This year we are excited to offer Intellectual Entrepreneur Sponsorships where you can contribute to the efforts of sending a new and upcoming think tank leader to Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner! Below you will find each Intellectual Entrepreneur that you choose from, divided into region. Your contributions will go towards travel, accommodation and event expenses of the Intellectual Entrepreneur of your choosing. When you are registering for the event, you are given the option of which Intellectual Entrepreneur you would like to sponsor and a dollar amount. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.449.8444.
Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute, United States
Brian Balfour is the Director of Policy and Adminstration specializing in budget and tax issues. He has worked for the Civitas Institute for four years, and has a master’s degree in economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Brian’s work has been featured on Fox News, the Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. His articles have been published in several newspapers across North Carolina, including the Raleigh News & Observer, Fayetteville Observer, Greensboro News & Record and the Charlotte Business Journal. Brian has also appeared on several radio and television shows across the state offering commentary on fiscal policy issues affecting North Carolinians.
Dave Buer, Sutherland Institute, United States
David Buer brings a wide range of communications experience in the nonprofit and entrepreneurial realms to Sutherland Institute. After earning a B.A. in communications (public relations emphasis) from Brigham Young University in 2002, Dave worked for four years for a non-profit in Atlanta handling media relations and multimedia. In 2005, he created a multimedia company that served clients nationwide, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Dave and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of five boys.
Paul Chesser, American Tradition Institute, United States
Paul Chesser is executive director for American Tradition Institute. Previously he was special correspondent for the Heartland Institute and director of Climate Strategies Watch, which assessed the development of global warming policies in the states. He served as associate editor for the John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal from 2001 to 2007, after a year as editor for two weekly community newspapers in Greensboro and Raleigh.
His articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Washington Examiner, and San Francisco Examiner. His work has also appeared in National Review Online, The Weekly Standard Online, American Spectator, and WORLD magazine. He is a regular contributor and blogger for American Spectator Online.
Chesser has also appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show,” and as a talk radio guest on stations across the country.
Roger Custer, Americas Future Foundation, United States
Roger Custer is Executive Director of America’s Future Foundation, a position he started in summer 2011. Previously, he was Conference Director at Young America’s Foundation where he oversaw the nation’s leading conservative student conferences and assisted with activism programs. He earned a BA at Ithaca College in New York and an MPA in nonprofit management at George Mason University. His work has been recognized in TIME, the Washington Post, CNN, C-SPAN, and other major media. Human Events named him a “Top Ten Young Conservative Activist” in the country. In his free time, he trains for triathlons and is active in his church and community.
Brad Devos, Bastiat Society, United States
As an electrical designer and project manager, Brad DeVos was involved in over 250 construction projects. In 2003, Brad earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming one of the first LEED APs in South Carolina.
Turning his attention to economics and philanthropy, Brad began working with the Bastiat Society in Charleston, SC as their Managing Director in 2009. His roles included planning the Society’s monthly educational program as well as the general operations of the organization.
In the spring of 2011, Brad accepted the position of Executive Director at the Bastiat Society. He is currently overseeing the expansion of the organization by developing additional chapters around the world. His other roles include website maintenance, fundraising, and the general operation of the Society.
Brad has a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston, as well as an A.S. in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from the ITT Technical Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dan Greenberg, Advance Arkansas Institute, United States
Dan Greenberg is President of the Advance Arkansas Institute, a nonprofit research and educational organization committed to advancing public policy based on free markets, individual liberty, and limited, transparent government. He is also senior counsel for the Center for Class Action Fairness, a nonprofit public interest law program that represents consumers in class actions where the class attorneys have put their own interests ahead of their clients. He is an attorney who holds degrees from Brown University, Bowling Green State University, and UALR. He’s a former Arkansas county and state legislator, but currently he is a private citizen who is relieved that he now only has to answer to his board members, his clients, his wife, and his children, and not to the public at large.
Eric Heidenreich, Institute for Humane Studies, United States
Eric works as the Research Manager for the Freedom Initiative for Network Development (FIND) for the Academic Programs department at IHS, helping to manage and support IHS’s efforts to build its faculty network. Prior to joining IHS, Eric participated in the Koch Associate Program.
As an undergraduate, Eric majored in Philosophy and History at Clarion University and then went on to complete an MA in Philosophy at the University of Missouri. From late February to August, Eric loves liberty, microbrews, and spending time with his wife. From September to February, he thinks about nothing but the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Laura Huggins, PERC, United States
Laura E. Huggins is director of outreach with PERC as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Huggins coauthored with Terry L. Anderson, Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity and “The Property Rights Path to Sustainable Development,” which appeared in The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman’s Free to Choose: Economic Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century (2004).
In 2007, she coedited with Anderson and Thomas Power Accounting for Mother Nature: Changing Demands for her Bounty. Previously, she edited Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues (2005) and coedited with Hanna Skandera Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust? (2005). Most recently, she coauthored Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (2008).
Huggins is primarily interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience to help resolve environmental dilemmas. As part of this interest, she is expanding PERC’s social media presence and is transforming PERC Reports into a full-fledged magazine—serving as the leading voice of free market environmentalism.
She holds an M.S. degree in public policy from Utah State University. Huggins and her husband live in Bozeman, Montana, and have two vivacious young children. Any spare time she can find is spent rock climbing, fly fishing, or snowboarding!
Mark Milke, Fraser Institute, Canada
Mark Milke is the director of Alberta policy studies and the Alberta Prosperity Initiative for the Fraser Institute; he is also chairman of the Canadian Journal of Ideas—C2C Journal.ca, an occasional lecturer in Political Philosophy and International Relations at the University of Calgary, and a Sunday columnist for the Calgary Herald. His columns have also appeared in the National Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun and Winnipeg Free Press. Mark’s public policy papers include the U.S. national interest in Canadian oil, federal-provincial transfer payments, automobile insurance, taxpayer subsidies for political parties, the flat tax, corporate welfare, airline competition and the Canada Pension Plan. He is the author of three books and in 2006 co-authored a series of columns with Preston Manning on the future of Alberta. Mark has a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta where his M.A. thesis analyzed human rights in East Asia; he also has a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary where his doctoral dissertation analyzed the rhetoric of Canadian-American relations.
Jay Ostrich, Commonwealth Foundation, United States
Jay Ostrich is Director of Public Affairs for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
As a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Jay enlisted in the United States Air Force and graduated boot camp at the age of 32. While deployed as a military public affairs specialist throughout the community, commonwealth, country and overseas most recently in Baghdad, Iraq, he has personalized the stories of soldiers and airmen fighting for our freedoms and our way of life.
Recognized as Feature Writer of the Year for the USAF in 2008 and three times by the National Guard Bureau in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Jay focused beyond the boots, bombs and bullets to help tell the story of those who could not or would not tell it for themselves.
Jay graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. cum laude in political science before attending Villanova School of Law, and also earned a military certification with honors as a journalist and public affairs officer at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. He is currently a captain in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pa., where he is the chief of public affairs. Jay is married to his wife, Joelle, and has a daughter, Harper.
Adam Peshak, Reason Foundation, United States
Adam Peshek is a research associate at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He specializes in policy areas ranging from education to the environment.
Prior to joining Reason, Peshek was legislative director at the Foundation for Florida’s Future. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Science at Florida State University.
Jenifer Roland, Freedom Center of Missouri, United States
Jenifer Zeigler Roland is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Freedom Center of Missouri. She grew up in Mexico, Missouri, and attended Truman State University before earning her Master’s in Public Administration and law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in school, Jenifer worked as a legislative aid in the Missouri Senate. Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a legal and policy analyst for the Cato Institute, where her research areas included welfare reform, poverty, Medicaid, and faith-based initiatives. Jenifer left Cato in 2005 to become the legislative affairs attorney for the Institute for Justice, where she worked tirelessly to help states reform their eminent domain laws in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. New London. In 2007, Jenifer returned to Missouri to become the Director of Policy for the Show-Me Institute. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, Dave.
Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, Dwight served as the chief operating officer at Center of the American Experiment. Additionally, he has over twenty-two years of experience in fundraising, campaign management, and consulting.
Dwight studied business administration and economics at Winona State University in Minnesota. Dwight grew up on a 200 acre farm that’s been in the family since 1854 and is the fourth generation to live there. From an early age he worked on the farm with his family, raised cattle, hogs, and other animals. Through his hard work, he put himself through college. He now lives on that same farm with his three children and his brother Richard. Dwight enjoys time with his family, karate with his son, doing projects on the farm, and traveling.
Redmond Weissenberger, Mises Institute Canada, Canada
Born in Ottawa, Redmond grew up in the Canada and the US, and with family in both countries has developed a unique perspective on cross border issues. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design he worked in the fields of industrial design and architecture
Since 2010, Redmond has been involved in shaping the future of his country. After running for City Council in 2010 he founded the Ludwig Von Mises institute if Canada, the centre for the study of Austrian economics in Canada.
He resides in Toronto with his wife and two children.
Arlene Wohlgemuth, Texas Public Policy Foundation , United States
Arlene Wohlgemuth is Executive Director and director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. She served 10 years as a state representative for district 58.
During the 77th legislative session, she served as chairman of Appropriations Article II Subcommittee (Health and Human Services), vice-chairman of Calendars, CBO for Human Services, and member of the Select Committee for Health Care Expenditures. Wohlgemuth authored HB 2292, the sweeping reform of Health and Human Services which improved service delivery for the recipients, saving taxpayers more than $3.7B during its first five years. The reforms consolidated 12 agencies into five and was the largest government reform bill ever passed in the state.
Wohlgemuth served as president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, chairman of the TCCRI Health and Human Services Task Force, and chairman of the TCCRI State Finance Task Force. She was twice named to Texas Monthly’s “Ten Best” List.
Todd Wynn, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), United States
Todd Wynn is the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Before joining ALEC, Mr. Wynn was Vice President of Cascade Policy Institute and covered energy, climate change and general environmental and economic policy issues.
Mr. Wynn received his Master’s degree in International and Developmental Economics at the University of San Francisco. Prior to studying at the University of San Francisco, Todd attended Virginia Military Institute and California State University, Long Beach where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business
When not engaged in fighting for freedom, Mr. Wynn enjoys the great outdoors. He is an avid hiker, camper, and kayaker. Most of his free time is spent paddling rivers and estuaries or exploring remote wilderness locations with his dog Samson.