2017 Board of Trustees Election
Vote For Your Representation
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees Election Information
Vote in this year’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees election. Your input strengthens our association and our shared future. Those elected will join the board for the Spring 2017 meeting.
In accordance with the bylaws of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees approved the slate of nominees for the positions of Central Region and Eastern Region Trustees at the December 2016 meeting. Also, the Board approved the nomination of Major General Leo V. Williams III ’70, USMCR (Ret.), to serve a second term as Vice Chair beginning with the spring 2017 meeting when the new Board is formed.
If you reside in either the Central or Eastern Region, you will receive a ballot for the 2017 Board of Trustees election. Printed ballots (unless you opted out of the print ballot) and e-mail messages will be sent to regular members by an external vendor, Election America, with complete voting instructions for mail, phone and online options. Please take a few moments to read the biographies below of the candidates for Trustee, and look for a ballot and voting instructions from Election America. Votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET, 4 April 2017.
Thank you for participating in the process of electing Board leaders for the Alumni Association.
Click on a candidate's name to read their complete bio:
Commander Richard A. Cataldi '69, USN (Ret.)
Commander Brian A. Campbell '94, USNR
Anthony Sclafani '98
Commander William Squires '75, USNR (Ret.)
Eric Armour '81
Carlos A. Jativa '98
Central Region Candidates
Commander Richard A. Cataldi '69, USN (Ret.)
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Cataldi left home to attend the Naval Academy. He became a carrier pilot flying both the S-2 and the S-3 aircraft from the decks of the SARATOGA and NIMITZ. He completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at Auburn University while attending the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL. He found he enjoyed teaching when he ran two school houses (VS Support Unit and Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola) and taught Leadership and Strategic Planning at the Academy. He also coached the women’s soccer club and lobbied for and achieved varsity status for the club.
Cataldi, his wife, Susie and son, Marc, moved to Farragut, TN, in 1993, when he retired after completing 24 years of service. He has a daughter, Alina, raising his two grandchildren, as well as a son, Brian. He taught Navy Junior ROTC nearly 10 years. Rich was then certified and licensed as a high school math teacher by completing the Transition-2-Teaching Course of Instruction at University of Memphis funded by Troops-to-Teachers. He then taught advanced algebra, trigonometry and geometry for nine years. He and his family have been parishioners at St. John Neumann Catholic Church since their arrival in Tennessee. He has served as both vice president and president of the St. John Neumann Catholic School Home and School Association and the Village Green Home Owners’ Association. Additionally, he has been the president of the local chapter of MOAA, a Fourth Degree District Marshall (protocol officer) for the local Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and is the president of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Chapter of the Alumni Association. He has been a USSF soccer referee and referee instructor and was active in the community as a judge and poll operator for elections.
Commander Brian A. Campbell '94, USNR
Commander Brian “Soup” Campbell, USNR, is a native of Mobile, AL. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from USNA, an MBA from the Manderson Graduate School of Business, University of Alabama, and completed Joint Professional Military Education through the Naval War College. Campbell is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves and is assigned to Naval Personnel Command, Millington, TN. Campbell currently serves as the USNA BGO Area Coordinator (Area 216) for Alabama. Campbell served on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees from 2012-2015 representing one of three at large “Other Chapter” positions as the president of the South Alabama Chapter.
Upon graduation from USNA, Campbell forward deployed to Japan serving as missiles officer aboard OBRIEN (DD 975), and then as assistant officer-in-charge of Tomahawk Afloat Planning Systems for U.S. Pacific Fleet deploying with commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three. Campbell transitioned to the Navy Reserves in 1999 and has held numerous leadership positions working for Amphibious Group Two, Military Sealift Command, Naval Central Command, Destroyer Squadron Five Zero and Strike Force Training Atlantic Air Command and Control. He served as executive officer and commanding officer of Middle East Forces Detachment 109, Commander Destroyer Squadron Five Zero in Manama, Bahrain. During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Campbell served as assistant naval attaché, Cairo, Egypt, ensuring the smooth and expeditious flow of U.S. maritime assets through the Suez Canal.
Personal awards include six Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and two Navy Achievement Medals. In Campbell’s civilian career, he is a marketing executive for Sanofi Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. Campbell has held senior sales and leadership positions with The SSI Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline and Mallinckrodt.
Brian is married to Elizabeth Blanton Campbell from Mobile, AL. They have two daughters, Grace and Amelia, and reside in Mobile, AL.
