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Chris Cicchinelli

President & CEO of Pure Romance, Founder of Living With Change

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Chris Cicchinelli Biography

Chris Cicchinelli grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has stayed true to his midwestern roots. Chris is paving the way for thousands to "live life by design." As President and CEO of a $350 million wellness and intimacy product company, it's hard to believe he struggled in school and was told he wouldn't ever amount to much. After more than 20 years, he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow million-dollar-plus businesses. If you need motivation and love a story where persistence and discipline prevail, "the secret is YOU" is it. The book is designed to guide would-be entrepreneurs on their journey to success and financial freedom.

Few people possess the extraordinary skills to grow a small, family business in Cincinnati into the world's largest in-home and virtual party company specializing in relationship enhancement products. Cicchinelli has achieved just that - not only as the strategist and engine behind one of the most successful woman-to-woman, direct sales brands, but as an educator and motivator of its independent consultants around the globe, a passionate advocate for aspiring female entrepreneurs everywhere.

Cicchinelli leads business development, operations, sales, and marketing for Pure Romance, as well as product development and distribution, overseeing more than 200 corporate employees worldwide. Hard work and strategic risk-taking have been at the core of his success across the two decades since he joined his mother Patty Brisben's venture in 2000. He believes that anyone who wants to become a Pure Romance consultant needs to know how to tell a story. Cicchinelli's own has been a rugged switchback journey.

Born in Naperville, Illinois, Cicchinelli spent his formative years in Milford, a suburb of Cincinnati, as the first of four children raised by a single mother. As the eldest, he often bore responsibility for taking care of his siblings, especially when his mom, then a pediatrician's assistant, decided to launch a home-based intimacy product venture in 1983. Inspired by her perseverance as she slowly built her business while raising four kids on her own, Cicchinelli was himself motivated by athletics: baseball, basketball, and especially football.

While studying business at Mount Union College, Cicchinelli found his critical thinking and leadership skills honed not in the classroom, but on the gridiron. An All-American defensive back, he played NCAA football for four years and helped lead his Purple Raiders to back-to-back National Championships in 1996 and '97. The crucible of college football taught him to be self-disciplined, to perform a specific role on his team, and to study and conquer an opponent.

Driven to teach these essential life skills as a high school football coach, Cicchinelli took a job in merchandizing after college to pay the bills, but soon became drawn into a new field. Working for the Atlanta-based Maxim Group, the largest publicly traded retail floor covering franchise in North America, he swiftly tacked into management and a senior position as a regional manager. Still in his early 20's, he embraced the learning curve that came with it, working to create trust with his team as a young manager. He ran a $29 million region for Carpetland USA, then took his skills to an early web commerce site, EverythingDecor.com.

Just after he turned 25, Cicchinelli got a call from his mother. She knew his expertise and needed him to help catalyze her company to the next level, developing longer-term brand marketing and business development strategies. Cicchinelli was earning well over $100,000 a year. His mom said she could pay him $24,000. In 2000, determined to remain in the floor covering industry and assuming it would take only a few months away, he joined Pure Romance.

Given the intimate nature of the business, Cicchinelli developed a person-to-person model built on discreet, women-only home parties. Through well-taken risks, long hours, and serendipity - including a front-page feature story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on "The New Tupperware of the 2000s" - he engineered explosive growth for Pure Romance, steadily taking the company from $3 million in 2001 to $350 million in revenues today. In 2010, he led its global expansion with the launch of operations in Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, and New Zealand.

Until the COVID-19 pandemic grounded the country in 2020, Cicchinelli had logged over 200 days a year on the road giving motivational seminars and personally training and meeting Pure Romance's independent consultants worldwide. Their ranks now number more than 40,000, including those in every U.S. state and abroad. The New York Times wrote that "the company message of empowerment resounds" among its consultants. From how to lead a safe-space, at-home intimacy product party to the best way to network and market themselves, Cicchinelli helps women develop all the tools needed to become successful entrepreneurs.

