Rotary International President-Elect
Mark is a member of the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC in Decatur, Alabama, practicing in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. A Rotarian since 1980, Mark is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Decatur and served as Governor of District 6860 in 1989-90. Mark also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rotary International in 1999-2001 and as the Aide to Jonathan Majiyagbe of Nigeria, the President of Rotary International for 2003-04. Mark was Vice Chairman of the 2004 Council on Legislation, Chairman of the 2010 Council on Legislation, and Parliamentarian and Trainer for the 2016 Council on Legislation. He served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2004-08 and was the Vice Chairman of the Trustees in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Mark served four terms as Chairman of Rotary International’s Operations Review Committee and was the Chairman of the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee and Vice Chairman of The Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision Committee. Mark will serve as President of Rotary International in 2019-20. He is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.
Mark’s wife, Gay, is an attorney at the same firm and a charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Decatur Daybreak, Alabama. Both Mark and Gay are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, and Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation and members of its Bequest Society. They have two daughters, one goddaughter, and two grandsons.
December 22, 2017
Rotary International Director 2019-21
Floyd Lancia was invited to join Rotary while serving as Superintendent of Schools in Van Buren, Maine. While a member of the Van Buren Rotary Club he served in various positions including club president.
With a career change, and a move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was invited to join the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club. While a member, Floyd served on the board, committees and as president.
At the district level Floyd served in various capacities as well as District Governor in 2009-10. In his continued district level service, he continues to serve on numerous boards and committees.
At the Zone 30 level Floyd has served as Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment Major Gift Advisor, governor trainer for three institutes and on three institute executive committees as well as training leader at two International Assemblies. Floyd is now serving as Endowment Major Gift Advisor and will assume the role of Rotary International Director for zones 30-31 on July 1, 2019. Floyd is the recipient of Rotary International Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation’s Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award.
At the International level Floyd attended eight international conventions. He spearheaded Matching Grants for water projects in Mexico, eye surgical equipment in Nicaragua, nursing home equipment, childcare equipment, a bloodmobile, cleft palate surgical equipment in Brazil, school equipment in India, and library material in Kenya. His visits to Sierra Leone for water well dedications and the Polio National Immunization Day in India are two of the six international missions that were most moving.
Floyd and his wife Betty Lou have three grown children and six grandchildren and serve the community by supporting various non-profit organizations and share the passion of the work being done through The Rotary Foundation by being Arch Klumph and Bequest Society Members.
Dr. Todd Jenkins
Founder and CEO of Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc
Dr. Todd C. Jenkins, Jr. was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a proud alumnus of The University of South Carolina where he graduated with high honors and received two undergraduate degrees, his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University, and PH.D from University of Arkansas. Throughout his undergraduate and professional career, Dr. Jenkins has served in various leadership roles and on multiple boards within higher education as well as in his community, both locally and internationally. He is a proud rotary member of Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas and District 6110, he serves on the Board of Directors, Rotaract Sponsor, Youth Services Chair, Youth Exchange Club YEO, and currently serves as the youngest Youth Exchange Officer in Rotary International throughout the world.
Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is the Founder and CEO of Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc., a leadership management and personal development training firm with a focus in bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. His firm has worked several clients 1:1, non-profits, small businesses, and large corporations such as WalMart Inc., Coca-Cola Inc, Tyson Foods, Inc., IBM, and many more. He has spoken to large crowds over 30, 000 people in Korea, Brazil, Japan, and USA. Today he is known as Dr. “Bowtie Todd”, a trainer, consultant, motivational speaker, life coach, and conversationalist.
Dr. Jenkins explores his strong passions through research in leadership training and development for individuals and organizations, youth services and development, and intercultural conversations. In particular Dr. Jenkins’s doctoral dissertation focuses on Management, Leadership, Supervision, and Retention as it relates to the Minority Professionals. Outside of work, he is active in his community, an international traveler, and spends his time enjoying his family, Rotarians, and friends. He lives by his bowtie philosophy “Engage, Unravel, and Connect to better one’s self, so that you can be a gift unto this world”.
