Previous Speakers

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These are brief descriptions of some of our past speaker’s presentations.

  • September 2014 – SPECIAL EVENT – Annual Christian Business Expo – for men and women (CEO, Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF), and other Christian groups). For the last 15 years CEO and PWF have hosted a coed leadership September breakfast, bringing together Christian business and non-profit leaders to jump start the fall. Our goal has always been to inspire Christian leaders to live their faith in their community.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. He’s the NYT Bestselling author of more than 30 books, including God Loves You: He Always Has and He Always Will.

Paul Saber is President and CEO of Manna Development Group, managing 56 Panera Bread restaurants with over 2400 employees. He’s been in the restaurant business since 1980 and has owned and operated 14 McDonald’s restaurants. He’s built a corporate culture based on one simple premise: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

  • May 2014 – Pastor Bill Yaccino – The Impact of Personal Leadership Effectiveness – He spoke about the power of being a leader who constantly works at upping his game. Whether you are a leader in your church, where you work, in a ministry, in your community or in your own household, you know that leading works best when your bring your best. So, how do we as leaders get better at leading? How do we learn to apply those amazingly effective and infallible biblical leadership principles to our leadership style? And where are the resources that we should be grabbing onto that will take us up a level or two every time we make the grab? 
    Pastor Bill has been in full time pastoral ministry since 1992, and currently serves as Connection and Formation Pastor at Journey Community Church in La Mesa. Bill holds graduate degrees in theology and business, and conducts leadership development training across the country. He is frequently invited to speak at group conferences and retreats. Prior to coming to San Diego, Bill served as the Executive Director of Christ Together in Chicago. He has served as pastor at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL; The Bridge in Fresno, CA; and Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago.Prior to entering pastoral ministry, Bill was a software engineer –  as an officer in the United States Air Force and at American Express. Bill is also a renowned Wedding Pastor having officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies over the past 20 years.
  • March 2014 – Dr. Ron Jenson – The Impact of Personal Leadership Effectiveness – Dr. Jenson shared about the importance of Personal Leadership Effectiveness and the impact as Christian Leaders.  Dr. Jenson is Co-Founder and Chairman of Future Achievement International.  He is concerned with the moral and social failings of the American and other cultures, and consequently he has turned his attention to the development of programs aimed at rebuilding the mental infrastructure of individuals, families, institutions and communities. These programs focus on character development and practical life skills and applications needed for self-government, the key to good family, business and civil government. Dr. Jenson is known worldwide as a professional Personal Life Coach and is one of the most sought after speakers/authors in the world today on the subjects of authentic success and authentic leadership – he is a popular speaker and consultant across a wide variety of ministry and other corporate venues nationally and internationally. His research in the area spans 30 years, during which time he has interviewed over 1,000 international leaders in a variety of corporate, government, educational, and non-profit executive positions.  Dr. Jenson has also worked with Presidents of countries and their cabinets to help them achieve their leadership objectives. www.ronjenson.com
  • January 2014 – Speaker Panel – Annual State of the Economy Panel Discussion -Our panel of business and economics experts reported on what they see coming for San Diego, California, and the nation economically in 2014. We held an open forum discussion on how as Christians, we can prosper in the coming economic conditions and how to apply biblical business principles in times of economic uncertainty.

Stephen Christensen – Mr. Christensen is  Executive Vice President and Dean of the School of Business  at Concordia University, Irvine, CA. He also teaches 2 MBA classes at Concordia: Biblical Principles of Entrepreneurship and Integrating Faith and Work . He created the University’s Faith and Business Forum.  Over 7,000 business leaders have participated in the annual Forum events. He also founded Concordia’s Center for Faith and Business. In 2007, he and his development team completed the university’s $22 million capital campaign. In 2008 he raised the funds necessary to establish a discipleship and spiritual growth non-profit ministry called Faith and Work Life (FWL). As its founder and president, he oversees the ministry’s programs that help people understand work from God’s perspective and how to apply biblical principles to work.

Anthony Saffer – Mr. Saffer is a Certified Financial Planner with Coleman-Johnson Financial Advisors and a director with Kingdom Advisors in San Diego. He authors the Principles of Prosperity newspaper column. Anthony earned his degree in Business Economics from the University of San Diego. He received his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. In addition to financial education, Anthony has a passion for training and coaching children. He serves kids and teens in his church and also coaches soccer. He is the Immediate Past President of CEO.

Robert Mooney  – Mr. Mooney is a licensed Commercial Realtor and Senior Vice President, San Diego Region for Colliers International, one of the largest international commercial real estate firms in the nation. He has over 20 years of experience in industrial and commercial real estate property transactions in San Diego County.  Prior to his commercial real estate career, Bob was a marketing representative for IBM selling information/computer systems to distribution, manufacturing, construction and government organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Cum Laude, from The University of California, Santa Barbara.  Bob is the current President of CEO.

  • November  2013 – Donnie Dee – Donnie is the Executive Director/COO of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a former NFL player with the Colts.
  • September 2013 – SPECIAL EVENT – Annual Christian Business Expo – for men and women (CEO, Professional Women’s Fellowship, and other Christian groups)

Keynote speaker: Aurelio Barreto, CEO of C28 Christian Stores and Not of This World (NOTW) christian clothing line. Aurelio spoke at CEO several years ago to rave reviews.

  • July 2013 – Reverend Nate Landis – What Would You Do If God Gave You An Impossible Mission? – Come and hear what Reverend Landis did to bring God back into a place that He has been expelled from: San Diego’s public schools. Every Christian leader has faced a call from God at one time or another that we thought was impossible – “HOW AM I GONNA DO THAT?!! – We cry out to God. Reverend Landis is President and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative. His passion is to share how Jesus brings hope, healing, and purpose into hurting lives. He is an ordained minister and evangelist in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who speaks often at churches, schools, and conferences. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Youth Ministry, an M.Div. with an Urban Ministry Emphasis, is a DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative Alumnus, and a Ph.D. Student in Religion & Ethics.
  • May 2013 – Dr. Mark Nicholson – Developing Leadership. The premise is that increased leadership among employees and those who report to executives and upper management maximizes the productivity of the company. Mark addressed:
    • The foundational role of priorities, integrity and influence.
    • Strategies for creating Positive Change.
    • Attitude, Problem Solving, and Learning as sources of leadership.
    • Developing effective leadership in your staff through vision, self-discipline, and balance.

    Mark is a published researcher in the area of organizational commitment of employees. He has expertise in creating dynamic, effective relationships between executives and managers and their staff. He has an ability to apply theoretical constructs to everyday practices. His overarching philosophy of support provides his clients with innovative methodologies tailored to their needs. Mark holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education and a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a trained and certified SYMLOG® consultant specializing in the transition of new leaders and multi-national team building. He is on the faculty of Alliant International University and has lectured for San Diego State University. Through his consulting with Effective Organizational Change, he has most recently been involved in:

