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Mr. Atsinger has been Chief Executive Officer, a Director of the Company and a Director of each of the Company’s subsidiaries since their inception and through January, 2022, when he moved into the role of Executive Chairman. He was also President of Salem from its inception through June 2007. He has been engaged in the ownership and operation of radio stations since 1969 and currently serves as a Partner of Salem Broadcasting Company, Sonsinger Properties, Sonsinger Broadcasting Company of Houston, L.P.; as a member of East Bay Broadcasting, LLC, Atsinger Aviation, LLC, Sun Air Jets, LLC, Allyson Aviation, LLC, Greenbelt Property Management; and as President of Sonsinger Management, Inc. Mr. Atsinger has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters for a number of years. He was also a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board from 2008 through 2014. Mr. Atsinger has been a member of the Board of Directors of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California since 1999. Mr. Atsinger is the brother-in-law of Mr. Epperson.
Stu Epperson Jr. is the author of First Words of Jesus: From the Cradle to the Cross, Last Words of Jesus: First Steps to a Richer Life, and founder and president of The Truth Network, with radio stations across North Carolina, central Iowa, and Salt Lake City. Truth Network also develops and syndicates programs on more than three hundred affiliates nationwide. Stu hosts Truth Talk Live, his own nationally syndicated show. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and playing basketball. Stu lives in North Carolina with his family.
Mr. Riddle has been a Director of the Company since September 1997. Mr. Riddle is an independent businessman specializing in providing financial assistance and consulting to individuals and manufacturing companies. He was President and majority stockholder of I.L. Walker Company from 1988 to 1997 when that company was sold. He also was Chief Operating Officer and a major stockholder of Richter Manufacturing Corp. from 1970 to 1987. In October 2010, Mr. Riddle joined the Board of Directors of Truth for Life, a non-profit organization that is a customer of the Company. Additionally, in 2010, Mr. Riddle joined the Board of Directors of Know the Truth, a non-profit organization that is also a customer of the Company.
Mr. Halvorson has been Dean of Trinity Law School since 2016. Additionally, Mr. Halvorson has been an Attorney at the Law Office of Eric H. Halvorson since 2010 and focuses his practice on business law and estate planning. Mr. Halvorson is also of counsel to Stowell, Zeilenga, Ruth, Vaughn, and Treiger LLP, a boutique business law firm in Westlake Village. Mr. Halvorson was an Adjunct Professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law for the 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2013-2014 academic years. He was an Executive in Residence at Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences from 2000-2003 and from 2005-2007. Mr. Halvorson was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 2007-2008, Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 1996-2000 and Executive Vice President of the Company from 1991-2000. From 1991-1999 and 1985-1988, Mr. Halvorson also served as General Counsel to the Company. Mr. Halvorson was the managing partner of the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.-Green Bay from 1988 until 1991. From 1985 to 1988, he was Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. From 1976 until 1985, he was an associate and then a partner of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.-Milwaukee. Mr. Halvorson was a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1971 to 1973. Mr. Halvorson was previously a member of the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. from 2003-2016 and Pharmacyclics, Inc. from 2011-2015. Mr. Halvorson is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Spanish Hills, LLC and Spanish Hills Country Club. Mr. Halvorson was previously a Director of the Company from 1988-2008.
Heather W. Grizzle is a founding partner of Causeway Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that helps individuals, organizations and corporations to communicate, connect and advance their objectives more effectively. Her background includes work in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well corporate communications in New York and charity sector communications in London. She graduated cum laude with high honors in Economics from Harvard University, where she was Co-President of the Institute of Politics. Ms. Grizzle is Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stewardship and a member of the Boards of Innovations for Poverty Action, Alpha USA, KidsMatter, and Charity Vest.
Edward C. “Ted” Atsinger is co-founder and Chief Production Officer of Greytek, LLC, a counterintelligence and security services company focusing on the Defense and Industrial Security sectors, since 2014. A veteran of multiple combat deployments, Mr. Atsinger dedicated himself to serving the interests of national security after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, serving with distinction as a professional Counterintelligence Officer assigned to and supporting the United States Intelligence and Special Operations communities. Prior to his national security career, Mr. Atsinger worked as a Senior Producer in Salem’s National News and Public Affairs Department. Mr. Atsinger holds a BA/MA (Oxon) in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University, England. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Rockbridge Academy, a classical Christian school in Millersville, Maryland since 2010. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Maryland’s premier professional ballet company, where he has been a member of the board since 2017. Mr. Atsinger is the son of Edward G. Atsinger III. Additionally, he is the cousin of Stuart W. Epperson Jr. Mr. Atsinger was previously a Director of the Company from 2016 to 2019.
Jacki L. Pick is founder and host of The Jacki Daily Show, an educational media offering created in 2014 and airing on BlazeMedia, on the dial in Texas, and podcast on most major outlets. From 2017 to 2021, Pick also served as a Senior Fellow in energy and environment policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the nation’s largest state-based public policy organization. Previously, Ms. Pick served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for a free market think tank, overseeing legal and compliance matters from 2015 to 2017. She worked as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in renewable energy, national security and environmental cleanup from 2013 to 2014. From 2006 to 2013, she served as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as an Assistant Vice President for a national bank and as a corporate defense litigator.