Chris Zweigenthal joined USBI as the Regional Director for the USA Eastern Seaboard region.
Chris built a phenomenally strong career within the aviation industry holding executive positions at South African Airways and as CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa. His critical role was to navigate the relationship between Government, public and private stakeholders and to facilitate and reach solutions within the challenging regulatory and business environment.
He has brought this passion and commitment to USBI and has the goal of building successful partnerships between USBI, its customers and speakers to deliver impactful, value-added insights and solutions for customers.
As one who has run his own conferences in the past and participated and spoken at many conferences, he understands the industry and has an appreciation of the imperative to engage the right speaker to deliver on the client’s brief.
Chris left AASA at the end of August 2021 and relocated with his wife Lee-Ann to Albany, NY, USA in September 2021 to be with family.
His work in the aviation industry enabled Chris to develop working relationships with Ministerial and senior Government officials in aviation, transport, tourism and associated fields, industry stakeholders and associations and many business organizations, both locally and internationally.
With a unique understanding of the markets it serves, Unique Speaker Bureau International (USBI) Eastern Seaboard USA has developed the ability to creatively pair the right speakers with the right event, aligning it with the client’s objectives and keeping it within budget. USBI Eastern Seaboard USA's collaborative team of keynote speakers, MC's and program directors (facilitators) are carefully chosen according to their presentation content, professionalism, expertise, experience, depth and collaboration. Often the entire line-up of speakers is chosen from the USBI Eastern Seaboard USA's stable due to the cohesiveness of its team.
Our model of Fuel, Ignite and Accelerate guarantees unforgettable experiences
USBI has been operating since 2009 in Africa and Europe. We have developed a 5-star speaker model. That means that every speaker we recommend has reached our standards across 5 areas of professional competency to be at the top of their game.
Our speakers have lived life, experienced what they share, and are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure you are personally thanked by your participants for the extraordinary event you put on. All our speaker are vetted to our strict values criteria. By using USBI Eastern Seaboard USA you don’t only have access to some of the best and most interesting speakers in your country, you access the world. We represent speakers from all six continents.
All of our speakers are vetted before being accepted into our 5-star speaking model. We work to fuel, ignite and accelerate your career, by preparing you for international audiences, ensuring you have the relevant business advice to help your sustainability and growth
Here's what our clients have to say:
"Siphiwe is invigorating! He is funny, full of energy but his lessons resonates within one's mind. He says one should not be the guest speaker in their own life, and should put in the hard work. He is a FORCE!!! I can't wait to listens to him again."
On booking: Siphiwe Moyo
" Caroline provided a great keynote that resonated well with our audience, its a fabulous insight into the complex juggle of finding a work life balance."
On booking: Caroline Ravenall
" Hiring Michael was the best thing we could have done to engage our audience and lighten the program with something other than a technical talk. We are so very pleased with Michaels ability to fit in and be a part of the success in reaching our goals for a fantastic event.
On booking: Michael Jackson
"As a returning Keynote speaker, Justice once again demonstrated his tremendous insight into the macro-political, social and economic realities facing businesses in South Africa and he tailored some of his address to respond to our sector in particular, which was greatly appreciated by our delegates."
On booking: Justice Malala
USBI has been operating since 2009 in Africa and Europe. We are a relationship based bureau, not a transactional based bureau. We have developed a 5-star speaker model. That means that every speaker we recommend has reached our standards across 5 areas of professional competency to be at the top of their game. In addition our own model of Fuel, Ignite, Accelerate ensure your event is fuelled with the right preparation, speakers, intelligence and values. It would then be ignited on the day by our speaker carrying out their craft in a 5-star methodology to meet our requirements. Following the event we will accelerate the message by pre-agreed follow up systems and ensure you get the value long term of the message from our speakers.
Every speaker is fully vetted to our strict values criteria. Our systems are unique and we are relationship based, meaning we aren’t simply sniffing out another sale and moving on. By using USBI you don’t only have access to some of the best and most interesting speakers in your country, you access the world. We represent speakers from all six continents, not just local celebrities, who really don’t have much below the facade. Our speakers have lived life, experienced what they share, and are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure you are personally thanked by your participants for the extraordinary event you put on.
We are used to full production events either live or virtual. We can involve the right MC’s, Facilitators, Entertainment and of course International thought leaders to intrigue, provoke and educate your audience, leaving you to focus on your core business and network with your stakeholders during the event.
All of our speakers are vetted before being accepted into our 5-star speaking model. We work to fuel, ignite and accelerate your career, by preparing you for international audiences, ensuring you have the relevant business advice to help your sustainability and growth through our partnership with The Octopus Ed-Tech Program and don’t forget. You will be in elite company. We are not looking to have speakers. We are looking for the right people, who meet our values and have a brilliant message and those are the people we will get behind.
We have strong values that we work to and our Fuel, Ignite, Accelerate model focusses on much more than just a transactional talk where you speak and get paid. We are the bridge that builds ongoing work for you and our customers, that could lead to consulting, coaching, training or bringing your whole eco-system to the client.
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