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Brandy is an American R&B and pop recording artist, songwriter, producer, model, actress, and dancer. She is on her sixth studio album titled Two Eleven that released Tuesday October 16th. View Guest page
Director: PATH Medical, New York, NY PATH Foundation NY, a non-profit research organization, pro-bono Collaboration with Board Physicians of Weill Cornell Medical College and faculty of NYU School of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, and McKnightBrain Institute Faculty Appointments: Weill Cornell Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery Publications: Author of 130 papers in peer reviewed journals including JAMA, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature, and American Scientist Author of 3 best-selling books: Younger You, The Edge Effect, Younger (Thinner) You Charitable Work: Children Incorporated assisting the disadvantaged in United States and internationally Sponsor, West Point cadet doing community service in China Speaking Engagements: Host, Weekly Medical Radio Show “Total Health”, 1990-ongoing Clark Randt Annual Memorial Lecture, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2008-ongoing Grand Rounds, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1995 Los Alamos National Laboratories on Radiation, 1996 Brookhaven National Laboratories on Neurocognitive Function, 2001 Clinical Chairman: Molecular Psychiatry Conference on Reward Deficiency Syndrome with Scientific Chairman Nora Volkow, MD, the current National Institute of Drug Abuse director, 2000 EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society 4th Annual Conference, 2002 Research: Brain performance and nutrition studies, Princeton Brain Bio Center, 1976-1986 Established breakthroughs in adult attention deficit disorder Taught brain health and testing with Joe Maroon, MD, theNFL's concussion specialist Current studies: Principal investigator with NYU on a study demonstrating the failure of BMI and the superiority of the DEXA scan and the value of leptin blood levels in measuring fitness and obesity Ongoing study with Weill Cornell Medical College utilizing the PATH Medical brain health checkup to identify cognitive declines after surgery Memberships: Fellow, American College of Nutrition Editorial Board, numerous journals Diplomat, Quantitative EEG Board Residency: Greenwich Hospital Association, Yale Medical School Affiliate (1983-84) Medical School: NYU School of Medicine, Honors in Physiology (1983) College: Brandeis University, High Honors in General Science, Summa Cum Laude (1979) View Guest page
Margaret E. Buchanan
Margaret E. Buchanan is the president and publisher of Enquirer Media and vice president of the Gannett Interstate Group. Owned by the Gannett Co., Inc., Enquirer Media is a multimedia provider with more than 50 distinct local print and online news and information brands including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Kentucky Enquirer, Community Press and Recorder weekly newspapers and the Cincinnati.com network. When Margaret assumed the role of president and publisher in May 2003, she became the first woman to hold this position since the founding of The Enquirer in 1841. After working in sales positions with IBM and Cincinnati Bell, Margaret began her newspaper career in 1986 as a general executive for The Enquirer. From 1987-1996, she held the positions of advertising director and marketing director at the Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Illinois. In March of 1996, she became the president and publisher of The Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York and held that position until 1999. And prior to being named the president and publisher of Enquirer Media, Margaret held the same title at The Idaho Statesman in Bose, Idaho. She was also the vice president of the Pacific Newspaper Group. Margaret serves on numerous Greater Cincinnati boards including the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Committee, the Cincinnati City Development Corporation (3CDC), the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and UC Health. She was the first woman to chair the Fine Arts Fund community-wide campaign in 2007. Additionally, she is an Ohio Newspaper Association officer. View Guest page
Travaris Cadet is an NFL RB/WR/KR for the New Orleans Saints who was signed in 2012. He grew up in Miami, FL and graduated from Appalachian State with a major in Criminal Justice. View Guest page
Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her 30+-year career, her ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mexico and the Middle East. The company extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world at bearville.com®. In 2011 Build-A-Bear Workshop was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the third year in a row. Maxine’s first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart” was published in 2006. View Guest page
Cris Collinsworth, a 12-time Emmy Award-winner, will serve as game analyst for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Collinsworth was named game analyst for Sunday Night Football starting with the 2009 season when he replaced John Madden and has won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Analyst in each of his first two seasons on SNF. Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in sports television, served as a studio analyst and co-host of Football Night in America studio show from 2006-2008 and co- hosted Super Bowl XLIII’s Pregame Show. Collinsworth, who was first part of the NBC Sports family from 1990-96, has won a record nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst in addition to the three he has received for Outstanding Sports Game Analyst, two for Sunday Night Football and one for NFL Network in 2008. He won his first Emmy Award in 1997 for his work on the NFL on NBC studio show. Collinsworth, known for his candid and insightful analysis, has received consistent critical acclaim throughout his broadcast career. In 1990, Collinsworth joined NBC Sports as a game analyst for the network's NFL coverage and select college football broadcasts, highlighted by the 1994 Fiesta Bowl and the 1995 Orange Bowl national championship game between Nebraska and Miami. Collinsworth was assigned to the NFL on NBC pregame show in 1996, where he provided analysis that led to his first Emmy Award in 1997. While at NBC, Collinsworth proved his versatility and received critical praise while working as a reporter for track and field at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Upon completion of an eight-year NFL career as a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals (1981-88), Collinsworth moved smoothly into broadcasting as a reporter for HBO's Inside the NFL in 1989. The following season he graduated to the show's studio cast. He now co-hosts the show on Showtime with Phil Simms, James Brown and Warren Sapp. A three-time Pro Bowl selection during his NFL career, Collinsworth had four 1,000-yard seasons, played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII and ranks first on the Bengals all-time career receptions list. The Bengals selected him in the second round of the 1981 draft out of the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. An All- America and Academic All-America, Collinsworth was inducted into the Academic All- America Hall of Fame in 2001. He later returned to school at the University of Cincinnati Law School, completing his law degree in 1991. Born January 27, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio, Collinsworth was raised in Titusville, Fla. He now resides in Kentucky with his wife Holly and their four children. View Guest page
