|Ms. Jonna Z. Bianco, President and Founder of the ABF||Brian T. Kennedy|
|Dr. Norman Bailey||Andrea S. Lafferty|
|Dr. William J. Bennett||Andrew M. Ling, Esq.|
|Vincent Bianco||James P. MacPherson, Jr.|
|Major General Phillip E. Bracher (USAF retired)||Adam Pener|
|J. Wesley Campbell||John R. Petty|
|Richard D'Amato||Roger W. Robinson, Jr.|
|Al From||Eugene A. Rosengarden|
|Jerome B. Gordon||Michael J. Del Rosso|
|Reverend Louis P. Sheldon||Michael Socarras|
|John D. Holum||Mead Treadwell|
|Peter R. Huessy|
ABF Legal Representatives
|Mr. John McDonald, Kelley Drye and Warren, LLP|
|Mr. Richard Newcomb, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP|
|ABF Lobbyists / Public Relations and Media Firms|
|Timothy F. Powers, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Artemis Strategies|
|Ms. Jonna Z. Bianco, President and Founder of the ABF
Ms. Bianco brings an encyclopedic understanding of this matter; achieving liquidity for ABF's bondholders has been her sole professional focus since 2001. She recently became only the fifth woman ever to be named to the Board of Directors of the National Defense University Foundation. The principal officer of the ABF is Jonna Z. Bianco, who serves as its President. In addition to her duties as President of the ABF, Ms. Bianco also currently serves as an Executive Committee Member for the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI-Czech Republic); Senior Advisor for PSSI Washington D.C.; a former member of the Board of Directors and the Leadership Committee for the National Defense University Foundation; and a member of the Board of Regents for the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.; a Director on the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and a former Director on the U.S. Congressional EMP Caucus' Task Force for National and Homeland Security.
|Dr. Norman Bailey
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Bailey is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds the degrees of Master in International Affairs and Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University. In 1981, Dr. Bailey joined the Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of International Economic Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House. Since 1984, Dr. Bailey has been an international economic consultant to governments, government agencies, corporations, banks, investment banking firms, trade associations and trading companies on five continents. Dr. Bailey also serves as Adjunct Professor of Economic Statecraft and the Institute of World Politics in Washington and president of the Institute for Global Economic Growth (IGEG). In 2006-2007, Dr. Bailey advised the Director of National Intelligence in Cuban and Venezuelan matters. He serves on various boards of directors, editorial and advisory boards and serves as Chairman of Global Resources & Solutions, LLC. Dr. Bailey has authored, co-authored and edited several books and hundreds of articles.
|Dr. William J. Bennett
William J. Bennett is one of America's most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bill Bennett studied philosophy at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.) and earned a law degree from Harvard. He is the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. Over the course of his professional life, in education, government and the private sector, Dr. Bennett has succeeded in a trifecta of American institutions. He is an award-winning professor in academia, having taught at Boston University, the University of Texas and Harvard; he is a three-time confirmed executive in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations including holding two cabinet-level positions, Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and the Nation's first Drug Czar under the first President Bush; he is the author of 18 books, including two New York Times Number One best sellers and two of the most successful books of the 1990s; he is the co-founder and served as the first Chairman of K12, Inc., a very successful online education company; and he is the host of the number eight ranked nationally syndicated radio show, Morning in America. Although he is a well-known Republican, Dr. Bennett often has crossed party lines in order to pursue important common purposes. He has worked closely with Democratic leaders such as Senator Joseph Lieberman to fight the decline of popular culture and to end worldwide religious persecution. Thanks to his government positions, his writings and speeches, and thousands of media appearances, William Bennett has extraordinary influence on America's political and social landscape. He now appears exclusively on cable television on CNN. He has been named one of the most influential individuals in America.
