Keynote Speaker


Pete Folch: Speaker/Trainer Founder/President of Second Wind-Finish Strong, Inc. 

Pete Folch is an inspirational keynote speaker and accomplished trainer dedicated to teaching and motivating people and teams, to achieve peak performance and significance in their lives. Pete has a passion to help people discover renewed energy and re-discover their true potential …..and ultimately finish strong in the “race of life”.

Pete is a unique Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer authorized to present Zig Ziglar’s top 3 personal development programs as a keynote speech or as a classroom workshop. He is also a published co-author of “Ziglar Legacy – First Class All The Way.” As a professional contract trainer with Pryor Learning Solutions, Pete has conducted workshops all over the U.S.

Married over 27 years, Pete and his beautiful wife have two outstanding young adult children. During his 32 year career, Pete has been a leader in Restaurant Operations, Training, Leadership Development and Human Resources. His greatest career accomplishment: Revitalizing team energy and transforming the culture for 55,000+ employees in over 400 Olive Garden restaurants in the U.S. & Canada. Pete is also a Darden Brilliance Award Winner…which is the highest award recognition at Darden Restaurants (world’s largest casual dining company).

 Pete has coached athletes in the youth and professional settings, in multiple sports; including teaching sports camps in Italy!

 Pete has served as the Mental Strength and Conditioning coach for the Florida Flight semi-pro basketball team.

 An endurance athlete, Pete has run over 20 marathons, including the Boston Marathon! He completed the ultra-marathon distances of 50 kilometers, 50 miles and 100 kilometers!

 Pete enjoys motivating others to finish distances from 5K to the ultra-marathon distances. To date, he has coached and trained 32 runners (with little running background) to successful completion of their first half or full distance marathon!

 A fun communicator, Pete is known as the voice of “Rev Radio”, a professional motivational series of presentations for his past employer, Darden.

 He has served as the enthusiastic public address announcer for the Florida Flight semi-pro basketball team…and has even called games at the Orlando Amway Center (Home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic).

 As a board member for the Central Florida FCA, he received the 2011 Servant Leader Award.

With a focus on “Redefining the Possible,” Pete has tangibly helped hospitality and service organizations achieve record setting business results in 2016. With high integrity and excellent service he has trained and coached professionals in food service, health care, real estate, technology, education, coaching/consulting, church ministry, contractors, fitness/wellness, government and the military…as well as college/high school students. Known as positive, encouraging, inspiring and motivating … Pete thrives in helping others “finish strong”. Pete can help you catch a “second wind” for your business and personal goals.