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Howard Lind is serving as the President and Executive Director of the International Stability Operations Association that represents private sector companies and non-governmental organizations who work in fragile states around the world. Previously, Mr. Lind previously served as a Washington DC representative for the Fluor Government Group regarding work in the middle east and central Asia.

Prior to joining Fluor, Mr. Lind served in the Departments of Defense and State in the offices of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction from 2003 to 2007. He began at the Pentagon in support of Iraq and Afghanistan, then in the State Department’s Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. Following that assignment, Mr. Lind served again in the Pentagon in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA-ALT) as Deputy Director for the Iraq Project and Contracting Office.

Mr. Lind began his professional career as a US Naval Officer. After a 20-year career, he retired at the rank of Commander having served aboard five Navy ships of the line and at Navy headquarters staffs. Mr. Lind received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

ISOA Board of Directors

The ISOA Board of Directors is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the association and overseeing the association’s activities implemented by the staff, to ensure that programs align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Board members are volunteers and represent a broad range of organizations from the stability operations industry.


Michelle Quinn

Senior Vice President - Patriot Group International

Michelle is Senior Vice President of Patriot Group International, a mission-focused organization providing security, operational, Logistics, and training solutions for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and other Government Agencies. At PGI, Michelle leads efforts to support critical U.S. missions and programs both CONUS and OCONUS, establishing relationships with the USG and industry partners, building technical solutions for programs, and standing up/executing PGI contracts.

Prior to joining PGI in December of 2018, Michelle served for five years as Vice President at VxL Enterprises; Vice President of International Programs and Director of Capture Management at A-T Solutions; Ops Manager for multi-agency Counter-Terrorism programs at the FBI Lab in Virginia; and Manager of Operations and Training for DOS’ Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) Programs at DynCorp International. Earlier, Michelle also worked on Capitol Hill, supporting the House Banking Committee on legislation tied to work and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank; at The White House for the Executive Office of Management and Budget; and at several private, family-founded, philanthropic foundations.

Michelle holds a BA from William and Mary, and an MBA from Mary Washington University. She is, most importantly, the proud mother of five amazing Quinn children, out-and-about the world doing great things.

Darryle Conway

Senior Vice President, Nathan, Inc.

Darryle Conway is the Vice Chairman of the ISOA Board of Directors. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for Nathan Associates. Nathan leverages 75 years of experience spanning nearly 150 countries to deliver program analytic and economic solutions for government and commercial clients around the world.

Prior to his current position, he served at PAE as a Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Global Mission Services (GMS) Business Unit. GMS is a business with annual sales of more than $1.9B and 10,000 employees spanning all seven continents, operating in more than 70 countries. GMS customers include: US Federal Civilian Agencies, DoD, UN, and various commercial clients and allied governments. Prior to that, Darryle led a startup as the Expeditionary Logistics Business Area General Manager while simultaneously serving as Vice President of Business Development for PAE’s Global Logistics & Stability Operations Business Unit. Darryle has broad experience leading and growing government contractor organizations. Before joining PAE, Darryle was with Raytheon and served as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development and as Business Development Executive for Raytheon Technical Services Company. In addition to the ISOA Board, Darryle also serves the Board of Trustees for the Army War College Foundation. He is a native of Washington D.C. and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University.


Scott Jacobs

President - New Century, US

Scott Jacobs the President of New Century US. New Century US (NCUS) is a global leader in building host nation law enforcement, military capacity and institutional reform. NCUS delivers programs that train vetted and approved civilian organizations on a range of policing tactics and security sector reform to enhance their ability to detect and dismantle criminal networks.

Prior to joining New Century US, Scott Jacobs has 27 years of management and leadership experience at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). From 2005-2008, he served as an Executive Assistant Director in charge of the Combating Terrorism Directorate, NCIS, overseeing all terrorism investigations and operations impacting Navy and Marine Corps personnel and assets worldwide.

Among his many accomplishments, Scott is credited with streamlining suspicious incident reporting processes and overhauling vulnerability assessments to better secure forces and critical infrastructure. He led efforts to create tools in order to quickly disseminate threat-based information to domestic and foreign law enforcement partners and expanded NCIS’ overseas presence in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy. In partnership with the FBI, he created the first multi-agency maritime security training program for federal law enforcement personnel.

In 2008, Scott served as acting director of the DoD counterintelligence efforts. As the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, he managed CIFA’s counterintelligence efforts in addition to directing the day-to-day operations. After retiring from the Federal government in 2009 he has worked in the private security sector, overseeing the management and leadership of a number of programs with emphasis on force protection, access control solutions, data fusion and analysis.

Kelley DeConciliis

Chief Operating Officer at Special Aerospace Security Services Inc (SASSi)

Kelley is the Chief Operating Officer at Special Aerospace Security Services Inc (SASSi) in Chantilly, VA.

Prior to SASSi, Kelley served as Vice President of International Business Development and Operations at Comprehensive Health Services (CHS/Caliburn) in Reston, VA. DeConciliis was responsible for the company’s international business and operations in high-risk, austere environments located in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Japan, Africa, and the United Kingdom. DeConciliis brings over 15 years of healthcare, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and international global operations experience in federal and private sectors.

DeConciliis served as vice president of federal systems for Remote Medical International (RMI), who managed the executive oversight and operations for USAID’s $95M HIV Rapid Test Kit Program. Prior to RMI, she served as VP of Federal at CliniComp Intl., overseeing the operations and successful deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) Military Health’s EMR to 60 Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that spanned over 3 continents and 7 countries worldwide.

She also worked for Microsoft Corporation. Her background also includes counter-bioterrorism training and simulation for clinicians and first-responders, while managing grant programs to aid in emergency response to Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI). DeConciliis holds a Neuro-psychology degree from The Catholic University of America.

