WHO WE ARE
Wheelchairs for Warriors provides custom-fit, complex-rehab mobility solutions to injured veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. Each chair is specially tailored to each recipient's individual needs.
W4W can accommodate any limitations in detail (i.e. sip and puff, chin, head, finger, foot, shoulder, etc.) We have built chairs operated by finger(s), eye(s), mouth, chin, head, or breath.
Crystal Lee Laramore is the Founder and Executive Director of Wheelchairs for Warriors. WFW was founded on 6 December 2016 and has been recognized by the State of Texas as well as Galveston County, where their HQ is located. Wheelchairs for Warriors serves veterans and first responders who cannot get assistance from normal sources.
Crystal’s love for the military, and those who wear a uniform to protect and serve, comes from a family history steeped in the American tradition of serving our country; a passion that runs deep in her family roots. With this burning desire in her heart to serve, Crystal worked for the Department of State (DOS) in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-2006. She served as a liaison officer to the Ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, and received a letter of commendation from the DOS. It was this experience that sparked the fire in her to found an organization that serves warriors.
Noticing the gap between what our wounded warriors NEED and what they are afforded, Crystal and co-founder Heidi Hansing, set out on a mission to provide better wheelchair solutions that would allow wounded veterans and first responders to regain some of their independence and give them the ability to ROLL STRONG! Crystal, along with Wheelchairs for Warriors, received the Four Chaplains Bronze Medal Humanitarian Award in 2023.
Heidi comes from a long family tradition of patriotic values and military service. She enlisted in the US Army as a 17-year old freshman in college and served simultaneously in the US Reserves and ROTC until her graduation and commissioning. She graduated with a BA degree in International Affairs, a Specialty in Soviet Politics, and a Minor in Military Science. As an officer, she earned her jump wings at Airborne School before serving the remainder of her active duty service overseas.
Since her separation from military service, Heidi has been a small business owner and investor. She has served as a humanitarian aid director in the south Yucatan, Mexico.
Heidi is fiercely politically independent and served on the executive board of a renowned grassroots organization. She is extremely adept in the legislative process and trained many citizen lobbyists. She owned and operated a firearms dealership, specializing in self and home defense for women. For several years, she was a popular hard-hitting radio personality in Texas politics. She was honored to be elected to serve her community on the City Council of League City, Texas.
Now politically retired, Heidi is a cross-country adventure motorcyclist and freelance book narrator. She remains active in veteran's advocacy and volunteerism, serving those who have served us. She is, above all, a proud Blue Star Mom.
Complex Rehab Seating Specialist
Comp Mobility | CEO
In February 2007, Paul lived in South Carolina and was VP of a large tech company. His diabetic father, veteran of the Army, helicopter pilot during the Korean War, owned an outdoor store and was an avid outdoors-man. In 2007, his father had gangrene in both feet which led to a double amputee at the age of 70. Six months later, after much therapy, Mr. Morgan could walk using a walker, but needed independent mobility to attend church, go to the grocery or visit computer shows (his hobby), so they turned to the regional VA Hospital for help in providing a proper-fitting power wheelchair. THREE YEARS LATER, January 2011, Mr. Morgan finally got the power chair HE WAS FITTED FOR IN 2008!
After his father passed away, Paul called the VA to request pickup of his father's new wheelchair that took three years to receive, to which they said, “We don’t pick up used equipment.” Through a local charity, Paul found a woman who needed a chair and delivered it to her. This woman was beyond surprised and grateful.
This experience guided Paul's career path, directing him to use his engineering expertise to serve those like his father, not getting what they need, when they need it.
Today Paul's life has come full circle. He gets to help veterans and first responders. This is truly his calling and he is forever grateful to give back to men and women like his father who unselfishly served their country. Paul's expertise designing huge network infrastructures and high-end, complex-rehab equipment is being used to fulfill his calling in engineering wheelchairs for warriors.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JAY E. MINCKS
Chairman of the Board & Founding Board Member
Founder/President of JESAM, Enterprises, LLC.
