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        John Ferber, along with his brother, Scott, were the co-founders of,
which was acquired by Time Warner in 2004. is one of the world’s largest
Interactive marketing services companies. In 2007 Ferber turned his attention toward
philanthropy and finding new ways to use the Internet to help those in need. The result is, which is quickly changing the face of charitable giving online.

       Ferber was born in Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in South Florida.

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       Founders of Curves International, Inc., the world’s largest fitness franchise company, Gary
and Diane Heavin are committed veterans of the fitness and advertising industries. They are
considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available
to more than 4 million women worldwide, and they share a passion for and commitment to
women’s health and fitness.

         The Heavins opened the first Curves in 1992 in Harlingen, Texas. The club was an
overnight success, giving women a supportive and comfortable atmosphere in which to work
out. When their second club was also immediately successful, they knew that they had tapped a
market that wasn’t being served by traditional gyms, and that they could help millions of women
worldwide. However they knew they couldn’t do it alone, so they franchised the business, and
the first independently owned and operated Curves opened in Paris, Texas, in 1995.

        Curves opened clubs at an astronomical rate, earning such accolades as “fastest growing
franchise in history,” “world’s largest fitness franchise” and “No. 1 fitness franchise,” and
spawned a New York Times bestseller, Curves, Permanent Results without Permanent Dieting.
With such unprecedented success, the Heavins took their vision for an effective and affordable
workout international. Today Curves has nearly 10,000 clubs in more than 70 countries, serving
more than 4 million members.

       The Heavins are among the largest philanthropists in Central Texas, providing funding
for healthcare and health education for women, family abuse prevention, adoption services and
more. They model corporate giving with the annual Curves Food Drive, which in 2006 raised
more than 11 million pounds of food for the hungry, as well as with a Charity Match program
that encourages franchise owners to give back to their communities.

        The Heavins live on a ranch outside Waco with their daughter, Shilah, their extended
family and a variety of pets.
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       A big part of James Malinchak’s life is serving and helping others. In the past eight
months, he has led in raising over $350,000 for various charitable organizations, while personally
contributing $160,000 of his own money.

       Selected 2008-09 GKIC Marketer of the Year (winning out over 80 other competitors),
Malinchak runs a seven-figure speaking, training, seminar, coaching and consulting business,
and was recently profiled in the business publication Millionaire Blueprints. He is one of the
most in-demand, highest paid marketing consultants in the country.

         Malinchak is a self-improvement expert who is one of only 50 featured experts in the
success movie, “Pass It On,” and is the top-selling authors of 16 books/products, including co-
author of Chicken Soup for the College Soul. Also one of America’s most requested business
and motivational speakers, he has delivered over 2,200 presentations for corporations,
associations, business organizations, colleges and universities worldwide for audiences ranging
in size from 20 to 10,000.

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