NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Academy Securities, a registered broker-dealer, certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), today announced the addition of three distinguished Advisory Board Members. Academy’s Advisory Board has some of the most prominent former military personnel in the nation.
“Academy is pleased to add three accomplished experts to our advisory board,” stated Academy’s Chairman and CEO Chance Mims, a former Naval Officer. “Their expertise will be a tremendous value-add for our clients and partners at a time when geopolitical unrest is having an effect on the capital markets.”
Vice Admiral Ted N. Branch, U.S. Navy (Retired), a naval aviator and retired 3-star Admiral, commanded top-performing teams at the squadron, ship, aircraft carrier, and carrier strike group levels. He flew A-7s and F/A-18s in combat, completed Navy Nuclear Power Training, and commanded the USS Nimitz on an Arabian Gulf combat cruise which was featured in the PBS documentary, “Carrier.” He is a veteran of combat and humanitarian missions throughout the world.
Vice Admiral Branch’s last assignment was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence. Vice Admiral Branch is a sought-out consultant in technology areas including cybersecurity and information technology, unmanned systems, aviation and aerospace, nuclear power, and the leadership training of those organizations and workforces. Vice Admiral Branch is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, U.S. Navy (Retired) commanded the Defense Logistics Agency’s aviation center of excellence in Richmond, VA. In 2008, Rear Admiral Heinrich deployed to the Middle East as the Director of the United States Central Command’s Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait. In his last assignment, he served as the Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the 46th Chief of the Supply Corps.
Rear Admiral Heinrich is currently a General Manager at Microsoft, where he leads a supply chain and logistics effort in building Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Kansas. In addition, he obtained a Master of Science in Petroleum Management.
Major General Robeson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) served on active duty for over 34 years, during which he deployed to more than 60 countries. Major General Robeson served in combat zones in Liberia, Somalia, Bosnia, Horn of Africa, Southern Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has commanded at every operational level in the Marine Corps, including its Anti-Terrorism unit, an infantry battalion, an infantry regiment, a combined joint task force in combat, two Marine Expeditionary Brigades, two Marine Divisions, and the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
In addition, Major General Robeson served as Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William Cohen and as General Dave Petraeus’ Director of Strategy, Plans, and Assessments in Iraq where he was responsible for writing and assessing the 2007 Crocker/Petraeus surge campaign plan. Major General Robeson is a graduate of Bryan College and completed the Army’s Advanced Operational Arts Studies Fellowship.
“We are honored to continue to expand our advisory board with such dynamic individuals that have a passion for our social mission and support our business,” stated Academy’s President Phil McConkey, a former Naval Aviator.
About Academy Securities
Academy Securities is a preeminent disabled veteran owned investment bank with strength in capital markets, public finance, fixed income and equity trading. Leadership and staff have had intensive military training prior to entering and gaining in depth financial services experience in global capital markets. We are mission driven with a high ethical code, a solid sense of accountability and strive for excellence in the pursuit of our clients’ success. Intellectual assets, strong visionary leaders and a proud team commitment bring out the best in each other for the benefit of our clients. Academy is our nation’s first and only post-9/11 disabled veteran owned investment bank and is a certified as a DVBE, SDVOSB, and MBE. The firm has a strong top and middle tier client base served by a national platform with offices in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Diego and Chapel Hill. Information about Academy Securities is available at www.academysecurities.com.