Excellence & Innovation Inspired By Christ

Digital marketing expert Anton Siler, who is the CEO of Digital Admen, Inc.

Anton Siler

CEO & Founder | Digital Admen, Inc.

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.
Tom Kereszti

Tom Kereszti

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.

Tanya Williams

Headmaster Tanya Williams

Headmaster & Founder | Courage Christian Academy

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)!

Melandrew Santos

CEO & Co-Founder | Co-Optrade

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.

Craig Candelore, Esq.

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

CEO & Founder | Written Success

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

CEO & Founder | Tracy by Design Event Planning

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

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.

Dran also hosts a daily national prayer line www.RepentanceandRestoration.com that prays for America and all are welcome to join.

Mayor Bill Wells

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

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 Lieber

Director of Marketing & Business Development | Individual Software

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.

Janille Leslie

US Navy Veteran

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Richard Phillips

Customer Service Expert

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Carlos Arreola

Business Development | Novea, Inc.

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

Financial Professional | World Financial Group

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

Tom “Terrific” Schenck

CEO & President | Dartmouth Associates

Tom “Terrific” Schenck is the founder of Dartmouth Associates, A Global Consulting And Promotional Company That Empowers Independent Schools And Colleges With Crisis Recruiting Strategies, Multi-Media Marketing And Best-In-Class Products And Services. He is also the publisher of ROR Magazine, the first international lifestyle publication for Admission professionals in education. He is a 3rd generation educator with a Masters in Educational Philosophy from Dartmouth College with 35 years of successful experience. He is known for his ability to have taken schools that were underachieving to surpass all targeted goals.

He is the only child of his mother’s first four children to survive a life threatening illness. Growing from a shy Minnesota farm boy who read superhero comics after chores… to become the first actor to portray Spiderman for Marvel Comics in New York City. He later developed and used his superhero strategies to write the nationally acclaimed book, the Superhero Factor, and has spoken to corporate and educational audiences across the county. His lifetime accomplishments are living proof that his methods work… he won the highest national advertising sales awards 10 years in a row, he has been the headmaster of a school for learning disabled children, coached two state championship wrestling teams, was a nationally ranked natural bodybuilder, wrestler in the United States Olympic trials, marathoner, world traveler and stand up comic. In honor of his mother Tom also founded the Mary Elizabeth Schenck Educational Fund to recognize courage in America’s middle schools. Ultimately, Tom’s passion in life is to teach his real life strategies to remind us that we are all superheroes and we can unleash powers we thought we never had and achieve goals we thought we never could.

Benjamin Jones

Founder & President | USA Golf Masters

USA Golf Masters is a San Diego based company that was established in 2004 by Mr. Benjamin Jones who has been an avid golfer for over 50 years and has played in hundreds of golf tournaments throughout the Southern California region. Mr. Jones has used his extensive background in the sport combined with his entrepreneurial skills to help numerous foundations develop profitable golf tournament events by applying a few key principles. He has also distinguished himself as a successful businessman, educator, and investor as he continues to share his vast knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals via a weekly breakfast meeting held every Tuesday called the Masters Breakfast.

Nick Kacha

Owner & General Manager | Rudford’s Diner

Rudford’s Restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Serving San Diego since 1949 we offer an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that satisfies every craving.

John Thomas “Tommy” Rudford purchased the restaurant in 1949 and did everything right in attracting patrons from all walks of life and age groups, as well as retaining the same staff and cooks for many years. Rudford’s prosperity was due to old fashioned home-cooked food prepared from scratch. They served breakfast all day and all night. The waitresses knew their customers and cared about them enough to visit them when they were ill. They even took them flowers in the hospital. Customer birthdays were celebrated with a lighted candle in a donut on their special day. Many patrons of the restaurant met there, married and continued to be a major part of the restaurant’s home spun flavor.

    The early morning crowd included utility crews, blue and white-collar workers, newspaper route managers and people who worked in the area. The lunch crowd was very similar, but the dinner groups included families with children. More interesting people came about 2:00 AM after a night out. The waitresses made quick work of those who disrupted their tranquility by chasing off offenders. They also chased after those who tried to get away without paying their bill.

Tommy Rudford was active in many civic and fraternal groups such as The Scottish Rite Temple, Al Bahr Shrine, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Several San Diego clubs. He ran for mayor 1949 but was defeated. Mr. Rudford passed away in 1972. His daughters continued to run the business until 1983. Leon Gilman bought Rudford’s in 1983 and quickly drew media attention by firing all of the employees because he did not want a union. Some of the employees picketed and he rehired about half of them.

The restaurant continues to enjoy a wide and diverse clientele by continuing to provide home-cooked dining faire that has always made this North Park restaurant a popular gathering place for residents as well as patrons throughout San Diego.