Bob Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979. He has covered nearly every major sport, though he is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball. He has anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the last five summer Olympics – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney, Australia, 2000, Athens, Greece, 2004, and Beijing, China, 2008. He also hosted the winter games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino, Italy 2006, and Vancouver Canada 2010. He is scheduled to host 2012 London Summer Games. View Guest page
A National Geographic "Emerging Explorer, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau, Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the often the weighty issues of policy, politics and action. Alexandra is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. View Guest page
Will Cross is a world class mountain climber who has ascended the highest peaks on all seven continents and has walked the North and South pole. He travels across the globe as a motivational speaker. View Guest page
John Davis, Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, who was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as Hollywood’s most prolific producer has been a producer on more than 88 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $4 billion worldwide. The Company, established in 1985, has enjoyed a long-standing first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox, but produces projects for all studios and mini-majors. Davis has produced an impressive slate of hit motion pictures in all genres, but with notable successes in two of the most profitable film genres – action-adventure-thrillers, and family films. Some of the Company’s action-adventure-thrillers include the sci-fi hit I, Robot starring Will Smith; the blockbuster The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; Courage Under Fire, starring Denzel Washington; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman; Predator 2; Flight of the Phoenix, starring DennisQuaid, the John Woo action film, Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount; and Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two classic creatures, among many others. Davis’s family films include the upcoming Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Norbit, starring Eddie Murphy (in their fourth film together) for DreamWorks/Paramount; Garfield and Garfield 2, both for Fox; the $100 million-plus hit Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care, produced with Revolution Studios; the two hugely successful Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; Fat Albert, written by Bill Cosby; Marmaduke, based on the comic strip of the same name; and the Jack Black adventure comedy, Gulliver’s Travels ($200 million worldwide). Other Davis productions include When a Stranger Calls, a remake of the 1979 horror classic, for Screen Gems, which opened in the top spot its opening week; and the MGM film Heartbreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Love Hewitt, which also opened as the #1 film in the country. A hallmark of Davis’ success is his ability to attract the industry’s most successful actors, directors, writers and other creative talent time and again to his productions. He has produced a quartet of successful films and their sequels, including the Predator, Grumpy Old Men, Dr. Dolittle, and Garfield films, which have grown into successful, multi-title franchises, making Davis well-known for his ability to brand entertainment, extending his titles beyond the theatrical applications. Davis’ career is further distinguished as his films are routinely produced for responsible budgets and thus earn domestic and international box office success. The original Garfield, for example, was produced for $42 million and earned nearly $200 million worldwide. For television, Davis Entertainment Television has produced 20 telefilms, including the NBC made-for-television movies The Jesse Ventura Story and Little Richard, as well as the ABC made-for-television movie Miracle at Midnight, starring Sam Waterston. His television department has series and made-for-television movies set up with all of the major television networks and cable broadcasters. Davis also produced Asteroid, the hit NBC mini-series, Volcano: Fire on the Mountain, for ABC; the highly-rated NBC movie of Truman Capote’s One Christmas, starring Katharine Hepburn; and the popular CBS movie This Can’t Be Love, starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn. Davis was born and raised near Denver, Colorado. His obsession with film began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood movie theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. His successful business ventures include, setting up and running successful TV Stations and Wetzel’s Pretzels, which Davis was instrumental in expanding and sold in 2007. View Guest page
Tyrese Gibson-known to his legions of fans as "Tyrese"-is an American multi-media entertainer who has been hugely successful as a multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated R&B singer, songwriter, actor, and fashion model. After releasing several award-winning albums, he transitioned into films, first with John Singleton's critically acclaimed Baby Boy, followed by some of Hollywood's biggest movies, including2 Fast 2 Furious and Fast Five, Four Brothers, and Michael Bay's three Transformers movies. Tyrese also created the bestselling comic bookMayhem and produced the television show First In. His most recent disc Open Invitation debuted at #1 on Billboard's Urban Adult Chart and spawned the hit single "Stay," which remained #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. View Guest page
Brian Goldberg is a baseball player Agent and Attorney who has represented numerous Major League Players, among them, Ken Griffey, Jr., for his entire career. Brian negotiated the first $100 million guaranteed baseball contract. View Guest page
Lucas Gould is a 6’8” Varsity High School basketball player and advocate for his project: Hoops for the Homeless to benefit veterans and homeless men. To make a donation go to: www.talberthouse.org View Guest page
Bill Hemmer is currently a co-host of Fox News Channel's (FNC) "America's Newsroom." Most recently, Hemmer was in Haiti reporting live on the devastating aftermath of the earthquake, including the rescue efforts and humanitarian aid. Previously, in November, he reported live from the army base in Fort Hood, Texas covering the ensuing investigation into the shootings. He has also provided live coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Convention. In the summer of 2008, Hemmer interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and monitored FNC's "Bill Board" during the 2008 primary season. Hemmer provided live coverage from London during the British sailors' hostage situation in Iran. In 2006, he reported live from a U.S. Marines in Camp Fallujah, Iraq, and he delivered updates on rescue efforts for miners trapped in West Virginia as well as the recovery efforts in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. For the past 10 years Hemmer was an anchor/correspondent at CNN, where he most recently co-hosted "American Morning." While there, Hemmer also anchored "CNN Live Today" and "CNN Tonight." In 2005, he reported live from Rome and Vatican City on the death of Pope John Paul II, and in 2004 he covered both the Democratic and Republican conventions and served as one of CNN's anchors on election night. In 2003, Hemmer traveled to Kuwait to report on the ongoing tensions with Iraq, and stayed on-site to cover Operation Iraqi Freedom when the war began. In 2002, he reported live from Jerusalem on the tension in the Middle East, and earlier was stationed at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Hemmer also reported live from Tallahassee during the election 2000 recount. A recipient of several awards and honors, including a 1996 Emmy Award, Hemmer began his career as a weekend sports anchor for WCPO-TV (CBS) in Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Miami University of Ohio and is a native of Cincinnati. View Guest page
