KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO
- Former Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment
- Security and Military Consultant
- Hero of Benghazi Attack
Kris Paronto – “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles – is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.
Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.
Mr. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained his Associate Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, Utah, Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, to include the Global Response Staff until 2013.
Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11th, 2012 attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate and friend to those who have deployed with him, and a devout father to three children.
MAMA LOU: AMERICAN STRONG WOMAN
Mama Lou has conquered hearts and phone books in both hemispheres. She has performed all over North America, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and in 2008 was honored to perform for President Josefa Ilolio of Fiji. She even went toe to toe with “Australia’s Weapon of Mass Destruction” pro-wrestler Chris Knight! Mama Lou has been featured in several reputable publications such as: The New York Times, The New Zealand Herald, The Fiji Times, The Lawrence World -Journal, X-Press Weekly, The Fayetteville Feed & Ink Magazine. When Mama Lou is not performing, she is hard at work developing world records to smash and “impossible” feats of strength to keep her audience on the edge of their seat.
Mama Lou knows it is imperative to push yourself to achieve the unimaginable. After all, not everyone can rip telephone books in two, make applesauce with their biceps and break chopsticks in half with their butt muscles. But, Mama Lou knows that anyone can because if you believe in yourself, you can do ANYTHING!
Today it is rare to find a solo female entertainer who isn’t singing & dancing. Seeing a physical & emotional Strong Woman in command sends a positive message to women of all ages. Mama Lou’s can-do attitude is empowering to all. Mama Lou teaches audiences being strong is cool.
Willi Myles was born and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He attended St. Cloud University where he majored in Theater and later became an assistant coach for both the football and basketball programs. After a brief professional career coaching and traveling around the country, Willi caught the comedy bug. He began his stand-up career when a friend asked him to host the opening of a comedy club. Within two years he was spotted by the owner of a record label, was offered a deal to open for major concerts throughout the Midwest, and has been performing professionally for over a decade. Willi has performed in 49 states and 3 countries, and a couple of performances that he considers to be his career highlights are performing at the Legendary Apollo in New York, and the Surf Ballroom in Iowa.
- Performances with The Temptations, The O’Jays, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dennis Miller, Toby Keith, and Bonnie Raitt.
- Local and national appearances on TV’s Fox Network, Comedy Central, and Showtime at the Apollo
- He has released a DVD and six CDs
- Certified as a corporate train the trainer The Disney Way at Disney University and Yes I Can and Making it Right at Carlson Companies for Radisson Hotels
- Spent six years in radio as an on-air personality on The Freddie Bell Morning Show in Minneapolis
- Founder and Chairman of The Standup Foundation; a nonprofit organization that raises money for the Minnesota Children’s Home Society