Our first guest is Dan Posthuma, who has spent the last 35 years as a producer and executive in the music industry, beginning as the music director for Bill Gaither and Amy Grant. He has worked with many artists, including Michael W Smith, Charlie Daniels, Debby Boone, Clint Black, and others. As a record producer, he is responsible for over 25 “#1” radio shingles, earning several Grammy nominations and four (4) Dove Awards. In 2010 he turned his attention to musical theater and launched Blue Gate Musicals to create entertaining, faith-oriented, original musicals. Dan and his founding partner, Mel Riegsecker, oversee the operations of BGM, which includes nine hugely successful Broadway-caliber musicals from the heart of Amish Country. Today, he discusses “The Confession Musical.” It is the story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish girl who discovers her parents have been keeping a secret from her… she is adopted. Katie decides to seek her birth mother, defying the rules of her Amish village and risking a shunning. Meanwhile, her wealthy birth mother, Laura Mayfield, who is battling an illness that might take her life, begins searching for her long-lost daughter to bequeath her inheritance before it is too late. The movie opens in select Theatres on February 20th for one day only. For tickets in your area, go to confessionmusicalmovie.com.
Our next guests today are Major General Daniel York (Ret) (USAR) and Ron White. Daniel is the founder and director of First Cause, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization, and Strength as One Leadership LLC. Ron is the Executive Director of VetREST.
In 2013, Dan founded VetREST, a nonprofit that provides healing for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and places vets on tiny farms to teach them farming skills and provide a safe-healing environment. He also founded and leads Strength As One Leadership LLC, which specializes in coaching leaders. Dan enjoys helping organizations solve problems, utilize Cliftonstrengths, employ servant leadership, and build strong character. Strong in ethics and building high esprit and morale, he addresses many audiences internationally and nationally on leadership and character development and is a sought-after motivational speaker. He is the author of fourteen books: I Keep Asking, I Pray Also, Lost on Mount Fuji, Something to Think About . . . in Revelation, Climbing Higher . . . in Revelation, The Strong Leader’s Hand, The Weak Leader’s Fist, Escape to Ohadi and the Strong Leader’s Hand Workbook series (6). He has seven CDs of original music: Seasons Ending, Salt, Choices, Of Seen and Unseen, Evidence, Where Were You, and See His Star
Ron White, Executive Director of VetREST, has worldwide experience working with programs and people across the globe in the private and public sectors, including over 20 years of military service. He began his military career as an enlisted Army Infantryman while gaining a critical understanding of the challenges of operating in an operational environment. An early leader, Ron later served as the Regimental Commander of over 200 cadets during his Navy officer training at Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI. While serving on active duty in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he designed, planned, managed, and completed scores of global projects with the Navy Seabees, including Spain, Tunisia, and Thailand. While in Thailand and as the Seabee Officer in Charge, Ron successfully and concurrently completed five projects across Mainland Thailand. Living in the remote villages of Thailand for three months, in the isolated desert of Tunisia for two months, and in Spain for five months, Ron gained an acute, real-time understanding of peoples, operations, and cultures. In 2005, Ron retired as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navel Reserves and began a private practice coaching and consulting small businesses in Portland, Oregon. With a background rooted in operations and optimizing potential, Ron brings deep commitment and understanding to veterans and the mission of VetREST. Under his guidance, VetREST Oregon serves as a model for future chapters seeking definitive, positive impacts to help veterans survive and thrive after serving the community and all of us. For more information, go to www.vetrest.org.