About Us

about us

What We Believe

We believe that the keynote speaking industry has the impact to change the way people think, live, believe and do business. We feel blessed to work in an industry that helps transform people’s lives for the better.

Our Philosophy Is Simple...

Educate

We hear, meet and learn about as many speakers as possible. The more we know about our speakers, the better resource we are to our clients.

Serve

It’s our job to serve our clients by providing the best customer experience possible. We are available, responsive and always working with you in-mind.

Commit

We love what we do and we are committed to our speakers and clients. It’s as simple as that. We have a passion for this business and share that passion every step of the way.

Meet Our Amazing Team

Brittanny Kreutzer, Partner

913-747-4636
kreutzer@speakerexchangeagency.com

Brittanny Kreutzer started The Speaker Exchange Agency with a background in sales and a love for the speaking industry. She was given a taste of the speaking industry while interning in college for Nancy Lauterbach, a past speakers bureau owner.  Upon graduation from college she began a successful career selling radio space and developing radio campaigns for CBS Radio in Kansas City; however, after a few years the excitement of the speaking industry drew her back-in. After working at a speakers bureau for several years and becoming one of the top sales executives, she took a break to spend time with her newborn baby Madison. The love she has for this industry struck again and after only a short months break, Brittanny combined forces with her past colleague and friend, Julie Homsey, to create The Speaker Exchange Agency, LLC.  With a passion for the speakers in this industry, she looks forward to growing SEA and connecting her clients with the amazing speakers she has grown to know and love.  She is known for her “bubbly” personality, quick response times, and willingness to go the extra mile for her clients. Being able to finally know what she “wants to be when she grows up” is truly a blessing, and she feels honored to work with such an amazing team of people every day.

Brittanny graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S in Journalism. She lives in Lenexa, KS with her husband Michael, daughter Madison, son Hudson and 4 lb dog Winston. When she’s not booking speakers she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading and being a mom to her two small and adventurous children.

What clients say about Brittanny…

The Speaker Exchange Agency (specifically Brittanny Kreutzer) was also incredible to work with. This was my first time taking the lead on managing a large conference, and this was one area I didn’t have to worry about because Brittanny had it handled. She made great suggestions (including The Passing Zone) after listening to what I needed, scheduled all the appropriate prep calls, made sure everyone had all the info we needed, and more. Plus, she was just absolutely a doll to work with! I’ll definitely be coming back to SEA!

-Growth Energy

Having produced nearly 20 economic conferences over the years, I believe I have worked with many of the economic speakers on the circuit. So to help find a fresh face, I turned to Brittanny Kreutzer, of the Speaker Exchange, to locate a new presenters that our audience had not heard before. With her typical enthusiasm and tenacity, Brittanny jumped in and soon connected me to Mary Kelly.

-Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union

Get to know Brittanny Kreutzer…

Why do you love the speaking industry?  I love having the opportunity to learn about so many amazing speakers!  To be surrounded by great minds is such a blessing and to then get to share these speakers with my clients-I love it! Finding my client the perfect fit for their event and then reading a letter from an attendee stating that the speaker changed their life, that’s why I love what I do.

What’s your favorite drink?  I love coffee. The thought of my morning cup of joe can actually pull me out of bed even when I’m exhausted! I look forward to it every day-yes I’m an addict : ) I also love wine!

What’s your favorite quote? “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” -Stephen Leacock

What’s your favorite vacation destination? My husband and I love going to Mexcio. We love the all-inclusive resorts. My favorite destination in Mexico is Puerto Vallarta-Nuevo Vallarta because they have beautiful white sand beaches that go on for miles.

What kind of music do you like? I love country music, but more of the “new country.” Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts etc.

Tell us about your pets:  Winston (my first baby) is a 4lb teacup Maltese. He is 11  years old and my “little shadow.” He goes everywhere with me and has the best personality. He is also very talented!  Check out some his tricks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPkMMKP9lKI

If you didn’t work at SEA, what would you do? That’s a hard question because I absolutely love what I do! If I didn’t work at SEA I might be a real estate agent or a travel agent as I love the idea of helping someone find their dream home or go on their dream vacation.

