Moving directly from college student to campy green fur-ball, Dave Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots as the first enhabitor of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. Over his sixteen years in the suit, David’s performace as the Phanatic carried the Philadelphia Phillies to World Series victories and unimagined levels of popularity, helping to spawn a revolution in the mascot industry.
Leveraging the unique lessons he learned from the inside out – literally! – Dave made a seamless transition to the world of character branding and mascot training. Since starting Raymond Entertainment nearly twenty years ago, he has overseen the creation and rehabilitation of hundreds of mascots and the brands that support them.
With The Power of Fun, Dave shares his "phantastic" story. Learn how Dave's time as the Phanatic led him to realize that fun's transformative effects are the key to living a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
From 1978, when he first pulled on the green fur, until he left the Philadelphia Phillies in 1994, Dave Raymond redefined the world of live character performance as the original Phillie Phanatic. Throughout his career working with some of the world’s leading brands, he designed and refined the same process that began creating a multimillion-dollar brand extension for his favorite baseball team. Along the way, his design thinking process helped Dave to get through some of the hardest times of his life. In The Power of Fun, Dave shares the best stories from his performance career, and outlines a simple model – a theory about fun – that can change your life.
When was the last time your organization experienced serious fun? Dave Raymond's Power of Fun provides simple first steps towards enhancing wellness and culture through increased productivity and creativity, improved employee retention, and fostering an inclusive environment for your whole team. We call it “serious fun” because it will streamline your path to success and deliver more than just bottom line results.
Dave’s presentation can be customized to fit the needs of your event and audience. This empowering keynote can fill anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. The performance and content will be tailored to your initiatives for developing culture, health, productivity or morale. It is interactive, memorable, and will leave your audience energized and ready to meet new challenges.
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Each presentation of The Power of Fun includes our Phanatical Care program. Dave will create customized pre- and post-event videos to share with your audience. The first video is designed to tease attendees about the Power of Fun and increase excitement, while the second video will follow up and support retention of your event messaging. If scheduling and logistics allow, Dave will also meet on-site with your leaders, tour your facility, and develop a deeper understanding of your specific goals and challenges. At the same time, Dave will interview a randomly selected attendee so we can understand, from their perspective, what they hope to get out of your event.
“Thank you for the outstanding job you did at the event! I have heard so much praise about both the keynote speech and workshop! One of our sponsors actually got emotional when telling us about how your speech not only hit professionally, but also personally. How dead-on your message was – it hit deep and was fun at the same time!”Marcella Saborio, president, Qua Marketing
“Your time with our team was so influential. 18 months later and managers and directors are still recalling your effect and presence.”Theresa Fink, SVP/COO, Tower Health
have already recommended Dave Raymond to another client of ours and we will, in-fact, be booking him for our spring retreat – looking forward to another FUN experience!Lisa Marie Chimento - Lead Planner, IIA Philly
“The experience was fantastic! From inquiry to good bye you guys were well organized and great to work with. The presentation was just what we were looking for and has given everyone a lot to think about and apply to their teams.”Nancy Bordick - Huber+Suhner
“David really brought out the FUN in our recent NASTO Conference – he was not only fun but he enlightened the crowd of 300 transportation officials (not known for their sense of fun) by focusing on injecting fun into everyday tasks. He was engaging and I would recommend a dose of the big green fuzzy guy mentality to any organization.”Secretary Jennifer Cohan - Delaware Department of Transportation
“Thanks again for making our All Employee Meeting the best one we can remember. There have been so many positive comments about your keynote being floated around our offices today. Even our invited community partners were raving out it. TERRIFIC job!”Mike Tatoian - President and CEO, Dover International Speedway
“Since the inception of ThurMo, we have had many top speakers … when people ask me who our best speaker was, without hesitation I say David Raymond. His Power of Fun speech is simply awesome! It electrified the room and captivated an audience that has been spoiled by hearing all of the best speakers in our region.”Steve Grandizio – VP Mortgage Director, Annie Mac
“I was one of those students who just showed up because I was told to, but I wanted to thank you because your keynote speech made the day well worth it. Thank you for delivering a stirring presentation!”Wayne Stainrook – Student, Rutgers University
“I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the presentation … I must admit that it was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I was really invigorated and I’ve been taking the FUN “values” you’ve instilled in us, everywhere I go these days.”Derek Allen - R & D Finance, Glaxo Smith Kline
“As someone who understands the importance of teamwork and camaraderie, I am happy to recommend Dave Raymond and the Power of Fun!”Cal Ripken, Jr.
“Dave Raymond brings a level of energy and enthusiasm that is unmatched. The Power of Fun can help any organization, sport or otherwise, find innovative ways to improve in areas such as marketing, motivation, and employee morale.”Dr. Tim Deschiver – Sports Marketing, University of Delaware