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Ben Bell is the Principle and the Managing Member of William K. Woodruff & Co, LLC ( CEO/COO/CFO ), Independent Consultant at Business Talent Group.
A financial-oriented executive by experience and education, Mr. Bell is currently co-founder and Managing Member of William K. Woodruff & CO, LLC, an emerging investment advisor that specializes in stock picking among growth equities of US-domiciled companies. The firm has compiled an attractive investment record (averaging over 22% net annually since inception) while being uncorrelated to both the Russell 2000 Growth index and the BarclayHedge Long-Biased Equity HF Index.
Prior to WKW and using his private equity and venture capital background, Mr. Bell led several family-owned firms through fast-change, turnaround, and restructuring situations as COO, CFO and/or CAO. Along the way, he has developed a broad skill set that transcends industry boundaries. He is adept at executing in difficult or crisis situations and pivoting as necessary between strategic decisions and rolling-up-his-sleeves to reach the desired goal.
Mr. Bell holds an MBA degree (finance) from The Wharton School, and a BS degree (engineering/sociology) from Vanderbilt University. He has served in a fiduciary capacity for several family-owned operating businesses, estates, trusts, investment portfolios, family limited partnerships, investment trusts, and nonprofit activities, as trustee, executor, investment advisor, and/or Board member.
Virginia Prodan is – an International Human Rights Attorney – an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom; a sought-after International Speaker – and an Author at Tyndale .
Virginia Prodan graduated from Bucharest Law School in Romania with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and from S.M.U. Law School in Dallas, TX with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M International) degree.
Virginia had literally faced her assassin and has lived to tell about it. You will be inspired by her confidence and courage in the Lord; by her desire to share God’s love with anyone. She had shared it with the man who was hired to kill her. She is passionate about speaking and mentoring others who want to stand up to their giants and create a courageous, purpose-filled, and abundant life.
As a young attorney under Nicolae Ceausescu’s brutal communist regime, Virginia had spent her entire life searching for the truth. When she finally found it in the pages of the most forbidden book in all of Romania, Virginia accepted the divine call to defend fellow followers of Christ against unjust persecution in an otherwise ungodly land.
For this act of treason, she was kidnapped, beaten, tortured, placed under house arrest, and came within seconds of being executed under the orders of Ceausescu himself. How Virginia not only managed to defeat her enemies time and again, but helped expose the appalling secret that would lead to the demise of Ceausescu’s evil empire is one of the most extraordinary stories ever told.
Virginia Prodan’s compelling story of courage in the face of intimidation and even death on behalf of others is a testament to her unwavering faith in a God who delivers.
Exiled from Romania since 1988, Virginia frequently shares her story as a keynote speaker in large public forums—including public and private schools and universities—and has been featured prominently in media reports.
She was the focus of a full-length documentary and has been interviewed by Fox News, Heritage Foundation, BBC Radio, CBN; LifeWay – Chat with Priscilla; The NITE line; The Daily Signal, WFAA-TV Channel 8, Dallas Morning News, Point of View, Heritage Action for America, Glenn Beck, KCBI 90.9, Point of View, Family Life – Dr. Jim Dobson.
Virginia is a sought-after international speaker. As the key note speaker, Virginia spoke to large audiences and on special events at Family Research Council, Washington, DC; Christian Legal Fellowship, Vancouver, Canada; Summit Ministries, Colorado Springs; Georgetown University, etc. Virginia also published articles in Christian Post; the Christian Science Monitor; Focus on the Family – Citizen Magazine; Christianity Today; The Daily Signal; American Thinker, etc. Virginia inspires!
Virginia currently resides in Dallas, TX, where she enjoys practicing law, writing, attending the opera and the symphony, and traveling for pleasure. She has two daughters, Anca and Andreea, and a son, Emanuel. She also enjoys her numerous speaking engagements, where she continues to inspire and impact lives with her incredible true-life story.
Martin M. van Brauman is the Corporate Secretary, Treasurer, Senior Vice President and Board member of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc., a NASDAQ publicly traded company.
He is also the Managing Director of The Abraham Foundation (International foundation in Geneva, Switzerland), the Bnei Joseph Foundation (International foundation in Israel), and the co-founder and President of Jews and Christians United For Israel, Inc. (Texas nonprofit corporation – §501(c)(3)). He published a book in 2011 entitled Jews and Christians, Fellow Travelers to the End of Days.
He is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been in private legal practice in Dallas specializing in international and corporate tax and business corporate law. Previously, he spent 12 years as a Senior Attorney (International Specialist and Petroleum Industry Specialist) with the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, followed by three years as a tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche and Grant Thornton.
He has published on subjects related to taxation of international oil and gas ventures. Mr. van Brauman holds a B.E. degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University and an M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma) and LL.M. (Tax Law) from Southern Methodist University. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University, School of Law, LL.M. Tax Program and at the University of Texas at Dallas, Masters of Accounting Program. He is on the Advisory Board of the Jewish and Israel Studies Program, University of North Texas.
He is on the Texas Board of Directors of the Bnai Zion Foundation and a Capitol Club member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”).