Education Ambassadors

Noble Crawford, Jr. (2011 Ambassador)

Noble CrawforNoble Crawford, Jr.d Jr. is the co-founder and Operations-Program Manager for H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Farm, Inc., a Fort Worth-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1990 that mentors at risk boys from single-parent homes who lack the influence of positive male role models. H.O.P.E. Farm’s programs and activities are designed to groom young boys into men of character by providing them the spiritual and educational cornerstones they need to succeed. Since the organization's inception, H.O.P.E. Farm has impacted the lives of hundreds of students living in Southside Fort Worth. Prior to his work at H.O.P.E. Farm, Noble worked 20 years with the Department of Public Safety and served four years with the U.S. Air Force.

Ernie Horn (2010 Ambassador)

Ernie Horn

Ernie Horn is the co-founder and Executive Director of Score A Goal in the Classroom, a Fort Worth-based program founded in 1992 designed to encourage and motivate students, kindergarten through 12th grade, with positive rewards. The collaborative effort between the business community and school personnel provides incentives for students to raise grades, improve classroom attendance and become more responsible citizens. Under Ernie's current leadership, the program has grown from helping 9,000 students in one school district to over 585,000 students in 39 school districts and 35 private and/or church schools in North Texas. Ernie is a long-time advocate of better education for all children and believes children are “at promise” instead of “at risk.”

 Mike Guinn (2009 Ambassador)

MMike Guinnike Guinn is the co-founder of the nationally recognized Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, Toronto International Slam Champion, four-time DFW Slam Champion and Texas Regional Slam Champion. Mike has performed throughout North America and continues his passion for spoken word, a form of literary art that uses lyrics, poetry and stories in a spoken format. Through his work coordinating weekly competitions and hosting writing workshops, Mike helps aspiring poets realize their artistic potentials while simultaneously empowering them to go further in life. He was voted 2009 “Best Community Mentor” by Fort Worth Magazine for his dedication to education and student achievement. Mike also raises community awareness by targeting social issues ranging from adolescent literacy to gang violence.

Paul Spiegelman (2008 Ambassador)

Paul Spiegelman

Paul Spiegelman, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Beryl Companies located in Bedford, Texas, oversees strategic planning and business development for the nation’s leading company in healthcare customer interactions and relationship management. He is responsible for setting the vision for the company, building a strong management team and encouraging a unique culture for the 300-plus co-workers. The Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute recognized Beryl as the “#2 Best Medium Company to Work for in America” in 2007. Paul was also named as a finalist for the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition to his business and personal accolades, Paul is a sought-after speaker and often discusses the importance of customer service in healthcare. His views have been published in a range of noteworthy publications, including Inc. Magazine, Dallas Morning News, Healthcare Financial Management, Leadership Excellence and Entrepreneur. His first book, Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity and Profit, explores how businesses can create a corporate culture that fosters creativity, develops employee and customer loyalty and benefits the company's bottom line. Paul recently co-founded the Small Giants Community, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together like-minded businesses that share a common purpose of building better relationships with employees, stakeholders and the local community.


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