As the former Executive Vice President of Insperity, an HR outsourcing firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Jay rose from sales manager in a small sales office to leading all sales and marketing for the entire company. On Jay's watch, Insperity grew from six salespeople to 660, and from a small business to almost $6 billion in revenue.
Jay’s early years in business were highlighted with his successes in sales, sales training, and sales management working with multiple Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his successful business career, Jay is an award-winning author. His book, Embrace the Price of Success contains the principals he found essential for both personal and professional success. He is also an accomplished public speaker, having addressed audiences at hundreds of events from small groups to thousands.
Having led the execution of the multi-year Insperity Invitational, a senior PGA Champions tour event that has been recognized as the “best” on the tour, Jay continues to serve as Chairman of that event. His commitment to serve and mentor has been invaluable to Wheelchairs for Warriors as a founding board member.
Founding Board Member
Executive Vice President
Nate Olsen, a California native, quickly made his way to Texas. He is a passionate follower of political news, an avid reader, and a dedicated family man. In his free time, he loves taking his two young daughters on outdoor adventures and considers backyard grilling a true art form (don't hesitate to ask for a taste of his Texas-style BBQ!). Interestingly, he questions his wife's intelligence for sticking by his side for over 25 years.
During the day, Nate holds the role of Executive Vice President at JESAM Enterprises, LLC, and serves as the President of BestFit PEO Solutions, LLC, which is part of JESAM's business portfolio. With over two decades of experience in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, Nate leads BestFit PEO Solutions in assisting business owners in selecting the ideal PEO to meet their specific needs.
Nate's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California.
Chief Executive Officer John's Killer Protein
John Ibrahim is a skilled executive with more than 20 years financial management and operations experience.
John graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Business Management, with an emphasis on
His early career was spent with RSM U.S. (formerly Mcgladrey & Pullen, LLP), an assurance, tax and consulting firm with operations worldwide. During his tenure with RSM US, he received the firm’s prestigious
Sarbanes-Oxley Specialist designation for evaluating and advising on complex internal controls and corporate governance processes for Fortune 500 companies across various industries, and in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
John possesses an in-depth knowledge of accounting and financial reporting, international finance and cross-border operations best practices, mergers and acquisitions,
financial consolidation, and divestitures. He is a Certiied Public Accountant and a Certified Valuations Analyst.
In 2016, he founded John’s Organic Pantry, Inc. a food manufacturing company focusing on creating a wide range of clean-label, organic, non-denatured ingredients, high-protein blends and supplements for the fitness and health industries. He currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and has grown the enterprise from a single SKU startup into a successful business with sales and operations in the US, Canada, Ireland and Turkey.
John lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife, three daughters, and Nala, the family German Shepherd.
2800 Marina Bay Dr., Suite E, League City, TX
Kelly Baygents is an exceptional individual with a fascinating background. After serving in the Army for several years, she dedicated her time and skills to ExxonMobil, where she thrived for 14 remarkable years. However, deep down, Kelly always harbored a burning desire to have her own business, a dream that held a special place in her heart.
Encouragement came from an unexpected ally, her loving husband Eric, who recognized the importance of pursuing one's dreams without regret. With his unwavering support and the presence of their two wonderful daughters, Lillian and Zoey, Kelly was inspired to turn her aspiration into reality.
Kelly's vision for Texas Artisan is to create a haven that celebrates craftsmanship, creativity, and local talent. Her passion lies in curating unique and handcrafted items that not only embellish homes but also tell stories. She believes that each piece should reflect the personality and individuality of its owner, bringing joy and warmth to every corner.
Drawing from her extensive experience in diverse industries, Kelly possesses a keen eye for quality and aesthetics. She intends to collaborate with talented artisans, showcasing their extraordinary skills and products in her store. By doing so, she hopes to promote local artisans and foster a sense of community among customers.
As a former Army veteran, Kelly understands the importance of dedication and perseverance. She brings this strong work ethic and determination to Texas Artisan, ensuring that the store stands as a testament to her commitment to excellence. By providing exceptional customer service and a welcoming atmosphere, she aims to create a memorable shopping experience for all who visit her store.
