Board Members


Marnie Waldrop

President/Owner, Waldrop Residential Designs, Inc.

Marnie is a devoted wife and mother, as well as a principal of her own residential design firm. She attended Auburn University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture. She lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Michael, and their children, Marilyn and Tommy. Read full bio


Michael Waldrop

Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
President/Owner, Blue Cord Design & Construction

Michael Waldrop is the CEO and president of Blue Cord Design and Construction, an Orlando-based design build company. He has previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and an embedded trainer of an infantry company with the Afghanistan National Army. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for Valor. Read full bio


Jim Craig

Director of Business Integration, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training

Jim is the Director of Business Integration at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. Employing over 17,000 people in the United States and internationally, Mission Systems and Training develops and sustains complex surface, air, and undersea systems for military, security, and civil markets around the world. In addition to the systems produced, they ensure mission readiness through training and logistics products and services. Read full bio



Lee Barnes, Jr.

Vice Chair
Veteran U.S. Army

Independent Consultant

Lee Barnes is an independent consultant following his recent retirement from Northrop Grumman as a Corporate Lead Executive. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army after twenty-five years of service.
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Leighton Yates

Immediate Past Chair
Vietnam Veteran

Leighton is a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight LLP, a national law firm with about 1,100 lawyers.  He serves as co-practice group leader of his firm’s 70-lawyer Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions National Practice Group. Read full bio


Dale Fitch

Veteran, US Army 
CFO/COO, Unicorp 

Dale Fitch provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, and oversight over accounting, finance, and property management operations. Prior to joining Unicorp, Dale held various challenging positions. He spent 13 years as a healthcare financial consultant for regional and national Accounting/Consulting firms. Dale holds an MBA and BSBA degree from Wilkes University and is a Veteran of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Read full bio


Angela Albright

Civic Volunteer

Angela Albright serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Fifth Third Bank. She is the proud step-mother of an U.S. Army Captain. Read full bio


Pete Marion

Director, Programs
Veteran U.S. Army

CEO, TMST Consultants

Pete Marion joined TMST Consultants as the CEO in 2014. He has extensive experience in the defense industry and retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army after twenty years of service.


Hasib Bangloria

Ballator Insurance Group

Hasib Bangloria has been with Ballator Insurance Group since its inception and serves as Ballator’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Hasib  is a Cum Laude graduate of DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce – Finance Honors.Read full bio


Bill Bond

Major General / U.S. Army (Ret)

After his retirement in the US Army in November 2003 after 33 years of active service, Major General Bond joined Cypress International in Alexandria, Virginia as Vice President.  During three of his five years as VP of Cypress he was the largest portfolio manager.  He continues to maintain outstanding relationships with senior and key leaders within the Army/DoD. Read full bio


Greg Broner

Senior Private Banker for North/Central Florida Region

As part of The Private Bank, Mr. Broner works with clients to understand their needs and then coordinates a team of specialists to provide clients with wealth management services, including banking, credit, investment management and trust and estate services through Wells Fargo Bank. Read full bio


Elizabeth Burch

President/CEO, Dignitas Technologies, LLC

Ms. Elizabeth Burch is President/CEO and majority owner of Dignitas Technologies, a Woman Owned Small Disadvantaged Business providing system and software engineering services for the modeling and simulation community with a mission to shape the future of simulation with innovative technology. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience with Modeling and Simulation.  Read full bio


John Burke

VP Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Pershing LLC

John serves as an AML Compliance officer for Pershing LLC, the largest Broker-Dealer Clearing Firm in the United States.   As such, he is responsible for the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and defending the US Capital markets from financial crime. Read full bio


Raymond Chandler, III

Senior Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, (Ret) was the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army, sworn in on March 1, 2011, and served until January 30, 2015. Throughout his 34-year career he served in every enlisted leadership position, from all tank crewman positions to Sergeant Major of the Army. He was Operations Sergeant Major 1/2 Armored Cavalry Regiment and as Command Sergeant Major in 1/7 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; United States Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the United States Army Armor School Command Sergeant Major. Read full bio


Patrick Connors

Veteran U.S. Army
Chief Simulation Development and Technologies, Florida Hospital

COL Connors has served over 24 years on active duty as an U.S. Army officer and has three operational deployments throughout his career.  Read full bio


John Daly, Jr.

Director, Corporate Operations, Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

John J. Daly, Jr. currently serves as the Director of Corporate Operations at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida.  NAWCTSD is the U.S. Navy center for research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition of training systems for the warfighter, focusing on innovative modeling, gaming and simulation technology solutions.  Read full bio


Matt Fair

Veteran U.S. Army

Matt Fair served 28 years commissioned service in the Army prior to retiring as a Colonel and joining the Orlando modeling and simulation (M&S) industry.  Currently Director for Training Solutions, he held other program and business development positions in the M&S industry prior to joining Tactical Micro. Read full bio


Bert Ges

Director-Warfighter Effectiveness Group, Cubic Global Defense

Bert Ges is the director of warfighter effectiveness for Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, a global leader in the defense and transportation industries. Prior to joining CGD, Ges served for 25 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Colonel. Read full bio


