Mrs. Laura Abernathy
Laura and Robert Abernathy have been supporters of Haggai International for 15 years, and their daughter, Elizabeth, worked at the Haggai International Mid-Pacific Center as a summer intern. They are residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and Neenah, Wisconsin.
Laura is a leader in community and global Christian organizations. She currently serves on the National Leadership Council for World Vision and co-chairs their Mother and Child Initiative. Laura and her husband, Robert, have been married for almost 40 years and have lived across the U.S. and overseas, as a result of Robert’s work with Kimberly-Clark and, most recently, Halyard Health. They are the parents of two grown, married children, with two granddaughters.
Laura is an ordained deacon and a member of Wieuca Road Baptist Church. She serves on the Children’s Ministry Team and is a trustee of the Wieuca Road Baptist Church Foundation.
Mr. Alex Barron
El Paso, TX
Alex was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso. In 1995, he graduated from University of Texas at El Paso with a 4.0 GPA in civil engineering and then attended Stanford University from 1996-2001 to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in structural engineering and construction management.
After finishing his graduate studies, Alex began his Wall Street career in 2001 with the real estate team at Franklin Templeton, focused on the housing sector, before moving to the sell-side at JMP Securities, an investment bank. Since 2010, he has been the president and CEO of Housing Research Center – the premier independent equity research firm focused on the housing market.
Over the last few years, he has become active in his community and has served as founder and president of Dare to Dream Foundation, Options 12 Investment Club, and Financial Freedom and Success International. Previously, he served as an advisory board member for the UTEP College of Engineering. Alex has known Christ as his Savior since the age of 14. His calling is to be a Christian capitalist – to make money to expand God’s Kingdom and share the Gospel. He has a passion to teach financial freedom and help over one million people become debt free over the next decade.
Alex wants to motivate people to become millionaires, with the goal of them making a difference in this world through their giving and thus serve God with money. The Dare to Dream Foundation is dedicated to helping poor children around the world receive a Christian education and developing them into the leaders of tomorrow.
Mr. Marshall Butler
Mr. Austin Day
Austin is an entrepreneur in the New Ventures group at Kenzie Lane Innovation, a venture founded in Atlanta, backed by Cox Enterprises. Kenzie Lane builds technology companies from the ground up, with more than five companies in development at any point in time.
Austin’s team is responsible for the formation of these businesses – identifying consumer problems in day-to-day life, developing technology solutions to these problems, building a go-to-market strategy, starting the company, running it in the early stages, hiring a CEO, and subsequently continuing in a consultative role to ensure success.
Austin followed in the steps of his grandfather, Cecil, and his father, Peyton, in attending Georgia Tech, where he majored in business finance, with an interest in investment banking and consulting. After graduating, he was hired by the strategy group of Deloitte Consulting, working in financial services, specifically in the banking and insurance sectors.
Mr. Clinton M. Day
Clint is certified as a master Christian life coach by the Board of Christian Life Coaching, an affiliate of the American Association of Christian Counselors. A 1982 graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in business, he has served as a Georgia state senator, a member of the Georgia Ports Authority board, the chairman of a bank, a director on many nonprofit boards, and in numerous other leadership capacities.
He and his family currently live on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The significant challenges Clint has overcome in his own life have given him an unusual degree of wisdom and empathy for serving his clients. His extensive professional experiences as a leader in business, banking, politics, and the nonprofit sector have uniquely equipped him to coach leaders in a wide variety of fields. “My goal as a life coach is to enable leaders, with God’s help, to identify and eliminate the obstacles that hold them back, so they can live prosperous lives in the fullest sense of that term,” says Clint.
During their times of trial, Clint comes alongside his clients as a coach to encourage them, to help them see what needs to be changed, and to help them develop a renewed vision of how God designed them to be.
Mr. Alan Delk
Johns Creek, GA
Alan was introduced to Haggai International by his parents at a young age. He was elected to the board in 2013. He and his wife, Lorie, are the parents of four children. They have had the privilege to partner with Haggai International to invest in leaders, making an impact for the Kingdom around the globe. In May 2015, they traveled to the Mid-Pacific Center Training Center in Maui to witness first hand training to 60 men from 30 countries. He and his family reside in Johns Creek and are members of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church. Alan serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Next Generation Therapy Services. Alan recently retired from his position as Vice President and CFO of PowerPlan, Inc, which he co-founded, a leading provider of Enterprise Asset Accounting software. Alan graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Industrial System Engineering.
Mr. William “Bill” DeMartino
Johns Creek, GA
William (Bill) DeMartino has been a supporter of Haggai International since 2009. He was first elected to the board in 2013. He is a resident of Johns Creek and a member of Perimeter Church where he has been involved for over 20 years. Recently his family has been serving at Christ Church in Suwanee. Bill is married with two children. He has been managing financial portfolios for over 20 years. He is a First Vice President with Merrill Lynch where he has been a financial advisor for over 14 years. He received his MBA degree from Cornell University Business School. Bill stays actively involved with his family along with a few close friends.
