Meet the Contributors

This is a team of contributors who want to see a major impact on young people.

Eric Pulier

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Eric Pulier is an American entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, California. He is an entrepreneur, technologist, published author, columnist, public speaker, philanthropist, and founder of over fifteen companies, Pulier has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for ventures he has founded or co-founded.

Shannon Ashford

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Shannon is passionate about helping young people find their purpose while in college. She works as the Student Coordinator at CSUN office of Student Involvement and Development directing students through career services and guiding them along their path to define and finish their major.

Rick Shirmir

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Rick is a pioneer of viral and influencer marketing. He began his career at Disney/Pixar in their Corporate Alliance, Brand Strategy and Motion Picture Marketing groups. He left Disney to launch over 200 campaigns and viral brand programs, in over 12 countries, for other entertainment brands like: Universal Pictures, LionsGate, NBC, ABC, and consumer brands like: Chick-fil-A, Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola and more.

Rick completed his masters studies at Oxford University (Global Enterprise Management) and Pepperdine University (MBA).

Tony Dunn

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Tony has extensive international travel experience and is leading some of the largest and most dynamic community movements around the world and been an advisor and oversight to these communities and churches. He leads a church in Corona, California and is an avidly sought after speaker and high capacity and influence coach.

Alex Capecelatro

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Alex is deeply passionate about the intersection of design and technology. His interests span IoT, user experience design, machine learning, neural nets, artificial intelligence, automation, consumer products, and pushing the boundary on what's possible. He has also worked on nanotechnology and bioengineering projects for the Naval Research Lab, Harvard University, Sandia National Lab, NASA, and UCLA, Alex consulted for the X Prize Foundation and Aerogel Technologies.

Rachel McCord

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She is the founder of The McCord List of Fabulous Ish, a fashion and lifestyle blog. Rachel has a large social following and community and The McCord List community consists of some of the most influential women in media and has a collective reach of 1,000,000,000 people. She's been recogniszed by US Weekly, InTouch, OK, L.A. Confidential, Extra, Glamour, ABC News, UK Vogue, Hollyscoop, Perez Hilton, Forbes, DailyMail and CNN for her work, and regularly speaks to young people in at-risk camps and shelters.

Alyssa Garcia

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Alyssa is a digital and social media marketing and strategy professional with more than 12+ years experience in new media, content creation, campaign planning and product development. She is currently working at Facebook in Music Business Development and Partnerships and has held previous leadership roles at Disney, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

Katrina Gorospe

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Katrina is a passionate young women that is actively involved in community service, leading those younger than her and learning her path in life. She is excited to share Purpose and the knowledge she has gained in her journey.

Lior Elazary

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Lior is the pioneer of inVia Robotics. He has more than twenty years of leadership and business experience, Lior has directed and guided teams developing everything from back-office systems to the core technologies of the business. As a serial entrepreneur, Lior has completed several large successful exits, including HostPro (now Web.com).

Chad Billmyer

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Chad Billmyer co-founded Panjo, a marketplace catering to the needs of auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts. Tapatalk acquired Panjo in August 2017. He also led the interactive marketing arm of Petersons.com. He oversaw sales, Solution Selling training, product development, customer support, marketing, and strategic planning for Petersons.com and StudentEdge.com, education planning Web sites with an annual audience of over 6MM uniques.

Rachel Arma

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Rachel is a dynamic leader and speaker that leads an outreach center that connects with drug addicts, people on the streets and those that are hopeless and broken and restores them through a program with a team of trained leaders passionate about restoring others to a new life.

Pamela Farris

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Pamela has over two decades of experience within the public education system within America. She has worked her way to the top and is now a Chief Academic Officer and leader for Cornerstone Education Group that services the second largest population of Detroit students outside of the DPS. She is a thought leader, analyst and serves on many boards bringing change and growth to schools and students everywhere.

Jared Davis

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Jared is the principal at a local Detroit thriving High School and has worked in the education field for over a decade. He is experienced yet ambitious and optimistic. He is an educational professional seeking to be the change that will thrust public education into the global forefront.

Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey

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Cassandra was a former marketing consultant and fashion entrepreneur, launched her beauty business, Violet Grey and now today it includes a gorgeous online magazine called The Violet Files (think: high glamour muses of yesterday and today), super-curated e-commerce site (Tom Ford, Nars, La Prairie) and beautiful boutique (on Melrose Place, natch).

Rhoda Nazanin

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Rhoda is a passionate and energetic media director. She has founded her own media company and learned all the Adobe Suite products on her own while building the media company, procuring customers, submitting invoices and leading her life. She now works on staff as a media director and is focused on growing brands.

Mikaiella Jones

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Mikaiella as a child always had the passion to create. she's been fortunate enough to experience different ways of creativity through photography, dance and art. She's been dedicated to her photography career 5 years and shot many models and figures.

