THE GEORGE JARKESY SHOW WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST, JAMES NICHOLSON, THE SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS. JAKE SHANNON, AUTHOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF UTAH ALSO JOINS THE SHOW. THEY ARE WELCOMED BY LESLIE BUCHER, OF VINO 101 AND ONLINE BEVERAGE TRAINING TO INCREASE SALES.
R. James “Jim” Nicholson was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on December 9, 2004, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on January 26, 2005. He was sworn into office on February 1, 2005.
As Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Nicholson is the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government, ensuring that they receive the care, support, recognition and dignity they deserve for their service to our country. He also directs the Department of Veterans Affairs, the federal government’s second largest Cabinet Department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and dependents. With a budget of more than $69 billion for fiscal year 2005, VA employs approximately 230,000 people at hundreds of VA medical centers, clinics, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country.
Prior to his nomination, Mr. Nicholson served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, a position he held since 2001, where he became a well-known advocate in Rome for the elevation of human dignity, giving special emphasis to human trafficking, religious freedom, starvation and bio-tech food, HIVAIDS, and international terrorism. He was knighted by Pope John Paul II in October 2003 for this work representing the U.S. to the Vatican.
Mr. Nicholson was born in 1938 and grew up on a tenant farm in northwest Iowa in a family of seven children. He is a 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He served eight years on active duty as a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified Army officer, then 22 years in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel. While serving in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals.
Mr. Nicholson earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, and a law degree from the University of Denver. He practiced law in Denver, specializing in real estate, municipal finance and zoning law. In 1978 he founded Nicholson Enterprises, Inc., a developer of planned residential communities, and in 1987 he bought Renaissance Homes, which became an award-winning builder of quality custom homes.
In January 1986, Mr. Nicholson was elected committeeman from Colorado for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 1993 he was elected vice-chairman of the RNC, and in January 1997, he was elected chairman of the RNC, where he served for four years, through the elections of 2000. Mr. Nicholson is married to the former Suzanne Marie Ferrell of Highland Falls, New York, who is an accomplished artist. They are the parents of three adult children.
BEST OF CLIP
In his role as a highly sought after professions hypnotist, Jake routinely mesmerizes his clients, and as host of Mental Self Defense Radio he breaks listerners free of the trance of helplessness foisted upon by big government and big business.
Jake is currently the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Utah and the author of ‘Anomaly: Revolutionary Knowledge in Everyday Life’, ‘Tea-O-Conned: The Hijacking of Liberty in America’, ‘Say Uncle: Catch – as – Catch – Can Wrestling & The Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro-Wrestling, & Modern Grappling’, and ‘The Hypnotist: Healer, Head-Hacker, & Headliner.’
Previously, Jake was a vie-president in the reverse mortgage industry’s leading analytics consultancy. Additionally, Mr. Shannon earned his Master of Science in Financial Engineering designation in 2002 from Golden Gate University and his B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jake is also a respected grappling historian and coach that has worked with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. Jake Shannon lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children.
BEST OF CLIP
Leslie’s formal schooling includes degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and The Johns Hopkins University, but her heart and passion has always been in food and wine. With more than two decades of experience in the foodservice and hospitality industry, Leslie has developed a keen palate and valuable hands-on experience with positions in corporate training and wine sales.
As an entrepreneur who co-founded other successful e-Learning businesses, Leslie has remained focused on the important trend of efficiently educating foodservice employees through technology. She became a founding partner of Vino 101 in 2006 and used her strong background in wine and experience in corporate foodservice training to build engaging, online curriculums that generate positive results and increased sales for her clients. Over the past ten years, her efforts in the online training realm have helped educate over 750,000 employees for foodservice and hospitality clients.
BEST OF CLIP