||Board Member Biographies
Alan Baca is a member of the Development Committee and past Treasurer for SDMAC. Mr. Baca is a Vice President at Berstein Global Wealth Management, a firm that manges money for families and foundations. Mr. Baca has spent the last seven years in finance and commercial realestate representing local and federal governments. After graduating from the US Naval Academy, Alan spent 14 years in the Navy on various ships, shore commands and major staffs and continues serving as an officer in the Navy reserves. In addition to his BS in Economics from USNA, he has an MBA from UCLA's Anderson school of Management with an emphasis in Finance.
Mark Balmert, RADM USN (Ret.) retired from the Navy in 2008 after more than thirty years of service. HIs operational Navy assignments included command of the guided missle distroyer USS CHANDLER, command of the Destroyer Squadron Seven during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and command of Expeditionary Strike Group Three while deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Ashore is his assignments included Director of the Operations Division in the Navy Budget Office with responsibility for the Navy and Marine Corps operation, maintenance, and manpower budget development and execution as well as the wartime and emergency funding budgets, and Chief of Staff for Naval Surface Forces. After leaving the Navy he became the director of strategic planning and business development for AMSEC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and attended the Maxwell School of Goverment at Syracuses University
Jim Bedinger is the Chair of the SDMAC Military, Family and Wounded Support Issue Group. Mr. Bedinger is currently the Member Outreach Manager for Navy Federal Credit Union. He served twenty-four years in the Navy and flew F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats. Mr. Bedinger was a POW in Hanoi for over three years during the Vietnam war. He served as President of the San Diego Council Navy League and is presently Treasurer to the Navy League’s Warrior Foundation. He also serves as Secretary to the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and is on the management Boards of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, the San Diego Port Propeller Club, and the San Diego Chamber’s Military Affairs Advisory Committee.
Steven J. Busch has been a resident of San Diego since 1977, Steve brings a wealth of proven experience in the U.S. Navy and Industry. A 31 year veteran of the U.S. Navy with over nine years in command positions both afloat and ashore. Command positions included USS JARRETT (FFG 33), USS MERRILL (DD 976), USS Shiloh (CG 67), PC Patrol Boat Squadron, and ashore Commander of Regional Support Organization and Chief of Staff to Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific. Since retiring in 2005, he worked for DMG (Defense Management Group) form 2005-2006 providing on-site support and liaison with Commander Naval Surface Force staff, PEO ships and other Navy activities on issues regarding the Littoral Combat Ship. In 2007, he joined Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding division as their Pacific Coast Fleet support manager, responsible for timely resolution of life cycle support services for the CG47 class including: program management, technical and design, intergrated logistics and configuration, planning and scheduling, and other NGSB resources. In 2009, he joined BAE San Diego Shipyard as the Director of progams, where he is responsible for planning and executing all programs to include CG's, DDG's MCM's, LPD 17, LSD and commercial work.
Paul Cassani graduated from the University of Notre Dame receiving a Commission in the US Navy through the NROTC program. He completed work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and holds graduate degrees from the US Naval War College and the University of San Diego School of Law. A retired Naval Officer he served in a variety of operational ship and afloat staff assignments including command at sea. His work ashore included assignment in the Strategic Concepts Group on the Navy Staff. He is an experienced businessman having grown operated and sold a small business. He currently works for Lockheed Martin developing business domestically and internationally.
Clifford Cho is currently the Co-Chair of the SDMAC Membership Committee. Mr. Cho is a Senior Vice President and Market Executive overseeing the Business Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His teams provide comprehensive credit and treasury solutions to small to mid-sized businesses in San Diego, including but not limited to government and defense contractors. Mr. Cho also serves on the steering committee of the bank's community and military support volunteer network, whom collectively volunteer over 10,000 hours annually in San Diego.
Nancy Dix is a founder and past President of SDMAC. Ms. Dix is a partner in the law firm of DLA Piper. She is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Services group and heads the firm’s government contracts and trademark prosecution practices in the San Diego office. Ms. Dix has over thirty years experience in the government contracting industry. She worked previously for TRW in various cost accounting and financial management positions in California, Iran and Washington, D.C., and served as legislative assistant to Senator John Chaffee. Ms. Dix is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court; Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Ninth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits; the Court of Federal Claims; and the District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California.
Dennis DuBard is the Navy Programs Business Development Manager for General Dynamics - NASSCO. He is responsible for programs related to new ship construction for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Dennis DuBard is a retired Navy Captain (AV) with over 30 years experience in Fleet Battle Group and Expeditionary Warfare operations, to include command of the USS PELELIU (LHA-5), Amphibious Squadron ONE, and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT. Mr. DuBard is a committee member of the San Diego Bowl Game Association (including Poinsetia and Holiday Bowls) and is on the Board of Directors for the Navy Helicopter Association.
Sarah Farnsworth enters her first full season with the Padres, after being named senior vice president in September 2011. In her current role, she oversees the communications, community relations and military affairs departments. Ms. Farnsworth spent the previous 19 years in Washington, D.C., most recently serving as the deputy assistant secretary of the defense for community and public outreach. She also served as the vice president and chief of staff to the USO World Headquarters from 2002-06, responsible for strategic planning and external relations. Her duties included outreach to Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff the White House and the USO Board of Governors while also leading more than 20 celebrity entertainment tours around the world. Ms. Farnsworth first moved to Washington, D.C. in January 1993 to serve on the first lady Hillary Clinton's White House staff. As an aide to President Clinton and the First Lady, she was responsible for coordinating and managing events in the White House, including State Visits, bill signing ceremonies and social events.
Pete Hedley is a founder and past President of SDMAC. Mr. Hedley is Chair of the SDMAC Regional Transportation Issue Group and is also Chair of SDMAC’s Programs. He is former President of Galaxie Defense Marketing Services, Inc. Mr. Hedley is a retired U.S. Navy Captain. He is Past President of the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and currently is a Board member of the Foundation. Mr. Hedley is a former President and current Board member of the San Diego Bowl Game Association (including the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls).
Frank Hewitt was the founding President of SDMAC. Mr. Hewitt presently chairs the Joint Legislative Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) San Diego Chapter and SDMAC. Mr. Hewitt is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of intelliSolutions, inc. He has over twenty years operational experience with the Navy/SPAWAR systems, and is well-versed in the C4ISR business bases and the Navy’s SEAPORT-e acquisition process. Mr. Hewitt is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at the national level; a Board member and Past President of the San Diego Chapter NDIA; and a Board member of The Security Network.
James Johnson, Jr., M.D., RADM USN (Ret.), was the 2012 President of SDMAC and Chair of the SDMAC Military, Family and Wounded Support Issue Group. Dr. Johnson is currently an independent consultant focusing on healthcare, technology, and defense. During Dr. Johnson’s 28-year military career, he served as the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., where he was the Principal Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps regarding all matters affecting medical and dental support for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Commander of the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and was also the Regional Director for TRICARE Region Office West in San Diego. Dr. Johnson has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. He currently serves on the advisory boards of DefenseWeb and Awarepoint and he is the Vice Chairman of the Independent Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Grossmont Hospital District.
Dwayne Junker is Chair of the DoD Budget Analysis Focus Group. Mr. Junker is currently the Senior Advisor, Office of the President at San Diego-based Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. He is also President and Chairman of the Board for Operations Promise, a charitable organization which supports the non-military careivers (spouses, parents, siblings, etc) of Wounded Warriors. He is a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran and has over twenty years in government support business experience. Additionally, Mr. Junker is currently the Chairman of the Board and past president of the NDIA San Diego Chapter. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for United Through Reading, a non-profit organization that provides resources for deployed military parents to connect with their children.
Dean Key is a retired Navy Senior Chief, who served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force for 24 years. Mr. Key served on three fast attack submarines and held prominent leadership positions while stationed ashore first as the Director of Operations at Fleet Technical Support Center, and then on staff at Submarine Force Atlantic. While at SUBLANT he was responsible for the material readiness of Submarine forward electronics suite; coordinating urgent repairs, upkeeps, overhauls and deployment certification. Additionally he worked across the enterprise to evaluate technical readiness levels and establish futrue capability and modernizaiton requirements for the submarine force. Mr. Key is currently the Program Manager for Launch and Recovery Producation Progrms at General Atomics Energy and Electromagnetics Division, where he leads the production of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching Systems (EMALS) and the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG).