What’s your favorite thing to-do on the weekend? I love spending time with my family and watching my kids play. With two little kids we are always on the go. We love playing outside, cooking, going to the pool or watching movies and having friends over. I don’t like to sit still so it’s very rare we have a low key weekend, much to my husband’s dismay.

What’s your favorite type of candy? Anything with peanut butter and chocolate! Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite. I love the holidays when they come out with the Reese’s eggs, Christmas Trees etc.

Do you have any wisdom to share?  I think it’s important to look at the things that happen to us in our life, good and bad, and ask ourselves what lessons we can learn from the situation.  We all make mistakes and we should always learn from them and then move on. I also believe that true forgiveness is not an act of weakness, but an act of strength. Forgiving is not something we do for the other person, but for ourselves.

What’s your favorite movie?  When Harry Met Sally and Christmas Vacation-They are classics! I also love movies that make you laugh so hard you can’t breathe. Some of my favorites are There’s Something About Mary and Wedding Crashers.

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year-old self, what would you tell yourself? He’s not worth it  : ) And have some fun! Straight A’s are good, but a B’s ok too!

What are you grateful for? Heath, my family, my two beautiful children who teach me to be a better person each day, a husband who I love and respect and who puts up with me : ), a roof over my head, food in my stomach and a job that I love. I am also grateful for being able to do what I love and still be involved in my children’s lives and have extra time with them that I might not have if I chose another career path.

What do most people not know about you? I’m a lefty!  I also had red hair as a child (not bright orange red, but it was redish brown)…I am not a natural blonde haha!

What is your favorite sports team? My Alma Mater: KU Jayhawksl – Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

What is your favorite holiday?  I love Christmas. As a child this was a time full of family traditions and I am so excited to start some of those traditions, and new ones with my own family. I just love the feeling of the Christmas season as it’s a time when you get together with the ones you love and you give to others. There’s also non-stop Christmas music-which I also love!

Julie Homsey, Partner

405-204-3126
homsey@speakerexchangeagency.com

Julie Homsey comes to The Speaker Exchange Agency with a 15 year sales and customer service background in the speaking industry.  As an adolescent she was first introduced to the world of speakers by her father on a five hour road trip from Oklahoma City, OK to Overland Park, KS.  On this fateful ride, her father played various “motivational” cassette tapes, his favorite being Mary Feeley. At the time Julie rolled her eyes and attempted to tune him out; however, her father’s contagious laugh and interest in these motivational speakers intrigued her.  Little did she know she would spend her career working in the industry.  She was hired out of college by Bill and Nancy Lauterbach where she learned the business of booking speakers, helping clients, and her passion for the industry developed. After a few years of booking speakers, she took a short break to help her brother with a start-up business in the golf industry, but she was not gone long.  Due to Julie’s overwhelming love for the speaking industry, she quickly returned and has never looked back.  Julie has won numerous customer service and sales awards during her career.  In December 2011 she started her own agency, The Speaker Exchange Agency, LLC and then in early 2012 partnered with her good friend and past colleague, Brittanny Kreutzer. She is known for her dedication, quick response time, passion, and commitment to her speakers and clients. She finds joy in helping clients and speakers connect, which in turn helps change lives. Julie feels blessed to work with an awesome team and is grateful for the many people she partners with daily.

Julie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing.  She lives in Overland Park, KS with her husband Chad, two sons Hank and Charlie, her twin daughters Ava and Reese and her Cockapoo, Brewster Baker.

Get to know Julie Homsey…

Why do you love the speaking industry? There are so many things I love about this industry! =) But I really enjoy finding the perfect “match” for a client’s need.  I love when a speaker knocks it out of the park and the meeting planner is given kudos for doing a great job of finding someone perfect for their event!

