Ronnie Coleman holds the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26 wins. He broke the previous record, held by Vince Taylor at 22 wins, in Moscow on November 5, 2004. Ronnie Coleman graduated cum laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1986 with a BS in accounting. While attending Grambling State University, Coleman played football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under Coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, Coleman became a police officer in Arlington, Texas. He served as an officer from 1989 to 2000 as well as a reserve officer until 2003.
Coleman’s fellow officer, John Morgan, suggested he attend the Metroflex gym which is owned by amateur bodybuilder Brian Dobson. Dobson, who is also signed with VIP Ink Publishing, offered Coleman a free lifetime membership if he could train Coleman for the upcoming Mr. Texas bodybuilding competition later that year. Coleman is also an avid supporter of the Inner City Games, an organization that Arnold Schwarzenegger co-founded in 1991. In 2001, Coleman received the Admiral Texas Navy Certificate Award from Texas Governor Rick Perry for outstanding achievements in bodybuilding. Ronnie Coleman currently shares the title of eight time Mr. Olympia with Lee Haney.
Brian Dobson’s book “My Hero Walks On Water” showcases his amazing life from the numerous times God has used him to save many people, when they felt they had nowhere else to turn, to his discovery of eight time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. Dobson, founder and owner of Metroflex Gym, is also trainer and mentor to Branch Warren, two time winner of the Arnold Classic Championship and IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Cory Mathews.
Metroflex Gym is not your average gym. At times, it has been used as a ministry to help many people overcome addictions and to witness to them the message of Jesus Christ. In 2008, Dobson started a homeless outreach ministry that feeds over 500 people each month. The meals are provided with fresh meat and fish that Dobson personally catches. Dobson’s philosophy is “this is exactly what Jesus would do”.
Brian Dobson’s autobiography is nothing short of spectacular as it details the birth of Metroflex Gym as well as his discovery of eight time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. “My Hero walks On Water” provides the reader with a detailed view into Dobson’s life from how he started the Ronnie Coleman Classic, to his struggles with drugs, and working with Branch Warren and Johnny O. Jackson, as well as his passion for hunting and his walk with his Christian faith.
The forward is written by: 8 Time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. Contributors to the book are: Two time winner of the Arnold Classic Championships, Branch Warren, Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder, Johnny O. Jackson, and Pastor Troy Brewer.
“I tell people all the time that Brian Dobson is my angel …if it had not been for Brian Dobson, I would have never become eight-time Mr. Olympia”. – 8 Time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman
“As I have traveled around the world and spoken to audiences in 37 different countries I always tell them that everything I have and the work ethic and dedi¬cation I have, I owe to bodybuilding. Well, if it wasn’t for Brian Dobson instilling those things in me and his never ending encouragement, the world would not have ever heard about me.” – Two time winner of the Arnold Classic Championships, Branch Warren.
“Being trained by Brian Dobson has helped me improve my physique and performance on the IFBB stage, leading to victories and Olympia qualifications.” – Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder, Johnny O. Jackson
Troy Dorsey is a former professional boxer and martial arts fighter. He is the first man in history to hold world titles in both karate and boxing.
After a brief and successful run as an amateur kick boxer, Dorsey turned professional. He won multiple International and World Kickboxing titles sanctioned by K.I.C.K, ISKA, and WAKO. Milestones of Dorsey’s kickboxing career include: a one sided knockout defeat of highly regarded Santae Wilson for the US, a featherweight championship and his literal destruction of #1 challenger Steve Demechuk. Dorsey would drop Demechuk no less than 6 times before finally knocking his opponent out. Dorsey is widely considered one of full contact kickboxing’s greatest fighters and a much sought after trainer.
In 1985, Dorsey became a professional boxer. As a boxer, Dorsey held the NABF Featherweight Title, IBO Super Featherweight Title and also won the IBF Featherweight World Championship. His style and endurance made him one of the eras most exciting fighters. Troy Dorsey is perhaps best known for two non-stop fights with IBF World Champion Jorge Páez. One fight including a highly controversial decision won by Paez in Dorsey’s first title attempt. Milestones in Dorsey’s boxing career include: brutal battles with Champions Gabriel Ruelas, Manuel Medina, Kevin Kelley, Jesse James Leija, and Tom Johnson, as well as, facing Olympian and future 5 time World Champion Oscar De la Hoya.
Based in Los Angeles, Amy Elizabeth has acquired a significant following as a writer and copy editor in Southern California and beyond. Amy knows and enjoys the often glamorous L.A. life, but has been able to maintain spiritual values even in this milieu. Despite her big-city experience, she still believes in the power of love and miracles. Because Amy grew up in Chicago, attended college at Pepperdine University), and currently lives in Beverly Hills, she has been described as an “L.A. girl with a Midwestern heart.”
