Peter J. Strauss is the founder and managing member of The Strauss Law Firm, LLC, located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He is also the founder and CEO of Hamilton Captive Management, LLC, one of the most admired and respected management firms in the country, as well as numerous other insurance companies.
Peter—an experienced captive manager and renowned corporate, tax, and risk management attorney—holds one mission above all: to service his clients the right way, with customized, cutting-edge solutions executed by a team of specialized and qualified professionals.
He has authored several books on captive insurance, including Captive Insurance Companies for the Small Business Owner, The Physician’s Guide to Captive Insurance Companies, and The Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies, a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. He regularly speaks at public seminars and professional society meetings such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Hawaii Tax Institute, Southern Federal Tax Institute, as well as Continuing Legal Educational Conferences.
Peter is a graduate of the New England School of Law, holds an LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami, and is currently enrolled at Harvard Business School. He lives on Hilton Head Island with his four children, Colin, Quinn, Rymer, and Penny.
Adam Witty is the chief executive officer of Advantage|ForbesBooks. Witty has built Advantage Media Group, The Business Growth CompanyTM, into one of the largest business book publishers in America, serving over 1,000 Members in 40 U.S. states and 13 countries. Advantage was listed on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s most rapidly growing private companies in 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, and 2012 and named to the Best Places to Work in South Carolina list for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Most recently, Advantage has partnered with Forbes to create ForbesBooks, the first book-publishing imprint for the global media company. Launched in 2016, ForbesBooks is the next step in Forbes’ 100-year history of distribution and innovation in the media business. Utilizing the Forbes multi-platform media network, ForbesBooks offers a branding, visibility, and marketing platform to business authors. The exclusive imprint not only gets books to market faster than other top business book publishers, it also provides a holistic branding, visibility and marketing platform for leading business leaders and idea makers.
In addition to his work with Advantage|ForbesBooks, Adam is a sought-after speaker, teacher and consultant on marketing and business growth techniques for entrepreneurs and authors. He has shared the stage with Steve Forbes, Gene Simmons of KISS, Peter Guber and Bobby Bowden. Adam has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today and more.
He was named to Young Presidents’ Organization 40 Under 40, 50 Most Progressive, and was named to the 2011 Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 list of “America’s coolest entrepreneurs.” In 2012, Adam was selected by the Chilean government to judge the prestigious Start-up Chile! entrepreneurship competition.
Adam Witty is chairman of the not-for-profit Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina, where they teach entrepreneurial skills to at-risk youth in every South Carolina public school. He also chairs the Clemson University’s Spiro Entrepreneurship Institute board and sits on the College of Charleston Entrepreneurship Center board. He is an Eagle Scout, 2012 Clemson University Young Alumnus of the Year, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Learning Officer for Digital Marketing and Media Board and happy to call Charleston, South Carolina home.
With a focus on people and purpose, I work to create a culture of care in both individuals and organizations. My name is Christopher Ryan and I am the President of Paredigm Enterprises, a consulting firm helping individuals, companies, and nonprofits realize their goals. In addition, I am the Texas and Puerto Rico Chair for TIGER 21, the premiere peer-to-peer learning organization for ultra-high-net-worth individuals.
After graduating from University of Texas at Austin in 1989, I started my first business, Erapmus Network Services, when I was 23 years old. Working in the distributed computer network operating space, Erapmus helped organizations such as Exxon Mobil and WorldCom integrate and streamline their computer systems. Under my leadership, I instilled a culture of self-reliance and perseverance, successfully growing Erapmus to over 130 employees with revenues of just under $10M before its acquisition.
Following my success, I founded Paredigm Enterprises in 2003. My ability to formulate a vision, create a strategy, and plan an execution, allows me to guide individuals and organizations to maximize their potential and exceed expectations. From launching robust careers for various authors and speakers, to turning around a multitude of underperforming companies, to building revenue models and strategic partnerships for non-profits, Paredigm Enterprises has created success for many and has helped to make the world a better place.
The perspectives I have acquired throughout my career drove me to TIGER 21 in 2013, where I lead the organization in Texas and Puerto Rico. I harness the carried expertise and collective intelligence of 50 TIGER 21 members, to improve their investment acumen, business decisions, and family dynamics. The magic of TIGER 21 happens when members give first, receive second, and take third, creating a brotherhood and sisterhood amongst themselves, making it truly a family away from home.
John DuPont III
John Dupont III
John DuPont III is the chief operating officer at Hamilton Business Solutions.
He is an experienced, enlisted senior military leader who served twenty years in the U.S. Army, spending seventeen years in the Special Forces community. He served over a decade in Central and South America, with extensive participation in the Global War on Terror and Counter-Narcotics Operations in Afghanistan and Colombia. John earned the Purple Heart Medal in 2008 while serving in the Helmand Province, Barang, Afghanistan.
John is a graduate of Piedmont International University’s School of Leadership, holding a PhD in Leadership and Organization Management. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at Liberty University’s Graduate School.
At the doctoral-level, he has studied 21st century leadership; executive leadership; leadership values and ethics; policy and culture; contemporary leadership issues; strategic planning; organizational communications, development, and change; and conflict resolution. John’s areas of study and research are middle market, global, and executive leader’s transformational leadership; and multiple intelligences.
He lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Summer, and their two children, John IV and Claire.
Robert Kirila is presently serving as the Executive Director for Your Grateful Nation and is focused on providing Special Operators the support needed to find their next great career in the private sector. Previously Robert was the Chief Operating Officer for DEFENSEWERX and guided the growth of disruptive innovation practices for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force and the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Rob also served as the Director of Military Affairs for Congressman Matt Gaetz, 1st Congressional District of Florida.
Serving as a Senior Leader in the last seven years of his 26 year career in the United States Army, Rob developed a unique portfolio of experience. In just the last decade, he led multi- national Special Operators in Afghanistan and Iraq, coordinated the largest special operations base realignment in the history of the Special Forces Regiment, acted as a principal strategy advisor to the Commanding General in the fight against ISIS, lectured at the Colombian Defense University on the ethics of Just War, and served in the United States State Department in Washington D.C. as a War College intern in the Western Hemisphere Bureau.
After graduating from the University of Richmond, Robert was commissioned as an officer in the Infantry. After serving in the 7th Infantry Division Robert pursued more demanding and elite communities, starting first in the United Nations Command - Joint Security Area (PanMunJom, Korea) then the Rangers and finally in the Special Forces. For the last 7 years Robert was a Commander and senior Leader in the 7th Special Forces Group. Robert has served around the globe leading organizations varying in size from 12 to over 8,000 personnel. Over half of his 25 years in uniform have been spent directly leading operations. Most notably, three times in the last 20 years he led organizations in significant high-risk confidence building efforts between ethnic and religious antagonists in Afghanistan and throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
Robert holds a bachelor degree from the University of Richmond and masters degrees from Central Michigan University and the United States War College. Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star, and the Green Beret authorized by President John F. Kennedy. Robert and Chrissie, his wife of 20 years, have two children.
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