Joe currently serves as Executive Partner/Consultant to Comvest Partners. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committees of Surry Capital, LLC, ClearSky Power and Technology Fund, LLC, and ClearSky Security Fund, and Senior Advisor to Chart Capital Partners. Joe joined Chart National in 2018 as Chairman of the Advisory Board.
Joe is also on the Boards of The Cowen Group, Systems Control and EBIX, and is a member of the Council of Chief Executives, Council on Foreign Relations, Economic Club of New York and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). He previously served as a Director of Priority Holdings, Travelers, Terremark Worldwide, Harcourt Brace Janovich, Kroll, Titan, Proxim, Federal Signal, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Hampton University AT&T Government Markets and others.
Joe was Executive Chairman of Federal Data Systems, Chairman of Intelsat, CEO of PanAmSat, Chairman of GRC International, Executive Chairman of MTN Satellite Communications, CEO of Scientific Games, Co-Chairman of Baker & Taylor, EVP, Vice Chairman and Director of W. R. Grace, Chairman of Grace Energy Company and President of Grace Environmental Company, Senior Advisor to Providence Equity, Vice Chairman of Terremark, President of two Citibank subsidiaries, Vice President and Partner of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, in addition to executive positions in several other smaller companies.
Joe served in the U.S. Government under President Reagan as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Director/Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. In addition, he held various management and economic positions in the Federal Departments of Defense, Commerce and Agriculture under three other Presidents: Nixon, Ford and Kennedy. Joe received the Distinguished Citizens Award from President Reagan, was appointed to the President’s Export Council by President George H.W. Bush as Chairman of the Export Control Sub-Committee. He was also appointed to the President’s Commission on U.S. Postal Service Reform and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), the Federal Communications Commission’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council and several other advisory boards by President George W. Bush. He was awarded the Government Computer News Annual Award for Excellence at the Government Computer Expo in 1985. He has served on the Defense Business Board under three Presidents, including the present administration. Mr. Wright has an active Top Secret clearance with the U.S. Government.
Joe received his undergraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his graduate degree from Yale University.
Admiral Keating retired in December 2009 after serving for three years as the Commander, United States Pacific Command, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. His area of responsibility included over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth. While in command, Admiral Keating visited over 30 countries, meeting diplomats, military officials and commercial leaders to emphasize active engagement with national and international partners in preserving the security and stability upon which the Asia-Pacific region’s success depends.
Prior to his tour at Pacific Command, Admiral Keating was Commander of the United States Northern Command, responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in time of crisis. Simultaneously, he was Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada.
Previous tours include service as the Director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, command of the United States Fifth Fleet and all naval forces in the United States Central Command headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) in the Pentagon, command of the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group stationed in Yokosuka Japan, and Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Admiral Keating held command positions at the Naval Strike Warfare Center, a Carrier Air Wing and an F-19 Squadron. Admiral Keating is a 1971 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow with the Strategic Studies Group in Newport Rhode Island. He has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time in tactical jets and has landed on Navy aircraft carriers over 1,200 times. In addition to numerous awards from the United States, he has received military decorations from Great Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore. He is a proud honorary Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
Meroe Park, a 27-year career intelligence professional, has been one of the government’s leading executives. Ms. Park began her career as an intelligence analyst, working on some of the nation’s most critical national security issues. Over the years, her wide-ranging roles have included serving as executive assistant to several of the most senior CIA officials, spending five years overseas supporting the Agency’s operational mission in some of the world’s most challenging security environments, and managing and leading a series of increasingly complex business units in the Agency.
Prior to her retirement in 2017, she served as the Chief of Human Resources and then spent her final four years serving as CIA’s Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Park recently joined the Partnership for Public Service as the Executive Vice President, where she is responsible for driving the programs that support an effective and efficient Federal Government. She joined the Board of Directors for Butterfield Bank in October 2017 as an Independent Director and is a Distinguished Executive in Residence at Georgetown University.
Her skills include executive decision-making and problem solving, strategic planning, talent management, financial resource management, change management, information technology integration and cyber security, and risk management.
John O’Connor, 63, is Chairman & CEO of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLC. , a position he has held since January 2005. Previously, Mr. O’Connor was Chairman of JP Morgan Alternative Asset Management, an Executive Partner of JP Morgan Partners, and a member of the Risk Management Committee of JP Morgan Chase. Mr. O’Connor is also CEO of Whitney Strategic Services which provides analytic and advisory support to Government and Corporate clients on geostrategic and global economic matters.
Mr. O’Connor serves on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee of Olin Corporation, since January 2006 (NYSE: OLN) and is a designated financial expert. Mr. O’Connor is a member of the Board of Directors at Integrico, Inc. (a privately held specialized composite products manufacturer) and is also on the Advisory Board of Global Guardian LLC, an International Security Firm.
Mr. O’Connor serves as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for New York (South), a position to which he was appointed in September 2014. Mr. O’Connor serves as a member of the Department of Defense Business Board to which he was appointed in 2015. He is a member emeritus of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civilian Leaders Board. He previously served as a member of the Senior Advisors Panel of both the United States European Command and the United States Southern Command. He also serves on the advisory boards of the New York Green Bank, and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. He is also Chairman of the American Friends of the Clock Tower Fund (a not-for-profit organization that supports active duty UK Special Forces regiment members and their families).
Mr. O’Connor earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University and a master’s in business administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award.
Ken earned his B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in 1980. Following graduation he worked for Dennis & Schisler, Certified Public Accountants, and later became a partner in the firm, managing the audit practice.
In 1997, Ken was named Chief Financial Officer of Ariel Corporation. Founded in 1966, Ariel Corporation designs and manufactures a wide variety of compressors for a diverse global market. Nearly 60,000 Ariel compressors are in service worldwide in refineries, gas fields, pipeline service and gas gathering. Ariel’s world standard gas compressors, outstanding service and exceptional customer support have made it the world leader in gas compression. Ken continues to serve as a board member of Ariel Corporation.
Ken is a member of a number of trade organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Past business and community affiliations include service on the board of Black Horse LLC (Black Horse is a Houston-based joint venture between Caterpillar Inc. and Ariel Corporation), Knox Community Hospital, Knox County Board of Elections, United Way allocation committee and the Knox County Public Defender Commission.
Currently Ken serves as a board member of the Gorman-Rupp Company. Gorman-Rupp is headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio and manufactures pumps and pump systems. Ken is an avid golfer and resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Jan. They have three adult children.