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Barrett Cordero is the President of BigSpeak Inc. a leading global Speakers Bureau representing Business Icons, Best-Selling Authors, World Class Athletes, Vanguard Thought Leaders, Celebrities, Technologists, Consultants, and Entertainers with sales in 70% of the Fortune 1000.

Barrett is a strategic leader with proven tactical success in challenging entrepreneurial environments. Under his leadership, the team and company are generating exponential growth and have made the Inc.Magazine’s list of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the past six years (2020-2015). In this role, Barrett is responsible for all aspects of the company including: sales, operations, talent representation, finance, marketing, innovation, as well as making key investment decisions for the growth of the business. Barrett also leads, mentors and manages BigSpeak’s world class team ensuring growth is sustainable and congruous with cultural values. He is dead serious about a happy, healthy, and passionate culture.


Prior to joining BigSpeak, Barrett attended the University of Southern California and Leonardo da Vinci School in Florence, Italy, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barrett draws on previous professional experience in the Internet space as an Account Representative for Commission Junction (a Conversant company), from the hotel/resort industry as a manager for the Four Seasons Biltmore of Santa Barbara and from the non-profit sector as a volunteer and Board Appointments.

His BigSpeak current clients include: Google, Nike, YMCA, SAS, Chevron, American Airlines, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BlackRock, Ford, UHC, Siemens, Northern Trust, John Deere, Lego, and many other Fortune 500.

He served as a Board Member of The Channel Islands YMCA for three years and is a member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO). He was recently recognized by Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40. Barrett resides in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife, Catherine, and two daughters, where they enjoy hiking, surfing and spending time with their family, friends, and pets.

What People Are Saying About Barrett Cordero

“From the day I met Barrett, he has been a winner. He has consistently demonstrated a wonderfully rare combination of high-character, high-competence, and high-collaboration skills that is refreshingly differentiating. In my experience, partnering with Barrett is a “can’t miss” proposition.”

Douglas R. Conant, Former Chairman of Avon Products, Inc. Former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company

“Barrett gets a 10 in our book. He listened to what it was we wanted to accomplish at our meeting and based on that information, gave us several speakers to interview. He was also very thorough and knowledgeable.”

American Airlines Federal Credit Union

“We really had an incredible experience with BigSpeak in bringing Dewitt Jones and Jeff Salz to our conference. Barrett was very responsive and helpful throughout our conference planning experience. Dewitt and Jeff were memorable additions to our conference. We’re thankful to BigSpeak for their professionalism, responsiveness, and hospitality. We would choose BigSpeak again in a heartbeat!”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

“I have crossed savage rivers, traversed the Himalayas, scaled sheer rock walls and even worked with Barrett in a professional capacity… and it would be impossible for me to overstate the heights of my regard for him in every respect. Barrett Cordero brings integrity, enthusiasm and great capacity to everything he undertakes. He is a joy to be with. There is no one I would rather have at my side in a tight situation. There is no one I know who is more delightful to partner with. And no one more likely to help insure positive outcomes by the quality of his efforts. When it comes to turning a challenge to a success, and having a great time doing it…Barrett is ‘simply the best’!”

Jeff Salz Ph.D, Founder, President, Way of Adventure, Inc

“Barrett Cordero genuinely takes an interest in identifying and understanding his customer’s needs and then strives to exceed expectations. We hired several of BigSpeak’s Resources for national leadership development and we benefitted from Barrett’s personalized, outstanding service throughout the entire process which ultimately enabled our executive and volunteer leadership to benefit from their experience.  Barrett has earned a coveted spot in my trusted resource cache for conference planning.”

Director, Special Projects, Marketing and Communications, YMCA

“Rating: 10 – Barrett went to bat for us on everything we asked. He is a gentleman and did a fantastic job of conveying our contract, requirements, and all other aspects of our agreement with BigSpeak to us, but more so, he gave a very personal and professional approach to delicate matters and handled them with expert control and ease. If and when we do any further business with BigSpeak, we want Barrett to represent us.”

Michael Fedyna, Chairman, Ryerson Business Forum

“Many thanks. Your service was above and beyond.”

George Siragusa, Global Sales Operations Manager, ExxonMobil

“Barrett’s fabulous. Outstanding customer service. A great agency. Highly, highly recommended.”

Karen Lucas, VP Marketing, Aegis Living, LLC

“Barrett is a good and effective man!”

Sam Tyler, Award-Winning PBS Producer

“Barrett Cordero as an agent was perfect. Barrett was outstanding. Barrett was a 10 and so easy to work with.”

Donna Lewis, ILP Policy Unit, California Department of Social Services

“Barrett, I have to say THANK YOU for helping me select 3 of the best speakers we had the past 2 days. The Afterburner were a HUGE hit this morning and I do mean HUGE! Even our CEO was very impressed and enjoyed the message/presentation (and he is hard to please at times!); people are still coming up to me this afternoon telling me how great their presentation was. Second City – well, what can I say. EVERYONE enjoyed them and if we could have had them stay longer we would have. They were exactly what we needed and did not fail us with providing the laughter and entertainment we so wanted and needed after a long day! Jeff’s presentation this morning was right on target…I have heard a number of positive comments of his session and I am sure I will hear more as the day goes on. Perfect choice of speaker and subject for our conference! Thank you SO much and I look forward to working with BigSpeak again in the future!”


“Barrett was a 9, a great representative of Big Speak and the speaker’s capabilities. Overall he proved himself to be a diligent resource. I hope to work with him in the future. Barrett’s energy and knowledge was a huge benefit for me and my team. Barrett was responsive, knowledgeable and dedicated to our success. I appreciate his questions and process for selecting a speaker for our audience. His interest and curiosity in our goals and objectives helped to make us think differently as well.”

Robert Fleming, Associate, W. L. Gore and Associates

“The speaker Barrett Cordero provided for us was just what we needed. His professional style and credibility played a large role in making our promotion an overwhelming success reducing the “fear of the unknown” by giving our employees confidence in themselves. His inspirational message was exactly what they needed to hear.”

Nathan H. Meadows, Strategy Analyst, Central MBO, Ford Motor Company

“Conference calls prior to event were very valuable to “set the table.” I also appreciated getting books and supplies sent out prior to event. Speaker had a great topic, very appropriate for our audience. Barrett was a 10, very responsive to all my requests.”

Robbyn Lucier, Director of Human Resources, Portage Health

Marilyn’s keynote address really got our participants to think about overcoming adversity and building confidence which aligned perfectly to our meeting intent. Thank you for your work and we will definitely keep BigSpeak  in  mind for any future needs.

Fortune 500 client


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