Professional Speaking Giant’s Brush with Fame: A Tall Tale

Danny Cox, CPAE is a giant in the professional speaking world. Author of Leadership When the Heat’s On and known as the Sonic Boom Salesman. Danny has the ability to attract interesting friends. On Danny’s left is Big Dave Mattey who is an actor and stuntman who works in a lot of science fiction and monster movies. However, check his website. He has been in major movies including The Spy Next Door with Jackie Chan. He’s 6′ 10″ tall. On Danny’s right is Sidney Wicks. Sidney is 6’8″ and is in the UCLA basketball Hall of Fame and was an All-American. In Sidney’s career he played with the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and spent most of his career with the Boston Celtics.

Yes Danny is standing up. However, all his clients, audiences and members of our elite speaking group Speakers Roundtable know him as a big guy! That has nothing to do with size.

The photo was taken at the wedding of Vandy who is the daughter our friend Vonda Kay Van Dyke Scoates. Vonda was 1965 Miss America named on September 13, 1964. She had previously been Miss Arizona. She is unique among pageant winners in that she was and still is the only Miss America who was also Miss Congeniality. This year Vonda took THE Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp to one evening of the Miss American Pageant. I was amazed at so many beautiful young women with so much talent.