Leadership & Senior Staff

Michael Armstrong

Chairman

Mr. Armstrong is the Chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Committee and serves on the following boards: Telluride Foundation, Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic, Artis-Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mr. Armstrong is a retired visiting Professor at MIT, previously served on President Clinton’s Defense Policy Advisory Board, and is a...

Mr. Armstrong is the Chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Committee and serves on the following boards: Telluride Foundation, Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic, Artis-Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mr. Armstrong is a retired visiting Professor at MIT, previously served on President Clinton’s Defense Policy Advisory Board, and is a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A passionate supporter of Marine Corps values and those who serve, Mr. Armstrong is the Chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Advisory Board, as well as a member the American Patriots Campaign Cabinet, and previous Scholarship Foundation board member.

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Daniel F. Akerson

Advisory Board Member

Daniel F. Akerson is a seasoned senior executive with extensive management, operating and turn-around experience having served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President or Vice Chairman of major companies, including General Motors, The Carlyle Group, General Instrument, MCI, Nextel and XO Communications. He and his wife Karin are active supporters of a variety of philanthropic...

Daniel F. Akerson is a seasoned senior executive with extensive management, operating and turn-around experience having served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President or Vice Chairman of major companies, including General Motors, The Carlyle Group, General Instrument, MCI, Nextel and XO Communications. He and his wife Karin are active supporters of a variety of philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Akerson is currently the Chairman of LDiscovery, a technology-enabled eDiscovery services provider based in McLean, VA, and Member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin Company, Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors and Member of the Advisory Board for Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

In December 2015, Mr. Akerson retired as Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s Board of Directors, capping a remarkable ten-year career at the firm, which itself was interrupted by four years leading the turn-around of iconic American carmaker General Motors.
Mr. Akerson first joined Carlyle in 2002 as Managing Director, serving as Co-Head of U.S. Buyout from 2003 – 2009 and Head of Global Buyout from 2009 – 2010. In 2010, Mr. Akerson left Carlyle to become Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. During his tenure, he led the company through a successful IPO in November 2011, guided the firm to a record 15 consecutive quarters of profitability, reinvested nearly $9 billion and created or retained more than 25,000 jobs at its U.S. plants. Mr. Akerson retired from GM in January 2014 and returned to Carlyle.

Before joining Carlyle in 2002, Mr. Akerson served in several key roles at MCI Communications, including the formulation and execution of MCI’s global strategy. He left MCI to become a General Partner of private equity firm Forstmann Little & Company, during which time he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Company from 1993-1995. While at General Instrument he led a successful effort to develop and deploy the first digital video, satellite and cable systems domestically and internationally. Following that, Mr. Akerson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nextel Communications, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of XO Communications, Inc.

In 2013, Mr. Akerson and his wife Karin were named Habitat for Humanity Michigan’s Sponsor of the Year and he was also named a Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News. In 2012, he and Mrs. Akerson co-chaired the annual Capuchin Soup Kitchen dinner, raising a record sum, and launched the Habitat for Humanity Leaders to Rebuild Detroit initiative with a cornerstone contribution. Mr. Akerson was also honored with the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation Leatherneck Award and with the U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2011, Mr. Akerson was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by So Others Might Eat (SOME), which serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Mr. Akerson earned his B.S., in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.Sc., in economics from the London School of Economics.

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Colonel H.C. “Barney” Barnum USMC (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Barnum was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs on 23 July, 2001, and was designated Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on 20 January 2009 and retired on 30 April 2009. Mr. Barnum was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine...

Mr. Barnum was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs on 23 July, 2001, and was designated Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on 20 January 2009 and retired on 30 April 2009.

Mr. Barnum was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1962. The fourth Marine to be awarded the nation’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam, he retired from the Marine Corps in August 1989.
As a Marine Officer for over 27 and one-half years, Mr. Barnum served multiple tours as an artilleryman with both the 3rd and 2nd Marine Divisions to include two tours in Vietnam; 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Guard Officer at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor and Operations Officer, Hawaiian Armed Forces Police; Weapons Instructor at the Officer Basic School; four years at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company and the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion of the Training Regiment; Chief of Current Operations, US Central Command where he planned and executed the first U.S./Jordanian joint exercise staff as the Commander of U.S. Forces and twice planned and executed  operation BRIGHT STAR spread over four southwest Asian countries involving 26,000 personnel .  Headquarters Marine Corps tours included: aide to the Assistant Commandant as a Captain and Deputy Director Public Affairs, Director Special Projects Directorate and Military Secretary to the Commandant as a Colonel. Upon retirement in 1989, Colonel Barnum served as the Principal Director, Drug Enforcement Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Barnum now serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including Segs4Vets and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation.   Mr. Barnum is married to Martha E. Hill of Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Barnums reside in Reston, Virginia.

