Keynote Speaking

A Keynote Speech can be tailored to any group or occasion. Ed Draves is a John Maxwell certified Speaker, and you can expect a mix of humor with experience and success to connect with the audience to motivate, educate and make an impact. From Ed’s central themes, he will incorporate your organization’s meeting focus, mission / vision statement or build on your existing training schedule to best fit the needs of your group.

Industry Events – Leadership Conferences – Trade Shows – Business Lunches – Associations & Chambers – Civic Organizations – Churches and Youth Groups

Central Specialty Themes

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Brand Building
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Wine and Spirit Education
  • Living Organ Donation
  • Short Term Mission Work in Mexico.

Excellence Takes Effort

Edward Draves

Edward J Draves was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. A fun loving and dedicated husband, and father of an adult son and teenage daughter, he is active in his local Church and several organizations within the Masonic fraternity. He is an Adviser for 3 youth groups, a Karate Instructor and serve on several committees in the community, most notably on Character Education, Anti- Bully and Shared Decision Making at the Elementary school level.

With over 20 years of retail management and leadership experience, his tenure has afforded him the opportunity to visit hundreds of wineries around the globe and sample thousands of wines while meeting and learning from countless interesting and wonderful people. He developed and teaches a series of wine appreciation and responsible enjoyment classes titled “Wine Made Easy”. You can find him as an in-demand speaker and presenter at annual wine industry events.

Ed frequently volunteers in the community, donating time and utilizing his wine knowledge to conduct tastings for charitable events. He is especially proud to co-chair a large, all New York wine event, “Wines at the Shrine”. This annual event, 10 years strong, benefits the Shrine Travel Fund used to transport children and their families to Shriner’s Hospitals for treatment.

Professional Coaching

“My goal in life is to empower leaders to bring up leaders. I use powerful methods to clarify your goals, overcome limiting beliefs, discover your passions, clarify your values, discover your strengths and become who you want to be. I will give you the tools to succeed and confidential feedback while providing accountability without judgement.” – Edward Draves

"If ok is ok with you, I'm not your guy" - Ed DeCosta