Board of Directors
JOSEPH M. DEPINTO
SALVATORE "BUTCH" GIARDINA
ANTHONY J. GUZZI
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Doug Black was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SiteOne Landscape Supply (formerly John Deere Landscapes) in April of 2014. SiteOne Landscape Supply (60% owned by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, 40% owned by John Deere) is the largest wholesale distributor of landscaping products in North America with more than $1.5 billion in sales and over 475 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. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and for the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. Doug and his wife, Joanne, and sons, J.D. and Luke, reside in Atlanta, Ga.Back to Top
Steve Cannon was named chief executive officer of AMB Group, LLC effective February 1, assuming the day-to-day leadership of the company's for-profit businesses. Cannon leads all business operations of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United of Major League Soccer; Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, the developer of Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is scheduled to open in 2017; PGA TOUR Superstore; and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.
Prior to joining AMB Group, Cannon served as president and chief executive officer 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 five years in a row. Cannon oversaw MBUSA's successful headquarters relocation from New Jersey to the metro Atlanta area, in addition to crafting a sports sponsorship strategy that closely aligned the premium brand with properties reflective of its category leadership and brand position.
Cannon began his automotive career in 1991 as 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 principal for The Richards Group, one of the largest independent full-service advertising agencies in the U.S. before re-joining MBUSA in 2007 where he served as the vice president of marketing for 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 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. During his time in the Army he also served five years as an artillery officer.
Cannon and his wife, Ann, reside in Atlanta and they are the parents of nine children.Back to Top
In his current position for the money management firm of Manning & Napier, Cary has an administrative office in Dallas, TX and is primarily responsible for covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Prior to joining Manning & Napier, he served as the CEO for ABT Global, a conglomerate of medical sales companies focused on the most advanced technologies in surgery. Before coming to ABT Global, he served for almost 10 years as a Principal Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management and as a Director of Institutional Investments with AllianceBernstein in Dallas, TX, managing foundation/endowment clients for the Southwest. Prior to working at Bernstein, Cary spent 10 years in medical sales, working with Johnson & Johnson in cardiology management with Cordis, and in training doctors on how to perform minimally invasive heart surgery with Heartport.
His philanthropic involvement is extensive - he is currently actively serving as a board member and/or advisor to eight non-profits: the Center for Brain Health (Foundation and Advisory Board), Heroes on the Water, the Texas Health Resources Leadership Council, the Dallas All Sports Association, the Foundation for Responsible Television, Tax Exempt/Government Entities and America's Future Series. He is a member of the Dallas Roundtable and is a charter member of TPC at Craig Ranch. Cary also served as the volunteer Philanthropic Consultant to Philanthropy World magazine for over 10 years.
A West Point graduate with a degree in Biology/Chemistry, he obtained his business master's from Troy University. He served his entire five-year military commitment in Mainz, Germany as a General's Aide-de-camp and as an Air Defense Officer.
Cary is married to Cherryl. They attend Prestonwood Baptist Church with their eight-year-old daughter, Carly, who attends Prestonwood Christian Academy.Back to Top
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."Back to Top
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 Chief Executive Officer 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.Back to Top
Jim DiOrio is a lifelong friend of the McHugh family. Having grown up just blocks apart in Essex County, New Jersey, John McHugh and Jim DiOrio 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.
Aided by the passion and vision of a few West Point classmates, the framework for what is now the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund became a reality in 2011, a year after John's untimely passing.
Jim served as an officer in the world's finest army for six-plus years after graduating from West Point in 1986. He currently leads the FBI's public corruption and civil rights investigative efforts in New Jersey as a Supervisory Special Agent and Program Manager in the Newark Field Office.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Alex Gellert is currently a Partner and the Chief Executive Officer 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 in 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.
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.Back to Top
Tony Guzzi heads EMCOR, a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses and governments, with estimated 2013 revenues of $6.6B and over 28,000 employees.
Tony serves as a member of the Board of Directors of EMCOR Group, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hubbell, Inc., an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products headquartered in Shelton, CT, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACE Mentor Program, a unique partnership of industry corporations working together to attract young people to the construction professions.
