Jimmy Sites, 2023 Speaker

2023 Breakfast - Dr. Jimmy Sites

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Jimmy operates best within his gift of telling stories, speaking for corporations, pro sports teams and many other organizations around the world.  Jimmy's main task is to produce and host the Spiritual Outdoor Adventures television show, currently airing in its 21st season across the U.S. and Canada.

Alan Robertson, 2023 Speaker

2023 Dinner - Alan Robertson

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Alan is the oldest son of Phil and Miss Kay Robertson, the patriarch and matriarch from the famous Duck Dynasty clan.  In 2012, Al left his full-time work, as a minister for over 22 years, to return to the family business, Duck Commander, and to begin appearing on the Robertson’s TV show on A&E.

David Burton

2022 - David Barton

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David Barton is the Founder of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.

Scotty Smiley

2021 - Scotty Smiley

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Scotty Smiley is from from Pasco, a small city in Washington State. After high school he attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. After four great years, he graduated and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia and attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School. Soon after he moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where he led a 45 man Platoon. In 2005 while leading his Platoon in Mosul, Iraq, Scotty found himself in front of a suicide car bomb. After the man blew himself up, shrapnel blew through Scotty’s eyes leaving him blinded and temporarily paralyzed, he woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center a week later. Though questioning his faith, Scotty made a decision to forgive and rebuild his life and continue to serve in the Army, becoming the first blind active-duty officer in military history.

Sam Hornish Jr.

2020 - Sam Hornish Jr.

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In the world of motorsports, Sam Hornish Jr. is internationally known as the 2006 winner of the Indianapolis 500, and as a 3-time IndyCar Champion. Included within his 300+ professional race car starts, Sam is recognized for his NASCAR accomplishments at Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, and Texas Motor Speedways. Sam Hornish Jr. is a native of Northwest Ohio.

Dee Ann Turner

2019 - Dee Ann Turner

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Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. The company’s first female officer, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. The was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A Franchisees and corporate staff members. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture and Engagement. Most recently, Dee Ann launched and led the Sustainability function focusing on Chick-fil-A’s strategy to implement sustainable practices at the $11 billion company. Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the best seller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book was released in September 2019.

David and Jason Benham

2018 - David and Jason Benham

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Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors.  Their accomplishments have been recognized by dozens of publications, including Inc Magazine, Wall St Journal, Business Leader Media, Franchise 500 and more. Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 - yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC's Nightline & Good Morning America, the Benham's continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same. David and Jason have a combined nine children and live on the same street in Charlotte, NC.

Mark Whitacre

2017 - Mark Whitacre

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Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990's. Mark Whitacre is a Marketplace Ambassador for CBMC, an organization that has impacted his life greatly the past two decades. Since December of 2006, he has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Science Officer at Cypress Systems, Inc. His undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the major motion picture, "The Informant," starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre. Drawing from his unique history, Mark provides one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics, corporate greed, and the warning signs of a flawed corporate leadership.

Kim Anthony

2016 - Kim Anthony

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For over 20 years, Kim Anthony has been motivated by a passion to positively impact the lives of others. As a speaker, author and leadership coach, she has the privilege of helping people to overcome difficult circumstances and walk in confidence as they live their lives with purpose. Kim believes that it is only when we're living in the truth of who we were created to be, that we can experience genuine fulfillment, lasting peace and true success. Therefore, it has become her mission to help others embrace their unique identity, expand their vision and navigate the roadblocks that prevent them from experiencing the fullness of life.

Bob Weiland

2015 - Bob Weiland

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People Magazine called Bob Wieland “one of the six most amazing Americans of the past 20 years.” How many people have biked or walked across America? Bob has done both … with NO legs. Bob has lived a life of amazing accomplishments but still encourages all to “Be humble before you stumble” and inspires us all to “Always remember it is too soon to quit!” Through seemingly insurmountable adversity, Bob has persevered. From the battlefield injury in Vietnam that put him in a body bag, to his miraculous recovery in the hospital, to his walk across America on his ARMS an almost 4 year journey from LA to DC, Bob has proved his message that “Through faith in God, determination, and dedication, a person can achieve anything.” He has always said, “The joy is in the journey.” Bob is the only double amputee to coach in the National Football League. He is a 4 time world record holder in the bench press with a best lift of 507lbs competing against able-bodied men. He is the only double amputee to ever complete the grueling Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii without the use of a wheel chair. He travels on the “Celebrate America Tour” and is known as one of the most powerful keynote speakers by corporate event planners and a living legend!

