Wes Cantrell
is known as a world-class leader and a forward-thinking expert in marketing and sales. Before entering as chairman and CEO of Lanier Worldwide, Inc. in 2001 after a career that spanned nearly five decades. Wes led a merger with Ricoh, a $14 billion copier manufacturer. He also successfully acquired and integrated several companies into Lanier.

Wes is currently a member of the board of directors for several organizations and businesses, including Ann Taylor Stores, Wells Real Estate Funds, and Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation. He received an honorary doctorate from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2002 and was named a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2001.

Wes lives with his wife in Georgia and enjoys spending time with their four children and twenty-two grandchildren.

James R. (Jim) Lucas
is a popular and provocative author, speaker and recognized authority on leadership, culture, and organizational development. He is president and CEO of Luman International, a firm that for more than twenty years has worked with thousands of leaders to build passionate, thinking, high-performance organizations.

Jim is the author of four other books on leadership, including The Passionate Organization: Igniting the Fire of Employee Committment and Broaden the Vision and Narrow the Focus: Managing in a World of Paradox. He is an award winning senior faculty member of the American Management Association, where he has taught its premier offering, the Course for Presidents. In May 2007, Jim will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri, Rolla.

Jim lives with his family in the Kansas City area. He and his wife, Pam, have four dynamic children.

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