Inspire Change

See why Gary Garfield, America’s Premier "Turnaround" CEO, is the world’s most compelling keynote speaker on Business Culture, Corporate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility and Principled Leadership.

Former CEO, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Gary Garfield engages and educates audiences through his sharing of personal stories and leadership lessons from decades of experience, and the truly unique insight he gained turning around the financial performance and corporate culture of Bridgestone Americas.

In 2010, Garfield was promoted from being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to the CEO of Bridgestone Americas, a global company with over 55,000 employees operating on five continents. The old-line manufacturing company he was appointed to lead had been significantly underperforming for many years. During his tenure, Garfield reset the focus of the organization, transformed the company culture, drove innovation and collaboration, and broke down silos. The result: the company pulled out of its marketplace rut, and under Gary’s leadership, the company had record profits each year, growing profits by more than fivefold, and outperforming the S&P 500 over that period.

Garfield led the transformation of Bridgestone Americas from a manufacturing entity into a market leader. At the same time, the company operated as a true partner in the community with a strong stance on both corporate and environmental responsibility.

Garfield achieved these extraordinary results through a unique but straightforward approach to driving change—an approach that is applicable to just about every organization.  As a proven expert in creating change and improving corporate culture, he shares his valuable insights and lessons learned in an authentic, honest, and straightforward manner, leaving audiences inspired and motivated to take both their individual and group’s performance to the next level.

A Company as a Community Partner

The marriage of a tire company CEO and green initiatives seems unlikely, however that is what Gary Garfield former CEO of Bridgestone Americas brought together under his leadership. While serving as CEO, Gary oversaw the reduction of CO2 admission in Bridgestone plants as well as becoming the first tire company to recycle 100% of its waste in three of its plants. In this personal and forward thinking talk, Gary will show leaders how corporate social responsibility does not have to hurt the bottom line. This is evidence by Bridgestone Americas turning a record profit each year Garfield was the CEO. A company is part of a community therefore, it must be part of a better tomorrow.

Culture First

What must a new CEO do when its globally recognized brand has grown stagnant and the company is performing poorly? Gary Garfield, the former CEO of Bridgestone Americas, focused on changing the culture. Garfield brought innovative means to answering the age-old questions of how does a company break down silos, better handle conflict within the organization, and break out of its rut. By answering these questions in a new and fresh way, Garfield took Bridgestone Americas and its 55,000 employees to a 13% increase in revenue and increased profitability by 500% in six years. Garfield led the charge of how to create a better environment for people to work in and how leadership listened to its team members. After hearing this keynote, audiences will have new ideas about how to improve their culture, why it is important to look at how your employees view their jobs, and how to spark innovation in your company.

Leaders Make the Necessary Changes

Turning around a company that has had years of low profits, poor cash flow, and stagnant growth to six years of record-breaking profits does not happen by accident. Gary Garfield achieved just this at Bridgestone Americas. Profits grew 500% during his six years as the CEO. In this keynote, Garfield will talk about his journey of leading an iconic brand through explosive growth and profit by changing the focus of the organization, breaking down silos, and changing a tire manufacturer into a marketing company.  With a thoughtful approach, audiences will be able to glean takeaways for whatever change their business may be facing.

Booking Gary is a simple 3 step process:

  • Schedule a Date:

    Work with one of our experienced program directors to check Gary’s calendar availability for the date of your upcoming event. We book Gary out years in advance so this important first step should be done as soon as possible!

  • Research and Customization:

    Gary and our team will work directly with you to learn about your organization’s needs and goals. We use a series of calls and forms to help gather information for Gary to use in customizing a talk that is specifically and uniquely tailored to your audience.

  • Gary Rocks The Room:

    Gary delivers a dynamic, inspiring, and hilarious keynote presentation to your audience that will be one of the highlights of your conference. But truly that is just the start of creating a “Take the Stairs” culture with your team that will drive profits for you for years to come!

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