Christopher E. Collier
Chief Financial Officer, Flextronics International Ltd.
Christopher Collier is chief financial officer at Flextronics (NASDAQ: Flex) with more than 20 years’ experience in finance, accounting and tax. Prior to this appointment in May 2013, Mr. Collier served as the senior vice president of finance and chief accounting officer at Flextronics International Ltd. He has also served as vice president of finance and corporate controller at the Company. Flextronics is an industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 Electronics manufacturing services company generating $26 Billion in annual revenue and operating a global footprint with over 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries.
Richard M. Jones
Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer
Richard M. Jones serves as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation. As General Tax Counsel, he oversees worldwide tax planning, strategy, operations, litigation and legislative matters for the Company. As Chief Veteran Officer, Jones oversees and coordinates all veteran-related initiatives for CBS Corporation, ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families are never forgotten, and that the Company is doing all that it can to promote their well-being.
Prior to joining the Company in 2005, Jones served as Vice President, Senior Tax Counsel and Assistant Treasurer for General Electric (NBCUniversal), where he was responsible for all domestic and international tax planning, structuring, M&A, operations and controversy matters. Before joining General Electric in 2003, he spent more than a decade as both a certified public accountant and tax lawyer with Ernst & Young, working in their media and entertainment and transaction advisory services practices. Jones also served as a law clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in the chambers of the Honorable Judge John P. Balio. Prior to reentering civilian life, Jones was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, where he served honorably as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and 10th Mountain Division.
Jones received his law and business degrees from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. He is also a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he earned a Master of Laws. Jones also received a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University.
Jones is admitted to practice before the Courts of New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of CPAs, Jones serves on the Corporate and Partnership Taxation Committees. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Corporate Counsel, Tax Policy and Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures Committees and is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Jones is also a frequent and noted lecturer and is a member of the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute.
Jones works closely with many veteran organizations and is a tireless and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans. He is proud life member of both the American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He was appointed by Congress and serves on the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) at the U.S. Labor Department and U.S. Veterans Administration. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Wounded Warrior Project, The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, USJAG (The Uniformed Services Justice and Advocacy Group), the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, the Aaron Grider Foundation and is an advisor to Veteran’s Advantage and ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment) for Military Families.
He lives with his wife and two children in Bedford, N.Y.
CEO and Founder of PsychArmor Institute, Inc.
Marjorie Morrison is the CEO and Founder of PsychArmor Institute, Inc. and has spent over a decade doing extensive work with the military. Her desire to establish PsychArmor stemmed from her own experience being a civilian mental health provider during which she learned the imperative intricacies of military culture.
Marjorie discovered her passion for the field after she spent a year writing and implementing a revolutionary proactive counseling programs for the U.S. Marines at the Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, putting over 500 Drill Instructors through the program. Her study continued at Camp Pendleton, where she had access to hundreds of Marines to interview and learn from. This research was utilized to create a groundbreaking solution to approach military mental health care.
Vincent W. Patton III
Executive Director, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
Managing Partner, Pinnacle Five, LLC
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Patton retired from the U.S. Coast Guard 1 November 2002, after serving 30 years of active duty. He became the first African American selected as the service’s senior-most enlisted ranking position as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in 1998. His career included staff and operational assignments both afloat and ashore throughout the United States, and a joint military service assignment in Cuba and Haiti.
Patton served as the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 to October 2002. As the service’s top senior enlisted leader and ombudsman, he was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense, with primary focus on quality of life issues, career development, work environment and personnel matters affecting over 40,000 active duty, reserve enlisted, and civilian personnel service wide. He routinely addressed these specific issues before appropriate United States Senate and House committees in the United States Congress, as well as with the Commander-in-Chief, along with his senior enlisted counterparts of the other four military services.
His numerous military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, eight Meritorious Team awards and nine Coast Guard Good Conduct awards. He also earned the Cutterman Insignia (sea duty recognition) and is one of a few Coast Guardsmen to have earned the coveted “Parachutist Wings” specialty badge during his assignment with Joint Task Force 160.
A 1972 graduate of Cass Technical High School, Patton became an Eagle Scout and was also a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) JAMES M. HANNAN division during his high school years. All of Patton’s initial college education through doctorate degree was earned while on active duty. He received his Doctor of Education degree in 1984 from the American University, Washington, DC. His dissertation was based on the development and implementation of the Coast Guard Enlisted Evaluation System. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago; a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Shaw College at Detroit, Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California.
His extensive military education includes U. S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
After his military retirement, Patton completed a Master of Theology degree in Applied Religious Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In addition, he was an adjunct professor teaching ‘Philosophy of Ethics’ at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2003, he has performed summer missionary work with the International Rescue Committee in Haiti, and worked as an executive director for the non-profit Halley’s Comet Foundation, teaching “at-risk” teenagers seamanship and sailing skills. He served as a volunteer tour advisor and chaplain for the USO, participating in the “Operation Handshake” program to visit U.S. military personnel during the 2004 Thanksgiving holiday in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in the 2003 holiday season with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia involved with Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “Enduring Freedom.” From 2004-2011, he was Director of Government Partnerships & Alliances for Military Advantage, also known as “Military.com,” the largest website devoted to the military community covering benefits, information and transition. From June 2002-June 2013 he served on the Board of Visitors for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University.
Presently, Patton is Executive Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation. In addition, Patton is a managing partner with Pinnacle Five, LLC, and a group of former senior enlisted members from the DOD services who served with him during his tenure as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. He holds board memberships with the Coast Guard Foundation, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Northeast Maritime Institute and the U.S. Naval Institute, and also serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Committee on Military Ministry.