Speakers and Artists
Platz-Groton, Ann

Ann Platz Groton
Mentoring - Gracious Living - Hospitality - Interior Design

Ann Platz Travels from Georgia
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Ann Platz Groton offers a wide range of topics for women's ministry events, church  services, civic organizations, garden clubs, corporate  events, and juvenile centers and prisons.  Her presentations are tailored to the event planner's  goals and vision. 

When speaking to troubled youth and inmates, she powerfully and effectively  breaks down barriers and captivates the captive.  She motivates and inspires corporate audiences and civic groups with power-packed presentations.

Ann brings a life-changing message to church services, and her presentations for women's events range from deeply spiritual teaching and motivational to light and fun - and, as a former HGTV host and a renowned interior designer, Ann is delighted to include decorating and entertaining ideas when called upon.  Women love the fact that Ann (and her mountain vacation home) has appeared on The Travel Channel's "Great Vacation Homes" and on HGTV, as well as features in Southern Living magazine (and many others)!

Audiences are charmed by Ann's effortless Southern elegance and storytelling wit.  Raised on a gracious plantation in South Carolina, Ann and her husband Jim Groton's Atlanta and Highlands homes are the perfect display of her interior design talent and are the places where she enjoys practicing Biblical hospitality - Southern style!



Ann Platz Groton's  design work has been featured in numerous respected publications, including...

  • Architectural Digest
  • Traditional Homes
  • Arts & Antiques
  • Southern Living

Design projects include the Alabama Governor's Mansion, Southern Living Idea Houses, Callenwolde Christmas Showhouse, and various other Decorator Showhouses, as well as many distinguished city and country private homes.

Also a media favorite, Ann has appeared on many television networks' programs, including HGTV, PBS, TBN, and The Travel Channel. Ann has hosted The Home & Garden Television "Christmas Special," and her family's beautiful mountain retreat was featured on The Travel Channel's series "Great Vacation Homes."

Ann has motivated and inspired countless audiences from civic and social clubs to church groups. Ann has become a favorite of church women's groups due to her deep Chrsitian faith and love of God, as well as the topics that attract so many women who might not otherwise attend a "religious" or "church" event.

An accomplished and prolific writer, Ann has penned over fifteen books since 1999.  Her book titles offer an idea of the range of Ann's speaking topics ...


  • "The Courage to Follow Your Dreams"
  • "Queen Esther's Reflection ... A Portrait of Grace, Courage, and Excellence"
  • "The Best Is Yet to Come: Celebrating the Second Half of Life"
  • "Guardians of the Gate: Enriching Your Life Through Spiritual Mentoring"
  • "Social Graces: Manners, Conversation, and Charm for Today"
  • "Social Graces for Your Wedding: Etiquette for Making the Day Perfect"**
  • "The Pleasure of Your Company: Simple Ideas for Enjoyable Entertaining"**
  • "A Match Made in Heaven: A Collection of Inspirational Love Stories"**
  • "A Match Made in Heaven II: More Inspirational Love Stories"**
  • "From This Day Forward"**
  • "A Sanctuary For Your Soul"
    By Kay Arthur, Designed/Illustrated by Ann Platz

          ** Books co-written with Susan Wales.

As founder of her own interior design firm, Ann has enjoyed tremendous success as a business woman. Her many professional accomplishments place Ann in a unique position as an excellent choice as a motivational and inspirational speaker for business women's meetings and conferences.

Ann Platz Groton is an accomplished speaker for many venues ...

  • Corporate Settings:  Meetings, Conferences, Retreats
  • Garden Clubs & Country Clubs
  • Church Women's Groups:  Banquets, Brunches, Teas, Retreats, Conferences
Ann's marvelous storytelling and gracious Southern charm derive from her earliest days in her extremely distinguished and strong Christian family.  Ann's personal testimony as a struggling single mother for a season and God's gracious provision through it all - including His divine introduction to Ann's future husband John during a trip to the Holy Land, His grace and faithfulness through her season of widowhood, and His precious and unexpected gift of her husband Jim Groton - illustrates how God is so willing to create beauty from ashes and continue to multiply His Grace in our lives.
Ann's Newest Release ...
Queen Esther's Reflection is an insightful study of one of
God's most provocative stories of women of faith,
the legendary Esther, Queen of Persia.
This timeless account is one of the most powerful forces for God.
Esther was a feminine beauty, filled with hospitality,
social graces, and a life on mission.
From this courageous account of her life,
women will glean from Esther priceless lessons:
How to enter God's school of protocol
When to talk and when to be silent
Choosing words carefully
Being "still"
When to call others to pray
Expressing love in the home
Living a life of faith in the workplace
Appropriately using influence
And so much more
Esther used her "gifts" to save God's people, the Jews.

Gracious living-it is the beginning of kingdom living.

                                                     - Ann Platz

"Stacy, I am writing to thank you once again for providing us with a sensational speaker!!! Ann Platz spoke at our event "A Taste of Hope" yesterday, August 20, 2011, and wowed our adience with her heartfelt stories and messages! Her stories were poignant and Ann cleverly entwined their meanings to Karen's House of Hope, which, of course, was the purpose of our event. Ann was gracious, charming and witty. Even the men present were caught dabbing tears from their eyes! Our spellbound audience laughed, cried and gave Ann tremendous applause including a standing ovation! The attendees left the event with such positive comments and compliments about Ann and her stories: "Wow - She was great!" "She was a perfect Speaker" "I didn't think she was going to be as good as last year's event, but she was better!" "Where did you find out about her?" "She was so compelling, smart and honest!" "I wish I could hear some more of her stories!" I am sure my phone will be ringing on Monday with additional comments and compliments. Thank you, Stacy Robinson, for your guidance in selecting the perfect speaker for our event. I can hardly wait until next year! You are the perfect agency and know exactly what you are doing!!! I will be calling you soon. With Gigantic Smiles, Hugs, Hopeful Blessings and Especially Love,"
Debbie Cauthen, Director
The Cancer Network of Hope / Karen's House of Hope


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