Dave Anderson - Keynote Speaker




What Others Are Saying About Famous Dave

…we ask those attending our meetings to complete an evaluation form indicating their satisfaction with all aspects of the meeting including speaker and topic…you are the first speaker to ever attain a perfect 5 on a scale of 1 to 5!”

“You have a remarkable story to tell…You truly inspired us to renew our efforts to seek success – in business, but more importantly in life.”

Executive Director, Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association

“Your energy and stage presence kept our audience on the edge of their seats.”

“…our group knew you were speaking from the heart and appreciated your message.”

President, Printing Industry of Minnesota, Inc.

“…we experienced one of the largest crowds ever to attend our Annual Luncheon. …I am sure that the increased attendance could be connected to your popularity.”

“The enthusiasm you brought to our audience was wonderful.  The message to the students regarding bringing value to the workplace was extremely timely and right on target.”

Executive Director, Business Economics Education Foundation of Minnesota, Inc.

“We received so many compliments following your presentation and this meeting was proclaimed the “best” joint meeting in history thanks to you.”

“It was refreshing in this day and age to encounter someone with such an optimistic & clear read of what life holds for us”

“Your common sense approach coupled with your philosophies…has the potential of insuring that each member of the audience you spoke to will be a better supervisor, worker and human being.”

Greater Saint Paul Building Owners & Managers Association

“We have had nothing but positive feedback from attendees and the standing ovation you received is not standard.”

“…your message of perseverance, of continuing to grow and learn and especially of having passion for what you do in life was inspiring and entertaining.”

President, Minneapolis Association of Life Underwriters

“These kids just loved you and your story and used words like “Extremely Motivational” and “Very Interesting, Cool Guy” to describe their reaction.”

“You bring special excitement wherever you go, and you certainly brought that with you to our weekend.”

“…Thank you for participating in Camp Enterprise this year and doing such a terrific job of inspiring high school seniors.

Camp Enterprise Rotary International


“In all my 25 years as City Administrator and hosting The Mayor’s Business Leader’s Luncheon, I have never had to follow a more dynamic speaker than Dave Anderson!  This was the largest turnout we have ever experienced and your presentation was outstanding.”

Jim Haynor ~ City Administrator, Village of Gurnee, IL

“…all the students enjoyed your energy, story and passion, and you were clearly voted one of the top speakers.  Statements such as “have more speakers like Famous Dave” are echoed on many evaluations.  I asked the students to tell me what they learned at camp that they have been able to use in school or life.  One student gave a great example on how you impacted her life.  Here is the response from a student at Forest Lake Senior High School:

“…thanks to Famous Dave, a marvelous public speaker and very motivating, stated that no matter what you are being paid you should always work as if you are making more.  I am only making $6.70, and before going to camp I was very discouraged about my income.  After I returned from camp, I began to work as if I was making twenty dollars an hour.  Before I knew it, I was moved to the sales floor where I have the ability to make commissions, and interact with people on a professional level.  The position is more promising for my future…”

Andrea Hanson, Program Manager, Minnesota Business Venture

“Our conference could not have been as successful without you!”

“Dave you are quite an inspiration.”

“You have a wonderful way of captivating an audience.”

Business Professionals of America

“Wow!  You rocked the house…at first we were somewhat concerned about placing you as the last speaker due to your schedule but were surprised.  For the first time in fifteen years that we have been having this conference not one attendee left early and we had the best attendance ever just because they wanted to hear you speak.  Our associates were all riveted to their seats by your inspiring, from-the-heart, and real life talk about your experiences as an entrepreneur.  You reached everyone there because you didn’t hold anything back.  You shared your failures as well as your success and that captured their hearts as your inspiring story made them feel that they could all succeed.  We have never had a speaker that got this group to jump to their feet in thunderous applause.  Three standing ovations! And then you couldn’t even get back to your seat with getting a standing ovation.  From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come to Canada."

Milton Tootoosis, Human Resources, SaskEnergy, Regina Saskatchewan, Canada


“You have an incredibly strong message to share with young people who are “dreaming” of becoming business owners.”

“Your dynamic presentation really fit the need for this conference…”

Northland Foundation

“What a motivator!”

“Very Inspirational!”

