Below is a partial list of current clients for The Craig Wiley Agency:
#1 New York Times best-selling author, Scott McClellan, served as White House Press Secretary for nearly three years, from 2003 to 2006. As the President's chief spokesman, McClellan was a straightforward and unflappable advocate for the President on a wide range of domestic and international issues during a challenging period in our Nation’s history. McClellan began his time in the Bush White House in January 2001 as the Principal Deputy Press Secretary. His friendship with the President dates back to their days in Texas together. He was at the President's side as the two traveled the country and world together, including through two presidential campaigns. Before joining the White House staff, Scott was the traveling press secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign. He first went to work for then-Governor Bush in early 1999 as deputy communications director. A native of Austin, Texas, Scott has deep roots in Texas politics. Prior to joining the Governor's office, he served as chief of staff to a Texas state senator, worked on grassroots outreach for lawsuit reform in Texas and managed three successful statewide campaigns. Scott is a graduate of the University of Texas. He and his wife Jill currently reside in Arlington, Virginia. His first book, What Happened, was published by PublicAffairs and reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio program now in its 11th year and heard in more than 100 cities across the country every day from 6 to 9 PM EST/3 to 6 PM, Pacific. Hewitt is a Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law where he has taught Constitutional Law since its opening in 1995, and a partner in the law firm of Hewitt Wolensky LLP. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times' best-sellers If Its Not Close They Can't Cheat (2004) and A Mormon in the White House? (2007). He is a columnist for the Washington Examiner and Townhall.com, and blogs daily at HughHewitt.com. He can be reached via his Twitter account @hughhewitt. In a 2006 profile for The New Yorker, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism Nicholas Lemann told his liberal readers that Hewitt "was the most influential conservative you have never heard of," which may have now changed since Hewitt's show came to New York City in 2008. Californians of all political persuasions know Hewitt from his dozen years as co-host of the nightly news-and-public affairs program Life and Times for PBS affiliate KCET, for which he received three Emmys. Hewitt conceived and hosted the 1996 PBS series Searching for God in America, has served as a member of the California Arts Council, The South Coast Air Quality Management District, and for a dozen years on the Orange County Children and Families Commission. He served nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, a passionate follower of the Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs and The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Hewitt and his wife of 30 years, known as "the fetching Mrs. Hewitt" to his radio audience, live in southern California
Elayne Bennett developed the Best Friends program in 1987, and due to the overwhelming demand for a boys' program, she launched Best Men in 2000. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mrs. Bennett serves as the President and Founder of the Best Friends Foundation. In addition to teaching the Foundation's character development curriculum and training educators throughout the country, Mrs. Bennett serves as a spokeswoman on issues of adolescent behavior and development. She has appeared on several national television and radio shows, in which the Best Friends and Best Men programs were showcased as solutions to teen pregnancy, including ABC Nightline, CBS The Early Show, PBS To the Contrary, Fox News The O'Reilly Factor, ABC World News Tonight, NBC The Today Show, and the Laura Ingraham Show. Her speeches and collected writings have contributed to the books Giving Back by Merrill J. Oster and Mike Hamel, Restoring the Teenage Soul by Margaret Meeker, M.D., Building a Healthy Society by Editor Don Eberly, and Great American Conservative Women, by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. She has given testimony on preventing teen pregnancy before the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight in the House of Representatives, the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations. Mrs. Bennett has been honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Education, the John Carroll Society Award, and the William E. Simon Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She is the wife of William J. Bennett and the mother of two sons.
Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Known for her ability to synthesize major news events and ordinary life happenings into a unique perspective that rings with authenticity, Jackie Gingrich Cushman connects with her audience through both hearts and minds. Jackie compiled and edited "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," (Regnery, 2010). This book focuses on the essential documents and speeches from our nation's history. Jackie provides context and analysis for each piece included. Jackie co-authored "5 Principles for a Successful Life: From our Family to Yours," (Crown Forum) with her father, Newt Gingrich. Their book focuses on the principles that Jackie follows in her daily life: Dream Big, Work Hard, Learn Every Day, Enjoy Life and Be True to Yourself. In March 2010, Jackie was nominated for a Georgia Writer's Association (GWA) Georgia Author of the Year Award. As a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, Jackie presents an authentic, bold, conservative view. Noted by the Washington Times for her "considerable talent" in writing, Jackie's outlook and opinions are highly entertaining, inspirational and thought provoking. Jackie is a sought after public speaker. Audiences of community leaders, educators, entrepreneurs and executives are captured by her fresh ideas, friendly style and quick wit. Jackie's work has been cited on the Today Show, New York Magazine, USA Today, and the Washington Times. She has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," CNN's "Campbell Brown," " Parker, Spitzer," "The 700 Club," Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends," "The O'Reilly Factor," "The Sean Hannity Show," "The Strategy Room," "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," "Geraldo at Large," "The Huckabee Show" and "Squeeze Play" on Canada's Business News Network. Having campaigned for over two decades with her father (with him losing twice before he won a congressional race), Cushman understands and can convey the importance of dreaming big and working hard through failure. As founder of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, which tests innovative learning programs to help struggling students learn they can learn, she knows the importance of learning every day. By helping lead Genesis: A New Life, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families, in a $5 million capital campaign, she has learned the value of giving to others.Cushman's background in corporate finance, including running the financial planning department for a $3 billion wireless company, provides her with a unique financial perspective based on over a decade of work in operating companies. As a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and having served as the teacher of the economics review section for the CFA Review course for the Atlanta Society for Financial Analysts, Cushman understands both the theory and practice of economics. Cushman is passionate about improving the world her two children will inherit and endeavors to inspire others to learn, love and live their lives successfully. This book will provide real life examples and stories of how people can live their lives successfully and impact others in our country. Cushman's non-profit activities included serving on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land. She currently serves on the board of Genesis: A New Life, and the Aliiance Theatre Advisory Council. She is founder and chairman of the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation. Cushman lives in Atlanta with her husband Jimmy Cushman, Jr., and their children. She graduated cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. She received her MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
New York Times best-selling author, Christopher C. Horner, is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming, Red Hot Lies, and Power Grab, all published by Regnery. A practicing attorney in Washington, DC, Chris has testified on “global warming” and related issues before the United States Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works, given numerous addresses in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and Brussels and before policymakers in numerous capitals including London, Rome, Copenhagen and Madrid. Mr. Horner works on a legal and policy level with numerous think tanks and policy organizations throughout the world. He frequently speaks before industry and academic audiences, and has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages. As a result of these efforts to educate the public Mr. Horner has had the pleasure of a Sundance-award winning film crew stalking him cross-country, and being the subject of a Greenpeace campaign to regularly steal his garbage, issue press releases announcing with whom he is seen in the same room and include him in various other publications including, most recently, “A Field Guide to Climate Criminals” distributed at the UN climate meeting in Montreal in December 2005. A Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington, DC, and Policy Counsel for the European Enterprise Institute (EEI) in Brussels, BE, Mr. Horner has provided legal, policy and political commentary several hundred times each on both television and radio, in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia, including scores of visits each on the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC with repeat visits on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, BBC, CNN, CNN International, ITN, CBC, Bloomberg and Reuters Television. Mr. Horner has guest hosted television commentary programs and makes weekly appearances on and regularly guest hosts nationally and regionally syndicated radio shows in America. He has been a frequent contributor in the Washington Times, National Review Online and TechCentralStation.com opinion pages, is a guest columnist for United Press International and OpinionEditorials.com, and has regularly contributed to the legislative news magazine EU Reporter (Brussels) (most available at www.CEI.org). He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Judge Samuel Breckenridge Award for Advocacy.
