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  • “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.”

  • “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.”

     

  • “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!”

  • “Too much to write here. Absolutely phenomenal. PLEASE give us more of (Mack and Ria) them and leadership training!”

    West Georgia Technical College
    Adult Education Program Instructor
  •  “A wealth of helpful knowledge. Increased personal level of confidence to become a better person and improve leadership skills. THANK YOU!”

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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 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!”

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

  • “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!”

  • “(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
  • “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.”

     

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

  • Thank you for making a difference!

  • “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.”

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!

     

  • “I am teaching a course at Bowling Green State University on Human Resource Management….your book Blue-Collar Leadership would be beneficial to these undergraduate students when they are learning about Leadership and Followership.”

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

  • “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!”

  • “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!”

  • “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!”

  • “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!!”

     

  • “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!”

  • “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…!!!”

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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!!”

  • “You influenced me big time in following my dreams! So I just wanted to say than you so much! Success can come from tragedy and I am grateful for your journey teaching me that!”

    Katiee
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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.”

  • It’s possible you will change the world!

    Donovan Weldon
    Owner, Donovan Industrial
  • “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
  • “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.”

  • “Most helpful session of the conference! Without knowing how to inspire others to act, safety programs and performance will not change or improve. I hope to see (Mack and Ria) back again!”

  • 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
  • “Absolutely love your messages. Watched Blue-Collar Leadership series 1-20 last night. Also purchased 15 copies of the book for my staff. The message is real and delivered in a very down-to-earth approach that everyone can understand. Thank You very much.” 

  • “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.”

  • 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!”

  • “….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!

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

  • “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
  • My time with you made such an impact on my life. An impact that has changed my life forever. Thank you! 

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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!”

  • “Your story is so inspiring, and I find it so amazing to see what you have done with your life! You are truly an inspiration to me, and for other young women like me who have also overcome struggles…You are living proof that no matter where you come from, or what has happened in your past, it does NOT define you, and it does not define your future.”

    Emma A.
    PR/Marketing
  • Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us to do the right thing for the right reason for the right people.

More Testimonials

“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.”

“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!”

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

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 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

“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

“Most helpful session of the conference! Without knowing how to inspire others to act, safety programs and performance will not change or improve. I hope to see (Mack and Ria) back again!”

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

 “A wealth of helpful knowledge. Increased personal level of confidence to become a better person and improve leadership skills. THANK YOU!”

“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 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

“(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

It’s possible you will change the world!

Donovan Weldon
Owner, Donovan Industrial

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

“Too much to write here. Absolutely phenomenal. PLEASE give us more of (Mack and Ria) them and leadership training!”

West Georgia Technical College
Adult Education Program Instructor

My time with you made such an impact on my life. An impact that has changed my life forever. Thank you! 

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

 

“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

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

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

“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!”

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

“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.”

“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!”

“….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!

“You influenced me big time in following my dreams! So I just wanted to say than you so much! Success can come from tragedy and I am grateful for your journey teaching me that!”

Katiee

“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!!”

“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

“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

“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!”

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

“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.”

“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!”

Thank you for making a difference!

“Your story is so inspiring, and I find it so amazing to see what you have done with your life! You are truly an inspiration to me, and for other young women like me who have also overcome struggles…You are living proof that no matter where you come from, or what has happened in your past, it does NOT define you, and it does not define your future.”

Emma A.
PR/Marketing

“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

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!!

 

“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