Tim Ballard selected as recipient of UVU’s 2017 Kirk R. Englehardt Business Ethics Award

Timothy Ballard has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kirk R. Englehardt Business Ethics Award at Utah Valley University. He will be given the award on Thursday, March 2nd in the Ragan Theater at 11:30 a.m. The award and corresponding lecture is sponsored by the UVU Center for the Study of Ethics and the Woodbury School of Business and is part of the Reed & Christine Halladay Executive Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.  

Mr. Ballard is the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). He also serves as O.U.R.’s Jump Team Commander for rescue operations. Ballard spent over a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

“He has worked every type of case imaginable in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. Ballard has worked undercover in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. In this effort he has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued countless children from sex slavery,” said Heidi Fransen community relations manager of of O.U.R.

She also explained that Mr. Ballard is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with file-share networks where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade in child pornography. He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers at home and abroad in best practices to liberate children from sex slavery.

Ballard has been featured on many national news outlets to discuss his efforts to combat child trafficking. He has appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, The Meredith Vieira Show, CBS Nightly News, ABC Nightline, and CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Glenn Beck Program, as well as many local news shows. He is also is the best-selling author of “The Covenant: One Nation Under God,” and is the author of the sequel to that work, “The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War.” He has taught American and International Politics courses at Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University and American Heritage School. He has been featured regularly on both local and national TV and radio programs to discuss American history and politics and the role America has played in defending liberty at home and abroad.

“The Business Ethics Award is presented to individuals who display exemplary behavior and integrity in their professional and personal lives” said Brian Birch, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics. “We are proud to honor someone who continues to do heroic work on behalf of children.”

Kirk R. Englehardt died of cancer in 2003 (1951-2003). He was an exceptional businessman, husband, father, brother and friend. An astute professional, he was president of Businessman Planning and Investment Research, Inc. for twenty-four years, specializing in securities and retirement investing. “He also served during that time as a lobbyist and spokesperson for the investment industry and testified before the U.S. Congress. Throughout his life he was known for his integrity, wisdom, intellect and commitment to honesty,” Birch added.

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