“…Thank you again for ending our conference on such a positive and inspirational note and for helping make our conference a huge success.”

Minnesota Department of Employee Relations

“I am highly recommending your name to others who request speakers.”

Builders Association of the Twin Cities

“…Your message is powerful and given from your heart.  Your energy, enthusiasm and positive “can do” attitude came through very clearly.”

Governor, Rotary International

“…your marketing expertise was a key factor in the overall success of the program.  We couldn’t have done it without you!”

Neighborhood Marketing Institute

“Your contribution to the program was invaluable.  Your message, delivery and heart-felt personal stories were a captivating conclusion to a memorable day.”

“The feedback we have received about the event and your involvement has been absolutely outstanding.”

Minnesota Timberwolves

“The feedback I received from the membership that was present has been excellent.  You did a great job and inspired a lot of people today!”

“Your philosophy of “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” really struck home with a lot of our members.”

Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce

“…It will be tremendously helpful to me in my own job.”

“…I will use your thoughts on getting people to focus on their responsibility to themselves and their own development and to look forward to tackling problems daily in my own comments to my employees.  Thanks much.”

President, South Suburban District Norwest Banks

“Dave’s personal life story is nothing less than a real American “rags-to-riches” story come true.  In fact, I was so impressed by his life story that I used his experiences to sum up my own best selling book, Failing Forward.”

John C. Maxwell, New York Times Best Selling Author & Expert on Leadership

“Dave’s incredible life story provides, it’s not just what you choose to do, but who you choose to be, that makes all the difference.”

John Christensen, Co-author of FISH!, International Best Business Seller

"We have had a lot of great speakers from across the nation speak at our Economic Club and none were more dynamic and as articulate as Famous Dave. It was obvious throughout his presentation that he has earned the right to speak to the topics of entrepreneurship, small business development, corporate America and leadership. He was an inspiration to our membership, both young and old. His real-life experiences and stories had everyone at the edge of their chairs wanting to hear more, we will definitely have him back in the future."

Joe Esbrook, President Elect, Economic Club of Marquette County; Vice President, Michigan Economic Development Association; Past President, Upper

Peninsula Economic Development Alliance


"Dave Anderson did a wonderful job…he just exploded with energy during his presentation.  I have heard nothing but good things from the people who were at his presentation… I talked with the professor and she is still beaming a week later!  Dave was a great person to have visit our campus."

Fredrick Synder

Program Coordinator, Student Leadership Development

Minnesota State University—Mankato

"It is obvious that you speak from your heart, Dave, and your sincerity and dedication touch people.  It isn’t easy to get a room full of bankers to deliver a resounding standing ovation, but that’s what happened.  There also was a continuing “buzz” about your presentation for the remainder of the convention."


"You delivered your message with energy and enthusiasm and emphasized two universal keys to living: Adversity can build depth of character, and problems are really life’s opportunities."

Kathy Collins Royce, Vice President of Membership and Marketing, Independent Community Bankers Association

"We greatly appreciated your words of wisdom for our staff. You certainly inspired us to go and be the best we can be for our students! As I was reading through the evaluations from our staff development day, many staff members specifically stated that they were motivated by your presentation."

Skyla Hailey
Choctaw Tribal Schools


What National Experts Are Saying About Famous Dave

"Famous Dave is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary message. His heart is solid gold and his message is just as valuable!"

Anthony Robbins, World’s Leading Personal Development Trainer

"Famous Dave’s message is so powerful, just one of his thoughts could transform your life into a grand adventure of self-discovery and self-improvement!"

Mark Victor Hansen, America’s #1 Ambassador of Possibility!  Author of Chicken Soup For The Soul and The Enlightened Millionaire

"Get Ready To Launch Your Career Or Your Life! Famous Dave’s well-researched LifeSkills will teach you the disciplines that will allow you to master yourself before you master your task. Whether you are launching into space or launching your career… Failure Is NOT An Option!"

Gene Kranz, NASA Team Leader “Tiger Team” Mission Control Apollo 13 and New York Times Bestselling Author: “Failure Is Not An Option!”

“Dave’s personal life story is nothing less than a real American “rags-to-riches” story come true. In fact, I was so impressed by his life story that I used his experiences to sum up my own bestselling book… “Failing Forward.”

