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Are you ready for some magic that could refocus and energize your team?

Brad Barton, author of the book Beyond Illusions, will help us do that through the Magic of Positive Perception.

Life is more exciting–work environments more fun and friendly–personal lives more rewarding–when we look Beyond Illusions and find the real magic that is in us.

Brad is a Certified Speaking Professional, serves as president of the Mountain West Chapter of the National Speakers Association and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He’s an NCAA athletic and academic All-American. For the past decade he has been inspiring the likes of Kimberly Clark, Mayo Clinic, State Farm, Kroger, Department of Defense, NASA and even the IRS - and now it’s our turn.

Are you ready for some real magic?

Let’s welcome Brad Barton!


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Brad & Alydia:

Brad & Alydia Barton

Alydia and I met as teammates while both on track scholarship at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. We married our senior year in college and hoped to be blessed with a large family. I was a middle-distance track star and Alydia’s specialty was 10,000 m so we hoped our offspring would share our talent and passion for long-distance running.

Check us out 19 years later. We have truly been blessed indeed.



Alydia Barton

(Sweet Pea) She serves as Brad's Office Manager, Travel Agent and CFO. She's a high school head track coach, mathematics instructor, elite marathon runner, Sunday school leader, wife and mother of six. In short, she is one busy lady!

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, her parents returned to Federal Way, Washington when she was six years old. She excelled in high school track and cross-country and earned a scholarship to run for Weber State University where she studied mathematics and received her secondary education teaching certificate.

She qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials and has a lifetime best marathon time of 2:49.36.



Jacob Barton

(Jacobman) Our 17-year-old high school senior, a.k.a. "The Cross King" won both the Utah 3A Cross-Country Championship his Junior year, and the state 4A cross-country crown his Senior year. He loves BC calculus, seminary, and psychology.

Jacob is a dedicated athlete. He runs 50 to 70 miles per week. He spends his evenings with homework (he maintains a 3.99 GPA - Utah High School All-Academic Team), video games, Facebook, and eating - a lot!

Jacob has recently accepted an academic and cross-country/track scholarship at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He will run for the Aggies and study engineering beginning fall 2010. He plans to serve a two-year full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints between his freshman and sophomore years at USU.



Aubrey Barton

(Brie girl) Our 14-year-old high school Freshman, thankfully, loves horses more than boys. She enjoys spending part of her summer at the family cattle ranch in Salmon, Idaho. A gifted artist, she won Best of Show in her school districts art competition. (She likes the ribbon, but I think she was more impressed with the several hundred dollars that came with the honor.)

She is a voracious reader, an entrepreneur, and enjoys beekeeping with her dad.

Aubrey is also a gifted runner, maintaining her varsity spot on the second best girls cross-country team in the state of Utah.



Garrett Barton

(Mr. G.) This is dad's fishing, hunting, gardening, baseball buddy. An 11-year-old fifth-grader, he enjoys reading fantasy, writing science fiction, time with friends, and anything that involves guns or fishing rods. His lifelong dream was fulfilled last summer when he caught a 52 pound King Salmon with his dad in Alaska.

Garrett shows real promise as a long-distance runner. He's fast on the track, but get him on a mountain trail and he leaves his elite-runner mom in the dust and his NCAA All-American dad gasping for air. The kid is an animal!



Mareina Barton

(Mary Miss) She loves to run and owns a fistful of ribbons to prove how good she is at it but her favorite sport is gymnastics. She started training last year but has caught up with and surpassed many of her peers who have been at it for years. She is our fearless one and has a high pain threshold. She broke her hand at the gym but didn't mention it to anyone for fear of missing out on some of the fun.

As an eight-year-old, friends are very important to Mariena but she still loves giving her dad back rubs and plenty of XOXO. She is also the family gift giver. She loves doing anonymous kind acts of loving service. Her favorite subjects in school are art, reading and PE.


Sienna May:

Sienna May Barton

(Miss E May) Our adorable 4-year-old daughter is physically small but she packs a giant personality. She’s emotional, strong-willed and determined. She has an insatiable sweet tooth and is a great help taking care of her baby sister.

She loves going to track practice with her head coach mother where she is anxious to run laps with the jumpers and throwers. The standing rule for the field athletes is that they have to at least keep up with the four-year-old (which is no easy task - this kid loves to run!).


