Stephen Bolt became a nationally recognized name early on as the fastest high school miler in the nation who ultimately became the first person in the Southeastern Conference to break the four minute mile. While running for Nike, Bolt became the first American to run both a sub four minute mile and a sub two hour and fifteen minute marathon, earning him an induction into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in May 2009. Bolt’s ability to create and achieve goals in athletics transferred into his financial services career, where, in 1985, he became the top producer out of 2,000 financial advisors for Aid Association for Lutherans. In 1987, Bolt moved into management with Lutheran Brotherhood and created the first agency system for the southeastern United States. Earning his CFP credentials in 1993, Bolt then set out on an independent career. He became the top producer of First Financial Planners, Inc., in 1996, earning Financial Planner of the Year in the process. Bolt also developed a sub-advisory asset management firm and helped syndicate an oil and gas drilling program while at FFP. From 2001-2007, he developed Faith Financial, an association of over 100 financial planners, which served the evangelical Christian community and worked closely with a number of faith-based groups including Promise Keepers, Iron Sharpens Iron, National Coalition of Men’s Ministry, and American Family Association.
Bolt is also heralded as one of the pioneers of the popular values-based investing initiative and created a unique proprietary values-based retail asset management platform for mutual funds, variable annuities and private accounts that grew to over $130 mm from 2003-2007. He has also served as chief manager on two private offerings, consulted on both public and private company capital initiatives, and a $155 million pension plan. Bolt is also involved in the development of church-sponsored senior housing .
His passion for teaching and providing inspiration propelled Bolt into both print and digital media. He has authored four books, wrote, produced and hosted a 13-week TV series which aired on Sky Angel (Dish Network) and NRB (Direct TV), wrote and starred in an 11 part DVD series based on his book Money On Loan From God, created and manages Recalibratetoday.com, and currently hosts a weekly 60 minute radio program titled Recalibrate Today, which airs on Christian radio as well as a FOX affiliate. He has been a featured guest on Christian Broadcast Network’s Living The Life and Family Net. On secular media, Bolt has been a featured guest on CNN, Bloomberg TV and hundreds of radio programs and referenced as an expert in various periodicals including Mutual Fund News, Investment News and the Christian Science Monitor. Bolt is married to his wife Libby and they have three children and live near Nashville, TN
Dave Milner has long been an integral part of the distance running community. He brings to the Bolt Series over 28 years of competitive running experience, twelve years of coaching experience, and more importantly, a wealth of experience in race organization and direction.
A native of England, Dave has lived in the United States since 1995. After attending Belmont University on a track scholarship for two years, Dave graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2000, majoring in Psychology & Exercise Science. While at Cortland, he was fortunate enough to find himself under the wing of legendary coach and physiologist, Dr. Jack Daniels, who Runner’s World magazine dubbed the World’s Greatest Running Coach.
After graduating from Cortland, Dave coached at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash., before returning to Nashville in 2002. He then served as a graduate assistant at Belmont from 2002 to 2004 and helped guide the Bruins to their first two Atlantic Sun Conference titles.
He then took over coaching duties at Brentwood High School (TN). In his three years at Brentwood, his teams swept the regional championships each year and the boys’ team reached their highest finishing position ever at the State Cross-Country Meet. He was three times voted Metro Coach of the Year. On the track, his boys won two straight state team titles and four individual titles. He also coached two of the ten fastest prep two-milers in Tennessee history.
After three very successful years at Brentwood High School, Milner went on to coach a different team of Bruins as the assistant cross-country and track coach at Belmont University. During his tenure the school’s all-time lists for middle distance events were virtually rewritten. He recently joined the coaching staff at East Tennessee State University, whose distance program was a national powerhouse in the 1970s and 80s. He is excited about steering the ETSU program back towards those glory days.
Dave is a USA Track & Field-certified coach, has served as the Long Distance Running Chair for USATF-Tennessee and he still runs competitively in races ranging in length from one mile to the marathon. Always keen to soak up knowledge from the very best, he recently attended the ADP Super Distance Summit at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, where he learned from legendary coaches Dr Joe Vigil and Dr Renato Canova.
He has directed ten different road races, and each year he organizes the Music City Distance Carnival, a high profile track meet that brings together distance runners from all over the nation, including many Olympians, and has yielded many of the fastest track running performances Tennessee has ever seen.