This just came in email – a very interesting addition to the OGS with a new (additional) speaker. The OGS alone is worth coming, I hope to see a few of you guys there .Peruse the agenda, there are some really good sessions being offered.
From the Email:
Announcing the MWLUG 2013 Open General Session Speaker
We are very please to announce the MWLUG 2013 Opening General Speaker will be former US Marine, Author, and Indianapolis Colts Community Spokeperson, Josh Bleill. Josh the author of One Step at a Time: A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL present about building a Community.
Along with Scott Souder our MWLUG 2013 IBM OGS speaker, Josh will deliver our Opening General Session.
Josh Bleill, Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson
Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.
While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.
Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as “very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled,” and Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”