Joel Manby

Leadership Speaker; President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment; Author of Love Works

Joel Manby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE). HFE is the largest family owned theme park corporation in the U.S. The Company creates, develops and operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties spanning 26 locations in ten states.

Manby’s association with HFE dates back to 1998 when he was invited to serve on the HFE Board of Directors. He later became non-executive chairman of the Board and then accepted the role of CEO in 2003. During his tenure, two of HFE’s parks have earned the industry’s highest honor, the Applause Award.

Manby has incorporated the definition of love, the verb, into the companies existing organic culture to establish how leaders are to behave. He views love as a mode of thinking-one that has helped him deliver tangible results and position HFE as the 9th largest themed attractions company in the world.

An expert on leadership and customer relations, he spent 20 years in the auto industry. Joel was a member of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation where he was instrumental in launching Saturn’s innovative marketing and distribution strategy. After seven years with Saturn and a two-year term with GM’s International Division, he was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA. During his four-year tenure at Saab, he led the company to dramatic results as sales increased by 67 percent and their J.D. Power Quality Rating improved from 30th to fifth in the industry.

Manby serves on several boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and John Scott Ministries. He also chairs reThink, a non-profit company whose mission is to provide effective tools which enable families to learn biblical virtues in the home, school and church.

As valedictorian of Albion College, Joel was a Rhodes scholarship finalist. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School on a GM scholarship. His involvement with his alma mater has continued throughout his career. Joel was elected to the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees. Celebrating his accomplishments and his dedication to the college, Albion presented Joel with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

In March 2010, he was featured on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss. Manby and the employees of HFE moved millions of viewers across the world with their unique approach to leadership. He now share the principles that make HFE successful in his new book, Love Works.

Joel currently resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Marki and their four daughters. Beyond the office he enjoys golf, exercise, playing the piano and spending time with his family.

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    Business Culture, Business Ethics, Business Motivational, Business Speakers, Business Strategy, Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Inspiration, Leadership, Teambuilding

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    Georgia

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Love Works - Joel Manby

Joel Manby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE). HFE is the largest family owned theme park corporation in the U.S. The Company creates, develops and operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties spanning 26 locations in ten states.

Manby’s association with HFE dates back to 1998 when he was invited to serve on the HFE Board of Directors. He later became non-executive chairman of the Board and then accepted the role of CEO in 2003. During his tenure, two of HFE’s parks have earned the industry’s highest honor, the Applause Award.

Manby has incorporated the definition of love, the verb, into the companies existing organic culture to establish how leaders are to behave. He views love as a mode of thinking-one that has helped him deliver tangible results and position HFE as the 9th largest themed attractions company in the world.

An expert on leadership and customer relations, he spent 20 years in the auto industry. Joel was a member of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation where he was instrumental in launching Saturn’s innovative marketing and distribution strategy. After seven years with Saturn and a two-year term with GM’s International Division, he was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA. During his four-year tenure at Saab, he led the company to dramatic results as sales increased by 67 percent and their J.D. Power Quality Rating improved from 30th to fifth in the industry.

Manby serves on several boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and John Scott Ministries. He also chairs reThink, a non-profit company whose mission is to provide effective tools which enable families to learn biblical virtues in the home, school and church.

As valedictorian of Albion College, Joel was a Rhodes scholarship finalist. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School on a GM scholarship. His involvement with his alma mater has continued throughout his career. Joel was elected to the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees. Celebrating his accomplishments and his dedication to the college, Albion presented Joel with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

In March 2010, he was featured on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss. Manby and the employees of HFE moved millions of viewers across the world with their unique approach to leadership. He now share the principles that make HFE successful in his new book, Love Works.

Joel currently resides in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Marki and their four daughters. Beyond the office he enjoys golf, exercise, playing the piano and spending time with his family.

To book Joel Manby call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

BUSINESS IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS. LOVE IS CRUCIAL FOR RELATIONSHIPS. SO WHY DO WE EXCLUDE LOVE FROM THE WORKPLACE?

A leader goes last. Joel Manby turns the traditional view of leadership on its head and presents a totally different approach. As an expert on leadership, he doesn’t lead with power. He leads with love. Joel has redefined love as a verb, not an emotion, to establish how leaders are to behave.

He shares how the seven words that define love (patient, kind, trusting, unselfishness, truthful, forgiving and dedicated) are put into practice everyday. And it’s not just talk. The company puts its money where its mouth is. HFE employees are evaluated on their financial goals and on how they treat each other and their guests.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to enhance your leadership skills by leading with love
  • Proactive ways to put the seven words into practice
  • Lead with love even in difficult situations

Attendee, Themed Entertainment Association Summit

“Fantastic presentation Joel!! Thank you for your courage and leadership. I agree with you on all points. Can’t wait to read the book.”

Attendee, Georgia Meeting Professionals International

“Joel, thank you so much for sharing your story with GaMPI last week. Your message will resonate with us for a long time.”

Attendee, Toastmasters International Convention

“Thank you so much for your presentation at the Toastmasters International Opening ceremony, so inspiring. I will cherish my copy of your book and will share it with many back in Australia.”
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