After completing his second and final term as governor of Mississippi in his early fifties, Jeff Ackerman is seeking direction for the next stage in his life. He considers and rejects possible second careers such as law and academia. On a whim, Ackerman decides to run for president in the 2016 election against incumbent Democrat Upton Landers.
Stephen Palmer retired from a successful, big-firm legal career at the age of 46 in order to focus on writing, public speaking and serving in his church. He recently published his first novel, The Unlikely Candidate. The novel sets forth the foundational arguments for conservative politics and the Christian faith in a fast-paced, page-turning account of a U.S. presidential campaign.
Stephen has a passion for personal finance, and his speaking engagements examine the intersection of Faith, Finance, and Freedom. He has spoken at various marriage retreats and seminars for engaged couples.
At these events, Stephen presents strategies for spending less and saving, investing and giving more, all in an effort to avoid having financial stress become marital stress.
Stephen is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. He holds a degree in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University and a law degree from Emory University. Stephen and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for over 25 years. They have two daughters and live in Marietta, Georgia. The Palmers enjoy travel, greasy spoon restaurants, and Mississippi State sports. They are active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Stephen Palmer is an engaging public speaker with the heart of a teacher and coach. He’s available to speak on topics such as politics, culture, and economics, all with an emphasis on Faith, Freedom, and Finance. His favorite topic is personal finance. While he can provide an engaging and useful talk about managing money from a purely secular perspective, Stephen has a unique talent for showing his audience how to incorporate Biblical financial principles into their lives in order to manage money wisely and reduce marital stress.