Famous Toastmasters

Some well-known people from various fields have been Toastmasters. These include:

Carl Albert

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-77

Everett Alvarez

American POW during the Vietnam War; former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps and Veterans Administration

William Bennett

Former Premier of British Columbia, Canada

James Brady

Two-term press secretary for U.S. President Ronald Reagan who inspired the Brady Bill, which authorizes a 5-day waiting period on handgun purchases

Nancy Brinker

Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary

Joe Conley

Actor, former cast member of television show The Waltons

Peter Coors

Chairman of Coors Brewing Company

Ben Couch

Late former member of Parliament, New Zealand

Philip Crosby

Quality expert and leader of the quality movement

Carl Dixon

Rock Musician, former lead singer for The Guess Who

Mark Eaton

Former All Star Center for the NBA's Utah Jazz

Robert Emory

Founder, Emory Worldwide Courier Service

Debbi Fields Rose

Founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Anita Perez Ferguson

Former President, U.S. National Women's Political Caucus; Princeton lecturer and National Public Radio contributor

Steve Fraser

1984 Olympic Gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling; National Director of Sports Marketing Systems for Domino's Pizza, Inc.

Napoleon Hill

Best-selling author of "Think and Grow Rich;" presidential advisor

Tara Dawn Holland Christensen

Miss America, 1997

K.C. Jones

Former basketball coach for NBA team, Boston Celtics

Richard Lamm

Former Governor of Colorado and 1996 Reform Party Presidential candidate

Donald D. Lennox

Former President, Xerox Corporation's Information Systems Group

Linda Lingle

Former Governor of Hawaii

James Lovell

Former U.S. astronaut; missions included Apollo 13

Chris Matthews

Author and host on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews”

Harvey Mackay

Best-selling author of "Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive"

Bob McTeer

Former president/CEO, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank; former chancellor, Texas A&M University

Tom Monaghan

Founder of Domino's Pizza; owner of Detroit Tigers from 1983-1992.

Hyde Murray

Former Republican Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives

Robert Nesen

Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy, 1970-71

Todd Newton

Former TV host (E!, USA, Travel Channel, Game Show Network), life coach and speaker

Paul Oreffice

Former President and CEO of Dow Chemical, Midland, Michigan

Cavett Robert

Late founder of the National Speakers Association; author

Pat Roberts

U.S. Senator, Republican from Kansas

Walter Schirra

Late former U.S. astronaut; only man to fly in United States' first three space programs, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo

John V. Tunney

Former U.S. Senator and television commentator

King Vidor

Late director of classic Hollywood motion pictures

John Young

Former U.S. astronaut