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.
Freddy McFarren served in the United States Army for over 37 years and retired as a Lieutenant General. The majority of his military career was spent leading/coaching soldiers at all levels and serving in operational/training positions. His key assignments included commanding the Fifth US Army, the 24th Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Kansas. He was also the Commandant of Cadets at West Point as well as serving two assignments in the Pentagon. Over 12 years were spent as a paratrooper with the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82d Airborne Division. His combat experience included Vietnam, Grenada, and the First Gulf War. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and has a master’s degree in counseling from Duke University. Since retiring he has served as a senior mentor for military exercises and classroom seminars.
Bob served for over 36 years in the United States Army, retiring in 2007 as a Lieutenant General. He is a distinguished Military Graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech University. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University at Montgomery. Highlights of his Army career include command of Fifth U. S. Army (ARNORTH), the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and 3d Brigade (Rakkasans) of the 101st in Desert Shield/Storm. Early in his career, he served as a rifle platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division in Viet Nam. Following retirement from active duty, he served as a senior mentor for division, army and joint task force commanders preparing for combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and for civil support missions in the continental United
States. He joined True Growth in 2014, as a coach and associate. He was recently inducted into the 2016 inaugural class of the U.S.
Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Susan, reside in San Antonio, Texas.
Husband, father, grandfather; uncle, son, and brother; leader; innovator; retired army general; former infantryman, paratrooper, and ranger. PhD in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University. President and CEO of Dubik Associates, an international consulting firm with a focus on leader development, organizational change, and national strategic and intelligence issues. Board chairman of the Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War and the Institute of Land Warfare; member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Security Advisory Council, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; 2012-2013 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership; a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame as well as a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment. Published in a variety of publications. Quoted in numerous print and on-line media, frequent lecturer, panel member, and media analyst on national security issues. Lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Sharon, and near their two daughters, sons-in-laws, and seven grandchildren.
Ron Helmly served in the United States Army for over 42 years, including tours in Vietnam and Panama, retiring as a Lieutenant General. His key assignments included Deputy Chief, Army Reserve; Commander, Joint Task Force Provide Refuge; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of The Army (Manpower/Reserve Affairs); Commander, 78th Training Support Division; Chief, Army Reserve/Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command and U.S. Defense Representative to Pakistan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York State University and has completed the Program for National Security Executives at Syracuse University. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, The Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Since retiring he has consulted for the Army and U.S. Central Command.
Gary Speer retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant General with over 37 years of commissioned service. Throughout his military career he served at progressive levels of command through combatant command, including Deputy Commander and Acting Commander of US Southern Command, and Deputy and Acting Commander of US Army Europe. Having served in every geographic combatant command area of operations, he has extensive experience in joint, interagency, and multinational operations. His senior government experience was focused internationally, primarily at the theater operations level which covered the full-spectrum of operations, logistics, and political-military relationships. Following the Army, he provides independent advisory and strategic counsel for industry and private equity; maintains active engagement with the US military; and serves on corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors. He a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment. Cathy, his wife of over 42 years, has excelled in her own right as an Army spouse, volunteer, trainer, civil servant, and notfor-profit board member.
Bill Caldwell is the President of Georgia Military College. He retired as a Lieutenant General from the United States Army after 37 years of service. His commands as a General Officer include Commanding General of Army North/Fifth US Army, the NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan, the Combined Arms Center & Fort Leavenworth, and the 82nd Airborne Division. Other key assignments include Senior Military Aide to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and White House Fellow. His combat experience includes Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Haiti, and multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and has two master degrees.
Retired Lieutenant General Ken Keen is the Associate Dean of Leadership Development for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, teaching and coordinating leadership curriculum across four MBA Programs. Ken served 38 years in the Army. Highlights of his Army career includes Commander of the Office of Defense Representative – Pakistan, Commander of Joint Task Force – Haiti following the 2010earthquake, Commander of the Military Group in Colombia, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and Battalion Command of 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st 505th PIR. Ken served as a Special Forces Officer in Panama, as a foreign area officer, and on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams. His combat experience includes Just Cause in Panama and Desert Storm. Ken is a distinguished military graduate from Eastern Kentucky University and a graduate of the University of Florida’s Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program. In 2016, LTG (Ret) Keen was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and the inaugural class of the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame.
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.
Vinny Boles is the President of Vincent E. Boles Inc, a Leadership and Logistics consulting practice in Huntsville, Alabama, founded in 2010 after completion of over 33 years of service to the Nation. He held leadership positions at every rank through Major General in our Army to include 5 consecutive years of service as a Commanding General after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. As the Army’s Deputy Chief of staff for Ammunition, he was responsible for the nations’ $27 Billion ammunition account and oversaw the ammunition life cycle process from cradle to grave. He culminated his service as the Army’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 in the Pentagon. A member of the National Speakers Association, he has presented to professional associations and companies throughout the world. In addition to his speaking and consulting, Vinny is an adjunct professor of Logistics at the Defense Acquisition University. He holds an MBA from Babson College and BA in History from Niagara University. In 2011 he was inducted into the Niagara University ROTC Hall of Fame and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. He is the author of the just published book 4-3-2-1 Leadership… What America’s Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road from 2d Lieutenant to 2 Star General.
Virgil “Duz” Packett
Virgil “Duz” Packett is an accomplished senior executive respected throughout the Defense industry, leveraging over 35 years of global military and business experience, working with key industry and military leadership to provide the best possible combinations for successful execution and productivity. His leadership experience includes commanding general of the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence, responsible for development of Army Aviation doctrinal and material requirements for an Army at war, while representing 66,000 aviation related personnel stationed worldwide, as well as, extensive joint and coalition experience as COMSFOR and NATO J3 for Allied Forces Southern command. The last five years Duz has embraced the defense business community and enjoyed mentoring deploying units, Soldiers and leaders in preparation, training and throughout combat operations. He is a graduate of the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies and sits numerous Boards.
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.
Michael W. Symanski
Mike Symanski retired from the U.S. Army as a Major General after 37 years of service in the Active, Guard and Reserve components. He served in command positions through two-star level and key staff positions, including active duty in the Pentagon as the Army G-3/5/7 for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs. His USAR commands included the 89th Regional Readiness Command, and 3rd COSCOM and 21st TAACOM CONUS Augmentations. He was the Deputy CG, 21st TAACOM Forward during Operation Joint Endeavor; and commanded a POL Battalion supporting XVIII ABC during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Post-retirement, he was the senior advisor and mentor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense and Afghan General Staff for strategy and policy, and national military logistics. He published several articles on leadership and strategy. He is a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment. He is in the University of Illinois ROTC Hall of Fame. He had a 28-year civilian career as an executive and company owner of metal goods manufacturing and industrial supply firms serving the construction equipment and aerospace industries.
Paul Wentz served in the U.S. Army for 31years, retiring as a Brigadier General. He spent the majority of his career coaching, mentoring and inspiring soldiers and their leaders at all levels. His key assignments include commanding the First Infantry Division’s 701st Main Support Battalion and Division Support Command (DISCOM), as well as III Corps’ 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC). He commanded both the DISCOM and the 13th ESC in combat. As the Commanding General of the 13th ESC deployed to Iraq in 2009, he led over 20,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Civilians in spearheading the largest drawdown of forces and equipment since the Vietnam War. He is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy.
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.
Jon S. Lehr retired as a Brigadier General after 36 years of service. Jon is a native of Pennsylvania where he attended college, enlisting in the Army National Guard in 1978, and receiving an Active Component commission as an Infantry Officer in December 1982. He led Army and Joint formations over seventeen of his thirty-three active duty years. His last assignment was as the Commanding General of Joint Task Force North (JTF-N), U.S. Northern Command. JTF-N is the only continental U.S. based Department of Defense organization which provides support to federal law enforcement to counter Transnational Organized Crime. Following his recent transition from the Army, Jon serves as a civilian Senior Mentor for the Army’s Mission Command Training Program and has established a consulting business. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College.
