Vibert L. Kesler
Executive Director and President,
World Peace Parents Foundation
The Begin with the Children Project
Meet Mr. Kesler:
Vibert began his professional career in Washington D.C. as a Field Agent Auditor with the Internal Revenue Service. He then transferred to the National Office as a Tax Law Specialist, issuing private ruling letters on transactions involving complex corporate transactions such as corporate reorganizations, liquidations and foreign transfers of property.
After leaving the IRS, he joined a Salt Lake City law firm. A few years later organized a new law firm with a fellow graduate of George Washington University Law School. For the next 25 years he managed Law firms in which he was a partner until retiring from the practice of law in the 1990’s. He was also the co-founder of the Salt Lake City Law Firm of Kesler & Rust.
During his legal career, he was active in the Utah Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association based in London. He served in leadership positions in all three bar associations, including the Board of Directors in the International Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
After retiring from the daily practice of law, Vibert provided consulting services for transferring large family businesses from one generation to the next. During his career he served on several boards of directors and was CEO of a company importing automotive goods from England.
Vibert organized World Peace Parents Foundation and received its Tax Determination Letter as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity in June 2004. Since its organization, he has served as the Foundation’s Executive Director.
He grew up on a farm in the State of Oregon. He attended the University of Utah and interrupted his schooling to represent his Church for 30 months in Switzerland and Austria. After he returned, he graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Utah. After graduation, he enrolled in the School of Law at George Washington University in Washington D.C., graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree with an emphasis on federal tax law.
Vibert served for eight years in various Army Reserve Units, including the 226th Military Intelligence Detachment, which was activated for a year during the Berlin Wall-Cuban Missile Crisis and attached to the 3rd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas.
Vibert and his wife, Marilyn, have eight children and 30 grandchildren. They reside in Holladay, Utah.
CEO Thatcher Group, Inc.
Meet Mr. Thatcher:
Craig is CEO of Thatcher Group, Inc., a major chemical manufacturer and distributor with 500 employees in 14 U.S. facilities. Thatcher Group is a diversified company serving nine different industries, and has customers and suppliers outside the U.S.
Craig is a 3rd generation chemist. His grandfather, Nathan D. Thatcher Jr., taught chemistry and founded Wasatch Chemical Company in 1923. His father, Lawrence, with degree in chemistry founded Thatcher Chemical Company in 1967. This company later became Thatcher Group, Inc. Craig started working for the company in 1976 and became CEO in 2007.
He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Then he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and earned an MBA degree.
Craig is proud of the company his family founded and built. The chemical industry is a key part of our society. Everything, in some way, depends on chemicals. Thatcher Group employees appreciate working for a stable company with excellent career opportunities. The company has no debt, which allows it to have a long-term vision and stay true to its values. Providing high quality products, staying close to its customers and providing excellent service and value are the keys to their company’s success.
Craig’s life goals are to stay true to his values, constantly improve himself, and to help others who are less fortunate. To this end, he looks forward to working with the World Peace Parents Foundation as a director to help strengthen families through better parenting.
Craig met his wife, Connie, while attending Northwestern University. They were married in 1977 and are the proud parents of three daughters and a son and the grandparents of 14 grandchildren.
Larry D. Kesler
Executive, General Motors Corporation
Meet Mr. Kesler:
Larry joined the General Motors Corporation in 1971, and held several important executive positions during his 31 years with the Company.
After earning his MBA degree at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance in 1971, Larry joined General Motors serving on the Treasurer’s and Comptrollers Staff in Detroit.
In 1975, he was transferred to GM’s Inland Division in Dayton, Ohio as Assistant Divisional Comptroller. In 1979, he was transferred to Portugal as CFO of Inlan de Componentes Mechanicos. His next assignment was in 1982 to the company’s Harrison Automotive Air-Conditioning Division in Lockport, New York.
Four years later, he became General Director of International Air Conditioning and Heat Exchangers for eight years and was responsible for growing the business from $40 million to $1.5 billion.
From 1991-97, Larry was General Director Worldwide Seating. He successfully turned losing businesses of $3.5 billion annually into a profitable business of $4.0 billion annually, making an attractive net income. He was responsible for all aspects of this business with 14,000 employees in 34 manufacturing plants worldwide. Under his leadership, six new manufacturing plants were opened. Finally, he oversaw the divestiture of GM’s seating business to Lear Corporation.
In 1997, he became General Director of Marketing and Sales for GM’s IFG Division which included lighting, Safety (airbag and seat belt), interiors, and latches.
In 1999, he served as Senior Director Mergers and Acquisitions, Delphi Corporation in Troy, Michigan and was responsible for purchasing, creating, or divesting numerous component business lines. He retired in 2002.
Larry grew up in Oregon and Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah graduating (Magna Cum Laude) with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
During his business career, Larry served in many community leadership responsibilities, including Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Detroit Area United Way; Chairman Western New York United Way Campaign: Board Director-Niagara County Boy Scouts of America; and Board Director Calsonic Harrison, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
He resides with his wife, Marlene, in Troy, Michigan. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of 13 grandchildren.
Owner and Founder of The Business Works, Inc.
Meet Mrs. Crawford:
Amy’s business specializes in providing promotional products used by large and small businesses, hospitals, schools, and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.
Amy graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing and International Business.