Mr. Tom Ferguson
Ft. Worth, TX
Thomas E. Ferguson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AZZ Inc. since November 2013. AZZ Inc. (pronounced A-Zee-Zee) is a global provider of metal protection, highly-engineered services and electrical systems.
From 2010 to 2012, he served as president of Flowserve’s Flow Solutions Group, a global manufacturer of engineered pumps and mechanical seals. Mr. Ferguson previously served as senior vice president of Flowserve from December 2006, as president of Flowserve Pump Division from 2003 to December 2009, president of Flow Solutions Division from 2000 to 2002, vice president and general manager of Flow Solutions Division North America from 1999 to 2000 and vice president of Marketing and Technology for Flow Solutions Division from 1997 to 1999. He also served in a variety of marketing, sales, engineering and operational roles from 1987-1997 with BW/IP International, the predecessor to Flowserve
Tom has served on the Texas A&M Dwight Look Engineering College Advisory Board, Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Advisory Council, Curtis Mathes LED Lighting Board, Lionheart Children’s Academy Board of Directors, and was past president and chairman of the board of the Hydraulic International
Dr. Bryan Grissett, III
Dr. Bryan Grissett has been involved with Haggai International for over 31 years. He was first elected to the Haggai Board in 1990. Dr. Grissett is a 1974 graduate of the University of Alabama, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1980 at the University of Alabama Eye Foundation Hospital, after doing a residency in internal medicine. He is a devoted husband, and father to four grown children. Dr. Grissett enjoys travel, music and golf.
Dr. Grissett is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the UAB Alumni Association, and a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association. He has received a Lifetime Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is grateful to continue to support the great work of the Haggai International.
Dr. John Edmund Haggai
John Edmund Haggai has spent a lifetime studying and teaching leadership. An internationally acclaimed author, preacher, teacher and “leader of leaders,” he is the founder and chairman of Haggai International.
Established in 1969, the International prepares Christian leaders – who will train others – to reach their own people for Christ.Haggai International trains leaders in Asia, the Middle East and Maui – and has offices in 13 countries to serve more than 101,000 alumni in 188 nations.
Dr. Haggai travels extensively every year and has circled the globe more than 100 times. He counts among his friends many of the world’s most distinguished and illustrious leaders. He and his wife Christine live in Atlanta, Georgia; however their influence touches millions around the globe.
Dr. William “Bill” Hall
San Clemente, CA
Bill has been an active certified financial planner since 1985 and has been with Securities America, Inc. since 1991. He also co-founded The Executive Committee (TEC – now Vistage) on the West Coast in 1969. Vistage is now a worldwide organization with over 20,000 members. In addition, he held positions as executive vice president and chief financial officer with Vedax Corporation, the former parent of Vistage.
Bill was a registered professional engineer while working offshore for Shell Oil and in marketing operations with Mobil Oil. He served in the U.S. Army as an officer in Germany. He was a professor at Pepperdine University and California State University at Fullerton, in the School of Business.
His academic credentials include a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia International of Technology. Bill’s past activities with nonprofit organizations include serving as chairman of California Baptist Foundation and vice chairman of the SBC Foundation, as well as chairman of the Board of California Baptist University.
He frequently serves as an adviser to CEOs of nonprofit organizations, and he has served on several advisory boards for Southern California Companies. He currently serves on the Mission Hospital Foundation Board and the Haggai International Board of Trustees.
Mr. Hunter Hall
Hunter Hall was first elected to the Haggai International Board in 2012. He and his wife Shelly live in Covington, GA. Together, they have four children ranging in ages from 10 to 19, and they attend Eastridge Community Church.
Hunter currently serves as COO/Business Development for Kelly Products, Inc. They are an agribusiness servicing the chemical pesticide and landscape industry, software for the Department of Agriculture, and retail sales for locally sourced and grown foods.
Prior to joining Kelly Products, Hunter served as the president of the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce. He and Shelly served 11 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in Colorado, Texas, and Arkansas before moving to Georgia.
Hunter states, “Shelly and I were introduced to H.I. years ago through Shelly’s dad, Bob Rutland, and his father, Guy Rutland. We have chosen to be part of the H.I. team and family because of the ministry’s effectiveness in raising up nationals to fulfill the Great Commission. In our opinion, no one does it better than Haggai.”
Mrs. Lisa Hendrickson
Lisa, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, now lives in Lantana, Texas, with her husband Jon and two children, Julianna and Joshua.
