An inspirational podcast, inspired by Matt Cubbler's "I Got You" Inspirational Speaking and Leadership Consulting Brand, that is dedicated to sharing the remarkable stories of selfless leaders who have lived truly memorable lives. This podcast will highlight their stories, share their journey's and inspire every listener to look into the mirror and ask themselves if they are putting everything they have into living out their "dash." Be ready to be transformed, uplifted and to feel the emotions in every episode!
Garth is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) where he also played football. After graduating, Garth was quickly identified as a candidate for the US Army's Special Forces. After completing the required training, Garth was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. Garth commanded a Helo company within 3rd Group and was deployed numerous times in support of operations in Haiti and around the globe. Garth is married with two children and currently owns a State Farm Insurance Agency in Northeast PA.
Loren Michaels-Harris is a motivator. A former foster child, Michaels-Harris strives to inspire and uplift every person who crosses his path. His message shows those who want to know, that while life is full of challenges, “it is our challenges that provide us our greatest opportunities for growth and learning,” he says. As a mentor, “Break Through Coach,” author and friend, Michaels-Harris believes that we are all a part of “The Ripple Effect,” and that it is his duty to use his story to create a ripple that will reach around the globe. To achieve this, Michaels-Harris is embarking on a tour in 2019, speaking from the heart to give hope to those who are desperate to break through the various “glass ceilings” of their lives. “My goal in life is to expose as many people as possible to this systematic approach that has worked 100 percent in providing a template for me to follow, a template that has provided me with a life that before I only dreamed about.” Michaels-Harris loves his Creator, loves being creative, and he loves books, music and all things of beauty. His favorite saying is: “I love me.” In addition to his newly released album, “Turn It Around” Loren has been featured on Larry King Live; NPR; PEOPLE Magazine; ABC; NBC; CBS; CNN; and FOX.
Shannon Jaccard is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Ballast Health, an organization dedicated to creating stability in turbulence. She the recent past CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego. Shannon serves on several boards including RI International and the Meeting Place Clubhouse in San Diego County.
Shannon has received numerous awards and was named one of San Diego's "50 People to Watch" by San Diego Magazine. She is a published author and has started several innovative programs. In 2002, Shannon founded Compeer San Diego, a nonprofit organization to provide friendship and support to individuals with a mental illness. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters of Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos. Shannon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dawn is a former employee of the US Bureau of Prisons and is the wife of a retired Federal Agent. By all accounts, they had the best life with the best opportunities that any family could ask for in this life. The ugly truth about the Opioid Epidemic is that it doesn't care if you are rich or poor or if you have loving parents or not. Sadly, Dawn and her husband, Jim, lost their oldest daughter, Gabrielle to an opioid overdose. Today, Dawn and Jim are advocates for ending the opioid crisis so that no other family has to endure the heartache and sadness that they went through with their beautiful daughter.
Tony is a husband, father, friend, and serial entrepreneur. His current ventures include ShipOffers, a five year Inc 5000 fastest growing company. His mission to bring fulfillment to the world extends from traditional fulfillment services to personal fulfillment. He formed BEFULFILLED, where entrepreneurs know they can achieve their dreams despite their hardships. BEFULFILLED is home to a podcast that reaches over 5,000 listeners in North America and features other entrepreneurs coming together to redefine success. The BEFULFILLED Facebook community formed online. Now, thousands of business owners share their weekly goals with accountability checks and access to live Q&As with experts. As well as having first access to international networking events. The newest addition to BEFULFILLED is the journal. The journal is a proven model to help people achieve more without their personal lives suffering. Tony also travels the world as a speaker. He teaches founders both the pitfalls to avoid and the keys to attaining their own journey to fulfillment.
Sonny Tannan is the Founder and Co-Host of the Unlearn Show, Co-Founder of Real Life Brand, a LinkedIn video creator, an in demand public speaker, a Veteran, and according to his 3 year old son, an awesome dad. With over a decade of experience in Business Development, leading U.S. Marines & traveling the world, Sonny believes that we can all maximize our potential by humanizing our brand messaging. You can reach Sonny at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonnytannan/ and http://reallifebrand.com/
Joshua Berglan, aka The World’s Mayor, is driven to be a voice for the voiceless and empower others to live their truth. Whether it is on stage or behind a microphone on his shows, Josh VS Joshua or Gratitude:UnFiltered, Joshua speaks his unapologetic truth. After living in the shadows for most of his life, he now relentlessly shines a light on a darkness that prevented him from living his best life, blessed, forgiven and free. Joshua is proof that regardless of how nasty ones past may be, God has a purpose for all of it…..and that purpose is good! Joshua is also an expert in brand strategy and a strategic partnership specialist where he believes “everyone gets to win”. This is what led people to start calling him The World’s Mayor. has helped brands get on QVC, HSN, setup global distribution and assisted in taking a startup skincare line public. has worked with A list celebrities, high profile influencers and world renowned physicians to create (develop) their own product lines. has produced major award shows, podcast, fundraisers, after parties and film. has consulted for global brands, entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers. will be appearing in 3 soon to be released films, appeared on Fox Business News and been seen in Vanity Fair Mexico. has spoken on stages all over the country and has emceed award shows, fundraisers and inspirational seminars. He is the creator of the shows Josh VS Joshua, Gratitude:UnFiltered and Morning Gratitude, which can be found on Amazon Fire, ROKU, Apple TV, IHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, iTunes, Facebook Live, YouTube and over 100 more platforms worldwide.
Nick Maruca is an inspirational man who has overcome the stigma and physical limitations that come with Cerebral Palsy to become one of the best Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the Country. He was recently named the 2019 New Jersey National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
Curt Schilling is a three time world series champion - once with the Arizona Diamondbacks and twice with the Boston Red Sox. Curt is also a member of the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame for his career accomplishments with the Phillies - which includes leading them to the 1993 World Series. Curt holds an 11-2 post-season record which is an MLB record. Curt is a vocal advocate for ALS research in addition to several other charities surrounding cancer and other diseases. Curt is married to his wife, Shonda and they have 4 children - Gehrig, Grant, Gabriella and Garrison and they reside in Massachusetts.
David Charles is a graduate of Pottstown Senior High School located in Southeastern, PA. Growing up as the middle child in a subsidized housing development, David has first-hand experience with the obstacles that many youth face on a daily bases in many situations. He grew up knowing what it was like for the adults in his life to work to make ends meet and not have enough time in the day for family engagement. David has also traveled to areas such as California, Florida, New York, Atlanta, and Germany and met many lost children in his travels. While he pursued his music career, he worked to help many youth musicians who crossed his path in subtle ways. He understands the plight of the young man who has a hard time believing that making better choices equates to a better life. The understanding and dream David had then and stays steadfast to today is the motivation behind the creation of S.T.R.I.V.E. Initiative (STRIVE – Strengthening Tomorrow Requires Initiative & Vision Everyday). Currently, David is the Executive Director for STRIVE Initiative. STRIVE is a 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit organization. The goal of STRIVE is simple – to assist under-served youth in realizing their full potential. STRIVE operates as an organization with a purpose to enlighten, aid and enhance the lives of youth in under-resourced areas through character-building programs including arts, recreation, physical activities, education and civic activities. STRIVE is currently working with local school districts to conduct educational programs for at-risk students undecided about their future that may choose an unhealthy way of progression in their lives David’s personal mission continues to be sparked by his sincere commitment to help area youth develop lifelong changes to improve their life and the lives of others. The long-term commitment of STRIVE, under the direction of David, work to support community revitalization through personal development of our precious youth. The younger generation has the potential to be leaders, so it is crucial that they have proper resources and motivation. David has also assisted the psychiatrist at a private nonprofit for more than eight years; empowering participants to find a pathway back to a lifetime of recovery. www.spiritofgheel.org David is also featured on media sites; broadcasting to over 50,000 schools nation wide with physical fitness content.
Riley Cote is a former professional ice hockey left winger who played four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer. Upon retiring from the Philadelphia Flyers Riley founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cannabis/hemp as a viable renewable resource, that can help increase the quality lives of all people. Cote is a co-founder of Athletes For Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. Cote is currently launching a product line – BodyChek Wellness, a line of hemp-based personal care products whose mission is to optimize everyday performance and challenge individuals to rethink the healing process. The line reinforces Cote’s passion to help individuals discover safe nontoxic methods for pain management and self-healing.
Ruben Gonzalez is a common man who achieved extraordinary things. He wasn’t a gifted athlete. In school he was always the last kid picked to play sports. He didn’t take up the sport of luge until he was 21. Four years and a few broken bones later, Ruben was competing in the Calgary Winter Olympics. When he competed at the Vancouver Olympics at the age of 47, Ruben became the first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade. Since 2002 Ruben has spoken for over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies. He’s considered one of the top motivational and inspirational speakers in America. His bestselling books have sold over 100,000 copies and have been translated to over 10 languages. His incredible story takes people’s excuses away and fills them with the belief and inspiration to face their challenges and fight for their goals and dreams. People buy into what Ruben teaches because they can relate to him. Ruben will inspire and equip your people to win.
My name is Andre Young, Founder of You Evolving Now, LLC. My mission is to provide men, women, students, and employees a way to EVOLVE and live the life of their dreams; becoming more inspired individuals, partners, parents, and professionals. Guy’s Night Out and Lady’s Night Out may provide relief, but may not inspire evolution and self improvement. EVOLVE and best your life with our personal growth site, employee life-enrichment program, college division, and our main club in Berks County!
I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Marital and Family Counseling. I have provided a variety of therapeutic services in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County: Individual, Group, Family, and Crisis Therapy. While we may be physically based in Pennsylvania and have clubs in Kutztown University and Alvernia University, we are a global social movement for personal development. It is important to note that Y.E.N. do not provide therapy, however the environment is therapeutic in nature to promote a positive lifestyle and help you get more out of life, more out of relationships, more out of work, and more out of yourself!
EVOLVE in an atmosphere of positivity and personal development. Grow as a person and enhance the quality of all of your relationships as a friend, son/daughter, co-worker, parent, husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, etc.!
He always followed the rules, never rocked the boat, and everyone called him "Saint Michael" growing up. He got his MBA from Wharton, became a successful CEO, and then... he went to prison.
In a behind-the-scenes look at life in a men’s correctional facility, Going Om is the story of the man least likely to end up behind bars. Follow his journey of learning how to survive away from his family in the dog-eat-dog culture of prison, and the struggles of returning to his community later on. Huggins shares both alarming and surprisingly funny stories, emails that he had sent from prison, and lessons learned during the dimmest days of his life.
Struggling to cope in a world where he did not belong, Huggins turned to the practice of yoga for strength and direction. Before long, “Yogi Mike” had a following of inmates seeking his help with physical fitness, anger management, and everything in between. Hard personal truths were realized through his challenging experiences on the inside, true clarity came, and ultimately transformation into living an authentic life.
Michael remains active in teaching yoga in prisons, as seen in the Huffington Post, as well as CBS, FOX and NBC News affiliates. He is a frequent speaker on self-empowerment and the power of yoga for rediscovering your true self. He is a contributor to several books focused on best practices for teaching trauma informed yoga to underserved populations.
Imagine waking up in complete darkness. You’re 11 years old. You don’t know where you are. You don’t know why you can’t see. You don’t know what’s wrong?
Strength comes from walking through the flames of setback and failure, and emerging on the other side singed but stronger, wiser, and more complete. After losing his vision and almost dying from an illness at 11 Ryon Anderson went on to obtain a BS in Psychology, MS in Counseling Psychology, and a law degree from Texas Tech School of law. He is a business consultant and professional speaker.
Before losing his vision, Ryon’s dream was to be an NFL quarterback. He dedicated his young life to achieving that dream. That dream was ripped away! His identity as an intellectual stud athlete was gone! Who was he? Ryon spent years reclaiming his confidence and identity. He struggled with why anyone would choose him over a sighted person. So much of his self worth was wrapped up in physical prowess. Eventually he came to realize physical competition has an expiration date while intellectual competition is a lifelong game! Through success in the intellectual arena Ryon regained his former confidence and gained a deeper appreciation of life, self worth, and self identity. He realized that the only limits one truly has are the limits one creates. Ryon’s passion is helping people overcome life’s challenges by helping them strengthen their mindset
About Scott Morris
Husband and Father
Scott lives with his wife and their two children in Toluca Lake, CA.
