© 2016 — Top Story Leadership

“I was truly inspired by your presentation and the life lessons taught. After your presentation, I felt energized and the plans I was unsure about was confirmed…You have inspired me tremendously. I hope to attend another event of yours in the future!”

“For me, it’s been the best six months for training and growth in my 38 years here.”

  • “Having worked in manufacturing plants for most of my 30 year career, I found Mack Story’s Blue Collar Leadership to be a very practical guide for all who aspire to lead, with or without a title.

    The lessons in the book are organized in 30 easy to read chapters, each only three pages long and chock-full of valuable insight based on Mack’s own personal experiences as well as a wealth of pertinent advice from a large variety of credible sources.

    Mack’s approach powerfully compels the readers to take responsibility for their attitudes and actions and create the future that they desire, if they so choose.”

     

    Amir Ghannad, Author of The Transformative Leader
  • ….it was awesome! Ria has a real gift. I came away with so many helpful tools! Thank you Ria.

    Stefanie, Attendee, The Power of Effective Planning Workshop
  • “Mack and Ria taught for 7 weeks on leadership to the ladies of Christian Women’s Job Corps® of Lee County. The professionalism and value they added to the session was unbelievable. They are quality individuals, but combined, a dynamic duo. I had no idea the impact they would make on my ladies this session as well as myself as the director of the ministry.”

    Neeley, Executive Director, Christian Women's Job Corps of Lee County
  • It’s possible you will change the world!

    Donovan Weldon, Owner, Donovan Industrial
  • “Be grateful but never satisfied. Solid Advice!! Mack is a prime example of the principle that to get ahead you must daily walk the talk. Mack has consistently done more than is expected, sooner than expected and better than expected. It’s no wonder he was promoted 14 times in 20 years. This is a must read to find out how he did it and how you can too!!”

     

    Mike Sciortino, Author of Gratitude Marketing
  • My time with you made such an impact on my life. An impact that has changed my life forever. Thank you! 

    Donna, Conference attendee
  • “You gave me wings and I will fly! Thanks my friend!”

    Ema, Sexual Assault Victim
  • “I am teaching a course at Bowling Green State University on Human Resource Management….I believe your chapters 17, 18, & 19 in your book Blue-Collar Leadership would be beneficial to these undergraduate students when they are learning about Leadership and Followership.”

    Joseph Matthews, Adjunct Instructor, Bowling Green State University College of Business
  • “Mack has a special kind of energy he uses to teach influence to people who may not know they need it or even have it and ends up inspiring us all in the process.

    What is unique about Mack is that he is at the same time confident (he knows exactly what he’s talking about) and humble (he’s a regular down to earth guy). What others try to explain in complexity Mack can state elegantly in just a few simple words.”

    Mark Evans, Aerospace Production Mgr. at GM Nameplate
  • “Mack does an incredible job of conveying what it means to be a leader. I truly believe anyone who reads this book will benefit immensely! Thanks so much Mack!”

    Joel, Amazon Review
  • Just got my autographed copy of Mack’s new book (Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines)!!! Thank you Mack Story for making sure everyone knows that they can lead and move up in any position.me and my staff still credit you as a HUGE part of our 2013 National Championship!”

    Greg Williams, Equestrian Head Coach, Auburn University
  • “Ria came and spoke at our Annual Child Abuse Awareness Proclamation. She came and spoke about over coming obstacles and the importance of the jobs we do every day to prevent and address child abuse in our community. She was on time and stayed after to talk with everyone. We really appreciated her coming and speaking to our group. Thanks Ria!”

    Tina, Director, Child Advocacy Center
  • “My interaction with Mack Story was nothing short of life changing. My personal mentoring session with Mack was engaging, encouraging, inspiring and so much more. Mack is passionate and authentic and I consider it a tremendous honor to have had the privilege of hearing a small piece of his story and knowledge. Our session opened my mind in so many positive ways, I have truly never felt so energized and unstoppable in my adult life. I would highly recommend Mack to any organization or individual that is serious about implementing change and reaching their full potential. This man has a God-given talent that will transform anyone willing to hear what he has to say. “

    Denise Williams, Contract Administrator
  • “Ria and Mack have opened up a world for our team individually and collectively. The training brought out confidence and enthusiasm from persons who needed the opportunity to know that they were significant. They are hungry for more information about how to influence others and the momentum is rolling. Your genuine approach and authenticity make it safe to grow and learn. Thank you for what you have done for Cobb County.”