Krish Dhanam

2014 - Krish Dhanam

Krish Dhanam, a native of India, migrated to the U.S. in 1986 with his bride Anila, an MBA and nine dollars in his pocket. Winning a sales contest in 1990 earned him a ticket to a seminar conducted by the legendary motivator Zig Ziglar. This chance encounter would be the catalyst that shaped the next two decades as Krish joined the Ziglar Corporation in 1991 as a telemarketer and eventually became the Vice President of Ziglar Worldwide. Through training, teaching and facilitating seminars all over the world, Krish launched his professional speaking career. As one of only two executive coaches personally trained by Zig Ziglar, Krish has successfully delivered his message of hope, humor and balance in over fifty countries and throughout the continental United States. His client list is the who’s who of global enterprise and he has received accolades from some of the most distinguished organizations including The United States Army, Christian Dior, Cadbury Schweppes, EDS, Texas Instruments, Pepsico, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Energizer Batteries.

Sujo John

2013 - Sujo John

Six months previous to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the two World Trade towers in New York City, Sujo John moved from India seeking adventure and prosperity in the US. Sujo John worked on the 81st floor of the North Tower, and his then pregnant wife Mary worked in the 71st floor of the South Tower. By the grace of God, they both survived. Their story has been featured in the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Times London, The National Post, BBC, CBC, Billy Graham Special, TBN, Charisma Magazine, I am Second, Focus on the Family, and Christianity Today. Taking his story of hope and faith around the world, Sujo John has spoken to millions in churches, universities, schools, corporations and community events globally. He is also the founder of a movement to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. This ministry presently runs safe houses in New Delhi, India. He is the author of the book "Do You Know Where You Are Going?"

Kris Kirschner

2012 - Kris Kirschner

Hello, my name is Kris Kirschner. I grew up in the city of Detroit and both of my parents worked tirelessly trying to make it from one month to the next. As I began my career, I believed the lie that I had to have the certain approval of others to feel good about myself. This ended up being very big in my work life and made me very driven for success. I had a flourishing business, lots of cash and I owned lots of real estate. I was speaking all over North America and had trained over 50,000 investors. In fact, many times I was the next speaker on stage after Donald Trump. The crazy part is that I now realize I had so much emptiness in me during this time and I felt like I was imprisoned in the world’s system just to “get the acceptance of man.” Along the way I learned God wants to redeem all that was stolen from you and he wants to be all things in your life. He walked with me and took me through a season where he revealed himself as a Father to me. He took me into my past and showed me the truth so I could be free.

Os Hillman

2011 - Os Hillman

Os Hillman is the president of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to help men and women discover and fulfill God’s complete purposes through their work and to view their work as ministry. Os is an internationally recognized speaker on the subject of faith at work. He is the author of 11 books and a daily email devotional called TGIF Today God Is First which has over 190,000 daily subscribers worldwide.

Chuck Proudfit

2010 - Chuck Proudfit

Chuck founded At Work on Purpose® as a result of seeking practical ways to live out Christian faith at work, and discovering how hard it is. The marketplace didn't like to talk about "religion and politics", and the local church was largely disengaged from the tough spiritual realities of modern work life. Chuck is also the Founder and President of SKILLSOURCE, a consultancy which employs over 60 contractors in business-building projects that deliver sustainable growth to client companies through the application of Biblical principles.

John Maxwell

2009 - John Maxwell

Dr. John Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell is the founder of INJOY and EQUIP. Three of his leadership books have each sold over a million copies.

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Marketplace leaders gathering and encouraging the body of Christ while sharing the good news of Jesus with those who do not know him.