Our Team

Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Richard S. Lytle currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of CEO Forum, Inc. Additionally, he serves on the business faculty at Abilene Christian University as Director of the Lytle Center for Leadership and Faith Development in the College of Business Administration after having served as dean of the College from 1999-2016. He served as one of only 7 deans in the school’s 75-year history and has been a member of the Abilene Christian University faculty since 1991.

Education and Teaching

Lytle holds a B.B.A. from Harding University, an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Arizona State University. He has been a participant in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, the Babson College Fellows Program for Entrepreneurship Educators, and the University of Michigan’s Cycle of Leadership Executive Education Institute. For more than a decade, Lytle has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in marketing, strategy, and leadership. Additionally, he has studied abroad numerous times in Asia, Europe, and Central America.


Lytle has received the College of Business Administration Outstanding Teacher of the Year award multiple times and has been the recipient of the ACU Board of Trustees Outstanding University Professor award. He has developed and/or led innovative and intensive faith-based programs including Senior Blessing, Leadership Summit, the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the Emerging Leaders Conference series, and ENTRUST. Lytle received a national Templeton Foundation award for his work in these programs.


Lytle has authored a number of articles and book chapters in his field, including works published in the Journal of Retailing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of HealthCare Marketing, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of European Marketing, and the Eastern European Management Journal. His dissertation research is among the most cited in its field. Additionally, his work is published and served as the basis for service training and development in the Audi of America Academy. His book entitled, “Abandon the Ordinary: Building a Distinctive Leadership Brand in Business, Family, and Church” was released by ACU/Leafwood Press October 2010 and is in its second printing. Currently, he is working on research related to next generation leadership issues. He also continues to conduct research on service quality and leadership in retail organizations.

Professional Consulting Pursuits & Board Service

Before joining ACU, Rick worked professionally for Volkswagen of America, Inc., in Troy, Michigan and Tenneco and Amoco Oil Production Companies in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he served as Finance Supervisor, Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, EDS in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has consulted widely, conducting research around his work in organizational strategy, service culture, and customer satisfaction. Major clients include Audi of America, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Encompass Home Health, First Financial Bancshares, H.E.B., Lauren Engineers & Constructors, St. Vincent’s Hospital System (Indiana), Sparrow Hospital (Michigan), and Unity Health Center (Oklahoma), and Volkswagen. Rick serves on the board of Focus on the Family and is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves on the boards of CEO Forum, Inc. and Hallal Ministries.


Of most importance in Lytle’s life are faith and family. He and his wife, Jeanne, are active members of the Southern Hills Church of Christ and often teach together. They have three beautiful daughters, Kelly, Hannah, and Michelle. Together, they enjoy teaching about family matters and leadership. They enjoy a variety of activities including Great Lakes boating, water/snow skiing, hiking, running, and global travel.

David “Mac” McQuiston


Mac McQuiston’s distinguished career spans more than 45 years at some of the most influential and recognizable ministries in America.

After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BA in religion, Mac spent two years with World Wide Pictures in association with the Billy Graham Organization. He then served as Senior Vice President at Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living.

In 1977, he joined Focus on the Family where he was one of the original board members and a signatory of Focus’ incorporation. During his 21-year tenure with the ministry, he held prominent leadership positions, including Vice President of Administration and Development.

While at Focus, Mac launched CEO Forum in 1995. In June 2005, he became the Forum’s President/CEO when it separated from Focus and transitioned to the Founder role in 2016. Today, the Forum serves almost 200 CEOs of major companies through mentoring and discipleship.

In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from his alma mater. Mac and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and five grandchildren and reside in La Quinta, California

Brent Garrison, Ph.D.

Vice President of Education

In his 32 years in Christian higher education, Dr. Garrison served as Vice President of External Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois; appointed as president of ACCESS (Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries); served 10 years as Dean of Students at LeTourneau University and Moody Bible Institute. During his involvement in this field he worked on the executive committee of ACSD (Association of Christians in Student Development) as editor of their professional publications and also served as the president of Arizona Christian University.

