Chef Charles Carroll is an eight-time Culinary Olympian who travels the world speaking on championship thinking and the ingredients of greatness. He won his first Culinary Olympics gold medal at the age of 24 (as the youngest member of the team) and has since participated in the quadrennial Olympics as team member, coach, and judge. He was named one of the year’s Great Country Inn Chefs by the James Beard Foundation (1993) and is past president of the World Association of Chefs Societies. He has been inducted into the World Master Chefs Association, the American Academy of Chefs, the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and the Honorable order of the Golden Toque.

In 2011 Chef Carroll founded Operation HOT (“Honoring Our Troops”), putting on a series of Vegas-style shows and presenting a home-cooked Cajun meal for thousands of U.S. troops in the middle of a war zone in Afghanistan and giving away more than seven tons of gifts. For his work with U.S. troops abroad in 2011 and again in 2013, he was personally commended by five U.S. presidents. In 2013 he was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Martin by the U.S. Army. Chef Carroll currently serves as Executive Chef of Houston’s River Oaks Country Club.

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John David Mann performed his first composition, a musical score for Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound, in Greece at the play’s original venue when he was 13, and won the BMI Awards for Student Composers at 15, at the time the youngest recipient ever. At 17 he spearheaded a group of students who started their own high school, and after graduating joined the faculty. He performed as a concert cellist before turning to careers as an entrepreneur and author.

John is coauthor of the bestselling classic The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, which has sold more than half a million copies in more than two dozen languages. Winner of the Axiom Business Book Award’s Gold Medal and the Living Now “Evergreen Medal” for its “contributions to positive global change,” The Go-Giver has been hailed as “the most important parable about business—and life—of our time” by bestselling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant and “a must-read by anyone who wants to change the world” by talk show host Glenn Beck. Inc. magazine named it one of the 18 Most Motivational Books of All Time, and the Forbes Finance Council included as one of “Eight Finance Books Everyone Should Read.”

Mann’s other titles include the New York Times bestsellers Flash Foresight (with Daniel Burrus) and The Red Circle (with Brandon Webb). His 2011 Take the Lead (with Betsy Myers) was named by Tom Peters and the Washington Post as Best Leadership Book of 2011.

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