Professional Baseball Player and Motivational Speaker, Jim Abbott, to Deliver Wednesday Keynote at IWFC 2013

June 12th, 2013 by Editor

Jim Abbott July 1, 2008Jim Abbott, professional baseball player and motivational speaker, will deliver the Wednesday keynote address at the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (IWFC) at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., on September 18, 2013. He is scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. about how to overcome obstacles and challenges with his speech “ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity.”

According to Abbott, “Going through life with a few extra challenges has made me a better person, not better than anyone else but better than I would have been. I’ve learned that sometimes adversity can be a good thing.”

Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Mich., without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan, won the Sullivan Award in 1987, was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988 and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Abbott played for 10 seasons on four different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Abbott lives by the philosophy that you should, “find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart.” This positive ideology and other personal experiences will be highlighted during his keynote address.

“The challenge for me as a professional speaker has been to try and formulate a common language. The word that I have come up with is ADAPT (Adjustability-Determination-Accountability-Perseverance-Trust). To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym; you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way,” says Abbott.

In addition to Abbott’s keynote address, IWFC will feature educational seminars dedicated to window film dealers and installers as well as the International Window Film Tint-Off Automotive and Architectural competitions.

Auto Glass Week™ 2013 will also be held concurrently with IWFC and will consist of informative seminars, an Exhibition/Extravaganza area with suppliers, the eighth annual GlasWeld Windshield Repair Olympics in Honor of Walt Gorman and the eighth annual NordGlass Auto Glass Technician Olympics.

You do not want to miss out on the largest international event dedicated to the window film industry. Register now to join us in Tampa!

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