Dr. Garrison has a doctorate in educational administration, masters in educational administration, undergraduate degree in history, and extensive study in Bible/Theology. Garrison has had vast teaching experiences including teaching high school sciences; LeTourneau University (Teacher-of-the-year Award); Moody Bible Institute’s External Studies Division; Briercrest University. Also, he taught overseas as a visiting scholar at Siping Normal University in China, an English Language Institute of China; lectured at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

He co-authored a book on spiritual disciplines with Dr. Don Whitney, contributor to The Inspired Leader: 101 Biblical Reflections for Becoming a Person of Influence, as well as well as numerous articles on faith and worldview. Family Life Radio aired a daily radio program by Dr. Garrison on Church History, On This Day. He recently authored a book about biblical leadership, Leadership by the Book: Lessons from every Book of the Bible (February 2016), Elevate Publishers.

Dr. Garrison has been married to Margaret for 42 years and together they have four grown children and five grandkids. Margaret serves as the director of their Missions Program and Women’s Ministries at their church and has a graduate degree in library science. They enjoy travel--especially visiting missionaries on the field (having visited 40 countries). Brent is a voracious reader, enjoys motorcycle trips (and anything with wheels), golfing, and drinking strong coffee.

Jeanne B. Lytle

Director of Women's Ministry

Jeanne B. Lytle currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry at CEO Forum. She grew up in Redford Township, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University earning a degree in English and Journalism. Her desire to be a college professor and her love of learning resulted in lifelong educational pursuits. She and Rick married after graduation and moved to Oklahoma State University to attend graduate school. They then moved to Colorado where Jeanne wrote for various companies: she wrote business curriculum at The College for Financial Planning and Air Force Training Materials for Martin Marietta, now known as Lockheed Martin. Rick and Jeanne moved to Arizona State University where Rick completed a Ph.D. in Business and Jeanne completed a master’s degree in Education. During this time, she also wrote various communication materials for TRW, Inc.

Jeanne went on to complete a second master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Hardin Simmons University while raising her three girls. She served as adjunct instructor in English at Abilene Christian University. She co-authored a book with Dr. William Dukes and has assisted in various memoirs.

She enjoys teaching young married couples at Southern Hills church of Christ and college students at Leadership Summit in Colorado. Most of her past 25 years have been spent as a mom, loving and nurturing her children: Kelly, Hannah, and Michelle. 

Dawn Frager

Director of Financial Operations

Dawn Frager has been handling the finances and accounting for CEO Forum since its inception back in 2005.

She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Currently she lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Scott and their two teenage daughters. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, skiing and reading.

Vicki Vandertang

Director of Operations

Vicki Vandertang has been with CEO Forum since 2014. She supports Rick Lytle and handles all the day to day office operations. Vicki also works on the CEO Forum events.

She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Gary. They have three children and two of them live in Colorado Springs. She most enjoys traveling with her family.

Lori Wilson

Executive Assistant

Lori Wilson has been an executive assistant with the CEO Forum since 2008. She supports all office staff but primarily Steve South and Brent Garrison as they work with the Regional Directors, Discipleship, SLI Classes and Education Committee.

She has been married to her husband Jerry, a pastor in Colorado Springs, for over 43 years. They have 3 married children and 15 grandchildren. In her spare time, Lori enjoys leading hikes at Mueller State Park, cooking, reading and spending time with family.

Liz Morgan

Administrative Assistant

Liz Morgan has been with CEO Forum since January 2017. She supports Mac McQuiston and assists Vicki, Lori and Dawn with most office administrative projects, including events. Liz graduated in 2011 from the University of Colorado, Denver with a BA in Communications, and certificates in Public Relations and Marketing.

She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Joshua. They have three fur children, two cats and a dog. She most enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cooking and experiencing new things.

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