As a professional speaker for over 35 years, Jimmy speaks both in the Educational and Corporate Communities. As a member of the National Speakers Association he has earned the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional…”CSP” designation. At present there are over 5,000 members within this association… and less than 7% have earned this prestigious certification. In the Educational Community alone, he has presented in over 1,750 schools, colleges, and universities where over 1.5 million students, teachers, and parents have experienced his high energy, motivational, and educational presentations.

The research firm, Market Data Enterprises, has ranked Jimmy as one of the top Motivational Speakers. As a leader, his philosophy is, “Don’t count what you have, but what you have given—that total equals your success.”

Jimmy learned some tough lessons early in his life. As a Latino, he was reared in a predominately segregated community in north Texas. Except for his parents, he always had the feeling that no one cared. The system certainly didn’t challenge Jimmy to be expressive nor think about setting goals. He was even told that ‘his’ kind don’t go to college. Instead, he experienced bitter rejection and prejudice from a society that labeled him “different.” Eventually he realized that though you cannot forget the past and the pain…you can forgive, learn from it, and move on. In overcoming damaged emotions and rejection, he learned how to turn all the negatives into POSITIVE learning experiences. Not allowing challenges to become crutches…but stepping stones to ensure success. To always remember that Attitude is Everything; “Yes You Can! – ¡Sí Se Puede!”

Jimmy’s book, English version: “What’s In Your Backpack? Packing for Success in Life” – Spanish version: “¿Qué Llevas En Tu Mochila? Empácala Para Tener Una Vida De Éxito” is a book that outlines eight powerful success tools anyone can apply to their life…regardless of each person’s personal definition of “success.”

To learn more about Jimmy, please visit his website:

Click here for previous keynote speakers