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The National Speakers Association Certifies 19 Speaking Professionals

(TEMPE, Ariz. – June 20, 2013) The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for professional speakers, is proud to announce 19 professional speakers have earned the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation in 2013.

Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than 10 percent of speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) only on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise, as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior. The 2013 class of CSPs will be honored during a ceremony on

July 27 at the annual NSA Convention in Philadelphia, Penn.

“The Certified Speaking Professional certification recognizes platform excellence and business success in the speaking profession,” says 2012-2013 NSA President Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP. “Achieving this milestone is not only viewed as a tremendous accomplishment among our peers, but the CSP designation also assures meeting professionals that the speaker will bring a high level of competence and professionalism to their work.”

 Introducing the 2013 Class of Certified Speaking Professionals:

Vernice Armour, CSP, Stafford, Va.

Ross Bernstein, CSP, Apple Valley, Minn.

Doug Devitre, CSP, St. Louis, Mo.

Marsha Egan, CSP, CPCU, PCC, Nantucket, Mass.

Marnie Green, CSP, Chandler, Ariz.

Stephan Heinrich, CSP, Munich, Germany

Richard Hight, CSP, Tulsa, Okla.

Jonathan K Y Low, CSP, MBA, MSP, CHT, CPT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bob Parker, CSP, BA, London, Ontario, Canada

Becky Pluth, CSP, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Michael Rossié, CSP, Munich, Germany

Hannah Samuel, CSP, Auckland, New Zealand

Greg Schinkel, CSP, London, Ontario, Canada

Stu Schlackman, CSP, Dallas, Texas

Douglas Semenick, CSP, Louisville, Ky.

Stéphane Simard, CSP, B.A., B.A.A., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stephanie Staples, CSP, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Bernadette T. Vadurro, CSP, Santa Fe, N.M.

Etienne Vendette, CSP, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

For more information on the CSP designation, please call NSA headquarters at (480) 968-2552, or visit our website at

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for professional speakers. NSA’s thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession. Visit NSA’s website at

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