Washington Times columnist Diana West writes a weekly commentary column for Newspaper Enterprise Association. A conservative with a strong bent for cultural commentary, West explores topics few writers touch upon - from whether Islam is really a religion of peace, to whether Howard Dean was as good a governor as his campaign claims he was, to society's bizarre efforts to protect children from Mother's Day, to the rise of "PC" summer camps in Vermont - presenting all in a deft, often humorous manner. "I feel that such an approach, besides being more readable, is also more persuasive than a steady output of sober jeremiads," says West. "Not that I haven't been known to do a few of those, but I do strive to slip in a few zingers. In other words, mine is not a who's up, who's down Beltway column; nor is it just another take on the Big Story-of-the-Week. Instead, I am fascinated by the culture stories, the ones that reveal who we are as a people." West's column has appeared in NEA since 2001. A journalist with experience in feature writing, political coverage and arts criticism, West joined The Washington Times' editorial page in 1999 to comment on cultural and social issues, along with a range of political affairs, including Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign, sundry Clinton scandals and the ongoing fight over the judiciary, resigning in 2002 to pursue other writing projects. She won second place for editorial writing in the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Contest (largest daily division) in 2001. In 1990, she won a first place prize in feature writing from the National Newspaper Association for a two-part story on the David Baltimore affair, a scientific fraud controversy involving the Nobel prizewinner. West has contributed essays and features to many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, Commentary, The New Criterion, The Public Interest and The Women's Quarterly. She has also written fiction for The Atlantic Monthly and has been a columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. Her first book, The Death of the Grown-up, as well as her upcoming book, The Hollow Center, are both published by St. Martin’s. Born and raised in Hollywood, West spent a year as a youngster living in Ireland with her family. She went on to graduate from Yale with a B.A. in English. A Washingtonian for many years, she lives in the nation's capital with her husband and two daughters.
John Hawkins is a professional blogger who runs Right Wing News, Linkiest and Viral Footage. He also does weekly appearances on the #1 in it’s market Jaz McKay show, writes a weekly column for Townhall and Pajamas media. His work has also been published at the Washington Examiner, The Hill, Pajamas Media, The Huffington Post, and at Human Events. Additionally, he’s also the blogosphere’s premier interviewer and has interviewed conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Mark Levin, Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, G. Gordon Liddy, Dick Morris, Karl Rove, Michael Steele, Milton Friedman, Ron Paul, Jim DeMint, Jonah Goldberg, Jim DeMint, Walter Williams, Robert Novak, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, & Michelle Malkin among others. Additionally, John Hawkins’ work has been linked and discussed in numerous publications and on TV and radio shows including ABC News, BusinessWeek, C-Span, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Editor & Publisher, Fox News, Hannity and Colmes, The Laura Ingraham Show, Minneapolis Star Tribune, MSNBC, National Journal, National Post, Newsmax, Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Tammy Bruce Show, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Scarborough Country, U.S. News & World Report, WorldNetDaily and Human Events, where he had a weekly column. Right Wing News has been studied by college classes and even inspired an urban legend that was covered at Snopes.
Carol Platt Liebau is an author, attorney, political analyst and commentator based near Los Angeles, California. She serves as a guest host for the nationally-syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show” and for KABC radio in Los Angeles, and has appeared on PBS, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and “The Dennis Miller Show.” Carol has written for the op/ed pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has appeared in Human Events, The American Spectator and FrontPage Magazine, as well. She is also a weekly columnist for “The One Republic,” an online journal of political opinion. She is the author of Prude, published by Center Street. She is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University, where she served as Editorial Chairman of The Daily Princetonian, and Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 1992 as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review. Carol has been a law clerk for Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, legislative assistant to Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond of Missouri, and a consultant to the 1994 Senate campaign of John D. Ashcroft. She also practiced appellate law for four years in her home town of St. Louis. Upon her marriage in 1998, Carol moved to California, where she served as a policy advisor and counsel for Tom Campbell's U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. She lives in California with her husband, Jack, their twin girls, and their five-year-old West Highland white terrier.