    • Executive coaching
    • Change management
    • Product improvement
    • Improving performance of work groups
    • Labor relations
    • Strategic planning
  • March 2013 – Dan Anderson – Solution Oriented Leadership. Dan addressed two very different approaches to solving problems – problem focused or solutions focused.  He talked about how we can become more efficient and effective in the fast paced and challenging business environment. He presented simple steps how we can  apply this approach to all aspects of our lives. Dan is an experienced business owner, with his wife who runs their warehousing and transportation company in the supply chain business sector.  Dan worked in the corporate environment for the first 13 years of his business career leading new product development efforts with Duracell Inc., Gillette, and Taylor Made Golf.  He has spent the past 15 years on the consulting side and business ownership dealing in the golf, automotive, fragrance, internet start-up and logistics industries.  He is named in several product patents and has earned advertising awards including 2 Effie Awards and a Cannes Film Festival Award.  He has recently completed his Masters degree in Christian Leadership intending to be a conduit and coach to world business leaders thirsty for integrated spiritual fulfillment that can only be found in living the life that God intended. POST NOTE – Dan graciously provided his presentation slideshow in PDF format to the CEO members – it is in the member login area.
  • January 2013 – Andy Jedynak – Marketing Approaches – The Internet and Technologies – from a Christian perspective – Andy is the Chief Executive Officer at Poptent, which is a one-stop solution for video marketing needs. Poptent serves a diverse array of the world’s premiere brands, including General Mills, Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, American Express, LG, Vizio, Netflix, Geico, Novartis, Frito-Lay, Kraft Foods, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, US Bank, Land Rover, Jaguar, Dell, Amazon and Nokia. Poptent also serves major advertising agencies including OMD, Ogilvy, Edelman, Y&R, BBDO, Rosetta, Alcone Marketing, and Razorfish. Andy is a seasoned innovator and entrepreneur within the media and advertising industry. Before joining Poptent, Andy was CMO at WeatherBug, where he led that company’s growth for almost 10 years, as well as President and CMO of KidZui, the Internet for Kids. Through the 1990’s, Andy worked for NBC in several capacities, producing television, developing new revenues, and leading efforts to launch several of NBC’s digital media initiatives. Andy is also chairman emeritus of the IAB mobile committee. Before beginning his career in media, Andy played professional basketball in Europe.
  • November 2012 – Speaker Panel – Leading the Different Generations: Millennials to Boomers. An esteemed panel addressed the issues with leading and working with various generations – as employers, employees, peers, and customers / clients / patients / patrons. Every generation and level of businessmen benefited from this fascinating forum. We had an active forum and table discussions so attendees took valuable and practical information with them back to the workplace.
    • Dr. Tony Baron – Dr. Baron is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, and consultant on the subject of transforming organizations and their leadership so they can be profitable, people-oriented, and dynamically committed to improving the communities they serve. Since 2009, Dr. Baron has served as President of Servant Leadership Institute, a resource think tank on leadership development and transformation. Author of 6 books, Dr. Baron teamed with Dr. Ken Blanchard to completed a workbook manual, Servant Leadership: Transforming Your Community as a Person of Influence.
    • Scott Schimmel  – Scott is a Gen Y leadership consultant and coach for churches, non-profits and businesses. He has a degree in accounting from the University of San Diego and currently lives with his wife, son and daughter in Rancho Bernardo where he attends the Presbyterian Church. Scott spends much of his time on college campuses interacting with future professionals. He has founded the Fatih@Work movement through Intervarsity campus ministry and has built a network of professionals to mentor and provide internships for students and other young professionals.
  • September  2012 – SPECIAL EVENT – Annual CEO / PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship) joint event – Bob Goff – Lift Up America – Bob Goff is a bestselling author and leader. The emcee was Kimberly Hunt of local San Diego television news anchor fame. Worship was by Mary James. This is always the largest CEO and PWF event of the year.  Networking, fellowship, worship, useful resources from many business organizations and ministries, and an inspirational speaker make it a memorable and powerful time.The speaker, Bob Goff, is a bestselling author and leader in initiating new companies and economic structures. He has created several successful businesses and used them as ministry leverage. He spoke at CEO in 2005 to rave reviews. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm Goff & DeWalt, and he practices law in California and in Washington. He serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.  He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California, where he teaches Non-profit Law, as well Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he teaches Business Law.
  • July 2012- John Wheeler – Power & Position vs. Servant ‘Leader’: Clashing Worldviews for Christian Leaders – John addressed the issues below. We had a lively discussion on this topic at the meeting roundtable and walked away with some new insights.
    • How does the Christian in senior levels of leadership in any organization effectively address the clash of views between Biblical leadership and the world’s expectation for profitable results through the use of power & position?
    • Are Christians relegated to subservient roles, or do they have to compromise on one side of the equation to be effective in this world or the next?

    For over a decade, John has been providing consulting support to business leaders and owners resulting in increased enterprise value and profitable, long term operations.  Previously as a radio talk show host with Workplace Revival on KPRZ, John was able to share in the development of integrating faith in the workplace with the goal of more significance at work, better work results, and communities being positively impacted. As of February 2012, John has refocused on direct consulting engagements. As a consultant, he meets with a few select clients in strict confidentiality to address the challenges of leadership, organizational development and establishment of God honoring business principles that improve overall results including the bottom-line.

  • June 2012 – Dean Broyles – Challenges facing Christian Business in California – Dean addressed these questions:
    • What are the unique issues and trends facing Christian businessmen in San Diego and California?
    • How should business owners and professionals respond to these challenges?
    • What are methods to succeed in the California business environment?

    Dean serves as The President & Chief Counsel of the National Center for Law & Policy, located here in San Diego County.  The National Center for Law & Policy is a non-profit legal defense ministry dedicated to the protection and promotion of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. The National Center engages in constitutional litigation in state and federal courts and is also active in the areas of public policy and education. Prior to founding the National Center, Dean maintained a successful traditional law practice for more than a decade, where he focused on civil litigation and business matters. He was mentored in law school in constitutional litigation by Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of our nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys.

  • November  2011 – Mike Labahn – Journeys with Christ – Mike is the owner of Labahn Landscaping, a successful commercial landscaping company.  Mike shared his humorous and poignant journey as he has pursued the generous Spirit of Christ personally and in business.
  • October 2011 – Stephen Christensen – 8 Biblical Principles for Business Success (from 2 Kings 4:1-4, The Widow and the Jar of Oil). Mr. Christensen is currently the executive vice president for external relations at Concordia University, (Irvine, CA). He also teaches 2 MBA classes at Concordia: Biblical Principles of Entrepreneurship and Integrating Faith and Work. In 2002, he created the University’s Faith and Business Forum.  Over 7,000 business leaders have participated in the annual Forum events. He also founded Concordia’s Center for Faith and Business. In 2007, he and his development team completed the university’s $22 million capital campaign. In 2008 he raised the funds necessary to establish a discipleship and spiritual growth non-profit ministry called Faith and Work Life (FWL) www.faithandworklife.org (Irvine, CA).  As its founder and president, he oversees the ministry’s programs that help people understand work from God’s perspective and how to apply biblical principles to work.
  • September 2011 – SPECIAL EVENT – Annual CEO / PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship) joint event – Bill and Pam Farrel – The Keys to Successful Relationships – Are you at your relational best with your coworkers, family and friends? How about with God? Bill and Pam Farrel are relationship experts, international speakers, and authors of more than 35 books. The Farrels, equip people worldwide on how to be “Love-Wise” in all their vital relationships both personal and professional. The Farrels are frequent guests on programs like Focus on the Family, Family Talk with Dr James Dobson, Janet Parshall’s America, and the Moody Radio network. They speak for churches, corporations, the military, and have traveled to many foreign countries including being the guest speakers for the Government of Singapore’s National Singles and Marriage Conferences. They presented creative tools that enrich and enhance relationships in careers, community, church and family relationships.
  • July 2011 – Major Gwyn Jones – How to stick to your guns without shooting anyone. Gwyn an inspiring leader from the Salvation Army. He presented what he has learned in his life in The Salvation Army and how he has gained victories without leaving Jesus out of the picture. Major Gwyn Jones has been a Salvation Army officer for 19 years.  He grew up in The Salvation Army as his home church and is blessed to be the 4th generation of his family to be in ministry with The Salvation Army.
  • June 2011 – Bill Farrel – The Decisive Adventure of Life. Bill demonstrated from biblical accounts how God regularly calls men to something bigger than themselves.  God’s part is to lay out the call, our job is to decide to join Him.  Bill presented three tests we can apply to any decision to raise our skill level as strategic decision-makers in the modern world. Bill has been impacting lives for twenty five years as a Senior Pastor, Youth Pastor, radio talk show host, community leader and sought after conference speaker.  Bill along with his wife Pam, have authored more than 30 books, including their best-seller, Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti.  His latest book, The Ten Best Decisions a Man Can Make, is helping men learn how to be wiser in leading their lives, their families and their circles of influence.  Bill has a unique ability to make biblical principles simple and practical so the average man knows how to live them out in his daily life.  He earned a Masters of Divinity from Biola University and his favorite motto in life is, “May God do through you what is beyond you!”
  • May 2011 – Business and Politics.  A panel discussion with California Assemblymen Brian Jones, Mike Morrell and Allan Mansoor discussing the following;
    1.  Status report from Sacramento on the transitions in California government and specifically the business climate.
    2.  How Christian businessmen can best influence the business environment.
    3.  Extended Question and Answer period.

