Colonel Helgeson was named President of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in March of 2020 after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent and Commandant of Cadets. Colonel Helgeson attended Penn State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. At Penn State he played Varsity Lacrosse and later walked on to the football team as a receiver on the 1986 National Championship and 1987 Citrus Bowl Teams. Upon graduation Colonel Helgeson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
During his time on active duty he participated in a wide range of training exercises and operational deployments including Exercise Alpine Warrior, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Iraq), Operation Provide Promise and Deny Flight (former Yugoslavia) and Continue Hope (Somalia). In 1998 after serving as an instructor at The Infantry Officer Course, Colonel Helgeson was assigned as the Head Coach for the Sprint Football team at the United States Naval Academy. While at the Naval Academy, he and three other Marines biked and ran across America in 27 days to raise money for the Children’s Hopes and Dreams Foundation.
In 2000 Colonel Helgeson left active duty for civilian employment with MBNA Bank in Wilmington, DE. In 2004 he joined the Selected Marine Corps Reserve, took command of an Engineer Support Company and completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. After assignments as Executive Officer and Commander of 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, he was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command in 2010. In 2011 he returned to civilian employment with Sechan Electronics, a defense electronics manufacturing service provider based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was once again mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan and served as Special Operations Coordinator for Helmand and Nimroz provinces.
Colonel Helgeson and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Stuart, Sarah, and Samantha.
Colonel (Col) Julian J. Rivera was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in May of 1996. Upon graduation from the Basic School in January 1997, he reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1999.
Over the course of his 24 year (and counting) career in the United Stated Marine Corps, Colonel Rivera has been assigned every duty within a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, from Operations Schedule Writer to safety Officer to Maintenance Officer, in both active duty and reserve functions, during peacetime and combat operations, as well as several staff positions at the Group level (Rgmt), to include Executive Officer.
In 2006, Colonel Rivera left active duty. While he remained active as a Huey Pilot in the Marine Corps Reserves, he began work as a Lead Pilot for The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Service Helicopter program – PennSTAR Flight.
In July 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Rivera returned to active duty as the Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) full time Aviation Combat Element (ACE) lead planner for Integrated Training Exercise 4-15, and in the Summer of 2015 remained on active duty to serve as the MAG-49 Site Commander for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
In May 2016 he returned to the “Red Dogs”, as he took command of HMLA-773, a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron consisting of eighteen AH-1W Super Cobras and thirteen UH-1Y Venom helicopters, located in both Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ and Naval Air Station Belle Chasse, LA. In May 2018, he relinquished command and returned to MAG-49 as the Executive Officer, as well as a drilling reservist.
At that same time, Colonel Rivera joined the Valley Forge Military Academy and College team as a Lead Tactical Officer in the College, and in the summer of 2019 became the Commandant of Cadets.
Currently, in the Marine Corps Reserves, Colonel Rivera serves as the Regional Coordinator for Reserve Support Program – Region III, where he leads and a team of 40 IMA Marines that continue the faith, and administratively and tactically support and serves our Marines that have begun inactive service. (Approximately 10,000 Marines in the Northeastern United States).
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Air Medal with 22 Strike/Flight awards, as well as two individual Combat Valor awards, Navy Commendation Medal with the Combat “V” and Gold Star in lieu of second award, and two Navy Achievement Medals. He is married to the former Laura Cieniawa.
Lieutenant Colonel Josh Meyer grew up largely in upstate New York and is a 2005 Distinguished Military Graduate from Norwich University where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in Army Aviation.
LTC Meyer earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science Degree from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Aviation Captain’s Career Course, and the Air Command and Staff College.
His command and staff assignments include serving as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Battalion S1, and Battalion Assistant S3 for 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (Fort Campbell, KY); Commander of F Company, 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment (Fort Rucker, AL); Commander of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Battalion Operations Officer for 3rd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, and the Brigade Chief of Operations for the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Fort Carson, CO); Battalion Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, and the Brigade Operations Officer for the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Fort Drum, NY).
LTC Meyer deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve. LTC Meyer’s most recent assignment was as a Presidential Airlift Coordinator for the White House Military Office in Washington, D.C.
LTC Meyer’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has earned the Senior Army Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, as well as the Presidential Service Badge. Additionally, LTC Meyer is a graduate of Summer and Winter Mountain Warfare Schools and is an instructor pilot in the UH-60A/L and UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters.
LTC Meyer is married to the former Ms. Allison Snyder from Charlton, NY and they have two young children.
Dr. Paul M. Lea ’87, ’89C became the Dean of Valley Forge Military Academy in July of 2018.
In his position, Dr. Lea is responsible for leading our Academy staff as they guide our cadets toward successful futures. Dr. Lea brings more than 28 years of experience to VFMA, and as a member of VFMA Class of 1987 and VFMC Class of 1989, he has unique insight and perspective into what makes Valley Forge great – and how to help our cadets excel.
After graduating from VFMC, Dr. Lea served in several leadership positions in Philadelphia’s 1st Squadron/104th Cavalry (PAARNG), including as Company Executive Officer, Scout Platoon Leader and Medical Platoon Leader, where he was responsible for the training and tactical employment of tank or armored reconnaissance units, among other tasks. His past management and operations experience includes positions as Director of Research Operations at New Health Sciences, Inc. in Bethesda, Md.; Senior Director-Research & Clinical Operations at Cangen Biotechnologies in Baltimore, Md.; Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) Consultant for ECS-Federal Information Systems Worldwide Corp. in Arlington, Va. He is also the owner of Bench to Bedside Global, LLC, in Annandale, Va., a certified consulting company that provides professional, scientific and technical services to academia, government agencies, hospitals, venture capital firms and others.
In addition to his management expertise, Dr. Lea also has a strong background in education, serving on the faculty of North Virginia Community College in Annandale, before becoming the Assistant Dean of Engineering last year.
Dr. Lea earned his Postdoctorate in neurophysiology from Georgetown University, a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, a Master’s degree in biology from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (cum laude) from Cabrini College. He has also completed an Armor Officer Basic Course and a Scout Platoon Leaders Course at the U.S. Armor School in Fort Knox, Ky.
I served in the British Army for 37 years, culminating in the last 13 years serving in London as the Garrison Sergeant Major London District. In that post I was heavily involved planning and executing all ceremonial events, the likes of the Royal Wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, amongst many others and I retired and moved to Kentucky in 2015.
It was in 2018 when I was approached by VFMAC to come and join the staff here as a Lead TAC Officer, an appointment I found very rewarding, watching the young lads develop and mature in so many positive ways. This role I held for my first year. I was then asked to move into the HQ and work more closely with admissions in a Recruiting and Retention role. Visiting different Schools in various Counties and States.
However, I remain heavily involved with the day to day activities here at Valley Forge and I feel an enormous sense of pride being a part of the experiences each of our cadets live every day. Whilst they continue to become stronger, more confidant and develop into wonderful young men.
Dr. Robert Smith joined VFMC in 2019 as Chief Academic Officer, before also being appointed Provost of the College in 2020. In these roles he manages day-to-day operations of the college in areas of academics, admissions, student activities, and student support services.
Smith earned his doctorate in Early American History and the History of Technology from Lehigh University in 2008. His dissertation, which examined the role of government coordination of weapons production in the American Revolution was published in 2016 as Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution. He completed a minor doctoral field in non-profit management, and used that background to manage Pan Piec Loi, a small non-profit organization that provided secondary school and college scholarships to young men in Uganda, Africa.
Smith attended Villanova University prior to Lehigh, where he earned a masters degree in American history. He also earned a masters in education from Northwest Nazarene University where he focused on curriculum innovation and development. Smith started his education at Gwynedd-Mercy University completing separate bachelors degrees in history and business administration.
Prior to arriving at VFMC, Smith was Assistant Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College. In that position he managed faculty, developed curriculum, oversaw several special events, and directed the college’s dual enrollment programs. Preceding his administrative position, Smith was both a full and part-time instructor at several institutions, including Harford Community College, Mercer County Community College, Peirce College, and Gwynedd-Mercy University. He started his career, however, in development as Director of Alumni Affairs at Gwynedd-Mercy University.
Smith is a Fulbright Scholar, who traveled to Russia in 2019 to exchange ideas and develop partnerships between Russian and American universities. He has also earned the Lawrence Henry Gipson Fellowship from Lehigh University and a learning fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities.
Throughout his historical studies Smith focused his research on diplomatic and military history, presenting his findings at various conferences on topics including generalship and battle tactics in the American Revolution, development of the War Department, diplomacy in the Civil War, and the rise and fall of the Confederate Navy. He has also used his academic experience and training to speak publicly in numerous forums on topics of two-year education in American colleges, the adaptability of American higher education, and the processes for innovation in American curriculum. Smith’s current research work is focused on preparing a biography of Brigadier General Francis Nash, who led North Carolina forces in the American Revolution and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown.