Scott is the founder of SRM Real Estate Group, a full-service, boutique real estate brokerage in Los Angeles, CA. Scott has over 30-years of experience in the real estate and mortgage brokerage industry with transaction volume exceeding one billion dollars. Scott is an entrepreneur passionate about his purpose-driven business model and creating partnerships that promote social good. Scott’s social impact efforts are focused on type one diabetes advocacy, youth enrichment, and community building initiatives.
If you are looking to find, buy, finance or sell a home, contact Scott or visit SRMrealestategroup.com/. When you partner with SRM Real Estate Group you will save money, save time, and together we can save lives.
Type 1 Diabetes Advocacy
When Scott’s son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) he made a promise that T1D advocacy and the efforts to find a cure would become a part of his life mission.
Whether it’s a “lunch-&-learn”, keynote, workshop, or executive retreat…Scott is always ready to share his story and the events that transformed his personal and professional life.
Dreaming of Cooperstown Podcast
Scott is the host of the Dreaming of Cooperstown podcast. Dreaming of Cooperstown is a metaphor for achievement and learning to lead a meaningful life. Scott shares the stories of the dreamers, the action takers, the achievers, and the impact makers who are making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Matt Cubbler has always lived a life of sacrifice and dedication to others. From serving in the U.S. Army, to working as one of Pennsylvania’s most renowned police officers, to donating his time speaking to teens and young adults about the importance of leadership in their lives, he has devoted his life to helping others through both his professional and personal life.
To him these things come naturally. Because after growing up as the son of a single mother and the brother of a mentally disabled teen who was often picked on, Cubbler always knew it was his calling to serve others.
A month after graduating from high school, Cubbler’s brother Andy died in a violent car accident. That moment would end up becoming the single most impactful moment in his life. While he excelled academically in high school and had an opportunity to attend one of the four major military academies, he decided he was needed elsewhere and chose to enlist in the United States Army and served for four years as an Intelligence Analyst. His Army tour of duty took him from Augsburg, Germany to the Persian Gulf War.
After leaving the military as a highly decorated soldier, Cubbler began his career in law enforcement. Throughout his career, he has worked in almost every facet of law enforcement – uniformed patrol, investigations, under-cover narcotics, and SWAT. Shortly after “9/11,” he answered the call to, once again, protect America against Islamic Extremists who were inflicting terror all over the world. He was one of only a few thousand select individuals (out of over 900,000 applicants) to be hired by the newly formed United States Federal Air Marshal Service.
In 2006, Cubbler returned to local police work and he published a memoir that detailed his life with his brother entitled A Brother’s Love: A Memoir. In 2008, to help raise money for charities established in his brother’s name, he ran 78.8 miles across the state of New Jersey. His level of love and commitment to keeping his brother’s name and story alive has inspired thousands across the country.
In 2009, Cubbler got bit by the entrepreneurial bug and he launched his first company MaxOut, a unique fitness brand that owns a unique piece of patented strength training technology and owns and operates one-of-a-kind gyms utilizing this same technology. Over the past eight years, while still working full-time as a police officer, he has built MaxOut into a national brand that has helped thousands of people achieve strength and fitness levels unseen in the fitness marketspace.
Today, Cubbler is still a full-time police officer, the COO of MaxOut, host of the popular podcast Two Dates and a Dash Podcast and a sought after public speaker who captivates his audiences through his personal story of struggle and triumph, his leadership training program based on his experiences as a soldier and his law enforcement officer and most importantly his life living with his brother whose life and death has inspired all that he has accomplished since that fateful day.
Howard Brown played professional basketball for organizations based in 19 different cities in six different countries and on four different continents. Over a career spanning 13 years career, he won two team championships, two scoring titles, and multiple awards and accolades.
Howard's passion for philanthropy and entrepreneurship is evident in his off-the-court endeavors. In 2000, Howard founded Live the Dream Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial resources for student-athletes from Howard's hometown community of Pottstown, PA. In 2012, he founded International Ballplayers United, Inc., a consulting and marketing company that assists basketball players with knowledge and resources to help build and sustain professional basketball careers.
Howard graduated from Villanova in 1999 with a bachelor of science in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Business at the University of London External Programmes.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is a 8 time WTA Doubles/Mixed Doubles Grand Slam Champion, Gold Medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and now the creator of her own fashion line of clothing, partnering with the Lucky in Love Fashion Brand. Bethanie has achieved amazing success personally and professionally as a result of her ability to be mentally and physically unstoppable. She has had to overcome two potential career ending knee injuries - coming back stronger and more determined to reach the top once again. She is married to her husband, Justin and they reside in Arizona with their Mastiff, Ruger.
Tony Whatley is a best-selling author, business consultant, and serial entrepreneur. He enjoys taking on the challenge of learning new things, and inspiring people to become the best version of themselves. His hobbies include travel, fitness, and high-performance cars. For more information please visit www.365driven.com.
From beauty pageants to black eyes, Mistie Layne went from becoming a prominent surgeon to facing forty years in prison after her horrific cocaine addiction forced her to rock bottom, when she took the life of another. In prison, she found strength in writing and developed a four step C.O.P.E.= HOPE method which walks you through releasing TOXIC GUILT, SHAME and ANGER. She believes SELF-FORGIVENES and LOVE is the key to true joy and inner peace, NOT depending on others for validation. After her prison release, she HUMBLY rebuilt a career in nuclear medicine and speaks fervently with PASSION to finally SHOUT to the world her “RAW TRUTH” of ugly dark secrets she spent so many years hiding. Her mission statement is simple; “FIND, LOVE and BE yourself. PULL YOURSELF UP!” By sharing her story of redemption, she hopes to educate and inspire a movement to JUDGE less and MENTOR more.