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.
Ron Ross retired 31 Sep 2016 as a Colonel with 30+ years of active duty service. Over his thirty-year military career, he has commanded at the battalion and brigade level, served in numerous command and staff positions during the Cold War, Stabilization, Humanitarian and multiple Combat Operations. Upon completing brigade command, he was honored and humbled to culminate his thirty-year career as the Assistant Commandant of the United States Army Transportation School. He has spent his life leading, coaching, mentoring and inspiring military/civilians. Upon retiring he started Full Bird Automotive Solutions Inc under 1-800 Radiator and Air Conditioning of Norwood, MA a wholesale automotive parts and distribution company. He grew company operations, distribution, sales at an unprecedent rate and was quickly acquired by a Venture Capital Group. He resides in Plymouth Ma with his wife Chris of over 30 years. They have been blessed with three children Lauren, Justin and Trevor.
Jim Solomon retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after 27 years having served in command and staff positions where he led and mentored Soldiers during multiple assignments to include the 101st Airborne Division, 7th Infantry Division, and the Pentagon. Jim has since spent over 13 years in senior management and executive positions in the corporate sector leading, coaching, and advising; developing corporate teams; and facilitating winning strategies for large and small businesses. He is the co-founder/CEO of Chambers Bay Institute, a change management and leader development consulting firm that engages with corporate, DoD/government, and nonprofit organization clients to grow leaders who can create and implement change through a shared vision of the future. Jim is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. He and his wife Debi have been married for over 35 years and are blessed with three daughters, son-in-laws, and four grandchildren.
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.
Teddy Harman, Command Sergeant Major, US Army Retired, has been coaching and mentoring professional leaders and building highly effective professional teams for more than four decades. He served as a Command Sergeant Major at Battalion, Brigade, Division, and Army Level. He was the 10th Mountain Division CSM and the Fifth US Army CSM before retiring with over 35 years of service. Led soldiers in Viet Nam, Haiti, Iraq and Bosnia. Since retirement he has been a member of the US Army 360 Degree Coaching and Mentoring Program. Served as a member of the Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback Program, coached and mentored numerous Leaders and units at Brigade through Division levels. Performed Individual coaching as well as coaching and mentoring Command Teams.
Dan Elder is a retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 35 years serving soldiers and their families. With overseas duty in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Iraq, Dan’s culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command at the Army Material Command (AMC). He served as an Installation SGM at Letterkenny Army Depot, a Bn CSM and a Multi-Compo Bde CSM at Ft Riley, KS, and as a Sustainment Command CSM at Ft Hood, TX. Dan served on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Board of Directors and has authored three books, the NCO Guide, Soldier for Life, and Sergeants Major of the Army. Post-retirement Dan now works as an independent consultant and operates a project management company in Killeen TX; he is a certified leadership coach and trainer who has mentored hundreds of defense leaders and supervisors at all levels, Dan leads Balanced Readiness Seminars and provides feedback and action plan development using 360-degree multi-source feedback instruments. He earned a master’s degree in organizational communication from Northeastern University and a BS in business administration from Touro College. He has been married to Gloria for 32-years and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.
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.
Archie Davis Jr.
Archie Davis Jr., Command Sergeant Major US Army retired served 28 years of active service and retired on 1 April 2011. Archie served 12 years in the XVII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg NC. , two of the twelve years at Bragg he served as the detachment Sergeant for the US Army parachute team(Golden Knights). His assignments as Command Sergeant Major were; 3/6 Cavalry Squadron 2nd Infantry Division, 4-2 Aviation BN (Attack), 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade 2nd ID, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade M N D Baghdad OIF 07-09/08-10 and III Corps and Fort Hood. Archie is currently the CEO of A&P Davis Consulting, LLC consulting in the areas of military training, leadership and Lean Six Sigma process improvement. He serves as a senior mentor for the Command Sergeant Major Pre-command course. Archie is a ordained minister and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary were he graduated (Summa Cum laude) . He also holds an Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College. Archie is married to Priscilla M. Davis and is blessed to have four children and seven grandchildren.
