Board of Directors
Steve Beck, President & Executive Director, DC Bowl Committee, Inc.
Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III, Corporate Vice President, Strategic Communications, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Herman E. Bulls, CEO, Public Institutions, Jones Lang LaSalle
Michael E. Busch, Speaker, Maryland House of Delegates
RADM Christopher W. Cole, USN (Ret), President and Executive Director, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation
William H. Davis, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service Vice Presidential Protective Division
Steffanie B. Easter, Executive Director, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office
David E. Garnett, Founder and President, iAM Solutions, LLC (iAM)
Jonathan L. Greenblatt, Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLP
William N. Hall, Partner, Venable LLP
Christopher Harrison, Owner/Managing Member, C.A. Harrison Companies, LLC
Janet Hill, Principal, Hill Family Advisors
Lawrence C. Leber, President & CEO, Upshire Realty Advisors, LLC
Paul Lockhart, Astronaut, Senior Vice President, Aerospace Systems and Services, Vencore, Inc.
RADM Thomas C. Lynch, USN (Ret), Chairman, NewDay USA
Hon. C. Thomas McMillen, CEO, Washington Capital Advisors, LLC
Erik A. Moses, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Sports and Entertainment Division, Events DC
Paul Norman, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Brig Owens, Partner, Bennett Group
Hon. Joe R. Reeder, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig and Former Under Secretary of the Army (1993-97)
John F. Skipper, CEO, National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI)
Lt. Col. Vincent C. Smith, USAF (Ret), Board Member, United States Air Force Personnel Security Appeal Board
VADM William D. Sullivan, USN (Ret), Corporate Vice President for Maritime Programs, L-3 Communications
CAPT Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret), CEO, Annapolis Yacht Sales and Service
Wendell Taylor, Partner, Hunton & Williams
Frank E. Williams, Chairman and Principal Owner, Williams Enterprises of Georgia, Inc.
Marie Rudolph, Board Member Emeritus
Sean Metcalf, Board Member Emeritus
Board of Director Biographies
Steve Beck is the President & Executive Director of the Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, operated by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. Beck is responsible for overseeing all aspects of preparation for the bowl game. He serves as the liaison between the teams and conferences, guiding the team selections and negotiating all contracts. His responsibilities also include development of the board of directors, as well as oversight of the bowl’s finances, sponsorships and marketing. Beck has served in this position since his selection prior to the inaugural game in 2008.
In his role with the DC Bowl Committee, Inc., Beck also serves as the Executive Director of the DC Touchdown Club, which hosts entertaining social events for its members, promotes the benefits of the game of football, and generates a significant philanthropic impact in the local football community. His role also includes oversight of The Bill Phillips Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to collegiate scholar-athletes, members of the military and others affected by tragic circumstances or challenges.
Beck also serves on the Board of Directors for Showcall, Inc., a leader in the event production industry.
From 1998 to 2002, Beck served as Vice President of Sports America and assisted in producing the McDonald’s All-American Game, Capital Classic, Quarterback Club and various other events.
Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III joined Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Communications staff in June 2001 as Director of Corporate and International Communications, following the acquisition of Litton Industries, Inc. by Northrop Grumman in April 2001. He was appointed a Corporate Vice President in June 2005. In 2008, he was named vice president, Strategic Communications, focusing on the company’s priority new business captures and campaigns, efforts to keep existing programs sold and other companywide business outreach activities. Strategic Communications works closely with the corporation’s Government Relations, Customer Relations, Corporate Strategy and Business Development organizations. This organization is also responsible for Corporate Media Relations where he serves as the corporate spokesman for domestic and international activities.
Mr. Belote joined Litton Industries in October 1996 as Director of Media Relations. In this position he was responsible for developing strategy and implementing programs to enhance Litton’s image and reputation through various communications activities including media relations, corporate advertising, executive communications, and international tradeshows.
Before joining Litton, Mr. Belote was President of Atlas Communications International, Inc., a marketing communications firm providing communications strategy and services to defense and high technology companies. His professional portfolio includes seven years with ITT Defense & Electronics, serving as Director of Marketing Communications and Media Relations, and as ITT Avionics Division’s Director of Marketing Communications and Public Relations. He joined ITT from the Electronic Systems Group of Westinghouse Electric Corporation (now Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems sector) where he worked as Senior Marketing Communications Representative.
