Jackie Robinson was First Sports Star Booked by Merrin. Jackie Wore #42!

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers, one of the elite bureaus worldwide, celebrates its 42 year anniversary this week. Legendary Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers superstar, and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was the first sports star that Merrin booked. Jackie wore number 42 on his uniform! The company has booked every past president starting with President Reagan For personal appearances.

Bruce and Jackie

Johnny Carson and Michael Landon sparked the idea for the company 42 years ago. Merrin had booked his client, Michael Landon, on the “Tonight Show.” After the guesting, Johnny Carson invited Landon and Merrin to dinner at at Carson’s lavish Malibu home. As the waves rolled in from the majestic Pacific Ocean, Carson suggested that Bruce launch a Celebrity Speakers Bureau. Johnny said, “I’ll be your first client,” then Landon said, “I’ll be your second one.” The next day, Ed McMahon became the third client!

A few of the bookings the past year include Dr. Wayne Dyer, William Shatner, Uri Geller, Dick Enberg, Fran Drescher, Jerry Tarkanian, Steve Garvey, Wayne Allyn Root and Cheryl Landon.

Spencer Romano, CEO of www.brucemerrinscelebrityspeakers.com, states, “We specialize in booking motivational and inspirational speakers, sports stars, politicians, best selling authors, business experts and celebrities for corporate meetings, special events, banquets, sales conferences, spousal gatherings and corporate retreats. We deal with Certified Meeting Planners internationally.”

Merrin, a UCLA Film School graduate, proudly states, “Over the past four decades I have booked every major sports superstar. I am particularly blessed that I booked UCLA Coach John Wooden, who won 10 NCAA basketball championships, for dozens of speaking engagements on his ‘Pyramid of Success’ presentation.”

Danny Efron, VP Worldwide marketing adds, “We just booked Jeff Hoffman, Co-founder of Priceline.com, for a major engagement for the CEO Clubs of America in New York City in April. Chris Kipcakli initiated the contract.”