Our Team

George Barna, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
George Barna is the Founder and Chairman of The Barna Group, a marketing research and ministry resource firm whose clients range from ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Focus on the Family to corporations such as Ford and the Walt Disney Company as well as government entities such as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. George is an award-winning author of 39 books on topics such as trends, faith, marketing, leadership, church growth and parenting. He has been hailed as the “most quoted person in the Christian church today” and has been named by various sources as one of the most influential Christian leaders of the day. George graduated summa cum laude from Boston College, earned two Master degrees from Rutgers University, and received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He has taught at several universities and seminaries at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Christopher Chisholm, President & CEO
Christopher “Chiz” Chisholm brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from traditional media, as a co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, as well as high technology expertise as a branding, marketing and convergence executive with Microsoft. Chiz has produced hundreds of hours of television, films and numerous advertising campaigns. He also brings to Good News his relationships with many Christian denominations, ministries and associations such as Promise Keepers, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Campus Crusade for Christ, The Four Square Church among many others. Chiz was formerly President and CEO of The Chisholm Group whose companies included: Two Lights Entertainment, Inc., Chisholm Productions and MonaLisa Films.
Rich Christopher, Co-Founder and Director of IPTV and New Technology
A Silicon Valley Executive, Consultant and Angel investor dealing in new technologies that transition the business from solutions for personal computer displays to solutions for consumer appliances, Rich’s career started with Fairchild Semiconductor. Rich’s career also includes stints at Harris Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, and Components Group where he was the Senior VP and General Manager for the North and South American markets. At Chips and Technologies, as Sr. VP of Worldwide Sales, Rich guided the company through its financial difficulty and help turn it around to be the leading portable graphics supplier. Chips and Technologies sold to Intel in 1998. Most recently, Rich served as the President and CEO of Equator Technologies Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive broadband digital communications and media processing for the consumer technology market. Rich took over the Equator in a turn-around situation and successfully merged the company with Pixelworks in June of 2005.
Shawn Carroll, Chief Operating Officer
Shawn is a marketing and public policy executive who has spent the last 24 years in executive development, leadership and marketing roles. Until recently, he served as Regional Director at Hyperion Solutions Corporation, a global leader in business performance management software. Previously, Mr. Carroll was Executive Vice President of the American Quality Foundation, a New York-based quality management think-tank, where he created and led an alliance between AQF and the Walt Disney Company, launching a national initiative “The Stuff Americans are Made Of.” He also worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Kellogg’s, GM, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Aetna and Disney to fund and develop Breakthrough research on Teamwork in America.
Ken Keim, Chief Internet Marketing Officer
Ken has directed a number of highly successful e-commerce companies recognized as best in class. He directed Orbitz.com from start up to $3 Billion in annual revenues over a 2 1/2 year period, and recently consolidated four unique businesses to create an industry dominant brand HomeAway.com, the world’s largest marketplace for vacation rentals. Ken received his Masters in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. He brings a unique mix of strengths, including business strategy, product definition, customer experience, and brand development.
Troy A Murphy, NextGen QB, fxlUniverse
Troy Murphy has spent the last 24 years as a strategist, speaker and author on leadership, culture, creative communication and discipleship. He is currently the Next Generation Quarterback for the 4 screens of influence for the youth. He is the founder of a mentoring consulting company called Launch137 and has been in a youth pastor or lead pastor role for over 20 years. He has also served as an adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific’s Haggard School of Theology.

Executive Consultants

Jon Goodman, Ph. D., Business Consultant
Dr. Jon Goodman is an adviser to emerging technology companies and the President of the prestigious and venerable “Town Hall”. Town Hall Los Angeles celebrates one of the most fundamental American traditions: the free exchange of opinions and information. Previously, Dr. Goodman was the architect, founder and Executive Director of EC2, The Annenberg Incubator Project, and Director, Distance Learning, Annenberg Center for Communication at the USC. Dr. Goodman was selected by Wired magazine as one of the 20 people in the nation who will help form the future of the entertainment industry and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 10 most influential people in the region’s technology business. Goodman is Chairman of the Board of the Digital Coast Foundation and sits on numerous boards including the Russell Sage Foundation.
Joshua S. Wattles, Legal And Corporate
Joshua S. Wattles is the former General Counsel of Paramount Pictures where he oversaw a staff of over 250 lawyers and business affairs executives. He also was the executive in charge of Paramount’s Famous Music Publishing, the largest independent music publisher in the United States. Under his guidance, Famous Music increased its earning by 500% in four years. An expert in intellectual property rights, Mr. Wattles has been an active member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and it’s President until 2004. Mr. Wattles prepared the Amici brief for the prevailing side in the controversial MGM v.Grokster case; he received international recognition recently with his the much lauded published work on the case in the Southwestern Law Review entitled, “Moderning Sony- Betamax for the Digital age: The Ninth Circuit Enables P2P”. Mr. Wattles’ clients include GTE interactive, 20th Century Fox, The Monument Fund.