Mr. Belote represents Northrop Grumman on a number of industry associations including the Aerospace Industries Association and Navy League of the U.S. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1974 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications – College of Journalism. He has also completed executive education programs with The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.
Herman Bulls is an International Director and the founder and Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle’s highly acclaimed Public Institutions Business Unit, which specializes in delivering comprehensive real estate solutions to federal, state and local governments, economic development & nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. As a member of the Solutions Development team, he also works with the firm’s largest corporate clients to devise and implement integrated real estate strategies to lower occupancy costs and increase productivity. Additionally he reviews merger and acquisition opportunities for all services provided by Jones Lang LaSalle.
During over 25 years at Jones Lang LaSalle he has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention. He has developed relationships with many of the firms leading public clients, including the General Services Administration, Department of the Army, Department of State, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Ohio State University, Georgia Tech, the Port of Oakland and the State of Tennessee. Other key client relationships include Kaiser Permanente, and AARP. In each situation he provides thought leadership and strategic guidance to senior level executives for real estate issues. Mr. Bulls has also served as an expert witness on real estate matters in court as well as testified before Congressional committees on real estate issues.
Mr. Bulls also co-founded and served as President and CEO of Bulls Capital Partners, a multi-family financing company under the Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) program. His partners successively included SunTrust and Goldman Sachs. He sold the firm in 2010 and continues to have a non executive interest in the successor firm. Additionally, he founded Bulls Advisory Group, LCC, a management and real estate advisory firm.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Bulls completed almost 12 years of active duty service with the United States Army. His last active duty assignments were working in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management at the Pentagon and as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at West Point. He has completed the Army’s Airborne, Ranger and Command and General Staff College courses and served overseas in the Republic of Korea. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008.
Mr. Bulls received a BS degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of senior African American business executives from Fortune 500 companies, Leadership Washington and the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC).
Mr. Bulls is a founding member and served as the inaugural President of the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) of Washington, D.C.
Public corporate board activities include Comfort Systems, USA (NYSE:FIX) a HVAC mechanical contractor, Exelis (NYSE:XLS) a Fortune 500 leading Aerospace and Defense firm, and Tyco (NYSE:TYC) an international provider of security and fire protection equipment and services. He is also a board member for USAA, a Fortune 200 firm which is the leading provider of banking, insurance and investment management services to military members and their families and Rasmussen College, a private for profit post-secondary educational services organization. Additionally he is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee for New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of the nation’s largest pension funds. He is on the University Development Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
His community board service has included serving on the Friends and Family Board for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chair of the Fannie Mae National Housing Advisory Council and Chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Thayer Leader Development Group, the Military Bowl, and a member of the Board of Directors of the West Point Association of Graduates.
Mike believes that his greatest honor in life is serving his hometown of Annapolis – a city where he has coached, taught, mentored and represented in the State House. Mike Busch was initially encouraged to run for office by the parents of children he taught and coached in local sports.
Mike served as chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee before being unanimously elected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in 2003 to serve as Speaker of the House. He made his mark as Chairman battling privatization of BlueCross BlueShield insurance company – a move that could have cost health insurance consumers millions in premium costs.
Mike is the highest ranking Anne Arundel County legislator in the General Assembly. While he is Maryland’s Speaker, he is OUR DELEGATE. The Capital Editorial Board recently noted in their endorsement of Mike that he is “a gifted legislator who keeps an eye out for this area’s interests.”
Mike is known by his colleagues for his even-handed leadership and his willingness to work with legislators from across the State and across political party to tackle complex issues, especially in the areas of consumer protection, education and economic development.
Mike is a native Marylander and graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis.? Once aggressively recruited as a top prospect for the National Football League, Mike suffered a knee injury that ended his football career, while receiving his Bachelor of Science from Temple University.
Mike taught and coached at St. Mary’s High School and remains active in youth and community athletics. Mike works at the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.
Mike and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Erin, a sophomore at Stetson University, and Megan, a junior in the Anne Arundel County Public School System. The family resides in the Homewood neighborhood of Annapolis.
Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Navy for more than 32 years, retiring in 2004 as a Rear Admiral (O-8). A Naval Aviator during his career, he commanded two helicopter squadrons and two amphibious ships, the USS El Paso (LKA 117) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). As a Flag Officer, Mr. Cole was the commander of two Navy Regions, one in the Republic of Korea and one in Norfolk, Va. His final Navy assignment was as Director of Ashore Readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N46).
Mr. Cole currently serves as the President and Executive Director of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, providing direct support to our wounded, ill, and injured sailors and Coast Guardsmen and their families. Mr. Cole and his wife Kathy reside in Vienna, Va. They are the parents of three daughters, Elizabeth, Emily and Sarah.
Mr. Davis, a native of Alexandria, Va., was a first-team All-Met selection in both football and baseball at Mount Vernon (Va.) High School. He is a member of the Mount Vernon High School Athletic Hall of Fame, where his football jersey (#24) is retired.
Mr. Davis lettered four years in football (free safety) and one year in baseball (outfield) at Clemson. He is ranked second all-time in punt returns for the Tigers, and was a member of three ACC football championship teams and the 1981 National Championship team during his career.
Mr. Davis signed as a Free Agent with the Denver Broncos in 1984, was released during training camp, and then spent two years with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals (1984-85).
Mr. Davis currently serves as Deputy Special Agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service Vice Presidential Protective Division and is a member of the United States Government Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Davis has also served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and is an active member of the NFL Alumni Association, the Clemson Alumni Association and Clemson IPTAY.
Billy and his wife Kim (of Mechanicsburg, Pa.) have been married 24 years and have two daughters, Hannah (17) and Sofie (13). The Davis family resides in Lovettsville, VA.
Ms. Steffanie Easter is Executive Director for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office. The F-35 Lightning II Program is the Department of Defense’s largest acquisition program which will deliver an affordable and sustainable fifth generation strike aircraft for the USAF, USN, USMC and eight International Partners.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Easter was Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, where she was civilian executive advisor for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources, budgeting for Navy personnel and developing the information systems and tools to effectively manage the Navy Total Force.
Ms. Easter is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She holds a master’s degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America.
Ms. Easter has 29 years of federal service and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2002. She was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2007, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2009, and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2013. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Women of Color Managerial Leadership award and the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Professional Achievement-Government Award.
Mr. Garnett is founder and President of iAM Solutions, LLC (iAM). iAM was founded in December 2001 and focuses on Business Development, technology consulting, web based collaboration tools and capacity building & market engagement strategies for small businesses with patents and or intellectual property. In August 2002, iAM acquired MOLIS (Minority Online Information Services). MOLIS is a database that contains the profiles of over 20,000 researchers and the research capabilities of 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 130 Minority Serving Institutions and 25 Tribal Colleges. For over a decade MOLIS has been used by government agencies to identify institutions that have the research capabilities that can help them achieve their agency’s goals and mission.
In the summer of 2011, iAM launched the “Greatest Stories Never Told” web series. The series focuses on outstanding achievements of HBCU Alums; HBCU Leaders; Issues impacting HBCUs; and Blacks in the Military. David & his wife, Sheila, are the Executive Producers for the series. You can access the series at: www.molis.org/gsnt_stories2.asp.
Prior to iAM Solutions, Mr. Garnett was President and CEO of Chrystal Software, a member of Xerox Technology Enterprises (XTE). XTE is a business development arm of Xerox Corporation chartered with the identification, development and successful commercialization of new XML based technologies.
Prior to Chrystal Software, Mr. Garnett was Senior Vice President of Global Accounts where his group was responsible for developing and implementing the strategy and direction for Xerox’ top 300 accounts in the United States and worldwide. These accounts represented 52% of the United States revenue and 37% of the worldwide revenues. The strategy comprehended the implementing the corporation’s change agenda and the global delivery of Xerox’s entire portfolio of solutions, services and products.
Mr. Garnett joined Xerox in 1978. Since then he has held numerous field positions which included: Branch Manager Systems, Region Systems Operations Manager, Region Agent Manager, District Manager-Oakbrook, National Systems Sales Operations Manager, Western Region General Manager of North American Systems Sales, Vice President & GM of Field Operations – Mid-Atlantic Area, Vice President Xerox Professional Document Services and USCO Vice President of Field Operations – North Atlantic Area.
Mr. Garnett has built, revitalized and transformed several technology ventures and sales organizations into world-class producers and distributors of leading edge technologies. He is an expert in blending the strategic with the tactical to influence performance and effectuate start-ups, turnarounds and culture changes. He is progressive and decisive with keen insight into key business, market and technology drivers for policy deployment.
