Speaker Highlights

2017 SPEAKER SERIES SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

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Bill Kramer
Football Coach, Naples High School
Bill is Head Coach of Naples High School Football. For 15 years he and his staff have led the team to two State Championships and twenty Regional and District Championships. During Bill’s tenure over 90 percent of his players have gone on to college. This Fall more than twenty graduates are lining up on college gridirons. Bill is a graduate of Liberty University and holds two Master’s degrees.

Bernhard Langer
PGA/Champions Tour Player
Bernhard Langer is a two-time Masters champion and was one of the world’s leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has been the European Tour Player of the Year, The Champions Tour Player of the Year, the European Ryder Cup Captain and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Tom Cotton
United States Senator
Tom is a United States Senator from Arkansas. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Tom left a clerkship and private law practice after the September 11th attacks to serve active duty in the US Army for five years as an Infantry Officer. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Between the Army and the Senate, Tom worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.

Benny Yount
Car Mega Dealer
In 1975 at the age of 23 Benny started in the used car business with $1,000. He purchased 4 cars that amounted to $600. Today at 64, Benny is owner of Paramount Automotive Group in North Carolina, consisting of 17 new car franchises, nine locations, 350 employees, and over $300 million in annual sales. In 1986 Benny purchased Hickory Motor Speedway, one of Nascar’s oldest weekly tracks.

Hal Rosser
CEO/Rosser Capital Partners
Hal is the Managing Partner of private equity firm Rosser Capital Partners, with successful properties such as Bravo, Brio, Steak & Ale, California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick & Schmick’s, Logan’s Roadhouse, Ruth’s Chris and Skillets. Hal serves on the Board of Directors of the Culinary Institute of America, Wake Forest University and the New Canaan Society.

Dave Wannstedt
NCAA/NFL Coach
A 39-year veteran of NCAA/NFL coaching ranks, Dave was the head coach of the Chicago Bears,Miami Dolphins, and the University of Pittsburgh. He also served as assistant to Jimmy Johnson with the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Hurricanes and Oklahoma State Cowboys. Dave currently serves as a broadcaster for Fox Sports.

Rico Petrocelli
MLB Player/Broadcaster
Rico played 13 years for the Boston Red Sox and defined the position of “power-hitting” shortstop with 210 home runs. He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. Since retiring as a player, Rico has served as a Red Sox instructor, Minor League coach, and as a radio broadcaster.

2017 SPEAKER SERIES NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

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Senator John Boozman

Republican Senator from the state of Arkansas. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the United States Representative for Arkansas’ 3rd congressional district. John serves as the Chairman of the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The first and only Republican reelected to the Senate in the history of Arkansas, Senator Boozman has been a reliable conservative vote on social issues such as life and traditional values.

Steve Robinson

Chick-fil-A as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer (Retired) a Chick-fil-A is one of the nation’s largest family-owned quick-service restaurant chains with locations in 37 states and Washington D.C. Steve currently serves on the board of directors of Chick-fil-A as well as many other boards.

Ron Brewer, Sidney Moncrief & U.S. Reed

These former Arkansas Men’s Basketball players helped the Razorbacks to reach the 1978 NCAA Final Four.  All 3 men have distinguished basketball careers at Arkansas and continued on to the NBA.

Rick Schaeffer

is the Communications Director of the Springdale School District and co-host of Drive Time Sports. He was formerly the sports information director at the University of Arkansas and still serves on Razorback football and baseball broadcasts. Rick has written three books, including 100 Things Arkansas Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Inside the Razorback Vault and The Game of My Life. He is currently working on a biography of Frank Broyles.

Doug McMillon

President and CEO of Walmart Stores, Inc.  Prior to this appointment, he held numerous other positions with Walmart, including President/CEO of Walmart International and President/CEO of Sam’s Club. Doug is a longtime champion of Walmart’s customers, associates, and the company’s culture.  Doug also serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable.

Mike Whan

The eighth commissioner of the LPGA, one of the longest-running and most successful women’s sports organizations in the world. He assumed the leadership role at the LPGA in 2010 with an eye toward enhancing business relationships, increasing exposure for the players and maximizing the LPGA experience for fans.  He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1987 and is married with three children.

Norm Debriyn and Dave Van Horn

For nearly half a century (48 years), the University of Arkansas Men’s Baseball team has had only two head coaches, Norm DeBriyn and Dave Van Horn; DeBriyn coached for 33 years and Dave Van Horn is beginning his 15th year.

PREVIOUS YEARS SPEAKER SERIES

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Mike Duke
CEO, Walmart (Retired)
Mike was president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from 2009 to 2014. He continues to serve as chairman of the executive committee of the board. Since joining Walmart in 1995, Mike has led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. From 2005 to 2009, he served as vice chairman of the company, with responsibility for Walmart International.

