For Many the War Goes On

James Mukoyama, Jr. For James Mukoyama, Jr., each new morning brings the same thought to his mind: “Every day is a great day – I have my faith, my family, and I live in the greatest country in the world.” And, the Partner in Pinnacle Forum’s Greater Chicago Chapter definitely has had many a great…

Retiring is Not an Option

Bruce Everette In his 44-year career with Safeway Inc., Bruce Everette went from grocery bagger to executive vice president, responsible for retail operations of 10 divisions, more than 1,700 stores and 180,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada. He had gone as far as he could go except for CEO, a job he didn’t want,…

Personal Faith & Public Service

Mike McCormick Of the seven Cultural Mountains Pinnacle Forum Partners seek to influence for Christ—arts & entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion—none is trickier to traverse than government. The political process is exhausting, expensive and fraught with personal exposure. Mike McCormick knows this from experience. He narrowly missed a congressional seat twice in…

When The Group Stands Tall

Angelo Kleronomos & Bill Read Kurt Becker played guard for the World Champion Chicago Bears and was roommates with quarterback Jim McMahon. These days he’s the coach of his alma mater, East Aurora High School near Chicago. Kurt has a successful business and didn’t need to get into coaching. He did it to help the…

Serving Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Cottrell Pinnacle Forum Partner, Jonathan Cottrell (https://jonathancottrell.com) was fascinated by entrepreneurship as a child long before he knew the word or could spell it. By eleven, he was running neighborhood businesses after reading a book of business ideas for kids. Born and raised in Phoenix, he came to a personal relationship with Jesus at…

4:9 & 2:10

Tammy Vallejo Pinnacle Forum Partner, Tammy Vallejo is the President of E49 (www.e49corp.org), which stands for Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Where two are better than one … and a three cord strand cannot be broken.” “E49 exists to connect, resource and mobilize civic, business, non-profit, church and community leaders to respond to the critical needs in our…

Sexual Slavery in America

Debbie Johnson “I first heard of human trafficking in 2007,” says Pinnacle Forum Partner, Debbie Johnson, Founder and CEO of Without Permission, Inc (www.withoutpermission.org). “Learning of the sale, sexual exploitation and murder of little girls in Mexico broke my heart. I began to research this bondage and it has become my life’s mission to expose…

Life as a Triathlon

Daniel Bernard Pinnacle Forum Partner, Daniel Bernard has three full time jobs. He runs his own business; he’s the President and Founder of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay (www.sctb.org), and he’s a movie producer for The Favorite. Along the way, he has been married for 32 years, raised a family of six children, and written several books. Daniel’s for-profit…