David B. Waller - Advisor

Mr. Waller served as Deputy Director General and Head of Management of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1993 through 2011. The IAEA — with its more than 160 Member Countries — has a multicultural staff of more than 2,300 in Vienna; regional offices in New York, Geneva, Toronto and Tokyo; laboratories in Austria and Monaco; and inspectors and experts working around the world. It is charged with verifying nations' nuclear non-proliferation commitments (including the special cases involving Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea), advancing the fight against nuclear terrorism, enhancing the safety and security of nuclear power reactors and other fuel cycle facilities worldwide, and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Previously Mr. Waller served at the White House as a legal counsel to President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 86), and in 1986 was nominated by the President, and confirmed by the Senate, as Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, US Department of Energy (DOE) – a position he held until 1989. In that role, he served as the Secretary of Energy's chief advisor and spokesperson on international energy policy and emergency preparedness programs. He represented the United States at various multinational agencies and was responsible for the formulation and implementation of bilateral energy relations and programs with foreign governments. Mr. Waller began his professional career as a lawyer in the Attorney General's Honor Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Thereafter, and immediately prior to his service as White House counsel, he was in private practice at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lowell). Mr. Waller was the representative of the IAEA's management at the ceremony in Oslo awarding it the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003 he received, on behalf of the Agency, the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Science and Peace. And, in 2011 the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) awarded him its Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to the reduction of the threat of nuclear weapons. Earlier, while at DOE, he received The Secretary's Award — the highest honor given by the Secretary of Energy — for outstanding leadership, and the Superior Achievement Award, in special recognition of his achievements in the international arena. Mr. Waller is a graduate of Denison University (B.A., cum laude). Following undergraduate school and duty in the Army Reserves, he graduated first in his class from the University of Tulsa, College of Law (J.D., cum laude). He delivered the commencement address at Denison in 2005 at which time he was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. 


John Shephard - Advisor

John Shephard is Vice President for strategy, business development, international sales and congressional relations at ITT Defense, one of the top ten defense contractors in the United States. Prior to joining ITT, he was CEO of Pallas-Athena Group, and provided strategic consulting services for businesses ranging from start-ups to Global Fortune 500 corporations. He has been President of Newport News Industrial Company and Senior Vice President of Operations for Northrop Grumman-Newport News, producer of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the U. S. Navy. Prior to this he held senior executive positions at Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., Tenneco and NASA. A 1977 distinguished graduate of West Point, he served more than twenty years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army, held progressive command and staff positions from platoon to division level, and is a Gulf War veteran. Mr. Shephard holds an M.S. degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a White House Fellow. The American Society of Engineering Management honored Mr. Shephard as “Engineering Manager of the Year” at its national convention in 1999, citing his innovations at Newport News Shipbuilding. He serves as a board member and advisor for several companies and non-profit organizations. He and his family reside in Williamsburg, Virginia. 


Luke Ritter - Advisor

Mr. Ritter leads the Global Trade Security practice at Ridge Global, a firm founded by the Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. The Global Trade Security practice provides strategic management consulting services to clients focused on critical infrastructure protection.  His expertise is in the areas of global trade and transportation operations, security and resiliency, and business process improvement. He is the co-author of: Securing Global Transportation Networks (McGraw Hill, 2006), which has received widespread critical acclaim from industry publications such as Logistics Today, The Maritime Executive, Traffic World, and Supply Chain Management Review, and was selected as the American Society for Industrial Security, 'Book of the Month', in December of 2006. Mr. Ritter has spoken at more than thirty industry and trade events in the last five years, including keynote addresses at The American Association of Port Authorities Annual Security Conference, and the Logistics Management Magazine Global Supply Chain Conference. He has recently been published and quoted in Journal of Commerce, Security Management, Directors Monthly, Traffic World, and Cargo Security International. He has travelled extensively on business throughout the Middle East and North Africa regions, including Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Israel, and Libya. In 2009, Mr. Ritter was invited to present on counter-piracy at the Hemaya Security Summit in Doha, Qatar. Mr. Ritter is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds an M.B.A from Old Dominion University, with a concentration in maritime and logistics management. He is board certified by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L), and recently completed his tenure as the Vice Chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Transportation Security Council. Mr. Ritter serves on the Advisory Boards of iJET International, Inc., Decision Sciences International Corporation, and the International Maritime Security Corporation. He is also a contributing scholar at the Heritage Foundation. 


Kirk Lippold - Advisor

Commander Lippold was the Commanding Officer of USS COLE when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen. During his command he and his crew distinguished themselves by saving this American war ship from sinking. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001. Commander Lippold is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received his commission in the Navy in 1981. He attended the Navy Postgraduate School from 1987 to 1989 where he received a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering (Joint Command, Control and Communications) with a subspecialty in International Strategy. He is a 1994 graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and is also a 2001 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as the Administrative Aide to the Secretary of the Navy. He served as Division Chief and Politico-Military Planner, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), War on Terrorism Division, where he was instrumental in crafting detainee policy for the war on terrorism during its initial stages following the 9/11 attacks. His most recent assignment prior to retirement was as Section Chief for Regional Affairs, International Strategy Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N5IS). He is currently a Senior Military fellow with Military Families United, a policy advocacy group representing over 100,000 Blue and Gold Star families and serves as President of Base to Peak, LLC, specializing in motivational and business-oriented professional speaking and consulting. Commander Lippold’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), in addition to various campaign and service ribbons.


