Joel's clients include:

  • US Energy Logo
  • Camden Logo
  • Milestone Management Logo
  • Greystar Logo
  • Medtronic Logo
  • Matrix Logo
  • Baylor Logo
  • Ernst Young Logo
  • ADP Logo
  • Centex Logo
  • Frito Lay Logo
  • HR Southwest Logo
  • PPAI Logo
  • FICP Logo
  • Padres Logo
  • Sonic Logo
  • GSK Logo
  • KPMG Logo
  • NTA Logo
  • Allstate Logo
  • ATT Logo
  • Samsung Logo
  • JCPenny Logo
  • InOUT Burger Logo
  • Omni Hotel Logo
  • Aflac Logo
  • US Bank Logo
  • Fijitsu Logo
  • Wells Fargo Logo
  • Walmart Logo
  • Microsoft Logo

Joel has shared his experience and insight on success, innovation, communication, work/life balance, leadership, teamwork, passion, and fun with more than 1,500 companies, associations, organizations, non-profits, and government entities. He has extensive experience with a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, advertising and marketing, hospitality, retail, apartment management, beauty, and telecommunications. Actually, he has presented to just about every industry except for funeral directors. He is waiting for their call.



  • Alcatel USA
  • AT&T
  • Cable and Wireless, Inc.
  • CenturyLink
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Cox Cable
  • Ericsson
  • Fujitsu
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Nortel Networks
  • Samsung
  • Sprint Business Group
  • Sprint PCS
  • Symmetricom
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon


  • ARCO International Oil and Gas Co.
  • Bonneville Power Administration (OR)
  • CXY Energy
  • Entergy
  • Florida Energy
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Northwest Public Power Association
  • Okanogan County (WA) Public Utility District
  • OxyChem
  • Pride International, Inc.
  • Progress Energy
  • TXU
  • United States Department of Energy


  • ADP
  • Alliance Data Systems
  • B.B. Blackmarr and Associates
  • CHAPTEC Solutions Co.
  • Claritas
  • Convergys
  • CyLink
  • Data Return
  • Dell
  • Dell Financial
  • Docucorp
  • EDS
  • Epartners
  • First Data
  • Fiserv
  • Genentech
  • Get There
  • Group One Software
  • Hencie Consulting
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hyperion
  • IMC2
  • Intel
  • Kronos
  • Macrovision
  • Microsoft
  • NEC
  • OmniSpace Technologies
  • OpenConnect
  • Perot Systems
  • Sabre
  • Software Spectrum
  • Sterling Software
  • SunGard Higher Education
  • Surebridge, Inc.
  • Syntex Management Systems
  • TechCom Partners
  • Texas Instruments
  • VISION User Group

Financial/Banking/Credit Unions/Insurance:

  • AgCountry Farm Credit Services
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Allstate Insurance
  • American Airlines Federal Credit Union
  • Ameritas
  • Bank of America
  • Bank One
  • BlueCross BlueShield of California
  • California Association of Dental Plans
  • Capitol Federal Savings
  • Chase Bank of Texas
  • Comerica Bank
  • Continental Investors
  • Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Texas
  • First Mercantile
  • First Premier Bank
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • General Technologies Credit Union
  • Great Plains Ag credit
  • H.D. Vest
  • H&R Block
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Nations Bank
  • Nationwide Health Plans
  • Neighborhood Credit Union
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Premier Lease & Loan Services
  • Providian Financial Group
  • Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
  • Red River Credit Union League
  • SCF Arizona
  • Securian
  • SEI Investments
  • Southwest Securities
  • STAR Financial Bank (IN)
  • Stonebridge Life Insurance
  • Sunset Mortgage
  • Texans Credit Union
  • The Independent Bankers Bank
  • TIG Insurance
  • Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • UNIFI Companies
  • US Bank
  • Washington Mutual
  • Wells Fargo
  • WSFS Bank (Delaware)


