Patriots and Heroes

About Patriots and Heroes

Patriots and Heroes is a series that was created with the purpose to make a difference in the lives of America's service members who have been injured.  

The format of each episode is very simple and straight-forward:

  1. Raise awareness and identify a problem an injured service member is facing (or has faced in the past).
  2. Highlight the actions that individuals and/or companies are taking to help those in need through programs and services.
  3. Encourage viewers to take action through these companies to help injured service members.

We at Around the World Productions know the freedom Americans have and everything we take for granted does not come free. Every day, millions of people risk their lives in the military, law enforcement, and fighting fires to protect and save their fellow Americans. Many are injured in the line of duty and some pay the ultimate price.

In this all-American series we will travel across this great country to hear some of these heroic stories, meet the devoted patriots, and talk to their family and friends. We will also meet the organizations and charities committed to helping these selfless individuals, and we will show you how to take action, possibly through volunteering your time or a simple donation, and give back to those who have dedicated their lives to our country and helping others.

Having traveled and worked around the world, we always look forward to returning to this great country and this is our chance to give back and help those who have selflessly helped us at a time when they need it most. Join us to make a difference in the lives of our service members by taking action today.

Meet the Team


Burton Roberts


Burton Roberts

In 2004, Roberts combined his extensive entrepreneurial experience with his passion for adventure to hit the ground running into the entertainment world. After creating a production company to focus on reality TV and travel shows he quickly found success with his first show, Camp Reality, by selling it to Fox. Seeing the potential in a bigger partnership, he and Alex Boylan joined forces to create Around The World Productions in 2006. To find out more about Around The World Productions. Roberts is also CEO and host of the Yacht Channel.

Roberts earned degrees in business and philosophy from Southern Methodist University (also played football and lacrosse), before working as a consultant for Price Waterhouse LLC and then made a move to the internet industry where he was the seventh employee and became the VP of Marketing and PR for Savvis Communications - a national Internet Service Provider (NASDAQ: SVVS). Burton attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and graduated in 2000 with his MBA when he moved west to San Francisco to work for Marc Andreessen's company, Loudcloud, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Burton was also a contestant on CBS's Survivor: Pearl Islands, raced in the Eco-Challenge: Fiji, a competitor on the competition based Bravo show, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, featured as an inspirational "story teller" in the movie The Compass, and can be found in Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future (Burton earned his Eagle Scout award at age 14).

Burton Roberts was born pushing himself in everything he does. A true adventurer and world traveler, he has traveled to 6 continents and over 55 countries; raced in more than 30 adventure races and triathlons (including the Eco-Challenge); earned his Safety Diver SCUBA certification; swam with sharks; climbed to the base camp of Everest and the summit of Kilimanjaro; experienced weightlessness; is earning his sky diving license; hunted big game in Africa; trains in Krav Maga; and is not afraid to jump on a horse or motorcycle to go for a ride.

Alex Boylan


Alex Boylan

Alex Boylan is no stranger to adventure. In 2002 he won the CBS reality television show, The Amazing Race 2. In this chance of a lifetime, he and his childhood friend teamed together to circumnavigated the globe in one month. Soon afterwards, Alex went on to host and produce numerous television, online, and mobile properties - all while staying true to his adventurist spirit.

Alex has been a world traveler since a very young age. His passion for travel started at 12 years of age when he and his family backpacked from Istanbul, Turkey, to Glasgow, Scotland. A few years later, at the age of 16, Alex left his hometown of Georgetown, Massachusetts and spent one year playing semi-professional soccer for Campinense, a soccer club in Campina Grande, Brazil.

Alex graduated from Jacksonville University with a B.S in International Business. During his time in Jacksonville, Alex played soccer where he helped the program win the conference tournament while making a run to the NCAA Division 1 Sweet Sixteen. Shortly after graduation, Alex's love of travel took him to Munich, Germany where and worked with the President of Sales for Wonderware GmbH.

After winning The Amazing Race 2, Alex went on to work for the Emmy award winning production company: PineRidge Film and Television. During this time, he hosted numerous television shows including, At the Chef's Table (2004), which was one of highest rated food series on PBS. In 2005 and 2006 Alex hosted, Health Corner's, "What's Cooking with Alex" and Animal Attractions Seasons 1, Season 2 and Season 3.

Alex's passion for surfing drove him to create and produce the DVD series Dropping In: Panama and Dropping In: El Salvador. Both documentaries follow surfers as they traverse lands lost in time in search of the perfect wave.

Alex went on to partner with Burton Roberts and the two created Around The World Productions. Together they have not stopped creating, producing and hosting many award winning programs. In five short years they have produced three seasons of Around The World For Free for CBS, Rach to the Rescue for The Rachael Ray Show, Tales from the Trail for The Boy Scouts of America, and hundreds of destination content pieces for Travel Channel and Lonely Planet.

Alex is a proud member on the board of directors for Touched Twice United, and attends Bel Air Presbyterian Church. In 2009, he was honored at his Alma Matter, Jacksonville University, with the Scott Amos Award, which recognized him as one of the most distinguished Alumni. A self-proclaimed adventurist, Alex has hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, swam with great white sharks in South Africa, taken Safaris in Botswana, hitchhiked through the Atacama Desert of Chile, bungee jumped in New Zealand, lived with monks in Thailand, surfed in Nicaragua and trekked the Guyana Amazon at night…just to name a few.

Alex's passion for adventure and travel has taken him to over 50 countries around the world.

For more information about Around The World Productions, visit our company site here.