BOARD OF DIRECTORS
During a 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.
Commissioner Bratton was the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York from January 2014 to September 2016. It was the second time he had held the post. During that time, he oversaw 32 months of declining crime, including historic lows for murders and robberies. Commissioner Bratton spearheaded a major technological overhaul, the Mobile Digital Initiative, which gave a smartphone with custom-designed apps to every officer and put a tablet in every patrol car. Commissioner Bratton also implemented major reforms to the NYPD’s counterterrorism program by developing two new units—the Critical Response Command (CRC) and the Strategic Response Group (SRG)—which now provide the city with more than 1,000 highly trained and properly equipped officers who are dedicated to counterterrorism, large-scale mobilizations, site security, and rapid deployment citywide.
In the 1990s, Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, and in his first term as New York City Police Commissioner, he revitalized morale and cut crime in all three posts, achieving the largest crime declines in New York City’s history. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs.
Mr. Bratton also currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.
James A. “Spider” Marks is the President of The Marks Collaborative, an advisory firm dedicated to the development and transformation of corporate leaders and their organizations.
Since retiring from the military, General Marks has continued his engagement in national security as an on-air contributor to CNN and as a keynote speaker and author addressing our dynamic geo-political environment. He has led business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, energy, IT, and primary research.
General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general and was the senior intelligence officer during the LA Riots, in the Balkans, Korea, Iraq. He is an Honor Graduate of the US Army’s Ranger School and a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
General Marks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Anthony Walton is Vice Chairman, Americas, for Standard Chartered Bank, where he maintains the Bank’s relationships with its key corporate and financial clients, and guides strategic direction for the Americas. He also plays a critical role in developing businesses between the Americas and Asia, in particular China, for the Bank and its clients.
Mr. Walton has over 40 years of commercial and investment banking experience. He started with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in 1966 where he assumed multiple worldwide assignments over his 16-year tenure. His final role at Chase was Senior Vice President and CEO of the Global Trade Finance Group, which he founded in more than 40 countries. From 1983 to 1993, Mr. Walton was Chief General Manager, Americas and Europe, of Westpac Banking Corporation and served on the main Board of Directors of Westpac in Sydney, Australia. Later, Mr. Walton served as CEO of a private investment bank owned by members of the Wal-Mart Walton family, and then as CEO of the Caspian Group, an emerging markets investment bank in 20 countries.
In early 2000, Mr. Walton co-founded an Internet bank, Effinity Financial Corp., and was also a partner at McFarland Dewey and Company. He currently acts as a Senior Advisor to the New Hope Group of Chengdu, China, and is an independent trustee of the Capital Management Equity Fund. In late 2012 he joined the board of Xinyuan Real Estate Co., based in Beijing China (NYSE:XIN). Mr. Walton serves on the board of New York City’s Financial Services Advisory Committee, the China Business Initiative Advisory Board of Columbia Business School, the American Australian Association, and the Episcopal Charities of New York City. He is an active Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, and the Pilgrims. He is a member of the Links Club and the Ausable Club, where he serves as a trustee. Mr. Walton was born in London, England, received his BA from Haverford College and his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married and resides in New York City.
Mr. Schwartz has an extensive background in all aspects of executive management and has served in director level positions for both privately held and publicly traded companies, most recently as President of LC Industries, a $380MM manufacturing and distribution business that grew from $50MM during his 10-year tenure.
With a strong focus on new business development and team building, Mr. Schwartz has developed several companies within the tactical armor industry and has a history of achievements in elevating similar-stage companies to great success in the defense industry.
Paul began working in the athletic footwear industry at Reebok more than 30 years ago and is regarded as one of the most influential product creation experts in the industry. Mr. Litchfield has been responsible for numerous Reebok product innovations, one of the most noteworthy being the Pump. In 1998, Paul became President of Puma Footwear where he was responsible for product marketing, design and development for Puma’s global product line before returning to Reebok in 2000 as the Vice President of Reebok Advanced Concepts.
Paul received his B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and his M.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts. He conducted post graduate research in human performance at the Institute of Offshore and Environmental Medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Currently a Managing Director at Aldwych Capital Partners headquartered in New York, Mr. Bishop holds a BA from Brown University and is a 20 year veteran in emerging markets investment banking with extensive expertise in structuring and placing complex cross-border transactions.
Mr. Bishop is a former Managing Director at INTL FCStone Securities, a global commodity risk management and trading company and also previously co-founded Provident Group, an emerging markets specialty investment bank. Previously Mr. Bishop was a Business Unit Manager with Salomon Brothers Inc. and worked in New York and Buenos Aires with its institutional Equities Sales and Trading Unit.