Leadership

Management

Entrepreneur with over 18 years of management and operations experience, particularly within the United States, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Expertise is in complex projects and difficult environments.

Global financier with multinational cultural experience and understanding. Liaises between various stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes in sensitive multi-cultural situations.

Secured contracts with the United States Department of Defense, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United Nations, and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Formulated and developed the HALAL MRE for the Afghanistan Security Forces.

Speaks English, Spanish, and Dari (Farsi).

Change agent with 20 years of experience across consulting, commercial aviation, airlines, energy, healthcare, financial services, and the military.

Recently led all facets of a B2B technology startup from concept to successful launch. Previously, director at Alvarez & Marsal Management Consulting and strategic commercial leader in business strategy and intelligence for Halliburton and Baker Hughes. Former director at American Airlines in analysis and implementation of large-scale strategic and capital initiatives, including mergers, joint businesses, and Chapter 11 reorganization.

Served as an Army Medical Service Corps officer leading medical, facilities, procurement, and deployment of heavy equipment and personnel.

MBA from University of Texas at Austin and BS in Literature with studies in Computer Science Engineering and Life Sciences from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Advisors

Decorated 21-year Army career with three combat tours and two Bronze Star medals, culminating as the Military Aide to President George H. W. Bush with control and accountability for the Presidential Emergency Satchel (the “Football”). Subsequent appointment to the USG Senior Executive Service as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US & Foreign Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce.

In the commercial sector, energy leader at Amoco, BP, and Baker Hughes as C-suite officer for Business Resiliency, Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs. Participated in a number of M&A activities including an IPO of a $13 billion enterprise within the energy sector.

Recipient of CSO Magazine’s 2009 Compass Award for “Visionary Leadership,” and Security 500 Leaders Profile’s 2012 “Business Leader” award. Featured speaker at the 2014 Annual Academy of Organizational & Occupational Psychiatry meeting on the dynamics of executive leadership.

Retired Army Brigadier General, now Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Last military assignment was 28th Commandant of the National War College – the premier institution for the education of strategic leaders.

Former Deputy Director for Political and Military Affairs, providing military advice to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Previously, Deputy Commanding General for Regional Support, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, and Chief of Strategy, Plans, and Assessments for the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq.

Holds a BS in political science at the University of the State of New York and holds master’s degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. PhD candidate in the Public Policy Program at the University of Maryland.

Founder and Managing Director of Vehementia, a strategic advisory firm providing corporate and national security clients with critical information and due diligence to inform risk, investment, and organizational growth decisions.

Previous Acting Vice President of the Department of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign assistance agency fighting against global poverty.

Served 13 years with the U.S. government leading and managing programs in the intelligence community and the Department of Defense, including management of a large program of record for a key national security government element, and serving as the head of special programs and training for one of the U.S. government’s most critical operational programs. Expert advisor to the intelligence community on the topic of protective operations and instructor for special operations personnel assigned to these programs.

Practices law as a sole practitioner while also President and a director of DBM Group, Inc., a privately held investment company whose partners include leaders in government and business in Asia. Board of Advisors of Emory University School of Law.

Litigated cases in arbitrations, state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and in international forums. Editor of the definitive treatise on the Railway Labor Act. Partner and co-chairman of the Executive Committee of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, a Washington D.C. law firm, which merged with DLA Piper in 2002. Partner with DLA Piper until 2005, and then Partner in Baker Hostetler LLC.

Served 11 years on the board of directors of a public airline company. Served for six years on the board of governors of International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), a non-profit organization with an international focus on civil society governance, free press, gender and education issues, and was Chairman, Governance Committee of the IREX Board of Governors.

BS degree in commerce from the University of Virginia in 1970 and a JD degree from Emory University in 1974.