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Tim Gabrielson      

Tim Gabrielson’s blend of comedy and magic has left audience amazed since 1989. Tim’s brand of keynote entertainment uses that magical blend while influencing attendees to modify thought patterns resulting in greater enthusiasm and improved productivity. By sharing his philosophy; that responding rather than reacting will change the outcome, he is able to guide audiences to focus on their own abilities to overcome obstacles simply and easily with one paradigm shift.

As detailed in his book Lemons to Laughter, Tim ignites positivity resulting in greater success in every aspect of life. In recent years, physicians have confirmed what we already knew…that laughter is good medicine! Science has rivaled common sense in providing findings that laughter is not only good for the soul, but also proven to be good for our health. Whether it’s the release of endorphins or the decrease in stress hormones that provide an overall sense of well-being and improved outlook, the cause isn’t as important as the result: A happier, healthier approach to everyday life! Tim will inspire you with his words, entertain you with his breathtaking comedy and magic, and show you how to make small choices that result in big differences.

Keni Thomas      

In the summer of 93, Sgt. Keni Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu Somalia with Bravo company of the 3rd Ranger Battalion as part of a special operations package called Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to find and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aideed. On the 3rd of Oct Sgt. Thomas and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an 18 hour fire fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Blackhawk Down. 19 Americans died and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII.


SSG Thomas stayed in the Army for 3 more years as a team leader for a six-man ranger reconnaissance team. He earned his master parachutist rating with over 400 military free fall jumps. Completed the Special Forces Combat Diver course, became an Advanced EMT, and was one of ten Americans to complete the Belgium Commando Course.


Keni got out of the Army to pursue his music career and now works full time as an award winning Nashville recording artist. His band Cornbread was featured in the movie Sweet Home Alabama and regularly tours with the USO to perform for our military personnel serving in the Middle East. As an entertainer, Keni has been recognized by congress, the White House, and was recently inducted into the VFW Hall of Fame for his dedicated work on behalf of our veterans and military families.


His new book “Get it On!” is already a best seller and is an incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how lessons learned under fire can inspire us all on a day to day basis.


Keni is also very proud to be a national spokesperson for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college educations to the children of our special operations personnel killed in combat or training.


Keni is a graduate of the University of Florida and a recipient of the bronze star with valor.


CDFA Secretary Karen Ross      

?KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Prior to that appointment, she served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996-2009, and as Vice-President of the Agricultural Council of California from 1989-1996. Before moving to California, Secretary Ross served as Director of Government Relations for the Nebraska Rural Electric Association and as Field Representative for U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky. [MORE








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