Shaun Tomson

On Application
USA

Shaun has shared his academically tested Code Leadership Method around the world, from high-powered boardrooms in the US and Europe to rural schools in South Africa.

A former World Surfing Champion, Shaun was named one of the 10 Greatest Surfers of All Time. He has a Bachelor's in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University and has created two popular apparel brands, Instinct and Solitude (co-founded with his wife Carla).

He is the author of the best sellers Surfer's Code and The Code – The Power of "I Will". He produced and co-wrote the documentary film Bustin' Down the Door (2006) and is a past board member of Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.

Testimonials

Shaun, thanks so much for a really uplifting experience – the executive team really let their guards down and connected during the session!
Michael Vacy-Lyle, CEO, FNB Bank Business

You really made a great impact on the team. So many people have praised your discussion and really loved your message. I think it's your spirit, kindness and humbleness that make you shine.
James Arnold, Investec Bank, London, England

It was an absolute pleasure having you with us on Thursday, the feedback had been fantastic, and it is clear that you've made a huge impact on many people at Investec.
Chris Meyer, Investec Bank, London, England

Shaun’s presentation was extremely well received by our group. The intermingling of Shaun’s surfing and clothing career with his commitment to 12 simple values starting each goal with “I will” resonated well with our clients. I highly recommend Shaun’s presentation for any business looking for an inspirational speaker.
Tim Brown, CEO, Vow Financial Group, Sydney, Australia

Everyone thought Shaun Tomson was amazing!!
Liz Sullivan, Event Manager, Off Site Connections Event Solutions, Sydney, Australia

Shaun Tomson met with our relatively small group recently, and from the start had everyone’s eyes and ears riveted on him. He is an honest, articulate and genuine person with an inspiring message that he delivers with an intimacy that is unique and very special. Shaun has boundless energy. In addition to speaking to our group while he was in Milwaukee, he made the time to stop by a local school to deliver his message to the young people there and he even surfed with the members of the local surf club in the cold November Lake Michigan water! We will all carry the “I WILL” message with us close to our hearts. I would highly recommend Shaun to speak to any size group and of any age.
Dick Strong, CEO, Baraboo Growth, LLC

I was initially skeptical that the Code exercise would work on a large group of "AAA" types, and to my surprise, not only was I completely moved by my own experience of trying to define my own Code, as I instinctively switched into a whole different zone of reflection and focus, but I was similarly blown away by the process of sharing our Code with each other -- the solemnity and importance of that time together. Everyone I talked to in our group, 50 executives of totally different backgrounds, had the same experience of being moved and touched and inspired. I have yet to come across another group motivational event with such power.
Amir Nashat, Managing Partner, Polaris Partners, Boston

Plan Australia - Hamilton Island - Australia
A sensational keynote. Definitely one of the highlights of our conference. I've heard terrific feedback ... So glad we had you involved again.
Philip Quin-Conroy, CEO

Thank you for your fantastic talks - they were perfect.
Kara Clarke, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Your presentation was very successful and it really resonated with the group and they loved it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful perspectives with us and also sharing graciously your time with the Franchisees.
Joe Sirianni, Director, Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers (Australia)

With tremendous generosity and exceptional delivery, Shaun Tomson gave our audience a view into his very personal and inspirational story. He had the room captivated and hanging on every word of the tales of his life and lessons learned. What an amazing, brave and thoughtful speaker and I received really great feedback from the audience.
Usha Bhate, Executive Director, Institutional Investor Forums

Shaun is tremendous. He spoke at two customer appreciation events last week and I have been receiving the most positive feedback ever. Every day since I get emails and handwritten notes praising Shaun and his presentation! He connected with the audience. Many speakers will arrive, give their talk, and leave the premises. Not Shaun. I felt like we were hosting the event together. He arrives early, talks to the clients, socializes with everybody before and after the meal, gets up on stage and gives a knockdown performance, and then hangs out with everyone later signing books until the last customer leaves.
Mark Bertoli CFP, Cetera Advisor Networks LLC

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Speaker Video

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Shaun Tomson - Live the Code
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Shaun Tomson on Positive Waves Tour in KwaDukuza

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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