Shoshana Johnson, a native of Panama, moved to the United States with her family when she was five years old. Johnson, a second-generation U.S. Army Veteran, joined the Army in September 1998 to earn money to attend culinary-arts school. In February 2003, her unit was deployed to Iraq where she served as a food service specialist. She was one of seven soldiers captured in Iraq on March 23, 2003 during a vicious ambush, when the 507th Maintenance Ordinance Co. that supported the 3rd Infantry took a wrong turn near Nassiriya. Three women soldiers were part of that ill-fated unit, Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, Pfc. Jessica Lynch and Johnson. Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson is believed to be the first African American woman to be taken as a prisoner of war. Piestewa, the first Native American woman ever killed in combat, died from injuries she sustained when the vehicle she was driving crashed during the surprise attack. Both Johnson and Lynch were wounded and captured by the insurgents. Nine of the women’s companions were killed during the attack. Lynch was later rescued on April 2, 2003. Johnson was seized, along with six of her comrades, and spent 22 days in captivity before they were rescued by the military on April 13, 2003. Johnson was shot twice, once in each leg, and endured weeks of cruel confinement. She was exposed to the world through the cameras of her Iraqi captors. Her face, drawn with fear, was etched into the memories of folks around the globe. Johnson suffered harsh treatment during her 22-day ordeal. She was beaten, slapped, and punched in the stomach and back. Because she is female, the insurgents held her in isolation, away from the other soldiers. Johnson credits her faith in God and prayer for getting her through the long searing days of imprisonment. “I prayed that I would survive, but I also prayed that if I didn't, that at least my body would be found,” she said. “ I wanted my parents to have a body to bury, because if they didn't have a body to bury, they wouldn't be at peace. I know my mother. She wouldn't give up until she had a body. I prayed, ‘Lord, if I die, make it quick, and let my body go home to my mother.’ “I had long conversations with God and tried to think positively. I remember thinking things like how I wanted to date again, and how I wanted to take my daughter to Disney World. I kept telling myself that some day I would be going home to my family and daughter.” On April 13, after successive house raids conducted by U.S. Marines, Johnson and her fellow soldiers were rescued. Johnson emerged for the prison-house shuffling as fast as she could on her wounded legs to a rescue helicopter. On their April 16 return to the United States Johnson and her buddies were met by a cheering crowd of some 3,000 admirers. The Army honored the seven soldiers for their courage, valor, and service with several awards. Shoshana Johnson was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Prisoner of War Medal for her service in Iraq. Johnson virtually disappeared after her return to the United States. She had difficulty sleeping, suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome for more than a year. Though able to deal with the mental aspect much better now, she still experiences pain in her legs and back from the wounds she received. After serving five years, she has since retired from the military. Johnson shies away from the “hero” label saying, “I'm a survivor, not a hero. The heroes are the soldiers who paid the ultimate price and the Marines who risked their lives to rescue us. They took a chance and because they did, I'm here.” Johnson’s book, I’m Still Standing, is published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster.
Thomas Brent "Boo" Weekley is a fisherman, a hunter, and a pro golfer on the PGA Tour. Oh yeah, and now he's an author! Boo's book, True Boo, published by St. Martin's, is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes story about his rise to the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour. It chronicles Boo’s life and golfing career, beginning with his teenage years as an aspiring athlete and tracing it to his present status as one of the most beloved stars on the PGA Tour. Many consider Boo second only to Tiger Woods in popularity. His eccentric, down-home country humor, fun-loving attitude, and Yogi Berra-like quotes set him apart from other popular players on the Tour. He’s been called “a nobody from nowhere” and the “Crocodile Dundee of golf,” but Boo can really play the game, as demonstrated by his breakout performance at the Ryder Cup—going 2-0-1 in his three matches—and his back-to-back Verizon Heritage wins.