Thomas S. Lampley

Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs - Government Services Logistics - KBRwyle

Tom leads the Marketing and External Affairs sector where his focus is on developing industry and government relationships and supporting opportunities that broaden our OCONUS markets and clients in stability and sustainment operations with DoD and Federal Government agencies.

Before joining KBR in Jan 2009, Tom served as Senior VP Business Development for MVM, Inc, and previously as Vice President of Air Force Programs, for IAP World Services (formally Johnson Controls World Services, Inc.).

Tom retired from the Air Force in 1999 having served in senior command and staff positions from tactical fighter units to HQs Air Force staff tours, culminating as Director of the Congressional Issues Group for the Secretary of the Air Force, Legislative Liaison. He also served 4 years in the DoD acquisition career field including tours with at HQs DLA and HQs USAF, Research Development and Acquisition. Additionally, he was the Commander of the largest academic and flying training program at the USAF Academy.

Tom has a BS in Engineering from the US Military Academy (West Point), an MS in Business Management from Troy State University, AL and is a Graduate of 2 executive-level management schools, 3 professional schools and a fellowship with Westinghouse Corporation.

Tom has a distinguished military record of 236 F-4 combat flying missions; awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 24 Air Medals, 2 Legions of Merit, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, a DoD Meritorious Service Metal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Stephanie Zink

President of Taurus Group Inc.,

Stephanie is the President of Taurus Group Inc., a small Woman Owned consulting firm (SWaM certified) located in the Washington, DC, metro area. Her Management Team has more than 35 years of experience helping companies deliver complex and compliant solutions in some of the world’s toughest environments, offering ethical, high-quality, customized organizational design, business and proposal development, logistics management and project management solutions.

Most of Stephanie’s nearly 16 years of experience in Federal Government Contracting has been in support of Stability and Contingency Operations Industry partners. With functional experience in all aspects of U.S. Government acquisition-support activities, her career has included executive support to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA; business planning and operations analysis for Northrop Grumman; project and program management for an emerging defense contractor; business development and capture planning for a large private security firm in the mission-support space; and, supply chain and logistics management for multiple corporate clients. Throughout her career, and now again as a Corporate Member of ISOA, Ms. Zink has been a collaborative partner to forward-thinking organizations and some of the best and brightest minds in this space.

Ms. Zink excels at bringing administrative logistics and operational activities together, focusing her own company towards ensuring that these two distinct activities are operating “as one”. She brings excitement and energy to client pursuits – the same energy she will apply to development, growth and advocacy at ISOA.

Stephanie earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Mary Washington and a Bachelor's Degree in History from the College of St. Scholastica. She is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and Project Management Professional in good standing.

John Gastright

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Communications and Middle East Operations at DynCorp International

John Anthony Gastright, Jr. is the Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Communications and Middle East Operations at DynCorp International (DI). From March 2005 to December 2007, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and the U.S. Interagency Coordinator for Afghanistan. From June 2004 to March 2005 he was the Director for House Affairs at the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and from March 2003 to June 2004 he served as Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State.

Prior to service at the State Department, Mr. Gastright served as a congressional staffer in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate from 1995 to 2003. From 1988 to 1994, he was an officer in the United States Navy and from 1987 to 1988 he served as a City of Charleston South Carolina Police Officer. He has been awarded Master’s Degrees from the Catholic University of America, the Naval War College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Citadel.

Genevieve Wozow

Remote Medical International

Genevieve Wozow began her career with Remote Medical International in 2010, building the company’s government business from the ground up. Taking a company from no presence in the government space to a major player in international healthcare has given Genevieve extensive knowledge about every aspect of building an organization, experience she hopes to contribute to the ISOA board.

Genevieve and Remote Medical International have the privilege of being trusted by clients to perform on some of the most challenging stability operations initiatives undertaken by the U.S. government and its contractors. Trust is at the core of Genevieve’s approach to business, as she focuses on building relationships with and between people that deliver value to everyone involved.

Her solutions-oriented approach is complemented by boundless optimism and energy. Anyone who has met Genevieve will understand that she truly is a force of nature, not allowing anything to stand between herself and her goal. Whether it’s research, strategic planning, program development, or acting as a strong advocate on behalf of this community, she will do what is necessary to help ISOA and its members achieve their goals.

Mark DeWitt

Chief Legal Officer for GardaWorld Federal Services

Mark DeWitt is the Chief Legal Officer for GardaWorld Federal Services, based in McLean, Virginia. Mark previously served on the ISOA Board from 2008 to 2011, including a term as ISOA Vice-Chair and Chair, and helped lead ISOA government affairs efforts. He also was a key participant in the drafting of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), and was elected in 2010 as the representative for U.S. industry to the ICoC Temporary Steering Committee, and subsequently in 2013 to the Board of Directors of the ICoC Association based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to joining GardaWorld, Mark was Associate General Counsel at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported defense and intelligence accounts as well as government relations efforts, meeting with members of Congress and working with various industry associations on key legislative issues. Mark also spent nine years in various roles at Triple Canopy, where he oversaw legal, contracts, compliance, and government relations matters. Mark started his career in private practice, where he spent eight years working at two leading Washington D.C. law firms, specializing in government contracting, procurement policy and legislation, compliance, and international law.


ISOA Advisory Council - Jan 30, 2019

The ISOA Advisory Council works closely with ISOA executive staff and BOD to develop and guide the strategic vision of the organization and to insure ISOA maintains critical linkages across industries and government sectors.

Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson (US Army, Retired)

Vice President of Logistics Services

Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson (US Army, Retired) is the VP of Logistics Services for SOS International. In this role, he oversees logistics operations and business development efforts, to include ongoing contracts in Balad Airbase and other locations within Iraq and the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Anderson also helps implement strategic initiatives and programs that support SOSi’s revenue growth plans and conducts engagements with clients, government officials and policy makers, both home and abroad. Mr. Anderson retired in 2010 from the US Army after a 31 year career that included service in Iraq and Korea as the senior theater logistician and serves on the board of directors of Ultralife Corporation, a lithium-ion battery manufacturer in the US, UK and China.

Ryan C. Berry

Chaintegrity LLC and Ward & Berry PLLC

Ryan Berry is a former Vice Chairman of the ISOA Board of Directors and its long-time legal counsel. After years as a Shareholder in one of the world’s largest law firms, Ryan founded Chaintegrity, an innovative social entrepreneurship venture seeking to eradicate human trafficking in contractor supply chains. He now serves as Chaintegrity’s CEO while also maintaining a sophisticated law practice as a founding partner of Ward & Berry PLLC.

Ryan is an accomplished trial lawyer recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. He has successfully handled significant cases for clients in the national security, technology, and sports/entertainment sectors. In addition to his active litigation practice, Ryan is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). He assists companies in developing and improving their compliance and ethics programs, conducts internal investigations, and provides periodic training to clients on critical compliance topics. Ryan is experienced in handling international disputes and investigations for government contractors and multi-national corporations. His work in this area has been particularly focused on the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and personal injury claims brought by foreign citizens against U.S. contractors. Ryan has skillfully guided clients through investigations brought by federal agency IGs, Congressional investigations, suspensions and proposed debarments.

Ryan graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, he was a management consultant for the Department of Defense, and earlier served as an active duty military officer. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy.

Doug Brooks

Founder and President - Emeritus

Mr. Brooks is an advocate and specialist on the regulation and constructive utilization of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, disaster relief and humanitarian missions. He founded ISOA in 2001 and ran it for more than a decade supporting industry professionalism, standards, codes of conduct and greater application by the international community.

Now President Emeritus, Mr. Brooks serves on the ISOA Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Fiji, and shares his expertise with leading firms in the industry as an independent consultant. Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress and the South African Parliament. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, Democracy Now!, NPR, VOA, SABC in South Africa and PBS’s Lehrer News Hour. Mr. Brooks has been an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and an Academic Fellow and Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg. He has also lectured at Georgetown University, West Point, Princeton and the Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair among many other academic institutions.

William N. Bryan

Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology - Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

William N. Bryan assumed the role of Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 30, 2017. Prior to joining to S&T, Mr. Bryan was the President of ValueBridge International’s Energy Group in Reston, Virginia.

An Army veteran with 17 years of active military service and three years in the Virginia National Guard, Mr. Bryan brings a wealth of experience gained from multiple leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DoD).

Mr. Bryan served eight years with DOE, most recently as a Senior Advisor in the Office of International Affairs. There, he responded to pressing global energy challenges including energy security, market volatility and hazard/threat impacts. With his primary focus on Ukraine, he led several international delegations to help Ukraine overcome energy challenges, move toward energy independence and mitigate impacts from cyber events.

A former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration in DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mr. Bryan worked with the National Security Council, other U.S. government agencies, private industry and international partners to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. He also facilitated the reconstruction and recovery of damaged or disrupted energy systems from a variety of threats and hazards.

Prior to his DOE activities, he served for five years as the Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) in DoD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he led all critical infrastructure and Defense Industrial Base (DIB)-related activities. He also advised DoD leadership on the relevance of current CIP and DIB capabilities, methodologies and technologies in support of military and civil homeland defense efforts deemed essential to national security.

Mr. Bryan holds a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. He also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in logistics systems management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Ronald J. Clark

CEO - Spartan Strategy and Risk Management

Dr. Ronald J. Clark is the CEO of Spartan Strategy and Risk Management providing advisory services to public and private sector corporations on national security challenges. Previously, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. As Deputy Under Secretary, he oversaw the Office of Infrastructure Protection, the Federal Protective Service, the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis and the Office of Biometrics and Identity Management a combined team of over 16,000 law enforcement, civilian and contracted personnel. He also integrated the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to ensure a holistic approach to infrastructure protection across physical and cyber risk activities. Dr. Clark previously served in the White House under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. With President Obama he served on the National Security Council Staff as a Director and Senior Director. Under President Bush he served in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Clark is also a retired Marine Corps infantry and force reconnaissance officer who led units in combat overseas and served as a senior advisor to the Multi-National Forces Iraq Commander and to the Commander of U.S. Central Command. Dr. Clark was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia and later served as a White House Fellow concentrating on national contingency plans. He participated in the NYC 9/11 Search and Rescue Operation and supported the launch of a Hurricane Katrina Emergency Operations Center in New Orleans. Dr. Clark is a member of numerous boards and advisory councils, to include the Milbank Memorial Fund. He is also a Council on Foreign Relations lifetime member. Dr. Clark is the recipient of awards that include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Clark received a BA degree from the University of Rochester, and holds two MEd degrees and a PhD degree from the University of Virginia.

Greg Craddock

CEO - Patriot Group International, Inc.

Greg Craddock has served as Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Group International, Inc. (PGI) a global expeditionary mission support services firm, for the past six years. As CEO, Greg provides strategic vision and direction to the organization and provides operational leadership to ensure that the company delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers while achieving its financial goals. Under his leadership, PGI has grown exponentially and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, Virginia, and Washington DC region in 2014 and again in 2015. PGI was also recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as recipient of the 2014 Vanguard Award for top business growth in the state. During this period of exceptional growth, PGI has also won supplier excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and a number of other government contracting companies.

