Ash Grove R-IV High School
100 Maple Lane
Ash Grove, MO 65604
I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Blubaugh at a Veterans of Vietnam of America meeting this winter. I asked him to be a guest speaker for my high school Military History class and share his experiences in the Vietnam War. Tom was one of seven presenters this semester and he was by far the most eloquent, well prepared and profound. Mr. Blubaugh came into my class with a special mission. I could tell he was prepared to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of my students.
Approximately fifty years senior to my youngest student, Tom bridged generations within moments, discussing his life at their age in an entertaining and lesson-learning way. As he spoke directly to my students he connected with them while linking them to me through our student-to-teacher relationship. It was as though Tom and I had planned this message. This concept, to convince my students of my intentions to lead them to success and their need to follow my direction because I could be a positive agent of change in their lives. It was a message I would have loved to share, but it was something special coming from a third party. Tom made that possible to us. I was astounded by his ability to connect the entire room through his unique message about life, dedication, mistakes made and personal growth through courage.
I have every intention of working with Tom Blubaugh in the future. His knowledge and charisma make for a professional presentation that can reach all audiences. Tom is a multifaceted man who cares deeply for those he chooses to work with. If you choose to be among them you will not be disappointed. I will happily discuss his public speaking abilities further if need be.
Courtney E. Brown
Social Studies Teacher
Ash Grove R-IV High School
1LT, Platoon Leader/ Executive Officer
428th Transportation Company
United States Army Reserves
Tom Blubaugh is a wonderful speaker who has the ability to grab an audience with his words and keep them listening. When he spoke to Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers last spring, those in attendance enjoyed the story of how he came to write Night of the Cossack. Our writers were excited to hear how he pulled the story from his mind, wound it into his computer and it became a beautiful thing between the covers of a published book. I recommended Tom as a speaker for the Retired Railroaders Association and he did a great job there as well. Those folks could have listened to him another thirty minutes. Tom and his wife are my neighbors, but I would recommend him if were not. Tom is a multi-talented fellow and has a lot to share that people would like to hear.Ada Brownell, retired newspaper reporter, free lance writer and critique group chairperson for Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.
I have had the privilege of hearing Tom Blubaugh speak on a number of different occasions and have always found him to be interesting, informative and entertaining. He brings to each presentation a palette of colorful life experiences and a dry sense of humor, all used for illustration, education and communication. Tom has a zest for life, for communicating ideas, for writing, and for people and would be very comfortable in front of any group that I could imagine. Dan Jenkins, President Jericho Commission
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Tom Blubaugh for any public engagement opportunity. I have had the privilege of knowing Tom for 4 years and value him as a friend, author, and advisor. In May 2011 the elementary school in which I work, had the honor of hosting Tom Blubaugh for Career Day. Tom spoke to 4th and 5th grade students about his experiences in education and life. He did a wonderful job relating with the students. He is interactive, compassionate, and has a love for reaching out to others. The students responded well to Tom. I believe it is his sincerity and enthusiasm that attracts audience members and keeps them engaged. Tom is very reliable and respectable. He would be an exceptional addition to any educational environment. Alison J. Roffers, Guidance Counselor, Disney Elementary School, Springfield, MO
Tom Blubaugh is a gifted speaker. He is easy to understand and uses personal stories to drive home a point. He is kind and courteous and that comes across whenever he speaks. Tom is able to express genuine thoughts with sincerity. As a speaker he stays on point with the subject matter and it is easy to follow his train of thought. His humor is delightful and his wit is charming. I’m sure you will enjoy him as a speaker. Michael Allcorn, Treasurer Fishers of Men
When Tom Blubaugh came to speak to our homeschool group, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d not had much experience with author presentations before. I adored his book, Night of the Cossack, and wondered if he’d focus most of the presentation on it. Instead Tom spoke to the kids, whose ages varied from preschoolers to late teens, about his life, his mistakes, triumphs, what he’d learned along the way, and about his faith in God. He tied this in with how it led him to writing his book. The presentation was wonderful and inspiring. Tom wasn’t only engaging and sincere, he was funny too. He left both the children and adults with insightful tidbits to ponder, and I still am. We were so impressed that we’ve extended an invitation for him to please come and visit again. Shawna K. Williams, Author Orphaned Hearts
I have had the privilege of hearing Tom Blubaugh, author of Night of the Cossack, speak several times. Tom is a great speaker. He is very versatile and can speak on a wide range of topics. He prepares well and always has a great slide presentation. He is very relaxed and extremely comfortable speaking to groups and the best part is that he has a great sense of humor. Tom really engages the audience and he draws them into the presentation. Whether you are looking for a speaker for a civic group, school, church, writers group or non-profit organization, Tom has a program that will work for you. Dennis Vance, Bound by Faith Publishers
I have had the privilege of knowing Tom Blubaugh for the past two years. In that time I have heard him speak on numerous occasions and watched him facilitate and oversee several board meetings. As a speaker he is concise and to the point, but at the same time he is not afraid to entertain ideas on the fly, and improvise when necessary. He is easy to engage in conversation and is not afraid to stop and think before giving an answer. These attributes make Tom a gifted and well rounded speaker. Shane Spickard, President Fishers of Men Prison Ministry