Founder & Owner, Speak Academy
Mr. William Benko is a successful entrepreneur, a sought-after public speaker and coach, and philanthropist. But most importantly, he is a devout person who believes in leading by example. Mr. Benko lives in Budapest, Hungary where he is involved in healthcare; a rapeseed-based oil company in East Hungary; a primary care clinic in Budapest and is co-launching a software company in the United States focused on artificial intelligence. He is also the Chief Commercial Officer for DBH-Group.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado USA in 1982, he lived and worked in Texas. From Texas, he moved to Hungary to develop real estate ventures and helped build Euronet from a sleepy start-up company to become Central Europe’s NASDAQ success story. He was President of the American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce; he is a board member of Entrepreneur Foundation Hungary, a board member of the Fulbright Foundation; a supervisory board member for Csodalampa, the Hungarian equivalent of USA’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. Additionally, he was selected as a Hungarian Talent Ambassador in 2013.
A passionate and frequent public speaker, Mr. Benko introduced Toastmasters to Hungary, which now is 5 chapters strong and counts 120 members. He has coached politicians, business leaders, students and inmates on the power of public speaking. He also launched a public speaking program for the prison system in Budapest, and is active in coaching Subject Matter Experts to help them develop their skills and strengths. Mr. Benko is also committed to improving the lives of young people throughout the world. He has coached and mentored hundreds of youth to help them develop self-esteem and a life plan.