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.
David served in both the United States Army and Army Reserve for nearly 26 years and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. A tested leader of six military campaigns which include the Gulf War Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, David’s dynamic leadership style and mentorship acumen has developed in him a unique capacity for building and leading distinctly effective teams. He served in diverse key assignments at the nominative level as a division-level Senior Enlisted Advisor, a division-level Deputy Director of Operations, an Installation Command Sergeant Major and First Sergeant. David is a strong advocate of education and holds with honors a Master of Public Health degree from American Military University.
Command Sergeant Major, US Army, retired. Don served 30 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman. He has served in Airborne, Mechanized and Ranger units such as; the 82nd Airborne Division, First Cavalry Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.
He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Infantry Battalion CSM and a Heavy Brigade Combat Team CSM. He served as the Garrison CSM for Fort Hood and his nominative positions include; Installation Management Command Central Region CSM and Installation Management Command CSM.
Nick Piacentini Jr.
Nick Piacentini Jr. is a retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 38 years serving Soldiers and the entire Army Family. He served 24 years in the United States Army Reserve and 14+ years as an Active Guard/Reserve CSM. Nick was selected by LTG Ron Helmly as the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) CSM from 2002-2006. He worked 21 years in the $575+ Billion Dollar Supermarket and Grocery Store Industry as a Food Packaging Specialist.
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffery A. Hof hails from Texas and has over three decades experience in mentoring, teaching, and individually coaching soldiers and leaders. Jeffery Hof is a proactive professional that has served in an extensive array of tactical, operational, and strategic level formations in the United States Army. As an infantryman he excelled in elite organizations from 75th Ranger Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, First Cavalry Division, culminating as the Post Command Sergeant Major for JRTC & Fort Polk and the Strategic Command Senior Enlisted Advisor for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan. Jeffery has over four years of combat experience in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations from Desert Storm/Provide Comfort to Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. CSM(R) Hof has inspired others to embraced lifelong learning, exemplified by earning after retirement a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Master of Arts in Education degree specializing in Adult Education, graduating with summa cum laude honors for both degrees. Jeffery Hof has been married to his lovely bride, Stefanie for over 33 years. They are blessed with a beautiful and talented daughter, Bianca, who is a local community elementary school teacher.
Rory Malloy is a retired Command Sergeant Major with over 32 years serving our Soldiers and Families. His assignments included being the first senior enlisted advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Pentagon); the second enlisted Commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy; the 1st Cavalry Division CSM; the Fort Polk and JRTC CSM and the 1st BCT CSM, 101st Airborne (Air Assault). Rory has 45 months of combat service during the GWOT. Since his retirement, Rory continues to lead in the corporate sector in a variety of positions. His leadership philosophy is that of being a Servant Leader.
Glen “Coach” Sefcik
Glen Sefcik currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Academy’s Participation Association (IOAPA) with home offices in Olympia, Greece. He also serves as Marketing Director for the IOAPA. Retired from the University of Phoenix where he served as the Associate Director for Academic Affairs for the Louisiana and Oklahoma City Campuses, however maintains a position as an Associate Faculty Member. He is a former international track & field coach and National Chairman for the U.S. Track & Field Association’s Coaching Education Program. He was selected as a Chief of the Mission for the International Olympic Academy (IOA) for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 1995. In addition, “Coach” was a member of the coaching staff for the Visa Decathlon Gold Medal Program and was head coach for the U.S. vs. Germany Decathlon Challenge. Glen was also the Olympic Coach for Saudi Arabia and an Olympic Festival Coach for the USOC.