Terry Magee was the 2008 President of SDMAC and the Chair of the 2009 SDMAC Achievement Awards and currently serves as the Chair of the Military Economic Impact Study Group. Mr. Magee is currently President of the Products Group for Epsilon Systems Solution. Previously he was Executive Vice President of Wavestream Incorporated, Vice President of Maritime Strategies and Campaigns for Lockheed Martin and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Orincon prior to its acquisition by Lockheed Martin. Mr. Magee served twenty-seven years as a naval aviator and commanded two aviation squadrons, the amphibious ship USS Duluth (LPD 6) and the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Mr. Magee has extensive operational experience in Navy and Marine Corps warfare areas and has Joint and Coalition Operational experience. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Command, Control, Communication and Computer (J6) on the staff of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff.
John Moffett is presently the Senior Vice President of the Defense Solutions Group for Science Applications International Companies, and is the Account Manager for TEAM SPAWAR. Mr. Moffett is a former Marine Colonel who served as Special Assistant and Marine Corps Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research and Development. He also served as Chief of Staff, I MEF. After joining SAIC, Mr. Moffett was the Project Manager in the Office of the President and COO, Admiral William Owens, the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also the Program Manager of the team supporting the Space and Naval Warfare Command’s acquisition program for the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet.
Jamie Moraga is the 2014 President Elect. Ms. Moraga is also a member of the Joint Legislative Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) San Diego Chapter and SDMAC. She is President of intelliSolutions, inc., a defense industry-related business. Ms. Moraga is presently a Board member of the National Defense Industrial Association San Diego Chapter and a member of AFCEA. She also serves on San Diego State University’s Contract Management Program Advisory Board and is a member of the American Diabetes Association Father’s Day Council where she has served as Video Chair for the annual Father of the Year event.
Robert W. (Brick) Nelson, Jr. joined Northrop Grumman in 2005 as the Deputy Director of Business Development for the Integrated Systems Western Region. In Sept. 2012 he was named Corporate Lead Executive. Mr. Nelson is responsible for leading the company's customer-focused strategies in San Diego. Ind addition, he serves as principal corporate point of contact for all Northrop Grumman business in this region. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman Corporation, then Captain Nelson retired from the U.S. Navy as the Deputy Director for Navy Operations Group (Deep Blue) in the Pentagon, and as a Strategic Studies Group Fellow in Newport, Rhode Island; working directly for the Chief of Naval Operations in both positions. He had a long and distinguished career as a Naval aviator with squardon and air wing command, logging nearly 8,000 flight hours in a multiple aircraft, including the A-4, F-4, A-7,F-18, H-60 and F-14; completing more than 1,400 carrier arrested landings on 11 overseas deployments including combat operations.
Tony Nufer was the 2010 President of SDMAC. Additionally, Tony is the Chair of SDMAC's Board of Directors Compensation Committee and a member of the DoD Budget Analysis Focus Group. He is the General Manager for Vector Planning & Services, Inc. operations in the Southwest. Previously Tony was the Senior Program Manager for C4ISR in the CSC Navy and Marine Corps Technology Center in San Diego and was Vice President for Business Development at WFI Government Services and Anteon Corporation. Tony served 23 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted Torpedoman and a Surface Warfare Officer. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Asociation, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Naval Institute, and the Program Management Institute.
Annette Peck is the current Treasurer for SDMAC. Ms. Peck has over twenty-three years experience directing and overseeing risk management, insurance and litigation for large international companies in the retail/food service and banking industries. Ms. Peck also previously helped direct the Alumni Relations Program for the University of California at Davis. Ms. Peck has a Juris Doctorate, and currently also serves on the Board of Trustees for United Through Reading, which is a non-profit organization that enables deployed military families and other separated families to stay connected through reading programs. Ms. Peck also served on the Client Advisory Board for a major international insurance carrier.
Ray Roth is the Chair of the SDMAC Education and Veteran Transition Support Issue Group. Mr. Roth is currently a principal in PCR Systems, Inc., a computer/network services business. He served in the U.S. Army as an aviator and infantry officer and had two combat tours. Mr. Roth was a professor and department chair at San Diego State University. He is presently the President of the Navy League’s Pacific Southwest Region and a National Director. Mr. Roth serves on the Boards of Southern California Operation Homefront and the San Diego Navy League. He chairs quality of life issues on the San Diego Chamber Military Affairs Committee, was a founding Board member of the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, and has served on the Coronado Speed Festival Committee for numerous years. Mr. Roth is a Holiday Bowl Committee member.
