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Brian Curran,


Brian W. Curran is the Chief Operations Officer of Diversified Agency Services (“DAS”), the marketing services division of Omnicom Group Inc (NYSE: OMC). He has global responsibility for the strategic development and operational performance of DAS’s extensive interests in the customer experience, shopper, customer engagement, promotional, entertainment, sports, field and channel marketing space. He is also responsible for strategy development including much of DAS’s corporate mergers and acquisition activity. Brian is also Assistant Dean of Omnicom University, the senior management development program within Omnicom Group. Previously, he was International Chief Financial Officer of DAS from 1998-2003. In this role he was based in London, and was responsible for the operational and financial performance of the DAS businesses in Europe. Prior to that, he was the Group Financial Director of Rapp, the leading direct marketing services provider in the United Kingdom, from 1986-1998 providing the stewardship to support the growth in their business from billings of $20m to $200m, including the sale of the business to DAS in 1994. Mr. Curran is an economics graduate of the London School of Economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1983 and remained in public practice until 1986. Throughout his professional career, Brian has provided financial stewardship and advice to a number of sports clubs and associations.


Andrea M. Barry,

Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Andrea M. Barry is the founding partner and President of Eleventh Hour, Inc. She is a facile communicator and compassionate leader; she coaches people to help them make the leap from management to leadership; from conflict to resolution; from idea to reality. Eleventh Hour is largely focused on bringing advances in process, technology, and personal engagement to its clients, and is centered on sales readiness.

Andrea attended Cornell University and upon graduation earned her regular commission in the United States Air Force. She served for 22 years on active duty, the Air National Guard, and the Air Force Reserves. Among her assignments: Communication and Computer Systems Officer, an Executive Officer to a Brigadier General, and as Commandant of Cadets at an AFROTC Detachment. She attended Squadron Officer School in residence, and was a Distinguished Graduate and Wing Outstanding Graduate. Her awards and decorations include the USAF Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Andrea earned a national award for her AFROTC teaching and leadership programs, and was the first female officer ever to earn this distinction. She retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Upon leaving active duty, Andrea learned sign language so she could teach in the Information Systems program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. During the same time, she pursued her interest in conflict resolution by becoming a certified divorce and family mediator.

Andrea subsequently extended her classroom experience to the commercial world, and became an instructor for a scientific software company. In this role she worked with over 3,000 scientists in the United States to help them expedite their research using commercial software. This evolved into a sales role, and then a sales leadership role, all of which laid the foundation for the sales readiness practice she now leads.

Andrea is a member of the Board of Directors for Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company devoted to facilitating cures for rare diseases. She is a volunteer for the Humane Society, and has participated in disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. She earned her BA in Chemistry from Cornell University, and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Andrea currently resides in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, Ed, and the herd of cats and dogs that have managed to figure out they have a forever home at the Barry house.


Colonel Donald “Doc” Ballard,

Army National Guard (ret.)

Donald “Doc” Ballard was born in Kansas City, Missouri and it was there that he enlisted in the United States Navy. Sent to Vietnam, he served as a corpsman in the Quang Tri province with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (Mike 3/4) of the 3rd Marine Division. On May 16, 1968, Don treated two Marines suffering from heat exhaustion, and when returning to his unit from the casualty evacuation helicopter pad he and his company were attacked by the North Vietnamese Army. While under fire, Don directed aid to other wounded US Marines and when a grenade landed nearby, he lay on top of it to protect the wounded. The grenade failed to explode and he was able to throw it away to explode harmlessly, and then continue to treat the wounded. For his actions, Don received the United States of America’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.

After having left the Navy the previous year, “Doc” received the Medal of Honor from President Richard M. Nixon and General Westmoreland 1970. Don then enlisted in Army officer candidate school. Westmoreland offered him a direct commission, however he turned it down for personal reasons. He later joined the Kansas National Guard in 1973, and served as an ambulance platoon leader, company commander, and was tasked with creating the new ‘Medical Detachment 5’, a unit which performs medicals on Guard members in order to save the cost of contracting outside medical help, and of which he was the first member and commander. On April 5, 1998, Doc was promoted to colonel by Major General James F. Reuger and served as Special Assistant to the Adjutant General until his retirement in 2000.

Inducted into the National Guard Hall of Fame in November 2001, Donald “Doc” Ballard is the only living Kansas Guardsman to have received the Medal of Honor. He is also the subject of a memorial statue at the National Medical War Memorial in Kansas City, depicting him during the action for which he received the Medal of Honor. He has been active in providing services to veterans and active duty military, including work towards opening a USO facility in downtown Kansas City.


