Kent Leonhardt is a lifetime farmer. His wife and Kent restored a farm that was abandoned for over 40 years and made it once again a viable functioning farm. Their farm is located in the western end of Monongalia County near Fairview, West Virginia. They purchased their first 205 acres of West Virginia farmland in 1982, while he was still on military active duty. They began developing and cultivating the farm in 1997, following his retirement from the Marine Corps. Today, they have 380 contiguous acres and two farm leases for hay production and additional grazing. They raise sheep, cattle and goats and sell hay when there is a surplus available.
Mr. Leonhardt is a Marine. He served for 20 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, he coordinated operations between all four branches of our military,
The honorable John D. Perdue is West Virginia’s 24th State Treasurer and is currently serving his sixth term. Treasurer Perdue is West Virginia’s longest-serving state treasurer with over 20 years in office. He gained that distinction in 2015 when he surpassed Richard Talbott (D-Barbour) who occupied the office from 1933-1951.
Treasurer Perdue has served the people of West Virginia for more than 40 years. He started his public service career with the Department of Agriculture in 1973. During his time there he held several positions, including the title of Assistant Commissioner. In 1989 he became executive assistant to former Governor Gaston Caperton and served as a member of his executive staff for eight years.
Since taking office in 1997, Treasurer Perdue has worked diligently to make West Virginia a better place for families, business owners and citizens of all ages. As the banker of state government, Treasurer Perdue manages more than $13
Presenter -Evan Kliethermes
Evan Kliethermes has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2012. He began his career with a position our of St. Louis, MO at the Edward Jones Headquarters. Evan is originally from Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University, MO. He moved to Fairmont, WV to embark on his career as a Financial Advisor and has his office there today. He is also a Level Leader for his region. Prior to his career with Edward Jones, Evan grew up on a farm in Missouri and helped grow the family business. He also worked in the plumbing field for 6 years. Today, Evan also continues his original interest in farming here in West Virginia.
Attendee -Tom Kliethermes
Tom Kliethermes started his career with Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in 1987. He runs an office in Fairmont, WV where he also resides with
If anyone can run the distance, it’s Marine veteran Jamie Summerlin. His passion for running and empathy for fellow veterans inspired him in March 2012 to embark on a 3,452 mile, 100 day cross country journey that began in Coos Bay, Oregon, and ended in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His trek across 16 states and the District of Columbia, detailed in his book Freedom Run, not only raised money for national and local organizations whose mission is to assist veterans, but it inspired communities and veterans alike to Dream Big and find ways to support the United States Military and those who have served our country so bravely.
Jim Ryun, former U.S. Congressman, 3-time Olympian and world record holder, calls Freedom Run a captivating book that is the story about the true American spirit; U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says Summerlin’s book shows all of us that we can each do more.
Summerlin was recognized
Patrick Morrisey was elected as the Attorney General for the State of West Virginia on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on January 14, 2013. Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state’s history.
Since becoming Attorney General, Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. Shortly after taking office, he instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He also voluntarily returned approximately $18 million in monies to the state and has brought in many millions more to state agency clients and consumers.
In 2014, Attorney General Morrisey called on the West Virginia Legislature to do thorough audits and performance reviews