2021 Silent Auction

No Cigar PEG off-site party in 2021. However, the below auction packages & items will be available for bidding in the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Cigar PEG suite Friday-Monday night @ 11:59 PM when bidding closes. Please check back frequently as items will be added daily. More details on remote bidding will be posted the week before Influence. (Small Print: for the auctions in which you prevail, you will have one year following 7/12/21 to use your package or it expires.) 

Check out the auction packages from: Chuck Gallagher, Ray Leone, SpeakerFlow, Joel Block, PR/PR, Amber Hurdle, Joe Sherren, Elaine Pasqua, & Annie Meehan

Chuck Gallagher: The Up Your Video Game Package

Want to create a demo video that sells?  If your demo video was done in late last decade (yea, I know that seems like a long time ago), then it’s time for a refresh.  Most meeting professionals that are selecting speakers these days are between the ages of 35 and 50 and their attention span is short (did I say short, I mean real short).  So…if your video doesn’t get to the point and provide visual stimulation, you’ll be passed over for those who are showing the meeting professional exactly what they are looking for.  What problem do you solve?  But I’m funny, engaging, entertaining, and a great opening keynote!  I hear ya, but to grab their attention you need to let them know what problem you solve so you can get them to watch past the first 30 seconds of your video.  And, did I mention, it has to be visually stimulating?  The next time you watch a show on TV notice the image on the screen will change every 3 to 5 seconds.  That’s what we are trained to see and imagery that lasts much longer is – well boring.  So here’s the deal…We’ll walk you through the process of creating amazing for your demo video.  That includes:

  • Intro conversation about your offering, benefits, etc.
  • Zoom conference about scripting your video so the message is relevant and coherent.
  • Shoot in the studio your message (simulating if need be stage footage).
  • Integrate your B-Roll of prior events showing the depth of your experience.
  • Add external B-Roll to augment the visual stimulation piece and/or add animation to enhance your message
  • Edit all of the above into a demo video lasting from 3 to 5 minutes.

Value for the above – $8,000

So, if you want to improve your odds of being selected in this new (very not normal) decade…this is the package you want to bid on…Happy bidding!

Bidding starts at $3,000 and graduates in $100 increments

Ray Leone: The Game Changer Package

Two days at my home on Lake Norman. Pool, spa, Bocce court, pontoon boat, wine cellar, media room, pinball machine.

Subject – Working on your business model. My specialty is converting one speech into 6 figure retainers.

(Ray is the creator of the “Sales Funnel” and enjoys long-term contracts with high-level corporations…you will learn his secret)

Bonus –  a ride in my 59 Caddy if you dare. It has 700HP. Weather permitting, we could also go to  a spectacular vineyard owned by a friend of mine.

This package is valued at $20,000+

Bidding starts at $5,000 and graduates in $100 increments


We want to offer up our Flow Zone CRM Package ($3,000 of value). This is our custom-built CRM for speakers and experts. It comes with the highest level of support, 4 coaching sessions of the period of 2-3 months, access to our CRM mastery course, and access to SpeakerFlow University, our social network for experts.

Bidding starts at $1,000 and graduates in $50 increments


Joel Block’s $30K Crush the Seminar Business Auction Package

It’s back…

By popular demand – the most highly sought-after auction, practically in Cigar PEG history is back. And judging from the response of the participants from the auction, 2019 in Denver, which took in more money that evening than any other item by a factor of almost 10, Joel (in a bonus partnership with Michelle Villalobos) put on a pretty great program. Check it out below…

Joel Block’s wildly successful seminar business model has propelled him into the NSA Million Dollar Speaker Group. If you would like to be a Million Dollar Speaker, the seminar business could be for you. The people who make the most are not trainers, developers, or even keynoters. Even most of the highly paid keynoters have to look up to seminar providers who offer an upsell.

Joel will provide a series of working zoom sessions carefully designed to provide you with an understanding of the seminar business and why it’s the top of the speaking mountain for revenue production. No part of our business allows one to print money the way the seminar business does.

The last program features hot seats for each participant to expose their new model and receive high level feedback so you can dive into this business – and be ready to succeed – on steroids.

We will focus on the strategy, concepts, philosophy, and tactics for content development, topic choice, audience targeting, backend sale development, making your upsell pitch, and so much more. Joel will pull back the curtain on what he does and how he does it.

If you don’t make 10+ times your investment, then you were not listening to Joel’s advice.


Ø    Owning your own stage;

Ø    Keeping all the money you generate;

Ø    Keeping all the upsell proceeds you sell;

Ø    Deciding which speakers you might like to share the stage with;

Ø    Getting a piece of the action from your invited speakers’ sales;

Ø    Having an audience (or a tribe) to sell to in the future;

Ø    Having a loyal following that is hungry for what you have to say; and

Ø    So much more…

This is how the business works if you do it right. Let Joel show you how to do it right and take the return on your Cigar PEG investment to the bank.