Before joining PGI, Mr. Craddock served as an Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Craddock served in the Intelligence Community and was among the first personnel on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time with the U.S. Army, Mr. Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier.

Mr. Craddock brings unique and practical perspective to ISOA, representing the mission support services business segment, and small business interests generally to the organization. He currently serves on the Ferrum College Business Advisory Board.

Gerald G. Goss

MSA Executive Management Team - MSA Security

With over two and a half decades of experience, Gerald Goss currently serves as a part of the executive management team for MSA Security, an industry leader in high consequence threat protection and specialized training for corporate and government clients.

Before joining MSA Security, Gerald served on Triple Canopy’s executive management team as vice president of business development and brought a balanced mix of government, law enforcement and business entrepreneurial leadership skills while directing Triple Canopy’s commercial, defense and law enforcement business development initiatives. Prior to re-joining Triple Canopy in 2012, Gerald instituted over four and a half years of best practices while serving in the roles of deputy program director and operations manager in support of intelligence, asymmetric warfare and counter narcoterrorism programs at TASC/ Northrop Grumman. During this time, he led multiple programs and captured new business while providing oversight to a wide array of global mission support IDIQ contracts and task orders related to CENTCOM, NORTHCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM initiatives.

Gerald has worked with and provided support to a large network of defense, intelligence, law enforcement and industry-wide professionals in addition to having firsthand experience managing programs and leading teams on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras and other locations. Gerald has also served as a certified law enforcement officer and completed Cornell University’s High Performance and Executive Leadership programs. He previously attended the Department of Energy (DOE) Nonproliferation and National Security Institute (NNSI) supporting various security-oriented initiatives for a large prime contractor at DOE and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Gerald was elected to the ISOA Board of Directors in 2014 where he served as Vice Chairman. In 2015 he was appointed by the Board as Chairman where he served two Consecutive Terms. In October 2017 Gerald transitioned to the ISOA Advisory Council


Lieutenant General (United States Army, Retired)
Senior Vice President for Mission Solutions Group

Frank Helmick, LTG US Army (ret.), joined SOSi in 2012 after a distinguished 36-year military career in the US Army. He serves as Senior Vice President for SOSi’s Mission Solutions Group.

He was the Commanding General of America’s only Airborne Corps (the XVIII Airborne Corps) and the nation’s largest military installation – Fort Bragg. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations with United States Forces – Iraq, and commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) Training Mission – Iraq. Additionally, he was Assistant Division Commander, Operations, for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) when troops under his command successfully ended the hunt for Uday and Qusay Hussein.

LTG Helmick earned a Bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Master’s degree in management and organizational behavior studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He currently serves on the US Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council and the International Stability Operations Association’s Advisory Council.

Jeffrey M. Hermann

Deputy Director for Program Management at Headquarters - Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC)

Mr. Jeffrey M. Hermann is the Deputy Director for Program Management at Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC). He is responsible for providing ACC with a unique cross-functional activity charged program management of 16 SCAT I and II services acquisition programs valued greater than $ 6 B supporting Air Combat Command, various AF Commands, HAF, all 6 GCCs/SOCOM,

and other government agencies in over 22 countries spanning the globe. Leadership responsibilities of this unique multifunctional organization include cradle to grave acquisition and program management of services programs such as Predator/Reaper/Global Hawk & Relay Site Maintenance, War Reserve Materiel (WRM), 80+ task orders in support of the Counter Narcotics and Global Threats mission, North Warning System, 20+ task orders in support of AFCENT, AF Enterprise Wide PMEL , Aerial Targets, Nellis Backshop Maintenance, Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems, T-38 Companion Trainers, and other multifunctional services programs.

Mr. Hermann enlisted in the AF and was later commissioned via OTS as a second lieutenant. His officer and civilian career have been as an acquisition program manager and he has held a variety of weapons system and services acquisition positions to include T-6A and Glider Replacement program contracts manager, T-1A TCTO program manager, T-1A Ground Based Training System program manager, ACC Primary Training Ranges program manager, Forward Operating Locations-Base Operating Support program manager, and Counter Narcotics and Global Threats Division Chief. He completed his military service in July 2007 and then was briefly employed in the private sector prior to joining the civil service.


  • Present Deputy Director, Program Management, HQ ACC AMIC, Langley AFB, VA
  • 2012 – 2016 Division Chief, Counter Narcotics and Global Threats, HQ ACC AMIC
  • 2007 – 2012 Program Manager, FOL-BOS, HQ ACC AMIC, Langley AFB, VA
  • 2005 – 2007 Program Manager, Primary Training Ranges, HQ ACC/A3A, Langley AFB, VA
  • 2003 – 2005 Program Manager, T-1A GBTS, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
  • 2001 – 2003 Program Manager, T-1A TCTO, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
  • 2000 – 2001 Contract Manager, T-6/Gliders, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
  • 1995 – 2000 Environmental Controls, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron, DMAFB, AZ


  • MBA Wright State University
  • BS Management Park University
  • Project Management Professional Project Management Institute
  • Life Cycle Logistics, Level III Defense Acquisition University
  • Program Management, Level II Defense Acquisition University
  • Contracting, Level I Defense Acquisition University
  • Air Command and Staff College Air University (correspondence)
  • Squadron Officer School Air University
  • Air and Space Basic Course Air University
  • Master Certificate, Project Management Villanova University
  • Master Certificate, Government Contracting George Washington University/ESI
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

William Imbrie

Senior Director for International Programs - DynCorp International

Mr. Imbrie is a US Navy veteran and former Senior Foreign Service Officer with tours in the Middle East and Europe. His responsibilities at Dyncorp include government relations; training, advise and mentorship of foreign forces; contingency operations and international development. He has extensive experience with the US Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID, Congress, the National Security Council, the U.N., as well as with the White House. As a Foreign Service Officer, William was directly responsible for the UN Peacekeeping appropriation for the Department of State. Mr. Imbrie served as ISOA’s Board Chairman from 2013 – 2015.

Dr. Ellen Klein, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen “Elle” Klein is a Ph.D., former academic, and policy advisor to senior government and military officials on national security, foreign affairs, international law and policy, rule of law and governance, and legislative policy. Dr. Klein is well versed in international humanitarian law; rule of law and civil society development; detention operations, biometrics and identity management; counterterrorism and human trafficking.

Dr. Klein excels in critical thinking and problem-solving. She served as Congressional Fellow, Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Luce Scholar. She has worked with a wide variety of interagency actors and foreign partners. She has served as principle liaison for the Secretary of Defense to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and lead policy advisor on rule of law/governance for Iraq and Afghanistan for the Department. She served in Iraq as the first Rule of Law Coordinator to the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team (2005-2006); served in Afghanistan as the special assistant to the Rule of Law Field Force Commander (2011-2012); and most recently (2015-2016) served as the Senior Command Advisor on issues related to the Security and Defense Cooperation to include her role as the U.S. Representative to the Secretariat of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).

Throughout her 12 years in federal service, working for both the Department of State and the Department of Defense, Dr. Klein has developed major policy programs and provided critical advice to high level policy and military leaders, including Congressional members, U.S. Ambassadors, Combatant commanders, and numerous Policy secretaries, and the Secretary of Defense.

James Lariviere, Major General (USMC Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Department of Defense Operations

Jim Lariviere is the Senior Vice President for Department of Defense Operations for GardaWorld Federal Services. He is responsible for maintaining and promoting excellence in mission operations.

Jim Lariviere has over 20 years of senior civilian and military experience in national security affairs. As a Major General in the Marine Corps Reserve his active and Reserve service as a combat arms officer includes command at every level from reconnaissance platoon through Marine division, serving in over 30 countries and participating in contingency operations in Lebanon and Afghanistan. His last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), J5 Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff. In civilian life Jim has over a decade and a half of experience on Capitol Hill. He served as military legislative assistant to the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, and later as a professional staff member on the Defense Policy Staff of the House Armed Services Committee. Finally, he served as the Staff Director and Minority Staff Director of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with responsibility for legislative and policy oversight for all aspects of the second largest department in the Federal Government. In the private sector, Jim was Vice President (Government Relations) for Health Net Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. He previously worked as a senior public policy advisor/consultant assisting companies develop legislative and marketing strategies in the defense, homeland security and veteran’s affairs sectors.

Jim holds a B.A. in History from The Citadel, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Air War College. He is the former President of the International Stability Operations Association.

David Litt, Ambassador (ret)

Executive Director - Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction

Ambassador Litt has served as CSER’s Executive Director since February 2008. The Center designs, organizes and runs professional education programs for diverse organizational cultures that operate in crisis environments. Among CSER program participants are military, government agency, private sector, NGO, and international organization personnel. CSER is part of the Institute for Defense and Business, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit education and research institute, affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to that, Ambassador Litt served for 34 years as a career U.S. diplomat, specializing in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. In 2005-2006 he was the third-ranking officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, with the title of Political-Military Counselor, providing policy advice to the U.S. Ambassador, and serving as liaison between the Embassy and the Multi-National Forces – Iraq. His final assignment as a Foreign Service Officer.

prior to retirement in 2008, was as the Associate Director for International Liaison at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Ambassador Litt entered the Foreign Service in 1974. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1995-1998) and as Consul General in Dubai ten years prior. Ambassador Litt was Political Advisor to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (1998-2004). While at the Department of State, Ambassador Litt served as the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq), and also as Desk Officer for Saudi Arabia. In addition to a tour as economic/commercial officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the late 1970s, he served twice as political officer in Damascus, Syria. Just prior to his recent service in Baghdad, he was the State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Other assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, and as a consular officer in Palermo, Italy. Among several other languages, he speaks Italian, French, Arabic, and Afghan-Persian (Dari).

Ambassador Litt was born on Dec. 27, 1949, in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Miami, FL. He received a bachelor's degree with majors in history and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, and a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1973. At SAIS, he specialized in European affairs and international economics. He attended Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2000.

He is married to the former Beatrice Ilardi, and has two children, Barbara and Giorgio.

Waheed Majrooh, MBA

Managing Partner - FRONTIERISTAN

Waheed Majrooh is an expert strategist and frontier market investments advisor in conflict/post-conflict environments. Mr. Majrooh has advised the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) on Afghan fiscal policies and programs at the most senior levels of government.

While in Afghanistan, he Co-Chaired the transition of over $10 billion of US controlled assets to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and directly advised the Afghan Presidential Palace. Furthermore, he facilitated the first ever independent power production (IPP) investment in Afghanistan (50MW powered by natural gas) and successfully implemented national economic reform programs. Mr. Majrooh has served as a Senior Advisor at both the Pentagon Task Force for Business Stability Operations (TFBSO) and the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (CSTC-A). Majrooh reported directly to both a two-star US Army Major General and a two-star Senior Executive Service (SES) civilian equivalent. Majrooh is well-known in the Afghan-American diaspora and is a country expert of Afghanistan's social, economic and political affairs.

In addition to his professional work, Waheed Majrooh is well-known for his political roots in Afghanistan. Majrooh is from a political family, including great-grandfather Said Shamsoudin Majrooh, who was the architect of Afghanistan's first constitution in 1964 and who had served as the Minister of Justice and Head of Tribal Affairs. He also served as Afghanistan's Ambassador to numerous countries and was a close personal friend of His Royal Highness, King Zahir Shah. Waheed Majrooh's grandfather, Dr. Said Bahaoudin Majrooh (PhD), had served as Governor and was considered one of Afghanistan's most leading intellectuals; and another influential member of the family was Shal Pacha, a tribal leader whose influence was particularly strong in the eastern region of Afghanistan. His father, Sayed Masood Majrooh was a delegate in the 2002 Loya Jirga in Kabul in which the the Jirga began the initial restructuring of the Afghan government, since then, two of his uncles have served as the Governor of Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

Majrooh graduated from California State University East Bay (CSUEB) where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a dual minor in Finance and Corporate Management. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Majrooh went on to attend graduate school at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). In 2011, Majrooh attained his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and was the recipient of the Elaine Cohen Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Mr. Majrooh is fluent is English, Dari, Farsi and Pashto. He currently resides in Washington, DC and travels frequently throughout Central Asia and the Middle East.

John Matlock

Principal Engineer - Matlock & Associates

Mr. John Matlock, P.E. a US Military Veteran, brings over 18 years of global experience to Matlock & Associates, including 10 years as a Program Manager in the C4ISR, Security Engineering and MILCON construction industries. John also has 13 years in the military serving in numerous engineering command and staff billets worldwide. John still serves as a United States Air Force Officer, and supports missions across the COCOM’s.

Mr. Matlock also is a principal owner of Matlock & Associates, which he actively runs with his partner Joelle Sedlacek. Mr. Matlock has extensive experience planning and implementing large OCONUS security construction projects for Government clients. In this capacity he is responsible for strategic planning, budget management, key leadership recruitment and integration, reporting, contract compliance, and policy development. He has led 24/7 programs in the Middle East, Africa, and South America with many site locations in austere locations, comprising numerous Task Orders. Mr. Matlock has forged solid relationships throughout the State Department supporting Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Mr. Matlock also has strong ties and a solid track record with governmental security agencies and defense agencies.

Christopher Thomas Mayer

Director - Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs

Christopher Mayer is the Director, Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support). His primary responsibility is to develop policy and manage Department-level oversight for private security contractors (PSCs) supporting U.S. contingency operations. His duties include advising Combatant Commands on matters relating to contract security in contingency operations, acting as U.S. Government Technical Representative in the development of industry standards for PSCs, and U.S. Government technical advisor for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. His portfolio also includes integration of human rights and anti-human trafficking policy into U.S. contingency contracting and lectures at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law on private security related issues, including rules for the use of force and the law of armed conflict.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2009, then-Colonel Mayer served under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, where he was responsible for developing integrated approaches to post-conflict or disaster relief and recovery. He also represented the U.S. Government in drafting the Montreux Document for good practices regarding Private Military and Security Companies. Previous duty assignments include Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination to the UN Mission in Liberia (2007-2008); Chief of Staff for the Defense Reconstruction Support Office (2005-2007); and Chief of Staff, Iraq Program Management Office (2004-2005), responsible for the Coalition Provisional Authority-managed reconstruction of Iraq. In this capacity, he established an operations center to centrally manage Private Security Company support of reconstruction. A career armored cavalry officer, Christopher Mayer is also a qualified in Civil Affairs and certified in Defense acquisition and emergency management – including qualification as a search and rescue pilot.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the United Nations Medal. Chris Mayer holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Louisville and the Army War College and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is married to the former Debra Ann Hotho and has three sons.Christopher Mayer is the Director, Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support). His primary responsibility is to develop policy and manage Department-level oversight for private security contractors (PSCs) supporting U.S. contingency operations. His duties include advising Combatant Commands on matters relating to contract security in contingency operations, acting as U.S. Government Technical Representative in the development of industry standards for PSCs, and U.S. Government technical advisor for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. His portfolio also includes integration of human rights and anti-human trafficking policy into U.S. contingency contracting and lectures at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law on private security related issues, including rules for the use of force and the law of armed conflict.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2009, then-Colonel Mayer served under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, where he was responsible for developing integrated approaches to post-conflict or disaster relief and recovery. He also represented the U.S. Government in drafting the Montreux Document for good practices regarding Private Military and Security Companies. Previous duty assignments include Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination to the UN Mission in Liberia (2007-2008); Chief of Staff for the Defense Reconstruction Support Office (2005-2007); and Chief of Staff, Iraq Program Management Office (2004-2005), responsible for the Coalition Provisional Authority-managed reconstruction of Iraq. In this capacity, he established an operations center to centrally manage Private Security Company support of reconstruction. A career armored cavalry officer, Christopher Mayer is also a qualified in Civil Affairs and certified in Defense acquisition and emergency management – including qualification as a search and rescue pilot.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the United Nations Medal. Chris Mayer holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Louisville and the Army War College and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is married to the former Debra Ann Hotho and has three sons.

Patrick M. McCarthy, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Managing General Counsel and Vice President (Law) for Fluor Government Group

Pat McCarthy is currently the Managing General Counsel and Vice President (Law) for Fluor Government Group. In this position, Pat oversees the delivery of all legal support and advice to the Fluor Government Group’s various business lines operating in the U.S. and globally, including Construction, Contingency Operations, Services, and Secure Services, as well as, Power and Environmental & Nuclear Support.

Prior to joining Fluor, Pat was the Director of the Global Intelligence Operations Center of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In that position, Pat oversaw the delivery of full spectrum corporate intelligence and investigative services to PwC’s global clients. Pat represented some of the world’s largest companies in the automotive, defense aerospace, and confectionary industries.

Before coming to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pat enjoyed a nearly 30 year career in the United States Navy JAG Corps, where he held positions as Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel) at various commands and senior staffs within the United States military, including: Staff Judge Advocate for all U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan; Staff Judge Advocate U.S. Pacific Command; Commanding Officer, Navy Region Legal Service Office, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia; Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force 435 Afghanistan; Deputy Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and, Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Pat is authorized to wear various medals, campaign ribbons, and awards.

