Alex Gellert | CEO and Partner, Merkley+Partners
Alex Gellert is currently a Partner and the CEO of Merkley+Partners. M+P provides marketing and award-winning communications services to a broad range of clients, including Ferrero USA, Florida's Natural, Mercedes-Benz, Niconovum USA, Sun Products Corporation, and several others. Merkley+Partners produces content for clients in all media spaces, including television, print, social, digital and many others. Prior to M+P, Alex was an Executive Vice President with Lowe and Partners. He began his career at Scali, McCabe, Sloves.
Alex prides himself on working with clients that have achieved business success and been recognized by the industry. Alex has been associated with campaigns that have won EFFIEs, Gold Lions, Clios and the Gold Bell, the Ad Council's highest honor.
In 1985, TAB Books (a division of McGraw-Hill) published a book by Alex. The book, entitled How to be Your Own Phone Company, was a guide to the consumer implications of the 1984 breakup of AT&T.
Married since 1993, Alex and his wife, Jean, have three children: Alexander, Andrew, and Aidan.
Alex graduated with honors from Hobart College in 1986 with a dual major in Art History and Economics.
Anthony J. Guzzi | Chairman, President and CEO, EMCOR Group, Inc.
Anthony (Tony) J. Guzzi is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR Group, Inc., (NYSE: EME), a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services for a diverse range of businesses and government with estimated 2017 revenues of ~$7.6 B and ~33,000 employees. For nine consecutive years, EMCOR has been named by Fortune® as one of the top five World’s Most Admired Companies in the Engineering and Construction Industry—EMCOR is ranked #2 for 2017.
Prior to joining EMCOR, Tony was President of United Technologies Corporation’s multi-billion dollar Carrier North American Parts, Distribution and Services Division.
Previously, Tony had served as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company.
Tony is Ranger qualified and served in the U.S. Army as a Light Infantry Captain from 1986 to 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with highest distinction from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986. Tony earned his MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction in 1993.
Tony is a member of EMCOR’s (NYSE: EME) Board of Directors. He also serves on the Hubbell (NYSE: HUBB) Board of Directors and is the Lead Independent Director.
Passionate about giving back to veterans and their families, Tony helped found the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. Johnny Mac’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to the children and spouses of those soldiers who either perished in combat or training defending our country.
Tony enjoys spending time with his family, including two sons and a daughter. He coaches youth sports, and also enjoys playing golf, and attending sporting events.
Bill Noble | Founder and CEO, West Point Optical Group, LLC
Bill currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of West Point Optical Group, LLC, the largest Pearle Vision franchisee with 82 locations across the Midwest, AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, and NJ generating over $80M in annual sales.
Prior to his current role, Bill served as the Senior Vice President of Store Operations and MPA for LensCrafters. In that capacity, he supervised a team of seven Vice Presidents and oversaw the Store Operations, Lab Manufacturing, EyeCare Services, MP&A, and Real Estate teams. Bill has also served as the Senior Vice President of Store Operations for the Caleres; Regional General Manager for Walmart; Executive Vice President for Store Operations and Visual Merchandising for Lord and Taylor; Senior Vice President of Strategy, Operations, and Planning for Toys R Us and Strategic Consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Bill served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch in the Republic of South Korea. He earned a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Harvard University.
Bill and his wife, Lauralee reside in Mason, OH and are the proud parents of 8 children. Bill enjoys staying physically fit and following Army Football.
Bob Eisiminger | Serial Entrepreneur, Investor in Veteran-Led Companies
Bob Eisiminger was the co-founder/CEO of Knight Point Systems. With 35 years of professional experience, Bob has held a variety of positions in numerous industries. Prior to the founding of KPS, Bob served in various sales and sales leadership roles, winning accolades at every level for a Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical Company. He is a firm believer in creating an environment where team members can do their best work. With that in mind, he co-founded Knight Point Systems in 2005. He led Knight Point Systems to 8 years in a row on the Inc 5000 list; best places to work awards from the Washington Post; the Washingtonian Magazine; and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce multiple times. In 2019, Bob sold his company to Perspecta and transitioned to a role of advisor.
Bob earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1988 where he was teammates on the Army Soccer Team with Johnny Mac. He later served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer with tours of duty in Texas and Germany. In 2018, he was named one of the Distinguished Members of the West Point Society of DC and was named The EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Government Contracting category for the Mid-Atlantic in 2019. He is a serial investor in veteran-led companies to include everything from a real estate company to a brewery to a software company.
Bob comes from a long line of service to our nation in uniform and has a passion for supporting our soldiers and their families. His grandfather was KIA in WWII and he believes that the efforts to honor Johnny McHugh fall in line with those of honoring his grandfather.
Bob Lockett | Chief Diversity and Talent Officer, ADP
Bob is currently the Chief Diversity and Talent Officer at ADP. In this role, Bob is accountable for the Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Talent strategy. Bob is passionate about ensuring that our workforce is reflective of the communities in which we live and the clients we serve. Additionally, he is an advocate for parity in leadership levels for all ADP population segments.
