About Missions In Action
Missions In Action is an interactive series that was created with the purpose to make a difference in the world.
The format of each episode is very simple and straight-forward:
- Identify a problem somewhere in the world that people are facing.
- Highlight the actions that individuals and/or companies are taking to help those in need.
- Provide a way for viewers to help out through a specific call to action.
The core team at Around The World Productions has collectively traveled the globe to hundreds of countries and has seen the highs and lows of what the world has to offer. We have found that even in situations that seem hopeless where many people would have given up, there are individuals who shine bright and are full of hope.
These inspirations have come from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life. From the dumps of Cambodia to the refugee camps of Kenya, from the orphans in India to the sick in Namibia, the stories go on and on. The strength of the human spirit to overcome challenges cannot be stopped when there is hope and when others help show the way.
Realizing that we have been very blessed and fortunate in our lives, we have taken on the challenge of raising the bar with our award winning storytelling to show people and places that are rarely ever seen. We want to extend our experiences and emotions to our audiences so that you can see this first hand yourselves. We want you to be able to make a difference in this world also.
Welcome to Missions In Action, where together, we can make a difference.
Meet the Team
In 2004, Roberts combined his extensive entrepreneurial experience with his passion for adventure to hit the ground running into the entertainment world. After creating a production company to focus on reality TV and travel shows he quickly found success with his first show, Camp Reality, by selling it to Fox. Seeing the potential in a bigger partnership, he and Alex Boylan joined forces to create Around The World Productions in 2006. To find out more about Around The World Productions. Roberts is also CEO and host of the Yacht Channel.
Roberts earned degrees in business and philosophy from Southern Methodist University (also played football and lacrosse), before working as a consultant for Price Waterhouse LLC and then made a move to the internet industry where he was the seventh employee and became the VP of Marketing and PR for Savvis Communications - a national Internet Service Provider (NASDAQ: SVVS). Burton attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and graduated in 2000 with his MBA when he moved west to San Francisco to work for Marc Andreessen's company, Loudcloud, in the heart of Silicon Valley where he was able to ride the tech boom all the way up…and all the way down.
Burton was also a contestant on CBS's Survivor: Pearl Islands, raced in the Eco-Challenge: Fiji, a competitor on the competition based Bravo show, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, featured as an inspirational "story teller" in the movie The Compass, and can be found in Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future (Burton earned his Eagle Scout award at age 14). His passion for travel has led him to over 50 countries on 6 continents around the world.
Roberts grew up enjoying summers in Branson, Missouri at the different Kanakuk Kamps learning to push himself through "exciting adventure in Christian athletics." Throughout the rest of the year, he was also active in K-Life and the Central Presbyterian Church. Roberts lives in Santa Monica, CA and attends Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
Alex Boylan is no stranger to adventure. In 2002 he won the CBS reality television show, The Amazing Race 2. In this chance of a lifetime, he and his childhood friend teamed together to circumnavigated the globe in one month. Soon afterwards, Alex went on to host and produce numerous television, online, and mobile properties - all while staying true to his adventurist spirit.
Alex has been a world traveler since a very young age. His passion for travel started at 12 years of age when he and his family backpacked from Istanbul, Turkey, to Glasgow, Scotland. A few years later, at the age of 16, Alex left his hometown of Georgetown, Massachusetts and spent one year playing semi-professional soccer for Campinense, a soccer club in Campina Grande, Brazil.
Alex graduated from Jacksonville University with a B.S in International Business. During his time in Jacksonville, Alex played soccer where he helped the program win the conference tournament while making a run to the NCAA Division 1 Sweet Sixteen. Shortly after graduation, Alex's love of travel took him to Munich, Germany where and worked with the President of Sales for Wonderware GmbH.
After winning The Amazing Race 2, Alex went on to work for the Emmy award winning production company: PineRidge Film and Television. During this time, he hosted numerous television shows including, At the Chef's Table (2004), which was one of highest rated food series on PBS. In 2005 and 2006 Alex hosted, Health Corner's, "What's Cooking with Alex" and Animal Attractions Seasons 1, Season 2 and Season 3.
Alex's passion for surfing drove him to create and produce the DVD series Dropping In: Panama and Dropping In: El Salvador. Both documentaries follow surfers as they traverse lands lost in time in search of the perfect wave.