    • Brian Jones – Brian, a long time resident of East County was elected to the Santee City Council in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006.  He served as the city’s representative on the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, Santee Elementary School District Conference Committee, the Santee Library Committee, the Goodan Ranch Policy Committee, and as a representative of the Metropolitan Transit Services Board.  Prior to his election to the Santee City Council, Brian was a member of SPARC (Santee Parks and Recreation Committee) and serves as a commissioner on the Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission. Through real-life private and public sector experiences, Brian has developed the strong convictions he holds in free market principals and the need for government reform to eliminate red tape and reduce taxes.  His experience as a local elected official has strengthened his resolve to restore local decision making and bring our tax monies home to meet local needs. Brian serves on the State Assembly Legislative Ethics, Budget, Human Services – Vice Chair, Judiciary, Water, Parks and Wildlife, Select Committee on San Diego Trade, and Tourism and Job Creation Committees.
    • Mike Morrell – A small business owner for over 25 years, Assemblyman Morrell understands the issues faced by a wide range of individuals and industries.  Whether educating entrepreneurs, advising legislators, or working in Sacramento, his philosophy remains that government is to be our servant, not our master, and that principles – political, economic and moral – do not change.  The right to private property, the gift fo free enterprise, and government by consent have built and preserved our way of life, and we must uphold this foundation to make California and America great. Representing his constituents in the State Assembly, Mike Morrell is the Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee, and a member of the Budget, the Banking and Finance, the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, the Jobs, Economic Development,  and the Economy, and the Joint Sunset Review Committees.  Assemblyman Morrell is committed to reigning in the tax and regulatory burdens in our state.
    • Allan Mansoor – State Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor represents California’s 68th District.  His district includes Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Allan was first elected to the Costa Mesa City Council on November 5, 2002 and re-elected in 2006.  He was appointed Mayor by the City Council on January 3, 2005 and his colleagues reappointed him two times in recognition of his leadership on behalf of the people of Orange County. As Mayor, Allan focused on getting back to the basics of good city government by focusing on fiscal responsibility, infrastructure repair and public safety.  He supported a Residential Remodeling Incentive Program that eliminated fees and allowed citizens to bring their homes up to code without penalty, opposed eminent domain, and supported an overlay zone to encourage free market revitalization in needed areas.  In 1993, Allan was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to the Mens Central Jail. Allan serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, and as Co-Chair on the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee.  He also serves on the Assembly Budget and Assembly Health Committees.
  • April 2011 – Paul Aston – Inventing a Team of Strength – Paul discussed business situations being on the receiving end of expectations outside a businessman’s area of expertise, where one has to build and use a successful team of strength. In 2000, Paul started a product design/development company called SP Innovations.  Over the past 10 years, he has designed a variety of products and machines ranging from consumer items to automated machinery.  He previously managed a 20-acre avocado ranch, increasing production three-fold in three years. Paul recently joined St. Alegis, a start-up non-profit company, as Chief Technology Officer.  The mission of St. Alegis is to educate and enable self-reliance and sustainment of people in times of emergency or disaster.  Paul facilitates a monthly discussion forum on events of the day inspired by radio talk host Dennis Prager.  Additionally, he facilitate a monthly Jewish/Christian interfaith discussion group focused on clearing up misunderstandings and binding the two faith traditions together by exploring their common heritages and discovering how much they really share. Paul is a former Marine officer – he served many times overseas, most recently to Iraq in 2005.
  • March 2011 – Dr. Tony Baron – The Cross and the Towel:  Leading to a Higher Calling – There is a leadership crisis in corporate American and in the church world wide through the misuse and abuse of power.  It has crippled our society in several domains, including the family and the world of work.  Many have lost confidence in the church as a moral voice and in corporations as a place of dignity because of it.  Dr. Baron shared how we can overcome the leadership crisis today through the ancient teachings of Jesus and become as servant-leaders, a faithful presence to inspire, equip, and encourage people for God’s vision in a world God loves. Tony Baron holds two doctorates in theology and psychology and currently serves as President of Servant Leadership Institute, a subsidiary of the Datron World Communications, Inc. headquartered in Vista, California.  An ordained Anglican priest and canon within the Anglican Mission in the Americas, Dr. Baron teaches leadership, pastoral ministry, and Anglican studies at Azusa Pacific University School of Theology.  Recently, Dr. Baron taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point about Jesus and Leadership.   A past regional directory within the Order of St. Luke Healing Ministry, Dr. Baron is board certified in forensic medicine, is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialities, and consults with leaders around the world on how to live for the sake of others.  Dr. Baron,  along with a group of Christ followers, have planted a church in Vista entitled, The Way Christian Fellowship.  For more information about Dr. Baron or his work, please see his websites, http://www.forthesakeofothers.com and http://www.findtheway.org.
  • February 2011 – Dean Broyles – Doing Business with God – Dean is the President and Chief Counsel of the Western Center for Law & Policy (WCLP). The WCLP is a non-profit legal ministry representing individuals and groups whose religious freedoms are threatened–at no charge. The WCLP, located here in San Diego County, is a Christian voice in the culture and courts fighting for faith, family and freedom. Two recent successful WCLP projects are California’s preservation of traditional marriage by the enactment of Proposition 8 and the defense of the right of local pastor David Jones to hold a weekly Bible study in his home. Dean was mentored in law school in constitutional litigation by Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of our nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys.
  • November 2010 – Scott Shimmel – Awakening a Generation to God’s Purpose to become World Changers in the Workplace. God loves the synergy that comes from generations pouring into one another. Younger people have much to learn from seasoned veterans about how to integrate a personal faith in Jesus into the public marketplace. Older generations can catch the idealism and passion from the younger to catalyze creativity and innovation. How can we facilitate good conversations so we don’t tune each other out? How can we step into the vision God has for us all to be awakened to His purpose in us becoming world changers in the workplace? What would it look like to build a network of friends that step out in faith to make a difference for the gospel? Scott Schimmel is the Faith@Work ministry specialist for InterVarsity (a college campus ministry) in San Diego. Previously Scott served as an Area Director, leading entrepreneurial ministry teams on diverse college campuses. He also serves as a leadership consultant and coach for churches, non-profits and small businesses.
  • October 2010 – Kevin Miller – An Encouragement to Christians in the Marketplace. Kevin shared his experiences of 20+ years in business and his continuous interactions with businesses through his church and the East County Chamber of Commerce. He talked about successes in aligning with, praying for, and sharing the gospel with business people and government officials simply by being bold and being available in the marketplace. He is the administrative pastor at Foothills Christian Church.
  • September 2010 – SPECIAL EVENT – Annual Joint Event (CEO and PWF) – Ken and Marjorie Blanchard – Servant-Leadership in San Diego and Beyond. Ken and Margie spoke shared several humorous and pertinent stories and business vignettes about doing business and ministry as Christian executives and professionals.

Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.– Ken is Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979 in San Diego, California. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the “Council of Peers Award of Excellence.” He was inducted into the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame by Training Magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. In 2004, Ken was awarded with the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA — The Association of Learning Providers.

Ken has co-authored many books, including, but not limited to: The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, High Five!, Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Leadership by the Book, and Lead Like Jesus, and Leading at a Higher Level.

Marjorie Blanchard, Ph.D. — As Co-Founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, she works diligently to develop the company into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in the world. Margie now heads the firm’s unique Office of the Future – a think tank charged with shaping the future of both the training industry and the company.

Margie served as president of the company from 1987-1997, leading its rapid growth and success. She coauthored The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance.

