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Best-selling author Rod E. Hairston to give Centenary University commencement address

Rod E. Hairston has coached Forbes 400 executives, elite professional athletes, and industry-leading organizations such as Disney, ABC, Quicken Loans, and Honeywell.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Best-selling author Rod E. Hairston will deliver the address at the 149th commencement of Centenary University during two ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, according to University President Dale Caldwell, Ed.D.

Hairston is an international authority in mindset development, peak performance training, behavioral conditioning, leadership, organizational culture, and human potential.

Hairston is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Are You Up For the Challenge? 6 Steps to Lasting Change Starting Now, Not Someday, and CEO of the National Association of Sales Professionals, Growth-U, and Trusum Visions, LLC.

In a career spanning more than 30 decades, he has coached Forbes 400 executives, elite professional athletes, and industry-leading organizations such as Disney, ABC, Quicken Loans, and Honeywell. Hairston’s programs, events, and companies continue to deliver success and transformation for over a million individuals and 500+ organizations worldwide.

“Rod Hairston is one of the great minds of our time,” Dr. Caldwell said. “His programs have the power to maximize human potential, transforming behavior to realize outstanding personal and professional growth. Most importantly, Rod’s significant commitment to this aim aligns perfectly with Centenary’s mission to advance personal growth and lifelong learning in our students and in the broader community. I can’t think of a better person to address the Class of 2024.”

Centenary University recently partnered with Hairston’s firm, Growth-U, to present a series of personal development courses that maximize individual potential, enhance mental health and mindset, and foster a dynamic personal vision.

The fully online sessions, which can be completed in 30 to 45 days, are offered through the University’s new Human Performance Center, featuring an extensive menu of courses for high school and college students, athletes, coaches, parents, veterans, and professionals.

Hairston started his training career in the United States Naval Special Warfare Command as a communicator and trainer of communications for Navy SEALs, as well as members of the Central Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Administration, and other elite groups.

After 11 years of active military service, Hairston spent eight years working as a master trainer with Anthony Robbins, one of the most famous performance coaches in the world.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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