As the new owner of Texas Artisan, Kelly Baygents is poised to make her mark in the world of art and craftsmanship, inspiring others to chase their dreams and embrace their true passion.
HP Christus Health/Us Family Plan | Community Outreach
Myrna Trevino wears many hats. She currently works with HP Christus Health/US Family Plan in community outreach in Houston, Texas. She is also a member of USAREC (US Army Recruiting) Community Relations Team, she's a committee member for the Mayors’ Challenge on Suicide Prevention and Awareness, a nominee of CASA (Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army) and she connects Veterans to appropriate resources. With her vast experience in marketing, networking, event coordinating and overall team leadership skills, she is a valuable asset and provides an amazing opportunity for Wheelchairs for Warriors to expand our reach.
JOSEPH “Jay” SWEENEY
CSM, US Army (Retired) | Former Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
Joseph “Jay” Sweeney brings a wide-ranging set of experiences, skills and invaluable local, regional and national connections which contributes to the growth and prominence of any organization with whom he associates.
Having served nearly 35 years in the Army and Army Reserve, Jay retired as a command sergeant major. His Army Reserve service include key leadership positions such as, first sergeant, operations’ sergeant major and he served for more than 19 years as the command sergeant major in nine general officer commands. His active duty tours included Japan, Hawaii, Korea, Vietnam, Fort Lewis, the Berlin Brigade and Fort Ord, California. He was the last command sergeant major at Oakland Army Base and the Military Traffic Management Command, Western Area. Additionally, Jay served as an advocate within the US Army’s Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) and recently, having competed more than ten years, with five terms in office, was appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA - Emeritus).
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal for valor, the Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm (individual award), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is an active life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, the American Legion, the Exchange Club and the Marine Memorial Association. As a Life Member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), he has served as a chapter president, region president and a member of the national AUSA Counsel of Trustees.
Jay is a retired sergeant from the Oakland Police Department with more than 22 years of service. He has served on the board of directors (five years) for the Oakland Military Institute, eight years as a member of the Association of the US Army Council of Trustees, is a member of the California Police Officers Research Association, the International Police Association, Retired Homicide Investigators Association of California and the Retired Oakland Police Officers’ Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Hayward and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy University. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Sergeants’ Major Academy and the Naval War College.
IPS - VP of Business Dev.
Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command - Major
As a partner in IPS Pump Services, I wear many hats. Most of my efforts are focused around business development, project management, and maintaining relationships with our petrochemical and maritime transport customers.
As the vice president of business development for Industrial Packing and Seals, my center of focus is on maintaining customer relationships.
As a major in the Marine Corps working for Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command, I am tasked with advising the commanding general on various matters concerning the nation’s military presence and priorities within the greater Indo-Pacific Combatant Command as they pertain to the United States Marine Corps as prescribed by the President’s National Defense Strategy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Defense Planning Guidance, and the Commandant’s Planning Guidance from the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Founding Board Member
Doc Greene has been a fixture for years on Houston radio on KSEV 700 AM, KPRC 950 AM and 92.1 News FM and multiple appearances on TV including Fox 26 in Houston. Doc Greene is the quintessential music man, conservative activist, and a thought-leader on issues facing America and the state of Texas.
Doc was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He worked on cattle drives every year, has been known to break a few politicians during his broadcast career, and his goal is to give power back to “We the people.”
Today Doc is a Veteran USAF 1971-1975, entrepreneur, amateur pilot, expert sound professional, and professional musician. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, JoAnne, for 46 years and has 4 children and 10 grandchildren. He is on the air today fighting for liberty that affects our families on a national platform via American Voice Radio Network, Raging Elephants Radio, his own YouTube Channel and various social medias.
Managing Partner/Executive Manager, Capitol Chevrolet
Lincoln Stahl is a remarkable human being whose rags to riches journey is a testament to his unwavering resilience and perseverance. Born and raised in humble beginnings, Lincoln worked diligently to overcome all odds, dedicating himself to his family, his community, and his country.
