Lieutenant Colonel J. Bruce Bright -
On July 13th 1979, Lieutenant Colonel Bright enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve spending four years as an Infantryman with the 3rd BN, 24th Marines in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee in May of 1984. In September of 1984, he earned a Commission via the Platoon Leaders Class program and was promoted to Second Lieutenant.
Initially, he was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron One in Camp Pendleton California while waiting for orders to flight school. One year later Colonel Bright was augmented into the regular Marine Corps and received orders to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. After flight training in Pensacola and Meridian, Mississippi Lieutenant Colonel Bright earned his Wings of Gold in May 1988.
From 1989 until 1993 Colonel Bright served as an F/A-18A Pilot with VMFA-122 serving in Operations, Maintenance, and Logistics. While in VMFA-122 he completed three Western Pacific Deployments from Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina. In 1993 he served with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, as a Forward Air Controller. In 1994 he was selected as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Air Force. From 1994-1996 Lieutenant Colonel Bright served as a Leadership and Land Navigation Instructor at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. From 1996-1998 he served as a Navy Exchange Officer with VFA-106 in Jacksonville, Florida where he held the billet of Operations Officer. From 1998-2000 he was the Aircraft Maintenance Officer with VMFA-251. During this tour he cruised aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in the Persian Gulf participating in Operation Southern Watch. From 2000-2001 he served as the Executive Officer of VMFA-115, and in 2002 he was the Future Operations Officer for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan. Following his staff tour he served as the Commanding Officer of Headquarters Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group 12, and in his last operational tour Colonel Bright commanded VMFA-212 from January 2003 until June 2004 in Iwakuni, Japan. Lieutenant Colonel Bright is a graduate of the 2005 class of the Air War College and served his final tour of active duty as the Senior Marine at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base.
Colonel Bright has served two combat tours in the Middle East. He has over 3000 flight hours in the F/A-18 and other fighter aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 1 strike/flight award, the Joint Commendation Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, one with the Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Aerial Achievement Medal.
Colonel Bright retired from the Marine Corps in June of 2007. He received his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation and was the Director of Business Development for The Sanders Trust in Birmingham Alabama until 2010.
Colonel Bright is currently the founder and CEO of his own Peak Performance Leadership Coaching Firm, On Target Leading, LLC. Based on Bruce’s strong passion for helping people and businesses succeed, On Target Leading offers leadership coaching, training seminars, team building events and motivational speeches.
At the beginning of 2017, Colonel Bright also took over the reins as President and CEO of Jefferson Title Corporation. Using his vast knowledge in motivating and leading employees, Bruce plans to make this 50 year old company the best and most profitable it has ever been.
Colonel Bright is happily married to his wife, Karen, and they have three children, Tori (27), Bruce Jr. (18), and Sara June (16).
Rance M. Sanders - Mr. Sanders, an Attorney,
is President and CEO of The
Sanders Trust, a real estate investment company
dedicated to the acquisition and development of
healthcare properties nationwide. Prior to forming
The Sanders Trust, Mr. Sanders was President of
Starr Sanders Properties, which he co-founded
with Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers Quarterback,
From 1987 to 1989 Mr. Sanders served as President
of Jefferson Title and was appointed to the Board
of Directors in 1987. He is a former Board Member
of Business Council of Alabama. In addition to
his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Mr. Sanders graduated
magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Finance and was a member of the International
Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma