Client Testimonials

Companies like Fannie Mae, Keller Williams, Brightway Insurance, Guild Mortgage and Homestar Financial Corporation have hired keynote presenter and TEDx speaker Patrick Galvin to engage their audiences and energize their events. Below are testimonials from clients who can attest to the quality and impact of Patrick’s presentations and programs.

Video Testimonials

Shayla Gifford, branch manager of Guild Mortgage in Reno, Nevada and coach of The CORE Training, shares her thoughts on Patrick Galvin’s presentation to loan officers and their referral partners.

Jim Perucca, Executive Vice President of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Oregon (IIABO), explains why he has hired Patrick Galvin to speak at his organization’s annual conference multiple times.

Larry Middleman, President/CEO of CU Business Group, talks about Patrick Galvin’s book and the keynote speech he delivered at the company’s annual conference in both Portland, OR and Savannah, GA.

Julie Johnson, branch manager of Guild Mortgage’s South Lake Union office in Seattle, shares her thoughts on Patrick Galvin‘s business relationship building workshop for loan officers and their referral partners.

Trevor Hammond, NW regional manager of Sierra Pacific Mortgage, discusses the impact of Patrick Galvin’s keynote at a summit for his lending team and their referral partners including realtors, financial advisors, insurance agents, accountants and attorneys.

Fred Ferrell, VP of Real Estate at SchoolsFirst FCU, shares his thoughts on an interactive business relationship building workshop that Patrick Galvin delivered for credit union employees in Southern California.

Mortgage & Real Estate

We were extremely lucky to have Patrick speak to over 175 of our mortgage loan originators about relationship building. He shared a number of easy and practical ideas that our people were able to implement immediately. In the world of clicking the button to place our order, Patrick has a refreshing take on building and leveraging relationships for maximum advantage. I highly recommend seeing Patrick speak and reading his book, The Connector’s Way.

Joe Ewens

EVP Production, GEM Mortgage, Inc.

Patrick spoke to our loan officers and zeroed in on the importance of word of mouth. He helped educate our people on how to use today’s social media tools to improve word of mouth results. Patrick was entertaining, professional and educational. Patrick’s message was just what they needed to hear.

Brandt Hulse

Business Development Manager, Guild Mortgage

Patrick presented on real world and online networking to our entire mortgage sales force. His presentation was engaging, interactive and powerful to foster new ideas, change behaviors and grow our business. How do I know? Within two weeks of the presentation, multiple loan officers had gained new contacts, joined networking groups and/or directly received referrals as a result of their actions.

Rob Walworth

Director of Mortgage Sales, BECU

Patrick’s talk was engaging, funny, insightful, and in the end, inspiring. I don’t use that word lightly, either. You could feel his energy permeate the room, and it was clear that Patrick was connecting with a large contingent of the audience (which of course makes sense, given the title of his book!).

Michael Bluhm

Real Estate Broker, Neighborhood Works Realty

I met Patrick at an event for top producing mortgage and real estate professionals. I was drawn to his message and how he’s truly someone who believes in building a relationship business. The principles are so spot on that we decided to host a video simulcast with Patrick, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the response of our attendees as well as the additional nuggets I was able to get for my business. I’d recommend Patrick to anyone who’s looking to build a better business one relationship at a time.

Suzanne Caldeira

Vice President, Shamrock Financial

Patrick’s presentation, ‘Beyond Networking: Cultivating Your Real World and Online Connections,’ challenged the Mortgage Loan Officers to view their LinkedIn and other social profiles from many vantage points. His presentation was personalized for our group, dynamic, and very interactive, thus, allowing our sales team to get the most out of his message. Most importantly, Patrick ardently followed up with individual coaching sessions for each sales person and provided personalized recommendations for each of their profiles to ensure that they were maximizing all opportunities in getting their personal message out. Patrick’s recommendations, coaching, and determination to help increase each sales person’s sales numbers have provided noticeable online activity resulting from their improved social profiles. I would highly recommend your team experiencing Patrick’s ‘Galvanizing Effect.’

Casey Filburn

Director of Mortgage Lending, Advantis Credit Union

After seeing Patrick’s keynote presentation at The CORE Training’s Summit in San Antonio in May 2017 and reading his book The Connector’s Way, I invited him to speak to my loan officers and their referral partners. To promote the event, I did a 45-minute Zoom video conference call with Patrick which we edited into eight videos that highlighted Summit Funding’s commitment to helping its referral partners grow. The videos received great feedback and helped us fill the event in just a couple of weeks. The content and delivery of Patrick’s two-hour seminar on business relationship were outstanding, and I continue to get enthusiastic comments from those who attended. Audience members appreciated that Patrick took the time to interview local loan officers and realtors and gave them the opportunity to share their success stories. If you’re looking for a dynamic speaker and business relationship building expert who goes the extra mile for his clients, I highly recommend Patrick!

