Dave Sanderson

On January 15, 2009, sitting on a plane, in what many would consider to be the wrong place and the wrong time, Dave Sanderson was the last passenger off the back of the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, best known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safely.

After his 30-year career as a sales executive, Sanderson decided it was time for a change of scenery and recently started his own company, Dave Sanderson Speaks Enterprises, where he has become an internationally sought-after speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, and teamwork.

On behalf of my Fayetteville Arkansas Chamber of Commerce colleagues, the 2015 NWA LEADERCON (Northwest Arkansas Business Leadership Conference) Steering Committee, participants and volunteers, and keynote sponsor Centennial Bank, I wanted to take this opportunity and again thank you for your extraordinarily compassionate, inspirational and motivational presentation shared at our third annual gathering this past Thursday.

As former Walmart President & CEO Mike Duke, recipient of this year’s Don Soderquist Servant Leadership Award, stated at the event, a true leader must exhibit three key attributes: high integrity, humility and an unwavering dedication to the Golden Rule – treating others as one would like to be treated. You truly exemplify these traits, not just through the courage shown on US Airways Flight 1549 (the “Miracle on the Hudson”) but through your ongoing efforts to help others create their own Flight Plan for appreciating, living and valuing life to the fullest.

In organizing our LEADERCON Program for 2015, we researched many great authors, speakers, etc. During this process, we were impressed by the number of peer referrals you received, and believe that you definitely delivered, meeting and exceeding all expectations. I also ran across a great quote by John Quincy Adams, that to me pretty well meshes your vision with our conference mission, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

It was indeed our honor and pleasure to host you, get to know you and work with you and your excellent staff toward providing area leaders with an exceptional opportunity for both personal and professional development. To learn from and reflect upon your experience and how we can apply those lessons in a broader sense to our everyday lives, positively impacting ourselves, our loved ones and others, is a wonderful gift and one that shall be forever treasured.

We sincerely appreciate you and all you do, wish you much continued success with your journey, and ask that you please not hesitate to contact us whenever we may return the favor and be of assistance.

Patti Kimbrough, Director of Special Events and Government Affairs, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce