When Scott was 10 years old, his mom was in a horrible auto accident which left her severely disabled. His dad, a Special Forces warrior, was busy running an entrepreneurial business. Scott fell into a life of drugs and drinking. Two months after barely squeaking his way through high school, Scott was in a horrible auto accident which was supposed to take his life; he was left paralyzed from the neck down. Miraculously, after ten months he learned to walk again — he has been helping others achieve their dreams ever since!
Scott is currenlty the President of YOU. Only Better.™ — a coaching and training firm specializing in ogranizational development, leadership, and general hard and soft skills. Scott’s client list includes Sodexo, M&T Bank, HSBC, Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo, Canisius College, and many dozens of others.
He holds a BA from Houghton College; an M.A. in Leadership from Asbury; and various other degrees and credits from institutions such as the University at Buffalo, the University of Kentucky, and the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies.
Though he has dabbled in many technical fields such as mathematics, book keeping, engineering, and computers — Scott’s real love is for people. Part of this passion shines through as he partners with global relief organizations to bring safe water, education, and job opportunities to developing countries throughout the world.
Scott has served many non-profit organizations working with boards of directors and administration in leadership, customer service, training, global relief work, and in other various capacities. These include World Hope International, Billy Graham, New Life International, and others.
Scott, his wife, and his two children reside in Buffalo, N.Y.
When asked about development Scott says, “I stand on the shoulders of giants who opened doors I never imagined… emotional, mental, and spiritual as well. I simply want to provide avenues for others to realize their dreams!”
Additional featured presenters:
Game show host guru and trivia quizmaster. Dennis has been hosting game shows for ten years, and many more with family and friends. His love for trivia is evident during all of his performances. Dennis has been blessed with the gift of total recall, for he uses no cards or monitors during any of his performances. People are amazed at how he can cater his show to any age without the use of cue cards. He is a very energetic person and it radiates throughout his audience, everyone gets involved. Dennis is married to his lovely wife Sue who is also his assistant during the show. He has three children and four grandsons and a granddaughter on the way (January 2011). His family is very supportive of him, and he is always quizzing his entire family to help him stay sharp for upcoming shows. Dennis loves entertaining and loves putting smiles on audience members faces. Dennis brings his unique Character-based Quiz Show to the event.
Nels Ross is “Chief Executive Oddball” of In Jest, Inc. (injest.com). Based in Buffalo, NY, Nels works solo and with others to provide uplifting entertainment, keynotes, ministry, and educational programs in North America and abroad.
His diverse background includes: studying mathematics, education, and theater at the University at Buffalo; touring with a non-profit circus; training with instructors from Broadway and Cirque du Soleil; writing for Juggle magazine; teaching performing arts courses and workshops; performing and speaking for countless organizations and events; and juggling life with his wife and five kids.*
Though his full name is Nels Ross Cremean, he uses Nels Ross for his stage name. “It’s easier for people to pronounce and remember,” he says, “Plus it confuses creditors and crazy relatives who keep trying to find me.”
The seeds were planted for a life of foolishness when Nels went to his first performing arts workshops at eight years old. During the next decade, he studied physical comedy, juggling, acting, and more, applying his talents everywhere from street festivals to theatrical productions.
Since those early days, Nels applied his training in variety arts, theater, and education to create “gravity-defying” shows and presentations. Working mostly by word of mouth and referrals, he has been performing and speaking professionally for more than two decades now. “I’ve been blessed,” he relates, “Somehow I manage to keep busy, pay my bills, and feed my kids at least once a week.” Living out his faith, he also manages to bless others by giving and by doing reduced fee and volunteer work for special causes.†
Nels envisions a world where people everywhere enjoy life and do good. His personal mission is to spread joy and help others live, laugh, love, and learn. So, armed with his contagious sense of humor and playfulness, he continues to defy gravity wherever he goes – not just the physical force but undue graveness because, he quips, “Too many people suffer from terminal seriousness.”