Boris Kodjoe grew up in Germany with his parents Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from Ghana, West Africa. He excelled in sports and became one of the best Tennis players in Germany and one of the top juniors in the world. In 1994 Boris accepted a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. After earning his marketing degree from VCU, he was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York and became one of the most recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels. Hollywood took notice and soon Boris was featured in the Spike Lee produced feature film ‘Love and Basketball’ as well as the hit TV series ‘Soul Food’, a show that introduced him to co-star and future wife, Nicole Ari Parker, and for which he won three NAACP Award nominations. The series ran for 5 seasons and is to this day the most successful African-American TV drama in history, winning threeconsecutive NAACP awards. After starring in FOX Searchlight’s feature ‘Brown Sugar’ alongside Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah and producing and starring in the Paramount/UPN sit-com "Second Time Around", Boris was named one of People Magazine’s ’50 most beautiful people in the world’. Then came such films as Sony Screen Gem’s ‘The Gospel’, Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’, and ‘All About Us’ In April of 2008, he made his Broadway debut as ‘Brick’ in the Tennessee Williams Classic ‘Cat on a hot tin roof’. He starred alongside the legendary James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, as well as award winning actors Anika Noni Rose and Giancarlo Esposito. Later that fall, Boris starred opposite Bruce Willis in the Disney blockbuster ‘Surrogates’. In September of 2010 Sony Screen Gems’ ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ starring Boris and Milla Jovovic earned the top spot at the box office two weeks in a row and grossed over $300 million worldwide. Following Resident Evil: Afterlife, Boris starred in JJ Abrams’ one hour spy drama series ‘Undercovers’ on NBC. This fall he can be seen in Lionsgate’s ‘Nurse’ and the newest installment of the Resident Evil franchise: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’. In 2010, Boris and his brother Patrick launched WorldofAlfa.com, a clothing company offering the luxury of high quality custom-made shirts and suits at affordable prices to every man and woman in America. The unique concept redefines traditional distribution channels and has been a favoriteamongst celebrities such as Charles Barkley. In 2008 The Kodjoes established the Sophie’s Voice Foundation (www.SophiesVoiceFoundation.com) in honor of their daughter Sophie who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. SVF helps families affected by the birth defect and educates all women of childbearing age about the importance of folic acid in protecting their unborn children from this 70% preventable birth defect. SVF, in partnership with Emory University, and the Rollins School of Public Health, just announced the establishment of the Center of Spina Bifida research and prevention in Atlanta, GA. SVF’s goal is to eradicate all preventable Spina Bifida worldwide within ten years. View Guest page
Dan Lowe is a Managing Partner and one of the founding partners of RED Development, LLC. His development responsibilities include project coordination, financing, budgeting, equity structure, due diligence, governmental relations, lease review and legal aspects for each project. For RED Development, Dan has personally led the development of centers in numerous communities including Kansas City; Lincoln, Neb.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Westminster, Colo., among others. Centers under Dan’s direction include One Nineteen (166,000 sq. ft.) in Leawood, Kan.; Summit Fair (500,000 sq. ft.) in Lee’s Summit, Mo.; The Legends at Sparks Marina (1.2 million+ sq. ft.) in Sparks, Nev.; The Promenade at Chenal (300,000 sq. ft.) in Little Rock, Ark.; and Adams Dairy Landing (600,000 sq. ft.) in Blue Springs, Mo. In addition to his accomplishments at RED, Dan was one of the founding partners of RED Brokerage, which focuses on commercial real estate brokerage throughout the Midwest and shopping center development, primarily in the metro Kansas City area. Prior to his current endeavors, Dan was a senior vice president at Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. Throughout his career, Dan has personally worked with some of the nation’s top retailers including Von Maur, Costco, McDonald’s, Barnes & Noble, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Gap/Gap Kids and Bed Bath & Beyond. Professionally, Dan has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1988 and has presented at several ICSC conferences. In 2008, Dan was recognized as Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by the Block School of Business at UMKC. Dan is dedicated to the community and gives generously of both his time and money to numerous Kansas City philanthropies. Dan received his bachelor of science in political science from the University of Kansas in 1985 and completed his Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from the same institution in 1987. He has been a Certified Commercial Investment Member since 1990 and has been recognized regularly by the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors® for his outstanding performance. He resides in Prairie Village, Kan. with his wife, Peggy, and two daughters. View Guest page
Frederic H. Mayerson
Frederic H. Mayerson is the Chairman and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a diversified private equity investment company, as well as the Founder and Principal of The Frederic H. Mayerson Group. His numerous affiliations include: Director of U.S. Bank Board of Advisors, Trustee of the Mayerson Foundation, Member of The League of American Theatres and Producers, and Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center For Human Rights. Mr. Mayerson has been involved in numerous ventures that include co-founding and development of Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants and Pinons, a fine dining establishment in Aspen, CO; Chairman of Flat Out Crazy, a dual concept Pan-Asian restaurant company; Chairman of United Sports Ventures, which owned a number of minor league baseball and hockey teams that won six championships, and he has co-produced twelve Tony Award winning Broadway musicals and a Pulitzer Prize-Winning drama. Mr. Mayerson is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and practiced law in New York City. He has run the Montreal Marathon, raced as a licensed NASCAR driver, and continues to enjoy and compete in a wide range of other sporting activities. View Guest page
- Special Encore Presentation: Frederic H. Mayerson: Chairman & Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, Founder & Principal of The Frederic H. Mayerson Group
- Frederic H. Mayerson: Chairman & Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, Founder & Principal of The Frederic H. Mayerson Group, and Chairman of Flat Out Crazy Restaurant Group
Ray J Norwood
