Volume 12

Joanna G. Alexis

As a little girl walking around the modest home where her father grew up in a small village in Greece, Joanna Alexis was stunned as she heard the stories of her...

Maris P. Angolia

Years ago, a young man walked into Karin’s Florist, a flower shop in Northern Virginia, to buy a bouquet for a first date. Not long after that, he returned to b...

Jim Annulis

As a college student, Jim Annulis saw how easy it was to aspire to greatness. Sitting in class one day, he read the line of a poem that summed it up perfectly: ...

Jackie Asencio

When Jackie Asencio’s father retired after thirty years of military service as an Infantry officer, he and her mother invested their retirement money in a large...

Kara Carmichael

From the time she was three years old, Kara Carmichael knew that going out to dinner with her family was about more than food. “My parents really had a passion ...

Daniel Cohen-Dumani

In 1982, Time magazine gave its coveted “Person of the Year” award to the home computer, marking the first time in the publication’s history that the recognitio...

Steve Daves

“No,” was the answer twenty-year-old Steve Daves received from the deans of Virginia Tech’s six colleges. He had gained admittance to the institution’s highly-c...

Eric Dean

When he was young, Eric Dean visualized success as a business with fifty cars in the parking lot. By growing the creative spark of entrepreneurship into tangibl...

Tom Deierlein

It had been twelve years since Tom Deierlein last donned a uniform or touched a weapon. When he arrived home from a business conference in 2005 and found a West...

Philip Downs

In 1970, Philip Downs’s father left a secure job at a Fortune 500 company and wrote a $5,000 check to purchase Cooper Materials Handling, an industrial equipmen...

Esteban Escobar

As a young boy, Esteban Escobar kept careful track of his expenses and any wasted costs in his life. Yet his records did not reflect monetary transactions. Rath...

Debbie Fields

Variety is the spice of life, and Debbie Fields grew up learning how to cultivate it. Her mother, whose own mother never worked and had few options in life, wan...