Heroes Breakfast 2015
Friday, August 21
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel – Nashville
Registration begins at 7:30 am.
Breakfast from 8:30 am – 9:30 am followed by book signing.
Keynote Speaker: George Derryberry
George Derryberry is a military Veteran and author of the critically acclaimed book, Path of Valor: A Marine’s Story. In his book, George finds a canteen etched with a message which sparks the mystery of deciphering the inscription. This intense investigation leads George to record the life history and service of Sergeant Harris Ayers, the canteen’s owner, during World War II including the invasion and capture of Iwo Jima.
Author George Derryberry served as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps and later served as a Battery Executive Officer in the active Marine Corps Reserve. Following his graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Law, he engaged in 44 years of trial practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Immediately after the program, George will sign copies of his book.
Honorary Chair: Irlene Mandrell
Irlene Mandrell is an American musician, actress and model. She is the younger sister of country singers Barbara Mandrell and Louise Mandrell. Irlene first rose to prominence as a model for Cover Girl, and later appeared, from 1980 – 1982 with her siblings on the highly rated Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. She appeared on Hee Haw for a number of years and has also appeared on episodes of The Love Boat, and as a commercial spokesperson for a wide range of products. Irlene has also competed in auto racing. Irlene is a Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars inductee. She has received many awards including two comedy acts of the year awards from Music City News.
Master of Ceremonies: Dan Thomas
Dan Thomas earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology at Penn State. While there, Dan joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed his military service in the fall of 2000 as a captain, leading a 15-person organization in weather operations. After his time in the military, Dan began his full-time career in television as the morning meteorologist in Arkansas, chasing and tracking severe thunderstorms. After moving to New Orleans in 2003, Dan earned “First Place for Breaking Weather” from the Louisiana Associated Press in 2004 for his coverage of Hurricane Frances. Most notable was Dan’s coverage leading up to and during Hurricane Katrina. In May 2009, Dan was certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Today, Dan is thrilled to be a part of Nashville’s WSMV weather team.