It’s been an 16 year rise to the top for singer, actor, TV presenter, entrepreneur and now reality TV star Ray J Norwood who has parlayed his daring and oftencontroversial profile into one of the most meteoric success stories in the history of the reality television genre. In it’s debut season on VH1, his new show For The Love Of Ray J rose quickly to #1 on the channel having broken records for original VH1 programming and often out rated shows on major networks. In fact, the show is such a big hit VH1 took the unprecedented step of migrating it to their sister station, MTV for simultaneous airings. In 2010 the success of For The Love Of Ray J spawned another hit Vh-1 series starring the entire Norwood clan, Brandy And Ray J: A Family Business that Ray J serves as the Creator, Executive Producer and Star. Alas, Ray J’s rise has been a 16 year quest to become his own man and prove his detractors wrong about his talent, his business acumen and his resilience. In 1993, while older sister Brandy was making her mark in the music arena, at age 12, Ray J nabbed the role of LJ on comedian Sinbad’s hit sitcom Sinbad. Always ahead of the curve, in 1997, Ray J released his first album, Ev’rything You Want (Elektra) and followed up with 2002’s This Ain’t a Game (Atlantic), which showcased Ray J’s trendsetting instincts, considering he was among the first to collaborate with legendary production duo The Neptunes. Ray J’s second album also featured the catchy and dynamic single “Wait A Minute,” an international club favorite and collaboration with superstar rapper Lil’ Kim. A few years later, Ray J continued to build his acting chops, making appearances on various television sitcoms, including co-starring on Moesha with sisterBrandy. Independent film roles followed but soon Ray J hit a career dry spell which caused him to recalibrate his career efforts toward his first true love – music – and offer the world a string of soul-stirring chart-topping hits. In 2005 with help from his family, Ray J founded and developed Knockout Entertainment, independently released his third album entitled Raydiation, and his career began to take off. Reemerging as an independent artist helped Ray J score his biggest hit single, “One Wish.” The galvanizing ballad, produced by mega-producer Rodney Jerkins, earned Ray J a BMI award and his first #1 single on the Billboard R&B charts, pushing Raydiation over the 400,000 sales mark – a phenomenal achievement for an independent release. Not one to rest on his laurels Ray J parlayed the success of his re-born music career into a multi-format presenter slot on a number of BET programs including top rated 106&Park. He simultaneously took on the starring role of Darrell ‘D-Mack’ McGinty in the newly re-vamped One On One TV series with co-star Kyla Pratt. This also meant Ray J had to become by coastal, flying from New York to Los Angeles every week to fulfill his commitments to both BET and One On One. All the shows he hosted at BET including BET Countdown.Com which he co-created and One On One enjoyed a substantial ratings boost with the addition of Ray J. In the spring of 2008, Ray J released his most successful album to date, All I Feel, a collection of ballads andup-tempo songs that showcase Ray J’s versatility, including the chart-topping “Sexy Can I” with newcomer Yung Berg. The single went triple platinum, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, and became the fastest growing record in Koch Entertainment’s distribution history. # 1 on Billboard R&B chart and #1 on Billboard Independent Chart and All I Feel debuted # 7 on Billboard Hot 200 list. With a solid music career under his belt, In February 2009, proved that he couldcarry the television audience with his new smash #1 hit TV show – For The Love Of Ray J. The show was #1 for VH1 for the season ending in May 2009. It was the #1 top-rated show for all cable networks non- sports. In 2010 Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business debuted to stellar ratings for VH1 anchoring the network’s Sunday night programming block. The family reality show in which he stars with his parents Willie and Sonja Norwood and his superstar sister Brandy, chronicles their business and personal lives as a modern family striving to maximize their professional success while strengthening their family bond in the dynamic world of show business. Ray J currently is building his Knockout Entertainment label with newly signed rising star 15 year old Sahyba, and added a digital distribution to his label for unsigned artist. He’s currently working on his next album project and soon to add other reality TV shows to his created roster in 2012. View Guest page
Dr. O’dell M. Owens
Dr. O’dell M. Owens, M.D, MPH, is President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He previously was Hamilton County Coroner and has a M.D. and masters from Yale in public health and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. View Guest page
Cole Peterson is President/CEO of Hollis Enterprises, LLC, a human resources consulting firm founded in 2004 following his retirement from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He specializes in executive coaching and keynote speaking engagements globally. Peterson, known as America's top people person, served as Executive Vice President of People for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he had the distinction of being the Chief Human Resource Officer of the world's largest private workforce (today: 2.1 million associates worldwide). He headed human resources during Wal-Mart's most aggressive global expansion and helped diversify its workforce. Today, Wal-Mart is the country's No. 1 employer of African Americans and Hispanics. Peterson serves on the corporate boards of J.B. Hunt Transport of Lowell, Arkansas, Build-A-Bear Workshop of St. Louis, Missouri, and Cracker Barrel Restaurants of Lebanon, Tennessee. He is chairman of the compensation and development committees and serves on the nominating and corporate governance committees on both the J.B. Hunt and Build-A-Bear Bear boards. Peterson's numerous recognitions include: The Award for Professional Excellence, The Society for Human Resource Management's highest honor; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Resource Excellence from Linkage, Inc.; The Chancellor's Medal for Volunteerism from the University of Arkansas and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas MLK Planning Commission. His most recent recognitions are the National Association of African Americans in Human Resource Professionals Trail Blazer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management State Council. Peterson is a Fellow of the Academy of Human Resources, and a member of both Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities. Peterson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Chicago where he obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from Loyola University. He and his wife, Shirley, have two adult children and reside in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. View Guest page
Oscar Robertson (The Big O) – the National Association of Basketball Coaches' "Player of the Century" -- has made an indelible impression on both basketball and American society, on and off the court. He has distinguished himself not only as a superb athlete, some of whose achievements may never be duplicated, but as a humanitarian, a social activist, a businessman, a mentor and teacher, and a labor leader as well. At every level -- high school, college, the Olympics and the NBA -- The Big O set new standards of excellence and changed the way the game was played. As the first big point guard, who could score from anywhere on the court, pass, rebound, and play defense, he created the template for such players as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He is the NBA's all-time leader in triple-double games (points, rebounds and assists) for a career with 181 and a single season with 41, and in rebounds by a guard. His record of averaging a triple-double for an entire season (1961-62) is unlikely ever to be broken. As the third and longest-serving President of the NBA Players Association, from 1965 until he retired in 1974, The Big O changed the game – and the balance of power in professional sports – in the courtroom as well. In 1970 he filed a class action anti-trust lawsuit on behalf of his colleagues, seeking to prevent an NBA merger with the American Basketball Association until issues regarding the