Nels Ross and Richie Derwald are The UP Guys (see VIDEOS) – acclaimed speakers, teaching artists, entertainers, and emcees who uplift and empower:
• Wellness, Mental Health, Growth, Change, Creativity
• Staff Development, Team Building, Unity in Diversity
• Managing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions
• Fun for Conferences, Conventions, and More
They work solo, duo, and with other keynote speakers, motivational speakers, school presenters, corporate entertainers, and talents.
Both have inspired audiences for 20+ years – Nels as an educator, clean comedian, and juggler; Richie as a singer, impersonator, and “The Mental Health NUT.”
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"FUNdamentals for a Bright Future"
With The UP Guys
The UP Guys share how FUN supports "da mental,” including wellness, mental health, and growth, for individuals and organizations. Their model reflects proven for-profit, non-profit, and other training, such as the Improvise » Adapt » Overcome » Win model. It is evidence-based edutainment on core foundations and mindsets, described as "TED Talks meets America’s Got Talent!”
Foundations – Values, Relationships, Purpose, Creative Outlets
Mindsets – Positive, Present, Purposeful, Playful
About The UP Guys
Nels Ross and Richie Derwald are The UP Guys – a complement to "normal" corporate, keynote, and motivational speakers. They have uplifted people for 20+ years – Nels as an educator, comedian, and juggler; Richie as a singer, impersonator, and "The Mental Health NUT;" and both as founders of UP Team LLC and the Rotary-inspired nonprofit UPLFFT.
“NOTHING SHORT OF EXTRAORDINARY”
United States Air Force
"AMAZING… FANTASTIC… DELIGHTED EVERYONE!”
National Comedy Center
National Center for Education Research & Technology
"HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONFERENCE!"
Michigan Society of Professional Engineers
"YOU HAD EVERYONE IN STITCHES!"
Corning Museum of Glass
"CAPTIVATED EVERYONE... POWERFUL!!!"
Holiday Valley Resorts
"A SMASHING SUCCESS!"
Texas Association of Magicians
"FANTASTIC PRESENTATION... MARVELOUS!"
Association of California School Administrators
"20,000 FANS WERE DELIGHTED"
3M Company • Akzo Nobel • Albright-Knox Art Gallery • Allegheny College • American Heart Association • ArcelorMittal • Artpark • Association of California School Administrators • Benderson Development • BorgWarner • Buffalo Bisons • Buffalo Sabres • Buffalo State College • Calspan • Canisius College • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership • Chautauqua Institution • Cornell University • Corning Inc. • Corning Museum of Glass • Creative Problem Solving Institute • Daemen College • Dresser-Rand • Fisher-Price • Gold Wing Road Riders Association • H&R Block • Harley-Davidson • Holiday Valley Resorts • HSBC Bank • Independent Health • Ingram Micro • M&T Bank • Mack Trucks • Mental Health Association • Moog • Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute • National Center for Education Research & Technology • National Comedy Center • National Hockey League • Niagara Power Project • Niagara University • NYS Payroll Conference Association • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics • Peek ’n Peak Resort • Philips Healthcare • Praxair • Rich Products • Rochester Institute of Technology • Roswell Park Cancer Institute • Ryerson • Shea’s Performing Arts Center • Society of Professional Engineers • Strong National Museum of Play • Subway • Uniland Development • United States Air Force • University at Buffalo • Via Rail Canada • Volvo • 1,000+ Colleges & Schools • Who Reads This Stuff Anyway?
• Contrary to popular opinion, Nels and Richie are more than just idiots.
• Nels has a MEd; Richie, a “PHD” in Personal Humor Development.
• They started UPLFFT, a Rotary-inspired nonprofit for uplifting talents.
• Nels Ross Cremean goes by Nels Ross. It’s easier for him to remember.
• Richie was a pro wrestler and producer of a national TV show.
• They’ve worked across the U.S., Canada, the world… And other places.
• Their training includes theater, circus, and juggling nine kids.
• They appreciate their pro-love, pro-human friends and therapists.
Arts in Education • Assemblies • Clean Comedian • Corporate • Emcee • Entertainer • Keynote • Motivational • School Programs • Speaker • Staff Development • Team Building • Virtual