Bobby Smith had been a law enforcement officer in Louisiana for nine years, when on the night of March 14, 1986, at point blank range, he was shot in the face & blinded by an armed, violent drug offender. Life from that day on, however, would not be the same. The shooting, the blindness, the loss of his beloved daughter in 1997 in a vehicle accident, all made Bobby realize that what he wanted to do was help others who were also going through traumatic times. He did not want them to suffer alone. He wanted to bring them hope. Today, Bobby continues to do just that. He is the author of two books, Visions of Courage, the Bobby Smith Story and his newest one, The Will to Survive, published in January 2005. Each year he averages 120 speaking engagements, impacting audiences’ lives with his story. In fact, since 1995 it has been his privilege to speak to over a million people worldwide.
Joff Paradise designs, builds and paints custom motorcycles out of Orange County, CA. He started wrenching on motorcycles when he was 8 years old and has been riding for more than 40 years. Joff has been featured on the Discovery Channel and American Thunder and written up in several magazines including Hot Bike Baggers, American Cycle and Easy Riders. He’s had the distinction of having built bikes for celebrities like Tom Cruise, Eddie Money, Dee Snyder and Ted Nugent to name a few. Joff is currently donating his time to build a tribute bike for Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes. His motto: “I love what I do and do what I love.”
Jeff Tedford is an American football coach and the current head coach of the California Golden Bears football team, a position he has held since 2002. Tedford has won wide acclaim for revitalizing the Cal football program and he currently ranks second for most career victories of any Cal head coach, trailing only Coach Andy Smith. During his time at Cal, Tedford has become known for his work ethic, often working late hours in his office and sleeping on an air mattress. In evidence of his turnaround of the Cal program, season ticket sales jumped from 16,200 in 2002 to 41,336 in 2007, setting new records each year from 2004 through 2007. The 2010 season saw Tedford surpass the legendary Pappy Waldorf to become the Cal head coach with the most career victories.
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III is the heroic Captain of what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson.” After logging more than 20,000 hours of service in the skies, Sullenberger became an international hero on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 people. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew have won international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery.
You may not recognize his face, but you’ve heard Gary’s voice on dozens of radio and television commercials and corporate narrations including Hewlett Packard, Macys, Alaska Airlines, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Lockheed, Facebook, and too many others to mention.
He’s also “The Voice” of the Oakland Raiders, handling the public address duties at the Oakland Coliseum. In addition, he’s also done P.A. work for Stanford Football, The Oakland A’s and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Gary was the announcer at the CBS Television affiliate in San Francisco for almost 10 years. In his “spare” time, he and his wife Liz, are parents of four boys, two of whom are in the fire service.