Chad Crank. Chad leads the Telecom, Media, and Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking practice areas for Stephens Inc., where he has worked on M&A and capital markets transactions totaling more than $80 billion. Prior to joining Stephens, he worked in strategic planning at Alltel and served as an Armored Cavalry Officer after graduating from West Point. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar and also holds graduate degrees in Economics from Harvard University and Engineering from Northwestern University. In addition to serving on the board of Republic Capital Access, he serves on the boards of Clearwave Communications, Optus Telecom, and the MacArthur Museum of Military History.
Honorable Ronald R. Spoehel. Ron has a long and varied career in the private and public sector, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of NASA; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of ICx Technologies; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of ManTech International Corporation; Chairman and founder of Alpine Partners; and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Optinel Systems. Previously, he was an executive officer of both Harris Corporation and ICF Kaiser International. Ron began his professional career in investment banking with Lehman Brothers and Bank of America.
Ron is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and MBA from the Wharton School and his Master of Science degree in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. He has served on the U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council, the U.S. Air Force Audit Committee, the Board of Directors of the Professional Services Council, and the Advisory Council for the Wharton and Engineering Schools at the University of Pennsylvania. Ron also serves and has served on the Boards of private companies both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Honorable Kenneth J. Krieg. Ken is the founder of Samford Global Strategies, a consulting practice that specializes in helping companies manage strategic change. Prior to founding Samford, Ken served in a number of defense and foreign policy capacities, most recently as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Director for Program Analysis & Evaluation; Executive Secretary of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Council; and positions at the White House and the National Security Council Staff.
Ken also has extensive private sector experience where he served as Vice President and General Manager of International Paper’s $1.4 billion Office and Consumer Papers Division.
He received his BA degree in history from Davidson College and his Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ken sits on several Boards of Directors – API Technologies; Twisted Pair Solutions; Aurora Flight Sciences; and JackBe. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of LMI; the Proxy Board for DRS Technologies; the Advisory Board of Enlightenment Capital; is an Executive-in-Residence at Renaissance Strategic Advisors; and is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Naval Analyses.
Tim Gilmore. Tim has served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies. Most recently he was CFO of AVCARD, an aviation fuel reseller with over 3,000 customers, over 7,000 suppliers and multiple aviation fuel supply contracts with the U.S. Government. Prior to that, he was CFO of American Port Services Plc. a publicly traded owner and operator of marine terminals and Fixed Base Operators at major airports in the U.S. Mr. Gilmore holds a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Taxation from the University of Baltimore and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ed Stucky. Ed has had a distinguished career in government, business and public affairs spanning over thirty years. He served in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Customs Service, Treasury Department and White House. After leaving government, he advised companies on public affairs strategies related to economic policy. Mr. Stucky holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, has served on several non-profit boards including the Mid-Atlantic Operation Hope Board, the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Foundation Board and the National Presbyterian Church Fund for Charitable Giving. Ed resides in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife, Lisa, and two children Jack and Julia.