My first memory is my dad on one side and my mom on the other… fighting over who got to keep me and who got to keep my sister.

My mom won my sister. My dad won me.

The next few years were full of fear, pain, and abuse. 
From leaving me alone in our trailer to fend for myself for the weekend – as a second-grader – with only $20 and the order to be brave and not call my grandma…

…to hanging out in nightclubs and bars…

…to the most dreaded nights – when the Cowboys lost (which happened A LOT when I was a kid). I knew what those nights meant, and it was nothing good.

Finally, my Grandmother rescued me and I went to live with her.

As a teenager, my Dad came back into my life and I did EVERYTHING I could think of to reconcile with him.

Church, Counseling, My grandparents and aunts and uncles pleaded with him.

Nothing worked.

So I gave up and went off to college.

Athletes like Emmet Smith and David Robinson had deeply impacted me as a child, and so I wanted to be Jerry Maguire: helping the athletes that I looked up to.

BUT… that required a law degree.

Soooo…. I went with plan B.

After college, I had a choice to take a corporate job making good money… or to take a job as a youth pastor in Hereford, Texas – for not so great money – $18,000 per year.

When the pastor of my home church asked me to be the youth pastor, I said I have no theology training… no training at all for this. I had a business degree.

He said, “I know, Pete. But you’ll love on the kids.”

I picked the youth pastor job.

On my first Wednesday night, there were 3 kids – Jorie, MacKenzie, and _______ (Man, was I off to a great start?!).

But I told the girls that we were going to grow that group. And we did.

I began bringing in speakers- authors, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, musicians, athletes, financial advisors, health experts.

I wanted my kids to be inspired! AND, I was terrified to speak.

So, it was a win-win.


The 20th speaker I brought in was a man named Darrell Scott. Darrell’s daughter, Rachel, was the first girl killed at Columbine back in 1999.

By this time, our group had grown – we had 700 kids in the audience! (Speaking IS the fastest way to grow).

Darrell ended his presentation on a challenge, “There are people in your life that you love, that you need to let them know how much you love them because you don’t know if they’re going to be here tomorrow.”

Easy. Girlfriend    Best friend  

But then he added, “Some of them you’re not in good standings with.”

ALL I could think about was my Dad.

Darrell was doing a second presentation that evening for parents. I was going to do whatever it took to get my father to the event. I felt like this was my last chance for a reconciliation. And to my surprise, I was able to convince him to attend the event.

At the end of Darrell’s talk, I looked around. Parents are hugging their children, saying I love you, and everyone’s crying.

Except for my father. 
He doesn’t hug me or say a word. 
I was crushed.


About a week later, I got a letter in the mail from my Dad. 

“I’m sorry for the father I’ve been.

Here my son is having an impact on hundreds of kids’ lives and I can’t have an impact on my only son’s life. I’m asking for a second chance to do things right.” 

And he told me that he loved me.

My wife and I were crying.

The power of ONE man on ONE stage for
ONE hour changed everything in my life!

That was the day I dedicated my life to stages. 
My first call was to Darrell.

I asked him why he wasn’t sharing his message across the world? He replied that he didn’t know how – he was trying everything he could think of.

I told him that I would figure it out. That was 2003. 
Their organization had $63,000 in revenue. The first stage I booked generated multiple six-figures. By 2011, revenue was at $6.5 million.

And, in 2015, it was time to impact more people, so I started Advance Your Reach to share our system – the Stage to Scale Method – with more people. We had directly booked over 25,000 stages and generated tens of millions of dollars for our clients.

It was time to help YOU.


Because YOUR message matters.


Today, my dad is remarried – and is an amazing father to my little brother and my kids adore him! He got a second chance and we repaired our relationship. All because of 1 man on 1 stage for 1 hour.

At 10X Growth Con 2019 – it was my dad's first time hearing me speak!

He got a standing ovation!

It is our Big, Hairy & Audacious Goal to impact
1 Billion People through 1 Million Stages by 2027.

And since sharing our Method with the market in 2018, our students have
booked almost 50,000 stages and impacted millions.

Together we can change the world.

About Advance YOUR Reach

Advance Your Reach helps people grow their businesses and spread their message through stages. Our
mission is to impact 1 billion people across 9 sectors of influence over the next 10 years.

Arts & Entertainment
& Wealth
Health & Wellness

Pete Vargas

A Master at teaching people how to grow their businesses with stages. Since 2003, he and his team have booked over 25,000 stages worldwide–and generated tens of millions of dollars of revenue through those stages. In 2016, he founded Advance Your Reach – and walking his talk, has used stages to grow to over $10 million in 3 years, hitting the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the first time in 2019.