  • Alcon Laboratories
  • American Healthcare Radiology Administrators
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Amgen
  • Ascension Health
  • Baylor Healthcare System
  • Bronson Healthcare Group
  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Children’s Medical Center/Dallas
  • Concentra
  • Dentsply – Tulsa Dental
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center
  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Harris Methodist
  • HCA Healthcare (Denton Regional Medical Center)
  • HCR Manor Care
  • HIP Health Plans of Greater New York
  • Hopkins County Memorial Hospital
  • Huguley Memorial Medical Center
  • Illinois Healthcare Association
  • Insight Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MD Anderson Network
  • Medical Clinics of North Texas
  • Medtronic
  • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
  • Mental Health Council of Arkansas
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Michigan Association of Health Plans
  • Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • OraMetrix
  • Oregon Healthcare Association
  • Pfizer
  • Provena Health
  • Provena Mercy Medical Center
  • Quorum Health Services
  • Sentara Norfolk Hospital
  • Smilecare
  • St. Anthony Hospital
  • Syndicated Office Systems
  • Tap Pharamceutical
  • Tenet Healthcare Corporation
  • U. S. Renal Care
  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
  • Varian Medical Systems
  • VHA


  • 2006 Biennial Conference for Women
  • American Concrete and Pipe Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Marketing Association/Oklahoma City
  • American Marketing Association/Tulsa
  • American Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Arkansas SHRM State Conference
  • ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute)
  • Association of Professional Color Imagers
  • California Association of Community Managers
  • California Association of Dental Plans
  • California Educational Technology Professional Association
  • Chemical Customer Service Management Group
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Congress for Progress – The Association for Operations Management
  • Consortium for Service Innovation
  • Contact Center Association
  • Credit Union National Association
  • Dallas County Auto Dealers Association
  • DFW Business Travel Association
  • Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Enforcement Association.
  • Employee Services Management Association
  • Enterprise Ohio Network Annual Convention
  • Event and Arena Marketing Association
  • Event and Arena Marketing Conference
  • Fibre Box Association
  • Floor Installation Association
  • Florida Apartment Association
  • Food Shippers of America
  • HR Southwest
  • Illinois Association of Park Districts
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials
  • Indiana Apartment Association
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • International Association of Venue Managers, Inc.
  • International Compliance Professionals Association
  • International Facility Management Association
  • International Society of Restaurant Association Executives
  • Lone Star Classic
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Metroplex (DFW) HR Conference
  • Michigan Association of Health Plans
  • Mississippi Tourism Association
  • Montana Association of Realtors
  • Mortgage Bankers Association of Pennsylvania
  • National Assoc. of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  • National Association of Chemical Distributors
  • National Association of Dental Plans
  • National Association of Fleet Resale Dealers
  • National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  • National Association of Pupil Transport
  • National Association of School Music Dealers
  • National Association of Sign Supply Distributors
  • National Chemical Credit Association
  • National Institute for Case Management, Inc.
  • National Tour Association
  • New England Resident Service Coordinators
  • NOARK HR Association
  • Oklahoma Restaurant Association
  • Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI Americas)
  • Professional Convention Management Association
  • Promotional Products Association
  • Promotional Products Association of Canada
  • PRSA/ Fort Worth Chapter
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • Roller Skating Association International
  • SGA Network
  • SHRM
  • SOCAP International
  • South Carolina CAI
  • Texas Association for Healthcare Financial Administration
  • Texas Association of Appraisal Districts , Inc.
  • Texas Association of Personnel Consultants
  • United Soybean Board
  • Western Fair Association
  • Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC).
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association
  • Work Friendly Conference
  • XPLOR International
  • YPO KC


  • American Airlines
  • Applebee’s International
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • Bristol Hotels and Resorts
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Carino's Italian Grill
  • Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Inc. (TGI Friday’s)
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Fired Up (Johnny Carinno’s)
  • Harvey Hotels
  • Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • In and Out Burger
  • Marriott Hotels
  • McDonald’s
  • Merritt Group (Sonic)
  • Metromedia Restaurant Group (Bennigan’s)
  • Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Omni Hotels
  • Radisson Corporate
  • San Diego Padres
  • Sodexho Marriott
  • Sonic
  • SONIC Corp.
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Taco Bueno
  • The HoneyBaked Ham Co.
  • W Hotels

