Past Speakers


Horst Schulze

Co-Founder Ritz Carlton Hotel Company

Horst is creator of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel luxury brand, now owned by Marriott International. Horst encouraged listeners to trust God through challenging times and to celebrate His miraculous intervention in our lives.

Horst is respected and revered for establishing the gold standard in customer service in hospitality. He generously advises on how to grow a business by providing first-class service to customers. He also openly tells how one can create excellence in living the Christian life. In Horst’s mind and heart, the two are intertwined.


Vagn Nielson

Corporate Executive Chef - Proof of the Pudding by MGR, Inc.

Vagn Nielsen is corporate executive chef and co-owner of Proof of the Pudding, a catering company in Atlanta.

Though he hailed from Copenhagen, which is known as the happiest city on the planet, Vagn met colleagues in the U.S. who seemed a lot more satisfied with life than he was.

His faith journey began when a co-worker invited him to a Bible study. He enjoyed the group’s company, but Vagn did not fully embrace the Christian faith until experiencing a life-altering encounter with law enforcement.

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William F. “Woody” Faulk

Vice President, Innovation & New Ventures | Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Steve Palmer

Managing Partner – The Indigo Road Hospitality Group

Julia McKelvey

Director of Sales & Marketing at The St. Regis

Rachel Terry

Wife, Mom & Independent Contractor

Horst Shulze

Co-Founder Ritz Carlton Hotel Company

Vagn Nielsen

Corporate Executive Chef Proof of the Pudding by MGR, Inc.

David Stein

Host of Rise and Stein Morning Show Victory 91.5FM

Andy Reese

Director of Business Development, East West Manufacturing

Ken Mansfield

“The Beatles, The Bible and Beyond” Former U.S. Manager of Apple Records, songwriter and author

Ford Fry

Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur

Fred Cerrone

Chairman & CEO, Hotel Equities

Suzanne Reinhard

Owner, Suzanne Reinhard Events

Cheryl Bachelder

CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Brian Wray

Manager, Product Development - Product Strategy and Development Chick-fil-A

Anne Beiler

Author, Founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels

Jimmy Thomas

Hospitality Veteran and Cancer Survivor, Director-Americas Sales, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Mike & Chris Reis

Authors, Speakers, Addiction Counselor (Mike), Former NFL Player (Chris)

Drew Salapka

Director of Revenue Management Hotel Equities

Scott N. MacLellan

Chief Executive Officer TouchPoint Support Services

John C. Alexander, III (Jack)

Vice Chairman and Partner The Rainmaker Group Holdings, Inc. and former Co-Founder and CEO BCD Travel

Charles A. Bengochea

President & Chief Executive Officer The HoneyBaked Ham Company

Joel Manby

President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation

Lowell “Bud” Paxson

Co-Founder of the Home Shopping Network and Founder of Paxson Communications Corporation

William F. (Woody) Faulk, Jr.

Vice President, Brand Strategy And Design Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Dan T. Cathy

President of Chick-fil-A

Wayne Huizenga, Jr.

President of Huizenga Holdings, Inc.

Horst Schulze

Co-Founder of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Mary Jo Malone

Director Global Accounts