His Background: Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Wal-Mart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Wal-Mart’s founder Sam Walton. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, “Bird Dawg!” Previous to Wal-Mart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organization and headquarters staff assignments.
He’s an experienced turnaround specialist who has participated in two successful business turnarounds at American Eagle Outfitters and Waste Management. Wal-Mart Competition Authority: Michael Bergdahl is considered an authority on Wal-Mart Competition. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch”, “On the Money”, “Morning Call”, and “Closing Bell”. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him and his books, have appeared in business newspapers and magazines around the world. His Books: He wrote his first book about “The Strategies of the World’s Largest Company”, entitled: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World. His second book is written about “The Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”, entitled, The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results. Note: Rob Walton, the current Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart and son of Sam Walton, wrote the Foreword for “The 10 Rules of Sam Walton” book. Both of these books were published and distributed internationally by John Wiley & Sons. Translated versions of his books are available in Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Spanish.
Professional International Speaker: He has been a professional keynote speaker on six continents! His international keynote speaking experience includes: * Brisbane, Australia * Beijing, China * Melbourne, Australia * Vancouver, British Columbia * Toronto, Ontario * Mont Tremblant, Quebec * Caracas, Venezuela * Bogotá, Colombia * Panama City, Panama * Cologne, Germany * Istanbul, Turkey * Malaga, Spain * Moscow, Russia * Port Douglas, Australia * Santiago, Chile * Durban, South Africa * Kiev, Ukraine * and across the USA *. His Speeches: Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker with substance, who is one part business, one part inspiration and one part storyteller. He customizes his speeches or workshops to fit the conference theme, and he designs them to teach others Wal-Mart’s Best Practices. He presents keynote speeches, half day programs and full day “Master Classes”. In his speech, “Growing Your Business the Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Way” (a.k.a. Picking Wal-Mart’s POCKETS), Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Wal-Mart, and the success secrets of Sam Walton. Audience members will learn the Tactics of “The World’s Richest Man”, Sam Walton”, and the Strategies of Wal-Mart, “The World’s Largest Company.”
His Audiences: Michael Bergdahl has spoken at association and business conferences in the USA and Internationally to Retailers, Non-Retailers, Manufacturers and Suppliers. He speaks to a wide variety of audiences including Sales, Customer Service, IT, Supply Chain/Logistics, Franchisees, Financial Services, Marketing, Human Resources, Plant Managers, Engineers, DC Managers, Operations Managers, Retail Managers, Product Manufacturers / Suppliers / Buyers, Pharmacists, Bankers, Presidents, Entrepreneurs, College Students, CEO’s, CIO’s, CTO’s, and CFO’s. He has spoken at events for Wal-Mart’s current suppliers, and its direct competitors, who are interested in improving their ability to compete successfully in a Wal-Mart World!
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