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Rosalind Brewer

Advisory Board Member

Roz Brewer is a proven C-suite executive with more than 30 years of experience driving sales growth for the world’s largest public companies. In early 2017, she stepped away from her role as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, the eighth largest U.S. retailer with sales of $57 billion for fiscal year 2016...

Roz Brewer is a proven C-suite executive with more than 30 years of experience driving sales growth for the world’s largest public companies.
In early 2017, she stepped away from her role as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, the eighth largest U.S. retailer with sales of $57 billion for fiscal year 2016 to pursue other interests. Most recently, Starbucks nominated her to its Board of Directors.

Roz joined Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2012 and made history by becoming the first woman, and first African American, to lead a Walmart division. In 2016, Fortune ranked her #19 on its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
During her time at the helm, she spearheaded the growth of Sam’s Club by focusing on three core areas: growing membership; transforming merchandise; and amplifying the use of digital technology to enable a seamless shopping experience at scale which led to sequentially improved comp sales.
She joined Walmart in 2006 as regional vice president and later became president of Walmart East, where her P&L responsibility exceeded $100 billion. Prior to Walmart, she was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and ultimately serving as president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004.

Roz earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Spelman College and attended Wharton’s Advanced Management Program and Stanford University’s Directors’ College.

She serves on the board of directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She also chairs the board of trustees at Spelman College and is a former director of Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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James H. Clement, Jr.

Advisory Board Member

James Clement is chairman of King Ranch, Inc., where he has also served as vice president and treasurer. Mr. Clement is chairman of the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He serves as a board member of the Texas State Historical Association and Houston Trust Company. Previously,...

James Clement is chairman of King Ranch, Inc., where he has also served as vice president and treasurer. Mr. Clement is chairman of the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He serves as a board member of the Texas State Historical Association and Houston Trust Company. Previously, he served on the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice Chairman and board member of he Episcopal School of Dallas, board member of Madison Council of the Library of Congress, and as Chairman of the board of the Tom Lea Institute.

Mr. Clement holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

He is married to Judy Beggs and is the father of a daughter, Capera plus two Marine sons, Captain James Clement III (infantry) and Captain Gregory Clement (USNA ’08, aviator).

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Ellyn Dunford

Advisory Board Member

Growing up in the Boston area, Mrs. Dunford graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and moved to northern Virginia, where she met her husband, Joe Dunford. They have been married for over 30 years, through 18+ moves, six states, three children and numerous deployments in peacetime and war. For...

Growing up in the Boston area, Mrs. Dunford graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and moved to northern Virginia, where she met her husband, Joe Dunford. They have been married for over 30 years, through 18+ moves, six states, three children and numerous deployments in peacetime and war.

For almost 30 years she was a practicing physical therapist, first in trauma and acute care, followed by the majority of her time in pediatric care. The practice gave Mrs. Dunford much insight into issues facing EFMP families, children with educational special needs, and Wounded Warriors.

Mrs. Dunford enjoys running and exercise, reading (never enough time), volunteering, and sewing. Her volunteer efforts with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Leadership Education Seminar, and various spouse clubs and Family Readiness Programs have been a source of enjoyment and brought her great pride in the many talents of military spouses. Mrs. Dunford considers it a privilege to have watched Family Readiness Programs morph from non-existent, to spouse/volunteer-run, to a professional organization with extensive training and management.

Along with raising her family, she considers connecting with and caring for military families as one of the most important roles in her life.

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General James L. Jones USMC (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

General James L. Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security...

General James L. Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security Advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America’s mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country’s interests around the world.

Jones graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was commissioned into the Marine Corps in January 1967. He served in Vietnam, serving as rifle platoon and company commander. On returning to the U.S., he pursued a career in the Marines, attending the Amphibious Warfare School in 1973 and the National War College in 1985, and serving as Marine Corps liaison officer to the U.S. Senate. He was also commanding officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Northern Iraq and Turkey on Operation Provide Comfort; chief of staff, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia; and commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Forces Atlantic. He also served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 1997-99. He became the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps in July 1999.

During his NATO assignment from 2003-2006, he advocated energy security and the defense of critical infrastructures as a core part of NATO’s future missions. With the Chamber, Jones worked to unite energy consumers and producers for a common goal – to increase the variety of the U.S. energy supply and associated infrastructures, to advance international cooperation on energy issues, to protect national energy security, and to promote better understanding of changes to the global climate and its effects on the environment.

