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Mr. Howard joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. after graduating from business school. While there, he earned his CPA certificate from the State of New York. He then joined Avon Products and worked for 7 years in the financial, distribution and manufacturing areas in New York, and for 3 years in Europe and Asia. During his time at the corporate headquarters, Mr. Howard made a monthly financial presentation to the top five corporate officers. Since moving to Maryland, he has served as Chief Financial Officer of a biotechnology company, a mutual fund group, Ticketron, a retail chain, and an electronic access control company. During this period, he taught several finance courses to undergraduates at Georgetown University and a graduate course at the University of Maryland Business School. His student evaluations at Georgetown consistently placed him in the top 10% of instructors. Mr. Howard earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and his MBA degree in Finance from Columbia Business School. He is a resident of Potomac, Maryland.




Dr. Brashear has more than 35 years as an advisor to senior executives in the public and private sectors as a consultant and research director.  After completing his education, he joined Lewin and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that later merged with ICF Consulting, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President, Director of the Oil and Natural Gas Practice, and a Member of the Management Committee.  In 1997, he established The Brashear Group LLC to advise petroleum companies and energy and environmental ministries. In 2000-2004, he founded and directed the Center for Petroleum Asset Risk Management, at The University of Texas at Austin.  In 2004, he became Associate Director of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at George Mason University, where he leads a six-university research and planning consortium designed to improve the security of the National Capital Region.  Dr. Brashear holds an AB with high honors from Princeton University; an MBA from Harvard Business School; and a PhD in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning from The University of Michigan.  He resides in Potomac, Maryland.



Ms. King began her career at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters where she worked in the Communications Department at the union headquarters for 10 years. During this time, she served on the Inaugural Committee for President Ronald Reagan. She then worked at APCO, a Washington, DC public relations firm that specialized in the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. King later moved to Snyder Communications where she worked closely with the Chief Financial Officer/Board Member during the acquisition of numerous companies that positioned Snyder Communications as a multi-faceted marketing firm. Snyder Communications founder and principal shareholder, Daniel Snyder, sold the company in 1999 when he purchased the Washington Redskins. Most recently, Ms. King has served in an executive capacity at Medtap International, a Bethesda, Maryland company that provides health economics and outcomes research to major pharmaceutical companies in the United States and abroad. Ms. King resides in Potomac, Maryland.



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