~ 2018 Special Honoree: Rev. Temple Hayes~ An ordained Center for Spiritual Living Minister & CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus
Temple Hayes is a spiritual leader, author and international motivational speaker. Rev. Hayes is an ordained Center for Spiritual Living Minister and an ordained Unity Minister. She is currently CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders.
Temple is currently serving on the leadership team of the Association of Global New Thought. www.AGNT.org. She is a successful radio host on Unity FM with her show, “The Intentional Spirit” – Seeing and Being and reaches people throughout the world. She is the author of “The Right to Be You” and “How to Speak Unity”. Her latest book, “When Did You Die: 8 Steps to Stop Dying Every Day and Start Waking Up” is an Amazon bestseller.
Temple is also the founder of Global Peace Workers – a 501(c)3 which focuses on Peace Through People Initiative. GPW brings relief through products, services, and education which provide assistance to help Humanity transcend to a greater sense of empowerment and positive change. Additionally, Temple also founded Life Rights – a 501(c)3 dedicated to education, teaching and supporting the awareness of valuing life in all living things creating a world longing for peace. Because of Temple’s dedication to Life Rights, she has been awarded with the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards in September, 2016.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Dottie Chicquelo ~ Celebrating Native and African American Spirituality and Heritage… and our Human Family Integrity too!
Dottie Chicquelo celebrates her Native and African American spirituality and heritage through advocacy. She challenged the status quo and spearheaded the hanging of the first African American life- like portrait on the PWI campus before becoming President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association at the University of Maryland. After volunteering in State Mental Institutions at an early age she continued to advocate for students with disabilities and received the prestigious President’s Commission for Disability “John W. King’s Staff Disability Achievement Award” from the same PWI. She is CEO and President of the recently established Students Stay Supplied, Inc., which will provide off-season school needs to special need students. She advocates stamping out domestic violence and abuse as a charter member of the Women Coalition against Domestic Violence and Abuse.
Dottie’s other impressive credits include: Past President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., (NCBW) Montgomery County, MD Chapter, and presently, an active member of the Prince George’s County MD Chapter (PGC) to advocate for Black Women and Girls. Chair of Outreach and Programming, PGC MD chapter of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Inc; Ambassador for Peace (appointed by the Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace); and Diamond Life member and Delta Dear in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, PGC MD Alumnae chapter. After receiving three prior degrees, presently a Ph. D. Doctorate candidate in Philosophy whereas her dissertation will support “Native American and Alaskan Native U.S. Students Academic Retention and Employability”. She enjoy playing a 9 hole game of golf as well.
~ 2018 Special Honoree: Dave Yablecki ~ Super Star Entertainment Executive working with Woodstock organizer Artie Kornfeld & Al Cole on the monumental WOODSTOCK 2019!
Dave Yablecki, a successful Financial Planner, now heads up the prestigious Super Star Entertainment. Super Star Entertainment is a full service entertainment agency representing an outstanding lineup of Top-Name international Artists, along with the best touring Tribute Shows, Comedians and Specialty Acts, to fulfill all Entertainment needs. Dave and his team have the ability and resources to draw on the talents of any Artist in the world of entertainment.
Dave’s wonderful and continued outreach to spotlight those with talent as well as humanitarian dedication has not only helped many to garner national and international attention, it has also sparked his professional relationship with one of the main organizers of the humongous and groundbreaking Woodstock music event, the great Artie Kornfeld! Not only did Artie help guide Woodstock to international glory, he was a major music industry executive in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s, producing many of the biggest acts from that era.
And now, Artie Kornfeld and Dave Yablecki are working out arrangements to launch the mammoth Woodstock 2019… and Al Cole from CBS Radio is involved in this monumental venture too!
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Amy Ballon ~ A Successful Florida Real Estate Professional Talks about the Horrors of Domestic Abuse
For 22 years Amy Ballon has been recognized as a leader in real estate development sales and an exemplary marketing professional for South Florida’s real estate residential luxury development industry. She has also provided exclusive sales and marketing leadership management for some of the nation’s most prestigious landmark signature luxury communities such as: Bellini Williams Island, Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A Live as well as at Miami Beach, Canyon Ranch Living Miami Beach, Dezer Development’s Trump Grande, as well as Palazzo Del Lago-InterContinental in Orlando (a 2 billion dollar project with over 2,000 for sale residences), Golden Isles Georgia (a 1.5 billion dollar multi-use project) and many, many more. Amy Ballon has been a recognized industry speaker on prestigious panels, sharing her knowledge on various transitional areas where she has been a pioneer in transforming untapped markets to nationally successful projects.
… So why would anyone want to abuse such a wonderful and successful woman like this? Well tragically, one man (Amy’s x-husband) mistakenly thought he had the right to. Amy was not only the victim of extreme battering by her x-husband, but also the victim of a wrongful accusation by her x-husband of her own physical abuse of him!
Sadly, Amy’s story is not singular in our society. As we all know, of women are abused everyday in horrific domestic situations. However, many more women than ever are now speaking out, and so is Amy. Amy Ballon has created her groundbreaking and compassionate “Raising Awareness for the Innocent” organization to help woman all over the nation fight back against the horrendous disease of domestic abuse. Now Amy courageously tells her story to inform and sensitize women and men all over the globe to the horrors of domestic abuse.
And Al Cole has opened the door to have Amy tell her gripping story at our People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards event too!
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Kenneth Johnson ~ Wrongly Accused, and Still Loving!
Kenneth Johnson places no limits on what he can do to help himself or others. Kenneth, 38, spent four months in the Alachua County jail several years ago for a crime he didn’t commit. Kenneth was charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, and was held in jail for four months in 2016 before prosecutors realized he didn’t commit the crime. “I did the research and found the real person they were looking for,” Kenneth said.
In Kenneth’s words, “I grew up on Lake Road in East Gainesville, and I used to see a lot of stuff happen when I was a little boy that involved people being treated unfairly by the legal system and others. As I have grown up, I’ve had to deal with people close to me being murdered, harassed by police, get involved with drugs and other criminal activity, so I decided to start own organization in 2007, the No Limit Outreach Foundation, to have a positive impact on my community.” Though he’s involved with helping people fight the legal system, Kenneth’s driving force is empowering his community, especially young people. The No Limit Outreach Foundation has done just that. Through his foundation, Kenneth created the Gainesville Gladiators Youth Football and Cheerleading program. Teaching young people teamwork and cooperation through sports. The foundation also sponsored after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, career and life skills training and leadership workshops. The foundation fed thousands of people through a breakfast and lunch program it operated during the summer, and helped many elderly people by taking them grocery shopping and to doctor’s appointments. Kenneth is also involved with Raising Awareness for the Innocent, an organization that helps people in wrongful arrest situations.
In Kenneth’s amazingly loving words, “I know my assignment on this earth is to help others and to share what I have to make other people’s lives better.”
So what goes around often comes around: Kenneth Johnson is now being openly awarded for the things he has done in secret to wonderfully help others.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Chris Castro ~ Senior Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer of the City of Orlando, Fl ~ Chris has also been Recognized by the Obama Administration, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore!
Chris Castro is a sustainability and clean energy professional, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer working to accelerate the transition to smart, resilient, and sustainable cities. Chris is currently the Senior Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability, and Co-chair of Smart Cities for the City of Orlando, developing partnerships, policies, and programs to support the sustainability, clean energy, & climate resilience goals of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative. In 2008, Chris co-founded IDEAS For Us, an international 501c3 nonprofit & UN-accredited NGO, working to incubate global environmental solutions and fund local action that advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 2013, he helped co-create “Fleet Farming“, a renowned urban farming program that is redefining local food systems by building distributed organic farms on homeowner lawns through neighborhoods and communities in the U.S.
Chris has been widely recognized for his effort as an environmental leader. Chris was named a ‘Champions of Change’ by the U.S. White House & Obama Administration and has received formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Al Gore. Chris has also been recognized as the ‘Guru of Green’ by the Orlando Business Journal, as well as receiving the Grist 50 Fixer Award and Top 30 Under 30 sustainability professionals by GreenBiz.