Gary J. Byrne served in federal law enforcement for thirty years, in the U.S. Air Force Security Police, the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, and most recently as a Federal Air Marshal. While serving as a Secret Service Officer, Gary protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House. His first book, CRISIS OF CHARACTER, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Mary is motivated to reduce student college debt through her organization Thriving Athletes (www.thrivingathletes.org) and her upcoming athlete combine in Rockford, IL on April 12-13th. The combine will be an intensive athletic combine mixed with inspirational speakers and people in the college education industry. Mary is relentless in finding creative ways to help kids across the country attend college and play collegiate sports with minimal accruing debt!
As a player Brandon was a three year starter at defensive tackle for Joe Paterno at Penn State, playing in the 1995 Rose Bowl, 1996 Outback Bowl, and capping his career as the Defensive MVP of the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. He spent the next nine years in the NFL, playing for the 49ers, the Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe), Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins. After retiring in 2005, Brandon went into college coaching, starting at West Chester University (DII) coaching outside linebackers and defensive lines for the Golden Rams over five seasons. He spent the next three seasons coaching defensive lines in the UFL with the Omaha Nighthawks, Coastal Carolina University, and Temple before leaving coaching to spend more time with his wife and three kids. Since leaving coaching Brandon has been busy as a broadcaster, hosting the DII Sports Podcast, The Obligatory PSU Pre Game Show, and as the game analyst for the Colonial Athletic Association game of the week on CBSdigital/College Sports Live.
Fox News Channel Anchor, Jillian Mele Jillian Mele is co-host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) FOX & Friends First (weekdays 5-6 AM/ET) alongside Rob Schmitt. In addition, Mele serves as a member of FNC’s morning show franchise, FOX & Friends (weekdays 6-9 AM/ET) where she reports on the latest news headlines and contributes to daily segments. She joined the network in March 2017.
Prior to joining FNC, Mele served as a co-host on Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia’s (CSN Philly) local morning news program, Breakfast on Broad where she earned an Emmy Award for her work. Earlier in her career, Mele spent seven years with WCAU-TV (NBC 10) in Philadelphia, PA and reported in various capacities, including as a news, sports and traffic reporter. She got her on-air start as a local news anchor for stations in Presque Isle, Maine, and Binghamton, New York. Additionally, while enrolled in college, Mele held an internship with CSN Philly. Mele received a B.A. in arts and communication from La Salle University.
Dr. Dale Comstock is the Vice President for Intrepid Global Security Solution's, Inc. Critical Infrastructure Protection Division. Dale regularly works as a contract security specialist applying his skills and knowledge on myriad of security challenges around the world for various clients.
Dale retired from the U.S. Army in August of 2001, after serving 5 years in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Green Beret) as the Senior NCO on an A-Team; 10 years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (The Delta Force) as an assault Team Leader and Explosives Expert; he served 4 years with the 82nd Airborne Division as an Airborne Infantryman in a Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon; and he served 9 years as a Security Advisor in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
He has a Master of Arts Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Alternative Medicines and Therapies. Since his retirement he has started several security companies specializing in nuclear, petrochemical, personal, and K-9 security.
Additionally he is a teacher for Henley-Putnam University in San Jose, California where he teaches Psychology of Violence, Technical Surveillance, Area Study Analysis, and Special Weapons; he is the Military Tactical Advisor for Falchion Enterprises, Inc.
Dale Comstock has studied the Martial Arts for 36 years. He has Black Belts in American Karate and Ju-Jitsu. Some of his achievements include: Professional Boxer; Tough Man Championships; Vale Tudo Championships; PKC Kick-boxing Championships.
Duche (Dutch) Bradley grew up without his biological father. Anger and loneliness filled the void. As he grew older, these emotions carried him from despondent child to street thug. Machine guns and shotguns, Saran wrapped crack cocaine, and bruised knuckles set the background for his life.
He consoled himself by swearing that though his father left him, he would never leave his son. Never. But as street pedaling drugs turned into a drug enterprise, his lifestyle caught up. A simple traffic stop turned into a gun to his head and a hog tie on the interstate and suddenly Duche Bradley was faced with decades in prison and a lifetime away from his son Bradley. His promise to his son would be broken.
Joe Battista is a former American ice hockey coach and sports executive. He is the author of “The Power of Pragmatic Passion - 7 Common Sense Principles for Achieving Personal and Professional Success.” From 2013 to 2015 he served as the Vice President of Hockey and Business Administration for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL) after 26 years at Penn State University. Since 2016 he has been the owner of Pragmatic Passion LLC consulting focusing on Keynote and Motivational Speaking, Success Coaching, and Business Development.
Battista graduated from Penn State University Smeal College of Business in 1983 with a degree in marketing. He has a total of 30 years coaching experience, with 512 wins and six ACHA national titles. Battista also coached Team USA in the 2003 World University Games. He is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Penn State Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Penn Hills Hall of Fame.
Battista has also worked in a variety of sports marketing and management positions with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Culver Military Academy. After his coaching days at Penn State, Battista served as Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club for the University from 2006-2009. He was awarded the Division of Development and Alumni Relations "Ridge Riley Lion's Pride Award". Later, he became Director of Major Gifts at Smeal College of Business.
During his administrative time at Penn State, Battista was instrumental in securing the largest donation in the university's history, an $88 million gift from Terry & Kim Pegula for a new ice facility and to have Penn State Hockey become a Division I team. Battista, serving as Associate Athletic Director for Ice Arena and Hockey Operations, oversaw the building of the new double sheet Pegula Ice Arena and the development of the new Division I Men's and Women's programs.
After his successful years at Penn State, he was hired by the Buffalo Sabres, which is owned by Terry & Kim Pegula to become Vice President of Hockey and Business Administration. After 2 years with the Sabres, he left to become a private sports and fundraising consultant.
In 2016, Battista would become Executive Director and Chief Development Officer for the Lock Haven University Foundation.
Battista left the Lock Haven University Foundation to focus on his own business, Pragmatic Passion, LLC as a Motivational Speaker and Private Consultant. He also serves as the Vice President of Business Development for the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA) https://www.napsacademy.org
Daniel Gomez is the founder of Daniel Gomez Enterprises, a company devoted to developing and strengthening organizations and individuals.
