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Jim Craig's Support for Boston Marathon has been 'Heaven Sent' for Dr. Kendall Boone!

Jim Craig's Support for Boston Marathon has been 'Heaven Sent' for Dr. Kendall Boone!Jim Craig was the goalie for the 1980 Olympic hockey team that beat Russia and won the gold medal. I met Jim at a meeting to raise awareness for screening for the silent but potentially deadly disease of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). This is a disease that I treat as a Vascular Surgeon in Rockford, Illinois and a disease that sadly took the life of Jim's father. Jim was the guest speaker and did an awesome job of motivating primary care physicians to do screening ultrasounds on their patients to look for AAAs. It was a very successful meeting with a very good turn out and I truly believe that future lives will be saved because of that effort. During the dinner portion of the meeting, my wife and I got the pleasure of sitting next to Jim. By the end of the dinner conversation, we had shared pictures of our families and felt like we had become good friends! One of the pictures he was flipping through on his phone was a young adult standing upright in a specialized motorized wheelchair. Jim explained that earlier that day he had been at a meeting to help get these devices approved by medical insurance. As a father of a son who is Autistic and has some severe learning disabilities, I was touched by his heart for that cause. I told Jim about my son Nils and that I was president of a board for adults with special needs called Barbara Olson Center of Hope. I asked Jim if he would ever consider coming back to Rockford to be a guest speaker for the Center. Of course, he said yes. That day came a few months ago. We packed a convention center and energized a very hockey savvy crowd with Jim’s life story. Jim generously donated signed Olympic jerseys and personalized signed pictures which netted the center over $12,000! It was one of the best highlights of the Center’s 70 years in existence!

If these gifts of Jim’s time and effort to causes near to my heart were not enough, there was more to come.

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Unique Opportunities Available If You Book Now!

Unique Opportunities Available If You Book Now!We are booking up fast for this year! When booking Jim Craig you have the opportunity to really get your team involved with special pricing on corporate gifting. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your chance to bring your team to the next level!

People are already talking this year!

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Mentor Series: Sharlene Craig

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In business, the quest for success is often described as an individual endeavor. While success absolutely requires self-motivation, hard work, and relentless determination, there are almost always unsung heroes behind the scenes that truly enable someone to achieve their goals. These heroes are the spouses and family members who make immense personal sacrifices in order to help you succeed, yet rarely ever receive any recognition for their key role in the success. I speak often about the importance of building a great team and how strong teamwork is the key to achieving your dreams. Even in the individualized world of business, teamwork is required within a relationship and family in order to perform at an optimum level. Therefore, a successful team starts at home. My story is no different, and I certainly embody the old saying, “behind every successful man is a great woman.” This edition of the Mentor Series is dedicated to an amazing teammate and the person whose strength and support has allowed me to get to where I am today: My wife Sharlene “Charlie” Craig.

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Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital Work

Ultimate SAAAVE - Important & Vital WorkI am fortunate to work as a spokesperson for Gore Medical and its Ultimate SAAAVE, a campaign to encourage those at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to be screened for the condition. My father died from a ruptured AAA. If an AAA is detected in a screening, it can be repaired through a non-invasive procedure.

Earlier this spring, I was in Peoria, Illinois to participate in a free AAA screening clinic at the OSF Healthcare Vascular Institute – with the institute, along with Gore, also co-sponsoring the event. While in Peoria for the screening clinic, it was my privilege to meet and talk with U.S. Army Cpl. Matt Egan, who recently completed four years of active duty with the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade – nicknamed The Sky Soldiers.

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Mentor Series: Neil Higgins

NeilHigginsNews_HeaderMy senior year in high school, I was hopeful that I could play major college hockey. My stats ranked among the best prep goaltenders in Massachusetts.

Our team, Oliver Ames High School, won every game but one during the regular season, and in the state tournament we lost by one goal to the eventual state champions.

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Mentor Series: My Biggest Break

b2ap3_thumbnail_Aug01News_Header.jpgJack Parker gave me one of the biggest breaks of my life. It just might be my biggest break.

It was in the spring of 1976, and Jack had just finished his third year as coach of the Boston University men's hockey team, for which he had standout career as a player. It was his actually his seventh year behind the bench for the Terriers, as from 1969 through 1973 he had been the program's assistant coach.

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10 Things Winning Underdogs Can Teach Us About Success

10 Things Winning Underdogs Can Teach Us About Success

(Source: http://itmanagersinbox.com/1701/10-things-winning-underdogs-can-teach-us-about-success/)

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GREAT TEAMS HAVE A SHARED DREAM

As a visionary, artist, inventor, and builder of the Apple empire, Steve Jobs remains – and will always remain – among the most fascinating, studied, revered, and emulated people.

We try to gain understanding and appreciation for seeing things how he saw them (perhaps not possible) – and we analyze and pour over how he pioneered, crafted, and led development initiatives that resulted in …among other products – Apple III, Macintosh, iMac, USB Mouse, iBook, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

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How To Win - In Business & Life

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If you are following the 2014 Winter Olympics and all its greatness, you see there are people who win and people that lose. This is one of the things I love most about the Olympics. Some great insight I share with companies and organizations I coach and train is that you may be one of the greatest athletes in the world, but you only need a great team to win.

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