As a thought leader, Chris has spoken at more than 100 conferences and events, including the United Nations Rio+20 Summit, Smart Cities Week DC, SEPA Grid Evolution Summit, NASA Kennedy Space Center Innovation Expo, Sustainatopia and TEDx Orlando. Chris has held sustainability & energy-related positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the U.S. Department of Energy. And if that’s not enough, in 2012, Chris also co-founded a clean energy consulting firm, Citizen Energy, that provides custom energy efficiency & renewable energy solutions as a service for commercial buildings in the Washington DC Metro area.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Marc Hoberman~ Keynote Speaker, best-selling Author & CEO of Grade Success ~ An educator’s Educator!
Marc Hoberman is a marvel, truly an educator’s Educator. He’s a Keynote Speaker, best-selling Author and CEO of Grade Success, Inc. Marc’s best-selling book Search and Seizure has helped train students, teachers, and corporate executives nationally with tried and true, cutting edge personal improvement techniques. Marc’s been featured on TV and radio across the country and Grade Success has been a workshop leader at the New Jersey and New York State Reading Conferences as well as the International YAI Conference. Marc was also chief Staff Writer for the prestigious Canada Camps Magazine.
Marc realizes that children today need to learn how to deal with the often unexpected struggles of fear and doubt. They’re “searching” for role models. Sometimes they and their parents become so overwhelmed with possible choice options that confusion becomes inevitable… confusion that can easily result in the slowing down of positive “search” options altogether. This is what Marc calls “seizure“. The “search” engines have suddenly slowed to a grinding halt!
This is where the expertise of Marc Hoberman, the Educator, steps in. Marc helps teens and their parents navigate positively and effectively through myriad issues that often confront them when they least expect it. Issues like bullying, drug use, depression, teen suicide and more. In his inspiring teaching programs, Marc has touched the lives of young people and parents alike, helping all to recapture dreams of success and mastermind grades to realize their wonderful, full potential.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Sara Taylor ~ Cultural Greatness through Diversity!
Sara Taylor, President and Founder of deepSEE Consulting, has twenty five years of extensive training and consulting experience serving local, national and global clients. While her areas of specialty are in both Diversity and Leadership Development, Sara has become a thought leader particularly in the field of Cultural Competence. Her bestselling book, Filter Shift: How Effective People SEE the World, is used by numerous individuals and organizations to increase success and create greater effectiveness.
Sara holds a Master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota, is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and, prior to founding deepSEE, held positions such as Chief Diversity Officer and Leadership and Diversity Specialist.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Mike Aloia ~ CEO of American Hearts Radio LLC Entertainment Network ~ Mike has the Support of Johnny VanZant of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Donnie VanZant of 38 Special too!
Michael D. Aloia is Owner and CEO of American Hearts Radio LLC Entertainment Network. Mike is on a Mission from God to bring the hearts of the world together with the universal language of entertainment also by uniting ministries such as Hands and Feet Foundation with James Gandy, Richard Norton and Jim Wilson in Jacksonville Fla, Shine his Light Ministries with Frankie Holbrook in Atlanta, Ga. and Purified Living Ministry with Pastor Christopher & Helen Carlyle in Newnan Ga. Mike is also Spotlighting on great Independent Musical Artists as well as Inspirational Radio Shows. He is also working with Full Throttle Magazine by Covering National Acts at their Concert Events.
Mike also has the support and endorsements from Johnny VanZant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Donnie VanZant of 38 Special and US Ambassador for Humanitarian work and Global Cooperation Mr. Pete DeLorenzo. American Hearts Radio Network has been built completely by Faith.