Derek Grimm

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Wealth Management Advisor

Mr. Grimm is a proud veteran of the armed forces with over 12 years of service with the United States Army.  Mr. Grimm initially enlisted in 1992 and served as a paratrooper in various Infantry units both on active duty and with the Florida National Guard.  Read full bio


Al Harms

Viet Nam, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Desert Fox Veteran
Past Vice-President UCF

Al Harms serves as the Vice President for Strategy, Marketing, Communications, and Admissions and Special Assistant to the President of the University of Central Florida. He retired as a Vice Admiral in the Navy after thirty-four years of service. Read full bio


Mark Hill

Vice President of Retail Marketing, Bluegreen Vacations

Mark Hill is the Vice President of Retail Marketing with Bluegreen Vacations. Under Mark’s leadership, the Bluegreen Vacations/Bass Pro Shops alliance developed into one of the most profitable customer acquisition programs in the industry. Read full bio


Dave Jarrett

Vice President – Operations, Cataloochee Holdings, LLC

Dave Jarrett has been involved with the Florida Hospitality business for over 38 years. He is a past food and beverage executive from Walt Disney World with 23+ years of service. Among many other job titles, he was the Office Administrator for the Parks Food and Beverage division along with chairing the committee that over-saw Disney’s Catering and Convention division. Read full bio.


Dennis Lemma

Sheriff, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Dennis Lemma is a 23-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.  As Sheriff, he directs the agency’s enforcement, investigative, correctional, juvenile, and support services, leading a work force of more than 1,300 employees and managing a $125 million budget.  Read full bio


Dannette Lynch

Director of Membership, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Dannette Lynch is the Director of Membership for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and serves as Regional Director for eight local chapters: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Central Florida, Space Coast, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee and Southwest Florida where she is responsible for growth, retention, industry advocacy, education and special events. Read full bio


Mike Maudlin

VP and General Manager, Maudlin International Trucks

Mike joined Maudlin International in 1999 as a part time warehouse clerk in the Orlando parts department while attending the University of Central Florida. By 2008 Mike became Maudlin International’s Vice President and Orlando GM. Read full bio


John Mina

Chief of Police City of Orlando 

After serving in the United States Army for three years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Military Police Officer, Deputy Chief Mina moved to Orlando in 1990 to attend the Police Academy.  He has worked many assignments throughout his career at the Orlando Police Department. Read full bio


Mike Motko

Senior Vice President and General Manager, QinetiQ Inc.

Motko is responsible for the leadership and management of day to day operations, program management, business development and capture activities for QinetiQ Inc.’s Orlando, FL based headquarters. Read full bio


Chris Quarles

CEO Q Realty and Development

Chris Quarles is a Central Florida native born and raised in Windermere. College Park is now home for his young family and where he established Q Realty and Development in 2005. He is also a loyal and active volunteer in the community. Read full bio.


Dan Sammons

Gulf War Veteran
President/CEO, LBF Soulutions,LLC 

Dan Sammons is the President/CEO for LBF Solutions, LLC, a company specializing in the modeling and simulation industry and the manufacturing industry. He previously served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Force from 1987 to 1995. Read full bio


Barb Scherer

Sr. Vice President/Regional Marketing Director, Fifth Third Bank, North Florida

As Senior Vice President/Regional Marketing Director of Fifth Third bank, North Florida Barb serves on the bank’s executive leadership team and oversees marketing initiatives throughout the region’s three major markets.  For several years prior to joining Fifth Third bank she held leadership positions at national ad agencies including Earle Palmer Brown, Greenstone/Roberts and Cramer Krasselt.  Barb is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.  Read full bio


Tae Shin

Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
Attorney, Shin Law Group

Tae Shin practices in corporate law, representing both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, private business taxation, business succession planning and corporate governance. Read full bio


Cherie Smith

Deputy Program Executive Officer
Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)

Ms. Chérie A. Smith, SES, is the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. PEOSTRI executes a multi-billion dollar program annually, and is staffed by more than 1,200 military, government civilian, and service support contractors. The organization also manages Foreign Military Sales’ programs which support more than 40 countries. Read full bio


James Terry

LTG, U.S. Army (Ret)
SVP, Business Development of Ground Strategy
Cubic Global Defense

James Terry is senior vice president, business development of ground strategy at Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this role, he is responsible for expanding business opportunities for Cubic’s ground training systems and services for the Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations and the Middle East region.  Read full bio


Josh Walker

Current U.S. Army Major
Attorney, Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton

Josh Walker provides corporate litigation and insurance defense counsel. He also serves as a Major in the Florida Army National Guard, and is currently assigned as the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 211th Regiment, and the Commandant of the Officer Candidate School. Read full bio


Brent Wilder

Public Financial Management

Brent Wilder has more than 23 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee. Read full bio


Roderick Williams

Deputy Chief, Orlando Fire Department

Deputy Chief Roderick Williams is in charge of managing the Fire Administrative Service Bureau which consist of Fire Safety Management, Logistics, Supply, Planning, Public Relations, and Training Division. He also oversees the city-wide “Hands Only CPR Program” and handles coordination or construction of new fire facilities and apparatuses. Read full bio


Douglas Woodman

Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager IBERIABANK

Doug Woodman has been in the banking business in Central Florida for the majority of his adult life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. Read full bio 

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