An Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team

About Ed Draves

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.


I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I am a loving and dedicated husband, and father of an adult son and teenage daughter. I am very active in my local Church and several organizations within the Masonic fraternity. I am an Adviser for 3 youth groups, a Karate Instructor and serve on several committees in the community, most notably on Character Education, Anti- Bully and Shared Decision Making at the Elementary school level.


I have over 20 years of retail management and leadership experience with the Premier Group of Wine Stores in the Buffalo, NY area. My tenure has afforded me the opportunity to visit hundreds of wineries around the globe and sample thousands of wines while meeting and learning from countless interesting and wonderful people. I developed and teaches a series of wine appreciation and responsible enjoyment classes titled “Wine Made Easy”. I am also a sought after speaker and presenter at several annual wine industry events.


I frequently volunteer in the community, donating my time and utilizing my vast wine knowledge to conduct tastings for charitable events. I am especially proud to Co-Chair a large, all New York wine event, “Wines at the Shrine”. This annual event, 10 years strong, benefits the Shrine Travel Fund used to transport children and their families to Shriner’s Hospitals for treatment.

Contact Me. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey to becoming a successful leader.