board of directors
Joseph Bracewell - Organizer and Chairman of the Board
Joseph S. Bracewell served as chairman of WashingtonFirst Bank from its inception in 2004 until its merger with Sandy Spring Bank in 2018. During his 45 years in the banking business, Mr. Bracewell has participated in the organization and management of six community banks in Texas and Washington, DC., including serving as Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer of West University Bank, NA in Houston, which was established in 1976 and sold to Compass Bancshares, Inc. in 1998, and as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Century National Bank in Washington, D.C., which was established in 1982 and sold to United Bankshares, Inc. in 2001. From 2002 through 2013, he was a partner in the law firm of McKee Nelson LLP and its successor firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. In 1980, Mr. Bracewell was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as President of the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Bank. Mr. Bracewell is a former director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and a former director of the Independent Bankers Association of America.
Mr. Bracewell graduated from Harvard University with an AB cum laude in applied mathematics and holds an MBA from Stanford University, a JD summa cum laude from American University, and a Chartered Financial Analyst certificate.
Shaza Andersen Organizer - Director, and Chief Executive Officer
Shaza Andersen serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Trustar Bank. Trustar Bank serves the Greater Washington market focusing on delivering personal service, responsiveness and a willingness to tailor products and services to meet the needs of our customers.
Trustar Bank is the first Virginia based bank to be chartered in over a decade.
Most recently, Ms. Andersen served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Sandy Spring Bank. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Andersen founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Ms. Andersen’s leadership grew the Bank from a single De Novo branch to over $2 billion in assets, with 19 branches in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Ms. Andersen completed the sale WFBI to Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDQ: SASR) for $489M in stock, which equates to 256% of its tangible book value. By dollar value, it is the largest banking deal in the Mid-Atlantic region and ranks among the 10 largest deals in the country.
Ms. Andersen serves on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company and a past member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she was the Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee and also served on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ms. Andersen founded the Trustar Youth Foundation (formerly the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation), a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Greater Washington area. In addition, Ms. Andersen donates her time and talent to organizations that focus on children, entrepreneurship and education including: the INOVA Foundation Health Board, Artists and Athletes Alliance, the National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership Circle, the Executive Board of the Blitz for the Better Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the George Mason University Dean’s Advisory Council, the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, and the Global Good Fund Advisory Board. She previously served on the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Recognized by American Banker as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch and named a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine (twice), Ms. Andersen has also been honored with an ABC7 WJLA-TV & Toyota Dealers’ Tribute to Working Women award. She has been named one of the Top 100 Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine and designated by the Washington Business Journal as one of their Power 100 (twice), 50 Fastest Growing Companies (twice), Women Who Mean Business, and Most Admired CEO. Capitol File Magazine recently selected Ms. Andersen for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, DC area. A favored and sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Ms. Andersen has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in Forbes Magazine, the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.
C. E. Andrews - Organizer and Director
Mr. Andrews served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2012 until it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Andrews served as MorganFranklin’s Chief Executive Officer for 4 years, leading the firm to significant growth, expansion into new markets, and a transition to a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) structure. Prior to joining MorganFranklin, Andrews served as President and Chief Operating Officer of RSM McGladrey, Inc. where he built the firm’s brand, talent, and share in the middle market and continued its profitable growth while under the ownership of H&R Block, Inc. Andrews has served in various positions at SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae), including President, CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President, among others. Andrews started his career at Arthur Andersen where he spent 28 years in roles of increasing responsibility including leadership positions in the Greater Washington region and globally.
Carl Biggs - Director
Carl L. Biggs has over 34 years of in-depth experience in commercial and industrial wastewater treatment operations. He has extensive knowledge in the treatment of water used in heating and air conditioning building campuses like hospitals and universities.
In 1987, Mr. Biggs founded C & E Services, Inc., a total facility for management operations, maintenance, and industrial water treatment company that successfully supports government and commercial customers. Since 1987, C&E Services has served a wide variety of customers from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to Wilmington, Delaware to Fort Worth, Texas as well as the Department of State at various overseas locations. C&E Services provides hundreds of chemical products, engineering services, and water treatment systems. His company manufactures over 50 chemical products and is an authorized supplier on the General Services Administration’s Federal Supply Schedule.
In addition Mr. Biggs is the founding member of the Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2000. This coalition of doctors, administrators and community leaders works to improve the health conditions of Haitians. Many members of the coalition travel to Haiti periodically to provide hands-on service. Mr. Biggs currently operates a medical clinic in Jacmel, Haiti, and CCH also provides clean water for the hospital in Pignon, Haiti. Mr. Biggs is currently helping to construct a water and sewer system for the hospital.