Lincoln's exceptional service to his country began as an 11Bravo Ranger in the US Army from 1995 to 1999, where he displayed an unparalleled sense of duty, honor, and courage. His service in the Army helped him develop critical leadership skills that he later utilized in his civilian life to support his community.
Lincoln's pursuit of education began with him earning his degree in mechanical engineering from Buffalo State University, where he graduated with honors. Lincoln's dedication to academics and his passion for engineering culminated in him becoming a big supporter of his community, mentoring promising young individuals who were interested in pursuing careers in the field.
Lincoln's astounding career trajectory began when he started working in a machine shop as a sweeper, collecting metal shavings in a small bucket. He worked extremely hard, and the shop owners recognized his exceptional work ethic and leadership qualities, which led to him managing the shop.
Lincoln's entrepreneurial spirit and incredible knack for business led him to sell cars and ultimately become a GM, rising through the ranks to become the managing partner at Capitol Chevrolet Berkshire Hathaway Automotive dealership
Throughout his career, Lincoln has remained humble, resilient, and dedicated to his family, community, and country.
Lincoln's commitment to his family is unparalleled, as he remains a faithful husband and exceptional father to his children. Lincoln is also a loyal friend, who always goes above and beyond to support and uplift others.
Wheelchairs for Warriors is privileged to welcome Lincoln Stahl as a board member. His wealth of experience, dedication to his community, and passion for supporting those in need make him an invaluable addition to our team. We look forward to working closely with Lincoln to support our mission of empowering wounded veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Galveston County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Joe Giusti is a lifelong Galveston county resident and retired Galveston Police Department Officer where he served in almost every division of the department. Joe spent 12 years as a motorcycle officer and dedicated 12 years to the Galveston S.W.A.T. team as a point man and team leader. As a former Chief Deputy Constable Joe helped lead a successful Constable Office to becoming one of the best in Texas. Joe has been active in the community for years, Joe has both public and private service experience. As the Former Director of Security for Landry’s Inc. in the Galveston area, he had the responsibility for thousands of employees and guests. Joe is a recognized leader in the community and active in many local organizations. In recognition of his service to the community, Joe was voted by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as the Man of the Year, as well as the 2012 Deputy Constable of the Year by the 50 Club of Galveston County, and 1993 Officer of the Year by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas. Joe was also chosen by the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Man of the Year. Joe has been married to the love of his life, Donna, for 34 years and they have two children, Amanda a Registered Nurse, Kyle an assistant baseball coach at Galveston Community College and two grandsons Logan and Declan.
OEM ACCOUNT MANAGER
Consolidated Electrical Dist.
Brett was born and raised in Nederland, TX by his very patriotic parents who instilled in him a love of God and Country and his parents are still married today! He graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. He is proud to be a Texan and a conservative Republican!
For over 20 years Brett has lived in the Houston, Texas area. He has been in the industrial electrical industry for more than 20 years and is currently the OEM Account Manager at CED (Commercial Electrical Distribution)
Industrial. He consistently ranks as one of the top salesmen for the company and is well respected in the industry. His business is built on honesty, which has gained him the respect and trust of his customers.
He is an outdoor enthusiast and has hunted all over the United States; including elk and bear hunting in New Mexico, deer in Kansas and Illinois, as well as many game animals in Texas.
Director of Pre-Owned Operations - DARCARS
Jon was born in Minot, North Dakota in 1968 and raised between Redondo Beach, California and Minot, North Dakota.
He joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school, which follows in the footsteps of his family dating back to the Mexican American War. He served four years as an MOS 0341 where his first duty station was Marine barracks 8th & I, Washington DC. as Presidential Honor Guard. While stationed in D.C. he was assigned to ceremonial drill platoon, fire team leader and ceremonial drill instructor.
In 1990 Jon was deployed to Desert Shield Desert Storm and later had other deployments around the world with Second Battalion Eighth Marines (2/8 American's Battalion). During this time, he had the privilege of saving and helping human lives which led him to his strong commitment to our veterans in need.