Eddie, 60, has been the men and women’s head golf coach at Jackson State University for 27 years. He’s one of the most charismatic figures in college coaching circles. Amazingly, Eddie’s garnered the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year award 23 times and the National Minority Coach of the Year award eight times. His men’s teams have won 13 National Minority Championships and 22 SWAC Championships. The Lady Tigers have won 14 SWAC titles under Eddie’s guidance. During his NFL career with the Detroit Lions on Dec. 17, 1977, Eddie gained attention on national television when he scored two touchdowns on kick returns in one game. He returned a punt 87-yards for his first touchdown and a kick-off 98-yards for his second against the Minnesota Vikings. Eddie’s been inducted into the Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame, National Black Golf Hall of Fame (2000), the Marion County, and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2004), African American Golfer’s Hall of Fame (2007-08), and the SWAC Hall of Fame (2007-08).
As The Indianapolis Star’s beat writer since 2001, David is effectively “The Bard of Butler.” He wrote a book about the history of Butler basketball – “The Butler Way: The Best of Butler Basketball” – that was published as a softcover by Blue River Press and released in November 2009. HIs latest release is called "Underdawgs: How Brad Steven and the Butler Bulldogs Marched Their Way to the Brink of College Basketball's Nationa Champions, which was publiched by Scribner/Simon & Schuster. Underdawgs chronicles Butler's amazing run to the NCAA men's basketball finals against the mighty Duke Blue Devils, which ended on Gordan Hayward's half court buzzer-beater attempt that was just a inch of so off. No journalist has been as close to Butler University's rising basketball program over the past decade as David has been. When it comes to the Dawgs, David is the guy.
Mark brings three decades of award-winning sports journalism expertise to the table. As a columnist and reporter at The Denver Post since 1983, Mark has covered the Denver Broncos on a regular basis since 1983, the same year John Elway joined the team as a rookie. Mark has observed the franchise first-hand, interviewed Tebow and covered nearly every game the quarterback has played since he became a member of the Broncos. Mark's sports columns have twice been recognized as the best in the United States by the Society of Professional Journalists, who honored him in 2004 and 2005 during ceremonies at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The judges cited the ability to link sports topics to broader social issues. The judges concluded: “Mark Kiszla wreaks havoc with his readers’ emotions. He writes with compassion, while at the same time he offers strong, valid arguments supported by facts. He takes on the establishment, toes the line, then crosses it.” Mark also received top 10 honors in 2012 by the Associated Press Sports Editors origanization for his coverage of Tim Tebow in 2011. In addition to newspaper work, Mark has written for ESPN the Magazine and makes frequent appearances on local and national television broadcasts. Mark currently co-hosts a morning drive talk show in a top 20 market at Mile High Sports Radio and is a regular guest on national radio shows starring Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd.
The Late Ron Silver
Ron Silver is one of America's leading actors and has starred on Broadway as well as in films and television. He is also a committed activist whose voice has been heard on many issues facing the theatre community and the country at large. President of Actors' Equity Association for nine years (1991-2000), Mr. Silver was also the founder and president of The Creative Coalition, a grassroots political organization of artists with which he is presently a member of the Advisory Board of Directors. Silver won Broadway's Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOW. Also on Broadway, he played in David Rabe's HURLYBURLY and in SOCIAL SECURITY, both under the direction of Mike Nichols. Silver was in the United States premiere of Janusz Glowacki's HUNTING COCKROACHES at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Further stage appearances include roles in FRIENDS, IN THE BOOM BOOM ROOM, EL GRANDE DE COCA COLA, and AWAKE AND SING. He appeared in ANGEL CITY at the Mark Taper Forum; GORILLA at the Goodman Theatre, for which he received a Jefferson Award nomination; PEER GYNT, SAINT JOAN and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Silver received The Dramalogue Award for his performances in Roger Rosenblatt's one-man play, AND, at both The American Place Theatre in New York, and The Hollywood Playhouse in Los Angeles. Silver created the role of Dr. Harry Hyman in the