Upon retirement in February 2007, the combat veteran became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and, in 2008, served as the State Department’s Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. From 2009 until 2010, he served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor at the White House.

Upon Jones’ retirement President Obama said, “Jim has always been a steady voice in Situation Room sessions, daily briefings and with meetings with foreign leaders…the American people owe the general a debt for making the nation safer.”

General Jones – sought-after by, and distinguished among, politicians of every stripe – offers a vast wealth of knowledge and speaks with poise and authority about national and international security, energy, and leadership requirements for success in the 21st century.

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Carlton Kent

Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent USMC (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

Sgt. Maj. Kent completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., in March 1976 and was assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade. In May 1978, Sgt. Maj. Kent was transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion where he served as a Marine Security Guard. He served at American Embassy, Kinshasa, Zaire and Panama....

Sgt. Maj. Kent completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., in March 1976 and was assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade. In May 1978, Sgt. Maj. Kent was transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion where he served as a Marine Security Guard. He served at American Embassy, Kinshasa, Zaire and Panama. In June 1981, Sgt. Maj. Kent transferred to Fort Benning for Airborne School and Parachute Riggers School at Fort Lee, Va. In June of 1982 he was assigned as 2nd Air Delivery

Platoon Commander, and parachute rigger billets in various commands aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C.

In February 1983, Sgt. Maj. Kent was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., for duty as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor and battalion drill master with First Battalion. In January 1985, he was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.

In May 1985, Sgt. Maj. Kent transferred to 3rd Air Delivery Platoon as Platoon Sergeant. In June 1986 he transferred to Engineer Company, BSSG-1 1st Marine Brigade, Hawaii, as Company Gunnery Sergeant. In March 1988, Sgt. Maj. Kent was assigned to Noncommissioned Officers School, 1st Marine Brigade as the NCOIC.

In February 1989, Sgt. Maj. Kent transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., as a student at Drill Instructor School. After completion of Drill Instructor School, Sgt. Maj.

Kent was assigned to Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., as a Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor, and First Sergeant. In February 1990, Sgt. Maj. Kent was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned as First Sergeant, MATSG, Pensacola, Fla.

In June 1992, he transferred to 4th Marine Regiment for duty. In June 1993, he transferred to the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. After graduation, in February 1994 he was transferred and assigned as First Sergeant, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. In December 1994, he assumed the duties as Sergeant Major, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. In August 1997, Sgt. Maj. Kent was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., where he was assigned duties as Sergeant Major 2nd Recruit Training Battalion and in September 1999 as Sergeant Major Recruit Training Regiment.

In May 2001, he was transferred to Marine Forces Europe/FMF Europe, Stuttgart, Germany, where he was assigned the duties as the Sergeant Major of Marine Forces Europe. In April 2004, he was transferred to I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., to serve as the Sergeant Major of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Sgt. Maj. Kent assumed the post as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on 25 April 2007 and served in this position until 9 June 2011.

His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of second award, a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership.

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James E. Lentz

Advisory Board Member

Jim Lentz is chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA); president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA); a senior managing officer of parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), located in Japan; and president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA). In this role, Lentz...

Jim Lentz is chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA); president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA); a senior managing officer of parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), located in Japan; and president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).

In this role, Lentz oversees all of Toyota’s North American affiliate companies, including TMA, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA), which includes responsibilities for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), and oversight for Toyota Canada, Inc. (TCI). Lentz also is chairman of the North American Executive Committee, comprising top leaders from the affiliate companies. Most recently, Lentz was president and chief executive officer of TMS and senior vice president of TMA, and served in a global advisory capacity as managing officer for TMC. Prior to that, Lentz served as president and chief operating officer and executive vice president of TMS.

Lentz previously held several executive positions, including Toyota division group vice president and general manager, where he oversaw all sales, logistics and marketing activities for Toyota and Scion regional sales offices and distributors. He also served as group vice president of marketing for the Toyota division and vice president of Scion, responsible for the initial launch of a new line of vehicles designed for the next generation of new-car buyers.

Lentz spent several years in the field as vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles region, and before that, general manager of the San Francisco region. Prior to his role as general manager, he was vice president of marketing services for CAT in Maryland. Lentz has also held several other TMS positions, including field training manager, sales administration manager and truck sales team member.

Lentz joined Toyota in 1982 as the merchandising manager for its Portland region, where he later became the distribution manager and field operations manager.

Lentz serves as chairman on the board of directors for The Global Automakers and is a member of the executive advisory board for Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU), his alma mater.

