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"Everyone at Harry Walker was an absolute pleasure to work with. Your process and communication trumps the contact I've had with many other artists' agents and management. Thank you!"

  • Kelly Strayhorn Theatre
  • Pittsburgh, PA

"It was a HUGE success!!! Never before had such an event taken place in Jamaica! I have received congratulatory e-mails and telephone calls all day and still continuing. People think I'm some superwoman for pulling this off - what most people don't know is that it was a great team that helped me to present such a successful event, starting with the HWA. From the first telephone call with Jeremy, I knew I was on my way. He was always accommodating, answered every question and concern of mine, and was just a joy to be around. My meeting with Andrew Block went very well - he was clear on what was expected of me and handled my request beautifully. Nina was always quick to respond to my needs - she explained everything to me and assisted with my concerns always. I want to thank you and your staff for making this happen. Working with your company has been effortless and I look forward to booking another extraordinary speaker with you."

  • Suzanne Berry
  • Whiskey Productions

"This is a letter I take great pleasure in writing. We have had a long history with the Harry Walker Agency. On Monday afternoon I received a rather flustered call from colleagues in Chicago. Their speaker, booked independently from another agency, for their event on Tuesday had just canceled. The situation appeared unsalvageable and then I called Ann Shavrick, with whom I have had the pleasure of working with for several years. For the next 24 hours, she was nothing less than superb, working with me (well into the night) to come up with a list of speakers suitable to the crowd, honoree and budget, contacting each of them in turn to ascertain availability and securing an excellent choice. Michael Goff and Kirtley Perkins then seamlessly took on the logistical and contractual issues. As a client, I could not have felt more comforted, comfortable and confident in the good hands of Ann Shavrick and the Harry Walker team."

  • Daniela Reik
  • Director, National Corporate Development
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • In a letter to HWA President Don Walker and Managing Director Ellen Kazis-Walker

"Your attention to detail and prompt response to all issues of concern was incredible. Because of the excellent service you have provided to us, we have strongly recommended The Harry Walker Agency to several other organizations."

  • Baxter Ennis
  • Director of Public Relations, Regent University
  • In a letter to HWA Agent Suzanne Manzi

"As you know, we have worked with just about every agency in the country. Neither [of us has] ever dealt with a shop as 'customer satisfaction oriented' as yours. Further, it's not just you; your attitude and nature permeates your entire firm... everybody is great to work with! If you're not already, you should be, very proud of your team. It's the best I've seen."

  • Ric Bachrach
  • CEO, Celebrity Focus
  • In a letter to HWA President Don Walker

"I want you to know that the Harry Walker Agency was wonderful to work with. They provided us with the necessary information in a timely manner and were always helpful with any questions we had. You have an excellent agency representing you."

  • Pete Warren
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia
  • In a letter to Ambassador Andrew Young

"It has been a pleasure working with you. We couldn't have been more pleased with the level of professionalism of all the staff at the Harry Walker Agency, and look forward to working with you again."

  • Nevada Policy Research Institute

"You have been a pleasure to work with, and I will encourage next year's chairs to work with you and your agency to continue bringing exciting and interesting speakers to campus!"

  • Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium
  • Johns Hopkins University

"On behalf of our leadership I want to thank you and the Harry Walker Agency for your help. We could not have pulled this event off on our own. You will definitely be hearing from us the next time we look to bring in a speaker."

  • Jesse Cook-Dubin, Dartmouth College Hillel, Hanover, NH

"I have been doing this for over 12 years and have never had such a seamless, trouble free event with a speaker or entertainer. I hope our relationship will be ongoing."

  • Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey, Inc.

"I went into this project with a great deal of apprehension, never having done anything similar to this in the past. I will not hesitate to undertake an event like this again, owing in a great part to your efforts and those of your Agency. You were there every step of the way, as you said you would be. Every phone call was returned, every question answered, and every doubt erased. I look forward to working with you again."

  • Carl Hoffman
  • Chairman, Shir Ami Speakers Forum

"Your attention to detail and being responsive to certain sensitive issues during our selection process was especially helpful. In order for the IPT to have the excellent selection of speakers available at next year's annual conference, I'm providing the name and address of next year's program chair."

  • Douglas P. Horner, Program Chair
  • IPT Annual Conference, ConAgra, Inc.
  • In a letter to HWA agent Suzanne Manzi

"It was truly a pleasure to work with you on this major event, and your outstanding service was greatly appreciated. I look forward to working with you again soon to create another spectacular event."