A natural motivational speaker who also regularly addresses corporate leaders and nonprofits, Cicchinelli has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. 5000, and Smart Business, and has been interviewed by Bloomberg, MSNBC, and many other national outlets. Serving as a board member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in Cincinnati, he has amassed countless honors and awards as a business leader and role model.

In 2018, in the wake of his eight-year-old child coming out as transgender, Cicchinelli founded the Living With Change Foundation to help trans youth and their families. The foundation pledged $2 million to establish the Living With Change Center for Gender Health at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also partnering with dozens of Greater Cincinnati public schools to train principals and teachers and eventually bring education about transgender youth into classrooms.

Like his decision to leave the lucrative floor covering business to help his mom, Chris Cicchinelli deeply believes that strong family ties matter, and that none of his success would mean much without the love of his wife Jessica and their children LC, Max, and Macie.

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The Secret is You: How I Empowered 250,000 Women to Find Their Passion and Change Their Lives

The Secret is You: How I Empowered 250,000 Women to Find Their Passion and Change Their Lives

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  • What are the speaker fees for Chris Cicchinelli

    Speaking fees for Chris Cicchinelli, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Chris Cicchinelli are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Chris Cicchinelli, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Chris Cicchinelli speak about?

    Chris Cicchinelli is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Business Growth, Business Leaders, Diversity Speakers, Education, Empowerment, Entrepreneurism, LGBTQ, Motivation, Personal Growth.
  • Where does Chris Cicchinelli travel from?

    Chris Cicchinelli generally travels from Cincinnati, OH, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Chris Cicchinelli’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Chris Cicchinelli for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Cicchinelli for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Chris Cicchinelli or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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President & CEO of Pure Romance, Founder of Living With Change

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Chris Cicchinelli Biography

Chris Cicchinelli grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has stayed true to his midwestern roots. Chris is paving the way for thousands to "live life by design." As President and CEO of a $350 million wellness and intimacy product company, it's hard to believe he struggled in school and was told he wouldn't ever amount to much. After more than 20 years, he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow million-dollar-plus businesses. If you need motivation and love a story where persistence and discipline prevail, "the secret is YOU" is it. The book is designed to guide would-be entrepreneurs on their journey to success and financial freedom.

Few people possess the extraordinary skills to grow a small, family business in Cincinnati into the world's largest in-home and virtual party company specializing in relationship enhancement products. Cicchinelli has achieved just that - not only as the strategist and engine behind one of the most successful woman-to-woman, direct sales brands, but as an educator and motivator of its independent consultants around the globe, a passionate advocate for aspiring female entrepreneurs everywhere.

Cicchinelli leads business development, operations, sales, and marketing for Pure Romance, as well as product development and distribution, overseeing more than 200 corporate employees worldwide. Hard work and strategic risk-taking have been at the core of his success across the two decades since he joined his mother Patty Brisben's venture in 2000. He believes that anyone who wants to become a Pure Romance consultant needs to know how to tell a story. Cicchinelli's own has been a rugged switchback journey.

Born in Naperville, Illinois, Cicchinelli spent his formative years in Milford, a suburb of Cincinnati, as the first of four children raised by a single mother. As the eldest, he often bore responsibility for taking care of his siblings, especially when his mom, then a pediatrician's assistant, decided to launch a home-based intimacy product venture in 1983. Inspired by her perseverance as she slowly built her business while raising four kids on her own, Cicchinelli was himself motivated by athletics: baseball, basketball, and especially football.

While studying business at Mount Union College, Cicchinelli found his critical thinking and leadership skills honed not in the classroom, but on the gridiron. An All-American defensive back, he played NCAA football for four years and helped lead his Purple Raiders to back-to-back National Championships in 1996 and '97. The crucible of college football taught him to be self-disciplined, to perform a specific role on his team, and to study and conquer an opponent.

