Cody McKibben – Creative Director

past HERO Talks events

The HERO Foundry began in the imagination of Cody McKibben, who traveled the world for twelve years to develop the alliances and cross-cultural insight to build a global community.

A true renaissance man with a mixed background as an artist, writer, educator, entrepreneur, father and husband, Cody is Chief Experience Officer for HERO conferences, retreats, and events across four continents, Principal and lead facilitator of the Foundry e-learning platform, and lives in beautiful Bohol, Philippines, where he currently serves as Head of Security at Station P (AKA “HERO Lab Panglao” and the Golden Palms Estate).

Dwight Turner — Senior Advisor and Partner

Dwight is the Director of our partner foundation Courageous Kitchen, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, which provides food aid and runs education programs teaching English and culinary skills to underserved children and at-risk families in Bangkok, Thailand and across Asia — bringing self-reliance skills, nutrition, and powerful community connections to those who need them most. He is most recently an alumni fellow of the Santa Clara University GSBI Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Ian Borders — Senior Advisor 

Ian built financial services company MergePay [archive] from 2012-2015 with Singaporean angel investment. Accomplished chef, music industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, advertising and branding expert, Ian is now CEO of Fueled by Coffee, LLC, and founder of Coinsparrow. He brings over 10 years experience building innovative technology in the payments, banking, blockchain, and FinTech space.

Kyle Gray – Advisor

Kyle runs an agency that helps startups create winning content marketing strategies and sales funnels, and he is author of the incredible books The College Entrepreneur and Amazon #1 bestseller The Story Engine. He brings his extensive experience as an alumni and instructor at the The Foundry startup accelerator at the University of Utah to help bring structure and guidance to our organization.

Dwight Wise – Advisor

Dwight currently serves as President of the Business Honors Society at the California State University, Sacramento. With a rich background in management, social and behavioral sciences, and international business, he is integral to the Sacramento State College of Business Administration, the California State capitol business ecosystem, and beyond.



The HERO Team:

  • Jam Milcah McKibben – Office Manager & Operations Supervisor
  • Erlinda Suficiencia – House Mom
  • Kent Pelegrino – Apprentice
  • Christopher McKibben – International Spokesman
  • Demi – Caretaker
  • McKillinit – Groundskeeper
  • Ate Cris – Property Manager
  • “T.J.” 007 – Transportation Contractor