Join us at the Honda Training Center for an incredible motivational session by Bill Barkeley! | Harold Zeigler Newsletter Kalamazoo MI
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Date posted: November 21, 2012

Join us at the Honda Training Center for an incredible motivational session by Bill Barkeley!

Bill Barkeley graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration. Bill was Director, Sales and Marketing before retiring from a Fortune 500 company after 25 years with leadership positions in Seattle, San Francisco and Grand Rapids.  Bill currently travels the world as a deaf-blind adventurer and public speaker/storyteller to share his life journey with progressive hearing and vision loss.


Bill is one of 15,000 – 20,000 people in the United States and 100,000 people in the world with Usher’s Syndrome.  Usher’s Syndrome is a disease that robs people of both their hearing and vision over time.  Bill lost 85% of his hearing from birth and in his late teens began to experience night blindness and vision loss.  Usher’s Syndrome is progressive and there are no known treatments or cures.


Bill completed a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa as a project on assistive technology for the deaf-blind.  He has been featured on local, regional, national and international media such as Good Morning America, WOODTV 8, The Grand Rapids Press, Faith Magazine; Hear The World, Healthy and Sierra Club Radio.  A film documentary by Josh Levine, Walk Your Own Path – Bill Barkeley’s climb of Mount Kilimanjaro was released to the adventure film circuit.  The climb was covered in Outside Magazine (July 2008).


Bill has also climbed Mount Quandary and completed the Boston Marathon.  He raised over $400,000 to call attention to Usher’s Syndrome and to raise funds for research into this devastating disease.  Shortly thereafter, Bill was awarded the Charles T. Kuntzelman “Taking The Challenge” Fitness Award by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for leading an exemplary active fitness lifestyle in spite of physical challenges as a model to all Michigan citizens at Ford Field.



DATE: Tuesday, October 9, 2012


TIMES:  10:00 Session A or 2:00 Session B


LOCATION: Kalamazoo – Honda Training Center

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