Success Expo Speakers

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David Calvert obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1982.  He obtained his Master of Science in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University in 1998.  David has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma since 2000, and has been an approved LPC Supervisor since 2004.

David has worked in a variety of clinical settings since 1994.  He has served as director and/or lead therapist for outpatient behavioral health programs, he has been the director of a hospice organization, he has worked on adult inpatient behavioral health units as a therapist, he has worked with social workers and case managers in oncology and acute care settings, he has worked as an intake and assessment counselor, he has been the program director of a treatment program for adult male sexual offenders in a minimum security correctional facility, and he has operated a private counseling practice – both full-time and part-time, for several years in Muskogee.  David has experience in providing behavioral health services with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.

David is currently serving as the Community Education Manager for EASTAR Behavioral Health Services, which includes The Pavilion, a 16-bed adult behavioral health unit, and Senior Care, a 10-bed geropsychiatric unit.



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Jason Gonzales serves as the Technology Specialist for the Muskogee Public Library.  He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.  Recently he organized a state technology conference (iCON) for library professionals.  Jason serves as director for a youth technology summer camp (Learn-Create-Share) he developed four years ago.  The camp introduces youth to 3D printing, video game programming, digital photography, and video creation.  He is enthusiastic about technology and speaks regularly on tech related topics including cyberbullying, social media, and trends in technology.



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Attendees will learn the importance of having a financial strategy to accumulate wealth and reach long-term goals.  Financial tips and investment ideas along with associated risks and rewards will be discussed. Saving, goal-setting, reviews following life-changing events, and getting your financial house in order are key components of a sound plan.

Nearly three decades ago, Christine joined her grandfather in the financial services industry. Christine served as a Managing Partner in her grandfather’s investment firm, David Cannarsa Investments, prior to teaming with Firstar Bank’s investment division, First Financial Center.

At First Financial Center, Christine provides individuals and businesses with access to a full range of investment services including financial planning, retirement planning, college planning, life insurance, long-term care insurance, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, and more.

Securities are offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Insurance products are offered through LPL Financial or its licensed affiliates. The investment products sold through LPL Financial are not insured deposits of Firstar Bank and are not FDIC insured. These products are not obligations of Firstar Bank and are not endorsed, recommended, or guaranteed by Firstar Bank or any government agency. The value of the investment may fluctuate, the return on the investment is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible.



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Dr. Tim Faltyn is the 16th president of Connors State College. During his tenure as president, Community College Week has consistently ranked Connors in the top 100 nationally for graduate production in multiple degree categories. Having achieved an all-time high in fund raising under his leadership, Connors has been transformed with over $19M in renovation and construction projects as well as ranked by State University.com as the safest two-year college in Oklahoma. Dr. Faltyn’s educational pedigree includes four undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central New Mexico Community College, University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, as well as professional development work at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professionally he has earned numerous honors for teaching and leadership, including being named a Carnegie US professor of the year.

A teacher by trade, Dr. Faltyn started as an adjunct faculty, rose to the rank of tenured Professor while serving in every major academic leadership position before transitioning to a career in administration that led to him being named President of Connors State College in 2011. In addition to his work in education, he is an accomplished author, having written or contributed to numerous articles and books. Representing the third generation of a ranching family from Los Lunas, NM, he is best known in his home state for being an NMA State Motocross Champion for 11 consecutive years. Dr. Faltyn, his wife Kelly and son Max live in Warner, Oklahoma where they pursue their passion for the outdoors.




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Sharon Nichols is passionate about providing encouragement, guidance and knowledge to help individuals and businesses grow and succeed.  She is currently heading the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center’s Team that is located at Northeastern State University.  Her education, experiences, and life in general has fine-tuned her expertise for bettering the businesses she serves and leading the SBDC team at NSU to provide exceptional business advising.  Team and Leadership Development are at the heart of her passion.

Sharon has over 15 years in community and economic development.  She has had the opportunity to consult and work for large real estate organizations, startup Tech Company during the IPO process, non-profits as well as governmental entities.  Throughout her career balancing work and life is the premise of her focus.  Sharon has an MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Change and Leadership Development as well as certifications in Economic Development Financial Planning, and Human Resources.  She has worked with the Human Resource organizations on a local and state level as well as Jr. Achievement, Literacy Counsel.  Sharon is married to a minister and has three daughters.


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Scott is a proven leader who fully understands running a successful business. He brings over thirty years of leadership experience with both publicly-traded and privately-owned companies, ranging in size from start-up to two billion dollars in revenue. Scott has worked at the executive level of a Fortune 500 multi-national company, a senior executive with a privately-owned service company, as well as founded Capstone Holdings, LLC. Currently, He is CEO of Capstone Holdings, LLC and is a consultant with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center at NSU-Broken Arrow.

Scott has launched new products; established new markets; and built integrated teams that produced sustained market share growth.  He has expertise in the areas of leadership development, value creation, strategic planning, business development, routes to market and performance optimization. He has led organizations through critical transition periods, business restructuring, turnaround and financial distressed management. He is particularly adept at taking complex business problems, analyzing them, and developing strategic and tactical solutions that yield tangible results.

Scott attended the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship and graduated with honors with a BSBA degree in Business Management.  He has completed graduate studies at Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.

Scott and his wife, Debbie have been married for 27 years and have one daughter. They are members of Asbury United Methodist Church. Scott has served on the Board of Directors at Big Brothers & Sisters, First Tee of Tulsa, and White’s Chapel United Methodist Church.



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Tom Pace is an energetic entrepreneur, CEO, and author who currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  From humble beginnings, Tom has built an outstanding reputation for his dynamic business leadership, engaging charisma, and active community involvement.  He speaks regularly to large audiences at corporate, not-for-profit, and educational gatherings and is noted for his ability to effectively bring to life practical ways to apply time-tested principles that have proven to be true in his own life.

Tom struggled finding significance during his young adult years and hit rock bottom at the age of 26: he only read at the 4th grade level, was unable to hold a job, suffered from both attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, struggled with depression, and periodically considered suicide.  Three years later, in 1987, with a personal net worth of only $62.53, he founded PaceButler Corporation.  His determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to effectively lead people have allowed him to build the company into the multi-million dollar, international organization that it is today.  PaceButler is recognized for the culture of innovation, optimism, and employee development that Tom has inspired.

Attributing his successes in life to the mentoring he has received from others, Tom advocates the vital role of mentoring through his book, Mentor: The Kid and the CEOMentor is based on actual experiences from his own life and in it he passes on some of the principles that allowed him to discover health, prosperity, and most importantly, significance.  Mentoring is a two-way street for Tom.  Not only does he have mentors of his own, but he serves as a mentor for others as well.  Like Malcolm in Mentor, Tom conducts weekly meetings and distributes books every Monday in the Oklahoma County Jail.  “I believe anyone can reach the top no matter where they are in life,” he says.  “But they have to realize the importance of serving others before themselves and the value of mentoring and being mentored.”

Today, Tom is an avid reader and has read more than 500 books on various topics: mental and physical health, spiritual wellbeing, financial fitness, and healthy relationships.  He has read his favorite book, The Purpose Driven Life, 72 times!  He is happily married with two wonderful daughters.  He lives an active lifestyle and enjoys running, swimming, skiing.