National Speakers Association Announces
2010 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® Inductee
Captain J. Charles Plumb
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2010 – The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading
organization for professional speakers, during the 2010 NSA Convention in Orlando, Fla.,
inducted Captain J. Charles (Charlie) Plumb into the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) Speaker Hall of Fame®.
Established in 1977, the CPAE is a lifetime achievement award for speaking excellence and
professionalism given to speakers who have been evaluated by their peers and judged to have
mastered seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and
communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of
income or involvement in NSA.
Plumb graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and went on to fly F-4 Phantom jet fighters on 74 successful missions. On his 75th mission, with only five days before the end of his tour of duty, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured and imprisoned in an 8-by-8-foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner of War (POW) in communist prison camps. During his nearly six years of captivity, Plumb distinguished himself as a pro in underground communications. He was a great inspiration to all the other POWs and served as chaplain for two years. Since his return home he has captivated more than 4,500 audiences in almost every industry around the world with stories that parallel his POW experience with the challenges of everyday life.