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Michael J. Schubiger

President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder SESCO Enterprises, LLC

Michael Schubiger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school. In the military, Mr. Schubiger’s specialty was logistics. During and after his completion of military service Mr. Schubiger attended Thomas Edison State College where he majored in business and accounting. In 1996 …

… Mr. Schubiger received a professional certificate from New York University in Commodity Trading. During the last 20 years Mr. Schubiger has attended many courses on risk management, credit, ISDA and other legal documents, finance and management courses.

Mr. Schubiger started his career in 1989 and has worked in many roles (Accounting clerk to Executive Management) with Amerada Hess, TOSCO Corporation, Banque Paribas, Goldman Sachs, Allegheny Energy, Bank of America and now SESCO Enterprises, LLC. Mr. Schubiger has extensive experience in accounting, refining and power plant operations, supply chain and distribution management, middle and back office operations, project management and system deployment, and trading and risk management operations. Mr. Schubiger has specialized in start up and re-engineering efforts for all of his employers. Mr. Schubiger has been involved from pre to post acquisitions of trading books and companies into the $100’s of millions. Mr. Schubiger was directly involved in recruiting, training and educating all the supporting departments (credit, finance, risk management, legal, audit, and compliance) in most of his endeavors.

In his spare time Mr. Schubiger enjoys spending time with his family (wife and 3 children), learning to play golf, tennis, mountain biking, reading, motorcycle riding, outdoor activities and exercising.

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Michael J. Hillyard

Michael Hillyard is an independent consultant specializing in higher education strategy, governance, quality assurance, curriculum, accreditation, and regulation. He has performed work on behalf of colleges and universities, accrediting organizations, and foreign governments and institutions.

Hillyard has served in a variety of higher education executive positions. He was President of the University of St. Augustine, a health sciences institution that annually produces the U.S.’s largest and third-largest classes of physical and occupational therapists, respectively, through campus operations in St. Augustine, Boca Raton, and San Diego, as well as distance education and continuing education programs around the world. Hillyard served as President of Rockwell University, a two-campus and distance education provider of career-oriented information technology degree and certificate programs in the Washington, D.C. area. He was Provost and Executive Vice President of the American Public University System (NASDAQ: “APEI”), where he oversaw academic policy and operations for the American Public University’s, American Military University’s and American Community College’s 15,000 students, 350 faculty members, and 160 degrees and programs. He served as Academic Programs Manager and then Dean of the American Military University.

Hillyard’s professional service has included being a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Career College Advisory Board, an institutional representative for higher education regulations with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and a certified accreditation evaluator, accreditation team chair, and member of the Research and Educational Standards Committee for the Distance Education and Training Council. He has also provided international expertise on behalf of the Hong Kong government’s accreditation council, Saudi Arabia’s national accreditation commission, the Sultanate of Oman’s academic quality assurance body, Jamaica’s higher education university council, Barbados’s accreditation council, Egypt’s national accreditation authority, and the U.S. State Department’s Southeast Asian Lower Mekong Initiative. His insights have been presented in various forums, to include the annual conferences of the European Association for Distance Learning, the Distance Education and Training Council, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and the U.S. State Department’s Lower Mekong Southeast Asia Initiative. Hillyard has served as a board member for the U.S. Government’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA), Stratford University, Waldorf College, Catholic Distance University, Henley-Putnam University, Columbia Southern University, St. Johns County (Florida) Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross’s Jefferson and Morgan Counties (West Virginia) Chapter, and Float, Incorporated — a producer of offshore oil/gas, port, and power plant platform technologies. He has also served as an advisory board member for Knowledge Transfer: Solving the U.S. College Transfer Problem.

Hillyard’s public service included a brief candidacy for the U.S. Congress and responsibilities as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer — service that was hallmarked in duties at the Pentagon as a national security analyst for the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiatives Group, membership on the Marine Corps’ Quadrennial Defense Review Task Force, and independent research with the Center for Naval Analysis. His active duty and reserve military experience culminated with the rank of Major.

The author of numerous publications in areas of education, leadership, and national security, Hillyard’s writing has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Career Education Review, Campus Living, Newsday, Strategic Insights, the U.S. Army War College’s Parameters, and The Journal of Counterrorism and International Security, among others. Hillyard’s five authored books are: Public Crisis Management: How and Why Organizations Work Together to Solve Society’s Most Threatening Problems (2000); Homeland Security and the Need for Change: Organizing Principles, Governing Institutions, and American Culture (2003); a two-volume series, A World of Sources: Insights from a Life of Reading (2009 and 2011); and Cincinnatus and the Citizen-Servant Ideal: The Roman Legend’s Life, Times, and Legacy (2001). The theater and film rights to Cincinnatus and the Citizen-Servant Ideal have been optioned for development of a feature-length box office production.
Hillyard’s education includes the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio), Master of Arts in Military Studies from the American Military University, and Master and Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He has also completed post-doctoral studies with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

With his wife (Cara) and sons (Andrew and Alexander), the Hillyard family resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Ronald F. Baczkowski

Vice President for Business Development, ST Kinetics, Inc.

Ronald Baczkowski retired from active duty as Brigadier General after thirty-two years’ service in the United States Marine Corps. In private industry he was a Program Manager in for Systems Engineering contracts with the U.S. Navy’s Air Systems Command and the Chief Operating Officer for an Information Technology company that oversaw the rollout of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange.

While on active duty he commanded at the Platoon through Regimental levels, participated in four combat operations, served in three geographic Combatant Commands in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. He specializes in training and organizational development and implemented performance based training into Marine Corps Officer training and integrated new technology into curriculum. As the Director for the Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group, he implemented an immersive training environment in a large scale predeployment training exercise for all USMC ground forces deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan that developed, tested, and standardized tactics, techniques, and procedures to respond to emerging threats.

Mr. Baczkowski received his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds Masters Degrees in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Mr. Baczkowski and his wife live in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Karen Bowling

CEO, WiseEye AI

Karen is a high-performance C-level executive with over 30-years management experience in two of the most complex and demanding industries:  government and healthcare.  Karen started her career as a television news reporter and anchor in Jacksonville, Florida.  The constant demand to meet deadlines, the ability to process new information quickly and communicate a story were key to her building a long and successful career in management.  Before joining WiseEye AI, Karen co-founded and served as CEO of Solantic walk-in urgent care, one of the first retail clinics of its kind.  She also served as Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Jacksonville.

Karen was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida State College Board of Directors in 2011.  She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Security Devices International.

She was recognized as an “Ultimate CEO” for a medium sized company by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2009 and was a finalist in the Florida Times Union “Eve” Awards in the category of Employment in 2007.  Karen was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1993 and Leadership Florida Class XXV.

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