The Spirit of a Champion Keynote Speaker
They Never Said It Was Going to Be Easy
Life isn’t easy. We all have our challenges. But what if your entire life as you knew it changed in a split second? What would you do? How would you react? More importantly, how would you overcome and march on?
Wayne Messmer knows all too well how sudden change plays out. In April, 1994, a singular event dramatically impacted Wayne Messmer’s life. Nationally recognized as the “Voice of the National Anthem,” Wayne projects his powerful baritone voice from the speaking stage to help others live with eyes open for possibilities and opportunities, no matter the circumstance.
Drawing from a storied career as a certified speaking professional, singer, broadcaster, author, actor, and successful businessman, Messmer delivers a timeless message of hope and resilience. Travel along the journey of survival, courage and triumph with a master storyteller who combines wit, humor and music to share his step-by-step process to fight for survival and overcome adversity while facing fear head-on. Learn more.
Wayne Messmer designated as the 2017 Illinois Wesleyan Distinguished Alumn. He will receive the award on October 12, 2017 during a weekend of festivities and performances. Click for more event details.
Where’s Wayne Messmer?
MOTIVATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Gain courage, learn to adapt, persevere and triumph over your challenge. Walk away renewed and re-inspired to look fear in the eye and power through. Learn more ›
Keynote Topics: Adapting to Change, Mental Toughness, Resiliency, Perseverance, Forgiveness
A smooth, powerful and reverent baritone voice who brings you along on an emotional journey of music and words, both patriotic and popular. Learn more ›
Most Requested: National Anthem, God Bless America, Jazz, Sports Events, Civic Functions, Conventions, In-Concert Appearances
Chicago’s Original “Voice of the National Anthem”
“Wayne Messmer’s performance of the Canadian and the U. S. National Anthems at the NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium is still one of the greatest moments in sports’ history.”
“When Messmer sang “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 5 of the 2016 World Series, it was as close to perfection as it gets.”
“With that rich baritone voice, Wayne has the unique ability to be able to interpret a ballad or a jazz classic as well as anyone I’ve ever heard.”
“I had an immediate reaction of musical “oneness” with him—the kind of camaraderie between singer and pianist that is a rare and special thing.”
“Last night’s event, (Rolling Meadows National Night Out) was the best we ever had. Wayne was fantastic. People were complimenting us all night for having him sing,’The National Anthem.’ Our deepest gratitude to Wayne for not only singing, but for hanging out and visiting with our residents for a large portion of the night. It was awesome!!! He’s a very genuine guy.”
HIGHLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR
Come along on a journey focused on hope, dedication to a dream, overcoming the overwhelming odds of adversity and tapping into a foundation of faith, family, friends and forgiveness. Learn more ›
The Voice of Victory: An autobiographical account of the life of Wayne Messmer, chronicling his rise to fame as the premier singer of the National Anthem. The story canvasses his career as a broadcaster, speaker and sports personality. And it brings you right back to the devastating night he was shot in the throat and almost lost his life and his voice during an attempted armed robbery.
TALENTED ACTOR / BROADCASTER
Beyond the singing and speaking, Wayne is an artist of all trades. Whether broadcaster, actor, or narrator, he delivers every time. Professional Member of SAG/AFTRA. Learn more ›
Current Roles: Host of the Wayne Messmer Radio Show on 90.9 FM: WDCB.org & As Father Damien in Damien: A One-Man Play by Aldyth Morris.
Wayne Messmer, The Actor
“A touching account of a modern day saint that is told with truth and passion.”
“Wayne Messmer brings Father Damien to life.”
“I feel as though I actually met Father Damien.”
Wayne Messmer, The Broadcaster
“As a native Chicagoan, entertainer and broadcaster, his sharp wit and sense of humor has made him a favorite for years on-the-air.”
“From classical music to jazz, from sports to hard news, Messmer has the talent to carry any of those assignments.”
About Wayne MessmerCertified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Wayne Messmer grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Wayne gravitated towards singing, accordion, French horn and piano. Being in the right place at the right time and saying, “Yes” landed him the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Loyola University hockey game. With a natural gift and talent, Wayne followed his opportunities that led to a successful career with various Chicago sports teams. He faced his biggest life challenge in 1994…Learn More
PR / MEDIA
A partial list of some of the companies, associations and organizations with which Wayne has professionally partnered:
ABN-AMRO, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Association, Asset Marketing Systems, Midwest Catholic Men’s Conference, National Association of Purchasing Managers, Office Depot, Newspaper Services of America, Underwriter’s Laboratory, Don Tech, American Marketing Association, National Fraternal Congress of America, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Matsushita Electric Company of America, American Communications Network, La Salle Banks, Illinois Safety Council, Traffic Club of Chicago, Junior Achievement