Our Company

Rachel Simon at Gesher’s Community Luncheon, topic: Simon’s book Riding the Bus With My Sister and personal experiences of being a sibling to an adult with disabilities; February 2020 (acquisition talks started 6 months later)

ABOUT US

We have a 30-year history of being recognized as the only speaker and performing arts bureau that represents those with a disability.

In 1985 DBA founder Marc Goldman began his successful career of matching Hollywood and sports celebrities with non-profit organizations. 

It was that inspiration that gave Marc the idea to start a bureau that represents people with disabilities.

Attending a Hollywood fundraiser in the mid-1980s, one of Marc's well-known personality friends brought to his attention an unknown comedian who used a wheelchair. What he did not know was the comedian had a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. Then again, it didn't matter because this guy was really funny. This flipped a switch and Marc thought, we may have something here. 

"It has been our privilege to serve as a very special resource to the disability communities over these many years." - Marc Goldman

Damon Brooks & Associates client base has expanded to include a broad and varied group of organizations, from the smallest of local advocacy groups to college campuses, government agencies, and corporate entities.

FAQ's

Many questions arise when considering a speaker for any type of meeting, convention, conference or special event. Even seasoned buyers of any product have questions about the company with which they are working. Damon Brooks & Associates is entering its fourth decade in business with many long-time, returning clients and a roster of excellent speakers many who have been with us for over 20 years. Following are questions that have been asked by some of our current and prospective buyers.

What is a speakers bureau and how does a speakers bureau work?

A speakers bureau is a company which traditionally represents professional speakers. Sometimes referred to as third-party brokers, some bureaus represent their speakers exclusively or they have access to speakers who work with many bureaus

How does Damon Brooks speakers bureau work?

Damon Brooks & Associates works a bit differently than traditional speakers bureau, because we choose to remain small which allows us to provide personalized service. In 2022, DB&A became a subsidiary of Gesher Disability Resources, Inc and was reclassified as a non-profit 501c3 (Tax Id: 86-0626273). We have a very defined subject matter and our speakers are subject matter experts making DB&A a boutique style speakers bureau. We work personally with each of our speakers matching up to the right client. Because of our long time relationship with the disability community, we are able to personally secure many other speakers with a disability who are not listed on our site. We also consider you as our client, as well as our speakers.

How much do speakers cost?

Traditionally, speaker fees start at $1,500 for a virtual talk and $5,000 for in-person. Additional expenses include direct reimbursement of air and ground travel, accommodations, and meals. As professional speakers, fees may be negotiable and all offers are considered. DB&A always confirms approval with the buyer, prior to any expense.

Is there a fee to booking through Damon Brooks speakers bureau?

No, all of our expenses are factored in with the speaker’s fee. As a non-profit, DB&A commissions go back into programs and services for the disability community.

What services does Damon Brooks speakers bureau provide?

Damon Brooks & Associates speakers bureau has always, in it’s long history, been most recognized for it’s personal and professional service. It is our goal to talk personally with each organization. We pride ourselves on returning calls within the shortest period of time. Because of our long history, we are able to share our resources on how others have financially and programmatically benefited by securing one of our speakers, performers, or trainers. As meeting planners and as a former association executive, we know your needs. We insure that our communications remain open from the first call to the follow-up phone call on each event.

Damon Brooks & Associates, LLC, a subsidiary of Gesher Disability Resources, Inc. since 2022 – Tax Id 86-0626273

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  • Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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