September 19, 2014
Former Governor of Arkansas, Author, Radio & Television Host
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number-one-rated weekend hit Huckabee on the FOX News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks' syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations. He's also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report, syndicated on almost 600 stations. He is the author of nine books, four of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list.
From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th governor of Arkansas. Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when his predecessor resigned. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and he was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.
After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. Huckabee is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his FOX show with the FOX house band, The Little Rockers.
The former governor and his wife have three children and four grandchildren.
October 13, 2014
Executive Chairman, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
James Morgan has served as executive chairman of Krispy Kreme since 2014. Previously, he served as chief executive officer and president of the company. Morgan has been a member of the Krispy Kreme board of directors since 2000 and was elected its chairman in 2005. Morgan has more than 40 years of business experience and is a 1969 graduate of Vanderbilt University. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Morgan served as chairman and CEO of Wachovia Securities following the acquisition of Interstate/Johnson Lane, Inc. by Wachovia Corporation. He also served as chairman and CEO of Interstate/Johnson Lane, Inc. He is a past member of the Securities Industry Association board of directors and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) regional firms committee. He is currently on the board of directors of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.
Morgan maintains a lifelong commitment to youth and education through his involvement with numerous charitable organizations. As an active member of Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim teaches a young couples class and has been a Sunday school teacher for the past 40 years. He is a devoted family man, and he and his wife, Peggy, have three children and three grandchildren.
November 10, 2014
Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Robert O'Neill is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. A highly trained Navy SEAL, he led the military's most elite and was involved in our nation's most important campaigns. He has trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators. His mantra is "never quit," and O'Neill believes this is the single-most important factor in determining success.
O'Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.
O'Neill rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer in the United States Navy and served as a team leader at DEVGRU. He has a laundry list of certifications, including instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare sniper and breacher, diving supervisor, and survival expert. His military air operations qualifications include high-altitude and high-opening free fall jump master, tandem and bundle master, parachute rigger, master naval parachutist, drop zone safety officer, and air operations trainer/examiner and quality assurance inspector. He has completed more than 1,000 jumps.
December 9, 2014
Senior Vice President of Production, Columbia Tristar Pictures; Author
DeVon Franklin serves as the senior vice president of production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry.
He recently oversaw the remakes of Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston in her last on-screen role, and The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. He also worked on The Pursuit of Happyness and Hancock, both starring Will Smith, as well as the faith-based hit Not Easily Broken and the family comedy, Jumping the Broom, both produced by Bishop T. D. Jakes.
In addition to his entertainment-industry pursuits, Franklin is a preacher, a motivational speaker and the author of Produced By Faith, a how-to guide about pursuing your career without compromising your faith.
He's appeared on CNN, FOX News, NBC and was a featured guest on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Franklin was recently named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 and one of the top 10 industry impact players by the NAACP.