Darien Stone, a Trinidad native, attended the University of New Haven in Connecticut as a forensic science major. After graduating, he established his own business in the lifestyle industry as a consultant. Now Stone lives in Hartford, where he’s a hospitality director at Iron Sharpens Iron where he facilitates men’s and women’s conferences in the Northeast. Stone also serves as a youth advisor at his church and conducts a Gentlemen In Training program, trains high school students in proper business and personal etiquette, style and chivalry, and teaches them to be confident. Stone also coordinates a networking support system called Small Business Night Out, which hosts social events and workshops for minority business owners in the Greater Hartford area.
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Seth Bartlette graduated in 2005 from Bethel College in Indiana, and he served for seven years in a local church. In 2011, he relocated to Fort Wayne to become the creative director for an online TV station, and in 2012, he moved to Orange County, California, to produce events and design creative experiences. He has worked mostly on events for Orchestrate and Ideation, but he has also designed corporate events for clients including The ONE Campaign and The Caterpillar Foundation. His faith-based events roster includes North America Mission Board, Youth Specialties, HomeWord and Doug Fields events, and he designed and directed a student leadership conference in the Midwest. He lives with his wife, Nikki, “and we love every minute we spend together with our adorable son, Gavin,” he says.
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As the event marketing director for Orange for the last four years, Kristi Porter promotes The Orange Conference, which has seen growth every year since she joined the team, along with Orange Tour, High School Camp and Camp KidJam. In 2012, she spoke at a breakout on the role of supply chain transparency and business in modern-day slavery at the Not For Sale Global Forum. She also volunteers for Blueprint Church and Out of Darkness, a Christian organization dedicated to reaching, rescuing and restoring victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Porter had a variety of career experiences before joining Orange in 2010, including time as a freelance writer, eco-organization communications manager and hospitality
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Collin Sparks grew up going to Kanakuk Kamps, worked on the summer staff through college, and met his wife, Rachel, at Kanakuk. It’s only fitting that the Texas native now is the executive director of Kamp ministries at Kanakuk, and director of Kanakuk K-Kountry in the summer. Sparks has trained and developed more than 1,800 college students for ministry at Kanakuk, and he’s also worked on several programs that have been recognized nationally, such as the Child Protection Plan, a safety system to prevent, detect or respond to physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse in youth and children’s programming. “Collin is passionate about investing in and equipping the next generation to reach the world for Christ,” says nominator Monique Jacques with See.Spark.Go. “He is a servant leader who encourages others to lead as Jesus did.” Sparks and his wife have three children: Ella, 8, Braden, 6, and Beckett, 4.
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Sherri Ratliff is dedicated to promoting tourism in Jackson, Mississippi, for the Jackson CVB, where she has been employed as a convention sales manager since 1999. A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Ratliff has a degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management. “My passion for hospitality has always been self-motivated,” she says. “Catering to the needs of meeting planners comes easy.” She has served the religious and government markets for the past 15 years, and she helped put Jackson on the list of the top 10 ministry-minded cities in the South awarded by an industry magazine.
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Danielle Vincenti has been working with CVBs since she was 19, and she came to Richmond Region Tourism in Virginia after working as a sales manager at a Texas CVB. “I am originally from the East Coast and a town with a ton of history, so Richmond was the perfect fit,” she says. As sales manger, she’s responsible for selling Richmond for both religious meetings and sporting events a destination for religious meetings and sporting events. “Building relationships with clients is a key part of my job,” she says. “You will not find me behind my desk all day. I like to get out and visit with clients face-to-face and be a part of their events.”
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Sterling Copeland attended stadium events in the ’90s that his father, Dr. Jim Copeland, was putting on with Promise Keepers, a large-scale men’s ministry. After pursuing a professional soccer career, he felt called to return to conferences and ministry events. “Now I manage and dream up the very events that drew me in when I was growing up,” he says. He’s now vice president of event logistics with Conference Ministries International, and among the events on his resume are Heaven Fest, with 35,000 people per event; Promise Keepers, which averages 5,000 people per event; and Wildfire Weekend, which typically draws 10,000 people per event.
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Sherkeitha D. Mitchell graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in nonprofit organizational management, and is currently working on her master’s degree in hospitality and tourism. At the Church of God in Christ, Mitchell’s job responsibilities as registrar in the office of convention planning include ensuring all registrars are following guidelines in providing excellent customer service and advising convention chairs of new and more efficient ways to register delegates. She’s also helped numerous young women by teaching classes on the importance of having goals, professionalism and organization. “Sherkeitha is intelligent, capable, dedicated and personable,” says colleague Vicki Thompson. “She is always quick on her feet, with sensible reactions in all circumstances.”
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“As a child, I played hotel, not house, which led to my dream to one day own a hotel on the beach,” says Sharmane Fernandez-Medaris. At 16, she landed her first job in the industry at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport-Westshore as a hostess in its restaurant, and that was just the beginning. She moved on to other positions including front office management, hotel sales, CVB sales and now she’s a convention sales manager with Destination DC. “When I made the move to the CVB world, I was amazed with the obstacles that came with selling a city, especially D.C. We are constantly fighting perceptions,” she says. She handles specialty markets for the city, and she’s taken over markets that historically didn’t produce for Washington, but are successful under her leadership. When asked about what inspires and drives her, she recalls losing her mom 10 years ago. “She was my best friend,” she says. “I find inspiration in knowing I am making my dreams become a reality everyday with everything I do, and that was my promise to her.”
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In the faith-based events world, Shauna Niequist is best known as a leading keynote speaker whose views on life, working, parenting, faith and other daily issues are highly regarded and widely respected. When she speaks, it’s often an extension of what she’s shared in her three best-selling books, “Cold Tangerines,” “Bittersweet” and her most recent “Bread & Wine,” which is a collection of essays and recipes reflecting on the celebration of life where it intersects with food. Niequist doesn’t reserve her thoughts on life strictly for her books or onstage; she documents her daily life on her blog at shaunaniequist.com. Her upcoming event schedule includes appearances at MOMcon, Storyline, C21 and If: Gathering.
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In 2010, Daniel Lagan began working for Iron Sharpens Iron, a ministry focusing on helping men become spiritual leaders within their homes. With more than 100 presenters being recruited for events that attract more than 10,000 attendees annually, Lagan has proven his worth in the faith-based events industry, even though he has been northeast conference director for only two years. “He is responsible for Christian events in a very secular region of the nation, yet the events in the Northeast almost always are at capacity,” said Brian Doyle, president of Iron Sharpens Iron, when he nominated Lagan for this year’s 40 Under 40. Each year, Lagan organizes and executes 10 one-day conferences for men as part of the Iron Sharpens National Ministry, which hosts 65 events across the nation. He also organizes women’s conferences and several leadership trainings.
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Waltrina Middleton has a deep appreciation for cultural influence on faith and justice. She has been honored as a fellow of Duke Divinity School’s Leadership Education program on Christian Leadership, a ministry fellow of the Fund for Theological Education and the first recipient of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Legacy Fellowship. Rev. Middleton’s theological foci include holistic approaches to healing and global outreach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University, as well as a master’s in public service and nonprofit management from DePaul University. As the founder of Walk on Water Global Ministries, she was featured in Essence magazine as one of its “Ten Incredible College Women.” Rev. Middleton serves as minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation with the United Church of Christ’s national offices, coordinating its mega-youth event, which draws more than 3,000 participants from across the globe.
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“I exist to encourage others, create environments for people to grow, and leverage innovation and enthusiasm to the experience creation industry,” says Billy Boughey, who, as president and CEO of Elevate Live Events, has helped lead events for major organizations including Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, The John Maxwell Company, Aflac and Reebok. Before devoting all his professional time to planning events, Boughey played college and professional baseball and had various motivational and leadership speaking opportunities. Boughey says Elevate values five things when staging and leading events: relationships, enthusiasm, remarkability, initiative and bravery. Boughey has a wife, Jenn, and three children: Zander, Addi and Piper.
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Corey Perkins is a Pennsylvania-based event planner, graphic designer and humanitarian. Perkins travels the globe planning conferences as the assistant director of events for the international ministry, Global Awakening. He also oversees the humanitarian aid aspect of the ministry, planning and participating in projects to help those in need around the world, particularly in Africa. “I didn’t study event planning in college, but I was able to learn the ins and outs by being immersed in the industry and culture,” says Perkins. “I’ve been planning international events every year since I began, which has really broadened my knowledge of the industry on a global scale.”
