In 1985 the Milwaukee Police Department had a 2 day seminar where Jim Horn showed your video. We purchased it along with your permission to use it in 1986 when we created our Police Officer Support Team. We made a comparison of your Prison Thinking to Squad Car Mentality. I retired in 2000 and still work with cops involved in Critical Incidents and work alongside Jim Horn with COPS Concerns of Police Survivors. I was pleasantly surprised when a police widow I have known for some years sent me the e-mail regarding you. I remembered how much it meant 20 years ago and its still appreciated today. Your Video and words of inspiration have helped in packing my parachutes.
- Pat Monaghan
Dear Mr. Plumb,
I wanted to write you a note of thanks for making the Tandberg Kickoff a huge success. You canít start to imagine how many people came up to me to thank me for including you in our Sales Kickoff. Big tough guys like Michael Smith were crying over your presentation. I think everyone in the audience has sent me an email asking me where they can send you a personal note of thanks (I am currently working this with Susan).
As always your presentation content and delivery was superb! However, the highlight for me was having breakfast with you. As I stated to you then, I only disagree over one thing with you and that is the title of your book. You are a hero! I donít know our paths ever crossed nor do I question why they still do. All I know is I am a better man, father, husband and manager because of it. Like I told you at breakfast, outside of my father you are the man I look up to the most.
Thank you once again. I hope our paths continue to cross!
- Joel S. Brunson
President, TANDBERG Federal
Hi Captain Plumb,
Though I said hello to you after you spoke, I wanted to drop you an email to reiterate how much I enjoyed listening to you at our DAC Group conference on Tuesday morning. You were so inspirational and your message will not be soon forgotten.
I am also going to order a couple of your books on your website...I think my Dad would love your book for Father's Day and I am keeping one for my own reading pleasure.
Thank you again for what you have done for our country and the inspiration you give to others. You are a remarkable man.
- Kara Fultz
Business Development Manager
THANK YOU SO Much for your most inspiring, courageous and informative presentation to our Medtronic group last Wednesday, June 7,2006.I do believe in God and his miracles as you and your compatriots have demonstrated. Your speech was the most inspiring one that I have ever heard -and I've heard numerous speakers including Lou Holtz and Al Mcguirre. Your impact will be tremendous upon myself and the entire group was absolutely enamored with you and your persona. I couldn't wait to share your speech with my Dad who was also in the military -USMC-and he recognized your name and history. Our entire family is very patriotic and somewhat military history aficionados can't begin to express all of the thanks; your courage, strength, guidance ,leadership and team-player attitude that you exhibited will forever be at the center of my personal and professional careers. You, Captain, are more than a motivational speaker, you are Motivation at the highest human level. Thank you for being a great American and a True HERO. As my Dad would say, SEMPER FI.
PS- I was the one
that wore the Bayflight shirt that you asked about at the end of your
Humbly, May God continue to bless you.
- Gary Michel
Medtronic Emergency Response Systems
My name is Mark Hodge. I was the one who recommended Captain Plumb (Charlie) for our (Medtronic) National Sales Meeting last week in Newport Beach. It went great - Charlie did a fantastic job.
After his presentation, I went to talk to Charlie for a brief moment and asked him if he remembered his presentation for Thoratec in April of 2001 in Arizona. I told him the following story and, after I did, he asked me to contact him so that he could learn more. That is the purpose of this email.
To expand a little on the story, Arizona and that Thoratec meeting was where I first saw Charlie and I was never so moved as I was that night. Sitting next to me that night was a gentlemen named Tom Burnett. He was the COO of Thoratec Corporation at the time. Five months later, on 9-11-01, Tom Burnett was on United flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania and Tom was one of the gentleman who became famous due to the recorded cell phone calls they made to their families from the plane.
The last time I saw Tom was in July 2001, as I left Thoratec for another job that month. We were working out at a gym in Pleasanton, CA and one of the last things I remember discussing with him that day was Charlie - and how we would've reacted if put in the same situation of being a POW like he was, and having to be that mentally tough in such difficult circumstances. It may well have been the last words we ever spoke.
I was actually in Washington DC on 9-11 and found out about Tom on television. Needless to say, a bad day for me. However, one of the first things I remember thinking that day was about "what Tom was thinking" as he and the other passengers prepared for trying to take back the plane from the Terrorists. I wondered if Tom thought about Charlie... I still do. Those actually were my first thoughts. But wondering if Charlie's story was something that motivated Tom is something that will probably never go away in my mind. I sincerely hope that it did... because what better could come from Charlie's ordeal than motivating another American to take action under terrible circumstances?