Driven to teach these essential life skills as a high school football coach, Cicchinelli took a job in merchandizing after college to pay the bills, but soon became drawn into a new field. Working for the Atlanta-based Maxim Group, the largest publicly traded retail floor covering franchise in North America, he swiftly tacked into management and a senior position as a regional manager. Still in his early 20's, he embraced the learning curve that came with it, working to create trust with his team as a young manager. He ran a $29 million region for Carpetland USA, then took his skills to an early web commerce site, EverythingDecor.com.

Just after he turned 25, Cicchinelli got a call from his mother. She knew his expertise and needed him to help catalyze her company to the next level, developing longer-term brand marketing and business development strategies. Cicchinelli was earning well over $100,000 a year. His mom said she could pay him $24,000. In 2000, determined to remain in the floor covering industry and assuming it would take only a few months away, he joined Pure Romance.

Given the intimate nature of the business, Cicchinelli developed a person-to-person model built on discreet, women-only home parties. Through well-taken risks, long hours, and serendipity - including a front-page feature story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on "The New Tupperware of the 2000s" - he engineered explosive growth for Pure Romance, steadily taking the company from $3 million in 2001 to $350 million in revenues today. In 2010, he led its global expansion with the launch of operations in Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, and New Zealand.

Until the COVID-19 pandemic grounded the country in 2020, Cicchinelli had logged over 200 days a year on the road giving motivational seminars and personally training and meeting Pure Romance's independent consultants worldwide. Their ranks now number more than 40,000, including those in every U.S. state and abroad. The New York Times wrote that "the company message of empowerment resounds" among its consultants. From how to lead a safe-space, at-home intimacy product party to the best way to network and market themselves, Cicchinelli helps women develop all the tools needed to become successful entrepreneurs.

A natural motivational speaker who also regularly addresses corporate leaders and nonprofits, Cicchinelli has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. 5000, and Smart Business, and has been interviewed by Bloomberg, MSNBC, and many other national outlets. Serving as a board member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in Cincinnati, he has amassed countless honors and awards as a business leader and role model.

In 2018, in the wake of his eight-year-old child coming out as transgender, Cicchinelli founded the Living With Change Foundation to help trans youth and their families. The foundation pledged $2 million to establish the Living With Change Center for Gender Health at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also partnering with dozens of Greater Cincinnati public schools to train principals and teachers and eventually bring education about transgender youth into classrooms.

Like his decision to leave the lucrative floor covering business to help his mom, Chris Cicchinelli deeply believes that strong family ties matter, and that none of his success would mean much without the love of his wife Jessica and their children LC, Max, and Macie.

Chris Cicchinelli Videos

  • Re-Imagine You | Keynote | Chris Cicchinelli
  • Never Give Up | Chris Cicchinelli
  • Think, Act & Sell Like a CEO | Chris Cicchinelli

Chris Cicchinelli Books

FAQs on booking Chris Cicchinelli

  • How do I book Chris Cicchinelli to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Chris Cicchinelli for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Chris Cicchinelli, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Chris Cicchinelli or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Chris Cicchinelli

    Speaking fees for Chris Cicchinelli, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Chris Cicchinelli are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Chris Cicchinelli, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Chris Cicchinelli speak about?

    Chris Cicchinelli is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Business Growth, Business Leaders, Diversity Speakers, Education, Empowerment, Entrepreneurism, LGBTQ, Motivation, Personal Growth.
  • Where does Chris Cicchinelli travel from?

    Chris Cicchinelli generally travels from Cincinnati, OH, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Chris Cicchinelli’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Chris Cicchinelli for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Cicchinelli for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Chris Cicchinelli or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Chris Cicchinelli is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Cicchinelli for your event is available upon request. Chris Cicchinelli generally travels from Cincinnati, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tiki Davis, Alana Andrews, Erika Obando, Rachel Rodgers and Jamira Burley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Cicchinelli for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Chris Cicchinelli Speaker Videos

  • Re-Imagine You | Keynote | Chris Cicchinelli
    Never Give Up | Chris Cicchinelli
  • Think, Act & Sell Like a CEO | Chris Cicchinelli

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