Lt. Col. William H. Blanton enlisted
in the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and served almost twenty-three years until his
retirement from the US Air Force. He flew more than 485 combat missions during
the Korean War and has earned numerous decorations for valor in combat. These
include a Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal, the United
Nations Service Medal and innumerable Battle Stars. He is presently retired but
works diligently as a Sunday School teacher of the ET Parham class of the First
Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina.
George Tsegeletos was raised in the
San Francisco Bay area and began his SCUBA diving in 1954, organizing several
clubs. Practice invariably occurred every Sunday afternoon and the underwater
experience became a second home to Mr. Tsegeletos. He eventually learned how to
film underwater and has written extensively of his experiences with sharks,
thorny oysters, and blue crabs. With his handy spearfish gun, Mr. Tsegeletos has
put his curiosity and bravery to use innumerable times. Still diving to this
day, he has been in waters that have been considered extremely treacherous,
battling killer fish, manta rays, and an array of underwater "monsters." His
talk will hold you absolutely spellbound.
Rob McCarter is the founder of Life
Enhancements, a consulting firm in Belmont, North Carolina. His humor, deep
knowledge of success principles, and his success as a business trainer with
management personnel have made him one of the most popular motivational speakers
in the nation. As author of numerous articles on business success and "personal"
success, Mr. McCarter has helped thousands of people learn the essential life
skills while simultaneously challenging them to maximize their potential.
Drama and the Arts
Dr. Floyd Sandle has achieved an
academic and professional stature in the performing arts that is truly the envy
of his peers. An intense, dedicated and focused individual, Dr. Sandle almost
single-handedly organized a grassroots drama department at what is now Grambling
State University. This department, begun on a shoestring budget, was eventually
embraced by the entire Southern Association of Dramatic Speech Arts (SADSA) as
well as the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA). He has
spoken to drama clubs and departments in many universities as well as traveled
extensively with an array of students performing traditional plays throughout
Dr. Don Doyle is the director of the
Doyle Family Counseling Center. His organization is directly responsible for
helping families to adjust to the numerous changes in our society from the
sudden death of a family member to families with difficult children. Dr. Doyle
understands that change in our society will be an endless, ongoing fact of life.
But how we manage these changes, and abrupt problems that ensue, will mark the
difference between our being successful or failing.
Col. William A. Costabile spent 30
years in the US Army, specializing in ordinance. He worked at bases in India and
the Canal Zone as well as several facilities in the United States including four
years at the Pentagon. During the Vietnam War, he was project manager for Bombs
and Explosives. He received the Distinguished Service medal and was inducted
into the Ordinance Hall of Fame. Colonel Costabile asserts the nation is under a
serious hazard by reducing the amount of ammunition storage capacity. He
believes we are being foolhardy and myopic. Colonel Costabile has an important
message to deliver to all Americans.
Shmuel Shoshani has enjoyed a
remarkable career laced with danger, intrigue and a persistent passion for art
and writing. Shoshani has been an author, teacher, banker, lecturer, and
soldier. Born in Jerusalem and emigrated to Iran, Shoshani was a member of the
Hagganah, the main Jewish Defense Force in what was then known as Palestine. In
World War II, he offered his services to the British Royal Air Force and was
honorably discharged in the mid-1960s. He was eventually sent to Teheran to
assist in immigration and education and was fortunate to leave Iran in 1976.
Today, Shoshani is an American citizen with a successful business. His main
expertise is the Baal-Koreh, the precise reading of and interpretation of the