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Easton’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Celebrates 30th Year

The 30th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast featured speaker J. Douglas Holladay, co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners and music by Dawn Steward and students of Chesapeake Christian School. Service has characterized Holladay’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House, and on Wall Street. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Mr. Holladay was appointed by the President to the rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela.

In photo: Pictured left to right are Mayor Robert C. Willey, Speaker J. Douglas Holladay, and master of ceremonies Terry Harwood, Mentor, At-Risk Youth at the 30th Annual Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Service characterized Hollyday’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street.

J. Douglas Holladay to be Guest Speaker at Easton’s 30th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

On Friday, October 26, 2012, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 30th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This year’s breakfast will feature J. Douglas Holladay, co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, as the guest speaker. Holladay’s career has been varied with a blend of public service, finance and business, non-profit work, and more recently, teaching and journalism.

Service has characterized Holladay’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, “Pathfinders,” described Holladay as an influential layman who “excelled in all that he touched.”

He comments, “The longing for meaning is at its core a spiritual quest. Religion fails to deliver as do other artificial paths to wholeness. The answer is in a person not a system.”

As the co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity fund, today he continues as an active investor. The main focus of his time, however, is on several important non-profit efforts, including PathNorth, which helps business owners and CEOs define success more broadly; the Buxton Initiative, an interfaith dialogue organization; PlayPumps, which focuses on clean water in Africa, and ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), working to find a cure for brain cancer.

Holladay was formerly a senior officer with the international investment banking firm, Goldman, Sachs and Company, headquartered in New York and held senior positions in both the White House and the Department of State. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Mr. Holladay was appointed by the President to the rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela.

He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Oxford University in England, holds an honorary doctorate in law, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and guest lecturer at Williams College.

Tickets to the breakfast may be purchased at Sear’s in Easton, the Easton Town Office, or the Chamber of Commerce beginning on September 12, 2011. The cost is $12 a person and seating is limited. For further information, contact Kathy Ruff at 410-822-2525 or visit the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Facebook Page.

In photo: Pictured is J. Douglas Holladay, guest speaker of the 30th Annual Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Service has characterized Holladay’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, “Pathfinders,” described Holladay as an influential layman who “excelled in all that he touched.”

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to Feature CEO Thomas Hutchison

On Friday, October 28, 2011, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.  This year’s breakfast will feature Thomas J. Hutchison III, principal founder of Legacy Hotel Advisors, LCC, and Legacy Healthcare Properties, LLC, as the guest speaker.

Hutchison, a resident of Talbot County and Orlando, FL, is a senior executive with more than 35 years experience in the lodging, hospitality, real estate development and financial services industries.  He feels that the individual is a pivotal force in organizational excellence and has created a model for cultivating enduring relationships from which every corporate leader can learn.  Recently, Hutchison was published in Donald Trump’s book, “The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received” and in “Goals for Successful CEO’s.”

He comments about his spiritual journey, “In my business career, I was on the fast track; life was exciting. I soon discovered that something was missing.  With all of the material possessions, there was a void.  This caused me to look inward and examine my life and my faith.” He adds, “I realized that my faith was not focused on what the scriptures teach, but on myself and it was not working. God orchestrated a most fascinating string of events that changed my life forever.”

Tickets to the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be purchased at Sears in Easton, Chick-fil-A, the Easton Town Office, or the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce beginning on October 1, 2011.  Tickets are also available from the following members of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee: Mayor Robert Willey, Bob Dunsmoor, Larry Smith, Paul Carroll, F. Graham Lee, Amy Steward, Josh Horner, and Chip Hosford.  The cost is $12 a person and seating is limited. Tickets should be purchased in advance.  For further information, contact Kathy Ruff at 410-822-2525 or visit the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Facebook Page.

In photo: Pictured is Thomas J. Hutchison III, principal founder of Legacy Hotel Advisors, LCC, and Legacy Healthcare Properties, LLC, who will be the guest speaker for Easton’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 7 to 9 a.m.