Tony D'Amelio

Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Geoff Colvin, Ron Insana, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Beau Lotto, Nicole Malachowski, David Meerman Scott, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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Marketing & PR | David Meerman Scott

50 Years After Moon Landing: SuperFan Posts Must-See Collection of Apollo 11 Press Kits

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 20th, 2019

Marketing expert DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT is marking the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing by sharing a treasure trove of memorabilia from his extensive collection of Apollo-related items. David owns what he believes to be the world's largest and most-complete collection of original press kits from NASA and companies associated with the lunar landing effort. It's truly one-of-a-kind. Check out David's collection on the website he created: ApolloPressKits.com.

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Bill Walton

5 Fun Facts About BILL WALTON

By: Tony D'Amelio
March 12th, 2019

Basketball legend BILL WALTON could be the most colorful character from the world of sports. He is a curious guy with wide-ranging interests and pursuits – and he loves to talk about all of them. If you’ve ever watched a basketball game he’s broadcasted, you know just how off topic Bill can go – pulling in obscure references to science, literature, music, and more. Some sports fans find that distracting, but most everyone else watching finds it uniquely entertaining. 

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Motivation | Bill Walton

A feel-good story for Valentine’s Day:  BILL WALTON leads with his heart

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! On the day that we celebrate the heart, I want to share a story about a very special man. Basketball legend BILL WALTON is a true gentle man whose limitless kindness toward others reveals deep humanity and enormous heart. Not a week goes by that I don't hear one or two stories about Bill's generosity of spirit, but this one especially caught my attention. 

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Mike Abrashoff

5 fun things about MIKE ABRASHOFF, author of It's Your Ship

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 7th, 2019

MIKE ABRASHOFF is widely known for his role in one of the most storied of organizational turnarounds. At age 36, Mike took command of the U.S. Navy's near-worst ship in the Pacific fleet, the USS Benfold. Within 12 months it became the best ship in the entire Navy…using the very same crew! That transformation vaulted Mike into near legendary status. He wrote three books on the subject - the most successful, It's Your Ship, has sold over 1.1 million copies.  Like all of us, there's more to Mike than what we know at the surface. Here are 5 fun you couldn't possible know about Mike Abrashoff - until now:

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Motivation | Organizational Culture | Nicole Malachowski

Breaking Barriers: 1st female Thunderbird pilot has message for women

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 31st, 2019

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET) wanted to fly military fighter jets since the age of five when she saw her first air show. She achieved that dream and then some. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Nicole was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft, one of the first women to fly in combat (logging 188 combat hours), and the first-ever woman to fly in the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. 

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Keeping Up With Beloved Basketball Legend Bill Walton

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 29th, 2019

Keeping up with legendary basketball icon BILL WALTON, the most colorful and original sports personality on television, can be a real challenge. He is always on the move - making news and having fun. Here are some recent fun videos and articles on Bill:

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American Politics | Bob Woodward

Tony D'Amelio and Bob Woodward hit the road

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 25th, 2019

I was with BOB WOODWARD in Toronto and New Haven for public ticketed events in the past week. What amazes me most when we travel together is the awe and reverence people display when they meet him. I saw it over and over in the many events we've done together since the release of his latest book.  Steve Paikin, the popular veteran TVO broadcaster, was not immune to that feeling.  He moderated the Toronto event and wrote this piece recapping what he called “one of the greatest nights of my life.” 

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Future | HR Focus | Managing/Leading Change

Humans are Underrated: Geoff Colvin on LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 22nd, 2019

Fortune magazine just highlighted LinkedIn’s U.S. Emerging Jobs Report for 2018. LinkedIn measured the fastest growing jobs and skills in the country and is a window on the future of work. It highlights some stunning information like this:           -Top Five Emerging Jobs          -Top Five In-Demand Skills (Biggest Skills Gap)          -Top Five Majors for Professionals in Emerging Jobs          -Top Five Fastest-Growing by Job Title

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5 fun things to know about: Marketing expert DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 8th, 2019

David Meerman Scott is well-known for his groundbreaking work identifying the new rules of marketing, PR, and social selling. He pioneered the word "newsjacking" to define a strategy he refined for getting attention for your product, service, or idea by tying it to breaking news. We thought it might be fun to look beyond his career and find out what really makes David tick. Here are the 5 fun things to know about David Meerman Scott. 1. David's first job was when he was 16 years old.  He worked after school and on Saturdays at the New Canaan Cheese Shop in CT.  At the time, he could cut a half pound of brie to within 2/100th of a pound nearly every time. At the New Canaan Cheese shot in CT.  David is on the right.

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1983 – The Year That Changed the Speaking Business

By: Tony D'Amelio
December 21st, 2018

As I was thinking back on 2018 I realized that this year is the 35th anniversary of a milestone event that rocked the speaking industry; something that’s not been repeated since. If you were in the industry back in 1983, you’ll remember just how profoundly things changed. 

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