What’s your favorite drink? Diet Dr. Pepper! My grandfather purchased a 7-Up/Dr. Pepper company in 1948. It is one of the few independently owned plants in the country. Today my family still owns and operates the bottling plant.  I think my kids had their first taste of Dr. Pepper at the age of one. Probably not healthy but my grandfather’s business has been very good to our family and we are very grateful.  Pepper juice is always ok in our family! =)

What’s your favorite quote? Boomer Sooner! Actually, I don’t think that is a quote. =)  If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Well, I love Playa del Carmen but really any beach where I am with my family and friends is perfect!

What kind of music do you like? I would say I am very eclectic in my music taste…right now if you saw my most recent playlist on my iphone you would see the following: U2, Van Morrison, The Marshall Tucker Band, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, and a lot of Christmas music.

Tell us about your pets: Brewster Baker! (Anyone know who he is named after or the movie?!? It is my husband’s favorite all time movie….) Brewster is our sweet cockapoo.  He loves giving kisses, eating anything my kids will give him (our groomer recently found mac-n-cheese in his coat..made me laugh!), sleeping at the bottom of our bed and pretending he is a human.  =)

If you didn’t work at SEA, what would you do? That is a tough question. I have done this for so long and am so blessed to be in the industry I really can’t image not doing this. If I won the lottery I would still do what I am doing but if I had to pick something else I would say taking care of my kiddos.  =) Someday when they are on the PGA tour I will be in the galley watching them and cheering them on.  I might also consider being a professional craps player or owning a bagel shop… =)

What’s your favorite thing to-do on the weekend? I just love to be with my family on the weekend. We love to go to the gym, play outside, go to Church and my husband and I always enjoy dinner out together for a “date” night.

What’s your favorite type of candy? Hershey chocolate eggs with the hard shells. They only come out at Easter and I spend a flat out fortune on them. One year I ate so many I had to go to the ER because my stomach will killing me…lesson learned never eat too much chocolate!

Do you have any wisdom to share? Smile, be gracious, say thank you and pay your bills.

What’s your favorite movie? That is a tough question so I am going to give a few answers…Gladiator, Father of the Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes…love them all!

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year-old self, what would you tell yourself?  Chill out! It is going to all work out! I always had to make straight A’s. I worked really hard to do that and it was really stressful!

What are you grateful for? My husband, my children Hank, Charlie, Ava and Reese, my parents/in-laws, siblings, extended family, dog, my friends, the people I work with and our good health. In the end it is about family, friends and health.

What do most people not know about you? I have one green eye and one brown eye.

What is your favorite sports team? The Oklahoma Sooners! I also enjoy the Kansas City Chiefs, The Kansas City Royals and the Oklahoma City Thunder

What is your favorite holiday? I really love 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I love the 4th of July because my extended family always gets together! We love to go to the beach or have a pool party at my aunt’s house in Oklahoma City. It is so fun to relax, catch up, play games/cards and eat great food! Very laid back and fun!

Lyndy Volker, Account Manager

913-645-4787
volker@speakerexchangeagency.com

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Lyndy Volker joins The Speaker Exchange with a background in the medical field. Lyndy’s experience and love for working hands-on with patient’s transitions into the speaking industry seamlessly. Not only did Lyndy work with patients in cardiac rehab, but also she had the opportunity to work in a research capacity at St. Luke’s hospital.  Lyndy thrived working with the patients, doctors, physicists, nurses, study coordinators and researchers all over the country.  Lyndy had the opportunity to travel to many conferences, promoting the latest technology in cardiac imaging.  After spending several years home raising her three boys, Lyndy is excited to transition into a job that centers around people and sharing information, inspiration and motivation. Lyndy loves being engaged in people’s lives and is a natural people connector. She is known for her attention to detail, calm demeanor, and natural ability to listen to and connect with others.

Lyndy grew up in Wichita Kansas and went to the University of Oklahoma where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Sport Science.  She then went on to graduate school at the University of Kansas to complete her Masters in Science in Education. Lyndy currently lives in Leawood, KS with her husband Kristopher, and three sons, William, Samuel, and Edward.

