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Our Past Speakers are experienced members of the community who have stories to tell!
Robert Boudwin, Assistant Dean, "Clutch" (NBA), Creator of "Newton, Houston's Smartest Dragon"
For over two decades, Robert Boudwin was better known as Houston Rockets mascot “Clutch the Bear,” which was a character he created in 1995. In addition to performing at over 1,500 games and 6,000 appearances, he is an accomplished brand builder, marketer, coach, author of 7 children’s books, and producer of critically acclaimed school shows reaching over 1.2 million students having performed over 1,750 shows.
Robert has also inspired tens of thousands as a public speaker through his motivational “SMILES” presentation.
Boudwin was a 2006 inductee into the Mascot Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2 time NBA Mascot of the Year, a Houston Chronicle Hometown Hero, and has received countless other industry and civic awards, but is most thankful for all the amazing Houstonians who have welcomed him into their hearts over the past 21 years at Rockets games and events across the city and around the world.
In 2009, his short story, “A Clutch Win,” was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball. In the summer of 2016 Robert opened his own Marketing Consulting & Public Speaking Practice and recently, has just launched his own mascot Newton “Houston’s Smartest Dragon” available for “eductainment” at elementary schools across the city. Boudwin also volunteers and speaks for 9 non-profits, 5 of which he sits on the board for, but is best known for his work with organ donation awareness.
He resides in Spring with his wife Amy & 5 children including 2 sets of twins. You can contact him directly at [email protected]
Miguel Vargas, Carolina Panthers
MIGUEL VARGAS, of Santa Monica, CA, became the Director of Entertainment for the Carolina Panthers after joining the front office in 2015. Miguel has over 25 years of experience in the sports industry as a cheerleader, in-arena MC and as a mascot performer. He has spent that time working in the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, NASCAR, and has a NHL Stanley Cup Championship ring with the New Jersey Devils. He has had the privilege to perform in arenas all over the country and around the world including China, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Italy, and Mexico.
Separate from the sports industry, Miguel has also worked events for MTV, performed in various musical theater shows, done many appearances as an extra in both TV and movies, and has even done some stunt work along the way.