Chairman/Founder, Steelheart International LLC,
Roger came out of retirement to re-create Steelheart international, with a focus on providing safe housing, water, sanitation, power, food security and elevated incomes in California and developing countries. Morgan has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 37 years. Steelheart International got it’s start as a steel frame panel home builder working with an Indian tribe in the Midwest, where the company built panels for 38 houses in plant and created 58 jobs. Formerly, Morgan was VP of Volvo of America/CEO of Volvo Penta of America where he designed, implemented and controlled the business plan leading to growth from $5 to $55 million in 5 years, and increased market share from 6 to 22% of the US market for Volvo Penta products. Prior to Volvo he was engaged in sales, marketing and dealer administration with Caterpillar, residing in Geneva, Madrid and Athens for 7 years, heavily engaged in international finance. Upon return to headquarters he supervised the sales training program for Caterpillar. He has a BA of Business from Colorado College (1963) and BA of Foreign Trade from The Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management (1964).
BRENDA B. SALIRA
President, Steelheart Homes Uganda
Brenda has 14 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, where she started off as a Travel and Tour Consultant with Carlson Wagonlit Travel in 2003 immediately after her BA in Tourism & Hospitality from Makerere University. She soon joined the US Based Hotel Magnate Marriott International as the Country Sales Representative for Uganda, and rose to the Strategic Account Manager for East Africa and later Director of Market Sales for East, West and Southern Africa between 2004 to 2010, recruiting and training country sales teams and promoting Marriott hotel brands within the region. It is from these roles where she learned the need for strategy, hands-on operational management and value creation as a means of successful business development.
In 2010, Brenda started Travel Galore (www.travelgalore.biz) and soon afterwards, with the onslaught of deadly landslides that killed and displaced hundreds of her kinsmen and family in the Mt.Elgon Region, started the Ndikyo project, as a way of bringing sustainable aid, restoration and community development to the region.