Mr. Biggs has served on the INOVA Board of Trustees for twelve years. INOVA includes Fairfax Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospitals, Mount Vernon Hospital, Fairfax Hospital for Women and Children and Alexandria Hospital. Mr. Biggs has served as Chairman of its Health Care Service Board and served multiple Inova Boards and Committees.
The Honorable Barbara Comstock - Director
Barbara Comstock is a senior adviser at Baker Donelson law firm, one of the largest law firms in the country with offices in 10 states.
Ms. Comstock was elected to Congress in 2014, and served two terms representing Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and was the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. While in Congress, Ms. Comstock was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to Chair a Subcommittee.
Prior to serving in Congress, Ms. Comstock served as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. There she was also a leader on technology issues serving as chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee. She also served on the Commerce and Labor Committee and the General Laws Committee.
Prior to elected office, Ms. Comstock co-founded her own public affairs firm and was a senior partner at Blank Rome Government Relations. She also served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing the communications efforts at the Justice Department and FBI, handling communications dealing with major terrorism investigations, corporate fraud, and antitrust matters.
In 2013, Ms. Comstock founded “The Young Women’s Leadership Program” for women in high school and junior high, which will now be housed at the Barbara Comstock Institute for Women in Leadership at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.
Ms. Comstock is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Middlebury College with a B.A. in Political Science.
George W. Connors - Director, President, and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Connors most recently served as EVP and Division Head of the Virginia and Washington D.C. commercial markets for Sandy Spring Bank. Prior to this position, Mr. Connors was a founding director and served as President and Chief Credit Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Under Mr. Connors’ leadership, the loan portfolio grew to $1.8 billion in the 14 year history from its start with a lending limit growing from $1.6 million at inception to $40 million in its 14 year history. The loan quality was held to a high standard with NPA’s consistently kept well under 1%, including during the times of acquisitions of other banks.
Mr. Connors serves as Chairman of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia (serving on Board since 2002). He is currently a member of the faculty of the National Commercial Lending School under the Center for Financial Training (faculty member since 2001), where he also serves on the Board (since 2004). He is active in his community serving as the Treasurer of The Falls Church Anglican as well as the Treasurer of 6565 Arlington Boulevard, LLC, the real estate entity that manages the Church, a 144,000 SF office building and a 560 parking space garage (since 2013). He was active in the scouting community in Arlington, VA serving as Pack Master and Life to Eagle Coordinator for Pack 641 and Troop 106, respectively.
Since 2016, Mr. Connors has served as a US Trustee to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, an organization that raises funds and develops sustainable projects in disaster stricken regions of the world; and Treasurer for WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation. More recently, he was appointed to the Virginia Bankers Association as a member of the Lending Executives Committee and to the Board of Advisors for Junior Tennis Championship Center in College Park, MD.
Mr. Connors graduated from Centre College with a BS in Economics and holds an MBA from George Mason University.
Stephen M. Cumbie - Organizer and Director
Mr. Cumbie served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2016 until it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Cumbie is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail and Metro Management Services, commercial real estate investment, development and service companies which projects exceed $1.0 billion in the Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Denver, Colorado areas. NVCommercial and NVRetail projects include office, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties. Metro Management Services provides asset management, property management and development management services. Mr. Cumbie is also the President of NVCapital Advisors, which managed a $30+ million opportunistic real estate investment fund. Since the initial closing in November, 2011, the fund made nine investments totaling over $33 million and successfully liquidated all of the investments. NVCapital Advisors manages two other apartment investments outside of the fund.
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cumbie served as the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Development at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and as an adjunct professor. He co-taught the real estate development course in the MBA program. From 1977 to 1983, Mr. Cumbie co-founded all of the “NV” companies including NVR, a publicly traded home building company that operates through the Ryan Homes and NVHomes trade names (2015 revenues of $5.27 billion). Mr. Cumbie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1970 and received a Master of Business Administration degree from UNC in 1973. He is the past Board Chair and Board Member of INOVA Health System (2014 revenues of $2.69 billion). He also serves on the Board of Directors of George Mason University’s Board of Visitors, William A. Hazel, Inc., UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation, Tysons Partnership, AusculSciences, and the Unity School of Christianity. Mr. Cumbie previously served on the Board of Directors of NVR, Inc., NVR Savings Bank, Potomac Bank of Virginia and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Both NVR Savings and Potomac Bank were sold for significant gains to Crestar and Sandy Spring respectively. He was the President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of NAIOP in 1991 and served as a member of the national NAIOP Board from 1999-2004.