For over 70 years, Rudford’s has been providing San Diegan’s with exceptional and traditional diner favorites. The retro atmosphere attracts all ages. Customers come to Rudford’s Restaurant to relive the good old days and enjoy home-style favorites. The nostalgic decor and past time memories are what makes Rudford’s a true American icon, it’s home away from home.

Rudford’s is living history of the Nostalgia Era in the United States, California and San Diego that people from around the world travel to so they can experience living history of the early years of the diner and everything they represent in lifestyle and culture.

Chad Kroepel

Chad Kroepel

Media Strategist | Salem Surround

I provide communications solutions through multiple media channels based on smart targeting, efficiency, and results. Accountability is the only metric in the media planning arena. If you’re not focused on ROI, you’re not focused.

Specialties: We live in very interesting times. The way consumers gather information, assemble brand concepts and make purchase decisions is constantly changing. Advertisers need to understand this concept and adjust to the marketplace accordingly. Whether through linear television, over-the-top video, targeted digital audio/video, mobile, social, print, out-of-home, direct response, or good old-fashioned grassroots, your potential consumers are out there. Let’s find them together.

Mike Johnson

Community Relations Coordinator | GFA World

For over two decades, Mike has been passionately sharing about the possibility of reaching the multitudes in our generation through national missionaries. As a former GFA World volunteer, Mike served nearly seven years sharing the ministry throughout the Midwest. He is zealous for the church to be engaged in the business of the King. Mike and his family serve at the GFA World headquarters in Wills Point, Texas (Just East of Dallas). Mike has been to South Asia on multiple occasions and has seen firsthand the bondage that millions of people are trapped in. He has met many who are willing to suffer and lay down their lives in order to share the message of Jesus Christ. He considers it a great privilege to stand in the gap for the 3 billion people who have never heard the name of Jesus and to be the voice of those who are willing to reach them. As one of the leaders at GFA World, Mike meets with pastors and leaders from across the country, sharing the ministry and showing how the Lord is working through it to reach the most unreached people in the world. His passion is to engage churches by sharing a discipleship message, with the goal of encouraging others to live in the light of eternity to advance the Lord’s Kingdom.
Jack Rowell

Jack Rowell REALTOR®

REALTOR® | Keller Williams

For over 20 years I’ve been a strong relationship builder and have grown my sphere by door knocking, cold calls, hosting radio shows/ podcasts, and by word of mouth. I give and get a large number of referrals. I retain those clients through regular follow-up, great customer service, and creative problem-solving.

I enjoy getting my clients as close to what they want as humanly possible. A strong suit of mine is listening to my clients and delivering on what they want. How simple. My belief, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. As a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) I treat every one of my client’s real estate transactions as if they were my own. I say go after what you want and protect it when you get it!

I’m a proud San Diego native and a devoted family man. I served in the United States Air Force (DD 214 on request) at Cannon, Nm & Spangdahlem, Germany. I actively support several charitable organizations including Team2Cure Huntington’s Disease, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Helix Alum Assoc.

I’ve been featured as an expert guest on several radio programs and have hosted radio shows on ESPN 1700 AM, KFMB & KCBQ. I have diverse experience in residential & commercial real estate (Ca, Fl, Ok, Nm), both representing & investing. I’ve also held broker licenses in Nm and Ok.

Tobias M. Haglund

Tobias M. Haglund

Tobias Haglund is the Area Director for Young Life, East County San Diego. Young Life is an International Youth outreach organization that’s been around since 1941. It’s one of the largest youth outreach organizations in the world. Their focus is on introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith while providing an environment full of loving adults that care about the development, safety, and health of teenagers.

Amanda De Koning

CEO & Founder | AD Bookkeeping San Diego

Amanda de Koning has been in the bookkeeping industry for thirteen years and has worked with various industries. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and started her own business in November 2012. Amanda is a mother of two young boys, sits on the PTA board at their school and is an avid Ultra Trail Runner in her spare time. Amanda’s love to help others shows in her work and attention to her clients. She values each business as her own and only finds success when her client’s companies are thriving. Amanda is QuickBooks Online Certified and consistently takes Continuing Education classes to expand her knowledge.
Suzanne Werden

Suzanne Werden

Suzanne’s career has included working with the auto industry, hospitals, liquor manufacturing, web design, college instruction, and consulting. Past corporate positions were with ITT Automotive, St. Joseph Mercy Systems, Heublein, Elliot Travel, and a small tool and die company. Currently, she is engaged in building a consulting service as an addition to my base in the tax preparation business. She has completed the required classes for a Ph.D. in Accounting at Capella University and will be starting the dissertation process in July. She has previously earned a Certificate in Adult Education.