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Paul Michalski 
Paul became involved with the New Canaan Society in October 2003.  He and his wife Lisa live in Darien, CT with their children, James and Annie.
Paul has been leading NCS New Canaan (the founding Chapter of NCS) since September 2007, and serves on the National Leadership Team of NCS.  He previously served as a member of the NCS Board of Directors (from August 2008-December 2010), a member of the NCS Management Committee (December 2010-March 2013) and as Corporate Secretary of NCS (from August 2008-March 2013).   He also serves as an Accelerator Mentor for Praxis (an accelerator program for non-profit entrepreneurs), as an Advisor to Sovereign’s Capital (a private equity fund focused on growth-stage companies in developing countries that are run based on Biblical values), on the Board of Directors of the Camelot Faith and Leadership Institute, on the Advisory Committee for Price of Life NYC, as a Director and as President of the Benjamin Franklin House Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the New York Law Institute.  Paul is also President of Third River Consulting, LLC, a strategic and transactional consulting firm.

Paul graduated from Harvard College in 1983 and Harvard Law School in 1986. He was an attorney in the corporate department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP for over 22 years, joining Cravath in 1986 and becoming a partner in 1994.  From 1996 through 2000, Paul was resident in the firm's London office.  

Paul took a leave of absence from October 2008 to June 2009 to help NCS in its transition from a regional to a national organization and realized that he was meant to begin a new chapter in his life.  While continuing to work with NCS and other non-profits, Paul tries daily to "show up", be "faithfully present", love Lisa and the kids, and listen.
Sid Beighley
Sid Beighley has been a well-respected executive in the field of communications. He has been responsible for sales and marketing in a variety of positions with several renowned companies, such as: CBS Entertainment, Viacom Inc., Cox Broadcasting, Capital Cities Broadcasting and Gaylord Broadcasting. 
He is a partner in an advertising, Licensing, marketing and communications company that specializes in television distribution, original character concepts and designs plus marketing and advertising to kids and families.  Through his years in syndication Sid has sold the rights to hundreds of great classic shows and movies; Andy Griffith, Beverly Hillbillies, Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, Mary Tyler Moore, Gomer Pyle to name a few. He also sold many kids’ shows; Double Dare, Mighty Mouse, Nick News, and many specials. In addition, Sid also sold and marketed high profile off-network and first run shows including The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, Montel Williams, Martha Stewart and many more.
Sid served as Vice-Chairman of The Connecticut Commission on the Arts; a position the Connecticut Speaker of the House, Moria Lyons, appointed him to.   He is an elder of Grace Community Church in New Canaan, Connecticut and resides in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife, Dorian.

Peter Hawkins

 (Peter is on the right, and that is Phyllis)
Peter G. Hawkins has worked in the financial industry for over 35 years. He began as an officer at the Chase Manhattan Bank. From there Peter started a highly successful mortgage brokerage business in Beverly Hills. Returning to the east coast in 1980 he was one of the new companies to focus on financial planning.

Peter was recently selected (2008 & 2009) by the Consumers' Research Council of America, an independent research company in Washington, DC, as one of "America's Top Financial Planners."  And, is listed in the "Guide to America's Top Financial Planners."
On the side Peter played in the Metropolitan Union for the Old Blue RFC (same club as BJ Weber and Bob Muzikowski, but please don't hold it against Peter) and in Los Angeles for the LA Rugby Club. He was selected to the Metropolitan Union All-star team as well as the President's XVs. As Head Coach at Yale the team won the Northeast Championships and was invited to the Nationals.
In addition, Peter and his wife Phyllis have two LA film-director sons, Zeke and Simon (  Peter is a long standing member of the New Canaan Society when it simply met in New Canaan and didn't have a name.

Terry Laughren
[Coming soon]

George Luft
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Al Miyashita

Al is an experienced transformation business executive with over twenty years of experience in consulting, services, sales and marketing.  Currently, he is working as an independent business management consultant.  Most recently he was the VP of Worldwide Data Sales for the Rovi Corporation.  Prior to that he was at IBM where he held several executive positions in consulting and services, marketing, and the CIO office.  The highlight of his consulting career was being actively involved in the transformation of IBM in the 1990’s.

The Navigators were instrumental in Al becoming and growing as a Christian.  As a freshman at the University of Colorado (CU) he participated in an evangelistic Bible Study but took years later to became a Christian. 

After marrying, Al and Moni became involved in the Navigator 2:7 Bible Study for a couple of years which grounded them in the basics of the Christian faith.  While at CU, he held leadership roles in the Navigator collegiate ministry, which included starting the first Asian ministry (at the end had approximately 60 students from eight different countries) at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Al’s professional career took him to Japan for two assignments with IBM: from 1986 to1992, and 1999 to 2003.  While in Japan, he served as a Navigator Missionary Associate to young Tokyo business professionals where he taught them English using the Bible. 

During their first assignment in Japan, Al and Moni adopted two Japanese babies: a daughter, Allison (only seven days old but now 21 years old), and almost a year later a son, Paul (only twelve days old but now 20 years old).  Both are attending Lehigh University currently a senior and junior.

When the family returned to the US in 2003, the kids got involved with the Ridgefield Wyldlife and then Young Life ministry and we became Committee members.  Al is currently serving as the Committee Chairman for Ridgefield. 

In 2007 Al and Moni were invited to join the International Executive Team Advisory Council providing advice and counsel to the international president where they continue to serve him today.  Al is also currently a member of the US Board of Directors for The Navigators.

Al became involved in NCS in 2011 and has been richly blessed by its ministry.  He is looking forward to leading the NVS New Canaan mentoring initiative.

Al and his family attend Hope Church in Wilton where he is involved in small group studies, the prayer ministry and currently serving as an elder.

Rocky Progano
Rocky was raised in a God-fearing home and was very involved in church life at a young age, but it wasn’t long before a series of events bought him down the wrong path.   Married in 1980, things got worse, but his wife, who loved him dearly, didn’t give up on him. Several years after accepting Jesus into his heart in 1974, Rocky realized he could not do it alone and rededicated his life to Christ. Jesus had to change him, and things started to change!
Rocky attends Bethany Church in Stamford, CT where he served as a Deacon for almost 10 years and was recently asked to head up the Men’s Ministry.
Rocky attended The University of Bridgeport of Business and began his career in video production and television as a cameraman in 1982. He expanded his talents in lighting and television production by working with and producing video for Fortune 500 corporate clients on various levels of production. Soon, his experience took him around the globe for segments for Good Morning America, NBC and CBS News. He began to develop his talents further as Director of Photography & Producing Programs for The History Channel, HBO Executive Forum & CNBC. Rocky has worked with Television Legend Jack Paar (on the production of 2 television specials), Candid Camera’s Peter Funt and Actor-Director Ron Howard, to name a few.
Rocky is currently the President and Founder of MediaCOM Inc located in Stamford, CT, where he lives with his wife, Sandy, and their 3 wonderful sons, Rocky II, Christopher and Mark.

Doran Wright
 Doran Wright’s entrepreneurial marketplace career spans 35 years, during which time he co-founded and led for over twenty years a small Connecticut private equity firm that bought, turned-around and started businesses in the marine transportation, real estate and marketing communications industries.
Doran’s involvement with New Canaan Society began in 2003 when he sensed a renewed call to vocational ministry, and he credits NCS with helping him to hear and to act on that call. Raised in a family with a strong evangelical ministry heritage, with four generations of involvement in church planting, Doran was recently called to plant a new church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Born in Norwalk, he has served in ministry leadership roles in several churches in Connecticut and, most recently, Maine.

He and Sandy, to whom he has been married for 32 years, have three adult sons who live in New England. Doran enjoys playing guitar, leading worship, sailing and surf fishing.

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11/28/14 Energy Group Friday (at the Sugar Bowl)
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12/5/14 Chapter Friday with Deryck van Rensburg
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