Little Known Stories of the Founding Fathers and Mothers

March 22, 2019

Featured Speaker: JUDGE BRETT LONDON

Did you know that George Washington was a brilliant spymaster?

Did you know that Benedict Arnold was one of the most important heroes of the Revolution?

Did you know that 6 foreigners became heroes of the revolution?

Did you know that Ben Franklin almost killed himself twice by electricity?

Did you know that many of the founding fathers were personal enemies?

Judge London will share these and other fascinating but little known stories of the founding fathers and mothers during our next breakfast meeting!

Judge London’s career and character-building experiences span from gardener to taxi driver to Superior Court Judge. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Cal-State University, Fullerton and his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Brigham Young University. Brett and his wife Donna live in Lake Forest and are the parents of six adult children.

Igniting a Revolution: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

March 22, 2019

Featured Speaker:
Brigham Cheney
Partner, Atkinson Andelson APC

BRIGHAM CHENEY

Paul Revere's ride is one of many memories that Americans from all backgrounds share as one. But it has largely disappeared from our modern histories and textbooks. This presentation will examine Paul Revere's ride, the fight at Lexington and Concord, and the individual choices that everyday Americans made to leave lives of comfort, live by their principles, and ignite a revolution.
Brigham Cheney is a partner at the law firm of Atkinson Andelson APC. He specializes in employment law, representing employers in harassment and discrimination cases, employee class action lawsuits, and union negotiations and litigation. He has substantial trial experience, including the unique experience of successfully trying two wage-and-hour class actions, one of which lasted over a full year. He has particular expertise in the international shipping industry, representing international container shipping lines, marine terminal operators, and major transportation and logistics companies with operations throughout the United States and worldwide. He has been repeatedly honored by Southern California SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in the field of Employment and Labor Law.
Outside of work, Mr. Cheney is an accomplished guitar player and, in his free time, enjoys playing and recording music and expanding his guitar collection. He spends as much time as possible with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid reader and a fan of U.S. history and military history, in particular.

Is Your Network REALLY Your Net Worth?

February 28, 2019

Featured Specker: RICH KETTLEY   Director of Training & Marketing, WestPac Wealth Partners 

 This presentation (delivered by Rich Kettley across the nation) discusses how you can use social media and other tools to create what he calls a "Balanced Network." By having a balanced network you can move from simply getting "Referrals" to actually getting favorable introductions. This session will spend some time walking through the philosophy behind the process and then move into practical examples so you can walk away from the meeting with specific action items to implement as you expand your own Network (Net Worth).

 Rich Kettley has extensive experience in teaching business practitioners the psychology of sales and how to implement these concepts into their professional relationships and marketing strategies. With several years spent in retail and corporate sales, he has leveraged that experience in providing large group as well as one-on-one training sessions. Currently Rich works with some of the top reps and teams in the industry.

 Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business. Growing up in Newport Beach with six sisters and now having four boys and two little girls, Rich describes his life as organized chaos. When he’s not training, marketing and doing personal production, he is involved with several philanthropic groups and loves being active in the outdoors.

Warren Buffett “The Oracle of Omaha” Featured Speaker: John Bledsoe

January 31, 2019

JOHN BLEDSOE 

The virtue of patience comes easy for no one. For a doctor, it could be the difference between life and death. For a baseball player it could be the difference between a strikeout and a home-run. And for Warren Buffett, it was the difference between poverty and being a billionaire. The patience alone was hardly Buffett’s key to success. Buffett also exhibited the hard-working attitude; a resilience to the pressures of this world; and obliviousness to what others are saying about him; and most of all, Warren Buffett exhibited a heart of compassion through philanthropy. All of this bundled together, along with an uncanny mathematical ability, created the entrepreneurial success Buffett was. Warren Buffett demonstrated that face value has nothing to do with what the heart is composed of, but in Buffett’s case, his heart was just as big if not bigger than his prodigious net worth.

John Bledsoe has been practicing family law in Orange County for the last 25 years. John attended Brigham Young University and graduated from University of Redlands. He has an MBA from Golden Gate University. He received his law degree from Western State University.

He is married to the former Debra Thompson and is the father of six children including five daughters and one son. He resides in San Clemente.

John prides himself in being able to handle and win the difficult family law cases. When he is not working at the demanding practice of law he enjoys reading, golf and Orange Theory.

The 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition –Featured Speaker: Dyke Huish

December 19, 2018

DYKE E HUISH 

The World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, was the last and the greatest of the nineteenth century's World's Fairs. In the simplest of terms, it was one of the most spectacular events in the history of mankind. The fair changed the way the world looked at America, and more importantly how Americans looked at themselves. It was innovative, transformative and the catalyst for an archtictural, economic and creative revolution that is still being felt today. The ethos of the White City are still felt in places such as Disneyland, Main Streets of America, transportation plans, city parks, consumer products, and the architecture of the American home.

More than 28 million people attended the event lasting six months, all traveling by ship or rail to Chicago. If there is one event I could go back in time and see, it would be the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

Over the past twenty years Mr. Huish has served as a Deputy District Attorney, Deputy Public Defender, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, and is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist. He is a veteran of more than 300 bench and jury trials and has personally handled over 8,000 criminal cases. Thousands of attorneys have paid to attend his seminars on trial tactics, courtroom strategies and jury psychology. He has handled more than $500 million dollars in fraud cases and successfully litigated one of the largest fraud cases in the history of the State of California.

