Robert Owens is a Seasoned Corporate Key Note Speaker, Leadership and Management Trainer, Business and Estate Mediator and
Robert has traveled to over 30 Countries teaching Leadership Development and Management Skill Training.
Robert specializes in training developing countries leaders.
Robert has flown over 4 million miles with American Airlines and their partners during these travels.
He hopes to never fly on Aeroflot Airlines Domestically again.
He has spoken to the Philippines Joint Chiefs of Staff, the South African Parliament,
as well as spoken and taught for President Violeta Chamaro of Nicaragua after the Contra-Sandinista war.
His 10 trips to Moscow and 12 trips to Beijing have provided many memorable experiences and adventures.
Most recently, in the last 3 years, Robert has been teaching, speaking and lecturing to
Communist Party officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi and Danang Vietnam.
Robert had a Television Program on a regional FOX affiliate for 22 years called "Leadership For Changing Times."
As well he had a live daily radio talk program for many years.
Robert was raised in Anaheim and in Laguna Beach California.
He was a Water Polo player and swimmer for Jon Urbanchek in High School, who went on to be the US Olympic Head Swimming Coach.
He rowed Crew for Orange Coast College and Paddled Outrigger Canoes for Dana Point Outrigger Club before turning twenty.
He twice stroked the Dana Point team in the Catalina to Long Beach Outrigger Canoe Race before he turned 20.
In his early 20’s he joined the Air Force and became a USAF "Pararescueman,"
which is the Air Force equivalent of the Navy SEALS.
Over 150 tried out in his Special Ops Class and 7 graduated.
After the Military service, Robert smuggled documents and materials into Eastern Europe and Helsinki Peace Accords documents
out to the West during the Carter Administration.
The smuggling equipped vehicles were custom outfitted here in the US,
then traveled by boat to Amsterdam and then deployed to be used throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
These are the foundations for many of Robert’s adventures.
Robert is also one of the so called Original Ironman Triathletes.
Robert finished his first Ironman Triathlon in 1980 in Honolulu on the old Ironman Course.
That was year 3 of the Ironman when there were 100 competitors.
He finished the Race after passing out on the marathon course from dehydration, then getting up and finishing.
This also just happened to be on his honeymoon.
Notably, it was televised on Wide World of Sports.
He has finished 9 Ironman Triathlons, 8 in the last 12 years.
Those include Kona Hawaii for the Ironman 25th World Championship Anniversary Race, Ironman South Africa, Ironman Florida,
Ironman Mexico and Ironman Western Australia.
He is preparing for Ironman Mexico again this year.
Robert will probably share on his attempted Winter ascent of Mt McKinley;
taking many bodies off Mt McKinley by dog sled, helicopter and Cessna 182’s;
his sailing across the Atlantic with 5 other guys and sailing the Med;
his Arctic Scuba Jumps and other adventures.
Lastly, Robert had his life radically impacted in a 9th grade High School Assembly when he heard John Goddard speak and
present on of his adventures on the Nile.
John read his list of 100 or so adventures he had hoped to experience and accomplish and
Robert knew he wanted to be like John Goddard.
It did not happen like that but Robert got the bug to continually get off the beaten path and find adventure.
Here is a short list of some of the other adventures Robert has experienced:
"Angel Walking" down the face of a 24 story skyscraper in Gold Coast Australia.
Parachuting with Tiger Woods.
Diving with Great Whites twice in South Africa.
Level 5 white water rafting on the Zambezi River with crocs.
Jumping off the "then highest" Bungee jump in the world in Africa.
Was Ocean Lifeguard in High School and had his first person die in his arms at 16 and second person die in his arms at 17.
Had his life radically change putting an Army Major in body bag and delivering him to his wife and kids.
Paddling down the Orange River in Namibia, Africa.
Snowboarding outside Beijing.
Traveling to a "hidden or invisible city" in the Soviet Union where they put the nuclear warheads
on the SS 22’s rockets during Reagan's SALT talks with the Soviet Union.
Robert’s greatest adventure was raising his 5 children.
For his 50th birthday, they had a family skydive.
The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles thanks Dr. Steve Bein for recommending this speaker.
Ladies Night - Open Thursday -
Morris Price Holocaust Survivor: Experience in Auschwitz, Dachau
The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles has organized an important event in which
Holocaust survivor Morris Price who was personally imprisoned will share his incredible story and his experiences in the
Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dacau.
It is important that we remember what these people went through and to listen to their stories and learn from them.
We will not have very many opportunities to actually talk to somebody who survived Auschwitz or Dachau
and as long as we have these opportunities, we need to make use of them and listen and learn.
Morris Price, a Polish Jew who was only a teenager when he and his family members were
forced to work in labor camps and then ultimately moved to a concentration camp,
has spoken numerous times at Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance because
he finds it meaningful when he can share his testimony with people who might not have previously known about the Holocaust -
we should never forget and the stories be told so that we donít forget.
Morris Price was born Moniek Prajs on April 27, 1927.
He was raised by his parents, Manela and Itka Prajs and was the youngest child of three sisters and two brothers.
His father was a cattleman who bought cows from farmers and resold them to butchers.
Because his father owned his own horse and buggy, his family was considered to be middle class.
In addition to his immediate family, his grandparents also lived in his house.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Though the city of Wolbrom was rather small, it boasted a fair-sized Jewish population.
However, life changed quickly for Morris when he was just twelve years old in 1939
when Germany occupied Poland and anti-Jewish laws went in to effect.
Morris was not allowed to attend public school and
was prohibited from attending theatre or participating in sports with other Poles.
At the same time, his brothers were forced to do hard labor.
