The following business leaders and organizations have signed onto the open letter to the President and Members of Congress, emphasizing the importance of early childhood policy. They join ReadyNation and America’s Promise Alliance in their support of early childhood policies. Click here to view the business letter press release.

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Full letter to President Obama and Members of Congress

As business people, we know that a skilled workforce is the key to economic growth and U.S. competitiveness. All of our nation’s priorities – energy, environment, defense, health, education – depend on a well-prepared workforce.

Many of us compete in a global marketplace. We see other countries investing in their young children both for the long-term benefits of a stronger workforce and the current benefits that come from enhancing the productivity of parents. To compete, we have to do the same.

Overwhelming amounts of research and evidence show the return on investment from giving young children a good start in life. We have examined the research and drawn our own conclusions: quality early childhood programs have a significant and positive impact on the skilled workforce, customer base, economy and nation we need. Behavioral skills highly valued by employers, such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation, start in the youngest years and last a lifetime.

We rarely have the luxury of making business investment decisions with as much evidence as we have to support the economic value of investing in early care and education.

Hundreds of national, state and local business leaders and organizations have recognized the positive economic returns generated by high quality early childhood education. Both Republican and Democratic governors have announced their support for more expansive early childhood initiatives. Early care and education is not a partisan issue. It is an American competitiveness issue that impacts all of us.

We believe public policy in the early childhood area should:

  • Prioritize programs with proven benefits for children and society, such as quality early education for children ages birth to five, home visiting and health care
  • Address children in the entire prenatal to age five spectrum, and their parents
  • Focus first on children from low- to moderate-income families and other children at risk for school failure
  • Give parents high quality options, using a variety of partners and settings that includes the private sector
  • Encourage federal and state programs to meet higher quality standards, while also allowing state flexibility to deliver services in a variety of ways
  • Include rigorous evaluations that document if resources are achieving improved outcomes for children and promote continuous improvement

We ask our federal representatives and our business colleagues around the country to give all children the chance to fulfill their potential and create the best workforce and economy in the world.


Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
Decatur , AL

Coleman World Group
Midland City, AL

Agnew::Beck Consulting, LLC
Anchorage, AK

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods
Little Rock, AR

Keyworks Inc.
Aptos, CA

Bay Area Council
San Francisco, CA

SuccessPartner LLC
Denver, CO

Daniels & Associates
Denver, CO

Ruby Ridge LLC
Denver, CO

Consolidated Investment Group
Englewood, CO

CT Business & Industry Association
Hartford, CT

Committee for Economic Development
Washington, DC

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Strategy Marketing Research
Fort Myers, FL

ACC Insurance Brokers
Miami, FL

Diana Greenwell Inc, Course Design
Miami, FL

Filichia Insurance Agency Inc.
Titusville, FL

Payscape Advisors
Atlanta , GA

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Atlanta, GA

Strategic Partners
Decatur, GA

Hawaii Business Roundtable
Honolulu, HI

Nalo Farms, inc.
Waimanalo, HI

Oppenheimer Companies Inc
Boise, ID

A-J Gallery of Boise Inc. DBA Ethan Allen
Boise, ID

Cunat Inc.
McHenry, IL

St. Vincent Health
Indianapolis, IN

Gentleman McCarty
Indianapolis, IN

Kiwanis International
Indianapolis, IN

Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Informatics Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