  • July 2010 – Joe LaRussa – Fierce Conversations. Joe discussed how to have robust, meaningful, and productive conversations. This presentation is useful for business and ministry leaders, managers, and professionals that have conversations with people on sensitive topics including personal problems, contract and project negotiations, personnel (employee) issues, and a myriad of other scenarios. God calls us to not shirk from conversations that initially look difficult, but to embrace “fierce conversations” where we can ultimately be productive and very successful. Joe is a CEO member. He has spent 30 years in the construction industry and 23 years as a business owner. He is now a Convene chair, working with Christian CEO’s and business owners in peer-advisory, wise counsel groups. He has a Masters degree in Practical Theology. He also currently serves as the Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity San Diego.
  • June 2010 – Rod Kaya – My Greatest Fear as a Leader. Rod discussed how as a leaders we are continually confronted with life situations that can evoke fear in us — economic crisis, the loss of key employee, unexpected competition in the market etc. Yet often the thing that we should be fearing the most is something that lurks beneath the surface and is something that may not evoke fear at all — until it is too late. Rod is experienced with leadership and with business and ministry leaders. He is currently serving as pastor of creative strategy at Journey Community Church in La Mesa. Through Journey he also serves as lead for the Global Leadership Summit San Diego location, which has involved notable business and ministry leaders including John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, and others. Rod also works with an online spiritual growth company (MONVEE) to help develop strategies to implement hand-crafted spiritual growth plans.
  • May 2010 – Brian Hendry – Godly justice and the current status of the Judicial system. Brian talked about Godly justice and the current status of the Judicial system. He made the application to businesses and ministries in that judges and courts are making rulings that define how we conduct business, live as Christians in the marketplace, and share the gospel with those around us. Businessmen and ministry leaders must be informed about the directives of the courts and our most effective options. With a Supreme Court nominee pending and many upcoming judicial elections this year, the judiciary is a critical topic for businesses and ministries alike. Brian is Pastor at Zion Christian Fellowship. He is currently involved in the leadership of Better Courts Now (www.bettercourtsnow.com), a movement to improve the judiciary branch of our government including electing high quality judges.
  • April 2010 – Dr. Gary Cass – Appointed for the Defense of the Gospel. Dr. Cass talked about the call to defend our faith and the body of Christ from Christian bashing. He discussed the consequences for not doing so, a plan to respond, and a call to action. Dr. Cass, began in ministry doing music evangelism, ministering the Gospel in dozens of countries throughout the world. Gary has served as a local elected official and as an executive committee member of a major San Diego County Political Party. In 2004, Gary was called to be the Executive Director of The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, An Outreach of Coral Ridge Ministries, founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. Gary has appeared in national and regional TV, radio, and print media including: ABC’s World New Tonight, Fox News Network, CNN, The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Coral Ridge Hour, Truths That Transform, and the American Family Radio, Bott Radio, Salem, USA, and Moody Radio networks. Dr. Cass now serves as the Chairman and CEO of DefendChristians.Org, an outreach of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.
  • March 2010 – Michael J. Adams – Finding Your Purpose . . . Again! Mike discussed in business how your life purpose changes as you grow. He present how to discern what healthy and unhealthy transition points look like and how to make more intentional movements toward God’s greater calling on your life. Psalms 139:13-16, Eph 2:10, Acts 13:36. Mike is most passionate about using his strengths to help Entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses to fit their vision. He has founded 10 companies over the last 30 years including retail, distribution, business systems, services and e-commerce. Since 1989, Mike has been researching the dynamics of applied leadership and business strategy relative to its effects on the nature of business for his book “Leadership Bias Constraints.” Mike has an MBA in Organizational Development.
  • February 2010 – 6 Real Estate Sector Experts – Insights into the Real Estate Sector.For the first time in CEO history, we had a discussion forum with 6 experts on the panel. They provided a lively and enlightening discussion about the current status of the Real Estate Sector from 6 distinct perspectives. The panel will entertained several key questions about what is going on in real estate, and strategies we can use to survive and succeed. Real estate is at the core of the U.S. economic engine, as evidenced by the effect it had on the economic downturn, so this discussion was an important one.
        •  Bob Mooney (CEO member) – Industrial properties
        •  Jim Granby (CEO member) – Troubled properties and loans
        •  Owen Wickstrand (CEO member) – Other property types (mini storage, mobile home parks, etc.)
        •  Mike Moser – Retail properties
        •  Fred Schnaubelt – Apartments
      •  Nick Bonner – Office properties
  • January 2010 – Dean Broyles – 2010 Religious Freedom Update – California and Beyond. Dean updated us on four critical legal and political issues that will affect all of America now and in the near and long term future. He discussed how these four areas affect us as businessmen, leaders, and in our personal lives. Dean is the President and Chief Counsel of the Western Center for Law & Policy (WCLP). The WCLP is a non-profit legal ministry representing individuals and groups whose religious freedoms are threatened–at no charge. The WCLP, located here in San Diego County, is a Christian voice in the culture and courts fighting for faith, family and freedom. Two recent successful WCLP projects are California’s preservation of traditional marriage by the enactment of Proposition 8 and the defense of the right of local pastor David Jones to hold a weekly Bible study in his home. Dean was mentored in law school in constitutional litigation by Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of our nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys.
  • November 2009 – SPECIAL EVENT – Ken Blanchard – Leading at the Next Level and Leading Like Jesus. Ken shared poignant and humorous vignettes about his experiences in business and leadership. He shared 3 key points about the next level of leadership and leading like Jesus, providing us with key nuts and bolts practices we can put into action immediately. Ken is a prominent and sought after speaker, author, and business consultant who has written over 40 books. Ken is cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies – an international management training and consulting firm. Ken’s recent book “Lead Like Jesus” has been a source of recent study and discussion at our CEO meetings. See his Bio.
  • October 2009 – Chris McFarland – A Unified Partnership Between Churches, Business and Government. The presentation focused on how businesses can come together with government and the Church to make an impact in the city/region that they are a part of. A key piece of this presentation was about the sustained results of this model in Portland, Oregon between an evangelical organization and the first openly gay mayor of a top 50 US city and the business community. The upcoming San Diego Season of Service in 2010 by the Luis Palau Ministry organization will be discussed. Since 2004, Chris has been a director for Luis Palau Ministry in Orlando FL, Nashville TN, Portland OR and is now assigned to San Diego. God has drawn more than 350,000 people to the Luis Palau Festivals that Chris has directed. Through that work thousands have been led to a relationship with Jesus Christ by the preaching of Luis Palau and partner evangelists. This work has also led to strategic partnerships whereby businesses find an outlet to build strategic partnerships with civic leaders, Christian organizations and others, which allows the business leader to directly live out, in their professional life, who they are in Jesus Christ.
  • September 2009 – Nathan and Mindy Fletcher – Love, War and Politics–Literally. Annual joint event with CEO and PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship). They discussed the current state of affairs that gave us an up-close and personal insight into the direction politics is taking California and the United States, as they relate first-hand accounts of the battles that are taking place to determine the course of America’s values. Nathan is currently the California State Assemblyman for the 75th District. Mindy has worked in many political circles including the Bush / Cheney election effort and Bush Presidential administration in various key roles – she also was Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Campaign Manager for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • August 2009 – 3 Financial Sector Experts – Jim McEliece, Jerry Troyer, Anthony Saffer. Victory in the midst of economic crisis. Our experts joined us a again for an enlightening encore, after their visit 6 months ago. They discussed the current status of the Financial Sector from 3 distinct perspectives – business finance, personal finance, and overall economic factors. The panel discussed several key questions about what is going on in the economy, and strategies we can use to survive and succeed. They provided some sobering news and hope inducing information about this and the next few years.
Jim McEliece, PhD is a previous President of CEO. He is a Professor of economics at Point Loma Nazarene University in the School of Business. He is an economist who analyzes, teaches, and advises about the economy. Dr. McEliece works actively to implement the goals of the Business School to identify, establish, and cultivate dynamic relationships with San Diego businesses and jointly work to establish the next generation of significant business leaders.

Jerry Troyer, AAMS is a new member of CEO. He has served in Financial Services for 34 years. Jerry works as a consumer & commercial lender, small business financial advisor, business financial literacy specialist – working primarily with small businesses, churches, and consumers. Jerry has several finance related licenses including Asset Allocation Management Specialist (AAMS), Dalbar 401k Specialist, Certified Financial Literacy Specialist, and Life Insurance Agent.