Daniel is a Dynamic Motivational Keynote Speaker with 14 years experience in the arena of Leadership Development, Team Building, Sales Mastery, and Confidence Coaching. He is the International Best Selling Author of "You Were Born to Fly", a book written to inspire and give people the high-performance habits and confidence needed to be the leaders of their own destiny. Daniel is not just a motivational keynote speaker, he gives your organization the success principles, leadership skills, and champion's mindset to develop and build a winning team. He encourages them to "Be Original", to love and believe in themselves at all times, to value their own opinion, and to step out of their comfort zones.
Daniel knows what it's like to fear the unknown, having lost his mother as a child and facing death at the age of eighteen. He did not let his circumstances dictate the outcome of his life. His positive attitude and approach to life are what makes him very successful in his personal and professional life.
Daniel's energy and enthusiasm capture the audience's attention from the opening moments of his presentation. He engages and interacts with them throughout his presentation, his sole desire is to unlock the untapped potential in people's lives. Daniel loves connecting with his audiences and making it personal. He takes great pride in cultivating leaders and champions.
He raises the level of expectations in people's lives and helps them to change their limiting beliefs, giving them the tools necessary to succeed and live a positive life. What you can expect from Daniel is a highly energetic and engaging environment where he loves to include his audience in his presentations. You will receive a "Highly Motivated and Passionate Speaker" that speaks directly from the heart. Daniel believes in exceeding expectations, he customizes his presentations for each event.
What separates Daniel from other speakers is that he challenges his audiences throughout his talk to think, feel, and believe that it's never too late to begin something amazing! His authenticity attracts admiration from others, he believes in being truthful and from the heart. His vulnerability and honesty inspire transformation in people's lives. His unique way of relating and connecting with them is what makes your event special and memorable.
If you are an event planner looking for an authentic, motivating, and delightful speaker or presenter for your next conference or event, then Daniel Gomez is the speaker you have been looking for!
Sid Brumbach's life has been as unusual as his novel - "Unintended Consequences". He grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country where he trained for power-lifting ultimately setting Teenage American and World Records. Launching from that success he became a Registered Nurse; worked as a cut man for professional boxers logging 907 fights including 55 title fights; returned to college obtaining a biology education degree, and worked in pharmaceutical sales. He lives and writes in northern Idaho.
John McKenna is in his 18th season as Athletic Performance Director at Notre Dame High School, and has been a strength coach and football coach for over 32 years. At Notre Dame High School in his full time role he trains all physical education classes and teams in season and out of season. Coach McKenna was the first strength coach inducted into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame and just recently was honored by the National Football Foundation for his Contribution to Amateur Athletics, and was just inducted to The Sports Faith Hall of Fame in Chicago. Coach has received honors from the New Jersey National Guard and Trenton Fire Department for his service to these organizations. Coach also is the moderator for Notre Dames Catholic Athletes for Christ(Trenton Diocese). Over the past 32 years Coach McKenna has trained professional, college, and high school athletes. He has also developed the popular (Building Your Foundation Youth Program) for the development of younger athletes. Coach has been a featured speaker throughout the country as a Strength Coach and a Faith Coach. Coach McKenna was just recently named to The Board Of Directors, Region 8 Northeast(ME, VT, NH, RI, CT, NY, PA, VA, WV, MD, DE. And NJ of the National High School Strength Coaches Assoc.
Coach resides in New Jersey with his wife of 42 years Charyl , has three daughters, a son, and 9 grandchildren.
Coach bases everything off this saying: Strong Mind-Strong Body-Strong Faith=Strong Life.
“Irish” Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a retired junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. Micky is regarded as a working class hero, a blue-collar athlete who has overcome many difficulties in life and prevailed through determination and hard work. Ward won three New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur before turning pro in 1985. He started off 14-0 in his professional career. Ward was known for his devastating left hook to the body and his ability to withstand punishment while waiting to land his trademark shot. A perennial underdog, he has been known to suddenly drop his opponent in the late rounds with a single shot to the body as he did against Emanuel Burton.
After a 15-year pro career, the veteran Ward gained widespread fame in his May 18, 2002 fight with Arturo Gatti, broadcast live on HBO. In 2001, Ward´s battle with Emanuel Burton on July 13 had been named the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and it served to set up the much-anticipated Ward-Gatti matchup. Ward-Gatti I saw both fighters withstand an amazing amount of punishment through 10 rounds of non-stop action. Ward, who dropped Gatti in the ninth round with a vicious left hook to the body, won the fight by majority decision.Ward-Gatti I was hailed as the “Fight of the Century” by boxing fans and writers, and Round 9 of that bout was called “The Round of the Century” by Emanuel Steward, who co-hosted the fight live on HBO. Ring Magazine named Ward-Gatti I the Fight of the Year for 2002.
In their rematch, Gatti neutralized Ward´s body punching power by boxing and staying low. In the third round, Gatti knocked Ward to the canvas with a thundering overhand right which landed on Ward´s ear. Ward sprawled into the turnbuckle and stayed down for the mandatory 8 count. Nobody, especially Gatti (who after the fight called it “the hardest punch I´ve ever landed”) expected Ward to get up, never mind finish the fight. Commentators noted that if it had been any other fighter than Ward, the referee would have stopped the fight in the third round. Ward and Gatti had a third fight, on June 7, 2003. Despite dropping Gatti in round six, Ward lost by a ten round unanimous decision. Ward-Gatti 3 was named Fight of the Year for 2003 by Ring Magazine, which meant that Ward had earned that honor three times. Before his final fight with Gatti, Ward had announced his plans to retire after the fight.
Micky captured both the WBU Intercontinental Light Welterweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title. He also won the respect and admiration of many fans worldwide. The song “The Warrior´s Code” by the punk rock band Dropkick Murphys is dedicated to Micky Ward, and his photograph appears on the cover of the album. Ward´s life is chronicled in a biography by Bob Halloran entitled Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward. Micky Ward´s trilogy with Arturo Gatti would become the cover of the video game Fight Night Round 3, on the PlayStation 2 and XBOX versions of the game.And to top it all off The movie “The Fighter” staring Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward and Christian Bale as his half-brother, Dickie Eklund recounts Ward´s climb to fame.