He was named “Marketer of the Year” by Advertising Age in 2006, an Automotive News “All Star” in 2007 and honored at “Industry Leader of the Year” in 2014 by the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Phebe N. Novakovic

Advisory Board Member

  Phebe N. Novakovic became chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics on January 1, 2013. She was previously named the company’s president and chief operating officer, and a member of the company’s board of directors, in May 2012. Prior to her appointment as president and chief operating officer, Novakovic was executive vice president...

 

Phebe N. Novakovic became chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics on January 1, 2013. She was previously named the company’s president and chief operating officer, and a member of the company’s board of directors, in May 2012.

Prior to her appointment as president and chief operating officer, Novakovic was executive vice president for the Marine Systems group, responsible for the performance of three General Dynamics companies:  Bath Iron Works,Electric Boat and NASSCO. Previously, Novakovic had been senior vice president – Planning and Development since July 2005, where she was responsible for Government Relations, Communications, International, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning. She also has served as vice president – Strategic Planning, a position to which she was appointed in October 2002.

Before joining General Dynamics, Novakovic served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001.  In that capacity, she was responsible formanaging processes for all major U.S. Department of Defense budget and policy decisions for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Novakovic also worked for the Office of Management and Budget, where she served in a number of capacities, culminating in her selection as Deputy Associate Director for National Security where she was responsible for managing and submitting the President’s budget for the Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Agencies.

From 1983 to 1986, she served as an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. Novakovic began her career in 1979 as an analyst for the McLean Research Center where she performed operational analyses on Department of Defense weapon systems.

Novakovic was elected to the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) in 2010. She serves on the boards of trustees of Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) and Ford’s Theatre, and on the boards of directors for several charitable organizations, including the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the National Military Family Association. She is also a member of the Council of Trustees for the Association of the United States Army.

Novakovic received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1988; she completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in 1979.

 

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Steve Reinemund

Advisory Board Member

Steve retired from PepsiCo as Chairman in 2007.  During his CEO tenure from 2001-2006, revenue grew by $9 billion, net income rose 70%, and PepsiCo’s market cap exceeded $100 billion for the first time.  Throughout his 23 years of service at PepsiCo, Steve took the company to new levels of success through what Businessweek magazine...

Steve retired from PepsiCo as Chairman in 2007.  During his CEO tenure from 2001-2006, revenue grew by $9 billion, net income rose 70%, and PepsiCo’s market cap exceeded $100 billion for the first time.  Throughout his 23 years of service at PepsiCo, Steve took the company to new levels of success through what Businessweek magazine called “constant innovation and savvy moves.” He was twice named to Barron’s “World’s Most Respected CEO List” and was named to Businessweek’s Top 25 “Managers of the Year” in 2002 and 2005.  Steve left a legacy marked by a strong management team, a commitment to health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership.

Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of ExxonMobil, Marriott, Walmart, and Chick-fil-A. He served on the board of directors of American Express from 2007 to 2015. Also, Steve serves on the Board of Directors at USNA Foundation and Wake Forest University Board of Trustees.

From 2005 to 2007, Steve was chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He served on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army for nine years and chaired the board for three years. Steve also served on the board of the National Council of La Raza from 1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from 1992 to 1996.

Steve graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1970 and served five years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Johnson and Wales University and Bryant University. Steve and his wife, Gail, have been married for 41 years and have four children and four granddaughters.

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Martin R. Steele

Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele USMC (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private to three-star general, culminating his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps, in Washington, DC in August of...

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private to three-star general, culminating his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps, in Washington, DC in August of 1999.

Upon his retirement from active duty in 1999, he served as President & CEO of the Intrepid Sea- Air-Space Museum, the largest naval museum in the world. LtGen Steele also served as the Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, the Executive Director of Military Partnerships, and Co-Chair of the Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, until his retirement in December of 2016.

LtGen Steele is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he obtained a BA degree in History (’74) and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He also holds three Masters Degrees from Central Michigan University, Salve Regina College, and the Naval War College.

Married to the former Cynthia Bayliss of Little Rock, Arkansas, they are the parents of three adult children, and have three grandchildren. Their son, David, is a selected Colonel in the Marine Corps having served three tours of combat in Afghanistan.

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Dr. Hans-Peter Wild

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Hans-Peter Wild was born in Heidelberg Germany in 1941 to Rudolf and Leonie Wild. Dr. Wild’s fascination with innovative natural food and beverage ingredients was established from the time of his birth through his exposure to the Wild Company his father founded in 1931 with the vision of producing alcohol-free beverages using purely natural...

