Rear Admiral Frank Thorp IV, USN (Ret.)
President & CEO
Rear Admiral Frank Thorp, USN (Ret.), is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer and transferred to Navy Public Affairs in 1986. He served as the Public Affairs Officer for the Chief of Naval Personnel, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Joint Communication) and as the Navy’s Chief of Information (CHINFO).
Following his Navy career, he was Vice President for Communications and Government Operations for AM General and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the USO and is a principal in Quattro Communications Inc.
Vice Admiral Carol M. Pottenger, USN (Ret.)
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
President CMP Global, LLC
Vice Admiral Pottenger is a 1977 graduate of Purdue University, amongst the first group of women to be commissioned through Navy ROTC. She was selected in 1978 for the Women at Sea program and over the course of her career as a Surface Warfare Officer, served aboard USS Yosemite (AD-19); USS Yellowstone (AD-41); USS Kiska (AE-35); and as the Commanding Officer of USS Shasta (AE-33) and USS Bridge (AOE-10). Vice Admiral Pottenger was the first woman in the Navy to command a Strike Group, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven, headquartered in Okinawa Japan with eight ships homeported in Sasebo Japan. She also commanded Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, and spent her final years serving as the senior US military officer in NATO’s Military Command Structure. Ashore tours included several assignments in the Pentagon as the Executive Assistant to OPNAV N86, N8 and VCNO.
Following her Navy career, Vice Admiral Pottenger established a consulting practice and advised companies in the oil and gas industry; in the defense industry; and in academia. She currently sits on two advisory boards, Strategic Resources, INC and Intuidex, INC; as a member of DACOWITS; and on two non-profit boards, US Navy Memorial Foundation and Surface Navy Association. Purdue University presented Vice Admiral Pottenger with an honorary PhD in 2007.
Mr. John B. Burke
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Mr. Burke is Managing Director of Horizon Business Advisors, LLC, an advisory services and merchant banking firm. His consulting career includes twenty five years with Accenture in its global energy and information technology practices. Mr. Burke served in the Navy as a surface warfare officer from 1969 to 1977 aboard the USS Holder and the USS Catawba.
Vice Admiral H. Denby Starling II, USN (Ret.)
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Vice Admiral Denby Starling is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia. He spent the majority career in Naval Aviation, serving as both a Naval Flight Officer and Naval Aviator in the A-6 Intruder. He commanded Attack Squadron 145, USS SHREVEPORT, USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER, the GEORGE WASHINGTON CARRIER STRIKE GROUP and Naval Air Force, Atlantic. In his final tour on active duty, he commanded the NAVAL NETWORK WARFARE COMMAND.
Following his Navy career, VADM Starling moved to the IT sector, where he has managed Navy and Marine corps Programs for Hewlett Packard. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and DXC Technology.
Mr. John P. Bush
John is an Executive Director in EY’s Advisory Services for Government & Public Sector (GPS), where he brings extensive experience in business and IT transformation, policy/program strategy and implementation, and consulting practice leadership and development. John leads the Program Management competency within GPS, which helps Government clients plan, execute, manage and optimize their most complex and mission-critical programs. Prior to joining EY, John served as Senior Vice President and Practice Leader for Hitachi Consulting’s Americas Public Sector practice, serving clients in the Federal, State and Local and Healthcare markets in the US and Canada. John has also held executive/Partner-level positions at BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen / Accenture.
John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis at Miami University, where he currently serves on the External Advisory Council of the College of Engineering and Computing. He is an active Fellow in the American Council for Technology / Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC), a public/private partnership between the US Federal Government and the information technology industry.
A former tall ship sailor, John comes from a family committed to the sea services, including service in the Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command.
Vice Admiral Albert T. Church, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director of Prescient Federal Corporation
President of the Church Group LLC
Vice Admiral Church is a 1969 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, retiring in October 2005 after more than 36 years of active duty. During his career he comanded two ships and the Naval Satation at Norfolk Va. He served 4+ years as the Navy Budget Officer, as the Naval Inspector General, and his last job was as the Director of the Navy Staff (DNS).