Lisa has a diverse background in education, communication, and political science. During her undergrad years, she began volunteering on local campaigns in Montana, which parlayed into running a successful statewide campaign. After the birth of their son, Lisa began to teach government and civics in secondary grades while living in New Mexico, Oregon, and California. She completed her Master of Education and returned to Texas in 2006, at which point she was led into the realm of marketing and public relations.
Lisa spent seven years in television and product marketing before stepping out on her own in 2013. She volunteers for various political campaigns and causes and is heavily involved in fundraising and event management for several campaigns and nonprofits.
In addition, she was elected chairman of the Denton County Republican Party in early 2016. Lisa sits on two boards and is an active member of both Christian and political organizations in Texas.
Mr. Ray Hendley
Ray Hendley was first elected to the Haggai Board in 2013. Ray is married with five children and resides in Statesboro, GA.
Ray is the founder and CEO of Hendley Properties, a family owned and operated, full service rental company with property management team since 1968. Ray and his wife are members of First Baptist Statesboro.
Ray is involved with Haggai International because he believes it is one of the best ways to participate in the Great Commission that Jesus commanded for us to walk in. Ray knew at an early age that he loved God. He grew up on a small farm with parents who loved the Lord and everyone around them. His family regularly attended church services and taught him the importance of tithing. Ray also discovered early, through a Monopoly(r) game, his passion for real estate. He notes that the Bible says that the earth and everything in it is the Lord’s. As such, he considers himself one of God’s stewards of His real estate. When some timber that Ray owned needed thinning, he decided to give additional funds to support Haggai International in its work “to spread the good news to a lost world.” “The funds I was about to give H.I. came from that sale-income I was not expecting. I had this amazing thought-I believe from God: that trees cut and sold in Jenkins County, Georgia, can have eternal implications on the lives of people in Guatemala!
Mr. Kevin King
Signal Mountain, TN
Kevin has been a financial adviser for 20 years. He is one of a select group of UBS financial advisers who has earned the “Wealth Advisor” designation, which ranks him among the top advisers in the firm.
Kevin was born in Alabama, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) at Auburn University. Now the senior vice president of wealth management with UBS Financial Services, Inc., he works in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attained the certified public accountant designation while working in public accounting after graduating from college. Kevin also obtained the certified financial planner designation and has provided financial planning services to a select group of business owners and executives.
Outside of UBS, Kevin is a member of numerous associations, including: AICPA, TSCPA, the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council, and the CFA Society. He currently serves on the board of FACES and the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council and is actively involved with Young Life.
He is an avid snow skier and enjoys watching college football. Kevin lives in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, with his wife Martha, and, together, they have four children – Caroline, Matthew, Lauren, and Kate.
Mr. James “Jim” McCormick
Jim’s grandfather was on the first board in 1962. He served as chairman from 1965 to 1969.
Jim McCormick, partner and COO, grew up in Vestavia Hills, Alabama with younger brother, Gregg, and parents, Jim and Tricia. Together they attended Shades Mountain Baptist Church where Jim is still an active member.
After graduating from Vestavia Hills High School, Jim went on to Auburn University. There he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Jim graduated from Auburn with a B.S. in Psychology in 2003. That same year, Jim began working with Mass Mutual.
In 2004, Jim married his long-time friend Jennifer Shallenberg. Jennifer gave birth to their son Daniel James McCormick three years later. Their daughter Caroline was born in November of 2009. In their spare time, Jennifer and Jim like to build and sell different business entities, travel, and work with non-profit organizations.
Dr. Joseph “Joe” Moderow
Dana Point, CA
On Joe’s first birthday, he was hospitalized with polio, but by God’s grace, he recovered with few side effects. Growing up, though, he had verbal and emotionally abusive father, who ultimately refused to speak to Joe because he believed Joe to be a “disappointing failure who would never amount to anything in life.”
In fact, the opposite came true. With the help and support of his grandparents, Joe obtained a job with UPS and became the first in his family to graduate college, earning his business degree in economics from California State University at Fullerton. After marrying, he entered a six-year stent in the Army National Guard before returning home to accept a full-time position with UPS and begin law school.
Joe ultimately became senior vice president at UPS and a member of the General Counsel and Board, and he passed the California Bar Exam. In addition, for a two-year period during the Regan administration, he served as an appointed presidential exchange executive at the U.S. Department of Labor.
As a result of his heavy workload, Joe developed ulcerative colitis, which required multiple surgeries and harsh steroids. Shortly after, his son, Michael, endured a severe car accident and more than four months in a coma. Through all of his success and adversity, Joe asserted, “A person’s life cannot be defined in terms of achievement at work or at home, but by the character forged by both the blessings and challenges of living.”
Now retired, he serves on the boards of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Shepherd Hospital, the Brain Injury Resource Foundation, and the Haggai International. He is also a trustee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and advocates for ethics in corporate governance at the CSUF business school.