A Few Words from a Past Participant

Joel & Michelle’s “Crush the Seminar Business” auction package was an extraordinarily insightful experience. Many of us in the speaking business often think growing our businesses comes down to doing more gigs. But what we really need to be thinking about is how to evolve our business models and reimagine our revenue channels. Seminars and retreats can provide an informative and transformational experience that naturally aligns with an existing speaking business and raises the prospect of selling a ‘big back end’ product — such as a consulting engagement, mastermind, or implementation. This auction package literally walked us step-by-step through the process — from identifying seminar/retreat objectives and target audiences, to marketing and sales strategies, to announcing the ‘big reveal’, and to the logistics of facilities, hotels, and food and beverage. It was extremely insightful to explore my future business with people who’ve already built a successful seminar/retreat business model.

-Carl Seidman, CSP

I was one of the auction winners for the inaugural Crush The Seminar Business Auction Package and it is one of the best speaking business investments I have ever made.  Joel Block and Michelle Villalobos, the leading experts in this field, teach from their own success in learning what works and what doesn’t, and hold nothing back. What I gained from this experience goes beyond increased income; it helped me to have greater insight into myself and the direction I want to take my speaking business.

This is not “In a perfect world” babble or theories of what is “supposed” to work.  It is about what does work in the real-world.  It may make you uncomfortable as you will need to be honest with yourself, because Joel and Michelle will be honest with you (lovingly but real).  And, you will have to put in work. The reward is that you will come away with a clear understanding of exactly where you are, a specific vision of where you want to go, a focused understanding of what will be required of you, a detailed plan of actions to get there; and importantly, real-word tools and actionable knowledge to accomplish your plans.

You will also have fun and create lasting bonds of friendship and support with the other speakers who take this journey with you. Is this package worth the bid price? A better question is, do you value yourself enough to invest in your own success.

-Jeffrey Owens, CTM, CVP

A different kind of auction

This package has a set price of $3,000 per person. A minimum if 5 people have to sign up to make this amazing offer a go. No maximum number of people.

Joel Block, CPA, CSP Bio

Joel’s a futurist and longtime venture capitalist & hedge fund manager (gobbledygook for professional investor) who lives in a Shark Tank like on TV. Since selling his publishing company to a Fortune 500, Joel’s cage-rattling keynotes expose Wall Street insights and the inside track on high-velocity innovation – empowering businesses to predict and prepare for their futures.

(The small print: winning bidders has one year from the date of auction to utilize this service. Any travel and lodging will be at winning bidder’s expense. Be respectful of Cigar PEG Celebrity’s time. This person donated the service and receives no financial remuneration for the service.

Russell Trahan, President, PR/PR Public Relations

One-article package, valued at $3,000, which includes:

Articles Placement: This service includes getting an article, written by you, published in trade, industry, and business association magazines as well as their online sources. The article will be published and posted by multiple magazines. The article will be pitched, tracked, and followed-up upon during an eight-week cycle.

PR/PR will work in the pursuit of publicity opportunities for you, which will include:

  • Following a review of your website, blog and other collateral, a brainstorming session is held with the entire PR/PR team to lay-out your article topic.
  • Formatting and editing assistance is offered as you draft the article.
  • We will hone your marketing message and create an up-to-date resource box, to be included at the end of the article. The resource box is a brief bio that contains your background information, such as credentials, books, company, contact information, and a call to action.
  • Once the article is finalized, individual contact is made with each magazine (via phone or e-mail) to pitch the article topic. When the editor requests the article, we will send them the full text, author’s resource box and author photo (if requested).
  • We will follow up with any article requests we receive and consistently update you with information on publish dates, copies, website links and tear sheets. Any copies we receive from the magazine will be forwarded on to you. On rare occasions, the publication will send copies directly to you.
  • Ongoing coaching will be offered on how to best market yourself to the associations corresponding to the placements you are receiving at the national, regional and local level, as well as to related associations.
  • A monthly PR activity report will be e-mailed and/or sent to you. It details the public relations activity for your account, including any pitches, article placements and publish dates for the previous month.

And to add icing to the cake: Russell will give you a ride in his Mine is a 1972 Coupe deVille, vintage Cadillac if you stop by to visit him in Orlando.

Bidding starts at $1,000 and graduates in $50 increments


Amber Hurdle

$20,000-Nashville 2-Day VIP Branding Retreat & Photoshoot with Amber Hurdle

It’s time to uplevel your brand experience and have a work vacay!

