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Jim Collins
Best-Selling Author of Good to Great and Lecturer on the Subject of Company Sustainability and Growth

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick. Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide.

They include: GOOD TO GREAT, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work GOOD TO GREAT AND THE SOCIAL SECTORS; the enduring classic BUILT TO LAST, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; HOW THE MIGHTY FALL, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and most recently, GREAT BY CHOICE, which is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don't – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven non-profits.

In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is an avid rock climber, with one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

Joe Theismann
Former NFL Quarterback, Sports Commentator, Corporate Speaker & Restaurateur 

Joe Theismann is one of the greatest Quarterbacks to have ever played the game. Joe attended the University of Notre Dame where he received All-American honors and was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1971.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Joe played in 163 consecutive games and holds several Washington Redskin team records including career passing yards and completions. Joe’s success on the field led him to being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1983. Joe also led the Redskins to two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, including a Super Bowl XVII victory.

Most recently, Joe has spent the last decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast, including spending time as a broadcaster for Monday Night Football. Currently, Joe works for the NFL Network doing their show called Playbook. Community Outreach: Joe Theismann takes pride in giving back to the community.

Joe has been heavily involved in helping the health and welfare of children. In fact, his generosity and selflessness led him to be named the NFL Man of the Year in 1982 based on his dedication to support the community.

Interests: Business, Sports, Broadcasting & Motivational Speaking

  • Super Bowl Champion
  • 2x NFL MVP
  • Pro Bowl MVP
  • 2x Pro Bowler
  • AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year




David Barr

PMTD Restaurants, LLC

Robert Branca, Jr.

Branded Management Group, Branded Realty Group

Robert D. Chase

Response Marketing

Greg Cutchall

President & CEO
Cutchall Management

Sean Falk

WolFTeaM LLC, Nachogang LLC

Rocco Fiorentino

President & CEO
Benetrends Financial

Mara Fortin

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Gary Grace

GG Enterprises

David Grimaud

Grimaud Enterprises Inc.

Maureen Grimaud

Grimaud Enterprises Inc.

William G. Hall

Treats Investments

Aziz Hashim

President & CEO
NRD Holdings, LLC

John Hotchkiss

L&M Restaurant Group

Michael Knobelock

MSK Enterprises

Michael Kulp

President & CEO
KBP Foods

Tony Lutfi

President & CEO
Marlu Investment Group

John Metz

RREMC Restaurants, LLC

David Ostrowe

O&M Restaurant Group

Guillermo Perales

President & CEO
Sun Holdings Inc.

Gary Robins

G&C Robins Co.

Cheryl Robinson

Sapphire Ventures Inc.

Grant Simon

LSGF Management

Chas Smithgall

Chairman & CEO
SEI/Aaron's, Inc.

Lloyd Sugarman

Johnny Rockets, The Sugar Factory,

Jeffrey Tews

Multi-Unit Franchisee
BrightStar Care

Ted Torres

President & CEO
Caerus Hospitality

Ricky Warman

Pizzerias, LLC

Eric Werner

President & CEO
Texas Subs, DFW Tanning, Benchmark Burgers

Anil Yadav

JIB Management, Inc.

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