Mr. Cumbie was appointed to the Virginia Public Buildings Board by Governor Mark Warner, the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners by Governor Tim Kaine, and the George Mason University Board of Visitors by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Thomas E. Doughty - Director
Mr. Doughty is Vice Chairman and International Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc., a global professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate. He was an investor and Advisory Board Member of Washington First Bank from 2004 until its merger with Sandy Spring Bank in 2018. At Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Doughty advises global law firms and financial services institutions on real estate issues across the United States and abroad. He also serves as the Principal Broker for the Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle through merger, he was a principal at Spaulding & Slye LLC, a Boston and Washington based real estate investment and development firm.
Prior to entering the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Doughty engaged in a private law practice, and subsequently spent eleven years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with service in New York, California and Washington, DC.
Mr. Doughty has served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Safe Streets Foundation. He is a long-time parishioner at The Falls Church Anglican, and has served as a vestry member, Junior Warden, and a member of the finance committee. Mr. Doughty holds a BA and a JD from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and is a licensed real estate broker in Virginia, Washington, DC, and New York.
Jai N. Gupta - Director
Currently, Jai Gupta is the Chairman of Centerline Biomedical, a Medical Device Development company; and the vice-chairman of IIA Technologies Corporation, a Government contracting company.
Several years ago, he had retired from L-3 Communication Corporation (L-3 Com) where he was a Group President managing several of the L-3 com companies including a company, L-3 Government Services, Inc (GSI). Prior to heading up the Group, he was president of EER/GSI which he had founded in 1979 and sold it to L-3 Com.
Academic achievements in electrical engineering earned him a Ph.D. from Purdue University; an M.S. from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a B/Tech. From the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT), India.
Juan A. Mencia - Organizer and Director
Mr. Juan A. Mencia served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2005 until it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Mencia was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cube Corporation, a nationally recognized facilities management company, from March 1994 to March 2005. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington Area in 2000 and the Hispanic Business Magazine’s National Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. Mr. Mencia is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Building Services, Inc., a company that provides building restoration, repair and waterproofing services throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Additionally, Mr. Mencia is an investor partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) whose mission is to serve the needs of children of low-income families in the Washington Metropolitan region and to demonstrate a unique approach to effective philanthropy.
Madhu K. Mohan, MD - Organizer and Director
Dr. Mohan served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2006 until it was acquired in 2018. He was Chairman of the Board of First Liberty Bancorp, Inc. and First Liberty National Bank prior to its acquisition by the WashingtonFirst Bank. Dr. Mohan is a practicing endocrinologist and President of the Riverside Medical Group. He is the Executive Medical Director of the Doctors Community Hospital for Ambulatory Practices and a member of the board of directors of the Doctors Community Hospital Foundation. Dr. Mohan is also a member of Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India, and the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, India. He is a founder and a trustee of MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Mohan serves as the Chairman of a $250 million private equity fund investing in India, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Mohan has been involved in various community projects and multiple businesses in health care, technology, biotech and real estate.
Kenneth Morrissette - Organizer and Director
Mr. Morrissette served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2010 until it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Morrissette has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Interstate Service Group, Inc., and several of its sister companies, from their worldwide headquarters in Springfield, Virginia since 2010. At age 16, Mr. Morrissette began working for the family business, Ace Van & Storage Co., Inc., founded by his father, Arthur E. Morrissette, in 1943.
During his career with the family business, Mr. Morrissette has been responsible for management of all of the legal, financial, IT and administrative areas of the worldwide logistics and relocation businesses. In addition, Mr. Morrissette, together with his two brothers own and manage an extensive office, industrial and retail shopping center real estate investment portfolio. Mr. Morrissette has served as officer and board member on various community and transportation industry associated boards, and currently serves on the board of The Salvation Army National Capital Region.
William C. Oldaker - Organizer and Director
Mr. William Oldaker is a founding partner of Oldaker & Willison and The National Group. He has had an extensive career in Washington holding high-level positions in the federal government, practicing law and government relations and serving on the board of directors of banking institutions.
From 1968 to 1975 Mr. Oldaker served as assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Oldaker later served as General Counsel to the Federal Election Commission from 1976-79. During that time, he litigated several of the Supreme Court cases that define the scope of federal campaign finance laws today. From 1979 to 1980, Mr. Oldaker served as General Counsel and Treasurer to the “Kennedy for President Committee.” President Clinton appointed Mr. Oldaker to the National Bio Ethics Committee where he served until 2002.