Jared Campbell (High School Seminar Only)
Jared is an award winning singer/songwriter from Binghamton, NY and has toured the country playing with national acts such as Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw and even Journey. He has released three studio CD’s entitled “Where it all begins”, “Rest Out” and his latest “Beyond the Gray”. Along with his studio collection he has released three live CD’s with the latest entitled “Live at Funk ‘N Waffles” recorded in Syracuse NY. He has sold over 20,000 CD’s independently and had his music featured on hit TV shows such as MTV’s “the Real World” and “Road Rules”. He has won awards in the college market for Best Small Venue Performer and has been recognized by editors of Billboard Magazine out of thousands of participants as a finalist in the “Independent Music World Series”. With his Facebook fan page growing by hundreds daily he is making his mark on the independent music scene. He writes about issues we all face including fighting for your dreams, recognizing loving relationships, tolerance, bullying and overcoming obstacles. His main focus is allowing his music to impact the lives of his listeners by experiencing joy, finding comfort through pain, and focusing on living a better life. His songs are said to be uplifting, thought provoking and emotionally heartfelt.
Errol Lee (Middle School Seminar Only)
Errol is a singer, songwriter, children’s author and public speaker. Over the past decade, his focus on the importance of teaching, learning and practicing good character has positively influenced thousands of people nationally and internationally. He seamlessly interweaves singing, dancing and message into a unique and comprehensive educational experience that captivates audiences of all ages. His concerts, presentations and workshops have a long-lasting impact.
From an early age Errol Lee has been immersed in the creative atmosphere of the world of music. Frequently, he would attend recording sessions at the innovative and highly influential, the late King Tubby’s studio where his father famed music producer Bunny Lee would often record. It was the only way for him to see his Dad. Errol’s father met his mother, reggae recording artist Merlene Webber in the late 60s while working on a song together. Errol Lee became an unexpected part of their production.
Errol grew up in very difficult and challenging circumstances. Growing up in Jamaica, with a mom on tour and a dad in the studios, Errol spent his formative years with his grandmother, ‘Mama’. “Mama used to tell us stories; about heaven…I always had a tremendous sense of the presence of God around me.” Errol said. He remembers verbally asking Jesus to come into his heart and be Lord of his life at 10years old.
After moving to Canada in 1977, Errol kept his spiritual/reggae roots adding an R&B/Hip-Hop groove. His early exposure to the intricacies of the music business provided Errol with an extensive education in singing, songwriting, recording, producing and performing.
Errol Lee’s passion for music and mentoring is evident as he uses his music to leverage both. As a singer his gentle, pure, yet powerful voice has often been compared to being smooth like double churned butter, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathias and Bruno Mars.
He is the recipient of the 2012 BBPA (Black Business Professional Association) Harry Jerome Arts Excellence Award, 2011 YMCA Peace Medallion, 2011 MACA (Markham African Caribbean Association) in Honor of Black History Month Community Service Award. Today Errol Lee is changing the world one concert at a time. He performs locally in various settings as well as internationally
The Character Chase 5K successfully debuted in July 2010. This event, designed to bring additional prominence to the quest for character excellence, also serves to highlight the importance of physical activity and personal fitness as an appropriate complement to overall wellness. Promoting the character traits of Determination and Endurance, the race attracted nearly 400 participants, in age groups ranging from under 10 to over 85! The beautiful tree-lined course ran through the Village of Hamburg ending just in time for the opening of Hamburg’s Burger Fest, where racers were treated to live music, food and prizes.
For information on becoming a sponsor or joining the Character Chase Committee, please contact: email@example.com
July 20, 2013 – Hamburg, New York 14075
Character Chase 5K Director: Mike Linn, firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-481-5528
Register by July 8th for early-bird price and get a FREE Dry-Fit Runner’s T-Shirt! T-shirts will only given to those registered by July 8th!
Thank you to our 2013 Chase Sponsors
ACR of Western New York
Wesleyan Church of Hamburg
Harvest Time Partners
Michael’s Banquet Facility
Uncle Joe’s Restaurant
St. Francis High School
Lucarelli’s Banquet Facility
Power Drives, Inc.
Sandhill Investment Group
West Herr Automotive Group
Kevin P. Wicka, Attorney at Law
Heraty Management Services
Susquehanna Sheet Metal
Fran Moyer, LMHC
James Blake, DDS
Orchard Park Pediatrics
Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning
Town of Hamburg Lion’s Club
Gerald Glose, Ed.D.
Maureen Casey, DDS – Pediatric Dentistry
Mammoser’s Tavern and Restaurant
John K. Benjamins, Ph.D
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Vara’s Dry Cleaning
Julie Nattrass, Therapeutic Massage of Hamburg
Southtown’s Teachers’ Center
Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Foundation
Run the ‘Burg