Evan Guzman,

Chief Veteran Advocate

Evan Guzman is a nationally recognized leader with over two decades of experience in strategic corporate development, employment marketing & branding. As a Chief Veteran Advocate, Evan is highly sought-after by major companies, news media, and veteran service organizations to share leading practices in military engagement and business development. As former Global Head of Military Programs and Engagement for Verizon, Evan’s responsibilities included creation, development, implementation, and oversight of Verizon’s new military engagement program and national branding efforts. Evan’s passion and experience has led Verizon to receive the #1 ranking on the Best For Vets list for two consecutive years by Military Times Edge Magazine. In addition, Evan’s individual efforts have been recognized by a long list of leaders including former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as prestigious organizations such as the White House-Joining Forces, Department of Defense, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many others.

Evan recently left the corporate sector to pursue a new startup business he founded called The MiLBRAND Project; a niche agency dedicated to support other Veteran start-ups, advocacy, raise awareness, special event projects and evangelize the immense value of individuals with military experience in business. Evan has dedicated his life to assisting U.S. service members and military spouses early in his career to help them find sustainable employment and advancing corporate branding efforts through unique military engagement concepts. One particular areas of interest is helping veterans find opportunities in the entertainment, music, film & movie industry.


Kaye Lenox,

Chief Executive Officer

Kaye Lenox, Founding President of the San Antonio Children’s Museum, was a major fundraiser, organizer, and strategic planner for the Children’s Museum start-up project and the first director to be elected as a lifetime board member. The “Doseum” is now ranked as one of the top ten children’s museums in the nation. Kaye has served as Chairman of the Board of the Mind Science Foundation, on the Board of Directors of Sunshine Cottage, and on the national Board of Directors of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Her interest in and dedication to education resources for children drew her to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. The Library Foundation, under Kaye’s direction, raised more than $31 million for improvements to the library system. Two programs funded and implemented by the Foundation earned the San Antonio Public Library the Institute of Museum and Library Services “National Service Award” presented at the White House by First Lady Laura Bush in January 2007. Kaye retired from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation in May 2010 to travel and devote more time to her love of the arts. Toward this end she joined the Las Casas Staff as CEO beginning in January 2013 to provide leadership in developing the Las Casas Scholarship and education programs.


Lyneir Richardson,

Executive Director

Lyneir Richardson is a Professional Practice Instructor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. He is also the Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, a research and practitioner oriented center at Rutgers. He is leading new programs focused on helping minority scientists, engineers and technology entrepreneurs get capital from public sources and private investors. Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise aiming to stimulate retail development that will strengthen city neighborhoods. This startup recently received over $7 million of seed capital to launch operations and invest in catalytic real estate projects. In 2009, Lyneir was recruited by former Mayor Cory Booker, and served as Chief Executive Officer of the economic development corporation in Newark, NJ. Previously, he was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. where he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. In his 20’s, he founded Lakeshore Development & Construction Company and was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”. Lyneir started his career as a corporate attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago. He graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. Lyneir is a member of Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and International Economic Development Council. He serves on numerous non-profit boards and has been appointed to government agency boards, committees and commissions.


Brigadier General Harris Kline

Mobilization Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate, HQ AFMC
Brigadier General Harris Kline is the Mobilization Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate, HQ AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. The General has served and continues to serve numerous tours throughout the world in support of the Air Force and was the first JAG IMA to serve as SJA at both our embassy in Canberra, Australia and Payar Lebar AB, Singapore.

While on active duty, General Kline helped close Clark AB under pressure from a live volcano and personally practiced before Filipino judges, securing the release of 63 U.S. servicemen on international hold for which he won the ABA’s Distinguished Service Award. He was also instrumental in planning the first International Latin American Conference in Panama, attended by dignitaries from over 15 nations.

Among his many accomplishments as an IMA, General Kline created, established and supervised the first program geared to support of families of deployed reservists that was adopted by the Army and Navy as well. Called overseas to support Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, he saved the U.S. government over $1 million by resolving a contract dispute with German hotels over the bed down of contingency forces and was key in establishing humanitarian efforts for Bosnian children. He spearheaded the legal effort to repatriate 1900 evacuees from Lebanon in the wake of hostilities and provided legal support to the massive tsunami relief efforts in Thailand. In Alaska, he flawlessly led the commander thru real world NORAD crisis response to Russian bombers in US airspace. In Turkey, he secured the release of an Airman stubbornly held in Turkish prison- winning high praises from the Secretary of Defense. Recently, he was selected by the United Nations to lead a team into the Congo to teach the Rule of Law to their national armed forces and did so in their native French.

General Kline works for United Airlines and is based out of JFK Airport. He is married to the former Trudy Schonfeld, financial manager for a major Wall Street research firm.