The Jackson Institute Advisory Council

 

Ken Cornwall

Mr. Cornwall is the President and CEO of ProVent Systems, Inc. in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He started out as a young business owner in 1957, at the age of 23, and has seen his company grow and expand for more than 61 years. He operated his first business as a plumbing and heating contractor in Detroit, Michigan. In 1980, he started a new manufacturing business making innovative plumbing products specifically for the piping trades. Prior to his business success, he and his wife, Virginia, were saved at a Billy Graham Crusade in October of 1976 and have continued to walk with Christ since that time.

Mr. Cornwall moved to Atlanta in 1983 to enlarge his manufacturing businesses and open a PVC injection molding plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He has accumulated 47 U.S. and Canadian Patents over the years and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree for Business in 2014 from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He has been happily married to Virginia for over 64 years and, during 50 of those years, she has worked directly with him in their businesses.

 

Bob Dunn

Mr. Dunn retired as the Vice-President of Sales of Control Southern, Inc., the sales and engineering representative of Emerson Corporation for Process Control, which includes Measurement, Control Room, and Final Control elements. Customers included companies involved in power generation, pulp & paper, chemical, pharmaceutical, natural gas, and food and beverage.

He was raised in the small town of Raceland, Kentucky and, as a teenager, moved to North Miami, Florida where he finished high school. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Florida and, after graduation, joined the U.S. Army Reserves, completing his training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation in West Palm Beach, Florida for three years until leaving to join Control Southern as a sales engineer covering the Bahamas and Florida.

Mr. Dunn is an elder in his church where he is involved in several ministries. Bob and his wife Sandy have three children and two grandchildren.

Lee Ellis

Col. Ellis is Founder and President of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership consultant, and expert presenter in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, he served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. He resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.

 

Col. Ellis has a BA in History and an MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored five books on leadership and career development. His book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release in 2012, including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. His latest book is entitled Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability.

Col. Ellis and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta, Georgia area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Mike Gebhart

Mr. Gebhart was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 1978 and did graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, and Webster University in St. Louis. His professional career in the media industry began in St. Louis and advanced him to senior level positions in New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Michigan, and Georgia.

He moved to Georgia in 2004 when he joined the Albany Herald as General Manager. He was promoted to President and Publisher on October 1, 2005. In November of 2007, he was named COO and Executive Vice-President of the parent company of The Herald, Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. of Atlanta with the responsibility for the entire media division. Gebhart purchased the company from a private equity group in early 2020 and sold most of the assets in late 2022. He currently owns The Albany Herald in Albany, Georgia.

Mr. Gebhart has served on many non-profit boards throughout the country and has been on various civic boards. He is also a graduate fellow of the C.S. Lewis Institute.

He and his wife Nancy are natives of St. Louis and currently reside in St. Louis County. They have three children and ten grandchildren and are members of Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood, Missouri.