Mentors

Active Mentors

Allan Wich

www.allanwich.com

Allan is a retired hotel and hospital designer with 25 years in the hospitality and institutional development industries. He has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and having developed companies in direct sales, architecture and membership services. He is the founder of the Prospecting Mastery Institute and Meridian Coaching.

Along with his Co-Founder Christopher Cumby, developed Think BOLD Be BOLD Ventures and Think BOLD Be BOLD Media; business incubators to aid in the development of emerging and tenured entrepreneurs. Together they created the Think BOLD Be BOLD Podcast and have risen from the 5,736th position to consistently within the top ten in their genre within 6 months, earning them consistent placement within the new & noteworthy category.

Christopher Cumby

www.christophercumby.com

Though Christopher is best known as a Sales & Marketing expert, 
he is also a motivational speaker and a high-performance trainer. His first company launch crossed the multi-million dollar mark in sales in less 
than 18 months with his partners. His recent sales campaigns have helped energy efficiency companies, and energy risk management companies exceed their desired expectations into the 10’s of millions in the public markets.

Christopher assists Entrepreneurs to launch their businesses strategically using step by step tactics. Christopher also coaches and mentors business owners, CEO’s and other high profile people.

Highly motivated people understand that having someone see their blind spots is crucial to their success!. Remaining teachable is the greatest asset of successful people, not knowing or applying this key ingredient is why most people continue to delay their success

Silent Mentors

Josh Blue

www.joshblue.com

Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially. Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011. He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT and recently made his late night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Possessed with an undeniable likeability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness; Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities one laugh at a time. His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.

Josh was also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event. Josh is a single father living in Denver, CO with his son, Simon and daughter, Seika.

Dan Habib

www.danhabibfilms.org

Dan Habib (pronounced ``Habeeb``) is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability. He is currently working on a new documentary, with the working title of Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society's narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled ``Disabling Segregation`` on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities.

In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Nick Vujicic

www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on, as well.

Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity, speaking to a range of diverse groups such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations of all sizes. Today this dynamic young evangelist has accomplished more than most people achieve in a lifetime. He’s an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming. In 2007, Nick made the long journey from Australia to southern California where he is the president of the international non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs, which was established in 2005.

Bill Porter

Bill Porter

Born in San Francisco, California, Porter moved to Portland, Oregon, with his mother at a young age. He was unable to gain employment due to his cerebral palsy, but refused to go on disability. Porter eventually convinced Watkins Incorporated to give him a door-to-door salesman job, selling its products on a seven-mile route in the Portland area. He eventually became Watkins' top seller, and worked for the company for over forty years.

In 1995, The Oregonian (Portland, OR) ran a feature story about Porter. The story of his optimistic determination made him the subject of media attention across the United States. He was featured in Reader's Digest and on ABC's 20/20. The 20/20 broadcast received over 2000 phone calls and letters, which was the most ever for a 20/20 story. Porter was the subject of a 2002 made-for-TV movie on TNT called Door to Door, featuring William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgwick and Helen Mirren.