Daniel F. Runde

Director - Project on Prosperity and Development

Daniel F. Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on the contributions of development assistance, the multilateral institutions, the private sector and good governance for creating a more free and prosperous world.

A thought leader on international development, emerging markets and foreign policy, he has influenced many debates regarding the deployment of U.S. power in the world. His work has been cited for preserving the Doing Business Initiative at the World Bank Group in 2013. He shaped the conversation regarding U.S. participation in implementing the 2014 World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. In 2015, he advised the U.S. State Department in its preparations for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa; Mr. Runde’s work led to the creation of the Sustainable Financing Initiative, an effort by the U.S. government to leverage additional local government revenue for health. He also was active in bringing the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Executive branch to an agreement on IMF Quota Reform in 2016. He has directed and published dozens of papers and reports. He speaks often at international fora and convenes dozens of conferences and roundtables every year.

Mr. Runde is a columnist at and hosts a podcast series called “Building the Future with Dan Runde.” He blogs at He has testified in front of the US Congress as well as the Australian and Canadian Parliaments. He has been an advisor to the US Government, the Canadian, Australian, Korean, Danish and Japanese governments. He works closely with the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.

Prior to CSIS, he led teams of people, managed organizational change initiatives, and built cross sectoral partnerships for the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, he was responsible for running the Global Development Alliance Initiative and was responsible for building 100 partnerships directly and another 300 indirectly through training and technical assistance that leveraged $4.8 for international development.

Mr. Runde worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his career in investment banking at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore.

He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States from 2012-2016. He serves on the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Ray Randall

Director of Strategy, MSS Global, LTD
President, Mosaic Solutions, LLC

Mr. Randall served twenty-five years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, all in Special Operations units. From 1984 to March, 2003 Mr. Randall was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. From March, 2003 to March, 2004 Mr. Randall worked as a security consultant for the US Department of Energy (DOE) at several National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites developing critical security upgraded follow the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) on several security-related projects, including project planning for the security management at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

From April of 2004 to August 2015, Mr. Randall served in numerous positions of responsibility and authority at the C-Suite level in Triple Canopy, Inc. and Constellis Group which included:

  • Triple Canopy SVP of Operations
  • Triple Canopy and Constellis Group SVP for Business Development and Strategy
  • Constellis Group Chief Operating Officer

Over Mr. Randall’s 11+ year career with Triple Canopy and Constellis Group, he led the organic growth and diversification strategy which resulted in over $4 Billion in contract wins. Additionally, he was co-leader of a Merger and Acquisition team which consummated five acquisitions. Mr. Randall culminated his Constellis Group career as Chief Operating Officer where he helped lead the merger activities between Triple Canopy and ACADEMI and their affiliates.

Upon departing Constellis Group, Mr.Randall, along with several former Triple Canopy colleagues established Mosaic Solutions, LLC. Mosaic is a consulting firm focusing on strategy, business development, market entry and regulatory compliance support. In July of 2016, Mosaic formed a strategic partnership with MSS Global, Ltd. where Mr. Randall serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as Director of Strategy.

Mr. Randall is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Administration (MSA).

Ward E. Scott II, Esquire

Founder and President of Scott Advocates PLLC

Ward Scott is an American commercial lawyer, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Scott is founder and President of Scott Advocates PLLC, a New Hampshire, USA law firm with offices in New Hampshire, USA and Kabul Afghanistan and correspondent offices in Washington, DC, and globally. The Firm serves as legal counsel to US-friendly and Allied diplomatic missions, NGOs, and private firms in the development, defense, energy and aviation sectors, across a wide array of commercial and compliance matters. The firm also assists Western law firms engaged in, or contemplating litigation touching upon Afghanistan or other conflict/post-conflict areas, as well as performing outside investigations concerning critical incidents and other matters in such areas.

Mr. Scott is a member of the Steering Committee of the Overseas Security Advisory Council – Afghanistan Country Council based at the American Embassy, Kabul. He served as Chairman from 2012-2015, and as Chairman of the APPF/PD-62 Subcommittee, 2011-12.

Prior to founding the law practice in 2011, Mr. Scott served as Senior Advisor for Parliamentary Affairs (2010) to two Ministers of Interior Affairs, H.E. Hanif Atmar, currently President Ghani’s National Security Advisor, and H.E. Gen Bismullah Khan Mohammadi. A retired US Marine Colonel, Mr. Scott commanded the 201st Corps Advisory Group, consisting of 300 Allied advisors operating throughout ten provinces, and as military advisor to the then-Corps Commander, General Mohammed Munir Mangal (later the Deputy Minister for Security, Ministry of Interior Affairs) from 2005-6.

Mr. Scott is an active member of the New Hampshire (USA), American and International Bar Associations and a frequent presenter (and active member) of the American Bar Association’s Battlespace and Contingency Contracting Committee of the Section on Public Contract Law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American NGO, Iraqi Children’s Foundation.

Lynne M. Schneider

Ms. Schneider has extensive experience in the defense industry and as an international strategy consultant in public/private sector economic development. She served as the principal policy advisor (Highly Qualified Expert) to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army on matters affecting Army Stability Operations. She currently supports strategy development at NRO for Xcelerate Solutions.

She spent 15 years in the Pentagon and was key in designing the first Chief Management Officer Act, Information Technology Management Reform Act and Government Performance and Results Act.

Ms. Schneider started her own independent consulting firm in 1998 and is currently CEO of Entovation International applying innovation strategies to position clients for emerging markets. She has traveled extensively overseas and has international business partners and contacts in Europe and the Middle East.