Prior to his role expansion, Bob was the Chief Talent Officer. He joined ADP in 2016 as the Head of Human Resources/Division Vice President for Small Business Solutions & HR Outsourcing business units. Bob’s corporate career spans over 20 years with several top-tier companies. Prior to ADP, Bob was the Senior Vice President/Head of Human Resources at Harland Clarke; Vice President, Talent Management at First Data; HR Executive at USAA; Director, Human Resources at Limited Brands (Bath& Body Works, Express); Director, Player Services at Harrah’s Casino; Senior Group Manager, HR at Frito Lay, and Executive Senior Partner at The Lucas Group. He has led multiple HR Centers of Excellence (Diversity & Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Employee Relations, and HR Business Partners) throughout his career.
Prior to his corporate career, Bob served as a field artillery officer in the US Army for 9 years. He commanded an artillery unit in Germany and is a Desert Storm veteran.
Bob is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Bob sits on the board of directors for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, is a member of the Diversity HR50, coaches little league football, is a lifetime member of the VFW, The American Legion, and the National Black MBA Association.
David Anderson | CEO, Bay West LLC
Dave Anderson joined Bay West in his current role in April 2015, having served previously as a member of the firm's Board of Directors.
Anderson served as an engineer officer in the United States Army for 26 years, culminating as commander of the Baltimore District, US Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he oversaw a $5 billion military construction program across the mid-Atlantic region, flood risk management and environmental restoration initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and engineering and real property support for the Army and intelligence community. He previously commanded the Corps' Honolulu District, and served in command and staff positions at over a dozen duty stations in the US and abroad.
Previously, Dave was an Executive Vice President on the Public Institutions team at Jones Lang LaSalle, where we responsible for the development and expansion of real estate and financial services in the Department of Defense market, and provided strategic advice on public sector projects.
Dave is proud member of the West Point Class of 1986. He earned master's degrees from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces) in National Strategy Resourcing, and from the University of Texas at Austin in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
He is married to the former Kara Scichili of Richardson, Texas, and they are proud parents of Katy, Kurt and Kelsey.
David Urban | President, The American Continental Group
David Urban has been referred to as a "prominent...Republican lobbyist" by The New York Times, a "Mover and Shaker" by Campaigns & Elections magazine, a "Top Influencer" by Politics magazine and a "high-level Washington Republican lobbyist" and "influential Washington rainmaker" by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Roll Call identified "Urban as "a member of Washington's community of influential Republican moderates and pragmatists." In a profile of Mr. Urban, Philadelphia Magazine said that "when [Urban] talks, Members of Congress listen."
Immediately before joining the American Continental Group in 2002, Mr. Urban served for five years as the Chief of Staff for United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Acting as the Senator's senior advisor on legislative, political, media, and administrative matters in Pennsylvania and Washington, Mr. Urban was Senator Specter's direct representative to the Senator's Pennsylvania constituents, as well as other Members of Congress, senior executive branch officials, ambassadors, and other officials of foreign governments. Mr. Urban represented Senator Specter as a part of the Senate Republican leadership, and oversaw the Senator's interests before the Judiciary, Appropriations, Veterans' Affairs, and Environment and Public Works Committees.
From 1994 through 1997, Mr. Urban was an attorney in private practice, focusing on litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Urban's experiences in the law range, from complex director and officer corporate liability matters to multimillion-dollar revenue bond financings for industrial developments. An active member of the Pennsylvania Bar, Mr. Urban has been admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
From 1986 through 1991, Mr. Urban served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division, headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Illustrative of his distinguished record of consistently high performance during his time in uniform, Mr. Urban was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement while engaged in combat operations against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
Mr. Urban earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law. Mr. Urban has lectured at various universities, most recently serving as an adjunct professor at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dietmar Exler | Chief Operating Officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment
In 2019, Dietmar Exler became AMB Sports & Entertainment’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing fan experience, the food and beverage program, private events and tours, as well as security and retail across the AMBSE portfolio. Previously, he was president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, Mercedes-Benz Vans and the smart brand in the United States, leading MBUSA’s more than 1,600 employees and 380 dealers throughout the U.S.
Prior to leading MBUSA, Exler was vice president of sales for MBUSA, with overall responsibility for the company’s sales, volume planning and distribution operations in the United States. Exler’s career spans nearly two decades with international business experience in various leadership roles. He began at McKinsey & Co. in 1997 as part of the financial interest group in their Germany office and later in their Midwest office, based out of Detroit, Mich. Five years later, Exler joined Chrysler Financial as senior manager of program development and was promoted to vice president of marketing the same year.
In 2004, Exler became vice president of customer services for (then) DaimlerChrysler Financial Services in Farmington Hills, Mich., before transferring to Germany in 2005, where he served as chief operating officer of Daimler Financial Services Europe and member of the board at Mercedes-Benz Bank. Exler returned to the U.S. in 2010 after being appointed vice president for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA.
Originally from Austria, Exler studied at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, where he received his doctorate in law. He also holds a master of laws from the University of Chicago. Exler has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1997. He currently resides in Brookhaven, GA.