world premiere of Arthur Miller's latest play, BROKEN GLASS, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Silver was most recenly seen in the world premiere of BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS in Los Angeles, a one man show based on the life of the legendary rock impresario. In films, Silver gave much-acclaimed performances in Paul Mazursky's ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY and the Academy-Award winning REVERSAL OF FORTUNE. He can also be seen in GARBO TALKS, SILKWOOD, BLUE STEEL, THE GOODBYE PEOPLE, BEST FRIENDS, SEMI-TOUGH, MARRIED TO IT, BLIND SIDE and TIMECOP. Mr. Silver also appeared as Henry Kissinger in the acclaimed KISSINGER AND NIXON for TNT. The television film THE BILLIONAIRE BOY'S CLUB earned Mr. Silver an Emmy nomination. Other television movies includes FELLOW TRAVELER, FORGOTTEN PRISONERS: THE AMNESTY FILES and A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS; AMERICAN TRAGEDY: The O.J. Simpson Story and WHEN BILLIE BEAT BOBBY. Television series include WISEGUY, CHICAGO HOPE, the WEST WING (Emmy Award nomination) and SKIN. Silver has also extended his scope of interests to include film directing and producing. He directed as well as starred in a science fiction film for Fox Television entitled LIFEPOD, and he was Executive Producer and star of Columbia TV's movie THE GOOD POLICEMAN. Before becoming an actor, Mr. Silver attended law school and received a Master's Degree in Chinese History and traveled throughout Asia and Russia for over a year. Upon his return to this country, he did social work for the Department of Social Services and taught high school. Silver began his acting training with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen before studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio, of which he is a member. After living in California for nine years, Silver is happy to make New York, (where he grew up in the city's Lower East Side) his home-base again.
Michael is an economist and mathematician with experience in the investment field and in the energy and environment fields. He was a founding partner and chief economist of the Lockwood Financial Group until its sale for $200 million to The Bank of New York in September 2002. Previously an independent consultant to institutional investors, his clients included several of the largest investment banking and consulting firms. Dr. Edesess has spoken at conferences on investment research and taught international finance at the graduate school level, has been published in The Wall Street Journal and The Journal of Portfolio Management, and has been interviewed on CNBC. Dr. Edesess was a Senior Fellow at the University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies and taught a wide variety of courses as an adjunct professor. In addition to his work in investments, Dr. Edesess is active in the fields of environmental and resource economics and international development. He currently chairs the board of International Development Enterprises USA, and has chaired the board of Rocky Mountain Institute, a think tank and applied research institution in Snowmass, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Advisory Board of Environmental Defense. He has written on energy, environment, and development issues for numerous publications. Recently he has spoken at conferences on the economics and international policy of climate change. His first book, The Big Investment Lie, was published by Berrett Kohler. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in pure mathematics from Northwestern University.
Bob Vanourek has led global New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) companies through remarkable transformational turnarounds. As CEO, Bob guided Sensormatic, a $1 billion NYSE company, through a dramatic turnaround after the Securities Exchange Commission discovered major accounting irregularities. Previously, Bob engineered a transformation of Recognition Equipment Inc., a $250 million NYSE company, after accusations of illegal activities. Bob has served as Group VP and Division President of two major divisions of Pitney Bowes and VP, General Manager of two divisions of Avery International. Bob has taught leadership at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College and is Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. Bob serves on the boards of and consults with numerous businesses and community organizations. Bob’s dynamic presentations have inspired thousands of aspiring and established leaders. Bob is a Baker Scholar graduate of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, won the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service as an Army officer, and received the Colorado Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service.
