Each year HALO invites many special guests which range from a variety of backgrounds. From prior military service, to law enforcement, movie stars, professional athletes, popular singers/bands, CEOs and much more! If you never had a chance to meet some of our countries finest, most popular, or famous, you don’t want to miss an opportunity like this! Not to forget our awesome wounded veterans you would be supporting. This year we have the privilege in having the below special guest confirmed for our “Weekend to Remember!”
Ben Waldron, Law Enforcement Sales Manager for FN America, has been in law enforcement for over 21 years. Ben has worked with the DOJ in various Federal Task force groups from gangs to narcotics and has spent most of his career as an investigator. Ben is a SWAT instructor and a Texas Law Enforcement commission certified sniper. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security. Ben is married and has three kids and four step kids.
Buzz Sutherland is a man who is sincerely and seriously committed to entertaining audiences with humor that is 100% clean and 200% funny. Buzz has been at the very top of the college comedy world winning Comedian of the Year honors a record 16 times. He was named Comedian of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) for the last 5 years the award was given. In addition, he was named overall Entertainer of the Year by NACA the final year of the awards. The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) has named him Comedian of the Year 4 times and overall Performer of the Year twice. Described by students and entertainers alike as “one of the finest entertainers in the business”, his quick wit, unmatched charisma, and ability to work clean have taken Buzz to the very top of the comedy world! Buzz has performed on HBO’s Comic Relief and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour. As well as CMT, Disney and so so many other shows, venues and ships. He takes the most pride in performing constantly for our men and women in uniform and loves to have these Warriors in his audience!! HOOAH!!
U.S. Army - Margaret Tiegen
Margaret Tiegen, wife of John “Tig” Tiegen, is a woman of courage and accomplishment in her own right. Margaret and Tig met in 1998 just before she enlisted in the United States Army where she served as a 63B light-wheeled diesel mechanic.
“Little but mighty” describes her military performance.
At a diminutive five feet two inches, Margaret exerted might through determination and a willingness to accept the challenges of her unit and compete with her fellow soldiers.
Margaret’s injuries resulted from her work as a mechanic on 5 ton trucks, Humvees and 2 and a half ton trucks as well as fuel tankers and water tankers; carrying replacement parts weighing up to 150 pounds over distances longer than a football field.
Demonstrating enthusiasm for all the opportunities offered to her unit, Margaret achieved her E-5 rank in just two years, won the truck rodeo on her base, and graduated first in her class for Vehicle Recovery. Margaret operated a huge military tow truck to recover up-ended trucks from ravines demonstrating her ability to operate heavy equipment with skill and accuracy.
The Tiegens were married shortly after she completed boot camp. Margaret deployed to Kuwait a few weeks after September 11, 2001 and completed her military service in 2002.
She returned to Kuwait as an overseas contractor for the next five years moving soldiers to and from camps in Kuwait and the “green zone” in Bagdad, Iraq.
While Tig continued his work as an overseas contractor, Margaret returned to Colorado to build their home outside of Colorado Springs. Doing much of the work herself, the home was completed in 18 months.
Currently, Margaret runs a small custom cake business from her home and raises their four-year-old twins with John “Tig”, her husband of 17 years.
David W. Walker
President /CEO Coalition to Salute American Heroes
David W. Walker was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes in July 2012. He has been a member of the Coalition’s Board of Directors since 2005, and has served as its Chairman since 2009.
Prior to joining the Coalition as its CEO, Mr. Walker served for seven years as Vice President of Association Services for the McLean, Va.-based National Glass Association (NGA), the largest and most influential trade association serving the architectural glass, automotive glass, and window and door industries. Prior to joining the NGA in 2005, he spent 20 years with the National Association of Manufacturers, eventually becoming its Vice President of Marketing and Member Services.
Mr. Walker is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his MBA with highest honors from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He later graduated from the Innovative Leadership Executive Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management.
An 8-time World Champion Cowboy with 6 All Around World Championships and 2 World Champion Bull Riding Gold Buckles, Larry remains the All Time leading NFR qualifier in the rough stock events. He is a member of various Halls of Fame, including: PRCA, Texas Cowboy, Oklahoma City National Rodeo, Pendleton, Cheyenne, Ellensburg and St. Paul. The PBR Ring of Honor, PRCA Legend of Pro Rodeo and the Ben Johnson Memorial medallion are among the awards lining the office walls.
As a lifelong student of the magnificent horse, Larry is committed to sharing his passion and knowledge. Horses are an important aspect of the Mahan ranches. From the hill country of Kerrville, Texas to the North Texas headquarters and Central Oklahoma to the Colorado division nestled at the base of Pike’s Peak, most days will find Larry astride-starting colts, checking broodmares, gathering cattle or working with the seasoned ropers and cutters.
A 30 year member/breeder of the AQHA, Larry is an avid team roper (3 Steer Champion 2011 Reno Invitational) and successful cutting competitor-NCHA Derby non-pro Reserve Champion & Super Stakes finalist. He is also a member of the Western Dressage Association.
A closely knit family rounds out the picture with wife, Julanne-2 daughters, Lisa & Eliza and son, Ty. Adding to the fun are two Jack Russells, and old beloved cow dog, Ms. and a clueless Border Collie, Ivy.
Larry has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Milano Hat Company of Garland, Texas; manufacturers of quality Western hats for the Larry Mahan Hat Collection.
Navy EOD - MC Ken Falke
CEO Boulder Crest Retreat
Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy EOD community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world and throughout the military and civilian counter- terrorism communities as an innovative and forward thinking leader in training and technology development. Ken serves as a subject matter expert for the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security and many foreign governments.
Under Ken’s entrepreneurial direction and leadership as the Founder of his first company, A-T Solutions, the company is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- Counter- Terrorism industry today, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and most recently the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Ken currently spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last eleven years of war.
Ken is married to Julia Falke (for the last 30 years) and has two daughters Gennavieve (24) and Rhian (20).