Derrick Polder

Regional Vice President, Summit Funding

Thank you, Patrick, for your presentation to our local Santa Barbara professionals and realtors. It was such a pleasure working with you and it couldn’t have been an easier event for me to sponsor. Many of our attendees got back to me with comments about how well spoken, genuine and heartfelt you were, as well as how your statistics and step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to understand and accomplish. Your applicable lessons and thoughts on business relationship building are spot on.

Mary Layman

Realtor, Keller Williams

I first met Patrick Galvin at The CORE Training Summit in San Antonio, as he delivered a keynote presentation to a group of over 600 high achieving real estate and mortgage professionals. His direct, simple, but powerful message resonated with our group. Tim Lindsey (Bear Mortgage) and I invited him to come to Denver and speak at the Small Business Expo. Patrick was brilliant, as usual, and he had over 100 people sitting on the edge of their seats to hear his wisdom.

Kevin Mackessy

Broker-Owner, Blue Olive Properties

We had Patrick speak to all our mortgage loan officers across the company about networking and leveraging social media to increase referrals. Patrick was easy to work with and met with us prior to the presentation to customize the content to meet our needs. After two days of back-to-back presentations, we asked our loan officers who their favorite speaker was and Patrick was at the top of the list. Many went home that weekend and implemented the recommendations that he provided. He is engaging, and provides clear, easy-to-implement ideas that any loan officer can take to enhance their business. I highly recommend Patrick as a speaker to any credit union or financial institution.

Tony Ingram

Regional Director, First Tech Federal Credit Union

I read Patrick’s book The Connector’s Way and loved it. Today I got to meet him as he spoke at our office. I’ve been in the mortgage business for 30 years, and rarely have I received so much useful information in a very short period.

Allen Young

Loan Officer, Community Mortgage Funding

Insurance Industry

Patrick’s presentation on word of mouth marketing during our 117th Annual Conference and Trade Show really connected with the audience of Texas Independent Insurance Agents. His easy, genuine manner combined with his depth of expertise on the subject was well received by participants who were attending from across the great state of Texas. Attendees I spoke to seemed excited about putting his practical ideas into use.

Rick Bondurant

Director of Mgmt. Resources, Independent Insurance Agents of Texas

At the annual convention of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, Patrick gave a thought provoking keynote address with an engaging follow-up breakout session and both were hits. He also did his homework before coming by talking with a handful of our members in advance which wonderfully personalized his presentations.

Mary Gardner

Executive Vice President, Michigan Association of Insurance Agents

Patrick totally energized our members during his keynote address on word-of-mouth marketing – especially our young agents! The highest testimony to Patrick was simply stated by one of our members, “I want to hear more!” Patrick is wonderful to work with. He interviewed several of our members in preparation for his session and built what he learned from them into his content and recognized their contributions during the session. He is one of the best speakers I have seen take so much time engaging our members before, during and after his sessions. We highly recommend Patrick!

Cathy Cinotto

Events Manager, Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma

Patrick stands out as a consummate professional who goes the extra mile. Our members enjoyed the opportunities built into his presentation to interact with one another and share their best practices. I recommend Patrick to anyone looking for an excellent speaker.

Jim Perucca

Executive Vice President, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Oregon

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Patrick present to insurance groups on more than one occasion and I have spoken to him at some length about his passion for helping people better connect and building galvanized relationships with their clients. Patrick has an engaging way to wake you up to new ideas and think about making connections in a more meaningful way. If you are in need of a very pleasant and engaging speaker or more importantly, someone who will challenge you to build better relationships, I would encourage you to reach out and give Patrick a call. Your time will have been well spent. Unlike some presenters, Patrick walks the talk.

Stephen Smelley

Chief Operating Officer, PayneWest Insurance (McMinnville, OR)

Patrick clearly enjoys what he does—and he does it with a smile. Conference attendees left his keynote presentation feeling energized and motivated to grow their insurance agencies.

Kim Legato

Director of Meeting Planning, PIA Western Alliance

Working with Patrick in a workshop environment was engaging and beneficial to our sales team. Reminding us of the importance of building meaningful relationships and the work that must go into that process was a great way to end our sales summit. Having a ‘takeaway” in the form of a book that tells a quick moving story of relationship building in action will only drive home the point.

