Talk Is Cheap is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on building character, establishing confidence and instilling hope in the lives of young people everywhere.

David Kohout has been involved in leadership training and teaching for more than 30 years. His professional background is in the field of sales and sales management. Although his primary audience was the business community, David now speaks to audiences of all ages and has impacted the lives of over 700,000 students, staff and academic leaders over the last 11 years as Talk Is Cheap, Inc.

David knows that young people are the future and wants to build strong boys and girls rather than rebuild men and women. He has spoken at venues such as West Point Military Academy, Westminster College, Youngstown State University, University of Toledo, Wooster College, The Coast Guard Academy and many more. He has traveled to over 600 different school districts in the United States as well as internationally.

David's hope is that each audience member will leave having a desire to achieve their full potential, realize their worth and be better prepared for their future. Contact David Kohout today to speak at your organization, school or event.

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He took the students on an emotional rollercoaster which to this day they have not stopped asking me, ‘When is Mr. Kohout coming back?
— Toni Blake
Dave possesses a unique skill set that allows him to reach students, a connection that cannot be made at times even by educators and sometimes even family members.
— H. Jared Cardillo

Board of Trustees

David G. Kohout
Executive Director

Laura Scotford
Trustee

Susan E. Kohout
Executive Assistant

Michael Pecchia
President, Valley Christian School

Gregory Smith
C.O.B. of Compco Industries

The Honorable Judge John Durkin
Mahoning County Court House


Advisory Board

Steve Blakeman
CEO, Valley Office Solutions

Jon Heacock
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach at Iowa State

Kimberly Poma
Boardman Schools Board Mmbr.

Ruth Mastriana
School Counselor

Lori McCreery
Administrator/Educator

Lori Burkert
Teacher/Advisor

Steve McGranahan
Heaven Bent Ministries

Nancy Shugart
Cardinal Mooney Teacher

Tim Saxton
Superintendent of Boardman Local Schools

Mike Stephen
Web Designer

Eugene Calabria
President, GBS Corp.

Dr. Charles McGowen, M.D.
Speaker/Author/Ret. Physician

David Mullane
Assistant Principal, Canfield High

John Young
Administrator/Educator