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Danielle Sullivan, property specialist at Student Life, spent summers in middle school and high school at camp, either working or attending, and she calls those experiences a real time of encouragement and discipleship. “It made such a difference in my life that I had always hoped that I could be a part of something that would make a difference in another teenager’s life.” This year marks Sullivan’s 14th summer working on Student Life’s camps and conferences. “She has a tremendous passion for her role in the ministry,” says Jim Jenks of Rejuvenate Marketplace, who nominated her. “Her love for her job is evident.” Sullivan grew up in Kansas City and attended college in Mississippi, where she met her husband. Once married, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she’s been ever since. She and her husband are raising 6-year-old twins.
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Alexandra Burrel is an account executive with Diversity Communications Associates and the lead planner and conference manager for the International Young People’s Union of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and now is a doctoral candidate at Morgan State University in Baltimore. “In five short years, Alex has propelled from a PR volunteer to an account executive,” says nominator Joyce Walker-Tyson, managing principal of DCA. “Her ability to quickly analyze a client’s needs and the kind of winning personality that attracts both potential clients and suppliers puts her in line to become a leader in new business development.”
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Mandy McInturff obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. While finishing her degree, she began an internship as the unit marketing director for Chick-fil-A Gunbarrel Pointe. While at Chick-fil-A, McInturff was introduced to the WinShape Foundation and immediately fell in love with the nonprofit organization funded by the Cathy family. She took a position as an event planner and transitioned to her current role as sales and marketing coordinator at WinShape Retreat in 2012. Early in her career, she’s already had the opportunity to work in a variety of fields, including video and radio production, public speaking, design, travel, sales, and event planning for small- and large-scale events (including dropping hundreds of parachuted stuffed Chick-fil-A cows from helicopters to a surprised audience). “These experiences taught me a lot about the industry and allowed me to grow in the process,” she says.
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Robert L. Wagner, also know as SE7EN, is a musician, speaker, poet, stepper, mime, actor, comedian and producer. He once landed on the cover of Rejuvenate magazine for his reputation in the faith-based events world as a master of integration for his ability to combine various artistic expressions with his faith. He’s created and sustained an annual Christian Step Show for 10 years and hosts The Lyricist’s Cafe, a Christian open mic for ministry. “It has been running since 2002 and we have had several people use the platform for national and international ministry efforts,” he says. Wagner has also been interviewed for Trinity Broadcasting Network’s ‘Praise the Lord” broadcast.
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Growing up, Brandon Johnson’s family owned and managed a travel agency, which is when his passion for the travel and hospitality industry began. Originally from California, he’s lived in coastal Virginia for more than half of his life. As a group sales manager at Newport News Marriott, Johnson actively promotes the area and has grown the religious market revenue 30 percent from 2013 to 2014. He serves as a volunteer coordinator for several events in the community throughout the year including Color Me Rad, a 5K run. Johnson is on the membership committee for the Virginia Chapter of MPI, where he helps with student recruitment. He also holds Marriott affinity certifications for religious organizations, multicultural associations and fraternal organizations. Johnson has two dogs, a wedding planned for next October and a love for travel.
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Like former Rejuvenate 40 Under 40 honoree Lecrae, Trip Lee is a rapper and Christian artist signed to Reach Records who’s using his individual talents to help share his mission. He released his first full-length shortly after his high school graduation, and his third album, “Between Two Worlds,” won him an award for Best Gospel Hip Hop Album of 2011 at the Stellar Awards. His most recent album was released in 2012, and he’s shifted much of his focus to becoming an author and pastor. This year, Christianity Today named Lee one of the “33 Under 33,” or the next generation of Christian leaders shaping the future of the faith. “Trip Lee has five rap albums, a book and a seminary background, so when he takes the stage, he could be there to perform or to preach,” his profile reads. “Either way, he gets to brag about God.”
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During her career, Delores Balogun has worked for several large-scale corporate entities and higher education institutions, managing multimillion-dollar budgets as an event planner, including time at The White House serving on the advance team for The Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama. “When I first started in the event planning field eight years ago, it wasn’t such a popular job,” says Balogun. “Now companies are seeing the value of having a full-time event planner.” She currently serves as the senior events director for Walk in the Word, the teaching ministry of Pastor James MacDonald, where she plans all the major events, tours and conferences that draw up to 40,000 people. She’s also the founder and executive director of iGlow Mentoring, an organization that provides mentoring services for inner-city girls.
