Mr. John Mohler is a Fortune 100 experienced Business Development and Program Management executive with an extensive track record in developing and executing sales-driven marketing campaigns.
John has more than 25 years of active involvement in both domestic and international business development, marketing, sales, government relations, program management in many areas of the government and commercial markets.
John’s experience has spanned broad technology and business areas to include: international supply chain security and efficiency, secure borders, critical infrastructure protection, asset management, intelligent transportation systems, Low Orbit Satellites (LEOSATs), counter narcotics, hijacking of all types, physical and logical security, weapon systems development, and environmental clean-up.
Over this period John has held senior management positions in such companies as: Boeing Commercial and Aerospace Companies, Messerschmitt. Deutsche Aerospace, General Electric Aerospace; General Dynamics; PAR Technology Corporation; Lockheed Martin; and 4D Security Systems (a subsidiary of the AGT International Group).
John is also proud of his background with the US Army Special Forces and conventional Infantry operations as an Officer qualified in Infantry, Artillery, Intelligence, Airborne, and Special Operations. He has extensive combat experience in Conventional and Unconventional Warfare, Direct Action, Internal Defense and Development, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. He has serves multiple tours in combat, and has been awarded numerous awards for Valor, to include three Purple Hearts for combat-related wounds.
John Petz is currently Director of Real Estate & Public Affairs at Domino’s Farms Corporation, a property management and land development company in Ann Arbor Township, Michigan. In his capacity, he manages land development projects on Domino’s Farms’ nearly 1,600 acres of property in northeastern Ann Arbor. He also serves as the public liaison with elected officials and the greater business community.
He has been heavily involved with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2011. He chaired the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee in 2008-2009. During his term on the Executive Committee of the Board he was instrumental in 2010 to help the former Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community chambers merge into the Regional Chamber.
He is also actively engaged with the Urban Land Institute, the pre-eminent professional real estate association, including serving on the Michigan Chapter’s Program Committee.
Previously, he served as Southeast Michigan Director for former-United States Senator E. Spencer Abraham (R-Michigan). In that capacity he managed strategic outreach in the greater Metro Detroit region and was responsible for constituent relations on Transportation, Justice and Interior Department matters.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from Walsh College. He also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Economics from University of Michigan.
Matthew is CEO & founder of Trojan Defense and a veteran entrepreneur. His first successful venture, SkyBitz, is a leading provider of satellite based mobile tracking and data information services to the transportation industry. SkyBitz was originally known as Eagle Eye Technologies, Inc. The firm was founded on two Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and two contracts from the U.S. Air Force and ultimately developed a satellite active RFID tracking tag that could be tracked from geosynchronous orbit without an embedded GPS receiver for up to four years on internal ‘AA’ batteries. Under Matthew’s leadership SkyBitz joined forces with Motorola, Solectron, Mobile Satellite Ventures LP, and launched the revolutionary Global Locating System (GLS).
Matthew successfully commercialized the GLS technology in 2002 with Landstar as a launch customer. Today USTRANSCOM requires all carriers hauling Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives in trailers to tag and track with satellite tracking devices, an innovation first brought to market by SkyBitz in 2002. Today SkyBitz tracks over 200,000 trailers, sea containers, and rail cars across North America and overseas. In 2007 SkyBitz received Deloitte’s #2 ranking in their Wireless Fast Fifty listing in the U.S. Wireless Sector, surpassed only by Sirius Satellite Radio. The Deloitte ranking is measured over a five- year growth period (2002 to 2007).
Matthew’s entrepreneurial experience includes Matrics, a passive RFID tag firm acquired by Symbol Technologies in 2004, and WhereNet, an active RFID wireless tracking tag firm acquired by Zebra Technologies in 2007. At Matrics, Matthew managed the Hong Kong Airport RFID deployment. Matthew also supported the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office / Department of Homeland Security as part of the Systems Engineering Support Program for Mantech International from October 2010 to early March 2012.
Matthew sits on the advisory board of the JMH Group. He is an active member of NDIA, IEEE, and NDTA.
Matthew holds a S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University.
Charles Smith serves as Vice-President and General Counsel at ABC General and Mechanical Services specializing in federal contracting and procurement. Prior to joining ABC, Mr. Smith served as Associate Director of Government Relations under former U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, where his primary responsibilities included Appropriations, Federal Highways, Federal Transit, and Federal Motor Carrier Administrations.
At the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. Smith worked directly with Members of Congress and staff on a variety of surface transportation legislative issues, provided legislative oversight to the different modes within DOT, and coordinated DOT congressional activity with other DOT modal agencies to ensure strategic continuity.
Mr. Smith’s professional background also includes representing numerous clients in commercial litigation, primarily concentrated in the areas of construction and real estate law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Smith served as a staff member for the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee under Chairman Don Young.
Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland College Park and his law degree from University of Baltimore. Mr. Smith is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Leo A. Vondas is an entrepreneur and the principal of Bethesda Properties, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also the managing member of Capital Management and Development, LLC.
Mr. Vondas owns and manages a diverse portfolio of Properties including: multifamily, retail, and commercial in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
Leo Vondas was a past Director of the following banking institutions: Jefferson Bank, Maryland; Suburban Bank. Maryland; and Fidelity and Trust Bank, Maryland. He continues as an advisory director at American Bank, Maryland.
EDUCATION: B.S., Towson University, M.S., Bowie State University
Post-graduate schools attended: American University, University of Maryland
Eric specializes in corporate, finance and general business law. He counsels public and private companies in all aspects of corporate law including formations, intellectual property, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and shareholder disputes.
Mergers and Acquisitions:Counsels buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures through mergers, reorganizations and sales of stock and assets, and renders advice on the related tax treatment of acquisitions and divestitures pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code.
Intellectual Property:Counsels companies with respect to the development, commercialization and licensing of intellectual property for a wide range of software, electronics, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, and clean technology companies. Eric counsels clients on strategies to optimize their technology and other assets, advising them on a variety of legal and business issues, such as collaboration, development, manufacture, supply and distribution agreements, technology acquisitions, licensing and development agreements, and the formation of joint ventures and other types of strategic alliances.
Corporate Finance: Counsels lenders and borrowers in creating, documenting and closing asset-backed securitizations and other structured finance transactions, and clients with regard to private equity transactions, including venture capital, leveraged buy-out and mezzanine debt transactions.
Corporate Governance: Counsels companies and boards of directors on fiduciary duties, board and committee governance and structure, board leadership, officer and director transactions, shareholder disputes, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, relationships with stockholders and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.