Media/Public Relations/Advertising:

  • ClearChannel
  • Disaster Recovery Journal
  • Discovery Communications
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Harris Interactive
  • IMC2
  • Inc. Magazine
  • Integer
  • Pennino and Partners
  • R. L. Polk & Co.
  • Springbok Technologies
  • Taylor Publishing
  • The Marketing Arm
  • Universal Studios

Real Estate/Construction/Building Supplies:

  • Austin Industries
  • Centex Construction
  • CMC Steel Group
  • Crescent Real Estate
  • CWS Communities
  • Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
  • Foundation Management Services
  • In-Town Custom Builders
  • Interceramic Tile
  • JPI
  • Kansas Association of Realtors
  • KSI Management Corp.
  • Mills Pride
  • MMC Contractors
  • Moen Faucets
  • Prentiss Properties
  • Pulliam Pools
  • Ryland Homes
  • SGI Expo
  • Staffelbach Design Associates
  • Tri-Dal Construction


  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Expo, Inc.
  • Arlington YMCA
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Birdville (TX) ISD
  • Bridgepoint Education
  • City of Dallas
  • City of Grand Prairie (TX)
  • City of Irving HR
  • Coppell Chamber of Commerce
  • Coppell ISD
  • Cuyahoga Community College – Administrative Professionals Day
  • Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Executive Women International
  • FDIC
  • Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce
  • Frenship ISD
  • Great Plains Safety and Health Organization
  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • GSA/FAS/Office of Travel, Motor Vehicle & Card Services
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership – North Texas Chapter
  • Hurst/Euless/Bedford Chamber of Commerce
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Irving, TX CVB
  • Jerry Junkins School
  • Jewish Community Center of Dallas
  • Keller High School
  • Marshall County (OK) Chamber of Commerce
  • McKinney Schools
  • New Jersey Child Support Council
  • North Central Texas Workforce
  • Oklahoma Community Institute
  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation
  • Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Tourism
  • Penn State University
  • Shreveport (LA) Memorial Library
  • South Dakota Department of Tourism
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Tarleton State University
  • The Connections Project at Illinois State University
  • The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – U.S. Treasury
  • Tulare County (CA) Support Staff Conference
  • United Way
  • University of Texas – Arlington
  • US Army Reserve
  • US Navy
  • US Probation
  • USDA
  • Valley Ranch Elementary School
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Workforce (OK) Employment and Training Association
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Beauty/Salon Industry:

  • Armstrong McCall
  • Beauty Systems Group
  • Dave X Labs
  • Douglas J Salons/Douglas J Aveda Institute
  • Great Clips
  • Matrix
  • Salon Today
  • State Beauty Supply
  • The Salon Association
  • Vanis Salon and Day Spa


  • Administaff
  • Alliant Food Service
  • Bemis Flexible Packaging
  • Bestop, Inc.
  • Bestway Rent to Own
  • Blockbuster Video
  • Bob Moore Auto Group
  • Boeing
  • Bose
  • Brass Eagle LLC
  • Copps Corporation
  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
  • Dean Foods
  • DHL
  • Digikey
  • Dresser, Inc.
  • Durango Trading Company
  • Entertainment Transportation Specialists
  • Federal Express
  • Fleming Company
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Motors
  • Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Home Interiors
  • Humanic Design
  • Hydrotex
  • IBP
  • Ikon Office Solutions
  • It’s Just Lunch
  • JC Penney
  • Kodak
  • Lennox International
  • Market Day
  • McKee Foods Corporation
  • Mervyn’s
  • National Van Lines
  • Nestle
  • Network Multifamily Security Corp.
  • Newton Education Group
  • Pepsico
  • ProBusiness
  • RadioShack
  • Rio Grande
  • Scott-McRae Group
  • SOS
  • Sportcourt
  • Stampin’ Up
  • Stauffers of Kissel Hill
  • SuperCoups
  • TD Industries
  • Todays Staffing
  • Wal-Mart
  • Watt and Company
  • Xerox Canada