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Dale Partridge is a social entrepreneur and founder of sevenly.org, a social good e-commerce company that has raised almost $4 million in the last three years for causes around the world. Partridge started his first company as a teenager and has partnered and launched a number of successful multimillion dollar organizations since. His personal mission is to lead a generation toward generosity and empower business leaders through the teaching philosophy that people matter. Partridge is an avid speaker and has been featured in various business publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Mashable, MSN Money, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times. He lives with his wife, Veronica, and daughter, Aria, in Bend, Oregon.
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Born in Michigan, Amy Hwang split time growing up between a calm Great Lakes suburb and one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world in Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from college in the United States, she landed her first industry job at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul. She’s now returned to Michigan, working as a convention service manager at the Amway Grand Plaza. Hwang has been recognized as an employee of the month at both the JW Marriott Seoul and Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Hwang has always been deeply involved with the church, and she believes that she’s here to help feed the hungry, bring water to the thirsty and welcome the stranger. “It is a big mission worked on by imperfect people, but we have God helping us,” she says.
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For the past three years, Dustin Holcumbrink has been responsible for group convention sales for national faith-based groups of more than 130 peak rooms at Hyatt Regency Phoenix as senior sales manager. He also works with other primary market and government groups, as well as a variety of clients throughout the Midwest, and he’s a member of Religious Conference Management Association, Kansas City Meeting Professionals International and Society of Government Meeting Professionals. Holcumbrink is an active player in the Phoenix CVB’s “Faith in Phoenix” initiative, aimed at bringing faith-based groups to the area. Before beginning a career in hotel sales, he spent five years as a director of sales and marketing for a golf course in suburban Kansas City for KemperSports Management. His role was to recruit, contract and coordinate golf tournaments and leagues, as well as social events in the clubhouse function space. Currently, Holcumbrink is coordinating a marathon day of golf where he will play 72 holes in a single day to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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oe Boyd is the founding pastor of Aviator Church outside Wichita, Kansas, a town that’s known as the Air Capital of the World for its leading aviation manufacturers. Under Boyd’s leadership, the church started with the vision of transforming a city one life at a time. In the past five years, Aviator has grown from one location to three, reaching more than 1,000 people every week. Aviator also has started four additional church plants in the Wichita area and was named one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine in 2013. “I’ve been fortunate to be part of a church multiplication movement in the Midwest,” he says. “Personally, I invest in future leaders because I believe in the power of multiplication. It fires me up to see guys start life-changing churches that transform cities one life at a time.” Later this year, Boyd is launching a resource for pastors called thechurchgrowthlab.com, which will offer creative solutions for churches. Boyd and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Koehn.
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Chances are you’ve heard or seen Tara Leigh Cobble, a keynote speaker and singer-songwriter who has released eight albums and has become a staple in the indie Christian music scene. She’s performed in almost every state and in more than a dozen countries for groups of college students, women and youth, to name a few. Her speaking engagements came as a result of her books, including “Here’s to Hindsight: Letters to My Former Self,” which became a best-seller for publisher Relevant. “For a long time, the songs that came most easily were songs about love and ache and loss,” she said in an interview with Under the Radar in 2013. But her most recent album, “Come Back Soon,” takes a different tone through worship music inspired in part by her experience on the worship team at her church, NewSpring, in South Carolina. Cobble is currently working on a new book, “Kiss the Wave,” and recently finished a European tour.
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Priscilla Shirer grew up as a pastor’s daughter in Dallas, so ministry was almost instinctual for her as she began her work with women in the Christian community. There’s no questioning the major impact she’s made and the foothold she’s held on the speaking circuit for well over a decade, appearing at an impressive number of faith-based conferences and events including Women of Faith and other women’s conferences. Shirer graduated from the Dallas Theological Seminary and she has a master’s degree in biblical studies. Her organization, Going Beyond Ministries, hosts events every year. Shirer is also a best-selling author, and she and her husband are raising three boys outside Dallas.