In addition to serving as a member of the ABF Board of Directors, Mr. Bianco recently retired from a more than 30 year career with the Coca Cola Company and its affiliates. Mr. Bianco is considered to be a subject matter expert in capital management, distribution, warehousing, transportation and facility design/construction and facility operations management. Mr. Bianco presently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Arizona Soft Drink Association and the California/Nevada Soft Drink Association, as the President of the New Mexico Soft Drink Association and as a member of the Arizona/Las Vegas Executive Association, as well as positions with a number of other trade associations relating to the soft drink industry.
|Michael Socarras, General Council for the ABF, Partner at Schmitz & Socarras LLP and Managing Director at Alaska Capital S.A.C.
Michael Socarras has advised and represented companies, investors and sovereigns worldwide for over 27 years in a range of compliance, regulatory and dispute matters. His experience includes international audits and investigations, technology exports and sanctions compliance, and complex commercial litigation, arbitration and negotiations. His practice has focused on advising and representing clients in the aerospace, defense, mining, energy and financial industries. In the compliance space, Mr. Socarras has led large legal and accounting teams in internal tax compliance investigations in the U.S., Europe and China. He has advised Russian and European companies on Ukraine-related sanctions, and advised companies on Iran sanctions and export license applications. Mr. Socarras has substantial experience helping large multinational companies strengthen their corporate governance, anti-corruption, accounting controls, and ethics monitoring systems. In the disputes space, as lead counsel Mr. Socarras has successfully represented privately-held, publicly-traded and sovereign corporations, as well as individual investors, in a wide range of cases, including intellectual property, breach of contract, asset seizure and forfeiture, financial fraud, construction, and sovereign immunity claims. His experience includes first-chair responsibility for cases in U.S. federal and state courts, and forming teams with counsel in most of the world's major markets to resolve disputes in common law and civil law systems. Mr. Socarras is an international human rights lawyer. He has acted as counsel before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and has substantial experience in African rule of law, good governance, democracy and civil society initiatives. Mr. Socarras was a special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia during the Reagan Administration. He clerked for the Honorable James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In addition to his experience as an attorney and legal advisor, Mr. Socarras is a principal and shareholder in a private equity company active in South America focusing on sustainable energy and resource investments. Mr. Socarras received his Juris Doctor degree in 1986 at Yale University, and is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and proficient in French. He co-founded Schmitz & Socarras LLP in October 2014.
|Major General Phillip E. Bracher (USAF retired)
General Bracher has thirty-two years experience leading and managing communications, satellite and computer operations, maintenance, development, acquisition, and contracting and program management for the United States Air Force (USAF). During his USAF career, Gen. Bracher served as Deputy of Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communications and Computers; Director of Command, Control Systems and Logistics, U.S. Space Command; Director of Command, Control Systems and Logistics, Headquarters (HQ), United States European Command; Director of Defense Communications Agency (DCA) (now the Defense Communications Information Systems Agency (DISA)); Commander of the 1st Space Wing, Air Force Space Command; and Commander of the 1980th Communications Group. After completing his USAF service in 1996, Gen. Bracher served from 1996 to 1999 as Director - Command, Control and Communications Systems at Boeing Information Services, Inc. and, since 1999, has served as Vice President of Corporate Development Integrated Network Engineering & Operations at SAIC, Inc. General Bracher received his BS from the University of Evansville, his MS from Our Lady of the Lake College and has attended the Air Command & Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
|J. Wesley Campbell
Mr. Campbell serves as the Director of Operations and Security for the ABF. Mr. Campbell retired from the United States Air Force and had 34 years of service with the Department of Defense (DOD). During his career, Mr. Campbell was directly involved in weapons intelligence, non-proliferation, arms control issues, national intelligence estimates and has authored or co-authored over 50 intelligence studies and over 500 intelligence briefings. Mr. Campbell has received numerous awards for his work at the base, command, USAF, DOD, National, and State levels. Mr. Campbell has a BS in Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, from Mississippi State University and an MS from the University of Tennessee and is a member of two national honor societies. Mr. Campbell holds a TS/SCI Clearance and is Level III APDP Certified.