Mr. Garnett was born in Buffalo, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi and Boule’ Fraternities. He has been involved with a number of community activities, including: Children’s National Medical Center – former Director; DC Public School Foundation – former Chairman; Washington Board of Trade – former Director; Historical Black College Visitation Program – 12 year Sponsor; Xerox Foundation – former trustee, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education – (NAFEO) – former Chairman of Corporate Advisory Council; and former Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Senior Steward Board; University of Pittsburgh, Distinguished Varsity Alumni Award – 2004.
He and his wife of 43 years Sheila, reside in Clifton, VA. They are the proud parents of two sons, and three wonderful grand children.
In the area of international arbitration, he has acted as counsel in numerous proceedings conducted under ICC, LCIA and AAA/ICDR Rules, with focus on business combinations and construction disputes, particularly in the chemical and the power industries. He notably represented The Dow Chemical Company in the ICC arbitration brought against a Kuwaiti State-owned company arising out of a failed petrochemicals joint venture, in which the Arbitral Tribunal awarded US$2.47 billion to the firm’s client, the largest award ever rendered in a commercial arbitration.
Jonathan Greenblatt also regularly appears before national courts in proceedings related to arbitration, in particular actions to enforce or resist enforcement of arbitral agreements and awards.
In the area of commercial and international litigation, his experience includes antitrust, securities and bank litigation, bankruptcy, lender liability and major fraud investigations, as well as class action litigation.
Jonathan Greenblatt is Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he has been teaching International Commercial Arbitration since 2008. He has authored a number of articles and regularly appears as speaker on arbitration and litigation issues.
He holds a JD from George Washington University Law School, and is a member of its Dean’s Advisory Committee. He is a member and former Chair of Shearman & Sterling’s Diversity Committee and a former member of the firm’s Policy Committee. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the UCONN Foundation.
Mr. Hall is a partner in the environmental practice group of Venable LLP, a 600-lawyer national law firm. Through his service on city and private sports-related entities, he plays a leadership role in the Washington, D.C. ,sports community. Since 1994, Mr. Hall has served on the Board of Directors of the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) and now the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA).
He chaired the DCSEC baseball committee starting in 1996 and played a leading role in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington in 2005 and negotiating agreements for the construction of Nationals Ballpark. He was involved in obtaining LEED-Silver environmental certification for Nationals Ballpark — the first stadium to obtain that certification. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
Mr. Hall currently chairs the Sports and Entertainment Committee of the WCSA. He has played a leading role in the development of the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium and now the Military Bowl. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Military Bowl. Mr. Hall also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and is a member of the Federal City Council, a leading business organization in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hall represents professional athletes in their legal matters, including Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was the NBA leading scorer in 2009-2010.
Mr. Harrison is the owner and managing member of the C.A. Harrison Companies, LLC. Mr. Harrison has continually sought to provide quality development services to the transitional neighborhoods throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. Mr. Harrison’s business focuses on developing affordable housing in urban settings for mid- to low-income residents who otherwise could not afford the housing. The C.A. Harrison Companies have used a variety of financing tools, including 4 percent tax credits, Federal Housing Production Trust Fund dollars, HUD loans, as well as traditional commercial financing to achieve our development goals in Washington, D.C., and other areas.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Harrison also played five years in the NFL as an offensive tackle. Mr. Harrison played for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and Denver Broncos.
Mrs. Hill is a principal in Hill Family Advisors, where she oversees the family’s assets and investments. She retired as the co-owner and Vice President of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C., after 30 years in management and ownership. She provided corporate planning, advice and analysis to directors, executives and managers in the areas of human resource planning, corporate responsibility, corporate communications and government consultation.
Prior to her work in the Army as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Mrs. Hill was a scientist with a private consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area. She was responsible for data analysis regarding ambient noise levels and shipping distributions; coordination and analysis of technical evaluations of noise levels in the perfection of sonar detection systems; design of ship movement models under contract to the U.S. Navy; the research and editing of environmental regional assessments in the Northeast Pacific and Northeast Atlantic for various Navy intelligence units; and the development of computer programs to evaluate data on Soviet submarine surveillance.