Mike Poston has over 36 years of industry experience. He worked for a major international mining company where he gained valuable experience in the areas of human resources and sales. He joined State Farm Insurance in 1985 as a State Farm Agent. After demonstrating the ability to successfully manage and grow his Agency, he accepted a leadership role within the company. He held various leadership positions and retired in January, 2010 as an Agency Vice President. He has mentored many State Farm Executives. One of Mike’s challenges to leaders is, “Don’t let good get in the way of better.”
Jim Hardin is an accomplished executive sales, marketing, human resources and employee relations professional with 40 years experience in large, medium and small corporations (Sears, Mary Kay, Dr Pepper, BeautiControl and AmeriPlan). He has 10 years of international experience in Canadian markets focusing on sales growth and leadership development. He is an accomplished Master of Ceremonies and a seasoned public speaker. He retired from AmeriPlan in January 2010 as Vice President of Sales. Jim also volunteers as a speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Bruce LaRue, Ph.D. – Bruce LaRue has focused his career on the emergence of the knowledge economy and its implications for the development of leadership competencies in large, complex organizations. As a global consultant, graduate school professor, and speaker, he has inspired thousands of leaders with his innovative approach to leading change. As an executive coach, Bruce has also worked one-on-one with over 1,000 leaders, to include many from all four branches of the U.S. military, on how to lead strategic change. He has advised senior defense leaders in global logistics and serves as a change management consultant for Senior Executive Service Candidates of the Government Accountability Office, whose job it is to advise congress on the effectiveness of all major federal agencies and programs. Bruce has worked with managers and executives in aerospace, the Department of Defense, wireless telecommunications, network technologies, financial services, municipal and national government, and the nonprofit sector.
Chuck Scharenberg served in various positions in corporate management for 16-years. As Corporate Operations Officer of a for-profit healthcare corporation with a diverse mix of services, he designed executive development programs that improved retention rates for high-potential performers and improved business unit performance. As a corporate director of a not-for-profit healthcare corporation, he reduced costs and increased patient satisfaction for client organizations through contract management services and consultation. Since then he has served as a business consultant, leadership advisor, and executive coach supporting more than 600 senior leaders and middle managers, including those in Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Healthcare, and Government to include the Defense Logistics Agency. He has worked with clients in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Chuck is a systems thinker who brings an organized approach to his coaching practice. As a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and with knowledge of varying Neuro-Linguistic Programming tools, he offers clients insights and resources for a variety of leadership and business challenges.
Linda Shaffer-Vanaria acquired and honed her expertise in Edge Performance from her 20+ year career and experiences as one of the first women U.S. Navy Test Pilots and Squadron Commanders. Following her tenure as a military officer, she worked as a member of an elite team of leadership and performance development professionals building global leadership bench-strength and business acumen capability throughout the reaches of a Global Oil Company. She then established her own consulting company and is currently celebrating 14 years of global coaching and consulting excellence. The focus of her work results in enabling leaders to increase their leverage via engaging more decisively with conscious confidence amidst the intensity of today’s business. From coaching and consulting with over a thousand leaders and with a breadth of global organizations such as the Defense Logistics Agency, the General Accountability Office, and international corporate and defense groups, Linda has found that there is an increasing need and hunger for precision approaches to strategic thinking and decisive action.
Timi Gleason has worked in leadership positions in Fortune 200-1000, large family-owned operations, and has worked with various local, state and federal government agencies to help move the organizations forward. She has extensive experience helping decision makers at the Vice President level in technology, field operations, marketing, sales, and call center operations. She has 20+ years private and federal government leadership coaching and consulting, to include work with Defense Logistics Agency and Government Accountability Office leaders. Her early roots were in Human Resources management and since 2004, has been providing Organizational Development and Change Management expertise. She has Gold Mastery Certification in Systems Thinking and Strategic Management and is a Marshall Goldsmith certified global coach. Her interest in supporting leaders extends to other countries where the shift in global influence is creating many challenges. She writes books about the challenges of strategic thinking, and has extensive experience working with leaders to find ways to tie their training and knowledge back into practical uses and functional leadership techniques.