Gregg Vanourek is a writer, teacher, and consultant. Gregg has co-authored three books, six book chapters, eight reports, and more than 80 columns, articles, opinion-editorials, and book reviews for leading newspapers and journals. Gregg has also co-authored regular blogs for Harvard Business Online and columns for The Washington Times. Gregg designs and delivers workshops and classes for organizations and universities. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (Royal Institute of Technology campus) in Sweden, Teaching Mentor with Metizo (a personal development company based in Singapore with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, and Marseille), and Adjunct Faculty for the Euromed School of Management (Marseille, France). Previously, he served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College. Gregg is founder of Far Horizon, a leadership and personal development practice working in Europe and the U.S. Previously, he co-founded New Mountain Ventures and ran Vanourek Consulting Solutions. Gregg works with companies, non-profits, and universities on leadership, personal development, strategy, innovation, and morre. Gregg is a featured speaker in the U.S. and Europe. He has recently given talks in cities all over the U.S. as well as Paris, Brussels, Marseille, Stockholm, and Uppsala. Gregg served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc., a high-growth online education company and U.S. market leader (NYSE: LRN; www.k12.com). While there, Gregg launched and managed virtual schools with more than a hundred employees all over the U.S. Previously, he served as Vice President for Programs at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (www.edexcellence.net), a national education foundation, and Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a leading think tank. Gregg holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College. He serves on the board of the Vail Leadership Institute, a Colorado non-profit.
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo currently serves as chairman of the Rocky Mountain Foundation, co-chairman of the anti-illegal immigration Team America PAC, and honorary chairman of Youth for Western Civilization. He writes a weekly column Border Lines for the highest trafficked conservative website, World Net Daily and is in the process of having it nationally syndicated. Tancredo speaks frequently on cable news, talk radio, and college campuses—where on multiple occasions his mere presence has prompted riots. His first book, In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security, was published in 2006. During his ten years representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009, Congressman Tom Tancredo became universally recognized by both sides of the issue as the leading and most vocal opponent of mass immigration in Washington. In 1999, Tancredo founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus to advocate limited and controlled immigration. Starting with a handful of Representatives, the bipartisan Caucus now boasts over 100 members. For many years, Tancredo was the only Republican to vocally oppose President Bush’s immigration policies leading Karl Rove, in 2002, to call him "a traitor to the president,” and to warn him to never "darken the doorstep of the White House”. Tancredo never let up, and by Bush’s second term; other conservatives had become emboldened to oppose amnesty. Tancredo successfully led the fight in Congress against amnesty in 2006 and 2007. His strong stance against amnesty made him a bête noire to the Left. Rolling Stone named him one of America’s 10 worst Congressmen, and liberal columnist Paul Campos awarded him the top spot. Tancredo joined the race for the 2008 presidential nomination with the hope of injecting the immigration issue into the debate. Although he dropped out of the race prior to the Iowa Caucuses, commentators across the spectrum acknowledged that he achieved his objective. A New Yorker cover piece stated, "The emergence of Tancredoism as an ideological touchstone for two Republican front-runners is a stunning development, another indication of the Party’s rejection of nearly everything associated with the approach taken by George W. Bush,” while Newsweek cited as “conventional wisdom” that when Congressman Tancredo dropped out, the "Anti-immigrant zealot had already won. Now even Dems dance to his no mas salsa tune." Although immigration remains his signature issue, Tancredo is a solid fiscal and social conservative, with a lifetime 99% voting rating from the American Conservative Union. In addition to immigration, Tancredo is particularly vocal on the dangers posed by Radical Islam and what he calls “The Cult of Multiculturalism.” Tancredo has been active in conservative politics for over forty years since his days as a member of the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom at University of Northern Colorado. After teaching junior high school for several years, he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1977. During his four years as State Rep, Tancredo led a group of conservative legislators who then Democratic Governor Richard Lamm called the “House crazies.” He served as Denver’s Regional Representative to the Department of Education in the Reagan and H.W. Bush administration. A dedicated budget cutter, he reduced his office staff from 225 to 60 during his tenure. After leaving the federal government, he became president of the conservative think tank, the Independence Institute, where he remained until his election to Congress in 1998. The grandson of Italian immigrants, Tancredo was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He married his wife Jackie in 1977. They have two sons and five grandchildren.
