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PRESIDENT

HOWARD (HOWIE) R. LIND

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 served as the Chief Operating Officer for Matlock & Associates, a woman-owned small business, specializing in engineering, construction, and logistics.  He previously served as a Washington DC representative for the Fluor Government Group in which he represented Fluor to many government organizations in the Washington DC area regarding Fluor’s work in the middle east and central Asia.

Prior to joining Fluor, Lind served in the Departments of Defense and State in the offices of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction from 2003 to 2007. He began with the Coalition Provisional Authority at the Pentagon in support of the US Ambassador to Iraq, Paul Bremer. Lind then worked in the State Department’s Near East Affairs / Iraq Office (Secretariat for Political Affairs) for the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office.

Following that assignment, 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 which was responsible for overseeing the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Program for DoD.

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 in an array of leadership and technical assignments aboard five Navy ships of the line and at Navy installations worldwide.  Mr. Lind received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

ISOA FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Doug Brooks

Mr. Brooks advocates for effective utilization of private sector services in fragile environments and is a specialist in African security issues. He has written extensively on the regulation and constructive uses of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress, South African Parliament, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, National Public Radio, Voice of America, SABC in South Africa and the 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), Johannesburg He has also lectured at Georgetown University, and Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair.

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.

Chairman

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.

Vice Chairman

Michelle Quinn

Vice President - VxL Enterprises

Michelle Quinn is Vice President of VxL Enterprises, a Veteran Owned Small Business providing stability, security, and training solutions around the world for the Department of State, Department of Defense, and others. At VxL, Michelle leads efforts to support these critical USG missions, by establishing relationships with the USG, security industry partners, and other organizations in both the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to her time with VxL, Michelle also served as Vice President of International Programs at A-T Solutions (now PAE); Operations Manager for TEDAC (a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism program operating out of the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia); and Manager of Operations and Training for the WPPS/WPPS II Program at DynCorp International. At these organizations, Michelle focused on stabilization missions, Counter-terrorism initiatives, and police/military training needs.

Michelle also worked for several years on Capitol Hill, supporting House Congressional Committees on the issues, needs, and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank, and other entities; and in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Michelle holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She is a member of Women in International Security, the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board, and local charitable organizations in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As a member of the Board of ISOA, Michelle is committed to increasing ISOA membership and participation, by engaging both the many small security/training companies, and women, who work in the ISOA space and can contribute greatly to the ISOA mission.

Treasurer

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.

Nick Forster

Senior Vice President and Co-Founder - FSI Worldwide

Nick Forster is the Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of FSI Worldwide, an international leader in ethical recruitment and labor solutions. Based in FSI's newly established office in Washington, DC, Nick engages directly with policy makers and industry to address labor trafficking challenges in government and private sector contracting and operations, as well as developing effective commercial solutions that protects employers, employees, and clients.

Nick has spoken at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Migration and regularly speaks at UN conferences and workshops as a subject matter expert on human trafficking and labor migration. Nick holds multiple degrees in international business and languages and has amassed over 15 years experience in business consultancy and entrepreneurial ventures.

FSI was originally founded to protect former Gurkha soldiers from becoming victims of debt bondage and corrupt recruitment practices in Nepal. FSI, headquartered in Dubai and with offices in 12 countries worldwide, now recruits from across the full skill spectrum as well as providing extensive support services.

Darryle Conway

VP Expeditionary Logistics Business & VP of Business Development for GLSO - PAE, Inc.

Darryle currently serves in two positions: Vice President of PAE’s Expeditionary Logistics Business Area, a rapidly expanding service line under PAE’s Global Logistics and Stability Operations (GLSO) business with annual sales of $700M. In addition, Darryle also leads business development for GLSO, a role he assumed upon joining PAE in 2011.

Darryle is an accomplished executive with proven record of consistently delivering projects on time and within budget and developing and executing growth strategies. In addition to managing existing OCONUS programs in his Expeditionary Logistics portfolio, Darryle is successfully executing a growth strategy with recent awards of the Air Force Contractor Augmentation Program (AFCAP) and the Air Force Counter Narcotics and Global Threats (CN>) IDIQ contracts.

Prior to joining PAE, Darryle spent five years with Raytheon, Darryle was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development with the Corporate Homeland Security Office and then Business Development Executive for Global Security Solutions at Raytheon Technical Services Company.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Darryle worked at SAIC in various roles of increasing responsibility, supporting both business development and contract execution. Prior to departing SAIC, Darryle’s principal assignments included: Deputy Director, Homeland Security Accounts; Deputy to the senior vice president for corporate business development.

Darryle is a native of Washington D.C. and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University.

Kelley DeConciliis

Vice President, International Business Development - CHSi (Comprehensive Health Services)

Currently, DeConciliis serves as Vice President of International Business Development at Comprehensive Health Services (CHSi) in Reston, VA. DeConciliis brings over 15 years of healthcare, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and international global operations experience in federal and private sectors. DeConciliis is 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.

Prior to CHSi, 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, the second largest supply chain for PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) in Africa. 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 in the Health Solutions Group (HSG). As inter-agency liaison at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, DeConciliis worked on the "Federal ER One Project," a national prototype for the next-generation "all risks ready" emergency department. Her background experience 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.

James H. Kirkpatrick

Program Director, DynCorp International

James “Jimmy” H. Kirkpatrick currently serves as the Sr. Program Director for DynCorp Task Orders, awarded under the Criminal Justice Support Programs (CJPS) IDIQ and CN> Counternarcotics and Global Threat IDIQ.

Before joining DI PMO leadership team, Kirkpatrick was the Deputy Program Manager / Project Manager for various criminal justice development and sustainment programs; plus diplomatic security support programs (WPS), severing in Afghanistan and Iraq for 10 years in support of our customers DOS-INL and DOD.

