A rising star in the digital marketing industry, Mr. Siler attended SDSU and was personally trained by one of the world’s leading online marketers, Neil Patel. Expanding upon Neil’s tutelage and disrupting industry norms, he founded Digital Admen, a boutique full service digital marketing agency based in San Diego offering a spectrum of services aimed at offering real solutions to problems that businesses, large and small, face every day. With over ten years of real world experience he is currently investing much of his time working with international startups and writing a pioneering book about Yelp.
I started The James Cerebral Palsy Foundation to enhance the quality of those living with different disabilities, and this includes disabled veterans from any war (homeless or not) by providing resources, education, and advocacy services. I am a seasoned vet in public speaking and human intelligence. I have lived my entire life with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy and as a person with a disability, I have had to learn how to fight my way through life. I do not believe that Christ ever intended us to be used as a doormat for people to walk all over.
I have had over 25 surgeries all over his body due to Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. My surgeries include but are not limited to Brain Surgery, Back Surgery, and Right Arm Surgery just to name a few. While I understand that the government in most cases requires a degree, I also believe that life experience outweighs any degree that could be given. I have experience interpreting in American Sign Language (ASL) with the use of only one hand (Uncertified).
Lisa Marie is a Certified Clinician in Whole Food Nutrition and an enthusiastic proponent of prevention and natural healing. She began her health crusade many years ago after realizing that many of her friends and family were afflicted by dis-ease, a rapidly growing incidence. Lisa Marie’s desire to leave behind a meaningful legacy drew her to helping others achieve vitality and longevity so they could live a happy and fruitful life.
Lisa Marie has enjoyed connecting with individuals and families and empowering them to achieve good health and wellness for over a decade. She has practiced nutrition and lifestyle in a clinical setting for over 7 years. Lisa Marie was a staff nutritionist at New Beginnings Healthcare and then San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine.
Lisa Marie is holistically minded and believes in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the proper nutrition and care. She is trained in functional nutrition, and her approach is foundational, addressing the underlying issues with nutritional therapy. Lisa Marie consults with patients and clients with various health issues. She most often addresses digestive issues, fatigue, weight loss, metabolic syndrome conditions (elevated blood sugar, insulin, blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity), and preventative health. Lisa Marie understands biological individuality – each of us has a different ancestral background, genetic disposition, and different nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. Thus, there is no one-size-fits-all diet. The guidance Lisa Marie provides is always with your best, personal interest in mind.
Tom is an industry influencer, author, speaker, advisor, coach, and mentor. Tom is a former fortune 500 C-suite executive, CEO, and board member. As a C-Suite leader, he has seen and done it all; merging companies globally; restructuring and turning around companies, starting up companies, and a few even on his own dime. He is a Maxwell Leadership certified team member and has been mentored by Dr. John C. Maxwell (former lead pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church). His servant leadership principles are time-proven and based on biblical foundations. Tom’s book C-Suite and Beyond; The Four Keys to Leadership Success is a must-read and is packed with stories of success and failure.
I served in the U.S. Navy as a Chef and successfully trained close to 4,000 culinary students in the basics of food preparation while effectively counseling and motivating students toward self-improvement. I am a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University where I obtained a degree in social work and Child Development. I have over 30 years of experience in child development. I felt the LORD’s leading to open a biblically sound Christian school and founded Courage Christian Academy where I am currently serving as Headmaster. My husband and I are privileged to pastor one of the greatest churches in San Diego (Relentless Church San Diego)!
Mr. Santos has over eight years of combined experience in the fields of finance, corporate governance, state level government work (California), as well as honorable military service (U.S. Reserves). He also carries the distinction as an alumni of Mapua University (A.S. in Engineering) and UOPX (B.S. in Business Management). The majority of his time is now spent overseeing the company he co-founded, called Co-Optrade, which is an organization dedicated to providing safe, secure, and easy access to social networking platforms, products, and services for entrepreneurs which includes access to informational tools and materials.
Mr. Candelore graduated from West Point, then served in the U.S. Army followed by the Army Reserves reaching the rank of Colonel before retiring in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1984 and went on to establish his own family law firm in downtown San Diego where he has served the community ever since.
Ashley Cheeks, MBA has been invited to the prestigious Forbes Business Development Council. Her accomplishments are notable in founding the Written Success startup company, as well as her personal achievements in maintaining a funding rate of over 90% as a Business Plan Consultant.
Ashley is well known for her accomplishments which include:
Developing a business plan that raised over $550M for a single startup venture.
Support of multiple entrepreneurs preparing for Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den, and PITCH Investors Live.
Shared stages with Gayle King and Kevin Harrington.
Ashley Cheeks, MBA, who has recently been invited to the prestigious Forbes Business Development Council.
Ashley’s core business plan writer expertise is in designing business plans for lender and investor funding. She currently serves as a Pitch Consultant for several investor networks, is on the advisory board for multiple startups, and is seen as a thought leader in the entrepreneurial space.
After years of being a professional business plan writer, she founded Written Success, a professional business plan service based in Houston where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Written Success provides professional business plan services. It is well known as an industry authority on strategic business plan development. Written Success stands out as a preferred service for many banks, investors, and VCs. Its unique approach on business plan development is delivered through a variety of offerings that meet the needs of any stage of the business cycle.
The business specializes in business plan development for startups, inventions, and disruptor businesses. Written Success provides entrepreneurs a business plan and pitch documents that are suitable for bank funding, investor funding, and partner searches.
Aside from offering solutions via a business plan writer, the company provides additional resources as well including courses, 1 on 1 training, and professional templates. When a business plan consultant or pitch consultant is appropriate, then Written Success becomes the ideal solution for mentoring and guidance in addition to business plan development. Written Success supports entrepreneurs globally.