Amy’s work has been featured in magazines such as Viva Glam, My Vegas, and Beautiful Bride. She also posts her own blog, http://www.lovesexandmiracles.com (http://www.lovesexandmiracles.com), in which she explores topics relating to love and spirituality. Her next major project will be as a contributor to the book, Sixteen, which features letters significant adult females write to their teenage selves.
Amy has not made her professional and spiritual journey alone. Spiritual authors Marianne Williamson and Gabrielle Bernstein, in addition to relationship expert Dr. Pat Allen, have been influential in her life and in her work. Ms. Bernstein has certified Amy as a Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 1 trainer.
Amy is living proof that you can both be spiritual and sparkle.
Since growing up in Whitehall, Michigan, Anthony Greve wanted to achieve success in the music industry. He started his career as a member of local bands Bidtter Ecstasy and Two Heded Chan, and then gained fame as the lead guitarist for Pop Evil. Songs the band released, like “Hero” and “Monster You Made” received both commercial and critical acclaim, and Pop Evil became more popular, touring with other groups like Rev Theory, Three Doors Down, Judas Priest and Saliva.
At the same time, Greve encountered demons. In one of the bands songs, he described his battle to “Erase this monster I’ve become. Forgive me for all the damage done.” He tried to escape his problems by drowning them out with alcohol, drugs, girls and partying, but this just augmented the pain. Greve had come face to face with the Prince of Darkness, but in the midst of this, he found life.
Greve turned to God, and Jesus Christ transformed his life. He left Pop Evil, along with his old ways, and attended North Point Bible College. From there, God called him to become a traveling evangelist, and he used his salvation story to bring the Gospel Message to others. His purpose in life is no longer to be a famous musician, but to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Frank Hart is the lead singer, lead guitarist and founding visionary of the rock band Atomic Opera. As part of the “Houston Sound”, along with his friends who made up the bands King’s X and Galactic Cowboys, Hart released four albums with Atomic Opera; For Madmen Only (Warner Brothers/Collision Arts/Giant Records), Penguin Dust and Alpha & Oranges (FeverDream Records), and Gospel Cola (Metal Blade Records). The band toured with Dio, King’s X, and played at many music festivals, theaters and other concert venues throughout the United States and Japan. Hart forged his own path with dark arrangements, poetic lyrics, varied instrumentation, and a deeply spiritual message.
Unlike some of his contemporaries, Hart did not hide his faith, but was insistent about avoiding the stereotypes of “Christian Rock,” because many of these songs challenged weak-minded Christianity and the relationship between God and man. Atomic Opera was often “too sacred” for some and “too secular” for others, a tension that Hart enjoyed. The first single, “Justice” was the number one most added radio track in hard rock radio for six consecutive weeks and the music video was played in rotation on MTV. Hart has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and was voted “Houston’s best guitarist who never plays live” by the Houston Press. In 2005, Hart released a solo album called “Human Liturgy” to enthusiastic critical acclaim. For the past eight years, he has worked at CrossPoint Community Church where he is the creative director and worship leader. He is currently finishing his second solo album “The Living Creatures Project” , and planning a new Atomic Opera album in 2014 with members from the original lineup as well as the current band (2014 is the 20th anniversary of “For Madmen Only”).
Hart’s autobiography will cover his life growing up in hopeless poverty as the step-son of a coal miner in Central Illinois, finding faith and music, and the crooked and twisted road he took to follow his dreams. This book will provide the reader with a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of an artist living out his faith and never losing hope. Hart says that his music is the space between prayer and dreaming; and once you visit there, the world will never look quite the same.
Randy Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age five, he started playing piano and guitar. Some of his earliest musical influences were musicians such as Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin. In 1973, Jackson met Felix Hanemann and later on with Guy Gelso they formed the band Zebra.
Jack Douglas, who is best known for working with John Lennon and Aerosmith, produced their first album titled Zebra. The album went gold and was the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records at that time. Over the next few of years, Zebra opened for such rock legends as Aerosmith, Journey, ZZ Top, Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon. The band, Zebra, has produced five albums as well as five videos with combined sales of over two million.
Sammy Kershaw is a multi-platinum selling artist whose history includes six Gold and five Platinum albums that have scanned in excess of five million records which includes such classics as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday” and “Love of My Life.” He also has had more than twenty-five singles enter Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. In 2008, Sammy Kershaw was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in honor of his career achievements and was also inducted into the Louisiana Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame in 2010. With his chain of major hit records and sold out tours, Kershaw remains one of the most consistent power hitters within country music today.
