Dr. Joseph Maroon is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, concussion expert, health and nutrition expert, Ironman triathlete, Pittsburgh Steelers Team Neurosurgeon and Medical Director for the WWE. He is an innovator in concussion management and developed what is now the worldwide standard test for sports-related concussions. ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an easy-to-administer, 20-minute test to assess presence and severity of a concussion, and it has been used in millions of athletes. Dr. Maroon has been listed in America’s Best Doctors for the past 20 years, and he frequently shares his expertise with the New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and ABC News Nightline. He has also written six books, is currently the associate editor of Surgical Neurology the Senior Vice-President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, along with being on the Board of Directors of Mylan Laboratories and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of GNC.
As a visiting professor and keynote speaker, Dr. Maroon has given over 150 presentations at national and international conferences. His speaking engagements are an extension of his book, Square One – A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life, that has been praised by Sanjay Gupta, pro golfer Greg Norman, former Apple/Pepsi CEO John Scully and more. Dr. Maroon’s “From Burnout to Wellness” program uses the simple concept of a square to help achieve a healthy balance within your life. Focusing on the four sides (work, family/social, spiritual and physical) can help prevent “burning out” and increase general health and wellness.
Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and speaker. He is the co-creator and host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, which ran for eight seasons and turned Mike into “the dirtiest man on TV”. On the show, Mike learned and performed hundreds of “dirty” jobs ranging Roadkill Collector to Catfish Noodler and beyond. He is also the voice of Deadliest Catch, a spokesperson for Ford, host of hundreds of TV shows and narrator of hundreds of documentaries. Forbes even deemed him one of the country’s “10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities” in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A unique and inspiring storyteller, Mike has done speaking engagements for a number of iconic brands and companies. He focuses on issues related to high unemployment and millions of unfilled jobs, the widening skills gap, aging workforce, currency devaluation, offshore manufacturing, the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work and more. Mike is all about celebrating the kind of jobs that make everyday life possible for the rest of us, and he works to prove that hard work and fun can sometimes co-exist.
He is the founder of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and co-founder of Profoundly Disconnected, which directly benefits the Foundation and works to reward people who have a passion to get trained in in-demand skilled jobs. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation provides scholarship programs and financial assistance to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades and has been instrumental in granting over $3 million in education for trade schools across the country. Proceeds from his book, Profoundly Disconnected, A True Confession From Mike Rowe, also benefit the Foundation.
Mike’s newest show is a weekly podcast, The Way I Heard It, released every Tuesday.
Musician Michael Lindner can single-handedly take your event to the next level! Performing a solo show, he is much more than just a “guy with a guitar.” Michael’s state-of-the-art equipment helps create a full-band sound full of harmonies, rhythms, textures and even drum beats. His vast repertoire includes both covers and originals, performed with an authentic stage presence and entertaining personality.
This Pittsburgh native studied Guitar and Audio Engineering at Duquesne University Music School and founded the national touring band 28 North, who have produced five full-length records. Michael is an accomplished songwriter with songs featured on Lifetime and MLB Network, along with two Top 50 singles. He has shared the stage with music icons including Dave Matthews Band, ZZ Top, TV on the Radio, My Morning Jacket, Blues Traveler and 311 – just to name a few.
Blended Reality is a talented and cohesive sibling trio and the winners of the 2016 Pittsburgh’s Battle of the Bands. Mack, Riley and Ty are all self-taught, multi-instrumental musicians (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums) and singers who share lead vocals. The trio delivers dynamic, high-energy performances, bringing a diverse yet relevant vibe to the world of music. Mixing crisp family vocals from the pop culture of today with some of the greatest hits of yesterday, Blended Reality’s shows contain music for everyone with both covers and original songs spanning a mix of Pop, Country, Rock and beyond. Find them performing at clubs, festivals, fairs and events throughout the tristate area.
What happens when you blend the best movie and television moments with the hottest music tracks, then add in hilarious pop-culture moments? You get Mash’d, a high-energy, unforgettable video mashup experience delivered by 19-time Telly Award-Winning Film and Video Producer and Club DJ, AJ Fresh. AJ Fresh handpicks and mixes video clips to produce customized mashups that are tailored to each event. From corporate functions to private parties, Mash’d brings unmatched entertainment and gives a unique and one-of-a-kind experience for your clients or guests to experience live – with plenty of memories to take home.
AJ Fresh is a high-energy DJ and Party Emcee whose Video Mix technology can amp up any party! Find more on DJ AJ Fresh here.