Accomplished personal/executive coach and highly sought after speaker Leonard Wheeler is a southern boy with roots in Toccoa, Georgia. But, his competitive spirit, power to persuade and infectious personality has taken him all over the country. From playing football in the NFL, addressing high-power corporations and serving as a personal coach for top executives to supporting survivors of the Columbine tragedy and starring in local and national commercials, TV shows, and movies, Leonard’s success is well documented.
He attended Troy University in Alabama on a full football scholarship and received his BS in Business Administration after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 3rd round of the 1992 draft. He also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings before he retired with the Carolina Panthers in 2001. Along the way, Leonard discovered his gift for speaking and began to perfect his craft, which led to a smooth transition from sports to his second career. He entered the speaking circuit in 1992, initially focusing on motivational speaking to sports groups. But his fervor caught fire and before long, Leonard was working with small businesses, large companies, universities, youth groups and nonprofits as well. Leonard Wheeler is a natural in front of a room and remains confident that he can positively affect, inspire, and promote change for any group of people.
Cherishing his long-standing relationship with the NFL, Leonard remains involved as a retired player. He is the former President of the Charlotte Retired Players Chapter for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He also serves as the only retired player on the financial committee that regulates over 400 financial advisors for all current and former NFL players. In 2008, Leonard was honored to accept an elected position as a member of the Former Players Board of Director for the NFLPA, is the governing body for all retired NFL players. He prides himself on being committed to helping others reach their potential before and after football, so the NFLPA called on him to create and facilitate workshops for its constituency.
Despite his many accomplishments, Leonard remains grounded by his relationship with God. He continues to serve and support churches and various ministries such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Also, Leonard’s remarkable reputation led him to be a guest speaker at the inaugural gospel concert sanctioned by the NFL and featured on BET.
Often referred to as “dynamic,” Leonard Wheeler strives to stay busy, maintaining relationships with various organizations. He is a columnist for Savior Faire magazine that goes out to over 40,000 readers. Leonard serves as a National Speaker for NFL Play 60, and the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA). He is also a board director for “Youth Commission International” that touches 132 cities in 32 states to better educate our youth.
In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Leonard started his own company in 2001. He primarily focuses on teaching individuals and companies to be a catalyst for change and to achieve perpetual success. He uses Axiology, which is the study of quality and value, to give fresh perspective for his clients who desire to reach a higher level in their personal or professional lives. Whether in workshops, individual coaching sessions or teleconferences, Leonard is passionate about creating clarity for his clients and developing leaders of tomorrow.
Wheeler Enterprises teaches individuals and companies across the country how to be catalyst for change in order to reach their goals and achieve perpetual success. Some of our clients are Bojangles, Capital One, AAA, Domtar, Ford, NFLPA, NFL, Game on Nation, National Gypsum, Vanguard, N Group, BDO Seidman, Lincoln Financial, Abbott Laboratories, and MIT to name a few. Leonard just finished his second degree in Communications with an emphasis in ethics.