Business Leadership Summit 2018

Event date: October 19, 2018

A great time of encouragement for business leaders

In a time when Christian business leaders are being bombarded by Satan’s attacks and tempted to abandon Biblical business practices, the Business Leadership Summit is designed to motivate and encourage Christian business leaders in the service of their organizations and within their local churches.  Join us for an inspirational conference led by highly successful Christian business executives from across the nation during this one-day event at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.—Dr. Jim Tillotson

8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Nettleton Center, Faith Baptist Bible College

Conference Speakers

Michael Blackstone

Michael has flourished in the business community, analyzing new markets and establishing start-up businesses. He spent 10 years in marketing and advertising for financial organizations, and his background includes a unique mix of finance, marketing, sales, customer service, and business analysis. 
Michael co-founded and currently serves with Thompson & Blackstone, Inc., a business think-tank located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He also co-founded CF InFlight, LLP, a specialty camera sports broadcasting company (best known for the Emmy Award-winning Skycam camera) that was sold in 2004.
In 1998, Michael Blackstone co-founded Frontline Education, best known for Aesop, an automated substitute placement and absence management system for K-12 school districts. In 2010, Michael, along with Roland Thompson, started a charitable foundation called SEED (Stewards Equipping Evangelism and Discipleship) and currently serves as a board member.  
In 2014, Frontline Education sold a majority interest to Insight Venture Partners. With a number of acquisitions under its belt, Frontline Education continued with Michael as President for nearly two years after the investment by IVP; Michael now sits on the board of directors. He also sits on the board for The Wilds, a camp in Brevard, North Carolina, that serves the needs of young people all over the country. In 2017, he joined the board of BJU Education Group, and in 2018 he became a member of the board of directors at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Michael lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Julie, and has three children: Justen, Alyssa, and Michaela. Michael is active in his church, Bible Baptist Church of West Chester, and has served as a deacon and as a Sunday school teacher; he has also served as the youth pastor for the past 30 years.

Ed Cone

As a young man, Ed began working for his father and brother in the family business known as Graco Children’s Products. He completed his BA from the University of Miami in 1967. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Ed served in various capacities within the company. In 1982, through a variety of challenging circumstances, he assumed the role of CEO. He and his executive team led the company through significant growth over the next 10 plus years.
In 1996 Graco was sold, and Ed began CF Capital. As a private equity firm, CF Capital specializes in helping Christian entrepreneurs with financial and leadership advice as they build businesses using Biblical principles. Ed has also served on several for-profit and nonprofit boards, including Christian educational institutions.
Ed accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 11, having been raised in a Christian home with a godly father to mentor him. Ed and his wife, Jane, have been married for 45 years and have 5 children. One of his greatest joys is spending time with his 17 grandchildren, with all but seven residing near his home. The Cones met and have been members at High Point Baptist Chapel for 46 years. They are both actively serving within the church. Ed serves as an adult Sunday school teacher, and Jane has taught the 2-year-olds for 40 years. They have lived in the Elverson, Pennsylvania area since 1959.

Sam Dawson

In 1980, Sam Dawson started Jackson Dawson to meet the business needs of companies in the Metro-Detroit area. Thirty-eight years later, the company has blossomed into a global family of 1,000 employees, 8 different brands, and 13 locations with clients around the world.
Driven by a pursuit of excellence, integrity, and a “why not?” attitude, Jackson Dawson is a trusted leader in the fields of marketing, training, design and fabrication, luxury hospitality, corporate workshops, and consumer experiences.
In addition to leading Jackson Dawson, Sam serves on the faculty of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary as Professor of Theology. He is also a regular workshop speaker at the E3 Pastors Conference, has taught an Adult Bible Fellowship Class at Inter-City Baptist Church for over 30 years, and teaches in various venues around the world.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married since 1974 and reside in Allen Park, Michigan.

