World Renowned Motivational/Inspirational Speaker
In November 2006 Craig was invited to the Vatican in Rome to have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Craig’s life long dedication, passion and commitment to help our youth earned him the invitation to meet the Pope. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Craig and the Pope discussed his 20/20 Inner Vision foundation and Craig’s continuing work with our youth.
“President Bush and I became so close that in 1985 he and his wife Barbara actually “crashed” my poolside 23rd birthday party at the Houstonian Club and he stayed long enough that we were able to share a piece of birthday cake together. No doubt one of the most unique memories of any president anyone can share.” — Excerpt from his book
Craig MacFarlane is a superstar in the hearts and minds of anyone who has watched him take on one of life’s greatest blows – the total loss of his sight – and turn it into a tower of inspiration for the world to see. He is a charismatic communicator with a powerful message that has touched the hearts and minds of those who have been fortunate enough to listen to him. He not only talks the talk but walks the walk every day of his life. Craig has a wonderful family, his devoted wife Patti, and their four children, Dalton, Derek, Ashley and Morgan.
The victim of a tragic accident at the age of 2 which left him totally blind, Craig went on to become a world-class athlete winning over 100 gold medals in a variety of sports (the majority against sighted competition) including wrestling Internationally on behalf of his native Canada, downhill skiing, water skiing and track & field. As a downhill skier, Craig has been clocked at over 50 miles per hour. In golf, he’s shot a score of 91 using a technique he calls muscle memory. He was the first blind person to water ski jump as a member of the prestigious Cypress Gardens Show.
Now, at the age of 50 Craig has had a profound impact on the lives of many prominent people such as Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, the late Paul Newman, Mario Andretti, and Evander Holyfield along with numerous top corporate executives. NBC sports icon, Bob Costas, narrated a documentary on Craig’s amazing life including his childhood, sports accomplishments, music, and personal achievements titled, “A little dreaming goes a long, long way”. Craig travels extensively without the use of a guide dog or cane and has spoken at numerous corporate conferences and at three Republican National Conventions.
Several years ago, the book on Craig’s life was released, titled “Inner Vision”. The foreword was written by his long time friend the 41st President of the United States, George H. Bush. At the age of nineteen Craig moved from his native Canada to live with hockey hall of famer, Gordie Howe and his wife Colleen in the United States. Gordie was instrumental in shaping Craig’s career as an inspirational speaker.
In order to demonstrate Craig’s commitment to the financial services industry he has maintained his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses for the past nineteen years. For eighteen years, he served as an executive for the Edward Jones Company traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain enhancing the Edward Jones Brand.
to be your next Key Note Speaker. Make your next corporate meeting/conference the best ever! Craig is dynamic and charismatic. He travels extensively and is available world wide. His normal schedule has him on the road 200 days a year. He is available for speaking engagements for a variety of small and large groups including:
- Corporate Meetings
- Executive Meetings
- Incentive Trips
- Executive Retreats
- Civic and Service Groups
- Sales Conventions and Meetings
- Awards Banquets
- High Schools, Colleges and Youth Groups
Whether it’s a stadium, an auditorium, a gymnasium, or a retreat in the mountains, Craig would be happy to speak to your group with his story and message of Inner Vision. He has inspired Presidents and Teenagers, CEO’s and Sports Teams; his message is for everyone…. young and old. Craig MacFarlane is not on the “Speaking Circuit” but has his own list of clients which include:
- Coca Cola
- Republican National Convention – 3 Times
- A.T. & T.
- Ford Motor Co.
- Lions Club International
- Rotary International
- National Sportcasters And Sportswriters Association
- Rotary Clubs (over 800 to date!)
- and over 2,100 high schools in Canada, United States, Europe and New Zealand!