Verne Harnish


Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growth Firm

Verne Harnish is the founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 14,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today.

Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scaleup.

The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He chairs the bi-annual ScaleUp Summits in collaboration with Bloomberg LIVE.

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times” for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book.

Verne serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.



Denise Thompson

Thank you for being such an integral part of our Secret Service Summit again. Your content is brilliant, inspiring and necessary. I’ve learned a great deal from you (and your books) over the years and am grateful for everything you so graciously share with your audiences.


Michael George

Verne, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing keynote you gave at our conference to close our event! Everyone was engaged right until the end, and of course, your level of energy was the same coming off the stage as it was when you first stepped on the stage 90 minutes earlier! The reports back from our partners and my executive team alike was astounding as witnessed by the standing ovation you received.



Jay Kinder

NAEA has hosted events for thousands of business-minded real estate professionals and Verne Harnish was a great decision for the keynote. Our attendance was at an all-time high, the quality of attendee was unmatched, and his keynote shared many practical tools and techniques in a humorous and engaging manner bringing our audience to their feet at the end.


Arnie Malham

Verne’s opening keynote address to our audience of over 850 Entrepreneurs was phenomenal. Of the 18 other celebrity and high profile keynote and breakout speakers, Verne was the highest rated (9.4 out of 10) and most talked about the speaker of the entire event. Verne’s amazingly insightful presentation drew a standing ovation, set the tone for the entire event, and left everyone feeling ready to learn even more. Verne absolutely ROCKED Nashville Nerve 2015.


Tom Peters

Verne is THE guru of fast growth companies. Those who listen GROW and SUCCEED . . . so listen . . . or read!


Ted Ledonsis

The undisputed expert in helping entrepreneurs, I had him address the firm I merged with AOL; he was the first speaker we invited when we launched what has become AOL University, and now he’s bringing his powerful ideas to you.


Patrick Lencioni

This is THE field book for any growth business.


Mark Maier

Verne was pure shock and awe – he inspired and opened peoples’ minds to what is achievable and provided a robust framework through “Scaling Up” on how to succeed. He rocked the house!


John Mcgrath

Verne your talk knocked me out!!! Again! You are without a doubt in the top 3 business speakers I have ever heard. Thanks you for making yourself available & your great wisdom. Feedback was incredible.


Joan Walsh Cassedy, CAE

Verne’s insights and remarks on Dominating Your Industry: The Four Critical Decisions were enthusiastically received by the audience and helped to make this a memorable event for all involved. His session earned a unanimous 6 out of 6 (the equivalent of a 10), with such comments as Outstanding session!, High energy-high value speaker!, and Should have been longer!


Milan Yager

Verne’s presentation received high marks from our attendees… I think it was one of the best!


Kevin R. Wice

Verne really did make a difference! As a speaker, your unique presentation provided immense “take-home” value that the members will be able to apply immediately and directly to both their professional and personal lives!


Sue Mackie

We continue to hear how much the members (U.S. Swim School Association) loved your presentation and they were able to take what was learned and put it to use immediately. I personally thought you were one of our best presenters in the past several years.

Top Rated Past Keynote Events Include

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Fees, Travel, and Accommodations:

Verne charges the same keynote fee (USD 50,000 for 60 minutes to 3 hours) no matter where the event is located – it shouldn’t be your burden where the speaker chooses to live. And airfare is included in the fee, leaving it up to Verne how he chooses to travel – coach, business, or first – and where he plans to be before and after the keynote. No penalty for overseas travel. A travel allowance of USD 1,000 will also be charged in order to cover hotel accommodations, ground transportation, etc.

It’s always appreciated if the hotel room is on the concierge floor so Verne can grab a quick bite or drink without visiting the restaurant.

And if you’re thinking about a speaker gift, he prefers to travel lite. If you must, an Amazon gift certificate is always appreciated – Verne loves to read.

Program Materials:

The keynote fee includes up to 400 copies of Verne’s book Scaling Up – just pay the shipping costs. And we can work out a price for additional books, depending on how many more you want as a gift to the attendees. We find the participants really appreciate getting a copy of the book which reinforces Verne’s message and continues to remind them of your event as they read it. And Verne is happy to stay and autograph copies if there is time.

We’ll also provide you an electronic copy of the Growth Tools, to be used as the handout and to be printed locally. It’s another great takeaway providing value after the session and support Verne’s message.

Pre And Post Keynote:

A PDF of Verne’s slides will be available at a link which he’ll share during his presentation and you can email to the attendees afterwards. Videotaping of Verne’s presentation is fine. When used properly this can enhance an event and afford those who were unable to attend the opportunity to share in the learning.

Prior to the keynote, we’ll schedule an optional call to discuss details – though most of the time exchanging a few emails suffices and saves you time to schedule. Instead, if you prefer to use that time to host a webinar with Verne prior to the event as a way to help promote attendance, that’s included in the fee as well. We want to help you make the event a huge success.