Anyway, I am reaching out and making contact, per Charlie's request. If Charlie would like to further discuss any of this, my contact information is shown below. Thank you for your time.
- Mark F. Hodge
Director of Product Marketing and Product Planning Medtronic ERS
Our conference evaluation results are back and you hit a home run.
Only two agenda segments were ranked with both "High Importance" and "High Satisfaction". One was Norm Hagarty's talk, and the other was Charlie Plumb's talk. "The group gave "High Fives" to our key note speaker, Charlie Plumb, for his moving and inspirational presentation".
Thank you so much for sending, so promptly, the DVD and Charlie Plumb's book, I'm No Hero. While I have not yet read it, I am sure it is outstanding. Charlie's presentation on the DVD was remarkable, moving, uplifting, and inspiring. Captain Plumb is truly an extraordinary speaker with a wonderfully effective delivery and powerful content. I was particularly impressed by how well he established metaphors between his POW experience and the challenges faced by business leaders. I am a bit embarrassed, however, that I have not been aware of Charlie Plumb prior to now.
From a business perspective, I will look for opportunities to work together. Clearly he would be a great addition to a host of programs.
From a personal perspective, I thank Captain Plumb from the bottom of my heart for his heroic service to our nation. And, yes, he is indeed a hero. The word "hero" has been greatly devalued in recent years. Nowhere is it more appropriate than in describing Captain Charlie Plumb.
It strikes me that virtually everyone I know would benefit from his message: executives, leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses . . . even lawyers (not my favorite folks). We all need to be reminded about the important things in life, and how vital it is to manage our own destinies.
Please give Captain Charlie my heartfelt thanks for all he has done, and continues to do, for our country. He is truly a great American.
- Sincere regards,
Executive Focus International, Inc
Captain Plumb spoke yesterday at the MidAtlantic Sales Rally for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. I was so excited when they introduced this hero. When he walked onto the stage, I wanted to stand up and applaud. I am married to a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves who spent his last 3 years on active duty after 9/11 and some of that time in Iraq.
I am very proud that Wells Fargo chose such a man of character and a military hero as our speaker. I enjoyed how you took your captivity situation and our mortgage industry and blended it so that it would make me a better mortgage banker. Thanks so much.
Thanks so much for your part in serving our great country.
- Kathy Davis
Home Mortgage Consultant
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
I know you are probably sooooo used to this, but... they LOVED you Captain Plumb!
These guys were tough cookies, and you definitely made a great impression on them. I was told even the "saltiest" guys were effected. Of course, throughout the meeting there were numerous reference to "packing your parachute."
In Bob's closing comments, it was very dramatic. He said he promises to pack their parachutes... and then asked if they would all pack his. And they all cheered and said YES! It gives me goose bumps!!
Thank you for all your work with the arrangements, Susan, and everything you both did to make this extra special for my clients. You both are such wonderful people and it's such a pleasure to work with you.
Believe me, I will be continuing to spread your message, Captain Plumb, and will look forward to generating more opportunities for us to work together.
- Virginia Dodge, VA Productions Inc.
like to take this moment to send thanks to Capt. Plumb for his recent attendance
at our general session for Progressive Group Alliance. His motivational message
and emotional impact on our audience was
exceptional. We believe that each and every one of our 300 plus attendees took
a message with them that will be forever embedded in their hearts and minds. We
will never think of the word "parachute" the same way again. We will continue
to be reminded how strong that small square around our minds can be in time of
need. His message was delivered with amazing intensity, captivating and he
related his experiences to our everyday lives. It was inspiring to say the
pictures to share with Capt. Plumb and will forward to you with a hard copy of
this note. Captain Plumb was the first motivational type speaker we have hosted
at this Semi-Annual Summit and because of his strong message and polished
delivery, we will continue to consider speakers similar to Captain Charlie
Plumb. We thank him for his time, message and dedication to our Country and we
wish him the best of luck on his tours.
- Peggy Cunningham, Progressive Group Alliance
"You skillfully weaved the challenges our company faces into your personal experience and, in doing so, bolstered our resolve to do what it takes to improve, to grow, and to prosper. Please accept my deepest appreciation for your significant contribution to our meeting, and more importantly, to our future."
- Kevin E. Rich, Exec Vice President, Clark & Reid