Dr. Hans-Peter Wild was born in Heidelberg Germany in 1941 to Rudolf and Leonie Wild. Dr. Wild’s fascination with innovative natural food and beverage ingredients was established from the time of his birth through his exposure to the Wild Company his father founded in 1931 with the vision of producing alcohol-free beverages using purely natural ingredients. Today,

under Dr. Wild’s leadership and guidance, WILD is one of the world’s leading producers of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

Dr. Wild studied law at the University of Heidelberg and graduated with honors. He then went on to study business administration at the University of Mannheim including two years of study at Cambridge and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Mannheim for his dissertation “Dealing with monopolistic companies under French Law”.

During his college years, Dr. Wild stayed involved in his parent’s business, including making several trips abroad in search of innovative alternative sources of raw materials. This international exposure left an important impression on Dr. Wild and taught many lessons that are practiced in the WILD companies today. “The attention to and respect for cultural differences helps us gain access to foreign markets. If I want to do business in the USA, I must be able to think like Americans. If I want to do business in Asia, I must know how people there behave.” This understanding for other cultures is also reflected in the brand strategy of Capri Sun®: The products are produced not with a universal, standard taste, but with a taste adapted to regional preferences around the world, which makes the drink so popular across many cultures.

After graduation, Dr. Wild worked as managing director at the Diersch & Schröder group of companies for four years. His responsibilities included the company’s mineral oil, chemistry and shipping activities. In 1974, he joined his parents’ company – with the aim of expanding to the world markets with Capri Sun® and taking the company global.

One of Dr. Wild’s first successes with global marketing of Capri Sun® came in the 1970s with the signing of boxing champion Muhammed Ali as advertising spokesman for the brand. “I am the greatest. The whole world knows it. But the day I stop boxing, Capri Sun will be greatest” said Ali. At the time, Ali was at the peak of his boxing career and the exposure created by the world wide launch of the commercials propelled Capri Sun® to remarkable growth. Today, more than five billion pouches of the popular fruit juice drink are consumed every year in more than 100 countries.

Over the years, Dr. Wild has used his knowledge of international markets to expand the WILD business scope to the area of natural ingredients for foods and beverages on a worldwide basis. Today, WILD develops and markets a unique range of food ingredients in over 30 countries, making the company a pioneer of innovative products which are ideally customized to individual consumer wishes. The slogan and logo, created, composed, designed, and established by Lezlie Gunn, “We Create Great Taste,” truly expresses the WILD Companies’ and Dr. Wild’s commitment to the formulation of the absolute best taste enhancers using only the finest natural ingredients for the global market. Dr. Wild’s forward-thinking innovations and respect for the many cultures of the world ensures the WILD Companies’ pipeline is consistently full of promising new products and ideas, and the goals of the Companies’ customers are always met or exceeded. Dr. Wild feels strongly the importance of giving back to the community, both on a local and global scale. He has followed in his father’s footsteps as honorary senator of the University of Heidelberg. He has given lectures at the University of Sofia and, as a successful businessman, he has given students an insight into the world of practical economics.

Dr. Wild is president of the Leonie Wild Charitable Foundation, which he established with his mother in 1997. The foundation is involved in Eppelheim and the Rhine-Neckar region of Germany in helping citizens in need as well as supporting social and cultural projects.

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Dr. James Wright

Advisory Board Member

James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. The son of a WW II veteran, he joined the Marine Corps in 1957, at age 17.  He served for three years before entering Wisconsin State University-Platteville for his bachelor's degree, and a masters and doctoral degree in history from...

James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. The son of a WW II veteran, he joined the Marine Corps in 1957, at age 17.  He served for three years before entering Wisconsin State University-Platteville for his bachelor’s degree, and a masters and doctoral degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He joined the Dartmouth College History Department in 1969 and from 1998 to 2009, served as the college’s 16th president.

President Wright has worked with veterans since 2005 when he began visiting wounded Marines and soldiers in Washington, D.C. hospitals. In over thirty visits since then, he has encouraged the injured servicemen and women to continue their education. Wright was involved in the planning for the Yellow Ribbon Program that provided for private institutions to be included in the Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill, and he worked with the American Council on Education (ACE) to create a new educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans. He serves on the Board of the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the Advisory Board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and the Campaign Leadership Committee for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center.

An American historian, Wright is the author or editor of six published books, including Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them.

Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War, released on April 4, 2017.

For his work with veterans, Wright was featured as “Person of the Week” on ABC World News and was recognized as New Englander of the Year by the New England Council. In 2009 he received a special Daniel Webster Award from the Dartmouth Club of Washington and the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored him with the Commander-in-Chief’s Gold Medal of Merit Award. The New England Board of Higher Education recognized him in 2010 for his leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity. In 2017 he received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award.

Wright and his wife Susan live in Hanover, NH.

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