Don Epstein has been driving force behind Greater Talent Network—one of the largest and most influential speakers bureaus in the nation—for 33 years.
As CEO and founder, Epstein’s interest in the lecture industry began when he was a student at the University of Florida booking concerts and speakers for the student body. For an unprecedented two consecutive terms, he chaired the largest student-run lecture division of any college in the country. Following graduation, Epstein pursued his love of entertainment, running the Speakers Division at New Line Cinema—one of the most successful independents in the film industry. He began GTN in 1982 with the innovative approach of making information entertaining and making entertainment relevant.
During the agency’s infancy, Epstein promoted avant-garde, cultural icons like Hunter S. Thompson, Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary and Tom Wolfe. Over the years, his knack for recognizing talent on the cusp of their careers catapulted GTN into becoming the country’s most prestigious speakers bureau. He has since expanded the influence of the lecture circuit, utilizing it as a proving ground and launching pad for some of the most exciting new voices in broadcasting, literature, and entertainment.
With over three decades in the business, Epstein has cultivated an exclusive client base that includes: Former Attorneys General Janet Reno and Alberto Gonzales, Former National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon, Peggy Noonan, Michael Lewis, Lesley Stahl, General Wesley K. Clark, Rep. Ron Paul, Iconic Actor & Activist George Takei, Decorated Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Henry Winkler, Grammy-winning Songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, P.J. O’Rourke, General Manager of the Oakland A’s Billy Beane, Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream), and The Blind Side’s Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, all among a roster of over 150 in-demand clients.
With a keen eye for untapped opportunities, Epstein has also conceived and spearheaded deals for his clients beyond the lecture realm. His negotiations have put clients on television and radio, and he has also negotiated numerous national and international public relations and commercial projects for speakers and entertainers.
Epstein’s ability to deliver a unique mixture of the most prominent newsmakers, authors, entertainers and motivating personalities continues to captivate America’s top corporations, business associations, charitable organizations, and universities.
Raised in Miami Beach, Epstein currently resides in New York with his wife Cara. They are the proud parents of twin sons, Morgan and Jacob.