Following the 1980 presidential election Mr. Oldaker entered private practice where over the years he represented Senator Biden in his 1988 presidential run, General Wesley Clark in his 2004 presidential run, and was Ethics and Election Law Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Chairman Ted Kennedy, Chairman Tom Harkin, Chairman Max Baucus, Senator Edward Markey, Senator Byron Dorgan, Congressman Sander Levin, and Congressman Charlie Rangel.
Prior to founding Oldaker & Willison, Mr. Oldaker was a partner at Epstein, Becker and Green, PC and a partner at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Mr. Oldaker has a broad range of close working relationships with Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle. At the Oldaker & Willison and The National Group, Mr. Oldaker has represented a broad range of healthcare clients, including national healthcare associations, emergency medicine interests, medical device companies, medical schools, insurance companies including Medicare Advantage plans, and some of the largest hospital systems in the country. In addition to his extensive career in law and government, Mr. Oldaker was an original investor in Century National Bank. Mr. Oldaker was a member of Century National Bank’s Board of Directors and a member of Century National Bank Holding Company’s Board of Directors for eighteen years until the bank’s sale in 2001. In 2004, Mr. Oldaker helped found WashingtonFirst Bank and served as an original board member until its sale to Sandy Spring Bank on January 1, 2018.
Randall S. Peyton, MD - Organizer and Director
Dr. Peyton, founder and CEO of Arthritis & Sports Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy and Wellness, is an internationally known orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area since 1995. After completing his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a prestigious fellowship in adult reconstruction and total joint replacement surgery at the Rothman Institute of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, his focus is the treatment of arthritis, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal problems of the hip and knee. Dr. Peyton has distinguished himself in the field of orthopaedics and is considered both a leader and pioneer. Dr. Peyton is an innovator and assisted in the design of the Biomet Taperloc Total Hip System, and he also designed the “Simplified Tensor” for more accurate placement of total knee replacements to eliminate instability. He was the first in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area to implant the Oxford uni-compartmental knee.
Dr. Peyton continues to teach other Orthopaedic surgeons the minimally invasive anterior approach for total hip replacement both nationally and internationally. Currently, he is on an international design team developing a new total knee replacement system. Dr. Peyton is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and belongs to several professional organizations including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).
Dr. Peyton served on the Board of Directors of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2007 until January 2018 and on the Board of Directors of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. from its inception in 2009 until it was acquired by Sandy Spring Bank in January 2018. Dr. Peyton also serves on the Boards of Med Tech Associates, Virginia Physicians Risk Retention Group, and Ambulatory Surgery Center of Bethesda. He is active in his community supporting USO, Wounded Warrior Project, NBC 4 food drive, Toys for Tots, Wolf Trap, his church, and WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation.
Michael Rebibo - Organizer and Director
Michael Rebibo is an entrepreneur and visionary in the finance industry with a history of successfully launching, operating and selling financial services organizations. Over his 30-year career, Mr. Rebibo has developed expertise in commercial and mortgage banking wealth management and investing. A skilled entrepreneur, Mr. Rebibo assembles and leads dynamic management teams, sales teams, and operations staff in pursuit of growth and profitability and in alignment with shareholder goals.
Mr. Rebibo founded 1st Portfolio Wealth Advisors and 1st Portfolio Lending, both financial services companies that provided wealth management and mortgage banking services, and later sold to WashingtonFirst Bankshares in 2015 and subsequently sold to Sandy Spring Bank in 2017. He is also a co-founder of Ategra Capital Management, LLC, a focused equity hedge fund that invests primarily in the banking sector. Mr. Rebibo is one of the founders of Access National Corporation, a bank holding company with $3 billion in assets where he served as a senior executive of the bank, and as President and CEO of Access National Mortgage. Prior to forming Access National, Mr. Rebibo served as President and CEO of Mortgage Investment Corporation and Financial Security Corporation, a fee-only financial planning firm.
Mr. Rebibo has served on several boards of directors and committees for non-profit organizations including: JMU College of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship, Inova Health System, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Shenandoah National Park Trust, Brain Injury Services, Inc., and the Pentagon Survivors Fund Distribution Committee, a group established to approve the distribution of funds collected for the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon. In addition, he is a past chairman of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPANCA).
Mr. Rebibo is a Certified Financial Planner professional. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from George Washington University and a B.A. in Finance from James Madison University.