Jay Niblick is the Founder and CEO of Innermetrix Incorporated, a professional consulting and technology firm with offices on five continents specializing in helping professional business consultants and coaches build and grow a profitable consulting practice.
He is the Bestselling author of the Attribute Index diagnostic profile (over 600,000 copies sold worldwide), and What’s Your Genius – How the Best Think for Success (Foreword by Anthony Robbins). His latest bestselling book is titled, The Profitable Consultant – How to Start, Market and Sell your Expertise (Foreword by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith).
He has been a paid keynote speaker and lecturer to organizations around the world in the areas of: Consulting, recruitment/hiring, peak performance, executive coaching, leadership development and organizational development. Over 1,750 independent management consultants have paid to attend one of Jay’s international workshops or certification programs delivering best practices on how to build a successful consulting practice and increase profitability.
Jay also sits on the Board of Directors at the Robert S. Hartman Institute; A scholarly project at the University of Tennessee in the United States dedicated to the study of human nature, value and decision-making.
Prior to consulting, Jay worked in the surgical sales industry for Johnson & Johnson. Before that he trained and served in the Special Operations communities of the US Navy and US Marines.
About Jessica: I am passionate about helping people take their lives to new levels and push the boundaries of what is possible. We are on a mission to set people free - physically and financially. For 13 years, I enjoyed a successful sales career in corporate America. Two years ago - almost by accident - I started my own business in my spare time. I partnered with a 13 year old company that provides nutritional products based on cutting edge science that address energy and performance, weight loss and healthy aging. In just 27 months, we developed a global distribution marketplace across 6 countries, a team exceeding 11,000 people and created a 7-figure income. We are helping others on our team create 6- and 7-figure incomes and redesign their lives with physical and financial transformations.
Bottom line - everyone deserves to live life with a healthy body that they love, as well as experience financial freedom to do what they want, when they want, as much as they want. I believe - WITHOUT A DOUBT - that I have discovered the secret to achieve all of that and more. If you are serious about creating more freedom in your life, we deserve to connect. You deserve to have freedom, great health and unlimited wealth.
Justin Schenck is on a mission to teach the world that it isn’t about where you come from, it’s about the decisions you make today to catapult yourself to who you want to become. Justin has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to watch in 2018 by INC.com and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space. What started out as a way to connect with top people and inspire others has become a way of life. Now getting played in over 100 countries every single week he is able to make a greater impact than he could ever imagine. He not only speaks to organizations on how to overcome adversity and utilize podcasting to grow your business but he helps others launch and grow their own podcasts with www.beginpodcastingnow.com. His vision? To teach the world how to live happy no matter where they are today. “It’s about the journey not the destination.”
Dubbed “The Boy Wonder,” the 22-year old promoted his first bout on Sept. 30, 1969, featuring Bennie Briscoe in the main event at the Blue Horizon. Since then, Peltz has become one of boxing’s most consistent promoters and is synonymous with Philadelphia boxing and, in particular, the Blue Horizon, where he promoted bouts for 32 years. Peltz also served as Director of Boxing at the Philadelphia Spectrum from 1973 to 1980.
The crowd of 16,019 for the WBC junior lightweight title fight at The Spectrum in l976 set the record for the largest crowd ever to watch boxing indoors in Pennsylvania history, while the 14,930 who saw Briscoe vs. Hagler in 1978 is the largest crowd indoors for a non-world championship contest.
Peltz has promoted cards at many other Philadelphia venues, including the old 7,000-seat Arena at 46th & Market Street, the Arts Palace at Broad & Pine Streets, as well as the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, his current home. In addition to Philadelphia, Peltz has promoted boxing matches at nearly every casino in Atlantic City.
Among the fighters who boxed on Peltz-promoted cards include Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Willie “The Worm” Monroe, Stanley “Kitten” Hayward, Marvin Johnson, Alfredo Escalera, Mike Rossman, Billy "Dynamite" Douglas, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver as well as Hall-of-Famers Jeff Chandler, Bobby Chacon, Orlando Canizales, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, George Benton, Emile Griffith, Michael Spinks, Thomas Hearns, Aaron Pryor, Pernell Whitaker, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Peltz was honored with the James J. Walker Award for “Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing” by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1999. Noted for his ingenuity for making great matches, Peltz follows in the great tradition of Philadelphia boxing promoter Herman Taylor.
In addition to promoting, Peltz is an avid boxing historian and archivist.
Danny Bader is a best-selling author and inspirational speaker whose life was transformed by a near death experience more than 20 years ago. He started his own company in 2007 that focuses on helping others truly understand themselves by creating a powerful vision for their futures. He wrote Back From Heaven’s Front Porch, Five Principles To Creating a Happy and Fulfilling Life, which would become a best-selling book and receive rave reviews from Success magazine and rank #1 on Amazon.
As one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers, he routinely gives workshops and keynotes to the biggest organizations in the nation including Marriott, Comcast, Merck and more. To date, he has spent more than 10,000 hours inspiring others to live their best lives.
David’s narrative as a youth speaker comes first hand; he grew up impacted by addiction in his family; he married and became a father of two children, his oldest is a special needs son; he is active in his church; he is a hospice volunteer who visits with terminally ill patients; and is on the board of K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc. a non-profit organization which helps special needs children through sports and other activities. David attends meetings and participates in activities with The Anti-Bias Consortium Nassau County Schools. He is a member of The Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force.
David’s life teaches him every day about dignity, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and most of all unconditional love. As a youth motivational speaker David has spoken in 31 states and Canada to over 350,000 students, inspiring them to look at people and things in a different way. His Facebook videos have received over 70 million views. He speaks with passion and conviction and through his humility, leaves his audience with so much to think about in their formative years as they move into their future.
Brock Mealer grew up in Wauseon, Ohio, and graduated high school in 2003. He went on to receive his undergraduate at Ohio State University. Brock spent much of his time working at a family construction company, but also enjoyed playing basketball, flying airplanes, and being with family.
A tragic car accident on Christmas Eve 2007, in which a 90 year old man ran a stop sign, left Brock paralyzed from the waist down and took the lives of his father and brother's girlfriend, Hollis. He was told by the doctors that he only had a 1% chance of ever walking again. He has persevered through this situation by clinging to faith, and relying on God.