Before establishing her own business, she was employed as a product manager in the medical field by major medical device and surgical glove manufacturers for eight years and spent two years in outside sales covering a four-state territory.
In 1993, she founded The Business Works, Inc., a company specializing in providing promotional products used by large and small businesses, hospitals, schools, and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. For example, her company provides Children’s Miracle Network with promotional products.
The company has now added in-house embroidery equipment for increased quality control and faster response times to better serve its customer base.
Amy, her husband John, and her son Christian reside in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amy is active in local church and community affairs and was president of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club when the club sponsored the community service project that led to the organization of the World Peace Parents Foundation.
CEO Wolverine Investments
Meet Mr. Babyak:
John is a Registered Investment Adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He manages Portfolio and Financial Management for both individuals and institutions.
Wolverine provides a wide range of services including investment management, tactical asset allocation, separate account, management, capital raising/structuring, financial reporting, and budgeting & cash management.
John’s formal training includes courses taken at the New York Institute of Finance: Investment Management and Securities Analysis, 1994 –1996; New York University: Investment Management and Securities Analysis, 1993 – 1994; IBM Management Development: Managing Organizational Change, 1993; MIT Executive Education: Transformation and Client-Server Technologies, 1992; Executive Education at U-Penn – The Wharton School: Strategic Planning and Analysis 1991; Executive Education at Harvard Business School: Presidents Class 1989.
Prior to his affiliation with Wolverine, he spent ten plus years with IBM Corporation in Sales and Marketing Management.
He has served on the boards of directors of several business and community-oriented organizations. As a published market commentator, John has written numerous articles about the financial markets, and has been interviewed and quoted in the financial news media, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s Magazine, CNN fn, CBS News Radio, Bloomberg Business News, Dow Jones Newswires, TheStreet.Com, and the Wall Street Transcript.
John is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Engineering, with a Major in Management Engineering and a Minor in Electrical Engineering.
He is active in community affairs including the Weston, Connecticut Kiwanis Club, Weston City Justice of the Peace, Scoutmaster of Weston Boy Scout Troup 788 and Venue Manager for the Weston/Westport New Year’s Eve First Night celebration. As a Connecticut Justice of the Peace he officiates at civil marriages and unions.
John resides in Weston, Connecticut with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.
Sales and Marketing Executive
Meet Mr. Allison:
Chris headed up Intel’s North American channel sales for its Data Center Networking Division.
Chris began his work career with Texas Instruments, and continued through the early computer tech boom working for Microsoft, Arrow Electronics, KeyTronic, and finally Intel Corporation. Along the way, he served in executive marketing and board positions for a number of tech startups.
Chris has lived in several states throughout his business career, with the amazing support of his wife and family.
Chris has served in numerous capacities for the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years including his time as a youth, attending four national Jamborees as a Scoutmaster or assistant SM. At one time, he had an 8-year period of year-round camping with the troop. Chris’s volunteer positions also included serving on the Great Salt Lake Council’s Endowment committee for 10 years and chairing the Public Relations committee for 5 years. He also served on the Council’s board and is a Silver Beaver scouter. One of his greatest joys is seeing the positive effect hat Scouting creates in the lives of young men and women.
His other interests include playing and singing bluegrass and western music – banjo and harmonica mostly. Chris is active in his church, where he enjoys serving with youth and serving others.
Chris was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He attended Utah State University, graduating with a B.S. degree in Marketing with an undergraduate emphasis in engineering. He and his late wife, Jane, are the parents of three daughters and two sons, and grandparents of four grandsons, and seven granddaughters. Chris loves to go skiing (both water and snow), camping, and hiking. He enjoys being outdoors with his family and feels that Utah is a great place to raise kids!
Chris looks forward to helping the World Peace Parents Foundation and its Begin with the Children project – it is an outstanding support organization and resource for parenting success.
Business Founder and Owner of
Natalie Weller Design
Meet Mrs. Weller:
Natalie provides a broad range of design services for remodeling and new construction along Utah’s Wasatch Front and in the Park City area.
As founder and owner of Natalie Weller Design, Natalie believes a good designer needs both management skills for project oversight and a brilliant eye for color and design.
In the case of new construction, her services include working with the home-owner, architect, engineer, and builder to create the best possible design. This requires constant oversight throughout the construction process. Each project is incomplete until the house feels like a home.
For a major home remodel, she may hire and manage, on behalf of her client, the remodel services needed to execute the design. This requires coordinating her team of electricians, plumbers, tile setters, painters, etc. to transform each project to meet her client’s desired end result. As a team, each member understand that their work must meet her exacting standards.
Natalie finds great satisfaction in transforming jobs from the chaos of construction to a lovely home environment that fits the needs, wants, and personalities of her clients. Natalie is proud to say that many of her clients have become life-long friends.
Prior to establishing her own business, Natalie worked as a real estate agent, as a marketing developer at a title company, and as a sales rep for a national floor covering supplier.
She lived her early years in Louisiana before moving to Utah. She and her husband of 33 years, Ray, are often partners in business. They live in Holladay, Utah. They have 4 married children and 4 grandchildren.
For relaxing and a change of pace, they enjoy their second home in St. George, Utah. Natalie’s hobbies and interests include entertaining friends and family, floral arranging, gardening, family history research, church and community service, and hiking and traveling to enjoy the beauty of nature.