Keni Thomas

Keni Thomas

  • Ranger in the "Blackhawk Down" Mission
  • Award-Winning Country Music Artist
  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • Keni was absolutely fantastic and engaging! Through his story he was able to connect with every person in the room on both a personal and professional level. Keni generated the emotion and the image we were looking for to motivate and align with our supply base and brought it home with a song. We thank Keni for supporting our event and intend to "Get it On!"
  • John - VP Mission Assurance, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
  • He is the best speaker we've ever had at our conferences and we've been doing this for 25 years. Not only was his message heartfelt and inspiring, it completely hit home with exactly what our conferences are about—safety, training, and leadership.
  • Pam Mendiola-Dyer - Region VI VPPPA Board of Directors
  • I just wanted to let you know that we had an AWESOME day with Keni Thomas!! He was absolutely FABULOUS! He tailored his message on leadership and it was exactly what we wanted for our teachers and administrators here in Cherokee.
  • Kim Bagwell - Director of Curriculum & Instruction - Cherokee County School District
  • Your incredible energy was infectious and really got us on the right track.
  • Jeffrey R. Clark, President & CEO - Anthony International
  • You were awesome! I must say that the consensus among all the attendees at our off-site meeting last week was that you were the best speaker we’ve ever had.
  • Jeffrey R. Clark, President & CEO - Anthony International
  • Your keynote address was extremely well received. Everyone was very moved by your story and the song you performed at the end.
  • Dave Goodwin, CPCU - Cincinnati Chapter Society of CPCU, President and I-Day Chairman
  • In our feedback meetings after Keni's talk, the kids were able to restate his message about leadership, self-reliance, & the benefit of preparation. The kids really appreciated having a quality, sincere, & entertaining speaker.
  • Gavan Goodrich, Principal - Sloan Creek Middle School
  • He stayed afterwards and met with every student who wanted to be with him. He really made a difference.
  • Shayla Grelle - Shannon Right Choices for Youth
  • Keni takes a monumental task in his life, and breaks it down to everyday terms. He is teaching ordinary folks to think and act extraordinary, one person at a time.
  • Rittal Corporation
  • This was one of the best speakers we have ever invested in for our school system. I cannot tell you how many of our faculty and staff members have told me that they loved his presentation and that it was right on target for what schools are facing today.
  • Tony O’Brien - Superintendent of Schools - Frederick Public Schools
  • I would gladly recommend Keni for any kind of presentation to faculty or students. In fact, we were so impressed with him that we have asked him to come back with his band when he is touring and to bring his message back to us again.
  • Tony O’Brien - Superintendent of Schools - Frederick Public Schools
  • One of the most riveting talks that I’ve had the honor of hearing in a long time. Throughout his speech I looked around the crowd and he had everyone eating out of his hand. What a fabulous story! His energy is so contagious!
  • Debra - Windstorm Conference - Emory University, GA
  • Your ability to wrap faith, patriotism and real life experiences with a message of inspiration and leadership is amazing. My prayers go out to you to keep the message going strong.
  • United Association of Contractors - Chicago
  • Keni's appearance was unique and engaging. He did a superb job of storytelling while weaving a message of teamwork, duty and training.
  • Sean Zavala - Farmer's Insurance
  • Your story about the importance of training, being prepared for the unexpected, and the fact that each of us can make a difference was inspirational and thought-provoking.
  • Jeffrey R. Clark, President & CEO - Anthony International
  • I cannot tell you how lucky we were with Keni! Many of my attendees said he was the best speaker they’ve ever heard. Now I’m just afraid I’m not going to be able to top him next year!
  • May Thornton, Executive Assistant to Jeffrey R. Clark, President & CEO - Anthony International
  • Keni Thomas was AWESOME! We are still getting rave reviews about him. He was perfect for the event. So easy to work with. He really cared.
  • Joe Hayes, Board of Management - ASYMCA of Missouri
  • I would like to thank you and your staff at Premiere Speakers for all your help in making our Armed Services YMCA Fundraiser go so well.
  • Joe Hayes, Board of Management - ASYMCA of Missouri
  • Keni was great; I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to make a direct impact on leadership, safety and accountability. Thanks again for making this happen for us, it’s appreciated. Keep up the good work and “Get it On” everyday!!
  • Troy Roach - Antero Resources
  • Keni has the ability to relate easily to individuals of any age. From the time he joined us at the Veterans reception to later after his presentation, he made everyone feel like his friend.
  • Dan - Houston Christian High School
  • We are still receiving favorable comments from the military veterans and students who appreciated his candor, knowledge and humility.
  • Dan - Houston Christian High School
  • There were a number of comments from the attendees on how inspired they were to do more in their communities and to make stronger efforts to support our military.