Brock started rehabbing with the physical therapists at the hospital for two years after the accident. After that period, Brock was only able to move his hip and quad muscles, which allowed him to walk with the aide of full leg braces and a walker. He was still far from where he wanted to be, and God had a new opportunity awaiting him. Brock's brother, Elliott, played for the University of Michigan football team, allowing Brock to connect with their coaching staff who had offered to work out with him since the accident. After insurance had run out for rehab, he started rigorous workouts with Mike Barwis and the rest of the football strength and conditioning staff at the University of Michigan. Since then he has learned to walk with two canes, and in fall of 2010, Brock completed his goal of leading the Michigan Wolverines onto the field for their home opener accompanied with his mom, Elliott and oldest brother Blake.
In December of 2012, he was able to stand at his wedding and walk down the aisle with his bride, Haley, without the assistance of canes. Currently, Brock and his wife are living in Wauseon Ohio, and has plans to help others in their own journey through life's challenges. He continues to work out so he continues to improve, as well as, share his faith, and motivate others to strive for their goals. He has since been able to walk without assistance of any kind, walking up to a half mile at a time.
Join the 1% today, and face adversity head on. Brock's message is about persevering against overwhelming odds; no matter what the challenge is.
Brian is a former National Hockey League All-Star, legendary Philadelphia Flyer, former sports broadcaster, entrepreneur, business relationship and development guru and a philanthropist in his community. Brian is a loving husband and father of two and presently on the senior leadership team at Wolf Commercial Real Estate. Brian has leveraged his 15 year professional sports experiences and his 30 years in the business world. From the dressing room to the corporate boardroom, Brian continues to optimize opportunities and drives peak performance and results by leading by example and inspiring teams to be their best. Today Brian is the Director, Strategic Relationships at Wolf Commercial real Estate (WCRE).
WCRE is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in office, retail, medical, industrial and investment properties in Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. WCRE provides a complete range of real estate services to commercial property owners, companies, and investors seeking the highest quality of service, proven expertise, and a total commitment to client-focused relationships.
Brian gives back to the community as a Volunteer through his tireless commitment to several charities, including NHS Human Services, Bringing Hope Home, The Center for Autism, Flyers Alumni Foundation and The United Way of Camden County. A 6-handicap golfer, you can find Brian on the links participating in charitable client golf events throughout the summers, helping kids and raising awareness for many social and charitable causes.
After a long career as a sports and news anchor in major east coast media markets, Broadcast Pioneers member Lou Tilley partnered with international businessman Martin E. Judge, Jr., founder and President of The Judge Group and The CAFL, to form Lou Tilley Media. LTM is an international creative branding, marketing, public relations and production agency. From concept to delivery, Lou and his team craft engaging cross-platform content created to serve each client’s vision and goals.
Lou Tilley has long been a familiar face to TV viewers in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Charlotte and across the nation. His 30+ year on-air career has garnered 11 Emmy awards for excellence in reporting, programming and production.
In 2010, while preparing to emcee the annual Maxwell Football Awards Gala, Lou found himself discussing his future with longtime friend and accomplished businessman, Marty Judge. Lou Tilley Media was born that night as a collaboration between the two. The MFC,. now produced for TV by LTM on national networks, remains the passionate center of the agency. In fact, football – sports – and great storytelling, are at the core of LTM’s impressive list of clients that include: The CAFL China, The Philadelphia Soul, Defend Your Head Sports Safety, The Cal Ripken Baseball Group, Ron Jaworski Enterprises, and The Judge Group. “I’ve always been an effective story teller. Now, I dig into my client’s stories, their messaging and goals in the same way I would dig into a major news story: to find the most effective avenue of message delivery. I employ “Three E’s” in every project: education, entertainment and enterprise. They are not mutually exclusive,” says Lou from his office along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Conshohocken, PA, not far from the central Philadelphia row home where he was raised.
Recently, LTM planted its flag in China, establishing offices in Shanghai, leading the media and marketing arm of Marty Judge’s dream venture, the China Arena Football League. “This is a blank canvas for LTM. The Chinese market is hungry for western style sports, for football, and my job is – you guessed it – to educate, entertain and make it work for our shared enterprise.” LTM manages all broadcast rights for the new pro league set to launch in 2016. “There are no right or wrong ways to deliver the games there. We can re-invent the way we present this and other sports to new fans. Because of this, we are better enabled to develop new methods of delivery for our sponsors in the process.”
LTM will produce all regular and postseason games in China in both Mandarin and English, as well as distribute them nationally in China on the iQIYI network, and in the US on the ONE World Sports Network. Lou and his team will also manage all public relations and news media, social media , websites in both languages, as well as all game day in-arena operations. LTM also works directly with the CAFL exclusive sponsors to develop and deliver their messages across all media platforms.
LTM is developing streaming delivery systems aimed at China’s massive mobile device audience, in-arena visual entertainment packages, and special fan apps reflecting sponsor driven demographics. “Already, this fresh start, this blank canvas, has lead us in the direction of new methods of story telling, which has helped us and our clients state-side.”
LTM continues its growth internationally, utilizing the ever-changing tools of technology, but always with Lou Tilley, the award-winning broadcaster behind the creation and delivery.
Mr. Kelly D. Venden is a decorated combat veteran with over 22 years of service in the special operations community. Now retired and a resident of San Antonio, Texas, he continues to provide contractor support to the United States Department of Defense as a Counter Improvised Explosives Devices (C-IED) operational specialist or JET (Joint Expeditionary Team) providing training, and facilitating detection and deterrence techniques and equipment. In addition, he operates two Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (DVOSB) with one being Criterion Tactical, llc., a small company specializing in advanced marksmanship instruction and operational tactics for law enforcement agencies and military. And most recently Citadel Safeguard Solutions, llc which provide Armed Security services to schools.
Mr. Venden gained his exceptional weapons and tactical experience while operationally assigned to the 1/75th Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta specializing in a wide variety of advanced counter terrorist operations, classified projects and other high risk special operations activities.
