Nick DeMarco shares the incredible journey that took him from Brooklyn to the glamorous world of high fashion during the peak of Studio 54. It was a journey of achievement as he desperately tried to fill a void with all that the world told him was important. When his second marriage was crumbling, Nick called out to God and picked up a Bible. Everything changed as he began to trade God’s definition of success for the world’s. The second leg of his journey has seen tragedy and narrow escapes–a road to Heaven as God has drawn him closer and closer.
Willie Alfonso tells with great humor and humility his incredible journey from being homeless at the age of 11 on the streets of New York City to the experiences that come with being a Chaplain for the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Yankees. It is a story that goes from eating out of trash cans to leading Mariano Rivera in a weekly one-on-one Bible study in his home. Willie shares the key lessons he has learned along the way–including the importance of really trusting in God and not allowing his own understanding to limit him, as well as the importance of guarding his name and reputation.
Terry Botwick shares his own faith journey and what he has come to believe after 30 years of trying to figure out how to integrate his work into his faith. He believes that engaging the culture through film is imperative for followers of Jesus Christ and can (and should) be profitable as well. Terry is committed to using “story” to communicate the nature of God, challenge people and bring lasting change. He is also committed to approaching culture-engaging filmmaking in a commercial way. In explaining the current market for “Christian films”, Botwick addresses what he believes to be some common misconceptions of evangelical Christians regarding films, including that film is an effective evangelistic tool and that “wholesome” and “Biblical” are the same thing.
Mark Curtis, a founder and the CEO of Splash Car Washes, shares how God used Splash to turn Mark back toward Him and now uses Splash to “love” its employees by giving them purpose, treating them like family, showing them respect, and providing them with training and opportunities for advancement. This is a real life example of the type of “Connection Culture” we learned about from Mike Stallard. Mark describes how God carried him through a series of mistakes and difficulties and then gave him the purpose, tools and process to build Splash into a business that gives its employees the purpose, tools and process needed to flourish. Splash was named a “Top Place to Work” for the last two years in a row and gives back by supporting numerous charities. This is an inspirational and aspirational story for any business owner, leader or manager.
Greg Doll shares some key life lessons he learned from his father. These weren’t lessons drilled in through lectures–they were lessons absorbed by watching. They are lessons that Greg has been able to draw upon for his own life and lessons that have informed his mentoring, coaching and counseling of student-athletes, people going through life transitions and those Greg calls the “successful but miserable”–people who have tremendous worldly success but are empty inside. Greg’s seven lessons are:
(1) Give thanks at all times;
(2) Never give place to unforgiveness, resentment or bitterness;
(3) Believe in the power of Christ’s redemption;
(4) Live joyfully and keep your sense of humor;
(5) Serve unto God;
(6) Love unconditionally; and
(7) Have a healthy spiritual rhythm.