Understanding and Using Pain and Pleasure (The Great Motivators Behind ALL Actions) by Rick Kettley

October 24, 2018

RICH KETTLEY

Ever have someone agree with you (aka buy) only to change their mind after they leave? If you could reverse this, how would that benefit your business, or better yet, your life?
Every decision we make is based upon two simple concepts. Pain and Pleasure. Throughout life we are constantly moving from one “greater” pain to a “lesser” pain and we hope to get to the world of pleasure and luxury. Of the two motivators, the avoidance of pain is most powerful.
So what does this have to do with me? In every conversation someone is selling and someone is buying. Knowing and understanding the motivators behind each person and how they make decisions is critical to reaching your goals and objectives.
This presentation will walk through the power of pain and how to easily discover it when conversing with prospects and clients. It is not until we uncover one’s pain that we can start to discover, create and discuss truly beneficial solutions.
Rich Kettley has extensive experience in teaching business practitioners the psychology of sales and how to implement these concepts into their professional relationships and marketing strategies. With several years spent in retail and corporate sales, he has leveraged that experience in providing large group as well as one-on-one training sessions. Currently Rich works with some of the top reps and teams in the industry.
Rich is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business. Growing up in Newport Beach with six sisters and now having four boys and two little girls, Rich describes his life as organized chaos. When he’s not training, marketing and doing personal production, he is involved with several philanthropic groups and loves being active in the outdoors.

The Decisive Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korean War

October 23, 2018

BRIGHAM CHENEY

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir marked a dramatic turning point in the Korean War. It took place approximately one month after the Chinese army entered the conflict by surprising U.S. forces in a night attack, encircling the U.S. troops. Between November 27 and December 13, 1950, the U.S. forces broke out of the encirclement and made a fighting withdrawal to the Port of Hungnam, inflicting heavy casualties on the Chinese. U.S. Marines and U.S. Army troops in the battle suffered heavy casualties fighting in extreme weather conditions. The battle ended U.S. expectations of total victory, dashed hopes that soldiers would be home for Christmas, and ultimately led to Communist retention of control over North Korea. It produced, however, some of the most startling acts of heroism and bravery in American military history.
Brigham Cheney is a partner at the law firm of Atkinson Andelson APC. He specializes in employment law, representing employers in harassment and discrimination cases, employee class action lawsuits, and union negotiations and litigation. He has substantial trial experience, including the unique experience of successfully trying two wage-and-hour class actions, one of which lasted over a full year. He has particular expertise in the international shipping industry, representing international container shipping lines, marine terminal operators, and major transportation and logistics companies with operations throughout the United States and worldwide. He has been repeatedly honored by Southern California SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in the field of Employment and Labor Law.
Outside of work, Mr. Cheney is an accomplished guitar player and, in his free time, enjoys playing and recording music and expanding his guitar collection. He spends as much time as possible with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid reader and a fan of U.S. history and military history, in particular.

James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights

August 21, 2018

Presented by: JUDGE BRETT LONDON
James Madison is one of the most remarkable, and least recognized of the
founding fathers. He is our Nation’s fourth president, and the Father of the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- our nation’s two most important
government documents. Madison preserved our freedom and
independence by successfully leading our country through the War of
1812, becoming the only sitting president to accompany troops into battle.
Yet, there are no great edifices in his honor like the Washington monument
or the Jefferson memorial. He is not on Mount Rushmore. His image is
not on our money. Indeed, Madison is our least appreciated and least known founding father.

Judge London’s career and character-building experiences span from gardener to taxi driver to
Superior Court Judge. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Cal-State
University, Fullerton and his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Brigham Young University. Brett
and his wife Donna live in Lake Forest and are the parents of six adult children.

Dr. Arnold Beckman: Scientist, Inventor, and Philanthropist

July 26, 2018

 PAUL HANSEN

Upon graduating from High School as WWII was ending, Paul joined the Navy, went to Boot camp in San Diego, and earned a fleet appointment to the Naval Academy—but declined it to pursue his high school sweetheart and an electrical engineering degree at the University of Utah.

After two jobs, one of which was upgrading the nuclear weapon stockpile, he started a lifelong career in research and development under the management of Dr. Arnold Beckman in Fullerton California. In Fullerton, he and his high school sweetheart raised a family of four while serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as well as the Boy Scouts of America. Paul retired in 1994 and lives in San Clemente with his sweetheart.

 Paul’s presentation will be centered on Dr. Beckman—his life and his management style. Paul will draw on his personal experiences working for and with this outstanding world famous scientist, inventor, and philanthropist—and founder of Beckman Instruments. Beckman invented the “acid meter” in 1934—later renaming it the pH meter, as we know it today. Beckman worked extensively in spectrophotometry, semiconductors, radar, computers and automation. He played a key role in developing radiation measurement devices required to support the Manhattan Project.

Beckman and his wife were notable philanthropists. They established the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 1977. At the time of Beckman's death, the Foundation had given more than 400 million dollars to a variety of charities and organizations. Donations chiefly went to scientists and scientific causes as well as Beckman's alma maters. He is quoted as saying, "I accumulated my wealth by selling instruments to scientists...so I thought it would be appropriate to make contributions to science, and that's been my number one guideline for charity."

Frederick Douglass–Part II by Richard Peterson

July 1, 2018

Frederick Douglass (February 1818–February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass]

 

 

Professor Richard Peterson is Director of Externships, Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law where he has taught since 2002. He supervises 2nd and 3rd year law students in providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities, and frequently provides instruction and training to school districts, parents, disability support groups, and others on the civil rights of children with disabilities and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and management of conflict in that domain. His publications may be accessed through the Pepperdine Law web site. In addition to his law degree, Professor Peterson holds an MDR and LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.