reserve clause, the draft, and other restrictions on player movement were resolved. Thanks to a 1976 settlement known as the Oscar Robertson Rule, NBA players became the first to gain free agency. Instead of destroying the game, as the owners had claimed it would, the settlement ushered in a new era of growth and prosperity for the NBA that continues to the present day. In 1997 The Big O performed the assist of a lifetime when he donated a kidney to his daughter Tia, who was suffering from lupus. Since that point, he has been an outspoken advocate for health and wellness, kidney disease prevention and organ transplantation on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation. For his achievements in both college and professional basketball, Robertson was named "Player of the Century" by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2000. He was one of the first five inductees into the NABC's Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year eligible, and in 2009 was inducted into the International Basketball (FIBA) Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame a second time, as co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. View Guest page
Chip Rosenbloom has been a part of the Rams organization for his entire life. As Owner/Vice-Chairman of the St. Louis Rams, Chip is following in the footsteps of his legendary parents, Carroll Rosenbloom and Georgia Frontiere. For several years, Rosenbloom played an important, behind-the-scenes role in the Rams organization. When Georgia passed away in January of 2008, Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez, succeeded their mother, who guided the Rams from 1979 until her passing. Georgia took the reins of the Rams following the death of her husband, Carroll Rosenbloom, an NFL icon who owned the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams over a 26-year period. Chip and Lucia served as majority owners for two seasons before selling the team to E. Stanley Kroenke in August of 2010. Beyond football, Rosenbloom has built a highly-successful career in the motion picture industry over the last 20 years. As founder and owner of Open Pictures, Chip has become one of Hollywood's most active and innovative filmmakers. Rosenbloom has written, produced or directed more than 20 feature films and documentaries. His projects currently in limited release include "Fuel," the multi-award winning (including Sundance) documentary on alternative energy, and the Broadway stage production of August Wilson's "Radio Golf," honored with a 2007 Tony Nomination as Best Play. Rosenbloom also produced and wrote all three films of the celebrated "Shiloh" trilogy based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's best-selling novels about a young boy's attempt to rescue an abused dog. Nominated for a Humanitas Award, the first Shiloh film which Chip also directed was so successful that Warner Bros. ordered two more Shiloh features, which became a significant franchise for the studio, a critic's delight and a multi-million unit DVD in the United States and world-wide. Rosenbloom is a graduate of USC Film School. He began his film career at Aaron Spelling Productions and later worked in development for Mace Neufeld Productions. Soon after, Chip wrote and produced his first theatrical feature, "Instant Karma," a movie co-produced and co-written with Bruce Taylor. The picture starred Craig Sheffer and David Cassidy and was released theatrically by MGM to near-unanimous praise. Chip followed that film a year later with "Across the Tracks," which marked the first staring role for Brad Pitt and won awards at the Houston and Philadelphia film festivals. Chip sits on a number of boards, including the Fulfillment Funds, a mentoring and scholarship charity based in Los Angeles and Variety-The Children's Charity based in St. Louis. Chip and his wife, Kathleen, are major donors and President's council members of Feeding America, America's largest hunger-relief organization. Chip and Kathleen live in Los Angeles with their children, Alexander and Olivia. View Guest page
Laura Turner Seydel
Laura Turner Seydel: National Environmental Advocate and Eco-Living Expert and Chairperson of the Capital Planet Foundation. View Guest page
Henry H. Shelton
General Henry H. Shelton was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. He received a bachelor's degree in textiles from North Carolina State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. General Shelton spent the next 38 years in a variety of command and staff positions in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Vietnam. He served two combat tours in Vietnam, the first with the 5th Special Forces Group and the second with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Also, he commanded the 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington; served as the 9th Infantry Division's Chief of Staff for operations; commanded the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and, was the Chief of Staff of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. Selected for promotion to brigadier general in 1988, General Shelton served two years in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff. In 1989 he began a two-year assignment as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he participated in the liberation of Kuwait during Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM. After the Gulf War, General Shelton was promoted to major general and assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1993 he was promoted to lieutenant general and assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps. In 1994 during his tenure as Corps commander, General Shelton led the United States Joint Task Force that restored democracy in Haiti. In March 1996 he was promoted to general and became Commander in Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command. General Shelton became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997, and served two two-year terms, retiring on September 30, 2001. Throughout his tenure as chairman, U.S. forces were in heavy demand and participated in numerous joint operations around the globe. During his tenure, General Shelton worked tirelessly on behalf of service members, their families, and military retirees by championing a number of landmark quality of life initiatives, including the largest military pay raise in 18 years, paytable and bonus reform, and critical improvements in both retirement and healthcare programs. He made great strides in improving the readiness and retention of the current force while simultaneously crafting Joint Vision 2020-the roadmap for the Future Joint Force. General Shelton established Joint Forces Command to consolidate joint experimentation efforts and guide the transformation of the U.S. Armed Forces for the 21st Century. View Guest page
