ABOUT THE FORGED IN STEEL CO-AUTHORS:
TUNCH ILKIN – the popular two-time Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl tackle who today is a Steelers television and radio analyst and executive partner of Leadership League. His insights into the Steelers way of organizational leadership, motivation and success make him a highly sought speaker for events such as Forged in Steel, the annual conference held at Steelers facilities. He played offensive tackle for the Steelers for 13 years, from 1980 to 1992, and reflecting his abilities as a leader, served as vice-president of the NFL Players Association from 1989 to 1994. In 1998, he joined the Steelers broadcasting team of Myron Cope and Bill Hillgrove, and after Cope's retirement, took on the color-commentary duties. A convert from Islam to Christianity, he is the Director of Men's Ministries for South Hills Bible Chapel.
DAMIAN W. WILLIAMS – the founder and CEO of Leadership League, which has a diverse client base including NFL teams, manufacturers, non-profit groups, small to medium sized family owned enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. He loves the challenges and rewards of taking new ideas to the market and thrives on leading through the tough barriers associated with breakthrough and exponential growth. He has been the lead strategist and marketing specialist behind projects that have yielded seven-fold growth in profitability. (www.leadershipleague.com)
MARK A. MINER – a pioneering public relations and marketing advisor, he has helped craft the image of professional service firms as they became key decision-makers at the table of business and civic leadership. In 2005, he was inducted into the prestigious "Renaissance Hall of Fame" of the Public Relations Society of America, the world's largest organization for PR professionals, for his trail blazing work in the fields of law, engineering and accounting. For more than a decade, he was head of media and public relations for the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll. Today he is CEO of Mark Miner Communications, LLC (www.markminer.com) and Minerd.com Publishing, LLC (www.minerdpublishing.com), publisher of Forged in Steel and Well At This Time. He co-authored the award-winning Beaver Town of the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation.