Founder and President of LWM III Consulting LLC, Lawson has been coaching professionals, mentoring leaders and building highly effective teams for more than four decades. He has led soldiers in combat in Vietnam and Somalia, and commanded the Joint Readiness Training Center and Ft Polk, US Army South in Panama and the historic 10th Mountain Division. Retiring as a Lieutenant General after 32 years of service, he has served as a senior leader in business and academia, and a senior mentor for Army leaders and units. He is a member of the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame, the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame and the highest ranking graduate from Army ROTC at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been married to Gloria for over 48 years and they are blessed to have three children and four grandchildren.
Byrd Baggett is a best-selling author and popular motivational speaker. He has been helping organizations develop authentic leaders and passionately engaged teams since 1990. His corporate experience includes sales and management careers with two Fortune 500 companies. He is a Member of LWM III Consulting LLC and the creator of the True Growth brand. Byrd is the author of 15 best-selling books on the topics of sales, customer service, leadership and motivation. A former All American sprinter at the University of Texas at Austin, Byrd is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned designation presented by the National Speakers Association. Jeanne is his wife and best friend and they have been blessed with three children; Ashley, Amy and Austin
Raymond D. Barrett
Ray Barrett spent 32 years in the Army as an Infantry officer leading numerous organizations from the Lieutenant to Major General level. He commanded a battalion in the 24th Infantry Division during Desert Storm, a brigade along the DMZ in Korea, and the Army’s largest training center at Fort Jackson, SC. Before retiring from the military he served as the operations and training officer for TRADOC where he was responsible for the Army’s institutional training, schooling, and leadership development. After his military service, Ray entered the private sector serving in executive positions responsible for strategic planning, corporate leadership development, and personal coaching. He is a founding trustee of the Command and General Staff College Foundation and served as its Vice Chairman. He left the corporate sector to organize and stand up a non-profit research center, the Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, where serves as its Chief Operating Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, has two Master’s degrees, and is a member of the inaugural class of the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.
Byron Bagby served in the U.S. Army for 33 years and retired as a Major General. He has filled leadership positions in five of the Army’s ten divisions and has spent a majority of his career leading and training Army, Joint and Multinational organizations. He has served as Commandant of Joint Forces Staff College and Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe. He has combat experience in Grenada and Afghanistan. He earned a Master’s degree in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Economics from Westminster College. He serves on numerous boards, including the Vice Chairman of the Westminster College Board of Trustees. He is a 2011 Westminster College Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award recipient. He has earned the National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow credential. He is co-founder of BMB Solutions, LLC; among its areas of focus are executive leadership development and coaching, and strategic planning.
After soldiering for 32 years as an Armor officer, Bill retired in 2008 as a Brigadier General. He commanded numerous units and organizations throughout his career and is a veteran of combat operations during Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He also served in operations in Lebanon, Sinai, Haiti, and Bosnia and had extensive education and experience in the Middle East. Since retiring, Bill has worked in a variety of executive level positions in the corporate sector. He has extensive experience in leadership, training, organizational management, budget management, and operations. A 1975 graduate of Texas A&M University, he has a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs (Middle East Studies) from the Naval Postgraduate School and served as Mayor of the City of Woodway, Texas.
Anne Macdonald served in the United States Army for over 30 years and retired as a Brigadier General. She is an Army aviator and commanded Aviation units at the battalion and brigade level. She served as Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center, The Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General for 7th Infantry Division, Fort Carson; Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve. Her final assignment was as the Deputy Commanding General for Police Development, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. She served in combat during the First Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom. Anne was in the first class to graduate with women from the United States Military Academy in 1980. She has been a True Growth team member since 2013. Anne has been happily married to her husband, John for the past 28 years.
