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Chad Pregracke

Chad Pregracke

Keynote Speaker: Founder of Living Lands & Waters, CNN's Hero of the Year for 2013, Environmental Speaker & Bestselling Author

Chad Pregracke Biography

Chad Pregracke is the internationally named 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters; a nonprofit river cleanup organization, author and professional public speaker. He is proof one person can make a difference.

Best known for starting out as a young man in East Moline, Illinois wanting a cleaner waterway, Pregracke has become the champion for the Mississippi River. Growing up on its banks, he worked as a commercial shell diver during his early years, experiencing the river from the bottom up. Sometimes spending 10 hours a day in the depths and current of the pitch black waters, he crawled nearly 150 miles of the river bottom over six years. Pregracke saw its beauty and was frustrated by the neglect. At the age of 17, he decided to clean it up. Twenty-five years later, Pregracke and his Living Lands & Waters crew have organized and led over 1200 community cleanups on 23 rivers in 21 states and removed over 12.8 million pounds of garbage. Pregracke had an idea that evolved into a movement that has helped to restore one of America’s greatest icons, the Mississippi River.

Pregracke has been recognized by former President, George W. Bush as a national “Point of Light.” He received a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center from all four living former U.S. Presidents for his inspirational message on dreaming big, taking action, persevering, leading and collaborating. He has been the keynote speaker for college graduations, business conferences and events, classrooms, nonprofit organizations and more. Named “America’s Hardest Working Person” by Mitchum, Pregracke’s enthusiasm, sense of humor and passion amplifies his story and entertains audiences. Ultimately, his message inspires people to believe they can make a difference.

Pregracke currently lives and works with his wife Tammy dividing his time between life on the Teamwork barge and their home in East Moline, IL.

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Chad Pregracke Speaking Topics

Results, Not Rhetoric: How to Mobilize Your Team

Pregracke has learned to navigate political as well as physical landscapes, responding to challenges and opportunities with grace and precision. Recounting his personal journey from wide-eyed teenager to entrepreneur, he shares the pitfalls and serendipity he encountered while creating a mobilizing, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization.

From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers

In this inspirational story, Pregracke takes us from the pitch-black depths of the Mississippi to its surface. His personal journey to restore pride in one of our nation’s greatest treasures motivates others to do the same.

Chad Pregracke Videos

Environmentalist Wants To Turn Old I-80 Bridge Into Crossing F
Spring Equinox Speaker Chad Pregracke
2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke

How to book Chad Pregracke?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chad Pregracke for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chad Pregracke, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chad Pregracke or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chad Pregracke?

Booking fees for Chad Pregracke, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chad Pregracke, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chad Pregracke?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chad Pregracke for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chad Pregracke for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chad Pregracke or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chad Pregracke or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chad Pregracke is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environmental Policy, Environment and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chad Pregracke for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Chad Pregracke generally travels from East Moline, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jamie Margolin, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Tensie Whelan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chad Pregracke for an upcoming event.

Chad Pregracke Speaking Topics

  • Results, Not Rhetoric: How to Mobilize Your Team

    Pregracke has learned to navigate political as well as physical landscapes, responding to challenges and opportunities with grace and precision. Recounting his personal journey from wide-eyed teenager to entrepreneur, he shares the pitfalls and serendipity he encountered while creating a mobilizing, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization.

  • From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers

    In this inspirational story, Pregracke takes us from the pitch-black depths of the Mississippi to its surface. His personal journey to restore pride in one of our nation’s greatest treasures motivates others to do the same.

Chad Pregracke Videos

Environmentalist Wants To Turn Old I-80 Bridge Into Crossing F
Spring Equinox Speaker Chad Pregracke
2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke

Chad Pregracke News

How to book Chad Pregracke?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chad Pregracke for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chad Pregracke, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chad Pregracke or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chad Pregracke?

Booking fees for Chad Pregracke, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chad Pregracke, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chad Pregracke?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chad Pregracke for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chad Pregracke for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chad Pregracke or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chad Pregracke or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chad Pregracke is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environmental Policy, Environment and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chad Pregracke for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Chad Pregracke generally travels from East Moline, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jamie Margolin, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Tensie Whelan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chad Pregracke for an upcoming event.

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