About Our Firm
Speakers Need Champions
The dictionary defines a champion as someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc. In the relatively invisible world of the speaking industry, even great speakers get lost. The right champion can carve a path to success. That’s why our mission is to spot innate talent, harness powerful messages, unlock performance potential, and make the speaking world aware of the precious talent at our fingertips.
Event Professionals and Speaking Agents Need Champions, Too
This is not your grandfather’s speaking world. The bar has been raised, with organizations demanding an elite level of performance and effectiveness from their keynote speakers; there is just too much at stake to accept anything less. With speaking agents now acting as strategic partners, there must be an assurance that the world-class speakers we book are of the highest quality and value to the organizations we partner with.
Who We Are
Nextup Speaker Management is that champion. We provide the expertise that the speaking world demands. Nextup works intimately with the best business speakers to consistently deliver remarkable speaking experiences. We partner closely with speaker agents and event organizers, demanding the highest level of speaker preparation before the event, impressive performances at the event, and excellent after-action activities following the event.
CEO of Nextup
Mike studied computer science at the University of Maryland, but when he was asked to run one of the largest university entertainment organizations in the country, he found his true calling. In 1989, he moved to representing speakers and has worked with the spectrum of cool, distinguished, and world-changing speakers throughout the years. The names on his list include Carl Sagan, Jimmy Carter, Peter Drucker, Malcolm Gladwell, Queen Latifa, Hunter S. Thompson, Desmond Tutu, Ed Bradley, Clay Christensen, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.
Mike has been involved in public service his whole life, from organizing programs for homeless shelters in Washington DC, to leading ministries at his church, to coaching your track and field, to his most resent elected position of Coucilman in his hometown of Clinton, New Jersey.
Intensely curious and hyper-creative, Mike has grown the careers of numerous speakers, helping them develop several best-selling books and keeping his speakers on the leading-edge of speaking topics and thought-leadership.
Business Development Director
A ‘thinker’ and innately curious person, Eric is one of the most exciting new speaker executives in the industry.
His potential emerged early on, entering high school at twelve years old and college at sixteen. He earned dual degrees in Economics and Finance at Seton Hall University, then his MBA at Rutgers University Business School.
He launched his career with Prudential, starting as an Investment Analyst and growing to become Assistant Vice President US Business Development & Client Relations. Community service has always been a passion for Eric, volunteering at organizations such as the Elks Lodge of Mount Arlington (NJ).
Eric is at his best when working closely with clients, helping them find solutions that meet all of their needs.