2015 Spring Semester Speakers
CEO, Patriot Group International
Wednesday, February, 11, 2015
As Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Group International, Inc. (PGI), Greg Craddock
is engaged in operational leadership across the organization and provides strategic
vision to ensure that the company delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers
while achieving its financial goals.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he has more than 15 years of special operations, intelligence
and security operations experience.
In 2009, Mr. Craddock led a group of private investors that acquired PGI. Under his
leadership, PGI earned over $10 million in revenue within two years of operation.
In 2013, PGI earned over $24 million and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of
the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, finishing as number
6 in the state of Virginia and number 106 nationally. Additionally PGI has won supplier
excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and a host of other government
Before joining PGI, Mr. Craddock served as an Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP)
consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide. Prior to
his time as a consultant, Mr. Craddock served in the intelligence community and was
among the first boots on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time with
the U.S. Army, Mr. Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier.
Mr. Craddock earned a bachelor’s degree from Ferrum College and a master of business
administration from Liberty University. He lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife
and two children. Mr. Craddock is an active supporter of a number of charities that
Former CEO of Total Action for Progress
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Ted Edlich is the former president and CEO of Total Action for Progress and served
at the helm of the non-profit community action agency for 40 years. He was only the
second head of the organization in its nearly 50-year history.
Edlich came to Roanoke in 1964 as a Presbyterian minister to two churches in Botetourt
County, after graduating from Yale Divinity School. After two years in the pulpit,
he took a job leading 11 Presbyterian congregations in Roanoke in the founding of
an urban ministry in southeast Roanoke. That ministry is still there today, the Presbyterian
He landed at TAP, which was then called Total Action Against Poverty, in 1968 as director
of its Head Start program for preschool readiness. Seven years later, TAP’s original
director, Bristow Hardin, died unexpectedly and Edlich moved into the top spot. During
his tenure the agency grew from a $6 million annual budget to three times that. He
helped to create numerous efforts at addressing community needs, some of which remained
as departments of TAP.
Edlich serves on a variety of community action related boards, has received many humanitarian
awards and honors including an honorary Doctor of Letters from Washington and Lee
University. He has written numerous articles and professional writings including a
curriculum for a course on non-profit leadership and his recent book on how to successfully
run a non-profit.
Edlich received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, his M.A. in Education
from New York University, a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA,
and his Sacred Theology Master’s from Yale Divinity School.
2013 — 2014 Speakers
Roddy Moore Director of Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum
James E. Winkler President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches
Alfred "Al" Midgett '79 Author, Founder/CEO of The NobleMen
Kimberley S. Crannis '83 Chief of Police, Blacksburg, Virginia
Jim Wade Director & Former President, Advance Auto Parts
Woody Crenshaw Founding President of SustainFloyd
William H. Fralin, Jr. President and CEO of Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
Senior Policy Counsel, Access
My E. Chung
President and Chief Executive Officer, Luna
Director of the Knowledge Center, Farm Credit of the Virginias
Native American Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the
2012 — 2013 Speakers
Julie E. Swanson President/CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
Patrick Patterson President of Novozymes Biologicals
Nancy Howell Agee President and CEO of Carilion Clinic
Jeffrey A. Marks President and General Manager of WDBJ7
Michael W. McColl '93 Voice Actor
2011 — 2012 Speakers
Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. Market President & Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo
Marc A. Schewel President of Schewel Furniture Company
Michael J. Quillen Executive Chairman of the Board of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
Clay Campbell President of Martinsville Speedway
Charles Patton President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power
Debra C. (Debbie) Meade President and Publisher at The Roanoke Times
2010 — 2011 Speakers
President and CEO of Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group
President and CEO of Roanoke Gas Company
Managing Director of Regeneration Partners LLC
Neal Naff M.D.
Neurosurgeon at the Cyber Knife Program at John Hopkins
2009 — 2010 Speakers
E. Michael Mutchler Vice President and Group Executive at General Motors
Baxter F. Phillips, Jr.’66 President of Massey Energy Company
Frank M. Simms Manager of Hydro Operations for American Electric Power (AEP)
Edward G. Murphy M.D. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic