REG ATHWAL, FPSA, GSF
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Entrepreneur, Family Business Board Advisor, World-Renowned Certified Public Speaker, TV Host, Author and Angel Investor
Reg Athwal is the Executive Chairman of The Athwal Organization & Family Office (TAO Legacy Inc.), and is the Founder, Chairman & MD of RTS Global Partners (RTS: https://www.rtsgp.com) and the Family Business Academy (http://www.familybusiness.academy) with 4 Operating Solution Areas: Advisory, Education, Technology and Investments. RTS provides transformational family business solutions delivered predominately to Family Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs and is the largest firm in the AMEA region, delivering solutions with a team of 18 Executives, Global Certified Partners, Corporate Staff & Consultants spread across Africa, Middle East & Asia, with the HQ in Dubai-UAE.
RTS has a big vision to open RTS Global Licensed Partner Offices in 150 cities by 2033. Athwal is currently retained as a Global Trusted Executive Advisor by many entrepreneurs and family businesses, which he strategically supports via the Global Partners at ‘RTS’ with their respective clients. He has advised 128 family business groups to date from 1st to 12th generation. His philosophy is built upon One Family – One Legacy, by putting Family First to drive harmony and unity for any family who operates a business.
Prior to becoming a leading authority in human capital management and a trusted strategic executive advisor to Family Operating/Owned Businesses and many CEOs, Athwal has built numerous start-up and fast-growth businesses since the age of 17, and bounced back from bankruptcy at the age of 21 to build his first million-dollar company by age 26. Athwal comes from a family business blood-line, started in India in 1919 by his Grandfather.
He is a World Certified Public Speaker (1 of 500 globally), the Past President of the ‘Professional Speakers Association’ of the United Kingdom, Fellow Member of the ‘Professional Speakers Association’ and the Founding Chairman & Past President of the ‘Professional Speakers Association’ of the Middle East. His personal success stories, case studies, extensive research and best practices have been shared to thousands of students at Harvard Business School, Oxford University, The University of Chicago, Hult International Business School, SP Jain Institute of Management, MIT College of Management, Indian School of Business, Cranfield University, Oshwal Community, Lagos Business School and hundreds of other schools.
He is the creator of the ‘RTS Family Business Governance Framework’, the ‘Family Business Toolbox’, and the ‘Unleash Your DNA’ international brand incorporating ‘The DNA Profiling & Dream Team Models’ and expanding series of Keynote Speeches, Masterclasses, Online Forums and Business Advisory Services. Over 3 million people and over 500,000 MDs/CEOs/GMs have been through his ‘Family Business Forums’ and ‘Unleash Your DNA’ private sessions and listened to his talks in 65 countries since 2002.
Athwal is an approved expert resource and speaker to the world’s most influential and private CEO organizations to include: Vistage International, The Academy for Chief Executives (ACE), The Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), The World Presidents Organization (WPO), Family Business Network (FBN), Capital Club and The CEO Clubs. Athwal is a world-class expert advisor, keynote speaker, moderator and facilitator for prominent gatherings to include: Family Next-Generation Forums, Private Family Group Gatherings, Awards Ceremonies, Executive Conferences, International Congresses and Royal Family Addresses. In addition, he has held numerous strategic leadership roles for the DIFC, Dubai SME, DFM & Financial Times for their Family Forums and Family Business Programs.
Since 2006, Athwal has personally chaired and facilitated 2,000 Board Meetings and Family Forums globally for his clients and recently in 2016, completed a record 13 city event tour in 16 days across South Asia, impacting over 1,000 family firms.
He is also a bestselling author of numerous books and writes regular articles on ‘Family Business Governance’ for leading business publications. His latest book ‘Unleash Your Family Business DNA – Building A Family Legacy That Lasts Generations’ was published globally in Sep’ 2017 (http://www.familybusinessdna.com) after completing research for 15+ years on global family businesses and succession planning. Athwal is also a media presenter and business content creator of numerous TV shows broadcasted on airlines. (Visit: http:///www.regathwal.tv to subscribe to his new YouTube Family Business Channel for the latest content and new TV shows for family businesses).
In 2016 Athwal was honoured with the ‘Disruptive Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ at the ‘SME World Forum’ for building a new business model in the professional services sector and for the social impact made to family businesses.
Athwal is a British-Indian born national, married, a proud father of four children and commutes frequently between his homes and offices in both Windsor-UK and Dubai-UAE. He is passionate about family business, entrepreneurship, education, football (soccer) and art. When he is not working or with family, you will find him reading or meditating
Speech Menu (Book Reg Athwal for a Speaking Engagement or Private Family Forum or Family Board Meeting):
Live Speech & Media Videos:
Visit http://www.regathwal.tv to watch over 50+ videos and show episodes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLvZC_E0l8c (Family Business Executive Forum | Duration: 12:06)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UX5Tw2C31Y (Family Business Conference | Duration: 15:26)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4qdRtrXFiI (Leadership Congress | Duration: 05:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZXYEsyYAMw (TV Network Interview | Duration: 26:47)
What delegates and clients are saying about Reg Athwal and his expertise:
“Reg is truly a great thinker of our times. He has done lost of extensive global research, when you hear him; things become clear on many issues. Most importantly it is delivered in easy English therefore simple to understand and simple to implement.” Vikram Shroff, CEO, United Phosphorous, India
“Reg Athwal is a business sage for our times. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a family chairman of a major family business you need to find a way to connect with Reg to hear his rare blend of wisdom and practical advice. A seasoned businessman himself, his work with clients consistently achieves rapid bottom line results. Based in Dubai-Middle East, Reg travels the world sharing his spirit, energy and enthusiasm with those wise enough to secure his services.” Matt Crabtree, Founder & Managing Director, Positive Momentum Limited, UK
“Reg was an outstanding chairman at Event 360 Middle East. I have managed a number of corporate b2b conferences over the last 3 years in Dubai, and can honestly say that Reg is the best chairman I have ever worked with. Reg had a great speaking style, had great energy, fantastic insights to share and was really able to engage with our delegate audience at all times. I would highly recommend anyone in working with Reg, who always retained a high level of professionalism at all times.” Jennie Bishop, Senior Conference Manager, IIR Middle East, Dubai, UAE
“Reg is a true professional who walks his talk. He has the natural ability to help people create new possibilities and turn their ideas into reality. I love his speaking style too – smooth, energetic and full of substance. I look forward to working with Reg for many years to come and making sure our speaking industry is a success for the next generation of professional speakers who want to generate succeed.” Nigel Risner, UK’s Leading Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author of ‘The Impact Code’
“Very informative and entertaining with great personal stories that are relevant to the message. Your presentation on building a dream team reminds entrepreneurs and family business owners, to use their strengths instead of thinking they can do it all. Upon my return I immediately shared your presentation with our manager of human potential to recruit the missing players for each of our business unit teams.” Kristopher S. Flint, CFO, Two West Inc., USA
“It was a pleasure to meet you and see you in action last week. I’ve been in events for over 10 years, have hosted hundreds of global conferences for very (very) big international companies, working with thousands of speakers, and I have to say you were one of the best, if not the best speaker I have come across!” Naomi Jones, Corporate Business Development Manager, Blue Banana, Dubai, UAE
“Reg has interesting philosophies on creating large and successful family businesses. He helped me figure out a couple of competencies that my Senior Leadership Team was lacking. I would definitely recommend all entrepreneurs and family firms to give him a hearing and learn from his philosophies on building a family business legacy.” Rahul Munjal, CEO, Easy Bill Limited (A Hero Group Company), India
“Reg Athwal is THE most get-up-and-go person I know. I would class Reg as one of those people that I learn from every time I meet him. He is always inspirational, totally professional, has great ideas and follows them through. He is also one of the best networkers I know and is always willing to share his experiences, whether in the UK, UAE or worldwide, to help us as fellow speakers. I consider it an absolute pleasure and gift to know and work with Reg – oh and he’s a thoroughly nice guy too!” Lesley Everett, Leading Authority in Personal Branding and Bestselling Author of Walking Tall and Drop Dead Brilliant, UK & USA
“Vistage (previously TEC International) is a membership organization for Chief Executives, with over 10,000 members worldwide. Expert Speakers who speak to Members at monthly regional meetings are a fundamental part of TEC. Reg Athwal was referred to the Chair community in March 2002 and has to date delivered over 100 successful sessions, holding a performance average of 91%. Typical feedback from our Chairmen and Members has included: excellent presentation; lots of new ideas and practical proposition; very practical and relevant; a most inspiring session; excellent practical “hands on” ideas were shared; outstanding; excellent delivery – good level of interaction and examples. As a result of this consistent and outstanding performance Reg has been nominated for numerous awards from 2002 onwards from a database of over 100 different expert speakers. Reg is well respected at Vistage and passionate about his work with us.” Robert Drew, CEO, Vistage International, UK