Tracy D. Montgomery is a native of Neptune, NJ, but currently resides in Spring Valley, CA. She officially began her event planning business in May of 2019, but has over 20 years of experience. Along with the event planning business, she is the co-owner of Montgomery’s House Catering, a Mary Kay beauty consultant, a caretaker, and works full time for the Federal Government dealing with real estate.
Dran Reese is Founder and President of two 501(c)(3) non-profit ministries: Public-School Exit™ and The Salt & Light Council™ and its initiatives, The Content of Character Series™, Judeo-Christian Caucus™, Biblical Voter™.
Dran is completely sold out to Jesus Christ – to see His name exalted in the public square and government. To that end, these ministries were formed.
The Salt & Light Council offers tools, training and ongoing backend legal support for churches, community groups and missionaries ready to become salt and light advocates in the government, media and education mountains. Dran speaks nationally on Biblical Citizenship our role and responsibility.(www.SaltandLightCouncil.org).
The Content of Character Series™ affirms the value and dignity of black Americans by offering statewide summits with nationally recognized speakers that inform, educate and activate inner city communities in public policy and culture through a biblical worldview (www.ContentofCharacterSeries.com).
The Judeo-Christian Caucus™ is a California initiative that coordinates legislators with citizens on pressing issues that affect our Judeo-Christian Heritage and values in CA government (www.JudeoChristianCaucus.com).
Biblical Voter™ is a one-stop resource our all national and state voter guides and election resources for voting including kits for Biblical Voter Registration church and community drives. (www.BiblicalVoter.org).
Public School Exit was formed to help facilitate an exodus of American children and families from government-controlled education by educating the public and helping families. We are more than an organization; we are a movement. (www.PublicSchoolExit.com).
Dran Reese is married for almost 30 years, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She obtained a 4-year scholarship to USC in Business Marketing and, in her earlier years, was a product inventor that launched and sold the company Ready America. Her signature product QuakeHold! was considered one of the top 100 Products of the Millennium according to the Los Angeles times. Dran was also featured in the book Women Invent, among one of the many stories written on her past entrepreneurial success.
Mayor Bill Wells was first elected to the El Cajon City Council in 2008, then again in 2012. In October of 2013, the Mayor of El Cajon resigned and Wells was appointed to serve out the rest of that term before being elected as Mayor of El Cajon in 2014. Prior to serving on the City Council, he served on the El Cajon Planning Commission from 2004-2008.
David Cota is a San Diego native who beat the odds after growing up in a low-income, high crime area. He started working when he was 12 years old and full-time when he was just 15 years old, which culminated in him being in retail management for over 20 years and serving on the Board of Advisors for the Jackie Robinson YMCA.
Susan is a marketing strategist and leader with 30 years of experience in the computer software industry and professional services. She served as the Director of Marketing for the Southeast Region for Ernst & Young, building a marketing support network across the southeast. After a pause in her career to raise her three daughters, she returned to business in the computer software industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. She continues to work in the software industry, remotely from San Diego. Susan is passionate about business growth and development; identifying new opportunities to expand reach using the latest technology and market entry points in the U.S. and abroad. She manages partner and channel relationships for Individual Software for commerce and e-commerce accounts including Amazon, Apple, Arvato, Disney, Purch, Synnex, and Walmart.
Carlos brings to EFC a wealth of experience in technology with a digital micro-processing background and a degree in electronics. Currently, he occupies the majority of his time with business development, product development and marketing for Novea, Inc. He specializes in identifying unique opportunities to diversify a company into new niche market segments. Carlos is a former CEO from a publicly listed company on the OTC, and has over 10 years operating with companies and connections in the markets.
Byron Kelly the “Servant Leader” is a native of California. Born in Los Angeles, moved to Victorville in 1981 and left the High Desert for Navy Boot Camp in July 1995. He’s the 4th of 5 sons of Brother RJ Kelly and Bevera Kelly (both gone on to glory). He and his wife Patricia have been married 25 years. Today, they have 4 adult children and three grandchildren.
He comes to us with a 20 year background in Naval Service where he was an active duty United States Navy Logistics Specialist Chief and retired
honorably in 2015. Throughout his years of service he managed and accounted for tens of millions of congressionally approved appropriated funds. His role was penny for penny asset accountability daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. As he planned his exit from the Navy, he knew the financial industry was where he could transfer a majority of skills obtained while active. Byron has an Associates Degree from Coastline Community College in Business Administration in Fountain Valley, CA and a Bachelor’s Of Science Degree in Organizational Management, BSOM, from the University of La Verne, California.
In 2011, he became a commissioned CA Notary Public. By 2015 a CA Licensed Realtor and CA Licensed Financial Professional. He has 20 certification of completions from Defense Acquisition University, DAU, in Contracting and Fiscal Management. Byron’s finance education, certifications and accreditations are continuously earned through Kaplan Financial. He’s appointed with top, A rated ONLY, Fortune 100 – 500 financial institutions. Today he’s licensed in 26 states, 25 of which are nonresident licenses as a Non-Captive, Independent Contractor at World Financial Group, WFG, a Transamerica. Both companies are part of AEGON and are 1 of 9 companies deemed essential to the stability of the global financial system (see Wall St. Journal). AEGON rang the NYSE Opening Bell October 3, 2019 and had over $900b in AUM in 2020. Byron believes World Financial Group is a company of destiny and a firm called to reverse years, decades, centuries of economic injustice. He believes his out of uniform mission now is: #NoFamilyLeftBehind