President, Matt Birk and Company
Paul Vitale has become one of America’s most sought-out speakers and trainers by using his unique combination of excitement, energy, and experience to encourage and motivate others. The president of Matt Birk and Company, Paul served for 22 years as CEO and founder of Vital Communications, Inc., is a native of Arkansas, and acquired his degree in mass communications and journalism from the University of Central Arkansas.
For over two decades, Paul has impacted individuals and organizations, imparting an understanding of the leadership and determination required to excel. Through his keynote presentations, seminars, and retreats, Paul helps his clients build strong teams and increase productivity. He speaks worldwide about the significance of optimism, a strong work ethic, and concepts vital to personal and professional growth, while reaching hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life. Paul’s energetic and enjoyable presentation style has made him a favorite at countless universities, meetings, conventions, seminars, and conferences.
His diverse client list includes ESPN, Walmart, the United States Postal Service, Southwest Airlines, the National Football League, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Way, the Washington Redskins, Landstar Global Logistics, the Georgia Department of Education, Tyson Foods, the Los Angeles Rams, the Minnesota Vikings, the Antiques Roadshow, the University of Kentucky, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Dole Hong Kong.
Prior to speaking professionally, Paul was director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Preceding his role at the CVB, Paul launched his professional career with the largest marketing firm in the State of Arkansas—Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods. His team was responsible for all of the Natural State’s tourism promotion.
Paul has written the best sellers Are You Puzzled by the Puzzle of Life?; Sell With Confidence; Pass It On; and Discover the Now. He has also written several curriculums in use across the nation and recorded Live Life Like You Mean It. Paul has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and the Minnesota Vikings Entertainment Network, and is a regular guest on talk shows sharing his insight and life strategies. Paul’s expertise, enthusiasm, and ability to encourage people to exceed their potential have been described by his audiences as extraordinary.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the March of Dimes, the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, the HIKE Foundation, and the Arkansas Hospitality Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Game for Life National Advisory Board, a graduate of the Little Rock Citizen’s Police Academy as well as Leadership Greater Little Rock, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Travel Council, served on the Los Angeles Rams Training Academy Leadership Board, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel. Paul was selected by the readers of Arkansas Business as Best Motivational Speaker and Trainer.
Senior Officer, Rotary International
Born in Machala, Ecuador, Darwin studied law at the Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito. He moved to Chicago in 1998. In December 2008, he received an Associate Degree from Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, Illinois, with a concentration in Fine Arts. Darwin also studied Computer Information Systems at Harry S. Truman College and received a diploma in this field in 2002.
Darwin began working for Rotary on October 10, 2000, in the Publications Order Services Department. In 2003, he joined the Club and District Support (CDS) team as assistant. Two years later he was promoted to CDS coordinator. Darwin is fluent in English and Spanish. Darwin assists clubs and districts in Zones 30-31 in the United States, and Zone 21-A in Latin America.
Darwin is married to Verónica, and the proud father of four boys. In his free time, Darwin coaches youth soccer and enjoys coordinating youth and adult events in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Chicago, Illinois.
Senior Developer, DACdb, LLC
Jeff Brauer joined the DACdb software development team as a Senior Developer in January of 2018 with a desire to help others better serve their communities and the world at large.
He helped design the new user interface and integrated it into the classic DACdb system providing more flexibility and laying the groundwork for further upgrades and enhancements. For 15 years he lived in Padua, Italy where he played a couple of years of semi-professional basketball and managed technical and nonprofit projects touching various areas of information technology and church and community development.
Jeff has also served as a visiting adjunct instructor for the Center for World Missions at Harding University in Searcy, AR where he received his business degree in Computer Information Systems. He lives with his lovely wife and two children in Greenbrier, AR.