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2013 NORA Conf. Keynote Speaker Announced: "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Hockey Team Goaltender Jim Craig

Monday, August 19, 2013  
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 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Hockey Team Goaltender, Jim Craig, will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 NORA Conference
In his Keynote Address, "Teaching Teamwork," Craig will highlight specific techniques NORA members may use to grow their businesses.


Haymarket, Virginia (August 19) – Olympic Goaltender, Jim Craig, will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 NORA Annual Conference and Trade Show, to be held November 13-16, 2013 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.

Craig’s Keynote Address, "Teaching Teamwork,” will outline the necessary skills and detail the specific techniques NORA members need to maximize their business readiness, hone competitive cooperation, gather strategies, and attack challengers.

"We are delighted to have Jim Craig, an inspirational athlete, marketing and sales strategist, and master storyteller as the keynote speaker at the 2013 NORA Annual Conference and Trade Show,” said Scott D. Parker, NORA Executive Director. "Regardless of the size of your company, teamwork is a key factor for a truly successful business. Craig’s own successes as a professional athlete and businessman are sure to be inspirational to all NORA members.”

With Craig as goaltender, the US Olympic hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet team, and went on to take the Gold, in what Sports Illustrated has labeled the "Greatest Sports Moment of the 20th Century.” The picture of Craig with the American flag on his shoulders looking for his father is one of the most iconic images of all time, as their victory in Lake Placid was highly unexpected.

Following the Olympic Games, Craig played in the NHL for the Atlanta Flames, Minnesota North Stars, and Boston Bruins, until an injury ended his professional hockey career.

Craig is now enshrined in the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the United States Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

After Craig’s successes on the ice, he continued to succeed in the business world. He pursued a marketing and sales career with the same passion, focus, work ethic, and dedication that he put forth on the ice at Valassis Communications, the largest freestanding newspaper insert company in the US.

While with Valassis, Craig took an operating unit that had $300,000 in annual sales, and over a 10-year period, built it to a unit that did $50 million in annual sales, the top sales-producing division of the corporation.

Today, Craig is president of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston-based motivational speaking and sales training company and uses his unique life experiences as an All-American goalie and NCAA Champion at Boston University, Olympic gold medalist, professional athlete, actor, and highly successful business consultant to engage audiences and inspire great teamwork among others.

The NORA Annual Conference and Trade Show will attract over 400 industry leaders who will explore opportunities related to recycling used oil and related materials. This year’s 57 exhibitors will be displaying the latest products and services of interest to the industry.

Click here for information about registering for the 2013 NORA Annual Conference.

Click here for information about hosting a booth at the Trade Show.

Click here to sponsor the Keynote Speaker.

About NORA

NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers represents over 350 leading companies involved in responsibly recycling used oil and related materials that would otherwise negatively impact the environment. NORA members work every day to ensure that more than a billion gallons per year of used oil and related materials are collected, recycled and given another useful life. NORA has been defending and promoting the industry since 1985. For more information on NORA, visit

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