In the summer of 1942, Morris’ family received a notice that they were going to be resettled.
Two of his sisters decided to go in to hiding and one of his father’s friends, a farmer in Wolbrom,
came to their house and agreed to hide the sisters despite the personal risk.
Morris and the rest of his family reported to the designated field for resettlement.
His father was sent to a labor camp while his mother, sister, and grandmother were sent elsewhere.
Morris, just 15 at that time, was sent with his brothers to a different labor camp just outside Krakow, Poland,
where their job was to construct railroad tracks.
Barracks of Dachau Concentration Camp
While in the labor camp, Morris overheard that there was going to be a final liquidation in Wolbrom,
so he decided to sneak away to the city to inform his sisters.
Morris was successful in warning his sisters and one cousin to leave Wolbrom.
The amazing life action and experiences he went through during the war and
after make a compelling story of the horrors of the holocaust.
We will travel with Morris through his stay at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, then to Dachau on a Death March.
His actions and experiences kept him and most of his siblings alive.
His parents were lost in the Death Camps and gas chambers.
Morris speaks at the Museum of Tolerance because he finds it meaningful when he can share his testimony
with younger people and others who might not have previously know about the Holocaust.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
Mr. Price was a teenager when the Nazis began to imprison people.
His story is moving and amazing.
He makes history seem alive.
He led an amazing life.
He came within a hairs breath of going to the gas chambers.
His moving story will be something you will long remember.
He now lives with his wife Shirley, in Culver City.
His story is one we should all hear.
The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles thanks Dr. Steve Bein for recommending this speaker.
What kinds of space adventures are on the horizon?
What can we expect in the next 50-100 years?
With the emergence of the commercial spaceflight industry, opportunities for space adventures will soon become a reality.
Rides to sub-orbit, vacationing in space hotels, sky-diving from the stratosphere,
visiting Mars and climbing one of the tallest mountains in the entire solar system...
these are just some of the many adventures that are awaiting.
Golf on the Moon
Also learn about how a proposal to finance the Mojave Air & Space Port would accelerate the development of
the commercial spaceflight industry, and by extension, opportunities for space adventure.
Joe Weichman works at the Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT),
an advanced manufacturing initiative out of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office,
Economic & Workforce Development Division.
Working directly for the Statewide Initiative Director, Mr. Weichman performs several functions,
including identifying emerging industries and determining how California can maximize its economic share of those
Prior to this, Mr. Weichman was involved at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Optical Communications Group,
first as an intern and then under contract.
Mr. Weichman has a M.S. in Space Education from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a B.A. from USC.
Flying to Space - Virgin Galactic
The CACT helps California manufacturers compete successfully in changing markets and the global economy.
Through technology education, manufacturing training and services that contribute to continuous workforce development,
the CACT provides expertise in technology deployment and business development.
Services include onsite training, low-or-no cost technical assistance, and educational workshops,
as well as information on how to qualify for state funds to assist with retraining employees and upgrading equipment.
The CACT also provides industry-specific reports on manufacturing & emerging industries, promotes STEM education
through the development of recruitment tools & educational partnerships,
and many other resources to help industry, educators, and students succeed in California.
Using a variety of images captured during a recent scouting trip to Turkey,
travel photographer, author and international guide Ralph Velasco returns to the Adventurer’s Club
for yet another presentation that is sure to inspire attendees.
Ralph will discuss visual storytelling using a variety of images of the interesting people, otherworldly landscapes,
quaint villages, ancient ruins, and more that he encountered while researching and planning for a
photo tour he’ll be leading to Turkey in 2015.
Join us as Ralph shares the stories behind the images and helps attendees to capture better images of their travels,
whether venturing around the world or around the corner.
Turkey is a vast and varied country boasting incredible landscapes and natural wonders bordered by four different seas.
Well known as a great destination for relaxing beach holidays,
it also offers many sporting activities, some of the world’s most important ancient monuments,
welcoming Turkish hospitality and a delicious and varied national cuisine.
As a large country boasting an incredibly varied landscape that can cater for almost every kind of activity,
Turkey has it all - from relaxing beach and family holidays soaking up the sunshine,
city breaks in historic settings to action-packed activity holidays amid stunning scenery.
One can explore the array of year-round active adventure pursuits available in Turkey,
including white-water rafting, trekking, ballooning, yachting and skiing;
as well as a huge variety of other things to experience in Turkey:
Turkish baths and spas, nature and wildlife and shopping and nightlife just to name a few!
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city (approx. 12 million) and the country’s undisputed cultural and financial center.
Gearing up for its title of European Capital of Culture, Istanbul offers a great deal in the way of history,
culture, food and entertainment, in fact far too much to take in on a short city break.
You will need to come back time and time again to truly see all that this atmospheric city has to offer and
it’s a great city to visit as part of a twin-center holiday.
Ralph Velasco is a professional photographer and instructor who has traveled extensively and taken photographs in
over 40 countries.
Ralph Velasco Cultural Tours offers unique cultural touring opportunities that combine compelling locations with
breathtaking views, relevant local history, scheduled activities and time to explore on your own.
His events are available in dazzling international locations around the globe and his services include public speaking,
corporate cultural tours and events, corporate photo walks, photo walking tours, photography eBooks,
photography classes and group training seminars.
His photo walking tours provide the opportunity for hands-on photography experience with a
professional instructor to develop the skills necessary to capture a variety of photo subjects, settings and lighting.
Ralph gives private photography lessons and his photography boot camp includes a seminar and training on camera basics,
elements of composition, and a personal review of your own photography.
United States and international locations; Corona del Mar & Orange County CA.