Mrs. Hill is a graduate of Wellesley College and has a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. She is married to Calvin Hill, Yale graduate and retired NFL professional athlete. Mr. Hill is a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys. They are the parents of one son, Grant Hill, a Duke graduate and 17-year All-Star in the NBA. Grant and his wife have two daughters.
Mr. Leber was born in St. Louis, Mo., and moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1960. He graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in 1972. Mr. Leber received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Boston College in 1976. He began his career in commercial real estate in 1977 with the H.G. Smithy Company (later known as Smithy Braedon·ONCOR International). He served in many roles over 22 years with Smithy Braedon including as Chief Accounting Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Financial Officer, President, and Member of the Board of Directors.
Currently, Mr. Leber is the President/CEO of Upshire Realty Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment company actively investing in and developing retail, commercial, and residential projects in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mr. Leber currently resides in Oak Hill, Va., with his wife Colleen. They have three sons and a grandson.
Selected by NASA in April 1996, Mr. Lockhart reported to the Johnson Space Center in August of that year. After completion of initial astronaut training, Mr. Lockhart was assigned to the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch where he worked various technical issues including the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) and redesign of the orbiter’s flight display. A veteran of two space flights, STS-111 (June 2002) and STS-113 (November 2002), he has logged 26 days, 39 minutes, and 82 seconds in space. Lockhart left NASA in January 2005 and returned to the Air Force. After the Columbia accident, Mr. Lockhart attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), London, England, as an exchange officer in fulfillment of Air War College, the Ministry of Defence’s premier institution for grooming senior leaders in the UK military and civil fields. Mr. Lockhart completed a year of studies in International Conflict Resolution at RCDS with 84 other fellow members representing 44 nations from around the world.
After graduation, he was assigned to the Air Staff, Headquarters USAF, Pentagon, where he has held the position of Director, Future Capabilities at the Air Forces Directorate of Studies and Analysis, Assessments, and Lessons Learned (HQAF/A9). Paul Lockhart retired from the Air Force in March 2007. From February 2007 through 2008 he served as Special Assistant, Program Management, Explorations Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and as Acting Division Director, Constellation Systems Division. Mr. Lockhart now currently works in the private sector where he is the Senior Vice President for Vencore, Inc., headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia.
Mr. Lynch is a Managing Partner in Public Institutions and Brokerage at Jones Lang LaSalle. He joined the organization (formerly The Staubach Company) after 6 years as Senior Vice President at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) which included two years as President/COO of CompuCom Systems (CMPC), a Safeguard subsidiary company in Dallas Texas. After a 31-year career of naval service, he retired in the rank of Rear Admiral. Mr. Lynch’s Naval service included Chief, Navy Legislative Affairs, command of the Eisenhower Battle Group during Operation Desert Shield, Superintendent of the US Naval Academy from 1991 to 1994 and Director of the Navy Staff in the Pentagon from 1994 to 1995.
Mr. Lynch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 and received his Master’s from George Washington University. Mr. Lynch now serves as Chairman and/or Director of several private and publicly-held companies. He is on the board of the Armed Forces Benefit Association, Catholic Leadership Institute, Economics Pennsylvania, and USO World Board of Governors. He has served as Chairman of the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, currently serves as a trustee of the US Naval Academy Foundation and is Vice Chairman of Philadelphia Sports Congress. A father of three, Mr. Lynch also has 10 grandchildren.
Despite his doctor’s diagnosis of a childhood knee defect, Mr. McMillen had an illustrious basketball career. After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, McMillen chose the University of Maryland where he was a three-time All-American and an academic All-American (selected on the inaugural team in 1988). Mr. McMillen was also a member of the controversial 1972 Olympic team, which refused to accept a silver medal because of refereeing disputes. After graduating as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, he became the first and only Maryland student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, on which he received a Bachelor and Master of Arts in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1978.
Mr. McMillen still holds the all-time career scoring average record for the Maryland basketball program.
Mr. McMillen spent 11 years in the NBA after becoming the No. 1 draft pick in 1974 and split time with the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Bullets. He retired when he was elected to Congress in 1986. Mr. McMillen is the only active professional athlete to announce and campaign for Congress while still on the roster of a professional team.
Currently, Mr. McMillen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Capital Advisors LLC, an investment company, and is director of Nexstar and RCS Capital, two publicly traded firms. Mr. McMillen also serves on the advisory board of Clean Energy Systems, a clean coal technology firm; Integrity Global Security, a cyber security firm; and the Association for Rare Earth.
