Mark Scharenbroich

Nice Bike

It’s All About Making Connections

Hall of Fame Speaker Mark Scharenbroich is a hybrid speaker. Combine one part business speaker, one part pure entertainer, mix in a cast of characters, add a blend of motivational stories and actionable ideas and you have Mark Scharenbroich.

Mark’s core messages have always been about connecting. Sometimes it was in schools to help teachers connect to their students. Other times it was in organizations or businesses to help team members feel truly connected to their core values and their customers.

Mark’s biggest “Ah-ha” moment came while traveling to an engagement. It was there that he stumbled upon the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company’s 100th year anniversary celebration. He kept overhearing people as they passed bikers and shared two simple words, “Nice Bike”.

A connection was made. It gave Mark an unforgettable metaphor that inspired him to write his award-winning book, Nice Bike: Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life.

More than a passing compliment, Nice Bike is a powerful, memorable metaphor that acts as a catalyst to help build stronger connections and more effective teams. The Nice Bike principle helps individuals to become more engaged and passionate about serving others.

Mark’s Nice Bike messages teach his listeners to make connections. Engage your people, energize your business.

  • Nice Bike – Making Meaningful Connections
  • Mark as Coach Wally Bowers


CEO Testimonials

A CEO doesn’t often lend his or her name to testimonials unless there is a strong affinity for the brand. In this case, the brand receiving the recommendation is business motivational speaker Mark Scharenbroich.

An original. The best speaker I’ve ever heard …You are one of the few speakers I have seen who focus on the real keys to successful leadership: recognition, learning, engagement, and passion.”
John Stumpf, President, and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company

Your contribution to our success was significant. You left a strong impression on our team and gave them a strong sense of how to deal with people, the importance of making connections….and most importantly the need to engage. Bravo. You were THE hit at the conference.”
Dave Casper, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank

“Mark is one of the most engaging, effective speakers I have come across. His message hits you right in the heart, and his delivery is inspiring to the entire audience. He has had a wonderful impact on the eBay community of users and employees.”
John Donohue, President and CEO, ebay

“Mark’s presentation and his thinking are incredibly impressive. What he has to share about personal and professional impact is a powerful and engaging message. I have never seen an audience more enthusiastic about an experience.“
Mary Brainerd, President & CEO, Health Partners



  • Allstate
  • American Family Insurance
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Boston Scientific
  • eBay
  • GE
  • Hyatt
  • ING
  • Jostens
  • MetLife
  • Securian
  • Wells Fargo
  • Voya
Travels From:  Minnesota
City: Mpls
$15,001 to $20,000


Mark’s Path to Becoming a Keynote Speaker

Mark’s comedy path started when he founded a comedy troupe, called Mom’s Apple Pie that performed at high schools and colleges. When the group disbanded Mark went solo, combining his comedy with leadership training and messages about making connections.

His speaking career kicked into gear when Mark was featured in the Jostens film, “The Greatest Days of Your Life… (so far)” which has been shown to more than 10,000 high schools worldwide.

Mark became known for being able to grab the attention of 2,500 students in a gymnasium in 30 seconds or less. His ability to connect with students, and keep them glued to the presentation with humor and life-changing messages, earned him a reputation for being the top speaker in education.

The demand for Mark as a speaker skyrocketed and he left his marketing position at Jostens in 1984. He and his wife, Susan founded Scharenbroich and Associates, a motivational speaking and leadership training video production company. Mark quickly became known as a leading connections expert in developing leaders and transforming the culture of an organization. He is an award-winning keynote speaker, winner of an Emmy Award as writer/producer for an ABC TV special, and recipient of several international film awards.

As students grew up and moved into positions at Fortune 500 companies, they remembered the influence Mark Scharenbroich (the Shake ‘N’ Bake guy) had on their lives during high school. They continue to want to bring that same impact to their companies.

In 2003, Mark was inducted into the National Speaker’s Association prestigious Hall of Fame. Less than 5% of the professional speakers worldwide have been awarded this honor.
In 1977, Mark married his bride, Susan, who today manages Scharenbroich & Associates. They have three grown children, Matt, Mike and a daughter named Kate, 2 daughters-in-law named Kate, a grand baby (not named Kate), an English bulldog, and five beehives.

In 2010, Mark and Susan established to honor the memory of Mark’s father and to support veterans’ causes with a portion of the sales from the Nice Bike book.


Mix thousands and thousands of black leather, bandana wearing, tattoo bearing Harley-Davidson riders with a 100th Anniversary and one beige rental car and the end result will be the perfect metaphor for connecting with others: “Nice Bike.”

Nice Bike acts as a powerful catalyst to help build stronger, more unified teams. The message inspires audience members to be more engaged and passionate about connecting with others.

Join Emmy award-winning speaker, Mark Scharenbroich as he takes you for a fun ride on how to be effective at making meaningful connections in both your professional and personal life. His Nice Bike principle is supported by three strong actions: Acknowledge, honor and connect.

Mark has spent his career working in both industry and education discovering how some of the best organizations and team leaders build a culture that encourages people to perform at a higher level through greater engagement.

Part motivational speaker, part thought-provoker and pure comedic entertainer – Mark Scharenbroich will inspire, teach and engage you with Nice Bike.

Mark’s alto ego, Coach Wally Bowers is a great follow up to Mark’s business keynote speaker address. Bring him back as the bumbling, hilarious, motivational Coach Wally Bowers. This is perfect to add a lightning bolt of fun to your event.

Areas of expertise

  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Networking
  • New Business Development
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