The Wreckstopper, Ric Newell, is number 4,635 on the list of the “World’s Most Interesting Men” (Really, it’s true, you can check!). In Ric’s almost 50 years in the workforce, he has hustled pool, been a Rock & Roll, and country music disc jockey, worked as admission counselor at the Denver branch of his alma mater Columbia School of Broadcasting for three years, and spent over 20 years as a newspaperman. He ended his newspaper career in 1996 as an Account Manager for The San Antonio Express-News.
After a couple of years working the Southwest comedy club circuit as a standup comedian, Ric discovered he was not going to be the next Jerry Seinfeld. More importantly, after studying for a license to teach Texas Defensive Driving, Ric found his passion and became convinced that wrecks are mistakes and mistakes can be avoided. After working with thousands of the worst drivers in Texas and teaching almost a thousand state mandated defensive driving classes, The Wreckstopper was born in 2005. In the past decade Ric has worked with dozens of transportation companies, trained thousands of drivers, and keynoted transportation and trade associations in 22 states.
The Wreckstopper often applies his skill speaking to schools, non-profits, and service organizations. Ric has been a professional member of the National Speakers Association, and NSA’s North Texas Chapter since 2002. Ric was awarded 2004-2005 Member of the Year for the North Texas Chapter. In addition Ric has been a member of service organizations such as the Jaycees, Optimist Club, and the Kiwanis. Perhaps the greatest honor the Wreckstopper has ever received was being named San Antonio Express News Mentor of the Year, for the 1993 and 1994 school years, winning the prestigious “Golden Apple” because of his work with at risk children at Burnett Elementary School in San Antonio.
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