Four-time Super Bowl winning running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vietnam Veteran, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient, Motivational Speaker
As national spokesman for the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), Rocky Bleier advocates on behalf of the nation’s 3 million entrepreneurs with the same optimism, passion, and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a four-time Super Bowl winning running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his role, Rocky writes and speaks to various constituencies of the value that entrepreneurs bring. He also heads most of NaVOBA’s grassroots membership drives. Since retiring in 1980, Rocky has run his own successful small business – Rocky Bleier Inc. www.rockybleierinc.com – as a motivational speaker and instructor.
Drawing on his personal experiences of overcoming adversity and reaching for goals, Rocky’s "Be the Best You Can Be" message is ideal for the development of corporate executives, enhancing sales and marketing, or offering inspiration to young professionals or practical advice for student athletes. He is also president of a service-disabled veteran-owned construction company called RBVetCo, LLC. Rocky has a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame in 1968.
DOUGLAS L. CARVER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CHAPLAINCY, NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD
Doug Carver is the Executive Director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board. He is a retired U.S. Army major general. An advocate for the religious liberty of service members, veterans, and their families, he oversees the professional and pastoral support to 3800 Southern Baptist Chaplains who minister in various institutional settings in the United States and around the world.
Prior to joining the North American Mission Board, he was the Army’s 22nd Chief of Chaplains (2007-2011), leading and serving over 2900 chaplains supporting the religious and pastoral needs of our 1.2 million soldiers and families. Chaplain Carver has served at every level of the Army, from platoon to the Department of the Army Staff. At the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, he served as the senior military chaplain in the combat theater of operations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Chaplain Carver has pastored churches in Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. A native of Rome, Georgia, he and his wife, Sunny, currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Newton B. Collinson IV
Entrepreneur and Leader
Newt Collinson brings 25 years of leadership and experience to Warrior2Citizen. After completing his degree at Furman University in 1991, Collinson took on the challenge of OCS in Quantico, VA in 1992 to become a Marine Corps officer, serving four years on active duty and two years in the reserves. He served with the 9th Communications Battalion, 1st ANGLICO and 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company. He would not trade his time in the Corps and the lifelong friends he made there for anything.
After active duty, Collinson earned his Master's degree at Georgia Tech’s College of Management in 1998. He then embarked on a career at INVESCO. In 2006, after eight years in institutional sales and marketing in the investment management industry, he led a buyout of his family’s small publishing business and with his father and brother built it into a professional media and events company.
Collinson served as president of Collinson Media & Events until 2014 when he divested of his company shares. He now focuses his efforts on investments, mentoring other business leaders and military veterans, and volunteering and supporting non-profit causes he and his wife support, including Warrior2Citizen, Christian Leadership Concepts and The Rally Foundation. He serves on the Atlanta area board for Christian Leadership Concepts, a men’s ministry, and became a board member of Warrior2Citizen in January 2016.
Extracurricular activities include his men’s Bible study, traveling with his wife and three sons, and any outdoors activity that involves adrenaline – particularly off-road motorcycling.
Troutman Sanders LLC
William is the son of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific theater, and the nephew of three uncles who served in both theaters of operation, one earning a Purple Heart in Italy. William’s father was fortunate to have the GI Bill to further his education, to be the first to attend college in his family, to obtain a graduate level degree, and to serve as a history professor and later university administrator. Growing up in this environment, William learned early on to appreciate the sacrifice of our soldiers; the experience, wisdom and maturity that service provides; and the unspoken burden that our warriors often carry home with them. He considers this influence early on as a contributing and sustaining force to his ultimate practice of law with the international law firm Troutman Sanders in the areas of commercial and environmental litigation. William has achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for lawyers, is listed in Best Lawyer’s, serves as a Master in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, and has appeared pro bono before the U.S. Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Journalism and English in 1984, William completed his education at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1987. He is a father, an avid sports fan, and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kathy.
William P. Follansbee, MD, FACC, FACP, FASNC, FAHA
The Master Clinician Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Professor of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Director of the UPMC Clinical Center of Medical Decision Making.
Dr. Follansbee is a graduate of Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained in Internal Medicine, and subsequently in Cardiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1980, where he started the Nuclear Cardiology Department, which he directed for three decades.
Dr. Follansbee’s primary research interests are in nuclear cardiology as well as in the cardiovascular manifestations of systemic diseases. He has been a co-investigator of numerous clinical studies and research trials. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Follansbee has received many honors including being named to every Pittsburgh Magazine “Top Doctors” list since 1992, and has been elected as one of America’s Top Doctors every year since 1996.
He is a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, and the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award. Dr. Follansbee is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and was a founding member and is a Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
Founder/Geneal Partner, Blue Sky Works, LLC
Bob is an Atlanta native and began his real estate career in 1997 after the sale of a family business. He spent four years as a corporate real estate advisor at Julien J. Studley Inc. prior to joining NAI Brannen Goddard as an equity partner in 2001, where he served as Senior Vice President. His real estate activities have included corporate relocations, lease restructuring, business tax incentive negotiation, real estate and energy finance, monetization of tax credits and investment sales. Additionally, Bob consults for a number of companies offering his expertise in identifying strategic partnerships, raising capital and placing capital into real estate, technology, timber resources and alternative energy projects.
President of Peoplenet
Ed is the son of a Korean war veteran and the grandson of a World War II veteran who served in the Phillipines. Ed learned very early the humility of these wonderful men and how little they wanted to talk about how much they really did. His grandfather didn’t share some of the terrible things he witnessed until he was over 80 years old, and it was clear that this had weighed on him for years. When Ed was considering colleges, he applied to the Naval Academy. Having learned he was too tall to fly, he chose another path and always felt there was something he missed by not being in the military himself.