“Reg is a truly world class speaker on family business and entrepreneurship. He is innovative, inspirational and adds massive value in every situation – whether one to one or addressing an audience of thousands. He has built a tremendous body of materials, tools and processes with which to serve his clients. These are built on detailed research and powerful insights gained from working with his global clients.” Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future, International Speaker & Best-Selling Author, UK
“Reg Athwal has inspired many Family Business Owners & CEOs in The Academy for Chief Executives and beyond with his passionate presentation on hiring, evaluating, developing and retaining the best people. He is lively and highly practical: he oozes ideas that take us beyond the normal boundaries of people selection and management. Reg is a key partner in The Academy community as he lives our values of compassion, courage, curiosity and integrity – he has become a top people management advisor to us all! Sue Cheshire, Managing Director, The Academy for Chief Executives, UK
“In the very first session I got one very valuable tool from Reg. This helped me tremendously in creating a Performance Profile template for my senior team and has since supported me in evaluating them accordingly. Moreover, as a result of Reg’s continuous support he has made all my managers more focused on the strategic objectives in a very simple way in our family business. Reg is very intelligent speaker and a great presenter – I could not sleep in his presentation because he kept my full attention.” Monther Saeed, Director, United Carton Industries Company, Saudi Arabia
“Reg is a fantastic speaker with great insights. I will never repeat or make those ‘management’ mistakes again, a real mind opener.” Saqib Y. Tapal, Managing Director, Gulf Training Solutions, Bahrain
“Reg your talk helped me see a very different perspective to life. To me it was the highlight of my University and I remember skipping a tour to the Palm Island just so I could attend your talk for the second time, which was worth it because of the content you delivered and your energy.” J S (Monty) Sabharwal, CEO, Sparage, India
“The presentation made by Reg Athwal was the best in four years of visiting Universities for me. Our Chapter really admired the presentation and the extra personal advice we got from him during “after-party” hours. His ideas helped me to work out concepts for a couple of new businesses that I am launching now. These ideas definitely inspired by him during the presentation are so daring that it was very easy for me to find partners and investors for those startups – thank you Reg.” Mikhail Kupriyanov, CEO, Nord Systems, Russia
“We have utilized Reg’s process for succession planning and building our dream team with great success. I have also enjoyed both courses that he taught.” Douglas D. Mandell, Founder, Mandell Law Group, USA
“Reg takes you out of your comfort zone with thought provoking questions and then gives you the tools needed to face the challenges it unravels. He has a great speaking style and approach.” Anju Rupal, COO, Finaxis AG, Switzerland
“His common sense process and tools were immediately applied to the “people development” practices we have in our company, thus strengthening our ability to better hire, train and retain A-players. His dynamic energy and presentation skills made him one of the most popular speakers with the common denominator: high takeaway value.” Alan M. Peterson, Jr., President/CEO, The Peterson Group, Inc. USA
“I first heard Reg speak as our guest speaker at Vistage (Group for CEO’s) and I was extremely impressed, and have since had Reg visit our Company, Cross Refrigeration, on two occasions. We have found the content of Reg’s presentations lively, energetic, very interesting and have gained valuable insights into building our ‘Dream Team’ and getting our business structures in place from the ground up in order to develop and grow the family business. I would strongly recommend Reg as a speaker who has a fresh and innovative style and who leaves a lasting impression. Thank you.” Andrew Nesbitt, Group Managing Director, Cross Refrigeration, Northern Ireland
“Reg did a wonderful job at the conference I attended and I enjoyed so much that I went to 2 of his presentations. He was very engaging and kept everyone on their toe’s telling great stories that reinforced the points he was making. He definitely has valuable family business concepts to share.” Gregory D’Amico, CEO, Efficience, LLC, USA
“I heard Reg talk about the same issues that have kept me busy in my company for 12 years, personnel issues – how to find and retain the best people and how to best self manage yourself. His comments were very much in sync with my own experience and his suggestions and advice I could fully support.” Karl H. Funke, President & CEO, Multitest Elektronische Systeme GmbH, Germany
“Reg’s seminar got me excited about going back into my business and making better decisions. It reminded me about going back to the basics, my executive team and how to structure it. Without that great foundation it is hard to build. Reg is a great story teller and his seminar keeps you riveted as well as being full of amazing take home value.” Stacie Parker Shonfeld, CEO, Boz spirits, Inc / 267 Infusions, USA
