Sue C. Payton is a change agent, acquisition expert, innovative industry leader and public servant with more than 27 years of continued success working with senior aerospace and defense industry partners and in government positions with military services, defense agencies, coalition partners, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Intelligence Community, Congress, universities and the media. As the former assistant secretary of the Air Force in both Republican and Democrat Administrations, Sue was responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. She directed a $30 billion annual investment that included major weapon systems, such as unmanned air vehicles, ISR and fighter aircraft, munitions and IED countermeasures, as well as capability areas, such as command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. She has extensive experience leading government and industry partnerships focused on maturing and applying technology and operations concepts to solve national security problems worldwide. Since 2001, Sue has had very close ties to the Joint Service EOD community and served as a Foundation board member through 2013.
Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover (Ret.),
Reynold Hoover retired in December 2018 from his final assignment as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) with over 35 years of service.
Prior to his NORTHCOM assignment, General Hoover served briefly at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Intelligence and Chief Information Officer. General Hoover deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010, serving as the Commanding General of the Joint Sustainment Command. During his career, General Hoover commanded EOD warriors at the detachment, task force, battalion and group levels, including while deployed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His last command was as a Major General at the 167th Theater Sustainment Command.
Complementing his military service as a National Guardsmen, General Hoover also has had a distinguished civilian career. He started as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, followed by a stint as an attorney in private practice.
From 2002 to 2003, General Hoover served as the Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), then leading FEMA’s Office of National Security Coordination. In 2005, General Hoover was appointed as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security, responsible for homeland security, continuity of government programs and policies, as well as nuclear defense matters.
General Hoover joined CSX Corporation in 2007 as Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Police & Infrastructure Protection; and, later, he was appointed AVP for Law & Risk Management at CSX Intermodal, Inc., serving as chief counsel.
In 2011, General Hoover returned to federal service as a Senior Intelligence Service Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His last assignment was as the Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs, a position he held until his retirement from federal civil service in 2018.
General Hoover graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983, and holds Masters degrees in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College, and Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He received his law degree from The Catholic University of America in 1997.
General Hoover holds several military awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. He serves on the board of The Old Soldiers Home Foundation and is member of The Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. General Hoover’s interests include mountaineering, scuba diving, flying and reading.
Randy Manner (Ret.),
Randy Manner, a retired Army Infantry Major General, is a passionate supporter of the EOD community. While serving on the Army Staff in the Pentagon, he was the Army’s General Officer representative to the Joint EOD Board, responsible for EOD policy and investment recommendations. He successfully advocated for the expansion of Army EOD force structure and counter IED tools. While at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Randy supported EOD special operations capabilities related to nuclear, chemical, and biological threats. That research and development directly benefited conventional EOD forces. Since his retirement from the Army in December of 2012, he volunteers in support of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families as well as environmental initiatives. He consults with commercial companies on techniques to significantly improve their bottom line. Randy earned a BS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, a MBA in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post graduate Certificate in International Security Policy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Gordon C. Nash (Ret.),
U.S. Marine Corps
Major General Gordon C. Nash retired from the United States Marine Corps on June 1, 2006, with nearly 35 years of active service. He is currently serving as a senior consultant for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, a prime integrator and electronic systems provider. He is also consulting with Allied Marine Services supporting clients in the U.S. public and private maritime industry. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, he completed Officer Candidates School and received his commission in 1971. Nash has commanded Marine Corps organizations from the platoon to the division level, and served as executive officer, operations officer, and logistics officer. He has served as the Commanding Officer, 1 st Force Reconnaissance Company, Commanding Officer, 2nd Marine Regiment, and Commanding General, 3rd Force Service Support Group, Commanding General 3rd Marine Division and as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic. His joint assignments include serving as the Operations Officer and Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command and Commander, Joint Warfighting Center. Nash also serves on the, Marine Corps Association and Foundation Board of Directors, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Scarlet and Gold Committee, the Executive Advisory Council, Mission Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids, and the Washington, North Carolina Salvation Army Board of Directors.
Timothy Byers (Ret.),
U.S. Air Force
Major General Timothy Byers is Senior Vice President, defense sector for Atkins and a 32-year veteran of the United States Air Force. During his military career, he served as a design engineer, readiness officer, contract management chief, programmer and environmental chief. General Byers most recently served as The Air Force Civil Engineer where he led the 54,000-person engineering force at 166 installations worldwide. His previous assignments include headquarter tours and base command positions as a civil engineer squadron and mission support group commander. Prior to serving as The Civil Engineer, he was the Director of Installations and Mission Support, headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He is a fellow and past national president of the Society of American Military Engineers. Byers earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and his master of science degree in engineering management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Archer M. Macy (Ret.), U.S. Navy
Archer “Arch” Macy is a 39 year veteran of the Navy where he served as a surface warfare officer, combat systems engineer and acquisition professional. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has commanded at sea and ashore, and as a flag officer served as the director of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training for the Department of Defense, established the Joint Counter-IED Electronic Warfare (CREW) program, and commanded the Naval Surface Warfare Center, responsible for research, technical and engineering support for the Navy’s surface ships and aircraft carriers. In his last assignment RADM Macy was the Deputy Director (J-8) for Force Protection on the Joint Staff. He is now an independent consultant in defense matters in Arlington, VA.