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.

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