inspirational and motivational keynote speakers and events
“Working with Extreme Connection was a delight. Our experience partnering with Ann and her team was flawless and the final presentation was a great success.”
- The Performance Group
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consulting services

Ann Krcik, Founder of Extreme Connection, consults in marketing, brand development, market research, product introductions, public relations strategies, networking facilitation and custom speaker coaching.

Clients have included industry market leaders such as:

  • The North Face
  • Reebok International
  • Eagle Creek
  • Sierra Designs
  • Timberland
  • Nikon
  • Banff Center for Mountain Culture
  • Isis
  • Camelbak
    Ann helps speakers refine their visuals, presentations, and personal style to better "connect" with audiences. Speakers find their true voice, authenticity, and the essence of what they want to communicate when they work with Ann. This essence is the spark that affects people. Extreme Connection's goal is to help speakers create the story that the world needs to hear. Clients have included numerous professional mountaineers and adventurers as well as those preparing for business presentations.

    Events organized and produced have included:

  • National Geographic Expedition Council's Young Explorers Grantee Workshop at UCSC
  • National Geographic Society's three part "Live ... from National Geographic" lecture series held in San Francisco
  • Promotional speaker tours for:
  •       - Nikon Sunglasses in ten markets
          - Sierra Designs and 3M in eight markets
  • "National Summit on Outdoor Recreation" Washington D.C.
  • National Geographic Society's Expedition Council's Bay Area development event
  • Ann developed and produced events while at The North Face. As Director of Marketing Operations she maximized corporate branding and developed opportunities for retailer relationships through sponsorships including:

  • International Climbing Competition at the Greek Theater, Berkeley
  • Bill Graham Presents Summer Music Festivals in Telluride, CO, and Squaw Valley, CA (Jerry Garcia, The Allman Brothers, Joe Cocker, and Jackson Browne headlining).
  • Promotional lecture tours at select retailers/universities
  • Events promoting sponsored athletes
  • Event and production experience also includes working for the legendary Bill Graham Presents for a decade at hundreds of concerts including the Grateful Dead, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.

    Ann has developed sponsorship agreements for athletes including Todd Skinner, Nancy Feagin, and Arlene Burns with Reebok International, Nikon, Gregory Packs, Sierra Designs, Timberland, Lafuma, Bolle, and Weider Nutrition and has placed athletes such as Todd Skinner, John Griber, Beth Rypins, Ron Kauk, Hans Florine, Jim Zellers, and Lars Holbek in television commercials including AT&T, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Nike, Ford and Toyota.