Mr. Dan Moss, Jr.
For over 40 years Dan has been involved in the investment, business and civic communities around Atlanta. Working with Morgan Stanley Capital, UBS Financial Services, Prudential and EF Hutton, he has helped hundreds of individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Through his involvement in the capital community, Dan has also helped launch start-up businesses as an angel investor and entrepreneur. Dan has also achieved success as a teacher, earning awards at Emory University for Excellence and Distinction. He serves on numerous civic organizations and is a member of multiple Chambers of Commerce. Dan is a godly man who uses his Christian values in his business and sincerely cares about the people works to help.
Mr. Sam Naff
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Sam began working for Kraft Foods in manufacturing. While at Kraft headquarters in Chicago, he was responsible for all of their U.S. cheese plants. During that time he also completed his M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
After 23 years with Kraft, Sam resigned, and he and his wife, Sarah, joined Campus Crusade for Christ, working with Dennis Rainey and the Family Life Ministry in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1988, Sam began working for Haggai International and was instrumental in obtaining and setting up the Mid-Pacific Center in Maui.
Sam became a licensed real estate agent in 1997 and bought a Century 21 office in the mountain community of Big Canoe. In 2008, he and his business partner formed The Crown Business Group. In 2000, Sam and Sarah, along with four other couples, helped form Foothills Community Church near Big Canoe.
Married for 52 years, Sam and Sarah have two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. On a personal note, Sam and Sarah are forever grateful to Dr. Haggai for preaching an evangelistic message one Sunday in September of 1963 at First Baptist Atlanta, where Sarah received Christ as Savior.
Dr. Quentin Pirkle, Jr.
Dr. Pirkle received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta, and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals.
Dr. Pirkle, a board certified Internal Medicine physician, established a private practice at Piedmont Hospital in 1977, and in 1995, joined Piedmont Physicians Group (PPG) as one of its first practices. He served as President of the Physicians Council (the governing body of PPG) from 2001 – 2006. In 2005, he became part-time Chief Medical Officer for Piedmont Medical Care Corporation (PMCC) and in 2006, gave up his part-time practice to become the full time CMO of PMCC. In 2012, Dr. Pirkle was selected as the Chief Physician Recruiting Officer for PMCC and held that position until his retirement in March 2014. He also served as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Clinic from 2003 until March 2014.
Dr. Pirkle is a member and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta; a member of the Board of Directors of Medical Association of Georgia; a member of the Emory Medical Alumni Board of Emory University School of Medicine; a member and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Haggai International; a member of the American Medical Association, a member of the American College of Physician Executives; and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Developmental Disabilities Ministries; a past Medical Director for It’s the Journey, the Atlanta Two-Day Walk for Breast Cancer; and a past member of the Leader’s Board for Group Practice Executives.
Currently he is semi-retired, working part-time as an Independent Medical Consultant. He is also a Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration Region IV Center for Disability and a Medical Review Board member of the Employees’ Retirement System of GA.. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters and live in DeKalb County.
Miss Amory Scott
Amory is the executive director of the Scott Foundation in Opelika, AL. The foundation is the corporate giving mechanism of Scott Bridge Company, which has been a supporter of Haggai for many years. In her professional life, she has worked in development with both the Hudson Family Foundation and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s Alexander-Tharpe Fund. After her work with nonprofits, Amory worked for COMM-360, a political consulting firm in Atlanta, GA, on various campaigns including Senator Johnny Isakson’s 2016 re-election bid.
Amory graduated from Auburn University with a degree in finance from the Harbert School of Business.
Amory enjoys when personal and professional worlds come together, and she serves as a member of the Young Alumni Council for Auburn University’s Harbert School of Business. A graduate of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellowship Program, she has had the opportunity to share her leadership skills as a guest lecturer at Auburn University in the Introduction to Nonprofits course.
Amory resides in Auburn, AL, where she is a member of Auburn United Methodist Church and enjoys singing in the chancel choir.
Mrs. Grace Marie Small
Grace Marie is the third generation of the Dunkin family to begin a career with the agency. While attending Auburn University, she became the first college student to intern with Johnson Outdoors. Grace Marie officially joined the group in September of 2009, dedicated to learning each and every aspect of the business. Grace Marie is actively pursuing opportunities for the company to grow and brings fresh perspective to the group.
Ms. Lynne Tahmisian
Santa Barbara, CA
Lynne is president of the La Arcada Investment Corporation. She administers family owned commercial properties as well as a family foundation. Lynne’s business background includes leadership training, communication, and education.
Lynne graduated from Westmont College and is serving on their board.
She taught a Community Bible Study for many years, is active in mentoring young adult Christian women, and is involved in the Women’s Economic Venture.
Mr. Frederick “Fred” Taylor