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Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs Motivational Speaker from Sidney, OH

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  • Member Since 2011
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Guy is a published Motivational Speaker on four primary topics: Leadership; Teamwork; Humility, Forgiveness in Adversity *** Learn the keys to the greatest leadership/teamwork imaginable, that in the prison camps of North Vietnam *** Leadership: When It Is Hard to Lead Being a leader when all are dependent on you for their very life and mental stability It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Teddy Roosevelt, Man in the Arena *** Teamwork: When the Going Gets Tough Superior lessons on doing things together as a team based on experience in very difficult conditions Now this is the Law of the Jungle – as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. As the vine that girdles the tree trunk, the Law runneth forward and back – For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. Rudyard Kipling, Second Jungle Book *** Learn the keys to forgiving my captors ... A storm of harsh treatment followed quickly. My captors beat me, humiliated me, spit on me. They tortured me. They killed my friend for no reason. They hardly fed us. They treated us worse than dogs. Bugs and worms and rats were everywhere. It was hell on earth... No one can imagine what it was like to shiver from cold, or to sweat from heat for days on end. No one can imagine being kicked and beaten and hung by ropes. No one can imagine the filth and the lack of medical care. Six out of every seven of us died, and I was ready to go at any moment... I prayed: God save me from my sins. Save me hating... God answered... Can you imagine being happy and joyful in a prison camp? Can you imagine having peace of mind, not knowing if you were going to live or die that day? Can you imagine praying for those who kicked you, beat you, fed you bread with rat excrement in it and water with worms in it? *** Finding God In Prison Camp: Locked Up With God How I found my God in the prison camps of North Vietnam Recent Corporate Clients/Sponsors (keynote or primary speaker) include: GMAC Noria Corporation Shell Oil Corp. Southern Electric Corporation Care Source MBC Holdings (Const) Burkhart Insurance A to Z Meats ILCA (National Insurance Loss Control Association) There have been numerous speeches given this past year to schools, military bases, and churches domestic and overseas (>35). Guy Gruters is an F-100 Fighter Pilot and former Prisoner of War (POW), who specializes in Forgiveness/Teamwork/Leadership/Conversion themes. He speaks positively and enthusiastically on lessons learned during the more than five years he spent as a POW in North Vietnamese Communist prison camps, on his more than four hundred combat missions flown in South and North Vietnam before capture, and on business and family experiences after release. He was awarded more than 30 combat medals, including two silver stars, two distinguished flying crosses, two bronze stars for heroism, two purple hearts, and 20 air medals. His fighter aircraft was shot down twice over North Vietnam. He was rescued by Jolly Green helicopters after the first ejection and captured after the second. The suffering in prison camp was intense, 24/7, year after year without any end in sight. Time crawled. Six out of seven men in Guy's situation were tortured to death or killed in one way or another by the Russians and North Vietnamese during those years. Guy describes the various aspects of his combat and prison camp experiences, ranging from the specific conditions of imprisonment to individual tales of heroic courage and leadership, in his recent book, "Locked Up With God." Upon return to the United States, Guy was a successful CEO of a computer business for 13 years, then Director and VP-MIS for billion dollar corporations. Guy and his wife, Sandy, who waited faithfully for six years until his return from Vietnam, raised seven children and survived twenty-five family moves throughout the US during those years. These varied and successful real world experiences have enabled Guy to effectively address many hundreds of business, church and military audiences throughout the United States and overseas over the past fifteen years.


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Review by Benjamin M.

Veteran's Day PartyReviewed on August 13, 2023From Marion, OH

Guy spoke at our veterans event which was attended by over 800 people. It's an annual event and we've had many speakers in the past including Medal of Honor recipients. Guy's speech was so impactful to everyone in attendance that the day after we've had many people emailing and calling our company praising his presentation. That has never happened before. Guy has an incredible story to tell and it is a testament to character and faith of Guy Gruters. We're thrilled he will be speaking for our group in Michigan in September!

Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs:

Dear Benjamin, Thank you so much for the really beautiful and kind review!!! Sandy and I were beyond impressed with your family, company and employees, and with your incredible annual program for our veterans… Thank you again and we are really looking forward to Michigan!!! Very Respectfully and God Bless, Guy & Sandy

Review by Ryan B.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on October 20, 2022From New Albany, IN

Guy has a great story to tell, and everyone enjoyed hearing it. It was a pleasure to meet him. I would recommend Guy to anyone looking for a speaker.

Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs:

Ryan - THANK YOU for the kind evaluation, really enjoyed working with you and speaking to your people!!! God Bless and Thanks Again! Guy

Review by David K.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on September 14, 2022From Dayton, OH

Capt. Guy Gruters was a pleasure to work with and his time spent with us was full of amazing stories of great heroism and humility. I would highly recommend booking Capt. Gruters for any event you may be thinking of.

Capt. Guy D. Gruters, Fighter Pilot, P.O.W. 5 Yrs:

David, Thank you so much for the really outstanding review! Wow! You have sincerely been a real pleasure to work with throughout the entire process and I really appreciated the opportunity to speak frankly with such a group of real world aviation professionals?????? Again, Very Respectfully Thankful and God Bless, Guy

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Upcoming Events

October 5, 2023 • Meeting
Thu11:00 AM - 11:45 AM West Portsmouth, OH

Past Events

September 19, 2023 • Convention
Tue6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Indianapolis, IN
August 30, 2023 • Corporate Function
Wed11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lancaster, OH
August 13, 2023 • Veteran's Day Party
Sun12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Marion, OH
October 20, 2022 • Corporate Function
Thu6:30 AM - 7:15 AM New Albany, IN
September 14, 2022 • Corporate Function
Wed10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Dayton, OH
July 10, 2022 • Church Service
Sun9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Tulsa, OK
April 20, 2022 • Corporate Function
Wed1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Columbus, OH
November 12, 2020 • Community Event
Thu6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Columbus, IN
January 19, 2019 • Corporate Function
Sat8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Dublin, OH
September 21, 2018 • Hotel Event
Fri6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Muncie, IN
September 20, 2018 • Meeting
Thu1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Geneva, WI
June 14, 2018 • Corporate Function
Thu12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Dubuque, IA

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