     

    Jessica Gill, Executive Director, Cobb Senior Services
  • “Mack and Ria, What a pleasure it was to host you as guest speakers for the Auburn High School Work-Based Education program. Students and teachers in attendance enjoyed the honest and personal stories of leadership and character building you shared with over 150 students today! Continue to encourage others to demonstrate character by ‘using their talents’ to positively influence others. Thank you for spending the day with us to share your inspirational and timely message! Looking forward to you visiting ‘The Plains’ again!'”

    Audrey, Teacher & Work-based Education Program Director, Auburn High School
  • “The time I spent with Mack learning from him was nothing short of life changing. I simply do not believe it is possible for someone NOT to gain value from the investment that he puts into the people he crosses paths with. Mack has a keen ability to recognize talent in others, meet people exactly where they are, and generate the right kind of inspiration that makes you want to get up and do something amazing with your life! Mack is without a doubt, a truly authentic transformational leader who will always go the extra mile for you!”

    David Guerreso, Leadership Speaker and Trainer
  • “I was truly inspired by your presentation and the life lessons taught. After your presentation, I felt energized and the plans I was unsure about was confirmed…You have inspired me tremendously. I hope to attend another event of yours in the future!”

    Jennifer, Financial Coordinator
  • You don’t know me but reading your story has changed my life forever and though it has been a slow on going process, I am seeing it was much needed !!

    I just wanted to say thank you !!

    Lisa M. , Blog subscriber
  • “You and Mack did a fantastic job closing out the conference! Thank you so much for speaking with us today. I am so happy AAMSS purchased copies of your book for everyone. I can’t wait to read it.”

    Melinda S. , Conference Attendee - Change Happens: Leading Yourself and Others through Change
  • “Ria and Mack did such a wonderful job and provided so much good information and insight into leadership and how to be an effective leader.”

    Lisa Johnston, Human Resources, Newnan Utilities
  • “We would highly recommend (Mack and Ria) as speakers for organizations looking for professional, energetic and experienced speakers or presenters for conferences or meetings where an inspirational, educational, and entertaining presentation is required….The presentation was inspirational, thought-provoking, and filled with humor. It highlighted several key ways to deal effectively with changes on a personal and professional level, and taught us some foundational principles of leadership.”

    Stephen C., President-elect, WCR Fayette County
  • Thank you for making a difference!

    Team Member, Auburn University Equestrian Team
  • Thank you Ria for bringing our conference to a close. You were definitely an inspiration to all of us! Awesome Job!

    Melinda, President, Alabama Gerontological Society
  • Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us to do the right thing for the right reason for the right people.

    Conference Attendee, Open Hand Atlanta Corporate Appreciation Event
  • “After hearing so many great things about Mack and Ria, I finally had the opportunity to meet them. I was sitting across the table from them, and before a word came out of their mouth, I knew exactly where their heart was. They ARE the kind of people that you truly want to learn from. Not only do they teach leadership, but the way they do it, they truly RESTORE your BELIEF in yourself. That is what they have done for me. Thank you Mack and Ria!”

    Sherina Hill, Founder, Sherina Today
  • Mack,
    I wanted to write a short note to say a BIG thank you for your interview with John Eades on the “Follow My Lead” podcast. I listened to it this morning on my way to work as I do every morning and get real energy and inspiration from them which sets me up for the day. Your interview was awesome. Thank you. I connected with many of your stories, experiences and personal values.

    Thank you for the inspiration!!