  • Grundfos Pumps Corp
  • In all sincerity, I heard comments about it all week and many said you were the best speaker they have heard at any of our meetings (and we do this every year!).
  • Grundfos Pumps Corp
  • We can't thank you enough for your willingness to stay longer at our conference to help us with our fundraising efforts . . . we raised over $10,000 last night for the SOWF!
  • Kim Laugherty - Ohio Association School Business Officials
  • Keni exceeded my expectations.... I have never seen a keynote speaker have such a positive impact on our conference.
  • Dave Bollheimer, Treasurer - Northwestern Schools
  • Keni gave us much more than a keynote address. He and his message will have a lasting impact on our organization, and on me personally. I highly recommend Keni to any organization.
  • Dave Bollheimer, Treasurer - Northwestern Schools
  • You were truly one of the best presenters with the most inspirational message that we have EVER brought to Oklahoma! We have received SO many compliments about your message of teamwork and leadership!
  • Thomas Mapel - NAIFA Oklahoma
  • In a word, WOW. In my work, I have an opportunity to hear many speakers. This was without a doubt the best I have ever heard.
  • Harvey McKay - Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Keni was awesome!! . . . He moved the staff, spent time with them, and struck a chord with so many people.
  • Joel Parker - Elida School District, Elida, OH
  • He is by far the best speaker we have ever had. I was stopped 50 times today by people who said they loved it. Great event!
  • Joel Parker - Elida School District, Elida, OH
  • Keni Thomas had a profound effect on us.
  • Judith K. Colitz - Manager, Special Events & Executive Services - International Housewares Association
  • Keni was the first and only standing ovation that ANY speaker has received from our group. That statement says it all. We highly recommend Keni. His message is effective, stimulating, and refreshing.
  • James Glenn (Former Chair) - International Home & Housewares Association
  • Keni did an absolutely outstanding job as our keynote speaker. He really “touched” the hearts of our participants and left a lasting impression. In fact, several have asked me how to book Keni for their companies.
  • Louanne - TCPN houston
  • It is important to get Keni’s name and message out there; he has a lot to say and says it well. He evokes a very emotional response from people and he relates to everyone.
  • Madeleine Lebedow - Security Traders Association of Los Angeles
  • I really liked Keni! Most honest person that I have heard speak in years.
  • Brown & Brown Insurance
  • I highly recommend Keni to anyone who is looking for a speaker that is able to share a life-changing story and message in a way that all can understand. He has been blessed with an amazing gift of being able to tell the story for the ones who can’t.
  • Pam Mendiola-Dyer - Region VI VPPPA Board of Directors
  • The Summer Conference was a huge success! We received so much positive feedback from the teachers. Keni’s ability to entertain and tell a story made for an awesome day.
  • Lea Ann - Deer Park Independent School District
  • I was amazed at his insight and ability to connect what we do each day as instructional leaders to his experiences on the battlefield. This connection to real life is a model that we want our teachers to emulate in the classroom with our students.
  • Kim Bagwell - Director of Curriculum & Instruction - Cherokee County School District
  • Keni did a tremendous job in motivating our teachers as we begin a new year. We will definitely have him back!
  • Kim Bagwell - Director of Curriculum & Instruction - Cherokee County School District
  • I wanted someone with the message we were trying to portray, which is, 'We’re all on the same team.' His message was perfect.
  • Port Author School
  • We had an excellent experience with Premiere Speakers and with Keni from beginning to end. I can’t think of anything we would change!
  • Susan Hefelfinger - EDENS
  • I've been going to leadership conferences for 10 years now and never has a speaker grabbed me—from the very second they started to the very second they ended—like Keni Thomas did at this year's FCAM Professional Development Conference.
  • Chief Mario Orangio - Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
  • His stories of valor mixed with leadership values, laced with sincerity and humor, and finished with music have forever changed me moving forward. We should be grateful people like Keni serve us and this great nation so selflessly, faithfully, heroically.
  • Chief Mario Orangio - Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
  • I have seen many motivational speakers in my career. I have to say Keni’s speech was one I will remember for a long time.
  • Sandra Marvin, Sr. Client Executive - Verizon Business
  • Thank you very much for getting us Keni as a speaker. All logistics went well and he has 300 new fans, as all attendees were blown away.
  • Nanette Walkley - Rotary
  • I feel sorry for whomever has to speak next year—Keni will be a difficult act to follow. Well done and thank you again for your work on this event for us.
  • Nanette Walkley - Rotary
  • The audience loved your presentation and the feedback has been amazing. Everyone loved listening to you speak and for many, that alone was worth coming to Hawaii.
  • Martin Klopfer, Senior Event Manager – Events & Incentives - Event Travel Management
  • I would be delighted to work with you again and hear you speak and sing once more.
