- (Ret) (Member, Advisory Board)
“Our military veterans - young and old – deserve the best our nation can offer as tribute to their selfless service. One of the great ways we can show our respect is the chance for veterans to relax with their families at some great entertainment events and recreational venues America offers. VetTix does that on behalf of a grateful nation and I’m proud to be part of the effort.”- (Member, Advisory Board)
Jim Lehrer is the Executive Editor of the PBS News Hour. He received an A.A. degree from Victoria College and a B.J. in 1956 from the University of Missouri before joining the Marine Corps. From 1959 to 1966, he was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and then the Dallas Times-Herald. He was also a political columnist at the Times-Herald for several years and in 1968 became the city editor.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has invited Lehrer to moderate what was his 12th nationally televised presidential debate on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver, CO. In 1988, he moderated one presidential debate; in 1992, he moderated two presidential debates; in 1996, he was selected to be the sole moderator of all three debates -- two presidential and one vice presidential. In 2000, in an unprecedented show of respect and confidence, he was again selected as the sole moderator of the three presidential debates, which were conducted in different formats - podium, round-table and town hall.- (Member, Advisory Board)
Andrew loves this country, its traditions and what it stands for. He relishes every opportunity to serve the greatest members of our society, the military service members. Past and present, he knows their sacrifice has allowed the United States of America to become the greatest society in human history. He is honored to be apart of Vet Tix.
Born in Scottsdale, AZ on May 11, 1982, Andrew went to high school in Grand Junction, CO where he played quarterback. He earned a full scholarship to Arizona State University where he finished his career as one of the top quarterbacks in school history. He set almost every Arizona State career and single-season record for passing and total offense. He shattered the Pac-10 career touchdown record with 85, breaking the 22-year-old mark held by John Elway who had 77 career TD passes at Stanford (1979-82). Andrew also finished fifth on the Pac-10's career charts for passing yards (10,617 yards) and third for total offense (10,142 yards). He finished his career as ASU's career leader in passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns, interception percentage and total offense. Andrew was most humbled by fact he was voted a co-captain in each of his last three seasons at ASU, all while earning his undergraduate degree in Communication in four years.
Andrew was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd round, with the 69th pick overall. He started in 9 games with the Raiders. He finished his NFL career with the New England Patriots in 2009. Andrew hoped to use football as a springboard to jump into the rest of his life and he has been blessed to achieve that. He is now enrolled in the WP Carey School of Business MBA program at Arizona State University. He plans to earn an emphasis in Marketing, Management, and/or Finance by his graduation date of May 2012.- (Member, Advisory Board)
Iraqi War Veteran, United States Marine, NFL Alumni, ASU Alumni, Sun Bowl Defensive Lineman MVP and Rose Bowl Appearance.
Born in Bakersfield, California, on October 10, 1976, to parents Janet and Harold Staat. As a youngster I was head strong, my philosophy growing up was “if you can do it, I can do it better,” even if it was something I didn’t want to do. This type of thinking made me a great competitor in football, track & field and in life.
At Bakersfield High School I was a four year letterman in football and three year letterman in Track in field as a thrower of the shot put & discus. Winning State titles and receiving multiple awards in both. Attending Bakersfield Junior College I played on two championship teams as well as two state titles in both shot put & discus, as well as a state title in the hammer throw. This was the first time in history that a thrower took all three events in the same year. In the spring of 1996 I was awarded a full ride scholarship to Arizona State University for football. It was here that I met Pat Tillman and we became friends.
9/11/2001, I woke to the sound of my cell phone ringing. My friend Doug was calling to tell me we were under attack. My reaction was, “Let’s get it on.” Turning on the Television I was just in time to witness the second plane smashing into the second tower. I thought to myself, “Who would be dumb enough to attack us?”. One of the biggest disappointments from the attacks on 9-11 was hearing that some of my fellow athletes were upset that the N.F.L. season was going to be a week longer because of the attacks. At this point I was ready to enlist! I spoke to Pat (Tillman) and he gave me some good advice. He told me I was too good to give up on my NFL career and that I needed to qualify for my retirement and pension....so I did. Shortly after Pat & Kevin Tillman told me they had enlisted with the Army.