Alex went on to partner with Burton Roberts and the two created Around The World Productions. Together they have not stopped creating, producing and hosting many award winning programs. In five short years they have produced three seasons of Around The World For Free for CBS, Rach to the Rescue for The Rachael Ray Show, Tales from the Trail for The Boy Scouts of America, and hundreds of destination content pieces for Travel Channel and Lonely Planet.
Alex is a proud member on the board of directors for Touched Twice United, and attends Bel Air Presbyterian Church. In 2009, he was honored at his Alma Matter, Jacksonville University, with the Scott Amos Award, which recognized him as one of the most distinguished Alumni. A self-proclaimed adventurist, Alex has hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, swam with great white sharks in South Africa, taken Safaris in Botswana, hitchhiked through the Atacama Desert of Chile, bungee jumped in New Zealand, lived with monks in Thailand, surfed in Nicaragua and trekked the Guyana Amazon at night…just to name a few.
Alex's passion for adventure and travel has taken him to over 50 countries around the world.
From the beginning of his career, Jim Chaffee's life work has focused on three key areas: Management with an emphasis on mentoring, Entertainment (music and books) and the utilization of these areas of expertise to meet human needs globally. Chaffee served as Executive Vice President of Continental Singers, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending music mission teams around the world.
He served as Executive Vice President of Christian Artists Corporation overseeing the organization, promotion and success of International Music Seminars based in Colorado, Holland, Hungry, South Africa, and Singapore.
After sixteen years with these organizations, Chaffee accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Myrrh Records, where he led the label through the most successful decade of its twenty-five year history. During his tenure Myrrh's outstanding artist roster included Amy Grant, Shirley Caesar, Michael Card, Crystal Lewis, Anointed, Mark Schultz, Winans Phase 2, Jackie Velasquez, Rich Mullins and others.
In 2001, Chaffee left Myrrh Records to create Chaffee Management Group, specializing in artist/author/event management. Built on his reputation and firm grasp of people and operational skills, he has, over the past eleven years managed and developed the careers of Donald Miller, Out of Eden, David Phelps, Ian Morgan Cron and produced events and tours for John Eldredge, David Phelps, Marcus Buckingham, Don Miller, and Tony Hale.
Over his thirty-five year career, Chaffee has served more than eighteen years on the Gospel Music Association Board of Directors, two of those years as Chairman of the Board. His extensive experience has taken him to over 45 countries and the tours he has created have raised well over three million dollars for humanitarian needs.
He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Solveig and three of their [five] children. Two grown sons live in Boston and New York City.
Austin Carty is an author, speaker, teacher, and television personality. The author of the acclaimed spiritual memoir High Points and Lows: Life, Faith, and Figuring It All Out (Penguin), Carty is a blogger for The Huffington Post, Sojourners, and the United States Department of Education. A contributor to Burnside Writers Collective, Carty's writing regularly appears in numerous print and online publications.
Carty, who appeared on CBS's Survivor in 2006, is a popular speaker and has delivered keynote addresses at such venues as the National Multiple Sclerosis Convention in Chicago, Saddleback Church in Orange County, and Yongsan International School in Seoul, South Korea. He has facilitated writing workshops, delivered chapel addresses, and keynoted literature forums at many colleges and universities across the country.
A participant and advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Carty is a member of Spring Garden Community Church in Greensboro, NC. He holds a BA in English Literature from High Point University, and he and his wife, April, live with their dog, Gator, in High Point, NC. He blogs daily at www.austincarty.com.
Zsolt Luka's past decade in television produced hit children's shows, Peabody-winning documentaries, and plenty in between. He edited and directed the much-lovedchildren's shows Prank Patrol, Mystery Hunters and Popular Mechanics for Kids. His work on Great Hotels earned him an Emmy nomination – and his editing on the visually compelling documentary Braindamadj'd: Take II helped garner the film a 2007 Peabody Award, the 2006 NHK Japan Grand Prix and a couple of Canadian Geminis.
Recently, Zsolt's pioneering achievements in multiplatform online/broadcast entertainment have reinvented the genre. Directing and editing the the unique, audience-driven series Around The World For Free and Rach to the Rescue showcases his passion and talent for storytelling.
Prior to his career in entertainment, Zsolt worked as an interpreter and a human rights lobbyist. He spent his childhood in Transylvania before moving to Toronto. Presently he divides his time between North America, Europe and Asia.
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