Pat Shurmur was named the 13th full-time head coach in Browns history on January 13, 2011. Shurmur’s résumé includes 23 years of coaching experience, including 12 in the NFL. In those 12 seasons, he has been a part of teams that have qualified for the playoffs seven times, won five division crowns and posted one Super Bowl appearance. Prior coming to the Browns, Shurmur spent the previous two seasons (2009-10) as the offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams. He helped the Rams improve to a 7-9 record following a 1-15season in 2009, the second-biggest turnaround in the league last year. In 2010, he guided St. Louis’ offense to improvements in nearly every category including total yards, time of possession and third-down percentage, while they also scored 114 more points than the previous year. In addition, the Rams committed just 21 turnovers in 2010, tied for the ninth-lowest total in the NFL. Shurmur helped mold quarterback Sam Bradford, the top pick in the 2010 draft, as Bradford set NFL rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590), while his 3,512 passing yards were the second-most by a rookie in league history, trailing only Peyton Manning's 3,739 in 1998. Bradford's 18 touchdown passes tied for fifth-most among rookies in NFL history. During a midseason stretch, he set an NFL rookie record with 174 consecutive attempts without an interception. Along with starting a rookie quarterback, the team’s second-round pick, Rodger Saffold, was the only NFL rookie to start all 16 games at left tackle in 2010. The Rams allowed just 34 sacks despite attempting the fifth-most passing plays in the NFL last season, which placed the team 12th in the league in sacks per pass play. In addition, Rams running back Steven Jackson was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad both years under Shurmur. Jackson claimed the NFC rushing title in 2009 with 1,416 yards, and his rushing totals each of the past two seasons (1,241 in 2010) represent two of the three highest rushingfigures of his seven-year NFL career. Before joining the Rams, Shurmur spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2008). He served as the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2002-08 and helped Donovan McNabb to three Pro Bowl selections during his tenure. In 2008, McNabb set Eagles single-season records with 345 completions and 3,916 passing yards. In 2004, Shurmur guided McNabb to the most productive season of his career, as he set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0). McNabb also became the first quarterback in NFL history with 30-plus touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (8) in a single season. During his first season as quarterbacks coach, Shurmur turned to third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley following injuries to McNabb and Koy Detmer. Despite not having started a game in three years, since his junior season at Oregon, Feeley helped the Eagles post a 4-1 record, as they won the NFC East and advanced to the NFC title game. Shurmur faced another quarterback injury in2006 and turned to backup Jeff Garcia, who helped the club to a 5-1 record and led Philadelphia into the Divisional round of the playoffs. Shurmur’s first three seasons in Philadelphia (1999-2001) were spent as tight ends coach, where he developed three-time Pro Bowler Chad Lewis. From 2000-01, Lewis combined for 110 receptions, 1,157 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Hisreception total ranked fourth among all NFL tight ends during that two-year span, while he was tied for fourth in touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards. Before joining the Eagles, Shurmur spent the 1998 season at Stanford University asoffensive line coach. That year, the Cardinal offensive line allowed the fewest sacks per pass attempt in the Pac-10 and helped first-year quarterback ToddHusak become only the third quarterback in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. Prior to Stanford, Shurmur instructed the tight ends, special teams and offensiveline at Michigan State University from 1990-97. The Spartans sent three tight ends (Ty Hallock, Duane Young and Mitch Lyons) to the NFL under Shurmur’s guidance, and kick returner Derrick Mason set a school career record with 2,575 return yards. Afour-year letterman at Michigan State, Shurmur earned All-Big Ten conference honors and All-America honorable mention accolades as a senior in 1987. He played guard and linebacker as a freshman and started at center the next three seasons. He served as co-captain as a senior when the Spartans defeated USC in the Rose Bowl. He earned a master’s degree in financial administration and was the first graduate student football player at the University. Anative of Dearborn, Mich., who attended Divine Child High School, Shurmur comes from a football background. His uncle, the late Fritz Shurmur, coached in the NFL for 24 years and served as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator from 1994-98, helping that club win two NFC Championships and Super Bowl XXXI. Shurmur and his wife, Jennifer, have four children, daughters Allyson, Erica and Claire, and a son, Kyle. View Guest page
First-round selection from 2009 draft was starting RT in 2011, seeing action in 14 games and in Wild Card playoff ... Moved into No. 1 RT role in late October 2010, but was sidelined in November by a foot fracture ... Consensus 2008 All-America selection at Alabama, rated among the most powerful run blockers in Southeastern Conference history. 2011 GENERAL: Started at RT in Games 1-12 and 15-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Left Game 12, Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, due to ankle injury, and was inactive for Games 13-14, but returned to the starting lineup for Games 15-16 ... Contributed to pass protection that ranked tied for fourth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (25). 2011 HIGHLIGHTS: On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, aided blocking effort that helped produce Cedric Benson’s 121-yard rushing performance … Also at Cleveland, averted a major offensive giveaway by recovering an Andy Dalton fumble at Bengals eight-yard line ... Helped team rush 32-for-171 (5.3 avg.) Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo, including 104 yards for Benson ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, supported pass-protection effort that held Colts for the first time this season without a sack, playing primarily against standout DE Robert Mathis … On Nov. 20 at Baltimore, helped lead blocking effort for 483 yards of net offense … On Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, helped lead protection effort for 389 yards of total offense, including 106 rushing yards by Benson ... Aided 165-yard rushing total Dec. 24 vs. Arizona. ... Started all four preseason games. PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Played in seven games (Games 1-2 and 4-8) … Seized No. 1 RT position for Games 6-8 … Suffered foot fracture (fifth metatarsal) in practice Nov. 10, and placed on Reserve/Injured list Nov. 13 … Inactive (coach's decision) for Game 3 ... Helped offense rank fifth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play (one every 22.07 plays) … Aided offensive outputs of 469 yards Oct. 24 at Atlanta (the most by the team since Game 2 of 2007), and 413 yards Oct. 3 at Cleveland … Supported 149 rushing yards, including 144 by RB Cedric Benson, on Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay. 2009 - Supported three individual 100-yard rushing efforts over season’s final six games, and aided a Bengals playoff record of 169 rushing yards by RB Cedric Benson in Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets … On Dec. 6 vs. Detroit, blocked for 110-yard rushing effort by Benson and helped team post third straight game of 38-plus minutes possession time (38:48) … On Dec. 20 at San Diego, aided blocking effort that led 407-yard net offensive output, the team’s second highest of season … On Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, supported Benson’s 133-yard game for his Bengals-record sixth 100-yard game of season. COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2006-08) at Alabama, entering NFL Draft after his junior year … Started 38 games at LT over three seasons, and was credited with 46 TD-producing blocks … Was only the seventh true freshman in Crimson Tide history to start his first game in the program … As a junior in 2007, he shared SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy with Arkansas C Jonathan Luigs, who also is a Bengal. SMITH MAKES IT FIVE: As a junior at Alabama, Smith won the 2008 Outland Trophy, the “Heisman” for linemen. The award currently goes to the player voted as the nation’s top offensive lineman or interior defensive lineman. In earlier years, defensive ends were also eligible. Smith is the fifth Bengal to have won the Outland, joining DT Mike Reid (1969 winner, Penn State), DE Ross Browner (1976, Notre Dame), C Dave Rimington (1981 and ’82, Nebraska) and DE Jason Buck (1986, Brigham Young). All five of the Bengals Outland winners were first-round draft choices by Cincinnati. PERSONAL: Hometown is Birmingham, Ala. … Attended Huffman High School, where he was the consensus top-rated offensive lineman in the nation as a senior … Also as a prep senior, became the first OL to win the state of Alabama’s “Mr. Football” award … General studies major at University of Alabama. View Guest page
