Meet MODEX Keynote Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is considered to be one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history. At 7 ft 1 in tall, Shaq’s larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism have resulted in worldwide adulation and one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment. He is also the MODEX keynote speaker on March 30 at 1:00 pm. Here are some fascinating facts about the legendary NBA star and business icon.

Shaq was 6’4” at age ten
By 13, Shaq had grown to 6 feet 6 inches and wore size 17 shoes.

Shaq broke so many backboards, the NBA changed the rules
The league eventually made breaking the backboard into a technical foul.

Shaq has many nicknames
Big Shamrock, Dr. Shaq, Diesel, Hobo Master, L.C.L, MDE, Manny Shaq-Iaou, MayorMcShaq, Osama Bin Shaq, Shaq, Shaq Daddy, Shaq Fu, Superman, The Big Banana, The Big Galactus, The Real Deal, The Big Twitterer, The Big Aristotle, The Big Conductor, The Big Leprechaun. Witness Protection – to name a few.

His business ventures are legendary and have made him a multi-millionaire
He has invested in everything from fast-food restaurants to the latest tech gadgets. On his investment philosophy, he as said, “I make investments, not for the monetary reasons, but … if it’s going to change people’s lives — and if I see people enjoy doing it.”

He has endorsed many products
Shaq has had an astonishing number of endorsements throughout his career including Arizona Beverages, Aventis’ Icy Hot, VitaminWater, Burger King, Kraft Foods, Epson, Pepsi, Comcast, Radio Shack, Taco Bell, Carnival Cruise Line, Macy’s, Zales and Reebok.

He was the first pick of the 1992 NBA draft
Shaq was chosen for Orlando Magic on the back of his impressive performances at the Louisiana State University.

Shaq gives back
The charities that Shaquille O’Neal supports include Be The Match, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Centre ValBio, Free The Children, Kids Wish Network, PeyBack Foundation and Phoenix House. Last year, his Shaquille O’Neal Foundation raised $2 million for underserved kids with an NFT sale.

He as a PH.D.
In addition to a BA and an MBA, you received a doctorate degree in Leadership in Education from Barry University. His capstone project was titled “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Aggression in Leadership Styles.”

He is the law
He is an honorary deputy U.S. marshal and a reserve police officer in California, Arizona and Florida, as well as a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia.

He played for four NBA Teams
The Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, The Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns

Oh, and he had a legendary NBA Career
–Four NBA champion: (2000 – 2002, 2006)
–Four NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: (2000, 2002)
–NBA Most Valuable Player: (2000)
–15 NBA All-Star: (1993 – 1998, 2000 – 2007, 2009)
–Three NBA All-Star Game MVP: (2000, 2004, 2009)
–Eight All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000 – 2006)
–Two All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
–Four All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996, 1997, 2009)
–Three NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2001, 2003)
–NBA Rookie of the Year: (1993)
–NBA All-Rookie First Team: (1993)
–NBA scoring champion: (1995, 2000)

Don’t miss Shaq March 30 at MODEX 2022 in Atlanta.