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Brother Colin Nguyen To Be Honored at #PKTIMPACT18

Colin Nguyen (University of Washington, ‘05), has been named Phi Kappa Theta’s 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. The award is presented by the Phi Kappa Theta National Foundation and honors an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional service to his community, the public and/or humanity while embodying the mission, values, spirit and pride of Phi Kappa Theta. Nguyen will be recognized at Impact 18, the Fraternity’s biannual conference this August in Orlando.

Among many accomplishments, Brother Nguyen has been identified in the top 3% of all Real Estate Agents in North America by the age of 30 and is one of the top 15 realtors in the #1 Real Estate office in all of Washington, Oregon and Idaho (PNW). He has also been a special guest speaker and writer for Asian American Magazine Xin Chao.

Nguyen was initiated into Phi Kappa Theta in 2003 with the Washington Beta Delta Chapter at the University of Washington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. He has also served as co-facilitator of regional workshops for the Fraternity. Brother Nguyen has been chosen as recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for his perseverance to bettering himself and others in times of adversity, as well as his established success, perseverance and innovative leadership in the real estate industry. Nguyen currently resides in Lakewood with his wife and daughter.

Impact 18 will be hosted in Orlando, Florida in August of this year and will be a 48-hour intensive development opportunity for collegiate and alumni members on harnessing the power to positively change the communities around them. The conference will be held August 2-5 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is the result of the merging of two Fraternities: Phi Kappa (1889, Brown university) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919, Lehigh university). The merging took place on April 29, 1959 at The Ohio State University. Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 42 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.

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Brother Ali Soufan To Be Honored at #PKTIMPACT18

Phi Kappa Theta has identified former FBI Agent and New York Times Bestseller Ali H. Soufan (Mansfield University, ‘94) as its 2018 recipient of The Kennedy Award. This honor recognizes an outstanding Brother who has achieved significance in his career and as a servant leader. The award was established in 2017 and is named for United States President and Fraternity Brother John F. Kennedy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 'A). Soufan will be recognized this August at Impact 18, the Fraternity’s biannual conference in Orlando.

Brother Soufan is an Honors graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with degrees in International Studies and Political Science. It was there that Soufan initiated into the Pennsylvania Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group, Ali Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent whose investigations span highly complex international cases of terrorism – including the attacks on the USS Cole and 9/11. Brother Soufan also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Soufan is the author of the newly released Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State.  His New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda was recognized with the Ridenhour Book Prize in 2012. Soufan been interviewed by and contributed to national shows and publications including 60 Minutes, Frontline, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

Impact 18 will be hosted in Orlando, Florida in August of this year and will be a 48-hour intensive development opportunity for collegiate and alumni members on harnessing the power to positively change the communities around them. The conference will be held August 2-5 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is the result of the merging of two Fraternities: Phi Kappa (1889, Brown university) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919, Lehigh university). The merging took place on April 29, 1959 at The Ohio State University. Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 42 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop

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Brother Robert Basso To Be Honored at #PKTIMPACT18

 

Robert Basso (Seton Hall University, '67), Former Chairman and President of Correspondent Services Corporation (CSC) and founder and President of Broardcort Capital Corporation, has been honored as 2018 Man of Achievement by the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation. The Man of Achievement Award, started in 1980 and given by the Fraternity Foundation Board of Trustees, is the highest honor bestowed to Brothers of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, recognizing members who have risen to prominence in their chosen fields of endeavor. Basso will be recognized during Impact 18, the Fraternity’s biannual conference this August.

Brother Basso is a 1967 graduate from Seton Hall University and an initiate of the New Jersey Phi Beta Chapter. Basso has more than 40 years of wide‐ranging experience in the financial service industry, including senior management positions at Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber, UBS and Fidelity Investments. He becomes the 35th recipient to receive the award through the Foundation’s 64-year history.

Impact 18 will be hosted in Orlando, Florida in August of this year and will be a 48-hour intensive development opportunity for collegiate and alumni members on harnessing the power to positively change the communities around them. The conference will be held August 2-5 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is the result of the merging of two Fraternities: Phi Kappa (1889, Brown university) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919, Lehigh university). The merging took place on April 29, 1959 at The Ohio State University. Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 42 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.

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Brother Mike Callais To Be Honored at #PKTIMPACT18

Charles “Mike” Callais (Louisiana State University, '84), has been chosen as a recipient of the 2018 Man of Achievement Award. The award, presented by the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation and established in 1984, recognizes brothers who have risen to prominence in their fields of endeavor. These Brothers not only serve to inspire our members but serve as a great source of pride for Phi Kappa Theta. Mike will receive this esteemed award at Impact 18, the Fraternity’s biannual conference this August in Orlando.

Brother Callais is currently serving on the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he was initiated into the Louisiana Xi Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta in 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Science in business management.  Callais acts as Chief Executive Officer of Abdon Callais Offshore, LLC in Cut Off, Louisiana. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club of Golden Meadow, as well as several boards (including United Community Bank, the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Lady of the Sea General Hospital and Catholic  Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux). Brother Callais demonstrates the importance of taking an active role in his community – a value shared with Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. Mr. Callais resides in Cut Off, Louisiana with his wife Blanche Bouvier Callais. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Impact 18 will be hosted in Orlando, Florida in August of this year and will be a 48-hour intensive development opportunity for collegiate and alumni members on harnessing the power to positively change the communities around them. The conference will be held August 2-5 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is the result of the merging of two Fraternities: Phi Kappa (1889, Brown university) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919, Lehigh university). The merging took place on April 29, 1959 at The Ohio State University. Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 42 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.