Smith was, and continues to be heavily involved in Scouting, having served as various times as a Cubmaster, Den Leader, and Scoutmaster. He earned the rank of Eagle and completed the Woodbadge program.
Eric Saul joined VFMAC in June of 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer. In November of 2021 he transitioned to the role of Chief Operations Officer. As part of the Executive Leadership at VFMAC, he oversees the Finance, Bursar, Financial Aid, Human Resources, and Facilities Departments. Mr. Saul is a Finance and Education professional with more than twenty-five years of experience. Prior to joining VFMAC he was the Chief Financial Officer at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Prior to his role at DCAD, he spent twelve years as the Executive Director of a statewide Delaware nonprofit. He earned his MBA in 2000 and is currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Education. He also volunteers on the Board of the Rodney Square Conservancy, a seven-million-dollar public private partnership that is reconstructing the square in downtown Wilmington. He lives with his wife Amy and their two dogs in Wilmington. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, especially struggling at golf and sporting clays.
John English is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Heartland Consulting, which he founded in 2009. Mr. English manages and oversees all operations regarding government and commercial clients across several different fields. Prior to founding Heartland, Mr. English worked for the Office of the Secretary within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs from 2005-2009. There, he assisted three different Department Secretaries with organizational and transformational management as well as strategic communications pertaining to the Department’s major initiatives.
Mr. English has also served in government at the state level. His service to Oklahoma began when he joined the administration of Governor Frank Keating in 1998. In that capacity he worked alongside the governor in promoting a pro-growth economic agenda for the state. In 1991, Mr. English joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1996. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and College and currently serves as its Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the San Miguel School, located in Washington D.C.
He earned an undergraduate degree from The University of Oklahoma and an MBA from The George Washington University. In 2014, Mr. English continued his support and devotion to veterans through the creation of the John L. English scholarship at The George Washington University School of Business. This scholarship was created specifically for former U.S. Marines to attend the GWU school of business in either graduate or undergraduate studies.
Senior Vice President, Citizen Services Business Group
David Cummins serves as Senior Vice President of Serco’s Citizen Services Business Group. He is responsible for managing the three business units that comprise Serco’s civilian work for federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. and Canada.
David has more than 20 years of experience in government contracting. Before joining Serco in late 2016, he was a Senior Vice President for Conduent Inc. (formerly Xerox and ACS) where he ran their mobility, parking, and court business units. Prior to that, he led strategy, sales, marketing, and acquisitions for their Transportation division with operations in over 30 countries. He has led numerous innovation project and has been co-awarded 15 patents. David was the Director of Operations Management for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic organizing committee, and he was a recipient of the 2003 International Project of the Year Award, presented by the Project Management Institute.
David holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and a BA in Political Science from Messiah College. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and is involved in other volunteer work for non-profits.
Mr. Robert A. Bacine, Esq., ’60
Attorney, Friedman Schuman, P.C.;
Former Founding Partner/Attorney, Flamm, Boroff & Bacine, P.C. of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Past President, Montgomery County Estate Planning Council; Past Chairman, Montgomery County Law Reporter Committee; Co-Founder and Past Chairman, Probate and Tax Section, Montgomery Bar Association; Trustee, Montgomery Bar Foundation; Member, Whitemarsh Township Zoning Hearing Board; New York University Graduate School of Law, L.L.M. in Taxation (1969); Villanova University, School of Law, J.D. Degree (1967); Drexel University, B.S., Accounting (1964); Past President and Past Chairman, Alumni Association, VFMAC.
Mr. Joseph A. Bartasius ’81, ‘83C, Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Mr. Bartasius is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Soaring Eagle Solutions, LLC a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. He previously served as Senior Managing Director for L-3 Communications, Inc.
Over the course of his 30-year career in the Army and Army Reserve, Mr. Bartasius served in a variety of command and staff positions in airborne, light, special operations, Joint Commands and training units serving in Southwest Asia (Iraq and Afghanistan), the Republic of Germany and the United States. Having risen to the rank of Colonel, his Senior Officer assignments began as Senior Military Advisor/Military Transition Team of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I) in October 2004. He assumed duties as the Chief, Civil Affairs Plans, 358th Civil Affairs Brigade in January 2006. From July 2006 to December 2007, Mr. Bartasius was assigned as the Brigade Commander, 1st Brigade, 98th Division (Institutional Training). In January 2008, he assumed command of a detachment, J2/JT, Army Reserve Element, United States Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida and served as a Senior Chief, Observer, Controller and Trainer of the 75th Division (Battle Command Training Division) to February 2010. In March of 2010, he served as the Director, Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI), Emergency Preparedness Office (NORTHCOM) in support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Honorably, his last assignment before retiring in September 2013, he was assigned at the United States Military Academy, West Point as a Military Academy Liaison Officer representing the State of New Jersey, in collaboration with the NJ representatives and their staffs of the US House of Representatives.
A graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Class of 81 and 83C, where he obtained an Associate degree in Business, and held the cadet rank of 1st Captain, Regimental Commander. Following graduation from the academy, Mr. Bartasius was commissioned through the ROTC program as an Infantry officer. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Cabrini University, with Cum Laude honors for academic excellence and attended University of Pennsylvania for his graduate work in Organization Management. Mr. Bartasius currently serves as the Chairman of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Alumni Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee of the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation.
He is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and Association of the United States Army.
Mr. Bartasius was a 2016 Inductee in the United States Army, Reserve Officer’s Training Corp. (ROTC), Hall of Fame.
Mr. William E. Floyd, Jr. ’63
Chairman Emeritus, Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation. Mr. Floyd is also a 1963 graduate of the Academy. During his tenure at Valley Forge, he oversaw the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approval of Senate Bill 560, legislation introduced by Senator Mensch, creating a new program for legislative appointments to Valley Forge Military College; the designation of the College as “The Military College of Pennsylvania;” and the successful integration of women into the Corps of Cadets at the College.
Mr. Floyd is the retired Chairman and CEO of Physiotherapy Associates, the largest provider of outpatient rehab services in the U.S. Prior to Physiotherapy, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of eldercare services in the U.S. with $2.2 Billion in revenue. Prior to Beverly, Mr. Floyd held leadership positions as CEO and President of Choice Hotels International, the largest franchiser of hotels in the world, as well as Chief Operating Officer of Taco Bell and KFC, both of which were part of PepsiCo’s Restaurant Division.
Mr. Floyd holds a B.A. Degree in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1967) and an MBA Degree from the Wharton School (1969). After graduation from Wharton, he served as an officer in the Fifth Infantry Division (U.S. Army) from 1970-72.
In addition to being the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Mr. Floyd is the former Chairman of the Board of Buffet Holdings, Inc., a multi-million family dining restaurant concept. He is also on the Board of Korn-Ferry, the world’s largest executive search and talent consulting firm, El Pollo Loco Restaurants, a $600 million flame-grilled chicken restaurant chain, Pivot, an Outpatient Physical Therapy company, and Muzinich Capital LLC.
Mr. Floyd is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Mr. Floyd is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and is a past board member of Philadelphia Outward Bound.
Mr. Anthony (Tony) McIntyre
Vice-Chairman – Mid-Atlantic Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
Founder and President, The McIntyre Group, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in complex property and casualty insurance and the risk management needs of large, complex accounts with global operations. The company was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Company in December 2013 and operates under this name today.
Officer and member of the Board of Directors, The Graham Company, the 47th largest commercial property and casualty insurance brokerage in the United States
Marketing Executive in the Computer and Networking Division, Xerox Corporation
Dr. Christine Anne Royce
Dr. Christine Anne Royce is currently a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania having joined the faculty in 2002. In her current position, Royce—who served three consecutive terms as the chair of the teacher education department—teaches classes in science education, assessment, curricular planning and research design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and implemented a new online teaching certification program which prepares educators to teach in blended or online environments. Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. She brings with her experience working at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level in both public and private schools having taught science, math, and serving in administrative roles. She holds instructional and administrative certificates in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia.
External to her position at Shippensburg, Dr. Christine Anne Royce is the retiring president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) having completed her term as 2018-2019 President. Her involvement with NSTA has been extensive having been elected to the NSTA board as director of professional development (2009-2012) and prior to that serving in the role of district IV director (2006-2009). She is the column author for Teaching Through Trade Books which appears in Science and Children and has authored multiple books. In addition to her work and commitment to NSTA, Royce is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. She was the PSTA Exchange editor, executive secretary, and twice served as the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association. Royce has also served as the treasurer for the National Science Education Leadership Association, and was an NSF panel judge and chair for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.
She was invited to serve on the Academy Oversight Committee in July 2018 and joins the BOT having had experience working at Valley Forge Military Academy from 1988 through 1992. She served as an Assistant Camp Commandant for the summer camp program. Additionally, she worked in the Senior ROTC Department for nearly two years as an Administration and Operations Specialist.
