Advisory board

Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.

Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members, and he is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16 years of war. As part of this effort, Ken authored Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.

Ken is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Ken also founded Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. a multimedia technology company and prior to selling his share of the company, he served as the CEO for six years.Ken is married to Julia Falke (for the last 35 years) and has two daughters Gennavieve (29) and Rhian (24). Ken’ daughter Genna is married to Brayden Keller. Ken and Julia are grandparents to Troy, Riley, Cameron, and Gwendolyn.Prior to Ken’s professional career, he was an avid hockey player and struggling student that barely graduated high school.

Mr. Dubilier entered the investment field in 1983 with Drexel Burnham Lambert where he specialized in utilities, energy and telecommunications. He became a partner in the Corporate Finance Department in 1988. Prior to his investment banking experience, Mr. Dubilier was an operations manager for a Houston-based oil service company. From 1989 through 1994, Mr. Dubilier was active in the direct investment business with Clayton Dubilier & Rice. He has taken part in or initiated numerous acquisitions, recapitalizations, and dispositions of CD&R portfolio companies. In 1994, Mr. Dubilier formed his own investment company, Dubilier & Company.

He has served on several corporate boards including Phoenix Packaging Company, Magnetic Data Technologies, HEM Pharmaceuticals, APS, Revbox.com, Old London Foods, ODC Nimbus, Inc., Berlin Industries, Inc. and Bulletin Intelligence, LLC. He is currently on the Board of DC Safety Sales Company, Inc., Shaklee Corporation, Horton Point LLC, Acrow Bridge and Bluegrass Dairy & Food, Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Cleareon Fiber Networks and Systech International, Inc.

Mr. Dubilier is a vice-chair of the endowment investment committee of Connecticut College and co-chair of the Loomis Institute investment committee and serves on the board of the Loomis-Chaffee School. Mr. Dubilier was educated at Connecticut College and Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, where he received a MBA degree in 1982. He also completed a post-graduate program in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He has lectured at Harvard College and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Captain Reid obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1988. He completed Naval Flight Officer (NFO) Training at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, CA in 1989. He served as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in the P-3C Orion aircraft where he attained the qualifications of Combat Aircrew Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator in Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11) in Brunswick, ME. He then served a tour as a T-43 instructor aviator at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX before transferring to the Navy Reserve. 

After joining the Reserves, he served as Combat Aircrew Mission Commander, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer in Patrol Squadron Ninety Two (VP-92) in Brunswick, ME. Through his aviation assignments, he has completed numerous overseas operational deployments and detachments including assignments to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Panama; Barbados; Sigonella, Sicily; Vina del Mar, Chile; El Salvador; Keflavik, Iceland; Manta, Ecuador; Antofagasta, Chile; Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Crete; Dahlaman, Turkey; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and other forward operating bases in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. After his operational aviation assignments, he served as the Executive Officer for the Center for Naval Leadership – Mid-Atlantic and at the Naval War College in the War Gaming Department at the College of Strategic Studies. He completed Command Leadership School in Newport, RI in 1996; Joint Professional Military Education (Phase I) at the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2006; and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (Phase 2) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA in 2009. Reid continued to serve as a Naval Reservist in a variety of aviation and leadership assignments. 

He retired at the rank of Captain while attached to the Office of Naval Research Headquarters unit in Arlington, VA. His personal and unit decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award (two awards); Joint Meritorious Unit Citation (four awards); Meritorious Unit Citation; Battle “E” Award (five awards); Navy Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal (two awards); Southwest Asia Service Medal (three awards); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Award (two awards); Armed Forces Reserve Medal; NATO Service Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

In his civilian career, Reid used the GI Bill to further his education and received his Master of Business Administration degree in from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1994 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Finance from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. His academic career includes positions as a finance professor at the University of New Haven, Salisbury University, and Quinnipiac University. He was granted tenure at Quinnipiac University where he served as the Director of the Terry Goodwin Financial Technology Center, the Director of Academic Integrity, and the Coordinator of Freshman Business Programs. During his final three years at Quinnipiac University, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business. He is widely published in finance and business pedagogy journals. He has also written numerous non-public domain, limited-distribution reports in the areas of maritime strategy and defense security cooperation agreements for national security audiences within the U.S. government. 

Since 2015, he has served as the Dean of the School of Business at Ithaca College. He and his wife Nori have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of seven children ranging from 8 to 27 years old. He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

Ted Kennedy, Jr. is a Senior Advisor to Roberts & Ryan, one of the nation’s leading Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Broker-Dealers, and assists Roberts & Ryan in expanding the Firm’s offerings and engagements to corporations and institutional investors committed to expanding opportunities to veterans and other Americans with disabilities.

As a childhood cancer survivor and amputee, and now Board Chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Mr. Kennedy is one of the nation’s foremost disability law attorneys and advocates for social reform and justice for people with disabilities, including disabled veterans. Mr. Kennedy is now a partner at Epstein Becker Green, a national law firm.

Ted has over a decade of experience in the securities industry. As Co-Founder and President of the Marwood Group, Mr. Kennedy oversaw a team of over 135 professionals, managed the firm’s large institutional clients, and led Marwood’s growth from inception to one of the leading providers of financial and advisory services to the health care sector. As a lawmaker in the Connecticut State Senate from 2015 to 2019, Mr. Kennedy played an active role in the critical issues facing the financial services industry as a member of both the Banking Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

One of Mr. Kennedy’s top priorities is the expansion of the Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative between AAPD and DisabilityIN. With over 150 corporations participating, including nearly 100 of the Fortune 500, the DEI has rapidly become the leading corporate benchmarking tool for disability equality and inclusion. One of the DEI’s identified best practices includes the corporate establishment of a supplier diversity program comprising Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBE).