Jesse James Leija former three time champion NABF and two time WBC world boxing champion, Jesse James Leija, for an autobiography. Jesse James Leija is a retired world champion boxer from San Antonio, Texas. Leija surprisingly remained at the top of the boxing sport for most of his 17 year career. He won two world titles, had nine world title fights, defeated fifteen world contenders of which three were Olympians, and he retired with an amazing record of 47-7-2 with nineteen knockouts.
In 2000, Lewis’ life would dramatically change as went from a former Budweiser beer truck driver (thus, the nickname “Beer Man”) to being signed by the New Orleans Saints practice squad. In 2001, he was sent by the Saints to play for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. Later that year, Lewis would begin his career as a New Orleans Saint. In 2002, he would set an NFL record for combined kick-punt return yardage with 2,432 yards total (1,807 kickoff, 625 punt).
He is currently the Saints’ all-time career leader in punt returns (142) and punt return yardage (1,482). On June 15, 2007, the Saints released him. The local New Orleans newspaper, the Times-Picayune, titled the news, “There’s a Tear in My Beer” because he was a local inspiration, who went from beer truck driver to NFL star.
Michael Lewis’ autobiography covers his life from his humble beginnings to becoming a NFL star. It also covers his faith and determination as well as the struggles he had to face and overcome. His inspiring story will touch the hearts of millions.
Larry McReynolds currently serves as a racing analyst on FOX SPORTS, FOX SPORTS 1, TNT and a columnist on FOXsports.com. His NASCAR career began in 1975. He worked his way up the ladder and took his first crew chief job in 1985. His first win as a crew chief was in 1988 at Watkins Glen with Ricky Rudd as the driver.
McReynolds was the winning crew chief for the 1992 Daytona 500, with driver Davey Allison, in the 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford Thunderbird. He joined Richard Childress Racing in 1996, and helped NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt win the 1998 Daytona 500. At the end of the 2000 season, Larry made a difficult decision to leave the Richard Childress owned #31 Lowe’s Chevrolet and ventured into the Fox Sports broadcast booth with Mike Joy and three time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip. The three have worked together since the 2001 season, serving as commentators for many Sprint Cup (2001–present) and Nationwide Series (2001-2006) races.
Basketball player Jermaine Middleton will tell his story in his upcoming book for VIP Ink Publishing. Middleton spent most of his childhood and teen years in his birthplace of Los Angeles, California. He never played basketball until he was 16, when he underwent a seven inch growth spurt. At that point, Willie E. West Jr., the head coach at Crenshaw high school, recruited him to join the team. Middleton graduated in 2003, then finished his high school career at South Kent School, an all-boys prep school in Connecticut.
After that, Jermaine attended Central Connecticut State University for two years, then transferred to Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. In a two year span where he played for Northwood, his team won 54 games, winning the regular season Sun Conference Championship both years. In 2008, the team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals, and were ranked in the top16 of the NAIA in 2009.
Middleton was a huge success at Northwood. He displayed the ability to rebound the ball on both ends of the floor, as well as use a soft touch around the basket. He also runs the floor well, can shoot a jumper, shoot a jump-hook with two hands, and bock shots.
In 2009 at the Premier Basketball League Draft, Middleton was drafted ninth overall by the two-time defending champion Rochester Razor Sharks. In 2012, Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton signed with the Harlem Globetrotters. At 7’4”, he is the third tallest player in team history.
Nicole Moneer was chronically ill on Rx and OTC drugs for almost 20 years; she was sick and tired of being sick. With proper consistent nutrition, workouts and supplements, Nicole improved the quality of her life. Her accomplishments include: IFBB Bikini Pro, internationally published fitness model and writer, sponsored athlete for industry giant bodybuilding.com, VPX/Redline spokes model, and 1994-1995 Chicago Bulls Cheerleader.
Showcasing her competition results and fitness tips, Nicole has been featured in such publications as Muscular Development, Oxygen, Planet Muscle, Fitness Rx, Health & Fitness, Flex, FitnessX Magazine, MuscleMag, Muscle & Fitness, Ms. Fitness Magazine and Iron Man Magazine. She also has been featured on a variety of local Chicago-area and south Florida television and radio shows, as well as, international fitness websites.
Nicole has touched the hearts of thousands with her drive, passion and determination.
Ric Moore is a world renowned photographer. Moore is most noted for working for Playboy for the last twenty years. His work can be seen all over the world. Not only has he photographed prominent Playboy models and seminal events such as the very first stadium rock concert in the USSR, photographing musicians such as Ozzy Osborne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Skid Row, the Scorpions and the very unique moment in time which brought them together. Ric is also one of the five photographers which make up “Shoot The Centerfold”, an elite group of professional photographers with Playboy backgrounds who are considered to be the most respected and admired throughout world in their field.
