Neil Thornton - SPEAKER BIO - The Thornton Group - 2015
Neil Thornton – speaking bio
Neil Thornton is a Corporate Strategist, Business Innovation Specialist, writer, facilitator and speaker. He is the President
of The Thornton Group of Companies.
Since starting his organization, Neil has made a commitment to share the ideas, insights and trends that he has learned in
over 20 years of consulting, business development, entrepreneurship and coaching business leaders. He has been
asked to work with, business teams, associations, executives. public entities, academic institutions, and technology -
He has worked with hundreds of progressive companies that have innovated and thrived in today’s fast paced, changing
markets. His speaking, writing, web presence and messaging for the past 20 years has reached over one million people.
His experience in keynote delivery, seminar workshops and teaching is extensive.
Every company he works with wants to grow business development, especially in changing markets and changing client
expectations. He helps his clients execute goals and drive change; a process critical for success in today’s changing
markets. He builds great teams and helps ensures success.
Today it’s all about speed, agility and behind ahead of the curve; something people have expressed an interested in
Neil has a unique and direct approach that hits straight to the heart in an honest and direct point. There is no fluff allowed
when he is in the room. He pushes and drives for change in business and culture. He has a no-holds barred style of
integrity and directness.
Neil can be found by searching him on Google, connecting with him on LinkedIn, or by visiting www.thorntongroup.ca.
Business engagement and results
Strategic planning and execution
The new reality of sales skills
Developing vision and goal setting
Presentation and influence skills
Web presence, social media and new
Executive coaching and tools
Succession planning and team development
Hiring for success and planning
Dealing with new millennial generations
Handling stress and worry
Branding, networking and influence
Communications and human relations
When you say it, it’s bragging. When others say it, it is proof.
“We engaged Neil Thornton to help our leadership team align their actions with outstanding results, and to
engage their team to produce outstanding results. Neil partners with us to help us learn, grow and keep pushing
the bar. He doesn't do the work for us, he transfers the knowledge so that we do the work and we get results. Neil
connects just as easily with the president of the organization as he does with front line leaders and part time staff.
He gets us, and he works with the strengths that we have, not the strengths that we should have. He helps us be
"better" versions of us. I would highly recommend The Thornton Group - but only if you really want to grow and
see positive change!”
Tammy Sweeney, VP Human Resources, Scotiabank Convention Centre
“Neil has an incredible ability to help people cut through the bs in their lives and really focus on what they want.
His ability to hold up a mirror to people and make them really look at themselves is something you have to see. If
you want positive, focused, business results, he's your guy.”
Ed Vermolen, Director/Sales, Origro – Aldershot Greenhouses
“Neil Thornton knows how to bring out the best in people. He taught me how to challenge myself in life and
business. But most importantly he taught me how to hold myself accountable to my goals. Since learning from
Neil in the last two years I have become a senior account executive at my place of work and have repeatedly
been in the top ten in sales across North America for our buying group of 15 companies. I recommend listening to
Neil if you have any desire to better yourself!!”
Dave Edward, Account Executive, Brand Blvd
“If your company is ready for change and I mean really ready, Neil will drive that change. Our organization grew
over 100% in the year after Neil assisted us in re-aligning our team and assisted Link Wireless become one of
Canada's most successful Rogers Wireless Dealers.”
Josh Finlay, President Rogers-Link Wireless
“Wow. I don't know how so much energy can be stored in one body. Only hire Neil if you want results because he
won't rest until he gets results that can be measured.”
Mike Memme, VP, Mountainview Properties
“I have used Neil to co-host our staff customer service orientation day for two years. He was able to capture their
attention and made learning about customer service effortless and fun. Staff left the session motivated and ready
to serve both their colleagues and our visitors.”
Grace Poles, VP Human Resources, Royal Botanical Gardens
“Neil, is a results focused consultant that energizes, enthuses and motivates teams towards higher levels of
achievement. His style and approach engages people and inspires better performance”
Jeff Ransome, GM, Marriott International
“Neil is the most out of the box thinker that I have ever met. If you’re in for a high tempo ride to success, strap on
your seatbelt and give Neil a call!!!”
Nathan Gatt, Benefits Consultant, Benefit Partners Inc
“Neil has a proven track record of being a invaluable resource to my client's and the companies I seek to do
business with. Neil has a keen business sense and recognizes what elements a business must take to succeed.
What has made a company successful in the past, may not be enough to help them succeed in the future. Neil
knows how to help companies maximize their resources, enhance sales and increase the bottom line. It is
probably the hardest job to tell companies the realities but Neil and his team are honest and realistic and in
today's economic climate, that is what business owners need. I give Neil and his team full credit for helping
companies grow at a time when many are closing their doors. I would highly recommend Neil I believe they have
the expertise and knowledge to help every single business increase revenues.”
Judi Smith, Senior Account Executive, Hub International Ontario Ltd.
“I've had a really great time working with Neil through a variety of community channels around Niagara. Through
those engagements it became natural for me to invite Neil into the AOS Group boardroom to participate in some
of our recent HR discussions. Neil’s expertise in the "behavioral arts" really shone through for us in his inventive
dialogue with the members of our sales management team as well as a few of the prospective employees we met
with on that day. His approaches generated reaction and investment into the conversations we had, making the
dialogue invaluable in terms of measured insight into the individuals around the table. Neil delivers a powerful
punch of honesty at key moments during critical conversations and his presence in these conversations adds the
enables maximum value extraction. All things remaining the same, I would turn to Neil as a go-to guy to have
around for "crucial conversations" and high-level management coaching.”
Dave Shaw, Partner, AOS Solutions
“Neil Thornton is what every student, business professional--anyone that is seeking success--needs to have in
their corner! Neil has the ability to be soft when necessary, to help you toughen up when necessary, and
everything in between. This experienced professional knows when to have fun, and when to be dead serious. Neil
is genuine in all that he does. He cares, and it shows in all that he does. I have seen and heard story after story of
how Neil has made an impact on people's and company's lives. This is one phenomenal professor, businessman,
Jennifer Crocker, Student, Niagara College
“You want to see a teacher who has completely redefined what the word teacher really is? It's this guy. Neil has
been such an inspiring leader both on and off campus. I have had the tremendous privilege of having him as a
teacher and mentor. Neil goes above and beyond what a teacher is. He changes students’ lives by inspiring each
and every one of his students to step out and become a leader. This is a quality that is very rare and I have been
blessed to have him as a channel for growth. There is no doubt in my mind, that when every student in our class
(including myself) experiences even a hint of business success upon graduation, it has largely been in part of
what kinds of tools, skills, and knowledge Neil has given us. He is an extremely awesome motivator and his
attitude is dangerously contagious! He is always looking at how he can help others grow before himself and he is
one of the most professional and humble guys you will ever meet, I can promise you that. The guy is awesome!
Take him out for coffee, or buy him a steak dinner. Either way you will leave a changed person. It happened to
Fabio Marrama, Student, Niagara College
“This guy is a lunatic! But he's just the person Niagara's business course needed. This guy raises everyone's own
personal expectations for themselves. The level of energy in the class is insane and so appreciated. Plus the all
the people Neil has put us in touch with is absolutely priceless. Neil you know your stuff inside and out! You have
successfully raised the bar when it comes to interactive learning and I have a feeling you have touched way more
individuals positively with your teaching and great attitude than you will ever perceive.”
Tyler Kroes-Burn, student, Niagara College Canada
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