“For the last calendar year of the Chapter you’ve received the highest rating of all the speakers we had and I thoroughly enjoyed it even after attending the similar sessions you delivered at the University. As a matter of fact having key administrators attend was the best eye opener for the whole team, since you succinctly presented something that I have been preaching for a very long time but it was great to have an external professional speaker to have delivered the message.” Mohanned K. Al-Anni, Learning Chair, Chapter & VP, Gulf University, Bahrain
“I generally like to see a variety of speakers during a University Program, but Reg’s first session on hiring and managing people was so “right on” that I attended two additional sessions with Reg. Bonus: Reg does a great impersonation of his Indian father!” Daniel E. Richards, President & CEO, Insight Services Inc., USA
“It is not very often that you meet someone who looks the part and can live up to that perception, but Reg definitely can. There is no doubt that you can learn so much from Reg, particularly in the areas of family business, human capital development and public speaking. Reg is a pleasure to be with. He is a lovely genuine guy that I recommend most highly.” Simon Warman-Freed, Founder & CEO, Xploit International, UK
“I met Reg Athwal through the Professional Speakers Association in 2003 and ever since then we have shared a great deal of fantastic experiences. Today, I would class Reg as one of the closest allies and friends in my business life and regard him as a true professional. Reg has a great deal of knowledge and a huge thirst to develop people even further and to put others before himself. He tends to work very quickly and is an enormous outside the box thinker, which in my opinion is the key to his great success as a speaker and entrepreneur. I keep hearing his name everywhere I go, which is a sign of someone who is really succeeding in our business.” Craig Goldblatt, UK’s Fast Track 100 Sales Speaker
“There are many so called ‘speaker’ experts in the world; few if any are recognized authorities or people who have been there, done that and are currently making it happen. From time to time though a few professional speakers of integrity emerge from the masses of wanna be’s out there to deliver wisdom and substance that novice and experienced speakers can take, use and make money from immediately. Reg is one of those people on the conference circuit that I rate, respect and recommend as a valuable resource to you in your pursuit to double or triple your income.” Philip Allen, UK’s Leading Marketing Consultant for Professional Speakers
“My first meeting with Reg lasted only 90 minutes, in that time Reg opened up 40 new income streams for me that I could generate from my already successful speaking business and best-selling book ‘The Beermat Entrepreneur’. What made the biggest impact was Reg’s extensive international contact list. Reg introduced me to some influential contacts that have helped me make the right connections in the USA, which has really accelerated the marketing of our new book ‘The Boardroom Entrepreneur’. Reg is a complete professional and I am honored to know and work with him.” Mike Southon, UK Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Co-author of The Beermat Entrepreneur
“Reg is someone who doesn’t just talk about achieving his goals – he’s gets on and just does it. I have known Reg for almost two years as a Fellow Member of the Professional Speakers Association – an organization for which he does so much for the benefit of so many. Despite being so focused and driven, he is a genuine, honest, warm and encouraging person who really does inspire you. He has lost it all and won it back several times over and, when you meet him and certainly hear him speak, you can see why.” Séan Brickall, UK’s Leading Publicity Communications Expert and International Speaker
“I have always enjoyed listening to Reg present. His inspirational family business stories and lessons are awesome and profound. I particularly enjoy his ability to teach others how to become better speakers and presenters. I would therefore promote and recommend Reg to anyone who wants to know about and learn about speaking and presenting.” Jeoff Haskins, Entrepreneur, UK
“Reg walks his talk and what more can you say for someone who delivers such a fantastic public message.” Dave Clarke, Entrepreneur, UK
“Reg is a larger than life character who I respect as a great inspirational business speaker and thought leader on family business human potential and its development. I have seen him lift the energy of audiences large and small with his dynamic style and challenging ideas. One to one, he is professional, warm and insightful.” Bob Hayward, Entrepreneur, UK
“There is no better Speaker and kinder person than Reg Athwal. When Reg speaks to a crowd his message truly sinks in and penetrates deep inside hearts and minds. Few can speak with such passion and such depth so young. Personally I think Reg is a rare one on this small planet of ours. Only Connect.” Thomas Power, Founder & Chairman, Ecademy and Bestselling Author, UK
“It is without hesitation I recommend Reg. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and getting to know him over time. He is driven and inspirational. His lust for life and being your best is highly contagious, and I especially applaud his ability to work under very tight deadlines.” Christine Korda, Event Planner, Ecademy, UK
“I’ve known Reg Athwal for approximately 10 years, and it has been a pleasure to make his acquaintance. Reg has awesome energy. He brings energy, drive and extraordinary focus to everything he tackles. He has generously encouraged me and others that I know, to achieve more than we expect and brings out our hidden talents. He is much to be admired.” Tessa Hood, Owner, Changing Gear Limited, UK