Mr. D'Amato is an Annapolis, Maryland lawyer and former elected member of the Maryland General Assembly, serving from 1998-2002. He also served in various senior staff positions in the U.S. Congress for over two decades, from 1975-1998, including senior counsel with the Senate Appropriations Committee and international policy director for the Senate Democratic Leader. Mr. D'Amato has served three terms, from 2001-2008, on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan congressional advisory body tasked to examine and report to Congress on U.S.-China relations, and served twice as its elected chairman. Mr. D'Amato currently serves as Vice President at Synergics, Inc., an Annapolis-based alternative energy company, responsible for developing new projects for wind-generated and other alternative energy sources, and as a Presenter and Member of Vice President Al Gore's US. Climate Project. Mr. D'Amato is an active board member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Institute for Sino-American Dialogue at the University of Denver and the Institute for Security Studies, Prague, Czech Republic, as well as the Annapolis Sailing Hall of Fame. Mr. D'Amato served a total of 30 years as a Naval Reserve Officer, retiring with the rank of Captain. Mr. D'Amato received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Cornell University, his Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Boston, and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1981.
Mr. From currently serves as Principal of The From Company, LLC and formerly was the Founder of the Democratic Leadership Council. Mr. From is one of America's premier strategists and policy entrepreneurs with a track record of injecting innovative ideas into the national debate, turning major national institutions around, and changing the course of American life. In March 1985, From founded the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the organization whose ideas and political strategies during the past quarter century played a central role in the resurgence of the modern Democratic Party. He led the DLC from its inception until April 2009. In 2000, at a speech at Hyde Park, President Bill Clinton said, "It would be hard to think of a single American citizen who, as a private citizen, has had a more positive impact on the progress of American life in the last 25 years than Al From." Before founding the DLC, Mr. From was executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, where he played a pivotal role in revitalizing that venerable institution. He also served in President Jimmy Carter's White House, and was staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. Mr. From serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Symphony, the National Advisory Board of The Roosevelt Institution, and the Executive Board of the University of Maryland's Center for American Politics and Citizenship. Mr. From's writings have appeared in numerous national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Mr. From earned a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, was editor of the Daily Northwestern, and was named a charter member of the Hall of Achievement of the Medill School of Journalism.
|Jerome B. Gordon
Mr. Gordon is Senior Vice President of the World Encounter Institute, Inc. and Senior editor of the Anglo-American webzine, The New English Review. Prior to his retirement, he was a corporate finance consultant and held senior investment banking positions with international security dealer firms in New York. He was a Vice President and Director of the Bank of Montreal security dealer firm, BMO Capital (previously, Nesbitt Thompson in New York) engaged in cross border public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions with a specialization in bio technology, communications, insurance, aviation and ocean shipping. Mr. Gordon is a graduate of Boston University (Economics) and holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. During the Viet Nam era, he served as a US Army Intelligence officer and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He is currently Treasurer of the Pensacola Opera (Florida) and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Gordon is the author of The West Speaks, a collection of his published interviews in The New English Review with notable political and cultural personalities in the US, UK, EU and Israel.
|John D. Holum
Mr. Holum was dual-hatted as the Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) and the Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Affairs on December 15, 1997. Mr. Holum served as a defense and foreign policy adviser in the 1992 Clinton Presidential Campaign and assisted in the Clinton Presidential Transition. He also served as Executive Director of the Platform Drafting Committee and the Platform Committee for the 1992 Democratic National Convention. From 1981 until his swearing in as ACDA Director, he practiced law in the Washington office of O'Melveny & Myers, concentrating on regulatory and international matters. His undergraduate education at Northern State Teachers College was in mathematics and physical sciences. He earned his JD, with honors, at George Washington University School of Law in 1970.
|Peter R. Huessy
Mr. Huessy is the President of Geostrategic Analysis, a Potomac, Maryland-based defense and national security consulting business, a Senior Defense Associate at the Air Force Association, and previously for 20 years with the National Defense University Foundation at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. He is and has been a Guest Lecturer at the School of Advanced International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, at the Institute of World Politics at the University of Maryland, at the Joint Military Intelligence School, at the Naval Academy and at the National War College. Mr. Huessy previously served as Senior Defense Associate at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Director of Research at the George Washington University Center for Technology and Public Policy Analysis; Consultant to the National Security Council; Member of the Defense Transition Team in the Reagan Administration; Currently a member of the Committee on the Present Danger.
Previously, he was Director of Legislative and Congressional Relations at the U.S. Department of the Interior; Special Assistant to the Assistance Secretary for Energy and Minerals; Director of Government Affairs at The Environmental Fund; and Legislative Assistant to Senator Mike Gravel, Senator William Proxmire and Senator Gaylord Nelson. Mr. Huessy has also been a Guest Columnist at The Washington Times, Gatestone Institute, US News and World Report and Family Security Matters. Mr. Huessy received his B.S. in Anthopology, International Relations and National Security Policy from Beloit College, a B.S. from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, his Masters in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International Affairs and studied at Columbia Law School, with a concentration in International Law, the Constitutional Law of American Foreign Policy and East Asian Affairs.
|Brian T. Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy currently serves as President of the Claremont Institute and has been with the Institute since 1989. During his tenure, he has directed the Institute's Golden State Center in Sacramento and also the Institute's National Security Project. In addition to his duties as President, Mr. Kennedy serves as publisher of the Claremont Review of Books and is a member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense. The mission of the Claremont Institute is to recover the principles of the American Founding and to restore them to their preeminent role in American public life. To that end it conducts summer fellowship programs for aspiring journalists and Washington policymakers, holds briefings on key policy issues for state and national officials, and publishes the Claremont Review of Books. It has offices in Claremont, California and Washington, D.C. The Claremont Institute's Washington office is directed by former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. Mr. Kennedy's articles on national security affairs and public policy issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Investor's Business Daily. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.
|Andrea S. Lafferty
Ms. Lafferty is Executive Director for the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), a grassroots lobby that educates and speaks on behalf of over 43,000 churches nationwide on issues of pro-family concern. In that capacity, she is responsible for setting TVC's legislative agenda and formulation of policies and strategies that promote a Judeo-Christian worldview. Prior to joining TVC, Ms. Lafferty worked in the Reagan and Bush Administrations. She was Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, serving as liaison to Cabinet officials and Members of Congress. Ms. Lafferty also served as Special Assistant for Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration and acted as Special Assistant to the Director, at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Ms. Lafferty has also worked on Capitol Hill and in political campaigns. Ms. Lafferty has debated issues on many fronts including: Fox News Channel, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, as well as various talk-radio programs, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Her energy, tenacity and access impress both allies and enemies. Even those with unvarnished contempt for TVC acknowledge Andrea's ability to disarm and even to charm." Washingtonian Magazine has named Ms. Lafferty one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lafferty attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
|Andrew M. Ling, Esq.
Mr. Ling is President & CEO of GTX Corporation, founded in 1984, and specializing in conversion of scanned engineering drawings to Computer Aided Design (CAD), raster editing and intelligent character recognition. Prior to serving as President & CEO of GTX, Mr. Ling served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Mr. Ling is also Director and Corporate Secretary of GTX Europe, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary, based in Basingstoke, England, which operates sales, distribution and marketing in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Mr. Ling is also a Co-founder, Director and Senior Vice President & General Counsel of PayByClick Corporation, founded in 2000, which has developed a proprietary micropayment and ecommerce payment system for the internet and is the holder of 7 U.S. patents. Mr. Ling has extensive business and legal experience in developing and implementing strategic and tactical goals overseeing administration, engineering, sales, and marketing departments. At PayByClick, Mr. Ling also has had extensive experience working with engineering teams and project managers involving strategic design and implementation of internet ecommerce systems, including project management with a team of engineers in Tokyo, Japan. He participated in writing patent applications and within 6 months' of patent issuance, developed and implemented the company's patent monetization strategy.
With more than 29 years of experience as an international commercial lawyer licensing intellectual property and proprietary high technology software worldwide, Mr. Ling has worked extensively at both the operational and legal levels including administrative and financial management, all legal matters from negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial agreements such as technology licensing, distribution, strategic alliances, and development agreements to managing litigation, project management of multi-tiered web solutions with development teams, business development, development of distribution channel and strategic partnerships, patent prosecution with company engineers and outside patent law firms, and IP portfolio management, in a fast-paced, fluid and dynamic environment.
Mr. Ling recently founded a mobile ecommerce company that is in the process of completing a reverse acquisition of a public company. The public company will launch a mobile payment software solution for merchants including a license to a patent portfolio.
Mr. Ling was nominated in 2002 by Senators Jon Kyl (AZ) and John McCain (AZ) and Congressman Jim Kolbe (AZ) and in 2009 by Senator John McCain (AZ) to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State. He also served as "Maverick" in Colorado, New Mexico, California and Arizona and as "Trailblazer" fundraiser for the 2008 McCain Presidential Campaign.
He attended the prestigious college preparatory high school, Deerfield Academy of Deerfield, Massachusetts and received his B.A. in government with emphasis in international relations from Pomona College of Claremont, California, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, California. Mr. Ling is a member of the Arizona and District of Columbia Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Mr. Ling is conversant in French, Japanese and Taiwanese.
|James P. MacPherson, Jr.
Jamie MacPherson is a Managing Partner at Paladin Capital who has more than 20 years of corporate finance and investment banking experience. During his career, he has worked on transactions exceeding $2.0 billion. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. MacPherson served as Director and Managing Partner of KGI Capital Partners, a predecessor of Paladin Capital. From 1986 through 2003, Mr. MacPherson served as Managing Partner and founder of The Rhodes Group, LLC, a boutique financial advisory firm serving emerging companies, where he provided transaction and business planning advisory services to over 200 companies ranging from early venture and start-up stage to middle market. Prior to founding The Rhodes Group, Mr. MacPherson served as a Director and Vice President - Operations of a publicly-held consumer and healthcare products company. Mr. MacPherson began his career on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange, where he held a seat as a licensed trader, and served as Assistant Specialist for Wedbush, Noble, Cooke, Inc. and Adams-Fastnow, Inc., and as a Floor Broker for Bateman, Eichler, Hill Richards.
Mr. Pener has spent his career at the cutting edge of national and economic security issues and global economic policy. Mr. Pener was a founding executive of Conflict Securities Advisory Group, Inc. (CSAG) and has since overseen its evolution from start-up to a nationally-recognized independent research provider in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer. In that position, he has become a leading figure in shaping the field of global security risk. In 2001, Mr. Pener authored a comprehensive report on the security dimensions of China's presence in the U.S. capital markets for the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Since that time, he has testified before a number of state legislatures on global security risk and has served as an expert source for dozens of national and international articles and reports on global security risk. In 2000, Mr. Pener was called upon by former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, William F. Martin, to assist in the national security and foreign policy transition to the Bush Administration. Mr. Pener currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Prague Security Studies Institute Washington, as well as IdealsWork, Inc., a private research firm specializing in environmental, social and governance services. Mr. Pener earned his MA in International Economic Policy from the Elliott School of the George Washington University and a BA from Haverford College.
|John R. Petty
In addition to serving as a member of the ABF Board of Directors, Mr. Petty presently serves as Chairman of TECSEC Incorporated, Chairman of Federal National Payables, Inc. and President of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council (the FBPC is currently inactive). In addition, Mr. Petty is a member of the board of directors of ARRIS Corporation and Magnetic Analysis Corporation, as well as serving on a number of non-profit and philanthropic boards. In his more than 45 year career, Mr. Petty has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Midland Bank, a Partner of Lehman Brothers, the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs of the U.S. Treasury, the Chairman of the High-Level Review Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Petty formerly served as a member of the board of directors of Equivest Finance, Inc., the Hong King and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), RCA, Inc., Hercules, Inc., Himont Incorporated and Anixter International Corporation.
|Roger W. Robinson, Jr.
Mr. Robinson currently serves as President of RWR Inc., a consulting firm established in 1985 which provides real-time analyses of breaking geopolitical developments that could potentially impact international debt, equity and currency markets. Mr. Robinson previously served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; as Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), where he had responsibility for all economic, financial, trade and energy relationships of the United States worldwide for the NSC; and as Executive Secretary of the Senior Interdepartmental Group-International Economic Policy, a Cabinet-level body that reported through the NSC to the President. Prior to joining the NSC staff, Mr. Robinson was a Vice President in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan, where he was responsible for Chase's loan portfolio in the USSR, Eastern and Central Europe and Yugoslavia for five years. Mr. Robinson also served for some two and a half years as a personal assistant to former Chase Chairman David Rockefeller and earlier on assignment with the Chase branch in Tokyo. Mr. Robinson has published extensively on security-related risk in the global capital markets and East-West economic and financial relations, has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions before both Senate and House Committees and has served as a consultant to the Department of Defense. In addition, he is a frequent radio commentator and has made numerous broadcast appearances. He is also Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute in the Czech Republic. Mr. Robinson holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the George Washington University.
|Eugene A. Rosengarden
Mr. Rosengarden is an internationally-recognized expert in customs and international trade regulation, with extensive experience working with high level foreign and U.S. government officials on legislative and administrative programs. Since 2006, Mr. Rosengarden has been a customs and international consultant with Nathan Associates. Mr. Rosengarden served in the U.S. International Trade Commission for over 38 years, as Director of the Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements from 1979 to 2005, as Assistant General Counsel from 1972-1979 and as Attorney advisor, from 1967-1972. Mr. Rosengarden received his Master of Laws from George Washington University Law Center, his JD from the University of Maryland Law School, and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Maryland and participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He has served as Guest Lecturer at the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California and the Institute for Tax Administration. He received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 2000.
|Michael J. Del Rosso
Michael Del Rosso is an accomplished technology executive whose career spans 30 years. He has served as CEO and CTO of large public companies and early stage companies. He is currently CEO of Nimaya, Inc., an enterprise software company and Updata Partners portfolio company; Chairman of Acuity Tech Solutions, Inc.; and partner in Capital Trust Ventures (a growth stage venture capital firm) and Capital Trust Associates (a specialized advisory services to companies, lenders, and investors).
Michael has extensive corporate operations experience and P&L responsibility in technology services, independent software vendor (ISV), hardware design, and manufacturing businesses. Additionally, he has broad technical expertise and fundamental design experience in system-of-systems architectures; storage, knowledge, and content management systems design; operating system internals; real-time systems; data communications & telephony; identity management; computer security; critical infrastructure protection; information warfare and cyber-terrorism. He has contributed to Department of Defense information security research projects, has designed and implemented information security products for the commercial, intelligence, and defense marketplaces, and holds an active Department of Defense security clearance.
Previously he was Chief Technology Officer at three public companies: Quantum Corporation, Legato Systems, Inc., and OTG Software, Inc., the latter two now part of EMC, and was founding CTO of iDEFENSE (acquired by VeriSign). He has also held executive management positions at VII, Inc. and served on the board of directors of NFR Security, Inc. (acquired by Check Point Software). For 15 years prior to this he lead a successful consulting company providing expertise in engineering design, strategic planning, product management and marketing to corporations such as IBM, Amdahl, Control Data, Cheyenne Software, Secure Computing Corporation and Northern Telecom.
