New Testimonials

I recently had the opportunity and honor to host Jim for my annual Leadership Planning meeting in San Diego. I have had many speakers attend prior developmental meetings with my team and Jim did not disappoint. Prior to the meeting, Jim along with his team, personally reached out and held an hour long briefing meeting with me to ensure his message was relevant to our current… Read More
challenges in our business. It is rare that you actually get an opportunity to spend over an hour with a decorated athlete like Jim and with someone, yet, very humble. Jim nailed the presentation and his focus on “training to win” and what it takes to win was extremely motivating. One of my favorite quotes was, “taking the harder right over taking the easier wrong”. It is so easy not to have the hard conversations in leadership and to not do the uncomfortable work or fooling yourself into thinking you are taking the harder right. This message hit home with our team and we have discussed it quite a bit since returning from our planning meeting, we are a tighter group because of it and I thank Jim for it! He taught us there is a certain grit and grind it out attitude you must have to win! In a challenging environment, like we are experiencing today, this message was perfectly timed. We are on our way now and know what it means to train to win not just to train to compete.” On behalf of my entire Enterprise Global Compute & Networking Leadership Team at Dell Technologies, Thanks so much Jim for everything! We will certainly be in touch for future events. Believe!!!

Philip Quici

Senior Director Dell EMC

Jim’s presentation was 100% on target with our corporate objectives; he was enthusiasm, had great presence and really carried the day. He did a fantastic job meshing our corporate theme into his experiences and strategies for success. Finally, I am still constantly hearing folks reference “If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough”, so he definitely left his mark on my teams! Stephen Jermyn VP of Sales Alliance Technology Group

Alliance Technology Group

Jim Craig is one of the best speakers I have encountered. Jim brings to life his experiences in such a palpable way, you immediately get drawn into his story and the challenges that he faced. Through his stories, he shares with the audience a meaningful approach to tackling our own challenges, whether that is in our businesses or in our individual lives. His story on teamwork and winning is unique – great… Read More
moments are born from great opportunities, when you are unafraid and willing to put in the work and have the right mindset. Our advisors were thrilled to have Jim speak at our conference. Jim is more than a gifted speaker, he is a gifted storyteller. He inspires the audience to think bigger, to go higher, to rise above challenges and persevere. Without a doubt, Jim started off our conference in the right tone. We are so glad we had the opportunity to have Jim speak at our conference!

Chrissy Lee

Co-President/Chief Operating Officer

Jim is an amazing speaker! There’s no question why the US won gold with him on the team. He communicates a message that is so relevant that you walk out so motivated to accomplish any task in front of you. Jim is a down to earth man that respect the organization he is working with on an event. His excellent platform skills and communications leading up to the event is flawless. I really enjoyed working with Jim and look forward to partnering with him again.


We had Jim present to the Dell Technologies Central Division team (550 people) a few weeks ago at our annual sales kickoff meeting. Everyone I spoke to said it was the best kickoff ever due to Jim’s presentation. He took time with us on the phone and over dinner to really understand our company, go to market, and overall marketplace to tailor his message to us. He tied in his successful business career and his “Miracle on Ice” experience into the perfect message. We gave our sales winners signed USA jerseys and Jim even handed them out (which he didn’t have to do) to make it an amazing experience. Best corporate presentation ever!!!


And wanted to follow-up with you regarding our “Head 2 Head” competition vs. Seattle: we just found out on Friday that we WON!! Jim’s advice to the team meant so much and was referenced more than once in the final week of our competition. Jim graciously offered a signed ‘Team USA’ jersey to whoever put us over Seattle for the victory – the individual who won (Pat Arnason) is a HUGE fan and worked so hard to win the jersey (as a former hockey player, it means so much to him)


Jim was the essential key note speaker for our annual conference this past January. Not only was Jim and his team professional, efficient and gracious, Jim took the time to understand our industry and our audience allowing him to tailor his message to maximize the presentation. We would recommend Jim Craig to any business looking to promote tools for success and wishing to cultivate a cohesive team attitude. We understand how he earned that gold medal years ago, but his greatest trait is that Jim continues to endorse that same winning demeanor.


Jim spoke to our group up in Lake Placid, NY and he was absolutely wonderful. His energy, even at the end of a long day for all of us, was revitalizing. He really painted a great picture for our team of what it was like to be a part of such an iconic team in US History. His story telling was vivid and inspiring. From the pre-meeting on the phone, to the final good-bye Jim was a pleasure to work with and really made sure he geared his presentation to our company. If you are thinking about bringing Jim in for your next event, think no more- just do it- you won’t be sorry.


Gold Medal Strategies has been partnering with Zeigler for over 5 years and the value that Jim Craig has brought to our organization is undeniable. Jim challenges you in ways you would never imagine and has a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and create a winning team. Recently, Jim gave me a personal opportunity to shine and show my leadership skills in a discussion panel in front of our entire organization. His belief in me has helped me to grow as a leader both personally and professionally. Jim is thought provoking, intuitive, supportive and very witty. The GMS team and Jim Craig would be an incredible asset to any organization!

Jennifer O’Hara


Working with Jim and the GMS team has gone far beyond my expectations. The conference call series, in conjunction with the book, was significantly more than motivational. It helped create consistent dialogue and interaction throughout the year. We are now a much closer team with greater understanding of ourselves, each other and most importantly share a clear vision for our future. Thanks Jim and team!

Dan Hansen

Chairman, President, & Chief Executive Officer

We have been working with Jim Craig and Gold Medal Strategies for many years now. Jim always delivers more than we expect. He has a real talent for pulling greatness out of your teams. He has challenged me like no one else has and make me better as a leader. I highly recommend Jim Craig and team for your next event!”

