Landon Hall is a multi-award winning copywriter and published author based in Richmond, VA. He’s worked with brands like UPS, DoorDash, Busch Light and UScellular to create culturally relevant and purpose driven social media creative and advertising campaigns. Along with his work in advertising, Landon has written and published several children’s books. His creative work has been seen by tens of millions of people around the world. But mostly he likes eating cereal, watching TV, and laying in hammocks.
Nate Hubert is a U.S. diplomat and award-winning communications specialist based in the DC area. Prior to his current role, Nate has worked as a federal contractor, with the Department of Homeland Security, and with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. With a passion for driving positive change and experience in social impact, he uses his expertise in PR to effectively shape narratives and build meaningful relationships. Nate’s dynamic skill set and his commitment to lifelong learning make him a versatile and impactful force in both diplomacy and the field of public relations.
Andrew Langer is President of the Institute for Liberty, as well as Chairman and Founder of the Institute for Regulatory Analysis and Engagement. IFL is a non-profit advocacy organization focused on advancing free-market and limited government principles into public policy at all levels. IRAE is a non-profit academic and activist organization whose mission is to examine regulations and regulatory proposals, assess their economic and societal impacts, and offer expert commentary in order to create better public policies. Andrew has been involved in free-market and limited-government causes for more than 25 years, has testified before Congress nearly two dozen times, spoken to audiences across the United States, and has taught at the collegiate level.
A globally-recognized expert on the impact of regulation on business, Andrew is regularly called on to offer innovative solutions to the challenges of squaring public policy priorities with the impact and efficacy of those policies, as well as their unintended consequences. Prior to becoming President of IFL and founding IRAE, he was the principal regulatory affairs lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest small business association. As President of the Institute for Liberty, he became recognized as an expert on the Constitution, especially issues surrounding private property rights, free speech, abuse of power, and the concentration of power in the federal executive branch.
Andrew has had an extensive career in media—having appeared on television programs around the world. From 2017 to 2021, he hosted a highly-rated weekly program on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 in Baltimore (as well as serving as their principal fill-in host from 2011 until 2021), and has filled in for both nationally-syndicated and satellite radio programs. He also created and hosted several different podcasts—currently hosting Andrew and Jerry Save The World, with long-time colleague, Jerry Rogers.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University and his degree from William & Mary is in International Relations.
Madeline Peltzer is press secretary for Congressman John James of Michigan’s Tenth District. Previously she was a ghostwriter for Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel at the Republican National Committee where she wrote nearly 100 op-eds throughout the 2022 election cycle. Madeline got her start writing essays for national contests and as a freelance journalist. She is a 2021 graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan where she studied politics and journalism. She served as news editor for the Hillsdale Collegian, a student ambassador, and was elected vice president of student government. A life-long political junkie, she has interned at both the state and federal levels including the White House. Madeline is the oldest of three girls and hails from Arizona.
Shannon Pugh is the President of the National Council for the Social Studies. She is the Director of Community and School Programming for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, Maryland where she supervises Title I, Community Schools, and other programs and grants designed to support schools with high concentrations of poverty. Prior to assuming her current position, she held the positions of Manager of Academics and Strategic Initiatives and Secondary Social Studies Specialist. An educator for 28 years, Shannon began teaching in rural Mississippi where she taught social studies and science. She then moved to Dallas, Texas where she taught AP history, economics, and art courses as well as sheltered (ESOL) world geography. While in Dallas, she was a member of the Texas Council for the Social Studies and served as Secretary and President of the Dallas Council. She also became one of the first three social studies teachers in Texas to earn National Board Certification. She is an adjunct faculty member at McDaniel College where she teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Shannon is a two-term member of the NCSS Board of Directors and serves on the Maryland Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Midwestern State University, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. from the University of Maryland.
LaRawn Scaife Rhea
LaRawn Scaife Rhea grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and was reared around the music industry where her father promoted the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, and numerous other greats.
She is a graduate of Belmont College with a degree in Marketing and a concentration in Psychology. As a graduate LaRawn served on the Belmont Alumni Board. She has a love of photography and works as a freelance social photographer and journalist. Her work has been seen in many magazines.
LaRawn has worked with many non-profits including serving on the Executive Board of the Nashville Symphony League, The Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee, Historic Belmont Mansion, The Nashville Ballet, and The Animal Welfare Fund. LaRawn conceived the idea of “The World’s Biggest Baby Shower” that led to Oprah Winfrey coming to the military base at Ft. Campbell to provide a baby shower for the 700+ military wives who were all expecting at the same time. The baby shower was taped and then aired on The Oprah Winfrey show.
Her hobbies include reading, photography, travel, baking and gardening.
Brandon Vanderford is the CEO of Vanderford Capital Research Group and a Crypto-Economist. Brandon is currently doing research and forecasting analysis of crypto-currency / commodity markets.
Brandon has owned and operated a state-of-the-art recording studio and video production company in the DFW area for nearly 16 years. In that time he has worked with top local and national artists producing audio and video recordings.