The A-Team

Our expert management team has in excess of 40 years of experience in Speech, Debate and Communication across all levels. They will work with you personally to improve your presentations in front of audiences, whether in a personal or professional setting. 

Sam Nelson is a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Ithaca, NY. Since taking charge in 2009, he has grown Cornell's Speech and Debate team to one of the largest and most competitive teams in the world. In addition, he has a long career helping politicians, policy makers, and business leaders become better advocates for their respective causes. He teaches Argumentation and Debate at Cornell, taken by over 100 students every semester to improve their critical thinking and persuasive speaking skills.
Sam has a bachelors degrees from the University of Southern California as well has an MA in Speech Communication and a JD from Syracuse University. He resides in Trumansburg, NY with his family where he also owns a bookstore.   

Dr. John Stowell is a marketing communications and research professional with thirty years of experience in large and mid-sized businesses. John understands the challenges of dealing with the public and special interest advocacy. He has built three beverage brands from scratch, one now exceeding $1Billion in revenue for Coca-Cola, and brings a brand marketer’s eye to the positioning of all interpersonal and group communication. John has also led dozens of studies on special interest topics and can quickly help identify which messages will most resonate with your targets. John earned a Doctor of Business Administration at Georgia State University, an M.B.A. at UNC Chapel Hill, and a B.A. at Oklahoma University. John also served in the US Army for four years, resigning as a Captain with the Army Commendation Medal for service overseas. He loves long hikes in the woods with his wife, Laura, travel, the history of anything, and spending time with their three daughters.

Managing Partner
Sam Nelson

Debate coach, Lifelong educator, Persuasion expert.


A relationship based on trust and mutual respect
Managing Partner
Dr. John Stowell

Marketing Communications expert, Special Interest Advocacy. 


John and Sam have been friends since childhood and their different career paths provide complimentary experiences and skillsets. They lived three doors down from each other in Merced CA as toddlers and have maintained a lifelong friendship.  Both Sam and Johns’ parents were lifelong educators. John’s father and Sam’s father actually taught in middle school together. Sam and John bring the passion that their parents shared to coach and instruct students to the A-Game Speech and Debate consultancy. They love to serve clients and help build their speech and debate skills.

Email us today to become a part of the A-Game family!

6975 Northgreen Dr.

Sandy Springs, GA, USA


+1 404-374-9984

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