Keynote Speaker Selected: Craig Whelden

Craig Whelden is a Major General, U.S. Army (retired) who has been selected to present the keynote address at the SFMA Annual Conference. He will speak about “Inspired Leadership in Challenging Times” on Wed., Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Savannah Convention Center. Lunch and SFMA’s Annual Meeting will follow. The presentation is sponsored by World Class Athletic Surfaces.

Whelden’s leadership journey began as an Eagle Scout at age 14. Thirty years later, he was the youngest General in the United States Army. Combined with another 9 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps, he has led thousands of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and civilians. In 2011, he was inducted into the Purdue University Tri-Service ROTC Hall of Fame. In March 2019, he published Leadership: The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best, winning four national book awards and attaining #1 international bestseller status on Amazon. Whelden is now a Global Fortune 500 Speaker and lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Whelden passes on decades of leadership and life lessons – both good and bad – told in a compelling and sometimes very personal way. A “master story-teller,” thousands around the world have heard his inspirational message.

The presentation will focus on:

  • Why communication skills are so critical
  • Outlining organizational vision, operating style, and personal quirks – early on
  • Why delegation and accountability are so important
  • The value (and risks) of goal setting and leaving a legacy
  • The importance of trust and balance in your life