Speakers


Emmitt Smith

Former NFL Running Back
Opening Keynote Speaker


Emmitt J. Smith, III is the Chief Executive Officer of EJSmith Enterprises. His business ventures include E Smith Legacy, E Smith Realty Partners, E Smith Capital Partners, & EJ Smith Construction.  Mr. Smith aligned with Capview Partners in September 2013.

Prior to becoming a Chairman, CEO & President, Mr. Smith enjoyed a distinguished professional football career in the NFL for fifteen years.   During those years, Emmitt attained several awards and accolade including three Super Bowl championships, an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP and finished his career as the NFL’s All Time leading rusher.  His professional career culminated with Mr. Smith being inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mr. Smith is now aggressively translating his champion’s legacy to the business community. With companies focused on real estate development, investment and construction, Mr. Smith is actively expanding his business scope. As well known for his character and integrity as he is for his athletic ability, Mr. Smith continues to give back to the community and support higher education via Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, an organization that annually awards college scholarships and provides enrichment opportunities to underserved youth.

Proven fast, smart and –thanks to Dancing with the Stars –smooth on his feet, Mr. Smith is a formidable executive.  A respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker and bestselling author, Mr. Smith continues to share his personal and professional stories with organizations across the country.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Recreation. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is married and the father of five children. 

 

Joel Manby

President & Chief Executive Officer
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment,
Member of The Salvation Army National Advisory Board

 
Joel K. Manby is President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned theme park and Entertainment Company in the United States, when he appeared on the CBS reality TV series “Undercover Boss.” Mr. Manby has shown that leading with love is effective, even in a business environment, as described in his book “Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders.” Prior to joining Herschend, Mr. Manby spent 20 years in the auto industry in general management and marketing roles, primarily at General Motors in the Saturn and Saab divisions.  Mr. Manby served as CEO of Saab Automobile USA from 1996 to 2000.  Mr. Manby currently serves on the board of directors of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. and also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.  Mr. Manby received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Albion College.  As valedictorian of Albion College, Mr. Manby was a Rhodes scholarship finalist.

 

Dr. Leith Anderson

President of the National Association of Evangelicals

Pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he was senior pastor for 35 years, Dr. Leith Anderson currently is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Leith speaks frequently at conferences, has traveled to all seven continents, and has been interviewed by numerous publications and broadcasts, including  the New York Times, Christianity Today, CNN, and more. For two years, he served under U.S. President Barack Obama on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Leith received his doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) and holds honorary doctorates from Cornerstone University (Michigan), Eastern University (St. Davids, Pennsylvania), and the Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, Illinois). Leith has authored or coauthored many articles and more than 20 books, including Dying for Change, A Church for the Twenty-First Century, and Praying to the God You Can Trust. He and his wife, Charleen, have four children and live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

 

General André Cox

The Salvation Army

General André Cox was born to European Salvation Army officer parents serving in Zimbabwe, whilst Commissioner Silvia was the daughter of European Salvation Army officer parents serving in Argentina.  Their international childhood hinted at a global ministry they have shared, subsequent to their marriage, as Salvation Army officers since 1979.  With their three daughters, Myriam, Esther and Sarah, the Coxes have lived in Africa and Europe, latterly holding territorial leadership responsibilities in the Finland and Estonia, Southern Africa, and United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland territories.  It was on 3 August 2013 that the then Chief of the Staff, André Cox, was elected the 20th General of The Salvation Army.

As international leaders of The Salvation Army, the Coxes encourage the diligent reading of Scripture, the highest ethical standards that truly reflect sound biblical stewardship, and authentic Christian witness in which belief and behaviour are indivisible thereby ensuring the grace and love of Jesus are wholly reflected in daily living.

The General and Commissioner Silvia testify to God's generous provision throughout their lives which, in recent years, has included the great blessing of five delightful grandchildren, Rebecca, Lily, Leona, Wendy and Kevin.