Joe Frick
CEO, Independence BC (Retired)
Joe served as CEO of Independence Blue Cross, from 2005 until 2010. He received the William Penn Award in 2011, the highest honor bestowed by the Philadelphia business community. He serves as Vice Chairman of IBC’s board of directors, and provides strategic advice to healthcare industry leaders. A colon cancer survivor himself, Joe is Chairs the board of the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Loren Robers
Professional Golfer
Known as the “Boss of the Moss” for his putting skills, Loren joined the PGA Tour in 1981 and earned his first victory in the 1994 Nestle Invitational. That sparked a 2nd place finish in the 1994 U.S. Open and a nine-season run of eight PGA Tour victories. Loren joined the Champions Tour in 2005, where his victories have included the 2006 and 2009 Senior British Opens.

Governor Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
Scott was first inaugurated as Governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011, and immediately set the state of Wisconsin on a path toward government reform and fiscal order. He was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2015. Governor Walker is focused on continuing to move Wisconsin forward with freedom and prosperity for all who live and work in the state.

Phil Jones
CBS Journalist (Retired)
Phil was a correspondent for CBS NEWS for more than three decades. He served as a White House correspondent during the Ford administration and as chief Capitol Hill correspondent. His covered the historic civil rights stories, reported from Vietnam battlefields, and covered the resignation of Richard Nixon and trial/impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Lee Janzen
Professional Golfer
Lee joined the PGA Tour in 1989. There he has won eight titles, including the ’95 Players Championship—and most notably the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, defeating Payne Stewart at Baltusrol in ’93 and again at Olympic in ’98. He joined the Champions Tour in 2014 and won the ACE tournament in Naples in 2015. Lee is interviewed here by PGA Chaplain Larry Moody.

Steve Robinson
CMO, Chick-Fil-A (Retired)
Steve was the Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Chick-fil-A, one of the nation’s largest family-owned quick-service restaurant chains, with locations in 37 states and Washington D.C. He is responsible for the chain’s marketing, advertising, brand development and menu development strategies for all the chain’s restaurants.

David Nixon
Motion Picture Producer
David has been producing and directing films throughout the world for the past 26 years. His feature films include “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof” and “Letters to God.” His production company also produces commercials for clients such as Subway, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney World.

Mark Whitaker (Part 2)
ADM Executive/Whistleblower
This is a continuation of Mark’s talk highlights. Mark is the highest ranking executive in US history to become a whistleblower, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the 1990’s. His undercover work with the FBI was made into a movie, The Informant, starring Matt Damon as Mark.

John McAuley
CEO, Muskoka Woods
John is the President & CEO of Muskoka Woods, a unique Youth Resort on Lake Rosseau in Scarborough, Ontario. With over 1,000 acres of property, 2,800 feet of shoreline, world-class buildings and sports complexes, Muskoka Woods is one of the most respected premier residential camps in North America today.

John Edwardson
CEO, CDW Inc. (Retired)
John is the retired Chairman & CEO of CDW, a leading Chicago-based provider of technology solutions. His career also includes CEO of Burns International, COO of United Airlines and EVP of Ameritech. He currently serves on the Boards of FedEx, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Art Institute of Chicago. John is a graduate of Purdue University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Alister Hanna
Founder, Alpha USA (Deceased)
Ali was a McKinsey & Co Senior Partner and Director when he left in 1997 to start Alpha USA at the urging of Nicky Gumbel, the Founder and developer of Alpha in England. Alpha introduces people to the Christian faith through a 10 week course. Nearly 20 million people have taken the course.

Brad Anderson
CEO, Best Buy (Retired)
Brad spent thirty-six years at Best Buy company, retiring in 2009 as CEO & Vice Chairman. He is currently on the boards of Best Buy, General Mills, Carlson Companies, Waste Management, LightHaus Logic, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Public Radio, Praeger University and the National Council of the American Film Institute.

Ralph Reed
Political Strategist & Author
Ralph is one of the brightest and most sought-after political strategists in the nation, and perhaps the finest political operative of his generation. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. He is also a best-selling author of 5 books.

Bob Doll
Investment Strategist & Columnist
Bob is the Chief Investment Strategist for Nuveen Investments, a position he formerly held at Blackrock Investments and Merrill Lynch. One of the most respected equities strategist in the industry, Bob appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg TV.

Gus Ramirez
Chairman, Husco International
Gus is the Chairman and CEO of HUSCO International, a $300 million private company headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin. HUSCO has become a global leader in providing hydraulic controls to major off-highway and automotive equipment manufacturers around the world.

