A well-known political activist and government watchdog, William Hennessy, co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, is unafraid to stand up for what he believes in and speak his mind. Self-described as a skeptic, Hennessy looks at "big, powerful organizations with a jaundiced eye" and has no doubt that these corporations "work hand-in-hand with big, powerful government agents," making it difficult for the little guys to succeed. It is this belief and skepticism that led Hennessy to author his first book, The Conservative Manifesto, in 1993. He has since written two more books, Weaving the Roots and Zen Conservatism, and also posts two popular blogs, Hennessy's View (politics and personal) and Simple Strategies (business and persuasive design.) In an effort to bring to light the unprincipled intersection of government and business, Hennessy co-founded the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition in February 2009, with a focus on exposing "crony capitalism." He appears regularly as a guest commentator for a number of media outlets including Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, Glenn Beck on Fox News, Larry Kudlow on CNBC, and numerous radio and local television programs and is also a sought-after guest speaker. In addition to his activism, Hennessy currently works in persuasive design and motivation and has experience in technology, sales and theater. He formerly served with the U.S. Navy submarine force and has served on numerous non-profit, civic and education boards. Hennessy studied business and theatre at Fontbonne University (where his interest in activism began.) He is a native of St. Louis and currently resides there with his wife, Angela, and their children.