He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), a 2006 Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute where he is presently Research Fellow in National Security Policy, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, and has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
|Reverend Louis P. Sheldon
Rev. Sheldon is the Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, which he founded in 1980. Rev. Sheldon earned a B.S. in History from Michigan State University in 1957 and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1960. From the time of his ordination, he pastored churches for more than 25 years. Today, at the request of member churches, he travels throughout America as a guest preacher on a regular basis. He is a recognizable advocate speaking nationally in defense of the family. He has appeared as a guest commentator on Fox News, including Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and Nightline, and has also been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, as well as on numerous national radio talk shows. The New York Times has called him a "tireless crusader".
Mr. Treadwell is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, founded by former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel, where he has focused on missile defense, Arctic and natural resource policy. He has significant experience promoting trade and security cooperation between the United States, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In public life, Mr. Treadwell serves part-time as chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where he works with the President, the Congress and international partners to see its goals realized. He was appointed to the Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001 and designated chair in 2006. In private life, Mr. Treadwell is CEO of Venture Ad Astra (VAA), an investment firm developing geospatial and imaging technologies. He is chairman of Immersive Media Corporation, a public company, and ZuluTime, two firms in which VAA has invested which helped establish, respectively, Google's StreetView service and methods in commercial and military platforms used to supplement GPS with wireless networks. He is a member of the board of directors of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, Arctic Transportation Services and IW Financial. Mr. Treadwell has taught as an adjunct professor of business at Alaska Pacific University and holds a BA in history from Yale and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was selected as a Japan Society Business Fellow in 1981, a Robert Hartig Memorial Fellow in 1982, and a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow in 2009. He was cited by Japan's Foreign Minister for support of U.S. Japan Relations, and is a winner of the Hotchkiss School's Alumni Public Service Award.
|Mr. John McDonald, Kelley Drye and Warren, LLP
Mr. McDonald is a member of the firm's Corporate and Private Equity practice groups, resident in our New York office. John counsels clients on a full range of corporate transactional and general commercial matters, with a focus on private equity and strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, fund formation and venture capital.
John's strategic M&A practice involves representing publicly-traded and privately-held buyers and sellers in M&A transactions across a broad range of industries, both domestic and cross-border.
|Mr. Richard Newcomb, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP
R. Richard Newcomb is a partner based in Washington DC where he is chair of the International Trade practice. Mr. Newcomb has considerable international experience dealing with target governments, front-line states, like-minded allies, multilateral organizations (the United Nations, the European Union and others), financial and business communities worldwide and others who are responsible for compliance with asset controls and economic sanctions and embargo programs.
He is adept at handling regulatory procedures relating to international transactions, including navigating the requirements of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Bank Secrecy Act (and anti-money laundering laws), Export Administration Act, Anti-Boycott compliance, US Customs law and the relevant portions of the Patriot Act.
From 1987 to 2004, Mr. Newcomb served as director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Newcomb oversaw the administration and enforcement of 39 economic sanctions programs in furtherance of US foreign policy and national security goals. His leadership guided the agency through many of the major foreign policy challenges the nation has experienced in the past two decades, from the advent of multilateral sanctions against Iraq in 1990 coupled with a protective blocking of US $50 billion in Kuwaiti assets to the transformation of the agency after the attacks of September 11, 2001, to track and disrupt terrorist organizations and their financing networks.
In his time at OFAC, Mr. Newcomb was responsible for implementing economic sanctions and asset controls against Burma, Cuba, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, narcotics traffickers in Colombia and narcotics kingpins and their networks operating worldwide, as well as for maintaining the prohibition against financial transactions with Syria. Other economic sanctions that he implemented and saw through to completion included programs targeting the Taliban, North Korea, Serbia, Angola, Haiti, South Africa, Panama, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Throughout his time at OFAC, the agency played a significant role within the domestic and the international communities, confirming that economic sanctions can be an effective tool of international diplomacy. The strategies developed under his leadership and supervision for implementing sanctions and targeting terrorists are among the principal tools used today to wage the war on terrorism and terrorist financing.