David Cook
Sports Psychologist & Author
Back with us again by popular demand, David is one of the top Peak Performance coaches in the United States. His book, Golf’s Sacred Journey, has been an inspiration to many. The sequel, Johnny’s US Open, was recently released to great reviews. Golf’s Sacred Journey was filmed as a major motion picture, Seven Days In Utopia, featuring Lucas Black and Robert Duvall, in 2011.

Ralph Reed
Political Strategist & Author
Back by popular demand, Ralph is one of the brightest and most sought-after political strategists in the nation, and perhaps the finest political operative of his generation. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. He is also a best-selling author of 5 books.

Senator Connie Mack III
U.S. Senator, Florida (Retired)
Senator Mack served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida from 1983-1989 and as a Florida U.S. Senator from 1989-2001. During his second term, he was the third-ranking Republican and chaired the Joint Economic Committee. He is the grandson of Connie Mack (1862–1956), former owner/manager of baseball’s Philadelphia Athletics.

Jonathan Reckford
CEO, Habitat For Humanity
Jonathan is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity, which has helped more than 4 million people construct or preserve homes in more than 70 countries. He was in management positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, Walt Disney and Best Buy before being appointed CEO of Habitat in 2005.

Joel Rosenberg
Author & Speaker
Joel is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels—The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat, The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran Initiative, and The Damascus Countdown—and five nonfiction books, Epicenter, Inside the Revolution, Implosion, Israel at War, and The Invested Life, with nearly 3 million copies sold.

Larry Kudlow
Economist & Columnist
Larry is CNBC’s Senior Contributor, syndicated columnist, author, contributing editor for the National Review, and radio host of the nationally-syndicated Larry Kudlow Show. He was previously the host of CNBC’s primetime show, The Kudlow Report. Larry is also the Founder and CEO of Kudlow & Company, an economic research and consulting firm.

Bobby Clampett
Professional Golfer
We all remember the hot-shot from California who was the low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open and the 1979 Masters. Bobby went on to play on the PGA Tour for fifteen years and has been on the Champion’s Tour since 2010. Outside the ropes, he’s a golf course architect, writer and long time member of the CBS Sports golf broadcasting team.

Randy Kington
U.S. Marine & Vietnam Veteran
Randy joined the Marines in 1964 at the age of 19. On March 21, 1966, his Echo Company lost 95 young Marines in an assault against the North Vietnamese Army.. Randy was left paralyzed from the waist down. His remarkable story is summed up in his inspirational autobiography—What a Life.

Larry Mize & Bart Bryant
Professional Golfers
Larry is the 1987 Masters and 1993 Buick Open winner. Bart is the 2005 Memorial and 2005 Tour Championship winner.

Dana Quigley
Professional Golfer
Dana worked as a club professional for many years and had 18 tournament victories in New England on the regular tour. In 1997 he became eligible to play on the Senior Tour, and soon became a leading player at this level, having won eleven tournaments. In 2005 he won the Arnold Palmer Award for the leading money winner on the circuit.

Gordon Brewer
Amateur Golf Champion
Gordon is a two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion; former captain of the U.S. team in the World Amateur Team Championships; USGA Bob Jones Award winner; Gap Hall of Fame inductee; former member of the USGA Executive Committee; and past president of Pine Valley Golf Club.

Tom Lehman
Professional Golfer
Tom Lehman’s many tournament wins include the 1996 British Open and the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. He was the US team Ryder Cup captain in 2006 and assistant captain in 2010. Tom is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours: The PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the Champions Tour.

Larry Moody
PGA Tour Chaplain
Larry has been the PGA Tour Chaplain since 1981. Larry is also the Founder & President of Search Ministries, where he co-labors with 52 staff members in 32 cities. Larry is a graduate of The Kings College and Dallas Theological Seminary, where he also serves on the Board. He is the co-author, with Ken Boa, of “I’m Glad You Asked.”

Jim Holtgrieve
Amateur Golf Champion
Jim is the prominent amateur champion who captained the U.S. Walker Cup Team in Scotland in 2011 and again at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, NY in 2013. Here he is interviewed by former Touring pro and Golf Channel commentator, Mark Lye.

Dale Peterson
Founder, Merry Maids
Dal was the founder and chairman of Merry Maids, the nation’s largest housecleaning service, which was acquired by ServiceMaster in 1988. He now serves on many philanthropic and educational boards.

Murray Martin
CEO, Pitney Bowes (Retired)
Murray is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc., a $5.4 billion company that provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is helps other companies grow their business.