Anthony Saffer, CFP is a current member of the CEO Board. He is a Certified Financial Planner and focuses his clients on an effective financial and investment planning process. He is author of the insightful and popular monthly column Principles of Prosperity in the Good News Inc. newspaper. He speaks at churches, companies, and organizations to help people learn and apply these financial principles in their own lives. Anthony has a degree in Business Economics, served as a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. and currently works with Coleman & Johnson Financial Advisors, Inc. He also serves on the local leadership board of Kingdom Advisors, an organization committed to biblical, financial counsel.
  • July 2009 – Ruben Garcia – “The Status of the U.S. Economic Stimulus Package and opportunities it offers.” Ruben discussed several government stimulus programs and SBA services and how they affect small businesses and faith based / community groups. He also talked about what it is like to be a Christian in past and current U.S. goverment administrations. Ruben is the District Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration’s San Diego District Office. He is responsible for overseeing SBA’s financial and educational development programs for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Last year the San Diego District Office ranked among the top medium offices nationwide. Over the past 30 years, he has held management positions with a number of firms, including ARCO, Texaco, Clark Equipment, Yale and Caterpillar Corporations.
  • June 2009 – Aurelio Barreto – “Achieving the Things of This World Led Me to be Not of This World.” Colossians 2:8 inspired Aurelio to open and name a chain of Christian clothing stores called, C28 (“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of the world rather than on Christ”). Aurelio Aurelio shared his successes and failures in business and personal life – how God pursued him as a successful multi-millionaire and the various trials of his life – before and after his salvation. Aurelio founded and led Dogloo Inc. for 10 years. In 2001, he started C28 Christian Stores and Not of This World (NOTW) christian clothing line, which has expanded to 11 locations and an online e-commerce enterprise. To date, over 11,000 people have been saved through the ministry of C28.
  • May 2009 – Paul Checklin – “Business and Travel in China as a Christian.” Paul discussed how we as Christians and businessmen will increasingly be influenced by China in the coming years. He give us a general overview of his experiences of doing business in China and with Chinese Companies, as a Christian. Paul is currently the Senior Director of Global Sourcing for the WD-40 Company, headquartered in San Diego. Paul has more than 20 years of supply chain and new product introduction experience. Prior to coming to WD-40, Paul held positions in the procurement and materials fields for companies such as Qualcomm, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard. He has extensive experience in international sourcing, strategic purchasing, supply chain management, and contract negotiations. He travels all over the world and does presentations in a variety of different business venues. He is also on the San Diego World Trade Center Board.
  • April 2009 – Andy Jedynak – “Business, Christian Leadership, and the Internet”. Andy shared some important – and sometimes surprising – findings that will help us as Christians be more savvy about the Internet as we lead at home and in the church. Andy Jedynak has a breadth of experience in business, Christian leadership, and with the Internet. He has spent the past year as President and Chief Marketing Officer at KidZui, The Internet for Kids. Over the previous ten years, he built and ran WeatherBug, an online service used by more than ten million people every day, and more than thirty million each month. Andy spent the 1990’s at NBC, producing and selling television, and later developing many Internet best practices.
  • March 2009 – Fred Schnaubelt – The Current Political and Economic Landscape. Fred updated us on the current U.S. presidential administration’s plans and vision – in the context of this challenging economy. He discussed the threats and opportunities we face politically and economically – here in San Diego and as Christian businessmen. He compared the history of the recession / depression of the 1920’s and 1930’s to the current recession – citing the problem similarities and the solution similarities. Fred is a regular on the speaker circuit, being on the Speakers Bureau for many topics and political issues. He served as a San Diego City Councilman from 1977 to 1981. He was invited to testify before the U.S. President’s Commission on Housing and the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee. He is politically active, savvy in business, and knowledgeable about San Diego and San Diego County. He has been in the Real Estate industry for 32 years and is responsible for $157,000,000 in sales. He has published over 100 articles on real estate issues. He is also a frequent guest on local radio stations.
  • February 2009 – Kenny Jones – Obedience in the Marketplace. The key scripture Kenny used was 1st Samuel 15:22: “Samuel replied: Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than the fat of rams.” Kenny has extensive experience in the marketplace. He has risen to the role of leader with decades of experience in his field. He has successfully done business in several different sectors including life insurance, the securities industry, and 25 years in commercial real-estate. He retired from Coldwell Banker / Richard Ellis company in 1998 as manager of a large successful branch in La Jolla. For the last 10 years Kenny has been directly involved in commercial real estate and funding loans. Approximately 50% of his time is currently spent in two nonprofits areas: micro-credit and a private nonprofit middle school located in Southeast San Diego.
  • January 2009 – 3 financial experts – Jim McEliece, Jerry Troyer, Anthony Saffer. Victory in the midst of economic crisis. Our experts discussed the current status of the Financial Sector from 3 distinct perspectives – business finance, personal finance, and overall economic factors. The panel discussed several key questions about what is going on in the economy, and strategies we can use to survive and succeed. They provided some sobering news and hope inducing information about this and the next few years.
Jim McEliece, PhD is a previous President of CEO. He is a Professor of economics at Point Loma Nazarene University in the School of Business. He is an economist who analyzes, teaches, and advises about the economy. Dr. McEliece works actively to implement the goals of the Business School to identify, establish, and cultivate dynamic relationships with San Diego businesses and jointly work to establish the next generation of significant business leaders.

Jerry Troyer, AAMS is a new member of CEO. He has served in Financial Services for 34 years. Jerry works as a consumer & commercial lender, small business financial advisor, business financial literacy specialist – working primarily with small businesses, churches, and consumers. Jerry has several finance related licenses including Asset Allocation Management Specialist (AAMS), Dalbar 401k Specialist, Certified Financial Literacy Specialist, and Life Insurance Agent.

