Keynote Speaker - Zach Clements

Zach Clements

DR. ZACHARIE J. CLEMENTS

A professional speaker for more than 44 years, Dr. Clements’ work has put him in the company of such speakers as President Gerald Ford, Jesse Jackson, Dan Rather, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Henry Kissinger, and Barbara Walters. Yet this respected, much sought-after speaker endured an orphaned, Depression Era childhood in an African-American and Italian ghetto. He's been through it all — loss of his parents, poor performance early in his public school career and the constant lure of the rackets that flourished openly in his neighborhood.

But Zach’s indomitable will to succeed was nourished by love and wisdom from his immigrant grandparents, and inspiration and encouragement from his teachers, who started him on the road to respect for learning. As he proudly states,” If it weren't for American public schools, I wouldn't be where I am today.” He has earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of New York at Albany, and a second Master's and a Doctorate from the University of Buffalo.

A former full-professor at the University of Vermont, Zach has also taught intermediate through high school English, biology, history and reading. He is the author of two highly successful reading series. His most recent book, Truisms, Laughter and Contemplation for Road Warriors was published in 2011.

Eagerly embracing life, Zach has also been a cook, lifeguard, camp director, football coach, laborer, truck driver, insurance salesman, U. S. Marine and a musician appearing on American Bandstand in 1960. As versatile in leisure, he enjoys cooking, jogging and golf. Proud parents and grandparents, Zach and his wife, Cynthia, recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.