RADM (RET) Jeffrey Hathaway - Advisor

Jeff combines thirty three years of military and federal law enforcement accomplishments serving the nation as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, with prior private sector experience as corporate vice president of L-1 Identity Solutions, a successful identity management technology company, and his current position as vice president of Flatter & Associates, a rapidly growing veteran owned service disabled firm, offering management and engineering professional services to federal government clients. Jeff has a unique depth of professional experience across the Executive (DHS, DOD, DOJ, DOS, DOT) and Legislative branches of the federal government. During his military career, rear admiral Hathaway most recently led the Nation's premier international counter-narcotics effort as Director of Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, FL. Coordinating the efforts of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice resources, as well as over a dozen international partner nations, he more than doubled the annual amount of cocaine seized while enroute to U.S. and international markets. While assigned as Director of Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection on the Navy Pentagon staff, as well as Assistant Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, from 2001-2003, Hathaway was a central figure in enhancing the Navy's force protection posture around the world in the wake of the USS Cole bombing and the attacks of 9/11. While serving as Director of Coast Guard Operations Policy from 2003-2004, Hathaway managed a broad array of missions, including maritime law enforcement, homeland security and defense operations, search and rescue and national boating safety. He also spearheaded efforts to integrate Coast Guard operations into the Department of Homeland Security. Admiral Hathaway has extensive seagoing operational experience, including command of three major cutters, performing search and rescue, defense operations and maritime law enforcement missions from the Bering Sea to the southern Caribbean Sea. Duties included serving as maritime task force commander during two mass Haitian migration episodes. He also headed the Coast Guard's Congressional and Legislative Affairs Staff and served as executive director of the U.S. Interdiction Coordinator staff during his military career. Hathaway received a BS in economics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and also holds an MBA from the University of California at Irvine Paul Merge School of Business, as well as a MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Lawrence E. "Rocky" Holliday - Advisor

Mr. Holliday is President of Holliday & Associates Inc., a management consulting company that provides international business development support services to a variety of corporations around the globe. Such services include strategic planning, marketing program development, the creation of strategic alliances and the management of customer relationships. Prior to forming Holliday & Associates, Rocky was the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), a publically traded company that he co-founded in the United Arab Emirates. ADSB is currently the largest and most modern shipbuilder in the Middle East and is the only shipyard in the region with the ability to build, repair and upgrade complex naval warships. In 2004, ADSB was named by the US Defense News as the fastest growing defense company in the world. At his retirement in 2005, ADSB had accumulated a contract backlog valued at nearly $1 billion. Rocky established ADSB in 1996 and, in that same year, completed a very successful public stock offering in the UAE that raised capital sufficient to fund the company’s growth over the next ten years. ADSB’s IPO was the first such private offering in the fledgling Emirates equities market and became the model by which other UAE stock offerings were conducted over the following decade. In 2004, Mr. Holliday co-founded a second company in the UAE through a joint venture between ADSB and Selex Sistemi Integrati S.p.A, a major company within the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica. This new company, Abu Dhabi Systems Integration (ADSI), was the first in the region to provide software and hardware integration for complex military electronic systems, including combat management systems, weapons and fire control systems, naval and airborne radars and sensors, as well as military communication systems. Within the first year, ADSI captured a major contract as combat systems integrator for a series of new naval corvettes being built for the UAE Navy. During the twenty years prior to establishing Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Rocky held a variety of senior management positions within the US energy and defense sectors with such companies as Babcock & Wilcox and Newport News Shipbuilding (later Northrop Grumman). His positions within these firms covered a very broad range of business functions including Finance, Operations, Marketing, Quality Assurance, Facilities Management, Engineering and General Management. Rocky graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Industrial Management. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary's Executive MBA Program. Rocky is a graduate of numerous academic programs including the prestigious Executive Program (TEP) at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He currently serves on Advisory Boards for several private and publically traded companies.


MG (RET) James A. "Spider" Marks - Advisor

Spider Marks is CEO of InVisM, a Denver-based company which creates cutting edge, interactive products for the Knowledge, Learning, Education and Training (KLET) market. MG Marks served over 34 years in the US Army and his business experience spans defense intelligence, national security, and interagency. Currently a Managing Partner with ERGO, a leading, global primary research and consulting firm specializing in emerging and frontier markets, General Marks was previously President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Linguist Solutions (GLS), where he helped create a new joint venture of over 9000 employees deployed between Iraq and the United States with total annual revenue of $715 million. Prior to GLS, General Marks was senior VP, McNeil Technologies, a defense and intelligence-related enterprise backed by Veritas Capital. He is a former Commanding General, US Army Intelligence Center, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, and served as Chief, Intelligence, C-2, for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Marks also served as Assistant Chief of Staff for U.S. Forces Korea. During his military career, Marks served from the tactical to the strategic levels, commanded at the battalion, brigade, and two-star levels, and was a senior intelligence officer in multiple theaters of war. He is an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Ranger School, a Master Parachutist, and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and multiple expeditionary and service ribbons. He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the University of Virginia. Marks was a military and intelligence analyst for CNN from 2004-2007.


Scott Yaphe - Advisor

Scott is a General Partner of ABS Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm.  Scott focuses on software, business services and media investment opportunities. Before joining ABS Ventures, he was Director of Corporate Development at Saraide, a wireless software provider acquired by Infospace. Prior to that, Scott was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney where he focused on the technology and communications sectors. Scott serves or has served on the board of directors of Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR), Workbrain (TSX:WB, acquired by Infor), IQ Financial (acquired by Misys), ScaleMP, Vesta GMS, and Adeptra.  He received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and MBA from Harvard Business School.