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Thomas K. Herron

Thomas K. Herron, Founder / Executive Director

After more than 35 years in marketing, advertising, public relations and political consulting, Herron founded Up With America in 2007 after becoming alarmed at the failure of his “boomer” generation to, as he puts it, “pick up the torch passed on to us by the Greatest Generation.”  He describes his father, a WWII pilot who flew 67 missions “Jumping the Hump” over the Himalayas in the Pacific Theater, as the prototypical American Patriot – a man of high moral standards and family values who always had his priorities in order.  It is to his memory, and that of his late wife Jaci who played a key role in developing the entire concept, that Herron dedicates Up With America.

Arthur H. Nordstrom

Arthur H. Nordstrom / Principal & Senior Advisor

After holding various engineering & executive positions with the Department of Defense, NASA & the private sector, Art formed NORCOM in 1986 - an engineering & management consulting group  A graduate of Virginia Tech, he has lead consulting teams at major corporations to reduce costs & improve management, design, development, manufacturing, logistics, quality & environmental operations and is coauthor of “Template for Success.” Nordstrom is focused on radical improvements to America’s education system, with a keen eye toward skills development and industry certifications in automotive, transportation, construction, manufacturing, utilities, health care & hospitality.

Mark Minervini

Mark Minervini / Economic Advisor

A veteran of Wall Street for nearly 30 years and one of America’s most successful stock traders, Minervini is featured in Jack Schwager’s Stock Market Wizards, who noted that “Minervini's performance has been nothing short of astounding. Most traders and money managers would be delighted to have Minervini's worst year – a 128 percent gain – as their best." In addition to operating Minervini Private Access, a streaming communication platform that allows users the unique experience of trading side-by-side with him in real-time, he also conducts an annual Master Trader Program seminar.  Known to many for his hundreds of television appearances on the likes of Neal Cavuto, Mark published Trade Like A Stock Market Wizard which became an overnight best seller in its category and is now considered a must-read for investors.

Colonel Kenneth Allard

Colonel Kenneth Allard, US Army (Ret) / Military & Homeland Security Advisor

Drafted immediately after graduation from college, Allard served on the West Point Faculty as Dean of the National War College and as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia.  He served as Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and was a technical advisor for 1998’s PBS Frontline special “Ambush in Mogadishu>”  Once retired from the military, he became a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a commentator on foreign policy and security issues.  For more than a decade, Allard was a featured military analyst on NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC … an experience provided the backdrop for his book, Warheads: Cable News and the Fog of War. Allard now writes regular columns for Family Security Matters and The Washington Times, among others.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross / Education & Healthcare Advisor

Founder and president of Limos for Learning™, Betsy Ross is a pharmacy owner and a vested member of the SCPhA. For years she witnessed patients wrestling with the consequences of illiteracy, “a social disease of staggering proportions,” she explains. Observing how young people are motivated by “Hollywood” people and lifestyles of the rich and famous, Betsy launched “Limos” as a means to motivate them by rewarding them for working hard to improve their reading skills. Since its inception, almost 20,000 South Carolina 3rd graders have participated! And it’s no wonder Limos for Learning™ is on the State’s official “Angels List” – with less than 5% of the funding going to administrative costs.

Jill Kelso

Jill Kelso / Education & Political Advisor

Jill Kelso was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the 7th Congressional District Commissioner for SCETV. The 2008 Republican nominee to the SC House of Representatives from Georgetown County … narrowly defeated by an 14 year incumbent … the Speaker of the House subsequently appointed her to the First Steps Evaluation Committee, who elected her chairman. With a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from Liberty University in 2014, Kelso is the Education Chair for the Georgetown Republican Women and has worked on numerous local and statewide political campaigns.

Ara Adams

Ara Adams / Advisor ~ Restoring American History

Ara Adams spends most of her time talking to and educating people about Free Enterprise, Capitalism, Personal Responsibility and the other core American principles.  She is a founder of My Interactive America and its phenomenal website and teaching system, RestoringAmericanHistory.com.  Born and raised in rural Minnesota and had an opportunity during college to work in Washington as a Representative for American Youth Congressional Watch and then a reporter with a radio program and newspaper column. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Ara studied at the National Conservatory and the Maria Callas Institute in Greece and began her career as a Classical singer.

Tom Julia

Tom Julia / Political & Corporate Advisor

A passionate leader and persuasive communicator with consistent record of achievement in business, government and political forums, Tom Julia is widely regarded as an expert at strategic management, message development, coalition and consensus-building, and influencing public opinion. Founder and president of DCI providing communications services to nearly 100 political campaigns, Julia served for almost 15 years as CEO of a major North American trade association representing 95% of composite wood panel producers and affiliated suppliers, customers, and industry media. Active in his community since his youth, Tom served as Chairman of the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission, President of Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and member of the American Society of Association Executives. He received a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

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