Garth Hamilton

Chief Sales Officer, HUB International Northwest


Patrick gave a keynote presentation at SEMPL, the largest media trends conference in our region, about the importance of word of mouth marketing. It was a pleasure working with him not only because of his exceptional speaking skills and high level of professionalism, but also because of his charisma and likability – his positive energy is simply contagious. Our delegates loved that he upgraded his expert knowledge with relevant examples from our markets. His ability to deliver a relevant message for a non-American audience resulted in a very engaging presentation. If you are looking for an inspiring session with a great added value for your business, Patrick should be your choice!

Valerija Prevolsek

Managing Director, SEMPL (Slovenia)

Patrick was a featured speaker at the 2015 Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, engaging the audience with a talk on fellowship, one of Rotary’s five core values. Attendees found him energetic, informative and inspirational. As a meeting organizer, I really enjoyed working with Patrick. His communications with me before the event were clear and thorough. Onsite, his relaxed, cheerful demeanor was contagious, making any worries I had about the success of the program disappear.

Norah Webster, CMP

Global Events Learning Specialist

Groups & Associations

Patrick did an amazing job connecting with our alumni at a recent career development event. We received great feedback both during the presentation and after. Our alumni quickly put their new networking skills and confidence to test and it was great to watch how energized people became.

Sara Haley, M.S.E.

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Portland State University

Patrick did a masterful presentation at an event I recently hosted. He was able to convey a very powerful message through wonderful storytelling. He is a very polished speaker that really resonates with the audience. If you are looking for a presenter who can come across as credible, and speak from the heart, I would highly recommend Patrick.

Simon Broad

Co-Founder and COO, SpeakerExpo

Patrick’s word of mouth marketing presentation overwhelmingly earned the highest scores at our company’s annual sales conference. That’s why I invited him back to speak to my staff about practical and effective tactics they can implement to grow repeat and referred business. Patrick’s presentation style is friendly and interactive. He does his homework and customizes his presentation for the specific industry, company and attendees in the room. He knows how to keep his audience engaged. I would recommend Patrick to any company looking for an excellent speaker who knows how to entertain, inspire and train specific tactics to grow customer relations and sales.

Randy Hudson

Vice President of Sales, Neil Kelly Company

Patrick’s session on word of mouth marketing to a group of savvy women presidents was break-through perfect. Great ideas, lots of how-to stories and intense credibility based on years of successful client work. I could not have picked a better speaker. He has inspired new action and energy for each member. His preparation and follow-up has been amazing. He walks the talk.

Elizabeth Becker

East Bay Chapter Chair, Women Presidents’ Organization

As the founder of the Alliance of CEOs, I work with hundreds of CEOs and Patrick Galvin has worked with a number of our members. He has always gotten rave reviews and I can wholeheartedly endorse Patrick. He’s extremely creative, knows how to get things done, doesn’t make promises he can’t deliver and makes sure that his clients all get maximum value. He’s also a high integrity guy and awfully nice as well.

Paul Witkay

Founder & CEO, Alliance of Chief Executives

Patrick delivered an inspiring yet, easy to understand keynote address for our IMACC Conference. We all appreciated how thoroughly Patrick had obviously prepared for this keynote. He used the language of insurance and damage restoration with a precision that simplified the complexities and clarified the murkiness that often keeps us from seeing the bigger picture and the greater purpose of what we do. We had fun and laughed together as Patrick illustrated the importance of loving our life and vocation.

Pat Harmon

CEO, Independent Mitigation And Cleaning/Conservation Network (IMACC)

Legal Industry

Patrick’s remarks were universally well-received. He’s practical, fun, smart—and not intimidated by a room full of lawyers. The folks who hated social media are now clamoring for some one-on-one assistance from Patrick in setting up their online presence.

Sarah Robertson

Partner, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP

Patrick advised me on how to use social media to promote my law practice. His counsel was clear, creative and tremendously helpful. He has the gift of making the complex simple. His suggestions led to immediate and positive results.

Lindsay Spiller

Estate Planning and Entertainment Attorney

Financial Services

In the weeks following Patrick’s keynote, I received many positive comments from our life insurance agents. If you’re looking for an energetic and talented speaker who will deliver a presentation tailored to your needs, Patrick is a great option.

John Whitehead

Managing Partner, New York Life

Our team hired Patrick as a networking coach. Patrick successfully streamlined our LinkedIn presence, and gave us several ideas to build on in the future. Patrick also introduced us to unique real world marketing strategies that we have begun implementing into our practice. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Matthew Fields

Vice President/Financial Advisor, Robert W. Baird & Co.