O’Hara Ruberg Taylor Sloan & Sergent
Crestwiew Hills, KY

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, N.A.
Erlanger, KY

Central Bank of Northern Kentucky
Florence, KY

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Fort Mitchell, KY

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Frankfort, KY

Wagstaff
Hebron, KY

SITEX Corporation
Henderson, KY

Garrard Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster, KY

Greater Louisville Inc.
Louisville, KY

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Owensboro, KY

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Shelbyville, KY

Froedge Machine
Tompkinsville, KY

Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Baton Rouge, LA

Entergy Corporation
New Orleans , LA

Tree Spirits
Oakland, ME

Burgess Advertising & Marketing
Portland, ME

MMG Insurance
Presque Isle, ME

Maine Early Learning Investment Group
Sidney, ME

Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Germantown, MD

The A.M. Fund
Boston, MA

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Boston, MA

Lippitt Consulting
Reading, MA

Mancuso Communication Strategies
Reading , MA

TSM Design
Springfield, MA

Springfield Business Leaders for Education
Springfield , MA

Economic Ventures, LLC
Waltham, MA

Drydock Ventures
Wellesley, MA

The O’Brien Group
Weston, MA

Murphy Consulting, Inc
Ann Arbor, MI

Metro Parent Magazine
Ferndale, MI

Little & Company
Minneapolis, MN

USA VALUES, LLC
Woodbury, MN

Barksdale Management Corp.
Ridgeland, MS

InFocus
St. Louis , MO

inCourage Leading, LLC
St. Louis, MO

Strategic Business Development, LLC
Omaha, NE

Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
Maple Shade, NJ

New Mexico Business Roundtable
Albuquerque, NM

White & Luff Financial
Santa Fe, NM

Cortland County Chamber of Commerce
Cortland, NY

Neptune Marketing LLC
Long Beach, NY

SJL Attorney Search, LLC
New York, NY

Rose Associates
New York, NY

Macy’s, Inc.
New York, NY

Sir Speedy – Pleasantville
Pleasantville, NY

Scope View Strategic Advantage
Charlotte, NC

Empower Media Group
Cincinnati , OH

Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber
Cincinnati, OH

Apollo
Cincinnati , OH

Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati, OH

Ohio Business Roundtable
Columbus, OH

Spurlino Materials
Middletown, OH

Ethicon Energy
Morrow, OH

Owens-Illinois
Perrysburg, OH

Universe Central Corporation
Poland, OH

Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition
Chickasha, OK

McCurtain Memorial Hospital
Idabel, OK

Bramlett & Associates Multimedia
Norman, OK

Law Offices of Giovanni I Perry, PLLC
Oklahoma City, OK

Potts Exploration LLC
Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa Regional Chamber
Tulsa, OK

Northwest Strategies, Inc.
Portland, OR

IHR Consulting, LLC
Portland , OR

Compli
Portland, OR

Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Altoona, PA

Main Line Health
Bryn Mawr, PA

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
Dunmore, PA

Laurel Petroleum
Greensburg, PA

Pennsylvania Business Council
Harrisburg, PA

Illuminations Consulting
Harrisburg, PA

Carlisle Construction Materials
Mechanicsburg, PA

WavelineDirectLLC
Mechanicsburg, PA

Central PA Chamber of Commerce
Milton, PA

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

C/O AthenianRazak
Philadelphia, PA

PNC Financial Services Group
Pittsburgh, PA

C.H. Briggs Comapny
Reading, PA

Roaring Spring Blank Book Co.
Roaring Spring, PA

Johnson Matthey, Smithfield
Smithfield, PA

University Park Plaza Corporation
State College, PA

Friedman Real Estate Group
State College, PA

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC
York, PA

Glatfelter Insurance Group
York, PA

Cypress Living
N Charleston, SC

IBEW Local Union #474
Memphis, TN

Law Office of Mark Allen
Memphis, TN

LeBonheur Childrens Hospital
Memphis, TN

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Nashville, TN

Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio, TX

People Making Good Public Relations
Burlington, VT

National Bank of Middlebury
Middlebury, VT

King Arthur Flour
White River Junction, VT

Hanover Investment Group, LLC
Alexandria, VA

The McCormick Group
Arlington, VA

Virginia Partners Bank
Fredericksburg, VA

The Free Lance-Star
Fredericksburg, VA

Dominion Resources
Richmond, VA

Play It Again Sports – Fredericksburg
Spotsylvania, VA

Hilldrup Companies
Stafford, VA

Mary Doherty and Associates
Port Angeles, WA

Partnership for Wisconsin’s Economic Success
Appleton, WI

ThedaCare
Appleton, WI

The names below are individual signatories only. Organizational names are presented solely for informational purposes, and do not represent a company-wide endorsement, unless otherwise listed under the organizational signatory tab.

Taylor Simmons
Director of Workforce Development
Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
Decatur , AL

Crystal Brown
Director of Business Development
Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
Decatur, AL

Philip Dotts
Managing Director
Public Financial Management, Inc.
Huntsville, AL

Andrew Halcro
President
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Anchorage, AK

David Abeyta
Medical Products Divisional Leader
W.L. Gore & Associates
Flagstaff, AZ

Randy Zook
President/CEO
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Little Rock, AR

Hugh Mcdonald
President and CEO
Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
Little Rock, AR

Stacy Sells
Senior Vice President
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods
Little Rock, AR

Kurt Yeager
President/CEO
Keyworks Inc.
Aptos, CA

Harold Williams
President Emeritus
J Paul Getty Trust
Los Angeles, CA

Lenny Mendonca
Director
McKinsey and Company
Montara, CA

Matt Regan
Vice President
Bay Area Council
San Francisco, CA

Leslie Hilton
President
SuccessPartner LLC
Denver, CO

Brad Busse
Former President
Daniels & Associates
Denver, CO

Barbara Grogan
Founder and Retired Chair and CEO
Western Industrial Contractors, Inc
Denver, CO

Gregory Anton
Founding Partner
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Denver, CO

David Merage
Principal
Consolidated Investment Group
Englewood, CO

Burnie Zercher
President
Industrial Constructors/Managers Inc.
Pueblo, CO

Peter Hurst
Chairman, President & CEO
The Community’s Bank
Bridgeport, CT

John Rathgeber
President & CEO
CT Business & Industry Association
Hartford, CT

Anne Mulcahy
Retired Chairman and CEO
Xerox Corporation
Norwalk, CT

Steven J. Allen, M.d.
CEO
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
, DC

Patrick Gross
Chairman
The Lovell Group
Washington, DC

Gordon Woodward
Partner
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Washington, DC

Harris Segel
Director of Research
Strategy Marketing Research
Fort Myers, FL

Santiago Leon
Employer Resources
ACC Insurance Brokers
Miami, FL

Diana Greenwell
Owner
Diana Greenwell Inc, Course Design
Miami, FL

Patricia Arboleda
Investment Advisor
Northern Trust
Miami, FL

Sheldon Anderson
Chairman Florida Advisory Board
Northern Trust Company
Miami, FL

Samuel Wing
President
Payscape Advisors
Atlanta , GA

Jean Logan
President
Strategic Partners
Decatur, GA

Joseph Houston
Owner
The Creative Mark, Inc.
Madison, GA

Gary Kai
Executive Director
Hawaii Business Roundtable
Honolulu, HI

Dean Okimoto
President
Nalo Farms, inc.
Waimanalo, HI

Arthur F (skip) Oppenheimer
Chairman/CEO
Oppenheimer Companies Inc
Boise, ID

Justin Cliff
Vice President
A-J Gallery of Boise Inc. DBA Ethan Allen
Boise, ID

Ronald Grzywinski
Co-Founder
ShoreBank Corporation
Chicago, IL

Connie Bond Stuart
Regional President, Central & Southern Indiana
PNC Bank
Indianapolis, IN

Vincent Caponi
CEO
St. Vincent Health
Indianapolis, IN

Karen Gentleman
President
Gentleman McCarty
Indianapolis, IN

Denise Dank
Sr. Vice President
Duke Realty Corporation
Indianapolis, IN

Thomas Dejulio
President
Kiwanis International
Indianapolis, IN

Theodore M (tim) Solso
Retired Chairman and CEO
Cummins Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Joe Loughrey
Retired President
Cummins Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Maureen Osako
Partner
Informatics Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Karen Zengel
VP
The Nielsen Company
Alexandria, KY

