INPEX 2016 Keynote Speaker:
George Edward Foreman was born January 10, 1949 in the northeastern corner of the state of Texas in a town called Marshall. Foreman was known as a bully in his youth that included the reputation as a mugger and brawler in his neighborhood.
His aggressive persona was fine-tuned by the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps, a program developed to help disadvantaged kids by teaching them vocational job skills. He met counselor and boxing coach, Doc Broaddus, through Job Corps in California. It was during this time that Broaddus encouraged Foreman to become a boxer.
Foreman dedicated himself to training and quickly established an impressive amateur record. From there, Foreman found himself at the top of the gold medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, where he won the medal in his 25th amateur fight!
As a professional fighter, Foreman became a multi-decorated heavyweight champ. He fought fierce competition - the likes of Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield. He retired for good in 1997 after amassing an amazing 76-5 career record.
In the early 1990’s, Foreman flourished as a pitchman for products such as Meineke Car Care Centers and the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine.
He has also successfully launched a line of environmentally safe cleaning products, exclusive line of personal care products, a prescription shoe for diabetics to prevent amputations, a restaurant franchise called UFood Grille, and 10 books.
In 2013, Foreman became the sponsor of InventHelp®, a leading invention service company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Foreman has also attended INPEX®, America’s largest Invention and New Product Exposition, as a guest speaker, sharing his struggles with other inventors and innovators from around the world as a street tough, to celebrated Heavy Weight Champ, to successful entrepreneur.
In his private life, Foreman tends to his ministry at The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, he founded in 1980, where he preaches four times a week. He also enjoys spending free time with his family on his ranch in Marshall, Texas.
Foreman will deliver the keynote address in the George Foreman's Inventors University at 9:00 AM on Thursday, June 9 to close out INPEX 2016!