“I was not sure what to expect from our conference goers to Dana’s presentation other than we have a lot of canoe folks so they could relate on that level. I would say he blew them out of the water with everything. I have heard nothing but great things from conference attendees. I would highly recommend Dana”

Ryan Stovern, GIS / LIS Consortium.  Duluth Convention Center – Duluth, Minnesota

“You really captured the interest of those present as you talked about your canoe trip.
Thanks for your willingness to speak to our group.”

Black Feather — The Wilderness Adventure Company.  –  Toronto, Canada

“Dana, it was truly a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making our breakfast a special event – our clients enjoyed hearing about your journey.

Kim Foley, Senior VP of Operations.  Orange Capital Management – Orange, California

“A total professional, Dana arrived early to set up, and continued with the presentation even when the computer equipment on our end failed to work smoothly. He even went over his scheduled time (which was fine with the audience) in order to give a more complete presentation. He also stayed later allowing time for questions. Comments I received after the event from audience members were all positive. I plan to have him back in the near future in an expanded format.”

Robyn McVey, Events Committee.  Black Hawk College – Moline, Illinois

“Dana had the full attention of 1000+ Simmons Middle School students for over an hour. Dana’s stories of his adventure, his guitar playing, photographs of the journey, and his message that persistence leads to success resonated with our students. Teacher comments included, “this was the best guest speaker we’ve had in years” and “I have never seen our students pay this much attention to a speaker before.”  Thanks, again, for coming to Simmons and presenting to our students!”

Molly Cox, Guidance Counselor.  Simmons Middle School – Aurora, Illinois

“The Touchstone Arts Council was very pleased with the classical guitar performance by Dana Starkell.  The evening was made even more enjoyable with the anecdotes of his travels.  We would highly recommend Dana to anyone that is considering this type of entertainment.”

Jim Hoskinson, Event Organizer.  Touchstone Arts Council – Red Oak, Iowa

“Dana spoke to our club about his epic journey with his father and ended the evening by playing a few classical guitar pieces he learned during the trip. He captivated the whole room with his stories of suspense, adventure and humour! His speaking style was as if he was an old friend! Thanks again!!!”

Lynne Magetic, Event Coordinator.  Saukenuk Paddling Club – Bettendorf, Iowa