     

    Layton Henderson, Director, Operational Excellence
  • “Mack & Ria Story came to our classroom and lead a discussion on the 15 Leadership Principles to 20+ yoga students and they delivered an exceptional presentation! Our students were motivated by their presentation and it went right along with our goal of personal empowerment and growth. I believe that every one of the students purchased their books and have enjoyed reading about Mack & Ria’s path. And, we plan to invite them back for our next group of future yoga instructors! Highly Recommend.”

    James, Owner, M.H. Yoga Instructor Training
  • “Joining forces with Mack was a revolutionary opportunity for our company. We have achieved incredible results while witnessing the growth and development of our associates as they have been empowered.”

    Justin Saunders, CFO, Madix
  • “Mack writes this book as that mentor you never had but wanted! He fills the voids and like the things a parent would pass on to their children knowing the words would carry for years to come, the book is written to assist any individual in their career at any stage. It’s hard to put into text the impact this book could have if applied and as Mack rightly states, ‘this book should never be given away’ the contents are too important they build you, they could even make you – Fantastic!!”

    Amazon Customer, Amazon Review
  • “Mack, this book is so inspirational, thank you! Currently on chapter 20. I have read many leadership books. (Blue-Collar Leadership) Leading from the Front Lines is exactly what I need right now. I value your authenticity and tenacious spirit!”

    Renee Schrack, Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Reader
  • “Thank you for coming to speak to Christian Women’s Job Corp. You have a winning personality and thank you for the strong influence you have been in my life.”

    Clarice, CWJC Lee County
  • “I used Ria and Mack for training of a group of change management leaders and also a group of manufacturing senior leaders. Ria and Mack’s training was very relevant and very inspiring. Their delivery kept the group engaged! I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to anyone needing to motivate your group or for leader training. Awesome!”

    Lorraine, Human Resources Director, Kimberly Clark
  • “….Ria, I really enjoyed your class this morning. It provided some new perspectives for me and several ideas from which I can benefit….I will look forward to joining you for another class!

    Dott, Attendee, The Power of Effective Planning Workshop
  • “You guys were awesome! I can’t wait to read your book!”

    Rayla D. , Conference Attendee - Maximize Your Potential
  • “Mack and Ria understand people! The dynamic team made such an impact on our front line of supervision that they were begging for more training! …We highly recommend Mack and Ria – whether you need a bump start for your leaders or are growing organically – they deliver!”

    Rebecca,, Director of Process Improvement, GKN Aerospace
  • “For me, it’s been the best six months for training and growth in my 38 years here.”

    Greg Lanier, President, Auburn Electrical Construction Company Inc.
  • “It was so wonderful to meet you! What a privilege to have you on our #EXIT Alabama Stage today at our Annual Sales Rally! Thank you so much for your leadership!”

    Jody M. , Conference Attendee - Maximize Your Potential
  • “(Working with you in the Storyteller Program) ….It is one of the smartest things I have done for myself – personally and professionally! Thank you!”

    Sherina Hill, Author and Speaker
  • “Mack is a very unique individual. I mostly know him from posts on LinkedIn but was also fortunate enough to meet him one time. Mack has a special kind of energy he uses to teach influence to people who may not know they need it or even have it and ends up inspiring us all in the process.

    What is unique about Mack is that he is at the same time confident (he knows exactly what he’s talking about) and humble (he’s a regular down to earth guy). What others try to explain in complexity Mack can state elegantly in just a few simple words. Blue Collar Leadership will be his best work yet because it is where Mack’s true strength lies in this message!

    Many books have been written where the audience is intended to be the CEO or other senior leaders with advice on how to make the company better or how they might convince the front line workers to go along…This book is going to be written to the lowest paid, bottom rank employee (which is where I came from too) who think they have no say or influence on anything. Mack will show them how they can make the company better from the position where they are at and in so doing lift themselves up rapidly, get noticed and become the kind of leader people will naturally want to go along with…Mack is always striving to add value to us all – his loyal followers.You have way more power than you think you do… Now use it…!!!”

