Carol Daniel

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Carol Daniel

Carol A. Daniel is first and foremost a mother and wife. She and her husband Patrick are celebrating 22 years of marriage. And they are the proud and exhausted parents of two sons.

Carol began her career at the “Voice of St. Louis” in 1995 as an anchor, reporter and talk show host. She was hired when the program director was driving to Memphis with his family, heard Carol on the air at a radio station in Cape Girardeau, MO. Two weeks later, she moved to St. Louis and was working at KMOX.

The 33-year veteran of broadcasting was once a campaign organizer, a recruiter for the U.S. Census Bureau, and even worked as a substitute teacher! Carol is a gifted motivational speaker who believes in the biblical verse, “To whom much is given, much is required.”

In 2008, Carol helped launch the Emmy award-winning lifestyle television show on KMOV-TV, “Great Day St. Louis” before moving on to her next career, author! She has published her first book, “All I Ever Wanted: Relationships, Marriage, Family.”

She also is an award-winning columnist, having spent nearly ten years writing for the St. Louis American Newspaper something she hopes to return to. She has been honored twice with a National Newspaper Association award for her column, “Carol’s Journal.”

Carol has also been recognized for her work on the air and in the community by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, the Monsanto YWCA. She is also a proud member of the YWCA Women’s Leader Class of 2005. She also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission’s Distinguished Local Media award. 

Carol is a member of New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in O’Fallon, Illinois where she along with her husband, spearheaded the couple’s ministry, “Journey to Oneness” or “J2-oh” for nearly a decade. They have two sons, 20-year-old Patrick Daniel Jr., a Junior in college majoring in computer science and 16-year-old Marcus Isiah Daniel who plans to become an attorney, a chef and an actor. 

Colleen Starkloff

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Colleen Starkloff

For over 40 years Colleen Starkloff has been advocating for people with Disabilities. During her career, she has trained thousands of people to welcome those with disabilities into various aspects of society.  She brings her background as a national disability rights leader, public speaker, facilitator and trainer to companies seeking methods and advice on welcoming people with disabilities into their workforce.

Ms. Starkloff is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on a variety of subjects related to disability rights, disability history, employment of people with disabilities, Universal Design and the emancipation of all people with disability.

The 2014 award-winning biography, Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights, by Charles E. Claggett, Jr., features both Ms. Starkloff and her late husband, Max J. Starkloff and their fight for civil rights for people with disabilities across the world. In conjunction with her late husband, Ms. Starkloff has co-founded 2 successful disability-focused organizations, Paraquad in 1970 and the Starkloff Disability Institute in 2003. She has organized and conducted 5 national training conferences and continues to promote employment of people with disability as an important Diversity/Inclusion emphasis for major U.S. corporations.

Ms. Starkloff was a key advisor to the Missouri History Museum on the development of their exhibit titled "The Americans With Disabilities Act: Twenty Years Later", which opened at the museum on June 26, 2010, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Open for 19 months, this exhibit was visited by 163,000 museum visitors. She also established Disability Studies curricula at Maryville University in St. Louis. The courses teach disability rights history, advocacy, service delivery, public policy change and independent living philosophy and service delivery. These courses are now taught by a professor who also has a disability.

Ms. Starkloff has been a featured speaker for St. Louis Community College - Meramec, University of Missouri St. Louis, Nestle Purina Petcare, and Fontbonne University. She also has conducted speaking engagements at national conferences throughout the US, including the National Council on Independent Living in Washington D.C.

Gilberto Pinela

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Gilberto Pinela

Multi-talented media personality - native "Boricua"  from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gilberto has worked in front of the camera for local St. Louis television since 2001. Creator, Producer and Host of the 1st foreign language talk show and the 1st public affairs talk show about the LGBTQIA community in the State of Missouri both for STLTV.  

Gilberto's experience and talents are diverse and multifaceted, he is an: Actor, Master of Ceremonies, moderator, producer, writer, director, TV talk show host and broadcaster. His efforts earned him many awards and a permanent spot in Saint Louis television history.

He has emceed large events such as the Doorways Red Gala, Mental Health Association Gala, Diversity Partnership presentation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala, ZooFari, Foodoutreach, Dance St. Louis Tango night fundraiser, United Way of Greater St. Louis Victory Celebration and spoken at several prestigious occasions: National Geo-spacial Agency seminar,  Edward Jones leaders seminar, Diversity Awareness Partnership panelist, University of Missouri St. Louis presenter and MLK Keynote at FLO Valley STLCC. Gilberto earned a Master's Degree in Media Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Circle, Webster University Chapter.

Joe Marlotti

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Joe Marlotti

Joe Marlotti is an entertainment jack-of-all-trades.

With over thirty years experience as a Standup Comedian, Joe has worked comedy clubs, colleges, and cruise ships. He has headlined such notable rooms as The Funny Bone and The Improvisation. He’s opened for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Michael Buble, Gloria Estefan and Jeff Foxworthy.

As a Master of Ceremonies, Joe has brought his comedy and improvisational skills to the corporate world - where he has performed at national conferences for the likes of AT&T, US Bank, and Anheuser-Busch/InBev.

Joe also works extensively as an Actor and Writer. He can be seen and heard in many commercials, voiceovers, and training videos.

