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I have been very fortunate with the many people who have contributed to my growth and success in this industry. My dedication to continued growth is my gratitude for their gifts.
Dedications and acknowledgements
web site, like any other publication, is a great opportunity to thank
briefly the people who were instrumental in its becoming a reality.
I would like to dedicate this Website and its
related sites to some very special people in my life and exciting,
A very special dedication of this piece of myself to the two people
who meant the most to me... my folks, Ron and Marge Hooey. Sadly,
both my parents left this earthly realm in 1999.
(Marge) Hooey: April 1, 1917 - August 20th, 1999
my mom, who was so amazed and perhaps
amused at the way my life turned out?
the son, who hated school - ending up a corporate trainer, keynote speaker
and college instructor. At the writer,
who hated doing any written reports or homework. At the, now, keynote
speaker who is now being paid to share his Ideas
At Work!; who when younger drove both his parents and teachers crazy
with his motor mouth.
my mom, who as a former English teacher, loved me and painfully corrected my grammar and spelling. I will miss your proof reading, your
love, and your guidance as I strive to capture my thoughts in print. Mom
was so amazed when she saw my books in print. She must have wondered where
I was hiding my writing talent, as it sure was not evident in high school.
(my sister) and I had the privilege of being with you when you passed
from this world to the next to see dad. I held you in my arms as you slipped
away to the man and the God you loved. I still miss
Howard Hooey: Feb. 11th, 1917 - Feb. 11th, 1999
my dad, who was my biggest champion and
over the years, modeled compassion and caring for others. Who was always
there with the advice when I needed it - and sometimes I even took it?
Who worked hard, to make sure we had what we needed. But most of all,
worked hard to ensure we knew he loved us and supported us, even when
he may not have agreed with the directions we took. I will miss your spirit,
support and love in my life as I continue serving my
clients around the world. You always believed in me, supported me
and your last words were, " I love you and your mom and I are
so proud of you." I am so thankful my last words to you were,
"I luv you pop!"
and Marge Hooey acting like two young teenagers following their
romantic open carriage ride on their 50th wedding anniversary in
you two... get a room."
it gave me hope, still does as I spend my life with Irene.
was richly blessed with the two of you in my life. Thanks so
much for adopting me and making me a part of the Hooey Family (click on link to see and share a few Hooey Family memories).
seems so inadequate! "Thanks
Mom!" and "Dad,
You're Still My Hero!"were written as part of the "Tell
them know series" to encourage people to show and share their
appreciation to the important people in their lives - NOW! 100% of all
proceeds from their sales will go to support charities that my mom and dad
Sadly, 2015 saw the loss of two very special people in our lives. Irene's dad, George Sidor and mom, Liil Sidor left us in April and December. They had reached out and made me a real member of their family.
I had the privilege of calling them dad and mom for many years, even before Irene made an honest man of me by saying yes when I asked her to marry me.
They were amazing people and I miss them bunches.
To my special
friend and web
coach, Irene Gaudet (as of Oct. 4th, 2008 my amazing wife) who
is now helping me with my series of mini-websites as well as maintaining
and improving this main one. She has graciously taken on my mom's
proof reading role to ensure that the words I share can be actually understood.
is gently guiding me through the steep Dreamweaver learning curve,
so I can do some of the edits and updates personally to save her
creative time. I am blessed to have a partner in more than just
the thousands of Toastmasters over the years, who patiently listened as I practiced my speaking, and
kindly encouraged me with suggestions that would help me grow. To the
Toastmasters who still listen as I am asked to keynote various District
and Regional conferences across North America.
To my fellow professional speakers, colleagues, and friends in CAPS, NSA and the GSF
who have taught me how to become a more effective and inspirational platform
professional, and continue to help me learn the business of speaking.
My continued gratitude for your encouragement, inspiration, and role models.
To my many clients and the
meeting planners throughout North America and around the globe who have trusted me with their
staff and teams, and given me their encouragement and support. Who have
hired me to be a part of their teams, their meetings and their conventions.
all of these great people, I say thanks so very much. It
is my privilege to be invited to be a part of your success teams
and to share a few ideas with your audiences. I so, love what I
each of you, including those who are reading this note, I say thank
you for enriching my life and for making what I do such a privilege.
I am enriched by your support, your friendship, your patronage,
and your acceptance of my Ideas At Work!
am full of gratitude for the investment of so many people in my
life and my career, especially my wife and partner, Irene.
You've enriched my life and career.
Bob pictured here after repelling down the outside of a 28 story building in support of Alberta Easter Seals.
'Idea Man' Hooey