Danniebelle Cagas

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Danniebelle has organized curriculum, youth camps, events, developed leaders, and ran all communications within and outside organizational settings. She is passionate about helping young people find Purpose and has a background teaching music. She lives in California with her beautiful family.

Amanda Latifi

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Amanda is a integrated marketer with a passion for entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle consumer brands and initiatives. She has a depth of knowledge in content marketing, experiential marketing and digital and social strategies. She enjoys tech life and startups and has worked extensively with some of the most powerful and popular brands and figures.

Bryan Kocol

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Bryan is the founder of many different ventures and the technical Co-Founder of a startup helping individuals choose the best healthcare plan. Passionate about technology and Agile software development. Proven track record of creating an environment that yields happiness and success.

Sameer Mizra

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Sameer is a leading developer for Fox Network Group. He is experienced with: Software Architecture, Web Application Development, Desktop Application Development, Mobile Application Development, Technical Specification Writing, Team Management.

Kade Green

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Kade is passionate about technology and the power of development. He develops, maintains, and troubleshoots multiple backend API's that support a wide array of OOT and Video Streaming Apps or Technologies. Works with multiple developers from around the world along with Product Teams / Managers to deliver application services and needs.

Gary Budzinski

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Gary has founded and led as the president or top 5 in many internationally known and global companies. He is an accomplished senior executive with broad financial accountability in multiple technologies: business process, software development and technology outsourcing, next-generation cloud-based solutions, support and consulting. With experience in over 100+ countries and cultures Gary has led billion dollar fortune 25 companies through restructure and expansive growth while managing 100,000s of employees.

Ian Wagner

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Ian is a top sales performer and leader. At DBA Worldwide, Ian was brought on to liaison between the Santa Monica and Detroit offices and also build a New Business Development team and process. Ian also gained experience in the advertising industry serving in both Project Management and Account Executive roles along the way. In his current role with ADP, Ian consults with C-Levels as well as HR Directors of companies with employee counts ranging from 150-999 employees to strategically improve their bottom line while also improving company culture.

Elijah Thomas

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Elijah has extensive experience in working at multiple international boarders, he was oversees during the Iraq war as a soldier and now a police officer in Michigan.

Lela Dennis

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Lela possesses more than 20 years’ experience in organizational management in various industries (healthcare, education, banking, payroll and telecommunications) including team building, organizational design and effectiveness, management development, leadership, organizational and group dynamics, motivation theory, and strategies and business planning. Maintains extensive consultative skills in providing guidance in talent selection, measurements, evaluation, and change management.

Jesse Budzinski

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Jesse has been a top performer and sales leader in some of the largest enterprise solution companies in the world. He has managed complex enterprise solutions to improve and transform business performance. He has formulated and implemented goals and corporate strategies for Fortune 100 companies, and provided independent advice to clients under management guidance. Jesse has experience in multiple industries, including technology, manufacturing, consumer, and financial.

Rich Beckman

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Rich Beckman grew GEDC from 21 dental centers in three states to over 260 in 10 states, from $10,000,000 in revenue to $350,000,000. They have 150,000 unique patient visits each month and it’s their six year as an Inc. 5,000 company. Formerly the CFO and then president of Credit Acceptance Corporation, he and his team grew the portfolio from $12,000,000 to over $1,000,000,000, they went public and now are in excess of 3,500,000,000. He is relentless and lives his life from ``Irrational Persistence.``

Juan Carlos Arzola

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Juan is an entrepreneur, investor, CEO and founder. His passion is to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders from all types of businesses improve the quality of their lives, accomplish their goals and grow their profits. He is an author and has been trained by John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Dave Ramsey and more. He lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his two sons and was born in Peru.

Charles Botchway

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Charles has worked and lived around the world in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has 20 years of experience in the investment banking industry. His firm has won many awards and served their clients well for years. He has extensive life experience and here to inspire.

Frank Casale

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Frank is passionate about Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the world. He is a well known industry trendsetter and founder of the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and the Outsourcing Institute, a global community and marketplace of more than 70,000 members, including leading practitioners, service providers, advisors, thought leaders, industry observers, analysts and media. He has 23 years of industry experience and has authored numerous articles and serves as a regular commentator on Artificial Intelligence for the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE Magazine and The New York Times.

Dr. Sujit Choudhry

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The first person of Indian origin to be named dean of a top US law school. Sujit also is a notable lawyer, educator, and author who graduated from McGill Unviersity, University of Oxford, Toronto and Harvard Law School. He has numerous awards including his position as I. Heyman Professor UC Berkeley School of Law and has published over 90 articles, book chapters, working papers and reports.