Anthony Saffer, CFP is a current member of the CEO Board. He is a Certified Financial Planner and focuses his clients on an effective financial and investment planning process. He is author of the insightful and popular monthly column Principles of Prosperity in the Good News Inc. newspaper. He speaks at churches, companies, and organizations to help people learn and apply these financial principles in their own lives. Anthony has a degree in Business Economics, served as a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. and currently works with Coleman & Johnson Financial Advisors, Inc. He also serves on the local leadership board of Kingdom Advisors, an organization committed to biblical, financial counsel.
  • November 2008 – Dr. Jim Turner – Responsible Leadership in Troubled Times. Dr. Turner used stories, humor, and real life examples to discuss how we can anticipate the challenges of tomorrow and preparing to lead stakeholders through troubled waters. He cited good leadership as a high calling. He talked about King David and Moses as biblical examples of how to lead and how they managed difficult people and crisis circumstances. Dr. Turner is a long time member of CEO and current Vice President of the group. As a sought after speaker and futurist, Dr. Turner is the author or editor of five books with two additional ones coming in 2009. One book is on Responsible Leadership in Troubled Times. Dr. Turner is a lecturer at a number of universities and is sought out by corporations to assist them in projecting future threats and responses.
  • October 2008 – Pastor Chris Clark – The Gettysburg of the Culture War. Pastor Clark talked about Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Amendment) as it relates to businesses, non-profits, and Christians in general. Pastor Clark is helping spearhead “Yes” on Proposition 8 along with many leaders such as Pastor Miles McPherson (the Rock Church), Pastor Jim Garlow (Skyline Church), and others. He is working with hundreds of other pastors throughout California on this important issue. Pastor Clark has been in ministry for over 25 years and 11 years in Christian Education. He has been senior pastor at East Clairmont Church since 1998.
  • September 2008 – Ken Willig – The Free Gift. Annual joint event with CEO and PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship). Ken recieved a standing ovation from all who attended. Ken spoke about his parallel lives before and after his salvation – his personal life and his business life. He shared several stories about how Christ taught him how these two parts of his life became healthy through Christ’s power. Ken is the original founder of the Christian Executive Officers organization in the 1980’s. He has founded and directed five companies and two banks. He has served on numerous Boards. He was Chairman of the Board of Pregnancy Resource Center, and served on the Boards of Heartbeat International and Life Center Northwest. Ken has also written a book about the free gift of Christ and his journey to find it: The Free Gift.
  • August 2008 – Wayne Rice – Home Grown Faith. Wayne talked about how his father instilled the roots of faith in him a child, and how that now plays out in how he passes his faith onto his children and grandchildren. He talked about the power of mentoring, which dovetails well into what CEO is doing with the new mentoring program. Wayne is Co-founder of Youth Specialties, Director of HomeWord Parenting Seminars, author of more than 30 books on youth, youth ministry and parenting, and a Graduate of Bethel Theological Seminary.
  • July 2008 – Dan May – The Lord helping business in troubled times. Dan talked about how God uses our “stories” to evangelize and bless others, especially during troubled times like today. He talked about part of his “story” during the 1970’s and 1980’s airline crisis when he was CFO and then CEO of Republic Airlines – how close to bankruptcy they were and how God orchestrated events when they applied biblical principles to the company. These principles included: 1) Pray about everything, 2) Don’t worry about anything, and 3) Thank God for the answer – whatever it is. His focus was on integrity and fostering interpersonal relationships. As a result of all of this, eventually the company succeeded. Dan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) that was CFO and then President/CEO/Chairman of Republic Airlines. Dan May also has a real passion for and has served on the master board of Young Life for over 20 years.
  • June 2008 – Reverend Stan Beard – Lessons from the wedding at Cana. Stan discussed how Jesus uses daily and life events (like weddings) to speak to us in profound ways. As a father going through his daughter’s wedding preparations right now, Stan had some humorous stories to tell. At Cana, Jesus “reluctantly” provided a miracle, respectfully admonished his mother, and directed others (the servants, host, and attendees) to implement and experience the miracle – with little involvement from Christ himself. The miracle and how Christ did the miracle showed Christ’s concern for the mundane things in our lives (running out of wine), yet with some examination we can easily see the deeper spiritual implications he intended. Stan shared some surprising observations about patterns of elderly people to whom he ministers – there being a large number of church going people that do not know how Christ fits into their lives. This is a clear admonishment to today’s church and it’s leaders – to focus on teaching people about Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Stan is Pastor of Men and Senior Ministries at La Jolla Presbyterian Church. Stan has also served as President of the Southwest Leadership Foundation in Phoenix, which is a ministry to homeless, abandoned and oppressed people.
  • May 2008 – Fred Schnaubelt – Two eminent domain propositions in San Diego — one of hope, one of betrayal. The topic was based on Exodus 20:15 “Thou shall not steal”. He addressed Propositions 98 and 99, which are on the next voting ballot in June. Fred is a regular on the speaker circuit, being on the Speakers Bureau for many topics and political issues. He has been in the Real Estate industry for 32 years and published over 100 articles on real estate issues. Fred served as a San Diego City Councilman from 1977 to 1981. He was invited to testify before the U.S. President’s Commission on Housing and the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee. He is also a frequent guest on local radio stations. POST NOTE – Prop 98 did not pass, Prop 99 did pass.
  • April 2008 – Gregg Hamann – Foundations for Integrating your Work and your Walk with God. Gregg shared inspiring principles from various scriptural passages (including 1 Peter 4:10) about what it takes to be a successful businessman and a citizen of the Kingdom of God. He talked about integrity in the workplace and how God blesses people of integrity, especially when it is extremely difficult. He showed in scripture and in real business life stories how God expects us to act and then fulfills His promises to us in powerful, practical ways. Gregg is a developer specializing in industrial and commercial buildings for the last thirty years. He has also served as a Lay Pastor and weekly Preacher at Covenant Presbyterian Church in North Park for the last fifteen years.
  • March 2008 – Cory Trenda – Finding your sweet spot. Cory’s vision is “to connect the ‘rich’ and the ‘poor’ in ways that build a better world and which enrich and change all of us.” Cory talked about finding our God given motivators. He transparently shared some stories about several mistakes in his life and God’s amazing grace in his life that led him into his current ministry. He and an associate spoke about a growing and vibrant ministry in poor areas such as Tijuana that are bringing microlending and micro economies to help motivated people. Ths ministry is helping individuals and families become independant and responsible business people in thier own neighborhoods in Mexico. Cory has worked for various non-profits including Opportunity International and most recently World Vision. At World Vision he represents the global aid agency in San Diego and Orange County and also serves as the Microenterprise Development specialist for WVUS’ nation-wide fundraising and communications team.
  • February 2008 – Dr. Jack Wheaton – Israel – God’s Timepiece. Dr. Wheaton spoke about how tomorrow’s newspaper headlines regarding the Middle East and eventually the fate of the entire world were written hundreds, sometimes thousands of years ago in the prophecies found in the Bible. Dr. Wheaton is a retired professor from USC. He is a well-known musician as well as a dedicated Bible Teacher and Scholar.
  • January 2008 – Brian Jones – Christian leaders are to be the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth. Brian spoke from Matthew 5:13-16 about “making the world different, not just making a difference in the world” – there is a distinct difference in the two. He emphasized being salt and light – how the characteristics of each (salt and light) are powerful in changing the world. Three things he said are crucial to making a difference – attitude, conduct, and encouragement (edification). Brian is currently running for Duncan Hunter’s Congressional seat, since Mr. Hunter is retiring. Elected to the Santee City Council in 2002 and 2006, Brian also serves on several city and regional committees, task forces, and boards. Brian has been a businessman, is a dedicated father and husband, and is an active member in his church (Sonrise) and community.
  • December 2007 – Bob McClellan – The Foundation of American Government – America’s True Christian History. Bob spoke about the history of our country from the perspective of how essential Christianity was in founding our country. He spoke about the roots of our political heritage being founded in the Bible. Bob is a CEO member and a retired businessman (formerly owned McClellan Buick) who devotes much of his time/energy to educating people about the Christian heritage of our nation and the christianity of America’s founding fathers.
  • November 2007 – Pastor Terrell Fletcher – Celebrating the Mentors That Help Make People Great. Pastor Fletcher encouraged mentorship by indicating that a successful person usually has a good mentor somewhere in thier background. He talked about how a mentor provides order, discipline, and tutoring /teaching that is inspirational and makes a protege hungry for more. Pastor Fletcher talked about two powerful mentors in his life – his father and Ronnie Lott from the San Diego Chargers. As a mentor, his father was Christ-like in his life – loving, dedicated, structured, organized, intelligent, and disciplinary. He spoke about Ronnie Lott who inspired humility and passion for learning in him. Pastor Fletcher is Senior Pastor/founder of the City of Hope International – a thriving multi-cultural and interdenominational ministry based in San Diego. Pastor Fletcher played for 8 years for the San Diego Chargers where he was selected as a second round choice in the NFL draft.
  • October 2007 – Reverend Chuck Workman – Capturing a Heart: 10 principles for mentoring. Reverend Workman shared principles he uses with mentoring juveniles, that apply to other mentoring environments, including business. Reverend Workman is an ordained Baptist minister with a Doctorate and Masters degree in theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He presently works for WIXIM Ministries in which capacity he serves as the Chaplain Coordinator for the San Diego County Probation Department.
