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Nashville entrepreneur, author to give Commencement address May 14

Its the If he can make it, I can, too phenomenon.

Austin Peay officials, who are convinced that the best inspiration for a graduating class is to see and hear a successful alumnus/a, invited Joe Calloway of Nashville, a 1974 graduate of APSU, to be the guest speaker for upcoming Commencement ceremonies.

Taking the podium in front of about 700 candidates for graduation, their families and friends, Calloway will give the keynote address at 2 p.m., Friday, May 14 in the Dunn Center.
It's the “If he can make it, I can, too” phenomenon.

Austin Peay officials, who are convinced that the best inspiration for a graduating class is to see and hear a successful alumnus/a, invited Joe Calloway of Nashville, a 1974 graduate of APSU, to be the guest speaker for upcoming Commencement ceremonies.

Taking the podium in front of about 700 candidates for graduation, their families and friends, Calloway will give the keynote address at 2 p.m., Friday, May 14 in the Dunn Center.

“Our graduates are in for a treat,” says Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president. “As a motivational and business speaker, Joe has addressed more than 1,000 audiences worldwide.”

Calloway has earned The National Speakers Association's highest honorinduction into the International Speakers Hall of Fame. Recently, Sales and Marketing Management magazine named him as one of the top business speakers in the country, and he was selected as a speaker in the nationally telecast “Masters of Motivation” television series.

Calloway is a restaurant owner, business author and branding consultant whose client list reads like a “Who's Who” in businessfrom newspapers in Sweden, hotels in Great Britain and computer companies in South African to such world brands as American Express, IBM, AT&T, Radisson Hotels, RCA Records and BMW.

His award-winning Nashville restaurant, Mirror, has been featured on television's Food Network. Through the film-production company, Hometown Productions, in which he holds partnership, Calloway has produced videos for such clients as BMW, Texaco and General Motors.

He is the author of three books on business. Released in 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, his best-selling book, “Becoming a Category of One,” received rave reviews from The New York Times, Scripps Howard Newspapers, Knight Ridder Newspapers and Publishers Weekly. In it, he explains how great companies build their brands, how extraordinary success is achieved by people willing to do what others are not and how to create an environment that fosters innovation.

Following a presentation by Calloway to the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers (AFRDS) National Convention, Bo Burleson, AFRDS president, wrote, “The list of speakers I've heard in my 22 years in sales management is long and contains every big name in the business.

“Without a doubt, your message and superb delivery have, in my mind, set you apart from the other guys. In our Association's history, you are the only professional speaker to receive a standing ovation.”
—Dennie Burke