    Mark Evans, Aerospace Production Mgr. at GM Nameplate
  • “Mack does a fantastic job of helping the reader understand the boundaries that all leaders face, can face, and will need to overcome these challenges. Being a front line worker myself (USMC), I understand the demands and frustrations that can often be placed on these individuals, so it is refreshing to see someone such as Mack strive to better himself and build towards a great leader.

    If you want a book that breaks down leadership into easy to follow scenarios and processes, read this book!!”

    C. Heppner, Amazon Review
  • “Mack and Ria,

    Thank you for speaking (on Blue-Collar Leadership) at our West GA SHRM Meeting today! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with our group. It is always informative and relevant!”

    Tami, President, West Georgia Society for Human Resource Management
  • “We SOOOO  enjoyed your testimony Tuesday night.  I saw several people at church last night that made a point to stop and tell me how much they enjoyed you and your inspiration!!”

    Cindy, Farmville Baptist Church Ladies Night Out
  • “Having worked in manufacturing plants for most of my 30 year career, I found Mack Story’s Blue Collar Leadership to be a very practical guide for all who aspire to lead, with or without a title….Mack’s approach powerfully compels the readers to take responsibility for their attitudes and actions and create the future that they desire, if they so choose.”

    Amir Ghannad, Author of The Transformative Leader, Sr. Dir. - Global People Excellence Campbell's Soup Co.
  • “Outstanding presentation. Thank you for coming and providing inspiration!”

    Delicia D. , Conference Attendee - Change Happens: Leading Yourself and Others through Change
  • “Be grateful but never satisfied. Solid Advice!! Mack is a prime example of the principle that to get ahead you must daily walk the talk. Mack has consistently done more than is expected, sooner than expected and better than expected. It’s no wonder he was promoted 14 times in 20 years!”

    Mike Sciortino, Sr., Author, Founder and CEO of Gratitude Marketing™, Exec. VP CMG Capital Mgmt. Group
  • I truly enjoyed the encouraging words you had to share. I admire you so much and you are such a dynamic and motivational speaker. You are a true inspiration.

    Laura, attendee, Auburn Women's Club
  • “Ria was very inspiring. She gave the 2015 Graduating Class quality and truth at their Baccalaureate Service. Even though her past was one of tragedy, she delivered with such grace and poise. She sent out a clarion call for the students to be tenacious and have a positive attitude.”

    Shirley, High School Guidance Counselor
  • “Thank you Mack Story for making sure everyone knows that they can lead and move up in any position.me and my staff still credit you as a HUGE part of our 2013 National Championship!”

    Greg Williams, 4 Time National Championship Coach, Auburn University Equestrian Team Head Coach

More Testimonials

“For me, it’s been the best six months for training and growth in my 38 years here.”

“Mack and Ria, What a pleasure it was to host you as guest speakers for the Auburn High School Work-Based Education program. Students and teachers in attendance enjoyed the honest and personal stories of leadership and character building you shared with over 150 students today! Continue to encourage others to demonstrate character by ‘using their talents’ to positively influence others. Thank you for spending the day with us to share your inspirational and timely message! Looking forward to you visiting ‘The Plains’ again!'”

Audrey, Teacher & Work-based Education Program Director
Auburn High School

Thank you for making a difference!

“We would highly recommend (Mack and Ria) as speakers for organizations looking for professional, energetic and experienced speakers or presenters for conferences or meetings where an inspirational, educational, and entertaining presentation is required….The presentation was inspirational, thought-provoking, and filled with humor. It highlighted several key ways to deal effectively with changes on a personal and professional level, and taught us some foundational principles of leadership.”

Stephen C., President-elect
WCR Fayette County

Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us to do the right thing for the right reason for the right people.

“(Working with you in the Storyteller Program) ….It is one of the smartest things I have done for myself – personally and professionally! Thank you!”

Sherina Hill
Author and Speaker

“You guys were awesome! I can’t wait to read your book!”

“I used Ria and Mack for training of a group of change management leaders and also a group of manufacturing senior leaders. Ria and Mack’s training was very relevant and very inspiring. Their delivery kept the group engaged! I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to anyone needing to motivate your group or for leader training. Awesome!”