  • September 2007 – Annual joint event with CEO and PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship). Dr. Jackie Freiberg – 7 Choices For Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual. Jackie spoke about her 20 year mission to expose the unconventional success strategies in the most admired companies in the world – in businesses that are BOOMING. Her presentation was the result of studying many of the most innovative businesses, gutsy leaders, and liberated employees around. Jackie shared about her new book “BOOM”, in which she has distilled this collective wisdom into 7 essential choices that cause culture, service, success, and business to BOOM! She challenged the group via entertaining video clips, witty stories, real life scenarios to become revolutionary business people. Jackie recieved a standing ovation.
  • August 2007 – Dr. James T. Turner – Leadership for Believers in a Multicultural World. Dr. Turner provided a free book to all attendees titled “Conversations on Leadership” that includes discussions with 18 well known leaders. He also provided a free pamphlet “Christian Rights in the Workplace” about Religious Activities by Employers under Title VII. He discussed the needs of leaders who find expression for their faith in a world that is often hostile to Christian values. He discussed methods to “attract” or “draw” others to faith in the business arena, versus forcing faith on others. Some methods include – thinking about your life as a billboard saying “Jesus is Here”, mentoring others in how to apply biblical principles in their business lives, and knowing the legalities of being a Christian in business. Dr. Turner is President of International Assessment Services, Inc. Dr. Turner has appeared on television and radio shows such as ABC’s “Nightline”, PBS’ “Market Watch”, CBS’ “Things Considered”, and over 150 radio programs.
  • July 2007 – Mike Carlisle – The Vision for San Diego. Mike talked about a new vision for San Diego, which is “Vision San Diego”. It is about city transformation; seeing the city, serving its needs, and believing in God’s power and desire to transform it. More accurately, Vision San Diego is about seeing cities transformed. Vision San Diego wants to come alongside churches in each of these communities, united in a vision for the Greater San Diego area. Mike is Executive Director/City Coordinator of Vision San Diego.
  • June 2007 – John De Puy – Power Marketing! John presented a polished power point slideshow with a color handout for notes and future reference. He spoke about how to successfully brand and market – how to create the brand, market it, guard it, and and develop ongoing brand loyalty. John is President and CEO of Oaktree Ventures, Inc., Chairman of the Advisory Council Capital Formation, and CEO Coach. John’s business background includes more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, CEO, investment banker, management consultant and civic leader. He has been instrumental in advising more than 600 software CEO’s on their capital requirements in raising both debt and equity capital.
  • May 2007 – Jon Sundt – What does it mean to be a Christian Business Leader? Jon is President and Chief Executive Officer Of Altegris Investments, Inc. Jon has been in the alternative investments industry for over 18 years. Jon shared his testimony of how God has used both tragic and joyful circumstances to prepare him for his life in business and as a spiritual leader. Jon challenged us as business leaders on what God’s calling is in our lives.
  • April 2007 – Captain Rob Crossan – The Military Chaplain and the Community. Captain Crossan is the Marine Base Chaplain at Camp Pendleton, overseeing ministry by 8 chaplains and over 45,000 personnel. Chaplain Crossan shared some powerful stories and talked about how Chaplains play a vital role in helping their fellow military personnel negotiate the crucial moments in their lives. This presentation was particularly poignant due to the critical role spirituality currently has in the lives of our wartime military, their families, and our communities.
  • March 2007 – Jeremy Robinson – Look to the Lord for direction & Give Him ALL the Glory. Jeremy is a Christian Life Coach that facilitates the healing of the soul’s wounds and the realization of the heart’s dreams. He spoke about how to wisely discern our hearts requests such as in Matthew 14:28: “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jeremy shared some discernment stories in his experiences being a pastor, in his studies at Westminster and Fuller Seminaries, and several counseling environments.
  • February 2007 – Mike Adams – Strategic Business Planning and Taking Your Company to the Next Level. Mike is the founder of Emerald Business Services, a firm offering developmental business services. Mike talked about how most small businesses can be grouped into three categories, 1) technicians who are usually all about doing things right, 2) entrepreneurs who are all about doing the right things, and 3) CEO’s who are all about building long term growth. These categories of small business owners are often responsible for the levels or stages of a businesses growth. Mike shared practical guidelines a business owner can use to ” the right things” through Strategic Business Planning. Scripture he cited as key business principles include: Ephesians 1:1-14.
  • January 2007 – Mike Mudgett – With God, It Is Never Too Late. Mike Mudgett is a lawyer turned pastor. Mike talked about God’s call on him to suddenly change careers in his 50’s and go into ministry. He shared some humorous and poignant stories about his adventures with adjustments of ministry as compared to the business world. His perspective is it is never too late to change, with God’s power and guidance (“old dogs can learn new tricks”). He referred to some of his heroes in the bible that had signficant ministry and direction from God in the middle and late in their lives: Moses, Abraham, Jeremiah, and Nehemiah. Mike’s final encouragements were 1) rachet your walk with the Lord up a notch, 2) be adventurous in the Lord, and 3) be willing to risk yourself for the glory of God!
  • December 2006 – Mike Mellace – Being a Bold Witness in the Business Marketplace. Mr. Mellace spoke about how to be an effective and bold witness for Christ in today’s businesss market, with no compromises of your personal faith, in a world that focuses on being “polically correct”. He shared his powerful testimony how God called him to be a Christian business man (his ministry) in the business market place; how he prays with and for non-christian customers and colleagues; how having an on-site chapel and prayer services at the headquarters has changed lives; and how God has expanded his operations internationally to minister in markets in other countries. Mr. Mellace is CEO of Mama Mellace’s – a multi-million dollar national snack food company with large clients such as Costco, and provides distribution in the U.S. coast to coast. Scriptures he cited as key business principles include: Mathew 19:16-30, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Jeremiah 29:1-14.
  • November 2006 – Damian McKinney – Apparitions – A discussion within Christianity. Mr. McKinney presented a very interesting and controversial subject – his recent visit to a small village in Bosnia-Hercegovina where there have been sightings of the Virgin Mary in apparitional form. He discussed these types of sightings as a major issue in the Christian world. Mr. McKinney has 25 years of experience in national commercial real estate investment and brokerage and is the founder and President of eRealty Fund, LLC. He has represented firms such as Alberto Culver, Molina Healthcare, Hughes, Ford, USFreightways, Emery Airfreight, TRW, Northrop, BAX, Bell and Howell, and Bekins.
  • October 2006 – Troy A. Lyndon – God’s Guidance in Business. Troy has served many ministries and Christian publishers, including Left Behind Games Inc., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Tyndale and Biblesoft, and EA Sports (Madden Football). He spoke about how keeping Christ as top priority, above business needs, kept him in God’s blessing zone. He learned some difficult lessons about applying God’s business principles, but in the end found Gods principles always lead to success.
  • September 2006 – Christopher and Jane Crane – annual joint event with CEO and PWF (Professional Women’s Fellowship).A Challenge from Two Type A Personalities Impacting our World for Christ! The Cranes shared how God has led them through the years, opened doors they never imagined, and sustained them through the tough times. Christopher has been President and CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest Christian microfinance organization, since 2002. Jane was an invited delegate to the 2004 Lausanne Forum for World Evangelization in Thailand, developing the “Map for Gender Reconciliation” and other consensus materials that have been published and used globally. She serves on the Board of Directors for Youth With A Mission San Diego/Baja, Mexico and for six years has taught on gender issues in ministry at the YWAM Discipleship Training School in Ensenada, Mexico.
  • August 2006 – Dr. Michael W. “Mick” Hager – The Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to San Diego. Dr. Hager is the Executive Director of the San Diego Natural History Museum. He spoke about the Dead Sea Scrolls coming to San Diego in July of 2007. Dr. Hager used a powerpoint presentation to show the history and importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls – they are widely acknowledged to be among the world’s greatest archaeological treasures and considered a nexus of the formative years of Judaism and Christianity. The Museum states they will present the scrolls purely as historical documents – for spiritual commentaries the Museum will provide tools such as private speaker headsets for speakers (i.e. pastors, etc.) to present their personal perspectives to private groups. This is a rare opportunity to see these treasures in person.
  • July 2006 – Dr. Ruben Garcia – Legacies of faith, family, and business. Dr. Garcia is District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), San Diego District Office. Dr. Garcia spoke about 3 legacies – our country, his father, and the San Diego business community. He spoke about how faith in Christ has been profound in the historical legacy of the United States. He also shared some personal stories about his father – one was an inspiring reminder about the true definition of “success”. Dr. Garcia then shared about how SBA is helping with the legacy of business here in San Diego, and can assist with faith-based initiatives in creative ways.
  • June 2006 – Doug Kay – Ministry through Loved Ones. Doug is President of Providence Equity Fund, Inc. and founded Blue Sky Marketing Int’l, Inc. Doug spoke of his late son and a ministry fund (The Jesse Kay Foundation) he created in his son’s name to help the poor with medical, educational and spiritual support. Doug spoke about the experiences surrounding his son and messages God has through his powerful story.
  • May 2006 – Dr. Bruce Schooling – Christian Perspectives on Ethical Business. Dr. Schooling is Dean of the Fermanian School of Business and Professor of Management at Point Loma Nazarene University. He talked about educating business leaders for more than the bottom line – that conducting business ethically has imminent, short term, long term, and eternal ramifications.
  • April 2006 – Dr. Bill McColl – The Ethical Will. Dr. McColl was an NFL pro with the Chicago Bears and currently a missionary orthopedic surgeon to Korea. He talked about the “Ethical Will”, which is an ethical testimony and directive to loved ones, similar to a regular will, but spiritual or moral in nature. An ethical will can be a powerful message to others, providing guidance and truths for multiple generations in our families. To find out more, use Google to search for “Ethical Wills”.