Following his Navy career, he spent five years at Booz Allen Hamilton and has been with his present company, Prescient, for five years. He recently published a book, Fixing Washingon 2016.
Fleet Master Chief Charles Clarke, USN (Ret.)
Mr. Frank B. Glassner
His consulting experience includes a wide range of assignments with specialization in: executive compensation; studies linking organizational strategy and compensation programs to business strategies; board of directors compensation and governance; bankruptcy and reorganization compensation and incentive plans; litigation support and expert witness services, tax-deferred compensation; wage and salary administration; job analysis and evaluation; surveys on compensation and organizational practices within specialized industries; sales and marketing compensation; incentive compensation and performance management; and performance appraisal and development.
Frank is a nationally recognized executive compensation expert with over thirty-six years of experience in the field of compensation and strategy consulting. Prior to joining Veritas in 2009, Frank founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Compensation Design Group, Inc. (CDG), assisting both domestic and international companies in developing unique and specific compensation programs linked directly to business, financial and strategic objectives. Prior to Veritas and CDG, he was the National Director of the Deloitte & Touche Strategic Rewards Practice, and led the Western U.S./Asia-Pacific compensation consulting practice for KPMG Peat Marwick.
Frank is frequently quoted in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Time Magazine, Financial Times, London (UK) Times, Forbes, USA Today, Directors and Boards, Die Welt (GER), US News & World Report, Boston Globe, New York Times, New York Post, LA Times, La Prensa (MX), India Times (Delhi), Washington Post, China Times, The Street.com, MarketWatch, Barrons, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also appears regularly on CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, FOX Network, NPR, and NBC. He often speaks publicly on such subjects as executive pay and strategic total compensation. He is a member of the Conference Board, World at Work, American Management Association, and is a Corporate Governance and Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, SC, USN (Ret.)
Retired Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, U.S. Navy, is a General Manager at Microsoft, where he leads a multi-billion-dollar supply chain and Logistics effort which is building Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud. Microsoft’s mission is to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”, and our cloud moves computing power and data to where it can do the most good.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Admiral Heinrich was the CEO of AAMSI, an aerospace manufacturing & repair firm located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Additionally, he was a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, a global performance improvement and turnaround firm, where he led the public sector business unit.
Admiral Heinrich’s naval career spanned more than 30 years of leadership experience in operations, finance, logistics, and supply chain management. In his final assignment in the Navy, he served as the Commander (CEO equivalent) of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the 46th Chief of Supply Corps, where he led 25,000 members of the Navy’s global supply chain practice.
In addition to his assignment as Commander of NAVSUP and the 46th Chief of Supply Corps, Heinrich commanded the Defense Logistics Agency’s aviation center of excellence in Richmond, Virginia, and served as the Chief Operating Officer (J-3) of the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In 2008, Heinrich deployed to the Middle East as Director of the United States Central Command’s Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait, where he applied deployment and distribution expertise to plan and execute joint & combined force military operations.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy James L. Herdt, USN (Ret.)
Master Chief Herdt served 36 years on active duty. Currently he is CEO and CFO of Herdt Consulting Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in business transformation, leadership development and institutional learning and training. He served as the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy 1998–2002.
Honorable Charles L. Hopkins III, P.E.
Mr. Hopkins served 30 years on active duty earning warfare qualifications in Submarines (enlisted and officer) and as a Surface Warfare Officer. Since retiring from active duty in 1999, Mr. Hopkins has spent much of this past decade working for the White House in leadership roles at the Department of Treasury, FEMA and the Department of Veterans Affairs. His last position was the Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Hopkins is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Global Services & Solutions, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Thomas R. Kuhn
Mr. Kuhn is president of the Edison Electric Institute, the national association of the shareholder-owned electric companies that produce about 70 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. He has served as White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Nixon and Ford and as a supply officer aboard the USS Willard Keith.