Donald Ruberg
Attorney / Partner
O’Hara Ruberg Taylor Sloan & Sergent
Crestwiew Hills, KY

Helen Carroll
Community Relations Manager
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, N.A.
Erlanger, KY

Laura Tiller
Human Resources Director
Remke Markets
Erlanger, KY

Merwin Grayson, Jr
President
Central Bank of Northern Kentucky
Florence, KY

Carl Wicklund
Plant Manager
Wagstaff
Hebron, KY

Jon Sights
Executive Vice President
SITEX Corporation
Henderson, KY

Mary Adrianne Davis
President
Garrard Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster, KY

Hugh Froedge
VP/Treasurer
Froedge Machine
Tompkinsville, KY

Renae Conley
EVP, Human Resources & Administration
Entergy Corporation
New Orleans , LA

Karen Heck
Co-owner
Tree Spirits
Oakland, ME

Meredith Strang Burgess
CEO/President
Burgess Advertising & Marketing
Portland, ME

Larry Shaw
President & CEO
MMG Insurance
Presque Isle, ME

Donna Overcash
Communications and Policy Consultant
Maine Early Learning Investment Group
Sidney, ME

Michael Chesser
Chairman Emeritus
Great Plains Energy
Annapolis , MD

Lolita Mancheno-smoak
Board Chairman
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Jorge Ribas
President & CEO
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Germantown, MD

Jd Chesloff
Executive Director
Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Boston, MA

Ron Friedman
Sr. VP
RBJ&P
Boston, MA

John Lashar
Partner
Richards Barry Joyce & Partners
Boston, MA

Arnold Hiatt
President
The A.M. Fund
Boston, MA

Linda Noonan
Executive Director
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Boston, MA

John Lippitt
Principal
Lippitt Consulting
Reading, MA

Nancy Urbschat
Owner
TSM Design
Springfield, MA

Aaron Mendelson
Financial Representative
Northwestern Mutual
Springfield, MA

Michael Sweet
Attorney
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, PC
Springfield, MA

Joseph Kasputys
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Ventures, LLC
Waltham, MA

Jed Swan
Managing Director
Drydock Ventures
Wellesley, MA

Paul O’brien
President
The O’Brien Group
Weston, MA

Leslie Murphy
President & CEO
Murphy Consulting, Inc
Ann Arbor, MI

Terry Murphy
Vice President
Murphy Consulting, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI

Alyssa R. Martina
Founder and President
Metro Parent Magazine
Ferndale, MI

Phillip Fisher
Founder
Mission Throttle
Southfield, MI

Fred Senn
Founding Partner
Fallon Worldwide
Minneapolis, MN

Monica Little
Chair
Little & Company
Minneapolis, MN

Arthur Rolnick
Senior Fellow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Plymouth, MN

Thomas Wolfgram
President
USA VALUES, LLC
Woodbury, MN

Jim Barksdale
CEO
Barksdale Management Corp.
Ridgeland, MS

Don Roberts
Chief Financial Officer
InFocus
St. Louis , MO

Chip Casteel
SVP – Public Policy
St. Louis Regional Chamber
St. Louis, MO

Jone Bosworth
President/CEO
inCourage Leading, LLC
St. Louis, MO

Mike Halligan
Director of Corporate and Government Relations
Washington Corporations
Missoula, MT

Pete Festersen
President
Strategic Business Development, LLC
Omaha, NE

Lynn Purdue
Partner
Purdue Marion & Associates Public Relations
Las Vegas, NV

Mark Scheinbaum
Managing Director
Shearson Financial
Angel Fire, NH

T J Dermot Dunphy
Chairman
Kildare Enterprises, LLC
Liberty Corner, NJ

Melinda Holman
President and CEO
Holman Automotive Group, Inc.
Maple Shade, NJ

Keith Burks
Foreman
Public Service Co of New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM

Carl Luff
President
White & Luff Financial
Santa Fe, NM

Shirley Lujan
Operations Administrator
PNM
Santa Fe, NM

Brian Vail
Director, Analysis and Strategy
SFNTC
Santa Fe, NM

Bob Haight
Executive Director
Cortland County Chamber of Commerce
Cortland, NY

Mindy Wolfle
President
Neptune Marketing LLC
Long Beach, NY

Joan Hennessey
Executive Assistant
Rose Associates, Inc.
New York, NY

Sang Lee
Managing Partner and President
SJL Attorney Search, LLC
New York, NY

Gregg Fatzinger
Managing Director
Nomura Securities
New York, NY

Daniel Rose
Chairman
Rose Associates
New York, NY

John Wilcox
Chairman
Sodali
New York, NY

Todd Petzel
Partner and CIO
Offit Capital
New York, NY

Jacob Worenklein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
US Power Generating Company
New York, NY

Hollis Hart
Head of International Franchise Management
Citi
New York, NY

Carlos Bernard
Partner
Sir Speedy – Pleasantville
Pleasantville, NY

Roy J. Bostock
Vice Chairman, Delta Airlines; Chairman, Sealedge Investments, LLC; Former Chairman
Yahoo!; Former Chairman, Northwest Airlines
Rye, NY

Bill Millett
President
Scope View Strategic Advantage
Charlotte, NC

Tsegga Medhin
Manager
IBM
Raleigh, NC

Steve Reinemund
Retired Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo
Winston-salem, NC

David T. Harrison, Ph.d.
President
Columbus State Community College
, OH

John W. Partridge, Jr.
President
Columbia Gas of Ohio
, OH

James M. Zimmerman
Retired CEO
Macy’s, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

John E. Pepper
Retired Chairman & CEO
The Procter & Gamble Company
Cincinnati, OH

Barbara Didrichsen
Self-Employed Communications Consultant
Cincinnati, OH

Lisa Hillenbrand
Director Global Marketing
Procter & Gamble
Cincinnati, OH

Kali Hacias Boecher
Finance Manager
Procter & Gamble
Cincinnati, OH

Mary Beth Price
Founder
Empower Media Group
Cincinnati , OH

Cheryl Rose
Managing Director
PNC Wealth Management
Cincinnati, OH

Chris Burns
Director of Vertical Marketing
CBTS
Cincinnati, OH

Alfonso Cornejo
President
Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber
Cincinnati, OH

Kenneth Stecher
Chairman of the Board
Cincinnati Financial Corporation
Cincinnati, OH

Kay Geiger
Regional President, Greater Cincinnati and N. Kentucky
PNC Bank
Cincinnati, OH

Jill Schiller
Senior Vice President
Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

Theodore Torbeck
President & CEO
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati, OH

Susan Storer
VP
Macy’s, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

Richard Stoff
President and CEO
Ohio Business Roundtable
Columbus, OH

Tanny Crane
President & CEO
Crane Group
Columbus , OH

William Leboeuf
Vice President
Merrill Lynch
Dayton, OH

David Melin
Regional President – Dayton
PNC Bank
Dayton, OH

Julie Eddleman
Marketing Director
Procter & Gamble
Loveland, OH

Susan Crumpler
Retired Manager
Procter & Gamble
Mason, OH

Jim Spurlino
President
Spurlino Materials
Middletown, OH

Michelle Brennan
WW President
Ethicon Energy
Morrow, OH

Al Stroucken
Chairman & CEO
Owens-Illinois
Perrysburg, OH

Ralph Zerbonia
President
Universe Central Corporation
Poland, OH

Marilyn Feaver
Executive Director
Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition
Chickasha, OK

