Simon & Lisa Thomas
World’s leading Adventure Motorcyclists, Founders of the 2RTW Project, BMW Brand Ambassadors, Adventurers, Ted Simon Foundation Committee Advisers, Photographers, Multiple World Records Holder
- Sports & Adventure
- Change Management
- Risk-Taking Accountability
- Leadership & Cultural Challenges
…What Lisa and Simon offer is not some glitzy, overproduced, special-effects documentary. Their story is real, raw and engaging. You “Ooo, Ahh and WOW” at their multi-media presentation. With their energy, conviction and obvious passion for two-wheeled travel, Simon and Lisa inspired, educated and entertained us all”.
Kurt Asplindh, BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas
…We have hosted hundreds of seminars and slide shows over the years and seldom have we (and more importantly, our customers) been as entertained, informed, and captivated. Simon and Lisa are unique in their ability to engage with the audience.”
David Swezey – General Manage, BMW Ride West
After sustaining a spinal cord injury deep inside Brazil’s Amazon Jungle, which left him paralyzed on the left hand side of his body and blind in one eye, adventurer Simon Thomas, along with his malaria stricken wife Lisa Thomas, refused to give up. Spurred on by Lisa’s strength and ‘never say die’ attitude, the pair battled the Amazon for 3 weeks, riding their BMW Off-road motorcycles before finally reaching medical assistance. Upon reaching hospital they were treated for a host of medical concerns that left medical staff in disbelief that they had not only survived but still wanted to continue. Following emergency cervical surgery and a spell of hospitalization they once again jumped aboard their motorcycles and continued to push the boundaries of what many describe as impossible.
Considered by many as the world’s foremost Adventure Motorcyclists, adversity is nothing new to this pair who confess to thriving on a challenge. Prior to the start of their 11-year Global motorcycling odyssey. Simon Thomas was the VP of his own telecoms company and Lisa worked with a small team of IT professionals responsible for a major UK utilities company.
With a host of business successes and having surpassed multiple world records, they passionately share their thoughts on taking personal responsibility, life goals and transforming thought into action. Unlike many other public speakers they are also candid about their failures and how this aspect is a vital part of the learning cycle. Both Simon & Lisa speak earnestly about how maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity is crucial.
The pair were filmed as a part of a BBC mini documentary as they explored South America and have made over 40 national and local TV appearance on 5 continents.
In 2008 Simon & Lisa were honored as official BMW Motorrad Brand Ambassadors and in 2011 joined the Committee of Advisers for the Ted Simon Foundation. Their photographic work was recognized in 2011 when Nikon announced it was to back them as the exclusive Photographic partner of the 2RTW project.
over the last 12-years we have had the pleasure of hosting some ’100-plus presentations’ from both regular and ‘BIG’ name moto-personalties alike. Each and all bring something unique and interesting to the table. It’s easy to say that Lisa and Simon set a new standard by which all future presenters will be measured. With almost 160 guests the turnout was close to store capacity. Brendan Ferrer, General Manager, South Sound BMW
The Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, the Industry’s peak professional association invited Simon and Lisa Thomas, 2 Ride the World, to present to our South Australian members at a breakfast seminar.
We wanted keynote speakers who would motivate and inspire our members to strive forward into the new era and meet these challenges head on. Having briefed Simon and Lisa on our objectives they tirelessly prepared a presentation that would deliver the educational content we required, while at the same time wowing our audience with tales of their own experiences in facing adversity head on.
Simon and Lisa captured the audience’s attention straight away and delivered with high energy and enthusiasm to a full house, standing room only. They described their unique partnership as world travellers, setting goals, problem solving, constantly reviewing desired outcomes and resultant successes or failures. They worked with each other easily as presenters and switched between speaking roles while showing an amazing series of photographs that took the audience along on their ride, allowing the audience to relate to the content as it was delivered.
Having being involved with the organizing of events for our South Australian Members for the past 5 years I can honestly say that I have never seen so many Members stay back after a presentation to gain some time to chat with the Speakers. Andrew Harrison, Chair of Events Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia
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