  • Liz McKellar
  • Sales/ Marketing Coordinator
  • Daikin America, Inc.
  • In a letter to HWA agent Susan Simmons

"I can't tell you what a pleasant and uncomplicated experience it was to work with you on Cokie [Roberts'] arrangements and schedule, and how much I enjoyed talking to you. We could not have had a more successful and inspiring event, and Cokie being there was an absolute highlight. Please know how much your support and participation means not only to our fundraising efforts, but to the programs that Girls Inc. offers and to the girls who participate. Thank you very much."

  • Ann Greer Bahme, Board Member
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Houston
  • In a letter to HWA agent Beth Gargano

"What could have been a time consuming or complicated effort was instead a very smooth, thorough and well orchestrated process. You have an impressive team!"

  • Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston

"I just wanted to take a second and tell you how much I appreciate you, your staff and the Walker agency. As you can imagine, I get called by every, I repeat, EVERY speakers agency and bureau in the country. The thought of large commissions that accompany big ticket speakers has put me on the targeted prospect list. The difference that I have seen in you and Harry Walker is that your service level exceeds expectations...an often lost art in our fast paced world. Thanks to you, Denise, Don and all at your agency that make my life easy enough to not have to shop when it comes to our speaker needs."

  • Kevin R. Johnston, CMP
  • Director, Strategic Events
  • CoreNet Global

"I just wanted to take a minute and drop you a note to tell you what a stress free and productive experience it is working with your agency. I have worked with various agencies for over 12 years and I congratulate you on being the easiest to deal with and the most efficient. I also appreciate the ease of myharrywalker.com for making final arrangements. Thank you for making my job easier."

  • Trish Tague
  • Marketing Director
  • KWQC-TV6

"I just wanted to let you know that every meeting we have done with your speakers has been perfect both in terms of the performance of the actual speaker and the service that I receive from you and the rest of your agency. I enjoy working with you, and look forward to other opportunities in the future."

  • A.J. Davenport, Jr., RPh
  • President & Executive Creative Director, Dover Communications, Inc.

"Your organization is extremely easy to work with. Given the level of stress an event like this can have on all parties it is great to work with a group of people who demonstrates such professionalism."

  • Emily M. Gesuale
  • W. P. Carey School of Business School of Health Management and Policy, Arizona State University

"I look forward to working with you again when the occasion arises. You guys are the "pro's pros", and it was a pleasure from start to finish."

  • Deborah K. Gaffney
  • Director of Conference Planning
  • Tax Executives Institute

"You have invested WELL in technology and made it easy for the client to use your agency. I just used the new FIRM OFFER form on line and it's really great! I wish every agency would do this. I remember bemoaning to Susan years ago that all this stuff needed to be on line...the whole business of sending out a printed form for me to fill out just doesn't make any sense any more. I don't even have a typewriter so how could I do it? AND...I'm too lazy to hand write it (and no one could read it). So, a hearty GOOD JOB to you for leading the most technologically advanced speaker agency in the U.S.!"

  • Tim Parrott, Executive Director
  • Desert Town Hall - Indian Wells & Indian Wells Youth Town Hall

"You were all a complete pleasure to work with. Thanks for being first-rate professionals, and lovely people besides."

  • Russell Hancock
  • President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network

"The Harry Walker Agency is the 911 of the convention industry."

  • PennAg Industries Association

"All of the arrangements went forward with the usual Harry Walker standard of excellence we have come to expect in our numerous engagements that we have booked with you."

  • Florida Atlantic University Foundation

"The evening was a total success! The lecture sold out in just over two hours! I want to thank the Harry Walker Agency for your high standards of performance during all phases of the contractual relationship. I look forward to our achieving future successes together!"

  • California State University

"Let me say that of all the agents that we work with, you and the Harry Walker Agency stand head and shoulders above the rest."

  • The Norfolk Forum, Inc.

"You really went the extra mile for us."

  • Queens College

"You were an absolute pleasure to deal with."

  • Dean Witter Reynolds

"You not only returned our calls, you even called us to see how you could help."

  • American Personal Communications

"As usual, the level of service and attention to detail provided by The Harry Walker Agency was of the utmost caliber."

  • Julie L. Semmel,
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Clover Capital Management, Inc.

“It was a pleasure working with you these past few months. I appreciate your availability and promptness to my requests. We always have a positive experience working with the Harry Walker Agency.”

  • Deby Engelmyer
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
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