Chad Hymas is an internationally known speaker and author. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame (2011). Hymas is founder and president Chad Hymas Communications, Inc. He is a Certified Speaking Professional and speaks throughout the world on the subjects of mastering change, leadership, building teams, and providing excellent customer service. He speaks to companies, kids in schools at all grade levels, and families and individuals whose lives are being remolded by their own events. He began by addressing church groups. One listener arranged for him to speak at a contractors’ convention in Las Vegas, and his opportunities grew from there. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured him as “one of the hardest-working inspirational speakers” in the world.. He is the author of Soaring to New Heights and Doing What Must Be Done.
Hymas grew up in West Jordan, Utah. He served a full-time mission to Bangkok, Thailand, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he is a member. In 2001, at the age of 27, he became a paraplegic when a 2,000-pound hay bale fell on him and shattered three vertebrae in his neck.
He is also a world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, he set a world record by wheeling his chair 513 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. He participates in other wheelchair athletic competitions, including rugby, snow skiing, and basketball. He officiates basketball games. He and his family lives his dream by living on and managing an elk preserve of over 5,000 acres in Tooele County, Utah. He and his wife, Shondell, are the parents of four children, two of whom were adopted after his accident.