Prior to joining the DynCorp leadership teams, Kirkpatrick served as the Professional Mentor assigned by DOS-INL to the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior, Education and Training Division responsible to working with Afghan leadership to developing police training models and enacting continuous improvement processes for the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Before joining DynCorp in 2005, Kirkpatrick served a career in law enforcement (25 years) with the Baltimore City Police Department, serving in leadership roles and retiring from the Organized Crime Division. Responsible for leading teams within various federal crime task force operations; DEA, ATF (Violent Crimes), ICE within the Baltimore Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).

Kirkpatrick holds a bachelor's degree in business management from California Coast University and a master's degree in education - organizational leadership from Northcentral University, MBA certificate from the State University of New York - Buffalo and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Currently completing a Masters Certificate in contract management at Villanova University.

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 30 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 13 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.

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.

ISOA ADVISORY COUNCIL

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)

Chief Growth Officer - Sallyport Global Holdings, Inc.

Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson (US Army, Retired) is the Chief Growth Officer for Sallyport Global Holdings Inc.  In this role, he oversees all business development and operational elements of the company, including the FMS contract in Balad Airbase, Iraq, and operational activities and support in over 30 countries.  Mr. Anderson also helps implement strategic initiatives and programs that support Sallyport's revenue growth plans and serves as a corporate senior member in 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

ISOA Founder and President Emeritus Mr. Brooks advocates for effective utilization of private sector services in fragile environments and is a specialist in African security issues. He has written extensively on the regulation and constructive uses of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions. Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress, South African Parliament, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, National Public Radio, Voice of America, SABC in South Africa and the 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), Johannesburg He has also lectured at Georgetown University, and InterAmerican Defense College at Ft. McNair.

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.

Mina Chang

Chief Executive Officer - Linking the World

As CEO of Linking the World, and with extensive on-the-ground experience including Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq, Mina has experienced first-hand the toll conflict and instability takes on these vulnerable communities.

Mina is an acknowledged thought leader who has been published in distinguished periodicals including Foreign Policy Journal, Forbes, the Huffington Post and as a regular contributor in The Hill. She has addressed assemblies at various foreign embassies, the Center for Peace, the United Nations, the Department of Defense, United States Military Academy at West Point, and NATO.

Mina has been appointed by the United Nations to serve on the Expert Panel for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response, as well as the advisory group tasked with creating Common Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards.

Mina is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, and a Harvard John F. Kennedy Senior Executive in National and International Security. She formerly served as a Fellow with the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point, assisting in the development of academic programs tied to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

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.

Pete Dordal

President - GardaWorld

Pete Dordal, Jr, is the President of GardaWorld Federal Services. He is an accomplished security management professional and business leader with over 35 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, private and public security, the intelligence community and entrepreneurial commercial endeavors. He’s been a senior executive at GardaWorld since 2008, having served in a number of progressive operational and leadership roles.

Pete joined GardaWorld from service with a select US government agency, where he provided highly specialized risk management services supporting the Global War on Terror. Earlier, Pete was the Director of Corporate Security at SPX Corporation, a multi-industrial Fortune 500 company, where he oversaw the security and risk management of 24,000 employees operating in 23 countries. In a dual-role he was also the President of SPX Security & Investigations, a commercial business unit that provided a range of security and investigative services to global corporate customers, the US government and other friendly foreign nations. In 1995, Pete founded The Potomac Group & Associates (PG&A), a boutique international security firm he grew to a multi-million dollar business and sold five years later to SPX Corporation.

He entered the private security industry in 1989 with Vance International, the premier executive protection and high-end security consultancy of its time. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations and training.

Pete has a Master’s Degree in Business from the McColl Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Security Administration. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government International Security Program. Pete sits on the boards of the US Libya Business Association (USLBA), Executive Security International (ESI), the Investigative Management Group and the US-Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC). He is also a member of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Advisory Council.

Gerald G. Goss

Vice President, Business Development - MSA Security

With over two and a half decades of experience, Gerald Goss currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development 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

FRANK G. HELMICK

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.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY

  • 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

EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS

  • 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

Vice President, Government Relations - Health Net Federal Services

Major General, US Marine Corps (retired) Active duty United States Marine Corps, 1979—1993. Legislation assistant to representative Steve Buyer Indiana, 1993—1999. Professional staff member United States House Armed Services Committee, 1999—2003. Senior public policy advisor Holland and Knight, 2003—2005. Staff director United States House Veterans Affairs Committee, since 2005. Brigadier general United States Marine Corps Reserve, 2008 Bachelor in History, The Citadel, 1979. Master of Arts in National Security Studies, Georgetown University, 1986.

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.

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)

Senior Director, Global Intelligence Operations Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Patrick McCarthy is a Senior Director and the leader of PwC’s Global Intelligence Operations Center. Mr. McCarthy has come to PwC from the United States Department of Defense where he held jobs advising the most senior levels within the United States Government, including the White House, the National Security Council Staff, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, and the Commander of all U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan, and the Commanders of Joint Task Force 435 and Joint Task Force, Guantanamo. He has led hundreds of personnel around the world in the delivery of the full range of legal and strategic advice including in the areas of POL-Mil advice, strategic advice, and related matters. He is a strategic-level advisor who has played an integral role in the most important and far reaching matters affecting the United States and the international community over the past 30 years. Since joining, PwC, Mr. McCarthy, has worked with fortune 100 clients and helped them navigate myriad highly sensitive matters, including export control matters, international crisis response and recovery, international due diligence of third party actors, advice and counsel concerning deals counter parties, and numerous other C-Suite level matters.

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 Forbes.com and hosts a podcast series called “Building the Future with Dan Runde.” He blogs at Foreignpolicy.com. 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: meussery@earthlink.net


 

 

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