Get to know Lyndy Volker…

Why do you love the speaking industry?  I love how a speaker unknown to you can draw you in and make an impact on your life.
What’s your favorite drink?  Diet vanilla coke from Sonic (espeically at happy hour).
What’s your favorite quote?  I have 2 favorites:Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1 and “You’ve got to dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”   William W. Purkey
What’s your favorite vacation destination?  The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.  This place brings so many wonderful memories growing up and now memories I am able to make with my husband and children.   It is an incredible place.  Kauai may be tied with this as it is a magical place and I love the sun!!
What kind of music do you like?  I really like all kinds.  I like anything from country to rap.  Any music I can dance to probably is my favorite.
Tell us about your pets:  Only fish at our house.  Maybe in 5 years when my boys are older we will get a dog, but I can’t take care of anything else.
If you didn’t work at SEA, what would you do?  I have always stayed at home since my children were born.  I am thankful to be able to do this so I would probably conitnue to do that until they are all in school.  Then perhaps something in the medical field.
What’s your favorite thing to-do on the weekend?  I love to spend time with my husband and 3 boys.  Life goes by fast and gets very busy so it is nice when we can do fun things as a family.  I love to get together with friends and family too………..love to have parties.
What’s your favorite type of candy?  Peanut M&Ms.  Sadly my son has a peanut allergy so I can only have these when I am not around him which is very rare.
Do you have any wisdom to share?  Believe in yourself.  There is only one you!
What’s your favorite movie?  Any movie I have watched over 50 times.  My husband will come in and I will be watching Girls Just Want To Have Fun and he quickly leaves the room.
If you could go back to talk to your 13 year-old self, what would you tell yourself?  It is okay to go against the rules sometimes.  I had my fun don’t get me wrong, but always played it safe.  I could have been a little more risky.
What are you grateful for?  Religion, family, and friends.  They have all always been at the center of my life.
What do most people not know about you?  I Love Prince Harry.  My husband knows it would be a close race between the two of them……I am not kidding on this one.
What is your favorite sports team?  Oklahoma Sooners.  I will always love college sports and the Sooners will always be on top.
What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas is my favorite holiday.  The kids love to help decorate the house and prepare for Christmas. Christmas Eve and morning have always been so special.  I love spending time with family.  Being a mom has made it that much more special………….to see the magic in my children’s faces during this season is beyond words.

Trish Fielder, Speaker Relations and Marketing Manager

913-747-4637
fielder@speakerexchangeagency.com

Trish Fielder joins The Speaker Exchange Agency with over 10 years of experience in the speaking industry, working her way up from filing and making copies, to sales support, customer service, and sales.  With this broad experience in the speaking industry, Trish has come to understand her customers’ needs and leverages this knowledge to consistently exceed her customers’ expectations.  Trish thrives in the exciting day to day rush of helping her clients find the perfect speaker for their event.  She is proud to be part The Speaker Exchange Agency where she has the opportunity to work with people who are caring, take pride in doing things with integrity, and work hard, while having fun at the same time. Trish is known for her passion, sense of humor and her quick and efficient follow-through.

Trish graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.  She lives in Overland Park with her husband Mike and their two cats, Spicey and Callie.  Mike and Trish have two grown children, Patrick who lives in Lawrence, KS with his wife, Brandis, and Allison, who lives in Dresden, TN with her husband Nick.

Get to know Trish Fielder…

Why do you love the speaking industry?  Fantastic people – clients/speakers and their teams/co-workers/other bureaus.  It’s genuinely a fun and interesting industry, with never a dull moment – always something new to learn!

What’s your favorite drink?  Hmmmm – it’s a toss-up between Diet Pepsi and Margaritas (yep, plural!!!).

What’s your favorite quote? “Just put on your big girl panties, and deal with it”!  Seriously, this helps me laugh when things get tough and makes me remember I’m an adult and need to deal with things as best I can.  No one has all the answers, just do the best you can.