Avery Grace:

Avery Grace Barton

The terrible twos have struck a year early! She is like a tornado in a diaper! She is in constant need of new information and experience. With a mischievous grin, she quickly leaves one disaster area and heads off for a new destructive adventure. She has no need to learn to speak as her siblings are happy to cater to her needs. Our family cannot imagine life without her.


brad's happy clients:

Accessories Resource Team, (ART)
Affordable Housing Management Association
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Linen
Arizona 4-H
Arizona Charter Schools Association
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Governor’s Office
Arizona School-Age Care Coalition
Association of Educational Purchasing Agents
Association of Government Accountants
Associated Schools of Construction
ATK Launch Systems
Automotive Technology Institute
Box Elder Credit Union
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta
Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson Labor & Employment Law Firm
California’s School-Age Consortium
Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technology (CASAT)
Children’s Aid Society
Colorado 4-H
Colorado Future Business Leaders of America
Colorado Department of Labor
Community of Caring
Complex Community Credit Union
Computer Services Inc.
Credit Union National Association (CUNA)
Dairy Deli Bakery Council
Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX)
Executive Officers Club
Facilities Management Engineering Inc.
Families Careers & Community Leaders of America
Farm Bureau
Focus Services
General Growth Properties Inc.
Gerber Construction
Girl Scouts of America
Get Away Today Travel
Harlem School District, NY
Hallmark Cabinets
Head Start
Help Desk Institute
Hospice for Utah
Housing Authority of Salt Lake City
Idaho Dairy Processors Association
Idaho State Health Department
Illinois Association of School Financial Aid Administrators
Illinois Association of School Business Administrators
Impact International
Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Wood Products
International Association of Administrative Professionals
International crime prevention
International Institute of Food Technologists
International Personnel Management Association
Internal Revenue Service
Iowa School-Age Care Coalition
Kentucky Law Enforcement Council
Kennedy Foundation
Kimberly Clark
LDS Hospital
Learn & Serve Arizona
Louisiana State Department of Education
Louisville Chamber of Commerce
Management Training Center
Marshall Space Flight Center
Maryland Institute Collage of Art
Mayo Clinic
McKay Dee Hospital
Michigan Association of Hospital Axillaries
Mid State Technical College
Minnesota Credit Union Network
Missouri School-Age Care Coalition
Montana Office of Public Instruction
National Aerospace FOD Prevention, Inc.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Crime Prevention Council
National Kitchen and Bath Association
National School-Age Care Coalition
National Speakers Association
National Youth Highway Safety Board
New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
New Mexico School Nutrition Association
North Dakota Department of Mental Health
Northern Utah Association of Government Accountants
Oklahoma Dept of Human Services
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Oklahoma Future Farmers of America
Oregon Association of Hospital Axillaries
Oregon State Office of Education
Pampered Chef
Permian Chapter of Credit Unions
Purdue University
Questar Gas
Reeds Dairy
Red Cross
Richard Manufacturing
Salt Lake City Affordable Housing
Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee
Sellers Management Inc.
Smiths Food and Drug
South Dakota School-Age Care Association
South Dakota 4-H
So. Idaho Dairyman's Association
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Southern Utah University
State Farm
Synergy Pro Marketing
Texas Association of Local WIC Directors
Texas Education Agency
Texas Home School Association
United Space Alliance
University of Utah
US Department of Labor
US Air Force
US Army
Utah 4-H
Utah Apartment Association
Utah Art Association
Utah Assisted Living Association
Utah Association of Elementary School Principals
Utah Association of Student Councils
Utah Association of Public Treasurers
Utah Department of Child & Family Services
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Utah Department of Corrections
Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
Utah Facilities Operation & Maintenance Association
Utah First Credit Union
Utah Gerontological Society
Utah Juvenile Justice Services
Utah League of Credit Unions
Utah Public Transportation Association
Utah Rural Schools Association
Utah School Foundations Association
Utah’s Secondary School Principals Association
Utah State Courts
Utah State Office of Mental Health
Utah State Office of Education
Utah State School Nutrition Association
Utah State University
Vivus Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
Washington State Office of Attorney General
Washington State Future Business Leaders of America
Weber School District Credit Union
Weber State Credit Union
Weber State University
West Virginia State Office of Education
Western Illinois University
Western States Lodging
Wheeler Machinery Company
Workers Compensation of New Mexico
Wyoming 4-H
Wyoming Future Business Leaders of America
Wyoming High School Coaches Association
Wyoming State Office of Education
Youth Crime Watch of America
Youth Crime Watch of Kentucky
Youth of Promise

brad's favorite dozen books

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins

    Good to Great
    Jim Collins

  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

    The Road
    Less Traveled

    M. Scott Peck, M.D.

  • The Dog Poop Initiative by Kirk Weisler

    The Dog Poop Initiative
    Kirk Weisler

  • A Brief Hisotry of Time by Stephen Hawking

    A Brief History
    of Time

    Stephen Hawking

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Ender's Game
    Orson Scott Card

  • Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson

    Believing Christ
    Stephen E. Robinson

  • Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

    Good to Great
    Jim Collins

  • The Greatest Salesman in the World by OG Mandino

    The Greatest
    Salesman in the

    Og Mandino

  • Life Is Tremendous by Charlie Jones

    Life Is

    Charlie Jones

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

    The 7 Habits of
    Highly Effective People

    Dale Carnegie

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    How to Win Friends
    & Influence People

    Jim Collins

  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

    The Screwtape

    C.S. Lewis


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