Professor Mark Colgate

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Mark is an expert on employee coaching techniques, and the author of 8 Moments of Power in Coaching: How to Design and Deliver High-Performance Feedback to All Employees He's a professor and Assistant Dean at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Canada, he’s known as many students’ favorite professor. He’s taught around the world, including in China, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. He has received two university-wide Teaching Excellence awards and has been featured in the Times Colonist, CTV News, and Globe and Mail.

DG Elmore

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DG has maneuvered and managed the team responsible for the annual budget of $100,000,000 for the nonprofit The Navigators. He has companies that span across travel, software, manufacturing, food, technology, medical, professional sports and staffing industries. The Elmore Companies has invested $30 million and raised over $15 million in capital for their mergers and acquisitions. He holds his accounting degree, law degree and an MBA.

Ryan Emmons

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Ryan grew up traveling between Cali and the island of Hawaii. At 22 years old he created a company called Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water and it quickly became one of the most awarded and fastest-growing premium beverages in the United States. Waiakea Water went from 2,304 cases to 122,400 cases sold annually over the first three years—a 4,000% growth He's been featured by Forbes, Environmental Leader, Fortune, Foodnavigator and Good Morning America for his innovation and he's been named top 10 most disruptive leaders in his industry by Beverage World Magazine.

Katie Ferrell

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katie has packaged, customized and created over 800+ healthy recipes and 50+ workouts to inspire others to lead a healthy life through dashingdish.com’s online subscription platform. 1,000s have joined her community to capture all of life’s opportunity. Her social platforms are in the 100s of thousands and she is a saught after speaking and the author of several books.

Jilliene Helman

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Jilliene is an entrepreneur, connector, speaker and leader. She was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30.” Her company is a leader in real estate crowdfunding and is changing the way individual investors invest in commercial real estate. To date, RealtyMogul investors have invested over $240 million in 240+ properties, and our guest has been featured in several top-tier publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and New York Times. They have 60 well-trained team members and she lives in Los Angeles, California.

Aaron Hurst

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Aaron is a globally recognized social entrepreneur. He is a national bestselling author of The Purpose Economy and the CEO of Imperative and the founder of the Taproot Foundation, which facilitates and has created $15 billion in pro bono service. He’s a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands, and write for many publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, and the Huffington Post. He's a LinkedIn Influence with over 125k followers and resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Cara, and their two children.

Mark Hutchinson

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Mark is a social venture with a goal of securing green belts around the world. WildArk’s ultimate mission is to reconnect people with nature, and to help protect the world’s wild places. Through WildArk, our guest aims to ensure that he leaves the world in a better natural state for his kids and future generations. He is a native Australian and lives in South Africa with his four children and wife, Sophie, the cofounder of WildArk.

Richard Klein

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Richard graduated from Michigan State University and was the former President and CEO of TIP Interactive. TIP Interactive created web enabled solutions for company training and performance for managers and sales people. He later sold the business after 10 years of success. Then coming on board Accretive Solutions a firm near $100 million in yearly revenue, Richard works with and councils senior executives and fortune 500 companies on strategic communications, development of curriculum for global training and sales and marketing.

Alan Knitowski

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Alan was raised in a trailer park, he paid his own way through college and served in the US Army He sold his former company Vovida Networks, to Cisco Systems for a nine-digit price in 20 months. He is now the CEO and Co-Founder of Phunware, a multiscreen cloud platform that mobilizes brands and helps them to engage, manage and monetize their application audiences. They have more than 700 million monthly active users and more than 200 employees worldwide. He's founded, built and monetized 6 private companies. He is the father of 4 lives in Austin, Texas.

Seth Maxwell

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Forbes has named Seth one of the 30 under 30 and he is the CEO of the worlds largest youth water organization. They've raised an astounding $10 million dollars for clean water and educated over 300,000 students in 320 schools on the water crisis. In just 7 years 280,000 people now have safe drinking water through their 1,800 water projects in 13 countries. He has incredible celebrity involvement from movie stars to Mega Youtube Stars like Jennifer Garner, Conner Franta, Audrina Partridge, Willow Shields, Ansel Algort and many many more!

Dr. Ivan Misner

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Ivan is the leading expert in business networking and referral marketing. He's the founder of BNI with over 194,000 members, 7,300 chapters in 65 countries. BNI has generated 7.3 billion referrals resulting in $9,300,000,000 worth of business for its members. He's authored 20 books and is a New York Times Best Author.

Ryan O'Donnell

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Ryan's company has the capacity of connecting companies with more than 10,000,000 prospects. With over 1,000 users and five employees, he and his cofounder have brought in over $1,000,000 in revenue. Customers include Oracle, Yesware, Facebook, HubSpot and Salesforce. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors in Marketing. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his beautiful wife and children.

