Moving directly from college student to campy green fur-ball, Dave Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots as the first enhabitor of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. Over his sixteen years in the suit, David’s performace as the Phanatic carried the Philadelphia Phillies to World Series victories and unimagined levels of popularity, helping to spawn a revolution in the mascot industry.
Leveraging the unique lessons he learned from the inside out – literally! – Dave made a seamless transition to the world of character branding and mascot training. Since starting Raymond Entertainment nearly twenty years ago, he has overseen the creation and rehabilitation of hundreds of mascots and the brands that support them.
With his platform keynote, The Power of Fun, Dave brings his "phantastic" story to the stage. Learn how Dave's time as the Phanatic led him to realize that fun's transformative effects are the key to living a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
When was the last time your organization experienced serious fun? Dave Raymond's Power of Fun provides simple first steps towards enhancing wellness and culture through increased productivity and creativity, improved employee retention, and fostering an inclusive environment for your whole team. We call it “serious fun” because it will streamline your path to success and deliver more than just bottom line results.
Dave’s presentation can be customized to fit the needs of your event and audience. This empowering keynote can fill anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. The performance and content will be tailored to your initiatives for developing culture, health, productivity or morale. It is interactive, memorable, and will leave your audience energized and ready to meet new challenges.
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Each presentation of The Power of Fun includes our Phanatical Care program. Dave will create customized pre- and post-event videos to share with your audience. The first video is designed to tease attendees about the Power of Fun and increase excitement, while the second video will follow up and support retention of your event messaging. If scheduling and logistics allow, Dave will also meet on-site with your leaders, tour your facility, and develop a deeper understanding of your specific goals and challenges. At the same time, Dave will interview a randomly selected attendee so we can understand, from their perspective, what they hope to get out of your event.
Dave Raymond is one of a kind. He brings a level of energy and enthusiasm that is unmatched. The Power of Fun can help any organization, sport or otherwise, find innovative ways to improve in areas such as marketing, motivation, and employee morale; just to name a few.Dr. Tim Deschiver – Sports Marketing, University of Delaware
As someone who understands the importance of teamwork and camaraderie, I am happy to recommend David Raymond and the Power of Fun!Cal Ripken, Jr.
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the presentation … I must admit that it was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I was really invigorated and I’ve been taking the FUN “values” you’ve instilled in us, everywhere I go these days.Derek Allen, R & D Finance, Glaxo Smith Kline
I was one of those students who just showed up because I was told to, but I wanted to thank you because your keynote speech made the day well worth it. Thank you for delivering a stirring presentation!Wayne Stainrook – Student, Rutgers University
“Since the inception of our Real Estate networking group, ThurMo, we have had many top speakers … when people ask me who our best speaker was, without hesitation I say David Raymond. His Power of Fun speech is simply awesome! It electrified the room and captivated an audience that has been spoiled by hearing all of the best speakers in our region.Steve Grandizio – VP Mortgage Director, Annie Mac