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GeorgeBush George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States
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George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Before his Presidency, he served for 6 years as Governor of the State of Texas.

President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to, where President Bush grew up in Midland. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.

On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998. In Austin, he earned a reputation for his bipartisan governing approach and his compassionate conservative philosophy, which was based on limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.

Since his election to the Presidency in 2000, President Bush has worked to extend freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. His first initiative as President was the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan measure that raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars, and led to measurable gains in achievement – especially among minority students. Faced with a recession when he took office, President Bush cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, which helped set off an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. And President Bush modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit, a reform that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.

President Bush also implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; empowered America’s armies of compassion by creating a new Faith-based and Community Initiative; promoted a culture of life; improved air quality and made America’s energy supply more secure; set aside more ocean resources for environmental protection than any predecessor; transformed the military and nearly doubled government support for veterans; pioneered a new model of partnership in development that tied American foreign aid to reform and good governance; launched a global HIV/AIDS initiative that has spared millions of lives; expanded the NATO alliance; forged a historic new partnership with India; and appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The most significant event of President Bush’s tenure came on September 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil. President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. He led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America; liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny. He recognized that freedom and hope are the best alternative to the extremist ideology of the terrorists, so he provided unprecedented American support for young democracies and dissidents in the Middle East and beyond. In the more than seven years after September 11, 2001, the United States was not attacked again.

President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian whom he met at a friend’s backyard barbeque. The President and Mrs. Bush have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and a son-in-law, Henry Hager. The Bush family also includes two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley.

Panel of Accomplished Entrepreneurs:

KraigKraig Kleeman

Kraig Kleeman is an accomplished author and speaker. Kleeman’s first book entitled The Must-React System: A Users Guide to Cold-Calling was published in 2008. He is currently writing his second book entitled Optimzing Offshore Call-Centers to Drive Financial & Functional Outcomes. Kleeman is a frequent speaker at sales conferences, executive retreats, and motivational events.

Kraig Kleeman has overseen more than 1 million cold-call presentations, as well as more than 1 million customer service & support calls in his career. He is CEO of Blaire Group, and originator of The Must-React System. A proven methodology for cold-calling and sales pipeline development, The Must-React System produces significant and measurable results. Under Kleeman’s direction, Blaire Group analysts have directly observed, measured, and documented more than 25,000 cold-call presentations. The results of the study are remarkable and are available when scheduling an introductory meeting with the Blaire Group team.

Kraig Kleeman has overseen numerous offshore, call-center selection projects. His deep expertise into call-center practices, analytics, delivery mechanisms led to Blaire Group's Call-Center Advisory and Referral Services practice. Kleeman is the originator of Blaire Group's weighted, quantitative call-center scorecard methodology which is the centerpiece of Blaire Group's call-center evaluation & selection practice.

Kraig Kleeman was the founder and CEO of Express Direct. Under his leadership, Kleeman led the company from $0 to $20 million in sales in less than four years. The company's twenty (20) FTE sales professionals adopted The Must-React System as a rigorous discipline, which proved to be the catalyst for the explosive growth of the company's digital pre-press solutions group. Kleeman and his board of directors sold the business to a west coast based technology firm.

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Nathan LatkaNathan Latka

Nathan Latka, the self-proclaimed "College Entrepreneur", is a junior at Virginia Polytechnic and State University who dislikes doing his laundry as much as any other college student. It's Nathan's non-traditional methods, drive, and determination to lead in the area of collegiate entrepreneurship that makes him unique. “I was struck by the creativity and entrepreneurship in such a young person,” said Robert Riggs, a Peabody Award-winning reporter, about Nathan.

From as early as 8 years old, Nathan recalls selling hemp goods and candy to elementary school students for extra cash. Today, he finds himself running a very profitable business that builds market leading Fan Pages on Facebook, along with 4 other companies, all of which were launched during his sophomore year in college. His hard work has paid off on track of grossing him nearly a six-figure income within his first 12-months of business.

His futuristic thinking, which challenges every imaginable status quo, combined with his passion and drive have made him a magnet for other entrepreneurs, and has landed him more business opportunities than most graduating seniors. He spent his last summer traveling around the United States speaking to students and business professionals about entrepreneurship and social media. Additionally, he auctioned himself off on Facebook for his social media services, created a dynamic Facebook fan page for bestselling author and motivational speaker Bob Burg (The Go-Giver), developed the Facebook fan page of Progress Network USA (“Working together to fulfill Hillary Clinton’s vision for America”), and traveled to Canada for a coaching session with a client.

As a guest lecturer at Texas A & M in a course on creativity, innovation, and future studies, Nathan connected with more than 600+ students. Inspiring and empowering other students through entrepreneurial thought is a passion of Nathan's. He wants to take every college student with him, fostering innovation that will lead to this worlds next great thought leaders.

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Lisa CanningLisa Canning

Lisa Canning is the founder of The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship (IAE). Opening in Sept 2011, The IAE was selected by The Aspen Institute and The State Department to participate in an International Entrepreneurship Program through President Clinton and Madam Albright’s initiative: Partners for a New Beginning. The IAE is a 2-year graduate level program designed to teach artists how to become entrepreneurs. The IAE will open with students from the Maghreb, through teleconferencing, and Chicago in the same classroom. www.TheIAE.com

Lisa is a professional clarinetist and a serial arts entrepreneur. As a graduate of Northwestern University and Interlochen Arts Academy, Lisa built her first business from her dorm room at the age of 17 and has been building arts-based businesses ever since. In 2005 Lisa sold 4 retail stores, a distribution business and related real estate in order to focus on building her school. Currently, Lisa run’s a 1 million dollar part-time professional clarinet shop that requires 15 hours a week to earn a six-figure income. In 2002 she was the recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owner’s Business Owner of the Year Award. In 2004, Lisa was honored by President George Bush as a recognized business leader for the State of Illinois.

As a clarinetist, Ms. Canning has performed with members of Chicago, Milwaukee, Florida and National Symphony Orchestras, as well as The Lyric Opera. “The clarinet- my art- has shaped me into who I am, and holds all of the creativity I need to become all that I can be.”

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Prayer Invocation:

Pastor JamesPastor James MacDonald

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing multi-site churches in the Chicago area reaching over 13,000 lives each weekend with the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. Through James’ leadership, by God’s grace, a church planting ministry was formed in 2000, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 65 churches across North America and around the world. In addition, James is a Bible teacher on Walk in the Word, a daily radio broadcast committed to “igniting passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth.” James is the author of several books including Lord, Change My Attitude, Gripped by the Greatness of God, When Life is Hard, and most recently Always True. James and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago.


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