Lorraine, Human Resources Director
Kimberly Clark

“I was truly inspired by your presentation and the life lessons taught. After your presentation, I felt energized and the plans I was unsure about was confirmed…You have inspired me tremendously. I hope to attend another event of yours in the future!”

“Ria was very inspiring. She gave the 2015 Graduating Class quality and truth at their Baccalaureate Service. Even though her past was one of tragedy, she delivered with such grace and poise. She sent out a clarion call for the students to be tenacious and have a positive attitude.”

“….Ria, I really enjoyed your class this morning. It provided some new perspectives for me and several ideas from which I can benefit….I will look forward to joining you for another class!

….it was awesome! Ria has a real gift. I came away with so many helpful tools! Thank you Ria.

Thank you Ria for bringing our conference to a close. You were definitely an inspiration to all of us! Awesome Job!

Melinda, President
Alabama Gerontological Society

“Mack and Ria,

Thank you for speaking (on Blue-Collar Leadership) at our West GA SHRM Meeting today! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with our group. It is always informative and relevant!”

“You gave me wings and I will fly! Thanks my friend!”

“Mack and Ria taught for 7 weeks on leadership to the ladies of Christian Women’s Job Corps® of Lee County. The professionalism and value they added to the session was unbelievable. They are quality individuals, but combined, a dynamic duo. I had no idea the impact they would make on my ladies this session as well as myself as the director of the ministry.”

Neeley, Executive Director
Christian Women's Job Corps of Lee County

I truly enjoyed the encouraging words you had to share. I admire you so much and you are such a dynamic and motivational speaker. You are a true inspiration.

Laura, attendee
Auburn Women's Club

“You and Mack did a fantastic job closing out the conference! Thank you so much for speaking with us today. I am so happy AAMSS purchased copies of your book for everyone. I can’t wait to read it.”

It’s possible you will change the world!

Donovan Weldon
Owner, Donovan Industrial

“After hearing so many great things about Mack and Ria, I finally had the opportunity to meet them. I was sitting across the table from them, and before a word came out of their mouth, I knew exactly where their heart was. They ARE the kind of people that you truly want to learn from. Not only do they teach leadership, but the way they do it, they truly RESTORE your BELIEF in yourself. That is what they have done for me. Thank you Mack and Ria!”

Sherina Hill
Founder, Sherina Today

“It was so wonderful to meet you! What a privilege to have you on our #EXIT Alabama Stage today at our Annual Sales Rally! Thank you so much for your leadership!”

“We SOOOO  enjoyed your testimony Tuesday night.  I saw several people at church last night that made a point to stop and tell me how much they enjoyed you and your inspiration!!”

“Outstanding presentation. Thank you for coming and providing inspiration!”

“Ria and Mack have opened up a world for our team individually and collectively. The training brought out confidence and enthusiasm from persons who needed the opportunity to know that they were significant. They are hungry for more information about how to influence others and the momentum is rolling. Your genuine approach and authenticity make it safe to grow and learn. Thank you for what you have done for Cobb County.”

 

“Ria and Mack did such a wonderful job and provided so much good information and insight into leadership and how to be an effective leader.”

“Mack and Ria understand people! The dynamic team made such an impact on our front line of supervision that they were begging for more training! …We highly recommend Mack and Ria – whether you need a bump start for your leaders or are growing organically – they deliver!”

“Mack & Ria Story came to our classroom and lead a discussion on the 15 Leadership Principles to 20+ yoga students and they delivered an exceptional presentation! Our students were motivated by their presentation and it went right along with our goal of personal empowerment and growth. I believe that every one of the students purchased their books and have enjoyed reading about Mack & Ria’s path. And, we plan to invite them back for our next group of future yoga instructors! Highly Recommend.”

You don’t know me but reading your story has changed my life forever and though it has been a slow on going process, I am seeing it was much needed !!

I just wanted to say thank you !!

Lisa M.
Blog subscriber

“Thank you for coming to speak to Christian Women’s Job Corp. You have a winning personality and thank you for the strong influence you have been in my life.”

Clarice
CWJC Lee County