Wilbur O. Colom, a businessman and lawyer, is a veteran Republican with over 30 years of active party participation. He started, in 1975, working for the Mississippi Republican candidate for governor, and continued to work for Republican candidates for the next three decades. Mr. Colom served in numerous roles for the Mississippi Republican Party through much of the 1980s and ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer as the Republican nominee in 1987. In national politics, Mr. Colom served on the Ronald Reagan transition team in 1980, and as a delegate or alternate to two Republican National Conventions (most recently in 2004). He is a long-time friend, supporter and major contributor to most Republican luminaries in Mississippi, including Governor Haley Barbour, Senator Thad Cochran and former Senator Trent Lott.
Mr. Colom is the Founder and Chairman of the Colom Foundation and is the owner/President of the Genesis group of companies, which include: Genesis Press, Genesis Real Estate, and Genesis Leasing Company. Mr. Colom lives with his wife, Dorothy, in Columbus, Mississippi.
James W. Parkinson is a lawyer, author and businessman. He is a long-time supporter of the Republican Party, both on a national and local level. Mr. Parkinson has served on the board of the Lincoln Club of the Coachella Valley -- California -- as well as the founding Chairman of the Republican Trial Lawyer Caucus of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Parkinson has supported numerous Republicans for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, including but not limited to Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Congressman Duncan Hunter of California. Mr. Parkinson established the Orrin G. Hatch Distinguished Trial Lawyer Lecture Series at Mr. Parkinson's Alma Mater, Brigham Young University, and has served as its Chairman for the past five years.
Mr. Parkinson is co-author of the book Soldier Slaves, Abandoned by the White House, Courts and Congress. That book tells the story of Mr. Parkinson's legal representation -- with others -- of American soldiers from World War II who were used as slave laborers by large private Japanese companies and the struggle of these men to obtain justice some sixty years later. Mr. Parkinson lives with his wife, Susan, in California.