Board of Directors

Marnie Waldrop

Co-Founder
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

Co-Founder
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

Lee Barnes, Jr.

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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John Burke

Vice Chair
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

Jim Craig

Immediate Past Chair
Vice President and General Manager, Ground Training Systems
Cubic Global Defense

Jim is Vice President and General Manager at Cubic Global Defense, responsible for Integrated Training Solutions.  Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of readiness solutions to military, government, and civil organizations around the world. Prior to joining Cubic, Jim retired from Lockheed Martin in 2017 after a 35 year career.   Read full bio

 

Dale Fitch

Treasurer
Veteran, US Army
CFO/COO
Unicorp National Developments 

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

Secretary
Senior Human Resource Generalist
Alorica

Angela Albright serves as the Senior Human Resources Generalist for Alorica, Inc. 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.

Jennifer L Arnold

Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton

Jennifer Arnold has over 24 years of experience in the Simulation and Training industry and has been recognized for her award-winning contributions to Defense, Intelligence, Federal, and Commercial clients.  She is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with extensive experience leading modeling, simulation, training (MS&T) and organizational development …. Read full bio

Hasib Bangloria

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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

David Belvin

Vice President and Deputy, Rotary Wing & Ground Programs
Lockheed Martin 

David (Dave) Belvin is Vice President, Rotary Wing & Ground Programs at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Florida. Dave is responsible for leading the strategy, direction, and execution oversight for Apache, Turreted Systems, and Advanced Rotary Wing & Ground Systems programs. 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

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

Patrick Connors

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

Patrick 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

Amy C. DeYoung, MBA, RRT

Administrator of Allied Health, Support Services, and Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute
Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC)  Orlando Health

Amy has administrative oversight of various inpatient and outpatient department operations at ORMC. She is the administrator for Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute (OHRI) which includes a 53-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program at ORMC and two outpatient medical rehabilitation programs in downtown Orlando.  She serves as a mentor for Orlando Health’s Emerging Leaders program and Advanced Leadership programs.  Read full bio

Matt Fair

Colonel
U.S. Army (Ret)

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

David Gordon

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Mode Transportation

Mr. David Scott Gordon was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. Mr. Gordon graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Aviation Management in 1980, and an MBA in Airline Administration in 1981.  Read full bio

Derek Grimm

Operation Iraqi Freedom
VP Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch

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

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

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

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

Brian Rose, MEA

Assistant Head of School – Advancement
The First Academy

Born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Mr. Brian Rose attended Hobe Sound Bible College and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies. He went on to earn a Master of Education Administration from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Read full bio

Dan Sammons

Gulf War Veteran
President/CEO
LBF Solutions, 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

Civic Volunteer

Barb served on the Fifth Third banks 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
President/CEO
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

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
Partner
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

Senior Managing Consultant
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

Orlando Fire Chief
City of Orlando

Roderick S. Williams is the 19th Orlando Fire Chief appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer in February of 2015.  Chief Williams oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and provides counsel to the Mayor in matters of public safety and the maintenance of City fire protection.  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

Leighton Yates

Partner
Holland & Knight, Retired

Leighton Yates is the Past Chairman of Camaraderie Foundation; he joined the board of directors of the Foundation in 2012.    Leighton recently retired as 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.