Baseball, RVs and religion. This unlikely trinity will converge at the 2013 RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast during the upcoming Louisville Show on Dec. 4, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with an address from Brian Holman, former pitcher for the Montreal Expos and the Seattle Mariners.
According to a press release, Holman’s path outside of and beyond Major League Baseball reportedly makes an even more compelling story than what happened while he was on the mound. During his stint with the Mariners, he faced legends like Barry Bonds and Tom Glavine and logged 14 complete games (five of those being shut-outs).
Just as it seemed everything was perfectly aligned to send him to stardom in the profession he’d been striving for his whole life, an arm injury abruptly cut Holman’s baseball career short – and that was just the beginning.
His 8-year-old son, David, had a serious fall that inflicted broken bones, lacerated organs and a concussion. Then a routine MRI showed a brain tumor. It was benign, but growing, and in three years the tumor was so large it had to be surgically removed. When David woke up from surgery, he was partially paralyzed.
At the same time, doctors found Holman had a leaking mitral valve that required open heart surgery, and his daughter Kassidy was going through chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.
How Holman and his whole family made it through all of that – some parts ending in tragedy, some in triumph – is a story RVIA show attendees won’t want to miss, according to RVI Leadership’s coordinator, Carl Pletcher.
“There may be a time in all of our lives when we feel like we have everything going for us, or we feel like the deck is completely stacked against us. For some attending the RVIA annual show, one of those times might be now,” Pletcher said. “Brian Holman knows how both of those extremes feel, and his life is a testimony to what it means to stay anchored to our faith no matter what, rain or shine, and emerge victorious.”
The event is open to all RVIA show attendees and their teams. Individual tickets are $17 each and tables of 10 are $160. Sponsorships are also still available for those who would like to support RVI, a nonprofit group that provides the prayer breakfast for the enrichment of fellow Christians in the RV industry.
Payment and reservations can be sent to the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee at 56771 Wedgewood S, Elkhart IN, 46516. For more information on attending or sponsoring the event, visit the new website by clicking here or contact Pletcher at (574) 522-4366 or email@example.com.
Nathan Whitaker, co-author of motivational books with sports figures such as Tony Dungy, will be the guest speaker at the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville this year.
“While our business dealings keep us busy during that week, we enjoy holding this event to help us center on our faith and the things that transcend day-to-day tasks,” said Carl Pletcher, chairman of the RVI Leadership Committee. “Our past attendees and friends tell us they really like to have this kind of positive jump-start to their busy day at the show.”
Whitaker played two sports at Duke University before earning a law degree at Harvard and taking positions with a federal judge, a large church, a law firm and doing administrative work for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then went on to write books with sports broadcaster James Brown, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and famed coach Tony Dungy.
It is the topic of servant leadership highlighted in “The Mentor Leader,” Whitaker’s latest book with Dungy, that he will bring to the Prayer Breakfast.
“Servant leadership is a very appropriate subject for the week of the RV show. There seems to be a sense of urgency for results at any cost in the business world these days, but a mentor leader knows that results come from building up your team rather than applying pressure,” Pletcher explained. “Nathan is going to help us learn how to apply servant leadership principles to our businesses and lives, and we can actually go across the street to the exposition hall right afterward and start applying them.”
The breakfast will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, formerly the Executive West, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7-8:30 a.m. Tickets can be reserved by the RSVP date of Nov. 26 for $17 per person or $160 for a table of 10. All trade show attendees are welcome to attend. Sponsors are also still being sought to help support the event.
“We’re so grateful for all the past support we’ve received. We wouldn’t be able to hold the Prayer Breakfast without it, because it’s not a self-supporting event,” Pletcher said. “Due to rising costs, we’re looking for more help in providing the good work we hope is being accomplished. We rely on the kindness of our sponsors to make it happen.”
Gold level sponsors give $500 or more, Silver level between $200 and $499, and Bronze level from $100 to $199. All contributions are used for the Prayer Breakfast and all sponsors of $100 or more will have their name and company listed in the program.
To purchase tickets or make a contribution, contact Carl Pletcher at (574) 215-7173 or firstname.lastname@example.org or send payment to the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee at 56771 Wedgewood S., Elkhart, Ind., 46516.
The RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast, after a one-year hiatus, is returning to the lineup of activities for the week of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville this year.
“We were unable to have the prayer breakfast in 2009 because of the economic downturn, but we’re pleased to be able to return for 2010,” Carl Pletcher, event coordinator, stated in a news release. “We’re encouraged by the support and response we’ve received so far.”
The breakfast will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, formerly the Executive West, on Wed., Dec. 1, 7-8:30 a.m. with guest speaker Tom DeLay. DeLay, former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks out about the importance of preserving freedom and faith in America, citing three defining principles of security, prosperity and family as the necessary foundation for the lasting success of freedom.
“It’s good for all of us to be reminded of what’s really important and to come together in one accord,” Pletcher said. “We’ve found that members of the RV industry have found this to be a worthwhile, enjoyable event and have gotten a lot out of it. It’s great to start our busy day at the show with that kind of grounding and affirmation.”
All trade show attendees are welcome to attend. Tickets are $17 per individual or $160 for a table of 10. To register by the Nov. 24 deadline, contact Pletcher at (574) 215-7173 or email@example.com or send payment to the RVI Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee at 56771 Wedgewood S., Elkhart, Ind., 46516.