Steve Sampson is the Vice President of Advanced Programs at Cubic Defense Applications, Inc. in San Diego, CA. Mr. Sampson has over 40 years experience in complex commercial and defense electronics systems, both domestic and international, including airline and mass transit ticketing systems data processing, land and off-shore precision tracking, navigation and oil exploration, RF and optical comunication, weapons simulation, air and ground live combat training, and more. He has worked in technical, marketing, manufacturing, contracts, and management roles, establishing nw business areas with business well in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Sampson served in the U.S. Ary spending two years of this service in Viet Nam. He currently serves on the SDMAC congressional liaison committee and is a company represenative to the Southwest Defense Alliance.
Rebecca Tuggle works to increase economic develpment opportunities for the Southern California-Baja region. Her marketing and business develpment experience, coupled with her international business background, positions her to utilize her expertise to contribute to the growth of the region's economy. Until March of 2013, Ms. Tuggle served as the CFO and then EVP of Business Development for Nielsen Construction California, Inc. She was instrumental in developing the company over the last ten years with revenue growth levels averaging 19.8% annualy with returns to the owners as well in excess of industry norms. This strongly performing, regional construction company has a nearly 80% repeat client base. Prior to returning to San Diego, Ms. Tuggle lived in New York City for 18 years. She began her career at Dean Whitter Reynolds in the international financial markets. She then joined Sotheby's International Auction House in the marketing division in 1986. Appointed in 1992 as the manager of the International Division of Contemporary Art, she managed Sotheby's Contemporary departments workwide for the public sale and private placement of Contemporary Art. Following Sotheby's, Ms. Tuggle created an art advisory business with former Sotheby's colleague which in 1996 grew into a world renown firm placing master works in major museums, corpoate and private collections. Global Marketing - Directed both US and International strategies. COO - Developed budget and fiscal planning systems, development of controls - fiscal, inventory and service; oversight of sales in excess of $735 million in New York alone.
Earl Wederbrook is the 2013 President and Chair of the SDMAC Bases and Infrastructure Issue Group. He is currently the Site Manager of the Raytheon Field Office at MCAS Miramar. Colonel Wederbrook retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after a 30-year career which included Squadron and Marine Air Group command tours, and operational assignments as a pilot flying the F-4, F-5, F/A-18, and F-21 Kfir, with over 30 combat missions in Iraq. He served at Headquarters Marine Corps and the Joint Staff. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Aviation Association and the Board of Advisors for the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. He presently also flies for Barnstorming Inc.
Ward Wilson is currently the Secretary of SDMAC. Ward is a former Naval Surface Warfare Officer. His 20-year Naval Career included various leadership tours in Operations, Combat Systems, and Training. His overseas tours included Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He Served aboard the Sea Based Battle Lab (USS CORONADO) assisting in originating the Fleet Battle Experiment series of exercises. Shore duty included an Oceanography instructor tour at the US Naval Academy and as Deputy Chief Engineer for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Directorate at the Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command. Ward is now the Director of the San Diego Field Office for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security. He works with a dedicated field marketing team to provide local interface with defense customers in the San Diego area and coordinates dialogue between Boeing's various business units and defense customers for the full line of seabed to space products that Defense Space, and Security Systems develps and produces. He is a member of AFCEA, NDIA, Navy League, SNA, Rotary and his local church. He has an undergraduate degree from High Point University and graduate degrees from Naval Postgraduate School and San Diego State University.
Larry Blumberg SDMAC Executive Director Mr. Blumberg is a founder and current Executive Director of SDMAC. A retired Navy Captain, (SW), he was previously the Director of West Coast Operations for DRS Technologies. Mr. Blumberg served as past Chair of the Military Affairs Advisory Council of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also served as the Chamber of Commerce’s Chair of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Sub-Committee. Mr. Blumberg is past President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, and a current Board member. He was past President of the Point Loma Rotary Club and the San Diego Chapter of the Surface Navy Association. Mr. Blumberg was the 2004 President of the San Diego Bowl Game Association, (Holiday & Poinsettia Bowls), and is currently serving as a Board member.