Dr. J. Phillip London
Dr. London is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International, Inc., a pacesetter in IT and communications solutions across markets throughout North America and Western Europe. He joined CACI in 1972 and from 1984–2007 was its President and CEO. Dr. London is a 1959 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on active duty as an aviator for 12 years during the Cold War. He served another 12 years in the Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of Captain.
Mr. Robert E. Naser
Mr. Naser is President and CEO of Robert E. Naser Realty, which develops commercial real estate in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Florida. He served in the Navy Reserve from 1942 to 1950.
Commander William M. Newell, SC, USN (Ret.)
Commander Mike Newell is a 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer from the NROTC Program upon graduation and transferred to the Supply Corps in 1979. He served on several ships in the Pacific Fleet and at shore establishments throughout the United States. He retired from the Navy in 1995 after serving as a Professor at National Defense University, Washington, DC.
Following his Navy career, Mike worked in several high level position at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestlandBell and OTO Melara, SpA. He is currently a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council, and also serves of the board of directors of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association – DC Chapter.
Mr. Roger Sexuaer
Mr. Sexauer has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, with a diverse background in general management, business development, program management, and engineering. He joined DRS in 2004 as Vice President for Business Development for the C4I Group. Prior to assuming his position at DRS, Mr. Sexauer served as Vice President, Program Development and Strategic Planning for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division and Manager, Advanced Concept Formulation. He was responsible for the development of advanced submarine concepts to improve the capability of U.S. Nuclear Submarines. He developed such concepts as the Virginia Class Advanced Sail, Trident SSGN, and the Virginia Class Technology Insertion Process. He has also held senior positions at United Technologies - Hamilton Standard Division.
Mr. Sexauer is a former officer in the U. S. Navy. He served as a qualified nuclear engineer aboard the USS Trepang in various capacities including Weapons Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy. He currently serves as President of the Maritime and Combat Support Systems (MCSS) Group, which develops power systems, environmental systems and sustainment products.
Captain Joseph L. Spruill, SC, USN (Ret.)
Captain Joe Spruill is a 1983 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served over 25 years as a Supply Corps officer. Duty stations ashore included staff duty with the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Commander Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and the Naval Supply Systems Command. Afloat, he served in amphibious warfare vessels, fleet ballistic missile submarine, submarine tender and fast combat stores ship. His final tour was as the Director of Logistics for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research Development and Acquisition).
Following his Navy career, he was the senior logistics analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management in the Department of Homeland Security, was a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, and is currently a certified rowing coach for Capital Rowing Club, and the Industry Association Liaison for Logistics and Sustainment within Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations in the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John Totushek is a 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He began his Naval Aviation career flying the F-4 Phantom in Florida and Virginia-based squadrons. He held senior strategic and management positions within the Navy, including command of the Atlantic Fleet's Logistics Task Force and the Southeast Region's Naval Reserve Readiness Command. In addition, he served as the Deputy Director, Naval Air Warfare and Deputy Director of Naval Reserve.
In 1998 he was selected as the 10th Chief of Naval Reserve, Commander, Naval Reserve Force and Director of Navy Reserve. He was promoted to Vice Admiral on 24 May 2001 and he retired in November, 2003.
On July 27, 2016, he retired as President and CEO of The United States Navy Memorial.
Mr. Victor S. Trione
Mr. Trione is President of Vimark, Inc., a real estate development and vineyard management company and is Chairman of the Board of Luther Burbank Savings & Loan. He is a former owner of Geyser Peak Winery in Northern California’s Alexander Valley. He continues a family tradition of serving as a Director of the Navy Memorial. Mr. Trione served in the Navy as a Supply Corps Officer.
Rear Admiral Edward K. Walker, Jr., SC, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Walker is Treasurer of the Board of Directors and a past President and CEO, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at Elon University and a Trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He is a past Chairman of the Vinson Hall Corporation and a past Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Herley Industries. A 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he spent 34 years in the Supply Corps, ending his career as the 35th Chief of the Navy Supply Corps.