Mr. Dubilier entered the investment field in 1983 with Drexel Burnham Lambert where he specialized in utilities, energy and telecommunications. He became a partner in the Corporate Finance Department in 1988. Prior to his investment banking experience, Mr. Dubilier was an operations manager for a Houston-based oil service company. From 1989 through 1994, Mr. Dubilier was active in the direct investment business with Clayton Dubilier & Rice. He has taken part in or initiated numerous acquisitions, recapitalizations, and dispositions of CD&R portfolio companies. In 1994, Mr. Dubilier formed his own investment company, Dubilier & Company.
He has served on several corporate boards including Phoenix Packaging Company, Magnetic Data Technologies, HEM Pharmaceuticals, APS, Revbox.com, Old London Foods, ODC Nimbus, Inc., Berlin Industries, Inc. and Bulletin Intelligence, LLC. He is currently on the Board of DC Safety Sales Company, Inc., Shaklee Corporation, Horton Point LLC, Acrow Bridge and Bluegrass Dairy & Food, Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Cleareon Fiber Networks and Systech International, Inc.
Mr. Dubilier is a vice-chair of the endowment investment committee of Connecticut College and co-chair of the Loomis Institute investment committee and serves on the board of the Loomis-Chaffee School. Mr. Dubilier was educated at Connecticut College and Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, where he received a MBA degree in 1982. He also completed a post-graduate program in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He has lectured at Harvard College and the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.

Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members, and he is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16 years of war. As part of this effort, Ken authored Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.

Ken is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Ken also founded Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. a multimedia technology company and prior to selling his share of the company, he served as the CEO for six years.

Ken is married to Julia Falke (for the last 35 years) and has two daughters Gennavieve (29) and Rhian (24). Ken’ daughter Genna is married to Brayden Keller. Ken and Julia are grandparents to Troy, Riley, Cameron, and Gwendolyn.

Prior to Ken’s professional career, he was an avid hockey player and struggling student that barely graduated high school.

Captain Reid obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1988. He completed Naval Flight Officer (NFO) Training at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, CA in 1989. He served as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in the P-3C Orion aircraft where he attained the qualifications of Combat Aircrew Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator in Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11) in Brunswick, ME. He then served a tour as a T-43 instructor aviator at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX before transferring to the Navy Reserve. After joining the Reserves, he served as Combat Aircrew Mission Commander, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer in Patrol Squadron Ninety Two (VP-92) in Brunswick, ME. Through his aviation assignments, he has completed numerous overseas operational deployments and detachments including assignments to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Panama; Barbados; Sigonella, Sicily; Vina del Mar, Chile; El Salvador; Keflavik, Iceland; Manta, Ecuador; Antofagasta, Chile; Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Crete; Dahlaman, Turkey; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and other forward operating bases in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. After his operational aviation assignments, he served as the Executive Officer for the Center for Naval Leadership – Mid-Atlantic and at the Naval War College in the War Gaming Department at the College of Strategic Studies. He completed Command Leadership School in Newport, RI in 1996; Joint Professional Military Education (Phase I) at the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2006; and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (Phase 2) at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA in 2009. Reid continued to serve as a Naval Reservist in a variety of aviation and leadership assignments. He recently retired at the rank of Captain while attached to the Office of Naval Research Headquarters unit in Arlington, VA. His personal and unit decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award (two awards); Joint Meritorious Unit Citation (four awards); Meritorious Unit Citation; Battle “E” Award (five awards); Navy Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal (two awards); Southwest Asia Service Medal (three awards); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Award (two awards); Armed Forces Reserve Medal; NATO Service Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

In his civilian career, Reid used the GI Bill to further his education and received his Master of Business Administration degree in from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1994 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Finance from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. His academic career includes positions as a finance professor at the University of New Haven, Salisbury University, and Quinnipiac University. He was granted tenure at Quinnipiac University where he served as the Director of the Terry Goodwin Financial Technology Center, the Director of Academic Integrity, and the Coordinator of Freshman Business Programs. During his final three years at Quinnipiac University, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business. He is widely published in finance and business pedagogy journals. He has also written numerous non-public domain, limited-distribution reports in the areas of maritime strategy and defense security cooperation agreements for national security audiences within the U.S, government. Since 2015, he has served as the Dean of the School of Business at Ithaca College. He and his wife Nori have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of seven children ranging from 8 to 27 years old. He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

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James Niemie is CEO.  He is a US Marine Corps Iraq combat veteran.

His expertise centers on understanding the processes, practices, and concerns of the Public Pension Fund and Plan Sponsor community. Niemie was a Senior Investment Analyst at the New York State Nurses Association Pension Plan since 2010. Mr. Niemie had oversight of the external manager coverage in every asset class in the plan’s $3.7 billion portfolio. He was responsible for strategic management of the pension portfolio which included asset allocation and re-balancing.

Mr. Niemie was an Infantry Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps and served with “Valor” in actions in Al Anbar, Iraq.

Niemie is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance. 

Jim McDevitt is a Senior Director in Corporate Service Sales with expertise in equity trading.

McDevitt was a Specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for 25 years rising to become a partner at MJ Meehan & Co, and then as a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Specialists. During his career, McDevitt managed the trading post for marquee NYSE listed securities to include Citibank, Walmart, Colgate, Sprint, McDonald’s, and JP Morgan.

McDevitt spent three years at Academy Securities as a Managing Director selling fixed income and equity services to Corporate Treasurers.

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