 Brother Callais pictured with his wife, Blanche, at the 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C..

Brother Callais pictured with his wife, Blanche, at the 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C..

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Brother Sean Guardian To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

This July we will be honoring Brother Sean Guardian (SDSU, '14) as our 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus at a special Luncheon.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recognizes an outstanding Brother under the age of 30 who has exemplified the Ideals of Phi Kappa Theta in career success and service to the community. The award was established in 2013.

Brother Guardian has traveled around the globe working with Hurricane Yolanda victims in the Philippines; problem solving in the slums of Delhi, India; building homes in Nepal for victims of one of the largest earthquakes in its history, and plans to move on to Cambodia, teaching English and math to orphans in Phnom Penh.

Guardian said his time with the Fraternity was, without a doubt, the biggest single influence on his growth as an individual and a servant leader. Some of his roles in college included Vice President of Risk Management, Associate Member Educator, President and IFC President. He said his time there fostered a calling to the service of others and he was influenced by many members, including Brother Ryan Fowler (SDSU, '11), who is currently teaching in Colombia.

Guardian doesn’t view his own ups and downs as relevant. “Any discomfort I feel pales in comparison to what the people around me have gone through.”

“The fraternity has helped me develop the confidence and moral compass that led me to this life-changing journey. You’re helping people rebuild their lives not for personal gain, but because that’s what makes the world a better place.”

- Sean Guardian

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Brother Boysie Bollinger To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

Brother Boysie Bollinger (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ‘71) will be honored as Man of Achievement at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger is President and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises, formerly with Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., providing construction, repair and conversion products and services to the military and commercial marine industries. Brother Bollinger is involved with the United States Coast Guard Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, the United Way, and the Boy Scouts of America, among other nonprofits. He is also Chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation.

 

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Brother Paul Allen To Be Honored At #PKTDC17

Brother Paul Allen (Washington State University, ‘75) will be honored as Man of Achievement at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

Brother Paul Allen, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft, alongside Bill Gates. He is also co-founder of the Seattle Sounders and owns two professional sports teams—the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.Brother Allen is the founder of Vulcan Inc., the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Cell Science.

 

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Brother Sean Stephenson To Be Honored at #PKTDC17

Brother Sean Stephenson (DePaul University, '01) will be honored with The John F. Kennedy Award at the 2017 Biennial Convention this July.

When Sean was born, doctors predicted he would not survive more than 24 hours because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile. Despite the challenges he faced, he’s taken a stand for a quality of life that has reached millions of people around the world including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Sean has appeared on everything from The Oprah Show to online videos with hundreds of millions of views. The Biography Channel did an hour feature on his life called Three Foot Giant.

His message has been heard at live events in over 16 countries and 48 states in the past 23 years. Sean’s latest book, Get Off Your But, has swept the US and been released in almost a dozen languages around the world.

As a board certified therapist, Sean uses humor and compassion to develop a fun environment where individuals open their hearts and minds for lasting empowerment to occur.

Brother Stephenson has spoken at numerous Phi Kappa Theta events in the past and we are honored to present him with this award!

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2017 Convention Parliamentarian

John Covert (Georgia Institute of Technology, '72) was initiated into Phi Kappa Theta as a freshman Electrical Engineering student.

As an undergraduate he participated in his chapter's transition from colony to chapter. After receiving his BEE degree, he began a thirty-year career with Digital Equipment Corporation (purchased by Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard). He is now an independent Software Engineering Consultant, with clients in the fields of operating system security and telecommunications. He has served the Georgia Tech chapter as Vice President and Secretary of the Alumni Corporation and has served the National Fraternity as District Governor for the MIT chapter and as Northeast Province President.

He is committed to the ideals of Phi Kappa Theta and exercises our ideals as a volunteer at his local community supper, in his work with the Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent Living System at MIT, and as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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#PKTDC17 Emcee Announced

Steve Wymer (Washington State University, '02) has been announced as Master of Ceremonies at the 2017 Biennial Convention!

Steve is the Vice President of Communications and Policy at Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.

Wymer has diverse executive leadership experience in the public policy sector, media, and technology industries, in addition to extensive experience in the developing world leading democracy and civic engagement initiatives for the U.S. Department of State. Before moving to Silicon Valley from Washington, D.C. in 2011, he spent nearly a decade serving as a senior advisor to three U.S. Senators and a term as President of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Wymer lead global communications and a variety of marketing and policy functions for TiVo.

Wymer grew up in Chewelah, WA. A resident of San Jose, CA, Steve is active in a variety of Bay Area non-profit and community service organizations.

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#PKTDC17 IS LIVE - REGISTER TODAY!

Registration for Phi Kappa Theta's 2017 Biennial Convention in Washington D.C. is now open!

Find our more about our 2017 event, including how to register your chapter for #PKTDC17, how to reserve a room and what all will be happening in D.C.!

  • Register your chapter HERE.
  • Reserve your room HERE.

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Texas Conference

Check out who's presenting at our Texas Conference February 10-12, 2017.

Facilitators for La Grange, Texas include:

  • Brendon Albert (Temple University, ‘13)
  • Adrian Gonzalez (University of Texas-Austin Texas, '78)
  • Wally Kronzer (University of Houston, ’76)
  • Stephen Lee (Lewis University, ‘10)
  • Carlos Nichols (University of Texas–Pan American, '14)
  • Manuel Rivas (University of Texas-Pan American, ‘11)

FIND YOUR LOCATION AND REGISTER

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