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GUEST SPEAKERS

Don Simmons
  • Author of “The Steward Investor – Investing God’s Resources for Eternal Impact”
  • Founder & CEO of Simmons Capital Group
  • Founder & CEO of Steward Advisor Group
  • Certified Financial Planner Professional for over 35 years
Krystal Parker
  • President of the U.S. Christian Chamber of Commerce
  • Best-selling author and professor
  • Former Executive for a Fortune 200 oil and gas company
Bob Pruitt
  • Director of Corporate Affairs, Senior Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
  • ADF is the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom and free speech
  • Learn how to protect your constitutional rights of faith and Business as Mission (BAM) at work, in your startup, or with your investments
Mark Whitacre
  • “Should you really invest in BAM (business as mission) companies?”
  • VP Culture and Care at Coca-Cola Consolidated, a BAM which has grown from a stock price of $100 to over $900 over the last 10 years
  • Coca-Cola Consolidated is a faith-friendly, purpose driven, publicly traded (NASDAQ) company with an official purpose statement: “To honor God in all we do, by serving others, pursuing excellence, and growing profitably”
Patrick Lai
  • Slave of Jesus Christ
  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Colorado Christian University
  • President at Amplimax (23 years)
  • Founder of The OPEN Network (23 years)
Tim Abels
  • Co-Founder, Lion’s Den Tampa
  • Co-chaired Dell patent committee for 7 years, filing over 100 patents
  • Startups resulting in two IPOs, 3rd sold to Sprint, initial Microsoft Visual Studio, 5 divisions at Dell, Intel Capital cloud startup in 2021, and international Christian non-profits
  • Evaluated over 600 startups for Intel Capital, Austin Ventures, and Dell Ventures, including VMware investment and later acquisitions

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10-40 Pitch Event Speakers:  Feb 15

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