Pat Quinn

A former professional magician who learned the art of commanding a stage early in his career. With an advanced degree in brain research, Pat understands how adults learn new information. As a consultant and speaker he has keynoted the biggest conferences and spoken to audiences from around the world.


Meet The Dream Team

Jess Andrews

Director of Operations / Integrator

“They say reach for the stars and you will get to the moon. I say reach for yourself and you will get to the stars.”

Francisco Leon

Julie Maw

Director of Marketing

“Never underestimate the power of your story. Tell your story authentically and they will listen.”

Daniel Moskowitz

Director of Sales & Strategy

“Always leave people better off than when you found them. Do no harm with this superpower
of sales that I have.”

Jed Olson

Director of Customer Experience & Product Development

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, for what the world needs is for you to come alive.


Josh Langston

Director of Finance

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”

Blair Bryant Nichols

Director of Stages

“Any story worth telling is worth telling twice.”

Rafiki, The Lion King

Cris De Souza

Director of Business Development

“We measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create and who we include.”
– Père Henri, chocolat

Barrett Reed Smith

Sales Advisor

“Sometimes You have to walk through your nightmares to get to your dreams.”

Kevin Hernandez

Sales Advisor

“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”


Libby McNamara

Sales Coordinator

“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Erin Wahl

HR Manager

“Let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.”

Senior Technology Manager

HR Manager

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”


Catt Beeler

Events Manager

“Always do what you say you’re going to do.”

Leif Olson

Project Manager

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Gandhi

Ryan Main

Events Coordinator

“The only person who can stop you from reaching your potential is you.”

Emily Schultz

HR Coordinator

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.”

Ken Poirot

Amber Trotter-Cox

Operations Executive Assistant

“Important things never come from comfort zones but just remember to take one step at a time”

Brianca Hurley

Business Development Assistant

“I can achieve anything through focus and preparation”


Joanne Runyon

Executive Assistant

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Emily Schultz

HR Coordinator

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.” – Ken Poirot

Shelya Quimby

Creative Services Project Manager

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me. Now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter “

Bob Goff

Eric Upton

Senior Copywriter

“You can make excuses, or you can make progress, but you can’t do both!”

Jacob Wright


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”

Katie David

Content Manager

“Aspire not to have more but to be more.”

Jackie Wright

Senior Designer

“Remember who you are, and who you represent”

Lisa Hallifax

Junior Copywriter

“When surrounded by winter, be summer.”

Daisy Gonzales

Junior Designer

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you”

Myles Munroe


Brooke Huntsman

Marketing Assistant

“Be present and savor every moment!”

Katie Sherwood

Meeting Planner Concierge

“Shared experiences with new connections are the bonds of deep relationships.”

Mary Ellen Hughes

Stage Agent

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”


Gabriela Sonsino

Stage Agent

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama

Joseph Johnston

Stage Agent

“Success if one thing, but impact is another; I live to impact people.”

Ray Lewis

Kayla Sibilia

Stage Agent

“Everyone is trying their best with their current resources. Be patient, kind, loving, and generous to yourself and others.”

Barri Singer

Stage Agent

“Success Is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Maya Angelou

Samantha Stender

Stages Assistant

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world”

Mr. Keating, Dead Poets Society

Rayven Reynolds

CE Project Manager

“Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.”

Maranda Gibson

Customer Success Manager

“Be joyful and spread joy”

Annette Chesney

Student Success Manager

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”

Albert Einstein

Erica Steiner

Instructional Designer

“A good sense of humor is the best accessory”


Claire Fredrick

Customer Experience Specialist

“Love wins/ kindness is key/not all who wander are lost.”

Alaina Hill

Product Fulfillment Specialist

“Be courageous enough to make a life of your wildest dreams”

Brittany Beltz

Social Media Community Coordinator

“Old keys cannot open new doors”

Gabrielle Waskovich

Customer Experience Assistant

“Find comfort in the uncomfortable”


Terryn Turner

Finance & Ops Specialist

“Do good, be kind, have fun.”

Tabitha Kler

Finance Specialist

“The best way out is through”

Meet Your Strategy Coaches

They’re here to help you grow your business and increase your impact through stages


Daniel Moskowitz

Head Strategy Coach

“Always leave people better off than when you found them. Do no harm with this superpower of sales that I have.”

Kevin Hernandex

Strategy Coach

“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”

Barrett Reed Smith

Strategy Coach

“Sometimes You have to walk through your nightmares to get to your dreams.”

Apply now for your free call with Stacy, Daniel, or Erin
to grow your business and increase your impact through stages!