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Jim Tunney, Ph.D. had and exemplary career in sports. A former high school coach, teacher, principal and district superintendent, he had a 40-Year career in officiating football and basketball. Thirty-one of those years he was an NFL Referee working a record twenty-nine post-season games including three Super Bowls, ten NFC/AFC Championship games, six Pro Bowls and twenty-five Monday Night Games. He officiated some of the most memorable games in NFL history.
Regarded as the "Dean of NFL Referees," Dr. Tunney is the holder of the Gold Whistle, the highest accolade of the National Association of Sports Officials and is in the NFL Hall of Fame. Still active in sports organizations nationwide and serving as Vice Chair for the U. S. Olympic Committee for Northern California (Sydney 2000 Games).
As a professional speaker, Dr. Tunney is Past President of The National Speakers Association and a Charter Member of its most prestigious group--The CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. He holds every professional designation of the NSA, including the Oscar of Professional Speaking--The Cavett. NSA named him Philanthropist of the year in 2007.
Recognized as a speaker who educates, motivates and entertains, Dr. Tunney works with Fortune 500 companies and international organizations teaching the skills needed for S.M.A.R.T. goals and effective action.
As an author Dr. Tunney has written and/or co-authored nine books: Impartial Judgment: The Dean of NFL Referees Calls Pro Football As He Sees it, chronicles his NFL career, Chicken Soup For the Sports Fan's Soul, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, You Can Do It!, Super Bowl Sunday, Insights into Excellence, Lessons in Leadership, Build a Better You, and his most recent book, It's the Will, Not the Skill.
Dr. Tunney continues to serve his community as a trustee of both Monterey Peninsula College and York School, where he once served as Headmaster. In 1993, he founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation to support local community programs that develop leadership, work skills, wellness, and self-esteem in youth. He received his doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. He and his wife reside in Pebble Beach, California.
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