Leadership

Travis Angry, Chairman & CEO

Travis Angry, military veteran and cancer survivor, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration and launched his inspirational youth outreach project, the Change Youth Project, in November 2011. He is currently studying in the MBA Program at the University of Phoenix. In 2004, Travis, who served both in the United States Navy and Army, was diagnosed with Stage IIB Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Just because it would be easy for one to give up after dropping out of high school, divorcing and becoming a single parent after receiving such tragic news, Travis Angry decided there was no choice but to keep going. He contemplated his life as he received chemotherapy treatments and came to the conclusion that his life had value and he needed to fight.

Knowing that many of today’s youth face challenges that can be overwhelming—exposure to drugs, bullying, and absent or abusive parents—Travis realized that he, himself, had a unique story that he could connect with them. His project, the Change Youth Project, drives his vision to give youth resources and lifelong connections to help them deal with their difficulties and make positive life choices. Travis has risen above his own challenges to achieve an honorable discharge from military service and receive a college degree. His dream is to use his experiences to inspire youth and become a positive force in their lives by sharing his story. Travis plans to share his story at youth conferences, speaking engagements, resources, and wherever the opportunity may arise.

“A life without discipline is a life without success.”

From troubled youth to inspirational community pillar, Travis Angry has been through more than many of us will see in our entire lifetimes. Inspired by his own radical life experiences, Travis wrote a memoir, CHANGE: If I Can, You Can®, chronicling the roller coaster of his spiritual journey with God. After the widespread success of his now bestseller, Travis began the next steps toward sharing his story to spark motivation in the youth of America: a feature length film. He developed his own production company to prepare for the great journey ahead of him, adding President/CEO of TA Pictures, LLC, to his resume. Travis Angry created his identity through childhood rebellion, dropping out of school, participating in the military, fighting cancer, marrying, divorcing, raising children as a single father, obtaining a college degree, writing a memoir, and working as a professional speaker. His greatest gift is showing others how to resolve fear, which is what holds many people back. His mission is to help teenagers, parents, teachers, coaches, and youth group directors to understand their lives and use hope as a tool for positive change. In addition to being an author, speaker, and executive movie producer, Travis is the creator of the Change Youth Conference, which is set to launch in 2019 as a setting to empower and encourage the youth of today that change truly is possible when they realize they are not alone in their struggles. His story of optimism and hope is shared at youth conferences and through many other media outlets as a motivational speaker. Travis resides in Goodyear, Arizona with his two children, Tatiyana and DeVante.

In addition to being an author and speaker, Travis also now holds the title Executive Producer on his upcoming feature film, The Fire Inside , directed by David Nixon (producer of Facing the Giants and Fireproof), and presides as President/CEO of the Change Youth Conference, LLC.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Annie Spiczak Screenwriter and Co-Producer for TA Pictures

Annie Spiczak is an award-winning screenwriter most notably known for her screenplay, THE BLUE EYE: AKROTIRI, a story based on real events and winner of Best Screenplay at the GI Film Festival (GIFF), better known as the “Sundance for Troops.”

A U.S. Army Veteran and Military Intelligence expert, Annie began her career as a Private and she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, serving Colin Powell and President Bush in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom.  She earned the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 

Annie later joined the Federal Civilian Service, culminating her career as an Assistant Deputy Under Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In that position, she was responsible for the successful production of a veteran-oriented, Emmy award-winning television series “The American Veteran.”

Annie successfully manages budgets over $1.7 billion annually and continues to manage complex production and financial issues for TA Pictures today.

Annie graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree. She also received Executive Education certifications from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law School, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, and Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.