STEVEN K. BENTLEY
Steven Bentley works from offices in Billings, Montana where he is the Chief Financial Officer of Avitus Group. Avitus Group is a family of business solutions providing back office outsourcing for businesses. These include staff outsourcing, as well as tax and financial services. Prior to his present position, he was a certified public accountant focusing on taxes for over 30 years. He was a shareholder in a local CPA firm in Wyoming for over 10 years and served as managing shareholder for his last 2 years with the firm, and had worked in public accounting for 35 years.
Mr. Bentley received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the California State University at Fullerton and his Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. He is a certified public accountant licensed in California, Colorado, and Wyoming. He has served on the Tax Executive Committee with the AICPA. In addition, he has held the chair of the Members Tax Practice Improvement Committee, and membership on the Tax Technologies Committee, as well as the Computer Information Retrieval Committee.
Scott Fredricks works for Connoisseur Media of Billings Montana. Scott is the National and Regional Sales Manager, and also the Morning Talk Show Host of News Talk 730. Mr. Fredricks has been a long time broadcaster, holding many different positions in his 37 Years of Broadcasting. Scott got the radio bug at the age of 10 years of age, and started radio in his high schools years. Scott has interviewed over his years, Presidents, Senators, Governors, Talk Show hosts, and movie stars. When President Clinton was in town, Scott was chosen to ride with President Clinton in the radio pool. Scott Enjoys helping out people including Veterans, Cancer Patients, Children’s Charities and others . Mr. Fredricks is considered one of the Veteran Broadcasters in the State of Montana.
Hey I’m Nolan Ritter. I’m from a small but historic Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. I am 21 years young and currently a junior at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I surround myself with two older sisters and an older brother. If it wasn’t for my family and friends I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am an Exercise Science major with plans to go on to Physical Therapy school. I am also the secretary of the (C.M.O) Constantly Making Other’s FIT club at Southeast Missouri State University. I am a firm believer of how you are raised when you were little and who you surround yourself with as you grow older will determine your future endeavors. I first started to realize that I wanted to do something in the fitness industry when my brother who is currently in the United States Navy started to take me to the local gym when I was 15. I started to figure out I needed to put some mass on my bones to be successful in high school sports.
Throughout my years I have played: traveling soccer, baseball, football, traveling basketball, gym hockey, and taught myself how to play tennis. When it comes to sports I am most the most competitive person out there on the field and I won’t quit until the final whistle blows. Coming from a family who loves the outdoors and surrounding myself with friends that have pushed me to beyond my limits. I moved away to college in August of 2011 and started a new hobby. I helped start a health and fitness club at the University and began to help others get fit and answer any questions that one may have.
April 12th, I began my fitness modeling career as I shot my first professional shoot in Springfield, MO. I joined the (NPC) National Physique Committee and took all my research and knowledge over the years to the stage for my first time May 11 at the Mike Francois Classic in Columbus, Ohio. With it being the biggest show in Ohio and a National Qualifier, I finished 11th out of 18 competitors in the Men’s Physique Class A. My future goals are to compete at the NPC Midwest Classic Men’s Physique in St. Louis, Missouri August 24th. Also have a photo shoot lined up with Luis Rafael in Miami, Florida in July. I have big plans in the future for the fitness industry as I try to become the number one fitness model in the world. Being mentally prepared for the long marathon will help you power your way through those tough times that lie in front of you. I woke up today knowing I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I will do what others can’t. I thank God every night for giving me the drive and dedication to help others live a long and healthy life.
Lee Gordon is the Director of Public Relations for Mercury Marine. His communications career spans almost 20 years, including 15 years as a television news/sports anchor. Gordon’s first on-air job was at KTVQ in Billings where he learned the fine points of rodeo and dealing with Scott Fredericks. Somehow, their friendship continues today despite multiple efforts by Gordon to change his phone number and contact information. Gordon has been fortunate to cover many of the biggest events in the world such as the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, National Championship football games and more. He is the winner of 25 Associated Press Awards and continues to “play” radio on ESPN Radio in Florida, despite living 1,000 miles away from the station.
Hi, I’m Chip Cummings – host of The Financial Fitness Show! A nationally-syndicated radio program and website that is dedicated to sharing ways to help consumers build wealth, save money and get out of debt! We also look at ways to help you start or build your small business – and do it the RIGHT way…
The show is heard on weekends on stations around the country, and features interviews with best-selling authors, national business experts and people who will have an impact on YOUR life!
Some of our past guests include diverse names such as Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad), Brian Tracy (business expert), Coach Rick Pitino (personal success), Lisa Lloyd (Shark Tank), John Waggoner (USA Today), and over a hundred others…
I look forward to helping make YOU Financially Fit!
Colonel Denny Gillem
Denny graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in June 1964 and was commissioned in the infantry. After military schooling he was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO, where he served with the 5th Infantry Division, met and proposed to his wife, Marilyn, and volunteered for duty in Vietnam.
He served in combat with the First Infantry Division for a year and returned to marry Marilyn; he then assumed command of an airborne rifle company of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. He first visited Michigan when his company deployed to the Detroit Riots in 1967. Shortly thereafter his division deployed to Vietnam in time for the fighting during Tet 1968. As a consequence of these two combat tours Denny received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and 7 US awards for valor.
He was selected for early promotion to major and sent to earn his masters degree in political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. He subsequently served with the ROTC unit at Stanford University where he earned another MA (in Education) and helped close the ROTC unit. After serving with a mechanized infantry battalion in Germany, Denny returned to the US to be a war planner for Europe and the Middle East at US Readiness Command in Florida.
He served as the head of the Army ROTC unit at the University of Tampa and then was transferred to serve as an Army Advisor to the Michigan National Guard. Denny and Marilyn fell in love with western Michigan and decided to retire from the Army and settle there.
Since leaving the Army, Denny has worked in sales, leadership, consulting, and academic positions in Michigan. He currently teaches American Government at Grand Rapids Community College and taught political science and management for the University of Phoenix. He was the founding chair of the 1776 Society of Veterans, a political action committee. He has served in senior positions in state & national political campaigns and has run for office locally. Denny is also a business-networking fanatic, serving as a director-consultant for Business Network International and as the past-chair of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber’s Business Networking Committee.
Denny enjoys reading, spending time with family, and politics.
Colonel Denny Gillem graduated from West Point in 1964 and served in the infantry for 22 years. Highlights of his career include:
1965-66 – First Infantry Division in Vietnam; rifle platoon leader and aide-de-campe
1967-68 – 101st Airborne Division in US and Vietnam. Rifle company commander and assistant G3 operations officer.
1974-77 – First Infantry Division in Germany; mechanized infantry battalion XO.
1977-81 – US Readiness Command – Mideast war planner
1981-84 – University of Tampa – Professor of Military Science
1984-86 – Army Advisor, Michigan Army National Guard
Awards received include:
Silver Star (valor)
Distinguished Flying Cross (valor)
Soldiers Medal (Heroism not involving contact with the enemy)
Bronze Star (3 awards for heroism; 2 awards for meritorious service)
Purple Heart (2 awards)
Army Commendation Medal (1 award for heroism; one award for meritorious service)
Combat Infantryman’s Badge
Expert Infantryman’s Badge