Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier

Keynote Speaker

Rocky Bleier’s life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way .lessons that we all can benefit from.

Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began.

For more than two years, he drove himself. Little by little he overcame obstacles and fought his back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually became a starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century. The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life, which helped him, overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. What makes Rocky Bleier so popular as a speaker is his ability to translate core values in his speech, “Be the Best You Can Be”. With real-world practicality, he points out ways to reach new levels of inner-confidence.

Whether it is career development for corporate executives, enhancing sales and marketing skills for sales teams, offering inspiration for young professionals or practical advice to student athletes, Bleier’s delivery is a winner. His message consistently brings audiences to their feet and reenergizes them for personal and work challenges ahead. His advice is not about avoiding life’s twists and turns but conditioning one’s self to lean into them and to incorporate the resulting energy in realizing goals.

2017 Speakers & Presenters

Steve Abernathy
Archrock

Tim Allison
Southwest Research Institute

Manny Angulo
The Williams Companies

Gregg Arney
Southern California Gas

Eric Babler
CLARCOR Industrial Air

Mathieu Barabe
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Griffin Beck
Southwest Research Institute

David E. Bell
HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic

Greg Beshouri
HOERBIGER Engine Division

Rocky Bleier

Keynote Speaker

Phillip Bohannon
TransCanada

Ben Boutin
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Wally Bratek
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

Mark Brennan
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Eric Brink
Williams

Eugene "Buddy" Broerman
Southwest Research Institute

Klaus Brun
Southwest Research Institute

Ryan Cater
Southwest Research Institute

Jaehee Chae, P. Eng
Wood Group
Sr. Engineer - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Mark Chisholm
Siemens Industry

Gary Choquette
PRCI

Trenton Cook
Southwest Research Institute

William (Bill) Couch
PECOFacet

Luke Cowell
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Randy Dal Molin
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Meera Day
Southwest Research Institute

Scott DeBaldo
Neuman-Esser

Hector Delgado
Southwest Research Institute

Fredrick Dessureault
Detechtion

Kelly Eberle
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

Benjamin Emerson
Turbine Logic

Cesare Ferrero
Nidec ASI

Francisco Fierro
Southwest Research Institute

Kelsey Fieseler
Advanced Engine Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University

Eric Figge
Kansas State University

Gerry Fischer
AETC

Ryan Fitzgerald
Basic Systems, Inc.

Guy Gendron
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Brenna Geswein
Caterpillar

Mena Ghattas
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Bill Gillette
Logilube, LLC
Founder & CEO

Michael Glasbrenner
Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

Mitchell Grace
TransCanada Pipeline

Jordon Grose
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Keng Hanson
Dresser-Rand

Ralph Harris
Ariel Corporation
Mueller Environmental Designs, Inc.

Steven Hawley
Dresser-Rand

Dwayne Hickman
ACI Services, Inc.

Robin (Linjie) Hu
DCL International, Inc.

Charles Huizenga
Basic Systems, Inc.

Sajeed Islam
Kinder Morgan

Timothy Jacobs
Texas A&M University

Byron Jones
Kansas State University

Jesse Kahle
Caterpillar Inc.

Kelsi Katcher
Southwest Research Institute

Sam Kirk
DCL International, Inc.

Nick Klosinski
GE Distributed Power

Ryan Krafcheck
GE

Rainer Kurz
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Alesio Lanzara
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

David T. Lepley
HOERBIGER Engine-Altronic

Tim Lieuwen
Turbine Logic

Peter Lilje
Moeller & Poeller Engineering GmbH (M.P.E.)

Andy Loetz
Caterpillar

Philippe Loustau
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Dr. Gunther Machu
HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

Martin Maculo
Williams

Hans Mathews
HOERBIGER Engine Solutions

Mitchell Mauch
Kinder Morgan

Gary Maxwell
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Marybeth McBain
Kinder Morgan

James McCarthy
Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Bil Mermoud
Caterpillar

Stephen Mish
Cook Compression

Sonny Noon
Markwest/Marathon

Chris Nowak
Kinder Morgan

Chas Ogden
Logilube, LLC
Chief Engineer

Jeremy Osborne
Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC

Tonya Page
JW Energy Inc.

Carol Palynchuk
Wood Group

Rajesh Parmar
DCL International, Inc.

Mark Patterson
GE Oil & Gas

Christopher Perullo
Turbine Logic

Greg Phillippi
Ariel Corporation

Jeremy Pitts
Hicor Technologies

Nathan Poerner
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Klaus Prenninger
Geislinger Corporation

Ramin Rahnama
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis)

Forrest "Richie" Reid
Universal Plant Services Midstream

Dan Rem
Enbridge

Dr. Matthias Richtig
HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG

Angel Rivera
Kinder Morgan

Florence Rodriguez Ramos
Enbridge

James Roesch
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Ken Rumsey
Solar Turbines Incorporated

Bart Sauer
Siemens Industry

Charles Schmidt
EMIT Technologies Inc.

Christine Scrivner
Kinder Morgan

Norm Shade
ACI Services, Inc.

Joshua Shaver
Atmos

Sarah Simons
SwRI

Andreas Soderberg
NextSeal

Greg Sorge
GE Distributed Power

Alex Sosnowski
Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise

Thomas Stephens
Ariel Corporation

Gary Tas
Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

Patrick Taylor
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Jon K. Tice
DCP Midstream
Principal Reliability Engineer

Doug Tillison
TransCanada Pipeline

James Trent
Kinder Morgan

Danny Vickers
Universal Plant Services Midstream

Jim Virginillo
Apache Corporation

Scott Waughtal
HOERBIGER Corporation of America, Inc.

Chester Whinery
Southwest Research Institute

Benjamin White
Southwest Research Institute

Sharzad Winkelmann
S&B Enterprises

Charles (Chuck) Yeiser
RBTS

Rienk Zwerver
Gasunie