Bristol Messer
CEO
McCurtain Memorial Hospital
Idabel, OK

Leslie Christopher
Owner
Bramlett & Associates Multimedia
Norman, OK

Giovanni Perry
Attorney
Law Offices of Giovanni I Perry, PLLC
Oklahoma City, OK

Mary Melon
President
The Journal Record
Oklahoma City, OK

Richard Burpee
President
RAB Enterprises LLC.
Oklahoma City, OK

Ray Potts
Co-owner
Potts Exploration LLC
Oklahoma City, OK

Leonard Bergstein
President
Northwest Strategies, Inc.
Portland, OR

Isaac Regenstreif
CEO
IHR Consulting, LLC
Portland , OR

Kenneth Thrasher
Chairman of the Board
Compli
Portland, OR

Donald Bernhard
Director Community Affairs
PPL
Allentown , PA

Edward Donley
Former Chairman
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Allentown, PA

Stephanie Doliveira
Vice President, Human Resources
Sheetz, Inc.
Altoona, PA

Jack Lynch
President and CEO
Main Line Health
Bryn Mawr, PA

Dave Hawk
Chair of Board
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
Dunmore, PA

Michael Plazony
Senior Vice President, Life Division
Erie Insurance
Erie, PA

Philip Peterson
Partner
Aon Hewitt
Glen Mills, PA

Joseph Peluso
General Partner
Laurel Petroleum
Greensburg, PA

David Patti
President & CEO
Pennsylvania Business Council
Harrisburg, PA

Lisa Heintzelman
President
Illuminations Consulting
Harrisburg, PA

P. Timothy Phelps
Executive Director
TMACC
Malvern, PA

John Altmeyer
President and CEO
Carlisle Construction Materials
Mechanicsburg, PA

Vincentina Taylor
President
WavelineDirectLLC
Mechanicsburg, PA

Dave Stangis
Vice President, Public Affairs, Corporate Responsibility
Campbell Soup Company
Media, PA

Maria Culp
President & CEO
Central PA Chamber of Commerce
Milton, PA

J Donald Steele Jr.
Chairman, President & CEO
The Northumberland National Bank
Northumberland, PA

Steven Wray
Executive Director
Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Jackie Buhn
Principal & CEO
C/O AthenianRazak
Philadelphia, PA

Jay Glunt
Shareholder
Ogletree Deakins
Pittsburgh, PA

James Rohr
Executive Chairman
PNC Financial Services Group
Pittsburgh, PA

Julia Klein
Chairwoman and CEO
C.H. Briggs Comapny
Reading, PA

Daniel Hoover
President/CEO
Roaring Spring Blank Book Co.
Roaring Spring, PA

Cory Byzewski
VP, Home Services
Direct Energy
Sewickley, PA

Andrew Williford
VPHR
Volvo Construction Equipment Operations Americas
Shippensburg, PA

Corbin Kearns
Plant Manager
Johnson Matthey, Smithfield
Smithfield, PA

D. Richard Francke
Vice President
University Park Plaza Corporation
State College, PA

Charlene Friedman
CFO
Friedman Real Estate Group
State College, PA

Jack Brennan
Chairman Emeritus
Vanguard
Valley Forge, PA

Denise Cesare
President & CEO
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Wilkes-barre, PA

Peter Brubaker
President
Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC
York, PA

Bruce Bartels
President
WellSpan Health
York, PA

Tony Campisi
President/CEO
Glatfelter Insurance Group
York, PA

Richard Harrington
President
Palmetto Peddlers
Florence, SC

Richard Wilkerson
Chairman and President (retired)
Michelin North America, Inc.
Greenville, SC

