Dave Sanderson

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Dave Sanderson is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, and survivor of the Miracle on the Hudson. For more than four decades, he has been a top producer for some of the largest sales teams in the world. More than 250,000 people have enjoyed his business and personal leadership events' warmth, humor, and inspirational message. 


On January 15, 2009, Dave was one of the last passengers off the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as The Miracle on the Hudson, considered the most successful ditch in aviation history. 


He is an author and contributing author of three internationally bestselling books, including Moments Matter, Brace for Impact, From Turmoil to Triumph, and Moments Matter Magazine.  His newest book, Creating Opportunity Out of Uncertainty (working title), will be published on January 15, 2024.


After thirty-seven years in sales and sales leadership with roles in companies such as ADP, Peoplesoft, KPMG, and Oracle, Dave founded his executive personal leadership firm Dave Sanderson Speaks International, on January 15, 2014. As a sought-after international speaker, he works with established and emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to help them find opportunities out of uncertainty, aligning with their passion and purpose by employing their leadership skills and igniting their performance by pivoting turmoil into opportunity and challenges into success. 


In addition to his 37 years in sales and sales leadership, he was the Director of Security for Tony Robbins for over ten years and was recently named one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers on 


Dave has spoken at countless fundraisers that have raised over $14M for the American Red Cross. 


Dave resides in Charlotte, NC, with his wife of 36 years, Terri, and their four children, Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney, and Chance.


Speaking Topics:


  • Moments Matter
  • Identify Your Distinct Advantage: Changing the Narrative for Your Future:  How would your results change if you felt more in control, focused and ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing sales landscape?
  • Pivot Challenges into Opportunities and Turmoil into Triumph

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