Conference Speakers

Russell Drake
DTM International Director, Region 7

Russell L. DrakeRussell L. Drake, DTM, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, is a District Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, where he has worked for 32 years.

As a leader of a $16 million retail business, he directs 12 retail store managers and employs 125 associates. His work involves developing operational budgets and driving sales to achieve monthly, quarterly and annual financial results in his district. While studying at Kentucky State University, in Frankfort, Kentucky, Drake earned a master’s degree in public affairs.

As a lifetime member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., he held the position of National Director for its Bigger and Better Business program. He also led a team of regional directors to implement business-to-business directories by state and local fraternity chapters.

Drake also is a writer and photography enthusiast.

A Toastmaster for nine years, Drake has been a member of his home club, Cranberry Area Toastmasters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, since 2006. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation— the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Drake says, “My Toastmasters experience has expanded my social network. Professionally, I have incorporated many principles gained from my club and district officer roles. My manager meetings, conference calls and presentations are now more productive and efficient.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Drake is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Elliott Eddie
2016 Toastmasters International World Championship Finalist

Elliott EddieElliott Eddie is Chairman/CEO of DM Media Inc. and a two-time Internationally Awarded Public Speaker.

As an entrepreneur, Elliott has built a company which boasts six small businesses, all of which operate in the black. These businesses include; Superior Tax Preparation, P&E Reality (Investment & Development), DM Media Film & Television Productions (8 Independent Films with Worldwide Distribution), P&E Publishing (5 published books), Risqué Creations (women’s Designer Jewelry for $5.00) and EESpeaks (International Speaking Company). Even with all of this, Elliott is constantly building and expanding the company by adding new businesses while pruning the existing businesses for greater success.

As an International Speaker, Elliott has touched the hearts of audiences around the world. Elliott is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Keynote Speaker Award in October 2016, from Urban Financial Services Coalition during a keynote speech at the Richmond Federal Reserve. Elliott also won the distinction of ‘Finalist’ at the 2016 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, making Elliott one of the top 10 speakers in the world.

Currently, Elliott has been on tour sharing hope and information across the country with numerous stops added in 2017. Whether sharing about starting and building a strong entrepreneurial businesses, how to become a better storyteller/presenter or learning how to tap into and release your creativity and get paid for it; measurable growth is what you will receive through information.