Junior Bridgeman
CEO, Manna Incorporated
Junior is the Founder & CEO of Louisville-based Manna, Inc which owns and operates 400 Wendy’s, Chili’s and other restaurants and employs 18,000 people. Prior to his business career, Junior played basketball as an All-American for the University of Louisville and enjoyed a standout 12-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Larry Nelson
Profesional Golfer
Larry has has had an amazing 41 wins (including three majors) during his 47 year career, and has played on the three Ryder Cup teams. He is a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and a PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient. Larry was interviewed by Dave Krueger, who works with Larry Moody at Search Ministries and is a PGA Tour and Baltimore Orioles chaplain.

Kemmons Wilson Jr.
Chairman, Wilson Hotel Management
Kem is Chairman of Wilson Hotel Management, Inc. His father, Kemmons Wilson Sr., founded Holiday Inn in 1951 when he was disgusted at the caliber of motels he was forced to stay in when taking his family on vacation. That decision would change lodging across the globe, as well as the life work of Kem, his brothers and three generations of Wilsons in the family business.

Peter Jacobsen
Professional Golfer
Peter is a 38-year professional golf veteran, Golf Channel and NBC commentator, and one of the games’s greatest ambassadors. He has won seven events on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 Greater Hartford Open; and two events on the Champions Tour, including the 2004 U.S. Senior Open and the 2005 Senior Players Championship.

Dale Jones
CEO, Diversified Search
Dale is the President of Diversified Search, one of the nation’s top 10 executive search firms. Before joining Diversified in 2013, he served as Vice Chairman of the CEO and Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles International. There he consulted CEO and Corporate Boards on Human Capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning and corporate governance.

Jack Krasula
WJR Radio Host
Jack is the host of the “Anything is Possible” show on WJR AM-760. WJR is Detroit’s outlet for Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Bob Brinker, Adam Bold and Red Eye Radio. Each of Jack’s one-hour shows features a guest who shares their story of overcoming simple beginnings and obstacles to realize what most would term unachievable dreams.

Dr. David Cook
Sports Psychologist & Author
David is one of the top Peak Performance coaches in the US. His first book, Golf’s Sacred Journey, has been an inspiration to many. The sequel, Johnny’s US Open, was recently released. Golf’s Sacred Journey was filmed as a major motion picture, Seven Days In Utopia, featuring Robert Duvall, in 2011.

Mark Whitaker (Part 1)
ADM Executive/Whistleblower
Mark is the highest ranking executive in US history to become a whistleblower, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the 1990’s. His undercover work with the FBI was made into a movie, The Informant, starring Matt Damon as Mark.

Jeff Cranford
Professional Golfer
Jeff is a PGA professional who has played in events on the PGA Tour, Nike Tour, Nationwide Tour and European Tour. He won the Southern California PGA Championship in 2,000 and played in the PGA Championship at Medinah in Chicago in 2006. Jeff is also the President of Links Players International.

Wayne Huizenga Jr.
President, Huizenga Holdings
Wayne Jr is President of Huizenga Holdings, Inc, a diversified company that manages the Huizenga Family private businesses and real estate. Earlier in his career, Wayne Jr helped his father, Wayne Huizenga Sr, grow Blockbuster Video, Waste Management and AutoNation into successful companies.

Jim Towey
President, Ave Maria University
Jim is the President of Ave Maria University. His career has included: President of Saint Vincent College; senior advisor to president George W. Bush; and aide to Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield. In 1985 he became personal friends with Mother Teresa and served as her legal counsel in the US during the last 12 years of her life.

Josh McDowell
Author & Speaker
Josh is one of the best known and most highly regarded Christian writers and speakers in the world. He has authored or co-authored 138 books and given more than 26,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh is best known for More Than a Carpenter (15 million copies in print in 85 languages) and Evidence That Demands a Verdict (ranked 13th in Christianity Today’s list of the most influential evangelical books).

MGF 10th Anniversary
2012 & 2013 Speaker Clips
2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of MGF. A banquet celebration took place at which this entertaining montage of speaker video clips was shown.

Mike Whan
LPGA Commissioner
Mike is the eighth commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), one of the longest-running and most successful women’s sports organizations in the world. Mike assumed the leadership role at the LPGA in 2010 with an eye toward maximizing the LPGA experience for fans.

Bernhard Langer
Professional Golfer
Bernhard is a two-time Masters champion and was one of the world’s leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has been the European Tour Player of the Year, The Champions Tour Player of the Year, the European Ryder Cup Captain and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Jim Lane
Founder, New Canaan Society
Jim is Founder of the New Canaan Society, which he founded in his home in 1995 and has grown to become a highly regarded non-profit organization with chapters all over the United States. NCS is a gathering of men who want to experience life-changing relationships with each other under the umbrella of a friendship with Jesus. Jim’s business experience spans 35 years in private equity management, including 20 years at Goldman Sachs.