Local resident, Chad Hymas, was inducted into the National Speakers Association (NSA) Speakers Hall of Fame Tuesday, August 3rd in Anaheim, California at the Disney Marriott Hotel. NSA has a total membership of just over 4000 internationally-recognized speakers, authors, trainers and consultants. This is an annual event where 5 members are inducted into this prestigious category of Hall Of Fame.
Chad is 37 years old and is the youngest to ever have been presented this coveted award. To date, 191 have received this most distinguished award; 173 are living. Past recipients include General Colin L. Powell, Best-selling authors Jeffrey Gittomer, Randy Pennington, Phillip Van Hooser and the late President Ronald Regan.
NSA Hall of Fame member Mark Mayfield introduced and presented Chad with his award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NSA on its members. Each year it is given to professionals whose global accomplishments and contributions have reflected respect and admiration on NSA and the speaking/writing profession in general.
Ironically, Chad never wanted to be a “professional speaker.” His dream has been to be a rancher, running an elk ranch. However, Chad was injured 10 years ago at the age of 27, while building his dream, when a 2000 pound bale of hay fell on his head and rendered him quadriplegic.
A few months before Chad’s accident, his dad and step mom, Kelly and Terri, had seen a gentleman by the name of Art Berg speak at an Insurance Convention. Art was a quadriplegic as well, and little did Kelly know at the time that this young man would have such an influence on his son’s life. Kelly brought a video of Art Berg’s “The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer” to the hospital for Chad to watch. Chad’s life changed that day, as he saw a young man much like himself, living a full and rewarding life and actually looking and being happy. This helped change Chad’s perspective on life. It opened new doors for Chad, and ten years later, here we are.
Since that time, Chad has been recognized by the state of Utah as the Superior Civilian of the Year. He is the president of his own communications company and an internet marketing company. As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad spoke at over 220 events last year. He travels as many as 300,000 miles a year. Last year Chad spoke in 5 new countries on 4 continents, to thousands of professional and civic organizations.
Chad and his lovely wife, Shondell, have been married 17 years and are the proud parents of four children. They reside in Rush Valley, Utah, on a 200-acre. Chad is a world-class wheelchair athlete enjoying basketball, wheelchair rugby, hang-gliding and snow skiing. In July 2003 Chad set a world record by wheeling a personal marathon of over 500 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. Chad is also the author of the regionally best-selling book, Soaring to New Heights. He has been working on his second book due to come out in the fall.
Until next time BELIEVE you can fly!