This week’s speaker is Russell Davies who is the founder of the non-profit P.T.S.D. (Professional Transformation Sports Development). Russell served 5 years in the military and was deployed overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. When he returned home, he realized that kayaking and adventure sports were a source of relief and rehabilitation in coping with post military life.
That realization propelled him to share his love of adventure sports with other veterans of the U.S. military inflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As the founder of P.T.S.D. Russell focuses on educating veterans on how to overcome P.T.S.D. and/or depression through engagement in outdoor sports such as kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding alongside other veterans who share a similar passion.
This week’s speaker is Arshay Cooper, who grew up on the West Side of Chicago, raised by a single mom in a neighborhood surrounded by gangs and drugs. In 1997, he joined (and later became captain of) the first All- Black high school rowing team at Manley High School, an experience that changed Arshay’s life.
Over the years, Arshay has coached and helped start several rowing programs for low-income youth across the country, and anywhere a puddle of water exists, so that other young people can experience the profound change that can happen on the water.
Arshay is mostly known for diversifying the sport of rowing and his activism work in Chicago. He is the author of his memoir, “A Most Beautiful Thing”, which has also been made into a major motion picture.
This week’s speaker is Martin Frey, a businessman and adventurer whose zealous tenacity has helped him conquer feats like climbing Mt. Everest, sailing around the world, and developing programs to create and grow Utah businesses.
Martin is an active Utah angel Investor and has served, at the request of Governor Huntsman, as the Managing Director of Economic Development for the state of Utah. He previously spent 13 years in Silicon Valley where he was a Senior Director for Cisco Systems.
This week’s speaker is Dave Durocher, who was arrested for the first time at the age of 13 years old. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. After being faced with 29 years in prison, Dave pleaded guilty and went to Delancey Street in Los Angeles for the next eight years. While there, he became the Managing Director, doubled revenues in their training schools’ businesses, and tripled their overall earnings.
Today David is a co-founder and managing director of “The Other Side Academy” in Salt Lake City. He has helped countless other ex-convicts regain their dignity and their families. He is enjoying his own success as the person he has become.
This week’s speaker is Dan Clark, who is the founder and CEO of Dan Clark and Associates - an international high-performance communications and training company. He is also a professor, award-winning athlete, New York Times best-selling author, recording artist, and one of the most sought-after speakers. Since 1982, Dan has spoken to more than 5 million people -- including Fortune 500 companies, world leaders, Super Bowl Champions, and more -- in over 5,500 audiences, in all 50 states, in 60 countries, on 6 continents. He was also inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame and named one of the Top Ten Speakers in the World. Dan has also been published in over 50 million books and appeared on over 500 TV and radio programs.
Clark’s inspiring life even includes soaring to the edge of space, flying fighter jets with the Air Force Thunderbirds, and receiving the United States Distinguished Service Medal. Most significant, in 2012, Dan was named Utah Father of the year.
This week’s speaker is Amy Rees Anderson, the Managing Partner of REES Capital, an angel Investing Firm and the founder of the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on promoting entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance. Amy is also an author and serves as a contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post. She currently serves on 13 Boards.
Previously Amy was the CEO of MediConnect Global, a healthcare technology company she grew and sold in 2012 for over $377 million. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, which include being named CEO of the Year and receiving the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2015 Amy received an honorary PhD.
This week’s speaker is Crystal Maggelet who began her entrepreneurial pursuit in 1993 when she founded Crystal Inn Hotels and Suites. In 1994 she and her husband, Chuck, founded MacCall Management, L.L.C. which develops and manages hotels. In 2009, Crystal became the President and CEO of FJ Management, a company founded by her father, Jay Call, and formerly known as Flying J, Inc. Today, FJ Management’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Maverik, a 270 c-store chain, Big West Oil, a petroleum refinery, and TAB, an industrial loan bank.
Crystal graduated with honors with a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Recently, Utah State University awarded Crystal an Honorary Doctorate degree in Business. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Huntsman School. She loves her role as a mother of her four children and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite activities include running, skiing, and traveling.
This week’s speaker is Tyler Tolson, who is the founder of Denik, a company that features artwork from across the globe on notebooks to generate funds for building schools in impoverished countries. He started the company in 2011 as a full-time student at Utah State University and now works with brands such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Nike, Quiksilver, Roxy, TOMS Shoes, and Nickelodeon. Denik recently finished the construction of a school in Mali Africa and is now raising funds for a school in Guatemala.
During his time at Utah State, Tyler served two consecutive years as Student Body President. He was one of three students worldwide to be named as “Young Emerging Leader” by the Leader to Leader Institute in New York. Tyler’s favorite things include watching TV with his wife, Nicole, wrestling with his kids, Norah and Henry, and supporting aggie athletics.
This week we will be holding our annual “Shark Tank Night”. A panel of 5 “sharks” will be judging students as they pitch their business ideas and the sharks will be awarding prize money to the businesses they deem to have the most potential.
The panel of 5 sharks will consist of:
Justin and Leslie Haskell - Founders of Maximum Senior Benefits
Marissa Barlow – Co-Founder of Nani Swimwear
Kyle Ivins – CMO and Co-Founder of Monumetric
Nathan Putnam – CEO and Co-Founder of Monumetric
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