Who We Are…
Take the Mystery Out of Choosing the Perfect Speaker – USE The ASN Advantage !
Our team of professionals know better than anyone else what’s happening in the Ag industry, which speakers fit your niche, how to engage your audience, and how it all affects your business.
We can help you engage . . . educate . . . motivate . . . all in an atmosphere of trust and partnership . . . all to help you achieve your objectives and desired outcomes.
Your Guide to a Successful Event
With Agricultural Speakers Network, you have access to more than 3,000 of today’s top headliners, authors, trainers, and celebrities who are diverse in their abilities to captivate, motivate, educate, and entertain.
For 30 years, we have constantly reviewed speakers – always searching for, and finding, great presenters to recommend to our clients.
When you let us transfer our knowledge and expertise to you, you’ll be connected with the best professionals for your audience and your budget.
Let our staff save you time, give you peace of mind with the speakers you choose, and take the unnecessary complications out of planning your next program.
Our Staff & Leadership
Rich Graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in AgEcon/Sales & Marketing under Professor Dr. W. David Downey. Tough summer job market due to recession of the ‘80s was a blessing in disguise. During college in the Summer took a job with a housewares company selling cookware, china, crystal and cutlery. Became a BIG ZigZiglar fan and enjoyed wonderful hands-on training in sales and marketing. Learned that hard work and persistence pays off. A setback with arthritis in 1982 taught that life isn’t fair, but hard work and a positive attitude makes all the difference. Realized the ‘glass is always half full.’ Make that overflowing! Hired into the speaker bureau business in 1985 by ABG, Inc. in Indy. Became the youngest president of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus at the age of 27. Broke away to grow ASN, PSN and start other bureaus in 1994. Work every day in a positive, constant learning atmosphere with unbelievable speakers, helping hundreds of companies produce successful events. Wonders with amusement what life will bring next. Ever Grateful!
Grew up in the suburbs of Chicago – Elgin, IL. Worked grade school – junior high school having 2 newspaper routes on bike, then selling newspapers in the local hospital, walking the floors mornings and afternoons. During high school worked in the same hospital in the evenings under surgery – spraying down the walls in the decontamination department of the post-surgery area. Not for the squeamish! Earned 7 high school varsity letters as manager and trainer for the Elgin Maroons football, basketball, and track teams. This was before athletic trainers were hired. Loved taping ankles.
Bride, Julie. Son, Clark. Daughter, Megan. David Downey, Mike Jackson, David Parker, Scott McKain, Mark Drager, Former Sect. of Agriculture Dr. Earl Butz, OgMandino, Napolean Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Andy Andrews, Ray Pelletier, Somers White.
Walking golf courses with Julie while watching Clark hit amazing shots in matches; watching Megan entertain in plays, musicals, and show choirs. Skiing in Utah, and playing some golf myself – hitting not so amazing shots. It’s still a nice walk!
Born and raised in Carmel, Indiana, a northern suburb of Indianapolis. There I cut grass for the parochial school I attended for eight years, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During the summer from age 13 until I graduated college, I was a carpenter and spent my time framing new houses—–worked on my tan, sweated in the hot sun and smacked my thumb a few times with a hammer. Graduated from Carmel High School in 1976 where I ran cross country—-only because I wasn’t big enough to play football. Graduated and earned a four year BS degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. While at Wabash I played varsity baseball for two years, was a disc jockey for our college radio station (spinning disco vinyl records!), played several intramural sports and was a dormitory councilor—where I had to talk a few people back off the ledge before final exams each semester. Most of my adult life has been spent around healthcare. Moved to Cincinnati to manage a store for Hook’s Convalescent Aids Center selling durable medical equipment—and maybe a few bedpans; worked for a large Indianapolis bank developing private banking relationships with doctors via an office located INSIDE the former Methodist Hospital—–actually put on scrubs and had a doctor sign loan documents while performing surgery; had successful sales careers selling pharmaceuticals for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Aventis and Ther-Rx—loved that company car idea; started HSN from scratch at the request of the inimitable Rich Tiller about ten years ago. My lengthy sales career has taught me that persistence is King, that the word ‘NO’ does not mean NEVER but simply ‘not at this moment’, and that developing relationships takes time and a positive, helpful attitude. No days are the same but each one allows you to give thanks for another opportunity in which to excel.
My first and last wife of seven years, Theresa; 18-month old grandson, Conner; daughter Megan; son Drew; former manager Tim Carson; Sister Jane Francis from Our lady of Mount Carmel; my mother, Barbara, a 40 year breast cancer survivor; Matthew Kelly; OgMandino; Fr. Theodore Hesburgh; the Little Sisters of the Poor in Indianapolis; Max Lucado; Wayne Weible; Dr. Ben Carson; Louis L’Amour; Sister Mary Jean Ryan; Father Richard Rohr; my Catholic faith.
Being in the great outdoors while hunting and fishing; Notre Dame football; volunteering for the Little Sisters of the Poor; doing projects with my wife inside our home, in our yard and in the garden; giving my grandson rides on the lawn tractor; sponsoring / mentoring couples at our Church preparing for marriage.
As a child, Kelly bounced around the US, living on the East Coast, West Coast and in between before settling in the Midwest as an adult. After a brief stint in the insurance industry, she spent seven years working for Eli Lilly/Elanco before leaving the workforce to stay home and raise her four children. She has been with Tiller Group 15 years and counting.
What is the Fee?
Our involvement costs you nothing extra! If we help you book a speaker, the speaker pays us a small portion of his or her honorarium. We look forward to discussing your next meeting!