Motivational Speaker





                                Peter Isler - Two time America's Cup Winner

The natural beauty of sailing is inspirational - it excites the imagination for all of us.  Sailing and the sea have long provided companies with a powerful theme for products, services and campaigns. Teamwork, leadership, navigation, decision-making under changing conditions, and competition at the highest level are some of the sailing-related topics that resonate in the world of business.

Peter Isler, a two time America’s Cup winner, television announcer and best selling author has been giving  motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies for over two decades.  Winner of college sailing's equivalent of the "Heisman Trophy" while at Yale University, Isler's sailing career has been replete with success at all levels, from ocean racing to the America's Cup.  He has raced with some of the world's best sailors including Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts, and Ben Ainslie.  He's also sailed and worked with some well known business leaders including Larry Ellison, Roy Disney, Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch and George David.  A popular sailing spokesperson, and television commentator (ESPN, VERSUS, AMERICAS CUP TV),  Peter can provide your group with a unique and inspirational experience by deftly weaving his presentation's lessons of success, teamwork and leadership with your desired messages.

Isler draws analogies from his success in America's Cup and grand prix sailboat racing to success in your business. Isler has entertained and motivated a wide variety of groups  with his presentations.  His popularity is due to his strong message and his ability to customize his presentation to suit the needs and messages of the client. Presentations often incorporate video footage of exciting sailing action that brings the nautical element to life for the audience.  His presentations often take a similar course to his acclaimed business book - At The Helm – Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters (Doubleday, co-written with Peter Economy).  In it he shares his lessons as well as those from some of the world’s most successful business people (and sailors) including Ted Turner, Roy Disney, Rich DeVos, Dennis Conner, and Phil Knight. Isler is not just another retired sports figure trying to make it on the motivational speaking circuit - he remains active in his sport, competing at the highest level, and as a motivational speaker, author and television personality.  

Peter's Biography                   

Making the connectionSome powerful themes from Peter's presentations. 

Lessons from Sailing:  Prior to his keynote speech at KPMG's Iberoamerica Tax Summit in Buenos Aires in the fall of 2012, Peter shared some of his thoughts on camera.

Team Building: Peter can also help you produce a memorable sailing experience for your clients – either on his home waters in San Diego or anywhere else the sea meets the shore.  Team building sailing competitions are popular events that provide both entertainment and valuable lessons for the group.


 Video Introduction: An introductory video that was produced for one of Peter's keynote presentations.




Peter at Arizona Yacht Club casual presentation:  This video clip is from a casual presentation that Peter gave to a group of sailors in November, 2011 in Phoenix.  In it Peter recounts the sea story of his rescue in the Irish Sea earlier this year.



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 courtesy Gilles Martin Raget & BMW Oracle Racing (Larry Ellison, Peter & Olympic Ski Champion Bode Miller relax between races during the America's Cup Trials in Spain, ©Gilles Martin-Raget & BMW Oracle Racing)


Peter Isler – a brief resume   

bullet2 time America’s Cup winning navigator with Dennis Conner aboard Stars & Stripes
bullet5 America's Cup campaigns (1987, 1988, 2000, 2003 & 2007)  
bulletESPN America's Cup Commentator – 1992 & 1995 Emmy award winning coverage
bulletOutdoor Life Network America's Cup Commentator (2002 - 2004)
bulletVERSUS America's Cup Commentator (2007)
bulletAmericas Cup Television Commentator (2011)
bulletBest Selling Author: Sailing for Dummies (Wiley) At the Helm (Doubleday)
bulletEditor-At-LargeSailing World Magazine
bulletCollege Sailor of the Year – Yale University

A testimonial from Michael Liebsch, EVP and Chief Sales Officer,  Macquarie Equipment Finance

"Excellent! Peter's experience and accomplishments at the highest level of sailboat racing coupled with his keen understanding of current business issues enabled him to effectively communicate the common traits required to win in both arenas. His ability to create a vivid picture through his communication skills kept the audience captivated and focused on his message. Peter is a must have speaker for companies facing challenges in extremely competitive markets."

A testimonial from Scot Williams, Vice President New Business Development, DSM Nutritional Products

"We all very much enjoyed and appreciated your presentation.  One quick thing that really resonated with the Team was your comments about importance of the ''F'' word..."fun" for a team.  I think no less than 50 people must have mentioned that to me.

A testimonial from Keith Markley,  President, Eastern Region,  Covad Communications

"Thank you for an excellent presentation on "Navigating Rough Water's" during Covad's Eastern Region Sales & Marketing conference... The rules and strategies employed in grand prix sailing are indeed very transferable to business,  and to our industry in particular.  Feedback on the session has been very positive and the presentation helped to end our meeting on a high note.

We also truly appreciate the high level of effort you took to insert Covad and industry-specific references into the presentation.  This is often the most important element to drive home the relevance of the analogies and parables in an inspirational speech.

A testimonial from Bob Kreger – Vice President, Sales, NEXTLINK Communications:

"On behalf of NEXTLINK and the nearly 250 NEXTLINK employees who listened with great interest to your presentation, Thanks!! The parallels you draw between your success in sailboat racing and success in our day to day business, both in your live presentation and your book, AT THE HELM , is noteworthy."

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