Rob ClaytonFounder and Executive Director
Rob Clayton graduated at the top of his classes both in high school and college — attending high school in Munich, Germany and college at Penn State. Rob started his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Company in 1977, spent a couple of years in the Federal Tax Division of the AICPA ("American Institute of Certified Public Accountants”) and a decade as the a Chief Financial Officer for Firestone Corporation, a commercial real estate developer. Rob, along with his wife (Debbie) and two children (Bobby and Heather) moved to Front Royal in December 1992, where he started his own CPA practice (Clayton & Associates).Susan TederickMembership Director
Rob’s practice has two primary goals: 1) to make the services of a Chief Financial Officer available and affordable to small businesses and tax exempt organizations through what he calls the "Rent-a-CFO” service and 2) provide creative tax compliance and planning services to his clients ("increasing your bottom line while accounting for it”). With years of tax, accounting and entrepreneurial experience, Rob serves as a trusted advisor for his clients beyond the role normally played by number-crunchers and bean-counters. Rob has been active in local and state politics (conservative). He’s an ordained minister in the Federation of Reformed Churches and helped form the Fellowship of Mere Christianity (a multi-denomination fellowship of pastors).
Rob lives in the country at the intersection of a paved road and a dirt road, hauls his own trash to the dump in a Ford F-150, repairs almost everything with either duct tape or his cell phone (to call another redneck when duct tape doesn’t work) and loves redneck humor.
Susan is a Winchester, Virginia native and has both an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Virginia. Initially starting her career teaching learning and emotionally disabled children, Susan decided after the birth of her first child to become an "entrepreneurial”, stay-at-home mother. Over the last 20 years Susan has managed the financial matters for several small businesses, holds numerous certifications in personal training and aerobic exercise, and continues to enjoy crafting as a hobby. Susan is the wife of Matthew for over 20 years. She is also the proud mother of three children.
Rev. Dr. LeRoy Thompson, Jr.Director
Rev. Dr. LeRoy Thompson, Jr., is the Senior Pastor of the Triumphant Church of Springfield, VA,along with his wife Rita. LeRoy and Rita have also served as missionaries in Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Haiti.
LeRoy is also an independent management consultant and has done strategic planning and organizational development work for numerous Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, non-profits and associations. He is a much sought-after national and international conference speaker, award-winning author, radio, and television personality. His book, Mastering the Challenges of Change, published by the American Management Association, received a Newberry Book Award in 1995. His second book, "Messages From The Mercy Seat” was published in January of 2011.
LeRoy is a native of Bluefield, WV and credits the coal-mining culture that he was raised in with imparting the values and principles that have guided his life. He was educated at Harvard University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language, and a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Columbia University School of Business. He received his Doctor Of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and will receive his PhD in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary. He has also done Talmudic studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Israel). LeRoy and Rita have two children, Lee Thompson III and Aisha Renee Thompson.
Steve McGranahanWorld’s Strongest Redneck – Director
Jeff Foxworthy once defined the American Redneck as someone who has "a glorious absence of sophistication and it can be part time or full time, but most people are guilty of it at least from time to time.”
Meet Steve McGranahan, the World’s Strongest Redneck. Big (6’ tall, 333 lbs), bulky (his arms measure 22” around), and yes, strong (benched RAW 500 for 2; dead lifted 585 for 5; squatted 620 for 2), Steve is redneck to the bone and proud of it. He is also very, very funny as evidenced by his regular appearances on CMT’s "Country Fried Home Videos,” sharing the stage with Larry the Cable Guy on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and amazing the audience on Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge.
He has run five marathons and a 50-mile ultra-marathon, placed 1st in the USA Men’s Indoor Masters Shot Put, and can slam dunk a basketball. Blessed with some of the strongest hands in the world, Steve holds the world record in one-handed card ripping – 11 decks in 28 seconds. He can bend a 60d nail (it’s actually a spike, 6 inches long and 1 gauge thick) in half. And he types 8 words per minute.
By mixing side-splitting comedy with jaw-dropping feats of strength, Steve fills a niche that until now has remained completely vacant. "The East Coast has its comedy and the West Coast has its comedy, but nobody is doing motivational strongman comedy for the rest of America,” Steve says. "Until now.”