ABOUT OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Bob Luckett, CEO, Veterans Next Mission
Upon returning from Vietnam and being discharged from the Army, Mr. Luckett began a career in construction management and returned to college part-time, later graduating with a diploma in Biblical Studies. During his 40 year career he has held positions as superintendent, project manager, field operations manager, VP of Construction, and VP of Operations before starting
his own contracting company.
During his 16 years at the helm, he completed projects which included bath and kitchen remodels, additions, custom homes, and commercial buildings. Two years ago, Mr. Luckett sold his company and has worked as a consultant and managed special projects for local construction companies. Mr. Luckett has decided to devote the remainder of his career to helping veterans gain skills in the construction industry that will help them achieve a sound foundation for employment.
Ron Green, Board Treasurer
Retired ExxonMobil Corporation (33 years)
Master of Business Administration - Finance, Virginia Tech University
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting/Management, Texas Tech University
Certified Public Accountant - Texas
Active in church mission activities - local, domestic, international
Assistant Scout Master - Boy Scouts of America
U.S. Marine Corp - 1975-1977 - OCS - Honorable discharge
Scott Benham, Board Member
Mr. Scott Benham is an accomplished leader with 19 years of information technology experience including large-scale enterprise architecture and systems implementation, strategy development, data management and governance, platform migration, organizational transformation, technology operations and consulting.
Mr. Benham currently leads software engineering, data warehouse, and business intelligence capabilities for American Public University System (APUS). In this role, he is responsible for development, integration, security, and 24x7 operations support of the University's enterprise application platforms including Student Information System, Financial ERP, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, CRM, and BPM, supporting 3,000+ faculty/staff and 100,000+ active students.
Prior to joining APUS, Mr. Benham founded and ran an information technology consulting startup with client engagements at large companies including Freddie Mac, American Express, and Starwood Hotels. His earlier consulting experience included various lead and management roles at BearingPoint, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Dell.
Mr. Benham holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska - Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Mike Harbert, Board Member
Mr. Mike Harbert is currently the Vice President for Alumni Relationships and Engagement at American Public University System (American Military University & American Public University), where he has held various positions in business and partnership development over the last 15 years. Mr. Harbert served on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years, and 4 years in the SMCR, leaving the service with the rank of Major. He has also served in a variety of leadership and management positions in manufacturing, distribution, relationship management, sales, and recruiting.
Mr. Harbert’s volunteer activities include currently serving as an elder at Ashburn Presbyterian Church and a member of the board of directors of the International Association For Intelligence Education (www.iafie.org), and previously as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1910 in Lucketts, VA.
Mr. Harbert earned a B.A. degree in History from Davidson College, an M.A. in Management from Webster University, and an M.A. in Military History from American Military University.
Todd Lewis, Board Member
VP Purchasing & Estimating, Van Metre Companies - Todd Lewis joined Van Metre Companies in November of 2006 as a Project Manager for the New Homes Division. As a project manager, Todd's responsibilities included management of several subdivisions, overhead cost control, scope development, project scheduling and construction management. Todd later became the Director of Purchasing and is now VP of Purchasing . Todd has over 30 years of experience in single family detached, multi-family, custom and commercial renovation projects as well as new commercial. Todd manages over 100 million in new home and multi-family construction improvement projects annually.
Prior to joining Van Metre Companies, Todd held several positions including Project Manager, Sales Manager, and General Sales Manager, for one of the top 5 national builders. In Todd's current role as VP of Purchasing and Estimating, he is responsible for the budgeting of all projects as well as plan design. He also refines construction processes and communications directly with trade partners on
quality control and lean protocols.
Todd is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Clay Nettles, Board Member
Mr. Nettles retired several years ago after nearly thirty years service in the Washington, D.C. area working for three members of congress, a congressional support organization and as an executive director for a national nonprofit organization.
Mr. Nettles advised members of congress on matters related to national defense and was a political staff appointee on the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
His education includes a Masters of Arts degree from the George Washington University and a Masters of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland with a concentration in nonprofit management.
Sobia Saghir, Board Member
Ms. Saghir is currently the President of CREAM, a commercial real estate advisory firm based in Washington, DC. She has been an active member of the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years. Recently recognized as one of the Top 100 people in Real Estate, Sobia brings her retail expertise to various companies. She is also a member of the leasing and development team at Five Guys®. She has attended Georgetown University and Bowie State University.
Kenneth Shifflett, Board Member
After founding multiple organizations with two partners, Mr. Shifflett currently serves as the Founder, President, and CEO of the framing organization Ace Carpentry, Inc. and the hardware distribution segment Proline Fastening Systems. Under his direction, the portions of the company he assumed have doubled in revenue. He also currently serves as a general partner for Quadd Building Systems (where he has grown the revenue tenfold) and CTS a land development/holding company providing building lots for custom homes. In addition, he was one of the two founding partners of Touchstone Custom Homes from 2009-2015,
His community and industry involvement includes:
National Framing Counsel- Key member in developing the counsel which originally existed to promote training and education on safety for framers across the nation.
SBCA (Structural Building Component Association)- Five-year member and presently sits on Executive Board .
Operation Finally Home-Advisory Board for local Chapter through the SBCA which is engaged to secure a mortgage free home to a disabled veteran and family.
Participated in a task force with both insurance companies and framers across the United States to write residential safety guidelines for protecting workers in the construction industry. Went before Congress and assisted with revisions the OSHA 1926 Act for construction worker protection. Participated in a task force initiated by the Governor of Virginia to evaluate the construction labor force and the current immigration laws pertaining to the same in order to understand and improve constraints in the labor market.
Acted as a liaison in a Virginia high school to educate students on construction trades and assist/ encourage students who demonstrated an interest how to get started.
Volunteered at Northern Virginia Community College to work with their Building and Trade Industry Program (Carpentry) to promote the construction industry and to provide a pathway for interested students to enter the market.
Worked with the government agency responsible for managing the H2B program to house, recruit and train to work as carpenters.
Worked with the DOL Job Corp program to enlist and train students in the system in order to find placement in the labor force.