The fifth annual Business Leadership Summit at Faith Baptist Bible College is shaping up to be a can’t-miss event for Christian business leaders. This year’s collection of general session and workshop session speakers features ten highly-accomplished professionals who also make strong contributions to their local church ministries and communities. The two-day event is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9, 2022.

The theme for this year’s summit is, “Walk Worthy…Sell, Sell, Sell.” The purpose of the summit is to encourage business leaders, to create an avenue of networking with like-minded Christian professionals, and to help business leaders sharpen their skills in various areas of business. The approach of teaching business principles with a Biblical perspective is what makes the Business Leadership Summit unique from other business, sales, and marketing conferences, making it truly a one-of-a-kind event.

This year’s speakers include several who have been foundational to the summit since its inception, including Michael Blackstone and Roland Thompson, of Thompson and Blackstone, Inc. (co-founders of the company known for the Emmy Award winning Skycam), Ed Cone (former CEO of Graco Children’s Products, and founder of CF Capital), and FBBC&TS President Jim Tillotson. Paul Nichols, founder and CEO of Upstate Granite Solutions (one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing companies), will be a workshop speaker for the second consecutive year.

New speakers this year include the following:

Thomas Bates
Chief Revenue Officer, Correct Craft
Thomas Bates is Chief Revenue Officer of Correct Craft, a 96-year-old marine industry company with global operations. Correct Craft’s subsidiaries include seven boat brands, three engine brands, three watersports parks, and an entity devoted solely to innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and distributes into 70 countries.

Curtis Bostic
Attorney, Bostic Law Group

Bostic has represented individuals, families, and businesses in court for over 25 years—successfully litigating against some of the largest insurance, manufacturing, and service companies in the world. His multi-jurisdictional practice includes the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. In addition to being an accomplished litigator, Mr. Bostic is a successful entrepreneur founding several million/multi-million dollar businesses in a variety of fields. He currently owns the largest privately held mobile storage business in South Carolina, a successful law practice, a thriving dental business, and numerous real estate holdings.

Chris Pearson
Former CEO, Agtegra Cooperative
In 2017, he led the merger of two of the largest cooperatives in the United States. The result of the successful merger vote by the cooperative members was the formation of Agtegra Cooperative. For the past five years, he has been CEO of Agtegra Cooperative based in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Tony Totta
Chief Sales Officer, eShipping
Tony Totta is the current Chief Sales Officer for eShipping, a market leader in logistics with a comprehensive supply chain offering a full-service distribution chain management company based in Parkville, Missouri. eShipping serves a mission call “to create opportunities for individuals to fulfill their destiny in a way that glorifies God” and embraces the values of faith, family, integrity, loyalty, and maximizing potential. What began as a 20-person operation in 2009, today employs over 400 people, servicing over $1 billion in logistics across the U.S.

Dan Whitfield
Owner/Operator, CoachUp
Over the last 20 years, owners and leaders of companies such as InXpress, ReachLocal, DexMedia, ZipLocal, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers have partnered with Dan to achieve accelerated results. When working with a coach, both individuals and organizations seek outcomes that move the needle. Dan’s coaching partnerships ignite key performance in the areas of sales acceleration, revenue generation, as well as client acquisition and retention. Dan is a business contributor and author of “Planting Seeds of Possibility – 21 Ways to Bring the Best Out of Yourself and Others.”

Registration is open for the 2022 Business Leadership Summit. There is a discount for those who register by August 12. For more information on the conference, including a complete list of topics, full speaker bios, pricing, and more, visit the Business Leadership Summit event webpage at