstorming, Ralph Weaver has never been one to say “no” to trying something new. After studying communications and marketing at Boston University, the Baltimore native made his way to New York City where he worked with a public relations agency, allowing him to dip his toes in the world of event planning.  

And he hasn’t looked back since.