Mike Van Ryn

Director of Talent Development, Zeigler Auto Group

Gold Medal Strategies has been working with our company for many years now. I have been a part of our coaching calls with Jim and his team for the last 3 years. Jim has challenged me to think differently and has motivated me to step out of my comfort zone. He continues to provide opportunities of growth for our team members and pushes them to be at their best. Mediocrity and complacency is not in Jim’s vocabulary and he does a phenomenal job inspiring others to believe the same! I would highly recommend Gold Medal Strategies to any company that’s looking to get the next level of greatness!”

Ariah Wilburn


I’ve heard Jim speak several times and recently engaged him to speak at a conference I had the privilege of chairing for PDMA and he has always delivered. The attendees at the PDMA conference were really inspired by Jim and several said they picked our event over a competing event because we had Jim as our opening keynote. Working with Jim’s team was painless and he devoted time to really understanding our organization and what we need to ensure that the message delivered resonated with


Jim Craig was a bit hit with my association. He not only has agreat story to tell, he makes a point of learning about who he is speaking to and makes it relevant for our own challenges. I highly recommend his inspirational and educational speech.

Ted Case Executive Director

Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association

If you’re looking to motivate a team, then this is your guy. Jim spoke at our company’s leadership meeting. He spent time understanding our company, tailored his presentation to our needs, and immediately connected with our team. His team was a pleasure to work with in the run up to the event. Can’t say enough about our positive experience working with Jim.

Denny Moynihan


Had the opportunity to have Jim assist my leadership team with true accountability. Jim challenged the team and took them from a place of discomfort and vulnerability to a level of sharing and personal accountability that we have not experienced. Jim has helped us lay the foundation for a winning locker room. Nothing could be more important for our success ! Winning isn’t accidental – it’s the result of teamwork and the ability to hold each other accountable- there is no better Coach to help you build your winning locker room.

Don Sawyer


I worked with Jim for a mutual client, and found him to be highly responsive to the client’s needs, inspirational and provide practical tools for the success of the Executive Leadership Team we were serving. I highly recommend him.

Douglas Brockbank


Jim Craig was our keynote speaker for MVMT’s 2018 Annual Meeting and his presentation and content that he delivered to my team was a home run (or shall I say, Hat Trick, Shut Out, etc.)!! He was motivational and also challenged everyone to evaluate their own definition of success. He took the time to conference with our leadership… Read More
team beforehand to customize his message. Jim is highly professional, does his homework and his message of what it takes to be a champion applies to any company that strives for gold standard excellence. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like any additional information regarding Jim Craig at Gold Medal Strategies.

Doug Scott, President LION


Olympic Gold Medalist, Jim Craig, was our key note speaker at the Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA) meeting Nov. 1-4, 2017 in Austin, Texas. AMBA invited our 200 Executive Directors and Presidents from our 55 client associations located in 35 states to come to Austin to learn more about how AMBA could help their associations grow by… Read More
using our successful marketing techniques, along with our menu of insurance and other benefits endorsed by their associations. His staff called us and asked about the conference theme, and Jim styled his speech to fit our needs. AMBA sent Jim’s signed video from the movie Miracle to our guests before they heard him speak. He did a great job of reiterating this inspirational and highly entertaining true story about the 1980’s US Ice Hockey teams’ triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Unions, which was one of the greatest moments in sports history. Jim described how Coach Herb Brooks turned 26 undisciplined kids into a team that could achieve the unbelievable to win. Jim talked about motivation, success and what it means, and doing the impossible. In the Q &A, the audience asked many questions about leadership qualities needed to win. They were very engaged with the speaker, and said how it fit into the leadership rolls and decision making they had in their life. The group was comprised of retired and active educators and state employee associations. The audience loved him and said his message fit the conference’s message of Roadmap to Growth. I would highly recommend Jim Craig to your group as an outstanding motivational speaker and a great man.

Jeanie Coffey

VP of Association Relations AMBA

: Jim recently was the keynote speaker at my company’s annual user conference. While Jim is a fantastically dynamic speaker with a huge armament of great stories, I was most impressed with his preparation and the integration of my company’s mission and goals into his talk. Jim took the time to understand us, our business, and our customers… Read More
– he took that knowledge and personalized what could easily have been a one-size-fits-all talk and made it anything but. His messages reinforced key take-home themes from the broader meeting, and he had the audience’s attention throughout the presentation. Jim and his team were a joy to work with, and I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.

Jonathan Conta, Senior Director


: Jim spoke at our All Company Meeting celebration this past fall. His presentation was engaging and very quotable – many presenters from our organization quoted him in their later moments on stage. We were very happy to welcome Jim to our stage, and would particularly recommend him as a speaker for an audience that is even just moderately sports-oriented.

Emily Pillat


Jim was a special guest speaker for our fall 2017 store director and sales team meeting. He came prepared and well versed about our company and culture, which made his message of leadership, teamwork and execution spot on and resonate well with everyone. He truly hit the mark on many counts and connected well with stories that were motivating, yet sometime humorous, which provided inspiration to many. Thank you Jim…we appreciated your message and having you here! Arnason) is a HUGE fan and worked so hard to win the jersey (as a former hockey player, it means so much to him)


“The autographed materials were raffled off throughout the night at our hospitality suite. They not only helped keep people in our suite but they also drew people back for multiple visits. They were highly sought after items and created a lot of exstrongment.”


VP Sales & Marketing

BC Technical

“Your new book Gold Medal Strategies was a huge hit everyone enjoyed receiving a book. I find clients keep it in their office and bring it up in conversation every time I come in. It’s a great reminder of the evening.”