Phil Hashem - Guest Speaker
Phil Hashem sustained a spinal cord injury in 2001 from an auto accident. He is an incomplete C5-C7 walking quadriplegic. He used this event to transform and reshape his life. Phil's skill set is diverse and spans multiple industries. He has broken company sales records and achieved multiple top sales honors and awards spanning across all 3 different sales organizations he's been a part of. Phil also has 15 years of stock, options, futures trading and investment experience. He was able to utilize market opportunities in the 2020 coronavirus induced economic shutdowns to shift career paths. Phil was also a music producer and rapper. In 2013 he made an impact in the Arizona underground rap scene sharing his story through his lyrics and music. This was cut short due to another auto accident and having to re-learn to walk again. Today Phil has extended this skill set into video editing and content creation cataloging trails for adaptive mountain bikers and the continued promotion of the sport. The focus is on giving back to the community and creating access to adaptive mountain biking, which has had such a transformative impact on Phil's life. Phil is an adaptive mountain biking instructor with High Country Adaptive based out of Flagstaff Arizona. He started the Arizona Adaptive Bike Club to continue to bring the community together. Phil is part of the movement of adding adaptive mountain bike race chapters throughout the state and beyond, having traveled to France recently for the same purpose. The growth and integration of the adaptive movement and speaking on adaptive empowerment is a beloved topic for Phil. He is always looking for the next challenge and opportunity to make an impact. Phil has aspirations in sharing his experience and story through motivational speaking, the promotion of helpful assistive technologies, making an impact on community and helping others find their spark.
Keith L. McLane - Event Emcee & Auctioneer
Keith L. McLane, BAS, is one of the country's preeminent fundraising auctioneers, special appeal/fund-a-need experts, and event-based fundraising educators. Since 1995, he has specialized in organizing and conducting charity and fundraising auctions for schools, charitable organizations, and nonprofit groups from Honolulu to New York City. Never the shy one, Keith has become well-known for his fun and entertaining auctioneering style that frequently takes him out from behind the podium and deep into the audience! Keith holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a graduate of the world-famous Missouri Auction School, which Newsweek magazine dubs "The Harvard of Auctioneering." He is also one of only a small number of auctioneers in the country--and only 20 auctioneers in California--to have achieved the National Auctioneers Association's prestigious Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) designation. Learn more about Keith!