Scott Tewes

Scott Tewes has over 30 years of experience serving clients in a broad range of business litigation matters encompassing contracts, securities, fraud, agency, franchising, competition, and fiduciary law. His work for technology companies often includes intellectual property, trade secret, and licensing disputes that require expedited hearings for temporary restraining orders or other injunctions.
After completing law school and a federal appellate clerkship, Scott practiced with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, an AmLaw100 firm headquartered in Atlanta, where he became a partner in 1996.  In 2002, Scott launched his own litigation practice, Tewes Law Group LLC, which is ranked by U.S. News among top-tier regional firms for Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Intellectual Property.
Scott and his wife, Marcia, have been married 37 years and have 5 children ages sixteen to thirty-two.  They have attended Killian Hill Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia, since 1987 and have been active in many ministry roles.

Roland Thompson

Roland has spent his career applying Biblical concepts of leadership and decision-making to business.  His experience spans from startups to Fortune 500 companies operating in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Roland currently serves on the board of Frontline Education, which he co-founded, and co-operates Thompson & Blackstone, Inc., a business think tank and investment platform. His background includes a mix of entrepreneurism, business analysis, engineering, and design. He was also the co-founder and CEO of CF InFlight, LLP, which introduced the Emmy award-winning Skycam ( to the sports broadcasting world (Skycam is used all over the world and is featured on almost all major market American football broadcasts, including Monday Night Football). He has a tremendous amount of experience analyzing new markets and establishing and growing businesses. Prior to these ventures, He spent 10 years building an IT services organization focused on delivering services and software for stock and currency trading applications, as well as developing mobile technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
Roland lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lisa, and has three children: Christopher, Stephen, and Alicia. Roland is active in his church, Bible Baptist Church of West Chester, and has served as a chair of deacons, a Sunday school teacher, and a youth worker.

David Trine

David Trine has 34 years of experience in various executive finance and accounting roles.  He began his career in 1982 in the audit division at Arthur Andersen LLP.  He is the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Premiere Global Services Inc. (PGi)—a leading collaboration NYSE company with $570 million in annual revenue from 25 countries which was purchased by Siris Capital in December 2015.
Prior to PGi, he served as CFO of LexisNexis Risk and Information Analytics Group, a Reed Elsevier company, from September 2008 to January 2009, and as CFO and Senior Vice President of ChoicePoint Inc., which was acquired by LexisNexis, from October 2005 to September 2008.
He was Treasurer of ChoicePoint from February 2000 to October 2005, and Vice President, Finance and Accounting and Corporate Controller of ChoicePoint from January 1997 to February 2000.  He also spent seven years with Equifax as Vice President of Internal Audit and Senior Vice President and Group Controller of Equifax’s healthcare division.
He is a certified public accountant and is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Schedule and Topics

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:00 AM General Session: Providing for your family–Dr. Jim Tillotson
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Breakout Session 1
Option 1: How do I function in a non-Christian company? –David Trine
Option 2: Hiring the right people–Roland Thompson
11:20 AM Breakout Session 2
Option 1: How to balance church, family, and work–Michael Blackstone
Option 2: Funding my business and growth–Ed Cone
12:20 PM Lunch
1:30 PM General Session: The importance of my local church–Sam Dawson
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Breakout Session 3
Option 1: Defining core values–Michael Blackstone
Option 2: Team building–Roland Thompson
3:45 PM Breakout Session 4
Option 1: What is Biblical stewardship?–Ed Cone
Option 2: Business by the Bible and law–Scott Tewes
4:45 PM Closing Remarks

Cost: Includes continental breakfast, conference materials, buffet lunch

Person Cost
Early Bird $79
Regular $99
Spouse Add $25

Hotel Recommendations

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Conference Location

The Business Leadership Summit will be held in the Nettleton Center at Faith Baptist Bible College.

Faith Baptist Bible College
1900 NW Fourth Street
Ankeny, IA 50023

Key Dates:

Registration opens: July 19, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 21, 2018
Registration Deadline: October 12, 2018
*This conference is designed for business owners or leaders managing five or more employees.
For more information, contact BrianaHarrier at 515-964-0601 ext. 234.