Julia Goodloe Byrd
Owner
Cypress Living
N Charleston, SC

R. Scott Barber
Regional President
Caesars Entertainment
Germantown, TN

Paul Shaffer
Business Manager
IBEW Local Union #474
Memphis, TN

James Pleiman
VP, Supply Chain Management
Merck Consumer Care
Memphis, TN

Greg Gibson
VP/GM Coated Paperboard
International Paper
Memphis, TN

Mark Allen
Attorney
Law Office of Mark Allen
Memphis, TN

Meri Armour
CEO & President
LeBonheur Childrens Hospital
Memphis, TN

Bernard Bailey
Chairman and CEO
Authentix, Inc.
Addison, TX

Drew Scheberle
Senior Vice President
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Brenda Boone
Service Manager 2
Wells Fargo
Brownsville, TX

Larry Kellner
Former Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines
President, Emerald Creek Bank
Houston, TX

Mario Martinez
Store Manager
Wells Fargo Bank
Olmito, TX

Claudia Grimaldo
District Manager
Wells Fargo
San Benito, TX

Bruce Reese
President and CEO
Hubbard Radio
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sean Slatter
President and CEO
Logistic Specialties, Inc.
Layton, UT

Neil Hafer
Vice President/General Manager – Utah/Idaho Group
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Midvale, UT

Mark Bouchard
Sr. Managing Director
CBRE
Salt Lake City, UT

Gavin Reese
Attorney
Ray Quinney & Nebeker
Salt Lake City, UT

David R. Golden
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo
Salt Lake City, UT

Kevin Salmon
Vice President, Sales and Client Solutions
O.C. Tanner Company
Salt Lake City, UT

John Milliken
President
Milcom, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Linda Wardell
General Manager, City Creek Center
The Taubman Company, LLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Jamie Glenn
Senior Manager in Human Resources
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Salt Lake City, UT

Kevin Ricklefs
Senior Vice President
CHG Healthcare Services, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Leeanne Linderman
Executive Vice President
Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, UT

Michael R. Weinholtz
Chief Executive Officer
CHG Healthcare Services, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Thomas M. Love
President
Love Communications
Salt Lake City, UT

Mona Burton
Partner
Holland & Hart, LLP
Sandy, UT

Jennifer Smith
EVP and Director of Banking Operations
Zions Bancorporation
West Valley City, UT

Nicole Ravlin
Partner
People Making Good Public Relations
Burlington, VT

Tim Volk
Partner
Kelliher Samets Volk
Burlington, VT

G. Kenneth Perine
President
National Bank of Middlebury
Middlebury, VT

Steven Voigt
CEO
King Arthur Flour
White River Junction, VT

Norman Seip
Lt Gen (ret)
USAF
Alexandria, VA

Robert Dugger
Managing Partner
Hanover Investment Group, LLC
Alexandria, VA

Lyles Carr
Senior Vice President
The McCormick Group
Arlington, VA

Valerie Long
Attorney
Williams Mullen, PC
Charlottesville, VA

William Young
CEO
Virginia Partners Bank
Fredericksburg, VA

Kent Farmer
President and CEO
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Fredericksburg , VA

Paul Koonce
Executive Vice President
Dominion Resources
Richmond, VA

Michael Donohue
Owner
Play It Again Sports – Fredericksburg
Spotsylvania, VA

John Bozarth
VP Strategic Intiatives
URS
Stafford, VA

Charles W. Mcdaniel
President
Hilldrup Companies
Stafford, VA

Mary Doherty
Consultant
Mary Doherty and Associates
Port Angeles, WA

Jon Stellmacher
Co-chair
Partnership for Wisconsin’s Economic Success
Appleton, WI

Dean Gruner
President & CEO
ThedaCare
Appleton, WI

Nancy Armbrust
Retired, VP-Education & Community Relations
Schreiber Foods, Inc.
Green Bay, WI

What Business Leaders Are Saying About Early Childhood Investments…

Early childhood education can mean the difference between a successful and prosperous life and one of poverty and/or incarceration. We need our children to have the best start that we can provide!
Crystal BrownDirector of Business DevelopmentDecatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce