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Throughout his career James has worked with schools, youth organizations, civic groups, small business associations, government agencies and large companies to share the principles of success and leadership development. As a coach, he has guided business executives, pastors and educational leaders in integrating these principles in their life.
James is a graduate of the first class of Ziglar Certified Trainers and the Ziglar Certified Coaches. He is also a John Maxwell Team member certified trainer, speaker and coach, being the third person in the world to achieve both the Ziglar and Maxwell certifications. He is now one of the two Co-founders of Generation Ziglar whose mission is "To inspire the next generation to impact future generations."
“Lack of motivation and poor leadership development are the biggest challenges facing businesses, organizations and individuals today. The good news is there is a simple solution!”
James served eight years as a high school teacher, and was awarded the National Outstanding Young Member by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATORS. He has served for 15 years as president of a family-owned wholesale nursery operation doubling the size of the nursery and tripling the sales of the 800-acre operation. Both are experiences that have now led him to being a world-renowned speaker and coach.
His loves and passions are his family, his faith, and his commitment to creating a positive revolution in the world.
From the time Matt was in the 8th grade, he knew his life’s ambition was to help others become more than they ever thought possible. Since then, his speeches and seminars have inspired thousands of people.
Having grown up on a farm and ranch in rural New Mexico, he brings a common sense, “farm boy” logic to his speaking and training. Matt is a graduate of the first class of Ziglar Certified Trainers and the Ziglar Certified Coaches. He is now one of the two co-founders of Generation Ziglar whose mission is "To inspire the next generation to impact future generations."
“You can do more, be more and have more than you ever thought possible, you just have to be willing to get over yourself to get there.”
He has served as the former CEO of the New Mexico Farm Bureau and past president of the Ethos Leadership Group. He also previously served on the American Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture Board of Directors.
He has won state and national awards for his public speaking, co-authored several books on leadership, and is authoring the upcoming book, The Power of an Inch. He has been quoted in Bloomberg Business Weekly, NPR, PBS and ABC News.
Rush is passionate about his values, helping others, and is dedicated to the development of a strong, successful future for our current and upcoming generation.
Ever since Shannon was a kid, she has wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and hearts. One of the best ways to do that is by helping them realize the potential God gave them within their purpose. She coaches and mentors young people into becoming young leaders and adults by helping them understand they often “see the world as they see themselves.” Shannon believes the foundation to any service starts with a purpose-filled view of the world.
Shannon grew up on a farm and ranch in a small town in southwestern New Mexico, and currently works as an academic adviser for New Mexico State University. She is a graduate of the first Ziglar Youth Certification class and also helped develop a portion of the curriculum for the youth modules. She is a former National FFA Officer, and she had the privilege of attending the Global Servant Leadership Roundtable in Iceland as a representative from the USA in 2016.
“In life, people often experience events that change the direction of our future, but we rarely have the opportunity to confirm our purpose. ZYC is life affirming. It reminds us of our greater calling to serve a world that desperately needs leaders. ZYC equips participants with the skills, drive, and focus to see the world through a lens of possibility, rather than a lens of doubt.”
Shannon is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University, and she attended Oklahoma State University for a Master’s in Agricultural Communications. She was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student at OSU by the Center for Ethical Leadership, and was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Shannon was a part of the first Ziglar Youth Certification class.
She believes the strength of our great country comes from people on the grassroots level, and believes all people are fully capable of making a positive difference in the world. She loves adventure, travel, playing basketball, photography, shooting archery, and is passionate spreading hope and value to young audiences all over the world.