In 2003, still looking for the three games I needed to qualify for my retirement I found myself signed with the St. Louis Rams. Mission accomplished! I had finally received the three games I was looking for. Soon after I retired from the NFL and began looking for the next step in life. I liked the idea that I had one retirement in the bag and I felt it necessary to work towards another. Since all I knew was football I figured the Arena Football League would be a great place to start. This took a sudden change when Pat was killed in Afghanistan. I found myself realizing once again there was more to life then a game. In 2005, with much soul searching I found a team that would never leave my side, The United States Marine Corps. A team of men and women that have joined a blood line that dates back over two hundred and thirty years. They do what they do, not for the love of money, but for the love of country!- (Member, Advisory Board)
Brent Hatley has worked side-by-side with controversial radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge® since 2000. During this time, Brent has managed all aspects of the show: booking and coaching talent, overseeing content and commercial production, supervising staff, and performing as an on-air talent alongside Bubba.
Since January 2006, he has been Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Bubba the Love Sponge® Show on Sirius Satellite Radio channel Howard 101 (3 pm to 7 pm ET Mon-Thurs and 10 am to 2 pm ET Friday). Since January 2008, Brent has also produced the show for the Bubba Radio Network’s syndicated terrestrial radio stations, and the show has been the #1 rated morning show in the Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg market.
Prior to their work on Sirius, Brent was Executive Producer and on-air member of Bubba the Love Sponge® Show on various stations owned by Clear Channel Communications and Jacor Communications, including WXTB/Tampa. During this time they received Radio and Records’ “Morning Show of the Year” award, among others. Prior to that, Brent worked on the WTBT/Tampa morning show, from 1997 to 2000. Brent’s radio background includes such positions as sports director and marketing director, in addition to positions in promotions, news and production.
Brent was also campaign manager and chief of staff for the much-publicized 2004 Bubba for Sheriff® of Pinellas County, Florida campaign, for which Bubba captured 30% of the vote.
As a member of the US Marine Corps, Brent served in Operation Desert Storm as an Aviation/Flight Operations Specialist/Gunner-Observer, the latter in CH-53E helicopters. He also received a Navy Achievement Medal for his efforts.
Brent is known for being well-read and continually educates himself about a wide array of topics. A loyal University of Florida fan, Brent can talk sports with the best of them, both on the college and the professional level, and currently trains in Muy Thai and Jiu Jitsu (mixed martial arts). Brent is also a major history and politics buff. He and his wife, Amanda, reside in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.- (Member, Advisory Board)
Brad Garrett is an Emmy-award winning actor, voice actor, comedian, comedy club owner and philanthropist. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, and is best known for his role as Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.
"I am honored to support VetTix and their mission of giving back to those amazing men and women who have served our country. It's a true privilege to offer our military and veterans a night of complimentary entertainment, and one small way to show our gratitude for all they do and sacrifice for our country's well being." - Brad Garrett- (Member, Advisory Board)
D.B. Sweeney's films include Gardens of Stone, Memphis Belle, Fire in the Sky, The Cutting Edge, No Man's Land, Spawn, Yellow, Roommates and Eight Men Out (as Shoeless Joe Jackson).
On Television he played Dish Boggett in the landmark Lonesome Dove miniseries. Other credits include Jericho, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Strange Luck, C-16: FBI, Harsh Realm, Life as We Know It and the Emmy Award winning Miss Rose White.
D.B. makes his debut as screenwriter, director and producer with Two Tickets to Paradise. He was named Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival and was cited for "Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking" at Method Fest. Other awards for the film include Best Narrative Feature at the Savannah Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at The Vail Film Fest, Best Comic Feature at the Staten Island Fest and The Golden Appy at the Appalachian Film Festival. D.B.'s multiple efforts on the film have also been recognized with the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival's "Renaissance Award" and by the Santa Fe Film Festival's "Best of the Independent Spirit Award" among many other awards.
An avid supporter of the Troops and their various missions, D.B.'s visited over a hundred military installations in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
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