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The Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center has created an online speakers bureau to provide a list of speakers in the area who have expertise on business and non-business related topics. 

The Chamber reserves the right to refuse participation by any proposed speaker at its discretion. Please note that this is not a promotional or sales opportunity, but an opportunity to provide education to civic and other organizations that seek speakers for their meetings.




Jon Garlick, LPC

Jon Garlick is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist, Certified Jail Manager, Certified Homeland Protection Professional, Certified Crisis Negotiator, Crisis Intervention Specialist, FBI National Academy Graduate, retired Chief Deputy and Mental Health Officer. Mr. Garlick holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Counseling, and an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling. Garlick’s first career was in Manufacturing Accounting ending that career as CFO of a local foundry. He then moved into law enforcement as a counselor for at risk children and their parents. He developed jail programs to reduce recidivism, and became Jail administrator, before becoming the first mental health officer in Calhoun County Alabama and later Chief Deputy. Garlick also formed the first Crisis Negotiation Team for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and currently teaches mental health awareness and de-escalation skills for Law Enforcement and Jail training academies. In addition to his consulting and counseling practice, Jon is also an expert witness and an adjunct instructor at Jacksonville State University, and provides content and instruction for the National Institute of Jail Operations. Furthermore, Garlick is an experienced public speaker, Emcee, voice and stage actor.


  • Mental health awareness
  • Crisis Intervention and de-escalation skills
  • Active shooter awareness
  • Parenting
  • Behavioral change and management
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Handling difficult customers and employees
  • Motivation and leadership


Real Life Leading

Joel is a professional speaker,author, teacher, and coach. His book ‘Inverted Leadership: Lead Others by Forgetting About Yourself’ was a #1 best-seller on Amazon. He has many years of leadership experience, and he has spoken on leadership in a wide variety of settings including colleges and universities, conferences, high schools, churches, fundraisers, and corporate events. In 2019, he was the speaker for the Community Enabler’s fundraiser event ‘Bosses Bussing Tables,’ and he was featured in the Anniston Star. He has also been on ‘Talk of Alabama,’ and he has been interviewed on over fifty podcasts about leadership, education, and blended family life. He currently lives in Anniston with his wife, his two daughters, and their two rescue dogs Bruiser and Butterscotch.


  • Virtues & Vices: Courageous Humility and the 3 C’s of Leadership
  • Victor or Victor: Your Story Is Your Power –What Story Are You Telling?
  • Inverted and Extraordinary: Lead Others Better By Forgetting About Yourself
  • Obstacles or Opportunities: Overcoming Adversity by Leading with Perseverance and Courage
  • Leadership. Blended Family Life, Education


Institute of Leadership Education and Development

Mr.  Jesus M Perez, a native of the Bronx, New York was born on October 27, 1964.  He is the oldest of four children born to the late Mr. Jesus M Perez and Mrs. Candida Martinez of Caguas, Puerto Rico. 
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1994. After serving four years he went to serve in the US Army Transportation Corp., He then was commissioned back to the Navy as a Chaplain Candidate serving the 2nd Marine 3rd Infantry Division. After four years with the Navy Chaplaincy, Chaplain Perez returned to U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.
Mr. Perez had served on many committees and boards throughout the United States, Canada, and the local community.  He loves to be involved in social justice issues, civil rights movement and is passionate about encouraging people, in general, to aspire to quality education and higher education and enjoy teaching, coaching, mentoring, speaking and developing leads around the world.
Jay, as many know him, has several publications in several newspapers and military magazines. He has appeared on T.V. shows, and radio broadcasting and discussing matters of faith, social justice, leadership education, and civil rights. Mr. Jesus M Perez is passionate about people, relationships, and transformational leadership coaching.
After 23 years of service and two tours in Iraq, he honorably retired in March of  2013 receiving several awards, commendations medals, and accolades from the U.S. Army, Commanders, and friends. Currently, Mr. Perez is the founder/ president and CEO of the Institute of Leadership Education known by its acronym ILEAD.


Transformational Leadership Coaching Training and Development
Critical Thinking
Conflict Resolution
Communication Skills
Customer Relations Skills
Financial Peace
Small-Group Training
One on One Coaching
Group Coaching