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Table Rock Lake….boating, relaxing, outlet malls, margaritas – the fun never ends!

What kind of music do you like? I alternate between oldies and country.

Tell us about your pets:  My husband and I have two “kittens”, Callie and Spicey, (they are officially cats now, but will always be kittens to us!).  They are twin diluted calicos, that we adopted/rescued in 2010.  It took a long time for us to be able to tell them apart and now their differences seem so obvious!

If you didn’t work at SEA, what would you do? I’d love to work with animals!  It would be fun to have a doggie day care and/or live on enough land that I could have a place for horses, dogs, cats that need a home.

What’s your favorite thing to-do on the weekend? Relax and spend time with family.  My kids are grown, and I value the time my husband and I are able to spend with them.

What’s your favorite type of candy? Starbursts – does anyone else out there remember when they were called Fruit Chewies?

Do you have any wisdom to share?  Not according to my kids!  I asked them what wisdom I shared with them and believe me, you don’t want to know their smart-aleck answers.  With that said, I’ve encouraged honesty and kindness and both of my kids have those qualities, so I guess that’s something…

What’s your favorite movie?  Anything that makes me laugh, and ok, sometimes cry!

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year-old self, what would you tell yourself? Stop worrying about trying to please everyone – you will turn into a worrier!

What are you grateful for? My family (two-legged and four-legged), friends, great co-workers and a job I truly enjoy!

What do most people not know about you? I owned the same horse twice – first when I was in grade school and my horse was only 5 months old, and again when he was 30.  Feel free to ask me about it – it’s an amazing story!  In fact, I even wrote about it and the story was published by the Arabian Horse Association.

What is your favorite sports team? KU Jayhawks Basketball – Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

What is your favorite holiday?  The Christmas Season – beautiful church services, family, music, friends, food, presents (giving of course, oh all right, receiving is good too!)…what’s not to love?!

Marla Zirkle, Staff Accountant

816-260-7012
accounting@speakerexchangeagency.com

Marla Zirkle joins The Speaker Exchange Agency as Staff Accountant.  She brings 20 plus years of accounting experience in the media industry where she managed the business office and all its accounting responsibilities for four prominent radio stations in Kansas City.   Marla worked with Partner Brittanny Kreutzer at CBS Radio in Kansas City.  The two formed a strong working relationship built on trust, knowledge of their product and successfully meeting budgetary needs. Marla is known for her strong work ethic and attention to detail which have always ensured financial success.  Marla strives to create “the ease of doing business” environment for our clients and employees. Marla is excited to bring her specialized knowledge to The Speaker Exchange Agency.

Marla grew up in Springfield, Missouri.  She attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.  Marla and her husband, Brian, live in Oak Grove, Missouri with their two children, Emily and Ethan.

Get to know Marla Zirkle…

What is your favorite drink?  I am addicted to unsweetened iced tea!  I start each morning with a large travel cup to jump start my day.

What is your favorite quote?  “Pay Heed, All Who Enter:  Beware of The Phog”
It is an indescribable feeling when entering Allen Fieldhouse and joining the culture of Pride, Unity and Success.

What is your favorite vacation destination?   It’s Nashville, Tennessee.   I’ve been fortunate to attend country music awards shows, new artist showcases, club performances, and artist dinners over the past 20 years.  These opportunities are rare and special.

What kind of music do you like?   I am a loyal Country Music fan.  I was raised on Classic Country in southern Missouri.  This genre tells many great stories in its lyrics, and it’s amazing how I find myself applying my own stories to them as well.

Tell us about your pets:   Rusty is our miniature quarter horse who stands 34 inches tall.  He’s quite the stallion and a joy to play with.  He’s won the hearts of our neighbors and the elementary kids who pass by him every day and wave out their bus windows.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?   I love to bowl!  My husband and I joined a league in 2000 where I was barely averaging 110 per game.  Fourteen years later I am actually consistent and averaging 160+ per game.  I love the socializing, the jukebox, the cocktails and the date night!

What is your favorite type of candy?   Zero Bars and Sugar Babies are a must when I am traveling.  There’s not a trip that I take without these two items in my carry on, in my car, or in my hotel room.

Do you have any wisdom to share?   If she’s crying, don’t say anything, just hug her!  ~ It’s amazing how comforting a hug can be for a woman/child.  It shows you care and the silence is soothing.  Embrace her so she feels safe.

What is your favorite movie?   Sweet Home Alabama and Grease 2
When you can quote a movie scene by scene and can sing every song word for word then you know you’re hooked!

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year old self, what would you tell yourself?   Appreciate the luxuries your parents have provided for you.  Say thank you.

What are you grateful for?   I am grateful for my family’s health and stability.  My daughter has had some medical challenges and we have conquered them successfully.  We all have 10 fingers and 10 toes so we are a fortunate family.  The stability our marriage and faith provides for my children is a blessing from God.

What do most people not know about you?   I am a member of Kickapoo High School’s Hall of Fame.

What is your favorite sports team?   Rock Chalk Jayhawk Basketball

What is your favorite holiday?   Fourth of July…this is the one day of the year that my husband (and his childhood buddies) regresses to being a child.   The ridiculous amount of money he spends at the fireworks stands, the tradition of blowing up whatever he can find to be the loudest, and the group of friends we celebrate with make this tradition one we vow to keep going as long as we can.

Deia Starr Rank, Account Manager

913-905-9435
rank@speakerexchangeagency.com

Deia Starr Rank joins the Speaker Exchange Agency with 16 years of experience working with speakers, trainers and facilitators in both public and private venues. She believes that every opportunity, if your eyes and heart are open, can be a nugget of personal growth and this is why she has absorbed her professional career in the training and speaking industry.

Her experience encompasses a vast arena of what it takes to make a keynote or training day spectacular! Curriculum project management, working with clients to identify needs, processes management, coordinating speaker schedules, front-of-the-room speaker coaching, operations management and speaker recruitment are just a few areas that Deia has extensive experience.

She believes that a successful outcome starts with effective communication, a trusting partnership and over-the-top follow through that exceeds expectations. Purposeful attention in these areas accomplishes the goal of employee growth and THAT is what it’s all about!

Colleagues and clients will describe Deia as having a “fiery focus, determined to accomplish, abundant industry knowledge and simply a go-getter”. Her energy is contagious and her passion insurmountable!

Deia graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a secondary degree in Gerontology. She is surrounded by her fabulous family that is the true core to her success!

What clients say about Deia…

“Deia is the type of professional I want to work with (or for!). She is personable, responsible, accountable and super responsive to communications. In my experience working with Deia to find a specific keynote speaker for my large event, I never felt abandoned in the process. I always felt valued and respected. Deia kept me informed. She responded to my inquires, questions and feedback in an incredibly timely and personable manner. I prefer working with people like Deia in my business dealings because not only does she possess each of those great qualities I’ve already mentioned, but she is genuine and likable. In my view, she is the perfect business partner — the consummate professional. I am eager to work with Deia again! I would recommend Deia in a heartbeat for her incredible support, her business skills, her professionalism, her dependability, and her ability to understand and relate to the needs of others. Offering her this recommendation is my absolute pleasure.”

-Iowa Utility Association

Get to know Deia Starr Rank…

Why do you love the speaking industry?   There is something very energizing about identifying a clients’ needs, finding the perfect match of talent/expertise and creating a solution. Being a part of inspiring and changing lives is pretty cool stuff!

What’s your favorite drink?  Water because we have to… and coffee because it’s the best vehicle for my creamer addiction. And whenever appropriate, I’ll never turn down a glass of Cabernet.

What’s your favorite quote? So many great ones!!! A few of my favorites…

“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough people get what they want” Zig Ziglar

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special” Jimmy Valvano

“Live life by design not default” (not sure where that one came from??)

“Don’t wish is was easier, wish you were better”    Jim Rohn

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Anywhere in the mountains!

What kind of music do you like? Better asked…what do I not like? I love all kinds of genres! My ipod is packed with over 40,000 songs and growing. You’ll find anything from Boney James, Wynonna Judd and Ozzy Osbourne to Sam Hunt, Boyce Avenue and Demi Lovato. Music is always playing in my space!

Tell us about your pets:  I have human pets…that’s all I can keep up with at this stage in life!

If you didn’t work at SEA, what would you do?  Something in the training and speaking industry. There really is no better profession to fulfill your lifelong learning passion.

What’s your favorite thing to-do on the weekend? Watch my kids play sports! And if there is a freak chance we are not on a court or field somewhere, as crazy as it sounds, I love cooking a great meal and cleaning my house.

What’s your favorite type of candy? Chocolate…is there any other kind of candy?

Do you have any wisdom to share?  Learn from every experience you are given and try your best to live life in the moment. As years go by I learn that the clock really does speed up so enjoy your moments…all of them!

What’s your favorite movie?  Although I don’t watch a lot of movies I love how a great movie can take you away and you don’t realize you’ve been gone! As long as it has a perfect ending…I love it!

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year-old self, what would you tell yourself? It REALLY does get better.

What are you grateful for? The gift of life, an amazing family that I’ve been blessed to spend it with and good health.

What do most people not know about you? Glitter freaks me out and that my family owns a longhorn ranch.

What is your favorite sports team? Any team my little athletes are playing on, KU basketball, KSU football and KC Royals!

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas! There is something truly magical for me about this time of year. Snow, jingle bells, ice skating, holiday lights, decorations, making and buying special gifts…I love it all! Oh, and I can’t forget to mention I love baking (and eating) all of my holiday favorites while belting out a little “Sleigh Ride” by Johnny Mathis.

Allison Little

Allison Little, Technology Director

little@speakerexchangeagency.com

Allison Little came to SEA with years of experience in web design and development, digital marketing, and project management.  She is pursuing her B.S. Software Development at Western Governors University, and once this is accomplished, she will continue the fun by starting her Masters.  Allison has earned multiple technical certifications and is working towards still more.

Allison has known Brittanny and Julie for years, through her mom, Trish Fielder.  When she learned SEA was looking for a “techie,” Allison jumped at the opportunity.  She loves the positive and supportive culture of the company and looks forward to working with them for a long time to come.

Allison grew up in Overland Park, KS and now lives in Dresden, TN with her husband Nick and their four pets: cats Elliot, Arthur, and Gwen; and their deaf dog Gracie.  In her rare free time, she likes to watch sci-fi shows and do cross stitch.

Get to know Allison Little…

What is your favorite drink?  Coffee!  I drink waaaaay too much of it.

What is your favorite vacation destination?   Honestly?  I’m not a big fan of travelling.  I’m a homebody and would much prefer a “stay-cation”!

What kind of music do you like?  Anything loud, heavy, and fast!  Really though, there’s not much I won’t listen to.

Tell us about your pets:   I have three cats: Elliot, my grumpy old man; Arthur, a gentle giant; and Gwen, the tiny terror.  I also have a dog, a deaf Australian shepherd mix named Gracie who knows a bunch of hand signs and loves showing off her tricks.

What’s your favorite weekend activity?   Does sleeping count?  Otherwise, I love shopping, watching movies with my husband and working on my cross stitch.

What is your favorite type of candy?  Sour gummy worms!

What is your favorite movie?  I love all of the Harry Potter movies!

If you could go back to talk to your 13 year old self, what would you tell yourself?   Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

What are you grateful for?   My family!

What do most people not know about you?   At KU I majored in Linguistics and took two years of Japanese classes.  こんにちは。

What is your favorite sports team?  Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

What is your favorite holiday?   Halloween!  I start decorating in September and don’t take them down until Christmas decorations go up.  Fall is my favorite season, and with candy and costumes, what’s not love?