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A.J. Khubani - Rebecca Costa

August 28th, 2014

Ajit J. Khubani is the founder and CEO of the iconic “As Seen On TV” products giant Telebrands. Khubani majored in business administration and had his first product hit at the age of 25 with his massaging slippers. He has since gone on to create and promote many more top-selling products such as Amber Vision Sunglasses, the PedEgg, and Pasta Boat. Now he tours the country hosting “TeleBrands Inventors Days,” where at-home inventors can pitch their products in the hopes of their products and ideas hitting it big.

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Mitch Daniels - Rebecca Costa

August 21st, 2014

Mitchell E. Daniels was unanimously selected by the Purdue Board of trustees in June of 2012 to be the university’s 12th president. Before assuming his position at Purdue, Daniels was the 49th Governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013. He has also held several top management positions in both private and public sectors such as the CEO of the Hudson Institute, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. Daniels is also the author of the best-seller “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.”

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Bill Frist - Rebecca Costa

August 14th, 2014

William H. Frist is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Board of Cressey & Company. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years and served on both the Health and Finance committees. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate and served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead prior. Frist continues to serve the community through efforts in public health and education reform.

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Ken Salazar - Rebecca Costa

August 7th, 2014

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar served as the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior, in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.  Previously he served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009 and was the Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005. More recently, Salazar became a partner at the major international law firm of WilmerHale and was assigned the task of opening a Denver office. He currently provides legal, strategic and policy advice to clients, focusing on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy.

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Ken Salazar - Rebecca Costa

August 7th, 2014

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar served as the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior, in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.  Previously he served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009 and was the Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005. More recently, Salazar became a partner at the major international law firm of WilmerHale and was assigned the task of opening a Denver office. He currently provides legal, strategic and policy advice to clients, focusing on matters at the intersection of law, business and public policy.

Bob Kerrey - Rebecca Costa

July 31st, 2014

“Bob” Kerrey is an American politician who served as the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987, and as a United States Senator for the state of Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. Kerrey was also involved with the 9/11 Commission that investigated the events of September 11th and devised preventative measures to avoid future attacks. More recently, Kerry joined the Carmen Group Lobbying firm in 2013 as Client Project Leader.

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Cash Nickerson - Rebecca Costa

July 24th, 2014

Cash Nickerson has been President and CEO of PDS Tech, Inc., which is the fourth largest engineering and IT staffing firm in the United States, for 10 years. He has held several other executive and legal positions in his career including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad and partner at top Chicago law firm Jenner & Block. Nickerson has also received the Global Philanthropy Award from Washington University for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. A critically acclaimed author, Nickerson has written several books including his most recent work, BOOMERangs: Engaging The Aging Workforce in America.

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Itzhak Perlman - Rebecca Costa

July 17th, 2014

Itzhak Perlman is a prodigious talent on the violin who overcame a diagnosis of polio at a young age to become one of the most renowned classical musicians in the world. He has played around the globe with the world’s leading orchestras, collaborated with several other notable musicians, and gone on to work as a successful conductor. By 2013, he had received 15 Grammy Awards and has won 4 Emmys for his work in music. Perlman also uses time to pass his skills onto the next generation as a teacher at Julliard and co-founded the Perlman Music Program in 1998.

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Bobby Franklin - Rebecca Costa

July 10th, 2014

In September 2013, Bobby Franklin assumed the position of President and CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In his role, Franklin leads and oversees the strategic direction of the nearly 400 member strong association on behalf of U.S. venture capitalists and the startup ecosystem. Prior to leading NVCA, Franklin spent ten years at CTIA as the Executive Vice President and second-in-command to the CO – The Wireless Association®, a large Washington, DC-based trade association representing the entire wireless industry.

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Barry McCaffrey - Rebecca Costa

July 3rd, 2014

General Barry Richard McCaffrey is a retired US Army general, news commentator and business consultant. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in Vietnam, two Silver Stars for valor and two Distinguished Service Crosses. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning in 2007, and served as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy from 2001 to 2008. He is currently a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC, as well as president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates.

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