Doug Black | CEO, SiteOne Landscape Supply
Doug Black was appointed CEO of SiteOne Landscape Supply (formerly John Deere Landscapes) in April of 2014. SiteOne Landscape Supply is the largest wholesale distributor of landscaping products in North America with more than $2.4 billion in sales and over 550 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Doug was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of Oldcastle Inc., the largest integrated building materials manufacturer and distributor in North America and a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish-based CRH plc. During his 18-year career with Oldcastle, Doug helped achieve industry-leading performance and growth; and he played a major role in transforming Oldcastle from a $900 million in sales company into a $12.6 billion market leader.
Doug’s business career began at McKinsey & Company in 1992, leading strategy, sales force effectiveness and plant improvement projects in the telecommunications, airline, lumber, paper and packaging industries. While serving as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer from 1986 to 1990, he completed construction projects in the Southeastern U.S., Central America and South America.
Doug earned an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business as a Fuqua Scholar and a BS in Mathematical Science/Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. While at West Point, he was a Division I-A AP All-American running back, set Army's single-season rushing record, and was the recipient of the NCAA and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete awards.
Doug is Past Chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Board of Directors and previously served on the Board of Directors for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.
Doug and his wife, Joanne, and sons, J.D. and Luke, reside in Atlanta, GA.
Drew Slaven | Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Mercedes-Benz USA
Drew Slaven became vice president & CMO at Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) in January 2014. In this role, Slaven is a member of MBUSA’s executive management team with overall responsibility for marketing communications, market research and product management of the Mercedes-Benz brand in the U.S.
Slaven came on board with MBUSA in 2002 as department manager of communications planning. In 2007 he was promoted to his most recent post at the company, general manager of marketing services, where he had oversight of marketing communications strategies for the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands within the United States. His responsibilities spanned national corporate advertising, CRM and the Internet.
Prior to joining MBUSA, Slaven gained a decade’s marketing experience working on both the agency and client sides. He began as a media planner for DDB Media Advertising in 1992, developing marketing strategies for GTE and American Airlines. Two years later, he moved to McCann-Erickson, overseeing the advertising of the Johnson & Johnson and Ferrero accounts. He then switched to the client side as manager of mass communications at J.P. Morgan Chase, responsible for consumer advertising for Chase Bank.
Slaven holds a master of business administration in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Roswell, GA.
James "Ted" Hoyt | Treasurer and Clerk, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund
Ted serves as the Fund's legal counsel with help from pro bono volunteer lawyers from the preeminent Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, as well as in-house attorneys at EMCOR Group, Inc.
Ted is the manager of Hoyt Legal LLC, a five-lawyer litigation firm located outside Boston. Hoyt Legal specializes in representing commercial landlords across the country. Prior to forming Hoyt Legal, Ted was the managing attorney at Mickelson Barnet, P.C. in New Bedford, MA, and for four years prior to that, he was a real estate and land use attorney at Prince Lobel Tye in downtown Boston. Ted earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law with his Juris Doctor degree.
Before becoming an attorney, Ted was an officer in the Army Special Forces (Green Berets), where he served in a number of locations and assignments. Ted's extended family has strong military roots. His younger brother served for 23 years as a Navy SEAL, and his two brothers-in-law are Air Force officers - one an F-22 instructor pilot and the other, a top infectious disease doctor. Ted's grandfather-in-law was a distinguished graduate and fifth-generation West Pointer. Ted enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children in Hopkinton, MA. He looks forward to doing great things through the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for years to come in honor of our friend and brother.
James Hradecky | Founder and CEO, NuLife Med, LLC
In his 21 years in the medical industry, Jim has founded, managed, grown, sold, and turned around several medical device and service businesses. Always focusing on outcomes for patients, physicians, and facilities, Jim's businesses effectively use technology, human interaction, and doing what's right in caring for people to achieve the best results possible. As an eternal optimist, Jim currently owns or operates four medical companies that support best outcomes for all patients, that range from "equipment for better recovery from surgery" to "administrative support to ensure that insurance carriers adhere to insurance benefit reimbursement requirements for patients."
After graduating from West Point in 1986, Jim served seven years on active duty, with two tours in the 82nd Airborne Division and one in Germany. A Field Artillery Officer with both Battery Command and Battalion Operations Officer experience, he left the military in 1993. He was then recruited into the medical industry, where he still works today.
Active in many New Hampshire charities, Jim focuses on the needs of veterans and their families. He hires veterans as leaders for his companies, with 60 percent of leadership positions being held by veteran officers or senior non-commissioned officers. Jim is honored to be a board member of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.
Jim's degree from West Point in 1986 was followed many years later with an MBA from Babson College, focusing on Entrepreneurship, in 2010. He lives happily with his family in New Hampshire and enjoys traveling to other places, as long as he gets to come home soon.
James McHugh | Senior Managing Director, Business Development, Intech
James McHugh is responsible for providing investment solutions to current and prospective Intech clients and consultants.
