Keynote Speakers

IACTE Conference Closing Session Speaker: Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter is a Ziglar Legacy Certified motivational speaker, trainer, and personal coach. All of these certifications were attained in Plano, Texas at the world famous Zig Ziglar Institute.

Kevin enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1972, while at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA he earned the distinction of being chosen the Honor Man of his platoon and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class.  One month later, he again was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal after achieving 2nd in his class at schools battalion in Oceanside, CA. He was sent to Headquarters Marine Corps Washington D. C. and promoted to Corporal in 1973 and Sergeant in 1974.

In 1973 Corporal Carter was chosen to be on a joint honor cordon for the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon at the U.S. Capitol building.

Kevin began his career is in the construction industry in 1976 where he became a superintendent for 25 years, supervising such projects as the Par-a Dice Hotel in East Peoria, IL, and the Peoria Chiefs ball park in Peoria, IL. He later was Director of Business development for a major construction company in Central Illinois.

In 2010, Kevin became an instructor for a class at Illinois Central College North campus to assist minorities and low income students to learn about and prepare themselves for a career in the construction trades.

Today he is the Executive Director of PALM (Peoria Area Labor Management Council) and TRICON (Tri-County Construction Labor Management Council).

Kevin regularly gives presentations to various educational facilities and private organizations.  His presentations on leadership, communication, work ethic, and his “The Secret to Success” presentation have been given to students of all ages, to give them a guide to succeeding in the work place and life.

IACTE Conference Opening Session Speaker-Dr. Donald Claycomb


Dr. Donald Claycomb was President of State Tech since 1993 and retired on June 30, 2016. His five-decade career has encompassed positions throughout the academic world – at the secondary, area vocational school, community college, and university levels having served on the faculties of Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also served as the Executive Director of the Missouri State Council on Vocational Education.

During his tenure as president at State Tech, the Missouri General Assembly transferred Linn Technical College to the State of Missouri as Linn State Technical College when Senate Bill 101 was passed in 1995. Since that time the institution has undergone major changes through program development, accreditation, and faculty and facility expansion.

Dr. Claycomb serves on numerous committees throughout the local community, the state of Missouri, Midwest region, and nationally.  He has served as a consultant-evaluator for the nineteen-state Higher Learning Commission, serves on the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, is a Trustee for Culver-Stockton College, and was recently appointed to the Foundation Board of the Associated Equipment Distributors and the Board of Mid-America Center for Ministry, formerly Missouri School of Religion.

Dr. Claycomb has continually been recognized for his contribution to education, including the following:

  • He was selected as one of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s 2015 Missouri Pioneers in Education
  • He was one of six individuals nationwide to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation award.
  • He received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2016.
  • He was named by Ingram’s Magazine as one of the 50 Missourians You Should Know.

Dr. Claycomb’s commitment to student success and completion was also highlighted by his two-time selection as the Missouri Phi Theta Kappa Region Hall of Honor Distinguished College President both in 2014 and 2016. Nationally, Dr. Claycomb was singled out as one of 14 college presidents to receive the National Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in 2014.