Anthony Sclafani '98
I am honored to stand for election as the Central Region Trustee. The Central Region is large and diverse, stretching from the Caribbean to Texas to the Upper Midwest. I will endeavor to ensure that all alumni concerns are addressed, from Little Rock to Lincoln and Dallas to Duluth. Though I have followed a somewhat non-traditional career path since commissioning, it has provided me with a unique perspective on the issues that face the Academy and its alumni.
As a naval flight officer assigned to Patrol Squadron TEN from 2000 to 2004, I completed deployments to the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Eastern Pacific and Central Command AORs, after which I spent a year with Combined Task Force 57, in Manama, Bahrain, where I was privileged to serve as current operations and coalition liaison officer. In 2009 I completed my active service as a policy analyst at Navy International Programs Office and after a short time as a NAVSEA contractor, became a Department of the Army civilian. I have worked as an Army logistician, program manager and division chief for CECOM, TACOM and PEO CS&CSS, where I currently serve as a program officer for Combat Engineering. In 2015, I was selected for entry into the Army Senior Enterprise Talent Management program to attend the Senior Acquisition Course at the Eisenhower School, finishing in 2016 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. I have additional degrees in Public Policy and Public Administration from the University of Michigan, and English Literature from Catholic University.
As Central Region Trustee, my focus will be on continued communications and support to alumni, as well as seeking out new ways for alumni to provide support to the Brigade of Midshipmen. I am honored to have this opportunity to give back. Beat Army!
Eastern Region Candidates
Commander William Squires '75, USNR (Ret.):
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
United States Navy
- Graduate of the "great" USNA Class of 1975
- Flight school (September 1975 - December 1976)
- Active duty naval aviator (1976 - 1987)
- VP-26 Special Projects (1977 - 1979): Aircraft Commander; Maintenance Division Officer.
- VP-26 (1979 - 1983): Patrol Plane Commander/Mission Commander. Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Officer.
- VP-30 (1983 - 1985): Instructor pilot; Tactical Training Team Department Head.
- USS JOHN F KENNEDY (1985-1987): Communications Officer Department Head.
- VP Master Augment Unit (1987 - 1991), NAS Brunswick, Maine: Patrol Plane Commander/Mission Commander; Blue Weekend Operations Department Head.
- Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer (1991 - 2003)
- Retired from the Naval Reserves as a Commander (2003)
United States Naval Academy
- Blue and Gold Officer (1991 - current): Performed Blue and Gold Officer duties in three states which include Florida, Ohio and New Jersey.
- Area Coordinator, Blue and Gold Program (2001 - current): Manage 50 plus Blue and Gold Officers who are assigned to a total of 377 schools and over 350 candidates and applicants during each admissions cycle.
- Selected by the Dean of Admissions to serve as the Chairman of the Area Coordinator Steering Committee (ACSC) for the Blue and Gold Program (2014 - current): The ACSC is the liaison between the USNA Admissions Office and the 89 Area Coordinators and approximately 2,200 Blue and Gold Officers who support the program both nationally and internationally.
- Lifelong member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association
I left active duty to pursue a lifelong dream of working in professional sports. I met Mr. George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, when the USS JOHN F KENNEDY was in Port Everglades, FL during a four day rest and relaxation period in March 1986. With my Commanding Officer's permission, I contacted the Yankee organization about the port call and requested 500 tickets for the crew of "Big John" which was a approved; the Yankees Spring Training site was in Fort Lauderdale at that time. I also invited the entire Yankee organization (ownership, team executives, coaches, players, support staff and their families) for a VIP tour of the ship. On the night of the game I asked Mr. Steinbrenner about opportunities in Major League Baseball and he offered me a job with the Yankees organization. I was not interested in leaving the Navy since I was hoping that I would one day screen for command of a VP squadron, but the opportunity was too much for me to pass on. Fortunately, I was able to continue to serve and ultimately retire from the Naval Reserves and continue to work for the USNA Admissions Office as a Blue and Gold Officer.
- New York Yankees (1987 - 1990): Director of Stadium Operations.
- New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Giants Stadium (1990 - 1996): Assistant General Manager.
- Walt Disney World, Disney's Wide World of Sports (1996 - 1999): General Manager.
- Cleveland Browns Stadium (1999 - 2000): Stadium Manager.
- New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Giants Stadium (2000 - 2002): Vice President /General Manager.
- The Right Stuff Consulting, Inc. (2002 - current): Founder and President.