  • March 2006 – Dr. Jim Garlow – Cracking The Da Vinci Code. Dr. Garlow is pastor of Skyline Church and an accomplished author. He spoke about the DaVinci Code phenomenon including the book and upcoming movie. He spoke about how we can understand the truths about the DaVinci Code and use this an opportunity to share the gospel.
  • February 2006 – Dr. John Morris – Creation, Evolution, & Current Issues. Dr. Morris is President of The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) and is perhaps best known for leading expeditions to Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark. He talked about scientific support for the Bible, creationism, and related current issues.
  • January 2006 – Senator Bill Morrow – Sacramento’s Impact on the Local Community. Senator Morrow represents the 38th District. He spoke about how his faith informs his actions as a legislative representative of the people. He also shared about various issues including individual freedom, equal rights and opportunities for all, free enterprise, and limited government.
  • December 2005 – Bob Goff – Using Business Enterprise and Skills for Ministry. Bob is a highly successful San Diego lawyer having led major legal firms here and in Seattle. Bob spoke about how God called him to use his business skills for ministry purposes. He has created several successful businesses and used them as ministry leverage. Through very engaging stories he told about how he and others risked their lives going into areas to rescue and redeem young girls sold into prostitution in India. He also shared how he is helping change the economic culture in India by initiating new companies and economic structures.
  • November 2005 – Dr. John Steel – The Truth About Islam. Dr. Steel spoke about his mission to inform citizens of the inherent dangers of radical and basic Islam. Dr. Steel shared his studies, having read the Koran 4 times over the past 6 years, as well as 28 books on the mid-east, the history of Islam, and the prior 2 great jihads on behalf of Islam.
  • October 2005 – Dr. James Dyke – The 11 Things I Hate About You – The Worst Management Sins And What To Do About Them. Dr. Dyke holds certificates in training and DISC assessments, and is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Executive Leadership Program of the Christian Management Association. Dr. Dyke shared key insights where bad managers go wrong, but good leaders can make it right. Dr. Dyke provided us practical help for struggling managers and the people they manage.
  • September 2005 – George and Becky Dunlop – CEO and PWF annual combined event – Making a difference by serving God in our city, state and nation. The Dunlops spoke about the motivations that should stir our hearts to be active and effective methods to bring the gospel to the marketplace and government. George is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and also serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Policy and Legislation at The Pentagon. Becky provides leadership on national and international levels at The Heritage Foundation; she was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health; she was appointed by President Bush to serve as Chair of the Federal Service Impasses Panel; and she served as the U.S. Senate Majority leader on the Commission on Women.
  • August 2005 – Frank Kacer – Active Christian involvement in the issues of our world. Frank is President and Founder of The Christian Citizens Council of San Diego. Frank discussed the Biblical basis for active Christian involvement in the political, cultural and societal issues of our day; why we as a community have become ineffective; and what practical steps we and our churches can take to recapture our leadership role in a legal and Christ-like manner.
  • July 2005 – Frank Kacer – Mayoral Candidates for San Diego. Frank is President and Founder of The Christian Citizens Council of San Diego. In this special forum, Frank mediated several Mayoral candidates presenting their vision for San Diego. Frank also presented inspiration for Christians to be involved in the political process.
  • June 2005 – Tom Doyle – New Ministry Opportunities in the Middle East. Tom is Director of International Ministries and Middle East Specialist for EvangeCube Global Ministries in Dallas, Texas. Tom shared exciting stories about how God is using the violent events of terrorism and war to open doors in places that seemed hopeless just a few years ago, in places like Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
  • May 2005 – Chris Crane – Business Principles in Ministry. Chris is President / CEO of Opportunity International. Chris has written a book for Executives and is experienced in successful application of business principles in the workplace. He spoke to us about applying business principles to Christian ministries.
  • April 2005 – Dan Hitzhusen – The Power of God. Dan is President of Global Missions Fellowship. He spoke about being called to serve in an outreach or service mission in another country and what astounding miracles God produces when His people step out in faith. He shared some miraculous stories of salvation, healing and spiritual growth.
  • March 2005 – Mark Larson – How to be Happy… In Spite of Yourself. Mark is is best known as a long time San Diego talk radio show host. He is currently on NewsRadio 600 KOGO, weekdays from Noon to 3PM (right after Rush Limbaugh). He has also been the leading guest-host on Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt’s network radio programs. Mark spoke to CEO about how we are all our own worst enemy. He expounded on the timeless biblical principles that can protect us from those self inflicted wounds that cause unhappiness.
  • February 2005 – Larry Stirling – The U.S. Penal System – the dangerous and the redeemable. Larry is a past president of CEO, a Retired Superior Court Judge, a former San Diego City Councilman, a former State Assemblyman, and he has chaired and led multiple committees and task forces on public safety and the judicial system. He spoke to CEO about biblical principles related to knowing the truth about the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of our current penal systems. As Christians, Larry discussed how we need to know how God would have us deal with the criminals in our society. We need His wisdom to justly “restrain the dangerous, redeem the redeemable, and know how to tell the difference”.
  • January 2005 – Kent Tuley – Physical and Mental Integrity. Kent is a Program Director at SAIC (a Fortune 500 company) and President of Tuley Enterprises. His ministry is to business men about this difficult and often neglected issue. Kent presented several powerful stories about men who became involved in adultery or pornography – and were redeemed. He also shared poignant vignettes about what God expects of us in our thought life and our conduct with women associates and colleagues. Kent gave valuable cautions and suggestions about how we can wisely select our reading material and entertainment, so our integrity in business and with our families is at its highest.
  • November 2004 – Aurelio F. Barreto III – A Personal Testimony. Aurelio is Founder & CEO of C28, a chain of Christian stores in malls across Southern California, winner of Entrepreneur of the year awards, and member of several corporate boards. Aurelio spoke about the transformation of his business life and his spiritual life.
  • October 2004 – Dr. Gary Demarest – Leadership in a World of Cultural Controversy. Dr. Demarest spoke about various controversial issues in our culture and the church today. He and others are dealing with these issues as part of the Presbyterian General Assembly Task Force – including the issue of Gay and Lesbian ordination.
  • September 2004 – Dr. Dennis Waitley – CEO and PWF annual combined event – “A Guide to Survival, Success and Serenity in this Savage Paradise called Life.” Dr. Waitley is one of America’s most respected authors, keynote lecturers and productivity consultants on high performance human achievement.
  • August 2004 – Merrilee Boyack – Legal attack on the Boy Scouts of America. Merrilee who is an attorney, professional lecturer, and a published writer, presented the current status of the Boy Scouts precedent setting legal defense against harassment and discrimination in San Diego.
  • July 2004 – John Townsend – How to conduct a “Church@Work” ministry! John is from Matthew 25:34-40 Ministries. He spoke about how to conduct “Church@Work”- a program where church is practiced in the workplace everyday.
  • June 2004 – John Leach – The Midway Aircraft Carrier is open! John is one of our CEO members and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum Midway. John talked about the benefits and opportunities the Midway brings to the kingdom of God, our country, and our city.
  • May 2004 – Bob Gay – Promisekeepers Uprising Event in 2004. Bob is Regional Development Director of Promise Keepers.
  • April 2004 – Art Croney – Christian Values in Sacramento. Art founded and manages Responsible Citizens, Inc. which is a nonprofit lobbying corporation.
  • March 2004 – Joe Bauer – Broadcasting and Jesus. Joe Bauer is of Hudson & Bauer radio fame.
  • February 2004 – Pastor Richard H. Halvorson – Ethics and Morality in Business and Politics. Pastor Halvorson serves on government advisory boards and commissions and has been involved with the space program.
  • January 2004 – Dr. Lee Hess – Being an expert witness for Christ. Lee is one of our CEO Members and the President of Lee R. Hess and Associates.
  • December 2003 – Carmen Vertullo – A Direct Report from Iraq. Carmen is one of our CEO Board Members, President/CEO of Simply Better Inc., and affiliated with Global Missions Fellowship. Carmen presented what he saw God doing in his extraordinary recent short-term mission trip to Baghdad, Iraq.
  • November 2003 – Gary Kreep – The Status of Justice. Gary is co-founder of the California Justice Political Action Committee (CALJPAC).
  • October 2003 – Barry Minkow – Integrity in a Gullible World. Barry is senior pastor of Community Bible Church in Mira Mesa.
  • September 2003 – Stephanie Edwards – CEO and PWF annual combined event. Stephanie is a well-known celebrity who has been on various TV and radio programs and currently is co-host of the Tournament of Roses parade.
  • August 2003 – Tim Marusich – On the verge of a merger breakdown. Tim is CEO of BlueHornet Networks, Inc.
  • July 2003 – Rolf Benirschke – Impact of Billy Graham Mission. Rolf was the Executive Committee leader of the San Diego Billy Graham Mission. Also in attendance at CEO, were several Executive Committee members.
  • June 2003 – Neal Pirolo – Go Preach! Go Teach! Neal is the founder and director of Emmaus Road International.
  • May 2003 – Vance Yoder – Jehu the Reckless Driver. Vance is President Emeritus of Christian Heritage College.
  • March 2003 – Byron Wear – Being a Christian in San Diego Politics. Byron is a two-term former San Diego Councilman, serving the City of San Diego for 8 years and previous deputy mayor of San Diego from 1998 to 1999.
  • February 2003 – Dan Greenblat – Everyman. Dan is President and CEO of Viewpoint America and the Chair of the Public Relations Committee of Mission San Diego with Billy Graham.
  • January 2003 – Jeff Anderson – Billy Graham is coming to San Diego. Jeff is Mission Director of the Mission San Diego with Billy Graham.
  • December 2002 – Roger Talamantez – Flash Points of Life. Roger is President and CEO of the San Diego Data Processing Corporation.
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