Prior to joining Intech, Mr. McHugh spent the majority of his career with The Prudential Insurance Company. From 1982 to 1994 he served as director of portfolio management for PDI Strategies where he was responsible for asset allocation and balanced investment management for multi-employer pension funds.
In 1994, Mr. McHugh joined HSBC Asset Management Americas Inc. as director of client investment services where he was responsible for asset allocation strategies for U.S. balanced portfolios in addition to servicing U.S.-based investment relationships. He returned to Prudential Investment Management in 1998 as vice president of institutional sales and marketing responsible for Taft-Hartley Benefit Funds. Mr. McHugh holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Jim DiOrio | President and CEO, J3 Global
Jim DiOrio’s career is a testament to his life as a servant leader. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, DiOrio served as a Field Artillery and Civil Affairs Officer in the US Army. He then served 20 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he led criminal and terrorist investigations and oversaw the FBI’s Evidence Response Team. He has worked as a liaison to military and intelligence units worldwide and is a highly decorated officer. He also serves on the Board of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a nonprofit he helped found that provides scholarships to veterans and military family members.
A lifelong friend of the McHugh family, Jim grew up just blocks apart from Johnny Mac in Essex County, New Jersey. John McHugh and Jim were schoolyard friends, high school rivals, summer teammates, West Point classmates, and dedicated, passionate public servants. Their families spent hours and days together during Army football and soccer games, Caldwell American Legion baseball games, church activities, holidays and family celebrations. Their parents were inseparable. They stood up for each other. John inspires Jim every single day.
Joe Agresti | CEO, Dream Motor Group
Joe Agresti is the CEO and owner of a series of automobile dealerships across the south. He owns Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti dealerships in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. He partners with University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban on three of the stores.
At 27 years old, Joe became the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Asbury Automotive Group. He was responsible for operations, acquisitions, post-merger integration, strategic sourcing and internal audit. After playing a key role in bringing Asbury public, he moved on to private ownership. Prior to joining Asbury, he was a manager at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Joe has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Rutgers University and was a CPA.
John Magness | Executive Vice President, Hillwood
Beyond the development of over 4,000 acres and 32M SF in the Western region, John manages key client relationships, which has resulted in an additional 31.5M SF of e-commerce projects across the U.S. John also leads Hillwood’s partnership with NASCAR which includes 11 sites on 1,860 acres with 26M SF of future development.
A recognized leader in environmentally responsible industrial redevelopment, John Magness opened Hillwood’s first West Coast office over 20 years ago. The original project, AllianceCaliforniaTM, redeveloped Norton Air Force Base through public/private partnerships. Under his management, the multimodal industrial logistics park has grown to 2,000 acres with Kohl’s, Mattel, Amazon, and Amazon Air Cargo as anchor tenants.
Before joining Hillwood in 1998, John served as a consultant to the United Arab Emirates government. He is a Desert Storm veteran, having served nine years in the United States Army with roles as commander, staff officer, and pilot. His last assignment was as Operations Officer and Pilot with the famed Task Force 160 Night Stalkers, an elite Special Operations Aviation unit. In this unit, John participated in numerous combat missions, including the Battle of the Black Sea in Mogadishu, Somalia, depicted in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” He is also an author, having published Pilot Vision in 1999.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the United States Academy at West Point and earned his Master of Business Administration from Boston University. He is an active board member with the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund serving the educational needs of “Gold Star” family members of our military.
Joseph M. DePinto | President and CEO, 7-Eleven, Inc.
Joe DePinto leads the premier company in convenience retailing. Globally, there are more than 52,800 7-Eleven stores, of which some 10,350 stores are in North America. Before being appointed CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. in 2005, Joe was President of GameStop Corporation. He has also held executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc. and Thornton Oil Corporation. Joe is a Board Director of 7-Eleven, Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of Brinker International.
Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Business Executives for National Security, SMU's Cox School of Business and the Southwestern Medical Foundation. He is also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Group and the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Joe earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Kurt Gutierrez | CEO, FPS, Inc. and Partner, Patriot Strategies
Kurt Patrick Gutierrez has owned and operated numerous successful businesses since 2003. His ventures include work in telecommunications in the Middle East and U.S., and technical security upgrades at U.S. embassies worldwide. Prior to his business enterprises, Kurt worked for Corning Cable Systems and Danaher as Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Kurt, a graduate of U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, served as a Field Artillery Officer with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrolling the politically sensitive East/West German border and the West German border of Czechoslovakia.
Kurt graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986. He was captain of the Army football team that produced victories in both the Cherry Bowl over Michigan State and the Peach Bowl over the University of Illinois. He also holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Kurt lives in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Marcy; he has two adult children.
Kurt, the son of a career-enlisted U.S. Army soldier, has a passion for supporting soldiers and their families. He believes that the efforts to honor Johnny McHugh will provide a vehicle impacting the lives of soldiers everywhere. He is honored to be a part of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund team.
