Once a homless person, he launched three successful international businesses and is now President of a University Foundation
A successful entrepreneur and gifted public speaker of many years, Frank is sought after by companies and associations when they are looking to deliver an powerful message about success against the obstacles of life. His message resonates with audiences who have been through the upheaval of major changes or are facing the uncertainties of change or daunting obstacles such as tougher competition, new demands, restructuring and personal challenges. He gets them focussed on dealing with their challenges, and more than that, on prevailing over them.
Audiences respond to him because he knows about the obstacles of life
In his early teens, Frank O'Dea's life went off the rails into a downward spiral. Within a few years, he was living in 50-cent-a-night flop houses in Toronto's bowery district where just surviving was about all one could do in a day. At 23 years of age, with the courage to hope for a better life, and the spirit to forge ahead, Frank began the long road back. Fighting all of those obstacles that hold back the homeless, the impoverished and the destitute, he overcame and rejoined society. Then, if that were not enough, he turned that same determination to the obstacles of life that challenges all of us. Within a few short years became an award winning salesperson, started a small business selling coin sorters, managed a successful federal political campaign and co-founded The Second Cup, which became a national chain of gourmet coffees and teas.
Audiences pay attention because Frank has done it more than once.
After selling The Second Cup to a big company with a big checkbook in 1985, he went on to help in the founding of Proshred Security, a company that pioneered the entire industry of on-site document destruction. He led this company to become an international organization with operations in Canada, Europe and the United States. At the same time, with others, he was instrumental in the founding of Samaritan Air, in 1989, the region's first private, single-purpose air ambulance service.
Audiences want to hear more.
In the mid 80s he co-founded Street Kids International, an organization developed to help homeless children in third world countries, through education and self-reliance programs. A few years later, he became the Founding Chair of War Child , an organization that provides assistance against suffering and abuse of children in war affected countries. Continuing on the international scene, and at the request of the Government, and support from Colin Powell and Kofi Annan, Frank co-founded the Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world. With the support of Sir Paul McCartney, Frank went on the initiate that organization's most successful fund raising program, "Night of a Thousand Dinners", with participation of some 30,000 thousand people from countries around the world. Frank's achievements are, of course, a work in progress.
And they learn
They learn Frank's simple formula - The three keys that unlocked success for him. And they learn how they can use this formula for themselves, and overcome their own obstacles. They come away, inspired and empowered with the tools they can begin to use right away.
Frank is currently the President of Royal Roads University Foundation and is the CEO of ARXX, the largest manufacturer of ICF in America. He is married with two daughters, and spends much of his time piloting his own plane between business meetings and public appearances all over the country.