Meet Dr. Bob and his team
Dr. Robert A. Petterson
Co-Founder and President
Dr. Robert A. Petterson has become known as the “Amazing Storyteller” for his unique ability to unwrap the untold stories behind seminal people and events. His own story inspires as well. Born to a 15-year-old unwed mother who narrowly escaped abortion, Dr. Bob suffered through a succession of eight foster homes, caring for five younger siblings, witnessing the murder of a foster mom, until age 12 – when he was adopted into a loving home. Over his brief life, his foster parents were told that he should be institutionalized as mentally disabled – that he’d never amount to anything. But he proved them all entirely wrong!
Dr. Bob has been pastor at some of America’s leading churches; served as East Coast President of Mastermedia International, the world’s largest ministry to film and television executives; and hosts numerous inspirational pilgrimages. He regularly partners with non-profit organizations in fundraising, and has raised over $75 million. He is in demand worldwide as a speaker and has addressed audiences of more than two million in 30 countries. Dr. Petterson earned his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves on various non-profit boards.
Dr. Petterson’s recently released, The One Year Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing God’s Hand in Unlikely Places, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of its 10 “Top Picks.” His other books include: Desert Crossings, Theater of Angels, Pilgrim Chronicles, Home for Christmas, and The 90-Day Book of Amazing Stories, now in its third printing and in the top 10 percent of all book sales in its category in 2017. He resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Joyce. His family includes daughter Rachael, son-in-law Joe, and beloved granddaughters Mae and Mira.
“the power of story” team
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Joyce brings “The Power of Story” team a strong background of organizational, management and executive leadership. Included among her positions are:
Boise Cascade, St. Louis – Communications Coordinator; Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa – administrative management to senior VP and later, executive assistant to the executive vice president and CFO; Lee Keeling & Associates – Petroleum Consultant Firm, Tulsa,
assistant to EVP and office manager; Robert W. Ingle, CPA – Tulsa, administrative assistant, ookkeeper; Chase Bank of Texas, Houston – client services; Goldman Sachs – Risk Management working with five bankers, New York; and Ingalls & Snyder, Investment Advisors, as executive assistant to managing partner. Joyce is completing her Series Seven certification.
Chris is responsible for designing the tours from inception to completion. She also accompanies Dr. Bob on each pilgrimage to ensure that each daily tour detail is impeccably executed.
Chris established Regency Travel of Naples, Inc. in 1986. Within two years she grew the start-up agency into one of the top five in Southwest Florida. Along the way, Regency Travel received top productivity awards from multiple major airlines, including but not limited to, US AIR, TWA, Delta and American Airlines. She also entered the South and Central American wholesale market and produced large volumes of tours to Argentina and Costa Rica. By 1989, she had added offices in Golden Gate and Key West.
In 1992, Chris entered the incentive travel market and immediately established a reputation within the automotive industry for creating exciting and unusual events. She and her staff of 10 agents handled every detail of an event from the monthly promotional mailings leading up to the trips, to the final elaborate award banquets. Some of Regency Travel’s clients consisted of the largest Chevrolet Dealerships in the USA, Honda, and Saturn. The incentive division of Regency Travel soon expanded to television stations and newspaper companies.
In 2000, Chris took on another challenge in the hospitality industry and purchased a bed and breakfast in her home state of Massachusetts. After extensive renovation of the seven- bedroom Cape Cod property, Chris used her marketing skills to establish a profitable cliental, hired an onsite management team and within two years sold the business at a sizable profit.
Charlene Allan Martinez
Executive Assistant, Part Time, Tours
Charlene is responsible for all support tasks relative to tour coordination. Born and raised in Naples, Florida, Charlene began traveling the world at age five. Her parents instilled in her a desire to explore and to appreciate other cultures. She has worked in the social services/non- profit sector since 2001 and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Services from Liberty University. Charlene is married to Jorge, and they have a daughter, Maia.
Brian oversees scheduling, finance, operations management, and enterprise communications across all functional areas.
Brian also leads the donor development team at Place of Hope in Haiti, a non-profit organization, based in Naples, FL. Its primary focus is to care for 60 orphaned and abandoned children, and to aid the community of St. Jean, Haiti, with several community-based programs. Brian’s team of paid employees and volunteers has a program budget of $500,000.00 per year.
Previously, Brian managed the customer support division of Uptown Network for national accounts in 100+ locations across the United States.
At Living Word Family Church, Brian held the position of Operations Manager and Personal assistant to the Senior Pastor. He oversaw building maintenance, materials management, and project management, as well as provided support to the pastor through scheduling, task management and communications.
As owner and founder of Lasting Impression Painting, Inc., Brian oversaw business development, project management, scheduling, materials acquisition, and office administration.
Brian also worked for Nortel Networks, a worldwide telecommunications company. He held various leadership roles in installation, test and verification, and network engineering.
Ellen assists Brian Hunter in the day-to-day operations, managing administrative functions to ensure that specific tasks and projects are delivered efficiently.
Previously, Ellen worked as an executive assistant at Monsanto in St. Louis, serving the president and two vice-presidents of the Fibers Division, the corporate general counsel and a corporate vice-president. She also worked as Dr. Bob’s executive assistant at Covenant church of Naples.
Social Media Director
Renée helps businesses and public figures build an online audience. Before starting her social media business, Renée spent 25 years in sales and marketing with a special emphasis on financial planning. Her passion for people and Facebook resulted in her making a career change to social media and she’s loving every minute of it!
Renée enjoys gardening, decorating, music, and dancing. She also has a boutique side business writing personalized poems for meaningful events. Renée and her husband Bruce reside in beautiful Litchfield county Connecticut.
Design and Media Creator
Jeremy is an experienced media producer with a history of working in the media production industry and with non-profit organizations. Skilled in video, editing, web and graphic design. When not in front of a computer, you can find him at the beach with his wife and two young daughters.
As president of The Sage Group, Inc., an integrated marketing, branding and communications firm she founded in 1992, she is the developer of the proprietary Sage Soundings©, a qualitative research tool that gauges participant perceptions, elicits buy-in, and provides direction for branding and marketing initiatives. The firm’s clients include manufacturers, packaging companies, and technology and professional services providers.
Previously, Elin headed the communications services agency at Carlson Marketing Group, where she oversaw market research, communications, graphic design, copywriting, and quality support services for Fortune 500 clients including AT&T, Merck, IBM, Travelers Insurance, Xerox, and Citicorp.
At Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations firm, as Director of Financial Communications, Elin provided strategic communications counsel to Northwest Airlines on the worldwide launch of a new corporate identity, a managed takeover bid, brand expansion; crisis communications counsel and plan development to Medtronic; and was part of the communications team that launched the Mall of America.
Elin also served as vice president, communications, for Gelco Corporation, a publicly held Fortune 500 transportation and management services company, overseeing its public and investor relations, marketing, and foundation. She has held marketing management posts at Deluxe Corporation and Minnesota Life (now Securian).
Elin has served on the boards of the Midwest Direct Marketing Association, the National Investor Relations Institute, the Greater Minneapolis United Way, and the Leukemia Research Fund of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and currently is on the board of Storytellers Creative Arts. In addition, she has lectured at the Minnesota Institute for Legal Education on corporate takeover communications, and at the College of St. Thomas, Master of Business Communication Program. She also served on the board of directors of Credit Coach Electronic, Inc., a provider of web-based credit management products.
An honors graduate of Macalester College with an Executive M.B.A., Elin has written for numerous business and trade publications. She is a speaker on strategic marketing and branding at business and industry conferences.