Malcolm Frost | Major General, U.S. Army, Retired
Major General Malcolm Frost has over three decades of leadership experience in both the U.S. Army and business. He served as a career Infantryman, commanding and leading soldiers at every level from Lieutenant to 2-star General. Throughout his military career he provided large-scale strategic and operational leadership and oversight of units across the globe - successfully leading the evolution of soldier training programs in peace and war.
Malcolm led the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness revolution from 2017-19 and was responsible for developing the first new physical fitness test for the Army in 40 years. He also led the Army’s initial entry training enterprise that annually transformed 130K civilians into soldiers and as the Army’s Director of Public Affairs, developed and led all strategic communications plans, roll-outs, and national media relations initiatives for the Army. He has been deployed to combat several times in a variety of leadership and command positions in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan between 1995-2011.
Since retiring from the Army, Malcolm provides executive leadership development, public relations, and communications advice to corporate America. He also provides expert advice to companies in the health and wellness, training, and information operations industries. He has extensive keynote and public speaking experience and has been an on-air military and national security contributor to Fox News and other outlets.
A 1988 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Malcolm was a soccer teammate of Johnny McHugh. He believes strongly in the causes of supporting families of our fallen servicemembers and improving the state of health and fitness as a national security challenge in America.
MaryEllen Picciuto | President, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund
MaryEllen Picciuto was named President of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund at its inception in 2014. She leads all day-to-day operations, fundraising efforts, and grant programs for the organization, a nonprofit and public charity with the mission of providing veterans and military family members with scholarships and education opportunities. The start-up CEO of Johnny Mac, MaryEllen has led the board of directors to award over $20 million in scholarship funding in less than 7 years.
Before joining Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, she was Senior Director of Alumni Support and Business Operations at the West Point Association of Graduates, the nonprofit alumni and fundraising association for the United States Military Academy. MaryEllen also held the historic "Cadet Hostess" position at West Point, providing etiquette and military protocol instruction to the U.S. Corps of Cadets.
Prior to her career in nonprofit management and leadership, MaryEllen served for five years as a logistics officer in the United States Army with duty both stateside and overseas. She is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. MaryEllen graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986.
MaryEllen and her husband have raised a daughter and son, both serving as officers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, respectively. Residing in northern Virginia, MaryEllen enjoys being outdoors, traveling, cooking, and reading. She tries to take at least 10,000 steps per day.
Pat Antonietti | Director for Domestic Counterterrorism and Global Antiterrorism, Office of the Secretary of Defense
In his current role in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Pat Antonietti works extensively with counterparts in the Intelligence Community, the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security, FBI, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Military Departments, and Geographic Combatant Commands to protect Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and facilities worldwide. Mr. Antonietti represents and advocates for the DoD at National Security Council policy-making meetings and prepares the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) for NSC meetings at the highest levels of the U.S. government to voice DoD equities in policy decisions regarding, among other issues, countering the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups seeking to harm U.S. interests. Mr. Antonietti previously served in OSD-Policy as the Director for the Middle East, overseeing U.S. defense equities in 14 countries from Egypt to Iran and as a Senior Advisor for Peacekeeping and Stability Operations. His efforts have been instrumental in helping to formulate the military component of U.S. National Security policies in the Levant and the Gulf Arabian Peninsula with key allies including Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman as well as policy on Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Yemen, the Middle East Peace Process, the Arab Awakening, and the establishment of a UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali to counter Al Qaeda in North Africa.
Mr. Antonietti is a retired Army officer having commanded from the platoon to battalion level in Field Artillery units in Germany, the United States, and Iraq in the 1st, 3rd, 7th and 42nd Infantry Divisions. His last active duty assignment was in the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia from 2003-07 where he was a Battalion Commander, to include commanding an artillery task force in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq from 2005-06, and later serving as the Division Fires and Effects Coordinator and Chief, Commanding General's Initiatives Group. Mr. Antonietti's major staff assignments include Political-Military Planner, Joint Chiefs of Staff/J5 (Strategic Plans and Policy) from 2001-03 in the Central/East European Division and in the Central/South Asia Division as one of the first pol-mil planners on Afghanistan after 9/11. He was a Battalion Executive Officer during the initial deployment to Kosovo in 1999-2000, a Fire Support officer from Company to Division level, Battalion Adjutant, and Aide-de-camp.
Mr. Antonietti graduated from the National War College in 2012 earning a Master's degree in National Security Studies. He graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College in 1998. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1997 where he was a pioneering Olmsted Scholar in the first class of students to study in Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War. Mr. Antonietti is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was in the same upper-class company, D-4 (Go Dukes!), with COL John McHugh having twice been his roommate and frequent pick-up basketball, stick hockey, and whiffle ball teammate. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Ranger Tab, and Airborne Wings.
Patrick Daly | President and CEO, Cohera Medical, Inc.