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Jena Lee Nardella co-founded Blood:Water at the age of 22 alongside the band Jars of Clay. Following her vision and leadership, the organization has brought clean water access to more than 1 million people in Africa. “And we are just getting started,” says Nardella, who is the organization’s chief strategy officer. In 2012, she shared a platform with the first lady and delivered the benediction at the Democratic National Convention in front of a live television audience of more than 20 million people. “I prayed for a spirit of unity and a collective commitment to seek justice, love, mercy and walk humbly with God,” she says. She is a graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, with a degree in political studies. She and her husband, James, have one son, Jude, and split time between Nashville, Tennessee, and East Africa. Her first book will be released in fall 2015.
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Geoff Todd is a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Kansas. Out of college he founded Oklahoma City K-Life and became the director of marketing for International Sports Tours in North Carolina while playing and coaching basketball overseas. He moved to St. Louis, and continued coaching while co-directing ZOE ministries. In 2005, he joined Kanakuk full-time and currently serves as the director of K-Kauai Family Kamp as well as director of marketing for AfterDark and PureExcitement, which helped him land on the cover of the June/July 2014 Youth Issue of Rejuvenate. His family, which he calls “Team Us,” consists of Todd, his wife Lindsay, and his two daughters Harper Story, 4, and Finley Winter, 1.
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Jennie Allen is an award-winning and bestselling author of “Anything” and “Restless,” as well as the Bible studies, “Stuck,” “Chase” and “Restless.” This year, she founded and hosted the first If: Gathering, an empowering and educational faith-based event for women. “I think a lot of women wrestle with their gifts and not knowing how to use them,” says Allen. About 1,200 people attended the event in person in Austin, Texas, and another 150,000 streamed the gathering online. Allen also teaches classes to women at her home church, Austin Stone Community Church, and she has traveled to Bolivia, Haiti and Rwanda to help work on social justice issues that plague those areas. Allen has a master’s in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Austin with her husband, Zac. Together they have four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Rwanda.
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It was in a small South Central Los Angeles church co-founded by her grandfather that Rhonesia Perry first learned the meaning of service. Her work as associate director of sales for the Greater Ontario CVB in California is an extension of that ministry. “It’s very gratifying to assist faith organizations,” she says. “It’s not just about selling space in a building; it’s about helping their ministry grow.” Perry recounts a specific moment in her life that changed her path forever. “In eighth grade, on my way to church with my family, we were struck by a drunk driver head-on,” she recalls. “While I suffered no injuries, God gave me the strength to carry my mother to the street and in that moment, I felt God spared my life for a reason. He saved me so I can help others on their journeys. That’s a realization I take very seriously in my life.”
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When it comes to stand-up comedians, the first thought usually isn’t clean jokes. But John Crist isn’t a conventional comic. His routines are clean but edgy, which has earned him many accolades, including being named a Denver finalist of Comedy Central’s Up Next Comedy Competition in 2013 and winner of Denver Improv’s Got Laughs competition in 2012. Crist had the honor of performing on a USO Comedy Tour for the troops in Kuwait and is a contributing writer for fellow comedian Jon Acuff’s blog, “Stuff Christians Like.” Crist is quickly making his way onto the speaking list for a number of faith-based events.
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Mary Beth Rogers grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. After being involved with Campus Outreach in college, she wanted to work with college students professionally, so she joined the staff of Campus Outreach Greenville in 2007. After working for Campus Outreach Greenville for five years in various roles, she moved to Washington, D.C., to become resource director, where she oversees the business operations of the organization, which range from finances to human resources to event planning. Rogers was part of the executive planning team for the Campus Outreach National Conference in 2011, where 4,000 college students and guests in Chattanooga, Tennessee, required 11 different hotels. “We were able to register 3,900 attendees in three hours at nine registration sites for 11 hotels,” she says.
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B. Clark Campbell is passionate about connecting people to solutions. He recently launched the BenjaminClark Productions startup, which exists to leverage social media for maximum brand impact during conferences and events. He co-founded SocialEcclesia, a micro-conference, in the fall of 2013, which is a training event where he says his “strengths in digital communications collide with his experience in event production.” Campbell also served as the digital communications manager for Run Now Relay, a seven-day, 1,075-mile, 26-runner relay from Tennessee to Boston. Campbell studied church music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he still lives with his wife, Kristen, and 3-year-old daughter, Emma Claire.
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Garrett Perkins was born in Oklahoma City, but spent the majority of his childhood near San Francisco. From an early age, Perkins’ love for sports and desire to be around people were evident. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he met his wife, Emmy Jo. While in college, he and three friends founded a nonprofit organization, Zeta Zigga Zamma, to serve as an alternative to fraternities. It hosted events with upwards of 2,800 people and proceeds supported a homeless organization in the area. Perkins was offered a full-time position at Kanakuk Kamps’ parachurch ministry, K-Life, during his senior year and continued working with the chapter upon graduation. His chapter in Waco was named Chapter of the Year out of 27 others around the nation during his second year. Perkins now lives in Branson, Missouri, with his wife and daughter, Hadley Jo. He currently serves as director of KampOut! With Kanakuk.
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Janice Roberson is a growth strategist for Christian leaders and the author of “Expand Your Reach Without Emptying Your Pockets.” A corporate career woman turned CEO, Roberson combines her passion for ministry with her background in marketing and public relations to offer the Christian community a strategic approach to ministry growth and expansion. In her various roles as an author, speaker, trainer, coach and mentor, Roberson helps leaders grow their organizations. In 2006, she spearheaded an international campaign that brought together 100,000 people from 26 countries to virtually participate in a worship encounter, the Azusa Centennial Celebration, taking place throughout five venues in Los Angeles. And in 2011, she created the trademarked 10-Step Expansion-in-Action System to help leaders increase productivity.
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Jason Cocomise learned that he loved working with people during his first two jobs: first, working for his father at his family ice cube manufacturing business in Chicago, and second, instructing youth sports at a YMCA. After graduating in 2006 from Herbert W. Armstrong College, a private liberal arts college in Edmond, Oklahoma, he was hired to work in the conference planning department at Philadelphia Church of God in the same town. Today, he’s responsible for planning five annual nine-day regional conferences for 3,000 attendees as national convention manager. He’s married with three children.
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At 22, Becky Bickerton was in graduate school pursuing a degree in German linguistics. “I knew then that I loved to travel and I loved people. I had no idea that careers in tourism even existed,” she says. “I stumbled on my career in tourism by luck, and I never looked back.” Today, Bickerton serves as the director of sales and marketing at Visit Frederick, the destination marketing organization for Frederick County, Maryland, where she promotes the county to various travel markets, including leisure travelers, meetings and conferences, faith-based travelers and sports groups. “A few years ago, I made a leap from working for a tour operator arranging overseas tours for choirs and performance groups to working for a destination marketing organization,” she says. “Having been on both sides of the tourism industry, I feel that the knowledge and skills I have gained allow me to be of great service to all of our visitors.” In 2012, she received a Tourism Ambassador award from the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.
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Growing up in south Georgia, Luke Niday learned quickly that he wanted his life to count. In high school, he was valedictorian, captain of the swim team, tennis team and football team, but he says his main focus in college became advancing God’s Kingdom. This led to his position on the Campus Outreach staff in Augusta, Georgia, where he’s now a global resource director. “I’ve been an integral part of planning and leading 15 large group conferences for thousands of college students and Campus Outreach staff, and I’ve played a large role in developing a strategy for recruiting and equipping students to be mobilized overseas and sent to different regions while maintaining a strong and local hiring pipeline,” he says. It was in Augusta that he met his wife, Tina. The couple has two daughters, Mary Davis and Emilee. Niday’s part-time job is playing the role of Prince Daddy in their princess castle.
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As CEO at Emerge, Latricia Chisholm helps people as a life strategist and motivator by providing support and insight for those seeking personal transformation. She predominantly works with community leaders, corporations and faith-based organizations. Throughout her career, she has helped organize regional women’s conferences and retreats, national conventions, leadership training and summits, the Annual First Lady of Virtue and Power Symposium, and other events. “She has helped thousands of people,” says Bertha Brinson, administrator at Covenant of Grace Ministries, who nominated Chisholm. Brinson also points out that Chisholm was appointed the youngest Erie County director of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2006. She also serves as an American Heart Association ambassador and has racked up a number of awards including Key Bank Contributor to the Community, YWCA Leadership Award and Canisius College Leadership Award.
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