My role in the management of the aforementioned venues included budgeting, staffing, training, event execution, maintenance and capital improvements just to mention a few. I was involved in the design, construction and operations of Disney's Wide World of Sports (now called ESPN Wide World of Sports), Cleveland Browns Stadium (now called First Energy Stadium) and MetLife Stadium home of the New York Football Giants and New York Jets.
The Right Stuff Consulting, Inc. is a consulting business that works with clients such as the New York Football Giants. I am the liaison between the team and the New Meadowlands Stadium Company which operates the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium. I work with other professional teams and venues as well. Many of my other clients provide products and services to the sports facility industry. I am also an expert witness in law suits involving teams and venues.
My son Sean (age 19) has cystic fibrosis. He was diagnosed with the disease at the age of five. My wife and I immediately began fundraising for a cure and from 2003 to date we have raised over $2.5 million.
- Nominated and selected to serve as Co-Chair (my wife was the other Co-Chair) for the Volunteer Leadership Council for the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2007 – 2009)
- Selected to the 2009 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Leadership Council
- Asked by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to serve on a Strategic Planning Committee in 2012. I was one of 30 members on the Committee which included executives from the Foundation, scientists, doctors who specialize in treating those with cystic fibrosis, and parents of children who have cystic fibrosis.
- Appointed to the Board of Directors and served as the Vice President for the Greater New Jersey Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2013 -2014)
- Asked to participate on the "Cystic Fibrosis Foundation March on the Hill." As the lone representative for the state of New Jersey I meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss policies that impact the cystic fibrosis community.
Stadium Managers Association (1991 - 2011)
The Stadium Managers Association is a national organization which has members from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League, universities/colleges and other facilities, both national and international, that host sports and entertainment events.
- Board Member (9 years; 1999 - 2008)
- Vice President (5 years; 2002 – 2007)
- Chairman of the Membership Committee (2003 – 2007 and 2008 – 2011)
- President (2007 – 2008)
National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4)
Recruited to be a member of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4). The Center is located at The University of Southern Mississippi and was established in 2006. The goal of NCS4 is to address the evolving security challenges of the ever-growing 60 billion dollar U.S. sports industry. New challenges emerge every day that increase the complexity of protecting people, property, and information. Through quality training, research, technology assessments, certifications, and professional development, NCS4 provides the knowledge and expertise needed for professional leagues, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, marathons/endurance events, private sector firms, and governmental agencies to protect spectators and other key assets.
Sports League Sub Council
Member of the Sports League Sub Council (SLSC) of the Commercial Facility Sector Coordinating Council which is a single point of contact for the Department of Homeland Security and other homeland security partners. The purpose of this Council is to be a resource to serve the sector’s counter-terrorism, security and emergency response interests. I represent the stadiums throughout the United States. Issued a Secret Clearance by the Department of Homeland Security; the clearance is still active.
Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition
I am a Master Trainer who trains senior event staff who return to their sports and or entertainment venues to educate their front line event staff on proper alcohol management. Since 2000 I have trained over 600 "Trainers" and 600 event staff.
Hired in 2007 by Columbia University as an Adjunct Instructor to teach the Sport Facility and Event Management course (Fall Semester) in the master's degree program in Sports Management. I just completed my 10th year teaching the course.
Recruited as a guest lecturer for the Ohio University Professional Master of Sports Administration on-line program.
Why do you want to serve?
I want to serve as a Trustee because I want to continue giving back to the institution that has done so much for me. I would not be where I am today if it were not for the opportunities afforded me by the education and leadership skills that I developed while a midshipman and naval officer. The Naval Academy continues to serve me and the least I can do is give back in every way possible. I believe that my vast experience as a Blue and Gold Officer would be a valuable asset to the NAAA as well as other attributes that I think I could bring to the Association.
What previous interactions have you had with Alumni, Parents Clubs or Chapters?
I am a lifelong member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and I not only attend the USNA Class of 1975 five year reunions, but I attend every Army/Navy game and many games at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium so I am in contact with many alumni. There are 31 Blue and Gold Officers in northern New Jersey who are graduates of the Naval Academy.
As the Area Coordinator for the Navy Blue and Gold program, I am in contact with the USNA New Jersey Parents Club. As a matter of fact, 13 of the 51 Blue and Gold Officers are parents of former or current midshipmen. The current president of the Parents Club is a Blue and Gold Officer and another three are past presidents. I have encouraged Blue and Gold Officers to attend and participate in Parents Club events and twenty-five Blue and Gold Officers have done so over the past few years. I have been asked on two occasions to speak to the members of the Parents Club and when I am attending a Navy home football game, I make it a habit to visit with those parents who support the football tailgate which supports the Brigade.