Patrick Daly has over 24 years of experience in the medical device industry. Mr. Daly started Cohera Medical, Inc.® in January 2006, and led four successful funding rounds totaling over $75M in capital from private investors to facilitate the creation of Cohera Medical's two lead products-TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive and Sylys® Surgical Sealant-through the FDA approval process for medical devices. Prior to starting Cohera, he had over 14 years of experience in sales, marketing, international marketing, and leadership positions throughout the Johnson & Johnson organization, including Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Ethicon Products, J&J Medical Australia/New Zealand, and J&J Medical Asia Pacific. He continued along his entrepreneurial-like Johnson & Johnson career track as a marketing leader in J&J Medical Asia Pacific by creating and implementing training and development programs in China, India, Korea, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Prior to his career in business, Mr. Daly proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Latin American Studies. He played varsity lacrosse during his four years at West Point and was named an All-American.
Mr. Daly serves on several boards, including the Advanced Medical Technology Association's (AdvaMed) Board of Directors, the Emerging Growth Company Council (EGCC) for AdvaMed, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that provides a well-balanced, nurturing home and quality education through college for academically capable girls. He is committed to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and giving back to "Our Own."
Patrick O'Connor | President, Swagelok Denver
Pat O'Connor is the President and owner of Swagelok Denver, a distributor of world-class fluid system components used in critical industrial gas and liquid applications. Pat began his career at Swagelok in 1996, and has held various engineering and plant management roles. Prior to his time at Swagelok, Pat was the plant manager of an injection-molded plastics company in Austinburg, Ohio.
Pat graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a concentration in Latin American Studies. Upon graduation from the U.S. Army's Airborne and Ranger Schools, Pat served five years as an officer with both the First Infantry Division and the 10th Mountain Division.
Pat currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where he enjoys long-distance triathlons, mountain biking and skiing. He gives back to the community as a coach and administrator for both youth and high school lacrosse. His wife, Monica, is also a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy. They have three children, ages 15 to 21.
Richard Pascoe | Chairman and CEO, Histogen, Inc.
Richard W. Pascoe was named Chief Executive Officer of Histogen Inc. in January of 2019.
Mr. Pascoe joined the company following the merger of Apricus Biosciences Inc. and Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Pascoe was the Chief Executive Officer of Apricus from March 2013 until joining Histogen. Prior to Apricus, Mr. Pascoe was with Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Somaxon in 2008, Mr. Pascoe served as Chief Operating Officer at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to ARIAD, Mr. Pascoe held a series of senior management roles at King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Pfizer Inc.), including Senior Vice President positions in King’s international and hospital commercial business units. Prior to King, Mr. Pascoe held commercial roles in the hospital pharmaceutical and medical device groups at Medco Research, Inc. (acquired by King), COR Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc.), and B. Braun Interventional.
Mr. Pascoe is a member of the board of directors of KemPharm, Inc., as well as a member of the company’s audit and compensation committees and its lead independent director. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Seelos Therapeutics, Inc. He is the Chair-elect of the board of directors of Biocom, California’s leading advocate for the life sciences industry, and a member of the board of directors of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a charity for military veterans.
Mr. Pascoe served on active duty as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Division to include one combat tour in Iraq earning several awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a B.S. degree in Leadership. Mr. Pascoe was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Southern California in 2016, where he serves as a liaison between the Secretary and the local community.
Rick Minicozzi | Founder and Managing Partner, Thayer Leader Development Group; Managing Partner, The Historic Thayer Hotel
Rick Minicozzi is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he served at Fort Hood and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Rick founded Always There Property Management Services (ATPMS) in 1999. ATPMS provides property management services to his personal real estate portfolio and to other owners and homeowners associations. He is a value investor and has invested, developed, and turned around many properties in Texas over his 30-year career.
In 2009, he led a partnership to acquire the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point; he re-capitalized, renovated and restored it to the quality that is expected at West Point. Today Rick is the Managing General Partner of the Hotel.
In 2010, Rick led a group of West Point graduates to found the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) at West Point. TLDG provides executive leadership and ethics education coupled with experiential learning, team building and a guest speaker program to help build leaders of character by offering leadership and ethics education grounded in the United States Army leadership philosophy of “Be, Know, Do” and the United States Military Academy values of “Duty, Honor, Country” in the inspirational venue of the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point.
In 2011, Rick co-founded Iron Sword Enterprises, Inc. a New York based construction company that performs design/build construction projects as well as construction management services. He is also founder of ESR Development, Inc in Austin Texas. ESR recently completed a condominium development on Lady Bird Lake in Austin.
In 2014, Rick founded Lone Star Peak Performance (LSPP). LSPP an experience offered at M5 Ranch on the beautiful Lake Buchanan just northwest of Austin, Texas. LSPP provides Teams an inspirational venue for a team meeting, planning session or retreat that can be coupled with experiential learning through an expert team-building program.