After serving in the Marines, Jon has had a successful career in the automotive industry. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. Jon has been married 32 years and has three beautiful children. He has made it part of his life to give to the military community through outreach and hands on mobilization.
Jill Businelle has been a committed volunteer and avid supporter of Wheelchairs for Warriors for many years. Her commitment to our mission has been priceless.
Jill currently works with Nielsen in Business Development. Her career has given her vast experience in marketing PSAs in both radio and TV. She has seen the value from the expanded reach of audience from both TV and radio placement.
Jill is a valuable asset and provides an amazing opportunity for Wheelchairs for Warriors to expand our reach. She also has experience as a full-time career giver to a wheelchair dependent spinal cord injured individual. She knows first hand how the right equipment can make the difference between a rewarding life and depression. She is greatly motivated in seeing more lives changed by filling this gap of needed wheelchairs and other accessible equipment.
Honorary Board Members
Former Houston Oiler Quarterback
DP Quality Foods, Inc. | CEO
Dante "Dan" Pastorini is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He is also a winning NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver.
While most folks are most familiar with Dan’s accomplishments on the football field and in the race car arena, most do not know of his passion for helping children in need.
Dan Pastorini Charity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to raise funds for and awareness of several charities close to Dan’s heart. Dan Pastorini Charity has benefited several organizations, but focused most of their attention on Be An Angel.
Having grown up in California, Pastorini says, “I’m very proud to have become a true, naturalized Texan after spending all my adult life in Houston and learning it is a ‘Texas Thing’ to give back and help people.”
Pastorini is a big supporter of the Be An Angel network, a non-profit that enhances the quality of life for profoundly deaf and multi-handicapped kids, and has been the main recipient of the annual Dan Pastorini Celebrity Chairty Golf Invitational. Pastorini also loves and volunteers his time to veteran causes..
“Without the support from our friends, we would not be able to support the causes we do today,” Pastorini notes. “It’s heartwarming to see how everyone steps up to support such wonderful organizations and we are excited to continue that ‘Texas Thing’.” www.danpastorinicharity.org
Col. GREGORY GADSON (Ret.)
Motivational Speaker and American Actor
Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a Chesapeake, Va., native, served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson's service culminated as the Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, where he oversaw the daily operations of the post, a strategic sustaining base where more than 50,000 military personnel and employees provide logistical, intelligence, medical and administrative support, and command and control for a mix of more than 140 commands and agencies for the Department of Defense.
Col. Gadson's life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, Col. Gadson's greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.
Refusing to be defined by the proverbial "hail of bullets," he has since drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team, learned as a West Point linebacker, and applied them to his life, career and family.
Commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Greg served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg served in various assignments throughout the world. He dedicated himself to leading the Soldiers, civilian employees and family members in living the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
Greg is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with disabilities; on several occasions, testified before Congress on issues related to these groups.
In 2007, Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach, asked Gadson to meet with the then struggling team. Gadson talked to the players about service, teamwork, duty, perseverance and adversity. His message resonated and the New York Giants defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Greg made his silver screen debut in 2012 as a lead actor in the blockbuster movie Battleship; where he portrayed a war-injured veteran that helped save the world from an alien invasion. In 2015, he completed season one of The Inspectors, a family television series on CBS.
Greg is also an accomplished photographer/artist and remains active in cycling, skiing and scuba.
Greg's military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit (2); Bronze Stars (3); Purple Heart; the Meritorious Service Medal (3) and the Army Commendation Medal (3).
He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and holds masters degrees in Information Systems from Webster University; and Policy Management from Georgetown University. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Webster University.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) ALLEN WEST
Former U.S. Congressman, Commentator, & Public Speaker
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Allen B. West is a Christian constitutional conservative, combat veteran, public speaker, and former Member of the US Congress. Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen, all combat veterans, in his family.
Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the American Legion, life member of the Association of the United States Army and the Society of the First Infantry Division, Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Member (Benefactor) and Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association. Lieutenant Colonel West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
West holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and two Masters, one from Kansas State University and another from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College.
He is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, Texas. West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.
