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Debra Smith Pegues

Author of  30 Days to Taming Your Finances

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Debra Smith Pegues's Bio:

Deborah Smith Pegues is a dynamic, high-energy seminar leader and motivational speaker who delivers sage advice on gaining relational, financial, and emotional freedom. An astute financial executive and behavioral consultant, she captivates audiences with a forthrightness that crosses all social, racial, and economic strata.

A prolific writer, Peguesí hard-hitting style translates well to the written page. Her book Managing Conflict Godís Way outlines tactics for effectively dealing with confrontation; Show Me the Money explores personality temperaments and how they impact spending, as well as strategies for successfully managing money; and 30 Days to Taming the Tongue challenges readers to embark on a 30-day fast from 30 negative uses of the tongue. A sought-after media guest, she has been interviewed on many radio and television shows to discuss the life-changing principles presented in her works.

A seasoned professional and capable businesswoman, Pegues has held executive positions in major corporations including ten years as vice president of MCA Inc., Universal Studiosí venture capital division, and three years as manager of forecasting and budgeting for Hughes Aircraftís billion dollar Space & Communications Division. Several celebrities have hired Pegues as a financial advisor and she prepared initial financial projections for Magic Johnsonís theater chain. Her monetary expertise is regularly sought by non-profit organizations and emerging businesses.

Pegues currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the 18,000-member West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. In preparation for construction of the churchís landmark cathedral, she negotiated the largest financing commitment ($35 million) ever extended to a church in the United States. She has served on the Board of Directors of Christian Entertainers Fellowship, Inc., and several other community service organizations.

A Certified Public Accountant, Pegues holds a Bachelorís Degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Darnell, have been married for 26 years and regularly present marriage enrichment seminars.

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