Marques Ogden grew up in a single parent home with a strong father whose memory still inspires him today as the epitome of perseverance and fairness. From his father, Marques learned how to define his life values, set long-term goals, and pursue them tenaciously despite obstacles. These core strengths enabled Marques to develop the grit to achieve his goals of playing football while attending college and later succeed proudly as an NFL player.
From 2003–2008, Marques played as Offensive Lineman for the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He also trained football players in the off-season for the NFL European League on running, pass blocking, and other tactical skills, as well as building their endurance and strength. As an NFL player, Marques became a popular motivational speaker. His passionate message centers around envisioning one’s life in the long-term, defining one’s values, building strength of character, acting with integrity, acquiring an education, and helping others succeed.
Al Oliver is a former Major League Baseball player. Over the course of his eighteen year career, he has been blessed to be able to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-77), Texas Rangers (1978-81), Montreal Expos (1982-83), San Francisco Giants (1984), Philadelphia Phillies (1984), Los Angeles Dodgers (1985) and Toronto Blue Jays (1985). From 1970 to 1976, he played for five Pirates division champions, including the team that defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series.
Paul Phillips first started to learn the guitar when he was just 11 years old. He was influenced by his father, who used to play in a cover band during Phillips’ childhood. As he got older, his first real gig came with a Jacksonville-based band called Happy Hour. After his friend Fred Durst invited him to audition, Phillips became a member of Puddle of Mudd in 1999, and stayed there until 2005.
The band’s first major hit came in 2001, with the release of the album Come Clean, which was certified triple platinum and sold more than five million copies. On that record, the most popular single was “Blurry,” which climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Phillips departed several years later, in 2005, and joined the band Operator for a short stint, only to return to Puddle from 2009-2011.
Since his 2011 departure, Phillips has stayed busy, writing and playing music for Nitro Circus: The Movie, as well as acting in the horror film The Guy Knows Everything, and joining Rev Theory for a short time.He has also appeared in several shows for Burn Season. Currently, he is involved in a project called the Fallout Collective, and DJs on The Fox 107.7. Moreover, he is collaborating with JP Corwyn on a southern rock project called Corwyn/Phillips. Phillips has also worked on several fitness and clothing shoots.
Leslie Porterfield was named the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Racing Female Rider of the Year. Porterfield holds several land speed records and is a first woman on a motorcycle to be in the Bonneville 200 mph club. She is also the owner of High Five Cycles in Dallas.
She was named to the Guinness Book of World Records’ for Fastest Woman in the World on a Motorcycle with her land speed record set at Bonneville, and has been over 240mph. Her trials and tribulations of obtaining records at events were documented for the Discovery Channel show “Speed Capital of the World: Bonneville”, as well as a documentary “Chasing Speed: Leslie Porterfield” on the Velocity Channel . She has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN and many other publications for her recorded breaking achievements.
Ever since she was raised in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, Larissa Reis has focused on working hard, being loyal, and having inner strength. Her parents helped instill these values in her, and they stayed with her through college, where she graduated with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. Later with very little English and money, she moved to America. There, she worked her way up, becoming the first woman from her country to win an American figure professional show.
As an IFBB athlete, Reis has experienced a variety of different cultures, and has made it her mission to spread the values of love and world peace. In her career, Ms. Reis has worked as a professional athlete, personal trainer and nutritionist. She has become well known, and has been featured on the covers of popular magazines, like Iron Man Magazine and Muscular Development. Now, she lives in Las Vegas, where she opened her own restaurant franchise, called Protein House. This eatery has been shown on the Food Network channel, on the show Mystery Diners.
Through hard work and perseverance, Reis found success in the United States. She has not forgotten her roots, and instead wants to show others how they can succeed as well.
Join Destiny Rose, a single mother, aspiring singer, model and actress, while she provides you the reader a glimpse into a horrific life she had to endure while maintaining her faith in God. She rose above the adversity never giving up hope for a stable life to where she is today. With Destiny telling her story be prepare to be appalled, tearful and joyful. From page to page in her book hear for her own words, that what started out like a perfect life suddenly without notice turned into almost a 20 year roller coaster of hell. Shocking details how family member sexually and mentally abuse her to friends being jealous who wanted to look like her, and men wanting to use her. As the reader, Destiny puts you in her story so close you can feel her pain. The book finishes to give the reader HOPE. That no matter what comes into your life you can succeed knowing that you are not alone and God is with you every step of the way. This book will change your life forever.