Purple Heart Recipient
Charlie Mike Precision (CMP) FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Charlie joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 19. He completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course Class 176 and checked into his very first SEAL Team, (SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team-2) where he underwent 3 deployments, and eventually served as a SEAL Delivery Vehicle Instructor.
Eventually, he became the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Sniper School. He went on two deployments as part of SEAL Team-5, and ultimately received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Sailor of the Quarter, Sailor of the Year for all SEAL Teams, and Runner-Up for PACIFIC-FLEET SOY.
Charlie served as the Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Unit-1 and was in charge of 14 Southeast Asian Countries. Later, he served as SEAL Team-1 Troop Chief and retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2015.
Since his retirement, he opened CharlieMikePrecision (CMP), a Tactical Force Company specializing in Long Range Rifle, Pistol, and Carbine Courses. Engineering the most accurate rifles available on the market. Find out more about CMP: www.charliemikeprecision.com.
*Charlie trained the now infamous Navy Seals Chris Kyle and also Marcus Lutrell.
Comedian, Musician, Public Figure & Arm Chair Philosopher
Most of us are born into this world kicking and screaming, but Chad Prather most certainly came out laughing. The comedian, musician and armchair philosopher is an unapologetic champion for anyone looking for a reason to smile. Prather’s God-given gift to entertain and inspire has made him a household name, and he’s grown accustomed to captivating millions of viewers on any given day.
Chad Prather grew up in Augusta, GA and learned to find joy and amusement in even the most unremarkable moments that life has to offer. “For me,” Prather admits, “comedy really isn’t all that complex. More often than not, nothing makes me laugh harder than when common sense sneaks up and wins the day.”
Perhaps the most compelling quality Chad Prather possesses is his refusal to compromise the things he’s most passionate about. From acting and comedy to music and motivational speaking, there doesn’t seem to be a field in entertainment that Prather can’t conquer.
Chad Prather has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, A&E, The Blaze, and more, and his talents have been praised by the likes of Southern Living, People, Nash Country Weekly and Newsweek.
In addition to hosting Blaze TV’s “The Chad Prather Show” and contributing weekly to various networks, Prather has celebrated his top-charting album “Y’All Shut Up” and his latest book “Am I Crazy: An Unapologetic Patriot Takes on the Insanity of Today’s Woke World.” He has had numerous international comedy tours and incorporates music into each show, often with his band Chad Prather and The Ragamuffins.
Fans of the fast-talking, observational humorist have branded him ‘a modern day Will Rogers.’ For Chad Prather, taking yourself too seriously is the truest form of self-sabotage, and life is too short for that!
Prather has made Texas his home for the past two decades.
Visit his website: https://www.watchchad.com/
Former Black Hawk Aviator
Country Music Artist
Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of 11 in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad in Iraq. Shortly after, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah. On January 8, 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat… After all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia – the same battle that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down.
On December 17, 2013 Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was killed in action in Afghanistan when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device. This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel Ryan’s fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
In late 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single “Burn,” featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. “Burn” aired nationwide on The Country Network and Heartland, and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. For more info: www.weavercountry.com.
US Federal Air Marshall & Shadow Warriors Riders MC Founder
Chance “Hollywood” Showell is a current US Federal Air Marshal that was drawn back into service after witnessing the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is a veteran of the US Army Medical Corps and US Army Military Police Corps.
Chance began his nonprofit work in 1995, raising funds for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with an Easter event called The Bunny Run. An event in which the community
joins together to ride their motorcycles to the hospital with the Easter Bunny.
Relocating to the Orlando area in 2005, Chance again went to work as a fundraiser for Nemours Children’s Hospital, bringing the motorcycling community together to
generate much needed awareness to children’s oncology.
Founder of the Shadow Warrior Riders Motorcycle Club which has become the soldiers for many veterans and first responder nonprofits, this motorcycle club comprised of
veterans, contractors and first responders has raised over $200k for our warriors.
Founder of the 501(c)(3), Warrior Shield Foundation, this group will be a “one stop shop” for veterans, first responders and gold star family members, enabling them to find the help they need.
For more info: www.ShawdowWarriorMC.com
Radio Broadcasting Personality
Co-Host of Walton and Johnson Show
Kenny Webster is a syndicated news radio personality, character voice artist, and accomplished comedy writer from Houston, Texas. He's been nominated for many awards but has never won because those contests are all rigged.
Former US Marine
Lonnie was born in Santa Ana, CA and raised in Victoria, TX. He joined the USMC out of high school in May 1989 and served four years (MOS-0311), his first duty station was Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington, DC. He was selected as a member of the silent drill team in ‘90 and served as a White House cleated Marine.
He then deployed to Desert Storm with 2nd Marines from December 1990 to April 1991. After Desert Storm, he was selected to remain at 8th and I as a ceremonial drill school instructor.
When his military service ended, Lonnie began a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Today he is the owner of Horizontal Solutions, an equipment rental and service company based in Midland, TX.
USMC | Council on Foreign Relations and Fellow of the British–American Project
Orlando Sanchez was elected Harris County Treasurer in November of 2006, the first immigrant to be chosen county-wide by the voters for a non-judicial office. He served in that office until December 2016, overseeing Harris County’s multiple bank accounts, paying the county’s expenses and serving as an independent set of eyes in overseeing spending of county taxpayer dollars.Sanchez came to Houston in 1962 when his father was hired by former Harris County Judge Roy Hofheinz to be one of two Spanish announcers for the Colt 45s Baseball Club and then the Houston Astros. Sanchez grew up in southwest Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1976. After his tour he enlisted in the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group of the Texas Air National Guard at the then-named Ellington Field. He graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a degree in political science and embarked on a career as a public servant, first as a three-term Houston City Council member and then as Harris County Treasurer. Orlando was named the University of Houston’s College of Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. Orlando also sat on the Harris County Bail Bonds Board, is a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Bank, a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the 100 Club of Houston and is a current advisory member of Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers-Southwest (VIC-SW), an organization that provides free one-on-one assistance to the frail and elderly in southwest Houston through a network of volunteers who provide services. He is a member of the University of Houston Foundation Board of Directors and is a former advisory member of the University of Houston Law School Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Fellow of the British–American Project. In 1995 Orlando was elected to serve as a member of the Houston City Council. He was the first Latino immigrant elected to a city-wide position in Houston. He served three terms and helped his colleagues pass the first property tax cut in decades. Orlando also chaired the city’s International Trade Committee, the Legislative Affairs Committee and chaired the Cellular Tower Working Committee.He has served on the Texas Attorney General’s Municipal Advisory Committee and was appointed to the U.S. Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.Orlando is married to Julye Vanessa Croix-Sanchez a television reporter/anchor for a CBS affiliate in Texas. His daughter Aubrie M. Sanchez is a 2010 graduate with an IB from the Awty International School in Houston. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Boston University in 2014, a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University in 2017, a Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology from Boston University School Of Medicine in 2019, and is currently a candidate for a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences through the Bio Mechanics Research Center at the Wexner Medical Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Former USMC - SWAT - LEO
Meet Jaime! He served our country in the US Marine Corps and went on to serve his community as a deputy for the Scott County Sheriff's Dept. He was injured in the line of duty from a gunshot wound to his back right above his heart and has been fighting for his Workman's Comp benefits ever since. It's been years of struggling with broken promises and disappointments as the red tape of bureaucracy drags on.
We were able to provide Jaime with a wheelchair that has him STANDING, giving him the mobility he deserves.
On the day we delivered his chair, Jaime said, “Thank you to everyone who donated, prayed, or had a direct hand in this amazing day. Being able to stand again means so much to me.
To my Wheelchairs for Warriors family, thank you so much for doing what you do. I don’t know where I'd be without you guys.”
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR & FUTURE ENTREPENUER
We are honored to have such a sweet Goodwill Ambassador fundraising on our behalf. She's an amazing young lady with a very bright future.
GOODWILL AMBASSADOR & FUTURE ENTREPENEUR
Maya is a wonderful young lady who is always cheering us on and inspiring us to do great things.