If you are seeking a motivational speaker, Michael Tabman has 27 years of tough life lessons to share with you.

Born in New York City as a timid child with a speech defect, Michael endured teasing and had a tremendous fear of public speaking. Suddenly, at 17 years of age, Michael faced his fears and chose to stand before thousands and deliver a speech that would change his life.

From that timid beginning, Michael became a police officer in Fairfax County, Virginia working in the community and facing the daily challenges of police work. He became the department’s first hostage negotiator due to his ability to communicate clearly and convincingly.

Michael then joined the FBI, spending several years on the FBI-NYPD Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force, working some of the FBI’s toughest cases. He rose through the ranks reaching the level of FBI Special Agent in Charge, commanding 250 FBI Agents throughout three states. While in the FBI, his most notable case, the Red Lake High School Massacre investigation, thrust him into the global eye and drew praise for his live news broadcast.

Following his career with the FBI, Michael began his security consulting business SPIRIT and is called upon as a crime and security analyst for local news stations and as a public speaker. Follow Michael's Crime Scene Blog.

Michael is a published author and his first book, Walking the Corporate Beat: Police School for Business People, shares his law enforcement experiences and the valuable lessons learned that can be applied in life and business. His crime novels are Midnight Sin and Bad Intent.

Speaking with a colorful New York accent and personality, Michael will have you learning and laughing with his unique brand of presentations.

From overcoming fears to crisis management and leadership, Michael brings energy and keen insight to your next meeting, conference or convention.

To schedule a presentation, contact Michael:


​Michael Tabman
​Retired FBI Agent
Keynote Speaker
"Michael's presentation is fast paced, fun and full of important information.  Listen and learn how to protect yourself and your busines from all kinds of risks." Tony Lewis, Retired USAF General
"Tabman imparts valuable information in a witty ... style. I have seen his consulting firm put these concepts into action, and they work ... have Tabman's company on speed dial." Larry Young, Dr Pepper Snapple CEO
"Michael presented to a group of my clients.
​I had bought them all a copy of Michael's first book and they were all interested in his presentation. Michael pointed out many of the hidden risks of running a business, that we never think of. He used great stories from his days as a cop and FBI Agent. Everybody enjoyed his New York sense of humor - sarcasm and all. I recommend both Michael's book and presentation as a way to add value to your client services. Michael is as entertaining as he his informative." Steve Gimmarro, Summit Pointe Financial Goup
"Michael is a captivating speaker. His career experience as an FBI Agent and his financial and accounting training brings real life experience and applicability to business leaders. In his presentations he expands upon his book, "Walking the Corporate Beat" to provide business leaders executable advice on how to improve the security of their organization. His presentation addresses the prevention of financial risks and other risk management issues which business leaders are concerned." Ken Sigman, Founder/Chief Executive Officer at Health and Benefit Systems, LLC
"When Tabman speaks, people listen.  With knowledge, charisma and that New York sense of humor, Tabman delivers a presentation like no other."  Steve Schussler, Rainforest Cafe founder and President, Schussler Creative
"If you're looking for a risk management and asset protection expert who is engaging, has in depth knowledge and a creative approach to his work - Michael Tabman is that standout professional. The high impact of Michael's message derives from his FBI experience and the real life examples that he artfully incorporates throughout his presentation. Michael is compelling, passionate and yes, entertaining. He lights up the stage ..."
​Diane McIlree, Vistage Chair