When he’s not on the road, Joe plays guitar and sings with his blues band - The Blue Plate Specials.

He lives in St. Louis with his beautiful wife, two wonderful kids, and one ugly dog.

John Parker

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John Parker

"The Coach", John Parker, is a professional speaker with a combination of rich content and great, clean humor. A veteran in the art of public speaking, he has connected people of all ages and backgrounds. From corporate boardrooms, to college campuses, to civic events, "The Coach" has influenced, instructed and inspired people nationwide. He will leave you laughing, motivated, and ready to deal with the daily onslaught of stress in your life. John Parker is a survivor. From surviving cancer twice and living through a devastating car accident, to building a multimillion dollar sports marketing company, his message of "Success Regardless of Circumstances" rings out loud and clear.

Kathy Ferrara

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"I love working in many different aspects of the industry, I have an appreciation for all of the moving parts”, says Kathy Ferrara, a twenty-seven-year industry veteran. For eighteen of those years, Ferrara has been the Master-of-Ceremonies for several Fashion Shows and Non-Profit events. Her extensive experience both in the spotlight and behind-the-scenes makes her a perfect fit for those who are looking for an MC with veritable experience, a methodical approach, and a tranquil presence.

Ferrara has the stage presence of an actress, the calming speech of a voiceover artist, and the vision of a stage director. Her ability to quickly connect with the audience while maintaining tight schedules allows her to flawlessly host any event. Year-after-year, Ferrara is invited back by Kids with Cancer, Chaminade, Visitation and the Rural Parish Worker's Show to assist in their annual events.

Avidly committed to the success of every project she commits to, Ferrara plays the role of an intermediary between the passionate creatives and the technical coordinators to provide balance for the team and promote a successful production. As the only industry she has ever worked in, Ferrara’s enthusiasm shines through her contagious smile, furnishing a valuable foundation for any events team.

Kim Tucci

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Kim Tucci

It all started at a 10-watt radio station in mid-town St. Louis ...

That’s where Kim Tucci realized he had a flair for communicating with people. And during the decades since he first stepped up to a microphone this St. Louis native has touched so many lives in so many ways.

High School and College teacher, coach, business leader, entrepreneur, public speaker, restaurateur, community leader and now a licensed professional auctioneer … Kim’s contributions to the community are numerous raising awareness and millions of dollars annually for worthy causes.

Kim is best known as one of the founders of The Pasta House Co. chain of Italian restaurants. More than 43 years ago Kim along with partners Joe Fresta and the late John Ferrara had an idea for a family style restaurant that has now grown to more than 23 restaurants with more than 1500 employees.

Tucci is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors for outstanding leadership through various civic, business and charitable organizations including more than thirty Man of the Year Awards. He was also named one of the Top 100 Business Leaders in the St. Louis Region by The St. Louis Business Journal.

But beyond his many accomplishments, he also takes pride in raising funds for dozens of charities annually as one of the most sought after professional auctioneers in the Midwest. Kim’s natural personality and humor “connects” with his audience as he encourages them to “reach deep in their pockets” to help others.

Just hand Kim the microphone and watch him make a difference in your next auction, gala or special event.

Rick Horton

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Rick Horton

Rick Horton provided color commentary on all KSDK Cardinals broadcasts as well as baseball analyst for Fox Sports Midwest for the past four seasons. He provided color commentary for three previous seasons on KPLR telecasts (2004-06) and was a co-anchor on the WB11 post-game show, Extras Innings, in 2003. Horton has filled in on the Cardinals Radio Network and Cardinals television broadcasts since 1997.

A former left-handed pitcher for the Cardinals. Rick spent seven years in the Major Leagues, playing for St. Louis, Los Angeles and the Chicago White Sox. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1984 and participated in the 1985 and 1987 World Series with the Redbirds and won the Series in 1988 while with the Dodgers. Horton was both a starts and relief pitcher for the club and has one of his best years in 1987 when he went 8-3 in 67 games, pitching 125 innings with 55 strikeouts. In 1991, he spent the season as a pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians minor league system.

After retiring from his Major League playing career, Horton remained in the St. Louis area where he has been active in the Greater St. Louis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as the Director of the St. Louis FCA since 1993. Horton has assisted with Baseball Chapel with the Cardinals and also works with the St. Louis Rams football team in leading chapel and Bible studies. Horton, and his wife, Ann, reside in St. Louis and have two children; Jen and Drew.

Scott Bloom

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Scott Bloom

With over 25 years of corporate event hosting under his belt, Scott Bloom has that experience to make your event the best it can be.  Scott has a unique ability to loosen up an audience with inside humor and smart, clever insights that put everyone in a receptive mood for the information that is to come. Scott is a veteran comedian and television personality who has built a reputation as the "go-to" choice for business humor, having hosted hundreds of events for companies such as FedEx, Ford, IBM, MetLife, Pfizer and Verizon.

In addition to his work as a highly respected emcee and comedic keynote speaker, he has had a successful career in television. Scott hosted his own weekly VH1 series and recently co-hosted a national simulcast of the Grammy Awards from the Palace Theater. With Scott as your Emcee, you get more than great comedy; you get customized content that is for and about your audience. The result is more than just laughter; it’s an uplifting, shared experience that celebrates who they are and what they do.




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