John C. Maxwell, America’s Leading Expert on Leadership and New York Times Best Selling Author on Leadership.

I can’t tell you that I have ever met anyone that has generated more passion and enthusiasm then Famous Dave Anderson. I think Dave is the ultimate entrepreneur if you look at all the books written that have featured his life’s story. I can’t miss this opportunity to let people know about the massive impact Dave has on people. Thank you for being the blessing we need in the world!

Dr. Joseph Michelli, America’s Leading Expert on Hospitality and Service; New York Times Best Selling Author: “The Starbuck’s Experience” and “The New Gold Standard: Five Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience” 

Dave Anderson is one of the most successful Native American entrepreneurs in America! Best known for creating the legendary barbecue company Famous Dave’s of America. Dave is an over achiever, relentless, and passionate in sharing his vision...he is a world master at delivering phenomenal service for a great client experience. Dave is an absolute gem of a human being with a huge, huge heart doing a lot of good in the world.


John Assaraf, Business Growth Guru, Human Potential Expert as featured in the internationally acclaimed runaway hit “The Secret” and New York Times Bestselling Author “Having It All”

Past  Clients (partial list)

Key Testimony

United States Congress

United States Senate

Convention Keynotes

Building Owners & Managers Association

Financial Executives Institute

Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota

Insurance & Financial Advisors

Minnesota Bankers Association

Minnesota Builder’s Association

Michigan Minority Suppliers Conference

Minnesota Area Relief Association Coalition

Minnesota’s Marketplace for Entrepreneurs

Minnesota Legal Secretaries Association

Nation's Restaurant News Conference

Multi-Unit Food Service Operations National Convention

Northwest Wisconsin Investment Board

Sales & Marketing Executives

SASK Power

Business Economics Education Foundation

Career Development Conference

Construction Exchange

Economic Club of Marquette County

Leadership Seminar Series 4 Tribes

Michigan Technological University – CUPA Conference

Minority Business Exchange

Minnesota Community Development Corporation

Minnesota Department of Administration

Minnesota Fire Fighters Association

Minnesota Teen Challenge

Minnesota’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Speaker

Nation's Restaurant News – Hot Concepts Panel Member

Northern Minnesota Reservation Economic Development Summit

Northwest Wisconsin Workforce

Red Lake Economic Development

South Central Personnel Association

South Central Wisconsin Builders Association

State of Minnesota Administrators

Venture Marketing LLC

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute

Wisconsin Real Estate Board

Employee Presentations


Century 21


U.S. Department of the Interior

Famous Dave’s of America

Minneapolis Star & Tribune

Paragon Cable

Northwest Mutual Insurance

Hazelden Center

Nations Banc / Montgomery Securities

Schmidt Music

Westwood Cabinets

Lake Superior College Teachers & Staff

Emmaus Lutheran Church

Prayer Breakfast Keynotes

Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

Montana’s Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

North Dakota Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

South Dakota Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Wisconsin Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Grace Fellowship Recovery Celebration

Twin Cities Arise With The Guys

Youth Organizations

Best Prep Business Camp

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Camp Enterprise

Community Campaign for Kids

Minnesota DECA

Minnesota Delta Epsilon Chi

MN Teen Challenge

TV Appearances

Oprah Winfrey

Regis Philben

CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch

Food Network

Discovery Channel

FOX & Friends Morning Show

WGN-TV Chicago

The Travel Channel’s Rib Paradise

Philadelphia NBC Morning Show

PBS- Public Broadcasting System

National Public Television

NBC KARE 11 Showcase Minnesota

Crook & Chase Morning Show

Community Organizations

Anoka Chamber of Commerce

Big Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chaska Chamber of Commerce

Edina Chamber of Commerce

Fargo/Moorhead Chamber of Commerce

Hayward Visitor & Convention Bureau

Hayward Lakes Tourism Association

Hennepin County Library

Minnesota Indian Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota Twin West Chamber of Commerce

Lake County Chamber of Commerce

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

St Paul Chamber of Commerce

St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation

St. Paul Rotary Club

Twin West Chamber

Village of Gurnee, IL




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