Bill Orender

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Bill's been building people for over 42 years. Since he took the jump out of the corporate world he since has built a team of 200 brokers where his payroll is $30,000,000 every year. His team has $4,000,000,000 in assets under management in invested mutual funds and has paid out $1,000,000,000 to beneficiaries in death claims. He has a team of over 4,000 licensed reps and $50 billion in life insurance enforce. He joined Primerica after time and time again being let down by the corporate dream. He later published a book and the company distributed over 1,000,000 copies.

Dan Pontefract

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Dan has led Telus as an organizational culture change firm with $13 billion in revenue. Formerly the Head of Learning and Collaboration at TELUS, he was responsible for the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 43,000+ TELUS team members, which skyrocketed employee engagement from 53% to 87%. He’s an author, and has published two books: The Purpose Effect and Flat Army. He also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and the Huffington Post. He’s appeared on the covers of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and has spoken in countless keynotes and presentations, including three TEDx Talks. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his wife Denise and their three kids.

Dr. Rod Rohrich

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Dr. Rohrich has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in America. He’s appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Good Morning America, CNN and many others, and has been featured in countless publications including News week and the New York Times. He's performed surgery for more than 30 years and is recognized as the Best Doctors in America and is the former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Malini Saba

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Born in Malaysia, and growing up in Australia in a middle class household, she moved to the US at age 19 with only $200 in her pocket. Today she is the head of Saban Group of industries. Her investment career began as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist during the 90s with experience investing in more than 20 technology companies, including Sycamore Networks Inc., Paypal, and Netscreen Technologies. Our guest is a passionate giver, pledging $10 million to tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka, and donating $1 million to help start the world’s first Heart Research Center for South Asians.

Danny Silk

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Danny is an expert and legend in the art of love, connection, honor and relationships. His Facebook page has reached over 7,000,000 people organically. He’s the president and founder of Loving On Purpose and Life Academy. 5,000 individuals tuning into his podcast per episode on top of his cult like following of over 354,000 people on social media. He's been married for over 30 years to Sheri and they have three beautiful children.

Susan Pierce Thompson

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Susan got caught in drugs and alcohol in high school and dropped out. She got clean at age 20, and has been 100% clean for 20 years. However, after getting sober, she gained back all of the weight she lost in her teens. She then earned her PhD. She developed the Bright Line Eating community, and started an email list that became wildly popular—in less than 2 years, she had 400,000 email subscribers. Today, Bright Line Eating boasts 226,000 program subscribers, 4,000 boot campers, and 133,000 pounds lost across 63 countries. She is also President of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters with her husband, David.

Dee Ann Turner

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Dee Ann is the Vice President of Enterprise Social Responsibility of Chick-fil-A, and an acclaimed author and speaker. She’s been recognized on Fox & Friends, Forbes, TwoTen Magazine, Huffington Post Business, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Fortune.com, and more. She and her husband, have been married over 30 years and live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three adult sons.

Tony Wagner

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Tony is a widely published author who has written many articles and six books, including one international bestseller. Previously a high school teacher for 12 years and a university professor in teaching education, he was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. He's the founder of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School and a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation developing their original business plans and strategies. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and loves seeing educational evolve.

Linford Weaver

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Linford is one of the majority owners and vice president at Shady Maple Companies which includes a grocery store, restaurants, an RV dealership, Houston Run Development, and Weaver Realty Investment Properties all across Pennsylvania. With 30 years experience growing his business, he now leads 800 employees. Shady Maple Smorgasbord the restaurant is clocking in with 124,811 Facebook likes with over 17,000 reviews. It’s the number 1 restaurant in Lancaster and can serve 1,900 people at a single time. They have given over 92,000 free birthday meals, served 1.4 million meals and sold two million doughnuts in just one year. He is living with his wife and family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

George Wells

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Formerly a mechanical engineer for Chrysler, George is now transforming the way the financial industry does business. Black Oak Capital is his investment firm that only charges fees when their clients make money. ShiftMethods is a revolutionary financial professional training course platform and Legacy of America is a independent financial advisory firm that grows through referrals only. He has been seen on Fox Business, Crain's, Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, Detroit's Premier Business Journal, NPR, CNBC and ABC 7 WXYZ Detroit and many more.

Gary Zimmerman

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Gary's dealership does $50,000,000 per year. They sell on average about 250 units a month. Twin Pine was voted the number one independent car dealership in Dealer Magazine, and was even named a “Best of the Best” company. They've been making customers happy since 1955 and have a great reputation as a family-owned business. Our guest is also very charitable and so far they have donated considerable money through his foundation. He’s also involved in agriculture contracting, and invests in housing for chickens, currently co-owning over a quarter million birds that he places into chicken farm houses. He and his wife have four amazing boys living in Lancaster Pensalyania.