Following retirement from active military service, Mr. Venden joined the Federal Air Marshal program as a federal agent. His duties included designing and implementing security procedures to protect the commercial aviation industry. As a lead instructor, he was heavily involved in developing the firearms curriculum for the fledgling federal agency and training of young air marshals. During his tenure, he assisted in training of sister agencies (ICE, FBI, DEA) in protecting the nation’s transportation system. Mr. Venden also created the “Triple-Nickel” standards course that has become the embodiment of fundamentals excellence for federal agents and a national aspiration for many law enforcement and military personnel.
Mr. Venden is a veteran of numerous National Command Authority contingency operations, a civilian tour in Afghanistan supporting International Security Forces, and was a participant in the rescue of Kurt Muse, an American hostage in Panama. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for valor, and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is featured in three Military Channel documentaries and plays a prominent role in the book “6 Minutes to Freedom”; the story of the successful hostage rescue operation.
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Some of Hollywood’s most inspirational movies were born from the world of sports. One in particular inspired not only sports fans but anyone with a pulse. In 2006 Walt Disney Pictures continued their triumphant tradition of motivating sports stories with the release of INVINCIBLE. It’s a stirring football drama starring Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who, against all odds, takes his shot at every fan’s fantasy of going from the grandstands to the gridiron. It has been described that Papale’s odds of achieving his wildest lifelong dream of playing for the Eagles as “one in a gazillion!”
It was 1976 when this 30 year old, a teacher and coach at his HS Alma mater, part-time bartender and die hard Eagles fan decided to act on a whim and a dare and entered the unprecedented public tryouts for his beloved Eagles. Inspired by this quote from his high school coach mentor, “Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make those dreams come true”, he figured he had nothing to lose. Papale, a ten year season ticket holder and former track star who did not play a down of college football, not only paid the price and made the cut . . . he made history!
It was a time when Philadelphia fans were buried in 11 years of defeat, when Americans were battling the lingering effects of Watergate, the Vietnam War and a sweeping energy crisis. Ordinary people appeared badly in need of a champion from their ranks and Vince answered the call. Now, in today’s uncertain economic times he continues to respond to the need for a motivating hero who knows what it’s like to battle and overcome adversity.
Instantly electrifying the fans and eventually winning over skeptical teammates with his gritty play, Papale helped the Eagles rediscover their winning ways. From being voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates to earning Eagles “man of the Year’ in 1978 for his numerous charitable activities Papale was an NFL sensation until a shoulder injury ended his playing career in 1979. Having now added “cancer survivor” to his bio, Papale continues to hold the record for being the oldest rookie in the National Football League (kickers excluded). He was recently honored by the Eagles and their fans and was named “Most Outstanding Special Teams Player” during a celebration of the Philadelphia Eagles 75th anniversary.
“Not often can a person see a film made about their own life’s journey,” Papale said of Invincible. “What’s even rarer is having that movie described as inspirational, motivational, and giving hope. There’s a feeling of intense pride and humility that, at times, is overwhelming.”
Vince is married to former US World Team Gymnast, Janet Cantwell, and they reside in Cherry Hill, NJ, with their two children Gabriella and Vincent. Today, he electrifies audiences and is regarded as one of the top motivational speakers on the country. The ultimate underdog continues to thrill audiences with his energy and humor.
Sergeant Major Reginald Wayne Butler, U.S. Army, a native of Oklahoma, graduated from McAlester High School in 1992. He received a B.S. in business from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburg, New York in 2007; an M.B.A. in information technology management from Trident University International in Cypress, California, in 2010; and is currently pursuing a D.B.A. in leadership from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He was raised in poverty by a single mother of five children, who had a loving heart and faced many obstacles but never complained. She blessed Butler with a warm heart, good manners, and inspired him to follow his passion and intuition. As a child, Butler had behavioral problems, a speech impediment and was fitted with leg braces. Numerous Pediatric Doctors informed his mother that he would never be able to run or overcome the fear and tension in stuttering. Kids called him names such as Frankenstein and Stutterbox until the age of 9 when he decided to overcome his challenges. Butler removed the leg braces, tossed them in a dumpster, and took off running, very much similar to Forrest Gump. By the 4th grade, Butler was the fastest kid in elementary school and later went on to win Regionals in track and field. Butler attended speech therapy throughout middle school, and he now enjoys inspiring people to overcome their obstacles and fears.
In 1991, toward the end of his junior year of high school, Butler joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard as an Infantrymen. He was the only African American in a 240-man company and had to overcome adversities related to racial discrimination but maintained a positive state of mind. Butler continued to break down obstacles within the organization and sought out the presence of younger soldiers who trusted him, believed in equal opportunity, and practiced dignity and respect. Butler found the resiliency to overcome the boundaries set before him and knew after graduating from High School the military life was going to be his destiny.
During his 25-year military career, Butler achieved the highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major. He completed the rigorous U.S. Army Ranger School in 1998, which is the Army’s most rigorous course related to premier small unit tactics and leadership. In 2001, Butler accomplished the Bradley Master Gunner course, to become a trained expert on the weapon systems housed within military fighting vehicles. He values the attribute of leading from the front and ultimately gained the respect of his subordinates. Butler deployed to the Middle East, the Pacific, Europe and Continental U.S. stations.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Butler was a platoon sergeant of the Army’s First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, when a platoon-size element was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, on April 4, 2004, also known as “Black Sunday.” Eight soldiers were killed and more than 70 injured during the attack. Butler’s Humvee gunner paid the ultimate sacrifice, and 17 out of 37 soldiers in his platoon were severely wounded. Butler had the hardest hit platoon with 20 soldiers remaining in the fight. His unit remained in sustained combat for 80 consecutive days.
Butler is portrayed in the National Geographic Channel’s “The Long Road Home,” an eight-part miniseries based on journalist Martha Raddatz’s 2007 book of the same title. He was mentioned on several occasions including one during which the Secretary of Defense recognized Butler in a lecture to more than 5,000 cadets and faculty members at the U.S. Military Academy in 2008 as a hero with real-world experience and wisdom in and out of the classroom. He has a passion for helping military members and people around the world to find their inner abilities to overcome daily challenges and to live a healthy, memorable and appealing lifestyle.
Butler seeks to inspire, motivate and challenge audiences to lead an authentic and inspired life.