Hank Smith grew up in St. George, Utah and has an MBA from Utah State University and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. In addition to his work in consulting with companies and families, Hank has presented at nationwide programs, several University Education Weeks, public school assemblies, and various forums around the country. Hank has also authored many books and audio CDs.
Hank and his wife, Sara, currently live in Mapleton, Utah. Hank says that, “Sara is amazing! She knows everything about me and still loves me.” They recently had twin boys giving them a total of 5 adorable children and the noisiest home on the block. Hank enjoys running marathons and eating lots of ice cream, which is why he runs marathons. More than anything else he loves being with his wonderful wife and children.
Meg Johnson has motivated tens of thousands of people across the globe with her motto: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin’! Meg fell off a cliff and broke her neck in 2004 and spent four months in the hospital recovering from multiple injuries and returned home without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands – a quadriplegic. Wheelchair bound and determined, Meg refuses to sit still. Since she was paralyzed, Meg has competed at the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in New York, winning the Spirit Award; founded and directs Ms. Wheelchair Utah; instituted a service outreach program; and authored several books. Meg’s newsletter, “Meg’s Monthly Message” is read by thousands in many countries across the globe. Her YouTube channel shows how she accomplishes everyday tasks and teaches people of all abilities to overcome every obstacle.
Meg is married to Whit Johnson, a business manager by day and halftime entertainer by night. They enjoy working on projects together and biking (she on her three-wheeler, he on his unicycle – together they have four wheels and lots of weird looks). They have one awesome daughter.
John Bytheway was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah, and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. John has worked with BYU Continuing Education youth programs since 1984 as a counselor, administrator and presenter, and has traveled the country speaking to young people.
John makes his living as a speaker and author, and he also teaches part-time at Brigham Young University. He loves to write, read, and play the banjo and guitar.
John is the author of more than two dozen books, audio CDs and DVDs, including, How to be Totally Miserable, and What’s In Your Backpack. John is a founding member of a local chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, and he does a spot-on impersonation of Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife.
John and his wife Kimberly live in Salt Lake City, and have six children and a completely packed SUV which doubles in value when the tank is full.