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Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors consists of accomplished leaders in government, military, business and humanitarian fields:


Mr. Michael S. Ansari

Michael S. Ansari, USMC (Hon.)
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Saeed Ansari is an industrialist and a philanthropist.  He founded M.I.C. Industries, Inc. in 1981 and has served as its Chairman, President and CEO since its inception. M.I.C. reached Inc. Magazine's list of America's 500 fastest growing companies in the 1990’s, and it continues to surpass industry standards. M.I.C. has grown to be the global leader in industrial manufacturing of its kind. Prior to M.I.C., Mr. Ansari owned other manufacturing and trading companies. Read Full Biography


The Honorable William S. Cohen

William S. Cohen was the 20th Secretary of Defense of the United States. Prior to his tenure as Secretary of Defense, Mr. Cohen served three terms in the U.S. Senate and three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from the state of Maine.

The Honorable William S. Cohen


General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Advisor to the Chairman Strategic Planning

General James L. Jones was the National Security Advisor to President Obama until 2010. During his military career, he served as the Commander of the U.S. European Command and as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. General Jones also served as the 32nd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.  

General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)


The Honorable Richard L. Armitage
Special Assistant to the Chairman

Richard L. Armitage's stellar and distinguished government service has spanned 30 years. Most recently the Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Armitage also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Presidential Special Negotiator and mediator for the Philippines and the Middle East; and President Bush's Special Emissary to Jordan 's King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War.

The Honorable Richard L. Armitage

General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.)

General Pace was the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. In that capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. General Pace was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.

Gen. Peter Pace

Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta

Giovanni Castellaneta was the Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. from 2005 to 2009. Over his 30 year distinguished diplomatic career, he has served in several distinguished posts, including as Italy's Ambassador to Australia and to Iran. Recently, he was Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, S.p.A.  Ambassador Castellaneta is the former Chairman of SACE, Italy's export credit agency.


Mrs. Ruth Rabb

Mrs. Ruth Rabb, who spent nine years in Italy as the wife of The Honorable Maxwell Rabb, United States Ambassador to Italy, is a graduate of Radcliffe College. She has worked in the fields of child development, drug rehabilitation and social services. Mrs. Rabb helped found Polimoda, an affiliate of the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, in Florence, Italy. She serves on the International Advisory Board of Auburn University and is a trustee of John Cabot University in Rome.

Mrs. Ruth Rabb

M.I.C. Industries, Inc. is the sole worldwide manufacturer and registered trademark owner
of the Ultimate Building Machine® (UBM®), Automatic Building Machine® (ABM®),
K-Span®, Super-Span®, Super K-Span®, Arch-Span®, and other complementary products.
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