  • Event Travel Management - Martin Klopfer, Senior Event Manager – Events & Incentives
  • Keni Thomas did an excellent job for us as our commencement speaker. His non-traditional, informal style worked very well for our 1200 graduates and their families. People are still talking about the event and his powerful message. I recommend him highly.
  • Richard Pattenaude, President/CEO - Ashford University
  • I just wanted to thank you for your words of inspiration and the time you spent with my team last Thursday. They are still talking about the impact of your message.
  • Christine - CDW
  • The time spent with Keni renewed my spirit, faith, and most of all my Ranger creed. I literally hit the ground running this morning with eyes wide open feeling great and ready for battle.
  • Christine - CDW
  • Thank you for your willingness to share such a personal (and painful) part of your life. You touched us all; we will never forget you and the time you shared with us!
  • Christine - CDW
  • He was wonderful! We had people saying this was the best In-Service training they had ever attended.
  • Pam - Lauderdale County Schools - Alabama
  • Keni was phenomenal! His message on Leadership, Training and Planning was perfect for our audience. It was amazing how he was able to tell such a personal story and spin it into inspiring life lessons. His keynote speech resonated on some level with all participants and the feedback we received was overwhelming positive. Keni went above and beyond during the meet-n-greet session to personally speak to all that waited in line for an autographed book (which we ran out of in 30 minutes). He was a pleasure to work with and I HIGHLY recommend Keni Thomas for future State Farm meetings!
  • Kelly Wiermanski - State Farm
  • Keni was one of the most dynamic speakers we have seen. His story not only motivated our team but touched us all deeply. Several weeks out our team is still remarking on and trying to live his message—to lead and take care of those to your left and right!
  • Donna - Debt Capital Markets Group
  • The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I repeatedly heard that he was the best, most interesting & most inspiring speaker they had ever heard. I wholeheartedly agree. Thanks for your assistance and thanks to Keni for making it unforgettable.
  • Sean Zavala - Farmer's Insurance
  • He connected with our teachers and everything he said resonated with them.They commented that they liked him because he was "REAL." Thanks for all you did in arranging for him to be with us.
  • Pam - Lauderdale County Schools - Alabama
  • . . . he molded the Ranger leadership tactics and strategies into approaches that all the healthcare leaders could take back and implement. Our attendees referred to Keni as a “home run”—everyone stayed after to have one-on-one time with him.
  • Lyndsey - Arkansas Hospital Association
  • Keni Thomas was AWESOME as our keynote speaker for our safety recognitions day. We have a number of military veterans in our organization and Keni had them engaged throughout his presentation. His was able to tie his personal experiences on the importance of safety, training and leadership to what our crews do to “keep the lights on”. I recommend him highly.
  • Mac Felling,Transmission Maintenance Manager - Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
  • Thank you for sponsoring Keni at our top producer event. His presentation was as inspiring as it was enjoyable. Made me proud to be American! It was the right message at the right time…
  • John, President/CEO - National Planning Corporation
  • Keni Thomas shared his personal account of the battle of Mogadishu with our team of 700 at our yearly off-site safety conference. This conference is done over a four day period that gives all of our team a chance to attend. Keni shared his amazing story all four days keeping each audience mesmerized. His words along with his music gave a personal touch few other speakers can match. I would suggest having Keni speak to any group that is looking to develop leadership and team work.
  • George Stephenson, Safety Coordinator - Nucor Steel
  • Everyone felt that he conveyed many good take a ways throughout his story and how he incorporated points about leadership roles that could be used in their daily business. I went back and looked at the pictures throughout our 2 day meeting and was amazed at how engaged everyone was during the Keni Thomas presentation, it really spoke volumes to how powerful a speaker he is.
  • Kim Collins, Office Manager - NaturaLawn of America, Inc.
  • Keni did an excellent job. We sent our surveys after the conference and by far he was the highlight of the conference and rated 10 of 10. Great guy and story. Thanks for your service. Your team did a great job!
  • Nate Boswell - Utah Assisted Living Association
  • I have heard amazing reviews about your presentation at our Heroes Breakfast. Many have said you were the best speaker ever! We received a $1,500 gift at the breakfast in your honor! I have heard from many how they appreciate the emails/notes you have sent them. You are a class act and I am so thankful for your generosity and support!
  • Lori Ogden - Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Keynote EST/CST $10,000.00
Keynote and Breakout EST/CST $12,500.00
Keynote MST/PST $12,500.00
Keynote and Breakout MST/PST $15,000.00
Full day (With additional trainer) $17,500.00
Keni Thomas travels from Nashville, TN and requires $1,000 flat travel fee. Plus hotel (provided and paid for by client), meals, and ground in event city (either personal pick up by client, or by professional car service.) Flat travel fee covers airfare only.

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