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Famous Dave

Motivational Speaker
  • Great fit for any event requiring an effective motivational speaker.

  • Founder of Famous Dave’s of America, the legendary BBQ franchise. Voted the “Hottest Restaurant Concept in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News, Famous Dave’s has received unprecedented recognition. Anderson

  • Has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street and created over 20,000 new jobs.

  • Dave’s own life story ofadversity, frustration, and bankruptcy as well as tremendous success is featured in two New York Times bestsellers.

  • Served two Presidents and three governors in advisory positions.

  • Appeared on all major networks including: Regis and Kathy Lee, Oprah Winfrey, CNBC The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Crook & Chase, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, National Public Radio and over 200 radio shows.

  • As a Native American, Dave devotes his life to making a difference in his community and in the lives of others less fortunate. Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network recently recognized Dave’s leadership development work with at-risk youth.

Expertise: Executive, Motivational & Keynote, Entrepreneur 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Against All Odds: How To Overcome Life’s Adversities And Turn Them Into Your Greatest Opportunities
  • Entreprenuership: How I Turned A Backyard Hobby into a $500 million Company
  • Getting Sauced: Famous Dave's Story of Sobriety

Famous Dave of "Famous Dave's of America"  amps up the energy at business events like no one else.  His personal story is riveting, humorous and inspiring.  He holds nothing back as he shares his incredible real life story of overcoming tremendous odds, adversity, and failure to go to create one of America’s best loved restaurant companies. With the spirit, energy, and enthusiasm that can only come from being in the trenches… Dave’s heartfelt story is the real deal.  When Dave shares how he overcame his own personal challenges to become America’s Rib King, Dave connects directly to the spirit of every heart in attendance. 

 Dave’s remarkable story gives hope to all audiences that they too can achieve their dreams.  But more than that, people get jumpstarted , rejuvenated, and re-energized, ready to take on life’s challenges.  As a highly sought after keynote speaker, Dave shares his heartfelt optimism using his life’s story to share valuable insight and life lessons in dealing with today’s fast changing and challenging world. Dave is an enthusiastic advocate of the American Dream, he stresses that no matter how tough things may seem today, if you never give up your dream and work hard tomorrow’s rewards will always come.

Famous Dave has shared his business success secrets and leadership insights with millions throughout the United States and Canada to both Small Businesses, Fortune 500 companies, University Commencements, National Youth Organizations, Community Organizations, and Student Body Keynotes. 


“Wow!  You rocked the house!  For the first time in fifteen years that we have been having this conference not one attendee left early and we had the best attendance ever just because they wanted to hear you speak.  Our associates were all riveted to their seats by your inspiring, from-the-heart, and real life talk about your experiences as an entrepreneur.  You reached everyone there because you didn’t hold anything back.  You shared your failures as well as your success and that captured their hearts as your inspiring story made them feel that they could all succeed.  We have never had a speaker that got this group to jump to their feet in thunderous applause.  Three standing ovations! And then you couldn’t even get back to your seat with getting a standing ovation.  From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come to Canada."


Regina Saskatchewan, Canada

“We received so many compliments following your presentation and this meeting was proclaimed the “best” joint meeting in history thanks to you.”

“It was refreshing in this day and age to encounter someone with such an optimistic & clear read of what life holds for us.”

“Your common sense approach coupled with your philosophies…has the potential of insuring that each member of the audience you spoke to will be a better supervisor, worker and human being.”

Greater Saint Paul Building Owners & Managers Association

"We have had a lot of great speakers from across the nation speak at our Economic Club and none were more dynamic and as articulate as Famous Dave. It was obvious throughout his presentation that he has earned the right to speak to the topics of entrepreneurship, small business development, corporate America and leadership. He was an inspiration to our membership, both young and old. His real-life experiences and stories had everyone at the edge of their chairs wanting to hear more, we will definitely have him back in the future."

Michigan Economic Development Association

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