Steven B. Hantler | Advisor
Steven B. Hantler is Director of Policy Initiatives for The Marcus Family Office in Atlanta, Georgia. In this capacity he advises Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus in the areas of public policy, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and national security. He joined The Marcus Family Office in 2007 after a 27-year career with Chrysler Corporation.
Mr. Hantler is also a member of the Board of Directors of American Axle and Manufacturing in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Hantler was elected to the Board of Directors of American Axle in July 2011.
At Chrysler, Mr. Hantler was Assistant General Counsel for Government and Regulation. He brought leadership and innovation to a succession of management roles resulting in reduced costs and better legal outcomes for the Company. Prior to joining Chrysler, he was engaged in the private practice of law.
Mr. Hantler is one of the nation’s leading experts on litigation strategy, crisis management, litigation communications and liability reform. His innovative approach to integrating litigation and communications was featured in CNBC profiles. He is frequently invited to speak at national meetings on crisis management, litigation strategy and communications, and liability reform among other topics. Several of his speeches have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day. His articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Chief Executive Magazine, Litigation Management Magazine, Inside Litigation Magazine, and the Examiner Newspapers. His “Guide to State Legal Climates” is published annually by Directorship Magazine.
He is a member of the board of directors of Job Creators Alliance and chairs the board of directors of the Center for America. He previously served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Judicial College, as a Senior Fellow at Pacific Research Institute, on the Legal Policy Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, and on the board of directors of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment.
John D. Heubusch | Advisor
John Heubusch is the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the sole nonprofit organization founded by President Reagan to preserve and promote his legacy. Prior to his role as Executive Director, John served as the COO of Avalon Capital Group, Inc., a wholly owned private investment company with over $1 billion in assets and diverse interests in technology, energy, finance and entertainment. Before joining Avalon, John was the Chief Administrative Officer of Gateway, Inc., the Fortune 500 computer icon. Previous to his work with Gateway, John was the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 1995-1996 election cycle. Under John’s leadership, two more seats were added to the Republican column in the Senate, bringing the number to 55. Prior to his appointment to the NRSC, he served Elizabeth Dole as the Vice President of Communications for the American Red Cross, as well as her Chief of Staff when she was Secretary of Labor from 1989 to 1991. John also worked on Capitol Hill and was on the staff of Representative Denny Smith (R-OR) from 1981-1988.
Lt. Gen. Rick, US Army (Ret.) & Sarah Lynch | Advisors
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, US Army (Retired) and his wife, Sarah, have been actively involved in leading and taking care of Soldiers and their Families over the course of a 35 year military career. Rick commanded at all levels, from Company to Corps, and most recently commanded all the US Army Installations, focused on providing our Soldiers and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service. During his career, Rick was privileged to command the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq as part of the surge in 2007. His time of the field of battle with our magnificent Service Members instilled in him a drive to help our Wounded Warriors and their Families in whatever way he can. Sarah and Rick have been married for 30 years. Sarah is an educator, with a Masters Degree in Elementary education. She has been a vocal advocate for Army Families over the past three decades, with her most recent focus being on Wounded Warriors and their Families, Gold Star Family members and other Survivors, and Exceptional Family Members. Both Sarah and Rick have been focused on establishing effective Community outreach wherever the Army took them.
David J. McIntyre, Jr. | Advisor
David J. McIntyre, Jr., is president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance – a position he has held since architecting the company 16 years ago, which serves the health care needs of nearly 3 million members of our nation’s military family through a Department of Defense contract covering the 21-state West Region.
As a former staffer in the United States Senate, and now successful business executive, he has nearly 30 years of experience, success and accomplishments in national health care policy development, business development and leadership. In addition to leading his company, he is a tireless and deeply committed advocate and supporter of many charitable causes benefitting our nation’s military families… including service on the Boards of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Foundation, USO World, and the Fisher House Foundation.
In addition to numerous recognitions by the United States Military and military affiliated organizations, in 2004, he was selected as CEO of the Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Business Journal; and, in 2011, was selected as the Health Care Business Executive of the Year.
Captain Jim Palmersheim | Advisor
Captain Jim Palmersheim, Managing Director - Veterans Initiatives, American Airlines
Jim earned his bachelors degree and received a Regular Army Commission in 1984 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was selected for follow-on training as an Aviation Intelligence Officer and subsequently transitioned to the RU-21H and OV-1D Reconnaissance aircraft. Jim left active duty in January 1990 to pursue a career as a pilot with American Airlines. With the exception of a recall to active duty in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Jim served in the US Army Reserves until 1995, flying UH-1H Huey Helicopters.
In 2002, Jim and a group of volunteers flew Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter 65-10091 in support of the documentary film, “In the Shadow of the Blade.” In 2004, Jim spearheaded the delivery and donation of Huey 091 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where it is the largest artifact in a major 30-year exhibit, “The Price of Freedom, Americans at War.” Jim serves in an advisory role to the Huey 091 Foundation, whose purpose is to educate future generations about the Price of Freedom and to provide resources, such as the iBOT mobility device, to severely wounded service members.
Jim serves on the board of Snowball Express, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create new memories for the children of fallen service members killed on active duty since September 11, 2001. American Airlines is the official airline of Snowball Express, donating the use of charter aircraft and airfare to transport nearly 1,500 family members to the annual event each December.
In 2007, Jim was named Managing Director - Veterans Initiatives at American Airlines and also flies as a Captain on the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. Jim and his wife, Patricia, reside in Grapevine, Texas, with their daughter Lauren. Their son, Josh, is a Captain in the Army; currently deployed to Iraq, he is a Pilot in Command of the Army RC-12 aircraft
Bob and Suzy Pence | Advisors
Bob Pence and his wife Suzy have three sons: Steve, Geoff, and Brian. Bob earned his B.A. at the University of Maryland, a J.D. from American University, and holds graduate degrees from Yale. Suzy earned her B.A. and M.L.S. degrees at Maryland. He is a member of Congressional Country Club and serves on Yale’s Capital Campaign Executive Committee. He serves as a member of the Board of the World Affairs Council/DC, the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he is also a member of the International Committee, and the Board of the Wolf Trap Foundation. Bob is the President of The Pence Group, Inc. (the developer of more than 35 shopping centers), Grand Duke Hotels, and the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Bob and Suzy have funded study in Italy for over 70 high school and college students. They endowed the naming gift for the American University Law Library.
The Pences are especially proud to have sponsored USO dinners and concerts featuring The Beach Boys and Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band. With Gary Sinise as their role model, they and their friends have joined in raising funds for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Foundation.
Anthony J. Saliba | Advisor
Anthony J. “Tony” Saliba has been a pioneer and active participant in the derivatives markets for nearly 30 years. His derivatives experience spans both domestic and international proprietary trading, asset management, and electronic trading systems and solutions. Tony is currently an Executive Managing Director of ConvergEx Group and Chief Executive Officer of LiquidPoint, a member company of ConvergEx Group.