Robert Healy | Founder and Managing Partner, L Squared Capital Partners
Prior to founding L Squared, Rob cofounded Chicago Growth Partners, a growth-focused private equity fund that invested over $750 million in more than 35 growth companies. Rob was previously a Managing Director at William Blair Capital Partners, a General Partner with ClearLight Partners, and a Principal at William E. Simon & Sons, besides working in investment banking with Merrill Lynch & Company. Prior to his investing career, Rob served for nine years as an officer in the United States Army and was decorated for his combat leadership, commanding a Black Hawk Squadron in Operation Just Cause. Rob graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he quarterbacked the Army football team and led them to their second Bowl victory in history. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Salvatore Fichera | President and CEO, F&G Mechanical, An EMCOR Company
Sal leads and oversees F & G Mechanical’s operations to provide maximum value to the client while delivering excellent financial performance for F&G’s parent company, EMCOR Group, Inc. Along with client development and relationship building, Sal also assists the company’s estimating team with new project bidding and procurement phases. He develops strategic direction and policies that make F&G Mechanical the premier mechanical contractor in the region, and guides the company’s safety initiatives and policies.
Sal has been in the mechanical contracting business for over 40 years. He started working in the family-founded business, F&G Heating Company, in Brooklyn, NY. In 1975, Sal and his partner, Salvatore “Butch” Giardina, came to Secaucus, New Jersey, and started F&G Mechanical Corporation.
In 1984, after watching the growth of the fire sprinkler business and fulfilling the needs of a very important and large client, Butch and Sal founded Meadowlands Fire Protection Company. This new entity gave F&G the ability to provide the total mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection solutions their clients demanded.
Sal completed a four-year UA Apprenticeship and has performed all aspects of the F&G business, including: drafting, design, estimating, project management, and purchasing. He holds a Master Plumber’s License for the State of New Jersey and the City of New York, along with a Fire Suppression License for the City of New York. He also holds a Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration License for the State of New Jersey.
Sal is active in the MCA of New Jersey and is a Contractor Trustee for Local 24. He is on the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the MCA of New Jersey Labor Negotiating Committee. Sal is also a member of ASPE and ASSE.
In his downtime, Sal enjoys spending time with his wife, Valerie, and his two grown children, Danielle and Marc. He is an avid golfer and enjoys watching all sports, especially football and basketball. He and his family enjoy traveling and spending time at the Jersey Shore.
Salvatore “Butch” P. Giardina | President, F&G Mechanical, An EMCOR Company
Sal oversees the day-to-day operations of F & G Mechanical, maintaining close business relationships with NJ and NYC’s elite general contractors. Through the constant cultivation of business relationships, Butch ensures a steady flow of newly awarded projects to F&G’s portfolio each year. He is one of the Team Leaders of the organization’s Executive Committee, and actively participates in strategic planning meetings with each department head to maintain the future direction of F&G Mechanical.
Sal has been in the mechanical contracting business for over 42 years. He started working in the family-founded business, then called F&G Heating Company, in Brooklyn, NY. In 1975, Sal and his partner, Sal Fichera, came to Secaucus, NJ, and started F&G Mechanical Corporation. Together they established a reputation in the industry for reliability, total customer satisfaction and faith in the promise that projects will be completed on time and within budget. In 2001, F&G Mechanical became a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc.
Sal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wagner College. He is President of the New York Law Enforcement Foundation, and has licenses with NYC Master Fire Suppression and Rockland County Plumbers. In his downtime, Sal enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He’s an avid outdoorsman and can usually be found hunting, fishing, playing golf, or participating in other outdoor sports.
Stan Olson | Manager, Analysis & Stewardship Group, ExxonMobil
Stan has been with ExxonMobil for 15 years, currently serving as a Manager in the Corporation's Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Department. Prior to this, Stan held several field and staff positions in ExxonMobil's Supply & Transportation, bringing the Olsons to wonderful locations in Northern Virginia, New England, and now in Houston, Texas.
A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Stan attended Airborne and Ranger schools followed by Field Artillery and Logistics assignments and service in several strategic deployments (Desert Storm, Somalia and Iraqi Freedom). In 1998, Stan transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, serving with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). He retired from military service in 2007 following one final deployment.
Stan enjoys staying active with his family. He and his wife, Brenda, and two children have a passion for giving back and serving others; particularly our Veterans and their families. Stan attributes much of his passion for giving to his close relationship with Johnny Mac and the McHugh family who set the bar high regarding giving of themselves to others.
Steve Cannon | CEO, AMB Group, LLC
Steve Cannon was named CEO of AMB Group, LLC effective February 1, 2016, assuming the day-to-day leadership of the company’s for-profit businesses. Cannon leads all business operations for the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer; Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, the developer of Mercedes-Benz Stadium scheduled to open in 2017, PGA TOUR Superstore; and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.
Prior to joining AMB Group, Cannon served as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and was responsible for leading operations that generated record sales, with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion. During his tenure, MBUSA achieved a first-ever No. 1 ranking on the American Customer Satisfaction Index and was also lauded as one of the best places to work by Fortune magazine for five consecutive years. Cannon oversaw MBUSA’s successful headquarters relocation from New Jersey to the Atlanta metro area, in addition to crafting a sports sponsorship strategy that closely aligned the premium brand with properties that were reflective of its category leadership and brand positioning.
