Leadership Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nick Adams

Founder and Executive Director

Born and raised in Australia, Nick Adams immigrated to America in 2016, with the United States government recognizing his ‘extraordinary ability’. Nick’s first challenge came at sixteen months. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (a rare form of childhood cancer), and given just a five percent chance of survival. He defied the odds, with a tenacity that would become a hallmark of his life. This early adversity indelibly shaped his life. As Nick wrote: “It taught me to hope. It taught me to dream. That anything is possible. That no hurdle is too high, no burden too great and no obstacle insurmountable. That every day I breathe is a day that I am in credit, and I won’t let a second go to waste.” Since these early trials, Nick has been blessed with great success in life. He attended the University of Sydney, earning both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. While studying, he was publicly elected the youngest Deputy Mayor in Australian history in Sydney, at the age of twenty-one. Nick is a best-selling author, columnist and commentator, all achieved before he turned 30. He has appeared on virtually every major television and radio program, and his work has appeared in newspapers around the world. His latest book, Green Card Warrior, detailing his journey to America, received special distinction in March 2017, with President Donald Trump declaring it “a must read.” It was the first time in the history of the United States that a sitting President has ever endorsed a book. His previous two books were endorsed by Chuck NorrisMike HuckabeeSean HannityBen CarsonAllen WestGlenn BeckDana PerinoOli NorthHugh HewittNational ReviewThe Heritage Foundation, WORLD Magazine and the NRA, among others. Drawn from a young age to the United States, Nick visited America for the first time in the summer of 2009. Since that time, he has spoken at conventions, corporate meetings, military bases, universities, high schools and churches, in 30 states. Abroad, he has given major addresses in several countries, including England, Germany and South Korea. He speaks fluent German and Greek. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him an Honorary Texan in 2013.

John Rogitz

Vice President

In addition to being Vice President of FLAG, John M. Rogitz serves as President of both the San Diego Federalist Society and the San Diego chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association. He has also been a contributor to many prominent media outlets, including Townhall.com, and even operated his own opinion site called the Rogue Report. John has also worked on campaigns for Congress and appeared on numerous political talk shows.

Aside from those activities, John is a registered patent attorney specializing in high tech areas including computer software, consumer electronics, and medical devices. He also writes on intellectual property issues for two prominent legal publications and regularly appears as a lecturer on intellectual property at a local university. Before practicing patent law, John was engaged in civil litigation at a San Diego-based law firm.

Carol Elmore

Secretary/Treasurer

Carol has three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They are her joy. Carol has spent a lifetime working in non-profit finance, and it is highlighted by 12 years of service with Bill Glass’ BEHIND THE WALLS, a Christian ministry bringing the Gospel to the incarcerated. She is a proud Texan.

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Charlie Kirk

Founder and Executive Director, Turning Point USA, Chicago, Illinois

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to educating, empowering, and mobilizing young people behind the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012, Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 800 high schools and college campuses nationwide.

At  21 years old, he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News over ninety times including frequent appearances on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Varney & Co.” and “The Willis Report.”

He is a featured columnist for The Washington Times and a contributor at Breitbart.com. In addition to his entrepreneurial political endeavors, Charlie plays every type of saxophone, was captain of his school’s Varsity Basketball and Football team, and is a proud Eagle Scout.

Edwin J. Feulner 

Founder, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Edwin J. Feulner’s leadership as president of The Heritage Foundation transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas — what the New York Times calls “the Parthenon of the conservative metropolis.” After 36 years at the helm of the 40-year-old think tank he helped create as a founding trustee, he stepped down April 4, 2013, assuming the new title of founder.

A former director of the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives, he also served as vice chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and as a member of the Commission on Reforming International Financial Institutions. Other leadership roles included serving as president of both the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, and as chairman of both the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Feulner’s work in the conservative movement throughout his life has earned him praise from a range of individuals from Heritage donors to U.S. Presidents. President Reagan presented him with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work as “a leader of the conservative movement.” His other honors include the 2012 Bradley Prize for extraordinary dedication to the movement. His books include “The American Spirit,” “Getting America Right,” “Leadership for America” and “The March of Freedom.”

Pete Hegseth

Fox News Channel

Pete Hegseth joined the FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2014 and currently serves as a contributor, providing analysis and commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming. He also previously served as CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.

Prior to joining FNC, Hegseth was an infantry Captain in the Army National Guard, and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hegseth has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dennis Prager

Nationally-syndicated radio host

Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts. Fiercely independent, Prager’s opinions, intellect, and integrity have influenced millions of lives through books, lectures, and broadcasts.

He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.

Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College; and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from Pepperdine University.

Prager has lectured on all seven continents, in 45 U.S. states and in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (2012).

Lt. Col. Allen West

President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, Texas

Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.

West holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and two Masters, one from
Kansas State University and another from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College.

During his twenty-two year Army career he commanded troops and deployed to several combat zones. He was elected to Congress in 2010, representing the 22nd district of Florida for one term.

He is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a Fox News Contributor, author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. Since 2015, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Policy Analysis, and lives with his family in Dallas.

John Sullivan

John Sullivan is is one of the most successful independent filmmakers of the last decade as a writer, director and producer. Three of his films are in the Top 25 grossing theatrical documentaries of all-time. Expelled with Ben Stein along with his with the two he mostly recently co-directed and co-wrote, Dinesh D’Souza’s America and 2016: Obama’s America. The combined box office of $56mm make John the second most successful political documentary filmmaker. In addition to his directing and producing responsibilities for these films he has managed the successful marketing and distribution of the films. He is currently working as Executive Producer on several TV pilots and was the Line Producer of Gosnell which just wrapped production and is planned for a 2017.

Edwin S. Taylor

Chairman, The Citadel Republican Society, The Military College of South Carolina

Edwin S. Taylor, known as “Eddie” to his friends, is currently a Board Member for Patriots Point Development Authority having been recommended to the SC Governor (who makes the appointment) by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell originally, and now by Senate President Tempore Hugh Leatherman. Mr. Taylor serves as Chairman of the Operations and Facilities Committee and is a member of the Development Committee.

Edwin Taylor is a former Commissioner for Charleston County Parks and Recreation. During his tenure, the Commission raised and spent approximately $100 million building the current county parks while going from 30 employees to over 300. Projects included most all the county park facilities such as the James Island County Park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, the Mt. Pleasant and Isle of Palms Parks, the Charleston Maritime Center, as well as ‘Caw Caw’ and several others. The Commission also took on the boat landings, started the Christmas Festival of Lights show, built the water parks, led with the re-nourishing of Folly Beach, built the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, and acquired around 4,000 acres of land.

His last state appointment was as a founding member of the SC Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development Oversight Committee. This committee worked in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Energy and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Taylor is a member of The Charleston Exchange Club, other civic and republican organizations and “Chairman of the Board” to The Citadel Republican Society. He is a retired State Licensed “unlimited” General Contractor and Real Estate Broker and past owner of the Atlantic House Restaurant on Folly Beach as well as The Beacon House Restaurant in Goose Creek. A Vietnam Veteran. A graduate of The Citadel, with a Business Administration Degree. Mr. Taylor is married to Mary Ann Taylor, a former Charleston County school board member. He is the father of one son, Kyle, a 2013 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Teddy Turner

Teddy has served in numerous business capacities including promotions manager at Turner Home Entertainment, as well as project manager at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. After spending two years at CNN‘s Moscow bureau as a cameraman and editor, Teddy went on to develop and produce various programs involved in TBS‘s Soviet Union relations, including the Goodwill Games, the international athletic competition event created by Ted Turner to ease tensions during the Cold War through friendly sports competition between nations.

Between June 1989 and June 1993, Teddy was president and skipper of Challenge America, Ltd., a campaign for the Whitbread “Around the World” sailboat race.

Teddy then went on to spend 10 years developing and running Charleston Boatworks, a premiere yacht repair and yacht brokerage in South Carolina.

Teddy Turner currently teaches high school economics at the Charleston Collegiate School in Charleston, South Carolina. He also serves on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Low Country, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, serves as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Turner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1985.  He resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Blair and his three children.

Patricia Humphrey

Patricia Humphrey is a devoted supporter of the public charter school movement and has offered much of her life to this cause. She is the Founder of the New Hampshire Center for Innovative School (NHCIS) and a Founder of the Academy for Science and Design (ASD) in Nashua. Patricia is an experienced school administrator, educator, and board director.

She has taught K-8 in New York City and in New Hampshire, and has directed a unique, independent school in New York City. Patty has extensive experience with public policy and fundraising.

Teddy Turner currently teaches high school economics at the Charleston Collegiate School in Charleston, South Carolina. He also serves on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Low Country, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, serves as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Turner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1985.  He resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Blair and his three children.

Vince Benedetto

President & CEO of Bold Gold Media Group

Vince Benedetto is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of the
United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1998). At the Academy, Vince earned
his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and graduated with Military
Distinction.
Vince was a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (O.S.I.)
and an Air Force Captain, where he worked on counter-intelligence, counter-
terrorism and felony level investigations. Vince’s time in O.S.I. included extensive
travel throughout South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Balkans.
After his military career, Vince entered the private sector and became a media
entrepreneur and founder of Bold Gold Media Group. Bold Gold owns and
operates over a dozen radio stations and media platforms throughout
Pennsylvania and New York.

Vince is passionate about American History and enjoys speaking to young people
about the unique opportunities afforded to them in America. Vince also started
The Bold Gold Broadcast & Media Foundation (www.BoldGold.org) to help
support and encourage future leaders in the broadcast and media industries.


Joe Gruters

Joe Gruters is a fourth generation Sarasotan (FL).

He graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1996 and is a graduate of both the Florida State University (undergraduate degree) and the University of South Florida (Masters in Business Administration, MBA). Joe currently works as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and owns Gruters CPA.

Joe is also an active member of the community and local government. Joe previously served as the Chairman of the Sarasota County Planning Commission, on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sports Foundation and served on the Executive Board and as Treasurer for the Sarasota Humane Society. Joe currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida State University where he serves as Chairman of the Presidential Compensation Committee as well as the Student Affairs Committee. He also serves on the University of South Florida Community Leadership Counsel at the Sarasota Campus and is a member of the downtown Kiwanis.

Joe is married to Sydney and they have three children, Spencer and Jack and Elizabeth.


Steve Cortes

Steve Cortes has appeared daily on TV news programs for a decade. His broadcast career began at CNBC where he commented on financial markets, primarily as part of the “Fast Money” franchise. He is currently a Fox News Contributor and serves as an informal adviser to President Trump.

For two decades, Steve has worked on Wall Street as a trader and strategist, and presently serves as head strategist for BGC Partners, providing risk management strategies to banks and hedge funds.

He graduated from Georgetown University, which nominated him for the Rhodes Scholarship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.

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