Yep, you deserve to take just a few days off to escape the day-to-day operations to indulge in luxuries like dedicating focused time and energy on your brand…and of course some great food in America’s most fun city: Nashville. (Obviously.)

If you:

*Have mad skills and off-the-charts energy, but maybe don’t have super fabulous branding and marketing that attracts the right clients

*Desperately need updated headshots and editorial images

*Can’t seem to effectively communicate your vision when working with graphic designers, web designers, photographers or even the local newspaper ad guy

*Need help to decide what you REALLY want for your business brand (and let’s be real–for your life)

Then you need this VIP Branding Retreat!

You will work with Amber Hurdle, multi-award-winning and globally recognized branding pro, in the hottest city in the country, featuring one of the most talked about food scenes in the world.

When she’s not wining and dining you with her southern hospitality, she will lead you through exercises that will revamp (or perhaps simply enhance) your company culture, business brand, personal brand, and customer experience.

You will define your ideal customer, craft your brand standards, write copy for your website, create guidelines for your logo, create service standards, and she’ll even direct your photoshoot with her own personal business photographer extraordinaire, Jessica McIntosh…and more!

When you leave Nashville you will leave with a plan of action to take all of the necessary steps to next-level your business and life.


By the end of the VIP Brand Retreat you will have:

*A draft brand message guide

*Visual brand guide development content to turn over to graphic designer

*A completed photoshoot directed by Amber for social media, promo materials, and more with usage rights to your images

*A draft marketing plan

*A yummy dinner with a high probability of Bourbon (or wine…or whatever elixir you prefer)

Post-VIP Retreat Follow Up

*Amber will connect you with her team of graphic designers, web designers and marketing gurus to execute the changes we made to elevate your brand experience

*30 days of email access with one 50-minute follow up video conference calls to finalize your brand upgrade.

*One final review of your marketing plan to ensure you can prioritize and delegate long after you say, “Bye, y’all” to Nashvegas!

Are you ready to visit Music City to put a little new song into the heart of your business brand? Then this auction item is for you, so get to bidding!

Bidding starts at $2,000 and graduates in $100 increments

Joe Sherren


Cottage for one week…The Sherren Cottages are located on the Northumberland Strait (south) side of the Island, where the tide is gradual, the water warmer and where you can stroll for hours and miles on the red sand bars.

Eagles Nest has two bedrooms large living room, kitchen, and dining room.  The cottage and extra large bathroom are all wheel chair accessible.  It has a clothes washer and dryer as well as Satellite TV.  There is a no smoking policy.

Wade through the warm tidal pools left behind by the receding tide.

Take a shovel and go clam digging – then take them back and cook up a feast!

The Cottages are located in Augustine Cove, just a short 15 min drive from the Confederation Bridge.

In PEI, nothing is very far away. Link to Prince Edward Island tourism.    https://www.tourismpei.com/  The value of the cottage for the week is over $1,500.

Bidding starts at $600 and graduates in $50 increments

Elaine Pasqua: Get Your Voice in Order

Our voices are our instruments. Without them, we can’t speak. When we can’t speak, there goes our livelihood! So many surprising factors contribute to our vocal health. Elaine learned this the hard way, needing vocal therapy for one year with Dr. Robert Satlaloff M.D., an internationally renowned vocal surgeon and specialist for the performing voice. Since then, she has been sharing effective strategies from his team and the International Voice Foundation with professional speakers; from vocal exercises, to diet, healthy day to day habits, and much more. She will even help you get your voice back when you have laryngitis in a non-traditional way! This hour and a half session is valued at $500.

Bidding starts at $100 and graduates in $25 increments


Annie Meehan: YOUR OWN Personal Business Development Retreat in Florida

Annie’s mission is to help you BE THE EXCEPTION in today’s speaking world:

Stand out, work consistently, and be asked for more!

You will spend 3 days with Annie reviewing your Speaking Business.

This Retreat includes:

  • TWO nights’ accommodation in Annie’s Fort Myers condo
  • Annie’s Speaker Success workbook
  • All meals ?
  • An agenda that you set for a balance of work and relaxation time
  • One pre-retreat zoom meeting to customize your schedule
  • One post -retreat zoom call for accountability on action steps you have
    set to reach your goals

(You are on your own for transportation to and from Fort Myers, FL.

$3,500 value

Annie Meehan, CSP has credibility in building sustained success in the speaking biz! She:

  • Transformed her personal overcoming challenge experience into a high impact business.
  • Has 5 books and one Online Course
  • Facilitates a monthly Speaker Mastermind in it’s SEVENTH year
  • As President, presided over the New Speaker Academy for the MN NSA Chapter for two years

Bidding starts at $900 and graduates in $50 increments