Patrick J. Bracewell - Organizer and Advisory Director
Mr. Bracewell serves as chairman and chief executive officer of MCW Holdings, Inc., an opportunistic investment firm. MCW makes direct private equity investments and makes public and private equity investments through its affiliated private fund. Since 2011, Mr. Bracewell has served as chairman of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company and American Risk Management, Inc., specialty property and casualty insurance businesses. Previously, Mr. Bracewell worked at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc., a leading middle-market investment-banking firm where he was a member of the firm’s investment banking department in Washington, DC, and London. At FBR, Mr. Bracewell advised financial services businesses, principally insurers, reinsurers, and insurance distribution businesses, on over $3bn of merger and acquisition advisory and capital formation transactions. Mr. Bracewell received an A.B. from Bowdoin College.
The Honorable John H. Dalton - Advisory Director
Secretary Dalton served as a director WashingtonFirst Bank from 2004 until it was acquired in 2018. Secretary Dalton has had a distinguished career in government beginning as a naval officer. Serving in the Navy from 1964 to 1969, He attained the rank of Lieutenant while serving on active duty and subsequently was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
In 1977, President Carter nominated him to be President of the Government National Mortgage Association of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In December 1979, President Carter nominated him to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, where he served as a member and Chairman until July 1981. On July 1, 1993, President Clinton nominated him to become the Secretary of the Navy. Secretary Dalton was sworn in as the 70th Secretary of the Navy on July 22, 1993 and served in the capacity until November 1998.
In the private sector, Secretary Dalton began his career with the investment-banking firm of Goldman, Sachs & Company in Dallas, Texas. After his first tour of appointed government service, he became President of the Real Estate Division of the Gill Companies of San Antonio, TX. He then served as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Freedom Capital Corporation, a savings and loan holding company. He was later a Managing Director of Best Associates and Mason Best Company, private equity firms headquartered in Houston and Dallas respectively. He then managed the San Antonio office of Stephens Inc., a Little Rock, Arkansas-based investment banking firm.
Secretary Dalton was recognized by the National Security Caucus as their prestigious International Security Leadership Award recipient in 1997. The award recognized Secretary Dalton’s “leadership and vision in promoting American sea power and a bipartisan maritime strategy.” Previous award winners include former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan; former Secretaries of Defense William Perry and Caspar Weinberger; and former Senators John Stennis, John Tower, Henry Jackson and Sam Nunn. Secretary Dalton is the only service secretary ever to receive this award. He has received numerous U.S. military decorations as well as decorations from the governments of Bahrain and Ecuador.
Ryan Kerrigan - Advisory Director
Patrick Ryan Kerrigan is an outside linebacker for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American and was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He is the all-time leader for consecutive starts by a left outside linebacker in NFL history and the Washington Football Team all-time sacks leader at 84.5 sacks.
Ryan is very active in the community and focuses his time and talent on providing opportunities, support, and resources to children and families in need in the Greater Washington D.C. area.
Ryan, his wife Jessica, their daughter Lincoln and their dogs Franklin and Kennedy make their home in Reston, VA.
James P. Muldoon - Advisory Director
Mr. Muldoon was a founding director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2002 until it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Muldoon, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is the founder, CEO, and President of METCOR Ltd. METCOR was incorporated in 1979 as a full-service consulting and training firm. METCOR clients have included many fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Siemens, and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Muldoon is a visionary leader with 40 years of experience providing management consulting services including strategic planning, client relationship interface, marketing and acquisition strategy development, and implementation. In addition to direct work for clients, Mr. Muldoon is responsible for corporate oversight, including all financial and strategic planning for METCOR. Following his military service in communications intelligence, Mr. Muldoon continued his service to the country as Administrative Assistant to US Senator Birch Bayh. Mr. Muldoon serves on numerous boards for industry and philanthropic organizations.
Gail Steckler - Advisory Director
Gail R. Steckler served as a director of WashingtonFirst Bank from 2004 until it was acquired in 2018. She was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Infrastructure Management Group, Inc. (IMG), a global advisory firm specializing in infrastructure finance, from 1996 until its sale to Dutch firm Rebel Group in 2017. Previously, Ms. Steckler was Development Officer for Virginia Properties Associates, a Virginia-based commercial real estate development firm specializing in office building development in the Washington DC area. Prior to this, Ms. Steckler was Assistant Vice President for real estate as well as securities investments, for ASB Capital Management, Inc., an investment advisory firm managing over $3 billion of Institutional money. She has experience in civil engineering as a land-use specialist for residential developers in the Maryland area. Ms. Steckler served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of National Presbyterian School, where she chaired the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee. She also sat on the Board of 1st Portfolio, a registered investment advisory firm, when it was a subsidiary of Washington First Bank. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of Children’s National Medical Center as well as SCORE, a national group working to serve as business counselors to local entrepreneurs.