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Chad Pregracke

Founder of Living Lands & Waters, CNN's Hero of the Year for 2013, Environmental Speaker & Bestselling Author

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 Chad Pregracke Biography

Chad Pregracke is a modern day leader and proof that one person can make a difference. What started as one man’s crusade at age 23 to clean up the Mississippi River, has evolved into a cultural movement that had resulted in over 10 million pounds of garbage being cleaned out of America’s rivers. The vision and leadership skills that Pregracke possesses have inspired more than 100,000 people to volunteer their time and resources.

Pregracke has always loved the water, growing up in Hampton, Illinois with the Mississippi River literally in his backyard. His family spent the majority of their time on, in and around the river. His first jobs were working on the river, as a commercial shell diver, commercial fisherman and barge hand. Working on the river gave him a first hand and close up look at the shores that were littered with toxic trash.

At age 17, Pregracke began calling government agencies to tell them about the problem. None of his calls resulted in government action and the trash problem seemed to be escalating every year. He decided that it was up to him to make a difference and clean the rivers. At age 23, he founded Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s rivers. Pregracke worked tirelessly calling businesses to ask for an appointment just to tell the story of what he was seeing along the banks of the river. He heard no during every phone call and was near emotional bottom. After begging with a receptionist at Arconic, Pregracke finally secured his first appointment. Arconic took a chance on the young river kid and gave him his first check for $8,400, enough to cover expenses for his first clean up project.

Since 1998, the organization has grown to include over 12 full-time employees, a fleet of 5 barges, 2 towboats, 1 crane, 1 excavator, 5 work boats, 2 skid steers and 6 work trucks. Pregracke remains the driving force behind the organization and still jumps in the water, gets his hands dirty and tosses trash into the boat. His efforts have earned him global notoriety.

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From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers

From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers

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  • From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers

    In this inspirational story, Pregracke takes us from the pitch-black depths of the Mississippi to its surface. His personal journey to restore pride in one of our nation’s greatest treasures motivates others to do the same.

  • Results, Not Rhetoric: How to Mobilize Your Team

    Pregracke has learned to navigate political as well as physical landscapes, responding to challenges and opportunities with grace and precision. Recounting his personal journey from wide-eyed teenager to entrepreneur, he shares the pitfalls and serendipity he encountered while creating a mobilizing, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization.

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Chad Pregracke

Founder of Living Lands & Waters, CNN's Hero of the Year for 2013, Environmental Speaker & Bestselling Author

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Chad Pregracke Biography

Chad Pregracke is a modern day leader and proof that one person can make a difference. What started as one man’s crusade at age 23 to clean up the Mississippi River, has evolved into a cultural movement that had resulted in over 10 million pounds of garbage being cleaned out of America’s rivers. The vision and leadership skills that Pregracke possesses have inspired more than 100,000 people to volunteer their time and resources.

Pregracke has always loved the water, growing up in Hampton, Illinois with the Mississippi River literally in his backyard. His family spent the majority of their time on, in and around the river. His first jobs were working on the river, as a commercial shell diver, commercial fisherman and barge hand. Working on the river gave him a first hand and close up look at the shores that were littered with toxic trash.

At age 17, Pregracke began calling government agencies to tell them about the problem. None of his calls resulted in government action and the trash problem seemed to be escalating every year. He decided that it was up to him to make a difference and clean the rivers. At age 23, he founded Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s rivers. Pregracke worked tirelessly calling businesses to ask for an appointment just to tell the story of what he was seeing along the banks of the river. He heard no during every phone call and was near emotional bottom. After begging with a receptionist at Arconic, Pregracke finally secured his first appointment. Arconic took a chance on the young river kid and gave him his first check for $8,400, enough to cover expenses for his first clean up project.

Since 1998, the organization has grown to include over 12 full-time employees, a fleet of 5 barges, 2 towboats, 1 crane, 1 excavator, 5 work boats, 2 skid steers and 6 work trucks. Pregracke remains the driving force behind the organization and still jumps in the water, gets his hands dirty and tosses trash into the boat. His efforts have earned him global notoriety.

Chad Pregracke Videos

  • Spring Equinox Speaker Chad Pregracke
    The president and founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world's only "industrial strength" non-for profit river cleanup organization. Last...
  • 2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke
    Chad Pregracke's nonprofit, Living Lands and Waters, has removed millions of pounds of waste, trash and toxic chemicals from rivers across the US. He...
  • CNN Hero: Chad Pregracke
    Chad Pregracke and his nonprofit have removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 22 rivers across the country.

Chad Pregracke Books

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Chad Pregracke Speaking Topics

  • From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers

    In this inspirational story, Pregracke takes us from the pitch-black depths of the Mississippi to its surface. His personal journey to restore pride in one of our nation’s greatest treasures motivates others to do the same.

  • Results, Not Rhetoric: How to Mobilize Your Team

    Pregracke has learned to navigate political as well as physical landscapes, responding to challenges and opportunities with grace and precision. Recounting his personal journey from wide-eyed teenager to entrepreneur, he shares the pitfalls and serendipity he encountered while creating a mobilizing, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization.

FAQs on booking Chad Pregracke

  • How to book Chad Pregracke?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chad Pregracke for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chad Pregracke, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chad Pregracke or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Chad Pregracke?

    Booking fees for Chad Pregracke, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chad Pregracke, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Chad Pregracke?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chad Pregracke for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chad Pregracke for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chad Pregracke or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chad Pregracke or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Chad Pregracke is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Chad Pregracke for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Chad Pregracke generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ed Begley Jr., Josh Dorfman, Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, Louie Psihoyos and Tensie Whelan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chad Pregracke for an upcoming event.

Chad Pregracke Speaker Videos

  • Spring Equinox Speaker Chad Pregracke
    The president and founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world's only "industrial strength" non-for profit river cleanup organization. Last year he was awarded an honorary degree at Knox. Over...
    2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke
    Chad Pregracke's nonprofit, Living Lands and Waters, has removed millions of pounds of waste, trash and toxic chemicals from rivers across the US. He is nominated for the CNN SuperHero award.
  • CNN Hero: Chad Pregracke
    Chad Pregracke and his nonprofit have removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from 22 rivers across the country.
    Chad Pregracke - Hardest Working DoGooder in America
    I, Mike Rowe, hereby nominate Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters, who works his butt off getting dirty every day by cleaning up America's rivers.

Chad Pregracke Speaking Topics

  • From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers

    In this inspirational story, Pregracke takes us from the pitch-black depths of the Mississippi to its surface. His personal journey to restore pride in one of our nation’s greatest treasures motivates others to do the same.

  • Results, Not Rhetoric: How to Mobilize Your Team

    Pregracke has learned to navigate political as well as physical landscapes, responding to challenges and opportunities with grace and precision. Recounting his personal journey from wide-eyed teenager to entrepreneur, he shares the pitfalls and serendipity he encountered while creating a mobilizing, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization.

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