Leadership

Leadership

Ed Brady
Ed Brady
President and CEO

Ed Brady is President and CEO of Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national nonprofit that trains underserved populations, including veterans, transitioning military, high school students and justice-involved youth and adults for careers in the building industry.

A second-generation home builder from Bloomington, Illinois, Brady learned carpentry from a union master carpenter in college and started building houses in 1988. During Brady’s 30+ years in the industry, he has advocated for and defended the building industry through leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. He has served 12 years as independent director of the Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank, working with leading experts to advance the nation’s housing policy. He served as 2016 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  After the housing crisis, Brady spent three years on the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. He has also served on boards for Illinois Habitat for Humanity, as well on other economic development and housing-related boards.

Brady holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Business from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was a licensed realtor in the mid-80s and currently hold his Tennessee contractor’s license.

Outreach for Ed Brady can be directed to Vice President of Administration Lauren Sullivan at lsullivan@hbi.org.

Jeremy Albritton
Jeremy Albritton
Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy joined HBI as Chief Financial Officer in February 2021.  In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the organization has the financial capacity to execute on its strategy and is well positioned for long term financial health.  Jeremy leads the Financial Services team in their critical role as an enabler of mission delivery, with a customer-focused approach to operations and process innovation.

Prior to HBI, Jeremy served as the Chief Operating & Financial Officer of The Mission Continues.  In that role, he was responsible for optimizing finance, technology and HR operations to mobilize veterans in service to under-resourced communities. Jeremy also spent 12 years at the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO), one of the nation’s oldest and most venerable military service organizations.  During his tenure at the USO, Jeremy held Vice President-level roles in Finance, Development, as well as Operations & Programs. Jeremy served four years as Finance Committee Chairman of the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, VA., and continues to serve as a committee member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

Jeremy is from Charlottesville, VA, and did not stray far in getting his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  Jeremy also has an MBA degree from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business.

Jeremy Hurley
Jeremy Hurley
Vice President, Workforce Training & Employment

Hurley joined HBI as the Associate Vice President of HBI’s Military Services in 2014 after over a decade of owning and operating an HVAC business in Georgia. Originally working as an HVAC instructor at Brunswick Job Corps, he has also served as a program manager, regional program manager and director of WTE.

Hurley manages all of HBI’s transitioning military programs. He oversees the daily operations of HBI’s Military Services programs and works with partners to advance HBI’s expansion and enhance job placement opportunities for graduates. Hurley serves as the liaison between HBI and military installations, ensuring successful outcomes for transitioning servicemembers and veterans.

Hurley, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, draws on his passion for helping transitioning servicemembers to serve well-deserving students.

Contact: jhurley@hbi.org

Emily Price
Emily Price
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Development

Emily Price serves as the Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development of Home Builders Institute (HBI). Before HBI, Emily served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Labor & Workforce Development. During her tenure at the Council, Emily successfully authored legislation creating Industry Sector Partnerships in Healthcare and Infrastructure for the District of Columbia. She was critical in the partnership, funding, and development of Information Technology and Direct Care Nursing pathways between the DC Workforce Investment Council and the University of the District of Columbia and Community College. She also facilitated the permanent establishment of a School Year Internship Program for DC youth.

Emily comes to HBI with over 20 years of workforce development expertise. At SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat), she was the Chief Program Officer, Center for Employment Training (CET) for 15 years. CET is a licensed post-secondary vocational skills training program with wraparound services. Emily was critical in the expansion and move of CET to the Conway Center, a housing, healthcare, and employment training center. The National Skills Coalition profiled Emily on the Leadership Spotlight Skills Blog in 2016. She was a member of the Mayor’s Workforce Intermediary Task Force, Mayor’s Adult Literacy and Career Pathways Taskforce, and an Aspen Institute Workforce Leader’s Academy graduate. Emily started her career as a Bill Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow and AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. Additionally, she was the Board Chair of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), a former Board Member of Southeast Ministries, the DC Jobs Council, and Southeast Children’s Fund.

Emily holds her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a devoted KU basketball fan, Rock Chalk Jayhawk, and Washington Nationals fan, Go Nat’s!

Tammy Jo Scriven
Tammy Jo Scriven
Vice President Human Resources

Tammy Jo Scriven is an HR professional who is joining HBI as the Vice President of Human Resources bringing more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience in talent acquisition, performance management, organizational and workforce development and employee relations. Her career has focused on creating change and community impact in a range of professional environments, including non-profit, for profit, and government sectors.

Tammy Jo, or TJ as her closest friends and colleagues call her, began her career focusing on advocacy and grassroots organizing in a variety of social justice areas — specifically, economic justice, housing and family homelessness, women’s health, reproductive rights, domestic and community violence and human rights. Then, after several years of working for community-based and national non-profit organizations, TJ decided to pursue a change in career to human resources. Her first HR opportunity was with Montgomery County (MD), followed by eight years with the City of Rockville (MD) and then with the District of Columbia government.

TJ uses her passion for HR to drive toward creating a high-performing, diverse and inclusive workplace culture where employees are engaged and share meaningful work experiences that align their talents with the organization’s needs. She is excited to capitalizing upon and expanding the capacity of the HBI family and work in an environment committed to advancing economic opportunity in underserved communities through providing access to leading edge skills in the construction industry. Tammy Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University and is pursuing a master’s in Human Resources from McDaniel College. She is a nature lover (born and raised in the pacific northwest of the United States), an avid football fan and has recently discovered love of backyard gardening.

Gregg Romano
Gregg Romano
Vice President of Job Corps

Gregg Romano joined Home Builders Institute (HBI) in 1993. In the years since then, Romano grew as a leader within the organization. As Vice President of Job Corps, he is now responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, promoting effective public relations and strengthening interactions amongst all Job Corps Center operators, regional offices and the program’s national office, as well as maintaining oversight of Job Corps career technical training programs, placement activities, apprenticeship endeavors and monitoring and evaluating HBI’s Job Corps Program performance.

Long imparting wide-ranging knowledge in career technical training and construction technologies, Romano has relied on more than 20 years of building experience and over 25 years of workforce-training and development connecting the two disciplines. As such, he has provided HBI an expertise in program management with the professional and technical skills to manage, develop and implement multi-site training programs and large-scale projects. Romano continued to demonstrate expertise in program management and was elevated to Director of Program Management of Job Corps in 2016.

Prior to joining HBI, Romano worked as a journeyman carpenter, foreman, superintendent and owned, managed and administered all functions of a construction/home-remodeling company. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Training and Development, and has conducted graduate degree work towards his Master of Science in Project Management at Thomas Edison State University (formerly Thomas Edison State College), Trenton, N.J.

Contact: romano@hbi.org

Bethany Shean
Bethany Shean
Vice President of Education Services

Bethany Shean joined HBI in 2006. In her role as Vice President of Education Services, she is responsible for leading organization-wide learning management and program evaluation solutions including instructor orientation and training, curriculum development and certification, organizational analytics, and learning management system extended enterprise solutions.

Shean provides an in-depth knowledge of instructional design and learning management with more than 15 years of experience in multiple industries. Since joining HBI, Shean has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement several nationally recognized courses related to the needs of the building industry. Shean has also provided leadership on several HBI committees including the Regional Instructors Supporting Everyone Committee (current), HBI Safety & Health Board (2016 – 2019), the New Employee Orientation Committee (2018 – 2019) and the Strategic Planning Committee for Employee Engagement and Culture (2017).

Prior to joining HBI, Shean served as an instructional designer for both corporate and university settings including Freddie Mac, Strayer University and ING Direct. She also acted as an adjunct professor for computer ethics at Strayer University for eight years. Shean graduated with honors from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Science degree in instructional technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications.

Contact: bshean@hbi.org

Lauren Sullivan
Lauren Sullivan
Associate Vice President of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives

Lauren Sullivan is the Associate Vice President of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives of Home Builders Institute (HBI). As a member of the executive team, she assists with day to day operations and works alongside the President and CEO on special projects and strategic initiatives. Lauren is the primary point of contact for internal and external audiences on all matters pertaining to the President and CEO. She also manages communications and activities with the HBI Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining HBI, Lauren spent 10 years in Federal Government service. Lauren worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (2011-2017), before joining the staff of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2017-2021). As a member of the Secretary’s staff, Lauren served as Director of Operations and senior advisor, managing the long-term strategy and outreach of Department initiatives and priorities.

A native of the Washington, DC area, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and received her Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

Contact: lsullivan@hbi.org

Board

Kristen Amundson
Kristen Amundson
President, KJA Strategies, LLC

Amundson is the president of KJA Strategies. She represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999 to 2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board. Before her election to the General Assembly, Amundson, a former teacher, served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chair. Most recently, she was the senior vice president for external affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and The Richmond TimesDispatch, among other publications.

Fernando Arturo Gil-Enseñat
Fernando Arturo Gil-Enseñat
Principal FGE LLC

Gil-Enseñat was the Secretary of Housing of Puerto Rico. He served as the associated administrator for acquisition and contracting in the Public Housing Administration of Puerto Rico. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and studies toward a master’s degree in private international law at Washington College of Law.

Gil-Enseñat was responsible for negotiating relief funds for homeowners severely affected by 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. Repairing or replacing the roofs was particularly daunting in Puerto Rico, where many homes are built “informally,” without permits or titles. Gil-Enseñat fought for the fair treatment of Puerto Rico’s families and the equitable distribution of relief funds.

Renee Zentz
Renee Zentz
CEO, Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs

Renee Zentz is the CEO of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, a member
trade association representing home builders, remodelers, developers, subcontractors,
suppliers and myriad other housing-related professionals in El Paso County.

In her 18 years of leadership with the HBA, Renee has been instrumental in developing a
culture of collaboration with community organizations and government entities – from
establishing monthly leadership meetings with head public officials to forging partnerships
with industry leaders. It is this collaborative advocacy which helps to strengthen the HBA’s
position as the authoritative voice and information source for housing to government, the
general public, and the housing consumer in El Paso County.

While Renee’s leadership strength is evident in her daily work and her professional
accomplishments, she truly works under the mark of a “servant leader,” as demonstrated in the
establishment of the 501(c)3, HBA Cares. This philanthropic arm of the Association connects
the needs of the community to the skills and abilities of the housing and building industry.
Renee is also President of a 501c3 call Careers in Construction Colorado who’s focus is
putting skilled trades into Colorado high schools. CiCC believes students deserve choices for
a sustainable and rewarding career, and the industry deserves a skilled workforce. Within 5
years, the program has grown 1,500 students, 25 high schools, without signs of slowing.

Carin Barth
Carin Barth
Co-founder & President, LB Capital, Inc.

Barth is the co-founder and president of LB Capital, Inc., a private equity investment firm established in 1988. In addition to serving on The Welch Foundation board, she also serves on Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Black Stone Minerals, L.P. She is chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Endowment at Texas Tech University, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. Previously, Barth served on the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC from 2011 to 2014 and was a commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety from 2008 to 2014. In 2004, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama summa cum laude and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Erin DeWeese
Erin Deweese
Vice President for Finance, Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc.

DeWeese is vice president for finance of Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc. He has experience in sales, project management, and finance. In 2019, he served as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and chair of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) young professionals committee. DeWeese has been involved in the “Build My Future” initiative since 2018 and is passionate about providing a clear proven path for residential construction’s next generation.

John “Chuck” Fowke
John “Chuck” Fowke
2020 Chairman, NAHB

Fowke, a Tampa, Florida-based custom home builder, and chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He will continue serving in that position through the February 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show. Fowke has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state, and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the association’s executive board. In 2006 and 2009, Fowke was named Builder of the Year by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. He also served as president of the Florida Home Builders Association, where he continues to serve as a life director. Fowke also stays active in his community, having served as chair of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition and Renovation Committee.

Eugene Graf, IV
Eugene Graf, IV
Owner, E.G. Construction LLC

Graf is the owner of E.G. Construction LLC. He is a fifth generation Montanan a fourth generation Bozemanite, and a third-generation developer and builder. Since 2004 E.G. Construction LLC has participated in the Southwest Montana Building Industry Association’s “Parade of Homes.” He served as the association’s 2008 president. In 2008, 2016, 2018 Graf was awarded, “Builder of the Year” for SWMBIA for his dedication to the building industry. In 2011 Eugene was awarded as the Montana Building Industry Association Builder of the Year and served as president of that association in 2012-2013. He continues to serve on the association’s executive board. Graf is the state representative to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) executive board. He was the chair for the state and local government affairs committee in 2014 and chair of the NAHB Build PAC in 2016.

George C. Hess III
George C. Hess III
Founder and Chairman, Vantage Homes Corp.

