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Governor Scott Walker

Young America's Foundation

President

Governor Scott Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin, when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister and his mother worked part time as a bookkeeper and secretary. Scott was active in school, sports, church, Scouts, and American Legion's Badger Boys State and Boys Nation programs.
In June 1993, Scott was elected to the state assembly, where he helped lead the way on welfare reform, public safety, and educational opportunities. In 2002, he was elected to the Milwaukee County executive office. In this position, Scott worked to reform the scandal-ridden county government and faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own.
In 2008, he won re-election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. On November 2, 2010, Scott was elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Inheriting a $3.6 billion budget deficit, $800 million worth of unpaid bills, and an eight percent unemployment rate, he immediately implemented reforms to renew economic revival, fiscal order, and government accountability in Wisconsin.
Scott became the only governor in American history to survive a recall election on June 5, 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and sworn into a second term on January 5, 2015.

He serves on the boards of Students for Life Action, American Federation for Children, and the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions.

Scott and his wife, Tonette, have two adult sons.

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Nicole Hoplin

Hoplin Jackson Charitable Advisors

Co-Founder and President

As co-founder and president of Hoplin Jackson Charitable Advisors, Nicole Hoplin shows the company's clients how the same business best practices that create wealth can also be used when giving it away. An expert in philanthropy, Nicole helps clients create more impact with their charitable giving, and, in so doing, makes giving away wealth as joyful and fulfilling as creating it.
Nicole's boutique philanthropic advising company grew out of her 17 years of working with individuals, families, and private foundations to connect them with the nonprofit programs that reflect their most treasured values and produce extraordinary results. During these nearly two decades, she raised millions of dollars, engaged multiple generations of family members in philanthropy, and became an expert at responding to donors' unique needs and preferences.
She is a philanthropy thought leader, having spoken in forums across the country about the impact generous donors can make in our country. Nicole coauthored Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement (Regnery Publishing) with Ron Robinson, president of Young America's Foundation. The book shares the stories of ten prominent entrepreneurs who made the most important philanthropic gifts to advance free enterprise and liberty. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, profiled the book and said it "shines a light on conservative philanthropy." Nicole is also the co-author of the Ten Secrets of Successful Giving, a publication designed to share tips and advice with donors who seek to maximize their impact through their charitable giving.

Nicole dedicated many years as a vice president at Young America's Foundation. She managed relationships with more than 200 supporters to identify their philanthropic priorities and connect them with programs that aligned most with those interests. While at the Foundation, Nicole managed YAF's cruise program, coordinating voyages worldwide, featuring speakers of national and international reputations.
Nicole acquired a Master's degree in Public Policy with an expertise in nonprofit management and leadership summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College.
Together with her husband, Eric, they are raising their three boys in Oakton, Virginia. She currently serves on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and on Young America's Foundation's Board of Directors.


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Eric Hoplin

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

President and CEO

Eric Hoplin is president and CEO of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), representing 30,000 companies that account for one-third of the American economy, by supplying businesses with the products they need to serve their customers in nearly every sector of commerce.
A seasoned executive and communicator who has worked at the highest levels of government and business, Mr. Hoplin was previously the head of external relations for Wells Fargo, where he led a team focused on improving the company's reputation and advancing pro-growth policy objectives in concert with third-party organizations across the political spectrum. Before joining Wells Fargo, he served as the executive director at the Financial Services Roundtable (now BPI), a trade association representing the CEOs of the nation's largest financial services companies. Prior to that, Mr. Hoplin worked in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton where he helped senior leaders across the government solve their most vexing challenges. Earlier in his career, he worked in politics, supporting many congressional, gubernatorial, and Presidential campaigns.
Mr. Hoplin is a leader in the charitable community, where he serves on the Boards of the Trust for the National Mall and the Reagan Ranch. He's a prolific fundraiser, having raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations, NGOs, and public officials.
A Minnesota native, Mr. Hoplin holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, an MBA from Augsburg College, a BA in political science and communications from St. Olaf College, and a certificate in Change Management from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He lives outside of Washington, DC, with his wife, Nicole, and their three boys.

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