Our Authors

At Emerald Lake Books, we work with authors of all types and sizes. Whether they are self-published, first-time, best-selling, award-winning, established or celebrity authors, we have the knowledge and expertise to meet their needs.

Danny Friedman

Danny Friedman is a multimillion-dollar sales professional with over 25 years of experience. He has achieved success in the office equipment, commercial real estate, sporting goods and promotional products industries.

In 2007, Danny started DANNY, Inc., a sales training company that features Danny’s highly energized style of speaking. He is not only educational, but inspirational.

Danny is recognized as an expert in the world of sales and his sessions are a “must see.” His pragmatic style delivers a winning message to each one of his audiences, whether there are 25 or 1,000 people.

He speaks at national association tradeshows as well as corporate functions and is in demand both domestically and internationally.

Danny speaks to schools, healthcare organizations and corporations about his life and what he has overcome to inspire others to do the same. His sessions will make you laugh, cry and inspire you “to never give up,” no matter what battle you are dealing with.

Audiences learn of the many treatments, physicians and alternative medical practices Danny endured until he finally found the solution to overcome his personal nightmare.

Danny’s audiences leave with the inspiration to succeed in their personal life. It is his belief that everyone is entitled to live a happy and healthy life.

Danny lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters.

Learn more about the author at dannyinc.com.

Author of:

What Doesn't Kill You... by Danny Friedman

Chris Westfall

Entrepreneur, consultant, author and publisher: Chris Westfall is the author of “The NEW Elevator Pitch” and “BulletProof Branding,” and a specialist in creating high-growth strategies across a wide array of industries.

A sought-after speaker and consultant, he has been recognized as the US National Elevator Pitch Champion. His guidance has created multi-million dollar revenue streams across four continents, and he has appeared on CNN, ABC NEWS, NBC TV and many other media outlets.

Along with Bloomberg TV’s Jeffrey Hayzlett, he is the producer and co-host of “The 118 Pitch Course” – helping businesses to understand the secrets of a world-class elevator pitch.

Focused on Millennial success, Chris is an award-winning MBA instructor at a top-10 MBA program, and has been recognized as the MBA Communicator of the Year. Originally from Chicago, he received his undergraduate degree from SMU and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University, where he graduated with top honors.

A former sales and marketing executive, his clients include HP, Cisco, RNC Global, E&Y, Unilever, Verizon and dozens of other globally-recognized brands, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

As a pitch coach, he has helped clients to land on “Dragon’s Den” and “Shark Tank,” and he regularly speaks to college audiences across the country on effective communication, marketing strategy and leadership.

Chris lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.

You can find him on most social media platforms or on his website, westfallonline.com.

Author of:

BulletProof Branding by Chris Westfall

Chris Vanderzyden

Chris Vanderzyden is a small business advocate, CPA, sales trainer, keynote speaker and creator of the 7 Step VICTORY Programs™ Her career began as a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then became a corporate defector and recreated her life as an entrepreneur and developed a nationwide advertising specialty and marketing company into a million dollar venture.

As a speaker, Chris delivers energetic, action-packed presentations filled with fresh concepts and essential strategies that inspire her audience to take action and achieve new levels of success. She is a recognized leader and is in demand to provide presentations to audiences ranging from 50 to 2,000 to many groups and audiences worldwide.

She is a highly sought-after broadcast commentator who has appeared on Fox Business News and other major media outlets.

Chris lives with her family in Vermont.

Learn more about Chris at www.chrisvanderzyden.com.

Author of:

7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Victory by Chris Vanderzyden