Ed is the President of Peoplenet, a software provider in the Human Capital Management space. He has spent most of his career in technology and finds passion in finding ways to automate mundane tasks so that people can focus their efforts on the more interesting ones. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory University.
Chief Operating Ofiicer - Z-Square Technology
Andy has helped clients achieve success by leveraging his entrepreneurial insights, technical and strategic understanding to deliver crisp solutions and high value products. He is an experienced figure in marketing, business strategy and information technology; a growth oriented executive with many years of success in organizations ranging in size from tech start-ups to $1B+ in annual revenue. With his guidance, TGI Ventures and Z-Square Technology are developing products and implementing solutions for some of the best and innovative organizations in the world. Andy has a key role in laying out TGI Ventures' and Z-Square's direction and overall business strategy. Andy embraces life-long learning as a way to drive innovative thinking and action. He holds a graduate degree from Harvard and studied Strategic Marketing Management at the Harvard Business School.
Along with his general management experience, Andy has conducted behavioral research and developed predictive analytics and social profiling technology related to human motivation and consumer preferences. His association memberships have included: American Marketing Association, MIT Enterprise Forum, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, MITX, ACM and IEEE.
STEVEN D. OLSON, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Innovation Excellence
Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Michael J. Coles College of Business Kennesaw State University
Dr. Olson teaches innovation, leadership, ethics and environmental sustainability to executives and managers. He previously taught at Georgia State University Robinson College of Business and Law School (2007-2015), where he was named “Best Professor” nine times. He also Directed the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. He has taught at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School (1992-99), School of Medicine (1994-99), and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1994-99). He founded and Directed the Business and Professional Ethics Program for Emory’s Center for Ethics in Public Policy and the Professions. In between his two tours in higher education, Steve co-founded Generative Consulting, a leadership training and coaching consultancy and led its partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute (1999-2004) and the Fortune magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” project. He has taught and led innovation and leadership workshops, projects and programs across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.
An active volunteer, Steve he served as VP for Operations on the Board of Nicholas House Family Shelters and two-terms as Board Chair of Moving in the Spirit (MITS), which teaches leadership and life skills to at risk youth using the art and discipline of modern dance.
Currently, spurred by the experience of serving as Special Advisor to the US Marine Corps and of working on the behalf of a suicidal student-veteran to get help and healing, Steve has devoted his volunteering and giving to the cause of helping our veterans come home from war, heal the visible and invisible wounds of war, and transition back into their families and communities so that they can take up their rightful place at the center of our communities, organizations, and society. He served as an adviser to Veteran’s Heart Georgia (VHG) and attended VHG’s monthly “Just Listening” circles for several years. Steve believes that we are better as a society when veterans take up their rightful place in the center of our society and that it is our duty as citizens to honor them, take up responsibility with them for our nation’s wars and “afterwar” work, so that we can all work to live in peace. Steve has served as a Special Advisor the U.S. Marine Corps, first at the Parris Island Recruit Depot and then at The Basic School. His work with the Marine Corps was featured in USA Today, and Newsweek.
Steve earned a Masters from Yale University (1988) his Ph.D. from Emory University (2007). He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Germaine, and their two children, Kai (10) and Greta (7).
Col. Michael Roberts, (R)
W2C Co-Founder and Executive Director
Col. Michael Roberts (Ret) is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Warrior2 Citizen with over thirty years experience serving as a trusted advisor for military intelligence, homeland security, and intelligence agencies. Michael served in theatre over a fifteen-year time span. As an intelligence analyst, leader, educator, and strategic advisor to senior government officials, he is accomplished at developing visionary and pragmatic effective solutions. He brought dedicated leadership and expertise to national security organizations, military and homeland security program, process and product development for military, intel, public health, and safety communities. He has a keen understanding of their challenges/requirements, policy development considerations, risk management systems, program improvement strategies, and governance issues. His endeavours in the not-for-profit world include establishing programs for the homeless and other leadership to community-based caregiving programs, including foundation development. He has been on the faculty and management staff of the Georgia Tech, GTRI, University of Georgia, USF, and other universities. Michael attended Stevens Institute for Technology and St. Peter’s College (MS, BS), has done National Security and Strategic Studies post graduate work at the Army War College, and has been credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and Certified Management Consultant. He has spoken at national and international-level conferences and symposia addressing the threats of terrorism, describing strategic initiatives for the medical aspects of incident management and intelligence gathering methods. He has two grown children and two grandchildren and resides in Georgia.
Principal in PwC’s Power and Utilities Advisory Practice.
Danny has worked in consulting since 1997 and has worked in the Utilities client group for over 15 of those years. In 1999, Danny began creating a new financial reporting package for Entergy and has been focused in the energy industry ever since. Work experience since 1999 has included working for over 30 utilities across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, predominately with the corporate function (including Finance and HR) but also working across Supply Chain, Work Management, and the Customer functions.
Danny has focused on selling and delivering Business Transformations at large to mid-sized utility clients. These projects include improving all aspects of the organization design, process design, data and technology design, as well as with customer interaction and growth
Dr. Richard Welch, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Public Relations
He has been a college teacher for 32 years at the University of Denver, Villanova University in Philadelphia, Kennesaw State University and Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. He has also worked as the executive director of the Anti-Prejudice Consortium (2005-2008), as an advertising designer, a public relations & advertising coordinator for a manufacturer and a newspaper reporter. Dr. Welch spent four years in the USAF as a photo interpreter including a tour in Vietnam & Thailand, where he met his wife, Jill Williams, who was an assistant director of the USO on Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. Dr. Welch has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Denver in mass and speech communication.