New York Times bestselling author, Paul T. Brown of Brandon, Mississippi, is a widely published, award winning and nationally acclaimed photographer and writer. His work has appeared in such magazines as Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Sporting Classics, North American Whitetail, Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine, Turkey Call and many others. Paul’s work has earned numerous national and regional awards including honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association. The Mississippi Wildlife Federation named him the 2003 Conservation Communicator of the Year. Alabama honored Paul in 1998 with their Conservation Communicator of the Year award. New York Times bestseller, Escape in Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story has already received numerous awards including several bestseller lists and was a finalist for USA Book News’ 2004 autobiography of the year. Other books by Paul are: Conserving Wild America, Freedom Matters, Wildlife of the South, Paul Brown’s Wild Visions, Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country, The Hunter’s Journal, and Wild About Babies.
Flora Jessop was born into polygamy. She was a member of a small, but powerful, renegade group of Mormons called the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints — the FLDS. The sect practices a farthest form of polygamy and holds fast to the early doctrine of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith who endorsed plural marriage, a principle of the early faith discarded by the mainstream LDS Church. Flora’s first book, Church of Lies, published by Jossey-Bass, details her experience with and escape from the FLDS. Flora now devotes her life to liberating girls from the Mormon sect she calls a “cult.” It has been dangerous, but that is the life she has chosen. She has seen safe houses firebombed, mysterious deaths and disappearances, young girls hunted down and taken back to the abuse, and attempts upon her life. Those incidences only fuel her passion for rescuing children. “When I rescue a teenager from polygamy it’s like taking someone straight from hell and bringing them to heaven. Polygamy is slavery. There are two things coming out of polygamy: Victims and abusers.”
Dr. John Mark Yeats
Dr. John M. Yeats (PhD) and his wife, Angie, live in Fort Worth, Texas with their four children. He serves as Assistant Professor of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Traveling Scholar Program. He has earned degrees from Criswell College, Oxford University, Southern Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Not one content to seclude himself in an ivory tower, John has served churches in Texas, Indiana and Illinois in a variety of pastoral roles. Through his writing, John wants to find unique ways to connect individuals to Scripture and the rich heritage of Christianity. His co-authored book, Franchising McChurch, was released by David C. Cook.
Paul Mark Tag
Paul Mark Tag received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in the field of Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, the last in 1977. He worked for the Naval Research Laboratory as a research scientist for over thirty years before leaving his job to write fiction fulltime. As a scientist, he wrote dozens of technical papers and journal articles, and made numerous conference presentations. In the late 1990s, in preparation for a career in writing, he began writing short stories. Author Arline Chase was his mentor. In early 2001, when he made his career change permanent, he spent a year writing short stories only. These stories have been published in StoryBytes, Potpourri, Greens Magazine, and The Storyteller. In 2002, Tag began his first novel, a thriller entitled Category 5, that took advantage of his knowledge of meteorology and weather modification. Prophecy, the sequel to Category 5, was published in July of 2007. Craig Wiley is current seeking a publisher for his latest novel, White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy.
Dr. Thomas White
Dr. Thomas White, his wife Joy, and their daughter live in Crowley, Texas. He is the In-terim Vice President for Student Services and also teaches Master’s and PhD level courses as needed at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. White earned both his MDiv and PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his BA with a concentration in Eng-lish from Anderson College. In addition to serving his local church as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher, Dr. White preaches for other congregations numerous times throughout the year. Through expository preaching and teaching, Thomas’s desire is to build up the body of Christ for works of service. Thomas has edited, written, or contributed to many past and forthcoming publications. His co-authored book, Franchising McChurch, was released by David C. Cook.
Dr. Alex Berezow
Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including CNN, USA Today, and Forbes, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where he studied the human immune response to bacterial outer membrane molecules.
Dr. Hank Campbell
Hank Campbell is the founder of Science 2.0 (www.science20.com).