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AXS CEO Troy McClain Featured at Special Needs Conference

Troy and Kid sisIdaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services has a great featured speaker this fall: Troy McClain is the CEO of AXS , a full-service marketing, communications and business management firm focused on growing people and businesses to great heights.

Their website says:

Our annual conference is an opportunity to bring professionals, self-advocates and family members together in order to increase education and hands-on training surrounding topics such as mental health, developmental disabilities, autism, supervision/leadership and self-advocacy. Additionally, it’s an opportunity for individuals to network professionally in order to build stronger support groups for family members, clients and participants.

As a seasoned entrepreneur with over 14 years experience in the financial industry, Troy has learned how to create budgets, manage costs and cost-effectively market and communicate products, services and causes. Using innovative techniques and strategies, he has been instrumental in providing successful growth concepts to companies and professionals working toward a higher level of achievement.

Today, Troy is an international speaker on a variety of topics, such as entrepreneurism, finance, advertising, marketing and communications, personal growth, and giving back to one’s community.

Troy  became America’s sweetheart and underdog sensation when he was selected from nearly a quarter million applicants to vie – on national TV – for a job working with Donald Trump. Millions of viewers watched this one apprentice hopeful without a college education excel past the other 16 finalists on his way to the final four. After the unfathomably successful season 1 run of The Apprentice, Donald Trump said, “Guys like Troy are what make America great.”

Troy’s “kid sis” is profoundly deaf and developmentally delayed, so he knows firsthand the challenges families and organizations face when it comes to serving the needs of the Special Needs Community.


AXS has redefined collaborative community. We are the leading successful living membership club of cause, and purpose-driven people who understand that the power of community creates opportunity, energy and purpose. Our promise is to inspire, uplift and serve, while equipping our members with the entrepreneurial mindset and practical tools needed to live successful lives, as each defines success. Through online and in-person education and training, impactful events, business networking opportunities, experiential travel, courses and workshops, publications, mentoring and more, our members manifest their fullest personal, professional and philanthropic selves.


Guest Post: Why Special Needs are So Special to Me by AXS CEO Troy McClain

by AXS CEO Troy McClain

Troy and Kid sisI have learned there is nothing more rewarding than giving back through teaching, educating and inspiring others to do great things. I’m blessed that I have the chance to follow the lead of some great practitioners in both business and life. But there is a beautiful flip side to the concept of “learning from the best.” Sometimes the best people to learn from are among those we least expect.

If you’ve been following my story you’re probably well acquainted with my kid sis, DoraLynn and our families’ love for the gifts she shares with us every day. While she is profoundly deaf with special needs, she has more love, energy and inspiration worth experiencing than anyone I know.

I hired DoraLynn to work in my office years ago. Our team members remember her as always doing her job with a smile, a little sass, and good humor, Over the years I have wished she could hear my laughs and hear the enjoyment she has brought to our friends and family and experience the sounds of the world around her.

I immediately sensed something very special about my sister. Eventually, we became best friends, and her influence has been a major factor in my becoming the successful CEO of AXS. This little girl was a warrior who taught us how to live. Today, everybody wants to know where I learned my business principles. They think Trump, Bill Gates or Warren Buffett taught me (I’ve met and worked with all three). But I acquired my acumen from leaders like DoraLynn.


I learned from her ability to listen. She is the most proficient person I’ve ever met in terms of nonverbal listening skills. For instance, she taught me how to read people in business settings in which they were telling me one thing verbally and their body language was saying something different.

Special needs are special to me. Since 2010, it’s been my pleasure to be an Ambassador to Buddy Cruise, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities and resources for families of special needs children. So, it was an honor to be named to their Board of Directors in 2012. We increase awareness, acceptance and inclusion. The educational programs and the keynote speakers that accomplish all this are pretty amazing.

We take so many things for granted. For example, we forget just how special the littlest sounds truly are. The sound of leaves blowing in the wind or birds chirping in the trees. At first glance it may not mean much to those who possess the sense of hearing but to those who don’t it would be life changing.

I’ve always held the belief that in order to get ahead you must give back. Giving back to the special needs community is something that I am very passionate about.


Read more about AXS CEO Troy McClain:
– Proven Success With AXS CEO Troy McClain: Revisiting the First Season of Donald Trump’s Apprentice 
– A Look at the Enduring, Positive Reputation of AXS CEO Troy McClain
– Lessons from AXS CEO Troy McClain Forum » Topix

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