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Larry Wilson

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Founder of a pre-eminent training company, Wilson Learning Corporation, Larry Wilson created programs that helped Fortune 500 companies worldwide achieve higher levels of performance through people. In 1982 he sold his share of Minnesota-based WLC in order to pursue an emerging vision of change management and leadership development, and he founded Pecos River Learning Center in 1985, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pecos River itself became a “human resource brand” signifying growth, leadership, and change management for thousands of employees, managers, and top leaders from some of the largest companies in the world. Thirteen years later, Larry sold his ownership in Pecos River to Aon Consulting—and he is again free to pursue a solo career dedicated to the joy of helping people in organizations release their spirits by releasing their courage and creativity.

Wilson Learning pioneered work in translating theories of psychology to powerful people skills that help fulfill human potential in business relationships. Pecos River created a rich environment for business leaders, managers, and work teams to work (and play) to create totally unique systems to embrace change in ways that enhance improved business results. These innovative businesses grew from Larry’s early people experiences selling life insurance. By age 29 he had become the youngest lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a benchmark achievement for the life insurance field.

Larry Wilson has been recognized with many awards including: Speakers Hall of Fame; Senior Fellow and Alumni of the Year at the University of Minnesota; and Ambassador of Free Enterprise by the International Sales and Marketing Executives.

Today, Larry spends high-impact time consulting with senior leadership teams from companies such as American Express, General Motors, Du Pont, Citibank, Kraft, Ernst & Young, and British Airways. Larry speaks to associations and corporations on a regular basis. He has authored more than five books and numerous articles, and has himself been the subject of many features on entrepreneurial leadership.

"What Clients Say About Larry Wilson"

“What can I say? We wanted to communicate the approach to change as a positive. We wanted the best speaker possible--AND YOU DID IT! You were great! The feedback from our builders and our staff is overwhelming, and it is positive.” -Dave Kemper, Sales Training Manager, Stran Buildings

“…As our featured speaker, your part of the program was enthusiastically received by all the attendees. You provided everyone the chance to leave with a positive feeling and a challenge not to be afraid of making mistakes, but rather to learn and grow from them….” -Michael Payne, Executive Director, Financial Stationers Association

“… Your message was well received by our agents. You continue to be a dynamic and thought-provoking speaker.” -John Lusk, CPCU, Vice President, Propertly/Liability Distribution, CNA Insurance Companies

“I’ve always believed that if you get the attitude right, everything else will follow. Play to Win! is the right attitude we at Aon want to use when we’re dealing with our clients, employees, family members, or ourselves personally. This book is for the winners we can and should be.” -Patrick G. Ryan, Chairman, President, and CEO, Aon Corporation

“Play to Win! captures the essence of how to change the way you see things so you can dramatically and immediately improve the way you do things.” -Charlie Eitel, President and COO, Interface, Inc.

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