Prior to his assignment with OFAC, Mr. Newcomb held a number of other positions in the Treasury Department, including director of the Office of Trade and Tariff Affairs and deputy to the assistant secretary (Regulatory, Trade and Tariff Affairs), where he was the principal advisor to the assistant secretary for enforcement on customs, international trade, commercial and regulatory matters.
President Ronald Reagan awarded Mr. Newcomb the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. Both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton honored him with the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award. He has also received the Department of the Treasury Management Excellence Award and the Albert Gallatin Award. The Department of the Navy awarded him its Superior Public Service Award. During his tenure at OFAC, the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice presented the agency with its Award for Outstanding International Law Office. When Mr. Newcomb departed the Treasury Department, he was awarded The Treasury Medal by Secretary John Snow "in recognition of singular accomplishments and leadership."
Mr. Newcomb joined DLA Piper after chairing the International group at another large law firm. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business lists Mr. Newcomb, citing "his praiseworthy expertise in economic sanctions matters. As former director of OFAC, he brings a wealth of experience to his private practice. Clients see this as a major draw, asserting: 'When Newcomb is on your team, government attorneys take you seriously - he has a tremendous amount of credibility.'" He is also listed in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
President Reagan's Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award
President Clinton's Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award
President Bush's Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award
The Treasury Medal, United States Department of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury Management Excellence Award
Outstanding International Law Office Award, American Bar Association Section of International Law
Superior Public Service Award, US Department of the Navy
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in International Trade - Nationwide
Listed in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of International Trade and Finance Law from 2008 - present
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|Timothy F. Powers, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Artemis Strategies
Timothy Powers, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Artemis Strategies, is a well respected Washington, D.C. asset. Prior to co-founding Artemis Strategies in the fall of 2002, Mr. Powers operated PowerStrategies, a public affairs and government relations firm he founded. PowerStrategies' clientele included corporations focused on issues in the high tech, telecommunications, tax, housing and financial services, and trade arenas.
Before establishing PowerStrategies, Mr. Powers spent six years as a Principal at PodestaMattoon (formerly Podesta and Associates). His primary responsibilities included the development, management and implementation of all aspects of client strategies, primarily in the areas of high tech, biotechnology, healthcare, entertainment, telecommunications, financial services and the environment. Clients have included PhRMA, Genentech, Genzyme, 3M, MCI, Mt. Sinai / NYU Hospitals, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and GE Capital Mortgage (now Genworth Financial).
Mr. Powers joined Podesta in 1995 after serving two years as Deputy Director of the Republican National Committee's (RNC) Congressional Affairs and Strategic Planning operation. His role there included working directly with the House and Senate Republican leadership on the crime bill, healthcare legislation and rollout of the "Contract with America". After the pivotal 1994 elections, Mr. Powers was appointed by RNC Chairman Haley Barbour to serve as the RNC's primary liaison with the notable 1995 Freshman class (representing nearly one-third of the House Republican Conference). Mr. Powers' previous experience has included work as an account executive at worldwide public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller, Deputy to the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Director of Government Affairs at Primerica Financial Services (part of the Travelers Group).
A political veteran, Mr. Powers has worked in more than a dozen federal and state campaigns. His roles have included Deputy Regional Field Director for the Dole for President campaign (1988) and as Ohio Field Director for the Bush/Quayle campaigns. In the 2000 election cycle, Mr. Powers served roles on the Bush for President campaign teams in Iowa and Pennsylvania and, after the election, was appointed to the Bush/Cheney transition team at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2002, Mr. Powers was named by Campaigns and Elections magazine as a "Top Rising Star" of Politics an honor reserved for only a handful of individuals from each party.
A Florida native, Mr. Powers is a graduate of Lee University (Cleveland, TN) with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He and his wife Ellen have two children.