With well over 50 million copies of his books in print, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include nine #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including "Three Weeks with My Brother," the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than forty languages. Six of Nicholas Sparks' novels- "The Last Song," "Dear John," "Nights in Rodanthe," "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember," and "The Notebook"- were also adapted into major motion pictures. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. Check out Nicholas Sparks' newest book, "The Best of Me," available in stores now. View Guest page
Throughout Jerry’s career, he has become a cultural and civic icon. In addition to hosting “The Jerry Springer Show” He has been the mayor of Cincinnati, political pundit, lawyer, Emmy award winning newscaster, game show host, a country-recording artist, international emcee and TV personality. He has been in movies and on Broadway, he’s a progressive talk-radio broadcaster and recently he’s won America’s heart on Dancing with the stars his ballroom dancing. View Guest page
Lesley Stahl has been a 60 MINUTES correspondent since March 1991. The 2011-12 season marks her 21th on the broadcast. Prior to joining 60 MINUTES, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and George H. W. Bush Presidencies. Her reports appeared on the CBS EVENING NEWS, first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather, and on other CBS News broadcasts. During much of that time, she also served as moderator of FACE THE NATION, CBS News' Sunday public-affairs broadcast (September 1983–May 1991). For FACE THE NATION, she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and virtually every top U.S. official. From October 1990 to March 1991, Stahl supplemented her work at the White House and on FACE THE NATION by joining Charles Kuralt asco-anchor of "America Tonight," a daily CBS News late-night broadcast of interviews and essays. Her experiences covering Washington for more than 20 years became the subject of her book Reporting Live (Simon & Schuster, 1999). The stories she has covered while at CBS News range from Watergate in 1972 through the 1981 assassination attempt onPresident Reagan to the 1991 Gulf War. Stahl anchored several CBS News documentaries, including "The Politics of Cancer" and "In the Red Blues," about the budget deficit, both for "CBS Reports." She has a collection of Emmy Awards for her interviews on FACE THE NATION and her 60 MINUTES reporting, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy given in September 2003. "Punishing Saddam" won Stahl an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Award. Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy award. Stahl was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Swampscott, Mass., and was graduated cum laude in 1963 from Wheaton College, where she served on the board of trustees. She is the co-founder of wowOwow.com, a website for women created by women. She also serves on the board of the New York City Ballet. She and her husband, author Aaron Latham, live in New York. They have a daughter, Taylor. View Guest page
As an actress, producer, author and social activist, Marlo Thomas continues to create meaningful and successful projects within all areas of the entertainment community. Thomas has been honored with four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Grammy, the Helen Caldecott Award for Nuclear Disarmament, the Thomas Paine Award from the A.C.L.U., the American Women in Radio and Television Satellite Award and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Marlo Thomas began her career performing in regional theaters around the country when Mike Nichols cast her as the lead in the London production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." She then went on to star in, and produce, the long-running, hit television series, "That Girl," the first series on television to portray an independent single woman living alone. View Guest page
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Ms. Townsend has a long history of accomplishment in the public arena, and for six years she has worked in the private sector. She is a Senior Vice-President at Rock Creek, a hedge fund of funds founded by Afsaneh Beschloss, the former treasurer of the World Bank. She also worked as a Senior Advisor for two years at Lehman Brothers where she focused on client development and diversity issues. As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and Correction and Juvenile Justice. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. In that role, she led the planning to put 100,000 police officers into the community and she ignited the Police Corps, a program to give college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for fouryears after graduating. Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, Mrs. Townsend spent seven years as the founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance where she led the fight to make Maryland the first—and still only—state to make service a graduation requirement. She taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and currently is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. She has been appointed the Paul Nitze Senior Fellow at St. Mary’s College and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow by the Council of Independent Colleges. In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Ms.Townsend is Chair of the Institute of Human Virology founded by Dr. Robert Gallo, and serves on the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Chair of the Leadership Center for the Common Good, and is on the Board of the the Robert Kennedy Memorial, The Center for American Progress, the Brady Campaign, the Center for International Policy, and the YMCA of New York City and Lightbridge. She is the Vice-Chair of the Annual Future of Science conference held in Venice, Italy. Ms. Townsend is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. View Guest page
Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. Louis Rams (1997-1999) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-2005). He has coached at every level, Vermeil owns the rare distinction of being named Coach of the Year on four levels: High School, Junior College, NCAA Division I and the NFL. Vermeil graduated in 1959 with an M.A. from San Jose State, where he was the backup quarterback. After serving as Head Coach for San Jose?s Del Mar High School football team for several years, Vermeil was hired as the NFL's first ever Special Teams coach by the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. He would remain with the Rams until 1974 when he was named as Head Coach by UCLA. Vermeil compiled a 15-5-3 record in two seasons (1974-1975) as head coach at UCLA, including a 9-2-1 record in 1975 when Vermeil led the Bruins to their first Pac 8 Championship, and a win in the Rose Bowl over an undefeated and number 1 ranked Ohio State team. Vermeil began his NFL head coaching career in 1976 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He would coach the Eagles through the 1982 season. He was named the NFL's coach of the year in 1980, and led the Eagles into Super Bowl XV after defeating the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC championship. He retired for the first time after the 1982 season citing burnout. For the next 15 years, Vermeil spent time working as a sports announcer for the likes of CBS and ABC. Vermeil returned to coaching with the St. Louis Rams in 1997. His first two years with the Rams were abysmal: the Rams won 5 and lost 11 games in 1997, and the following season they went 4-12. The 1999 season looked to start just as badly, when new starting quarterback Trent Green was injured in the pre- season. However, Green's injury allowed the unknown Kurt Warner to start. Under Warner, the Rams offense exploded, and they finished the 1999 season with a record of 13-3. It was one of the biggest single year turn arounds in NFL history. Vermeil led the Rams to their first ever Superbowl victory in Super Bowl XXXIV later that season with a win over the Tennessee Titans. He was also named NFL Coach of the Year for his second time for the 1999 season. He walked away from coaching again after the Rams' Super Bowl victory. Soon after retiring in 2000, Vermeil realized how much passion he still had for football, and decided to return to coaching yet again. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2001. His first season with the Chiefs, the 2001 season, was anything but spectacular. The Chiefs finished a dismal 6-10 record, their worst record since 1988. Vermeil and the Chiefs made some major changes for the 2002 season, where the Chiefs would improve to 8-8. The Chiefs had the NFL's best offense in 2002, led by stars like Priest Holmes, Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez, Dante Hall, and future Hall of Fame offensive linemen like Willie Roaf and Will Shields. In 2003 the Chiefs started the season 9-0, and would finish with a 13-3 record, making the playoffs and winning the AFC West. They also had the NFL's top ranked offense for the second straight year. The Chiefs went 7-9 in 2004, even though they had the NFL's top ranked offense for the third consecutive year. Vermeil returned with the Chiefs for the 2005 season with one of the NFL's best offenses, and an improved defense. Vermeil's play calling in 2005 uncharacteristically included more high risk calls. On December 31 Vermeil announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2005 season, and the next day he led the Chiefs to a 37-3 rout over the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Chiefs failed to make the playoffs despite their 10-6 record. View Guest page
Award winning actress Sela Ward joined the cast of “CSI: NY” in 2010. Ward portrays “Josephine (Jo) Danville,” an investigator from Washington, D.C. on the hit CBS-TV drama, now entering its eighth season. The Mississippi native, and graduate of the University of Alabama, moved to New York after graduation. She planned to pursue a career in advertising, but soon after arriving she began to model for the Wilhelmina Agency, and embarked on a successful modeling career. A move to Los Angeles then catapulted Ward into the world of acting. Her feature film credits include “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford, “The Guardian” with Kevin Costner, “The Day After Tomorrow” with Dennis Quaid and “The Stepfather” with Dylan Walsh. Ward received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of ‘Lily Manning’ from 1999-2002 on ABC’s critically acclaimed dramatic series “Once and Again.” Ward also received an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination in 1994, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination in 1996, all as Best Actress, for her performance as ‘Teddy,’ the struggling artist and recovering alcoholic, on NBC’s award-winning series “Sisters.” Portraying the title character in “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story,” Ward was presented with the CableAce award in 1996 for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries, and received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for the role. In 2005-2006, Ward starred opposite Hugh Laurie on theacclaimed medical drama “House.” In a specially-tailored recurring role, Ward played Dr. House’s ex-girlfriend who returned to his life, and to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, where she used to work as a lawyer. In 2000, Ward founded Hope Village for Children in Mississippi to provide a safe haven and an alternative to the traditional foster care system. The organization offers a more permanent home that provides a continuum of specialized treatment programs, services and facilities to meet the individual needs of neglected and abused children. In 2002, Ward published her first book, Homesick. Part inspirational story, part memoir, the book tells Ward’s quest for a balance of the comforts of her small-town childhood and her big city way oflife. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. View Guest page
Bob Costas: Broadcaster with NBC and Major League Baseball Network
December 16, 2011
Hosted by Jimmy Gould
Jimmy Gould is pleased to add Bob Costas, Broadcaster with NBC and Major League Baseball Network, to his guest list on "A Current Life". Bob has been with NBC Sports since 1979 and has reported on nearly every major sport. Jimmy will revisit Bob's early years and take our listeners on a journey to the present. We also look forward to getting the inside story on his recent interview with former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.
A Current Life
Friday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
A Current Life is a show about the road to success with the highs, lows, and everything encountered along the way. People often place too much value on what someone has accomplished and completely disregard the journey.
A Current Life will take you behind the scenes and focus on the stories behind some of our highly successful guests throughout the show. Host Jimmy Gould has opened his little black book and wants to invite his close friends, colleagues and others to share their stories with you.
Our show is much more than entertainment! A Current Life is an opportunity for people to intimately get to know each guest and his or her journey. Although every story is different, there will always be a piece of success and inspiration to take home and apply in your own life.
Oftentimes the climb is more defining than the view from the top, and that is exactly what Jimmy intends to share. A Current Life airs Fridays at Noon PT (3 PM ET) on Voice America Variety.
Jimmy Gould is a charismatic, entrepreneurial visionary. He has over 30 years of experience in development, marketing, and negotiation related to investments in companies, real estate, and sports and entertainment.
Mr. Gould is a founder and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a private equity fund, and founder and Chairman of Mgmt One, a sports management firm. He was also a founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Pictures, and Avondale Entertainment Group. He has produced and distributed numerous motion pictures, television and entertainment events.
Mr. Gould serves on several corporate boards including Build A Bear Workshop, Stir Crazy Partners, Wild Things Gear, The O’Gara Group, and Adspace Networks, Inc.
A registered NFL sports agent for almost 2 decades, Mr. Gould has successfully negotiated some of the league’s largest contracts on behalf of over 60 professional football players. He was a founding member of the USFL, and became President of the New Jersey Generals upon selling the team to Donald Trump. He has also represented four time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has also served on nonprofit boards including Prevent Child Abuse America, Camp BrightLight, and The Cincinnati Ballet. He has been active in community youth sports as both a soccer and football coach. Mr. Gould is proud of having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.