Serving as chair of the HBI Board of Trustees, Hess is also founder and chairman of Vantage Homes Corp and chairman of Careers in Construction Colorado. He is active in industry, community, and civic organizations, including the Colorado Springs HBA board of directors, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) budget committee, and the John Zay Guest House of the Penrose Saint-Francis Hospital Foundation. Hess began his building career upon graduation from Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Tim Hourigan
Tim Hourigan
Executive Vice President of Human Resources, The Home Depot

Hourigan is executive vice president of human resources at The Home Depot. He was appointed to HBI’s Board of Trustees in January 2020. He oversees all aspects of HR management for over 400,000 associates. Hourigan’s expertise and board service enhances HBI’s partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.

Gerald M. Howard
Jerry Howard
Chief Executive Officer, NAHB

Howard is CEO of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and has more than 25 years of association experience in Washington, D.C. He began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a legislative analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the chief lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

He joined NAHB as tax counsel in 1988 and served in a variety of roles, including chief lobbyist. Howard was promoted to executive vice president & CEO in February 2001.

Before embarking on his association career, Howard practiced real estate law in his home state of South Carolina. His exposure to the housing industry has literally encompassed a lifetime; Jerry grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.

Brian K. Johnson, Ed.D.
Brian Johnson
CEO, Advance Higher Ed, LLC

Johnson is a senior fellow in the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama; national director of the Community College Leadership Program at Fielding Graduate University; president of Advance Higher Ed, LLC; and owner of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cultural Bridge Entertainment.

Johnson was the first African-American president of Montgomery College in Maryland. Prior to Montgomery College, Johnson served as president of the Allegheny Campus at the

Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following 15 years of executive leadership at Maricopa Community Colleges, in Phoenix, AZ.

Johnson earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and Master of Arts in education in counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ottawa University.

Pamela Hughes Patenaude
Pamela Hughes Patenaude
Principal, Granite Housing Strategies, LLC

Pamela Hughes Patenaude is an accomplished real estate, housing policy, and disaster recovery expert with a four-decade record of success as an executive in government, nonprofit sector, and private industry. Patenaude is an Independent Director of loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE: LDI) and a member of the Audit Committee. Patenaude is an Independent Director for Target Hospitality, Corp. (NASDAQ: TH) and is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Patenaude serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity International as well as the Board of Directors for the Bipartisan Policy
Center. Patenaude is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Home Builders Institute (HBI). Patenaude is also a member of the Social Impact Advisory Board for the Center Creek Housing Funds. Patenaude is Principal of Granite Housing Strategies, LLC, serving as a strategic advisor for clients engaged in real estate development, affordable housing, and disaster recovery management.

Patenaude served as an Independent Director of CoreLogic, Inc. (NYSE:CLGX) and was a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Strategic Planning and Acquisition Committees. Patenaude served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As HUD’s Chief Operating Officer, Patenaude managed the day-to-day operations of the $52 billion cabinet level agency with a diverse portfolio of federal housing and community development programs. Patenaude oversaw 7,000 employees located in sixty-five offices nationwide. During her time at HUD, Patenaude provided oversight for an unprecedented $37 billion in disaster funding for the long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; Texas; Florida; Hawaii; U.S. Virgin Islands; California; North Carolina; and South Carolina. Prior to rejoining HUD, Patenaude served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit, education, and research
organization dedicated to illuminating America’s affordable housing crisis. Previously, Patenaude was the Director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she successfully led a 21-person commission to present a new direction for national housing policy. Patenaude also served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Founding Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Earlier in her career, Patenaude served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at HUD, where she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds. She also played a significant role in the Department’s efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by providing direct oversight of $17 billion in disaster recovery funds. Patenaude also served at HUD as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.

A New Hampshire native, Patenaude served as State Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Bob Smith. Patenaude also served as the Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. She began her career in housing and community development at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.
Patenaude earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Patenaude is the recipient of the National Housing Conference 2022 Housing Visionary Award. Patenaude was the first recipient of the CoreLogic EPIQ Impact Award and was honored as one of Housing Wire magazine’s “2013 Woman of Influence”. Patenaude received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit in 2006.

Adam Rocke
Adam Rocke
Senior Director of Events and Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Hiring our Heroes Initiative

Rocke is senior director of events and programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Initiative. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel and career infantryman who was a special assistant to the Army chief of staff and the director of the Soldier for Life program. He led the U.S. Army’s effort to create a network to connect soldiers, veterans, and families with employment, education, and the well-being required to successfully reintegrate into civilian society.