I founded the New Jersey Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association. I am an active member of the Chapter as are seven other Blue and Gold Officers.
Needless to say, I have an excellent relationship with the local Parents Club and Alumni Association.
Eric Armour '81:
High Impact Senior Executive
Committed USNA Alumni
Eric graduated in 1981 with high distinction from USNA. While at the Academy, he earned two Varsity letters in lightweight crew, was on the Superintendent’s List 8 times and served as Assistant Brigade Operations officer in his First Class year. Post graduation, Eric became a Naval Aviator and flew various tactical jet aircraft including the F-14 Tomcat and A-4 Skyhawk (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). In 1988, Eric left the Navy to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar (top 5%).
Over the years, Eric has held a wide range of senior management positions across several industries. He has significant experience working with teams to address complex issues and implement fundamental strategic, operational and organizational changes to substantially improve business performance. As a General manager of global businesses and an advisor to senior executives (both commercial and nonprofit boards), he hopes to bring a range of experience and skills to help develop new insights and programs for ways in which the Association and Alumni can work together to further the goals of the Academy and provide even more value added services to the Alumni. The following is a brief overview of Eric’s business roles:
President of Xerox’s Global Graphics Communications Business ($3B+ group of hardware, software and solutions businesses) - established new business models and right-sized key businesses to deliver 18% profit improvement despite declining revenue in key market segments during the macro recession
Operational Partner with RHJI (a $3B Private Equity firm) - identified and evaluated $100M+ private equity investment opportunities in Asia and provided strategic, operational and organizational advice to portfolio companies to drive performance improvement
President of Gillette’s Braun Business ($1.4B global small domestic appliances division) - drove $250M in revenue growth and tripled operating profit over a three year period through consumer insight driven marketing programs, new product innovation and strategic partnerships
Partner at Marakon Associates ($100M Strategy Consulting Firm) - directed multi-million dollar value improvement programs and strategic initiatives for Blue Chip clients in consumer products, financial services, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and industrials. Eric’s analytical skills and fact-based, disciplined management style helped leadership teams to develop new insights and perspectives on their businesses opportunities for profitable growth and drove fundamental change to substantially improve business performance.
Board Experience - significant experience advising Boards as well as serving on commercial and volunteer boards, including boards for Xerox International Partners and the Shorehaven Golf Club
USNA Contributions - Eric has remained actively committed to the Naval Academy and has contributed to the Academy and the Alumni Association in multiple ways since graduation:
• Connecticut BGO (1990s)
• NYC Chapter Secretary (2000s)
• President Circle Donor since 2007
• Led successful initiative to turn Xerox into a major Corporate Sponsor of Stem (2008)
• 1981 Class Officer (current)
• Recently retired, Eric is splitting time between Westport, CT and Naples, Florida which will provide a unique opportunity for him to participate in, and visit with, multiple Chapters in the Eastern Region to better understand their needs and ideas
• Married 30 years with two boys aged 23 and 25
• Lived and worked in England 1994 -1995 and Germany 2003 – 2005
• Published in the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Global Banking
Eric’s key goal as Eastern Regional Trustee would be to help strengthen communication in both directions between the Alumni and the Association to further tighten our bonds and to more actively incorporate Alumni perspectives and ideas in identifying and prioritizing new programs and initiatives. Given his operational experience, Eric hopes to play a significant role in helping to operationalize initiatives to increase the value add of key programs for the Academy and its Alumni.
Thank you for your consideration.
Carlos A. Jativa '98:
Carlos A. Jativa graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in oceanography. Upon completion of submarine training, he served as the main propulsion assistant on KAMEHAMEHA (SSN-642) and the assistant engineer on the ALASKA (SSBN-732) Gold Crew. Additionally, he served as a submarine warfare tactics instructor and the submarine officer advanced course program manager at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT.
During this assignment, Carlos completed the Executive MBA program at Columbia University. Upon receiving his MBA in 2005, he entered the financial sector as an analyst at New Stream Capital, LLC. In 2007, he joined Global Secured Capital, LLC as a vice president and eventually became chief operating officer. In 2014, he became the chief financial officer of Northern Westchester Surgical Associates.
In addition to over 10 years of experience in the asset management sector, Carlos has volunteered his time in community roles such as a youth basketball and soccer coach, treasurer of the local PTA and a member of the Westchester County Youth Board. He recently served as the campaign finance manager for a Putnam County judicial candidate. Carlos is also the founder and president of the Teaneck High School Class of ’94 Scholarship Fund.