Mr. McMillen serves as a member of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents, a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland College Park’s School of Public Affairs, and a member of the University of Maryland College Park’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC, as well as a Board member of the Humane Society of the U.S. He previously served as a member of the University of Maryland College Park’s Foundation Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the University of Oxford U.S. Sports Campaign Committee. Mr. McMillen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece.
Erik A. Moses has directed the operations of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division since June 2008. Events DC attracts sports, entertainment, cultural and hospitality events to Washington, D.C. while promoting the metropolitan region as a premier destination. As Managing Director of the Sports and Entertainment Division, Mr. Moses is responsible for setting the strategic vision and managing the overall operations of the division, including the departments of administration, legal, event operations, sales, sponsorship, marketing and public relations.
Mr. Moses oversaw the closeout of the Nationals Park construction project, the development and launch of the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, the first-ever college football bowl game in Washington, D.C., the development and launch of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, an annual college football game featuring historically black college and universities. He was the catalyst behind the public-private partnership which resulted in the construction of the Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium, a 15,000 square-foot facility available for special events and community use. He also led the successful effort to enter into the first pouring rights agreement for all Events DC venues. Under his leadership Events DC has expanded its support of local community events including the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, the National Title IX Invitational Conference and Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Southeastern Tennis & Learning Center, the DC Jazz Festival and the DC High School Baseball Championship.
Mr. Moses received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.
Mr. Norman is the Executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Mid-Atlantic Multifamily Advisory Group. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2012, Mr. Norman was the Co-Founder of The Concordia Group, a real estate development and brokerage company in Bethesda, MD.
He has been active in the land development and brokerage industry in the Washington Metropolitan Area since 1986. Mr. Norman graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the USO of Metropolitan Washington and a lifetime member of the Walter Reed Society.
Mr. Norman resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife Annie and sons, Ethan and Chase.
Mr. Owens is a partner in the Bennett Group, a real estate development firm. The firm specializes in developing and managing commercial office buildings in Washington DC. Prior to that Mr. Owens was a partner in Bennett & Owens, a sports management firm that represented a number of professional athletes in football, basketball, and hockey.
Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Owens served as assistant executive director and associate counsel to the National Football Players Association (NFLPA) from1979-1984. While with the NFLPA, Mr. Owens was a member of the negotiating team that developed a new collective bargaining contract with the National Football League. In addition to his responsibility in the operation of the Players Association, he developed the Association’s Financial Planning, Career Counseling, and Employee Assistance Abuse Programs. Mr. Owens also created the Professional Athletes Youth Foundation and Community Service Department of Education as one the top exemplary programs in the United States.
Brig Owens is a former thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League and seven year player representative and defensive captain for the Washington Redskins. After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, Mr. Owens was traded to the Redskins in 1966 to begin his twelve-year career as a Redskins defensive back. Mr. Owens holds the number two spot for most passes intercepted (36) by a Redskin, holds career records for most yards on interception returns (686) and most interceptions returned for touchdowns. In addition, he was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Players in Washington Redskins history.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Owens served as member of the Central Caribbean Task Force and served on former Vice President Mondale’s Task Force on Youth Employment. In addition, he has served on the board of USA Telecommunications, National Bank of Commerce, Big Brother of America, University of Cincinnati President’s Executive Council, and Vice President and Board Member of the Leukemia Society. He presently serves on the Lombardi Foundation, NFL Players Agent Advisory Board, NFL Players Trust Foundation, National Board of Medical Examiners, Board Member of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. He also developed a highly recognized Leadership Drug Prevention Program in Washington, D.C. high schools called Super Leaders. In addition, he and his partner are sponsors of the “I Have a Dream” program, which guarantees a student a college education if they stay in school, maintain their grades, and graduate from high school.
Mr. Owens was one of six to receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (January 1990). The honorees of this prestigious award are selected because of their commitment to their community and their country over the past twenty-five years.