Prior to joining EMCOR, Tony was President of United Technologies' multibillion-dollar Carrier North American Parts, Distribution and Services Division. He was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company prior to joining United Technologies.
Tony is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Light Infantry Officer after graduating from West Point.
Passionate about giving back to veterans and their families, Tony sees the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund as a vehicle for ensuring not only that classmate John McHugh's children receive the education they desire, but also that other soldiers and their family members are able to realize the opportunity to achieve their educational dreams. Working with other West Point '86 classmates on this endeavor to honor Johnny Mac and help "Our Own" is particularly inspiring to Tony.
Tony enjoys spending time with his family, which includes three children; coaching youth sports; playing golf; and attending sporting events.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
James McHugh joined INTECH in May 2002. He is responsible for serving a select group of Institutional clients.
Prior to joining INTECH, Jim 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, Jim 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.
Jim holds a B.S. from Montclair State University and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses, and has 34 years of investment experience.Back to Top
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 Chief Executive Officer 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 Chief Executive Officer 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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Mr. Pascoe joined Apricus in March of 2013, following the merger of Somaxon Pharmaceuticals with Pernix. At Somaxon, Mr. Pascoe had been the Chief Executive Officer since August 2008, and was responsible for the FDA approval of Somaxon's lead drug, Silenor®. Prior to starting at Somaxon, Mr. Pascoe was with ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company where he most recently had been Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining ARIAD in 2005, Mr. Pascoe held a series of senior management roles at King Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, including Senior Vice President positions in both marketing and sales, as well as Vice President positions in both international sales and marketing, and hospital sales. Prior to working at King, Mr. Pascoe was in the commercial groups at Medco Research, Inc. (which was acquired by King), COR Therapeutics, Inc., B. Braun Interventional and The BOC Group. Mr. Pascoe is a member of the board of directors of KemPharm, Inc. Cohera Medical, Inc., and the Corporate Directors Forum (CDF).
Mr. Pascoe served as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army 24th Infantry Division following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a B.S. degree in Leadership.Back to Top
As President, MaryEllen leads all day-to-day operations of the organization. Previously, 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, 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 where she was decorated for her combat service. MaryEllen graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986.
MaryEllen's husband is a 24-year career U.S. Army aviation officer. Together, they've raised a daughter and son, both serving as officers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserve, respectively. Residing in northern Virginia, MaryEllen is an avid runner, hiker and biker, and an aspiring gourmet cook.Back to Top
Bill was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After serving as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army in Germany and Texas, Bill returned to NY to join Newhaven Distribution Services.
Bill is the President and owner of Newhaven Distribution, a privately held third-party logistics company (3PL) with warehouse facilities and trucking assets in NY and NJ. Newhaven Distribution specializes in railroad and ocean container shipments, with transportation and distribution services provided throughout the Northeast.
Bill loves the outdoors and motorcycles, and is an avid road and mountain biker. He also loves a good cigar, German beer and single malt scotch. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Ridgefield, CT, and have two grown children.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Bill is a partner in one of the oldest law firms in south Mississippi, where he represents some of the largest companies in the state. He was previously general counsel for a national bank located in Mississippi, in charge of the bank's legal matters in states across the country. Before that, Bill was Vice President of Legal Affairs for a publicly traded Utah-based company, responsible for defending and prosecuting the company's legal and litigation efforts in North America, Europe, and Asia. During his 20-year legal career, Bill has handled thousands of complex commercial litigation and transactional matters, has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, and has been retained as an expert witness by other attorneys in complicated areas of commercial law. He has frequently served as the lead negotiator on behalf of his clients in statutory and regulatory disputes with state and federal government agencies throughout the nation, as well as with foreign governments in Europe and Asia.
Bill graduated from West Point in 1986, and subsequently served as a Field Artillery Officer in the Army. He thereafter returned to his native state of Mississippi to earn a Juris Doctor degree, with Honors, from Ole Miss in 1995, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal. A prolific writer, Bill has written several articles and scholarly pieces that have been published in law reviews and other legal publications.Back to Top