Cannon began his automotive career in 1991 as an Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz of North America (predecessor to MBUSA). From there, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany and joined a small team tasked with the development, manufacturing, and launch of the M-Class, the first Mercedes-Benz SUV ever made in and for this market. Following his time in Germany, Cannon served as Director of Marketing for Debis Financial Services (later Daimler Financial Services). He also served as a principal for The Richards Group, one of the largest independent full-service advertising agencies in the U.S., before rejoining MBUSA in 2007 where he served as the Vice President of Marketing MBUSA from June 2007 until he was promoted to president and CEO in 2012.
Cannon graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S., Economics). He is Airborne Ranger-qualified and served as a 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. During his time in the Army, he also served for five years as an artillery officer.
Cannon and his wife, Ann, reside in Atlanta and are the parents of nine children.
Terry Finley | President, West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc.
At the helm of a horse racing partnership management company he founded in 1991, Terry Finley leverages over 25 years of accumulated institutional knowledge to guide his management decisions and better position his clients for success. His passion for racing was ignited as a youngster while attending horse races with his father. Finley is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a former Army Ranger, achieving the rank of Captain during his service. Finley incubated and executed his business plan to provide unique lifestyle experiences via fractional racehorse ownership, enabling people of modest means to compete at the highest levels of horse racing. Finley grew the company from two investors and a $5,000 claiming horse in 1991 to its current state of over 400 investors and more than 65 horses typically under management. West Point runners compete in elite races, including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup World Championships, as well as various other stakes and allowance levels.
Finley has served on numerous industry boards of directors including the Breeders' Cup, the NTRA Horse PAC and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Finley serves on the boards of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the Catholic Leadership Institute.
Finley lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife and business partner, Debbie. They have two grown children: Erin, who is the Communications Director at West Point Thoroughbreds; and Ryan, who plays professional soccer for Chivas USA.
Victor Losure | President, The Elm Press, Inc.
Victor L. Losure assumed his current position on May 30, 2001 after having served as Vice President of Sales & Operations of the Elm Press for the previous ten years. Prior to that, he served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. In this capacity, he served in a variety of positions, including Operations Officer, Company Executive Officer, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and Infantry Platoon Leader while stationed at both Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Benning, Georgia.
Vic graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1986. He also holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Denver.
Vic has four teenage children, and is active in numerous civic and youth athletic organizations. His devotion to family and community service is equaled by his commitment to supporting the soldiers of our great country.
Vic fervently believes that the needs of our soldiers and their families, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, require our support. He is honored to be a part of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund team, and to help our fellow soldiers in honor and in memory of John “Johnny Mac” McHugh.
William F. Murdy | Chairman, Thayer Leader Development Group and Thayer Hotel, and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
William F. (Bill) Murdy stepped down recently as Chairman of Comfort Systems USA (Houston) (NYSE: FIX) a $1.3 billion company providing heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) installation and services in the commercial/industrial/institutional sector countrywide. Comfort Systems operates from over 75 locations employing more than 7,000 people.
Until December 31, 2011 he was both Chairman and CEO of Comfort, having joined the company in 2000 in those positions. Before joining Comfort he was President and CEO of Club Quarters (New York City), a privately owned, rapidly growing chain of membership hotels catering to corporate travelers to major cities in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to Club Quarters he was Chairman, President, CEO and Co-Founder of LandCare USA, Inc. (Houston) (NYSE: GRW). LandCare grew to be the country's largest commercial landscape and tree services company before merging with ServiceMaster (NYSE:SVM) in 1999. Before LandCare, Mr. Murdy was President and CEO for 8 years of General Investment and Development (Boston), a large, privately held, diversified real estate investment, development and operating company, and before that, from 1981 to 1989, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner of the Morgan Stanley Venture Capital Fund and President of its associated management company (New York City). From 1974 to 1981 he served in a number of positions including chief operating officer of Pacific Resources (Honolulu) (NYSE: PRI), a rapidly growing $1 billion company in the oil refining and gas utility sector.
He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (1970) and West Point (1964). He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1974, including one year in the Dominican Republic (82nd Airborne) and two years in Viet Nam (173rd Airborne Brigade). He was awarded three Bronze Stars, four Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After three years teaching (Economics) at West Point, he left the active Army as a Major and served in the US Army Reserve.
Currently, he is the Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU) and the Board of Directors of Vectrus (NYSE: VEC). Former Board positions include LandCare (NYSE: GRW), Chairman and CEO; Comfort Systems (NYSE: FIX), Chairman and CEO; Kaiser Aluminum (NASDAQ: KALU), Chairman Compensation Committee; and UIL (NYSE: UIL), Chairman Compensation Committee. He is a Founder and former Chairman of Warrior Gateway (connecting Veterans with services), a Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Business Executives for National Security and a member of the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Murdy is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and a former member of the Board of Visitors for West Point. At West Point today, he is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the West Point Association of Graduates and a principal owner and Chairman of the Hotel Thayer and of its associated Thayer Leader Development Group. He was recently designated a Distinguished Graduate of West Point.
He is married with two grown children and resides with his wife of 50 years, Mary Benbow Murdy, in New Canaan, Connecticut.