During her distinguished career, Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA’s Fellow Award (2016), UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), and the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000). Royce was also named a 1997 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching. Her academic preparation includes a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College, a M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University, a M.S. degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Scranton, a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and technology education from Temple University.
Mr. J. Kent McNew ’61C
Current CEO and Owner, Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning Co., Inc. and Southbound Corporation. Mr. McNew worked for Hess Oil & Chemical for four years. In 1969, he formed Eastern Petroleum Corporation, a home heating oil and diesel fuel marketer. In 1999, the heating oil and diesel business was sold and Mr. McNew entered the gasoline market business serving some 80 locations. Mr. McNew sold the gasoline business in 2010.
Current Board of Trustee member and former Board of Visitor member of VFMA&C. Current Board of Trustee member at Anne Arundel Health Systems Inc.. Past Trustee of Foundation Board at Anne Arundel Health System. Past Board Member, Associated Builders and Contractors. Founding Director at The Annapolis National Bank, and current member Board of Directors, The South River Federation.
Mr. McNew has lived in the Annapolis area his entire life with the South River and Chesapeake Bay being a big part of his life.
Mr. George H. Schildge ’56
Chairman/Owner CRP Industries Inc. (Importer/distributor of automotive and industrial products), Cranbury, NJ; Chairman Precision Roll Grinders; board member Transmares Corp., Charleston, SC; member Metropolitan Club, NYC and Navesink Country Club, Middletown, NJ; Served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany; Bachelor of Engineering Cornell University (1960); studied 1 year at Hannover Institute of Technology in Germany.
Mr. Conrad E. Muhly, IV ’73
CEO, Terra Technical Services, LLC and Terra Railroad Services, LLC, West Chester, Pennsylvania. President, Chester County SPCA Board of Directors; Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, National; Association of Demolition Contractors; VFMA&C Alumni Association Board of Directors (1989-98). VFMA&C Chairman, Alumni Association (1996-97); VFMA&C President, Alumni Association (1995-96); VFMA&C Board of Visitors (1991-93); VFMA&C Golden Sword Society Chairman (1997-98).
Mr. Jonathan Tratt ’76
Founder/Managing Principal of Tratt Properties LLC, a Phoenix based commercial real estate development/investment firm for the past 23 years. He is regarded for his distinguished expertise in real estate development, acquisition and property management services for logistics and e-commerce properties. This includes site selection, ground up construction, and warehousing and distribution operations.
Jonathan brings over 30 years of real estate experience to the leadership of Tratt Properties LLC. His early experience as an industrial broker with Iliff Thorn and Daum Commercial Real Estate Services prepared him to start Industrial Brokerage, Inc. in 1992 before broadening his scope to development and investment as Tratt Properties, LLC in 2000.
Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and A Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA. In addition, he is an active Board member for the National Association of Commercial Real Estate Development Industry’s NAIOP. He serves on its Executive Committee, is a Governor of the NAIOP Research Foundation, and is Vice-Chairman, Trustee of the NAIOP-PAC. By way of his expertise and leadership, Jonathan also served as the Chair of the Industrial Development II National Forum of NAIOP. Jonathan is a long-standing local sponsor and Developer Association Member of SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors).
Jonathan contributes to community service and charitable organizations across the country. This broad range of philanthropic activities includes numerous Jewish and religious organizations, as well as academic institutions, and professional associations. In addition, Tratt Properties, LLC focuses contributions in the local markets where they own and operate properties to further the commitment to meaningful service.
Mr. Mark Kelton ’74
Mark Kelton is the Director of MEK & Associates, LLC and a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) executive with 34 years of experience in intelligence operations. Mr. Kelton’s CIA career included more than sixteen years of overseas service, to include four assignments in key field leadership positions. He concluded his career as Chief of CIA’s Counterintelligence Center. Directing CIA’s counterintelligence and counterespionage programs, Mr. Kelton led the team that protected the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. He has expertise in intelligence operations, international security issues, detection of insider threats, assessment of counterintelligence risk, and crisis management.
Mr. Kelton is a recipient of the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, the 2015 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Intelligence Officer, the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit, the CIA Donovan Award and many other honors.
Mr. Kelton is: Senior Vice President for National Security Solutions, DynCorp International; an Outside Board Director of Blue Planet-Works, LLC; a member of the Board of Trustees of Valley Forge Military Academy and College; an Advisory Board member for FORCEPOINT, LLC; Board Chair of the Spookstock Foundation (benefitting the CIA Memorial Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation); an Advisor to the Chertoff Group; and a contributor to The Cipher Brief, writing on intelligence and national security issues.