“Reg is a guy who you immediately respond to: first emotionally – his messages come straight from the heart; second, rationally – this emotion is linked to bottom line sense; and finally, spiritually – his values are driven by a strong spiritual influence that makes Reg’s messages inspirational. I am glad to have met Reg. He has coloured my life already.” Michael McNulty, Entrepreneur, UK
“I have now known Reg for over 10 years and he is one of the most highly respected people in my network. As a keynote speaker he is at the top of his field. Each time I have seen Reg speak, everyone has gone away with something positive to do as a result and been gripped by the experience. Reg is also genuinely warm and generous and always looks to give to others.” Andy Lopata, Bestselling Author of ‘…and Death Came Third’
“As a member of the Board of Directors of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) UK, I saw Reg’s work with MPI UK, and also as a client I attended excellent speaking engagements that he ran extremely professionally. They were edifying sessions and well worth attending.” Ray Thackeray, Company Owner, Events Expert, UK
“Reg is one of life’s good guys. He genuinely wants to help people and is caring and supportive. Add to that his infectious enthusiasm and his clarity of views and you really do benefit from working with Reg. He is a superb speaker and workshop leader who provides thought provoking and entertaining talks that give you practical ideas you can put into use straight away.” Graham Jones, Past President, Professional Speaking Association, UK
“Reg is a model and a great mentor to anyone who wants to develop as a professional speaker and entrepreneur.” Rod Sloane, Expert Speaker, UK
“On first meeting Reg, I was impressed by his presentation capabilities, raw energy and enthusiasm in building value in a business. He is an entrepreneurial character, with a high degree of professionalism and a rare ability to be an excellent communicator at all levels. I would not hesitate to use his services and am confident in his proven ability to deliver results.” Robert Symons, Talent Management Expert, Stepstone Solutions, UK
“Reg is among the top International Speakers that I have ever worked with. He is a World Leading Authority in Family Business DNA & Human Potential Development. Hiring staff can make or break your company. It is far too important to leave to chance. Learn how to do it right by booking Reg Athwal for a Keynote.” Agnes G. Fitzgerald, Owner, Emerald Speakers Bureau, UK
“Reg walks his talk. He was one of the inspirations behind me becoming a professional speaker. Living and believing what he speaks about. Definitely one of the best professional contacts I have and a good friend as well.” David McQueen, Expert Trainer and Coach, UK
“Reg is a very good, very charismatic, speaker who is able to connect with the audience and draw from experiences from his own life. You will come away with ideas that you can apply to your own life.” Ellis Pratt, Business Owner, UK
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Reg in various ways over the past 20 years. His drive, ambition and ethical nature in which he deals with life and work is second to none. His ability to deliver his message in ways for the masses to understand is indeed a gift. Reg walks his talk!” Steve Rock, Owner, Bestselling Author of ‘Failing Your Way to Success’, UK & South Africa
“Reg came to the Professional Speaking industry like a breath of fresh air and became President in record time and the youngest to be ever elected. His personal family business history is packed with both success and failure, and it his ability to learn from the past to create a more successful future that inspires audiences. If you get a chance to hear Reg speak don’t miss it, your will definitely learn something that will help you to be more successful.” Rikki Arundel, Founding Member and Past President of PSA UK
“For most CEOs, the management of human capital is one of the important and biggest challenges, probably on par with strategy. So on behalf of our members, we were looking for an excellent high quality expert on the subject of human capital and talent management. Reg Athwal came highly recommended to deliver his master class for Family Business Owners & CEOs on ‘Unleashing Your Human Capital DNA’. Our members wanted to gain more insights into selection of people and interviewing techniques. We got much more than we bargained for! Reg introduced us to his ‘Human Capital Lifecycle’. We were exposed to the entire gamut of issues right from attracting the right talent – selection criterion and interview techniques to performance management and training and development. The presentation was highly interesting and interactive. The tools and techniques presented were laced with lots of family business examples and tips from his personal experiences. Apart from that there were occasions where we burst out with laughter due to the humorous quips by him. At the conclusion – the take home for most members was that they had a lot of fun and learnt very useful theory but more important practical tips and insights into probably one of the most challenging areas – finding, attracting, hiring and managing the right people for one’s business. IT IS VERY RARE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A SUCH AN EXPERT – WITH EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND DESIRE TO SHARE FROM HIS REPERTOIRE. REG LEFT LAGOS A FRIEND OF EVERY OWNER IN THE ROOM!” Maneesh Garg, Learning Chair, Young Presidents Organization of Nigeria