Frank Cox, Colonel, US Army Retired, has been a military and business leader for over 40 years. He has developed military leaders and business managers, has managed complex and highly effective teams, and has been a successful staff advisor for national leaders. He led soldiers in four divisions serving in Vietnam, Germany and numerous posts, and commanded up to brigade-level. Frank became a marketing manager and business developer for a world-class research & development company and interfaced effectively with government and private companies, and grew revenues from $200M to $1B in 12 years. His legacy has been training and developing motivated successors and effective leaders. He is a distinguished member of the Chemical Corps Regimental Hall of Fame.
Shane served 33 years as an Army officer and as an Army civilian. He commanded the 10th Aviation Brigade; served as Inspector General for Army Forces Command; First Army Human Resources Director, and CEO for an aviation surveillance start-up company. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2. The majority of his career was spent leading, coaching, and inspiring soldiers and civilians. He is currently the strategic planner at the Defense Forensic Science Center in Atlanta. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981. He has been married to Libby for 36 years; they have two sons and one grandson. Shane has been a True Growth team member since 2013.
Sergeant Major of the Army Robert E. Hall, US Army Retired, demonstrated his personal commitment to the Army and his Soldiers as he advanced to positions of greater responsibility. He held a variety of leadership positions culminating in his last three assignments as Command Sergeant Major 1st US Army, US Central Command, and Sergeant Major of the Army. Upon retirement he continued his commitment to service with his nomination to senior mentor a US Army panel dedicated to NCO Leader and Training Development. He also served as the co-chair for the Chief of Staff, Army Retiree Council, as Vice Chairman of the Association of the US Army NCO and Soldier Programs and is currently a member of AUSA’s Council of Trustees. In 2007 he was presented The Doughboy Award for outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry.
Bob Dare served 28 years in the United States Army. He held every noncommissioned officer leadership position culminating with his last three assignments as Command Sergeant Major for the 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Pacific Command and United States Army Forces Command. Since his retirement, Bob has continued leading in the corporate sector. He has been the Vice President of Global Sales for two training and simulation companies. He is currently the President of Dare Consulting, LLC. Bob occasionally serves as a senior mentor for the Pre-Command and Command Sergeant Major Development Program.
Dan Elder is a retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families. With deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq, Dan’s culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command (AMC) and as the Army’s senior enlisted sustainer. He served on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Board of Directors and is author, editor or advisor to a number of soldier-related books and articles. Working as an independent consultant and small-business owner in Killeen TX, Dan continues to serve soldiers as a Coach, Author, Blogger, Podcaster and Speaker. He was selected as the first enlisted Senior Fellow for the Association of the United States Army, and was inducted to the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Wall of Fame and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame.
Philip Johndrow served more than 33 years in the United States Army. He has held every noncommissioned officer leadership position culminating with his last three assignments as Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad and the Combined Arms Center. Phil served 42 months in Iraq as a Squadron, Brigade and Division Command Sergeants Major. Since his retirement Phil has been the National Director for Military Relations at Trident University Internal. Phil also occasionally serves as a Senior Mentor for the Pre-Command and Command Sergeants Major Development Program.
Donna Brock is a retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 35 years of serving Soldiers and their families throughout the Army and other services. While serving in assignments across the world, including a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Donna’s culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor to the Army Surgeon General, the Medical Command, and the Army’s senior enlisted Medic. She served on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Board of Directors and as the senior enlisted female advisor and mentor. She’s earned her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College and her master’s from Trident University International in Healthcare Management. She has dedicated her life towards the service of others which includes teaching, coaching, and mentoring young leaders and the advancement of future women leaders.
John J. Womble, Command Sergeant Major US Army retired served more than 31years in the United States Army. He has held every noncommissioned officer leadership position culminating with his last assignment as the Command Sergeant Major of Command Sergeants Major Development Program (CSMDP). John served 30 months in Iraq and Afghanistan as a battalion and Task Force CSM. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Excelsior College in Organizational Management. Since his retirement John has been with Cyber Protection Brigade as a Cyber Training Officer. He is a volunteer and mentor with Big Brothers and the Golden Harvest food bank.