Apartment/Property Management:

  • Camden
  • Chelsea Property Group
  • Cornerstone Residential Management, LLC.
  • Greystar
  • Landmark Residential
  • Laramar Group
  • Mid America Apartment Communities
  • Milestone Management, L.P.
  • Peak Campus Companies
  • Premium Outlets® I SIMON®

See Joel In Action

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I just wanted to let you know again how much our group loved Joel’s presentation at our conference on June 27th. He made such an impact with our group. They just loved him! He was definitely the hit of the conference. People are still talking about it.

– Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Your presentation was a real hit and a GREAT way to end our conference. I heard nothing but positive feedback, and we were thrilled to have you there. I’ve told the Awards dinner story many, many times since I’ve been back.

– CenturyLink

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As Director, I try and maintain some appearance of dignity — and at least some emotional distance from what is happening on stage….BUT


Great Job as usual. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you in terms of a reference or help in “convincing” another meeting planner that you’d be great for their meetings. Don’t lose our name and contact info — I’m not sure that the Merritt Group is done with Joel Zeff

– Merritt Group (Largest Franchisee)

I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for an AWESOME ending to our conference.

I have received nothing but OUTSTANDING reviews on your performance.

Most importantly I was THRILLED to see the maintenance/construction team so involved on stage.

Again, many thanks — you were a perfect ending to a great conference.

– Laramar Group

The meeting was a great success!!! Joel was a major hit! Below are a few comments that I have received thus far via e-mail:

‘You’ve done it once again!! Joel was hilarious. But, more than anything he provided practical application to help me become a stronger leader with my team. I LOVED learning about creative ways to engage my team, taking advantage of opportunities and providing positive support to my employees to show they are heard and valued. I will also be using the communication improv and ‘Mr.-Know-It-All’ during my next team meeting. Keep listening and demonstrating you hear us by doing all you can to provide the tools necessary for us to be stronger and more effective leaders. Thank you!’

‘…I want to thank you for your recommendation for the speaker. I really enjoyed laughing and coming out of our comfort zone together while also getting a good message from Joel. He was the perfect combination of comedy, motivation and inspiration. Thanks for all you did to make today successful.’

‘I have received numerous more comments verbally, but everyone had a wonderful time and was able to walk away with a message and ideas for their own teams.’”

– Aflac Incorporated, Worldwide Headquarters


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We had Joel Zeff speak at our branding session last week and the feedback was outstanding from Bill McDermott down to the field plumbers and fitters. He kicked off our event as our morning key speaker and he was interactive, entertaining, tied the message of teamwork, passion, commitment and ESOP together and energized our meeting from the moment he started. While not inexpensive, the investment, relative to his energy and contribution to our meeting was well-justified. We had people push back initially on his fee but they came up to me afterwards and said he was worth every penny and more. Bill McDermott said he was the perfect kickoff to our meeting and that Joel was ‘incredible’.

It is the second time I have used him (the first was our Kansas City Mechanical Contractors Annual Dinner) and both times he wowed the audience and hit a grand slam as far as everyone was concerned. If he is one of your finalists, we would highly recommend him. I am not sure you will do any better with someone else.

– Midwest Mechanical Contractors

Thanks again for your amazing presentation! We all took a piece of your workshop (stay in the game, avoid adding unnecessary barriers, etc.) into each of our training presentations to reinforce the message. What we all noticed was that every salesperson took your ideas to heart which made the event much more meaningful. I’m probably not the only person that was grateful for your presence during the awards banquet, but I want you to know that I will carry the memory of the roasting – I mean humor – on those dayswhen I need a laugh. Thanks again for everything and hopefully we’ll see you again at future events!

– Santander Consumer USA / Drive

Thank you so much for joining us this year. You were quite a hit and you certainly added the fun and energy we were looking for. Thank you so much.

– Kaiser Permanente

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