She has served in the US Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs officer for 25 years, deploying to twice to Iraq and supporting various missions in EUCOM. Ms. Schneider volunteers on the Board for the Orphan Foundation of America, One World Medical Relief, TAPS and ISOA.

She is co-author of six books including: Non-traditional Warfare: 21st Century Threats and Responses; Knowledge Economics; and The Future of Innovation, as well as numerous articles.

Major General Jefforey A. Smith, U.S. Army Retired

Vice-President - Harris Corporation

Major General Jefforey Smith (U.S. Army Retired) is the Vice-President for Harris Corporation. In this role, Mr. Smith develops, oversees and helps implement strategic initiatives and programs that support Harris Corporation's vision and short and long-term strategic plans. General Smith serves as a corporate senior member in engagements with clients, government officials and policy makers in the United States and internationally.

General Smith retired from the U.S. Army in July 2016 with 32 years of distinguished service. He has commanded organizations at every level of the U.S. Army with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan leading troops in combat operations from company to division level. General Smith has operated at the highest levels within the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, and major combatant commands worldwide. While serving in U.S. Central Command, he provided strategic advice on the Central Asian States, Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa, including Israel and Lebanon. He later served in Iraq were he successfully led the governance, reconstruction and economic initiatives in all of Southern Iraq, working alongside U.S. Department of State and the Government of Iraq.

While serving on the Joint Staff, General Smith was the principal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on matters relating to the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iranian Nuclear issue, crisis in Yemen and issues involving the Israelis and Palestinians. He later led a $6 billion dollar program to rebuild the Afghan National Police and Ministry of Interior. General Smith also served as a senior officer within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan, where he led all operations and strategic planning in Afghanistan and participated in high level engagements between senior Afghan and Pakistan officials.

In one of his last military positions, General Smith led United States Army Cadet Command overseeing the education and training of over 330,000 students and cadets in the United States and abroad. He has built unparalleled subject matter expertise in strategic-level leader development and education in both the military and private sector.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science Degree, two Masters Degrees, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Ambassador Michael Ussery

Chairman - Mongolia Holdings

Since 1992, former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ussery has led major investments, business development and humanitarian projects in East Europe, Asia, the Mid-East, and the Caribbean. Ussery is a founder of companies and non-profit organizations, and he has been a strategic advisor to leading corporations and nine countries.

Today, Ussery is Chairman of Mongolia Holdings, and he is Vice Chairman of Kima Communications. He is in his 12th year as a Board of Director of Safi Apparel, a U.S. military contractor in Afghanistan. Michael Ussery is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the CalErin Group, an investment advisory firm in East Europe and the Balkans.

Others he advises include: San Leon Energy, World Perspective, StatPoint Technologies, Advantiv, CorpsAfrica, Resonance, Constant Water, Philip Qiu Foundation for education, and the Nazarene Fund for refugees. He holds a current U.S. Government security clearance, and has been involved in Navy Seal evacuation training exercises.

Michael Ussery has served previously on the boards of Terocelo, D’Sal Inc., Safe Security, and Dignity Products. He was a Co-Founder in 1997 of the Romania Moldova Direct Fund (RMDF) and Chairman of its Advisory Board. RMDF purchased and successfully turned around five distressed companies.

From 2000 to 2014 Ussery was a Global Adviser to General Dynamics. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Commissioner of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority 2001 – 2007, turning a former U.S. military base into a commercial center.

In international higher education, Michael Ussery is President of CAUA, planning and organizing American universities overseas. Previously, Ussery was Chairman and President 2002 – 2006 of the Coordinating Council for International Universities that planned the American University of Afghanistan, and he advised the government of Japan on higher education reform.

Michael Ussery was appointed by President Reagan on December 22, 1988 to be U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, at that time the youngest serving U.S. Ambassador. He was re-appointed by President Bush in 1989 and confirmed unanimously 98 – 0 by the U.S. Senate, serving at post until 1992, leading an embassy of 800 personnel and 10 federal agencies based in four cities.

Ussery served as a political appointee at U.S. Department of State 1981 - 1992, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia Bureau; Chairman of the twelve federal agency Libya Task Force during the U.S.-Libya confrontation; White House Liaison for the Department, and Director for Congressional and Media Relations in the International Organizations Bureau.

In 1988 he left State to serve as Senior Adviser to the Bush – Quayle Campaign in the office of Campaign Manager Lee Atwater, returning to State to serve as U.S. Ambassador.

After graduating from Newberry College, he was Chief of Staff 1979 to 1981 to U.S. Congressman Carroll Campbell (R-SC). Tel: (1) 202-251-6943; Email:

ISOA ADVISORY COUNCIL - Middle East & Africa Chapter

The ISOA Advisory Council- Middle East & Africa Chapter, works closely with ISOA executive staff and BOD to develop and guide the strategic vision of the organization and to insure ISOA maintains critical linkages across industries and government sectors.


Mac McClelland

President & CEO, Center House, Ltd.

Living and working in the Middle East and North Africa for over 40 years, Dr. T. B. (Mac) McClelland, Jr., has extensive experience in political, social, and military affairs in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa.  Mac is a retired officer in the US Marine Corps and has advised the US military, US Department of State and consular officials, foreign governments, and military officials on African and Arab affairs.  He has led complex multicultural international organizations with P&L responsibilities across the globe.  He currently leads a management consulting firm based in Dubai dealing focused on business development, marketing, and government relations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  He is a professor at Hult International Business School and has conducted Executive Education in leadership and management for New York University and other organizations.  He has been featured on CNBC and in The Wall Street Journal on several occasions, and has been an expert witness before the US Congress on issues affecting Americans and American companies abroad.

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