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Why Kelly?

Kelly RiggsConsidering outside help for your business? Whether the challenge is management leadership, sales performance, or the need for strategic planning, Kelly’s track record with organizations is clear – he gets results.

Here are four reasons why Kelly may be the perfect choice for your organization:

“Kelly worked with our management team over a period of eighteen months. His 1-on-1 Management® training curriculum was a key factor in increasing the number of engaged employees at Wallace Engineering by 28% in that time frame. We heartily recommend Kelly to any company wishing to positively impact their company’s employee engagement.”
Tom Hendrick, COO, Wallace Engineering

1. An experienced coach and teacher

Being successful at something and being able to teach others how to do the same is two completely different skill sets. Kelly has documented success both as a salesperson and a sales manager; as a capable employee and as a manager and business owner. He is known as a successful teacher and coach, both in business and in sports.

It is his ability to connect with others, to teach critical skills, and to discern the barriers that prevent others from reaching their potential that sets Kelly apart as a resource for your organization.

2. A Strategic Viewpoint

Too many companies, managers, and salespeople struggle to solve organizational problems because they see only tactical solutions where systemic, organization-wide problems exist. One of Kelly’s primary strengths is a strategic perspective of organizations. This “big-picture” viewpoint, combined with the understanding of the need for standards, processes, and proper organizational structure, gives Kelly a unique vantage point from which to address systemic organizational problems.

3. A Business-Owner background

Having owned and operated several businesses, Kelly looks at any aspect of business from the perspective of the business owner: How does this issue impact the business at large? Sales trainers, for example, often teach salespeople how to be more effective in presenting a product solution, but do they teach them how to achieve higher margins, how to create plans and forecasts for future business development, and how to connect more effectively to the organization while achieving sales success? Successful business owners will appreciate Kelly’s implementation of performance standards, defined processes, and organizational alignment whether the application is at the enterprise level, in the department level, or the individual salesperson’s level.

4. A Highly Regarded Speaker and Presenter

Kelly’s dynamic style and content-rich presentations consistently earn accolades and stellar evaluations from attendees. A veteran speaker who has presented to national and regional audiences all over the country, Kelly always inspires the audience. He uses the same approach on stage that he uses successfully in coaching individuals or groups, or training corporate management teams, or leading strategic planning initiatives.

“Kelly Riggs knows how to captivate, educate and inspire an audience in the creation of a culture of excellence in sales. I have had the pleasure of attending his presentations at small company venues, professional organizations, and large national conferences. He is a dynamic, energetic, and engaging speaker and his messages are timely and relevant to the specific audience.”
D. Birkes, VP Business Development, Flintco

Kelly's Bio

Kelly Riggs is an author, speaker, and business performance coach for executives and companies throughout the United States. His clients include companies ranging from $3 million dollars in annual revenues to in excess of $1 billion, and represent a variety of diverse industries, including professional services, construction, energy, automotive groups, and more.

He is also the host of “The Business LockerRoom,” an online business radio show that airs live on Mondays at 3:00 CST.

In 2014, he begins his 8th year as founder and president of Vmax Performance Group, a business performance improvement company located in Broken Arrow, OK.

He has written two books:

1-on-1 Management™: What Every Great Manager Knows That You Don’t (2008)
Quit Whining and Start SELLING! A Step-by-Step Guide to a Hall of Fame Career in Sales (2013)

A former sales executive and two-time national Salesperson-of-the-Year, Kelly has over two decades of sales management and sales training experience. He has started or partnered in three new ventures, including a sports media production company in Tulsa, OK. It was with this company that Kelly hosted a successful sports radio talk show dubbed, “The LockerRoom,” which featured weekly interviews with high-profile coaches, media pundits, and sports personalities.

Presentations and Affiliations

Kelly has spoken to industry and trade groups across the country, including the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations, and many other local and regional associations.

Affiliations: American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Junior Achievement (Board Member), The Associated General Contractors of America, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.

Keynote Presentations

Quit Whining and Start SELLING!


Have you ever noticed that when a salesperson wins a sale, it’s because he or she is good at what they do, BUT, when they lose a sale, it’s because the economy stinks? Or the company’s marketing isn’t very good. Or, the product needs to be updated. Or some other nonsense. The reality is that most salespeople are average simply because they don’t have some of the critical skills salespeople MUST possess in order to succeed. In this presentation, you will discover three critical skills every successful salesperson must have. (Audience: Business Owners, CEOs, Sales Managers, Sales Executives, Business Development Professionals, and Salespeople of every kind).

Coaching for Leaders: How to Transform Potential into Performance

Harold Geneen said, “Words are words…but only performance is reality.” The question is, how do you get the very best from your employees? How do you transform potential into performance? Without question, coaching skills are critical, just as they are in any sport. Yet, the one crippling issue common to organizations of all sizes and complexities is the unwillingness or inability to address performance issues. Organizations don’t know how to create accountability, and the evidence is typically found in failed or failing performance management systems. In this presentation, you will discover the keys to employee coaching and performance improvement, and learn how they relate to the all-important concept of employee engagement. (Audience: Executives and Managers at all levels)


Can success really be defined in such simple terms? It appears so. In fact, success is often as dependent upon what you choose not to do as what you ultimately decide to pursue. Pay close attention and you will see that, in business, or sports, or the performing arts, or life in general, the common thread in success is FOCUS. It is what allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. In this presentation, Kelly will present the 5 Laws of Focus that world-class performers use consistently to create success in any endeavor; five principles that you can put to work immediately to improve your own performance. He will also demonstrate how business professionals are often chasing two rabbits – and don’t even realize it.  (Audience: CEOs, Business Owners, Corporate Executives, HR Executives, Managers at all levels)

Winning Business in a Losing Economy: 4 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

In the current soft economy, leaders face hard choices: how to sustain or increase market share, how to create a competitive edge, how to adapt to a rapidly moving target – even how to survive. These issues demand immediate attention, but, unfortunately, the solutions are often difficult to find because the problems are systemic; i.e., they are ingrained into the leadership practices of companies that have previously relied almost exclusively on technical competence for their success. In this presentation, you will discover the four critical areas company leadership must address in order to create stability, unlock innovation, and provide the potential to successfully deal with the many challenges currently facing.  (Audience: CEOs, Business Owners, Corporate Executives, Executive Sales Managers)