Rocke served in various infantry and special operations units, from platoon to brigade, including the Army Staff and Joint Staff, with numerous deployments overseas supporting the War on Terror.

Rocke served as the managing director of NS2 Serves, a non-profit that provides high-demand information technology training for U.S. veterans and transitioning service members. Previously, he was vice president of veterans affairs at FASTPORT, Inc., a digital technology company assisting veterans and military spouses with a suite of services supporting meaningful employment opportunities.

Scott Sedam
Scott Sedam
President, TrueNorth Development

Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, a consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with more than 200 builder, supplier and trade clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. During the recent industry downturn, TrueNorth’s LeanBuilding processes saved clients more than $250 million, demonstrating clearly how to improve product, process, and profit without compromising the product or builder, supplier, and trade relationships. Sedam’s presentations are a popular feature at industry conferences and company meetings.

Brad Simons
Brad Simons
Vice President & CEO, Magleby Construction

Simons is vice president & CFO of Utah luxury custom homebuilding company Magleby Construction. Simons is past president of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and serves as a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) board of directors. Simons is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and served as the 2014 president of Utah County Habitat chapter.

Patsy Smith
Patsy Smith
Trustee Emeritus, HBI Board of Trustees

Smith is trustee emeritus of the HBI board of trustees, and president of Herman Smith & Company, a business established by her late husband, a former National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) president, prominent land developer and philanthropist. In 2005, she established the Patsy and Herman Smith Fund for Excellence in the Trades to assist HBI programs and its students connect with the industry.

Tom Winters
Tom Winters
Senior Sales Executive, Ply-Gem Industries Inc.

Winters is a senior sales executive for Ply-Gem Industries Inc. He has over 25 years’ experience in the new-construction home building industry. Winters’ focus on management through inclusion and diversity has helped him build a consistent track record for increasing sales through building strong customer relationships.

Greg Ugalde
Greg Ugalde
President & Chief Legal Officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co

Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut-based builder and developer, was NAHB’s 2019 Chairman of the Board. Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co. Inc., and is the founder and owner of GFU Investments, LLC. Ugalde’s involvement and experience with NAHB at the local, state and national levels, as well as a keen interest in workforce development, will be an asset to HBI’s Board of Trustees.

Chuck Baker
Chuck Baker
Director, Business Development, High Tech Pursuits Unicorn Team, Microsoft

Chuck Baker brings over 20 years of executive experience in the consumer-packaged goods, technology, nonprofit and corporate philanthropy sectors. He currently serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations for Wells Fargo, with oversight of the foundation for six counties in the Bay Area. Prior to Wells Fargo, he served as the Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. He has been featured on the cover of Black Enterprise, was nominated as a NBC Universal Grios 100, has successfully built and sold two businesses, and is an active volunteer and board member for several nonprofit organizations. Chuck has a BSBA degree in finance at Georgetown University and attended the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Steve Dewitt
Steve Dewitt
Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education

Stephen DeWitt is Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Since assuming this role in 2013, DeWitt has served in a variety of roles including the national organization’s efforts in content development, partnerships and its outreach agenda. He formerly served as Senior Director of Public Policy beginning in 2006 and he remains closely connected to the Association’s advocacy and policy work. He currently serves on several Boards and advisory committees. Mr. DeWitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and resides in Washington, DC.

Mel Martinez
Mel Martinez
Former U.S Senator and Chairman of the Southeast U.S. and Latin America JPMorgan Chase & Co

At the age of 15 and at the height of the Cold War, Mel arrived in the United States from Cuba through the auspices of the Catholic Church in a program that came to be known as Operation Pedro Pan. He rose to be elected as the first Cuban-American to serve in the United States Senate. During his term, he served on several committees including Armed Services; Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Special Committee on Aging. He also served as General Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2008.

Prior to his time in the Senate, President George W. Bush appointed Senator Martinez as the 12th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) where he served from January 2001 through December 2003.

In 1998, he was elected as Mayor of Orange County (Orlando, FL) and before beginning his public service, he practiced law for 25 years. He received both his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Florida State University.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and is on the boards of Marriott Vacations Worldwide as Lead Director and NVR, Inc. He is also a member of the Order of Malta.