Along with his Father, Dennis Aloia, a 40 year Navy Veteran and Comedy Magician and Executive Producer Bruce Shepard, they have brought together Production Engineers Matt Roberts with Chisel Multimedia in Atlanta, Ga. and Craig Scott of Lake Jackson, Texas. They have produced close to 1,000 Professional Web TV Shows with other Members of the Network that have a passion and inspiration to let their voice and presence be known on all social media worldwide. Mike also works with No Strings Attatched E-News and NSAEN Independent Film Festival. AHR Network offers people a way to have their own WEB TV Series and also offers Career Opportunities in Sales and Production Engineering. Please check out his Radio Network https://www.americanheartsradio.com/ and watch AHR Web TV Shows on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Gl8t2QF9xFUPdYYdxaBFA?view_as=subscriber
…….~ 2018 Special Honoree: Karen Steil ~ Minister to Entrepreneurs with her Church of Profitsea. A New Trinity: Happy, Healthy andWealthy
Karen Steil’s resume spans 42 years, which can be summed up in her book, “Church of Profitsea. A New Trinity: Happy, Healthy and Wealthy.” Karen is a minister to entrepreneurs and she believes in teaching by example. Karen writes in her book, “Every child born is the Light of the world,” which equates to every person on the planet being a “person of distinction.” There is no shortage of love in this world. There is no shortage of well-being in this world. There is no shortage of Pure, Positive, Non-Physical, God-force, Source, Love-Energy in this world. Happy, Healthy and Wealthy is a mindset; it is a state of consciousness that rises to the call of evolution. Karen’s mission is to release the creative energy potential in everyone she meets so they can let their Light shine. “You will know them by their fruit.”
Religion without science is blind. Science without religion is lame. (Albert Einstein)
Albert Einstein also said, “Everything is Energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.”
Karen’s life purpose is to bring the God frequency to her daily practice of ushering in the new heaven and new earth.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Bob Parkinson ~ Living Out “Building Effective Relationships” as a Teacher, a Communications Consultant… and a Devoted Husband!
Bob Parkinson’s diverse professional life has involved him in business, academia, and government activities, all concentrating on the importance of effective communication in developing relationships. Specific areas of attention have included formal education where he has served as an elementary and high school classroom teacher and administrator, and later as a university professor. He played a principle role in the development and implementation of the successful school desegregation program in the Evanston, Illinois, public school system. When he was a member of the Governor’s staff in Illinois, Bob developed strategies for implementing federal legislation and programs to expand employment and training opportunities for people throughout the state. As a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bob’s conducted educational research in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Botswana. He’s also provided corporate support to companies throughout the U.S. and internationally by offering more than 1,800 instructional programs and seminars concentrating on the skills necessary for building effective relationships.
An active author, he writes a weekly column for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and he has had fifteen books published on business communications and management techniques including the latest, Be As Good As You Think You Are which was co-authored with his wife, Eileen.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Eileen Parkinson ~ An Inspirational Force in Communications, Motivation and Exploring the opportunities of Successful Aging!
Relationships, whether they are with another person or with groups of people, are dependent in large part on the ability to communicate well. Eileen Parkinson, communications consultant and coach, has more than twenty years hands-on experience in the field of communication. She is a former news anchor, documentary producer, and professional singer and actor. Her varied and extensive experiences have enabled her to provide a unique approach to teaching and coaching business professionals at all levels from CEO’s to the newly hired, throughout the United States and internationally, as well.
One of her prime objectives is to help individuals learn and master skills that establish that person’s unique presence when communicating with others – life skills that lead to success in whatever one chooses to do. To that end, she co-authored Be As Good As You Think You Are, a book written with her husband, Bob, and published by Motivational Press, which is designed to help everyone interested in personal improvement and development. Eileen is also a past President of the Chicago Branch of Screen Actors Guild. She also sat on the National Board of Directors of S.A.G., as well as that of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now merged as SAG-AFTRA). Because of her interest in the “art of graceful aging” she also served on the board of Terra Nova Films, whose mission was to provide educational and informative films and videos that focused on exploring the opportunities of successful aging along with its many challenges.
~ 2018 Unsung Hero: Rob Rowen ~ Involved in working to make the world better most of his life
Rob Rowen has been involved in working to make the world better most of his life. In 1990 he was Founding President of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for Culture and the Arts and in 2002 the Kaleidoscope Children’s Festival. He was Board Chair of the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus, The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the South Tampa Military Affairs Committee. He was given an Honorary Ambassadorship to Central Command for his work with the International Coalition of military officers serving there.
He worked in Bangladesh after Typhoon Sidr and it inspired him In 2008 to create Global Action Coalition with several amazing community leaders an organization to work in Nepal and Africa to help with education, water and health projects. He currently is the Chairman of the Board as they work to expand their work in many ways.