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Desmond Clark

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  • Former 12 Yr NFL Vet | Chicago Bear
  • Global Motivational Speaker
  • Leadership & Team Development Specialist
  • 2x Published Author – Principles of Winning
  • Podcaster

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Desmond Clark has built a strong reputation as a former NFL player with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears. Desmond has taken his leadership skills from on the field to off the field as a speaker, coach and author Desmond authored and published his first book, the Principles of Winning: 5 Keys to Create a Standard of Excellence.

With “Standards over Feelings” as his mantra, Desmond’s goal is to lead his audience through real-life personal and professional experiences to help shine a light on effective leadership, team, and personal / professional development.

Since retiring from football, Desmond has blazed an impressive path as a financial advisor, inspirational speaker, and also as a business coach. In his first year as a full-time advisor with MassMutual Chicago, he finished in the top 5 in assets accumulated for 2017. This achievement launched Desmond’s entrepreneurial pursuits.

As a professional speaker, Desmond Clark has spoken and consulted for companies, associations, and schools across the nation including Fortune 500 health care company Baxter, Chicago United,IL Diversity Council, Loan Depot, National General Insurance, Wyndham Destinations, Echo Global Logistics, and the American Cancer Society (just to name a few).

He has also appeared on ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, WGN, ESPN, and other network TV and radio stations as a thought leader, author, speaker, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and coach.

After 12 years of being a professional athlete and transitioning into the business world under high-level tutelage, I developed the mindset and the skillset needed to elevate not only myself but also others, to extraordinary success. He has the game plan to help you keep “Winning the Day’ while building up those who look to you to set the tempo for them daily.”

A Proven Leader in the Insurance Industry

With a distinguished career spanning several years in the insurance industry, Desmond Clark has consistently demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead, innovate, and inspire. His journey began as a financial advisor with MassMutual, where he honed his expertise in providing comprehensive financial solutions tailored to the unique needs of his clients.

Desmond’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found The Podium Group (https://thepodiumgroup.com/) alongside Manuel Amezcua, now the CEO of MassMutual Great Lakes. The Podium Group was established with a mission to serve athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and executives. Desmond played a pivotal role in creating a suite of insurance products, including life, health, and disability insurance, specifically designed for this niche market. His ability to understand and address the distinct requirements of these high-profile clients set The Podium Group apart as a trusted advisor in the industry.

Recognizing his expertise and leadership, Desmond was later invited to join The Insurance People (https://www.insuranceppl.com/about) as a partner. In this role, he was entrusted with the responsibility of growing the property and casualty side of the business. Leading a dedicated team of agents, Desmond successfully expanded the company’s offerings and client base, demonstrating his strategic vision and commitment to excellence.

Desmond’s success in these roles is a testament to his deep understanding of the insurance landscape, his ability to build and nurture relationships, and his unwavering dedication to client satisfaction. His achievements have not only contributed to the growth of his respective organizations but have also positively impacted the lives of countless individuals and businesses he has served.

Today, Desmond has channeled his passion for inspiring others into a new calling. Leveraging his extensive experience in the insurance industry, he now dedicates himself to motivating individuals and teams to achieve the greatness within them. His unique blend of industry knowledge, leadership skills, and motivational prowess makes him an ideal speaker for insurance conferences.

Desmond Clark’s journey from a financial advisor to a successful entrepreneur and industry leader showcases his expertise, resilience, and commitment to excellence. His insights into the insurance industry, coupled with his ability to inspire and empower, provide invaluable lessons for professionals seeking to navigate the complexities of the insurance world. Desmond’s story is one of perseverance, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of greatness—an inspiring narrative that resonates with audiences and leaves a lasting impact.

Topics Include: Greatness With Us, Success Demands Persevering Through Adversity, Principles Of Winning & Next Level Leadership

Desmond Clark has earned a strong reputation as a former NFL player with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears. Transitioning his leadership skills from the field to various platforms, Desmond is a sought-after speaker, coach, and author. He penned his first book, “Principles of Winning: 5 Keys to Create a Standard of Excellence.”

With “Standards over Feelings” as his mantra, Desmond aims to guide his audience through real-life personal and professional experiences, shedding light on effective leadership, teamwork, and personal/professional development.

Since retiring from football, Desmond has forged an impressive career path as a financial advisor, inspirational speaker, and business coach. In his inaugural year as a full-time advisor with MassMutual Chicago, he ranked in the top 5 for assets accumulated in 2017, marking the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey.

As a professional speaker, Desmond has addressed and consulted for esteemed companies, associations, and schools nationwide, including Fortune 500 healthcare giant Baxter, Chicago United, the IL Diversity Council, Loan Depot, National General Insurance, Wyndham Destinations, Echo Global Logistics, and the American Cancer Society, among others. He has made appearances on major network TV and radio stations such as ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, WGN, and ESPN, showcasing his expertise as a thought leader, author, speaker, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and coach.

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