Brig Owens, who is a published author, graduated from the University of Cincinnati (where he was an All American football player), attended Antioch School of Law, and received his Doctorate of Juris Prudence from Potomac Law School. In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Reeder’s distinguished career as an attorney is highlighted with 4 years of public service as the 14th Under Secretary of the Army, 1993-1997. As Undersecretary, he served as the Army’s COO, with specific responsibilities for long- range planning, material requirements, readiness, acquisition reform, infrastructure reduction and financial management of the Army. He oversaw military support to local, state and federal agencies related to civilian law enforcement, civil disturbance, disaster relief and emergency planning, and served on the 5- member DOD Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) Council. Also while Army Under Secretary, Mr. Reeder served as the Army’s focal point for international affairs, with special focus on NATO, Panama and Latin America. In this capacity, he became Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors, initiating and overseeing a massive, multi-billion dollar infrastructure program. In late 1997, Mr. Reeder returned to the private practice of law in October 1997, and has taken active leadership roles on numerous corporate boards and in international infrastructure projects, including the $6 billion Panama Canal expansion project as an International Advisory Board member.
Mr. Reeder’s charitable contributions beyond corporate boards and the professional world include: Trustee, Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA); Board of Visitors, Virginia Military Institute (VMI); Member, American Law Institute (ALI); National Board of Directors for the Armed Services YMCA; National Board of Governors, USO; Board of Governors, Army Navy Country Club; West Point Chapter of Golden Key; Ethics Committee Chair & Board of Directors; National Defense Industry Association (NDIA); Board of Advisors for Our Military Kids; Co-Chair (with former Congressman Owen Pickett), Virginia Military Base Realignment Commission; Board of Directors, Marshall Legacy Institute; and Chairman, Peace Research Endowment.
Mr. Skipper began his tradeshow career in 1988 by producing on-site technology expositions at federal agencies and military bases throughout the United States. He helped pioneer the concept of bringing technology exhibits directly to the federal agencies and military bases and the events played a key role in transforming the government’s process of procuring technology products and services.
Mr. Skipper, along with his brother James, co-founded National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI) in 1997 to capitalize on their entrepreneurial skills in running trade shows, conferences, and special events. Headquartered in Columbia, Md., NCSI operates internationally and has grown to more than 55 employees and produces more than 100 technology events annually for the federal government, DOD and intelligence community. Under his leadership, NCSI has achieved extraordinary growth and has played a key role in ensuring America’s national security.
Mr. Skipper resides in Burtonsville, Md. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in marketing. He and his wife Laurie met at Virginia Tech and are current members of the Ut Prosim Society. John is active with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and received the IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award for 2009. John is also active with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and various philanthropic organizations including the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund (VTAF) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Smith is currently one of three senior civilian Board Members conducting personnel security appeals for the entire Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. The Board implements federal adjudicative guidelines in conjunction with Presidential Executive Order 12968 as well as various DOD and Air Force Instructions rendering decisions on each case presented before them. Prior to assuming his duties at the Personnel Security Appeal Board, Mr. Smith spent 15 months as a Board Member on the DoD Physical Disability Board of Review; a Joint Board charged with re-looking all services Physical Evaluation Board results since 9/11.
Mr. Smith in 2007 completed a distinguished military career with 23 years’ experience as an active duty Air Force Officer in which he commanded at both the squadron and group levels. As the 620th Expeditionary Air Base Group Commander in 2002, he commanded all Air Force forces in Kosovo and Macedonia (KFOR). In addition, Vince commanded the 55th Mission Support Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska from 2001-2003.
Mr. Smith also has extensive background and experience in the legislative arena. Spending over four years in Air Force Legislative Liaison, he has extensive Capitol Hill and congressional inquiry experience. Vince spent over two years as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Office on the Hill from 2005-2007. Before that, he was the Operations Chief for the Air Force Inquiries Office, where he signed virtually every response to members of the Senate and House of Representatives, from 2003-2005, on behalf of the Air Force.
Mr. Smith spent nine years with the B-2 Advanced Technology Bomber program from 1987-1996 in various capacities from aircrew training development to Aircrew and Maintenance Training Systems Operational Test Director. As Test Director, Vince built and implemented all operational testing on the then, $1.7 Billion training system, using an initial cadre of aircrew and maintenance members. His extended role culminated as he went operational with the jet, as the 509th Operations Group Executive Officer from 1994-1996. During this time, in addition to daily mission requirements, Vince was the point man for all visits to see the Air Force’s newest Bomber from the Secretary of Defense, members of congress, the national media as well as local and state leaders in Missouri.
Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of East Carolina University, as a member of the East Carolina University Honors College Advancement Council and as a member of the College of Health and Human Performance Advancement Council at East Carolina University. He previously served as the DC Metro Pirate Club Chapter President for a number of years.
During his 37+ years of active duty, Vice Admiral Sullivan served in a variety of sea-going assignments including cruiser, destroyer and frigate class surface ships and carrier strike group staffs. He commanded the guided missile destroyer USS SAMPSON (DDG 10) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS COWPENS (CG 63) during Tomahawk Strike operations in the Persian Gulf.
Vice Admiral Sullivan has served in a variety of staff positions. Joint assignments include Director for Pacific Operations on the Joint Staff (J-3), Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) at U.S. Pacific Command and Vice Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff. Prior to his retirement from active duty, Vice Admiral Sullivan served as the U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. From 1999 to 2001 he served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Korea. He retired from active duty service in February 2010.
Vice Admiral Sullivan earned a Masters Degree in National Security Studies at Georgetown University in 1990 and Masters Degree in National Security Affairs at the National War College in 1994.
Vice Admiral Sullivan joined L-3 Communications in May 2010 as Corporate Vice President for Maritime Programs.
He and his wife Iris have a son serving in the U.S. Navy as an EA-6B Naval Flight Officer and a daughter who is the mother of their three grandchildren.
Captain Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret) is the CEO of Annapolis Yacht Sales and Service. Before this he served on active duty as the Director of the Appellate Defense Division for Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, managing Navy and Marine Corps attorneys and civilians who represent service members with cases on appeal at the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. Among his assignments during a career spanning 22 years, he has served in The Office of the Special Assistant for Transformation; as Executive Officer Trial Service Office NE; as Deputy Director and Director of the Office of the JAG Appellate Government Division; and as Navy Counsel for the State Department representing the United States on Iranian Claims Litigation.
Following his deployment in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom Captain Taishoff was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of General Counsel. His military awards include The Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Captain Taishoff graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 and received a law degree from Widener Law School in May 1989. He completed an LL.M with highest honors at George Washington University School of Law in 2002. He has established a number of philanthropic programs through his family foundation, for which he is President and Trustee.
Captain Taishoff established the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at the Syracuse University School of Education. He serves on the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the National Down Syndrome Society. He and his wife Laurie have three children including their daughter Jackie (11) who has Down Syndrome.
Wendell represents businesses and individuals in complex federal trial litigation, with particular emphasis in antitrust litigation, government antitrust investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. Wendell conducts compliance training and counseling on a full spectrum of antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues. Wendell’s clients are drawn from a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, technology and software, and banking and finance.
Wendell served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice, where he participated in oversight of the Antitrust, Tax and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the Community Relations Service and the United States Parole Commission. In this capacity, he also helped to improve and implement DOJ policies and programs such as the Attorney General’s Honors Program and the Drug Free Work Zone Program. Wendell also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he handled all aspects of trial litigation, including motions, examinations of fact and expert witnesses at trial, opening and closing arguments sentencing, and post-trial motions and arguments. Previously, as a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Wendell prosecuted over 100 criminal trials. Committed to pro bono work, he has represented criminal defendants in Federal Project Exile and Project Safe Neighborhood cases and obtained a five-figure state court jury verdict on behalf of a tenant in a fraud suit against a notorious Richmond landlord.
Mr. Williams has founded and served as an executive in various construction services companies around the country. Currently, he is the Chairman and principal owner of Williams Enterprises of Georgia, Inc., a company controlling eight subsidiaries active in the steel industry in the southeastern United States, as well as the Chairman and CEO of Bosworth Steel Erectors, Inc., a major erector of steel products in the southwestern United States. In addition, he is managing partner and principal owner Structural Concrete Products, LLC, located in Virginia.
Mr. Williams received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, he served in the Navy and was stationed in California.
In 1962, Mr. Williams started Williams Industries, Inc., a construction services company located in Manassas, VA. The company had close ties to RFK Stadium, and was contracted to move the bleachers between baseball and football season when both the Senators and Redskins played there. Today, the company owns five subsidiaries active in the steel industry, and is known for its role in the construction of numerous local landmarks such as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the Washington Convention Center, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.
Mr. Williams has remained active at Georgia Tech, and served as a Trustee of the Alumni Association. In 2012 he was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame. He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife. They have two married sons and two grandchildren.