Breakfast at Maggiano’s in Buckhead–I didn’t realize they served breakfast. It was tasty but speaker Frank Hanna of Hanna Capital captured my attention for 40 minutes with his information packed talk entitled, “Catholic Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Christian Perspective to the Global Financial Crisis.

Hanna had all the markings of a terrific speaker: engaging, humble, informative, persuasive, challenging.  He explained how the challenges facing Catholic business leaders are magnified during this global financial crisis and described how his own business career has been shaped by his Catholic faith. The financial crisis has challenged him as a leader in his business and as a Christian.  In times of crisis, he imparts it is more important than ever that Catholic leaders respond with the compassion found in the Gospel teachings.

Each of us was given a copy of his most recent book, What Your Money Means (And How to Use it Well) in which he writes of the reasons we have money in the first place and the role money is meant to play in our lives and the lives of others. The book is a lean, no-nonsense explanation of the meaning of our money and a guide for dealing with it constructively.  He details the three vocations of all those who have money are called into: virtue, wealth creation, and giving.

Frank J. Hanna has started and invested in many businesses, and is featured in the PBS special The Call of the Entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Hanna Capital, the recipient of the William B. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership and the David R. Jones award for Philanthropy, and cofounder of the Solidarity Foundation. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and daughter.